February 2020 Wrap-Up!

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve all enjoyed your extra day of the year and made good use of it to fit in some reading 😉

February was a strong reading month for me – I mostly enjoyed everything I read! Stay tuned for some brief thoughts on each of the books I got through! (Titles link to my full reviews.)

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Review Books

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

I have read some of van Praag’s books previously and enjoyed them, and I had a feeling this would be the best yet. I wasn’t wrong.

 

The Alibi Girl by C. J. Skuse

I requested this one having loved Sweet Pea and In Bloom by the same author. This was another success, featuring the great writing I’ve come to expect from Skuse.

 

Beast by Matt Wesolowski

This was my first taste of the Six Stories series but I definitely want to read the other books after enjoying this one so much! It was gloomy and atmospheric, and kept me guessing until the end.

Real Life by Adeline Dieudonné

Real Life defies categorisation but I found it a gritty and emotional read that left me breathless at times. Very dark but a worthwhile read if you can handle it.

 

The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda

This was a unique read, structured as a series of monologues from various characters. While there was a sense of detachment that came with this, I found it so intriguing and couldn’t put it down!

The Dark Side of the Mind by Kerry Daynes

My first non-fiction of the year! And what a great choice it was. Written by a forensic psychologist, this was a fascinating exploration of the human mind in some of its darkest moments.

 

Rules of the Road by Ciara Geraghty

My final read of the month was a heart-warming road-trip story with an endearing cast of characters. A little sad at times but still hopeful, and a story which I enjoyed.


Books from my TBR

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

It took a long time for me to become interested in reading this book but I’m so glad I finally did as it was full of gorgeous sensory detail and fabulous characters! Hugely recommend this one.

 

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

This was my only real disappointment this month. From the prologue, I thought I was in for something special but it ended up being kind of dull, and I struggled to connect with the characters.


Rereads

I can’t believe I still haven’t reread any books in 2020! I’ve been so busy tackling my review pile hehe. But hopefully, I’ll get to some soon.


Stats

Total pages: 3166

Average pages per day: 109.2

Longest book: The Sisters Grimm (485 pages)

Shortest book: The Price Guide to the Occult (288 pages)

Favourite read of the month: The Sisters Grimm

Biggest disappointment of the month: The Price Guide to the Occult

Male authors: 1

Female authors: 8

Multiple authors: 0

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I find it so funny that my longest and shortest books of the month were my favourite and least favourite respectively! What was your favourite read of February? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

January 2020 Wrap-Up!

Hello my lovelies! I can’t believe we’re already looking at the first wrap-up of 2020! January has simultaneously felt a million years long but also over in the blink of an eye?!

From the quality of books I’ve read this month, I’m feeling good about what’s to come this year. Last year felt very ‘meh’ in reading terms and I didn’t discover many new all-time favourites but I have a feeling 2020 is going to be amazing!

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Review Books

Magpie by Sophie Draper

This is the second book I’ve read by Sophie Draper and while I loved the first, I was disappointed by this one. I found it dull and meandering but I’m hoping the author’s next book will be more like her debut.

 

Pine by Francine Toon

I loved this Gothic debut with its atmospheric setting and eerie mythological ties. I questioned the ending slightly but on the whole, this was a very enjoyable read!

 

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

I loved everything about this one. It had me giggling before the end of the first page and it has stayed with me long after finishing it. I definitely recommend this one for fans of great characters.

All The Rage by Cara Hunter

My first Cara Hunter did not disappoint. I found this to be a compelling and original thriller, which addressed important and timely issues.

 

Bad Island by Stanley Donwood

This graphic novel was a fast read but one which was stark and haunting. I’ll be reviewing it soon so keep your eyes open!


Books from my TBR

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

My first read of the year was one which I was highly anticipating and which didn’t let me down. This gorgeous book was an incredible reading experience and one that I recommend to all fantasy fans.

 

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

This middle grade was a Christmas gift from one of my besties and I really enjoyed it. You know me by now, wintery aesthetics are my jam 😉

White Stag by Kara Barbieri

I had been anticipating this one for a good while but sadly, it was a bit of a let-down. I found it very repetitive and there was an immaturity to the tone that I didn’t enjoy. Full review coming soon!

