May 2020 Wrap up

Oh the slump was real in May. My selected TBR was almost completely abandoned, while I did successfully complete my set prompts for medieval-athon and read two tomes during Tome topple. I think it was those big books that really slowed my reading pace down but I loved them. But quality of books wise it was a smashing with lots of fun and fantastic reads.

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS: 10

PAGES: 3,159

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 6

4.5 STARS: 1

4 STARS: 1

3.5 STARS: 1

3 STARS: 1

Book of the Month

Royal Assassin
Robin Hobb

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ahhhhh, this was amazing, heartbreaking, jam packed with action and intrigued . Oh that ending! It was so brutal and interesting. I cant wait to dive into the next in the series!

WHAT I READ –

What Could Possibly go wrong?
Jodi Taylor

Chronicles of st Mary’s #6

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I adore this series, it just keeps giving and giving and this book is no different and the super hinty cliff hanger ending the end was fantastic! I was super lucky to receive the next in the series for my birthday and its so difficult not to just pick them up now and forget my June TBR.

Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings
Jodi Taylor

Chronicles of st Mary’s #6.5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I really enjoy this world and I love there are tonnes of little short stories to keep you going in between novels. This one had me crying with laughter! It was just that perfect blend of tension and mischief these books always have.

Tilly and the Bookwanderers
Anna James

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was purely delightful, filled with twists and turns literary references. it was just a joy to read. Its such a well crafted and well written tale which just had me captivated. I am hoping I can visit the British Under Library again soon. I read this as part of Middle Grade Marvels bookclub.

The Final Empire
Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn #1

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Damn Sanderson can write a book. I really enjoyed this. His world building is just so detailed and his magic systems are so interesting. This also had a proper heist feel to it with great twists and turns. Another one I will have to pick up the sequel for soon.

The Shadows Between Us
Tricia Levenseller

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This isn’t my usual read, I am not one for romance reads or angsty romance but I really enjoyed it. It was a fun read. A little predictable but it was nice to see such a feisty MC.

The hand on the wall
Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious #3

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a great conclusion to the series. Another book I really enjoyed this month.This series is just so readable and I powered through this in just over a day. I loved the use of flashbacks in this one.

The worst witch
Jill Murphy

Worst Witch #1

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nostalgia trip! I found my copies of this series and I just had to read them. I loved this series growing up and It was just so lovely returning to it. There was so much more than I remembered.

The worst witch strikes again
Jill Murphy

Worst witch #2

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I didn’t remember the events of this one as much as others in the series. Still filled with all the fun and whimsy I expected but I was just surprised how little I remembered maybe because it just wasn’t as exciting.

A Bad spell for the Worst Witch
Jill Murphy

Worst Witch #3

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When I think of the worst witch this is the one I remember. It was definitely my favorite in my youth and probably my favorite in my re-reads. It is just such a fun caper.


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Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday – 3/6/2020

Happy Wednesday!

Its that time of the Week again! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that was revived by Taking on a World of Words. I like it cause it is fairly simple but allows me to check in with my reading but also with you!

WWW Wednesday asks just three questions:

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU RECENTLY FINISHED?

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WILL READ NEXT?

Guards! Guards!
Terry Pratchett

City watch #1

I really needed some comic relief and I know I can trust Pratchett for that. I only have a few pages left of this one. it is not disappointing filled with the expected wordplay and dark humour.

Aurora Rising
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Aurora Cycle #1

This was actually a little disappointing. There was so much going on but it didn’t follow through with them. Don’t promise me a heist and then wrap it up in couple of pages with no detail. it just seemed like this could have been two seperate books easily expanding detail in areas it lacked.

The City We Became
N. K. Jemisin

I have been wanting to make time for this since it was released and it was on my May TBR which totally got away from me. So I am determined this is the week I sit down and read this book!


So that is my WWW post for this week. I will see you next Wednesday to update you. What are you reading this week? Have you finished anything lately you loved?

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Make your Myth-taker TBR

I have decided to take part in the make your myth-taker as it seems like a fun way to read a few books and get through my TBR. It has also Inspired a spark of an idea for a story which I was going to share but the more I noted the more I wrote and its now looking like this might be my Nanowrimo project for this year.

What is Make your Myth-taker?

It is a month long readathon based around prompts that allow you to build your mythological character. It is run by Ashleigh from A Frolic Through Fiction and Charlotte from Booksmark and Vlogging .

