Sunday, 10 April 2016

Weekly Wrap Up #1: All Change

Hello to you all!

Welcome to a new weekly post where I talk about the books that I've finished and started during the week, and a bit of a personal update.

It's been a bit of a hectic week: I returned to Germany, I started brand new classes, and I've had to deal with moving between countries, friends, and family. Again. Everything is once again changing, in a way which is out of my hands and more frustratingly, is very short term. I know people will say "Stop wishing your youth away" and "Enjoy your freedom whilst you can", but at this moment in time, all I want is a bit of stability and a place to stay that is my own and is not just for a matter of months.

There have been a few positive realisations this week though, the main one being that I have time. Time to do whatever I want, whether that be reading, blogging, colouring, or binge-watching Daredevil on Netflix. It's been flippin' marvellous.

So! Onto to this week in books:


  • Cinder - Marissa Meyer
I picked this up after seeing so many photos of the admittedly beautiful cover on Instagram. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, even though I was a bit cautious about it being not what I usually read and it being such a hit with the bookstagram community. In case any of you haven't read it, it's a retelling of Cinderella set in the future where Linh Cinder is a cyborg mechanic.  The world Marissa Meyer creates is at once familiar and new. All the things you expect from a futuristic society (hovercrafts, ID chips, android servants) are paired with new country formations, the magical powers of people living on the moon, and a very different storyline compared to the Cinderella we all know from Disney films.

  • Black Eyed Susans - Julia Heaberlin
Not only is the cover of this book very attractive, but it was also Waterstones' March Thriller of the Month, both of which I just couldn't resist. Black Eyed Susans is the story of Tessa, who as a teenager is attacked and left for dead in a grave with the bodies of her attacker's other victims. She thinks the person responsible is sitting in prison, but she's forced to delve back into her past when she finds a fresh batch of black-eyed susans - the flowers that covered her early grave - under her bedroom window. Is the accused really her killer? The story is told in a split-narrative by teenager Tessie and the present-day Tessa, which leaves you always begging for more. Kudos to Julia Heaberlin for creating something that is completely original and wonderfully creepy!


  • How To Be Both - Ali Smith
I'll be honest: I have no idea what this book is about. I bought it purely on the basis that one of my best friends recommended it to me, and I started reading it before anything else on my TBR because of the Twitter poll I set up. I'm only a couple of pages in, so all I can say at the moment is that I really like the way in which it's told - I guess the best way to describe it is stream of consciousness. I've high hopes considering it was recommended by Jez, not to mention the fact that it won the 2015 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction!

  • Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith 
Career of Evil is this month's audiobook bought with my Audible token. I have listened to the previous two Cormoran Strike novels (The Cuckoo's Calling and The Sillkworm) but my experience wasn't that great with them; I found them quite difficult to keep up with, partly due to the number of characters introduced and complicated plot, partly because it was an audiobook and I wasn't able to flip back and forth easily. Nevertheless, I decided to download Career of Evil and give it a chance. I'm 8 1/2 hours in already and very pleased I decided to continue with the series. We're finally getting more of a personal background for Robin and Strike, and the Blue Öyster Cult song references at the beginning of each chapter are much easier to interpret than the Latin phrases/literary quotes that were used in the first two novels. Overall, I'm looking forward to what's in store. 

How has your week been? What have you been reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Love to you all,