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!

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!

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.

April Wrap Up

April has absolutely flown, hasn’t it? At least compared to March. I’ve taken advantage of the fact that I can’t go anywhere and see anyone and did a lot of online shopping… no, scratch that. What I was meant to say is that I did a lot of reading (and bought a crazy amount of stuff over the internet, too).

Let’s get into stats.

  • Number of books read: 14
  • Number of pages read: 5142
  • Average star rating: 4
  • DNFs: 1
  • TBR at the start of April: 61
  • Books added: 10
  • Books read: 8
  • Current TBR: 59 (yay for unhauling books!)

Final Girls by Riley Sager

I started the month with a fairly average but enjoyable thriller. The story follows a final girl (as the title suggests) – a sole survivor of a massacre, named by the media – Quincy Carpenter. The narrative alternates between current time and the past, giving us flashbacks from the night Quincy’s friends were murdered. I really enjoyed the latter parts, as what happened that night was a mystery that interested me more than the rest. Overall, although I hated all of the characters and found the ending disappointing, I still had fun reading the book.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

Incendiary was released 2 days ago but I got to read it early. I have a full review on here, if you want to know my thoughts.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

Being back in The Lunar Chronicles’ world was an absolute delight. I missed those characters. Stars Above is a collection of short stories following our faves, and I loved all but one of them. It was a really fun and fast read, and if you enjoyed The Lunar Chronicles, but haven’t read this book, I’d highly recommend you do.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Northline by Willy Vlautn

This one has been one of the first books I added to my TBR on Goodreads when I first made an account and I finally got to read it this month. Full review here, as I don’t want to sound redundant.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Wrongful Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

I’ve had lots of fun reading this series so far, and I will review this book in 2 days, when it’s my turn, as once again I’m on the tour for it with the lovely The Write Reads. Spoiler alert: I enjoyed it!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Magic Study by Maria V Snyder

I’ve started the Study series years ago and never got around to reading anything past the first book. I finally decided to pick up Magic Study, as it’s been gathering dust on my shelves for forever, and it was a really fun and fast read. I needed to read a comprehensive synopsis of the first book, though, before diving into this one. I will say, altough since this was released, there are so many similar fantasy stories out there, I do think this one is worth a read.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I was lucky enough to get approved for an eARC of Clap When You Land and I absolutely loved it. It’s a sad read, and I’ll be talking about it in depth on its release date on May 5th.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan

To be perfectly honest with you, I expected more from this book. It’s a collection of 13 retellings of classic fairytales and I wanted to love it, but it turned out quite… meh. What bothered me the most, I think, was the narration style, as most of these were told in the second person. The tone of this book is quite dark, and maybe I wasn’t in the mindset to read that, either.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

My lowest rated book of the month. I got to read an early copy, and I was excited because Seven Endless Forests is marketed as a King Arthur retelling. Apart from 2 borrowed names and a magic sword, this was nothing like the legend, and the way the story was told didn’t work for me, either. It was slow and hard to get through, as it lacked plot. I will post a review for it at some point, I think.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

I started reading this book back in 2018 when it first came out and didn’t finish it until now. Why? God knows, because I loved it! I’ve raved about it here, so if you want to read my full thoughts you can head there, but to sum it up, it’s a great and atmospheric middle grade set in Ireland and it’s delightful.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

If you like complex fantasy, The Fifth Season is for you. I didn’t know much about it before I started it, just that it was a dystopian fantasy where the world was plagued with natural disasters. Honestly, after reading a short story by Jemisin and hearing all the rave about this series, I didn’t need convincing to pick it up. I can’t say much about it because the story is easy to spoil. I docked half a star for sex scenes, though, because there’s quite a few.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I listened to Sadie on audio because the way it’s done is an absolute masterpiece. It has a full cast and half of the story is told in a podcast form, which really works well in that format. The book deserves a separate reiew, so I’ll be posting one soon. I’m suprised how much I enjoyed it – some books get so overhyped, it’s crazy.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

I love Sanderson but his introductions to new series are always so slow! It’s just his style and I understand it completely, I just wish it picked up from time to time. The snail’s pace was worth it, because we got a lot of info about the world the last 60 pages were wild. What I’m trying to say is… I enjoyed it a lot, I just wish it had a side plot or two at the start to tie it all together move a tiny bit faster. I’m not gonna summarise the plot because I bet ye already know what it’s about.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

So, technically I still have around 30 pages left in the Goblet of Fire, BUT there is no doubt I’ll be finishing it the second I post this. I’ve decided to continue with my reread of the series this month. It’s crazy how many things I’ve forgotten. Needless to say – I loved it.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

And that is it for today.

