I’ve just recently completed An Ember in the Ashes and I liked it better this time round. This is only the second time I have read this book since I first bought it two years ago and having read hundreds of other fantasy novels in the meantime made me appreciate this story even more! Right from the start I was highly invested in our two main protagonists and with the stakes gradually rising as the story continues there was never a point where I wanted to put the book down. This time around I was surprised by how much the deaths of all the masks affected me during the third trial. Seeing Elias’s anguish and torment with killing all of his friends and how willing some of them were to die really hit me in the feels. I love the Romanesque feel of the world and the war focused society and can’t wait to become more re-established as I continue on with the series. We get a little taste of the magic system and the lore surrounding the ghuls, ifits and djinn enough to keep me engaged but I’m definitely left wanting more. Overall I think this was a perfect introduction to a new series, we have high stakes, twists and turns and characters you can’t help but love.
I thought it was time to do another update about the books I’ve been borrowing and reading from my local library. Last month I tried to prioritise most of the books that I borrowed for my TBR as there were quite a large amount and there were a few that I was dying to read. Out of the 14 books I read in August seven of them were from the library so I would definitely count that as a success. When I returned all of those books there were a couple that I just had to grab as well. I’m trying not to borrow as many books as I have been previously as I do want to try and get my owned TBR down to single figures!
I have decided that for the rest of 2020 I am banning myself from buying any more books! I have done some calculations and I have purchased over 70 books so far in 2020 and I have only read about 40 of them and have spent quite a lot of money this year on books alone (all my fellow avid readers/book collectors would know just about how much that would be). I definitely have the means and am privileged enough to be able to afford to purchase that amount of books, but currently my shelves are completely full and I have taken to storing a good majority of my collection in my cupboard so I figure it was high time I quit adding to the pile. I have a few pre-orders for the rest of the year but until I get that number down to single figures I will not be purchasing any more physical books.
I’ve been going through and doing rereads of a few series that I haven’t picked up in years and since I just wrapped up The Heroes of Olympus series last month I thought I had better pick something to start next. The final book in this series is going to be released in a few months so I decided to do a reread of the Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir! Its been about 2 years since A Reaper at the Gates was released so I am struggling to remember the finer details of the plot and I wanted to go into the last book freshly reminded of everything!
Super excited to announce as of yesterday I completed my 2020 Goodreads Reading Goal of 100 books!!! I had the same goal last year and I believe I completed it around late July so I’m running a little behind but I am still super stoked I was able to complete it. It honestly doesn’t feel like I’ve read 100 books this year but due to the current situation in the world I’ve definitely had a lot more time to stay home and read! Last year I ended up completing 172 books so it will be interesting to see what I will end up with at the end of 2020. Hopefully everyone is able to complete their Reading Goals for the year and if you don’t I still hope you read some great books!! 😊