It’s been another busy week of blogging, reading and watching Wimbledon… I am a massive tennis fan. Am a little sad that Serena couldn’t take the ladies’ title yesterday but wow did Halep play an exceptional match so all credit is due to her…and such a lovely winning speech she gave too. I *may* have shed a tear… And I don’t want to even talk about the mens’ final…it’s too sharp right now.
As I am still transferring book reviews from my Goodreads profile to my blog I have posted a lot of reviews this week. Btw, you all should add me if we aren’t yet Goodreads friends. Profile here.
- Lanny by Max Porter
- Girl in the Window by Penny Joelson
- The Leading Edge of Now by Marci Lyn Curtis
- Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood
- House of Names by Colm Toibin
- Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland
- The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn
- Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott
- The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles
- My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
- The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
- A Notable Woman by Jean Lucey Pratt
- The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
- A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
- The Falconer by Dana Czapnik
I took part in two tags this week: Top Ten Tuesday which was a character freebie and I chose to list my top ten favourite literary characters and The Spring Cleaning Book Tag…in July… I know. Not exactly *spring* but it was fun to do all the same
What I Read
I read five books this week. My Dark Vanessa was a five star read and I highly recommend it to fans of literary fiction.
I then read my book group’s July read which was The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody. I’m sorry to say I did not enjoy this at all and rated it just one star.
I followed that up with two library reads; Pan’s Labyrinth which is based on the book of the same name. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t as great as I thought it would be.
And then I read Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey which similar to Pan’s Labyrinth I enjoyed but didn’t love. I rated both books three stars.
I rounded out the week with an eARC of The Falconer by Dana Czapnik which was a really enjoyable coming-of-age tale and you can read my review here.
Next up for me is my eARC of American Royals by Katherine McGee. Here’s the blurb: Meet the Washingtons – the most scandalous royal family ever! HRH Princess Samantha has always been a royal rebel. She’s the spare not the heir, so no one minds too much who she dates or how hard she parties. It helps that her sister, Princess Beatrice, is literally perfect. She’s demure, sweet and beautiful, and she knows that the crown always comes first – no matter what her heart might really want. But they’re not the only ones with their eye on the throne. Daphne Deighton might be ‘newly noble’ but she won Prince Jefferson’s heart once, and she’ll do anything to get back into the court’s favour – and his bed. If only she knew that her competition was a common nobody – plain little Nina Gonzalez, the daughter of the king’s secretary. Together these four young women must navigate the drama, gossip, scheming and sizzling romance of the most glorious court in the world. There’s everything to play for – but there can only be one queen.
This week I earned my 100 NetGalley Reviews badge which I am quite amazed by. I didn’t think I would ever get a single arc not to mind 101 which is my current total. And I am also really amazed by the fact that I have auto-approvals from two publishers: 4th Estate/William Collins and Simon and Schuster UK. I still get such a kick out of reading eARCs and feel so excited to get to read some of my most anticipated reads in advance of publication.
I hope you all had a great week too. Let me know what you read in the comments below.
Here’s to another great week of reading!