It's a pretty dreary Friday over here, with rain clouds that have been passing overhead all day and are now finally dropping their cargo. A perfect time to catch up on some reading, if you ask me, and I realised that it had been awhile since I last posted a bookworm update regarding that reading challenge for 2017. That's why I've listed my June reads, what I'm currently reading and what I would like to read for the rest of the Summer right under the cut. Take a look!
JUNE || Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) & City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. June was a very Shadowhunter sort of month for me, as I felt so nostalgic after finishing Lord of Shadows that I reached for the very first story in Clare's fantasy world again. I re-read City of Bones during those long train rides in Scotland and loved it every bit as much as I did the first time I encountered Clary, Jace and co. Oh, and Lord of Shadows, by the way: what the bleep? The ending was so argh and wow and argh again, and probably had us all looking up the date for the next instalment of this series, whereafter we totally lost it because it's in TWO years. Oh, man. Thank heavens for all those other books we can read while waiting, am I right?
JULY || Lost Boy by Christina Henry. I saw this book lying about in a Waterstone's in Glasgow and was immediately intrigued by it. You probably know by now that I'm a huge Peter Pan fan, and am dedicated to devouring every single story ever written about him, the more different each take on his character, the better. The thing that caught my attention the most when it came to this book, was that it promised to show a darker, twistier side to the boy who won't grow up, which is something I've always found was the best thing about him. Don't get me wrong, I love the Disney adaptation about the innocent, funny boy with his pixie sidekick, but what we definitely lost in that version was the fact that, well, he's a little sh*t, as well. 'Xcuse the language, but it's true. And that's where this book comes in. Instead of hiding and forgetting that side of Pan, Christina Henry magnifies it so we get to see a young megalomaniac who always wants to be at the centre of attention, murdering pirates without even blinking an eye and not caring whether his Lost Boys live or die. He'll just get some new ones, won't he? We read about this Pan through the eyes of the 'oldest' Lost Boy, and it's pretty clear from the beginning who he'll turn out to be, believe me. Although it took me awhile to get into it because the build-up was rather slow, I'm completely won over now and can't wait to find out how it ends. Badly, I hope. Ha!
Henry's actually already written a different, darker take on the adventures of Alice, as well. Definitely adding that to my reading list!
IN THE RUNNING FOR AUGUST (you'll notice I'm still in a pretty nostalgic mood) || Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, Eragon by Christopher Paolini, City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, Magic Kingdom For Sale/Sold by Terry Brooks and ...
I am always on the look-out for new, great books, so by all means: send over your recommendations, favourite books of all time or recent reads and help me keep up the good work on this reading challenge!
In the meantime, Q: which books have you read so far? Do you have a certain type of book you like reading particularly over the Summer Holidays? Let me know!