I talk about being in a slump, going to events, meeting the bookish crew and all the CROOKED KINGDOM THINGS! Also can we talk about how I'm posting this on the last day of September. I MEAN THAT TIMING!
As much as I want the Crooked Kingdom hardback, I'm lurking and waiting for the deals!
Books I have received from the wonderful humans called publishers:
I have tried to refrain from requesting too much at the moment, because I'm swamping in review books (no complaints though)
(Thanks so much to Pan Macmillan for these two books)
The Books I've Read This Month:
So this is where I get to the part where I say I was in a slump. A most horrid book slump. Caused by an excessive amount of contemporary novels. I know. The slump turned one of my favourite genres against me. THE GENRE THAT HELPS ME OUT OF SLUMPS. So I was like, "Well great, this is just perfect, how will I get out of this?" Thank goodness for fantasy novels and a beta read that was actually one of the best things ever.So in the end I read 6 books including a beta read.
+ Beta read
Nothing Tastes As Good: ★★★★
Stealing Snow: ★.5
Our Chemical Hearts: ★★★.5
Siege and Storm: ★★★★.5
Book of the Month:
So pleasantly surprised with this book. If you read my review for Shadow and Bone which was way way way back here, I wasn't amazed. This book was a step up for me. Well more than a step up. I have to thank my friend Steph, for making me read this book, because I honestly wouldn't have read it and I loved it!
Also, this book has made me that much more excited for Crooked Kingdom. I did enjoy Six of Crows, but I read it during a slump (yes, I have had a lot of slumps at the moment!) and I just don't know if I can judge it? Because I loved the characters but not the plot? Anyway, I have high hopes for Crooked Kingdom, because I seem to not like the first books in Leigh's series but love the second. Also I now have so much more knowledge of the Grisha now and I love the world so much! One of the best fantasy worlds ever.
I'm currently beta reading for a friend of mine and her novel is incredible. I am absoloutley loving reading it! But I think next on my list to read will be either This Savage Song or Crooked Kingdom!
What's happened this month:
+ I uploaded a post on my beta reading services and why if you have a novel you'd like read, you should think about sending it to me! Check out that post & all the guidelines here
+ I also got to meet Krystal Sutherland (@km_sutherland) at her Melbourne Our Chemical Hearts book launch! I had such an amazing time and she was such a lovely bubbly person! Meeting her was so awesome! The night also included hugs from Shivaun Plozza, another amazing author (@shivaunplozza) who did a great job as interviewer as well as getting to meet Amie Kaufman co-author of Illuminae and the Starbound Trilogy (@amiekaufmanauthor) which was so incredible!
I also loved meeting all of the Melbourne Bookish Crew in real life! It was so nice to see them and I will probably see them again at the Gemina Launch.
(Shivaun on the left, Krystal on the right. Both looking so gorgeous!)
This photo is taken by Sarah R Hatch
+ If you'd like to see my review of Our Chemical Hearts, I have posted one as well as a playlist here!
+ I also interviewed tactile typographer + cover designer of upcoming release The Sun Is Also A Star. It's a bit of a behind the scenes on the cover, so you can look at the post here!
+ I posted my 100th post this week, (this will be 101st) so thanks for sticking with me for 100 (or maybe a little less) posts!
+ Also many thanks for 100+ followers on my bookstagram! That's crazy thankyou so much! I'm just @picnicreads on there aswell, if you like bookish photography!
+I also plan on FINALLY reading the Throne of Glass Series because a) everyone recommends it very highly b) THE FANART (and spoilers which I don't think I can avoid anymore and c) The next book comes out next year and I think I need to read them all before that.
I need to finish the Shadowhunter series aswell. I am almost halfway through that! AHHH SERIES
+ I am also SO ready for the Gemina Launch! SO excited!
+ I also kind of talked to Leigh Bardugo & Simini Blocker. Two of the most amazing people ever! I congratulated Leigh on the Crooked Kingdom release and she replied! I also talked to Simini Blocker (an incredible artist who is known for drawing characters from books) I tweeted her about how much I loved Nina Zenik (a character from Six of Crows) and how much I love her drawings and we had a whole chat about NINA! It was so awesome. (Also how cool is Leigh's website? It has the whole Grisha map on it and YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PLACES!
What's On This Week (Posting Wise)
My review of The Boundless Sublime by Lili Wilkinson!