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.
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.
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.
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!