1. Why are there so many amazing sounding books out there
2. Why don’t time turners exist
3. Why don’t I get paid handsomely to read all day long
The book lover’s struggle is real.
First up, let me tell you about some books I only just finished:
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Is this the world’s most anticipated 2016 release? I think it might just be. The potential issue with giant books like this is that they can often collapse under the weight of their own hype. Fortunately, Leigh is faaaar too rad a writer to let this happen.
Crooked Kingdom is everything you want and more. I promise. So, so unbelievably good.
Way Down Dark by J. P. Smythe
Shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award because that’s how great it is, the warning is in the title – this book is super dark. A little bit like Aliens crossed with Pandorum, set on a generational spaceship with some inhabitants who have decided that civilisation is not really for them. Be prepared for lots of action, bleakness, death, and a great plot twist.
And now, my most anticipated to-be-read books:
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
In truth I already began this on holiday recently but had to pause because apparently sometimes you’re supposed to work for a living. What I’ve read so far is mysterious, captivating and magical. I think it’s going to be huge.
Goldenhand by Garth Nix
This promises to be just as gorgeous and immersive as the rest of the brilliant Old Kingdom series. I’m lucky enough to be doing an event with Garth this Autumn (what even is my life?) at which I’m going to attempt to dig for delicious insider series knowledge. Wish me luck…
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
We wants it, precioussss.
Laini is the kind of writer other writers gush about until it gets a bit embarrassing. I’m almost apathetic about the actual plot of this because I just need to gorge on her glorious writing. Guaranteed to make you feel like you really are in a dream, and you may never want to leave…