BookoplAthon Wrap up

For those that follow my blog will know I took part in Becca’s BookoplAthon this past weekend. It was great fun! I managed to pick some short yet awesome reads which allowed me to fly through the prompts. In total I read 8 books over 8 prompts (doubled up on 1 prompt and an extra read) and got 40% of the way through a separate book for the 8th prompt before we hit midnight on the 12th. There wasn’t a bad book in the bunch and I even managed to get a couple of eARCs finished so I can write my reviews for them.

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS: 8

PAGES: 1260

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 2

4 STARS: 4

3 STARS: 2

WHAT I READ –

Roll 1 – 2019 BOARD : PARANORMAL

A Whisper in the Dark
Jessi Elliott and K.J. Sutton

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This isn’t my usual sort of read but I really enjoyed it. I started it at midnight as soon as the readathon started and happily finished it before bed. While I didn’t finish the second instalment as part of the readathon I am going to finish this four part novella series!

Roll 1 -2020 BOARD: CHANCE CARD!

This is How You Lose the Time War
Amal El-Mohtah and Max Gladstone

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I put a list of re-reads I wanted to get to as a Twitter poll and Twitter voted for my favourite out of the four reads. This is just so superbly written, a beautiful little sci-fi, that just has the magical lyrical purple prose that I just adore.

ROLL 2 2019 BOARD: CULTURALLY DIVERSE

The Jumbies
Tracey Baptiste

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is one of Two group books for the Middle grade Marvels book club and I really enjoyed it. I have never read any Caribbean folklore before and this was just so atmospheric and creepy, but also filled with joy, family and friendship. It was a treat to read.

ROLL 3 – 2019 BOARD: MYSTERY/THRILLER

Voldie Vanve Vol 1
Hope Larson and Brittney Williams

Rating: 3 out of 5.

So cute with a really interesting style this was a fun little caper of a graphic novel. It has a real 1950’s esq vibe with a little bit of tounge and cheek fun the the writing. I think I will continue with the series whe I am looking for a fun quick read.

ROLL 3 – 2020 Board: FREE PARKING/GIFTED

The Tea Dragon Tapestry
Katie O’Neill

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This entire series is just gorgeous from the art work to the message. It is sweet and wholesome, really inclusive and uplifiting. I was so lucky to be gifted an eARC of this amazing little read. I am sure to re-read when I when can get my hands on a physical copy.

ROLL 4 – 2019 BOARD: YA FANTASY

The Necessary Arthur
Garth Nix

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this even though it didnt really count for this prompt as a) it isnt YA and b) when I started reading it found it to be more Sci-fi than fantasy but who cares I read it anyway. Damn this little story packed in so much. I really wish there was more as I want to know how everything in this universe resolved and how they came to be also. Really enjoyed it.

Wild Magic
Tamora Pierce

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was the real surprise of the readathon for me. I was scrambling on scribd for a short YA Fantasy I could read in the time. Honestly, who would have guessed that would have been the hardest prmpt for me! I had heard Dead Good book reviews mention Tamora Pierces writing and really loving it (so I am counting this for the 2020 Board roll 2: Recommended read also). I really really liked it. This has a magical talking badger!!!! enough said.

ROLL 4 – 2020 BOARD: CONTEMPORARY/ROMANCE

My Riot
Rick Spears, Emmett Helen

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another eARC graphic novel which I counted for the contempory prompt, even though it was set in the 90s (for me that’s contemporary). The art for this was great and it was such an interesting story. I finished this at exactly 11:52 pm on Sunday so I think it was a good way to finish off the readathon.


I really did love this readathon! It was great to just sit down and unashamedly read all weekend! I enjoyed the jumping into all those little reads I have found some great series too that I can’t wait to read more from! It was just lovely to have a weekend of books!

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

Happy Reading!

June Wrap up.

June was a bit of a weird month for me. It started on a real high with my Birthday and lots of lovely and generous bookish post from some amazing bookish people. I will be doing a birthday book haul very soon! But then as the month went on I ended up extremely busy with work and found little to no time to read. As I have mentioned before in my WWW Wednesday posts, June was my last month at my current position and I have now moved to working with a new lab in a different university (not physically as we are still under social distancing in the UK). This made for a crazy last few weeks of June and I am behind on both my reading and my review write ups.

July has been a lot easier on me so far and despite a number of group reads I am managing to get a lot of pages read. I am also taking part in Becca’s Bookopolyathon which is a 48 hour readathon based round Becca and the Books’ TBR game. I am hoping to live blog both here and on my Instagram so keep and eye out for that from the 10th.

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS: 10

PAGES: 3707

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 5

4.5 STARS: 1

4 STARS: 1

3.5 STARS: 1

3 STARS: 2

Book of the Month

A Deceleration on the Rights of Magician
H.G Parry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

H.G. Parry is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Both of her books that were released this year in the UK occupy the top spots on my best reads of 2020! The thing is I am struggling with how to review this book as I just don’t know how to express what i adored about it. It is a dark subject matter that is treated with upmost respect and historical accuracy using the introduced magic systems to highlight and convey emotion and feeling that would otherwise be out of reach. It is so different from the Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep yet just as well written! I know I will have to re-read this one. I am hoping to get my full thoughts in some kind of order soon.

WHAT I READ –

Aurora Rising
Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Aurora Cycle #1

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I found this one to be a little disappointing. I really enjoy both Kaufman and Kristoff’s writing and I loved the Illuminae files, However, this one promised me a space heist and just didn’t deliver. It was still a fun read and contained all the aspects we expect from this duo. I will be continuing on with the series in hopes that it gives me a bit more of what I was wanting.

