Gwendolyn and Estella have always been close, each other’s source of comfort in an industriously wealthy Chinese-Indonesian family with more secrets than they can keep track of. But when Estella poisons their entire family, sole survivor Gwendolyn is left to trawl through her fractured memories to try and uncover their past and make sense of a sister she thought she knew.
I started last month’s round-up post with ‘I’m over my reading slump!’ and I’m gonna go ahead and retract that. I’m not really reading right now, and I guess I’m sort of on a semi-unofficial-hiatus from blogging too. I’m just taking some time to do some other things. I wanted to at least do my monthly round-up post though, since I do actually have some things to share. For now, I’m just going to be posting when I have something to post about, rather than trying to stick to any kind of schedule. Here’s what I read in July (though very firmly in the first half, I don’t think I’ve picked up a book since 21 July…)
Welcome back to Friday’s Further Reading! If you missed previous posts, you can check them out here. Friday’s Further Reading is chance for me to share some interesting reads I’ve come across in the past few weeks. These could be short stories, poems, posts from other bloggers, or news articles; bookish and otherwise.
I can’t believe it’s only been a month since I posted my TBR for this readathon. I’ve been on a journey, guys. Last month I was firmly on the BTS bandwagon and open to listening to other groups. Now I have three different K-Pop playlists on Spotify with over 20 hours of music across them. I fell HARD into a K-Pop hole and honestly, it’s the only thing keeping me sane during this pandemic.
Six students at an elite university decide to play a game of dares with increasingly outrageous challenges and consequences. There’s £10,000 and personal pride on the line, and the relationships between the players begin to fray, eventually reaching breaking point with tragic consequences.
It’s that time of year again! I always start to see the Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag floating around early June, which always seems a little premature to me – there’s a whole month of the first half of the year left?! What if you read a masterpiece mid-June?! But we’re firmly in the second half of the year now so I’m ready to add mine to the pile.
When Circe is born to a the god Helios, there is something different about her; she lacks the inescapably allure of her nymph siblings and cousins, and is shunned by most of her family. Discovering that her power lies in the herbs and flowers of her homeland, she seeks solace in her witchcraft. But the gods are wary of her new skills, and when she transforms a fellow nymph into a seething monster, Zeus banishes Circe to a life of solitude on an island far from anyone else. Here Circe develops her powers and comes into contact with a host of characters, gods and mortals a like.
I finally feel like I’m coming out of my post-Magical Readathon slump, even though I didn’t really pick up a book until about 20 June. I do feel like I’m getting back into my groove now though (just in time for the August Magical Readathon to come around and kick my ass all over again) so hopefully I’ll have more than a couple of books on my July round-up next month. Here’s what I managed to finish in June.
Back in January I did the New Year Resolutions Book tag, and I talked about books, series, and authors I wanted to read in 2020. Since we’re about halfway through the year now, I thought it would be fun to look at the same questions again and see if I managed to read any of the things I was hoping to. Ah, bright-eyed January me. You would be sorely disappointed.
A young writer flees up north to a teaching position after a violent assault in the city leaves her desperate for escape. With her young son in tow and her husband struggling to make ends meet hundreds of miles away, she throws herself into her work; lesson plans, lectures, and her own writing. Her Creative Writing Masters students grapple with each others work with rising tempers, spurred on by the mysterious Nicholas; a brooding rich kid with talent, but talent that comes with a complicated past. When Nicholas begins to blur the lines between personal and professional, and fiction and reality, the narrator grasp on her own storyline begins to slip.