 

A Storm of Ice and Stars by Lisa Lueddecke

Oh look, we’re back with that winter aesthetic. This was a prequel to A Shiver of Snow and Sky which I read a few years ago and loved. While this one didn’t grab me as much as that one did, I still really enjoyed it. Lueddecke’s writing is lovely.


Rereads

No rereads yet this year but I have a few planned for the coming months!


Stats

Total pages: 3147

Average pages per day: 101.5

Longest book: The Starless Sea (498 pages)

Shortest book: Bad Island (144 pages)

Favourite read of the month: Not So Pure and Simple/The Starless Sea (for very different reasons!)

Biggest disappointment of the month: Magpie

Male authors: 2

Female authors: 7

Multiple authors: 0

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How many books did you read in January? Which was your favourite? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

My favourite books of 2019 and some end-of-year stats!

Hello lovely bookish people! Can you believe it’s the end of not only another year, but a decade?! I’m rounding of 2019 in the classic way by sharing my favourite books of the year and a few stats 😀

As usual, these are not ranked but merely listed in the order I read them. And there’s a mix of 2019 releases and backlist titles 🙂


Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

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What I loved about it

  • Lovely writing style
  • Excellent characterisation and character development
  • Raw beauty
  • Gentle and poignant

The Binding by Bridget Collins

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What I loved about it

  • Beautiful prose
  • Immersive storytelling
  • Fully realised characters
  • Great romance

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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What I loved about it

  • Wonderfully relatable characters
  • Made me feel SEEN
  • Realistic portrayal of teenage life in Britain
  • Fantastic platonic relationship
  • Great message

Let’s Call It A Doomsday by Katie Henry

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What I loved about it

  • Incredible anxiety rep
  • Wonderful protagonist
  • Realistic dialogue
  • Nice, easy flow to the writing

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James

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What I loved about it

  • Vividly imagined ‘soft apocalypse’
  • Likeable characters
  • Casual diversity
  • Jaw-dropping twists

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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What I loved about it

  • Intelligently written
  • Awesome world building
  • Fantastic story
  • Funny!

Foxfire, Wolfskin by Sharon Blackie

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What I loved about it

  • Not a single weak story
  • Phenomenal writing
  • Stunning illustrations
  • Great folklore underlying each story

We Are Lost And Found by Helene Dunbar

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What I loved about it

  • Cinnamon roll characters
  • Wonderful friendship dynamics
  • Raw and heart-wrenching
  • An interesting historical period
  • Respectful storytelling

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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What I loved about it

  • Gorgeous, magical writing
  • Effortless word choice and sentence structure
  • Book-within-a-book
  • Plucky heroine
  • Wonderful imagery

I feel like I didn’t find as many new favourites this year as I did in 2018 but I’m still thankful for all the wonderful stories I had the privilege of reading and I can’t wait to see what the new year/decade brings!

And finally, some 2019 bookish stats for you because we all love them 😉

2019 Stats!

Total books read: 112

Total page count: 40,621

Average page count per day: 111.3

Shortest book: Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist (80 pages)

Longest book: Vanity Fair (912 pages)

Average book length: 360 pages

Average Goodreads rating: 4.0

Female authors: 81!

Male authors: 26

Multiple authors: 5

Audiobooks: 36

Books from my backlist: 28 (must do better!)

Rereads: 11


And that’s 2019 done! Here’s wishing you all a safe, healthy and happy new year ❤

November 2019 Wrap-Up!

Hey everyone! Can you believe it’s time for another wrap-up already? Where did November go?! I’m so excited that it’s December though, I love this time of year seeing everyone’s favourites of the year! You can expect mine soon, by the way 😉

November was one of my slowest reading months this year, mainly because my brain decided to just check out halfway through the month and wouldn’t let me pick up a book. I’ve got a couple of reads on the go that I’ve been working through for weeks and it’s giving me anxiety. Hopefully I can get them finished soon!

But without further ado, here’s what I read in November!

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Review Books

Violet by S. J. I. Holliday

I was offered this one to review after reading The Lingering last year. And I’m pleased to say I enjoyed this one even more! It’s about two women who meet randomly while travelling and one of them is not who she seems… It makes for a very entertaining read!

 

Through The Wall by Caroline Corcoran

Another thriller about two women – which is possibly why I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I could have? It felt a bit dull after the craziness of Violet! But I appreciated the exploration of society’s expectations of women.

