Home from Holiday! Catch-up

Hey guys,

I know that you probably haven’t noticed, but I have been on holiday and I have literally just got back (well, at the time of writing this!) and the first thing I wanted to do (okay, except rush to the toilet because 5 hours in the car…) is catch up with all you guys! I have several things I want to talk about; what I have been reading, mini emergency book haul, and my writing up-date.

What have I been reading?

Guys, this holiday was full of amazing reads- so most people don’t read so much on holiday but I went to relax and reading, reading is me relaxing. Lets have a look at the books!

A Court of Mist and Fury// Sarah J Maas

Oomph…. knuckle biting… heart racing… go start this series just so you can read this book! This is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses and guys, if you thought that one was great… you need to delve into this beast of a book. *Note:- It does contain a fair whack of adult content so reader discretion is advised, if you don’t like those steamy sex scenes, then this book may contain a few too many to bur past.

This. Is. My. Favourite. Book. Of. The. Past. FIVE. YEARS.

I now have to wait until the final book in the trilogy is released *wail!* and it is predicted to be around May 2017 so the moment I know more I will be tweeting and updating you all on that!

This was also the first completed Tome for Tome Topple, at 640 pages it is definitely a tome! Now, I am debating something, I know that this should be a young adult read, but with all the sexiness in the book I am kinda thinking that this should be an adult novel, so I am counting this as the completion of the challenge to read an adult novel.

Cress// Marissa Meyer

This is the third instalment in the Lunar Chronicles and I liked it, not as much as I thought I would but it definitely held me and I finished it in two reading blocks. At 550 pages, it classed as the second tome for Tome Topple (which completes the challenge of reading two tomes during the read-a-thon, and the challenge of reading more than 500 pages within one seven day period during the read-a-thon).

The Winner’s Crime// Marie Rutkoski

Okay, I needed a break from reading really big books and wanted to continue on some of the other series that I am partially through (since I am continuing my aim of completing more series through to June) and I decided to take The Winner’s Crime with me and although I didn’t think it was as good as The Winner’s Curse, it was a one sit read and at 416 pages it just missed the tome classification.

Holiday Haul…

So if you add up all the days it took me to complete those epic reads, I fell short… by quite a bit. So, while wondering around Weston-Super-Mare on a day out, I decided to pick up four more books to chose from for the last few days of the holiday.

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So, I wondered into Waterstones and these cost me a bomb but I couldn’t not buy them once I picked them up- because that is how it works with me. So I picked up:

  • The Assassin’s Apprentice// Robin Hobb
  • The Magicians’ Guild// Trudi Canavan
  • Malice// John Gwynne
  • Blood Song// Anthony Ryan

So I turned to my niece for deciding what to read next and she chose The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan, the start of the Black Magician Trilogy. I picked up this one because I knew that I had other Trudi Canavan novels, The Ambassador’s Mission and Thief’s Magic but I hadn’t bought it with me and I was desperate to start reading some of her acclaimed work this year. I did attempt to read more during the actual holiday but we spent more time out and about over the last two days of the holiday thanks to some glorious weather. I did manage to get 258 pages read on the route back, even though my niece fell asleep on my arm and prevented me from continuing reading.

What will I be reading next?

Firstly I plan on finishing The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan, I only have roughly 200 pages left and plan on finishing that today. After that I do plan on hitting some more tomes for Tome Topple…

Winter// Marissa Meyer

So, I have read the first three instalments over the last two weeks so I need to finish this series off… now. This definitely completes the challenge for being a tome for the read-a-thon, it is 825 pages and I plan on tackling this as soon as I finish The Magicians’ Guild.

Storm Glass// Maria V Snyder

Now this is the fourth instalment of the Chronicles of Ixia Series and although it follows a different set of characters than the first three, I am seriously looking forward to it. At 503 it just passes as a Tome.

The Winner’s Kiss// Marie Rutkoski

This is the final instalment in the Winner’s Curse Trilogy, although it doesn’t class as a tome (barely), at 484 pages I am thinking of passing it as one anyway… should I? After the happenings of the Winners’ Crime, I cannot wait to see how this trilogy finishes up!

Now, if I have chance (before the 19th that is) I would like to start another series that I have been meaning to start for years. I now have the start of the next series and cant start it until I have finished this series… The Heroes of Olympus Series by Risk Riordan. I would like to attempt to read The Lost Hero, the tome of 553 pages before the end of the read-a-thon.

Writing Update…

So, once again, now that I want to write, my reading bug has sky-rocketed so I haven’t completed as much writing over the holiday as I wanted. I have roughly 5,000 words complete across two partial short stories at the moment, but I do plan on focusing on my short stories a lot between now and the end of the month.

I do hope that have all had a fantastic week and got all of the reading and writing done!



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