How many books have you read this month? Any new favourites? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading, and as always, I’ll see you soon!

March Wrap Up

Hi! Let’s talk books because I need to talk about things that are not in any way related to the virus or my head will explode. Deal?

March has been good, reading wise, as I have completed 10 books. That’s the most so far this year, but I am determined to beat it. What can I say? I’m a bit of an overachiever sometimes.

  • Number of books read: 10
  • Number of pages read: 4029
  • Average star rating: 3.7
  • DNFs: 1
  • TBR at the start of March: 60
  • Books added: 5
  • Books read: 4
  • Current TBR: 61

I have a feeling no matter how many books I read in April, my TBR will keep growing.

There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

I’m wondering now why I never posted a review on here for this one (insert thinking emoji – I’m addicted to it)? I got an eARC and I usually post reviews for those on here… Anyway, it matters not! I knew what the book was about when I requested it, but by the time I got approved for it I had no idea what to expect. So I dove in blind and it was a really good surprise. It’s a debut fantasy about a prophecy that foretells the “age of darkness”, told from 5 POVs, which I was apprehensive about at the start, but which ended up well executed. There Will Come A Darkness is an ambitious story – there’s a lot to the plot, magic system and the characters – but it delivers. It’s fast paced and engaging. The world building is solid. 5 POVs is stretching it, but for most of it, it works. I’ll definitely be picking up the sequel and more from Katy Rose Pool.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

Another great read! I finally finished the Three Dark Crowns series and it was everything! (don’t let the picture fool you, I know I put Two Dark Reigns there, but it’s cause I got this one out of the library and I don’t own it YET) This last book absolutely broke my heart but I weirdly enjoy that, so coming from my lips it’s a compliment. For a series that started mediocre for me, it really grew with each consecutive book and I can honestly say it became one of my favs. If you haven’t read it yet – you should.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

I’ve posted a review for The Poppy War already, so I won’t be saying too much here. Another well done debut. It was exciting and well crafted. It’s not without faults, obviously, but I enjoyed it overall and will definitely pick up the sequel.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill

I’ve no idea how to review graphic novels. I picked up Locke & Key because I’m curious to start the Netflix show and I’d like to compare both. I’ve heard they’re quite different. This was a really gory and dark horror and I actually really enjoyed it. It made me very uncomfortable at times and we’ve already established that constitutes a good time for me (in case of books and movies ONLY, in case I need to specify).

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Diviners by Libba Bray

This book has been on my radar for forever. I didn’t love it as much as I expected to, I found it a bit tropey and predictable, but it was by no means terrible, either. Some books just don’t age as well as others, and I’m sure have I read it when it was first released I would’ve liked it more. I think it tried to cram too many plot lines into this first book alone and hence felt disjointed at times. There was also some insta love I didn’t quite enjoy. I have a feeling the series gets better with each book, though, so I will definitely be continuing with it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

You might already know what I think about this book, and if you don’t check out this review, because I cannot rant any more.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

I needed a break from fantasy and sci-fi, so I picked up this book because I heard, style wise, it was similar to Celeste Ng’s stuff. I do agree with that a bit, but nothing is as good as Ng’s books (in the hard hitting contemporary genre at least). The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a story about grief and teen suicide and (as I said it in my Goodreads review) deals with it better than Thirteen Reasons Why. I really connected with the main character. I almost cried once, and that deserves 4 stars.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Die of Death by Kenneth B. Andersen

Another book for which I have a separate review, that you can read here. I’ve nothing else to say. It was good, can’t wait to read the next book (I’ll be reading it in April).

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Sword in the Stars by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

I know what you’re thinking! Zaneta, why did you read this book if you hated the first book in the series? Well… that’s what happens when you go on a requesting spree and press that green button when you haven’t even read book 1 because you “have a feeling you’ll enjoy it”. Feelings LIE. And I committed. Review to come very soon.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins

I’ve decided to start utilising a TBR jar this year to finally get to some of the books that have been sitting on my shelf forgotten and unread. Stolen Time was my lucky pick. I got it in a subscription box last year and expected a tropey romance. Instead I got a book in which time travel actually make sense, with great and loveable characters and an exciting plot with sort of a heist. In other words – exactly my jam. I loved it! (even the romance) Can’t wait for the sequel to come out in 16 days!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

My one DNF this month was Wakenhyrst. A friend of mine read it and liked it, so I decided to try it out. There was nothing wrong with it, it just wasn’t my cup of tea, so I decided to put it down.

And that would be it. How many books have you read in March? Have you read any of the ones mentioned above? What did you think?

