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I have only gone and done it!!!

Ok, so I have been umming and aaahhhing over wether or not to create a BookTube channel and I have just uploaded my first video.

Admittedly it’s going to be as cringy as hell and I am doing it on my phone but hey ho. I am not expecting anyone to watch but it would be great if you do and maybe subscribe 😊.

Anyway I will link the video, let me know what you think.

November TBR

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Social Media Tour -Still Lives

 

Author: Maria Hummel

Publisher: Quercus Books

Published: 1st November 2018

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Pages: 384

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The Blurb:

A young editor at a Los Angeles art museum finds herself pulled into the disturbing and dangerous world of a famous artist who goes missing on the opening night of her exhibition

Kim Lord is an avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur in the L.A. art scene. Her groundbreaking new exhibition Still Lives is comprised of self-portraits depicting herself as famous, murdered women—the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Nicole Brown Simpson, among many others—and the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women.

As the city’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all of the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances.

Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own gala.

Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls upon the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie’s ex. A rogue’s gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord’s disappearance, she’ll come to suspect all of those closest to her.

Set against a culture that too often fetishizes violence against women, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors, and one woman’s journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets.

 

My Thoughts:

So I haven’t quite finished reading this book but I thought I would let you know my feelings on what I have read so far. The story is told from our narrator Maggie, she is working in the Rocque Museum as an editor and they are about to exhibit a collection of art by Kim Lord. Kim Lord is quite well loved in the art world and her latest exhibit is to be her most controversial yet, she has decided to paint female victims that have been murdered in Los Angeles.

The opening night of the exhibit seems to be a success with anybody and everybody there except the star herself, Kim Lord. No one has been able to get hold of her and Maggie thinks it may just be another publicity stunt from the artist, yet the next day cops and investigators start prowling around the museum and asking questions. However, Maggie seems to have got pulled into a little investigation of her own with a journalist that was at the opening night.

I am really liking this so far, the writing is really easy to follow and the pace is just right. The world of art is not something I am familiar with so it’s nice to get an idea of the set up of the museum and how its run The descriptive writing of the art that is being displayed is really good and you can visualise these paintings. There does seem to be quite a few characters at the moment and I am not sure if all of them are necessary but it definitely makes me aware of how many people are needed to run a successful museum. I am not too sure about Maggie as of yet, she seems like a level headed woman but nothing has stood out as of yet.

This is definitely worth a shot if you like mystery/thriller books, however I think this is more in the literary thriller genre. I will be having a look at some of the other Reese Witherspoon books that she has in her collection.

 

Here is a list of all the other blogs where you can read more reviews about this book which is happening till Thursday, so do check them out.

Maria Hummel

Maria Hummel

Maria Hummel is the author of Motherland, a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the year. She has worked as a writer/editor at MOCA in Los Angeles, then received a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. Maria is currently an assistant professor at Vermont, where she lives with her Husband and sons.

 

Thanks for reading

 

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October Wrap Up 2018

Here we are with another wrap up! October has flown by, I have been so busy. I started a Business Administration apprenticeship through work and have had a first assignment to complete. So with all that I have only read 3 books which is really poor for me. I think this is the worst reading month I have had in a very long time. But I am currently 74% through ‘IT’ by Stephen King and that’s like 3 books in 1. I am currently 3 books behind schedule and sitting at 60/75.

So here is what I read in October:

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

This is the first book that I have really read that involves time travel and whilst the concept of time travel is intriguing, I didn’t really like this book.It started off really slowly and then gained a helluva lot of speed towards the end. The world building to me wasn’t that great and the romance was just not romancy enough. I felt the time travel got a bit confusing at times and why she was actually traveling to said places. Though it did leave on a bit of a cliff hanger and I am intrigued to read the next installment but I don’t now when I will get to it. This was one of my reads for #Beatthebacklist. I rated this 2/5 stars.

