Sunday Summary – 28th May 2023
A happy long weekend to everyone in the UK! I’m back with my weekly Sunday Summary update, so I hope you’re sat comfortably with a cuppa for this one.
As always, I’ll kick off this post by summarising the blog posts I’ve shared over the course of the week. My first blog post was published on Wednesday. In that post, I shared a review of a short story anthology I read recently, Taking Liberties. The review turnaround on this book was quite quick as I had been asked to provide a review by one of the contributing authors. However, as always, I haven’t let that colour my opinion of the book; my thoughts are entirely my own.
On Friday, I shared a First Lines Friday feature. This time last week, I set myself the challenge of choosing a book for this feature that fits a ‘non-fiction medical’ description. I’m really happy with the book I chose to feature, as I have read and loved this author’s other books from this genre previously!
As of last week’s Sunday Summary post, I was 100 pages into Starsight by Brandon Sanderson. What I had read so far was already a great introduction. Over the course of the next few days, I chipped away at this book and made it to about 50%.
Then, on Thursday night, I started reading more of the book… and this great book became a fantastic one! I was so invested in the events and the storyline that I ended up reading all the second half of the book in one night. That’s about 230 pages, which has to be a reading record for me. Did I stay up far too late to finish this book? Yes. Do I regret that decision? No.
Starsight differs from Skyward, and there are readers out there that didn’t like this change. It’s a difficult one to talk about without spoiling the story, so I’m not going to mention the details. However, I really enjoyed this change. I think it would have been difficult to progress this series without that change taking place. In any case, it really worked for me, and as a result, the book was a very easy five-star rating.
Against All Gods
After finishing Starsight, I started making progress with my final read of the month, Against All Gods by Miles Cameron.
As of this Sunday Summary post, I’m only really just getting into the book so I don’t really have too much to say at the moment. So far, the introduction is fine, but it hasn’t grabbed my attention as much as I thought it would either. Then again, I am only 7% in. I’ll continue with it and see what progress I make in the next few days.
As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow
I’ve continued making progress with listening to As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow this week. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of gardening in some of the warmest temperatures we’ve had locally for some time. As Long As the Lemon Trees Grow helped me concentrate on something other than how hot and uncomfortable I was when trying to wrestle with a hover mower on uneven ground. Don’t say I don’t know how to spend my weekends…
I’ve now nearly finished this audiobook. It is a fantastic listen and I’m hoping to finish this off tomorrow. We are at a really exciting (and equally devastating) point in the narrative and I need to know what happens. I need to know if there’s a happy ending or not.
Having added some books to my reading list over the last few weeks, I’m pleased to report a clean bill this week!
Next week is inevitably going to be a busy one, as it is the week in which I will feature my monthly wrap-up post (Wednesday), as well as my monthly TBR for June (Friday).
Thankfully, I don’t have any other blogging obligations next week. Over the last couple of months, I have had blog tour posts that coincided with the beginning of the month. So, although I have enough going on with two sizable blog posts to draft and share, at least I don’t have anything else on top of that!
As always, I’ll be back this time next Sunday to give you another Sunday Summary and catch you up on what I’ve been reading.
Until then, I hope you have a fantastic week whatever you get up to. Happy reading!