I know this is pretty darn late, but better late than never I suppose. I hope you have all had a fantastic new year. I managed to get some serious reading done in December but I didn’t manage to achieve my Goodreads goal for the first time in 5 years *sadface*. Anyways here is what I read in December.
So I am continuing on with my BookTube channel, I had a small viewing of my last video and lots of support. This is my November wrap-up. I only read 4 books this month but check it out.I will hopefully be using a new camera on my next video and will be better quality. Hope you guys had a fantastic reading month.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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- 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 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 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 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.
The 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.
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.
How 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.
The 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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