 

Wonderland: An Anthology of Stories inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland edited by Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane

This anthology was quite a mixed bag but I enjoyed it overall! My favourite story was Laura Mauro’s Japanese version of Alice, The Night Parade.


Books from my TBR

We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar

This was the book that broke my brain. And my heart. And every other bit of me. But I truly loved it. I’ve been genuinely struggling to write my review because I just can’t form coherent sentences. But I hope to have it posted soon!

 

Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

Small Spaces was one of my favourite books of 2018 so I was very excited about this sequel. While I didn’t love it quite as much, it was still a fantastic story and it was lovely to get more of Coco’s perspective this time around. I’m so happy there are going to be Spring and Summer instalments in this series!


Rereads

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Do I even need to explain this? November is Scorpio season. I listened to the audiobook this time round and, while the voices didn’t quite match what I imagined in my head, loved the story yet again.


Non-Fiction

I had such high hopes for non-fiction November but thanks to the aforementioned brain mush, I didn’t pick anything up. I’ve got my eye on a couple to read soon though.


Stats

Total pages: 2102

Average pages per day: 70

Longest book: The Scorpio Races (482 pages)

Shortest book: Dead Voices (256 pages)

Favourite read of the month: We Are Lost and Found

Biggest disappointment of the month: Through The Wall

Male authors: 0

Female authors: 5

Multiple authors: 1

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How many books did you get through in November? Which one did you enjoy the most? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

October 2019 Wrap-Up!

Hey everyone! I’m slightly late with this wrap-up but I want to share with you what I’ve been reading recently!

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Review Books

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

I was delighted to be sent a copy of the final book in the Winternight trilogy for a blog tour. This series conclusion was everything I could have wanted and more. Utterly stunning!

 

The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner

I received a copy of this one from Titan Books and it was perfectly spooky for October! It was billed as YA but felt more middle-grade to me. However, I still enjoyed the story and would agree with the comparisons to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.

 

Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women by Sharon Blackie

This was a stunning collection of short stories inspired by European mythology and folktales. The artwork was stunning and there wasn’t a single story I didn’t like. It was fantastic.

 

Angel Mage by Garth Nix

I received an ARC of this highly anticipated new release from Gollancz but unfortunately, I struggled a little with it. I found it to be overly complex and there were lots of unnecessary characters to contend with. I did appreciate the feminist elements though.

 

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

I really enjoyed this story of girls lifting each other up and being strong together. The book was very readable and I loved the setting.


Books from my TBR

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

I read this in preparation for the final book in the trilogy. It was an excellent middle book which genuinely developed the story and continued the character arcs, rather than feeling like simply filler.

 

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks

This adorable graphic novel was a perfect seasonal read. I loved the artwork and the abundance of autumnal snacks featured. I’m hoping we’ll be treated to a sequel at some point.

 

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

This is one of those rare cases where I enjoyed the second book more than the first! I preferred the setting in this one and felt less like I was being spoon-fed. The plot is developing nicely.

 

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

I was nervous about this one as I’m such a big fan of Frankenstein. But it’s clear that Kiersten White is a fan too. This reimagining felt respectful of the original while also adding its unique spin. Very enjoyable.

 

Dracula by Bram Stoker

I did it! I read Dracula! It wasn’t quite what I was expecting but I’m so glad to have finally read this Gothic classic. I will be sharing more thoughts soon!


Rereads

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Since I already had books two and three on my tbr, I decided to just reread book one and binge my way through the whole trilogy. It really made me appreciate the development of Vasya’s character and I loved immersing myself in Arden’s gorgeous writing.

 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I wanted to reread this one before diving into Tunnel of Bones. I had been looking back on it fondly but when rereading, I was reminded of everything that had irritated me. Oops.


Non-Fiction

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Hypnosis for Change by Josie Hadley & Carol Staudacher

I read this one for my diploma course. It is a resource that I found very helpful and I will probably refer to it in future practice.


Stats

Total pages: 4247

Average pages per day: 137

Longest book: Angel Mage (560 pages)

Shortest book: Pumpkinheads (209 pages)

Favourite read of the month: Foxfire, Wolfskin & Other Stories of Shapeshifting Women

Biggest disappointment of the month: Angel Mage

Male authors: 2

Female authors: 10

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What was your favourite read of October? Or your biggest disappointment? Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

September 2019 Wrap-Up!

