Well it seems like I’ve actually read more of my intended TBR than I did last month! Of the ten books I chose, I’ve actually read five, plus an additional seven.
Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger
Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Pages & Co. #1) by Anna James
Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte
Slay by Brittney Morris (review here)
The Queen of Blood (Queens of Renthia #1) by Sarah Beth Durst
The Reluctant Queen (Queens of Renthia #2) by Sarah Beth Durst
Steel Crow Saga has been on my TBR for months in this category. It’s probably time to move it down to backlist now! I’m still looking forward to it, I just never seem to get round to it.
The same with Foundryside and The Vanishing Deep. I still want to read them, they were just overtaken by other books!
I did read Tilly. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. The characters were flat, the dialogue was clunky… but the concept is wonderful.
For perhaps the first time ever, I started a new series, and read the sequel – all in the same month! We live in unprecedented times… That should tell you everything you need to know about how good The Queen of Blood is. I’m going to write a review soon, but for now just know that it’s ‘proper’ fantasy, but done in a very unique way.
I actually did pick up The Toll and start reading it! I was so proud of myself, I swear. I quickly realised that I wasn’t familiar enough with the earlier books to really do it justice though, so I’m going to reread Scythe and Thunderhead and go back to The Toll before the end of the year.
I read Alice and, oh boy, I did not like it.
The Only Woman in the Room, however, I loved. It’s a fictionalised account of the life of Hedy Lamarr, who was not only a beautiful movie star, but was a Wartime activist who co-invented improvements to the military’s torpedo system which subsequently led to Blutooth. She also dated Howard Hughes and assisted with some of his aviation troubles. She was an amazing person and I really recommend you go read more about her.
Yes! I read one! Ha! Playing to the Gallery was informative, but not what I expected. I had thought it was a mini, accessible guide to understand modern art, but it’s more about understanding the modern art world. I enjoyed it, but I still need something to meet that need.
The Novice (Black Magician #2) by Trudi Canavan
A Second Chance (Chronicles of St Mary’s #3) by Jodi Taylor
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman (review here)
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I read both the books I had planned to, and enjoyed them just as much as the first time around. I struggled a bit with The Novice initially – I’m not sure whether it has Middle Book syndrome or whether I just wasn’t in the mood. Either way, it picked up and I ended up loving it.
As I said already, I reread Scythe so I can finally get to The Toll before the end of the year. I still love this world, and the concept, and argh. Just everything about this series.
I also had a burning desire to reread A Little Princess, as it forms such an integral part of Tilly and the Bookwanderers. Whilst it is technically a reread, it must have been at least twenty years since I read it and I remembered literally nothing about it. Oh my gosh, I LOVED it though. I don’t recall falling in love with it when I was younger, but it has clearly caused some sort of delayed reaction. I really, really enjoyed this.
Have you read any of these books? Please let me know what you thought down below!