Guards! Guards!
Terry Pratchett

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sometimes you just pick up the perfect book and the perfect time. The beginning of June was a prominent moment for the world and this book offered both the humorous relief but also the perfect reflection on the current political climate. I have a mini review that gives more of my thoughts HERE

Tilly and the Lost Fairytales
Anna James

Pages and Co #2

Rating: 4 out of 5.

After reading Tilly and the book Wanders with the Middle Grade Marvels bookclub I just had to pick up the next in the series. While I didn’t adore it as much as the first book in the series is was still a magical read. I cant wait for the third one out later this year. I have a non-spoiler series review of both books one and two HERE

Crossing in Time
D.L. Orton

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was an interesting Time travel romance that didn’t do a whole lot of time travelling. I read this as part of The WriteReads books tour and I did enjoy it, but I also had my problems. It is very slow to build and it left me with more questions than answers. I did in the beginning enjoy the romance but then it turned sour for me due to actions of the plot and over all I was just left with mixed feelings. You can read about all of those thoughts as well as my most burning question – HERE

The Court of Miricles
Kester Grant

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. I will admit I have no previous knowledge of Les Mis (which this claims to be a retelling of) so I had no expectations and I found this to be an interesting world with engaging characters. I am hoping that the world building, which was by far my favourite part, will continue as the series goes forward. I have a full review HERE.

City of Bones
Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments #1

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this as part of Ellie (Read to Ramble) and I’s journey through the world of the Shadowhunters. This was a re-read for me but I must admit I enjoyed this read so much more than my previous read. Reading these books with Ellie is so much fun. We are currently reading City of Ashes and frantically DMing each other to giggle, gag and gasp! If you haven’t read this series I highly recommend buddy reading it. We have a full discussion post where you can find out both Ellie and My own thoughts HERE.

Artifical Condition
Martha Wells

Murderbot Diaries #2

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My love and appreciation for MurderBot just grows and grows! I adore this Character, and the Introduction of ART (Asshole Research Transport) a ship AI with an attitude I was sold even more. I am sure to have a mini review up for this soon but I love love love this series.

Emergency Skin
N.K. Jemisin

Forward collection

Rating: 5 out of 5.

When ever I have been looking for a quick read to fill some time I have been dipping into the Forward collection, a collection of Sci-fi stories from various authors and I am yet to be disappointed by them. This was just a fantastically paced and relevant short story with a dash of dark humour too. There were so many layers, reveals and world-building all in such a tiny package it was just engrossing. I will probably do a mini or series review for this story/collection hopefully soon.

Nevermoor: The Tails of Morrigan Crow
Jessica Townsend

Nevermoor #1

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ending the month on a re-read as part of the Middle Grade Marvels book club. I am glad I picked this up again as I love it. I am hoping to continue with the series in anticipation of the third book, Hollowpox, being released in August. I just think this is just such a magical and creative world and I do love a good magical competition. While I have previously read this I have never written a full review so I am hoping I can write one up soon.


Overall, I am not unhappy with my June reading. I read some awesome books. I also have a couple of started but yet to finish books that I hope I can clear up in July.

How was your reading month of June? What was your book of the month?

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

Happy Reading!

March Wrap up

Oh March was strange and almost never ending month. Most likely all of us have suffered some upheaval in our daily lives over March and I am not going to dwell on that. I did worry the move from my long commute to working from home that my reading would suffer, but really it wasn’t too bad. While i didn’t reach the lofty goal of 14 books I read in both January and Feb I still managed to make it to double figures. I also read some great books.

The one thing I didn’t do was stick to my TBR I only read two books out of the 6 I had chosen, but I think under the circumstances I can give myself a break.

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS: 10

PAGES: 3,177

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 2

4.5 STARS: 2

4 STARS: 4

3.5 STARS: 2

Book of the Month

The Library of the Unwritten
A.J Hackwith

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I adored this book. I read it as part of the Bookie Trials Royal Weekender and I am really glad I had ddedicated the whole weekend to reading as I really struggled to put this down. Its one of those books that when you put it down you miss the characters and you want to go back. It is well worth the book of the month this month. I will have my review for this very soon.

Honourable mentions:

Sixteenth Watch
Myke Cole

Rating: 4 out of 5.

While I did have higher rated books this month this one gets a honourable mention as a book of the month as it has also really stuck with me. I have a full review of this very interesting military sci-fi here.

WHAT I READ –

The Midnight Lie
Marie Rutkoski

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was an interesting ARC that was a little bit of a mixed bag for me. While I am usually a fan of flowery writing I found this one a little too much on occasions and it was a bit too predictable in spots. I have a full review here.

The Moving Finger
Agatha Christie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oh this was such an unusual Christie. Billed as a Ms Marple she doesn’t really appear in this one much, only a couple of pages near the end. This one focuses more on a your pair of siblings, and a bunch of poison-pen letters. In typical Christie fashion I thought I know who it was all the way through till an awesome twist in the end.

Elantris
Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I have just published my review of Elantris which I read over two months as part of the Cosmerealong. I was plesently suprised by this one and how much I got into it fter a bit of a slow start. It has really made me look forward to starting the Mistborn series.

The Emperor’s Soul
Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Set in the same world as Elantris but in a different country this short story really expands the magic system. It was a really interesting system and I really enjoyed learning about it. I would happily have explored more.

Hope of Elantris
Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a cute little short story that was essentially a missing scene from Elantris’ tale. What made this even better was the epilogue essay on why Sanderson wrote it and whom it was for. That was adorable.

