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October 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

My month of reading started ok, but I read hardly anything in the latter part of the month. The long and the short of it is that I only read 5 books over October, but with one of them being Homer’s The Iliad, it still feels like an achievement. I have been listening to a lot of music and writing instead of reading and blogging in October. That trend is still going on a bit, so things may still be a bit quiet for a little while longer on my end. I am sure it will change again, but for now, I am just going with the flow and not worrying too much about it.

It was definitely quality over quantity in October and I am ok with that. I was able to strike two books I have been meaning to read forever off my TBR (The Iliad and The Handmaid’s Tale), which I am really happy about. I did not really read any of my Halloween reads that I had planned, but c’est la vie I guess.

Fingers crossed that my reading will pick up in November (it hasn’t yet!). I am not setting a TBR for November at all, so we will see how it goes.

Atwood, Margaret - The Handmaid's TaleBOOK OF THE MONTH

The Handmaid’s Tale is easily one of the best books I have read and I am so glad I finally got to it. Definitely one I want to read again in the future.

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September 2019 Reading Wrap-Up

September was a month of two halves. I managed to read loads in the first half, but then life happened and my reading time dropped right off.

I still managed to finish 10 books in September and that is definitely not to be sniffed at! It was also the first time this year I finised an audio book and I finished two!

1. Crazy Rich Asians (Kevin Kwan) ★★★★★☆☆

2. Walking Home (Clare Balding) ★★★★★★☆

3. A Polar Affair (Lloyd Spencer Davies) ★★★★★★☆

4. Tin Man (Sarah Winman) ★★★★★☆☆

5. A Long Way Down (Nick Hornby) ★★★☆☆☆☆

6. Sleep (C L Taylor) ★★★★★☆☆

7. Becoming (Michelle Obama) ★★★★★★☆

8. Ramona Blue (Julie Murphy) ★★★★★★☆

9. Knife of Dreams (Robert Jordan) ★★★★★☆☆

10. Never Greener (Ruth Jones) ★★★★☆☆☆

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Four 6-star reads is pretty good going. Interestingly enough  I read 3 non-fiction books and all of those were 6 stars! Two of those (Becoming and Walking Home) were audio books.

The fiction was a bit more iffy with only one 6-star read, three 5-star reads, one 4-star book and a 3-star book. I did also have one novel I DNFd at 15% as it was becoming clear to me it simply was not for me.

Obama, Michelle - BecomingBOOK OF THE MONTH

This has to be Becoming by Michelle Obama. I was very impressed by the way she expresses herself and how inspiring she is. It was a pleasure to listen to her narrating it on audio book.

 

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August 2019 Reading Wrap-Up: A Bit Meh…

August was not my best reading month when it came to the quality of the books. I read 10 books in total, which I am pretty satisfied with, but only two of those were six star-books.

1. Feed (M T Anderson) ★★★★☆☆☆

2. Lie (Natalia Jaster) ★★★★☆☆☆

3. This Adventure Ends (Emma Mills) ★★★★★☆☆

4. Treading the Uneven Road (L M Brown) ★★★★★★☆

5. Summer: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons ★★★★★☆☆

6. Godsgrave (Jay Kristoff) ★★★★☆☆☆

7. Seducing Charlotte (Diana Quincy) ★★★★☆☆☆

8. The Summer of Impossible Things (Rowan Coleman) ★★★★★★☆

9. Riders (Veronica Rossi) ★★★☆☆☆☆

10. Eucalyptus (Murray Bail) ★★★★★☆☆

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When half of the books you read rate 4 stars or lower, you know you did not choose the right books. I had hoped to finish another book, but I did not have much time for reading the last couple of days of August.

I was especially disappointed with Godsgrave. I loved Nevernight so so much, but much of what I loved about it was the witty writing and that was sorely missing in Godsgrave.

My biggest surprise was Treading the Uneven Road, which is a set of interlinked short stories set in Ireland. I loved them a ton.

I also really loved Eucalyptus, which was oddly wonderful. but I can see how it is a very polarizing book. It is definitely a love or hate kind of situation.

Overall though, too many ‘meh’ books in August. Onwards and upwards!

Coleman, Rowan - The Summer of Impossible Things

 

BOOK OF THE MONTH:

Without a shadow of a doubt this was The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman. It was not a perfect book, but I loved it so so much. It is a book that feature time travel and I simply adored the characters, the setting and the story. It was predictable, but I really did not mind that. A lot of love for this new favourite.

 

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October 2018 Wrap-Up

It has been a funny ol’ month. My reading month has been up and down as I have been trying to adjust to horse-ownership (well, pony-ownership). In the end I still managed to read nine books, so I really did not do too badly.

So, the books I read (and the order I read them in):

1. Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) ★★★★★☆☆
I think that I admired Shelley’s writing more than the actual book, if that makes sense.

2. Empress Wu: Rise (Peachill) ★★★★★☆☆
A really enjoyable bit of historical fiction set in China, but a bit on the cold, distant side.

3. Anne of Cleves (Sarah-Beth Watkins) ★★★★★☆☆
My second book on Tudor period queens by Sarah-Beth Watkins was well researched, though I have the feeling she wrote a biography from not a lot of information. Still interesting though!

4. The Return of the King (J R R Tolkien) ★★★☆☆☆☆
I really did not get on well with this book. It felt anti-climactic and just did not work for me.

5. Misery (Stephen King) ★★★★★☆☆
This was a good read. Kind of scary without being overly so. Perfect for this time of year.

6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J K Rowling) ★★★★★★☆
After the iffy Chamber of Secrets, I felt Rowling hit her stride with this one. Good plot and characters.

7. Bird Box (Josh Malerman) ★★★★★★☆
This book was so unsettling and very well written.

8. Dark Banquet (Bill Schutt) ★★★★★☆☆
The bits about vampire bats I absolutely loved, other subjects not so much, but a good non-fiction read if you like natural history.

9. Seashells, Spells and Caramels (Erin Johnson) ★★★★★☆☆
Fun cozy witchy mystery set around a baking competition. Light hearted and to be enjoyed with a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Good fun.

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Overall, my reads were pretty decent over October, with only one dud, which was The Return of the King. I read it before ( a long time ago) and I do not remember disliking it, but I really did not enjoy it this time around.

Bird Box and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were stand-outs this month. Both of those I loved for very different reasons. Azkaban was a re-read as well, but it had been at least fifteen years since I last read that one. I am looking forward to continuing the series soon.

The rest were all 5-star books, which is not too shabby!

Malerman, Josh - Bird BoxBOOK OF THE MONTH: 

Such a tough choice, but I think I will have to go for Bird Box. I just thought it was so well-written and scary without ever becoming too graphic or gory. My type of horror story for sure.

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On a side note, I have been a bit lazy blogging (and reading/commenting on your posts) in October and I do really hope to get back on track with that in November.

Lots of autumn love. xx