 

Truly Madly Guilty

I have finally read this bloody book, it has only taken 2 years from when I said I wanted to read it. It has been on so many TBR lists I have lost count. This is the second Moriarty book that I have read and I liked it but didn’t think it was anything special and I actually started to get frustrated as it was taking ages to get to the point. I found it a bit predictable but I did like all the different characters that she used.  I rated this 3/5 stars.

 

The Little Stranger

This also the second book that I have read by Sarah Waters, I was in the mood for some spooky reads and I thought this was a great start. This is a very slow, atmospheric novel based in the 1950’s Leamington. A once wealthy family are living in the crumbling remains of a mansion and living off the last of their money. Dr Faraday is called out and his life becomes entwined with the Ayres family. Strange things start happening in the house, which the doctor tries to explain away as deliriousness. This book was OK but I was expecting more of a shock factor. It is dark and a gothic read. I rated 3/5 stars.

 

So there is the 3 books that I read in October, not many but hopefully I will do better in November.

What did you read in October? Any the same as me,let’s chat.

Thanks for Reading

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Medical Memoirs

So here are 2 medical memoirs that I have recently read and wanted to let you know my feelings about them. Both these books were supplied by Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for honest reviews.

When Breath Becomes Air:

This memoir is very popular and won the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards for Memoir & Autobiography. I am sure you have heard about it but you really need to read it to appreciate it.  This is the memoir written by Paul Kalanithi, a trainee Nuero surgeon and to be the best in his field. He was very near the end of his training when at 36 years of age he diagnosed with Lung Cancer! The type of lung cancer Paul had been inoperable and the only way to prolong his life would be chemotherapy. This is his story of the man who saves people’s lives,the man who has to appear confident and strong for his patients and then his world is flipped to where he is now the patient and he needs to try to remove his doctors head and let someone else take control. After being diagnosed he starts to write this memoir searching for the meaning of life, this book was written in the last year of Paul’s life and was finished by his wife due to the quick progression of his cancer. This was an extremely well written book, hard-hitting and raw. It has such insight into the way he is feeling physically and mentally all the way through until his final words. I thought this book was amazing but also triggered some anxiety for me, the feeling of being close to death was described, the finality of life was shown and it’s scary but it needed to be told and for that I am grateful.

 

The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson:

The language of Kindness is based on Christie’s 20 years of working for the NHS, she now no longer works asa nurse as she has become a full-time writer. This book will ring true with anyone that as either been a patient, carer or worker in a health care sector. It explores the hardships of being a nurse, in over crowded A&E departments to training to become someone who is compassionate and delivers high standard of care, to heartbreaking situations that will always stay with you.

The books start from Christie’s training, she describes everything she sees, her feelings as she goes through the different departments and what is expected of her. It is an eye-opener into how hard the staff work at the National Health Service but also how lucky we are to have it. Throughout the years Christie works on Mental Health wards, Geriatric wards, Adult and Paediatric ITU and tells us a little story that has stuck with her over time, such as a little girl who drowned in a pool and proving that nurses are not only someone who washes or administers drugs on the rounds but be a shoulder to cry on, a counsellor for families and then to go home and try to lead a normal life.

This book is a fantastic read and recommend to anybody that likes memoirs and want an insight to the NHS and what it’s like to be a nurse. I wanted a bit more from this, I wanted her delve in to more of the serious topics of how underfunded the NHS is, the strikes and the lack of nurses. I suppose I wanted it to be more political but my view might be a minority as previously been a trainee nurse I found I could relate to a lot but found the content quite basic.

Thanks for Reading

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What I currently have out from the Library!

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I have never done a library haul on my blog before and I thought this would be fun for you to see what I currently have out on loan.  The picture above is my actual library where I go quite frequently, I love going to the library and discovering hidden gems and the calmness of it all. I have to say though a lot of the books that I want to read are not available here *sadface*. However this is a very eclectic collection of books,so without further ado, here are the books.

 

Spinning Silver

I was shocked to see this in my library and soon as I saw it, I picked it up in an instance and now it is my possession. I have only read ‘Uprooted’ by Naomi Novik, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either but this sounds really good.

