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June Wrap up

It’s that a time of the month again when we all show each other what we read and I am happy to say that I read 6 things. 6 seems to be a happy consistent number for me at the moment. I have this desire to read everything at the moment but just don’t have the time.   I hope everyone is enjoying their summer.. for a change England has been very hot and sunny and in true Brit fashion I am going to moan…..it’s too hot! I can’t handle the heat very well and  constantly melting. I also have been ill this month and on antibiotics for TWO WEEKS!  Anyway enough about me, let’s get on with the books.

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Mine

  • Mine by Susi Fox was my first read of the month. This is a Mystery/Thriller set in Australia. A woman is taken in for an emergency caesarean but when she comes round she has the feeling that her baby is not actually hers. This was an OK read but I found it slow and repetitive. If you enjoy family/domestic thrillers than you will enjoy this. Overall I rated 3 stars and will be writing a full review soon.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman. This has been on my radar for so long and I finally got round to reading it and I am so glad I did. I can see why this is hyped. Eleanor is a social misfit, has her set routines and is bumbling along just fine – until she gets stuck with Raymond the IT guy at work. This is such a good book about character growth and just endearing. I rated this 4.75 out of 5 stars.

Tokyo Ghoul, tome 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1)

  • Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida. Every month I ask my partner to pick a book of my shelves for me to read. This was his pick for June. This is the second or third manga that I have ever read and whilst I liked the story, I find the black and white artwork hard to decipher. This probably sounds strange but I just can’t see what is supposed to be happening in an action scene. I rated this 3 out 5 stars..I am not sure if I will be continuing on with the series.

Milk and Honey

  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. As I don’t read too much Poetry I loaned this from my local library rather than buy it. I really didn’t like this book, the poems made me feel uncomfortable especially the abuse. I also didn’t like the sexual section. I am no means a prude but I just felt it unnecessary. The poems felt more like statements. Maybe I read this wrong but I don’t understand the hype. I rated this 2 stars as some of the poems about ‘love’ I did like.

Burial Rites

  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. I picked this book up from the library on a whim. This a book set in early 1800’s Iceland and based on true events. Agnes is to be executed for the murder of her former master. This story is her move to a different part of Iceland and to speak with Toti an assistant reverend that Agnes chose to be her spiritual guardian whilst she awaits her death. The story is very slow and one that slowly feeds you details of how Agnes come to be a convicted murderess. This was a dark and bleak story but due to the slow pace I gave it 3.75 stars.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. Every month I tried to read a non-fiction book and this one caught my eye. Not only has it thousands of reviews on Goodreads but it has a high rating of 4.05. Neurology is something that interests me but also daunts me too, there is so much that could happen to a person, with some still unable to be explained. This took me the whole month to read.I dipped in and out of it whenever I got the chance. This is by no means a large book at 243 pages, it’s just the way it was written. I found the case studies extremely enjoyable but Sacks writing was not for me. It was not engaging, he constantly referenced other Neurologists like I knew them and had already read their work. It was not easy to read it was heavy in jargon. This is a good book if you already have some knowledge about the subject but if you know near to nothing like myself and wanted a bit more of an understanding of neurology then don’t pick this up. I am sure there are better books out there. Another book I don’t understand the high ratings for. I rated this 2 stars and that was just for the case studies.

Currently reading

 

The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Mos…The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #…

I hope to read another 6 books for July, I have currently read 40 books this year which means I am 3 books ahead of my target.

What books did you read in June? Have you read any the same as me, what’s your thoughts?

Thanks for reading

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May wrap up!

I feel my reading has really slowed down this year. At the moment I am not having the spare time to sit down and read as much as I would like. May wasn’t a bad reading month… I managed to finish 6 books admittedly 3 were short so that helped out. I still haven’t found my 5 star read. I am concerned that either I have become too picky or I am falling out of love with reading. Maybe I am just picking up the wrong sort of books.