Assassin’s Apprentice
Robin Hobb

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A re-read for me, I felt as though I got so much more invested this time around that previously. Read as part of the Elderlingalong which is reading Hobb’s Realm of the Elderling series I really enjoyed it, and cant wait to continue with Fitz story in dear hope he finally catches a break. I might be misplacing my hope. This was one of the two books on my six book TBR I actually read. Review to follow soon.

The near witch
V.E. Schwab

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Not my favourite Schwab. I actually preferred the short story included in this special re-release edition to the main tale itself. While it had an awesome old fairytale vibe it just wasn’t as interesting a plot as I hoped. I will review this in full shortly

At Bertram’s Hotel
Agatha Chrsite

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I squeezed this in at the last minute finishing it just before midnight on the 31st. It’s another very interesting Ms Marple that took some great twists and turns. A little more predictable than other mysteries I still really liked this one. It felt so atmospheric and not like any of her others.


I hope March was not too stressful and that you atelast managed to explore some awesome books. Hopefully, April and the OWLs will be better for all of us.

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

Happy Reading!

January Wrap up

January was an amazing reading month and a great start to the year. I managed to fit in a fantastic number of books and despite there being a couple of disappointing reads in there it was still overall a great month. I am also trying a new look for these posts. I decided to keep it simple and keep the focus on the books. There also should be clear links to all my reviews that I have posted so far. Which I am please to say is in the majority on this list (though I need to catch up with a few).

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS: 14

PAGES: 4,165

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 4

4.5 STARS: 1

4 STARS: 4

3.5 STARS: 2

3 STARS: 2

2.5 Stars 1

Book of the Month

Suprise suprise that my book of the month is:

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H.G. Parry

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I adored this book! and it received a very high 55 on the ESACPE rating system. I have a full gushing review for it here. I don’t see this being knocked off the best reads of 2020 list very easily.

WHAT I READ –

First I am going to assess how well I managed to stick with my January TBR Game! Then I will talk about the other books I managed to fit into the month. I have been trying to keep up with my reviews, but still have a good chunk still to be posted! if I can keep on top of writing them I may have to up my posting schedule.

How did I do With my TBR Game

I managed to read 5 out of the 6 books on my TBR. The only book I failed to finish within the month was Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This means it becomes part of my Feb TBR. If I put off the book for three months I have to unhaul the book!

I also made one substitution, instead of reading Gideon the ninth as my adult Sci-fi read I exchanged this for Vengeful. This is because I had a buddy read for this book and I decided it was better to prioritise it. Gideon the ninth ha been returned to the TBR shelf without penalty this time.

YA FANTASY

The Bone Season
Samantha Shannon

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

My Review : The Bone Season

This was a re-read for me and I think I actually enjoyed it more this time round. Though overall I ended up with the same rating overall. I intend on continuing with the series, if i can fit the Mime order into my over ambitious February TBR.

YA SCI-FI

Starsight
Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I am really loving the direction of this series is taking. Sanderson is always great at creating fantastic worlds. I split this between reading the the physical copy and listening to the audiobook. The Audiobook makes this even more enjoyable than it is just to read. I enjoyed that the UK version had a verity of accents including Mbot being Scottish and Brummy Aliens!

SCI-FI

Vengeful
V.E. Schwab

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

My Review: Vengeful

Another Great Buddy read with the Talks and Thoughts Book Club. There were mixed views all round but the majority were positive I just think we didn’t love it as much as Vicious.

MYSTERY

Sad Cypress
Agatha Chrsitie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Review: Sad Cypress

There is nothing like a good Poirot mystery to start the year off. This was my chosen first read just for that purpose and I really enjoyed it, it was interesting as it followed a court-case that Poirot was involved in.

MYSTERY

The Last of August
Brittany Cavallero

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I didn’t love this one as much as the previous I found it a bit slow at places and rushed in others. I will have a review up for it soon.

What Else I read

Rivers of London Vol 7: Action at a Distance
Ben Aaronovitch

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Review: ROL Vol 7: Action at a Distance

I adore the books and the graphic novels and I was so happy that this one focused around Nightingale. its great to get some of his history as he is such a curious character.

Pale the Dreamer
Samantha

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was at the end of my copy of The Bone season so I read this prequel as soon as I had finished. It was a nice little prequel which added more information to the lives of the seven Dials gang. I will have a review up soon.

Warm Up
V.E. Schwab

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Review: Warm up

I fine little prequal that gave insight into Eli. I always enjoy V.E. Schwabs work so I was bound to enjoy this little free story.

The Hollow
Agatha Christie

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Review: The Hollow

This might make it into one of my top Christie books I really really enjoyed it! it was so different from some of the other Poirot mysteries!

A Heart so Fierce and Broken
Brigid Kemmerer

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My Review: A Heart so Fierce and Broken

This sequel was slightly disappointing, it just didn’t live up to expectations. the lack of Harper and the changes to certain characters personalities just didn’t work for me.

Dreamland
Nancy Bilyeau

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

My Review: Dreamland

Another one where the story didnt really match what was in the blurb. The mystery was a sub plot that just didnt pay off and the rest of it was more just a description of 1930s Socolites life which didn’t really interest me.

The Test
Sylvain Neuvel

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a facinating short story, that would have been a 5 star read if it didnt have a few niggles that threw me out of the story. There were some aspects of British life/speech etc. that were incorrect and as I am British caused me to pause. I will have a review up soon.

The Case of the Somewhat Mythic Sword
Garth Nix

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My Review: The Case of the Somewhat Mythic Sword

This was an awesome little free story from Tor.com and one of my favourite authors. It was great such a cool take on the world of sherlock. I recently found out there is another story featuring these characters so i am going to see if i can find time for that soon!


So that was my reading month and I am really happy with it. While there were a few disappointing reads there were also some amazing reads in there too that I am sure to be raving about!