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders… but her father isn’t a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has loaned out most of his wife’s dowry and left the family on the edge of poverty–until Miryem steps in. Hardening her heart against her fellow villagers’ pleas, she sets out to collect what is owed–and finds herself more than up to the task. When her grandfather loans her a pouch of silver pennies, she brings it back full of gold.

But having the reputation of being able to change silver to gold can be more trouble than it’s worth–especially when her fate becomes tangled with the cold creatures that haunt the wood, and whose king has learned of her reputation and wants to exploit it for reasons Miryem cannot understand.

The Hating Game

I know I have to read this as Chelsea from ‘Chelseadolling reads’ raves about this book and has read it numerous times and I do love contemporary books.

Nemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Talking with Female Serial Killers - A chilling study of the most evil women in the world

I saw this in a bookstore and I am interested in reading it but I didn’t actually want to buy it as it doesn’t have the best reviews. These sort of books always intrigue me, probably because I am really nosey and want to know what these criminals have done and why.

Christopher Berry-Dee, criminologist and bestselling author of books about the serial killers Aileen Wuornos and Joanne Dennehy, turns his uncompromising gaze upon women who not only kill, but kill repeatedly.

Because female murderers, and especially serial murderers, are so rare compared with their male counterparts, this new study will surprise as well as shock, particularly in the cases of women like Beverley Allitt, who kill children, and Janie Lou Gibbs, who killed her three sons and a grandson, as well as her husband. Here too are women who kill under the influence of their male partners, such as Myra Hindley and Rosemary West, and whose lack of remorse for their actions is nothing short of chilling. But the author also turns his forensic gaze on female killers who were themselves victims, like Aileen Wuornos, whose killing spree, for which she was executed, can be traced directly to her treatment at the hands of men.

Christopher Berry-Dee has no equal as the author of hard-hitting studies of the killers who often walk among us undetected for many years, and who in so many cases seem to be acting entirely against their natures.

 

Be with Me (Wait for You, #2)

This is the second book in the ‘Wait for you’ series and I likes the 1st one and I read 1.5 so this is the story of another couple from the original story and I like myself some romance and these are fast, fun reads.

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

The Man Without a Shadow

I read ‘The Dolls House’ which a short story collection by this author and I really liked it. I saw this and thought that it sounded really interesting and I want to read some more from her so we shall see how this goes down.

In 1965, neuroscientist Margot Sharpe meets Elihu Hoopes: the “man without a shadow,” who will be known, in time, as the most-studied and most famous amnesiac in history. A vicious infection has clouded anything beyond the last seventy seconds just beyond the fog of memory.

Over the course of thirty years, the two embark on mirrored journeys of self-discovery: Margot, enthralled by her charming, mysterious, and deeply lonely patient, as well as her officious supervisor, attempts to unlock Eli’s shuttered memories of a childhood trauma without losing her own sense of self in the process. Made vivid by Oates’ usual eye for detail, and searing insight into the human psyche, The Man Without a Shadow is eerie, ambitious, and structurally complex, unique among her novels for its intimate portrayal of a forbidden relationship that can never be publicly revealed

The Witchfinder's Sister

I love historical fiction and witchy books so this is right up my street!

‘The number of women my brother Matthew killed is one hundred and six…’

1645. When Alice Hopkins’ husband dies in a tragic accident, she returns to the small Essex town of Manningtree, where her brother Matthew still lives.

But home is no longer a place of safety. Matthew has changed, and there are rumours spreading through the town: whispers of witchcraft, and of a great book, in which he is gathering women’s names.

To what lengths will Matthew’s obsession drive him? And what choice will Alice make, when she finds herself at the very heart of his plan?

Gwendy's Button Box

I got this out for Halloween and it’s probably Stephen King’s shortest work. The blurb really sold me and then there are illustrations inside and I was sold.

The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told… until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: “Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me.”

