Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Hiatus

I disappeared for a couple of weeks there. Oops.

Hello! So if you saw my last post you'll know I went to Disneyland Paris last month and I had an amazing time. 


At least I had an amazing time the first two days I was there, the last two days I was there I was ill. I continued to get worse once I was back in the UK until I ended up spending the night in hospital because, lucky me, I got quinsy again.


It's just typical that I fell ill while on holiday, I'd been looking forward to going all year, but never mind! Worse things have happened and I'm much better now.

Sadly, though, being ill and trying to catch up at work at the busiest time of year has meant I didn't complete the Camp NaNoWriMo project I was hoping to finish - which is particularly frustrating because I was making such good progress at the start of July! - and I also haven't read anything in way too long and I'm just feeling a bit wrung out and not in the mood to blog. So instead of worrying about not populating my blog, I'm going to go ahead and take a step back and come back in September refreshed and (hopefully) ready to write a ton of new content. I miss the book blogging world, I just haven't been reading enough to join in properly.

I may pop up later this month if Top Ten Tuesday takes my fancy, but if not I'll see you all in September!

Friday, 14 July 2017

My Top 10 Disney Songs!

Happy Friday!


When this post goes live I'll be on my way to Disneyland Paris! I'm so unbelievably excited, so to get into the mood I thought I'd share my top ten Disney songs with you. I dare you to try not to sing along...


Number Ten: I'll Make a Man Out of You from Mulan (1998)



Number Nine: I Am Moana from Moana (2016)



Number Eight: Substitutiary Locomotion from Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)



Number Seven: Be Prepared from The Lion King (1994)



Number Six: Prince Ali from Aladdin (1992)



Number Five: Poor Unfortunate Souls from The Little Mermaid (1989)



Number Four: Zero to Hero from Hercules (1997)



Number Three: This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)



Number Two: Be Our Guest from Beauty and the Beast (1991)



Number One: Out There from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

Enjoy! I'll be back next week after a Disney-filled weekend!

Monday, 3 July 2017

Five Great Books Set Outside the UK and USA

Let's face it: when you're from the UK or the USA, you're pretty lucky in how much fiction, and non-fiction, is set in  or  is about your country. It's not hard to find settings you can relate to on a personal, nostalgic level, as well as all the people who inhabit those familiar spaces.

One thing I really enjoy, however, is when I come across books that aren't set in these typical places, especially if they're set on a completely different continent. My reading habits still have a lot of broadening to do, I still find myself reading mainly books set in the UK or the USA written by white authors from the UK or the USA, but I'm constantly trying to read more books set in places that are completely foreign to me in all the best ways. So today I thought I'd share five books with you that aren't set in the UK or the USA and, if you haven't already, hopefully you'll want to read them, too! (I've also just realised that all five of these books are debut novels...)




Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀


The novel I've read most recently from this selection, Adébáyọ̀'s debut was released earlier this year and was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017. I loved it. Set in Nigeria, where the author is from, the story follows a married couple desperate for a child whose relationship begins to unravel when a second wife is brought into the family. It's fantastic, so worth reading, and I'd recommend it for fans of Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You.




The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton


Set in Amsterdam, this book was EVERYWHERE when it was released a few years ago. As much as I love historical fiction I was wary to pick this one up at first because I was worried it had been over-hyped, but when I read it I thoroughly enjoyed it. 17th century Amsterdam came to life for me in this book and Jessie Burton writes exquisitely. A three-part adaptation of The Miniaturist is coming to the BBC later this year, so now's a great time to read it if you haven't already!




Burial Rites by Hannah Kent


This is such a good book to pick up during winter, Kent captures the barren yet beautiful Icelandic landscape wonderfully, but as this book is a novelisation of the final days of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman to be executed in Iceland in the 19th century, it'll probably make you cry. I'm actually going to Iceland in December, so I might have to give this one a re-read.




Cinder by Marissa Meyer


If sci-fi retellings of fairy tales aren't something that interests you then I don't understand you these books aren't for you, but personally I love this series - it's so fun! One thing I also really love about it, though, is that none of the books are set in either the UK or the USA (the final book, Winter, is set on the moon!) with Cinder being set in a futuristic version of China, in New Beijing to be exact. I have lots of other books set in Asia on my TBR, and if you have any recommendations I'd love to hear them!




Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


If a month goes by where I haven't mentioned this book on my blog, assume I'm ill. I think you all know by now that this is one of my favourite novels and its originality is a huge part of that. Not only is this book set in Mexico City, but it focuses on witchcraft in the 1980s where our protagonist, Meche, learns to cast spells with her vinyl records. How can you not want to read that?

