Friday Reads | 12th August

Just a quick Friday Reads post from me today! I’m going to ambitiously share what I plan to read this Friday and into the weekend ahead but, as we all know, I rarely follow through on reading plans once I document them here. However, I am sitting pretty at 49 out of 52 books in my 2016 Reading Challenge so I think I’m doing just fine.

Which is a good thing because my reading this week thus far hasn’t been brilliant. I should probably finish up some books I am halfway through so I can get my reading down to one, or two, items, but I’m nearly always a polygamous reader so I’m sure I will be diving into all of the following books intermittently over this weekend:

A Storm of Swords – George R.R. Martin (x)

I’m slowly but (hopefully) surely making my way through A Storm of Swords which is the book for this month’s #readasoiaf readalong. In case you’re late to this party, the basic idea is to make your way through George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, one book per month, and this month is the third book in the series: A Storm of Swords. In the UK at least this book is so big that they split it and published it in two volumes, so I definitely need to catch up and get back on track since it’s practically like reading two books this month for it. So far this seems a lot slower paced than the previous instalments and I will say I’m starting to tire of the King’s Landing scheming and politics, which is such a departure for me since up to this point I have loved those parts the most. It’s just starting to feel like something of a slog to get to something ‘big’ happening.

The Dark Days Club – Alison Goodman (x)

I realised quite recently that this book has been sitting, low-key staring at me ever since it arrived here on release day. So it’s about time I picked it up since I’ve somewhat burnt myself out with fantasy, particularly YA fantasy, this summer. But this is still kind of YA fantasy Emma, I hear you say. Ah, but it’s a book that is set during the Regency but includes some fantasy elements – um, yes please! It has dancing and curtseying and etiquette anxieties and gowns and Earls and secret societies (I think) and it seems like Jane Austen meets paranormal murders so why wouldn’t I want to read that? Also I got this bookmark during YALC so, I mean, I think that’s the sign that I’m downright required to read it.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne (x)

People are hating on this but I think they missed the whole point – it’s a play script (a rehearsal play script at that), not a novel, so if you’re expecting the eighth Harry Potter book then I’m sorry but you can’t get all pissy when this turns out to not be that. I’m halfway through exactly, having read part 1, and I really don’t think it’s as wildly ridiculous as most people are claiming. You have to remember that play scripts always sound dramatic and overblown on paper because they’re meant to be seen in performance – so much of a story is the actions and expression, details which, in a novel, would be given to the reader, but as this is a script,it’s left to the actors and director to fathom out and then perform for the audience. So, yeah, I don’t hate this, don’t love it either, but it’s not so terrible. Also Scorpius is my favourite, duh.

So those are the books I will hopefully be reading today and this weekend. What are you reading at the moment? Have you any weekend plans, reading-related or otherwise? Have you read any of the books I’m planning to read – what did you think? Share below!


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