March 2021 Wrap Up

Hi! Happy April!

I have read quite a bit in March, so I won’t be babbling on for too long about the books. I will link my full reviews to all of them that I’ve written, and if you would like to know my detailed thoughts on any of the other ones, just drop me a comment down below and I’ll post one on here.

Time for stats.

  • Number of books read: 13
  • Number of pages read: 4969
  • Average star rating: 3.3
  • Physical TBR at the start of the month: 43
  • Books read: 10
  • Current physical TBR: 35
  • DNF: 1

As you can see, I am trying to get through my physical TBR at the moment. It doesn’t help I’ve ordered 5 books in the last couple of days.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This book just didn’t work for me at all. I expected a story about regular people in a world full of the chosen ones. I guess what I expected would’ve been quite bland and boring – because in reality, these kids, though without superpowers (well, all but one) still get into some supernatural shenanigans. I didn’t much care for the characters, nor did I like the plot. Somehow, the bland and boring still very much applied.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

I’ll be posting a full review closer to the publication date – it releases in the UK on the 20th of April. It was just my kind of a story, even though the format of it (told in short stories/vignettes from different POVs) might not be what I reach for usually. I loved it and it took me completely by surprise.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A Pinch of Magic by Michelle Harris

This was a nice and breezy middle-grade about 3 sisters and a family curse. It took me a good few chapters to get invested in the story, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. Charlie is hands down my favourite character – I laughed out loud a few times reading the scenes with her.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

I expected a dark retelling of the Little Mermaid. Why? Because I read Lost Boy and that’s what it was – a horroresque retelling of a story we know. This wasn’t quite either. I still liked it, as Christina Henry is a skilled writer, but it just wasn’t what I wanted from the story, going into it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Havenfall by Sara Holland

The longer I sit on this book, the more I want to lower my rating. Havenfall was a cover buy. I didn’t have huge expectations going in but the idea of a magical inn connecting different worlds was fantastic, and it sounded like a good time, especially with the mystery element promised in the blurb. I am quite disappointed, even though my expectations were low. This book did nothing new or exciting, it was your middle of the road standard YA fantasy and I’ve had my fill with them by now… to bad, because it had potential.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Continuing on the last thought… Legendborn was so much different and a reason enough not to give up on the YA fantasy genre. It did remind me a bit of The Mortal Instruments at the start, but it blossomed into something different, intricate and well developed and written. Honestly, it was heaps of fun and I really enjoyed the story. It’s a King Arthur retelling, too, which is always a plus (or is it, since the last few I read I either DNFed or hated).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

I’ve seen EVERYONE rave about this book. I caved. I picked it up expecting to also love it. And although the first third or maybe half was interesting and promising, in the end the book became more of a self-help kind of book full of long winded cliches. I understand what Haig tried to do, but that’s what I wanted from him, I’d pick up his non-fiction.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

Full review here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

I talked a lot about Swanson recently, and I’ve mentioned I like his writing even though it follows a certain formula I very much expect from thrillers. Well, this one was COMPLETELY different and… I’m impressed. It wasn’t quite a 5 star read for me, but definitely the best book I read by the author so far. It was smart and twisty and just overall really well done.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

In March I also picked up a non-fiction. I’ve been wanting to read Everyday Sexism for a long while now. I think it’s always relevant. I listened to it on audio, but I feel like have I read it physically I would’ve skimmed many parts. Don’t get me wrong, the book is important and like I already said, still very relevant, but the way it’s done is incredibly repetitive. The book makes very few points, but manages to make up in length by repeating them every so often. I read non-fiction for educational purposes, obviously, but I learnt nothing I haven’t already in my nearly 28 years of being a woman.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

This was my first Ruth Ware, and incidentally also her first book, and it didn’t knock my socks off, but I did enjoy the writing and so I will be picking up more by the author. I’ve been in a thriller kick and it satisfied the craving, but I found the characters incredibly unlikeable and the plot quite predictable. Still, not a bad read.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

I have many bad things to say about this one, but I’m choosing positivity today. I didn’t like The Iron Trial and I won’t be picking up the rest of the series. I know middle grades written in the last 10-15 years sometimes suffer from the Harry Potter syndrome, but this one tried just a bit too hard for me, and the countless similarities were too much.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Yet another thriller in this wrap up that I quite enjoyed. I read thrillers to be entertained and a bit unsettled and My Lovely Wife delivered in both cases, though significantly less in the latter. It was fun, though, and I’d like to pick up more by the author, because I found the writing quite engaging.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

And these are all of the books I read in the month of March.