Hey everyone! It’s time for another wrap-up 😀 Let’s just get right into it!

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Review Books

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James

My first read of the month was gifted to me by Walker Books and my, oh my, did I love it! This is the first book I’ve read by Lauren James but I’m definitely going to check out her other work because this was such a gripping and clever story. Definitely recommend. (I’ll be reviewing it either later today or tomorrow so you’ll get to find out why!)

 

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

This was a very well-researched debut based on the publishing of Doctor Zhivago. I enjoyed reading it at the time but I’ve heard some negative things about it since so I’m not sure where I stand with it now.

 

The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

I haven’t read Young’s debut, Sky in the Deep, but I was excited to try this book set in the same world. Sadly, I had a lot of issues with it. Full review coming soon.

 

Bloodlust and Bonnets by Emily McGovern

This graphic novel was great fun and I really vibed with the sense of humour. The artwork and colour scheme were also very appealing. A good quick read for the spooky season!

 

In The Absence of Miracles by Michael J. Malone

A book that ended up being much darker than I expected, I would be hesitant to recommend this one. But I’m thankful to the author for shining a light on a difficult and often-taboo subject.


Books from my TBR

Nevernight by Jay  Kristoff

I finally jumped onto the stabby bandwagon now that the full trilogy is released. And my goodness, I did not think I would love this so much. So much sass and bad-assery. Flailing review coming soon!

 

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

The plot development in this second book was outstanding and the twists and turns were absolutely killer (pun fully intended). I couldn’t devour this fast enough.

 

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Obviously, after the ending of Godsgrave, I had to jump straight into the final book of the trilogy. Binge-reading this series was one of the best decisions I ever made. I can’t wait to shout about it with you all soon.

 

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

I read my first Alice Hoffman book this month, in a buddy read with my lovely Instagram friend, Brooke. We both adored it. It taught us about a period in history with which we were unfamiliar and made fantastic use of symbolism. I can’t wait to read more of Hoffman’s work.


Rereads

No rereads in September but I’ve got a few planned for October!


Non-Fiction

No non-fiction this month either.


Stats

Total pages: 3467

Average pages per day: 115.6

Longest book: Darkdawn (512 pages)

Shortest book: Bloodlust and Bonnets (216 pages)

Favourite read of the month: The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Biggest disappointment of the month: The Girl The Sea Gave Back

Male authors: 4 (though technically 3 of the books were by the same author)

Female authors: 5

Multiple authors: 0

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How many books did you read in September? Any new favourites? I’d love to chat with you in the comments! xsignature (2)

August 2019 Wrap-Up!

Hey lovelies! 🙂 We’ve got a lot to get through in this wrap-up so let’s just jump right in, shall we?! Here’s what I read in August!

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Review Books

I’ll Be There For You: The One About F.R.I.E.N.D.S by Kelsey Miller

I’m so glad I finally made time for this one! It reminded me exactly what I love about Friends. I’d definitely recommend this if you’re a fan of the show, though take it with a little pinch of salt – I don’t entirely think that we should judge things that are a product of their time through a modern lens.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Defence Against the Dark Arts – Acceptable – A book that is black under the dust jacket

 

Forget Me Not by Claire Allan

This is the third thriller I’ve read from Allan and probably my least favourite. Though as I said in my original review, even her weakest book is still a strong and entertaining read! I think I’m just getting used to the way Allan lays her clues so I found it easier to work out the twist in this one.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Muggle studies – Acceptable – cover that includes an actual photo element

 

The Butcher’s Daughter by Victoria Glendinning

I read this book for a blog tour and found it incredibly slow. However, it was a unique take on a period of history that has been explored through many lenses but not, to my knowledge, this particular perspective.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Potions – Exceeds Expectations – A book with a cover in your Hogwarts house colour

The Wild Book by Juan Villoro

This was such a cute middle grade read about the magic of stories. The translation flowed really nicely and I would recommend this to book lovers of all ages.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Arithmancy – Acceptable – A book that ends on an even page number

 

Let’s Call It A Doomsday by Katie Henry

New favourite alert! I am going to be recommending this one a LOT. Full review coming soon. All you need to know for now is I LOVED IT.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Transfiguration – Acceptable – A book with LGBTQ+ representation

 

The Deaths and Afterlife of Aleister Crowley by Ian Thornton

Sadly, this one was a DNF after not very long at all. It’s partly my own fault because I honestly thought this book was about something completely different. I still gave it a chance but I just couldn’t connect with it.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: This would have given me an outstanding in Transfiguration for a book over 500 pages but I didn’t count it since I only read about 50 pages!