Until next time!

February Wrap Up

Hi! I’m a bit late with this post as we’re already 4 days into March! Honestly, where does the time go? I had a really good reading month in February, at least quantity wise, I’ve read 9 books and it’s the most I’ve read in a month in a looong while. Quality wise? Well, I haven’t had a proper 5 star read since the very first book I finished this year (not counting a comic I’ll mention below) so that’s not ideal.

  • Number of books read: 9
  • Number of pages read: 3452
  • Average star rating: 3.4

I’ve decided to add stats of the number of books on my physical TBR at the start of each month, how many books I’ve read from it and how many I’ve added to it.

  • TBR at the start of February: 63
  • Books added: 2
  • Books read: 4
  • Current TBR: 60
Birthday by Meredith Russo

This book has been on my radar for a couple of months, and when I realised my library had an ebook version of it, I decided to pick it up. Birthday is an own voices novel with a trans main character. It spans over 7 (?) birthdays and is told from the perspective of two best friends, Morgan and Eric. This book hurt me emotionally, as it deals with some difficult subjects. It’s gut wrenching and frustrating at times, but also lovely and hopeful. I think it’s an important read and a topic that should be discussed in YA more often.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I have a full review for this book here if you want to check it out. I don’t want to repeat myself, so I’ll make this short and sweet. I liked the way the story was told, though I think it limited the amount of info that could be conveyed (world building, magic etc.). The Name of the Wind was a really cosy read. I wanted a bit more from it, but I still really enjoyed it for what it was.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I buddy-read this with my boyfriend (it was my pick) and LOVED it. It was a great mix of sci-fi and mystery/thriller. Dark Matter deals with parallel universes and along with time travel, that’s my favourite kind of sci-fi, so I was hooked on it from the start. The story did take a while to unfold and I needed to wrap my head around what was going on, but it was the good type of confusing. And once it got going… oh my god, was it suspenseful and mind-blowing and just a good fucking time.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power

First of all, can we please acknowledge how beautiful this cover is?! Okay, now that we’re all in agreement… This book was great. It was gory and atmospheric and gross and creepy. I’m surprised how much I enjoyed it – lately I’ve been disappointed with every hyped YA book out there. Also, it turns out horror is my genre. The ending wasn’t to my liking, though, so it wasn’t perfect, but I guess you can’t have everything.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Strange Planet by Nathan W Pyle

Here’s my one and only 5 star read of this month. My boyfriend got me this for Valentines and I read it slowly throughout a week or so. I’ve been obsessed with these comics since I found them on Twitter, and I think they’re just adorable and funny. I’ve nothing else to say, really.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

This one disappointed me immensely. I love Brandon Sanderson, but something about Warbreaker just didn’t work for me. If you want to read my full thoughts, a review can be found here. Ultimately, this read like a wannabe Sanderson book.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
The Silent House by Nell Pattison

I hate rating arcs low, but it has to be done sometimes. The Silent House seemed like a book right up my alley, but ended up being a huge disappointment. It’s releasing tomorrow, so I will be posting a full review either later on today, or tomorrow, so stay tuned for that.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I have an issue with picking up books from my physical TBR (don’t ask me why, I have no clue), so as an incentive to read them instead of getting new books, I made a TBR jar. In February, my lucky pick was Fahrenheit 451. I’m sure if I didn’t force myself, I wouldn’t have read it for years, because I’m not that big on classics. I ended up really enjoying it, to my surprise! I’m sure I don’t need to summarise the book for any of you, I also don’t have anything profound to say about it. I enjoyed the writing and the message. I think it’s insane how valid and relatable it still is, 50 years later.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Lastly, I kind of set myself up for fail with this one. I don’t read self-help books, they’re not for me, I don’t enjoy them. Why did I pick this one up, so? Honestly, I have no idea. Partially because I’m an anxious person myself, partially because everyone raves about this book and also a bit because I liked Haig’s Humans. As I should’ve expected, I didn’t get anything out of it. I didn’t relate, as my anxiety is triggered by the news or social media. I also thought the solutions listed in the books were very cliched and targeted at a very specific demographic which I’m not part of, and nor are all the people I know who deal with anxiety on a daily basis.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

As you can see, February was a mixed bag. March has been much slower reading wise already, but according to my Goodreads, I’m 4 books ahead of schedule, so I’m trying not to stress myself out too much about it.

I won’t be posting a TBR for the month, as I’m trying to not restrict myself too much and read whatever I’m in the mood for.

How was your February? Let me know down in the comments! I’ll talk to you soon.