How was your reading month? Did you read any new favourites? How’s your Goodreads challenge going?

Thank you for reading!

February 2021 Wrap Up

Hi! How is it March already? I can’t believe it we’re almost through a QUARTER of 2021. Madness.

February, although short, was a great reading month volume wise. I’ve read 10 books. Let’s look at stats!

  • Number of books read: 10
  • Number of pages read: 3241
  • Average star rating: 3.6
  • Physical TBR at the start of the month: 46
  • Books read: 3
  • Physical TBR: 43
  • DNF: 1

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Full review here.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Recursion by Blake Crouch

Blake Crouch’s books always make me feel stupid. It’s not a bad thing. They’re just so well thought out and complex, it takes all my brain power to understand them. Recursion was no different. I enjoyed it a lot, as it deals with time travel, and we know how I feel about that! It was the right amount of mind bendy and confusing, but still engaging.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson

Full review to come soon. The idea was better than the execution which I find to be a thing for me a lot when it comes to thrillers. Still quite enjoyed the read.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

In my opinion the weakest book in the Wayfarers’ series. Full review to come in a few days!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

A quite enjoyable Cinderella retelling. I appreciated the representation, though I think it read quite young and was predictable. One thing that definitely brought the rating down for me was the unnecessary “love triangle”.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

I loved the premise of this one more than the execution. It’s about a pair of siblings with super powers. I think it’s best to go into it not knowing anything else. Sadly, the transitions made it hard for me to follow and took me out of the story a lot.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

I don’t understand anyone who says this is Sanderson’s worst book. Ahem… Warbreaker? I found Elantris really enjoyable and I really grew to love all of the characters. And! Hoid!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Galaxy and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers

A full review to come. I found this to be a great and satisfying ending to an overall fantastic series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

I don’t have much to say about this one at all. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. I think it was perfectly fine for what it was, a whimsical story about magical forest creatures and it’s definitely to many people’s taste, just not exactly my thing. I don’t regret picking it up, I just really don’t have anything to say about it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Marly’s Ghost by David Levithan

I jinxed myself when I said Levithan can do no wrong. Everything I picked up by him since was not at all what I expected and I’ve been disappointed. Marly’s Ghost was predictable and had nothing that set it apart. Yes, I still do like Levithan’s writing, so I gave it 3 stars, even though objectively I think it deserves 2.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

How was your February? What’s the best book you read last month?

Thank you for reading. Talk soon!

January 2021 Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! How are you all doing? I honestly cannot believe the first month of 2021 is behind us. Where did the time go?

As always, it is time for a wrap up. This past month I have read… 9 books. It’s a pretty decent start to the year, if I do say so myself. Of course, part of me is asking, but why not 10? But let’s ignore that part completely.

This is how my reading went in January with the stats being as follows:

  • Number of books read: 9
  • Number of pages read: 3651
  • Average star rating: 3.5
  • Physical TBR at the start of the month: 50
  • Books read: 2
  • Physical TBR: 46

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Sadly, although I expected to love this one, I didn’t. I found it needlessly confusing, the pacing all over the place and the characters underdeveloped. Too bad, because I did like the premise and Seanan McGuire’s writing.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Full review here.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Wench by Maxine Kaplan

Full review here.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

Very solid ending to a very solid story. I think what N.K. Jemisin created in this series is super fresh and intricate. The finale didn’t disappoint, although I think book 1 is still my favourite.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

This one blew me away. I didn’t think Ms Kuang would go THERE… but she did! If you know, you know. If you haven’t picked up The Poppy War yet – do it! If you like morally grey characters, good magic systems and violent, brutal fantasy books – it’s for you.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

