January 2018 Wrap-Up

The first month of the year went really quickly and really slowly at the same time. There is a complicated deadline at work that made me sweat and I got a lot done each day, but there was always more to do. Therefore my reading time was even further reduced, and adding to that I am not finding my current read too engaging.

I am still attending the gym every day before work and watching what I eat so I am still losing weight and having more energy and being in a better mood. I will have next week off work so hopefully I will finally have some time to relax and enjoy a lovely read or two.


Summary:

Total Books Read: 1

Longest Read: Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5) (508 pages)

Shortest Read: Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5) (508 pages)

Book of the Month: Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5) (508 pages)

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 1/52

2018 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 0/35


January Books:

 

Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins #5) by L.S. O’Dea introduced some new characters to the series and unveiled a couple of shocking secrets, while Trinity’s love life gets more and more complicated.

I am looking forward to the next instalment.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 
 


Where I got the books:

Author

  • Whispers From the Past (Lake of Sins, #5)
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    December 2017 Wrap-Up

    December completely flew by!

    I had a week off work so that was good. I got some much needed rest.

    I finished the book I had been reading since last month and it seems things are finally under way to getting my Kindle back, so I am looking forward to that.

    All in all it was a lovely month!


    Summary:

    Total Books Read: 1

    Longest Read: The Light Between Oceans (362 pages)

    Shortest Read: The Light Between Oceans (362 pages)

    Book of the Month: The Light Between Oceans

    Favourite Cover:

    Challenges Progress:

    GoodReads: 57/52

    British Books Challenge: 22/12

    2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 47/35


    December Books:

     

    The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman is a book you just cannot stay indifferent to.

    It a heart-wrenching story that will make you wonder what you would do in such a situation.

    The characters are extremely well developed, and the setting is wonderfully crafted as well.
    Recommended.

    I rated it 4.25/5 stars.


    Where I got the books:

    Kelly @ Book Obsession

    • The Light Between Oceans

     

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    October 2017 Wrap-Up

    Dear all

    This post is long overdue, apologies for posting it so late. A lot has been going on, including having my Kindle lost, so not a fun month! Good news is I may be getting it back but it’s been weeks now so… I’ll believe it when I see it.

    I have moved to paperbacks while that doesn’t happen, but my current read is taking forever so, alas, only 2 books this month. Let’s hope November goes better!


    Summary:

    Total Books Read: 2

    Longest Read: The Blind (400 pages)

    Shortest Read: A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1)/i> (184 pages)

    Book of the Month: A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1)

    Favourite Cover:

    Challenges Progress:

    GoodReads: 55/52

    British Books Challenge: 22/12

    2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 47/35


    October Books:

     

    A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1) by Dave Pelzer is a very disturbing account of the abuse and torture the author suffered as a small child. I believe this first book covers David’s life until his 12 years of age and the others in the trilogy will relate the years after.

    I would have liked to see a more coherent story, the narrative felt disjointed at it was mostly composed of the odd account of abuse and so I just felt very distant.

    I rated it 3/5 stars.

     

    The Blind by A.F. Brady was supposed to be the first book I finished in the month but I was so irritated by it that I had to pick up another one before I gave it another try.

    I just couldn’t take to the main character. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt but I just could not understand her thoughts or actions and they ended up just making me really annoyed. There was so much focus on her and so little on the mystery of a patient who no one is able to get to open up that I was just immensely disappointed.

    I rated it 2/5 stars.

     

     


    Where I got the books:

    Book Depository

    • A Child Called “It” (Dave Pelzer #1)

    Netgalley

    • The Blind

     

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    September 2017 Wrap-Up

    September was sweet!

    Another cycle has finished at work so that was good and I finally managed to tale some time off, the last week of the month, where I didn’t do much besides sleeping, reading and soaking up the sun.

    I was lucky with my reads! I also watched a couple of films but didn’t feel like writing a review. Guess I am going through a phase in that department.

    That’s about it!


    Summary:

    Total Books Read: 3

    Longest Read: Little Fires Everywhere (336 pages)

    Shortest Read: Narcissism for Beginners (208 pages)

    Book of the Month: An Uncertain Grace

    Favourite Cover:

    Challenges Progress:

    GoodReads: 53/52

    British Books Challenge: 22/12

    2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 46/35


    September Books:

     

    My first book of the month was An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen.

    I wanted to try something different so I went for this erotica/speculative fiction short story collection. There are only 5 of them, connected by a common thread, and I have to admit I was blown away. Great story telling, amazing world building and a new view on sexuality.

    I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

     

    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng was pretty darn great.

    These are memorable characters and I loved the portrait of a picture-perfect community disturbed by someone who dared live outside their rules.

    I rated it 4.25/5 stars.

     

     

    My last book of the month was Narcissism for Beginners by Martine McDonagh.

    The book portrayed a few heavy subjects through the eyes of a breezy young man who is slowly coming to terms with the fact he needs to grow up, while learning the secrets of those around him – his guardian, his guru father and his elusive mother.

    I rated it 4/5 stars.

     

     


    Where I got the books:

    Edelweiss

    • Little Fires Everywhere

    Netgalley

    • An Uncertain Grace
    • Little Fires Everywhere
    • Narcissism for Beginners

     

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    August 2017 Wrap-Up

    August is one of the busiest months at work so I didn’t manage to read much. Sims Freeplay took up most of my time, to be honest,
    I did manage to go through a trilogy I grabbed from Netgalley. It was interesting food for thought.
    I also managed to watch a couple of movies so overall it was a good month.