It has a super simple set of rules:

• No previous participation in Myth-Take needed
• Minimum of 4 books, ALL formats & genres allowed
• No doubling up
• Complete in order – you have free rein over additional reads
• Your 3rd prompt is your crossover prompt

There are 16 characters to choose from that fall into four categories

• Rouges
• Royal Court
• Sorcerers
• Warriors

Each character has 4 prompts for which the chosen books have to be read in order. However, every third prompt offers the opportunity to switch to another path and finish as a different character.

For all the information check out Ashleigh’s announcement video

My TBR

I have decided to take the path of Royal spy turned Assassin.

Royal Spy prompt 1 – A book you have heard Good things about.

Court life is interesting if you are the court spy, moving amongst the courtiers, royals, servants and scholars reporting all to the spy master. This time my character is trailing a group of Dukes son’s, hoping to pick up on the latest gossip.

The City We Became
N. K. Jemisin

I had this on pre-order and I have been itching to read it as soon as it hit my doormat. I have heard so many good things. This really appeals with its giving magic to New York city and building a mythology for it. I am starting this right now!

Royal Spy Prompt 2 – A book with a Red, purple or Gold cover

The Dukes were speaking about more than just idle court gossip, was that talk of treason? My Character decided to investigate further before reporting to the spy master. She decides to infiltrate the group to learn all that she can of their plans.

The Court of Miricles
Kester Grant

A book abut court politics and revolution are perfect for this prompt. I have been lucky to be granted an eARC of this book. And while the release has been pushed back from the 4th to the 18th I am looking forward to reading it. It seems like it is going to be very interesting.

Crossover Promt – A secret Book

What my spy hears after joining the Dukes in their talk has her curious. She takes on a secret mission to learn more but that information shocks her, changes her very motivation and she returns to court with one single mission in mind. Assassinate the Spy master!

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This prompt requires you to read a book without revealing the title yet. i know exactly what i will be reading and I cant wait to share it as I know I am going to love it.

Assassin Prompt 4 – A short Read

Artificial Condition
Martha Wells

I loved All Systems Red. I adore Murderbot and am really looking forward to continuing in his story. I cant wait to meet ART and how they contribute to Murderbots story.

That is my characters story and the books I will be reading to get there. If I manage to read these four I will fill in some other character points, possibly some magic?, and talk about them in my wrap up.

Are you taking part? What are you reading, what character are you aiming for? let me know.

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Announcement – Shadowhunter Saturday, A Blogger Collaboration!

I am so excited to announce that I will be doing a Blog Collaboration with the Wonderful Ellie from Read to Ramble . We started plotting and planning this little project after we both started doing the Down the TBR hole posts (Eliie is succeeding far better than I am) and both realised we had the Shadowhunters books on our TBRs but hadn’t actually read the series!

I am so glad Ellie agreed to do this with me. She is one of the kindest most supportive bloggers out there fiercely promoting both authors and other bloggers. She is impossibly sweet, kind and funny always ready to uplift others. Her reading tastes are extremely broad that she will have reviewed something to suit everyone. At this point I will also have to say A big thank you the Dave at TheWriteReads with out his formation of our (what is the collective noun for a group of bloggers) ragtag group of overly chatty bloggers I wouldnt have had the please of meeting Ellie or the other amazing and supportive bloggers I now have as friends!

If you haven’t already started following Ellie you should! I’ll wait …. (and follow TheWriteReads while your at it)

So what is Shadowhunter Saturday all about?

Ellie and I have decided to undertake the mammoth task to read all the books in Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters Chronicles. Its a daunting task we have 14 novels to read with 4 more on the way, not to mention the companion short story collections. So the aim is over the next, lets face it, couple of years we aim to work our way through these, pausing on some saturdays to share posts on thoughts about the books, series and the whole realm of shadow-hunters in general.

I will admit I am not going in blind. I have quite a while ago read the first book City of Bones. But if I am being honest I don’t remember much of what happened. I also vaguely remember watching a couple of episodes of the series on Netflix but stopping so I could read the books and then never actually got around to it. This series is both loved and reviled in equal measure and I have to kind of find out what that is about for myself. Will I love it or will I find fault? We will just have to find out in the discussions.

Reading Order?!?

With such a large universe and several series to choose from you can find all kinds of debate as to what is the best way to read these books. Do we read them in publication order, Series order, chronologically by events/setting? Ellie and I got down to some research and decided to stick with the suggested order by Cassandra Clare herself! We came across this order in a port by Riveted which gives options of all different reading orders.

