Friday Reads: ‘On The Other Side’ + ‘The Cursed Child’

I have been DESPERATE to read these books since they were first announced.


They’re the books I was most excited for this year – like, jumping around the house squealing kind of excited – and yet here we are, 2 months after I bought them, and I haven’t finished either. Why?

Firstly, I feel like I have to stress that it’s not the books’ fault that I haven’t read them.

It’s mine.

My life has been so darn hectic since I got back to Australia that I just haven’t had time. Firstly I had to finish the rewrites on Graceless, then edit and publish it, then redesign all the Damned Girl covers, then watch five seasons of White Collar, then –

OK, I guess if I’d tried harder I might have been able to fit my reading in.

But now that Graceless is out and Hell’s Belles is almost done, I am determined to get these books read.

On The Other Side

I started reading this one as soon as I got it, and I had to stop because I could tell it was going to break my heart – in the best kind of way. I’ve watched Carrie’s YouTube videos for years and I absolutely adore her. If you haven’t seen her videos, you need to check them out.

Anyway, I started reading the book but had to stop because I was worried it would leave me an emotional wreck and I needed to be on my game for all the writing I had to do, but now that I’m about to have a little bit of free time, I’m ready to bawl my eyes out. Yay!

The Cursed Child

A Harry Potter book I didn’t get on day one and finish reading by lunch time? WHAT?? My younger self would have been so ashamed to see me now. I should definitely have read this when it first came out because I’ve already been spoiled twice, but that’s my own fault.

The reason I think I’ve slightly avoided it is because I’m nervous. What if it’s as good as the others? What if it’s not good at all? I am not a massive fan of the “All was well” chapter at the end of Deathly Hallows, and this script is essentially an extension of that.

However, along with all this trepidation, I’m SO EXCITED that the series is continuing and I know I need to just read the damn script. What’s the worst that could happen? It’s not like it’s going to ruin the rest of the books if I don’t like it, so what do I have to lose?


Are there any books that have been sitting in your to-be-read pile for a while? Because I know a couple that should be…

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