We are only seven days into the new year and it’s already been a handful. Lockdown 3.0 is underway. Some people are horrendously sore losers and can’t resist showing it. And life feels kind of deflating. But hey, I’m not here to talk about doom and gloom. I’m here to talk about books. Today marks my first instalment of ‘The Big Reading Update’ which can be shortened to TBRU. (Did you see what I did there?)
Every Friday I’ll drop in to talk about all the books I’ve been reading each week. Plus all the books I’ve been buying, adding to my wishlist or requesting on NetGalley! So yeah, a lot of bookish stuff all rolled into one. Let’s not waste any time and get straight into it, shall we?
What I Read This Week
Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
the Graphic Novel
To kick off the year, I wanted to see what my last book of 2020 looked like as a graphic novel adaptation. And to be honest, I enjoyed it about the same just in different ways. The artwork here is fab especially in regards to the monsters which I was never really able to visualise in my imagination. A few things were changed or omitted which caught me off-guard a bit but ultimately I did really enjoy this.
My Rating: ★★★★
People Like Her
AD – Review Copy
My go-to genre is mystery/thrillers. They’re sort of my Kryptonite. They make me anxious for days and yet I always crawl back because they’re sooooooo good.
This one was dark, intense and twisty. It’s about a super famous mummy blogger called Emmy who is being stalked by… well, that’s the question! Ultimately, this was a touch too dark for me and I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. That’s all I’ll say about it here but please feel free to check out my full review if you’re intrigued and want to know more!
My Rating: ★★★★
All Birds Have Anxiety
I borrowed this from my eLibrary for the Read Harder’s ‘demystifies a mental illness’ prompt. As you might know, I suffer from generalised and social anxiety. But all I really know about anxiety is what I’ve experienced first-hand. So I thought this was a great opportunity to learn more.
Now I didn’t realise going in that this is a children’s book. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have chosen to read it. Luckily, I did. This book is incredible. It’s short and sweet but covers so much in a super accessible way. Plus there are adorable pictures of birds. What’s not to love? I’d recommend to this to everyone who suffers from or knows someone with anxiety. It’s fantastic. Seriously. Read it.
My Rating: ★★★★★
If I Disappear
AD – Review Copy
Okay. So I actually finished this one last night and… I’m pretty disappointed. It has a really intriguing premise about a fan going to investigate her favourite true crime podcast host’s disappearance. Doesn’t that sound amazing? I wanted it to be amazing. But I don’t think it was executed as well as it could have been. It’s left me in a bit of a conundrum about what to rate it. I won’t go into any more detail at this time because a full review will pop up very soon but yeah, disappointed by this one.
My Rating: TBC
The only book I’m currently reading is Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen. This book has been on my radar since just before its release last year and is proving invaluable in normalising my own experiences as an ace.
On My Radar
This week I added 11 books to my ‘want to read’ pile. They are:
- Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall
- The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad
- Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner
- Shiver by Allie Reynolds
- Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler
- The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy
- Last One to Die by Cynthia Murphy
- The Shadow Arts by Damien Love
- For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing
- The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk
- Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards
So far in 2021, I have spent £9.81 on books. At present, I have purchased 9 books – all of them as Kindle eBooks. These are the ones I’ve picked up this week:
- Private Parts: Living well with bad periods and endometriosis by Eleanor Thom
- Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
- Bad Pharma: How medicine is broken and how we can fix it by Ben Goldacre
- Long Bright River by Liz Moore
- The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
- It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies) edited by Scarlett Curtis
- Dear Child by Romy Hausmann
- The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
- The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
My aim for 2021 was to not allow myself to become swamped with ARCs. Still, I got a bit excited and requested a few. (You know how it is.)
If you’ve read my 2021 reading plans, you’ll know that I wanted to start reviewing children’s books here too. So I’ve started requesting those this week and have already been approved for two picture books that I’m very excited to read with my little one. Reviews will be coming soon so keep your eyes peeled!
The books I’ve been approved for this week are:
- The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird
- You Live Where? by John Hay and Garry Parsons (Children’s)
- Slug in Love by Rachel Bright and Nadia Shireen (Children’s)
Well that’s all I have to share this week but I’ll be back every Friday with even more!
What are you planning to read this weekend? Let me know in the comments!