Happy Wednesday friends,
I’ve been a bit quiet since Eléonore’s release on Sunday. I think part of me is still in shock that she’s out in the world!
Of course, I hate missing this lovely blog hop so I had to make time for it. Hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, it’s such a great opportunity to interact with a community of readers.
All you have to do is answer three questions!
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
In 1837, less than a month after her eighteenth birthday, Alexandrina Victoria – sheltered, small in stature, and female – became Queen of Great Britain and Ireland. Many thought it was preposterous: Alexandrina — Drina to her family — had always been tightly controlled by her mother and her household, and was surely too unprepossessing to hold the throne. Yet from the moment William IV died, the young Queen startled everyone: abandoning her hated first name in favor of Victoria; insisting, for the first time in her life, on sleeping in a room apart from her mother; resolute about meeting with her ministers alone.
One of those ministers, Lord Melbourne, became Victoria’s private secretary. Perhaps he might have become more than that, except everyone argued she was destined to marry her cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. But Victoria had met Albert as a child and found him stiff and critical: surely the last man she would want for a husband….
This is a historical fiction that I am terribly excited to start reading because I love everything about Victoria and I have been anxious to watch the TV series as well. I’ve heard very good things from Claire! It’s already been released, but the copy I have is from NetGalley so it’s also part of my December goal to finish all outstanding NetGalley reads.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Harry Potter #6) by JK Rowling
It is the middle of the summer, but there is an unseasonal mist pressing against the windowpanes. Harry Potter is waiting nervously in his bedroom at the Dursleys’ house in Privet Drive for a visit from Professor Dumbledore himself. One of the last times he saw the Headmaster was in a fierce one-to-one duel with Lord Voldemort, and Harry can’t quite believe that Professor Dumbledore will actually appear at the Dursleys’ of all places. Why is the Professor coming to visit him now? What is it that cannot wait until Harry returns to Hogwarts in a few weeks’ time? Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts has already got off to an unusual start, as the worlds of Muggle and magic start to intertwine…
Gosh, this book managed to break my heart again even though it’s my 17th… er, 18th time reading it! Lost track now! I remember now why it’s my favourite book. There are so many subtleties that you miss on the first read, but each reread keeps lending new insight! I can’t believe I have only one book left in this reread! Until next year that is 🙂
The Girl from the Sea by Shalini Boland
For fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train
A chilling suspense story of wounded hearts and dark secrets.
Washed up on the beach, she can’t remember who she is. She can’t even remember her name. Turns out, she has a perfect life – friends and family eager to fill in the blanks.
But why are they lying to her? What don’t they want her to remember?
When you don’t even know who you are, how do you know who to trust?
I ended up really enjoying this book. It was a great psychological thriller. I much prefer it to The Girl on the Train. I had some small problems with it, but overall it held my interest. A full review will be up in time…
Infernal Alliance (Infernal Hunt #4) by Holly Evans
Blurb: (heavily edited to avoid spoilers)
A rebellion is brewing, threatening to tear down all that the hunters have worked for.
A stunning conclusion to what has been an exhilarating and impressive urban fantasy series. Holly has certainly become one of my favourite authors of 2016 and I cannot wait to see what she delivers next year with her new series!
If you’re looking for a great urban fantasy series with a formidable protagonist and an eclectic cast of memorable characters, treat yourself to this one!
The Making of Gabriel Davenport by Beverley Lee
In a house built on truth something lays hidden.
Beth and Stu Davenport moved to the English hillside town of Meadowford Bridge to give their young son, Gabriel, an idyllic, rural childhood. But in a single evening, the Davenports’ dream is shattered by a hidden, ancient darkness– and their lives are forever changed.
Years later, Gabriel Davenport, now a capable, curious young man, makes the ill-fated decision to go looking for answers about his mysterious past. As soon as he begins his quest, his life becomes a place of shadows. The people he loves and trusts are acting abnormally. The strange woman who lives upstairs is even more haunted than usual. Even his most trusted friend seems to be hiding something.
As one fateful night deepens, and the line blurs between darkness and light, Gabriel must confront the terrible events that destroyed his family all those years ago. He is faced with a choice: continue living the life that was never his to begin with, or give himself over to a terrifying new reality more sinister than anything he’s ever known.
The darkness is watching.
Friends, I don’t think I can properly tell you how amazing this book is. A beautiful and twisted piece of dark fiction that reminds me of one of my favourite authors: Stephen King! The prose is stunning, the characters engaging, the plot gripping. A unique read that deserves to be discovered by a wide populace! A full review for this will come shortly…
Side note… really didn’t realize how books I’d finished reading this week until just now 😜
I have too many options!! This is my December TBR (physical copies only!)
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This month I'm participating in a few bookstagram challenges. Here's my December TBR for #decemberglee16 #tdhmusicdec16 #grimdragon & #happyhaulidays …. Might be a little ambitious 😉 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott • Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop • The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin • The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon • Vicious by VE Schwab • The Making of Gabriel Davenport • Beverley Lee • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows #circleofbookishfriends is bookstack #allthebooksof2016 & #2016wrapupchallenge Is first book read this year: Lilith by George MacDonald #decbookstagram Is most anticipated read: honestly, I can't decide between Murder of Crows, Vicious and Gabriel Davenport 😊 #bookphotochallenge #decembertbr #mustread #bookaddict #bookaddict #bookaholic #bookworm #readersofinstagram
I’ll see how the week forms…
Hope you’ve all been having a beautiful week. Let me know in the comments what your reading habits have been like or leave a link to your post so I can check it out!
May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,