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