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The questions are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
1. What I’m reading at the moment
Moon Over Soho (Peter Grant #2) by Ben Aaronovitch
I’m nearly finished and, unless something tremendously unexpected happen in the next few pages, this is exactly what I expected to find in a sequel to Rivers of London. Another police procedural with some supernatural gubbins.
What it’s about: London constable and apprentice Peter Grant suspects sorcery when Soho area musicians drop dead, their brain scans showing magical draining. Victim Cyrus left girlfriend Simone, who beds Peter. His dad “Lord Grant” taught him jazz, but master mage DCI Nightingale still recuperates, and a Pale Lady bites off essential bits for an animal chimera slave ring.
2. The last books I read
Cinder, Scarlet and Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #1-3) by Marissa Meyer
Here’s my joint review for the Lunar Chronicles 1-3. The short version: I enjoyed this very much and recommend it to anyone who likes YA fantasy. Great, absorbing fun.
What it’s about (thanks Wikipedia): The Lunar Chronicles is a series of five YA fantasy novels by Marissa Meyer. Each book entails a new take on an old fairy tale, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. The story takes place in a futuristic world where humans, cyborgs, and androids all coexist.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Another good read! Here’s my full review.
I’ve had such a great week 🙂 This left me grinning like a fool. It’s witty, sweet and moving. Fans of contemporary YA will love it.
The blurb: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
3. What I’ll read next
84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
This is one of my sister’s favourite books and I’ve been meaning to read it for many years. Lindsay at Bookboodle and I are planning a readalong. The book’s a bit short for us to divide it up, but we’ll chat as we go on Twitter. I’m really looking forward to it 🙂
The blurb: 84, Charing Cross Road is a charming record of bibliophilia, cultural difference, and imaginative sympathy. For 20 years, an outspoken New York writer and a rather more restrained London bookseller carried on an increasingly touching correspondence.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
What it’s about: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
The Grisha Trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
So I wanted to read Six of Crows and I was reliably informed that I’ll get more out of it if I read the Grisha Trilogy first. *sigh*. I’ve been trying to avoid YA fantasy trilogies/series but I swear they’re stalking me!
What it’s about. I’ll give you the blurb for Book 1 to avoid spoilers!: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
Have you read/are reading any of these? What are you reading? Let me know! 🙂
In other posts (for the chocolate lovers), last week I made After Eight mint chocolate brownies.