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat…

The Chocolate Lovers' Diet

This is on my #beatthebacklist TBR and second in the series, Whilst the 1st was OK and very much a chic lit book, they are easy and fast to read and a palate cleanser when I have finished something heavy.

The feisty members of THE CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ CLUB are back in a mouth-wateringly delicious new novel.

Lucy Lombard thought her ‘Happily Ever After’ was all sewn up when her gorgeous boss Aidan declared his love for her, but she’s just caught him in bed with another woman. As always, she’s not the only one with problems – Autumn’s new boyfriend has yet to meet her parents, Nadia’s husband swears he’s given up gambling but she just can’t trust him, and Chantal is hoping to save her marriage, but not in quite the way she’d expected. It’s not surprising that these girls are going to need a lot of chocolate to see them through the challenges that lie ahead…

The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England's Most Notorious Doctor

I am fascinated with the Victorian period and also what weird things that people did and got away with and this non-fiction book just seems amazing and I can’t wait to read.

In 1856, a baying crowd of over 30,000 people gathered outside Stafford prison to watch the hanging of Dr. William Palmer, “the greatest villain that ever stood in the Old Bailey” as Charles Dickens once called him.

Palmer was convicted of poisoning and suspected in the murders of dozens of others, including his best friend, his wife, and his mother-in-law—and cashing in on their insurance to fuel his worsening gambling addiction. Highlighting his gruesome penchant for strychnine, the trial made news across both the Old World and the New.

Palmer gripped readers not only in Britain—Queen Victoria wrote of ”that horrible Palmer” in her journal—but also was a different sort of murderer than the public had come to fear—respectable, middle class, personable—and consequently more terrifying. But as the gallows door dropped, one question still gnawed at many who knew the case: Was Palmer truly guilty?

The first major retelling of William Palmer’s story in over sixty years, The Poisoner takes a fresh look at the infamous doctor’s life and disputed crimes. Using previously undiscovered letters from Palmer and new forensic examination of his victims, journalist Stephen Bates presents not only an astonishing and controversial revision of Palmer’s life but takes the reader into the very psyche of a killer.

Veronika Decides to Die

I have wanted to read something by Paulo Coelho for some time and this one stood out to me and it’s quite short.

Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for: youth and beauty, plenty of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lacking in her life. Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it. So, on the morning of November 11, 1997, Veronika decides to die. She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up.

Naturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up at Villete, a local mental hospital, where the staff informs her that she has, in fact, partially succeeded in achieving her goal. While the overdose didn’t kill Veronika immediately, the medication has damaged her heart so severely that she has only days to live.

The story follows Veronika through the intense week of self-discovery that ensues. To her surprise, Veronika finds herself drawn to the confinement of Villete and its patients, who, each in his or her individual way, reflect the heart of human experience. In the heightened state of life’s final moments, Veronika discovers things she has never really allowed herself to feel before: hatred, fear, curiosity, love, and sexual awakening. She finds that every second of her existence is a choice between living and dying, and at the eleventh hour emerges more open to life than ever before.

In Veronika Decides to Die, Paulo Coelho takes the reader on a distinctly modern quest to find meaning in a culture overshadowed by angst, soulless routine, and pervasive conformity. Based on events in Coelho’s own life, Veronika Decides to Die questions the meaning of madness and celebrates individuals who do not fit into patterns society considers to be normal. Poignant and illuminating, it is a dazzling portrait of a young woman at the crossroads of despair and liberation, and a poetic, exuberant appreciation of each day as a renewed opportunity.

 

So there is my list of Library books, too many I know! And such a varied bunch that I have got but I want to read all of them as soon as possible. Let me know if you have read any of these and your thoughts.

 

Thanks for reading

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What I read in August and September!

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I am back with another wrap of for you, although I have been MIA, I have still be reading a fair amount. I am finding that I am being really stingy with my ratings and finding it hard this year to find those 5 star reads. I have been in a bit of a blogging funk but I think I am coming to the end of that, I have some plans for more posts coming up and I am excited that it’s October and I am reading some dark and creepy books.

