Weekly Wrap Up: June 2 – 8

I don’t usually do a weekly wrap up post- and don’t really plan to make it a habit, but it was a busy week for me and I had some things I wanted to share!

Blood Eye Raven 1 by Giles Kristian

First, I did my first ever guest post for Andrew at On My Book Shelf and covered the historical fiction Viking novel: Blood Eye (Raven #1) by Giles Kristian.  Unfortunately the book itself was kind of a dud, but I had a lot of fun working with Andrew.  On My Book Shelf covers a wide range of topics from writing prompts to favorite quotes, and books reviews from fantasy and historical fiction to thrillers and manga.  He’s got lots of fun, unique content and a little something for everyone, so stop by and say hello!

Books I DNF’d:

Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley

Queen of Kings by Maria Dahvana Headley: I’m going to qualify this by saying, Queen of Kings is not a bad book.  I’m guessing it’s a solid three star read.  It’s just not what I wanted right now.  I read The Mere Wife a few months ago and haven’t been able to get it out of my head.  I thought the premise (Cleopatra possessed by a god and out for revenge) would provide an excellent opportunity for Headley to give me another ferocious and fully realized female character.  Maybe Cleo becomes that eventually, but I read about 30% of the book, and it was a lot of Cleopatra bemoaning her fate and missing Antony and not taking any real discernible action.  Add to that a whiny Caesar Augustus, and I just wanted to move on.  I will maybe revisit in the future, but for now my curiosity is sated.

Books I Finished:

Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy

One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Reviews to come!

Books Reviewed:

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena: 3 Stars – Not as surprising or shocking as I would hope for in a thriller.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney: 4 Stars – A super fun roller coaster of a ride that I think most readers would enjoy.  A little far fetched in its conclusion, but hey, we’re talking fiction here.  Who cares?


Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Fantasy Reads

Pride Month: Favorite LGBT+ Couples and Characters in Fiction

Book Hauls:

Barnes & Noble Memorial Day Sale Book Haul

And that’s my week!  I feel pretty accomplished this week.  Hoping next week will be just as great!


18 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up: June 2 – 8

  1. Wow, you did have a good week. Very cool that you did a guest post on another blog😁 I’m looking forward to all three of your upcoming reviews, all books on my TBR that I still need to read.

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    • Haha- it’s okay, I knew what you meant. One Word Kill is pretty good. I don’t know if I loved it as much as some other readers- but it’s definitely worth reading if you like Mark Lawrence.

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      • One Word Kill is so different from his other stuff- I don’t know that I’d use the other books as a bench mark. The protagonist is a lot less morally grey than his other characters for starters. You might like it! Plus it’s quick.

        I haven’t tried Red Queen yet. I’ve been meaning to finish out the Broken Empire first because I think Red Queen comes after that chronologically.

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      • Well- I wouldn’t encourage you to read something you don’t like.. I just meant that was how I planned to read them!

        I think the Red Queen series probably works fine on its own without any knowledge of what happened to Jorg.

        You could always do what I do- look up all the spoilers and skip reading it. 🤣

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      • haha That is tempting. I actually wouldn’t mind checking a few spoilers for Jorg seeing as how I am on the fence about reading further. I will certainly think it over as Lawrence is an author I want to read more of 🙂

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