Monday, 1 May 2017

Reading Round-Up #2

reading recommendations

I don't know if it's the idea of doing these round-up posts or the fact I have spent more time pouring over real pages instead of digital ones, but here's another mini-roundup of the books I've finished recently! 

More Ketchup than Salsa - Joe Cawley
I popped this on my Kindle well over a year ago for a pool side read that I just never got around to! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pack your life into a suitcase and jet off on a permanent jolly holiday? It's not all sun, sea and sex, but cockraoches, mob bosses and power cuts! Joe paints a pretty vivid and hillaroius picture of his life attempting to leave the fish markets behind in favour of running a pub in the sun. I actually really found myself getting into this one, it was light, funny, witty, a great little escape between more serious novels!

Abaddons Gate - James S A Corey
I am absolutly loving The Expanse show so far, never has a sci-fi show captured me so much - but my love affair with our dear Captain Holden started with the books, and this, the fourth in the season was just as great as the rest! I'm trying to take a break inbetween each one to prolong the joy of the series and it's working! Abaddons Gate follows our Roccinante crew as they journey to the outskirts of the solar system under the influence of a friendly faced mirage only Holden can see in search of a gateway to the other side...of? Well, give it a read and find out!

The Romanovs - Simon Sebag Montefiore
Everything I knew about The Romanovs I learnt from Disney's Anastasia which, as great as it was, might have took a liberty or two with the facts. The Mr bought me this for Valentines day and from page one, I couldn't put it down. Scandal, death, murders, marriage, sex, the collecting of dwarfs and amputees, multiple lovers, and more drama than even Jeremy Kyle would know what to do with. I love the history and tales of royal dynastys but these guys where certainly something else. From start to finish, 300 years of Romanov ruling was a jaw dropping, eye opening history lesson with a heartbreaking end. 

The Museum of You - Carys Bray
I studied for my MA with Carys and damn, this woman is amazing. She is an amazing writer whose style reminds me of Cecilia Ahern. The Museum of You follows the summer of Clover, her single, bus driving dad, and her need to discover who her mother was, what she got from her, and how, by putting all the pieces together, she can unknowling heal a broken heart. It explores our attatchments to objects and the importance we place on there ability to tell the story of our lives.

Cibola Burn - James S A Corey
Another break, another Expanse series novel! I think this one has possibly been my favourite in the series so far! The solar system is ready to be further explored but are we ready for what we might find? Of course we're not. If the giant mechanical aliens aren't enough of a problem, there's the whole humans not trusting humans becoming a bit of an issue too! Is an Earth like planet really Earth like enough to keep us alive, or will the settlers on Ilus destroy each other before even the death slugs and blinding rain become a problem? 


  1. The Romanovs sounds fab. I've added it to my list of books to get from the library and I will read it in a few months. xx

    1. It's such an interesting read! Make sure to let me know what you think!

      Sarah :)

  2. The Romanovs has me intrigued! And Carys Bray's books have been at the top of my Amazon wish list for a ridiculously long time, I definitely need to get round to it xx