Saturday, September 5, 2020

What Are You Currently Reading? (8)

Hello, friends! It feels like it's been a blink since the last time I made one of these posts, but in reality I've read...a lot. I hit my 2020 goal of 50 books, mostly through reading books that caught my eye on KindleUnlimited. Which means I threw what I'd planned to read out the window...because I've been fickle and picky about what I read. As per usual. It also means that there's a familiar book I'm aiming to make progress on this long weekend...

But I digress. Let's talk about what I'm reading!

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Midnight Sun (Twilight, #5)When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella's side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward's version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward's eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward's past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

How much I've read: 175 pages

Thoughts: No one is more flustered than me that I haven't binged this entire book yet. But as it turns out, I've been alternating between not touching it because I'm trying to read whatever else catches my eye and slowly enjoying it when I'm in the mood. So basically I'm on board to savor this one at whatever pace works for me. Partly because I'm still so happy to have another Twilight book, and partly because I don't want it to be over. I'm definitely liking it so far. And it gets better and better the more Edward realizes his feelings for Bella. Maybe, possibly, I'll make major reading progress on it this weekend, since I have Monday off, but that's tbd.

I'm also reading...

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash, #2)A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice...

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

How much I've read: 9%

Thoughts: While I LOVED book 1, From Blood and Ash, I'm easing my way into this one. Mostly because it's fantasy and my reading moods can be very finicky with this genre. The last thing I want is to not enjoy this one as much as I could because I read it at the wrong time. So far, I'm not having too much trouble falling back into the world, which is a good sign. And I'm definitely having no trouble loving Hawke/Casteel. I adore his dynamic with Poppy and I just KNOW they are only going to get better as a couple the more I read. So that's good and definitely makes me eager to keep reading. 

Considering both Midnight Sun and AKOFAF are giant books, I'm kind of getting ambitious for my reading this weekend. Especially since I'm sure to get distracted by some other book not listed here in between picking away at these two. But all is well so long as I'm enjoying my reads, yes?

So those are my bookish plans. Now I'd love to know--what are y'all reading this weekend?? :)


  1. I read Midnight Sun over a week. I loved it. I'm currently reading My Fallen Saint by J Kenner.

  2. I'm reading Fearless in Texas by Kari Lynn Dell.

  3. In in the middle of A Dance with Fate by Juliet Marillier