 

Johnny Ruin by Dan Dalton

I really enjoyed this quirky mental health read surrounding a man’s suicide attempt. I thought it was cleverly done and I liked how the author balanced humour with poignancy throughout.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: CharmsOutstanding – Spongify (Softening charm) – A paperback book

 

Perfect Crime by Helen Fields

The latest instalment in this series was another enjoyable read, if slightly formulaic this time around. Maybe I’m just getting used to the author’s style, as with Claire Allan above. Honestly though, I’m trash for this series and I’ll definitely be continuing with it when the next one comes out.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Transfiguration – Exceeds Expectations – A book that isn’t the first in a series


Books from my TBR

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

I had high expectations for this book but I was also nervous that it wouldn’t live up to them. Thankfully, I found it a gorgeous read that has stayed with me long after finishing it.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Charms – Acceptable – A book you think has a gorgeous cover

 

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

This one is another new favourite! I honestly connected with this one so much and I’m already planning to buy more Alice Oseman books.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Defence Against the Dark Arts – Oustanding – Cornish Pixie! A book written by an English author or set in England

 

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas has triumphed again with another powerful story. It was hard not to compare this one with The Hate U Give; I personally enjoyed THUG more but On The Come Up is definitely a strong story in its own right

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Muggle Studies – Outstanding – A book written by a person of colour

 

Normal People by Sally Rooney

I can understand why this is a polarising book. It’s an intense character study with little-to-no plot so readers who like a lot of action probably won’t enjoy this one. As it was, I liked it but wouldn’t call it a new favourite.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Potions – Acceptable – Read a friend’s favourite book

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

This is one of the twelve books I must read this year and man, I’m kicking myself for not getting to this one sooner. I always knew I would love it and I hate myself for taking so long to pick it up.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Defence Against the Dark Arts – Exceeds Expectations – Gilderoy’s memory charm! The first book you remember from your TBR

 

Sandman Vol.1: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

I finally took the plunge on Neil Gaiman’s graphic novels. I can see why this series is hailed as one of the greats. It was obvious that a lot of this volume was laying the groundwork for the volumes to come – I’m excited to continue!

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Charms – Exceeds Expectations – a comic/graphic novel/manga


Rereads

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Just as poignant as the first time I read it, if not more so due to the nature of my job these days. The narrative voice is genius.

N.E.W.T.s prompt: Muggle studies – Exceeds Expectations – A book set in the real world


Non Fiction

Technically, my first review book of the month was non-fiction! So at least I read one this month haha.


Stats

Total pages: 4798

Average pages per day: 154.8

Longest book: Enchantée (480 pages)

Shortest book: Johnny Ruin (185 pages)

Favourite read of the month: Radio Silence/Let’s Call It A Doomsday

Biggest disappointment of the month: The Deaths & Afterlife of Aleister Crowley

Male authors: 5

Female authors: 10

Multiple authors: 0

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N.E.W.T.s wrap-up

I managed to hit 14 of the prompts for the magical readathon, and I got all the grades I needed to become a mind medic! (You may remember me completing the O.W.L.s and saying that I couldn’t go on to achieve this career as I hadn’t hit one of the prompts… well I subsequently did ‘extra credit’ for that subject so that I could progress as originally planned. I’m extra like that.)

This is honestly one of the most detailed readathons in existence and it’s a great way to tick off a lot of books from your backlist. I definitely recommend doing it next year if you missed it this time.

Here is a final roundup of what I read!

N.E.W.T.s required:-

Outstanding in Charms

  • A: Enchantée
  • E: Sandman Vol.1: Preludes & Nocturnes
  • O: Johnny Ruin

Outstanding in Defence Against the Dark Arts

  • A: I’ll Be There For You: The One About F.R.I.E.N.D.S
  • E: A Darker Shade of Magic
  • O: Radio Silence

Exceeds Expectations in Muggle Studies (I actually achieved an ‘outstanding’!)

