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Hello Hello! How are you today?

It’s already Wednesday which means it’s time for me to check in with you and tell you all about everything I’ve been reading lately! I’m starting to get back into reading and have really gotten into a good reading mood this past week. I’ve finished a few books that I had started a while ago, and I’ve got a fantastic TBR for August!

Keep on reading my post to see which books I just finished, which ones I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next.

Every Heart a Doorway (#1 Wayward Children) by Seanan McGuire

This is the first book I have picked for the Trope-ical Readathon that I’m taking part in this August, and it’s also a reread for me since I really want to continue this series. I remember liking it a lot last time I read it in 2020, but I think I’m liking it more this time. My reading tastes have changed in the last three years and I now prefer darker reads, so I think this is the reason I’m liking it more. I’ve only got 60 pages left as I’m reading this, so I might get it finished this evening, after this post goes up.

 

Garden of Serpents (#3 The Demon Queen Trials) by C. N. Crawford

I have absolutely whizzed through this series in the past week or so and I can’t believe I’m already 25% in and by the speed I’m making my way through, I’ll be done in a day or two. I found this series on Bookstagram and I’m so glad I gave the first book a shot because I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this story, with this world and with these characters. I hadn’t read a book with demons in it before (or at least nothing like this), and I’ve been so pleasantly surprised with it. I’m so invested in this story so I can’t wait to continue reading it and finish it soon. I’ll try to get a review of the whole series up on the blog during the month of August!

Crush (#2 Crave) by Tracy Wolff

I had this book on last week’s post too and I haven’t been able to read much more than another chapter since last time. I’m still really enjoying this book, but I need to spend a couple of hours reading it so I can push through and read a good chunk, since it is such a big book. I’m looking forward to continuing it!! P.S. I also must admit that I’m hoping the third book arrives in the next week or two, so I have it to dive right into in case I end up bingeing this second book like I did the first!

Lord of Embers (#2 The Demon Queen Trials) by C. N. Crawford

The last day of July I managed to finish the second book in The Demon Queen Trials and I LOVED IT! I couldn’t have imagined being so hooked in this series but it only took me a chapter to fall under its spell. A lot of times, the second book in a series is the sort of meeeh one that falls short of expectations, but I enjoyed this instalment as much as the first and I’m enjoying the final one as much as both of the previous ones as well. I love how it’s written, it’s fast-paced and captivating and I’m really liking the dark atmosphere and the sexual tension that goes hand in hand with this world and these characters. I gave it 4 stars and I’ll get a review of the series up on my blog in August!

Way of the Argosi (#0.5 Spellslinger) by Sebastien de Castell

Candyce from The Book Dutchesses and I had been buddy reading this book in July and I finished it yesterday and loved it! We read the first book in the Spellslinger series first before moving on to the sort of prequels/stories about Ferius Parfax. She was one of my favourite characters in the first book and reading about her past, her experiences, her sufferings and how she became an Argosi were such interesting elements to read about. I love her even more than I did before I started this book and I actually enjoyed Way of the Argosi more than Spellslinger. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series and I loved all the messages about humanity that were included in this story. I gave it 5 stars and absolutely loved it!

Tant que le café est encore chaud by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

This is one of the French (actually Japanese translated into French) books that I picked up from work recently. I picked it up because I kept seeing this book and the sequels all over the book community and didn’t want to splurge on them all in case I wasn’t going to enjoy them, since I knew it was out of my comfort zone. I finished it yesterday and I’m glad I didn’t buy them because while I did enjoy it and could appreciate it for what it was, it also really wasn’t my kind of usual read and was way too slow for me. I like books with lots of action, complex worlds and lots of emotion and while it did have a form of time travel and some emotion, I just felt like these peoples’ stories weren’t fully told, or they were told in a sort of “safe” way. I don’t really know how to explain it, but it’s not my reading taste and the writing style was just sort of okay. I gave it 3 stars and I don’t think I’ll bother with the next books, but at least I tried it and did enjoy it to some extent.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And the final book I finished this past week I actually just finished a few hours ago. I read this book with a few friends and I actually picked up the Audible version since I knew I wasn’t going to have the time to read the physical copy I got myself last month. I also already sort of knew the story around this book as I had read a retelling, but there’s a reason Agatha Christie is considered the Queen of Crime. Wow, this book was amazing! It was so well plotted and I NEVER guessed who the actual killer was. I really, really enjoyed this and since I didn’t want to give myself a headache trying to figure everything out, I just listened to it on my drive to and from work and enjoyed and appreciated it all. I think this is going to be up in my favourite Christie books of all time, it’s really that good. I gave it 5 stars and loved it immensely!

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

And the next book I’ll pick up is another pick on my August TBR for the Trope-ical Readathon. I’ve had my eye on this book ever since it came out and was kindly gifted it at Christmas (it didn’t come with a note, but if one of you gifted it to me from my Amazon wishlist, thank you so much!!). I really, really like the sound of this one and I was actually surprised to see how short it was. I loved the first paragraph I read and it made me want to hurry my current reads so I could jump into this one quickly. I don’t think it’ll take me long to read when I finally pick it up, so you’ll probably see it featured on next week’s post! I can’t wait to start it!

 


That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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