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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.

Click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads.

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

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February wrap up

This is going to be soo cliché, but the year is absolutely flying by. I can’t believe we are in March already! I had a really good reading month in February, I managed to complete 7 books, however my posting and reviewing has been a bit slumpy…sorry! I managed to stick to my TBR apart from one book which was Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo as I just wasn’t in the mood. I also had my first 5 star read of the year, without further ado let’s get to the books.

Forbidden

My first book of the month was EVERYTHING! I loved this book but it is also so shocking and sad. This was so tense at times…. I had to put the book down and stop for a while. I will be writing a review soon. 5/5 stars

Aspect of Winter

This was a book from #beatthebacklist challenge and I quite enjoyed most of it. My review can be seen here. 3/5 stars

We Come Apart

I liked this book but have to say it’s not my favourite of Sarah Crossan’s books. This book has some powerful messages and is so relevant in what is happening in the UK right now. My review can be seen here. 3/5 stars

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

I think this is going to be an unpopular opinion time. But I didn’t really like this book or really understand what the author was trying to get across, also I didn’t find it funny. I won’t be writing a review on this book but just so you know I have unhauled it and rated it 2/5 stars.

Kids of Appetite

I received a copy of this bookbridgr for a review which I will be posting sometime in the near future. If you are a fan of John Green then you will love this book. I on the other hand thought it was ok and rated 2.75-3/5 stars

The Keeper of Lost Things

Another book from Bookbridgr, this was a really lovely story. It’s slow-paced and character driven. I will also be reviewing this the near future. Great debut novel and I rated this 4/5 stars

Our Chemical Hearts

I managed to just finish this on the 28th february… I liked this but it had it’s problems.It was easy enough to read but it was just a boy who was drawn to a girl that he knew was broken but still kept going back for more heartbreak. Got a little frustrating in the end. Again a review will becoming soon. 3/5 stars

Reviews:

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The girl before by J.P Delaney

Top 10 Tuesday:

Top 10 Tuesday – books with instalove

Other posts:

January wrap up

February TBR

200 Followers

Mystery blogger award

Top 10 Tuesday – books with instalove

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful month. Have you read any of these books? Did you manage to get a 5 star read?

Thanks for reading

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January Wrap up

I read 7 books in the month of January and I am really happy as this has been my biggest reading month in the last 6 months. I read some great books, quite a lot of new releases and I stuck to my TBR!

As normal click on the covers to be forwarded to the Goodreads page.

What I read:

Relativity

This was the first book that I read, I enjoyed this, it was something different to read and I participated in the blog tour. I rated it 3 out of 5 stars. My review here

Good Me, Bad Me

I then fancied reading a mystery/thriller novel. This has got a lot of rave reviews but I felt it had some flaws,it could have been darker and the author played it safe. I still did enjoy this and I rated it 3.5 out of 5 stars.My review here

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

This is Sara Barnard’s second novel and was even better than the first. She has amazing writing and the portrayal of mental health was spot on. If you have not read this yet,then you need to go out and buy it. I rated this 4.5 out of 5 stars. My review here

The Girl Before

Another mystery/thriller read and I enjoyed this, I like the alternating POV’s and the plot twist. I rated this 4 out of 5 stars. Review to come.

Burned and Broken

I read and reviewed this for a blog tour that I participated in. This book was ok,pretty meh to be honest. I rated this 2 out of 5 stars.My review here

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

I loved this book, for me this is better than the night circus. I can’t believe this is a debut novel and I need the next book already.I rated this 4.75 out of 5 stars. My review here

The Wonder

I had heard hit and miss reviews about this book, the prose that Donoghue uses are beautiful. However this book is very slow in pace and I can see why it wouldn’t be to everyones liking. I rated this 3 out of 5 stars. Review to come

 

Other posts:

2016 End of year Survey

January TBR

December wrap up

Top 10 Tuesday – 2016 releases I meant to read but didn’t get to

Top 10 Tuesday – Series I want to read in 2017

January book haul

 

So how did January go for you? How many books did you read? Did you stick to your TBR?