Anyway this is what I read:

To kill a kingdom by Alexandra Christo – This is a loosely based little mermaid retelling. With Sirens and princes, both hunting one another. If you want something with strong, badass female protagonists this will be the book for you. I liked this book but it didn’t hold my attention as much as I liked and I kept putting it down for a few days and then read a few pages and so on. I rated this 🌟 🌟 🌟 I will be writing a review in June.

Bad Girls by Caitlin Davies – This is a non-fiction book looking back at the history of Holloway. Holloway was a female prison in London that was torn down a few years ago but was rich with history. This book looks at certain era’s of when the suffragettes were in full swing, the way they would starve themselves and sometimes get released as the prison didn’t no how to cope. It looks at escapees, more dangerous women and how the justice system changed over the years. The book is quite basic and covers a lot of topics but easy to digest. I rated this 🌟 🌟 🌟

Weird things customers say in bookshops by Jen Campbell – This is a small book just noting the weird and wonderful conversations booksellers have had with their customers. It was good, some were funny and some just had me baffled at the ridiculousness of people. This is a very small book. I rated this 🌟 🌟 🌟

Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- Another small book read by me. This is written as a letter to Chimamanda friend after she was asked how to raise her daughter a feminist. This is an important book to read, it’s simply written and good starting place if you are like me and haven’t read much on the topic. I rated this 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Lullaby by Leila Slimani – I was really looking forward to this book but it was a bit of anti climax. You find out right at the start that the nanny has killed the children she was looking after and th rest of the story is how it led to said events. It tried to be dark and sinister but it failed to deliver. I rated this 🌟 🌟 🌟

The silent companions by Laura Purcell – I was really looking forward to reading this one. I need a historical fiction kick and this sounded really interesting and spooky. However it just wasn’t for me. I liked it and enjoyed it the most part but the back story of why the companions were still haunting the house was a bit wishy washy. It has 3 time lines. The 1800’s,1600’s and then when the protagonist is in the asylum. I rated this 🌟 🌟 🌟

So there it is, the books that I read in May! How did you do? Did you read any the same as me? Do you have any recommendations for a 5 star read. Let’s chat.

Thanks for reading

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March and April Wrap up

So I haven’t posted for a while, due to being really busy with work, puppy and everyday life. I hope everyone is ok and enjoying the sunshine.  I am still reading but have slowed down a lot. I have been feeling slightly overwhelmed with my TBR pile lately so I am just trying to read what I am in the mood for. So this is what I have read in the last 2 months.

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The Hate U Give

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I have finally read this book! This is super hyped all over the blogosphere and for good reasons too. I enjoyed this book but I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else. It was an important story that needed to be told but I felt the relationship between Starr and her boyfriend was a bit stilted. I rated this 3/5 stars.

SHOCK Anthology

  • Shock edited by Joe Pruett – I was able to read an early copy of this thanks to Edelweiss. I have never read an anthology of comics/graphic novels so this was a first for me. But I was pleasantly surprised  by how much I enjoyed it. There is a range of different genres and art styles and would recommend picking this up. I rated 3.5 stars.

Blob

  • Blob by David Walliams – This is a book specially published for world book day. Me and my daughter really liked this book. David Walliams is the modern Roald Dahl with his funny made up words but also a serious lesson included. I rated this 4/5 stars.

The Light that Gets Lost

  • The Light That Gets Lost by Natasha Carthew – This was a beat the back list read for me and to be honest I just had to remind myself what it was about again. This was so boring and strange that I have already forgotten about it. I rated this 1/5 stars.

Bring Me Back

  • Bring Me Back by B A Paris – This was one of my most anticipated books of 2018. I read ‘The Breakdown’ last year and it made my top 10. I was disappointed with this book, it just lacked lustre and just wasn’t believable. I will be reviewing this soon but I rated 3/5 stars.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

  • World War Z by Max Brooks – I asked my partner to book off my shelves for me to read and this is the one he chose. I went into this pretty much blind but obviously knowing that it was about Zombies. I really disliked this book. I didn’t like the way it was told and I would have preferred more civilian perspectives rather than political figures. A lot of political stuff will go over my head. Anyway, I have read this now and unhauled it. I rated this 1/5 stars.