Over the last 2 months I have read 13 books,I think this is pretty good going. I normally average about 6 a month. I am currently 59/75 on my Goodreads goal and Just about to finish another book tonight.

August

  • A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman – Contemporary fiction about a grumpy old man who wants to left alone, he is 59 years old but the way he acts, you would think he is 89. He is set in his ways,has his preferences and will complain about everything. Ove grows on you throughout the book and you begin to understand the way he is. This is great for a debut novel but it seemed to lack emotion. I rated this 3.75/5 stars.
  • The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill – A Little Mermaid retelling that has feminist vibes, Gaia never knew her Mother,she was killed when visiting the ocean’s surface. Gaia falls in love with a human she rescues and she will do anything to leave her overbearing father and husband to be but it comes at a price. This was OK, I didn’t think it was anything special, I enjoyed the writing style and O’Neills take on this classic fairy tale. 3/5 stars.
  • The Woman in Black by Susan Hill – This is dark, gothic and a classic, A young lawyer has to sort the affairs of a deceased women that has no family, the house is secluded only accessible when the tide is out but no-one other than a footman will go anywhere near the house. I enjoyed this,it was short, very atmospheric and tense. 3/5 stars.
  • Goth Girl and fete worse than Death by Chris Riddell – This is the second book in the Goth Girl series and a fete is being held at the mansion where famous chefs are battling it out to make the finest dishes. I enjoy these books and I loved the references and jokes, obviously the illustrations are fantastic as usual. 3/5 stars.
  • What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler –This is a YA contemporary novel about a young girl who has been sexually assaulted at a house party. This follows a girl that went to the party but left early and learnt about it the next day, where she questions everything to find out the truth. This deals with some great topics and very thought-provoking. 4/5 stars.
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang – This book was so strange yet so compelling. A woman is having the same dream over and over again that shocks her so much she decides to be come vegetarian to her husbands frustrations. As time goes on it develops into something more severe. This was very dark and emotional book that deals with mental health. 4/5 stars.
  • The Arrival by Shaun Tan – Wow! What an amazing artist/illustrator Shaun Tan is! I took my time with this just to appreciate the artwork. I have never read a silent graphic novel before but it certainly tells a story through the pictures. I really enjoyed this and gave it 4/5 stars.

 

September

 

  • The Language of Kindness by Christie Watson – This is a memoir of a young woman and her account of a career within the NHS and the departments that she is worked in. This was interesting but it is on a very basic level, myself having done some nursing training and worked within the NHS found this a good read but would have preferred her thoughts to delve more into other topics. I rated this 4/5 stars.
  • Her Body and Other Parties by Maria Machado – I wanted to read this after seeing…I think Kayla from booksandlala’s channel talk about it. However once I started reading I realised that this is not the book for me. I didn’t really care about any of the stories and I can’t actually remember them. I un-hauled this straight away to my local library so others can read it. I rated this 2/5 stars.
  • Dear Michael,Love Dad – I found this as I was perusing the library catalogue seeing what new books they were getting and this caught my eye. This is a memoir told from a man whose son suffered from Depression and Anorexia. You don’t see many memoirs about anorexia and especially in males even though it’s common. This though was some what of a let down. It’s told in letters over a course of 3-4 years and then there are comments besides these letters informing us where and what was going on in that time of the family’s life. It was OK, but there just a lot about the family, going on outings, family meals and holidays. You didn’t really get a glimpse into how serious the situation was until pretty much at the end of the book. I rated it 3/5 stars.
  • It’s a kind of funny story by Ned Vizzini – I have had this book on my shelves for a long time and I am trying to read more of the books that I own rather than Library books or Netgalley. I really liked this book, It’s a great book about mental health and I think the representation is very good, seeing as the author himself suffered from depression and went to psychiatric wards. I also loved the family network and how supportive they were. I rated this 4/5 stars
  • Orphans of the Carnival by Carol Birch – This book is about a woman in the late 1800’s that was named the ‘Ape woman’ and would go round with freak circuses and acts, singing and performing. She becomes a star and travels the world with her agent.  After finishing this book I realised it was based on a true story and was absolutely shocked that these things happened. I rated it 3.5/5 stars
  • The Collector by John Fowles – I have been really in the mood for some classic, dark literature. I enjoyed Frederick’s account of the story and the reasoning behind his obsession.However, I really didn’t like Miranda and her own obsession with an older man. I did like that Fowles managed to make two very distinct voices in the book. I rated it 3/5 stars.

