Wednesday Midweek Update

2020, Midweek update

Hey readers…

Just thought I would give an update on what I have been reading this passed week, well technically this month. I have been in a reading funk and I am hoping I am now coming out of the funk so hopefully I will get more reading done in this last week.

There has been so much going on in the news that I am trying to educate myself on, I have purchased some kindle books which I think would help in this process. The books I have currently purchased are:

  1. The black and the Blue by Matthew Horace
  2. Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
  3. Why I am no longer talking to white people about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

If you have any other recommendations please let me know in the comments below.

What I have finished this month

I have finished my first book of June, I finished Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I gave this book a 4 stars and the review will be up on my blog on Friday 26th June so make sure you check that out.

What I am currently reading

The Assassin’s Blade Synopsis

Celaena Sardothien owes her reputation to Arobynn Hamel. He gave her a home at the Assassins’ Guild and taught her the skills she needed to survive.

Arobynn’s enemies stretch far and wide – from Adarlan’s rooftops and its filthy dens, to remote islands and hostile deserts. Celaena is duty-bound to hunt them down. But behind her assignments lies a dark truth that will seal her fate – and cut her heart in two forever…

The Black and The Blue Synopsis

Veteran police officer and CNN law enforcement analyst Matthew Horace offers an unforgettable account of the racism, bigotry, and colorlines that permeate America’s law enforcement culture, institution, and system, and lays out a blueprint for change.

Matthew Horace was a police officer for 28 years in every state in the country. Yet it was after seven years of service when Horace found himself face-down on the ground with a gun pointed at his head by a fellow white officer, that he fully understood the racism seething within America’s police departments.

Using heart-wrenching reportage, on-the-ground research, and personal accounts garnered by interviews with police and government officials around the country, Horace presents an insider’s critical examination of police bias and tactics in what he concludes is an “archaic system” built on “toxic brotherhood.” He dissects some of the nation’s most highly publicized police shootings to explain how the bias’ that black and white police harbor bring detrimental outcomes to the people they serve. Horace shares fresh analysis on communities experiencing the harm of racist policing such as Ferguson, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Chicago to uncover what has sown the seeds of violence.

Timely and provocative, The Black and The Blue sheds light on what truly goes on behind the blue line.

The Way of Kings Synopsis

I long for the days before the Last Desolation.

The age before the Heralds abandoned us and the Knights Radiant turned against us. A time when there was still magic in the world and honour in the hearts of men.

The world became ours, and yet we lost it. Victory proved to be the greatest test of all. Or was that victory illusory? Did our enemies come to recognise that the harder they fought, the fiercer our resistance? Fire and hammer will forge steel into a weapon, but if you abandon your sword, it eventually rusts away.

There are four whom we watch. The first is the surgeon, forced to forsake healing to fight in the most brutal war of our time. The second is the assassin, a murderer who weeps as he kills. The third is the liar, a young woman who wears a scholar’s mantle over the heart of a thief. The last is the prince, a warlord whose eyes have opened to the ancient past as his thirst for battle wanes.

The world can change. Surgebinding and Shardwielding can return; the magics of ancient days become ours again. These four people are key.

One of them may redeem us. And one of them will destroy us.

If you have any recommendations of books on the BLM movement or if you have any thoughts on the books I am currently reading, let me know in the comments below.

January Wrapup

2020, Warp up

Hey Guys…

Today I am going to tell you about the books I read in January, this month I read 7 books and DNF’ed one book.

Let’s start with the book I DNF.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

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This book just was not for me. I really couldn’t get into the story at all. I did enjoy the chapters with Tané, but when the story carried on and moved away from her chapters I just wasn’t interested in anything that was happening. 

I really wanted to like this book, this is the second time I have tried to read this book, I did manage to get a bit further in the book this time, unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.

 

 

The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason

51jsjxl02b8l._sx326_bo1204203200_This is the first book in the Gardella Vampire Hunter series. I really enjoyed this book, this one is a re-read for me and I still enjoyed it this time around as I did the first time I read it. I gave this book 4 stars, You can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

bj83-square-400This is the first book of short stories in The Witcher series. I started this immediately after finishing the Netflix series, which I highly recommend. I also highly recommend this book. I can’t wait to carry on reading more about The Witcher. I gave this book 5 stars, You can read my full review here.

 

Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason

rises-the-night-kindleThis is the 2nd book in the Gardella Vampire Hunter series. I enjoyed this book and it certainly through some surprises my way as I was reading it. I really want to carry on with the rest of the series throughout 2020. I gave this book 4 stars and you can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

In The Dark by Loreth Anne White

44527037._sy475_This was a surprising book for me, I had heard nothing about it but I saw it on amazon and decided to get it for my kindle. I am going to have a look at other books this author may have written. I gave this book 5 stars, you can read my full review here.

 

 

 

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

This is the 2nd book in The Mistborn Trilogy. I love this series and even though this book is a little more political I enjoyed reading it. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I am hopefully going to get to Hero of Ages sometime in the next couple of months. I gave this book 5 stars and you can read my full review here. 

 

 

Girl Most Likely by Max Allan Collins

41148772This was a really good book which had such a good relationship between father and daughter. I thought the mystery was a good element in the book. There are a few trigger warnings for the thought of suicide, but I really enjoyed this book due to the two main characters relationships. I gave this book 4 stars, you can read my full review here.