  • A: Forget Me Not
  • E: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
  • O: On The Come Up

Exceeds Expectations in Potions

  • A: Normal People
  • E: The Butcher’s Daughter

Exceeds Expectations in Transfiguration

  • A: Let’s Call It A Doomsday
  • E: Perfect Crime

And then I got an ‘acceptable’ in Arithmancy just since the final book I read fit the prompt! So overall, a great reading month!


Well this wrap-up ended up a million times longer than I thought it would be – cookies for you if you made it to the end! Did you take part in the N.E.W.T.s readathon? What wizarding career did you go for?! Let me know in the comments! xsignature (2)

July 2019 Wrap-Up!

July has been a crazy month! I started my new job on the 8th and let me tell you, I have barely stopped! I’m currently working 9-5 Monday-Friday and I honestly can’t wait to sort out a shift pattern because I’m just not able to get anything done during the week! And don’t even get me started on how little time I’ve had to read. Audiobooks have honestly saved me this month.

Anyway. I’ll stop rambling! Let’s have a look at my July reads!

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review books wrapup divider.pngJ SS Bach by Martin Goodman

My first read of the month was for a blog tour and I really loved it. I hadn’t expected to be so captivated by this story. I definitely recommend it for fans of WWII fiction.

Apple of my Eye by Claire Allan

This was a freebie from Avon Books that I’ve had on my TBR for a long while. I finally got round to it this month and really enjoyed it!

Picture of Innocence by TJ Stimpson

I raced through this one! It is genuinely one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. So many twists and turns.

Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley

This is another book that I’m ashamed to say languished in the TBR cart for far too long. I finally felt in the mood to pick it up this month (or rather listen to it). Sadly, I didn’t love it. Full review coming soon!

The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott

I ended the month on another historical fiction for a blog tour. You’ll be able to find out my full thoughts tomorrow 😉 And there will also be an interesting surprise!



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The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli

I received this book ages ago in a Fairyloot box and I finally got round to reading it this month. Unfortunately, it didn’t blow me away. I appreciated the world-building but didn’t really connect with the characters.

Flawed by Cecilia Ahern

I’ve been doing well with the backlist titles this month! This is one of my 12 must-reads for 2019 and while I didn’t really like it, I’m glad to have ticked it off my list!

Perfect by Cecilia Ahern

The second book in this duology was no better than the first. Not much more to say. They have been swiftly donated to the charity shop!

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

This graphic novel was supremely adorable and you should all read it asap if you haven’t already. What more can I say?!

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge

This was a surprisingly creepy YA story inspired by Norse mythology. It took me longer to read than I would have hoped but that was no reflection of the book’s quality – I really enjoyed it!

The Forest of Wool and Steel by Natsu Miyashita

This translated fiction about a Japanese piano tuner would be perfect for any of you taking part in Women In Translation from tomorrow 😉 It was a gentle but lovely read.


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I had hoped to get through at least one textbook for my diploma course but I just didn’t have the time! Maybe next month hehe.


rereads wrapup dividerI didn’t reread any books this month!


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Total pages: 3762

Average pages per day: 121.4

Longest book: The Photographer of the Lost (492 pages)

Shortest book: The Twisted Tree (180 pages)

Favourite read of the month: J SS Bach

Biggest disappointment of the month: I had a few of these this month! Probably The Last Namsara.

Male authors: 1

Female authors: 9

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I hope you’ve all had a great reading month! And I hope that August will bring lots of great reads your way! ❤
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June 2019 Wrap-Up!

Well, that’s us. Halfway through the year! I can’t believe how quickly time is moving. This was a super busy month for me as I made more progress towards my new job, travelled to London for the Harry Potter studio tour (photos coming soon!) and said goodbye to my work colleagues at my leaving party. It’s been an emotional one! I’m really pleased with all that I managed to read while all that was going on. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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review books wrapup divider.pngThe Missing Years by Lexie Elliott

My first read of the month was for a blog tour and I really enjoyed it. The setting of this story was almost a character in itself, something I always love in books, and the author created a superbly creeping Gothic atmosphere. I’d definitely recommend this if you like slow-burning thrillers!

I Will Not Be Erased by gal-dem

Walker Books very kindly sent me this collection of essays by marginalised voices. It’s such a valuable book, as well as being extremely readable. A very important read.

