So we are finally in June which means that half of 2019 is already gone and before we know it it’s going to be 2020! What a year it has been so far!
The chaos of life has had me swamped and a new baby demanding my undivided attention means that I haven’t managed to read nearly as many books as I would have liked to but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t accomplished anything! I find myself now reading a lot more on my Kindle simply for the reason that it is very hard to hold a baby and turn the pages of books so at the moment my Kindle and I have become good friends again.
So far for 2019 I have managed;
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman – This read had been a long time coming for me. We had begun watching the Amazon Prime series first and it was just shortly before the second season started that I finally got around to reading the book. The show is brilliant, whimsical nonsense but really has you drawn into the Old God’s and their war. But the book gives much more insight, filling in a lot of the blanks that the show doesn’t cover. I’m not too big a fan of Shadow Moon but I do love Mad Sweeney. Outstanding work of Neil Gaiman of course. I would recommend both the show and the book if you have the brain power to focus on the story and just enjoy the carousel.
- The Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder – A reread for me mostly because I felt like I need some Valek on my life again. The Poison Study series was on introduces to me by a friend and it was a great recommendation. I loved every moment of the series but Valek was by far my favourite aspect of the series. He is a strong, level-headed character with a far softer side that isn’t often shown throughout the book so when it is it is much more precious. The series tackles a lot of challenging themes, such as sex, abuse and rape but also explores changing mindsets and broadening horizons, love and friendship, trust and loyalty.
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – I had heard of this book (actually a series which I’d soon to be five books) and mostly about the male character Thomas Cresswell. I got it on sale on my kindle and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was nice to enjoy a book set in such a different time period to what I am used to and to experience the characters living within the boundaries of their society but also breaking free of those confinements to become individual from society. What I had heard of Thomas Cresswell’s character lived up to my expectations and then some. A deeply clever and witty character who reminded me so much of William Herondale from the Infernal Devices series, he was delightful to read about especially the way he manages to wind up and challenge Audrey Rose. Brilliant book, very unexpected twist of the plot.
- This Mortal Coil & This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada – A series about the world of technology being wiped out by a virus created through genetic modification. I found a love for these types of books after reading The Blood of Eden (which was AMAZING). This Mortal Coil and its sequel were nice easy reads but interesting. I would definitely read them again but they weren’t the best books I’ve read but Mot bad either by any stretch of the imagination.
- The Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris – When I say I read these, what I mean is that I’ve read the first four. They are nice and easy reads that don’t require much brain power to plow through. I enjoyed the show of True blood but I find I enjoy the Southern vampire novels much more (probably because it isn’t just softcore porn with a little plot over the top). I find I hate Bill Compton’s character even more than I did in the show and I prefer Pam’s personality for being a cold bitch with a soft spot for Sookie. They were mind numbing books perfect after a week spent in hospital and I can’t wait to finish the series off.
- The Spotless Series by Camilla Monk – this is always one of the series I come back to because it makes me feel good. I need Island and March causing organised havoc in my life at all times. Their relationship makes me happy, their adventures are over the top and simply outrageous and the series on a whole is one of my all time favourites. We are all (im)patiently waiting for the final book of the series to be released sometime this year but I know it is going to make me a little bit sad to know that the series is finally over and there will officially be no more of March and Island’s antics.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – I always, always come back to this series. I sometimes skip the first book depending on how I’m feeling (I did this time and just jumped straight to A Court of Mist and Fury). Sometimes I get sad or life just feels a little out of whack and do I come back to the series to make my heart and mind feel happy again. The Inner Circle are what I dream of having as a family, that strength and loyalty. The story is brilliant, pouring with emotion and life and love. There is just so much love in my heart for this series.
I am still to jump on the bandwagon and get around to reading Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett but this is on the agenda for the next few weeks. I don’t know if any of you have managed to watch the new series of Good Omens that started on Amazon Prime but if you haven’t then I wholeheartedly endorse that you do. My partner and I managed to watch it between brief moments when the baby was asleep and it was worth every moment. Excellently executed, it’s brilliant and funny and the friendship between Crowley and Aziraphale just isn’t to be missed. If you enjoy the humour of Pratchett and Gaiman then you know what should be at the top of your watch pile.
How has your year gone so far? Have you read any great books or just reread some old but gold ones? Are there any books you are waiting for to be released this year? Let me know!
Until next time!