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September Wrap Up

Hey, I hope everyone had a wonderful month of reading, I on the other hand didn’t do so good.I have been busy working and also feeling ill for the past couple of weeks. I managed to read 2 non-fiction and 1 classic and 1 YA book.

I have been in a posting slump at the moment. I will try to keep posting in October as I sucked at September

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The Border

This was my first read of the month, it’s not something I usually reach out for, however I was pleasantly surprised. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.My review here

The Crime Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

I was really interested to get my hands on this book, however it is very simple and it has an example of pretty much every crime. It is grouped in types of crimes from fraud to murder and chronicled in date order. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

I then read The Picture of Dorian Gray, this is a small book but took me a long time to read.I liked the concept of the book more than the execution.I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.

My Sister Milly

I  then read this book, I couldn’t give this any less than 5 stars. The courage it must have taken to write this is worthy of 5 stars.I was 16 at the time that Milly went missing and I didn’t really follow the press coverage. I learnt how awful this family was treated in a time of crisis and there after. I recommend people read this book.

Bookhaul:

 

Madness

From Roald Dahl, the master of the sting in the tail, a newly collected book of his darkest stories.

‘There is a pleasure sure in being mad, which none but madmen know’

Our greatest fear is of losing control – of our lives, but, most of all, of ourselves. In these ten unsettling tales of unexpected madness master storyteller Roald Dahl explores what happens when we let go our sanity.

Among other stories, you’ll meet the husband with a jealous fixation on the family cat, the landlady who wants her guests to stay forever, the man whose taste for pork leads him astray and the wife with a pathological fear of being late.

Thanks for reading

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August Wrap Up

I know this is really cliche! But wow the year is flying by! I had a great reading month, I participated in two Readothons, #MakeMeRead and Tome Topple which definitely helped me read some of the books that I have been putting off. I read a few Middle grade books and also some massive tomes.  I read 9 books in August and I am extremely pleased with that and I am still 10 ahead of schedule on my Goodreads goal.

If you want to find out more information on the books please click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads.

What I read:

Sometimes I Lie

This was a really good Mystery/Thriller and had me guessing the whole way through – there is a lot of twists and turns.I rated this 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come)

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

I then read this Middle-Grade/children’s book about a young boy who is next in line to take over the hotel that has been in his family for centuries only there seems to be a rumour that there is an all-seeing eye which is a magical object hidden in the house. – This was a lot of fun and had lovely illustrations. I rated 4 out of 5 stars (Review to come)

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

Another Middle-grade that was the winner of the MakeMeRead readathon and I absolutely loved it. It was so fast paced and taught you about greek mythology without being too info dumpy. There was so much adventure and I couldn’t fault it in any way. I rated this 5 out of 5 stars #MakeMeRead wrap up and review

The Walking Dead, Compendium 1

I then read the whole of Walking Dead Compendium One which was a whopping 1088 pages long. This was one of my picks for tome topple. I liked this enough I had some problems remembering who was who and the artwork was not the usual style I like, However I did enjoy the story line and rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

I managed to read the third book in the ACOTAR series and whilst I enjoyed it, I prefered ACOMAF and ACOTAR more than this latest edition. I liked that Maas added some diversity in this book but I just didn’t like the sisters or that everyone was coupling up. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

This is one of the books on my  beat the back list 2017. I have had this on my TBR for ages and I finally got round to reading it. This is one of those books that I can easily read but if you ask me what it’s about I wouldn’t be able to tell you. With magical realism things just happen with no reason given and I find it hard to get my head round it. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars

The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)

A graphic novel was next on my list and whilst I had heard a lot of great things about this story I wasn’t overly impressed by it and just thought it was ok. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars

Every Last Lie

This is Mary Kubica’s latest novel. This was great in the build up of the story and had me on the edge of my seat. However the ending let it down for me. I will go more into detail with a review in the next coming week. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.