A full review to come, but know this – this book has my whole heart. I loved it! It deserves ALL THE STARS in the world.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Game Changer by Neal Schusterman

I’ve a review for this scheduled very soon, too (as it’s releasing soon) so I’ll talk about what worked for me and what didn’t, and why I’m giving it such a middle of the road rating.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Daughters of Nri by Reni K. Amayo

Sadly, I thought this one was quite forgettable. I found the story, characters and the world building… lacking. It definitely had lots of potential, I picked it up because it sounded intriguing – but not one part of the story grabbed me. I wish it was longer – with the world more immersive and the characters fleshed out. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with the series.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Touch by Claire North

I like Clare North, but this is not my favourite book by her. It’s not my least favourite, either. Touch lies right in the middle, with a interesting, nuanced premise, very Claire Northesque writing (which is a compliment) and a satisfying ending that makes you forgive the confusion and pacing of the middle of the book. What can I say – it was fun! It was no Harry August, but it was fun.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

And that is it for my wrap up. Have you read any of these? How did your month go? And on a different note – do you like the new look of the blog?

I’ll talk to you very soon. Thank you for reading!

2020 Reading Stats

Hi, everyone.

It’s been a while. I tend to say it in every post, but it really HAS been a while. The last months of the year have been a big struggle in every aspect of life, though I’m sure I’m not the only person who experienced that, and I got way too overwhelmed to read and post.

This might not be a post for everyone. We’ll be looking at all my reading stats from last year. At the end of 2019 I also posted all my favourites, least favourites, most surprising and disappointing books, but since we’re already 11 days into the new year, I will include some of the info here instead of posting separately.

Okay, let’s get to it!

In 2020 I’ve read… 92 books. It’s the most I’ve read in a single year probably ever. I’ve been a reader most of my life, but I’ve also been a library user until I got a job and was able to afford books – so, my choices were fewer.

Here’s a look at the stats in my bullet journal.

The total number of pages I read is 35 692! That includes the 7 DNFs from the year, most of which I gave until around 40% in before I put them down.

I have read 27 physical books, 30 audio books and 35 ebooks. Out of those 35 ebooks 12 were ARCs. I also DNFed 2 ARCs and read 2 physical review copies. My reading slowed down in October, as you can see, and the only thing that saved me were audio books. Anyone who says audio books don’t count as reading… you’re wrong!

My most read genre was unsurprisingly fantasy. It accounted for 47% of all the books I read. Other genres I read multiple books of were sci-fi, contemporary, mystery and horror. I even managed 3 non-fiction, which is usually not my genre of choice. A discovery I made this year that surprised me is that I like horror books. I am not a horror movie fan, but the few books I read in the genre I really enjoyed!

As for star ratings – my overall rating for the year is 3.78 stars, which is quite high in my opinion. Although the numbers don’t reflect this I feel like from September onwards I wasn’t reading many books I really enjoyed, and it’s probably because I felt very slumpish and unmotivated. In reality, all my favourite, least favourite, most surprising and disappointing books were mixed evenly throughout the year.

Favourites

Least Favourite

Most Surprising

Most Disappointing

Now, that last one definitely has some controversial titles.

To wrap it all up before I head away – I’ve had a really good year number wise, fairly good year rating wise, although quite a disappointing one when it comes to some big books I was very excited to read. Here’s to doing better in 2021!

How many books have you read in 2020? Did you have a good reading year? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

October Wrap Up

Hi! How are you? 2020 has been an absolute fluke. I don’t think I can make any excuses anymore for not posting, other than I’ve been in a life slump the last couple of months. I haven’t read much in October, I got through 3 books in total, and barely.

  • Number of books read: 3
  • Number of pages read: 1498
  • Average star rating: 3.1
  • TBR at the start of the month: 51
  • Books added: 2
  • Books read: 0
  • Current TBR: 53

As you can see, those stats are poor to say the least…

Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody

I carried this one over from September so I guess it doesn’t even count fully towards this month. As for the book itself, I really liked the conclusion to the series but I wanted more from it. Don’t get me wrong, it was fantastic, the whole series is, and if it hasn’t been on your radar it definitely should be… but it’s not a 5 star read.

