August and September seem to be bumper months for new books. There are loads of books I’ve been looking forward to for ages being released so I thought I’d use this weeks list five to explain why I will have my nose stuck in a series of books for the next few weeks. Don’t expect any conversation from me but I would appreciate it if you could occasionally drop off food so I don’t forget to eat while I’m reading the following books.
1. 3.34am by Nick Pirog.
I love all of Nick Pirog’s books but the Henry Bins series is definitely my favourite. Henry Bins has Henry Bins syndrome a condition that means he is awake for only one hour a day from 3am to 4am. He manages to cram a heck of a lot into his hour including eating, exercising, watching Game of Thrones, earning a living, chatting with cat Lassie and occasionally solving murders or helping the President of the United States. You know, the usual stuff but in a limited timescale.
3.34am is the third book in the series and is advertised as being “Twice the length, Twice the fun and Twice the Lassie”. As I absolutely love and adore Lassie I’m sold and it’s sitting waiting on my kindle for me to get a chance to read it. I’m hoping this one will answer the big question of why he’s only awake one hour a day.
2. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Jodi Taylor
Another continuation of a series by an author I love. This time it’s Jodi Taylor and book number 6 in the St Mary’s series.
The St Mary’s series follows a group of time travelling historians as they visit and document events in different time periods. I hated history at school but these books really bring it to life particularly as the historians tend to be disaster magnets and you can more or less guarantee that rather than being objective observers they almost always get dragged into the action. In previous books they’ve visited Troy, Pompei and met some very famous people so I’m very excited to see where this one will take them. Jodi’s books are always very funny and are riddled with great one liners and some very eccentric characters.
I just need to make sure I have enough tea in before I get started.
3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
I’ve just finished the third book in the Throne of Glass series but had book number 4 pre-ordered before I started. I love these books so much. It’s very difficult to describe them without spoilers but it’s full of action, romance, magic, terrifying creatures, witches, fae, and warring kingdoms. I hate comparing books to other but have seen it described as a young adult Game of Thrones which is probably not far off. Expect a review of Heir of Fire soon but in the meantime isn’t this a great opening for the fourth book:
“There was a thing waiting in the darkness.
It was ancient, and cruel, and paced in the shadows leashing his mind. It was not of this world, and had been brought here to fill him with primordial cold.”
I’m hooked already. I’m expecting bigger battles than ever from this one.
4. After You by Jojo Moyes
This is one of those books that could go either way. The author herself said she hadn’t planned a sequel to Me Before You but I think came under quite a bit of pressure to reveal what happens next.
I do love Jojo Moyes and have read pretty much all of her books but I’m a little bit wary of this one. Me Before You was one of my all time favourites and I’m scared this book could ruin it all. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to resist reading it as, like everyone else, I want to know what happens next.
I just really and truly hope it’s great.
5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The final book on the list is not part of a series but a spin off. I read the Grisha trilogy at the start of this year and loved it. This book is set in the same world of magic and monsters but has a completely different set of characters. This time we have a group of six outcasts brought together to commit an impossible heist with some pretty serious consequences if they fail.
What I loved about the Grisha series is that it felt very unique. There were some fantastic characters and great dialogue. The writing style and world Leigh creates is so different from any other that I’m hoping this will be a great start to a new series.