    Summary:

    Total Books Read: 3

    Longest Read: The Final Correction (Condition #3) (288 pages)

    Shortest Read: A Medical Miracle? (Condition #1) (210 pages)

    Book of the Month: A Medical Miracle? (Condition #1)

    Favourite Cover:

    Challenges Progress:

    GoodReads: 50/52

    British Books Challenge: 22/12

    2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 43/35


    August Books:

     

    I began August with the first book of the Condition trilogy, A Medical Miracle? by Alec Birri.

    The book had a bumpy start but it developed into quite an imaginative work of speculative fiction and I was intrigued enough to continue on with the other two books.

    I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

     

    The Curing Begins… (Condition #2) by Alec Birri is the sequel to the previous book. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the previous one but then again it was quite different. The fact that the first half of the book took place in the 70s brought a new dimension to the narrative and I slowly warmed up to it, though gah insta-love.

    I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

     

    I finished the month with the last book in the trilogy,, The Final Correction by Alec Birri.

    I am not quite sure what to make of it, to be honest. I mean, I enjoyed it, but I was quite confused.

    I rated it 3/5 stars.

     

     


    Where I got the books:

     

    Netgalley

    • A Medical Miracle?
    • The Curing Begins…
    • The Final Correction

     

    Movie Reviews:

  • The Dark Tower
  • Annabelle: Creation
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    July 2017 Wrap-Up

    July was one of the craziest months work-wise so I am glad I managed to read at all. Books definitely became my solace.
    I was overall really lucky this month! They were mostly great reads.
    Shame I didn’t get to go to the movies this month, nothing really piqued my interest. I hear good things about August, though!
    I had my third and last Bookishly experience, which ended with a bang. I definitely recommend it and will be posting a wrap-up post for it soon.
    I managed to grab my Kindle and head to the beach on the odd weekend so that was great.
    So yeah, July was pretty darn amazing!


    Summary:

    Total Books Read: 5

    Longest Read: Betrayed (Lake of Sins #4) (513 pages)

    Shortest Read: Holding (272 pages)

    Book of the Month: All Our Wrong Todays

    Favourite Cover:

    Challenges Progress:

    GoodReads: 47/52

    British Books Challenge: 22/12

    2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 40/35


    July Books:

     

    My first read of the month actually started mid-June. Borne by Jeff VanderMeer is an extremely imaginative book, as is expected from the author.

    However, like in my previous experience with his work, even though I thoroughly enjoyed the world he created the writing lost me at times and I never really felt the urge to pick up the book unless I was in a very specific mood. I also wished I had had more explanations by the end, not just hints.

    I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

     

    Betrayed (Lake Of Sins, #4) by L.S. O’Dea is the fourth instalment of a YA Dystopian series I have been thoroughly enjoying.

    This one did not grip me nearly as much as the others because it is quite heavy on the romance. Still, I went through it quickly as usual and cannot wait to find the answers in following books to a few clues given here.

    I rated it 3.25/5 stars.

     

    I had trouble staying with Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica mainly because the main character annoyed the heck out of me and I did not find certain aspects of the book believable.

    Still, I enjoyed it somewhat and it left me pondering about the good things in life and how feeble they are, as well as how even when we mean well we end up doing bad things.

    I rated it 3/5 stars.

     

    Well, Holding by Graham Norton was a bit wish-wash for me.
    The character development was okay but as a mystery, to me it failed to deliver.
    I still enjoyed it, it was a different read than usual, with the overweight sergeant.

    I rated it 3/5 stars.

     

    I finished the month with a bang, All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai was definitely the book of the month for me.

    The writing completely grabbed my attention, and I have to tell you, I am quite picky with humour.
    Even if not fully unexpected, the way the story developed completely had my attention and considering we are talking about time travel here I found it believable.
    Definitely recommend it if you are looking for a light read about a heavy theme, with a lot of soul searching and thought provocation involved.

    I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

     

     


    Where I got the books:

    Author

    • Betrayed (Lake Of Sins, #4)

     

    Edelweiss

  • All Our Wrong Todays
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    Netgalley

    • Borne
    • Every Last Lie
    • Holding

     

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  • Unboxing #3

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    June 2017 Wrap-Up

    June was a quick month where work was so insane I barely managed to read at all. Actually I was stuck with the same book from mid-month onwards and I am still not done. I just don’t have any desire to read… It’s work, sleep and sometimes play games on my phone.

    So, sadly, I only managed to read two books this month.


    Summary:

    Total Books Read: 2

    Longest Read: The Night Circus (502 pages)

    Shortest Read: Mr Make Believe (344 pages)

    Book of the Month: The Night Circus

    Favourite Cover:

    Challenges Progress:

    GoodReads: 42/52

    British Books Challenge: 22/12

    2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 36/35


    June Books:

     

    My month could have started a lot better. Mr Make Believe by Beezy Marsh seemed like the perfect light read but I could not related to it and the main character frankly annoyed me.

    It felt that the author tried too heard to bring Marnie into such a glamorous world that the way she got there did not seem believable at all, even though the day-to-day situations were, which made me not enjoy the book much.

    I rated it 2.5/5 stars.

     

    I had been putting off The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern for a while now because it struck me as an epic that deserved my undivided attention and I was right. I am glad I saved it for when I had time of work. It is quite an endeavour and I highly recommend it to fantasy fans.

    I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

     

     


    Where I got the books:

     

    Book Depository

    • The Night Circus
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      Netgalley

    • Mr Make Believe
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