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My Name is Monster by Katie Hale

I’ve posted a review for My Name is Monster in my last post, so I’ll try not to repeat myself. It enjoyed it just fine, although it didn’t do anything new or particularly exciting. It was a strange read, an acquired taste really.

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The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

And finally… the book that put me in the BIGGEST reading slump. I will be posting a review for it tomorrow, but I’ll just say I’ve never been more disappointed in a book.

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And that is all. Very brief, but so was my reading this month. I hope you had a much better month!

Thank you for reading!

September Wrap Up

Hi! It took me forever to sit down and write this post. I was going to start October strong and ended up not posting for a week… typical!

Anyway… introductions are hard and I’m not the best at them. Here’s all the books I read in September, stats, and all the other good things.

  • Number of books read: 7
  • Number of pages read: 2978
  • Average star rating: 4.1 stars
  • TBR at the start of the month: 46
  • Books added: 6
  • Books read: 1
  • Current TBR: 51

As you can see I went a bit crazy buying books… and not reading them. It’s already a trend in October also. What can I say… everyone knows collecting books and reading books are two different hobbies.

Fable by Adrienne Young

I have a full review up for Fable here if you fancy checking it out, but to give you my quick thoughts – I thought the beginning up until about the halfway point dragged like crazy and I considered DNFing it. The ending made up for it slightly.

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Into The Bright Unknown by Rae Carson

I have loved the first two books in this series, but this finale disappointed me slightly. It didn’t feel as eventful and high stakes as the first two books, and the ending wasn’t my favourite. That being said I still very much enjoyed it. It just didn’t wow me.

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The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

I listened to this one on audio and thoroughly enjoyed it. This trilogy is proving to be a very well thought out and executed fantasy series. I think The Dragon Republic was as good as The Poppy War, just as dark, gritty and violent. The middle meandered a bit too much for me, hence docking a star. I cannot wait to finish the series.

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The Beast and the Bethany by Jack Meggitt-Phillips

What a wonderful read! I’ve given my thoughts on it already here so I’ll refrain from repeating myself.

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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I have finally reread Anne of Green Gables last month (after I’ve bought myself a matching set of those covers) and it was just as great and magical as I remembered. Anne is honestly my spirit animal. I laughed, I cried… Gilbert Blythe is to this day deserving of the biggest fictional crush title (jeez, that sounds creppy sice he’s young in this book, but I don’t mean it in THAT way).

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I don’t want to sound like a broken record. I have a review for this YA gem, too, right here. I was very pleasantly surprised by it, it doesn’t happen often that a YA mystery inspires any more than a meh reaction from me.

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Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

And lastly, I actually read a non-fiction! Well… listened to a non-fiction. I think it’s a really important read, one that opened my eyes to a lot of things related to race, and through a different lens too, as it gives a British narrative rather than an American one. I would definitely recommend giving this one a read if you are trying to educate yourself more on the subject of race and racism and working on not only how to not be racist, but anti racist.

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And that is all for today. I’m sorry if the formatting of this is weird – it’s the first time I’m posting from my phone and I’m not sure how everything works in app (hence the star emojis rather than rating – I’ve no idea how to add that).

As always, thank you for reading and until the next time!

August Wrap Up

Hi! I am finally back after an unintentional hiatus! My last post was the last month’s wrap up… I have not even been around to read your blogs and for that I sincerely apologise.

I moved houses! I spent most of August packing, cleaning, moving then unpacking and cleaning, and slowly but surely covering my whole body in bruises. Now that it’s done, though, I am hopefully back to blogging semi regularly and reading more. Let’s get into my stats and you’ll know what I mean.

  • Number of books read: 7
  • Number of pages read: 2815
  • Average star rating: 3.8
  • TBR at the end of July: 48
  • Books added: 2
  • Books read: 4
  • Current TBR: 46 (not quite, as I already bought 2 books this month, but shhhh…)

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

I think this book explores some great topics and is an important read – especially right now. It opened my eyes to a time in American history I didn’t know about. I liked the characters and the storyline, but the narration style and the writing weren’t my favourite. There was just something about it that made the read quite slow. Or maybe it was my reading slump…?

