This Week in Books

This Week in Books – 28-07-21

This Week in Books is a feature hosted by Lipsy at Lipsyy Lost and Found that allows bloggers to share:

  • What they’ve recently finished reading
  • What they are currently reading
  • What they are planning to read next

A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.


Life keeps rudely getting in the way of my reading time at the moment and so I’m not much further on than I was last week. I finished reading The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman which continues the brilliant Invisible Library series.

A mysterious archive. A powerful enemy. And a cunning plan.

Danger is part of the day job for a Librarian spy. So Irene’s hoping for a relaxing weekend. However, her jaunt to Guernsey proves no such thing. Instead of retrieving a rare book, she’s almost assassinated, Kai is poisoned and Vale barely escapes with his life. Then the attacks continue in London – targeting those connected with the Fae-dragon peace treaty.

Irene knows she must stop the plot before the treaty fails. Or someone dies. But when Irene and friends are trapped underground, in a secret archive, things don’t look so good. Then an old enemy demands vengeance, and a shocking secret is revealed. Can Irene really seize victory from chaos?


I’m currently reading the The Betrayals by Bridget Collins, which I’m very close to finishing and eager to find out how it will end!

When Léo joined the Montverre academy he was a nobody, but he dreamed of winning its legendary Great Game.

When Carfax joined, he was notorious: the son of a family renowned for their brilliance – and their madness.

Their rivalry would end in tragedy.

Years later, Léo returns to Montverre. Carfax is gone, but his sister is now the first ever female master of the Game.

As secrets whisper in the walls, what will Léo do to win this time?


I’m not sure what my next read will be. Maybe Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright.

A SATIRICAL REIMAGINING OF MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN

From the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Baghdad, Hadi collects body parts from the dead, which he stitches together to form a corpse.

He claims he does it to force the government to recognise the parts as real people, and give them a proper burial.

But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders sweeps across the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking, flesh-eating monster that cannot be killed. At first it’s the guilty he attacks, but soon it’s anyone who crosses his path…

Frankenstein in Baghdad brilliantly captures the horror and black humour of a city at war.


And that’s my week in books! What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments! 😎

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