It’s been a long week for me this week.
I had a few free days at the start of the week (hooray summer holiday) and then had to travel back to London last Thursday to help with GCSE Results Day. I stayed with a work colleague in London on Thursday, then my final day of work on Friday, and a BBQ at my line manager’s house, and then back home again! It was only 48 hours but it felt absolutely exhausting (especially with 100% work colleague time), so I was in a bit of a stupour (mixed with some alcohol) most of the day on Saturday.
A friend came to visit for the day on Sunday, and my partner and I went on The Longest Bike Ride every on Bank Holiday Monday (about 35 miles). It was great but physically exhausting (especially for someone who has been terrible at exercising recently).
So this last week I actually read three books
Widow’s Welcome was initially a huge struggle for me – there was something about it that just didn’t click. But the stories within the main story were fantastic, and, for me, so much better than the main narrative. Unfortunately they didn’t come in until partway through, but it did mean that I could actually finish it! 3 stars.
The second book that I read was The Art of Taxidermy – I absolutely loved it. It’s short, written in verse and is just so delightfully miserable and reflective. I loved that the story itself could progress with such sparse information. 5 stars!
And my final read this week was Shatter Me. I haven’t written a review for this yet, partly because the book has been out for so long – I actually found it in a charity shop (and was one of my book buys this week). As I’d seen so many people talk about it, I thought I would give it a go straight away. And oh my goodness, that was perhaps the most trash YA I’ve ever read. Sure, it was easy to read, but I’ve never rolled my eyes at a book so often. And why can these horny teenagers not keep their hands off each other??? This book was basically everything I hate about YA, so I may have to write that review after all. Looking at what other people have written about it, it’s definitely a marmite book!
I’m currently reading Polite Society by Mahesh Rao. It’s billed as being an Indian retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma, and so far, that’s exactly what it is. I’ve yet to see anything that makes it particularly unique, except for the Delhi setting. I’m interested to see if that continues, but for now I would rather stick with the original novel, the fim adaptation or even watching Clueless! That’s making it hard to progress with it, though.
And books bought … I took a walk round some charity shops this week and picked up a few items that I’ve already read, or form the next part of a series. One was Shatter Me and another is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve read it before on Kindle, and had a paperback copy, but leant it out and never got it back. But now I have a copy that matches the cover of the Wise Man’s Fear.
I also picked up an untouched copy of A Conjuring of Light, which now perfectly completes my A Darker Shade of Magic collection on the shelf – all strategic charity shop buys.
And my final purchases were Iron Council by China Mieville (one of my favourite authors – now I just need to find a copy of The Scar) and The End of Mr Y, which I’ve heard some good things about.
And I’ve only got one eARC this week (which is definitely a good thing, given the number of books on my NetGalley review list!) which is The Confession by Jessie Burton. I really enjoyed The Miniaturist, so I’m looking forward to starting her new book!
What do you think of my purchases this week? Anything you’ve really enjoyed or are looking forward to?
And have you read Shatter Me? Did it hurt your soul?
Have a great week!