I started the year with such good intentions to write a post every week summing up what I’ve read/started reading in that week . I’m quite proud with how long I managed to keep up that madness (16 weeks!) but it became tricky to find the time to write up all my opinions, especially when I’d read more than 3 books that week. So, going forward I’m going to try a new format: voila! Each week I’m going to write about what I’m currently reading, watching, listening to and loving. Hopefully it’ll be a lovely blend of weekly books and favourites – & will most often be completely bookish as that is just how I roll – because if you really want to know every book I’ve read, you can check out my reading list, or be my friend on Goodreads. We’ll see how it goes…
I wanted to get stuck into a good, thick fantasy novel so I picked up Peter V Brett’s The Painted Man, the first book in his Demon Cycle series. It’s one of those books I’ve had on my shelves forever and ever and never quite managed to pick up. I think it’s because it’s got a bit of a crap cover (people on cover are never winners for me) but my goodness: the words! I’m really enjoying it. Brett has masterfully blended pace, characterisation and world building so that there is never a lull yet I still feel like I know the characters inside out. We enter a world where the age of science has passed and every night demons, or ‘corelings’, materialise on the world with the sole purpose of destroying homes, animals, people and nature. They are demons, after all. They are immortal, no one living can remember a time when they could be killed and the only way the human race hasn’t died out is because of wards. Perfectly shaped wards placed on buildings / caves / posts etc.. can repel the demons and stop them from killing you and burning everything. But sometimes, if the ward is damaged/peels off, the demons can breach the protective circle and everyone dies. Until the sun comes up of course, then they go back down to the Core… It’s actually quite a frightening thought and I’m really enjoying reading how these characters have learned to survive and how they react when loved ones are taken. We follow several different protagonists and all have messed up family lives and special talents. I can’t wait to see how they come together (if they even do…!). I think Brett may be a new addition to my favourite author list.
Turns out we love Shonda Rhimes. After a year of binge-watching the first 12 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy (yes, we still have a few more to go until we’re up to date!) we’ve discovered Scandal. It seems Rhimes can do no wrong. Scandal follows Olivia Pope and Associates as they fight for justice (sometimes) and cover up scandalously deadly secrets (almost always). Oh, and they have extremely tight connections in the White House. It is so addictive. There is so. much. drama. I love it! It’s dark, twisty and sometimes heart-wrenching, although it hasn’t made me cry as much as Grey’s, thankfully. The political spins are really interesting and although it is obviously fictional, I have learned a little more about how American politics works, like the difference between winning the popular vote and who actually gets the Presidency, which is super helpful in this particular moment in history. Recommend if you love American tv drama.
Currently listening to:
I’m currently listening to The School For Dumb Women podcast and it’s brilliant! Hosted by three women, they investigate and discuss topics that we feel like we should know all about, or pretend we know about. It’s made me laugh out loud and I’ve learned so much! Delivered with sass and loads of humour, it’s a great way of learning new things and feeling a little bit less alone in the world.
Cold showers and coffee. A bit weird, I know, but hear me out. IT’S TOO HOT. Boo hoo, first world problem I know. We’re currently on week 100 of 30 degree heat and blue skies in the UK and our infrastructure just isn’t made for such consistent heat. Tarmac has melted. Grass is not only yellow, but rotting/turning to sand. Historically, I’ve always been a bit of a heat fiend and I spent many a teenage year outside in the sun trying to bronze my skin, priorities, right?But even I have hit my limit. With no handy outdoor pools to jump into and ice cold drinks on tap and work to go in sensible professional clothing, it is too much. I think I could cope a lot better if it cooled down at night so I could actually sleep. But alas, here in East Anglia all the buildings are built to CONSERVE heat so it’s like an oven. Everywhere. If I sound grumpy, it’s because I am. I need my sleeps, which is where the coffee and cold showers come in.The blissfully cool water brings my core temperature down before bed and the coffee keeps me going at work. If I could find enough ice to sleep in, I would. Here’s hoping the promised storm arrives today so I can catch some well needed zzzzzs.