Monday, July 4, 2016

Weekly Roundup #1: Power Outages Make for Good Reading!

Hey everyone! 

So this is a new feature I see other bloggers are running quite successfully and I have decided to try out. 

Hopefully it will keep everyone up to date on what's happening in my world and what reviews to expect on the blog too!

What I Bought
I had a major retail itch to scratch this week! I visited this awesome second-hand bookstore in the Morning Glen Shopping Centre in Morningside, Johannesburg called Bookdealers. They had one of the best fantasy sections I have seen in a while. The shelves were packed and there was an overflow to a few tables as well.

I got myself four books I didn't have in Kim Harrison's The Hollows series for R31 each. This one of those series that has been taunting me for a while and I can happily say I own the first six books so will probably be starting it soon. My copies are pretty tatty so I predict these will be my bath reads.

I also found a copy of Dave-Brendon de Burgh's Betrayal's Shadow, the first in his fantasy series. This was a pretty big deal as the original publisher shut their doors and it went out of print for a time. I do know that copies will be available again soon  and you can easily purchase the ebook right now!

What I Read
It's been a bit of a slow week for me. I have been diligently trucking along with Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. While unique and well-written, the pacing is quite slow and it's not really ticking my boxes right now. That is not to say it's a bad book! But I have been in a reading slump so iIam going to put this aside for the moment.

I had no power yesterday, which really sucks when we are in the middle of a cold spell. I binge-read The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson while staying warm under the covers. This is the first book I have started and completed in a day in a while! So thank you Eskom! I loved it and will be reviewing it soon. :)

I am now 650 pages into my goal of 3000 pages read in July. I set this so try and ramp up my reading speed a little.I used to be so good at this!

Other Highlights
  • I watched the new Independance Day movie. It was fun but swamped with too many wishy-washy characters. If you want a plot, this is really not the movie for you.
  • I got an invite to an awesome relaunch party for Women24! Watch this space for more on that!
  • I made my first balloon animal. That is how you level up in Parenting without even having a kid!
And that's me! Looking forward to a great, busy week and hoping to read two books!