Just a quick Friday Reads post from me today! Here I’ll share what I plan to read this Friday and into the weekend ahead but, as we all know, I rarely follow through on reading plans once I document them here.
However, there is one book in particular that I have to finish this weekend because it’s getting embarrassing now that I haven’t finished it yet, like really genuinely quite embarrassing.
Can you guess what it is?
Highly-anticipated sort-of sequel.
It was released at the end of July.
It features a beloved character but has received mostly less than favourable reviews.
Have you guessed what it is yet?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne (x)
Yes, yes this “book” has made it onto a previous Friday Reads post. Because, guess what? I still haven’t finished it yet. Nor particularly have I had the burning desire to read it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fine, and I really don’t think it’s as terrible as some people seem to be making out.
Ok, yes, I have read better fanfiction… but that says more about the genuine quality of some fanfic writers than it necessarily does about this “book”.
And I say “book” purposefully because it’s not a novel, it’s a play-script, and more than that – it’s a rehearsal play-script. Which means the actual stage production probably doesn’t even stick by every single word in this edition. Ideally, I want to see it on-stage (don’t we all?) but I know that’s looking increasingly unlikely. So I should just bite the bullet and finish this – I’ve been at that halfway stage having finished Part 1 and not yet started Part 2 for weeks now. Like I said embarrassing to say the least.
Moving on… the second thing I’m actually actively reading, as in it’s right beside me as I type this:
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (x)
This shit is good, guys, it’s spot-on, it’s my jam. I wish I could be more eloquent about why I’m enjoying this so much without resorting to say ‘dis good’ but basically this.is.really.good.
I had heard that Leigh Bardugo’s writing and world building really comes into its own in this book but wow, I’m pleasantly surprised and impressed. I really actually enjoyed the Grisha trilogy (I mean, the Darkling? Come on, duh, of course I loved it/him) so it wasn’t exactly a long-shot that I’d also love this novel set in the Grisha world but following a gang of criminals and general ragamuffins (ok I just wanted to use that word) as they attempt to pull off a dangerous heist.
Don’t take my word for it, here’s the Goodreads synopsis:
“Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.”
Suffice it to say, when I heard that synopsis I was very much on-board. And I have been thoroughly enjoying the ride thus far. I highly recommend it.
So those are the books I will hopefully be reading today and this weekend.
What are you reading at the moment?
Do you have you any weekend plans, reading-related or otherwise?
Have you read any of the books I’m planning to read – what did you think?
Feel free to share below!