What did you read in January? Did you read any of these books too? I would love to hear your thoughts on them or to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

My 2019 Wrap up – Fi’s Favourites

Every year Goodreads kindly produces a lovely little stats graphic of the books you have read have recorded as read and various different breakdowns, its a really nice way to round out the year and reflect on the amazing, the good and the just O.K reads I have encountered though-out 2019. I love a good statistic and while I was a bit lax in my stats calculations in the later part of 2019 I am hoping I can keep up with them a bit better in 2020.

MY YEAR IN BOOKS 2019

Note: I have included my current read (Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor) in this list, marking it as finished a bit earlier, as at time of writing I have 4 hours to read 41 pages, so I think it can be done.

It has been the most amazing reading year for me! My commute helps a lot! I have managed to read a vast number of books this year. I participated in some amazing and creative readathons from the Bookie Trials, the various Magical Readathons, Tome Topple and more. I got chatting with some awesome people and even have some buddy reads set up.

I like participating in the Goodreads Challenge every year, I like it as a personal goal, I don’t see it as a competition but more a nice way for me to measure what I have been reading in a given year and how my time was spent. This year I set it at 100 books. I had managed to achieve 101 books last year and I wanted to see if I could keep that level. I am amazed at how many I managed to actually read!

I READ A TOTAL OF :

Books: 130

Pages: 39,492

Average Rating: 3.9

Average Book Length: 305


The Stats

For those interested i have included my breakdowns of Intended Audience, No books per month, Genres, Star Ratings breakdown and Format.

There are some please take surprises in it all. Despite my average rating being 3.9 on Goodreads, 5 Star was my most popular rating on my personal spreadsheet. And that apart from paperback there was a somewhat even spread in formats, including ARCs. I also so a swing towards more General Audience titles of YA titles that dominated last year. There is no surprise that Fantasy and Sci-fi dominated the genres read, but a couple of cheeky contemporaries snuck there way in.

If you would like the full breakdown of my Goodreads year in books and see all 130 book I read you can check them out in the link below!

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2019 was also the year I got to meet some of my Favourite Authors including but not limited to:

Leigh Bardugo
Jay Kristoff
Erin Morgenstern
Garth Nix
V.E Schwab (again)

Which vastly increased my signed book collection! I always feel so privileged to live in a city that often attracts such awesome authors and I am glad I got to attend so many of these events.

MY 19 Favourite BOOKS of 2019

I just couldn’t decide on my favourite reads of the year! So I decided to pick the top 19 books I enjoyed during 2019. These are the books or series have have stuck with me. Most of them were 5 star reads but as I was reviewing my thoughts some of the 4 star reads that have persisted in my thoughts have made it to the list.

I will say the highest rated by my ESCAPE system were The Ten Thousand Door of January by Alix E. Harrow and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, both receiving 57/60. I was lucky enough to receive an EARC of The Ten Thousand Doors of January and I have a full review here. I have yet to write a review for The Starless Sea as I just can’t get my feelings out on paper. I keep going back to sections and re-reading and I think a re-read will be needed to allow me to be objective in my review.

If I had to pick one book I haven’t managed to get out of my head it has to be This is how you Lose the Time War! It was just a beautiful read and I think I will go back to re-read when I can. I have a review here!


How did your reading year go? Did you meet your reading goals?

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

Happy Reading in 2020!

October/November Wrap up

It’s time for a reading wrap-up. As I was on hiatus in November I didn’t do my October wrap up so I have combined it with November’s as both months were fairly light on reading compared to other months. As it’s a double month wrap up I don’t have the graphs for you (sorry stats fans) but I do have the numbers.

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS:
October – 12
November – 5

PAGES:
October – 2686
November – 1666

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

Actually looking at the two side by side like that I had a better reading month in October than I thought. October was when I reached my Goodreads goal of 100 books in a year! in 2018 I read a total of 101 books and I have already beaten that by a good amount so I am very pleased.

GENRES:

There was a mix of genres over the two months. Fantasy only made up 5 out of the 17 reads, Sci-fi made a comeback with 6 reads, there were two mysteries and four graphic novels (three from the same contemporary series and one fantasy)

AUDIENCE:

My Audience to a move towards the Adult over YA too. With the split being 11 books marketed to general audiences and 6 towards YA. It’s mostly the Sci-fi that bumped that up as all of them were general audience.

FORMAT:

Paperbacks and digital ruled. I think it was because I was carrying all my planning notebooks for Nanowrimo that I just didn’t want to lug hardbacks around too-

EARCs – 3 (including a graphic novel)
Paperbacks – 10
Ebooks -3
Audiobook only – 1

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 3

4.5 STARS: 1

4 STARS: 6

3.5 STARS: 4

3 STARS: 3

WHAT I READ –

OCTOBER:

White Cat
Holly Black
3 stars

This was actually my first Holly Black and I enjoyed it. It wasn’t amazing but it was a fun little heist like story.

The Black Hawks
David Wragg
5 stars

This was a great read! It’s filled with great characters, detailed worldbuilding and twists and turns galore. I have a full spoiler free review written closer to the time of reading that goes into more detail.

Black Mage
Daniel Barnes, DJ Kirkland
4 stars

This graphic novel was fun to read with a great plot and amazing graphics. Again I have a full review here.

A Murder is announced
Agatha Christie
3 stars

You cant go wrong with a bit of Christie. I tend to use her to break out of reading slumps. While not one of my favourites it is still an interesting enough mystery. Though this one does have a line that refers to Marple as a “4 star Pussy”, which I ashamedly giggled out loud about.