Public Library and Other Stories

I thought I would end the month with a set of short stories and I have wanted to read something by Ali Smith for a long time. I really didn’t like this book. I knew that from the blurb of the book the stories were about meanings of words and what public libraries meant to people. I didn’t like the stories, I don’t know if I am just not intelligent enough to interpret these stories but they seemed to just go off on tangents and I would find myself lost. The only thing I did like were the little paragraphs of what Public Libraries meant to people. I rated this 1 out of 5 stars.

Favourite Book: Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief

Longest Book: Walking Dead

Shortest book: Amulet

Favourite Cover: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender

Total pages read: 3,816

Goodreads:59/75

 

Reviews:

Flight of a Starling

See What I Have Done

None of The Above

 

Other Posts:

July Wrap Up

August TBR

#MakeMeRead wrap up and review

Tome Topple wrap up

 

What I watched:

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I mean honestly, who hasn’t watched this? This is the best thing on TV in August and now we have to wait till 2019 for season 8! There is so much speculation going round the interwebs at the moment but this is making me want to read the books and re-watch it all over again.

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I have started watching Penny Dreadful, I have only watched the first 2 episodes and not sure what to make of it yet. Though it has made me pick up ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’.

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Yes I have watched this, only because the kids wanted to. This is pretty bad to be honest. It’s not funny and the plot is just very weak, However the kids loved it.

Currently reading:

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Crime Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

The Border

ok that’s it, That is what I read and watched in August. How was your month? Did you read any of the same books?

Thanks for reading

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July Wrap Up

I had a really good reading month in July and I truly believe that it’s due to not having such a strict TBR pile which I set up at the start of the month. I read 8 books this month which is pretty much the best I have done in months. I have also tried to read more non-fiction. I usually try to read 2 books at a time either physical or e-book and find this works really well for me. Anyways I will stop with the rambling and get on with what I read as I know that’s the reason your all here.

Stats:

Total books read in 2017: 51 (8 ahead of target)

Total pages read July: 3,189

4 Young Adult

2 Non-fiction

2 Adult fiction

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

Now I Rise by Kiersten White: This was so much better than the first book and loved all the action and how bad ass Lada was. I rated this 4 out of 5 stars My review here

Flight of a Starling

Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield: This is another recently released YA, I read another of her books in the past and her stories have such rawness to them. I rated this 4 out of 5 stars. Review to come.

The Gender Games: The Problem with Men and Women, from Someone Who Has Been Both  The Gender Games by Juno Dawson: This was one of my non-fiction reads of the month. Juno Dawson is a UK YA author and was known as James Dawson until she decided to transition. She makes some interesting points on gender but is a bit repetitive at times, this is a sort of memoir book. I rated 3 out of 5 stars.

 

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

The Diviners by Libba Bray: This has been on my TBR for years and took the plunge and read this hefty book. I enjoyed the book and Bray’s atmospheric writing but I thinks it’s over hyped for what it is. I will probably read the sequel but I am not sure when. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars

Walking Barefoot

Walking Barefoot by Grace Coleman: I was provided with a copy of this book from the author unfortunately I did not like it. The story line was very stilted, there was zero world building and the characters were so bland and uninteresting.I rated this 1 out of 5 stars.

See What I Have Done

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt: This is a story based on true life events back in Massachusetts 1892. I like historical fiction and ones that are based on true stories. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars and will delve into my rating more in my review.

Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England

Inconvenient People- Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England by Sarah Wise: Another non-fiction and this was quite chunky at 473 pages. I learnt about the book from Elena reads books booktube channel as she is reading the Wellcome Book Prize winners and short listed. This one instantly interested me, however the writing was hard going, the stories lacked lustre and again repetitive. Though I did enjoy that the author found true stories about people who were incarcerated wrongly.

None of the Above

None of the Above by I.W.Gregorio: This story has an intersex main character and I loved it. I had so many emotions whilst reading this book. I definitely recommend if you are looking for more LGBTQ reads. I rated this 4.5-5 stars out of 5 (I haven’t decided yet) Review to come.

