January Wrap Up + Stacking The Shelves (290)


Last month I announced I wasn’t going to be updating my blog every week necessarily.

So I took a little break from… just about everything.

I wasn’t really reading at the time. I felt like even though I have over 600 books that I own, waiting to be read, I was kind of intimidated to start on them instead of focusing on review books for so long.

It’s RIDICULOUS, right?

I think I needed a bit of a break from blogging and from reading.

A few days ago, when I was ready to start reading again, I picked up a book but couldn’t bring myself to read it. Instead, I moved on to another one that I for some reason couldn’t stop thinking about.

I’d already read a sample of Jodi Meadow’s The Orphan Queen some years ago, and reviewed it, and I was really looking forward to reading the rest of the book.

But life got in the way.

And other review books, obviously.

So instead I picked up The Orphan  Queen and comfortably read it in two days.

I don’t advocate reading a book in one day. Two days is much better 🙂 it gives me time to digest overnight what I’ve read, and to spend more time with the characters.

I don’t know if I will be posting every week. Sometimes I might. Sometimes I might post 2 or 3 times in one week, other weeks you might get none.

What I do know is that I’m still here, still loving books, and reading, and reviewing, and blogging.

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews and hosted by Reading Reality.
It’s all about sharing the books we’ve picked up for the week, whether they are bought, borrowed, gifted, galleys, physical or virtual.
Share your shelves and remember to visit Reading Reality to find more great books!


Book Cover

The Theft of Sunlight (Dauntless Path #2)  by Intisar Khanani

Children have been disappearing from across Menaiya for longer than Amraeya ni Ansarim can remember. When her friend’s sister is snatched, Rae knows she can’t look away any longer – even if that means seeking answers from the royal court, where her country upbringing and clubfoot will only invite ridicule.

Yet the court holds its share of surprises. There she discovers an ally in the foreign princess, who recruits her as an attendant. Armed with the princess’s support, Rae seeks answers in the dark city streets, finding unexpected help in a rough-around-the-edges street thief with secrets of his own. But treachery runs deep, and the more Rae uncovers, the more she endangers the kingdom itself.

I didn’t realise this was the second in a series because it sounds like it can be read as a a stand-alone. In any case, I already have the first book, Thorn, but I haven’t read it yet.

What drew me to this book was the concept of a disabled girl having to attend court to solve a mystery. I think that sounds pretty interesting.


Monthly Wrap Up

Book Stuff

  • Number of books read: 2
  • Finished a series: No
  • Started a series: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker
  • New to me authors: Jodi Meadows, Kylie Lee Baker
  • Favourite book: The Orphan Queen

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About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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