Weekly Wrap Up : 10/2/19

I’m finally getting round to reinstating my weekly wrap ups.  I need to do these posts as they keep a log of the books I’ve read and also help to keep me focused on upcoming books and outstanding reviews.  So, this week I’ve read two books and for the moment I’m keeping on top of my reviews.  I do have four more SPFBO reviews still outstanding but I’m slowly making progress.

My books:

  1. The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons #1) by Jenn Lyons
  2. Thornbound (The Harwood Spellbook #2) by Stephanie Burgis

Next week’s reads:

  1. The Taking of Annie Thorne C. J. Tudor
  2. White Stag by Kara Barbieri
  3. The Orphanage of Gods by Helena Coggan

Upcoming reviews:

  1. The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons #1) by Jenn Lyons
  2. Thornbound (The Harwood Spellbook #2) by Stephanie Burgis

I’d love to know what you’re reading this week.

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20 Responses to “Weekly Wrap Up : 10/2/19”

  1. Jen | Book Den

    Oooh, I can’t wait to hear what you think of The Ruin of Kings.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I liked it tbh. I wouldn’t particularly call it an easy read but I would say it’s worth the investment of time.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom

    I’ve been hearing good things about The Ruin of Kings! What did you think?

    • @lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed it – I’m not going to say it’s an easy read because there’s a lot going on, confusingly similar names, lots of political maneuvering and unusual written format – but, all that taken account of I thought it was impressive and look forward to reading more from the series.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    Really curious to hear what you thought of Ruin of Kings😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I enjoyed it – but, I think it will be a book that is divisive. The style of narration is unusual and it takes some time to get used to with the jump in timelines and at first I was puzzled about the choice. I think I understood why the author chose this method of storytelling but at first it feels like it’s a choice based purely on gimmick value or simply wanting to be different – as it happens I don’t think that is the reasoning at all but it took me some time to distinguish the different characters and figure things out in my own head. Once I was on board though I found this enjoyable and creative. I think the other thing was my kindle version had terrible formatting – which seems to be a ‘thing’ particularly with footnotes (Nevernight was much the same). But, I figure that’s got nothing to do with the book even though it does impede progress a little.
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    Glad to see your weekly wrap-ups re-instated, Lynn 🙂 This week I continued reading Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley and The Story of Reality by Gregory Koukl, and I just started reading the newest Robert Langdon adventure, Origin by Dan Brown. Happy reading! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ooh, a new Langdon adventure – intriguing – I look forward to your thoughts on how that one works out.
      Lynn 😀

  5. sjhigbee

    I shall look forward to hearing what you made of Ruin of Kings – I ended up DNFing my arc because the formatting was such a mess and as the narrative isn’t straightforward, I simply couldn’t keep track of what was going on. Such a shame as I could tell it was a good story…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yup, the formatting on my ARC wasn’t good to be honest, the footnotes were a bit higgledy piggledy and some of the test was just one long sentence with no spacing – but I kind of got into the story and so worked round it and it did seem to improve as the story developed. I think this is a very impressive start to series, I had a couple of issues in terms of the timelines, confusing names and the fact that there is such a lot to take on board, almost over ambitious in some respects – but, regardless, a series I’d like to continue.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I really enjoyed The Taking of Annie Thorne/The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor, I can’t wait to hear what you make of it. White Stag might be on my list for next week too, we’ll see!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’ve finished the Tudor book already and really liked it – I really did have Stephen King vibes throughout. White Stag – well, it’s a review copy but I don’t have high hopes for it, it’s not receiving much love from the look of it but I’m going to go into the read with realistic expectations and see how I get on.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    I can’t wait to get into The Ruin of Kings! Though I’m a bit burned out on high fantasy atm so I might wait a few weeks. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I enjoyed Ruin of Kings but I can see why some people are having issues with the timelines and style of writing and I would say it takes a little getting into – I think the issue I had was the formatting which this style (with footnotes) doesn’t tend to work too well with kindle, plus, huge chunks of text had no spacing at all – I got past it but it was bad to start off with. Formatting issues aside though I think this is a great start to a series with a really fascinating world.
      Lynn 😀

  8. waytoofantasy

    Looking forward to your thoughts on a few of these. I have heard mixed things about Ruin of Kings, and definitely looking forward to seeing more thoughts on White Stag.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I”m still only a fifth of the way through White Stag – in fairness though I’ve been really busy with other things the past two days and so my reading has took a bit of a back seat.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I hate it when books have two different titles. Totally confuses me. That being said, I am curious if you enjoy the Tudor book.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really enjoyed it – would rate it 4/5 I think. It’s quite bleak in terms of the situation but it delivers the tension and twists and it gave me King style vibes.
      Lynn 😀

  10. evelynreads1

    Curious to see what you think about the ruin of kings and white stag!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ruin of Kings I enjoyed – White Stag I’ve about a fifth of the way through so early days.
      Lynn 😀

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