Just one Damn thing After Another
Jodi Taylor
4.5 Stars

This triggered my Sci-Fi kick and my Jodi Taylor kick at that. I just devoured this book. Again I have a review for it.

I then went on to read Two short stories:
The Very First Damned Thing and When A Child is Born which I gave 5 Stars and 4 Stars respectively

I also read the 2nd book in the series A Symphony Of Echoes which I gave 4 stars. I will be reviewing these shortly.

Appointment with Death
Agatha Christie
4 Stars


Yes another cheeky Christie slipped on to the list, this time a Poirot. I just seem to enjoy the Poirot miysteries more. I love a good evidence list, and a good parlour scene.

Fence Vol#1-3
3.5 Stars

I gave all three in this series 3.5 stars. They are lovely contemporary graphic novels based around a fencing school. I weirdly spent a large amount of my undergrad with people from the fencing team so I enjoyed reading about the competitions. The overall storyline was a little slow, as volumes 2 and 3 take place over a single day.


NOVEMBER:

Deeplight
Frances Hardinge
4 Stars

I was very fortunate to be granted an ARC of this beautiful book. It was a truly enchanting read Hardinge is a master and worldbuilding creating such atmospheric and interesting worlds. I will have a full review up very soon.

Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers.
Grant Naylor
3 Stars

If you are a Red dwarf fan you will most likely be very familiar with 80% of the plot in this book which is what it only achieved a 3 star rating. It does add little expansions to the familiar story and Chris Barrie is excellent at impersonating his fellow cast members in the audio narration. But on the whole the TV show is just as good a time.

This is How you Loose the Time War
Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
5 Stars

This was just a Gorgeous piece of Sci-if. An epistolary love story told through time and space between members of vastly different Alien races. The language is gorgeous the universe building is phenomenal and it just broke my heart. i will have a full review very soon but it is definitely in the running for one of my favourites of the year.

The Mortal Word and The Secret chapter
Genevieve Cogman
Both 4 Stars

I received the eARC of The Secret Chapter and realised I couldn’t remember anything about where the story left off so i re-read and rated The Mortal Word via the ESCAPE system. I really enjoy this series its just a fun romp. We have political intrigue and murder mystery in The Mortal Word and a heist/caper in The Secret chapter so they are never boring. I will be reviewing both very shortly.


So that is my reading for the past two months. I read some great books and will have a good number of reviews heading your way.

What did you read last month? Have you read any of the above? What did you think?

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

Happy Reading!

September Write up

This is up a bit later than usual as I have been trying to catch up on reading and my reviews (not that I am currently successful in that). But I did manage a little bit of reading in September, so here is what I read.

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS: 7

PAGES: 1276

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

September was not a great reading month. I just couldn’t seem to focus on anything. In fact I started a large number of books but never really got very far with them. I just couldn’t focus on them. Instead a spent a lot of time catching up with The Adventure Zone podcast.

GENRES:

You can tell it was a rough month of reading when it consists of mostly graphic novels. I adore graphic novels and often use them to try and break reading slumps. I was also fortunate to have a GN ARC too.

AUDIENCE:

This is a bit surprising I think this is the first month ever with no YA what so ever. Most of my reads were GN or shorter novellas so it is understandable.

The formats are nicely varied from easily picked up ebooks and ARCs that I had committed to read. Managed to clear a couple of books of my TBR and a new read too.

FORMAT:

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 3

4.5 STARS: 1

4 STARS: 2

3 STARS: 1

WHAT I READ –

The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Alix E. Harrow

5 Stars

This is probably one of the best books I have read this year. I adored it . The writing was beautiful, the plot was fantastic. I had an ARC but within reading the first page I had pre-ordered and I am so glad that i did. I have a full spoiler free review here

The Tea Dragon Society and the Tea Dragon Festival
Katie O’Neill
5 stars (both)

This is the cutest and coziest series even. The Art is gorgeous and it has such a relaxed and beautiful storyline and is jam packed with diversity too! Again I have a spoiler free review of both of them.

Dispatcher
John Scalzi
4 Stars

This is an excellent Audio novella by one of my favourite authors. It is a fantastic murder mystery in a world where murder doesn’t lead to death instead the victim wakes up back at home almost as if they have been reset to how they were hours before their death. It follows some who is employed to kill people for medical insurance companies when surgeries take a turn towards the worst. Read by Zachery Quinto also gives it an added edge. It’s just such an inventive story I really enjoyed it.

Tunnel of Bones
Victoria Schwab
4 stars

I loved the first in this series, it being set in my home town just brought it to life for me. This was equally as fun. While I don’t think it gave quiet as much detail of the city, this one being set in Paris, for me it had a much creepier story. It was almost chilling at points and had a fantastic ending that will have me reaching for the next book when it is released.

SparrowHawk Vol 1
Delilah S. Dawson
3 Stars

This Graphic novel promised a lot but fell a little short for my liking. It has such an interesting premise but just didn’t pack the punch. I felt it just kept forward in time and was missing huge chunks of knowledge, which made the dialogue somewhat hard to follow at times.

To be Taught, if Fortunate
Becky Chambers
4.5 Stars

Oh I loved this novella. I picked it up on a whim as there was a signed copy available at my local bookshop. I am so glad I did. As a scientist this just spoke to me. It is a character study of humanity in close quarters as well as the mundanity of day to day science with the thrill of discovery. She is fantastic in making her scientific characters human and not over exaggerated caricatures (like some popular televised works).


Overall it was a quiet month but a good month. The books I did read were really high quality and I enjoyed them all. I am hoping October will help me cull the TBR more than September but I am ok with taking a month off now and then.

