September Wrap Up.

Hello month where I didn’t read much at all!

Considering I was in such a reading mood at the beginning of the month due to the start of the Fantasy Tropes Readathon, I’ve only read two books!

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July and YALC #Part 1 Wrap Up

Hello!

July was the fastest month of the year so far and probably the best! I had such a blast being with friends at a baby shower and then going down to YALC at the end of the month. It was also nice just having a couple of breaks from the monotony and irritation of daily life.

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May Wrap Up

Hello!

Welcome to the month where it feels as if I haven’t read anything even though I have finished a few books. Whether it has just been my mood or motivation to do other things beside read, things have been a little stop/start on the reading front. It makes me wonder if I will ever get through my YALC TBR, which I have to admit is a colossal feat for someone who doesn’t do well with strict TBRs.

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April Wrap Up

Hello!

How has fair April treated you?

I can’t believe we are now firmly moving into the second quarter of the year and that Spring has finally decided to rear its beautiful yet annoying qualities. I’m seeing green leaves and blossom on trees, more flowers and just a general joie de vivre in everyday village life. Although time has generally flown by, it feels as if it has taken a long time to see Spring come alive.

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February Reads

Does anyone else feel that February seems to pass quickly compared to quite a lot of months, and not just because it is the shortest month of the year?

It’s crazy!

I don’t think it helps that Easter is super early this year, because then mine and my sister’s birthdays will only be around the corner and I want to stay 25 for just a little bit longer. I vowed I’d be able to land a job by 26 and that’s not happening. Yikes!

Oh God.

Anyway, I’m here today with the monthly wrap up.

I managed to read quite a bit in February, thanks in part to some audiobooks, although I did have a couple of unfortunate DNFs. I’m quite happy though because all the books I finished were brilliant!

Let’s just dive right in.

DNFs

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Medieval Lives by Terry Jones:

It was interesting and I do want to know more about life in the Middle Ages but I found the writing to be dry and boring. To me it read like a text book and I wasn’t expecting that from this at all. I think I’m just a little underwhelmed with it.

Rating – 3 out of 5 stars

 

 

Image result for witchborn nicholas bowlingWitchborn by Nicholas Bowling

I was really excited to read this because it has witches and it’s historical fiction set at the time of Elizabeth 1st. It was also a cover buy because, wow, it’s gorgeous! However I felt really down by Alyce and the world building. Her constant skipping from place to place made it hard for me to get a feel for her surroundings. It’s a shame because the concept sounding like something I would truly love.

Rating 2.5 out of 5 stars

Audiobooks

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A Second Chance, Roman Holiday, A Trail Through Time, and No Time Like The Past by Jodi Taylor:

Books 3, 3.5, 4 and 5 in the Chronicles of St Mary’s series.

Without spoiling anything, all I can say is that this series is the definition of crazy and action packed. It’s a bit of a rollercoaster ride at the moment and one that might give you some whiplash. I certainly felt bombarded by all the feelings! Luckily No Time Like The Past ended on a laughable high so there’s no crisis to find the next book in the series for a couple of days.

Rating – 5 out of 5 stars

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Some of you might be wondering why the hell I re-read a book I wasn’t that keen on in the first place, but Obsidio is coming out and I wanted to jog my memory on what happens across both Illuminae and Gemina. All I can say is that thanks to the audiobook, all my opinions regarding the story, the multimedia format, and the characters have completely changed. The audiobook was phenomenal, and it is arguably the best one I’ve ever listened to. The use of different narrators and sound effects instantly transported me to the Hypatia and the Alexander and I was on the edge of my seat with every listen. I’m still not the biggest fan of Kady and Ezra as characters but I felt more in tune with them this time and I wasn’t as infuriated by their actions. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I loved it!

Rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars

Books

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Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. 

I might as well direct you to my review of this crazy and twisted book because I don’t know what else to say about it at the moment. All I know is that it completely surprised me, especially in regards to the ‘revelation.’ I knew it was going to come at some point as I was already vaguely aware of it, but due to the slow buildup I didn’t expect when. It was only after it that the speed of the novel went from 0-60 in an instant and I was thrust into a whole whirlwind of occurrences that I didn’t anticipate. It’s also certainly made me very conflicted about my feelings in regards to the relationship between Maxim de Winter and the current Mrs de Winter. It’s incredibly problematic but I can’t help sympathising with their insecurities and status.