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Night Country by Melissa Albert

The Night Country was one of my most anticipated books of this year and it didn’t disappoint. I listened to it on audio, because with the move happening, it was quite difficult to find time to physically read (you’ll see that all over this wrap up). The Night Country was everything I wanted from a follow up and conclusion to The Hazel Wood. It was deliciously weird and spooky and I loved every second of it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

The Black Flamingo is the only physical book I got to this month. It was a beautiful and quick read. I don’t usually read books written in verse (poetry is a hit or miss for me, and so books written in verse didn’t always hold any appeal to me), so I didn’t know what to expect, but honestly after reading this one I want to pick up more of them. I loved everything about this book, from the first page to last. I will definitely read more from Dean Atta in the future.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Twisted Fates by Danielle Rollins

I am low key obsessed with this series. The first book really took me by surprise (whoever marketed it did it wrong and that is the only reason why EVERYONE and their mother isn’t talking about this book – and why I only picked it up by accident) and the sequel killed me. Dorothy is definitely one of my favourite heroines ever. I am in awe of the story arc and I need more. (P.S. I also listened to this on audio).

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Toll by Neal Schusterman

I was searching for books on my physical TBR that were available on audio from my library and I finally finished the Scythe series! As always, Neal Schusterman didn’t disappoint. I didn’t quite enjoy this one as the previous two – it lacked something I can’t quite put my finger on – but it was overall a very smart, well written and great book. I’d definitely recommend this series.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

No one is more devastated that I didn’t enjoy this book more than me. I was so hyped to read it and got it out of my library on audio (of course) and ended up very disappointed. The premise was interesting and the dual timeline of the narration would’ve worked if everything else wasn’t so cliched and predictable. I didn’t like the characters and couldn’t relate to them. I did everything in power to invest myself in the story but just couldn’t. I’m sure the book will work for some – sadly, it just didn’t work for me.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Lastly, also from my library and on audio, and also a disappointment – Sawkill Girls. I’ve seen a lot of comparison between this book and Wilder Girls – from the obvious similar title, through creepy vibes, island setting and queer girls – I thought it was yet another book that was written for me specifically (jokes). I absolutely loved Wilder Girls but Sawkill Girls didn’t live up to my expectations. The queerness seemed forced, I didn’t much care for the story or the characters and it wasn’t spooky at all, even though it tried hard to be. If you were to only pick up one – go for Wilder Girls.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

And that is all for today. As you can see, if not the audiobooks I wouldn’t have read much at all this month. Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Thanks for reading! I’ll talk to you soon.

July Wrap Up

Hi! Long time, no see. I feel like I say it in every single post and it feels stale – but it’s been a hot minute. I contemplated not even posting a wrap up, but I changed my mind in the end. July was a slumpish month – I said the same thing about June, I know – but I still managed to read some books, so it clearly wasn’t as bad as I’m making it out to be.

Here are the stats.

  • Number of books read: 6
  • Number of pages read: 2024
  • Average star rating: 4.3
  • DNFs: 1
  • TBR at the start of July: 57
  • Books added: 1
  • Books read: 3
  • Current TBR: 48 (I’ve been unhauling like crazy)

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

When You Were Everything is a book I started in June but didn’t finish in time to include it in that wrap up. I have mixed feelings about it. I got invested in the story, I cared for what was happening to the characters and thought the plot itself was fresh. But what didn’t sit right with me was the overall message of the book, or at least what I took out of it – especially considering the ending. The heartbreak of losing a friend was overshadowed by a narrative that suggested girls will be bitches, especially the popular ones, and that’s it. The ending lacked resolution, and if I needed closure after reading what happened to those two girls, they definitely needed it more.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