Thanks for reading

 

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July Wrap Up

 

 

July Wrap Up

 

So this wrap up is a little bit late…sorry. My Daughter has started using my laptop to play Roblox so this a rare occasion that I have got my hands on it. So this month was a slow reading month. I only managed to read 4 books this month which is probably my worst reading month this year.

 

Please click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads:

 

The Kiss Quotient

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang – This was the first book that I read this month and believe me friends this book deserves all the hype its receiving. It has a healthy relationship, lots of tense moments and great family dynamics. If you haven’t picked this up already then I recommend you doing so. You can read my review here. I rated it 5/5 stars.

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (Dahlia Moss Mysteries, #1)

  • The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone. This book was offered to me when I first signed up to Netgalley and as part of beat the backlist I decided to eventually read it. This book was just not for me. It’s basically follows Dahlia being a private investigator in an online world trying to find a sword that she has been paid to do so. The humour seems to be forced and actually a little bit cringy. I rated this 1 out 5 stars. I will not be continuing on with the series.

Carmela: Based on a true story of love, loss and hope

  • Carmela by L.Facenna-Goss – This book was just handed to me and I am literally the only person on Goodreads that has read it! This is a self published book about a girl called Carmela in the early 1900’s Italy. She was left on the doorstep of an abbey and was brought up by monks and nuns her whole life, throughout her life she gradually finds out what happened to her. This book was OK. The writing felt very modern so it didn’t feel like it was set in the 1900’s. The writing was not very atmospheric so she could have literally been anywhere, it didn’t give me a very good picture of Italy. There were so many characters that I was getting confused as to who was who. Other than that it was a pleasant read. I rated 3 out 5 stars.

From Twinkle, with Love

  • From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon – I read when Dimple met Rishi last year so I snapped up the chance to read this. It is told from a younger perspective, 16-year-old Twinkle, she wants to be a film director and her chance has come but she makes and breaks friends in the process. I liked this book, but I actually started to dislike Twinkle throughout the book. I rated it 3.75 out of 5 stars.

 

What I watched.

Image result for the breakfast clubThe Breakfast Club – I actually only watched this because my partner was watching it. I have never seen this before, it was produced in 1984 so it’s older than me. Not much happens, it’s all set in a school and a bunch a kids from different social groups are in detention. It was quite good apart from the ending – I thought it was a bit cringe.

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Dante’s Peak – I haven’t watched this film in years, but I still love watching it. Pierce Brosnan is swoon worthy for an older guy. I don’t usually watch films about natural disasters but this one has pretty good effects for its time. I also teared up when the saved Ruffy (bloody dogs get me every time). Decent film f you haven’t watched it already.

 

Image result for how to get away with murderHow to get away with Murder – I have been binge-watching the hell out of this – this has so many twists and turns, sometimes a bit questionable of how she gets away with so much but still very addictive. It’s very diverse, has a bit of sexual content and leave you wanting more – this is why I have only read 4 books this month. I am on season 4.

 

See the source imageThe Handmaid’s Tale – I have also been binging this series on NowTV. I think I prefer the series to the book, it’s easier to follow. This Dystopian story is so messed up –  I am on episode 7,series 1.

 

I think there I going to be more Netflix and NOWTV binging in August but I have already finished 1 Book and I am on track on my Goodreads tracker.

 

Let me know what you read in the month of July, or what you watched.

Thanks for reading