The books are too good!!

This can’t just be me with this problem? I’ve got two loooong books that I’m just barely into but really enjoying. HOWEVERI’m going through them so slowly!!! I’m reluctant to pick them up even though when I do I really enjoy the little that I read.

Is it because I’m in a reading slump or is it cause I’m enjoying the books too much and I don’t want to speed through them? I really don’t know.

The two books are The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon and The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys. Both are absolutely amazing, Priory is a fantasy book with dragons and assassins and magic and I love it so much!!! FoS is set after the Spanish civil war in the 1930s and I’m not far enough into it to know much more! Both have multiple viewpoints from various interacting characters and I’m just adoring them both so much. Yet.

I’m still not picking them up. Ugh what is wrong with me? Who knows. This has just been kind of a rant post because I mostly post book reviews and I haven’t been able to get through these books so I’ve got nothing to review!!! #firstworldproblems

Weird War Two, war is never normal

When I saw this title I just knew I had to pick it up, I already knew of some weird facts about WWII (a couple of which were in this book), but I was perfectly happy to add to my mental collection of odd facts. There were so many odd, and frankly unbelievable, rumours that spread around during this time, along with some very weird tactics used by both sides!

It’s a very short book, and I don’t want to spoil the oddities within, so there’s not much that I can talk about here. However, I will say that it is an interesting and easy read. There are weird facts from multiple different countries from within both the Allies and Axis, some are sad, some are silly and some are just interesting. If you at all care about WWII or want to widen your knowledge about it then this would be a good one to pick up.

I gave this book 3/5 stars, thank you to NetGalley for an ecopy of this book in return for an unbiased and honest review.

The End of Chiraq, who is it for?

This is going to be a tough review for me to get into words. I got this book through NetGalley, and ended up both giving it 3* and also DNFing it (Did Not Finish). The 3 stars was for the content, personally this is not the type of writing style that I enjoy, although the content was informative, and I would not run to pick it up again. It’s the DNF factor that is tough in this review.

I DNFd the book because, I felt like I shouldn’t be reading it? The strongest feelings I had throughout the 50% of the book that I did read were of injustice, hatred (justifiably so) and that this book was not meant for me. And it’s not. This book, in my opinion, is written by black Chicagoans, and is intended for black Americans. Now I know that we should read books that aren’t aimed at us and expand our bases, however, this felt in essence like I was intruding. Like I was listening to something that I shouldn’t get to listen to.

I will say, I learnt a lot about “Chiraq” from what I read, and I can see the struggles that happen every day. The police in this city have some serious explaining to do, but let’s be real. That’ll never happen. This is a tough book, about a tough subject, about lives that are lived every day in an area where the police are more like the army than anything else. Racism abound towards black people, despite the majority of people in the neighbourhood being black, and essentially the rest of America stays silent.

I encourage you to pick up this book, even if you DNF it like I did. It’s something that needs to be highlighted as an issue, and these voices need to be heard. Black Lives Matter. Full stop. Maybe this book can help more people realise that.

The Mystery of Three Quarters, an homage to classic mystery

I adore classic mystery stories. I’ve loved the original Sherlock books for as long as I can remember, as well as Agatha Christie’s writing, so when I spotted this little gem on NetGalley I just had to request it and luckily my request was granted!

This is the third book in this new installment by Sophie Hannah in the Hercule Poirot series and follows Poirot investigating an apparent murder where a forger has pretended to be him and has accused individuals of the crime via letters. This, of course, intrigues him and he begins to delve deeper into the mystery that has been laid out.

The writing style is done very well, and really gives you the feel of a classic Christie book. There are obviously imperfections in the writing, however, it is a well written piece and incredibly enjoyable. I found myself speeding through the book, and it was finished in no time at all. Always a sign of a good book for me. I definitely want to go back to the first two books Sophie Hannah released and delve into those too, as I can only imagine how much I’ll enjoy them. If you enjoy a traditional mystery then definitely pick this up. Great fun, enjoyable plot twists and all-in-all something that fits in well alongside Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle.