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favourite books set outside the UK and USA?

Friday, 30 June 2017

The Aussie Book Tag


G'day mates! And now it's time for me to apologise to literally everyone in Australia. Cass @ Words on Paper very kindly tagged me in the Aussie Book Tag and, as you know, I'm always up for  a tag. You can find Cass's answers here and the original, created by Ngoc @ Happy Comes First and Julia @ Picnic Readshere!

I've never been to Australia but I'd love to go (the only thing that really puts me off are the spiders because I am severely arachnophobic) and the more I thought about it the more I realised I've read barely any Australian writers; Markus Zusak, Garth Nix, Geraldine Brooks and Hannah Kent are the only ones who immediately spring to mind. You don't have to talk about Australian books and authors for this tag, but doing this has definitely made me realise it's a country that I seem to neglect in my reading. That's something for me to rectify.

If anyone has any recommendations, particularly about/written by Australia's indigenous population, please let me know!



That has to be Maia from Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor, not only is it one of my favourite novels of all time, but Maia is one of my favourite fictional characters, too. He's such a good egg and I adore him. You can check out my review of The Goblin Emperor here!


This is a tricky one because I'm usually the grumpy one who hates what everyone else loves, but for this I'm going to go with Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë. I don't think everyone hates it by any means, but I do think Anne is forgotten next to her sisters and she shouldn't be. Of her two novels Agnes Grey is probably the lesser known, but I really enjoyed it when I read it and I'd love to see more people reading Anne's work.



I can't possible talk about a fictional squad without talking about Harry Potter. If I wanted to be part of any gang, it'd definitely be Dumbledore's Army because I am all for students standing up to bad teachers.


Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, which I reviewed here. I can't wait to read whatever Adébáyọ̀ brings out next and I highly, highly recommend this debut!


It'd be pretty easy to mention Harry Potter again here but I think Harry Potter gets enough love as it is, so instead I'm going to go with Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman which is one of my favourite books from my early teens. It's the first book I can remember crying over and it's still very special to me and so worth reading if you haven't already.


Isabel Greenberg's The One Hundred Nights of Hero (reviewed here) is a gorgeous graphic novel but it's so huge which means it can be quite difficult to read comfortably - it's worth it, though!


George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is super depressing but it's such an iconic work of dystopian fiction and it's definitely worth checking out if it's on your radar. Is it the best piece of dystopian fiction out there? No, not necessarily, but it's a really interesting novel and I think it's worth a bit of your time.


I know I keep saying it, but no novel has surprised me more than Sarah Waters' Fingersmith (reviewed here). It's one of the twistiest, turniest novels I've ever read and it's so much fun - if you haven't read any of Waters' work, Fingersmith is a great place to start!


I adored Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (reviewed here), especially because I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did, and Becky Albertalli has quickly become my favourite YA author following her equally excellent sophomore novel, The Upside of Unrequited (reviewed here). Yet again, I recommend reading her if you haven't already!


I'm a big mood reader so the books I reach out for when I'm feeling slumpy usually change depending what I'm in the mood to read - sometimes it's YA, sometimes it's a thriller, but it's usually something I don't tend to read a lot of - but this year I find myself turning more and more towards Fantasy of Manners books when I'm feeling slumpy, particularly Gail Carriger's work. It's so fun!

Thanks so much for tagging me, Cass! I'm going to go ahead and tag some people below, so:


consider yourselves tagged!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

This Week in Books | 28/06/17


This week I'm joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I've been reading recently!


Now: Yep, I'm still reading The Obelisk Gate and I'm really enjoying it and I'm determined to finish it soon. Work's been pretty hectic this month so I haven't had much time to read in general, hopefully that'll change soon!

Then: I finally read one of Maya Angelou's collections! 'Phenomenal Woman' is a favourite poem of mine but, despite owning my copy of And Still I Rise for a couple of years, I'd never read one of Angelou's collections until now. I really enjoyed it, and it's definitely a collection I'd read again.

Next: I swear I'm going to get to The Beautiful Ones soon. I just want to read The Obelisk Gate because it's frustrating me that I should have read it by now. The Beautiful Ones is definitely on my radar to read next, as well as The Song of Achilles, When Dimple Met Rishi, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue and Shades of Milk and Honey. There's so much I want to read, I just need some more hours in the day please!

What are you reading?

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Top Ten Tuesday | Best Books of 2017 - So Far!


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week's theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!


