Weekly Reading Blog #45: 17th – 23rd February 2020.

Tuesday 18th February

23:08 Hello my lovely friends! A very late start to the weekly reading blog this week but I’ve been busy at work these last couple of days! But you’re here for the reading!

I’ve currently got 2 books on the go. Firstly I’m listening to the audiobook of Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This is a reread (listen) for me, I read this in 2018 and I remember it destroying me, so obviously I wanted to read it again. If I’m honest, I wanted to reread some of my favourite books this year and that’s one of them.

Secondly, I’m slowly reading Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski. You know when you know you’re gonna love a book before you even start it? Well that was this book for me, I knew I was gonna adore it before I even opened the book. I’m so close to the end of it and I’m putting off reading it because I’m so in love with it, honestly it’s blooming gorgeous and heartbreaking. I’ll be back to review both of these when I’ve read them!

Wednesday 19th February

12:23 Happy Wednesday! I’ve finally finished a book this week and the wait was worth it. I just finished Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski.This book is a historical fiction set in 1980’s Poland against the violent decline of communism, emerges this passionate love story of 2 men who find themselves on the opposite sides of the political divide of the time.

I was so excited for this book coming out, I’ve anticipated it for month and I’m so glad that I wasn’t disappointed. This book is both beautiful and heartbreaking. I’m hesitant to compare this to Call Me By Your Name because this is a completely different story. But that feel of first love and the complications of gay love in the 1980s and the forbidden yet beautiful is so straight up in this book too. It has the same beautiful writing style that made me wanna wrote down a quote at least once a page which is insane. And did this book absolutely break my heart? Yes it did! I adored this and I’m so glad I spent my time reading this slowly and really enjoying it. It was also so interesting reading a book set in Poland as I don’t think I’ve ever read anything set there before. If you have any book recommendations like this then please let me know! I’m giving this 5 stars.

I don’t want to slump now so I’m still listening to Forever, Interrupted and I’m gonna pick a book off my tbr shelf to read this afternoon. So till then, bye!

Thursday 20th February

08:16 This morning I’ve finished Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid.This is a beautiful story part of love and part of loss that’s just completely heartbreaking and yet uplifting at the same time. I think this book is so cleverly written and if you read it you won’t have a dry eye at the end. This book is a reread for me and it touched my heart just as much this time as it did the first time. I don’t want to spoil anything by going further into what this book is about but if you like hard hitting contemporary along the lines of Colleen Hoover then pick this up. I think if you’ve only ever read The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo or Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, this book is a massive change of pace and I think I might be in the minority who think her first few books are a lot better, I loved The Seven Husband’s of Evelyn Hugo but I wasn’t a fan of Daisy Jones and the Six.

Yesterday I picked up the third book in the Winternight series, Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden and I’m gonna try and finish it before I go out for coffee this morning because I’m so close to the end now. I’ll be back when I finish it.

08:39 Ok, I didn’t have as much of The Winter Witch as I thought I did to read and I’ve finished it. I am CONFLICTED! It’s probably been over a year since I read the first 2 books, I checked my Goodreads, I loved them and gave them both four stars. I recapped the last 2 books for myself so I didn’t go blind into this last book and I felt like I picked the story back up retry fast. But I felt like this book was a disappointment, it wasn’t as magical, it was just too much about fighting and not as much about the magic and the folklore and the romance, which for me was what I wanted out of this series. If I’m honest, personally, I found this book a bit dull. I’m giving it 2.5 stars. No idea what I’m gonna pick up next!

Friday 21st February

09:16 So, after I finished The Winter of the Witch yesterday, I went out and had a cute coffee date with the hubby and did some book shopping at The Works. I picked up Love At First Like by Hannah Orenstein, BlackBerry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton AND The Great Ex-Scape by Jo Watson. These books were on a 3 for £5 deal which was pretty good.

I read the majority of and finished off this morning, Love At First Like.This book follows Eliza Roth, who co-owns a jewellery shop with her sister in New York. One night she finds out her ex-boyfriend has got engaged and “accidentally” posts a photo of herself wearing an engagement ring to her Instagram account that so happens to have 100,000 followers. The picture blows up and business for her jewellery shop starts to really pick up, which is good cause they need to find the money for the 20% increase the landlord is slapping on the lease. She meets this guy called Blake whose also in the jewellery business and is so perfect for her on paper and he could be in real life too, if she didn’t feel so drawn to someone else. Can she pull off this fake engagement?

Well of course she bloody can’t, this whole book was ridiculous. I’m not talking your usual romance kind of unbelievable; I’m talking this is some science fiction, other world shit. This isn’t just a work of fiction, this is a work of complete disbelief. It also didn’t help that I didn’t like the writing style, I felt like instead of letting this story naturally progress; the author made some scenes really long and other scenes that were essential to the story kind of short and dismissive.

I think the thing that really pissed me off was there was no repercussions for the protagonists actions. She lies to thousands of people about being engaged, tries to con a man into marrying her while pretty much confirming to the guy she actually likes that he’s not good enough. The author tries to explain that the author was doing this for good reasons (ie saving her business) but that didn’t seem like a good enough justification to me. Not even her friends and family seemed to call her out on her bull. She has opportunity time and time again to make things right and she doesn’t. I’m so disappointed because what could have been a brilliant story about self love and realisation was actually a wishy-washy and pretty boring attempt at a romance. I’m giving this a slightly generous 2 stars.

I don’t wanna leave a horrible taste in my mouth so I’m moving onto The Great Ex-Scape by Jo Watson which I’m hoping will be more romantic comedy and less unrealistic rubbish!

Sunday 23rd February

07:07 Happy Sunday guys! I’m so poorly, I feel like absolute rubbish so I haven’t done much reading and I’m probably not gonna get much more done today. I am currently about half way through The Great Ex-Scape which is pretty fun so far but I don’t think I’m gonna get it finished today. So I might as well wrap up my week now.

I read 4 books this week, which is the least amount of books I’ve read in a week this year, but not unsurprising since I’ve got the cold from hell and I can’t concentrate more than 3 seconds to read. I am challenging myself to read 365 books this year and I am still on target for that so I’m not worrying too much about meeting that. 3 books were physical books this week and only one audiobook, which is different for me cause usually I power through audiobooks. And I took one book off my physical TBR bookcase and I’m happy with that cause it’s one that’s been on there over a year.

My most disappointing read this week was absolutely Love at First Like, that fell really flat for me which was a real shame.

My favourite book this week was Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski which was just incredible. I’m so tempted to reread this soon, so watch out for that because I loved it and I want to dive back into it again.

I’m taking The Great Ex-Scape by Jo Watson into next week with me and I’m hoping for a bit more reading next week; keep your fingers crossed for me. Thank you so much for joining me in another weekly reading blog and I’ll see you all next week!

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