February’s Blonde In Grey Book List

 

Here’s what I’m reading this month:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

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About the Book:

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams – but he can’t pull it off alone.

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist.

Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction – if they don’t kill each other first.

B.I.G. Thoughts:

I loved Leigh’s Grisha series and so I’m excited to see a whole new cast of characters who live in the same world. I have a real soft spot for YA dystopian novels because it’s a genre that is seemingly limitless and the depth of creativity and capability of YA authors is truly spectacular.

 

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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About the Book:

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn – and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.

B.I.G. Thoughts:

One of the key benefits of coming to a series later on is that you often don’t have the painfully long wait until book 2 (or 3 or 4 or 5…) comes out. I know the Leigh Bardugo fandom was rabid in their anticipation of this one so I’m sure it’ll be amazing!

 

We Have a Deal by Natalie Reynolds

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About the Book:

The answer is negotiation. It is the most important skill you can develop to get what you want in business and life. No matter how much experience you’ve got, We Have a Deal can help you to improve your negotiation skill – developing an awareness of your habits and abilities, recognising what’s really going on in a deal, and building a flexible approach that is confident and appropriate to each situation.

Negotiation expert Natalie Reynolds moves beyond the old-fashioned rules of deal making to explore why people react the way they do in certain situations and how can we use that knowledge to get a good deal. Her five-step DEALS method has helped individuals and organisations to excel at all kinds of negotiation, from clinching a pay rise to resolving disputes, from developing partnerships to shaking hands on multi-million dollar deals.

B.I.G. Thoughts:

One of the skills that I’d like to work on in 2017 is being able to not only negotiate but to effectively present an opinion or argument in order to debate intelligently. I have strong opinions on things but I’m not always the best at getting them across which can make me self-conscious and has left me (more time then I’d like) listening silently to other people debating things I care about without feeling the confidence to join in the dialogue. Hopefully this book will be the start of a whole new skilled negotiating chapter of my life.

 

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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About the Book:

The story begins in 1962. Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition: a beautiful woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an American starlet, he soon learns, and she is dying. 

And the story begins again today, half a world away in Hollywood, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot searching for the woman he last saw at his hotel fifty years before.

B.I.G. Thoughts:

This is another one that I’m guilty of having left lingering in my To Be Read pile. It’s time for it to see sunlight and I’m hoping the sunny Italian setting warms up the cold days of February. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by the cover but I totally did in this case as I love the Amalfi Coast (I’ve never been but the pictures are enough to convince me I’d love it) and I’m interested to see how the historical storyline mixes with the modern one.

 

The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan

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About the Book:

‘You and I are family. Blood and treasure. Listen to me, I created this world with my own two hands, and I am going to leave it all to you.’

Hellsmouth, an indomitable thoroughbred filly, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavour of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm after a stint in prison, the violence of the Forges’ history and the exigencies of appetite are brought starkly into view. Entangled by fear, prejudice, and lust, the three tether their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth. 

A spiralling tale of wealth and poverty, racism and rage, The Sport of Kings is an unflinching portrait of lives cast in shadow by the enduring legacy of slavery.

B.I.G. Thoughts:

This is a highly acclaimed debut that was named a New York Times book of the year so my expectations are high. I find the world of horse racing really fascinating and the fact that it’s an intriguing narrative on race and racism means it’s unintentionally (and unfortunately) quite timely in today’s climate. Here’s hoping the pages hidden behind the gorgeous cover are just as enticing!

Can’t wait to jump in!

In the meantime, tell me: what’s on your reading list this month? Do you have any recommendations for me?

 

 

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