Only real disappointment is this left me one away from the Goodreads goal of 100 books and if i could have just squeezed one more in I would have hit that with 3 months of reading left. Then again Goodreads goals are just a bit of fun and I know I will clear it in October!

What did you read in September? What was your favourite read of the month?

I would love to chat all things bookish down below in the comments, on Goodreads, or Twitter.

Happy Reading!

N.E.W.Ts Wrap up

August is over which means the N.E.W.Ts have finished. While I didnt manage to graduate as an Alchemist I did pass all the exams I needed to be a Curse Breaker. I will try for Alchemist again next year.
It was also the month I got my cute little fur babies, who are so distracting in their cuteness.

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS: 20

PAGES: 5720

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

I cant believe I managed the get through 20 books! I will admit to making some substitutions to my TBR as the end of the month loomed mostly subbing the longer novels for graphic novels and short stories.

GENRES:

As you an see there is an increase in graphic novels in this month, but it still doesn’t unseat Fantasy as my most read genre. I am still disappointed in the amount of Sci-fi I am reading. I thought I was a much more avid reader or sci-fi than appears from this year.

AUDIENCE:

Again maintaining the almost 50/50 balance of YA and Adult which I am please with. Due to the increase of Graphic novels this month, there is an increase in paperbacks as a format this month. I love the N.E.W.Ts as it forces me to dig deep into my shelves and read a lot of what I own. 15 of the 20 book I read I already owned.

FORMAT:

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 7

4.5 STARS: 4

4 STARS: 3

3.5 STARS:

3 STARS: 5

2.5 STARS: 1

WHAT I READ –

Curse Breaker

ANCIENT RUNES
A: EHWAZ – READ A BOOK RECOMMENDED BY A FRIEND

One Week in the Library
W. Maxwell Prince

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I got this recommendation from fellow Ravenclaw Catarina the Bookworm. Be sure to check out her video and all the other recommendations though G’s video. This was an unusual one but really entertaining.

E: A BOOK WRITTEN IN THE PAST TENSE

Legion: Skin Deep
Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I have been meaning to read this series for a while, the premise was just so interesting and while this one was not as entertaining as the first in the series it was still a great read.

O: BOOK THAT HAS BEEN ON YOU TBR FOR AGES

Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 Stars

Oh why did I wait so long to read this! I loved this. I am sucker for shows and movies around heists and con-artists and this really did fit in with some of my favourites with its twist turns and reveals. I am moving on to Crooked Kingdom asap.

ARITHMANCY
A: A BOOK THAT ENDS ON AN EVEN PAGE NUMBER

Sea Witch Rising
Sarah Henning

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I was fortunate enough to receive an eARC for this sequel through NetGalley. I have to admit I enjoyed this one better than the first one. I have a full review of both books here.

E: READ A STANDALONE

Magic for Liars
Sarah Gailey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 Stars

I really really enjoyed this, it was such a great concept. A murder in magical school, all told from the perspective of the disillusioned detective. This book played with those stereotypes and had fun with them. While the mystery wasnt the most thrilling I still really enjoyed it. I will be reviewing this shortly.

O: A BOOK THAT IS LONGER THAN 350 PAGES

Throne of Jade
Naomi Novak

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 Stars

I returned to the tale of Temeraire and Captain Laurance, this instalment takes us on a long sea journey with a little bit of a mystery thrown in. I am still very much enjoying this series.

DEFENCE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS
A: A BOOK THAT IS BLACK UNDER THE DUST JACKET

Legion
Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was such an interesting premise and it really captured my imagination. While it is not the best rep for mental health, it does draw a clear line with known conditions and the fake one created for the main character. It really does make for an interesting plot.

E: GILDEROY’S MEMORY CHARM – FIRST BOOK THAT YOU REMEMBERED FROM YOUR TBR!

The President’s Brain is missing
John Scalzi

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This aptly named short story was actually written in 2010 and is jam packed with all the off the wall thinking and dry humour that I love about Scalzi. If you haven’t tried Scalzi before this is a great place to start.

CHARMS
A: READ A BOOK THAT YOU THINK HAS A GORGEOUS COVER

Queenslayer
Sebastian De Castell

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4.5 Stars

I finally read this! and it heralds a very dark, yet enjoyable turn for this series. While it seems a bit of a middle book setting up the end game it was still an awesome read! I have a full review here.

E: READ A COMIC/GRAPHIC NOVEL/ MANGA

The Adventure Zone : Murder of the Rockport Express ltd
The McElroy Family and Carey Pietsch

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I love the podcast I love the graphic novel series and there isn’t much more to say. this really does capture all the humour of the series and didn’t skimp over my favourite bits! It just makes me giggle the whole way through.

O: SPONGIFY – READ A PAPERBACK

Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It’s not a readathon unless I have an Agatha Christie on the TBR. And this was a great little mystery, that keeps up the twists and turns and red herrings in the usual Poirot fashion.

Extra N.E.W.T.s

ASTRONOMY
A: A BOOK WITH A MOON ON THE COVER

We Hunt the Flame
Hafsah Faizal

Rating: 3 out of 5.

2.5 Stars

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an eARC, but I wasn’t fully sold on this one I am afraid and it ended up with a 2.5 stars overall. For me it just didn’t hit the mark with its world building or characterisation. I have a full spoiler free review here.

E: A BOOK WITH THE WORD “NIGHT” IN THE TITLE OR SERIES NAME

Godsgrave – Nevernight #2
Jay Kristoff

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Continuing on with my re-read of the Nevernight chronicles in preparation of Darkdawn and I loved it just as much as the first time. I knew the ending was coming yet it still got me. I knew all the highs and the lows yet they still pulled me in with them. After meeting Mr Kristoff this week and am even more eager to jump into Darkdawn.