We will be reading the books as follows:

The Mortal Instruments Books 1-3
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
The Infernal Devices
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess
The Mortal Instruments Books 4-6
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire
The Bane Chronicles

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy


The Dark Artifices

Lady Midnight
Lord of Shadows
Queen of Air and Darkness
The Last Hours

Chain of Gold
The Eldest Curses

The Red Scrolls of Magic 
The Lost Book of the White (September 2020)

TimeLine

We also discussed the timeline for reading each of these books, If we were to read one a month it would take us just under a year and a half to read them all so in order to speed that up a little we have decided as the first three books in the Mortal Instruments series is a little on the shorter side we will read and discuss one every three weeks. So here is the schedule for the first three books to mark in your calander

1-19th June Read –
City of Bones Discussion post – Sat 20th June

21st June -10th July Read –

City of Ashes Discussion Post – Sat 11th July

12th -31st July Read –
City of Glass Discussion post – Sat 1st Aug

We will announce the posting schedule for the Infernal devices on our August 1st discussion post. We would love for you to join in. If you have already read the series and want to chat about it. if you have always wanted to read it and just haven’t plucked them from your shelves we want to hear your thoughts too. Join us in the discussion in the Comments!

June – Reading plans!

June is my Birthday month! June 2nd being my birthday, and that inevitably means a small pile of new books that I will WANT to dive into. So instead of my set TBR game I am allowing myself to have a Mood read month, where I can dive into what ever book I feel like.

There are a few exceptions! I have a very exciting blog project planned with Ellie @ ReadtoRamble. Look out for out announcement post on

Saturday 30th May

I can’t go a whole month with out doing a readathon can I? No I can’t – I will be taking part in Make Your Mythtaker and will announce my TBR on

Sunday 31st May

I also have a few ARCs to read as well that I am VERY VERY VERY excited about. I will also have all my reviews up as close to release date as possible so keep and eye out for them. And I am part of a couple of readalongs that I at least want to get started on the reads for them too. So this is my very loose TBR for June with just my eARCs and readalong books.

I would also love June to be a big month for my blog. I would really like to finally make it over 200 followers and I would really love your help to do that. So if you could please retweet I would be very very grateful. I am going to be doing a birthday giveaway details up on the 2nd of June and if I do make it to my golden numbers of 1000 followers on twitter or 250 blog followers I will be doing another give away for them too!

Elderlingalong

Assassin’s Quest
Robin Hobb

Farseer Trilogy #3

The Elderlingalong, run by @CatchUpBookClub aims to read Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings universe. I adored the first to books in Fitz’ story and the was Royal Assassin left off I just cant wait to dive into this one. I do have two whole months to get to this one with the live show not taking place until early August.

Cosmerealong

The Well of Ascension
Brandon Sanderson

Mistoborn #2

This readalong run by @RoyallyBooked, is based on reading everything in Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere! Another one tackling those big chunky books we all put off. I am still playing a little bit of catch up with this one. The live show for Well of Ascension in June 21st so I am hoping to squeeze in all 780 pages before then!

eARCs

I have been realy fortunate to get granted some of my most anticipated reads as eARCs and I will be either reviewing (as one I am currently reading) or reading and reviewing these this month

The Court of Miracles
Kester Grant

Release 4/6/20 (kindle) 18/6/20 – hardback

I am nearly finished this one and I am really enjoying it. I am not going to say more until my review. This was unfortunately pushed back but only by a couple of weeks so the physical release will be the 18th while the ebook release will remain the 4th.

The Descendant of the Crane
Joan He

Paperback release 16/6/20

I have had this on my radar for ages and i really dont know why I have put off picking it up. But as the paperback is due to release its the perfect time to grab this amazing sounding Chinese inspired fantasy

The Angel of the Crows
Katherine Addison

Release 23/6/20

You know all they have to do is put in a magical London and I am going to read that book. This one is an alternate magic filled London in the time of Jack the Ripper! Yes please.

A Declaration of the rights of Magicians
H.G. Parry

Release 23/6/20

AHHH! I am still screaming with excitment at receiving this eARC! H.G. Parry wrote The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep, which I also had an eARC of and ADORED!!!! It was one of the best books I have read this year and I keep recommending it to anyone that will listen. Please check out my review for that one (here) so when it was announched her second book would be hitting shelves in June I was ready and waiting.


So that is all my must read commitments for this month apart from my #Mythtaker TBR and my secret project with Ellie both which will be announced in the next few days. Also dont forget to look out for my Giveaway post next Tuesday!