You know when you read a book and there are things in it that irk you, or maybe you don’t agree with the decision the author makes, or… something? There’s just something that makes the book slightly imperfect. And yet you cannot rate it any lower than 5 stars. That’s me with this book. I don’t know if it makes any sense at all, but that’s just how I feel about it. Footnotes and sex scenes existed in this series since book one and I hated both, and the last book is also filled with them (and Mr. Kristoff pokes fun at people complaining about both in the damn book) and yet I can’t say they ruined the overall experience for me. Darkdawn was smart and heartbreaking and a perfect ending to a series that ended up adoring. That’s all I have to say.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Knightmare Arcanist by Shami Stovall

The Write Reads hosted a tour for this one and so I have a full review (well… maybe not a full one, but a review nonetheless) right here if you wanna know my thoughts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

I also took part in a tour for this beauty and reviewed it here. Spoiler alert: I loved it!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

This was my second book by Acevedo and I can safely say that I adore her writing. With The Fire On High was such a sweet and warm book. It’s been a while since I read a contemporary novel that gave me a warm and cosy feeling, as I usually pick up the hard hitting, heavy ones. Don’t get me wrong, there are many serious themes in this book, but it’s mostly uplifting, which I enjoyed a lot. And like everyone else already mentioned in their reviews – it made me so hungry.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Lastly, I finished The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg. It wasn’t what I expected it to be, but I still very much enjoyed it. It’s a blend of sci-fi and other genres, so if you’re new to it and are not sure whether sci-fi is your thing, I think it’s an easy one to pick up and read, as it has some mystery/thriller elements. It wasn’t quite a 5 star read for me but I enjoyed the different formats and the discussion on ethics the book starts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

And that is all for today. How did your July go? Let me know your favourite read of the last month!

Thanks for reading!

June Wrap Up

Hi! June was an absolute disaster of a month and I’m glad it’s over. I have barely blogged, read very little compared to the last couple of months and I even neglected Instagram on which I usually post every day. My anxiety got the better of me this month and I’m hoping it will settle soon and I’ll find it in me to be more productive.

I’m kind of afraid of this portion of the post, because… I might’ve bought a good few books. But here are the stats anyway.

  • Number of books read: 7
  • Number of pages read: 2325
  • Average star rating: 3.5
  • DNFs: 0
  • TBR at the start of June: 52
  • Books added: 7
  • Books read: 2
  • Current TBR: 57
The Ghosts of Sherwood by Carrie Vaughn

The Ghosts of Sherwood is a novella about Robin Hood’s kids. I got an e-arc of it and it was a fast read, but I found it lacking. I wanted more depth and development, but because of the short format, I didn’t really get it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

This one is marketed as a thriller, but I don’t think it fits in that genre. I’m not sure what I would actually shelve it as, because “weird” is not a genre, but that’s what I found it – in the best way possible. It is a one of a kind book, told in vignettes, about an older sister who finds herself helping her younger sibling bury her now ex-boyfriends. It explores the sisterly bond really well and it’s an overall great read, though definitely not for everyone.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
19 Love Songs by David Levithan

Recently I’ve been more and more disappointed with Levithan’s books. I used to love him as a teen, but either the magic wore off or he’s lost his touch. 19 Love Songs is a collection of short stories about different kinds of love, and although I didn’t dislike it, not a single story (maybe apart from the last poem) stood out to me. I found them all pretty samey and so quite disappointing.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson

An absolute gem of a book! I loved everything about it, from the characters, to the setting and the raps included in it. It’s a story about 3 Black teens in Brooklyn whose friend (and brother) was murdered. Said friend was a rapper, but he was killed before he made it, so they decide to make him famous posthumously. It has grief and friendship and 90s Brooklyn and oldschool hip hop and talks about important subjects.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

I have a review for this one, so I won’t be blabbing about it much. It was enjoyable, sweet and a fast, entertaining read. Loved the queer rep, talks of mental health and the social media aspect. Very promising, own-voices debut!