This week's theme is 'Best Books You've Read In 2017 So Far', and while I feel like I'm having a more positive reading year, and more positive year all-round, than last year, I'm still not reading as much as I'd like to be and I haven't read many amazing, blow-my-socks-off books which is a little sad considering it's June. I can't believe it's June.

I have read some books I've really enjoyed, though, and this is the best of the bunch so far - I'm hoping the latter half of the year is even better! So, without further ado, here are my top ten eight books of 2017 so far...


The Good Immigrant ed. by Nikesh Shukla: This is such an important book given our current political climate and the kind of book I want to throw at every person I meet. If you haven't read this yet then you must, especially if you're British or currently living in the UK. Check out my review here.

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg: A lesbian retelling of The Thousand and One Nights is everything I didn't know I wanted until I came across it in this charming graphic novel. I loved it.

The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark: Quite possibly one of the most disturbing books I've ever read, it left me feeling the same way I felt the first time I read Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, and I loved it. It's not a new favourite, a book has to be pretty special to be a new favourite, but it is deliciously dark and short enough to be devoured in one sitting, which I think is what it deserves.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin: This is one of those really unexpected books; I wasn't planning to read it, I hadn't even heard of it at the beginning of this year, but I was on the lookout for some high fantasy and my lovely friend Natalie @ A Sea Change recommended Jemisin's work to me. I picked up a copy of The Fifth Season after seeing how many brilliant reviews it had on Goodreads and I loved it. It's so fresh and new compared to the other high fantasy I've read and I had such fun reading it.


The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: I was determined to read some of Adichie's fiction this year, so I decided to dive into her short story collection and I really, really enjoyed it. There weren't really any stories I didn't like and even now, with the book nowhere near me, I find myself able to remember a lot of them. I can't wait to read her novels. Check out my review here.

Final Girls by Riley Sager: I don't read thrillers often but I tend to enjoy them when I do, and this one, which plays on the horror trope of the 'final girl', was so much fun to read; I read it in two sittings because I couldn't put it down. It's being released next month, I believe, so make sure you pick up a copy! Check out my review here.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli: My favourite book of the year so far, which really surprised me. I loved Albertalli's debut, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (reviewed here), but with this book Albertalli has become my favourite YA author. I wasn't sure I'd be able to love this book as much as I loved her debut and I'm always nervous when a book is marketed as having a fat protagonist - so often the plot will revolve around them losing weight or they won't really be fat - but I read this in one sitting, I didn't move at all, and I adored it. This book and Signal to Noise are the only books I've read in recent years that have reminded me of what it was like to be a teenager, and have spoken to the experiences I had in a very personal way. I loved it. Check out my review here.

Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀: I haven't been this surprised by a debut novel, in all the best ways, since I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I was really hoping to enjoy Stay With Me and I ended up loving it; it's such a well-crafted and cleverly plotted story and I can't wait to see what Adébáyọ̀ writes next! Check out my review here.

Which books made your list this week?

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Fandon Mashup | Those of Wit and Learning

Fandom Mashup is an original featured created and hosted by the lovely Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. Each week she proposes a unique fictional scenario and then invites you to build a dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to help you to complete the task. Make sure you check out Micheline's blog for more info!

This week we're choosing five characters whom we think belong in Ravenclaw! Ravenclaw's my Hogwarts House, so this was a lot of fun...

Evelyn 'Evie' Carnahan from The Mummy (1999)


I will never, ever be bored of The Mummy; it's one of my favourite films and a lot of that is down to this lady. She's bookish and scholarly and learned, but also adventurous and brave, and she isn't mocked for her enthusiasm by the people who matter. Evie wants to be an academic, so she'd definitely be in Ravenclaw.

Belle from Beauty and the Beast (1991)


Any woman who can get as excited about a library as this woman does belongs in Ravenclaw. The 2017 Belle also belongs in Ravenclaw, especially being an inventor, but I prefer the original and the 2017 Belle looks an awful lot like another Hogwarts student...

Cosima Niehaus from Orphan Black


Cosima is a proud nerd and super smart, and while I'm sure Ravenclaw is full of bookish people I think the kooky, more Luna-esque people are sometimes forgotten about. Ravenclaw will have as many scientists as more artsy lovers and I think Cosima would find a lot of like minds there willing to help her with her experiments.

Samwell Tarly from Game of Thrones


He and Belle can nerd out over the Hogwarts Library together, and if Samwell could go to boarding school it'd mean having time away from his horrible father.

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


We know Elizabeth loves books, but that's not the reason I'd put her in Ravenclaw. For me Elizabeth is a character who encapsulates 'Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure'. She loves to play around with speech, is constantly verbally sparring with other people even when, like Mr. Collins, they don't realise it. She'd definitely be at home in Ravenclaw.