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday – 27/5/2020

Another Wednesday, and a return to reading form for me. The bank holiday weekend really allowed me to dive in to some books and I managed to actually get some finished. It’s definitely not going to be a 14 book month for me but I have made a nice dent in my big book TBR!

Happy Wednesday!

Its that time of the Week again! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that was revived by Taking on a World of Words. I like it cause it is fairly simple but allows me to check in with my reading but also with you!

WWW Wednesday asks just three questions:

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU RECENTLY FINISHED?

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WILL READ NEXT?

Of Silver and Shadow
Jennifer Gruenke

eARC

I am finishing up this eARC, which was supposed to be released this week (I believe the ebook still is) but has recently been pushed back to early next year. I really liked the set up and I am enjoying the world building. We follow some awesome perspectives, however there are quiet a number of them and their is some specific naming of characters that appear to be a nod to another author that is somewhat distracting.

The Hand on the Wall
Maureen Johnson

Truly Devious #3

I devoured this over the holiday Monday finishing almost all of it in one day. It was a great ending to the series, really fun and just filled with that cozy mystery feeling. I will be reviewing it soon.

Aurora Rising
Amee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I am late to the Party on this one especially as I received the second book in the series this week. I am going to finally start this book this this evening and I am looking forward to a danger filled space adventure, with squad 312.


So that is my WWW post for this week. I will see you next Wednesday to update you. What are you reading this week? Have you finished anything lately you loved?

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Mini Review- Murder in the Mews

Title: Murder in the Mews

Author: Agatha Christie

Series: Hercule Poirot #18

3 Stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

From Goodreads: How did a woman holding a pistol in her right hand shoot herself in the left temple? What was the link between a ghost sighting and the disappearance of top secret military plans? These are just two of the questions Hercule Poirot must answer.

My Thoughts

Murder in the Mews is a collection of 4 short mysteries featuring Hercule Poirot. I will review each one giving a short synopsis and an individual star rating:

Murder in the Mews – 4 Stars

A death on Guy Falwkes night, but was it murder or suicide, Inspector Japp must investigate but he has his friend Poirot to help. This is a very succinct little mystery that had some proper police work from Japp, a nice red herring or two and a good mix of theories from Poirot.

The Incredible Theift – 3 stars

How did the theif know top secret government plans would be in the house? how did they move so quickly? Only Poirot can solve it and in the discrete manner required. This had a fun and flirty tone to it but was rather a simple plot and solution. It did have some fun giggle moments though.

Dead Mans Mirror – 3 Stars

An Eccentric recluse invites Poirot to dinner the night of his murder. did he know he was going to die? Can Poirot figure out who was behind the murder? This one was just one big plot hole as Christie really doesn’t explain Poirot’s presence but it is an interesting locked room murder none the less.

Triangle at Rhodes – 3 Stars While Holidaying late season in Rhodes, Poiort befriendshis fellow travellers, quickly noticing a bit of a love triangle developing, will Poirot be able to save not only two marriages but a life aswell? This one was unusual, Poirot is on scene far before any crime happens and tries to influence future outcomes. But the ending was rather rushed.

Overall these are a great little collection that i really enjoyed reading.


I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Sunday by my Shelf

Its Sunday again! This year is really flying isn’t it? Its also been two weeks since my last check in with my physical TBR shelves. May hasn’t been the best reading month for me. As I have been focusing on bigger books I haven’t gotten through as many so far this month. My TBR has also gone off the rails slightly. I will have to see if I can fit a few more in before the end of the month.

 Sunday by my shelf is a feature I started, which makes me really focus on the books I own, highlighting those that have been sitting unread for a while and reminding me to try and get to them soon. This weeks topic is :

Unread standalones on my shelf.

Standalone books are a great gem of a read, self contained stories that allow you to dive into a world and read all about it without having to commit to a large number of reads. I love a good series but I also love a good stand alone. I don’t have as many unread standalones as series but there is still a list of them that I need to get it.

Middlegame
Seanan Mcguire

I have been meaning to get to this for so so long. It has even made it on to a couple of monthly TBRs and then I have ran out of time or got distracted by other books and not picked it up. I think its just the size that is daunting. I am a fan or Seanan McGuire’s Wayward children series and I am sure I would love this if I read it.

