This is kind of a August Book Haul / Books I bought at Waterstones in London entry as these are the only books I bought this month! In total, I bought 5 books, of which I have yet to read two – so let’s get started!!!
My top one priority was finding 99 days by Katie Cotugno, of whom I read TOP 10, because I really enjoyed her writing. I had a ruff time finding this book because no store seemed to have it, but eventually found it in the biggest Waterstones at Picadilly.
This book is about a girl, Molly, cheating on her childhood sweetheart with his brother, followed by her mother writing a bestselling novel about it. She runs off to a boarding school only to return the summer before college. Now she has precisely 99 days to fix what she messed up, to handle that she is the most hated person in town, to cope with her mother – and most importantly, to figure out her heart.
Let’s just say – all spoilers aside – I didn’t like the ending of the book and therefore won’t read the sequel, but I spent quite some time thinking about the choices Molly made during her summer break and although she made some mistakes a normal person could have avoided, I think this states that it’s a good work of writing.
The next books I was eager to find was the duology Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I had heard of these books but wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting, but then saw them on display and so decided to dive right in – which probably was the best choice I could have made.
This duology takes place in the city of Ketterdam in a world where you must be fight to survive. As 17 year-old Kaz Brekker gets offered a job to rescue a valuable hostage from the most impenetrable prison, he gets a crew together and the heist begins.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction – if they don’t kill each other first.
I love classics, and so I decided it’s finally time to read Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. I started reading it and I must say, it’s sometimes tricky to read as the person referred too is not always clearly mentioned and the protagonist’s intentions aren’t that clear but all in all, I think it’s no surprise that this book is one of the most famous of all time.
Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before; of the intense relationship between the gypsy foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw; and how Catherine, forced to choose between passionate, tortured Heathcliff and gentle, well-bred Edgar Linton, surrendered to the expectations of her class. As Heathcliff’s bitterness and vengeance at his betrayal is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.
The last book I bought is the sequel to Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth, The Fates Divide. As I very much enjoyed reading the first book and couldn’t wait to continue with the story, I must admit, The Fates Divide started kind of slow and so I laid it aside and read Six of Crows – guilty. Although I wasn’t blown away from the beginning of the book, I surely will continue as I’m still curious to see how Akos and Cyra’s fates turn out.
The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable.
Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.
That was all for the books I bought during my lovely stay in London!