Who would you put in Ravenclaw?

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Top Ten Tuesday | A Series of Failures


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week you compile a list of ten books which coincide with that week's theme. You can find everything you need to know about joining in here!


This week's theme is 'Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't', which is essentially the story of my life. I'm a bad finisher and I'm impatient, so I'm much better at reading standalones than series because I can't bear the wait. A series has to be very special to captivate me. That being said, I miss that feeling of being captivated by a series and a huge cast of characters the way I was when I was younger, from Harry Potter to The Old Kingdom to Twilight (yep, I went through that phase, too), so here are ten series I'd really like to get to at some point.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan: If I'm being honest I don't know if I ever will read this series now, I feel like I should have read them when I was a bit younger because I'm not sure I'll get the sense of humour now that I'm 25 (oh god I'm 25), but I still love the idea of the series. I may get around to it one of these days, maybe it'd be a fun, quick series to blast through over the summer months.

The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan: I actually tried reading A Natural History of Dragons a few years ago but ended up DNFing it, I just wasn't feeling it at the time, but I've heard so many people raving about the series and it ticks so many of my boxes (I love books about ladies in science) that I think I have to give it another chance. I'm going to give the audiobooks a try.

The Bel Dame Apocrypha series by Kameron Hurley: This sounds violent and gritty and so fun. I recently read Hurley's essay collection, The Geek Feminist Revolution, and it's made me want to read her fiction even more. This sci-fi series is set in a world where insects play a large role, I believe, and where the society is inspired by Islam rather than Christianity which sounds super interesting to me.

The Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley: I love me some historical crime, and this series set in the 1950s has a child protagonist who loves science. All the yes. I'm always interested by books written for adults with child protagonists because children can be so difficult to write, so I'm hoping this series will be a good one when I get to it.

The Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo: I should have read this by now, especially as it's only two books long. I've heard fairly mixed things about Six of Crows, but my friend Natalie @ A Sea Change loved it and I really enjoyed Bardugo's story in Summer Days and Summer Nights, so I'm looking forward to getting to it at some point this year.



The Gold Seer Trilogy by Rae Carson: The covers of these books are beautiful and I love the concept, so hopefully I'll at least give the first book a go soon after I received it the Christmas before last from the lovely Mikayla @ Mikayla's Bookshelf.

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik: This series is essentially the Napoleonic Wars with dragons. What's not to like? Admittedly I'm not actually the biggest dragon fan, I'm much more of a unicorn girl, but I love the idea of including dragons in a well-known historical setting. I struggled a bit with Novik's writing when I read Uprooted (reviewed here) which is why I haven't started this series yet, but I'm hoping I enjoy it.

The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon: I really want to watch the series but I want to read the books first, only there's so many of them and they're all HUGE. It's pretty intimidating.

The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire: Seanan McGuire (also known as Mira Grant) is one of my favourites, and though I'm not the biggest fan of faeries I do really like the sound of this urban fantasy series. There are already ten books in the series, though, so I have some catching up to do!

The Glamourist Histories series by Mary Robinette Kowal: Similar to Temeraire, this series involves slipping something fantastical into Georgian/Regency history. These books are essentially Jane Austen with magic and considering I own the first book, Shades of Milk and Honey, I'd like to start the series this year.

I actually own all but one of these books, The Lightning Thief being the only one I don't have a copy of, so perhaps I should set myself the challenge of reading the first book in the nine other series by the end of 2017...

Which series made your list this week?

Monday, 19 June 2017

Review | Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson


by Tiffany D. Jackson

My Rating: 

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.

Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.

There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?

I'd seen this book around at the beginning of this year, that simplistic cover kept catching my eye on Goodreads, but it wasn't until I saw Cait @ Paper Fury's review that I actually let myself look into what Allegedly is about. Needless to say, I was intrigued. I don't tend to read much YA these days, not by choice but simply because a lot of the books I love to read don't fall into that category, but whenever I do read it I usually really enjoy it and I'm always interested in YA that covers dark topics like this one.

When Mary was a little girl, she was found guilty of killing a baby. When Mary was a little girl, she was found guilty of killing a white baby, and when Mary herself is black that makes all the difference. Now a teenager and unexpectedly pregnant herself, Mary has to try to prove her innocence before her baby is taken away from her.