HERBOLOGY
A: MANDRAKE! QUICK PUT YOUR HEADPHONES ON! LISTEN TO AN AUDIOBOOK.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Daisy Jones and the Six
Taylor Jenkins Reid

I have heard this is better read in audio as it is told through a series of interviews and the audiobook is a full cast, and they were not wrong it is amazing! This might be one of the best books I have read this year. I have a full gushing review here.

E: READ A BOOK BETWEEN 350-390 PAGES

The Devouring Gray
Christine Lynn Herman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oh this put me in such a mood for Autumn and the Halloween season. It has such an awesome spooky atmosphere. I really enjoyed it. it did tie up a little too neatly for my liking but I really enjoyed the characters and the plot.

POTIONS
A: POLLYJUICE POTIONS: READ YOUR BEST FRIENDS FAVOURITE BOOK.

Fables Vol 1
Bill Willingham

Rating: 3 out of 5.

My husband has been encouraging me to start this series for a while. Its like a dark “Once upon a time”, a murder mystery with fairytale characters stuck in our world. It was an enjoyable read but I did find it a little drawn out and could have wrapped up a lot quicker than it did.

E: HOUSE INGREDIENT: A BOOK WITH A COVER IN YOUR HOGWARTS HOUSE COLOUR

The Consuming Fire
John Scalzi

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Another awesome instalment of this series. I always enjoy scalzi’s work, I love his sense of humour and how out there his plots can get.

O: A BOOK THAT STARTS WITH A PROLOGUE

Bloodlust and Bonnets
Emily McGovern

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I managed to snag an ARC of “Background Slytherin” writer’s first Graphic Novel and it was amazing! I was tearing up with laughter. I will have my full review up soon.

TRANSFIGURATION
A: READ A BOOK WITH LGBTQIA+ REPRESENTATION

Heartstopper Vol 2
Alice Oseman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is just so god damn sweet and amazing and lovely. Its the only words that can truly describe this book.

E: READ A BOOK THAT IS NOT THE FIRST IN THE SERIES

Giant Days Vol 4
John Allison

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is one of my favourite series it is so witty and kind of nostalgic for me. I really enjoy these and like saving them up for readathons.

July Wrap up

July was actually a productive month. Despite being very busy at work I managed to read quite a lot. I also had a lot of fun participating in a couple of readathons.

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS: 13

PAGES: 3963

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

Looking at these stats actually surprised me I had no idea I had read that much this month as it just felt like such a slow reading month. It’s my second best month of the year and raises my hopes for tackling my over ambitious N.E.W.Ts TBR this month.

GENRES:

A good mix, a few more graphic novels than normal, but I was just in that kind of mood. The bright red of Contemporary showing its face again, which is unusual for me.

AUDIENCE:

A lot more swing to the Adult this month, readdressing the balance to achieve my goal of having a 50/50 split.

FORMAT:

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 4

4.5 STARS: 1

4 STARS: 2

3.5 STARS: 2

3 STARS: 3

2 Stars: 1

WHAT I READ –

This month I am going to discuss these books in the order I read them. I was taking part in two readathons this month, The Book Junkie Trials and the Medieval-a-thon. I will note which challenges each book completed within each of the readathons, so this post can be considered my wrap up for both of them.

Nevernight
Jay Kristoff

5 Stars

I joined in on a re-read of this series in anticipation for the release of dark dawn. I adore this series so far and loved diving back into it. I still have not wrote and official review and will need to get round to doing so.

The Book Junkie Trials: Orc Grove
Medieval-a-thon: Dual Daggers

The Beholder
Anna Bright
2 Stars

This was soo disappointing. It was such an interesting setting but just did not deliver.. the characters were flat, the plot was obvious and extremely repetitive and it didn’t even have a conclusion.

The Book Junkie Trials: Ol’ Pirate Cove
Medievalathon: Sword

Murder in Mesopotamia
Agatha Christie
4 Stars

I always include an Agatha Christie in a readathon. They are just such fun, fast paced reads that they always make you feel accomplished during a readathon. This was such an interesting one. It is a Poirot mystery but not told from the perspective of Hastings. What I love is Christie really wasn’t scared about voicing her own opinions within her writing. There is some real sass in this one.

The Book Junkie Trials: The Drowning deep
Medieval-a-thon: Boots

One fine day in the middle of the night
Chris Brookmyre
4 Stars

I read this years ago and decided to pick it up again. It is just such a fun read. Brookmyre is one of my favourite crime writers and he has a dark and wicked sense of humour that just comes up with such entertaining scenarios. This is one of the best.

The Book Junkie Trials: Crimson Peaks
Medievalathon: Axe

The Kingdom
Jess Rothenberg
5 Stars

This was an eARC I got approved for last minute (which is why it was not on any of my TBRs) and I was so glad a did. It was exactly what i was looking for at the time and it just swept me away. It was such an inventive setting and tale that I was just captured by it. I have a full review here.

The Book Junkie Trials: The Queendom Stone
Medievalathon: Crown

The Flat Share
Beth O’Leary
3.5 Starts

A Contemporary on my read list, for the second month in the row, which I enjoyed! What has become of me? This was a genuinely sweet romantic read, perfect for a lazy summer read. I really liked the communication between the two main characters. I do wish there was more on some of the subplots and side characters. I have a full review here.

The Book Junkie Trials: Glimmer
Medievalathon: Brest Plate

Temeraire
Naomi Novik
4.5 Stars

I am so glad I picked this up. I have had it on my shelves for ages and had just never picked it up and I have no idea why. It is like a more military focused how to train your dragon. But it is very relationship heavy, focusing on the development of the bond between a man and his dragon. I have a full review here.

