Another week has flown by, and it’s time for another sum-up. Luckily, it’s been a good reading week! Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.
~ On the Blog ~
This week has been quite busy work-and-life-wise, so I didn’t do a lot on the blog. However, I did finally post the interview with Kate Moore, author of the Radium Girls! It’s quite a touchie, so you’re very welcome to check it out:
The Radium Girls has now been published (just this week!), and you can get your hands on it here. Or add it to your Goodreads here. Truly think you will enjoy it. Also, the author is touring the US, so you might want to check out the venues and the dates she will be giving talks and signing here.
~ Reading this week ~
Reading this week has been good! Despite not being able to chug out reviews quite yet, I have finished a few books and started a few curious new ones.
The Breedling and the City in the Garden is one of my Blogger Shame challenge books which I’ve had since the end of last year. It was really fun and refreshing retro fantasy read (the cover is spot on to the mood of the book!) and I will be posting a review of it soon. I have also contacted the author and got on the list for those waiting for an ARC of the sequel! Exciting.
Born Aware is something I grabbed last week from NetGalley. It’s about people who were born spiritually aware, or aware of their surroundings (as opposed to most people getting born without any understanding or keeping any memories of their own birth). A lot of you would label this book as ‘bogus’, probably, but I like stories like that, cause they engage my metaphysical gears and often motivate me about life.
Get Well Soon is my first title from Edelweiss, and I might have not picked it up otherwise, but it was the only ‘Read Now’ title on it at the time, and I want to publish a review or two on the platform, since my profile is such a fresh slate on there that nobody approves me for stuff yet. This turned out to be like a 2.5 star read, and I will be publishing a review of it soon too.
Felix Yz is a delightfully diverse middle grade book that is like a current version on A Wrinkle In Time. It’s about a boy who lives a very unusual life, as he is fused with an interdimensional being which makes his life quite tough, although a lot of this seems just like it’s paraphrased for ‘I’m different’ and how that makes you deal with loads of things most kids don’t face (and it’s refreshingly lovely). I just started it, it’s adorable and quite enjoyable, although a little bumbly. If you like middle grade super diverse and wacky books, do check this title out.
~ Book haul ~
So I normally don’t do a book haul during a weekly round-up, but this time… I kind of really got off the tether. Maybe it’s to do with the fact that I got only 5 books in the entirety of April. Maybe it was because there were a lot of Amazon sales. Maybe it’s cause I was feeling particularly blue one of those days and went a-NetGalley-raidin’…
My reasoning being that, you know. They never approve me anyway.
Except they did.
FOR ALL THE BOOKS.
So seeing how I’m stuck with loads of review copies now, not sure if I’ll read them all in time, I might as well share it with you and give them the boost!
~ Books I got for review ~
Dear Reflection is a rock’n’roll memoir of a teen in a bad situation. Very interesting. When The English Fall is a literary title, about pacifist societies in the light of the end of the world. The Finding of Martha Lost is about a girl who is nobody, and doesn’t want to be found, but has to stop hiding. Down The Up Staircase is a book that is already released, and I’ve seen it around the blogs and been super excited about it – it’s about growing up in Harlem, three generations of it. Super excited to read it.
Felix Yz, Get Well Soon and Born Aware have already been summed up above. Hack-proof Your Life Now just seemed like a useful title to request (although it’s geared more towards US audiences) and Blooming is just a light YA read for an evening which was a freebie on Instafreebie, so I grabbed it.
~ Books I bought ~
The Flight of the Silvers has mixed reviews, but I decided to grab it. It’s either a good or a really weird dystopia. We’ll find out. Have you read it? The Girl Who Fell From The Sky is about the racial difficulties of a person born out of the culture of their race, which seems like a very interesting topic. Running The Rift is about running, hardship, life, it’s also literary (I think..?). The Housekeeper And The Professor is about human relationships and it has a lot of great friend reviews. The Great Apocalypse, to be fair, is something I don’t even remember putting on my to-read list, but the bizarreness of the story made me think I should grab it, as it cost like 0.99$ as well (it’s a mishmash of the creepier parts of various mythologies, it seems, which will always hook me).
~ General rambling ~
Bookish ramblings first: this week I joined Litsy and ReadFeed. Is anyone out there? If so, add me, pretty please 🙂 I’m so lonely out there now!
As for life events, yesterday we got invited to our friends’ summerhouse. Their parents live there, and they turned out to be incredibly fun. In fact, I think it’s my first pair of people in their 50s who have blatantly refused to age and are still like the 20-30 year olds that we are. Spent a fun evening with some drinks, a barbecue and so much live music (there were 6 of us there, and every single one could play guitar and sing!) I also got a lot of reading done while sitting around and just relaxing in nature. It was great!
Weekend+ friends + BBQ = loads of reading?? I don’t know how I managed to squeeze the bookish time in, but I did! And THAT is like the cherry on top 🍒 Yep, absolute book nerd. I even went to bed slightly earlier so I could read myself to sleep. Even if it was still 3 AM. Let them party longer, I’ve got a party of my own 😄 🍹 📚
How has your week been and what are you planning on reading next week?