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

  • Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball by Laura Ellen Anderson – Another children’s book. I started using the audiobook from my local library and then read the second half. This is a cute middle grade story where Vampires, Ghosts and other Creatures of the night are scared of Fairies but it also about children being nice to each other. I rated this 3/5 stars.

The Chocolate Lovers' Club

  • The Chocolate Lover’s Club by Carole Matthews – This was a light and fluffy chic lit book. About four friends that met at a local chocolate shop and how they help each other with advice on their lives and consume copious amounts of chocolate in the mean time. I liked this but it’s not the best writing or story out there but it was what I needed at the time. I have to say though that all these women should be obese from the amount they ate. I rated this 3/5 stars and I will continue on with the series.

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"

  • Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham –I am not sure why I read this book, this is just a memoir of Lena Dunhams life growing up and her sexual encounters and how she felt as a woman blah blah blah. I didn’t find it funny. I rated this 2.25/5 stars.

Peach

  • Peach by Emma Glass – I knew I had to read this when I read the synopsis. This is a very thought-provoking short story being only 112 pages. The way it is written gets some getting used to.It will not be for everyone but I am glad I read it. 3/5 stars.

Stay with Me

  • Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo – I really enjoyed this book, it’s told from two perspectives and goes back and forwards in time. It’s a simple story but a marriage based on lies and deceit. I rated this book 4/5 stars.

In the last 2 months I have read 11 books, I am happy with that. I have to say I might have read more if I hadn’t read World War Z as it just took me forever. What have you guys read in the last month? Have you read any of these books? Let’s chat.

Thanks for reading

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A VERY LATE JANUARY WRAP UP

I suppose it’s better late than never. I have been super slumpy (blogging wise) and have had a hard time getting the motivation to post, I have been reading though which is great and I read 8 things in January which I am really pleased with. January tends to be my best month for reading.I get so determined to read books and excited to find my next five-star read. However that did not happen in January *sad face* I am also super excited about reading and I want to read everything at the moment but super frustrating because I don’t have super genius reading powers but hey ho. Anyways on to the books that I read.

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

This was my first read of 2018, This a YA, Fantasy novel all about Fae and the high court. This was an aesthetically pleasing book and whilst I enjoyed this, I didn’t enjoy as much as a lot of others in the book community. I didn’t really like the characters and the world building was wishy-washy. If you would like to read more of my thoughts you can read my review Here.  3.5/5 stars

Goodbye, Perfect

I read Sara Barnard’s third book ‘Goodbye, Perfect’ which is a YA, contemporary novel about two girls who are best friends but one of them runs away with her teacher. This has to be least favourite books from the author. The friendship aspect is on point as usual but not a lot happens. I will be writing a review for this soon. 3/5 stars

Surviving Execution

I received this book from Readers first and was instantly intrigued just from the synopsis. This is a non-fiction book told from Sky News reporter Ian Woods about the case of Richard Glossip. Richard is on death row for murder even though he never committed the heinous act. This is a very interesting book giving you some history of capital punishment and the trials of said case. This is a very easy book to digest and would recommend picking it up. I rated this 3/5 stars. You can read my review Here

Rebecca

I finally read Rebecca, I was very excited to read this I have heard such great things and how dark it was. It took me a while to get into it but once she got to Manderley I really started enjoying it. This was very emotional and I felt sympathetic towards our protagonist, she felt very inadequate and was having a tough time adjusting to her new lifestyle. I thought this was cleverly written as at points I wondered whether the new Mrs De Winter and Rebecca could be the same person. This has to be one of my favourite classics to date.I rated it 4/5 stars.

El Deafo

I then read a small graphic novel called El Deafo, This is a memoir following our author Cece when she is little and coming to terms with being deaf after a serious childhood illness. She has to overcome being treated differently and people pointing at this massive box she has to wear to be able to hear. I liked this story and thought it was very important for children to read and understand how to communicate with deaf people and how it can be frustrating for both sides. I rated this 3/5 stars.

