The month end has come round again and it feels as if I haven’t done a wrap up post for a while. I honestly cannot remember the last time I sat down to write one!
Anyway, I’ve had a great reading month diving into an ARC of a spin-off series, re-reading some favourites, and re-reading a first book in a series I knew I’d enjoy more the second time round.
My reading habits often throw me into deep water. As a fantasy, sci-fi and historical fiction reader, the vast majority of my books are series and I can’t always binge read them in one go. I’m always swapping and changing them around, or throwing the odd standalone in the mix to shake things up a bit. However, it means I don’t always finish a full series. I will have every intention of finishing it, but I just don’t do it.
My GoodReads Top 100 YA Books is now at the half way point and I never thought I’d get here! It seems to take a while to get through all of these books, but it’s fun and here’s to the next 50 books on the way!
So we all have a TBR that’s getting out of hand. We wouldn’t be us otherwise. Even though I have cut mine down a lot, especially with the help of Lia’s Down the TBR Hole (who is now over at Sunflowers and Wonder), I still do have a lot of unread books on my bookshelf and I am very aware of this.
I don’t know why I can’t call this “what I’m currently reading,” but I kind of prefer the sound of “what’s on my bedside table?” Also I’m currently watching back episodes of The Bakery Bears (one of my favourite knitting video podcasts) and they ask a similar question to talk about the projects they’ve done, that they’re working on, and also the books they’re reading, and it’s stuck in my head!
By no means is this a TBR because we all know I cannot make and stick to TBRs. It is definitely along the lines of a “currently reading” post because I have started and read quite a bit of the four books on my bedside table.
As the saying goes, “time flies when you’re having fun” and that was certainly true for YALC this year. I think the wings were flapping twice as fast from day one!
It’s time for a pre-order post and I’m super excited by all the books that are being published throughout this second half of the year. They sound absolutely amazing, and I’m nearly willing time to speed up so that I can get my hands on them. I am fine with being patient and waiting, but sometimes it’s impossible and I might be getting a little close to that state right now. It could also be down to the fact YALC is around the corner, but this isn’t the time for that. It’s all about the pre-orders!
The second half of the year is now upon us and nearly all the book bloggers and BookTubers I know have done the Mid Year Freak Out Tag. I debated doing this too, but it wasn’t really working for me this time round.
Rather than answer all those questions, I wanted to break my reading down into statistics like I would do in my reading journal (if I’d kept it up this year, which I haven’t – oops).
Wow, what a wordy title. It is however the perfect description for the three books I want to talk about in this post because they do leave me with conflicted feelings. They are books I read in June that I hoped would be fast-paced, and deliver on hype surrounding them.
Here’s a book to excite all readers.
Here is a book that I (Sarah) pushed under Emma’s nose and forced her to read because I knew how much she would love it.
Eleven year-old Tilly has lived above her grandparents’ bookshop ever since her mother disappeared shortly after she was born. Like the rest of her family, Tilly loves nothing more than to escape into the pages of her favourite stories.
One day Tilly realises that classic children’s characters are appearing in the shop through the magic of `book wandering’ – crossing over from the page into real life.
With the help of Anne of Green Gables and Alice in Wonderland. Tilly is determined to solve the mystery of what happened to her mother all those years ago, so she bravely steps into the unknown, unsure of what adventure lies ahead and what dangers she may face.
I love this book because it dives into fantasy worlds I also love, like Alice in Wonderland. It was also easy to understand, which was great! With Alice, all the books Tilly and Oskar wander into are vivid and I can see them come to life, as if I was watching them on film. Tilly also reminds me a lot of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, always excited to be in a bookshop or library surrounded by various worlds and magical stories. The rest of the story was fun, exciting, and I liked that it had a happy ending.
It is a book for the dreamers, and people who always want to see their favourite book characters come to life.
I rate it 5 out of 5★