Sunday, July 30, 2023

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | July 30

Hello, friends! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I managed to get some reading done this week! I have Fourth Wing to thank for that. I'm hoping I can carry that momentum forward into other books this week.

Have you seen the trailer for A Haunting in Venice? The movie is based on Agatha Christie's Hallowe'en Party. I've seen mixed reviews for Hallowe'en Party over the years so I've never picked it up, but I plan on reading it next month so I can watch the movie. I'm so intrigued! Details below in the TBR section if you want to buddy read Hallowe'en Party with me.

Posted Last Week

2023 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize Shortlist 
2023 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize Shortlist - If you like to read Adventure novels, check out the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize shortlist for some recommendations!

Favorite Books of 2023 So Far - Last week I posted my favorite books of the year so far.

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Book Review | Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - My thoughts on Sea of Traquility.

Finished Reading

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - Highly addictive read. Review soon!

Currently Reading

Belladonna by Adalyn Grace Looking Glass Sound by Catriona Ward

Belladonna by Adalyn Grace - A selection from the TBR jar, and I was immediately hooked! I'm so glad I saw great reviews for this last year. On a side note - I saw the B&N exclusive paperback edition the other day and it was gorgeous. If you've been wanting to read this, pick up that edition. It has purple sprayed edges.

Looking Glass Sound by Catriona Ward - I haven't been able to sit down long enough to finish this one, but I'm OK with the long savor here!

Added to the TBR

Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie

Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie - As I mentioned earlier, I picked this up to read because of the A Haunting in Venice trailer. I have a buddy read set up to start August 18th on the Horror Spotlight discord server if you want to join us!

This post is being shared as part of The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz, Book Date’s It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.


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  1. Hallowe'en Party looks good! And I've wanted to read Fourth Wing and Book Lovers. Enjoy your week ahead!

  2. A Haunting in Venice looks good. Even in the trailer, the costumes and cinematography stand out.

  3. Fourth Wing seems to be a hit for many. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  4. Love that dragon! And I do want to read Tranquility. Reminds me I need to finish the station Eleven adaptation also.

  5. Fourth Wing has come up at the library for me so I hope I'll be reading after this week's ARCs. It certainly is popular.

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  6. I am pretty sure I have Halloween party somewhere. I need to find it.

  7. I hope you like Looking Glass Sound. The synopsis sounds awesome, but I haven't loved the author's other books.

    1. I enjoyed it! I wouldn't recommend it, tbh, if you don't like her other books.

  8. I don't think we see enough adventure stories these days, so I'm glad to hear about the 2023 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize Shortlist.

    I will look for A Haunting in Venice.

  9. I'm getting a little reading done this week as well


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