My Life Next Door

This is my first #beatthebacklist read for 2018. I enjoyed this book but there were so many things that stopped me from rating it any higher than a 3 star book. This a nice YA contemporary where neighbours start a relationship. I will be writing a more in-depth review soon.

Here We Are Now

Here We Are Now is another YA, contemporary novel following Taliah, she finds out her dads a famous rock star and a relationship ensues and unravels the reasons behind his absence. I didn’t really like this book, I didn’t like any of the characters and the story was just boring. It was pretty forgettable. I will be putting up a review of this soon. I rated 2.5/5 stars

The Boy Most Likely To

This is a companion novel to ‘My Life Next Door’ and follows Tim Mason and Alice Garrett.I liked this one a tiny bit more that MLND as Tim was adorable and the whole damn Garrett family is amazing. Again I had issues with the storyline and gave this book a 3.5/5 stars.

 

I realise that I read a lot of YA, contemporary in January and that I have a shit load of reviews to write. My favourite book of the month has to be Rebecca, this is surprising as I am not great with classics. I am pleased I knocked 2 books off my #beatthebacklist TBR.

I am a little disappointed that my highest rating was only a 4 star, I wonder if I will ever have another 5 star read again! I hope so!

What did you read in January? Did you read the same as me? Did you have any 5 star reads?

Thanks for reading

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#Beatthebacklist wrap up.

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Last November I made a #beatthebacklist TBR pile which consisted of 50 titles that were published before 2017 and what I really needed to read or get to at least. Now 50 was a bit ambitious on my part…I only read about 80 books per year so I knew that I wouldn’t get to them all.  I failed miserably at this reading challenge, I managed to read 9 of the 50 books.  I had good intentions at the beginning I even made a little TBR jar that I picked the books from but there were other books that just took all my attention.

If you would like to see the original post you can do so here.

Below are the 9 books that I read this year, If you would like to find out more about the books just click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads and I will link my reviews.

Aspect of Winter (Seasons Rising, #1)

This was a 3 star book, it had diverse characters, magic and mystical creatures and has only 60 ratings on Goodreads.Aspect of Winter

High school isn’t easy for any gay teen, and on top of everything, Fay struggles to understand his supernatural powers—and keep them hidden from everyone but his best friend Sam. It’s almost too much for anyone to cope with, and it’s all Fay can do to endure.

Then Fay and Sam come to the attention of a representative from Janus University, a college for people who display magical potential. Along with their classmate Tyler, the two friends are tipped into a precarious world of mystery and magic that they don’t yet understand. Their lives are about to change, but first they must complete—and survive—the university’s Trials. Romantic feelings start to bloom between Fay and Tyler, but before they can explore them, they must learn to deal with a new world that can be both beautiful and terrifying—especially when the dangerous source of Fay’s abilities is discovered.

Our Chemical Hearts

This is Krystal Sutherland’s debut novel and whilst that cover is absolutely stunning, I didn’t really enjoy that much and got quite frustrated. I rated 2 stars Our Chemical Hearts.

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

The Painted Ocean

I should have known that this book wasn’t going to be great with a 2.8 average on Goodreads, however I like to form my own opinions on books.  I rated this 2 stars The painted ocean.

When I was a little girl, my dad left me and my mum, and he never came back. And you’re supposed to be gutted when that happens. But secretly I preferred it without him, cos it meant I had my mum completely to myself, without having to share her with anyone. And I sort of inherited all the affection she used to give to my dad – like he’d left it behind for me as a gift, to say sorry for deserting me

So says eleven year old Shruti of her broken home in suburban middle England. But hopes of her mother’s affection are in vain: speaking little English, and fluent in only Hindi and Punjabi, Shruti’s mother is lost, and soon falls prey to family pressure to remarry. To find another husband means returning to India and leaving Shruti behind.