Thanks for reading

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December wrap up.

December was a bit of a mediocre reading month as I only managed to finish 4 books. However despite that I did manage to exceed my Goodreads target by 7 books. I felt like I should have read more as I had so much time off. 

This was the first book I finished in December. This is a collection of short stories centering around ‘home’and what it means. This was great, especially as there was loads of different genres and was diverse. Another great thing is discovering new authors. 3.5/5 stars

I then managed to finish uprooted by Naomi Novik. I enjoyed this but it didn’t blow me away and felt like things were missing. I personally would have liked a map with this book and I wanted more romance. I will be doing a review of this. 3/5 stars.

Yes I managed to finish this beast of a book! It only took me the whole year! This felt like a real achievement, this book is very hard going and I think I bitten off more than I could chew. I would recommend this book if you know about French history/politics/monarchy and the revolution which I didn’t which made it harder for me to digest. Overall I enjoyed it but it was long winded. 3/5 stars.

Susan Hill is the author of the woman in black (which I haven’t read yet). As I was into my short stories in December I thought I would try this out. I was left feeling disappointed. There is only 4 stories but they were not scary of even creepy and I get creeped out easily. 2/5 stars.

That’s the 4 books I read, have you rwas any of these? What did you read in December?

Thanks for reading 

Louise x

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November Wrap-up

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I realise this wrap up is late but life has just got in the way recently what with social gatherings, work do’s and school plays to attend, posting was put on hold. This month I did pretty good reading wise. I read 6 books, 2 of them were for the #AntiBullyReads Readathon.

I have been in a reviewing slump, does anyone else get this? I am reading the books as normal and usually I would post my reviews but at the moment I am lacking the motivation to do so. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will get back to my old self. Look out for reviews on ‘Butter’ and ‘George’.

This is what I managed to read in the month of November:

No Virgin

This was my first Anne Cassidy book and definitely want to read more of her books. I feel like this was a very important read and would definitely useful for the younger audience to read to put themselves in Stacey’ shoes and to make sure they don’t make the same mistake.3.5/5 stars See my review here.

The Unseeing

I was sent this book by Tinder Press and Bookbridgr to review. This is based upon a true crime that happened in the 1800’s, it was atmospheric and really well written and I definitely recommend if you like historical fiction.4/5 stars My review here

George

#AntiBullyReads Readathon happened and this was the first book that I read. It was very easy to read and such an important topic and the great thing is this is middle grade. I really enjoyed this book, a review will be up soon but I think I am going to struggle with how to write it and what tense to put it in.I gave this 4/5 stars.

Butter

I had this book on my shelf for the longest time and didn’t get round to reading it because I hadn’t seen any reviews or mentions about it. I am kicking myself as to why I took so long to pick this up. I loved it, I was on the verge of tears most of the time. 4.5/5 stars – review to come.

Iron to Iron (Wolf By Wolf, #1.5)

I read this novella in anticipation for Blood for Blood…which I still haven’t got round to. This was interesting, it follows Luka Lowe in the original race where Adele wins. It’s basically answers everything you wanted to know of what went on between them.I am not sure if I will be reviewing this or not I am undecided. I think this was 3.75-4/5 stars.

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

This was an ok read, I wasn’t to sure of the writing style when I started the book but grew accustomed to it.I rated this 3/5 stars, I am not sure about continuing on with the series but let me know if any of you have read the others and if it’s worth carrying on with.

Reviews Posted

No Virgin

Stealing Snow Review

The Unseeing review

Tags

The TBR Book Tag

Top 10 Tuesday

Books that I have recently added to my TBR

 My favourite Animated Movies

 New to me Authors 2016

Top 5 Wednesday

Character’s I used to love but don’t anymore!

Books I want to Re-read

Other posts

October Wrap up

#AntiBullyReads Readathon TBR

#AntiBullyReads Readathon wrap up

Beat the Backlist 2017

November Book Haul

December TBR

I hope you all had a fantastic month reading, watching and living.

Thanks for reading

Louise x