SO MANY BOOKS!!! May Wrap Up 2021

Honestly I have no clue how I read so much this month! I didn’t even mean to! But you won’t catch me complaining about it, so let’s get into the books!

If you didn’t catch my June tbr post from yesterday, these ones are going to pretty bare bones while I play around and see if it’s something I wanna keep doing. Let me know what you think! Also, I do a full blog post review for every book I read, but they’re often months behind the point when I actually read them. So for now these will be little snippet reviews. Chat with me in the comments if you want to know more!

The first book I read in May was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, which had been my tbr jar pick. This… was a surprise love! I was expecting this to be just fine, and it was only still on my tbr cause of all the hype, but it was amazing! I adored the world building for the portal world as well as the beats of the plot and the character development. I’m so excited to continue with the rest of this series, I’ll have to go and buy the books!

Next up was Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman, the second book in the Noughts & Crosses series. I’ve read these before, many moons ago when I was young, and I adored them. They’re hard hitting. They’re tough. And they’re amazing. In a world where Black people are superior and whites inferior, we follow both points of view and learn more about the actual human beings within the system. It’s a beautiful swapped scenario which is written perfectly for the intended audience of young white British kids.

For Kayla from BooksAndLala’s BuzzWordAThon I picked up A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena. This was just fine. I ended up giving it 3*s. I was nosey enough to want to read until the end but everything was predictable and I won’t be picking it up again. Nothing fantastic but I wouldn’t recommend against reading it either, just fine.

Because I knew Caitlyn from Mad Cheshire Rabbit would kill me if I didn’t read this soon, I picked up A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir, the second book in the Ember in the Ashes series. This was a fun one! I don’t fully vibe with Tahir’s writing style, I can find her books (or at least the 2 I’ve read so far) slow to get through. But she creates intense storylines that make me keep reading and I flew through the last 100 pages of this book. Definitely carrying on with this series as well!

Finally finishing a series, for the first time in a long while, I read Manners & Munity by Gail Carriger which is the 4th and final book in the Finishing School series. To sum up the series without spoilers? Steampunk finishing school for Victorian spies with werewolves, vampires, and a mechanical dog. It’s wonderful! It’s so much fun, and yet so emotive. I was so sad that the book was over and it’s the first book which has made me want to go and find fanfic of it so that I can read more! 5*s!

The Stone of Destiny by Caroline Logan is a YA fantasy based around Scottish mythology and I adored it. It’s beautifully fast paced, the character writing is fantastic, I’m so invested in these characters and I FLEW through the damn thing! I’ve read about Selkies before but I loved this more modern twist on the tale and I can’t wait to read the next books in this wonderful series!

My Skulduggery Pleasant reread came up next, with Dark Days by Derek Landy. Of course I can’t say too much about this series, because not only is this the 4th book in the series, but I’ve read all 16…17…? Idk how many bloody books there are in this series including the novella’s and all that, but I’ve read all of them. So if you couldn’t guess, I loved it! The liveshow for this will be taking place on the 12th June I do believe (check twitter) and work schedule allowing I’ll be there!

On a whim I picked up Wit, Wisdom and Timey-Wimey Stuff by Cavan Scott, a book of quotes from Doctor Who. I’ve owned this for a few years now, it was a gift from some old housemates, and I thought it was time I blasted through it! It was a fun read and I recommend to any Whovian!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo was a buddy read for me this month with Caitlyn (mentioned above) and it was so fun to read this with her! Because I was at work I would read this in the mornings before I started, and then through the day I would get her reaction as she read up to our section for the day, and oooohhhh was that fun! I definitely enjoyed this more than Caitlyn, but we both found the story fun. It’s definitely not as well written as the Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom duology, but given that this was published back in 2012 she’s had some time to work on her writing style. It’s also very much a 2012 YA fantasy, so expect that going in and you’ll most likely enjoy the ride!