Meanwhile at school a new arrival, the indomitable Meena, dispenses with Shruti’s bullying problems and transforms her day to day life. Desperate for companionship Shruti latches on to Meena to the point of obsession, following her through high school and on to university. But when Meena invites Shruti to join her on holiday in India, she has no idea how dangerous her obsession will turn out to be…

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

This is a fun middle grade novel that has mysterious creatures, witches and evil aunts. This is great for a Halloween read and has dark illustrations. I rated this 4 stars Warren the 13th

Warren the 13th is the lone bellhop, valet, waiter, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. It’s a strange, shadowy mansion full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles—and it just might be home to a magical object known as the All-Seeing Eye. Can Warren decipher the clues and find the treasure before his sinister Aunt Annaconda (and a slew of greedy hotel guests) beats him to it?

This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

This is such a strange book (hence the title) however I wasn’t sure on how I totally felt about it. The writing was good but I am not sure if magical realism is for me. I rated this 3  stars.

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

Beside Myself

This is a mystery thriller about twins, whilst the concept was great I got confused by the end of who was who. I rated this 3 stars and a review will becoming.

Beside Myself is a literary thriller about identical twins, Ellie and Helen, who swap places aged six. At first it is just a game, but then Ellie refuses to swap back. Forced into her new identity, Helen develops a host of behavioural problems, delinquency and chronic instability. With their lives diverging sharply, one twin headed for stardom and the other locked in a spiral of addiction and mental illness, how will the deception ever be uncovered? Exploring questions of identity, selfhood, and how other people’s expectations affect human behaviour, this novel is as gripping as it is psychologically complex.

Boy 23

This book is a YA, Dystopian/science fiction and was another book that was just meh, It only got 2.75 stars from me as there were words that the character kept using. Review to come.

Boy 23 isn’t in My Place any more. He can’t see The Screen, he can’t hear The Voice. Boy 23 is alone.

One dark night, Boy 23 is thrown in the back of the van and driven out of My Place – the only home he has ever known. He is abandoned in a forest with a rucksack containing the bare essentials for survival. Before the van drives away, a voice tells him he must run as far as he can. His life depends on it. Boy 23 has never known another human. Boy 23 has never even been outside. So who is he? Why do people want to kill him? And more to the point, who is the voice that wants to save him?

The List

Ugghhhh! I don’t even know why I requested this from Netgalley….oh wait! Yes I do,I didn’t think I would get accepted so I just requested loads and this is one of them. I rated this 2 stars and a review will be coming.

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction – and the price that’s paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.” And it’s also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

The Guts

This book was a DNF from me. First I didn’t realise this was the second book and I got to page 30 to realise this book wasn’t for me. To many expletives and didn’t really know who was talking as everyone was called jimmy.

A triumphant return to the characters of Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle’s breakout first novel, The Commitments, now older, wiser, up against cancer and midlife.

Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the 1980s is now 47, with a loving wife, 4 kids…and bowel cancer. He isn’t dying, he thinks, but he might be.

Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle–his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money online for their resurrected singles and albums. On his path through Dublin, between chemo and work he meets two of the Commitments–Outspan Foster, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever. He is reunited with his long-lost brother, Les, and learns to play the trumpet….

This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. It climaxes in one of the great passages in Roddy Doyle’s fiction: 4 middle-aged men at Ireland’s hottest rock festival watching Jimmy’s son’s band, Moanin’ at Midnight, pretending to be Bulgarian and playing a song called “I’m Goin’ to Hell” that apparently hasn’t been heard since 1932…. Why? You’ll have to read The Guts to find out.

So as you can see my Beat the backlist challenge was not a sucess in the slightest. The highest rating I gave was a 4 and the majority were 2 stars. I will be continuing with Beat the backlist in 2018 and will be uploading a post in the next few days.

Thanks for reading

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November Wrap Up

I managed to read 9 books this month….9! that’s crazyness! I have also been continuing on with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and nearly finished season 6. I am team Sheldon Cooper and I find myself singing ‘Soft Kitty’ at work.