 

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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The final book I read was Shadow and Bone which I finished the day this post is going up. I am going to try and have the review up in the next week. I really enjoyed the friendships in this book between Alina and Mal. This is my first time reading this series and I can not wait to carry on. I gave this book 4 stars. 

 

 

 

Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them in the comments below. 

see you in the next post

XO.

 

January Book Haul

2020, Book Haul, January

Hey guys…

I have purchased 8 books in the month of January, these were all purchased with money I received at Christmas.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

61ikfa6tmnl._sx324_bo1204203200_This is the 3rd book in The Mistborn Series. I have reviewed the first and second books in this series and I loved both of them

you can these reviews here and here.

 

 

 

 

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid

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The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died – and who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces.

Forensics draws on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid’s own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death, how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist uncovered the victims of a genocide.

In her novels, McDermid has been solving complex crimes and confronting unimaginable evil for years. Now, she’s looking at the people who do it for real. It’s a journey that will take her to war zones, fire scenes and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern-day

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

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Hana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And, like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.

For on their journey, they will discover an America convulsed with terror and violence, where this apocalyptic epidemic proves less dangerous than the fear of it. As the rest of society collapses all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatens to exterminate them—the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart—or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed

41VPTJzOuPL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London. Page 2 of a letter from Jane Austen to her sister Cassandra (11 June 1799) in which she first mentions Pride and Prejudice, using its working title First Impressions. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet’s five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious

 friend, Mr. Darcy, has moved into their neighborhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, J

ane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of “most loved books.” It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen’s memorable characters or themes. Please provide your review after purchase for our future enhancements.

Watching you by Arne Dahl

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Someone is watching.

At each abandoned crime scene there’s a hidden clue: a tiny metal cog. someone is sending Detective Sam Berger a message, someone who knows that only he will understand the cryptic trail.

Someone knows.

When another teenage girl disappears without a trace, Sam must convince his superiors that they’re dealing with a serial killer. As the police continue the hunt to find the latest victim, Sam is forced to unearth long-buried personal demons. He has no choice if he is to understand the killer’s message before time runs out.

Somebody is killing just for him.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson 

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed …

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They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few days is a young spearman, forced into the army of a shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson 

downloadFrom the bestselling author who completed Robert Jordan’s epic WHEEL OF TIME series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness.

Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilization that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artifacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers that will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

download (1)Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artefacts from a past civilization that can win wars.

As the world tips into a war for control of the mythical artefacts of power made from Shard, characters are swept up into new dangers that will threaten their integrity and their lives.

Huge, ideas-filled, world-spanning fantasy from a master of the genre.

WWW Wednesday – 2nd October

2019, blogtober, www wednesday

Hey Readers…

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three W’s are: What are you currently reading? What have you finished reading? What will you read next?

What are you currently reading?

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I am still reading The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I am reading this for the #boneathon hosted by Ashleigh over on A Frolic through Fiction. I am over 60% through and I am really enjoying it. 

 

 

51eoukph8nl._sx322_bo1204203200_I am also reading Gideon the Ninth bu Tamsyn Muir. I am loving it. I do think it went a little slow in the middle but it is really good, this was one of my most anticipated reads of 2019

 

 

 

 

9780857503916I am also reading The Terror by Dan Simmons, I am just over 100 pages into it and haven’t picked it up in a few days but I am enjoying what I have read so far. 

 

 

 

 

 

What have you recently finished?

at the moment I haven’t finished any books, its 8:43 in the morning, but  I am hoping to finish Gideon the Ninth after I finish work, I am 50 pages away from the end, so I am pretty confident I can do that. 

What will I read next?

I am unsure what I will read next, I have a few books for review I need to get to BUT Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo arrived yesterday and I am really looking forward to starting that one. The three books pictured at the top are books I am really wanting to get to, but the review books come first, so we will see where the mood takes me. 

What have you read this week? have you read any of these books? what are you planning on reading? Let me know in the comments below.

–HappyReading 
xoxo

WWW Wednesday – 2nd October

2019, www wednesday

Hey Readers…

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! hosted by Sam@Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

The three W’s are: What are you currently reading? What have you finished reading? What will you read next?

What are you currently reading?

 51ss9pxl5ul._sx328_bo1204203200_I am still currently reading Sovereign by C.J.Sansom. I am hoping to finish it this week. It is a little slower than the other two I read but I am enjoying it. 

 

 

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I have also started The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I am reading this for #boneathon hosted by Ashleigh over on A Frolic through Fiction. 

 

 

 

 

What have you recently finished?

51zdz2cikslI have recently finished The Girl who takes an eye for an eye by David Lagercrantz. I really enjoyed this one and will have a review up for it on the 18th October, so make sure you keep your eye out for that one. 

 

 

 

 

What will I read next?

51ujyjtvakl._sx329_bo1204203200_I will probably read The Tenth Girl next by Sara Faring. I have been looking forward to this one. I hope I love it as much as I am expecting too. This book is sent in Argentina and is a psychological gothic thriller.

 

 

 

 

 

What have you read this week? have you read any of these books? what are you planning on reading? Let me know in the comments below.

–HappyReading 
xoxo