The end of 2019 has turned out to be a bit of a stinker. The short version – shit happened, there was a brief stay in hospital and now I’m sat at home pretending that I know how to convalesce. I’ve watched a lot of crap on Netflix while I couldn’t focus on books but I’m just about past that phase (hopefully!) and I’ve piled together the books I want to read in the rest of the month. There’s a common theme – relatively easy reads that look like they’ll be good distractions! Not how I thought I’d be wrapping up the year but we are where we are…
A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan // The Wheel of Time is my favourite fantasy series. Objectively I see that it has flaws but it was the first fantasy series I really loved and I’ve never finished it, which is ludicrous. I’m re-reading books 1 to 11 (this one being number 7) so that I can finally read the final three in the series. The characters and settings give me huge feelings of nostalgia and are pure comfort. 100% what I need right now and even though I probably won’t finish it in 2019, it’ll be nice to just spend a few hours with it.
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley // “…a shivery, atmospheric, page-turning novel of psychological suspense in the tradition of Agatha Christie, in which a group of old college friends are snowed in at a hunting lodge . . . and murder and mayhem ensue”? YES PLEASE. This arrived earlier today in my Books Plus Beer subscription and I instantly wanted to pick it up. I’ve been dying to buy this for myself for weeks but have been very bravely resisting as I always try not to buy new books from mid-November onwards. It turning up is about the first lucky thing to happen to me in a while so I will not be ignoring that omen!
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake // I read the first in this YA series what seems like relatively recently but was in fact January 2017 (which is evident from the fact that I forgot which was the first in the series and included that first instalment in the picture above by mistake…). I gave it 3 out of 5 stars at the time on GoodReads but a lot of the details seem to have stuck with me so it clearly had more of an impact than I thought at the time! I’m pretty sure that the series is now finished so it’s time I got back into it and wrapped it up. The series is dark and brooding but hopefully just in a “can’t not look at this” way!
Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend // Nevermore was a huge deal last year and I jumped on the bandwagon along with everyone else. I’d love to buck the trend but the best way to describe it is by comparing it to Harry Potter. No, the series clearly isn’t that good (yet) but it is pretty bloody great. After blazing through the first book, I did what I almost always do and picked up the next one only to ignore it for months. Is there anything more diverting than a solid children’s book? No. Or at least, I hope not.
A Very Murderous Christmas, collected by Cecily Gayford // Ten classic crime short stories with a festive twist. Explains itself really!
Let me know what you’re reading in the last few weeks of 2019 in the comments!