Way back in January, I set myself a rather ambitious target: I wanted to read 52 books this year, an average of one a week. For the first few months of the year, I actually managed to get ahead of my target and I felt like for the first time in a long time, I might actually do one of my new year's resolutions. Alas, I wasted most of July reading one terrible book - I'd started it, so I felt like I had to finish it, but it was slow going because it was highly unenjoyable.
Since then, I haven't really managed to recover and I'm ashamed to say, I actually only completed one book in September - however, that one book was pretty special...
Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
September finally saw the release of the 5th installment in my much loved Throne of Glass series. Throne of Glass follows teenage assassin Celaena Sardothien after she is unexpectedly released from a prison camp after making a bargain with the very same king that killed her entire family. Throughout the series we've seen that all is not what it seems when it comes to her identity, and her struggles to come to terms with the decisions she has made during her life.
I must admit that I didn't find this novel as engaging as others in the series. Although I devoured it in a couple of days, it just wasn't as exciting as I had hoped it would be. That being said, it was still an incredible book and the explosive ending really made up for it. I genuinely did not see the last couple of chapters coming and as I finished the last few words I found myself wanting to scream.
I'm so excited for the next book, even though it is the last one in the series. I am also delighted to see that they are making it into a TV series, it will be really interesting to see how they adapt it.
I'm currently reading two books at once and I hope I manage to finish both of them for my next monthly reading update. One of the books is A World of Ice and Fire - a companion to the Song of Ice and Fire series that the Game of Thrones TV show is based on. This book is huge and a hardback, so it's not really compatible with my bus journey to work where I do most of my reading. That's why I'm currently reading two books - I read this one in bed and then I am reading Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho when I take the bus. Unfortunately, this seems to be slowing my progress down!
Have you read any interesting books recently? I'm always on the lookout for inspiration!