Favourite book of the Month – None of the above by I.W.Gregoria

Most disappointing book of the month: Walking Barefoot by Grace Coleman

Favorite cover of the month: Now I Rise by Kiersten White.

 


Books reviewed this month:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Now I Rise by Kiersten White

The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 

Tags:

The Who I am Tag

 

Other Posts:

June Wrap Up

Discussion Post TBR??

My Top 5 Most Read Authors

#MakeMeRead Readathon

Tome Topple

???BookTube???

 

What Movies I watched:

 

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Yes I have only just watched this film, and apart from the bad graphics (I know it was good for it’s time) I really enjoyed this movie and ready to watch the next one.

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I saw this as soon as it came out and loved it. I really enjoyed the super villan Balthazar Bratt and his love of 80’s dance music. If you haven’t watched this already then you are missing out and recommend getting you arse to cinema pronto.

 

Thanks for reading

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June Wrap up

June was a great reading month for me. I read 9 things. I read 1 – non fiction book, 4 comics,1 manga and 3 novels and I DNF’d a book too. Admittedly some of these were shorter books but I had fun reading them and the quality of what I read was good too.

The Guts

This was my DNF for June. This had been on an off my TBR for months and months but when I finally got round to it, I found it was just not the book for me. There were several reasons why I DNF’d this book. 1, it was a second book in a series which I thought you would be able to read without reading the first. 2, I didn’t like the writing style. 3, There was too many expletives for my liking, I am by no means a prude but this was too much that it was making me wince. 4, Everyone was called Jimmy, so I really didn’t know who was talking.

The Heart's Invisible Furies

The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne – This book had me laughing out loud and was also heart-breaking at times. Our Protagonist Cyril Avery was great, he had this awkwardness about him. The story is his life growing up as a gay man in Ireland in the 1950’s. I rated this 4/5 stars (review to come)

 

My Name Is Leon

My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal – I was expecting great things from this book and I felt at the start that it was going to be very moving but as the story progressed I felt it lacked emotion. I enjoyed the book and it was very easy to read. 3/5 stars

Attack on Titan, Vol. 1 (Attack on Titan, #1)

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama – This was my very first Manga book, I even had to look it up on the interwebs on how to read it properly. I liked the plot but I wasn’t to sure on the art but maybe I will become more accustomed to it, anyway I am on the look out for volume 2. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars.

When Dimple Met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – This was a very cute YA contemporary novel that was set around arranged marriages and something that I have not read about before.I loved the characters, Dimple was so headstrong and Rishi wanted to make his family happy and do the right thing following his religion. I rated this 4/5 stars (Review to come)

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I Hate Fairyland #1, 2,3 and 4 by Skottie Young – I read 4 volumes of this comic series. I loved the artwork, the sassyness of the character. It is very gory though and not for children despite the very colourful palette that is used.

Today I'm Alice: a memoir of multiple personality disorder

Today I’m Alice by Alice Jamieson – This was my non-fiction book of the month. This was fantastic and definitely recommend if you want an insight in to someones mind that has Multiple Personality Disorder. Alice does not hold back and there is a lot of trigger warnings such as Child abuse, Rape, Self harm and suicide. This book was just very honest. I rated this 5/5 stars (Review to come)

Other books I reviewed in June:

The Breakdown

The Roanoke Girls

4 mini reviews

Top 10 Tuesday:

10 Mystery/Thrillers that I have added to my TBR recently

Most anticipated books for the second half of 2017

10 Series I’ve been meaning to start but haven’t yet.

Best books I have read in 2017 so far

Other Posts:

May wrap up and June TBR

June Book Haul

 

Currently reading:

The Gender Games: The Problem with Men and Women, from Someone Who Has Been BothNow I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

Not to bad a month I think. Have you read any of these books? What did you read in June?

