Since I have been here in London this semester, I have found out that the school system is completely different. This difference’s main characteristic is that it lets me have more free time, and for the first time in two and a half years, I can actually read for fun – a lot. Obviously I went a little crazy with my book purchase impulse, since there are so many series that I want to start and finish this summer – I will soon upload a blog post with my TBR (To-be-read) summer list.
Here are the books that I have collected in the months of February and March. There are 12 novels and 1 non-fiction historical book.
PS: these books do not include course work novels. If you want to see what I am reading for class, let me know in the comments.
- Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas: I have purchased all the novels published so far in the series, which are: Throne of Glass (4/5 stars), Crown of Midnight (5/5 stars), Heir of Fire (currently reading), Queen of Shadows. The novellas collection, the Assassin’s Blade, I will get for sure before going back to Italy. I am so glad I picked up this high fantasy series: it is fast paced, action packed and the world/character development is amazing. I am so excited to continue reading it!
- Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: this novel I read in February and it was a 4/5 stars for me. Erika’s style of writing is definitely different than Sarah’s, and even though Erika’s book is a high fantasy one as well, it is more slow paced, and it is more concerned with the main character’s psychological development. An extremely interesting read.
- Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes: This book I will read as soon as I will be done with Heir of Fire, and it is the only contemporary in my list – whoops. On the one hand, I know I will love it and I will probably read it in one sitting; on the other hand I am scared I will cry for 24 hours. This book will scar me, and I will have to take an emotional break after reading it.
- Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo: I am so excited to pick up this one, I have only heard amazing things about it. I have not read the Grisha trilogy by the same author (even though it is in my TBR list), and this novel is supposed to be set in the same world. All I need to know about this new series is that it follows six characters. I do not want to know anything else, I just want to read it!
- A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schwab: I am SO excited to pick up this one. All I need to know is that it’s the story of a magician that can travel between 3 (maybe four…..) different Londons… WHAT? Give it to me now please. The sequel has just come out to, and I am a binge-reader, so I will purchase the second one as well and read them one after the other. I have heard amazing things about this book.
- An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir: I am planning on reading this one in the summer, after the second book in the series is released. This is another book that has gained a lot of popularity among YA readers, and it is also a debut novel. I am excited to read it.
- The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern: I finally got this book. It has been on my TBR list since my freshman year of college, and I have finally decided to get it. This has gotten such great reviews, and it is a stand-alone novel, which, for a fantasy, is not very common. From what I know, it talks about a magical competition between two wizards. YES!
- Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare: guess what. I have tried reading The Mortal Instruments series and I left it there. I know, I am the only person on earth who did not get into it. When I saw the Infernal Devices Trilogy, and learned that it was set in 19th century England, I thought about giving the Shadowhunters world another shot. I have only heard good things about this trilogy, so I have to admit that I am excited to read it.
- The Magician’s Guild, by Trudi Canavan: just like The Night Circus I have been eyeing this book for years now. I now have it. I will read it, and see if the series appeals to me. Usually, when there is magic, I nerd up and love it, in case you did not already notice. We will see.
- The Witches, by Stacy Schiff: this is my historical non-fiction book. It is an account of the Salem trials of 1692, and I find the topic extremely intriguing. I saw that it was being released last fall, and when I went to Barnes and Noble to get it, I saw the price: nope, I did not get it back then. Interestingly enough, last month I went to visit Shakespeare’s birth place, and I found this book for only 6 pounds, and since it was a completely new copy, I had to get it!
Here you have the books that I purchased so far. If I like the novels that are part of a series and are the first release, I will definitely get the other ones. Books are cheaper here in the UK than in the US and in Italy, so I will make most of my time here. I hope you enjoyed and let me know if you read any of these books down in the comments.
Until next time!