I think it's safe to say that if you're not a fan of dark books with upsetting themes, then this book isn't for you because Jackson is not at all afraid to shy away from the gritty, grotesque side of human nature. The world Mary inhabits is unfair and has always treated her unfairly, I think it's the unfairness of her story, more than anything else, that really got to me. Particularly because it's quite clear that if certain things were different - if Mary's upbringing had been different or her mother had been different or her skin colour had been different - she'd be living a much better life than the one she's been dealt. She's a bright young girl with a lot of potential, but that potential has been stripped away by things out of her control; by a society that chose to ignore her when she was most in need and only pay her any attention when they could blame her for the death of a child who was more worthy of their time.

Mary was the strongest part of this book for me; I'm not sure I've ever wanted to hug a character more, I felt so strongly for her and I was desperate for her story to be revealed and told and believed. It reminded me a little of Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, actually, so if you've read and enjoyed this book and are looking for something else to read I'd recommend picking that one up.

I was ready to give Allegedly five stars and then the final chapter came along. I'm not going to spoil anything, but for me the final chapter felt like a final 'dun dun duuuun!' moment from the author that didn't need to be there and actually weakened a lot of the points she'd made so well throughout the rest of the novel about racism and classism. Did it ruin the novel for me? No. Did it need to be there? Also no. It bothered me a little, but the majority of this book is so well done and dark, without being gratuitous, that I simply have to recommend it. It's a very strong debut and I can't wait to see what Tiffany D. Jackson does next.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Review | Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀


by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀

My Rating: 

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It is all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything - arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair.

Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of 80s Nigeria, Stay With Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief, and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood. It is a tale about our desperate attempts to save ourselves and those we love from heartbreak.

This debut was one of my most anticipated releases of this year after I came across an article about it in an issue of The Bookseller, and now that I've read it I can confirm it definitely deserved a spot on that list. If there's something I've discovered about myself this year, it's that I really enjoy stories set in Nigeria; I loved Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's The Thing Around Your Neck (reviewed here) and I loved this debut.

Simon @ Savidge Reads (a booktuber you should all be watching if you aren't already) described this book as a thriller about a marriage and I completely agree with him. What I love most about this book is that you read the blurb and think you know what the book's going to be about, and when you finish it there's no way you could have possibly guessed the twists and turns the novel takes; it reminded me of the way I felt while reading Sarah Waters' Fingersmith (reviewed here), constantly being surprised and thinking I knew a character only to be proven wrong. It's such a joy to read!

At times it can be quite a dark, emotional book, don't go into Stay With Me thinking it's going to be fairly tame simply because it's about a marriage, but nothing feels gratuitous and, despite everything that happens, at no point did I feel as though Adébáyọ̀ was trying to deliberately shock me for the sake of it. Her characters are so real and fleshed out, particularly Yejide and Akin, and she explores the intricacies of their relationship and what their culture expects from them so skilfully and respectfully.

In a culture where it isn't considered unusual for a man to take more than one wife, Yejide and Akin are unusual in that they've chosen to be monogamous, so you can imagine Yejide's heartbreak and surprise when, right at the beginning of the novel, she discovers Akin has taken a second wife. It would have been so easy to make this a story in which Akin is a villain, but Adébáyọ̀ doesn't treat any of her characters as stereotypes; just as she explores the strain of their culture on Yejide and what is expected of her, we're also shown what's expected of Akin as the man of the house and how traditional masculinity can be just as toxic as traditional femininity when it's forced upon a person. I didn't expect to go through this book liking Akin as much as I liked Yejide, but by the end of it I really did love them both and felt as though I'd been on a real rollercoaster ride with them. I sat down with this book one evening after work and read it in one sitting, that's how much I loved it. It just pulled me through.

Initially I gave it four stars, but the more I thought about it, and the more I realised how often I was thinking about it, I knew I had to bump it up to a five star read. Please, please go out and read this book this summer, I think it's a fantastic debut and I can't wait to see what Adébáyọ̀ brings out next - whatever it is, I'll be eagerly awaiting to get my hands on a copy.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

This Week in Books | 14/06/17


This week I'm joining in with Lipsy @ Lipsyy Lost & Found to talk about the books I've been reading recently!


Now: Considering I loved The Fifth Season earlier this year and the final book in this trilogy, The Stone Sky, is due to be released in August, I figured it was about time I finished The Obelisk Gate which I started a while ago. I am really enjoying it and the only reason I seemed to stop reading it is because I'm so terrible at finishing series, but I'm determined to finish this one this year!

Then: As promised, last week I did go home and start Stay With Me and I ended up finishing it in one sitting. I absolutely devoured this book, I loved it, and I can't wait to see what Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ writes next. Look out for my review soon!

Next: Once I finish The Obelisk Gate I really am going to read The Beautiful Ones - I'm looking forward to it!

What are you reading?