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Color Outside the Lines by Various Authors

I’m starting to feel I have some subconscious gripe with short stories. Although I did not dislike it by any means, nothing really stuck with me. There were a few stories that I did not care about, and a lot of cute but not very memorable ones. I liked the theme of this anthology – it’s about interracial couples, so that’s a plus. Maybe the format just really isn’t for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

Kingdom of Souls honestly deserves its own full review and I’ll write one soon. I was very impressed with this YA fantasy, found it unique and so so so rich! But I’ll gush about it in a separate post.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

And that is it!

What is your favourite read of this month?

Thank you for reading. I will talk to you all soon.

May Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies. I can’t believe May is over. You know the drill – the last day of the month means a wrap up day. In May I’ve read 12 books, a lot of them were ones I agreed to review, too, which made the month a tad bit stressful. It’s time for some stats.

  • Number of books read: 12
  • Number of pages read: 4264
  • Average star rating: 3.7
  • DNFs: 0
  • TBR at the start of May: 59
  • Books added: 0 (well done, me)
  • Books read: 6
  • Current TBR: 52 (slowly but surely getting through my physical TBR)

Kate and Jesse by Erin Bowman

I loved nothing more than seeing Kate and Jesse again. Vengeance Road is one of my favourite books, and seeing those two again was great. I devoured it, probably because it is only 85 pages long.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Retribution Rails had me excited and a tad bit scared. It’s a companion novel to Vengeance Road and I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to it, because the main characters were different (and the characters were what made me LOVE and OBSESS over Vengeance Road). I’m happy to report Retribution Rails is just as good!

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Harrow Lake by Kat Ellis

I’ve written a review for Harrow Lake which you can read here, but if you wanna know the speedy version – I wish the book picked what kind of a thriller it wanted to be and played into that instead of steering us towards the supernatural, just to have a “shocking” reveal and leave many things unanswered.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

I’m giving up on this series. It’s a first contact with aliens Chinese sci-fi, and while book one was okay and somewhat promising, I found the second installment to be boring as hell. Maybe its just not my cup of tea. I’m pretty sure I should’ve DNFed it, but I pushed through and didn’t enjoy it.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

Another book for which I have a full review. The idea was good, but the execution unfortunately didn’t quite deliver. It was too similar to Harry Potter at times, and it really overshadowed the original story.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
The Angel of Evil by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve been consistently loving this series, since I started it at the end of last year and this one was no different. Again, if you want my full thoughts, I have a review for it. It’s a fun and unique Middle Grade/YA fantasy I would definitely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Duckett & Dyer: Dicks for Hire by G.M. Nair

I buddy read this with my boyfriend and thought it was fantastic. It’s a sci-fi with time and parallel universe travel and it’s absolutely hilarious! It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, as the humour is quite specific, but if you like bizarre stuff and sci-fi, it might be for you. Another one I’d absolutely recommend.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

This book has been on my TBR for a good while and I finally got to it. I’m not gonna lie, while I did enjoy it overall, I found the story to be a bit typical. I liked that it was Japanese inspired, but it was quite formulaic and like many YA fantasies I’ve read plot and structure wise.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts

I have a full review for this, too! You know what I mean when I said I took on a LOT of review copies? I did enjoy this a lot, though. It’s a nice witchy, though not spooky, Middle Grade with great friendships. Definitely one of the best MG books I’ve read in a while (though The Storm Keeper’s Island takes the crown, easily).

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Fallen Angel by Kenneth B. Andersen

Second last book in The Great Devil War series (are you sick of the review thing, because I also have one for this book) and it was the weakest in the series, in my opinion, while still being good. It just felt a bit like a filler book before the big finale.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman

I’m finally continuing with this series! I loved the first book, though I did not expect to like it as much, and this one was just as good and the ending killed me. I really like Citra and Rowan as main characters, though I didn’t much care for Greyson, hence the rating.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

I was confused for a good half of this book, trying to figure out where the story was going. But once it got going, I loved it. It’s quite different to The Raven Boys quartet, but Ronan is one of the main characters and if you liked him and Adam, chances are you’ll like this. I loved Hennessy the most, though, which took me by surprise. After that ending, I need the next book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I feel like this post is kind of scattered. Thank you for reading.

How many books have you read this month and what were your favourites? Let me know in the comments.