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

 

Features:

 


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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

 

Features:

 


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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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    Features:

     

    Other Posts in August:


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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

     

    Features:

     

    Other Posts in July:

  • 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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      Movie Reviews:

     

    Features:

     

    Other Posts in June:

     


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    May 2017 Wrap-Up

    May was such a full month. Maybe because of that I was beginning to wonder if it would ever end!

    A lot of responsibilities at work but also chances to unwind and relax so overall a good one.

    They were all pretty long books, most over 400 pages, and the last one dragged on, so even though I had hoped to squeeze in one more read I think I did pretty well regardless, considering how crazy it has been at work.

    AND I reached my Netgalley & Edelweiss challenge goal, woohoo!

    May was pretty darn awesome.


    Summary:

    Total Books Read: 7

    Longest Read: The Follower and The Teacher’s Secret (432 pages)

    Shortest Read: Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) (320 pages)

    Book of the Month: Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)

    Favourite Cover:

    Challenges Progress:

    GoodReads: 40/52

    British Books Challenge: 22/12

    2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 35/35


    May Books:

     

    I began the month with The Marsh King’s Daughter, by Karen Dionne and boy, what a start.

    Reading about a woman who spent her childhood growing up in the marsh with a man who abducted her mother at 14 was never going to be easy but I really appreciate what the author managed to accomplish with this book. It is quite profound and I recommend it if you are able to deal with some pretty heavy stuff.

    I rated it 4.25/5 stars.

     

    Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig was such a tender and emotional story about an autistic teenager with a huge heart who never ever lies with her mouth. It’s amazing what difference a few nods will do in her life.

    I think this novel accurately addressed the stress dealing with such a person can be and also the amazing potential they have to love and be loved.

    I rated it 4.25/5 stars.

     

    I moved on to The Follower, by Koethi Zan.

    I found it dragged on and I could not take to any of the characters. I did not find them interesting nor was invested in finding out what happened to them. There were a few engaging snippets but overall I don’t really recommend it.

    I rated it 2/5 stars.

     

    The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite had the potential to be an amazing, heartbreaking story but I feel it tried to be too much in one book and that it dragged on, so I didn’t much enjoy it…

    I rated it 2.75/5 stars.

     

    Waking Gods (Themis Files #2), by Sylvain Neuvel was SO good, even better than the first book.

    I was not keen on a couple of things but it didn’t put much of a dent on my overwhelmed enjoyment. I highly recommend this series.

    I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

     

    My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood was interesting enough but I was annoyed by the main character and tired due to the twist and turns the book would constantly take. I actually found the reveal interesting, though partly expected, so that I finished the book more intrigued than during the first half or so.

    I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

     

    I struggled with The Teacher’s Secret, by Suzanne Leal because there were too many characters and the pace was slow.

    Still the book was well written, and if you can keep up with the pace it will be an enjoyable read, just don’t expect major twists.

    I rated it 2.5/5 stars.

     

     


    Where I got the books:

    Edelweiss

    • The Marsh King’s Daughter

     

    Netgalley

    • The Original Ginny Moon
    • The Follower
    • The Darkest Lies
    • Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)
    • My Sister’s Bones
    • The Teacher’s Secret

     

    Movie Reviews:

     

    Features:

     

    Reblogs:

  • International Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway
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    Other Posts in May:

     


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    April 2017 Wrap-Up

    April was an amazing month! Things were so crazy busy at work that I was afraid I would not get much reading time, but I managed to make books my refuge, dive right in and get lost in them – and in the process, keeping my sanity.

    I continued challenging myself to read new genres/stuff I would not normally read, and began the month with a non-fiction book, followed by a YA book that I won in a giveaway.

    I have been playing with my Instagram account and, though I still have a lot to learn, I am quite happy with the experience. There are some proper talented people out there, let me tell ya. The pictures I come across are quite inspirational.

    My usually dormant artistic bug bit me during a trip to Tiger and I bought watercolour crayons and paper, having created my very own bookmark. It is incredibly amateurish but hey it’s mine, and the process was actually quite relaxing, so even if I don’t stick to it I am happy that I tried.

    There were a few lovely sunny days and I feel overall quite content so cheers to April, thanks for bringing me joy!


    Summary:

    Total Books Read: 8

    Longest Read: Gambit (556 pages)

    Shortest Read: Virginia (57 pages)

    Book of the Month: All the Good Things

    Favourite Cover:

    Challenges Progress:

    GoodReads: 33/52

    British Books Challenge: 19/12

    2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 28/35


    April Books:

     

    My first book of the month was Lady Killers: A Compendium, by Tori Telfer.

    I requested this as part of my new year challenge to read new genres. I enjoyed it but I think I would have been more invested had the cases portrayed in the book been more contemporary. Instead, they took a tone of myth and my thirst for understanding wicked minds was not quenched.

    I rated it 2.5/5 stars.

     

    Gambit (The Prodigy Chronicles #1) by C.L. Denault was an extremely fast-paced read.

    I had quite a few issues with the book as I yearned for less clichés and more character and world development but it was still enjoyable.

    I rated it 3/5 stars.

     
     
     

    All the Good Things, by Clare Fisher was amazing. It is a harrowing book and I had to put it down on a couple of occasions because to be frank it was bringing me down but it is also very beautiful and has the most perfect ending.

    If you can handle tough reads I highly recommend this.

    I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

     
     

    The Lost Children (Detective Lucy Harwin #1) by Helen Phifer was an ok beginning to a crime series.

    There are just so many out there better done that I didn’t enjoy it much. I couldn’t take to the main character, for one. And there wasn’t enough of the premise of the children in the asylum, which was what pulled me in. Some things were quite predictable and I just don’t think I will be following this series.

    I rated it 2.5/5 stars.

     

    Just when you think you have read pretty much everything you could about twisted female characters, The Girlfriend, by Michelle Frances brings things to a whole new level.

    Mother and girlfriend face off in desperate attempts to keep the other out of Daniel’s life. And they are willing to do some pretty desperate things, for sure. This book is extremely rich in terms of character development and, although there were a couple of things here and there I didn’t much like, I do recommend it.

    I rated it 4.25/5 stars.

     
     

    Virginia by William Esmont was a quick, enjoyable read.

    Although there were a few situations where I wished the main character had acted differently and some parts dragged on, I think this novella has a pretty good balance between keeping the author interested while not giving too much away and it ended up being a creepy, interesting read.

    I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

     

    Well, we can’t love every single book, right? It has been a while since I read one I enjoyed so little.

    The Abscission Zone, by Samuel Muggington was an extremely bumpy ride where we get to follow a couple of characters who annoyed the heck out of me.

    I doubt I will be reading anything else by this author.

    I rated it 1.5/5 stars.

     
     

    The Ridge by John Rector was a Stepfordwife-type of novel that got quite creepy and enjoyable at times. However, I could not much get several of the main character’s actions and I finished the book with many unanswered questions.

    It is a book to appreciate for the journey.

    I rated it 3.25/5 stars.

     
     


    Where I got the books:

    Edelweiss

    • Lady Killers

     

    Giveaway

    • Gambit

     

    Netgalley

    • All the Good Things
    • The Lost Children
    • The Girlfriend
    • Virginia
    • The Abscission Zone
    • The Ridge

     

    Movie Reviews:

     

    Features:

     

    Reblogs:

     

    Other Posts in April:

     


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