Hey! Watcha Readin’: 03/11/19


Happy Sunday booklings! The more discerning among you may have noticed there was no weekly update on Wednesday. That’s because my brain rebelled against the idea of weekly updates in the middle of the week – makes more sense to do it at the end right? So from now on you can look forward to a Hey! Watcha Readin’ post brightening up your Sunday afternoons. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been reading this week.

Recently Finished: STEEL CROW SAGA by Paul Krueger
I’ve been gushing about this book all week on Twitter. It’s just wonderful and makes me truly hopeful about the future of modern fantasy. Fonda Lee said it’s basically Pokemon combined with Avatar: The Last Airbender and that’s such an apt and perfect description, I hesitate to say anything more. I think Paul Krueger himself even jokingly referred to it as Full Metal Pokemist. It follows four main characters in the aftermath of an anti-colonial war. Each character is from a different nation – some were colonial oppressors, others fighters for liberation and some were both. Each of them has reason to hold long-established grudges against the others, but despite all this STEEL CROW SAGA is a story about acceptance and friendship in a troubling and hostile world, written with nuance and intelligence. I’ll put out a full review this week but honestly, don’t wait til then, just go read this book now.

Currently Reading: NORTHERN LIGHTS by Philip Pullman
THE TV SERIES LOOKS SO EFFING GOOD! I’m re-reading these books purely inspired by the release of the series and I’m so excited to re-live this story I just cant even hngggghhh! His Dark Materials was actually my first fantasy true love as a kid and was my gateway drug to the fantasy genre so they’ll always have a special place in my heart. The scale of these books is so vast that it’s not possible to distil it down for this post, but in simple terms this first book tells the story of a young girl called Lyra, who comes into possession of an alethiometer, a compass-like device that can tell anyone capable of reading it the truth about any question they ask it. What follows is an epic tale of conspiracy, betrayal and armoured freakin’ polar bears! Did I mention how excited I am for the TV series?

Next Read: THE SUBTLE KNIFE by Philip Pullman
This is the second book in the His Dark Materials trilogy, so I can’t discuss it much without being too spoilery. Suffice to say, if you haven’t read these books, they’re a treat. And if you don’t want to jump into them just yet, the TV adaptation of the series starts tonight and it looks stunning.

November Readalong: DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Throughout November I’ll also be taking part in a readalong of the classic DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT, the first book in the Dragonlance Chronicles. It’s hosted by Jason from Off The TBR and it’s not too late to join. Hit Jason up on Twitter @jasonats or over on his blog and he’ll add you to our Goodreads group. The more the merrier 🙂

That’s what I’ve got planned this week. Let me know what you’re reading and if you enjoyed this update follow the blog to never miss a post!

Look ahead to October


What I’m reading this month

I should have done this last week and I’ve read two books already this month, but in an attempt to organise my TBR I’m posting this with a better late than never mentality. So here’s my plan for the the rest of October. Let me know what you’re reading this month in the comments and, as always, if you have any book recommendations (especially horror right now) please please don’t be shy in letting me know 🙂

I’m so excited for the TV series at the start of November that I’ll be reading NORTHERN LIGHTS, THE SUBTLE KNIFE and THE AMBER SPYGLASS this month for what I think will be the fourth time now. I used to think of The Hobbit as the book that got me into fantasy until I realised that fantasy didn’t just mean elves, goblins and wizards. It was actually this wonderful series that was my gateway to the genre and it will always have a special place in my heart. The film adaptation released as The Golden Compass in 2007 was a major disappointment for me, but the new TV series looks genuinely amazing! I got chills watching this trailer.

Whoever was in charge of casting, take a bow.

FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury
I’ve added this in here because it’s a short read that has been on my TBR for years; I’m trying to work my way through some of the backlog of books I already own in an attempt to rein in my depraved urges to continue buying books I won’t get round to reading for months*.

The final instalment of the Wormwood trilogy is set for release on Monday the 15th! If you haven’t read the first two books yet I highly recommend them. Tade Thompson is breaking new ground with the alien invasion genre and this is the most genre-shattering series since The Three Body Problem. I’m running a ‘Wormwood Weekend’ this Saturday and Sunday where I’ll be dropping reviews of ROSEWATER and THE ROSEWATER INSURRECTION, so keep your eye out for that if you’re still on the fence about whether to pick these books up.

PET SEMATARY by Stephen King
It’s officially Spooky Season so it would feel wrong not to read some horror this month! I have an auntie who raised me on a steady diet of horror films as a child and I remember watching Pet Sematary when I was about ten years old and being delightfully terrified. My girlfriend also just read the book and was aggrieved to find that the used copy she bought online had the final page ripped out! Someone out there just wants to watch the world burn.

Anyway that’s what I’m planning on reading in October. There really aren’t that many new releases on the list this month, but there are so many old books I haven’t got round to yet or just want to re-read. I have a feeling November will largely be the same as I’m taking part in a readalong of DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT (hosted by Jason from Off the TBR – please join us), I want to read the final two books of THE FIRST LAW trilogy and start on THE BROKEN EARTH series.

Wish me luck 😀