Thanks for reading

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May Wrap and June TBR

May was not a productive month reading wise. I don’t know why it just took me ages to finish anything but other than working I just don’t know what I have been doing with all my time. I managed to read 3 books… JUST! I managed to finish the last book on the 31st May. This is the worst reading month I have had this year.  So this month I am going to be making a very small TBR but then I am just going to read what I feel like reading.

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Crimson and Bone

I was part of a blog tour for Crimson and Bone –  This is the link if you would like to have a look at my review or read an excerpt of the book. Review I really enjoyed this historical fiction novel set in Victorian London and rated it 3.5/5 stars.

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

Flame In The Mist by Renee Adieh is a Mulan retelling. I enjoyed this book but it took me some time to get into it. I liked the characters, the romance and there was a bad-ass female. 3/5 stars – Review to come.

Ink (Skin Books, #1)

This book had a really interesting concept – you life gets tattooed onto your body and when you die your skin is made into a book for your family to read and remember you by. It was good, the writing is very simple but the story line left me a little confused. 3/5 stars

Reviews:

The Painted Ocean by Gabriel Packard

The Djinn Falls In Love and Other Stories

Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand

Top 5 Wednesday:

Summer Reads

Tags:

The Beauty and The Beast Book Tag

Other Posts:

April Wrap Up

May TBR

May Book Haul

 

Currently Reading:

My Name Is Leon   The Heart's Invisible Furies  The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

I have just started My Name is Leon and it is heartbreaking. I am still reading the Hearts Invisible Furies and same for the Inexplicable Logic of my Life.

June TBR:

Now I am only going to list 2 books that I definitely want to read this month and then I will pick whatever takes my fancy at the time and hopefully my reading will pick up.

When Dimple Met Rishi

Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga, #2)

Thanks for reading

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April Wrap Up

Well to be honest I am glad April is over, it has been such a stressful month. I started my new job and left some wonderful colleagues behind. I had a pretty good reading month though. I managed to read 1 short story collection, 1 comic and 7 novels.

I will attach any reviews that I have done and as usual if you want to find out more about the book then click on the cover to be forwarded to Goodreads.

The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories

This an interpretation of different stories that involve Djinn. I found a few of them good but some were confusing or just boring. I rated this 2/5 stars (Review to come)

The Upside of Unrequited

I really enjoyed this book, I haven’t read Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda but I am going to rectify that soon.  I loved the characters and the story line. 4/5 stars The Upside of Unrequited

Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand

This was a really great fast read, there is romance, political intrigue and flying ships. I rated this 4/5 stars (Review to come)

He Said/She Said

This book I won on a Goodreads giveaway and enjoyed what I read. It follows Kit and Laura on the aftermath of witnessing a rape. 3.5/5 stars He Said/She Said

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act

I have had this on my shelf for over a year and was really in the mood to read a comic/graphic novel. This was sadly disappointing. I just didn’t really understand it or what the hell was going on. The artwork in this book is to die for. I loved it so much, I took my time admiring the color palette and the way the illustrations were drawn……I wish I could draw *sigh* I rated this 1/5 stars. I will not be reviewing this.

The Breakdown

I really enjoyed this book, it was a gripping psychological thriller and really recommend. I rated this 4.5/5 stars (review to come)

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

Even though this book is only 140 pages it took me ages to read it. It started putting me in a slump but I managed to finish it. I am not rating this book as I am not really sure how I feel about it. I feel I ought to think it’s wonderful as it won the Pulitzer prize in 1975 but I just can’t. This book was required reading for my German As level class in college but I obviously interpreted totally different all those years ago as I remembered nothing. (I won’t be reviewing this book)

The Roanoke Girls

After reading Forbidden I didn’t think I would be reading a book with incest for a long time…how wrong was I? Unlike Forbidden I didn’t really enjoy this book that much.I felt it dragged and not a lot happened. I rated this 2.5/5 stars (Review to come)

Fever Dream

I think this book has been  shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017. This is a bizaare yet compelling read, It’s only short, very fast paced and somewhat confusing. I rated this 3/5 stars (review to come)

Reviews:

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Forbidden by Tabitha Sazuma

He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Tags:

Harry Potter Tag

I Dare You Tag

Top 10 Tuesday:

Most Unique Books I Have Read

Top 5 Wednesday:

Authors I would like to read more from

Other:

March Book Haul

March Wrap Up

April TBR

April Book Haul

Goodreads: 30/75

Pages Read: 2,402

Best Book: The Breakdown

Best Cover: The Djinn Falls In Love.