January Wrap Up

Hi! I’m early this month with my wrap up, because I’m trying to be organised. We have another day left in the month, so I will take some liberties and assume I will finish the book I’m currently reading and it’s rating. It might not be absolutely accurate, but honestly, I have just over 100 pages left and am determined to finish it today, so it WILL happen. Mark my words (or don’t).

  • Number of books read: 7
  • Number of pages read: 2885
  • Average star rating: 3.9
  • DNFs: 1

To be perfectly honest with you, I’d call my reading month average, even if the number of books suggests otherwise. I had a very slow beginning to the month and then I haven’t read for nearly a week while I was on holidays.

You might’ve noticed I haven’t posted a TBR for this month and it’s because I’m trying not to set those for a while and instead pick up books I feel like reading and books I have for review. We’ll see how that goes.

Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence

I carried this book over from last month, and only had a couple of pages left to finish. This was a very satisfying ending to a sci-fi time travel series that released in 2019. It is heavy rooted in Dungeons and Dragons (the titles, plot and some solutions to problems), which I have no clue about BUT it didn’t impinge on my understanding or enjoyment of this series. I loved all of the books, the characters in them and the plot. Click on the cover to teleport to the Goodreads page and read the synopsis (as always, I just never mentioned it, I think). Dispel Illusion got 5 stars from me.

Circe by Madeline Miller

I have a full review on this one here, so to sum it up quickly – I honestly don’t understand the hype. The story was dry and dragged, Circe was kind of whiny and bland. How does everyone rave about this I’ll never understand. 2 stars, because the writing was okay.

Bunny by Mona Awad

Definitely one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read, but in a good way. I would recommend going into Bunny blind, as some info might be too much info. It is a satirical horror (I guess?) and it’s about this girl, Samantha, who’s in a MFA program, has only one friend and prefers to live inside of her own head, and a group of women who wear uniform like clothes, but in different styles, are never apart and call each other “Bunny”. If that sounds too vague, I’m sorry, but you really don’t want to know more. I loved the writing of this one, and the whole insane plot and all the plot twists throughout the book. Honestly, what a bizarre experience… 4.5 stars to Bunny.

The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin

Is this one a cop-out to include in my wrap up, as it is only 22 pages long? Maybe. Have I read it, though? Yes! And I really enjoyed it, too. The City Born Great is a prequel short story to the upcoming The City We Became, which is one of my most anticipated books of the year. In this version of our world, the cities have souls. Some have one, some many, New York has 4. They are the city’s protectors. This short story follows one of them closely, as the city is first born. I have never read anything by N.K. Jemisin previously, but I really loved her writing in this one and that premise has be wanting lots more. So, even though it was hella short, it got me really excited for The City We Became and hence it got 4 stars.

Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake

The Three Dark Crowns is a really solid YA fantasy series and if you haven’t read it yet, I would really recommend you do so (I’ve yet to read the last book, but shush). It’s about the island of Fennbirn which is a Matriarchy, and every Queen gives birth to triplets with different powers: there are poisoners, naturalists and elementals. After she has the triplets, the Queen leaves the island and the triplets are raised with foster families, separately, and nurture their gifts until they become of age. Then they have to fight to death for the throne. Sounds fantastic, am I right? Well, the Queens of Fennbirn is a bind up of two novellas, one about the triplet Queens when they were young, and one about an Oracle Queen. I really liked both of them, I think they added a lot of depth to the already rich world. I wish the Oracle Queen novella was a full length novel, though, as I wanted a bit more intrigue. I rated it 4 stars.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

What a ride! I still can’t collect my thoughts on it, I don’t think I retained I was supposed to from this book. Sanderson writes incredibly rich worlds, the magic systems are super intricate, the politics is top notch, and the characters have so much depth to them, it is sometimes hard to follow everything at once. Saying that, I really loved this book, maybe not as much as I loved Words of Radiance, and all the things I mentioned above are very prevalent and I really can’t review Sanderson’s books cohesively, because I lack the brain power to do so. I am left with so many questions, which I know will be answered in the next books. 4.5 stars.

The End of the Day by Claire North

This one is the book I’m still currently reading, but including on here anyway. Honestly, it’s not what I expected, and I don’t know where it’s going even though I’m halfway through it (ish). It feels quite disjointed so far and I’m not sure what it is trying to accomplish, so I will refrain from saying any more until I finish it. Depending on how it ends, I might post a review of it soon!

And that would be it for my wrap up! How did your reading month go? If you have posted your own wrap ups, let me know, and I will check them out! (I’m crap at keeping up with everyone’s posts).

Thanks for reading!