The Book Junkie Trials: The Draconic Isle
Medievalathon: Helmet

Sea Witch
Sarah Henning
3 Stars

I ended up adding this to my TBR as I got approved for the ARC of Sea Witch Rising (Review upcoming) but I had yet to read this one despite owning it since its release last year. This was a solid middle road YA fantasy. It has its faults but also its high points and it is worth the read, a nice twist on the little mermaid story released during the summer of mermaids last year.

The Book Junkie Trials: Dwarf Mount

Monstress Vol 2
Marjorie Lu
3 Stars

I am still not sure about this series I just not sold on it. The art is gorgeous but I am still not sold on the story. I may continue when my library gets the third volume.

The Book Junkie Trials: The Hollow Isle

A Day in the life of Marlon Bundo
5 Stars

This was a bit of a fun and indulgent on a whim read. It became available digitally vis my library and I just had to read it. It just too cute not too. I will definitely be purchasing a copy for such a good cause.

The Book Junkie Trials: The Empty barrel Inn

Stardust
Neil Gaiman
3 Stars

This was entertaining, for me it wasn’t phenomenal just a solid entertaining read. I can see why some love it but I can also see why others may find Gaiman’s writing style frustrating. One of the most fascinating parts for me was actually the additional material in which Gaiman discussed its conception and its many incarnations.

The Book Junkie Trials: The Bookish Grail
Medievalathon: Bow

Mooncakes
Wendy Xu and Susanne Walker
5 Stars

This was just so sweet and beautiful and jam packed with awesome rep. I loved this graphic novel. I cant gush about it enough. You can read my full review here. Put it on your wish list for August.

The Book Junkie Trials: Dwarf Mount
Medievalathon: Cape

Murder at the Vicarage
Agatha Christie
3 Stars

Snuck another Christie into my reading list at the last minute as I just read through them so fast. This is the first in the Ms Marple series and it shows, a lot of the recurring characters are present but not fully established (some have starkly different personalities from what they later become). As usual it has a great twist that really does have you chasing the red herrings till the very end.

The Book Junkie Trials: The Great Library


Overall I think I can call both readathons a win. I reached the Bookie Grail and Armed myself to the teeth in medieval-a-thon. In fact made it to the rank of Queen and the only prompt I was missing was leggings. So I am a very well armed bare legged queen.

Did you participate in either of these readathons? How did you do? How did your July reading go?

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

Happy Reading!

June Wrap-up

June is done and dusted and we are now forging our way into July. For me June was slow but steady, and enjoyable. It was nice to have a month without readathons to just drift from book to book. July and August have some big readathons that I am excited to take part in but they are intense.

WRAP-UP STATS

BOOKS: 10

PAGES: 3155

(Page count includes Audiobook page numbers)

GENRES:

AUDIENCE:

FORMAT:

RATINGS:

5 STARS: 4

4.5 STARS: 2

4 STARS: 0

3.5 STARS: 3

3 STARS: 1

WHAT I READ –

A study in Charlotte
Brittany Cavallaro
4.5 Stars

This was a fantastic little mystery that took me by surprise at how dark it got. I really enjoyed the concept and how the mystery played out. I will definitely be continuing with the series.

Malamander
Thomas Taylor
4.5 Stars

This was just purely delightful. A spooky little middle grade mystery that just hooked me for the first page and I just couldn’t put it down. It was just truly enjoyable with lots of twists and turns ( and a talking cat!).

Mouse Guard : Winter 1152
David Petersen
5 Stars

I love this graphic novel series. Despite its cute appearance this is a very gory and bloody comic which centres around a civilisation of mice as they attempt to navigate the worlds perils. It saddens me that as I read this they announced the cancellation of the movie which would have been spectacular if it had been made.

Sorcery of Thorns
Margaret Rogerson
5 Star

One of my favourite reads so far this year! Sorcery of Thorns had everything from daemons that take cat form, talking books, vast libraries and sassy talking sorcerers. I really enjoyed the writing style and hope we do eventually get more from this world. Check out my full review here.

The October Man
Ben Aaronovich
5 Stars

When a new novella from my favourite series lands on the shelves I am going to pick it up straight away. I tend to mainline these books so quickly that I have to re-read before attempting to review it. I devoured this a unpredictably loved it. Even with the change of perspective away from Peter. I have a full review here.

The Man in the Brown Suit
Agatha Christie
3.5 Stars

This wasn’t my favourite of Christie’s work. It is separate from her Poirot and Marple series and just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I found it quiet long and convoluted for one of her more simple mysteries.

The Umbrella Academy : Apocalypse Suite
Gerard Way
3 Stars

I was kind of disappointed about this one, its a case of the TV show was better. The TV show did a more delicate job of the reveals and the twists which were just laid out in the comics.

Finale
Stephanie Garber
3.5 Stars

I actually enjoyed this final instalment with the Caraval series, it was a satisfying ending for a series I have been up and down with. I will be writing a full review shortly.

Almost Adults
Ali Pantony
3.5 Stars

A rare foray into contemporary that I actually enjoyed. It was a really nice looked into female friendship of girls that grew up during the spice girls girl power era and how they are coping now that they are in their late 20s! I have a full review here.

The Audiobook of the Year
No Such Thing as a Fish
5 Stars

I was on a bit of a podcast binge and I had finally caught up with one of my favourites, No such thing as a fish, and was restlessly waiting for the next instalment so when they advertise a 9hr version under the disguise of an audiobook I am going to listen to it. It is just that a 9 hour version of the pod cast packed full of facts and joking.


So that was my June. How did your June reading month go? What was your favourite read? Have your read any of the books above?

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

Happy Reading!