April TBR 2018!

 

This month has a…. vaguely disappointing tbr sadly. My 10000 word dissertation is due in at the end of the month so I’ve tried to keep it small just to be realistic about my free time. So this month I have 6 books on my tbr. If you’d like to watch my YouTube video of my tbr click here!

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Book number one was Boy Snow Bird, as when I planned my tbr I hadn’t finished it and didn’t think I’d get to it. Turns out I underestimated myself! I finished this book at the end of March so it’s no longer on April’s tbr (obviously). It was a really interesting read, but I was really let down by the ending. It could’ve been a 4/5 star read if the ending had been done well.

 

36355075Book two is Other Minds by Peter Godfrey-Smith, and I started reading this book in March and am around a third of the way into it. It’s a non-fiction read about Octopodes and their evolution and intelligence and is an incredibly interesting read. I actually have a phobia of anything that lives in water, and I’m attempting to slowly overcome this. I think the book is helping a little as I can actually stand to look at photos of octopi! Small victories haha.

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Book three is The Comedy of Errors, a Shakespeare play. I bought this along with Macbeth and Othello from a charity shop earlier this year and I read Macbeth in March. I’d really like to read more of Shakespeare’s work and I’m really hoping I’ll enjoy this play as the premise sounds interesting.

 

32827036Book number four is Ink by Alice Broadway, which has an absolutely stunning cover! This image does not do it justice as it is shiny foil and just…ugh ♥

I really can’t wait to pick this one up as I feel like it will be a book which fully sucks me into its world.

 

The last two books on this months tbr are on my Kindle, rather than physical copies like the above books.

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The fifth book is Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I got to see her at NYAListFest and saw her interviewed by Samantha Shannon. Seeing her talking about this book and also learning more about the concept and the background has really made me want to read it! I’m about a third of the way through so far, and I really hope I can finish it this month!

 

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The final book which is on my April tbr is The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I actually read this on the train from my parents house back to mine, and have a review up on my blog already which you can find here! This was such a good, engrossing read and although it had it’s issues I definitely want to continue on and read the next book when it comes out!

 

I’m really hoping that I’ll manage to get through these this month, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t. I need to prioritise right now, however much I’d rather just curl up with a good book and forget the world!

The Hazel Wood

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As a lot of you reading this will know, this book received a lot of hype in the book world online. I don’t know if this is because of the premise of the book, the various beautiful covers, or if the publishers just did a really good job of marketing! I would like to say thank you to NetGalley for the free eARC of this book in return for an unbiased review.

This book follows Alice as she tells us about her life, we are sped through her younger years on the road with her mum Ella, essentially being homeless, until they end up stationary, finally, in New York. But Alice is noticing some weird things happening around her, and they’re resurfacing memories that she had subconsciously pushed deep down. This is when things start getting… weird.

I won’t be saying any more in order to keep this spoiler free, but I really liked the way the book progressed from this point. There is a strong and frequently mentioned link to fairy tales and when this fully gets underway it’s incredibly gripping and engrossing. I enjoyed the twists and turns and discovering the details as Alice does, and I absolutely loved the end half of the book! But… the very end was a bit… eh…

I feel bad for saying that, after such an amazing book all the way through, but the wrap up of this story felt rushed, incomplete, unsatisfying, and as if Melissa Albert didn’t know how to end the story. It could’ve been so much better if there had just been a bit more tweaking of this section. There is going to be a sequel which is expected to be published in 2019, and I am sure I’m going to pick it up as I need more of this world and to learn more about Alice, Ella and the Hinterland. I just really hope Melissa Albert improves on how she ends books, and that her editors help her along with this because this could have been a five-star book. As it is, it was a very enjoyable 4-star read and I am looking forward to finding out more about the world (if it’s possible with the ending we got…).