What I watched:

First time I have watched this and I have to say that I loved Chunk.

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This was very jumpy and enjoyed it for the most part. This is based on the Enfield Haunting in the UK.

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I loved this, I took the kids to see this but it had me laughing out load and I totally recommend.

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Everybody has been watching this, I have only watched the first 2 episodes (shameful I know) but  I am enjoying it and it’s making me want to read the book again.

So that’s it for April! What have you been upto?Did you have a good reading month?

Thanks for reading

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March Wrap up

I had another great reading month in March and managed to read 7 books. Two of them were unplanned and not on my March TBR…..but they are on my ever-growing Goodreads TBR. The majority of the books that I read I rated quite low and felt that March was a bit MEH!

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Under-Rated Organ

I managed to finish reading this non-fiction book all about the gut and how it links to other functions in your body and can contribute to depression. This is a really informative and easy read. This is for people going in at a basic level, there is comedy and great little illustrations. I recommend this book if you are interested in learning more about the digestive system, but read it slow to let all the information absorb as there is quite a bit to take in. 3.5/5 stars

Night

This is quite a short non-fiction/memoir. Elie Wiesel is a survivor of the Nazi death camps. This is Elie’s memories of him being a teenage boy in Aushwitz and managing to survive. This has got really high reviews on Goodreads, I am unable pin point  what made me gives this a lower rating.Obviously it’s a difficult topic and what happened to all those people was horrific. It was just the way this story was told was like a fiction story. Anyway I rated this 3.75-4/5 stars (I won’t be writing a review for this book as I am unable to formulate words)

The Painted Ocean

This is a #beatthebacklist book and it was strange, I didn’t like any of the characters and the storyline was really far-fetched.  2/5 stars review to come.

The Chemist

Believe it or not but this is my first Stephanie Meyer book, It was ok but it didn’t blow me away.I didn’t like the main character and how paranoid she was. However there is some badass dogs which made up for it…come on everyone loves dogs. 3/5 stars

Goodbye Days

I will be writing a review for this in the next couple of days. This was ok, I thought the plot was a bit far-fetched but the writing was good and family/friend relationships were great. 3.5/5 stars

Bird Box

I was super excited to get to this.I had heard nothing but praise and the concept really had me intrigued, however this fell flat for me. The characters were ok, there was only a little bit of creepiness and I wouldn’t class this as a horror but more of a survival story. 3/5 stars (review to come)

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

This was not planned for March but I have had it on my shelf for a while. This is a super quick read and really emotional. The ending didn’t go as I thought it would and was a little bit disappointing and packed less of a punch. I still really enjoyed it and rated it 4/5 stars

Reviews:

The Wonder by Emma Donaghue

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

I have been in a bit of a review slump lately so I apologise for the lack of reviews, I have so many to catch up on.

Other posts:

February Book Haul

February Wrap Up

March TBR

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 books on my Spring TBR

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 books I have read pretty quickly

Life:

Ok first off, I managed to get a new job *squeals* I don’t start till the 24th April but I am excited and nervous at the same time because I have been at the same place for 7 years and I will be leaving all my amazing friends.

I was treated to the cinema by a good friend and we watched Beauty and the Beast in 3D and I really enjoyed it.I thought the actor that played Gaston was amazing at the role and I didn’t even realise that Ewan McGregor was Lumiere.

My daughter has another piece of her writing published. This is her second piece that has been selected. They are small books from children around our county but it is still an amazing achievement and I am so proud of her.

How did you do in March? Have you read any of these books?

Thanks for reading