The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

I love Christina Henry’s dark fairytale retellings and this one was no exception. Reimagining the tale of Little Red Riding Hood in a post-apocalyptic world, this story was exactly the high quality I’ve come to expect from this author.

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McClean

This was an entertaining summer thriller with a very strong setting. Slow-burning and sinister, now is the perfect time to pick this one up!

Horizontal Collaboration by Navie & Carole Maurel

I took a chance on this graphic novel and I’m so glad I did as both the story and the art were beautiful. It was a refreshing take on WWII fiction.

The Record Keeper by Agnes Gomillion

Titan Books sent me this one for their Instagram tour and it was so compelling! Set after WWIII and exploring past and present racial perceptions, this is an excellent debut. Full review coming soon!


books from my tbr wrapup dividerThe Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley

This is the fourth book in the Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley, which I’ve raved about a number of times in the past. I’d say I enjoyed this one ever so slightly less than the previous three as the setting didn’t appeal to me as much. However, I’m really impressed with how much the author made me feel for what I’d previously viewed as an unlikable character!

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle

I was highly disappointed with this one. I expected an atmospheric witchy read and got something rather boring and forgettable instead.


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Somebody To Love: The Life, Death & Legacy of Freddie Mercury by Matt Richards & Mark Longthorne

Feeding into my Queen obsession, I read this biography about Freddie. I found it very informative, particularly about the AIDS epidemic, and it was very readable for non-fiction. I did find it slightly judgemental at times though.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling

I finished off my reread of the Harry Potter series just in time to go to the Warner Bros studio tour in London! It was every bit as magical as I remembered and I don’t know why I waited so long to reread them or why I worried that I wouldn’t love it as much.

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Total pages: 3974

Average pages per day: 132.5

Longest book: The Pearl Sister (682 pages)

Shortest book: Horizontal Collaboration (144 pages)

Favourite read of the month: The Girl in Red/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Biggest disappointment of the month: Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Male authors: 1

Female authors: 9

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Wow, a very female-heavy month! How many books did you read this month? Let me know your favourite in the comments below (I have a giftcard to spend so I’m looking for recommendations!) xsignature (2)

May 2019 Wrap-Up!

Hey everyone 🙂 May was a very slow reading month for me, the main reason being that most of my mental energy has been going into getting myself a new job!! I’ve been unhappy at work for a while now so I’m hoping this change will do wonders for my mental and physical health. I’ll be leaving my current job at the end of the month and starting on a new adventure!

So yeah. I’ve been feeling a lot of stress and various emotions, going for job interviews and handing in my resignation, then breaking the news to colleagues who have become good friends. But I feel like it’s the right time. Anyway, all of this has meant that I’ve been pretty exhausted and haven’t been picking up as many books.

Let’s see what I did manage to get through!

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Review Books

Vox by Christina Dalcher

I started the month reading Vox, which I really enjoyed. If you take it as a standalone piece of literature and don’t try to compare it to what has come before, I think this a strong story. And I loved all the science-y stuff that was included – I thought it gave the book a unique twist.

 

The Forgotten Girl by Rio Youers

I pushed myself out of my comfort zone with this one and I’m so glad I did as I loved it! It was creepy and thrilling, and unlike anything I’ve ever read before.

 

The Den by Abi Maxwell

This book wasn’t quite what I expected it to be but I still enjoyed it for its small-town American setting and its exploration of women’s roles in two different eras of history.


Books from my TBR

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Finale by Stephanie Garber

I’m genuinely gutted by how this trilogy ended. This final book felt unstructured and lost a lot of what I enjoyed about the first two books.


Rereads

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

Rereading this one reminded me why it’s one of my least favourites in the series. This book gives me a lot of angry feelings! And I’ll never be over that significant plot event at the end.

 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

I actually loved this one so much more this time around. I don’t know why I had it built up in my head that I wasn’t going to enjoy it as much? Maybe after the chaos of book five haha. My reactions post will be up soon 😉


Stats

Total pages: 2971

Average pages per day: 95.8

Longest book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (766 pages)

Shortest book: The Den (288 pages)

Favourite read of the month: The Forgotten Girl/Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Biggest disappointment of the month: Finale

Male authors: 1

Female authors: 5

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How was your reading month? Did you find any new favourites? Or have any major disappointments? x