My pre-order of The Skulduggery Pleasant Grimoire by Derek Landy came in the post, and I tried to resist. But I didn’t try very hard. Cause I picked it up and finished it! This is a paraquel, meaning that it takes place surrounding and within the current timeline of the books. I loved how the books were recapped as well as the extra details added in to flesh out the world, as well as of course the timelines being tightened up a wee bit (we noticed Derek). My favourite part though? Well there’s a story weaved throughout this (as mentioned on the synopsis, don’t worry your pretty little head) and it. Is. Fan-bloody-tastic. It’s amazing. I need people to read this so that I can gush about it!!!!!! READ ITTTT!!!

Okay, deep breaths.

Next up were two little books, Sleet by Stig Dagerman and The Silver Mine Selma Lagerlöf. Both coming in at around 25 pages each, these short stories are translated Swedish classics and they were lovely! I really enjoyed both of these and intend to look for more translated works by these authors in the future! (because I know no Swedish, yes I’m ashamed, leave me alone).

A company I found on Instagram called Diglot has published a book called Learn German with The Great Gatsby which slowly drops German words through the book and increases them as the story goes on. It was such a cool idea that I of course got myself a copy (German is the language I’d like to learn first) and got my mum a copy of Italian Secret Garden.

And FINALLY I read Pompeii: Nowadays and 2000 Years Ago which I’ve owned for so many years now, this was actually a guidebook to use whilst walking around the site of Pompeii, so it wasn’t the best one to read whilst sat in my English bedroom, but I’ve been around the site a few times so I at least have some memories of it!

Can you see why these are bare bones? I mean look at the number of books!!! Naaahhhh I’m too lazy to make this look good. You’ll have to make do, thanks! But LOOK HOW MANY BOOKS I READ!!! I honestly have no clue how I read all these!!!

December Wrap Up| 2018

I set my tbr as four books this month, and as per I deviated pretty early on. So let’s get into what I actually read in December! If you’d rather watch this in video format (with closed captions) then click here to go to my YouTube channel.

five go gluten freeFive Go Gluten Free by Bruno Vincent -> 3/5*

This parody of Blyton’s well-loved Famous Five was a fun and quick little romp. I adored the original books as a child and it’s fun to see the group brought into the modern day and dealing with the most random of problems.

five give up the boozeFive Give Up the Booze by Bruno Vincent -> 2/5*

Seeing as I read the book above so quickly I thought I’d get through this one as well. I did have a bit of a problem with one section, which is why it dropped a star, however, it’s also a fun little parody and I look forward to reading more from this mini-series.

Other Words For Smoke

Other Words for Smoke (sampler) by Sarah Maria Griffing -> 4.5/5*

25 pages and I’m hooked! I am so excited for the full book to be released so I can become fully immersed within this amazing world. Thank you Titan Books for the sampler!

The Devouring GrayThe Devouring Gray (sampler) by Christine Lynn Herman -> 4/5*

Another sampler I was very kindly sent by Titan Books, another 25 pages and another book I am super excited for in 2019! This is also going on my tbr!


enemy of the stateEnemy of the State, pt. 2 of 6 by Millar, Romita Jr., and Janson -> 2/5*

Honestly, I wasn’t that keen on this. I think I just don’t like comics as they’re too short and I don’t get enough of the story in one go. I don’t have any more comics in my tbr that I own so this is the last one.

a song of ice and fireGame of Thrones by George RR Martin -> 4/5*

I finally read it!! Finally!! This is a chunker of a book at over 800 pages, and I’ll be honest, when I tried to read this book before watching the show I just couldn’t get into it. There was too much for my little brain. But now that I’m completely up to date with the show (and in love with it) it was much easier to get through this book and I ended up really enjoying it.

a christmas carolA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens -> 5/5*

Starting Christmas Eve, and finishing Christmas Day, I read this little classic novella from Dickens. This was such an entertaining little book that I really enjoyed and I’m glad I’ve finally read the original after seeing various adaptations over the years. It was also a lovely way to spend Christmas Day.

little moments of loveLittle Moments of Love by Catana Chetwynd -> 4/5*

My lovely boyfriend gifted me with this book for Christmas, and I read it on Christmas day! We always send Catana’s comics to each other and this was such a sweet and thoughtful gift from him.

legendLegend by Marie Lu -> 3.5/5*

It took me a while, but once I got into this book I flew through it! I was tempted to give it 4*s but it doesn’t quite match up to other books I’ve given that rating. But, overall I massively enjoyed it, I even enjoyed the romance! And I look forward to carrying on with this trilogy in the future.