I read: 3,334 pages

The Handmaid's Tale

I finished this book at the start of November and it was okay, but I had so many questions all the way through which weren’t really answered. I rated this 3/5 stars

Boy 23

This is one of my #beatthebacklist books, I found this ok but I was getting bored and also annoyed with the word ‘Squizz’. This is YA science Fiction/alternate world. RTC – I rated this 3/5 stars

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I reread..yes you read that right..I reread Illuminae and I enjoyed it for the second time and I picked up some new stuff that I possibly missed the first time. I rated this 4/5 stars.

Lucky

‘Lucky’ is from the writer of ‘The Lovely Bones’, However this is a memoir of When Alice was in college and was raped. This is intensely graphic. I was shocked and wincing and I am not a person usually effected by these things…so be warned if you are going to read this. This covers the rape and the case and her life afterwards and how she tries to come to terms with the ordeal. I rated this 4/5 stars.

No Shame

This is the sequel to No Virgin – this covers the trial and aftermath of the rape of Stacey Woods. This was ok but to be honest I thought that the two books could have easily have been one. RTC I rated this 3/5 stars.

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)

I read Maus and loved it, this is the first graphic novel that I have read that is about a survivor from Auschwitz, It was so interesting even though it is told through Mice. The only thing that I struggled with in this book was the relationship between Art and his father. I rated this 4.5/5 stars

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)

I needed something easy-going and romantic and this hit the spot in my reading needs. It was cute, it had a sexy love interest who was perfect, the characters were flawed. The is by Jennifer L Armentrout and I am going to be continuing with the companion/series as I just need more. I rated this 4/5 stars.

The List

Another #beatthebacklist read for me. I didn’t really like this, there were too many characters and was just about this stupid list that plays with girls self-esteem. RTC I rated this 2/5 stars.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I finally read Gemina – at first I wasn’t so keen I thought Illuminae should have been a standalone and then it got really good and I was loving it. The ending got me a little confused(not hard) but still enjoyable. I rated this 4/5 stars.

 

Currently reading:

Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5)RebeccaGhosts of Christmas Past

 

So that’s my 9 books. What did you read? Did we read any the same? Have you read any of these books?

 

Thanks for reading

 

 

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October Wrap Up

So I did a lot better in October than September I managed to read 7 books except I didn’t give any 5 stars 😐but I have managed to read a few books that have been on my TBR for a while. I am doing this post on my phone so it’s probably not going to be great.

I finished this one off earlier in the month, I thought this was definitely an improvement from her first book and I like all the quirks but it didn’t really hold my attention..review to come..rated 🌟🌟🌟

I had high expectations from this book and was unfortunately let down. I can’t understand all the hype surrounding this book. It was ok and I rated this 🌟🌟🌟 (don’t hate me)

Coraline was on my top 5 books to read this fall and I enjoyed it. It is very dark for a children’s book. I rated this 🌟🌟🌟.5

If you have followed me for sometime you will know that I adore Sarah Cross an’s books as they are so heart wrenching, thought provoking yet very relevant. However this is not as goods as it’s predecessors and very short…review to come..I rated 🌟🌟🌟

This was another on my winter TBR. I had seen a few people talk about it and the blurb interested me. However I found this somewhat disappointing. It was very slow and not holding my attention. The writing was good but just not my cup of tea. I rated this 🌟 🌟

This a book off of my #beatthebacklist and it’s under the genre of thriller, accept I found it to be confusing and not that thrilling. Review to come. …I rated this 🌟 🌟 🌟

The last book that I read in October and the best was this creepy anthology. The stories are all inspired from other stories or films or both. This is one of the best short story collections that I have read and gave it a solid 🌟🌟🌟🌟 I recommend this as a Halloween read.

What I have been watching:

My partner introduced me to TBBT (I know I am seriously late to this party) I am surprised I got as much read as I did as I have been binge watching this and nearly on season 4. Sheldon is my favourite character but I can’t decide who is in second place.

So I have managed to binge watch a load of TBBT and get 6 books read..which is pretty impressive for me.

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

Thanks for reading