S
J.J. Abrams

Ahhhh I really want to read this. The thing is I cant decide how. This is an awesome concept for a book. It is actually two books in one. The first is a book called the Ship of Thesius it is styles to look like an old university library book and buried within its pages is the second book. This is a tale told in the margins though notes passed in those pages, written on napkins, on post cards stuck between the pages. I don’t know if i should read it all as one or read the ship of Thesisus then the margin notes? I think its one of those books that will need a lot of time and concentration.

Places in the Darkness
Chris Brookmyre

Brookmyre is one of my favourite authors, but I usually read his Crime fiction (as Brookmyre or as Ambrose Parry). This is his first step into Sci-fi and I think I am scared it wont be as good as his other works. I also need to be in particular mood for sci-fi so hopefully when I am in that type of mood again I can grab this. especially as it is a signed copy.

Angel Mage
Garth Nix

Another favourite Author where I haven’t picked up the signed copy of their latest book. Garth Nix has a new book coming out this year and i really want to keep on top of works from my auto-buy authors and as my pre-order is already in for the left-handed booksellers of london is already in place I need to put this one on a tbr soon.

The Last Day
Andrew Hunter Murry

This one hasn’t been on my shelves for that long. It is the debut novel of one of my favourite improv artists/pod casters and QI elf and therefore I have trepidation about going in despite it being highly anticipated read for me. I fear that because I listen to the podcast I am expecting this book to have lighter humorous moments and i might be disappointed. Its always the risk we take.


So that is the 5 stand alone books I have picked this week, that have languished on my shelves without being read. Are there any of them I should pick up sooner rather than later? Are any of these in your favourite books pile? Let me know what you think I should dive into first?

Please feel free to join in with this series. A new prompt will run every two weeks the next few prompts are:

7th June – My books I want to reread

21st June – Incomplete series on my shelves – what I am eagerly awaiting.

If you do join in and post any of these please link back so I can read them. I would love to explore what is one your shelves. Also if there are any prompts you would like to see drop them in the comments and I can add them to the list.

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesday – 20/50/20

May is marching on, and I am not getting through my TBR as quickly as I had hoped. It is the last few days of Tomoe topple and I am making good progress on my TBR, but I am looking forward to diving back into some shorter high paced reads.

Happy Wednesday!

Its that time of the Week again! WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme that was revived by Taking on a World of Words. I like it cause it is fairly simple but allows me to check in with my reading but also with you!

WWW Wednesday asks just three questions:

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

WHAT BOOK HAVE YOU RECENTLY FINISHED?

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU WILL READ NEXT?

Royal Assassin
Robin Hobb

The Farseer Trilogy #2

I had partially read some of this book before but again like the first book in the series I am much more invested this time round. The life of Fitz is really interesting both the court politics and those elements of war, Fitz’s love life and his magic all have there own interesting threads in this story. I am over half way through and while it is a slow read due to all the detail I am still hoping to finish it before the end of tome topple

The Final Empire
Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn #1

Damn Sanderson can write a book! I really really enjoyed this one. Such a fun mix of political machinations, a good old fashioned heist and high fantasy. The magic system is so interesting and the world building is extensive. I will be picking up the next one quickly as I need to know where we go next.

Guards! Guards!
Terry Pratchett

Discworld #8, City watch #1

I think after two long and heavy high fantasy books I need something a little lighter and Pratchett is perfect for that. I really enjoy Pratchett’s sense of humour and word play so I think I will probably zoom through this one. It is also my husband’s favourite sub-series of the discworld books so I am keen to get to it as I haven’t read the City watch series before.


So that is my WWW post for this week. I will see you next Wednesday to update you. What are you reading this week? Have you finished anything lately you loved?

I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

Mini Review – At Bertram’s Hotel

Title: At Bertram’s Hotel

Author: Agatha Christie


4 STARS

Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:

Miss Marple is taking a holiday in London and has chosen Bertram’s Hotel for its traditional decor, good service and unmistakable atmosphere of danger. However not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events that will soon occur.

My Thoughts

This is one of the proper Ms Marple Mysteries where she is front and centre pretty much from the beginning. It is somewhat unusual for Christie to have her detective so involved, usually only appearing in the third act of the book or even not arriving till the final chapters. We follow what appears to be a missing persons investigation, but as we dive deeper and deeper it seems there is more behind the scenes at this old-world hotel and there is much more complex machinations at foot.

What I like about the Ms Marple books and about this one in particular is they combine the professional police investigation with Ms Marple’s knowledge of human nature. These two come together perfectly with Ms Marple playing the expert witness in this particular case. There are many twists and turns, various avenues of investigation but also some more relaxed scenes of getting to know Mr Marple that made this a great read.


I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!