And that’s it! I should have read The Mime Order, and who knows. Maybe by some magic, I’ll read it tonight, but being realistic I won’t finish it this year. Ah well! That’s my last wrap up of 2018! It’s been a helluva year and I’m looking forward to 2019!

November Wrap Up| 2018

November was the month of Non-Fiction, and so I set myself a heady tbr of 13 books, some from friends, some from NetGalley and some I just have with me at uni. I ended up with a total read number of 9, but this wasn’t all of the books I put on my tbr at the begining of the month. I knew I was likely not going to get to all of them, as depending on how it’s written, non-fiction can be really slow going for me. However, I also picked up 2 non-fic books in a charity shop just before starting the challenge and this meant that I ended up reading them! But at least they’re read now! So let’s get into what I actually got around to this month.

hero at the fall

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton -> 5/5*

I finished this series off in the first few days of November and absolutely adored it. My heart was torn out, sewn up and then torn out again! This is one of my favourite series ever and I need to buy them all! (I got them all out of my libraries)

reasons to stay aliveReasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig -> 3.5/5*

This was a difficult book for me to read. I have depression, and hearing it talked about in this manner triggered it frequently throughout my time reading. However, it was also interesting hearing about his story. Just tread carefully if you struggle with mental health issues.

rspbNature’s Home by the RSPB -> 4/5*

This is the seasonal magazine that the RSPB send around to their members. It was surprisingly enjoyable and I am definitely going to read the ones I get in the future. I learnt a lot which I wasn’t expecting to and it was simply a nice read.

the secret barristerThe Secret Barrister -> 4/5*

I really enjoyed this, a book I had seen promoted on Portal in the Pages channel (click to see her YouTube page) so when I spotted it in the charity shop I just had to pick it up. It was incredibly interesting to learn about the structural failures and corruption issues present within the UK law system from someone who has no reason to hide anything other than their name (the author is annonymous). This was a great read.

Weird War TwoWeird War Two by Richard Denham -> 3/5*

Of course I was going to get to at least one WWII book in my selection. This one talks about weird tactics, rumours spread on purpose and weird beliefs of those on both sides. I knew a few of the facts within already, but it was also great to add more factoids to my knowledge!

love and kisses from my padded cellLove and Kisses From my Padded Cell by Dr Ellie Henkind Katz -> 3/5*

Dr Katz interviewed around 12 people who have came out the other side of the 12 step process of overcoming (a variety of) addictions. Some of them have been successful, some have not. And it also exposes their pasts and how they got to where they were. As someone who is interested in psychology this was interesting and a very quick read.

the path to changeThe Path to Change by Pope Francis -> 2.5/5*

An interview with the current Pope, this was incredibly interesting, however, also very hard to read. It was not written in an engaging way but I was interested in the content. Too much repetition meant it got dropped down, but I am still really glad I read it.

POG cover final.inddPrisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall -> 4.5/5*

This was such an incredibly interesting book. I learnt about how the past and the present have been hugely influenced by geology and geography and also how this is likely to continue into the future. It was also relevant with Russia’s current Ukraine situation so that was a nice added bonus.

what itWhat If? by Randall Munroe -> 5/5*

If you want scientific, thought out answers to absurd and stupid questions then this is your book! It satisfied the nerdy scientist in me and was also really funny to boot! Definitely one to pick up if you’re even vaguely interested in science!

And that’s that! A really fun selection and some absolutely great reads this month! Next month I should hopefully stick to my tbr a little bit more, but I’m still very happy with what I read this month. Have you read any of these? Or are you going to? Let me know in the comments!