4.5 out of 5 stars

I did also start reading This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada but I don’t know if I’m going to finish it by the time this post goes live. I’m also wondering if it is worth putting it down for now because I’ve lost all motivation to pick it up, even though I’m intrigued by what I’ve already read. Hmm.


Anyway…

That is that.

What books did you read in February?

Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!
xx

 

January Wrap Up: Or More Accurately, Where Has January Gone?

Hello!

Welcome to the first wrap up and 2018 and whilst I thought that January was moving quite slowly, I now can’t believe I’m writing and posting this. Crazy!

Leaving all the talk of time aside, January was the month of big, hefty books, so I was definitely not easing my way into the year. However, every book I read happened to be a re-read so it whilst it was tough, it was very enjoyable. I also finished my first French book of the year which is fantastic!

So before this post is taken over by the rambling, let’s just jump right in:

Shadow of Night and The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness.

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As I’ve featured the series a lot on my blog recently, you know how much I love it. It is probably of no surprise to discover that on re-reading them, I love them even more. Diana and Matthew have taken pride of place in my heart, although it is the Bishop House, Corra, Ysabeau and Gallowglass who are some of the star characters. Saying they are fabulously entertaining doesn’t quite cut it. Whilst I’m certain I’ve said this before, it is the mix of scholarly pursuits and witchcraft that helps me to fall in love with the series. The university setting, whilst Oxford and not Lancaster (boo hoo), resurfaced many warm memories of my undergraduate degree and I could relate to their scholarly pursuits. I could go on and on about the different aspects but they will undoubtedly say the same thing – I love it!

 Rating – 5 out of 5 stars

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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No matter what language you read this in, it is a delightful and insightful story of a little prince and his view of the world. The beauty about this book is that you can get something new out of it with each read, and you learn a little about the author in the process. You don’t often get that feeling unless it is an ‘own voices’ book so it was nice and educational at the same time. It is also timeless, enjoyable for children and adults, and that is one of the true definitions of a classic.

Rating – 5 out of 5 stars

Speaking of classics…

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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It is a long time since I have read this, and I think I certainly picked it up again at the right time. First off, we’ve got the new BBC adaptation written by Heidi Thomas, starring Emily Watson and Michael Gambon, which 90 percent of the time, stuck closely to the book. Secondly, I found myself picking up and relating to aspects of the story that I never did before, such as the Pilgrim’s Progress and life moving in the most unexpected of directions. My relationship with the book has changed and I think age plays a huge part in that because it made me look at the story with less naive and innocent eyes. However, it remains an important and well-loved classic that you will know I’ll recommend time and time again.

Rating – 4 out of 5 stars

Lips Touch by Laini Taylor

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It is always nice re-reading the book that introduced you to a favourite author. For me, it’s akin to walking through the Disneyland Hotel and seeing Main Street Station again. I’m home, living in the world where fiction and magic is reality. Once I’ve enveloped myself with atmosphere of Main Street USA, I can saunter on down to the hub, lovingly stare at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and let the magic decide which land I visit first.

Lips Touch is Main Street USA, the stories of Goblin Fruit, Spicy Little Curses, and Hatchling the details that make me fall head over heels in love. Each story is beautifully written and well-crafted, leaving you longing for more with each word. I’ve read a few short story collections and none have hit me more than this one. Perhaps a little bit of irritation bubbled to the surface when, in Spicy Little Curses, Laini Taylor described Anamique’s Sign Language as ‘gesture language’ but I didn’t believe it fully fledged to warrant much reaction and criticism. I still love the book as much as I ever did.

Rating – 5 out of 5 stars

Extending the Disneyland Paris metaphor, the next and final book is the Fantasyland of all books – aka my favourite of Laini Taylor’s so far!

Strange the Dreamer

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Although, by the time you are reading this, I may still be reading or listening to this beauty. I don’t know what to say about this book that I haven’t already said. It’s stunning, intricate, beguiling, and I could stare at it all day. It is slow and dense, and I understand how that can be off-putting, but that’s perfect for me at the moment because I want to savour every detail and completely lose myself in it.

Even if I haven’t finished it, I know my 2017 rating won’t change:

Rating – 5 out of 5 stars


And I suppose that is that.

What books did you read throughout January?

Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!
xx