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What I’m currently reading
I’m enjoying Becoming Lili more than I thought I would. It’s quite far from my usual genre, and I admit I’m struggling with the omniscient POV, but I’m always excited to come back to it. Watching Phyllis turn into Lili and gain confidence is a joy! Oddly enough it’s also making me want to get a professional makeover, which is a first :’D I’m a third through it now and hope to have the review up on Goodreads before I go on holiday next month.
Never has an ugly duckling turned into such a beautiful swan…
An ugly duckling girl, Phyllis is bullied viciously at school and is unloved at home, a lonely teenager, longing for so much more from life …
Suddenly, a random encounter with a stranger, offers her a chance to have it all … if only she has the courage to change, to grasp the opportunity with both hands.
In the years that follow, as her dreams of attaining friends and beauty are realised, others join her on her journey to Becoming Lili. She realises, even when you seem to have everything, sometimes, the one thing you really want, is the one thing you just can’t have.
Becoming Lili is an epic, heart-warming tale of aspiration, friendship and love set against a backdrop of the vibrant 90’s, and is packed full of unforgettable characters you will instantly fall in love with.
I wanted something light and mad that I could get lost in, so I decided to continue the Discworld series. I’m pretty sure I’ve read this one once before (Goodreads agrees, I’ve rated it four stars at some point) but I don’t remember it very well and I don’t want to skip any. I’m only on page 39 so far but I’m loving it <3 The plan is to alternate between this one and Becoming Lili, so today should be a Discworld day!
‘What shall we do?’ said Twoflower.
‘Panic?’ said Rincewind hopefully. He always held that panic was the best means of survival.
As it moves towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, the Discworld could do with a hero. What it doesn’t need is a singularly inept and cowardly wizard, still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world, or a well-meaning tourist and his luggage which has a mind (and legs) of its own. Which is a shame because that’s all there is…
What I recently finished reading
I loved this so much <3 An Ember in the Ashes had everything I want from a fantasy book, and I’m eagerly anticipating A Torch Against the Night. So far I’ve been good and have stuck to my no-new-books-until-you’ve-read-everything-on-your-shelf-(physical-and-kindle) ban, but this is making it difficult.
My review should be on Goodreads later today 🙂
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
What I think I’ll read next
I’m going on holiday for ten days in June, and this one’s coming with me <3 It looks like an excellent pool-side read, and it’s a genre I used to devour when I was younger, so I’m really looking forward to it!
A Dragon statue. An ancient sword.
What treasure is worth killing for?
It’s 1927 in Victoria, Australia. A hedonistic time after the Great War
when young people knew they could enjoy life without the threat of war hanging over them. A time when women have more options opened to them.
There is a weekend house party at Thornton Park and Alexandra Thornton thinks it will be a good time to break the news to her father that she wants to be an antiques dealer, like him, her grandfather and great-grandfather before her.
Only a small number of people are invited. Amongst the guests are Zhang Huo,
the Chinese antiques dealer who, with his son, has brought a Ming dragon statue from China for Thomas Thornton.
Benedict Archer, who is manager of Thornton Antiques in Melbourne and who has
been secretly helping Alexandra learn more about her family business, is also invited. Alexandra asks Benedict and Edith Blackburn, her friend since childhood, to be with her when she approaches her father.
When Edith claims that Benedict is in love with her, Alexandra can’t believe it.
In all the time they’d been at Thornton Antiques together, he’d never said
a word. Now, Alexandra looks at him differently.
Can it be true?
Then a body found in the orchard and, before the weekend is over, a priceless artefact is stolen. Alexandra is determined to discover how these things are connected to the Ming dragon and the antiques her great-grandfather brought
with him from Hong Kong so many years ago.
What secret has remained hidden atThornton Park for the last eight years?
Have you read any of these and would like to chat about it? I look forward to hearing from you if you do – just leave a comment below and we can get this book club started!
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