Let the magic shine on the fact I read a lot this month! YAY! Goodreads was initially telling me that wasn’t the case but I split my two bindups into separate books and added them, which means I have passed my Goodreads Goal!
It feels great and now I can look at the goal and see the number of ‘read’ books rise. I want to see if I can beat last year’s total of 88. If not, I don’t mind because it is not a fixed goal or competition. I’m just simply curious.
However, in amongst all the books I will be sharing below, I have one DNF. I don’t know if it will stay a DNF but we’ll have to see. That was:
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron.
I’d heard amazing things about this when I was at YALC, and in fact, one of the stall holders really sold me when she talked about its magical realism, depth and complexity, but I got bored by it quite early on. I don’t know what it was. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood for it, or fallen angels isn’t really my thing anymore. However, it still intrigues me so maybe I’ll pick it back up at a later date.
Main Wrap Up:
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman – 5 stars
It’s amazing coming back to His Dark Materials series after 15 years because it is not the same book I read as an 11 year old. It’s better. It’s complex, it raises many thoughts and questions, and I recognise the parallels between the worlds I missed on first reading it. Also, Lyra amazes me so much more this time around.
The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton – 4 stars
Witches, magic, curses, fear…it contains everything I love in a witch-related story and more. You can read most of my thoughts in my review, but I loved it. The build up was a little slow going but I think it worked really well because once I got into it, the story went from 30mph to 100mph!
- The Magician’s Nephew – 5 stars
- The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – 5 stars
- The Horse and His Boy – 4.5 stars
- Prince Caspian – 5 stars
- Voyage of the Dawn Treader – 4.5 stars
…from The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.
I actually listened to dramatised versions of these on audiobook and I really liked the production and the large cast of characters. It gave the stories an added dimension and I really felt as if I was joining everyone in Narnia. I think my favourite will always be The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe but all the stories are great and such classics in the Fantasy world.
- Changeling – 3 stars
- Half of Stormbringer, which is about 3.75 stars at the moment.
…from The Order of Darkness series by Philippa Gregory.
All I know at the time I’m writing this is that the series is improving with each book. Whilst the plot is interesting and the characters are likeable enough, it is still an okay series from Philippa Gregory. I think I prefer her Tudor Court/War of the Roses series more.
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne – 5 stars
This is such an important YA Contemporary and one I still need to talk about because oh wow, I have so many feelings! The awareness this brings to mental health and particularly mental health amongst teenagers is fantastic because it speaks the truth. There is no sugarcoating the complexity and individuality that comes with Mental Health. I think it had such a profound effect on me because I’m living alongside my sister who’s struggling through Anxiety and Depression and there are few people who take her seriously. If people were to spread more compassion and kindness like Olive and her friends do, the world would start to listen and become more understanding!
Vicious by VE Schwab – 5 stars
A re-read before the release of Vengeful and I can’t believe it has taken until now to re-read it. I’d actually forgotten a lot of the details as well so it is great to remember how much I loved and still love it!
City of Ghosts by VE Schwab – 5 stars
This book was everything I hoped it would be and more – atmospheric, creepy and full of VE Schwab wonderfulness.
Yeah, I said in a past post that I was going on a post-YALC book buying ban and that’s not really happened. It’s also hard to stick to that when you’re in one of the largest Waterstones outside of London with someone very much like Beth @OffTheShelf who keeps telling you to read every fantasy you’ve failed to tick off the TBR.
Runelight by Joanna Harris (of which I actually bought two copies over the month because I am incredibly forgetful!)
City of Ghosts by VE Schwab
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
HP and the Philosopher’s Stone + Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (I’m starting to replace the tatty and worn copies currently on the bookshelf)
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne
Witchsign by Den Patrick
And that my friends is that!
I’ll be glad to see the back of August and move into September! I’ll be heading back into normality (or whatever that is) once the academic year starts again!
What books have you read this month?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!