It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Date
I hope everyone is doing okay and has a good weekend. This week I played a new game called You've Got Crabs (it's not what it sounds) and it was a lot of fun. Perfect for lockdown! If you get a chance to try it I recommend. Other than that not a lot to report other than I started Poldark. And the new The 100 season is here. What's everyone binging?
Song of the week
PULP COVER OF THE WEEK:
NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:
BOOKISH LINKS Here's a nice ambient piece and is the title apropos or what???
Hunting November is the sequel to Killing November and wraps up this duology nicely. November and her boyfriend and ally Ash are on the hunt for her father, who has gone missing, and they have to evade assassins and navigate all kinds of treachery and family secrets to do so. The action takes place mostly in Europe and involves a lot of moving from point to point, but I enjoyed this installment and it was nice reacquainting with these characters. November is so over her head, being involved in a secret society where pretty much everyone wants her dead, but she's determined and tough and as fun as she was last time.
If there's one issue I had it's that the academy setting- who doesn't love boarding school secret societies?- doesn't factor in and now that she's out of school, so to speak, the whole plot seemed a bit less realistic and grounded? I mean, are a few teenagers really going to take down a society that spans the globe and affects world events? In some ways it a by-the-numbers YA story, but I really like Adriana Mathers' writing and the way she keeps the pages turning. This one tops out a little over four hundred pages but I didn't mind, and it didn't feel like it was too long. It didn't have the depth, maybe, that a more realistic story might have but I still liked it. I just liked the first one a lot more.
It is an effective and fun wrap-up to this duology though and I highly recommend it if you like YA secret societies, boarding school books (although again the first book is where all the fun is in that regard), and whatnot. Oh, and I'm happy to report that Aarya and Ines show up in this one and totally steal the spotlight for me, just like they did the first time.
1) Would you rather have been at court with Eleanor of Aquitaine during her estrangement from Henry II and chat with her on occasion, or be under house arrest with her for fifteen years until Henry II died and Richard I freed her?
I would say at court- I'm not super knowledgeable about her house arrest but that's a long time and I feel like seeing her early years with Henry would be interesting.
2) Would you rather have lived at the court of Henry II or Henry VIII?
Henry II. I'm just more interested in that era?
3) Would you rather have been Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn or Jane Seymour?
I would say Catherine of Aragon. At least she wasn't beheaded and while Seymour is fascinating too, I'll go with Catherine.
4) Would you rather be forced to read the last chapter first of every book you ever read for one year, or have the last chapter be missing entirely?
I'd say read the last chapter- I don't mind an ending spoiled (to an extent) - you still have the journey getting there!
5) Would you rather have a friend who always loses books you lend them, or only returns them water- logged/ with food or drink stains?
I'd rather they lose the book- who wants it back fucked up??
6) Would you rather have your favorite book turned into a movie/ show, or your fave movie/ show turned into a book?
Toughie! I'd love to see a fave show (or movie) turned into a book- to explore the nuances or expand the story- but I'll go with having a book turned into a show because that is sooo cool.
7) Would you rather be a professional reviewer or famous author?
8) Would you rather be able to visit your favorite book and talk to your favorite characters once, or visit whenever you wanted, but only as an invisible observer?
Probably an observer because it would be like experiencing the book (like a re- read?) whereas talking with the characters once would be cool but ultimately limited?
9) Would you rather own a bookshop or work at a library?
A bookshop! With a little coffee nook and some greenery, maybe a play area and of course used books.
10) Would you rather only read physical copies or ebooks for an entire year?
Physical copies are always my jam.
Okay- so if you wanna play along here are MY questions for you!
1) Would you rather read or watch Netflix for an entire year?
2) Would you rather read all new releases or used/ backlist books for a year
3) Would you rather have pizza or Chinese food?
4) Would you rather use Bookstagram or Twitter- only one- for a whole year?
5) Would you rather have your blog professionally designed or do you like to DIY?
6) Would you rather have a bookstore or be hired by your fave publisher?
7) Would you rather have dogs or cats?
8) Would you rather go to the past or future?
9) Would you rather be in a Victorian era mystery or a future setting book?
Two sisters One dangerous secret 24 hours to uncover the truth
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.
This week is Top Ten Opening Lines. I like this topic! I totally picked these at random, though, if I'm honest. These aren't like my favorite first lines of all time or anything, although I DO like them! But it was fun picking them out...
"Tucking away a long strand of hair that floated in front of my scuba mask, I kicked through the blue- green waters of Bimini on the last day of my research term, keeping watch for Sylvia, a five-foot, four-year-old lemon shark I'd named for oceanographer Sylvia Earle."
"The paintbrush slips from Lana's fingers, turning through the air as it falls." "My father has this great story about the day he met my mother, a story he never gets sick of telling." ""First time on the water," the captain said." "He drank his way across the narrow sea." "Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun." "On very still nights sometimes we can hear them chanting, calling for us to die." "The day is so new, it's barely day at all. Yet we are already far out on the blue water, gliding under the blue sky. The first rays of the sun paint long stripes of light on the surface. I watch that light- watch it shimmer and ripple until the movement makes my head swim." "We were holding hands, palm against palm. "
"As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things."