I’m in a bit of a blogging slump these days, I haven’t even managed to post my mini reviews for the Magical Readathon which was in August… I don’t think I want to give up blogging, maybe I just need to get back into a routine.
I have been reading loads, and chugging through my reading challenges. I only have a handful of prompts left on both ATY and Popsugar. Out of the 12 books I read last month, 4 were 5 stars reads! If you’ve like to know what I’ve been reading in a more timely manner, do add me on Goodreads.
Here’s what did make it onto the blog…
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Verdict: I loved this so much and went out and bought the rest of the books straight away.
ATY: 46. A book with a (mostly) black cover
After Atlas by Emma Newman
Verdict: Better than Planetfall, a great mix of murder mystery, corporate exploitation, cults and tech. All these books are standalone within the same series, and I can’t wait to read the others.
ATY: 19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR
Tiger by Polly Clark
Verdict: I enjoyed the first part about Frieda’s addiction and working at a small zoo but I got a bit lost when it switched to Siberia or the tiger’s perspective. I’m not sure this was the best audiobook, the Russian accents were a bit dodgy.
POPSUGAR: 33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in title
Season of the Witch by Sarah Rees Brennan
Verdict: I watched the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the 90’s but haven’t seen the Netflix one from which this is based. Was a fun and easy read, though I do miss Salem!
POPSUGAR: 2. A book that makes you nostalgic
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
Verdict: A bit disappointed in this final instalment, felt it didn’t have much plot and was padded out with violence. The other books were violent too, but it felt less justified here. Glad to have an ending though.
Web by John Wyndham
Verdict: Not Wyndham’s finest but it’s still very him. Brings together the displacement of indigenous people, nuclear testing and deadly spiders on an island.
POPSUGAR: 13. A book published posthumously
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Verdict: I liked the idea, there are lots of doors that lead to other worlds (10,000 to be exact) and young January discovers them when she hears of her father’s death. I just didn’t really click with the characters.
ATY Rejects: Portal fiction
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
Verdict: I enjoyed these stories a lot more than I expected. It’s not a period that I’ve read much of, certainly not the everyday aspects these slightly unsettling stories explore. I spied this being read on The Haunting of Hill House.
POPSUGAR: 14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
ATY: 23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Verdict: What a great little moral tale; the real monsters never look like monsters and we should never forget the lessons we’ve learned from past tragedy. I think I’ll review this one properly, give me a poke if I don’t!
POPSUGAR: 32b. An author from Africa
The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson
Verdict: A good follow up, in which the surviving molly starts her life as Molly. If that sounds confusing read the first book. I liked the tamaras.
Command and Control by Eric Schlosser
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