Book Reviews | The House at Sea’s End (#3) and A Room Full of Bones (#4) by Elly Griffiths

My continuation of this series, well, continues!

I am somewhat enjoying it. I wrote a review for book 2 here, and had a long Twitter rant about book 1. Let’s get into the mini reviews.

#3: The House at Sea’s End

I thought the plot of this one was the most fascinating yet. It involves a Second World War mystery, and how far people will go to cover up their crimes. I really enjoyed the secondary characters who had a big part in this novel, and the history behind it seemed really well researched and well done. It comes just after I watched most of Dad’s Army, so it was perfect timing for me.

Slight spoilers for book 2 here, but at the end Ruth has a baby, and I thought her struggles to cope with both motherhood and archaeology were well put together. She seems to have a lot of trouble keeping things straight, and as someone who is juggling a lot right now (admittedly not a baby, though!) I really enjoyed it.

Overall, I think this one was better than the last. I’m starting to get more familiar with the characters which I think really helped, as it meant that I understood a little more of what was happening. Also, I really like Second World War history.

#4 A Room Full of Bones

Probably my least favourite of the series so far, because the death just seemed to random. The actual resolution at the end was a bit ‘meh’ for me, and yet also the strangest one I think I’ve ever read in a novel??

SPOILER PARAGRAPH: Basically, Nelson falls into a coma. Cathbad, the Druid, takes a lot of drugs and somehow joins him in said coma. Whilst I’d believed that these books weren’t supernatural, the ending of this novel seems to have crossed over, and then the actual resolution of the murder didn’t quite fit in place as it had a very mundane reasoning behind it. Just… what?

Not only that, but Ruth and Nelson both acted really out of character in this novel. There were decisions made that I just didn’t agree with, and I don’t think really fit in with what we’ve learnt over the past 3 books. They were both really selfish, and I think if it continues we’re gonna fall out.

The mystery, like I said, ends badly, and to be honest there didn’t seem to be much sympathy or worry over the victim, which I was both sad and disappointed at. Just a flop for me, this one, although I did still eat it up, hence having 2 stars!

Have you read these novels? What did you think of them?

Let’s Talk Midnight Sun

You’ve got to admire Stephenie Meyer. She’s managed to make an entire empire out of her books, like JK Rowling or George RR Martin. And her empire is still growing.

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer | Waterstones

Before we begin, I must admit that, like many other readers now in their 20s, I had a Twilight phase. My favourite characters were Jasper and Alice, although I could never decide who I wanted to date more. I poured over Edward’s brooding. The films were cinematic masterpieces to me (and let’s face it, that colour scheme is glorious). But nowadays, to be honest, the only thing that I still really, truly love about the Twilight series is that oft-laughed at description of Bella’s depression in New Moon, where the months drifted by one-per-page.

Alice Cullen and Jasper Hale | Twilight Saga Wiki | Fandom
My babes ❤ ❤

I thought I’d moved past the weird stalkerishness of Edward, and Bella’s reliance on a man, but no. It’s back. *hisses like a vampire in sunlight* (Side note: sparkly vampires are still one of my favourite things.)

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#StayHomeReadingRush Wrap-Up | Mini Book Reviews

The #StayHomeReadingRush was an event hosted by The Reading Rush (Ariel and Raeleen) from the 16th – 19th April 2020 to bring together people to both read and stay at home. I had a great time reading the books I chose to fit in with the Reading Rush’s challenges, and I thought I would share my wrap-up and mini-reviews with you here.

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Top Ten Books I Wish I Had Read as a Child

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is ‘Books I Wish I Had Read as a Child’! I haven’t done a TTT in quite a while, but this prompt just sounded really exciting.

I read some incredible books as a child, and I’m grateful that I have a mum who recognises the importance of, and also loves, reading! I read (and reread) Malory Towers, Peter Pan, obscure adventure books, and Horrid Henry, amongst others! But there are still some I wish I could go back and read when I was little.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2020 | Wrap-Up

As predicted, I am terrible at 24 hour Readathons.

It’s like, I’m excited all week, and then it gets to the 24 hours and I find anything to do but reading. Instead, this readathon I found plenty of other things to do: mowing the lawn, getting a takeaway, watching a film, doing yoga, baking a cake, and making a bucket list. Also, sleeping. A lot.

My wrap up this readathon is: 300 pages of Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon! Whilst I wanted to read the whole book in the 24 hours, it’s still 300 more pages read than what I had at the beginning. So I count it as a success.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2020 | Hour 10

The original plan (after I discovered there were no mini challenges) was to post every 6 hours (so every 1/4 of the way through) to update you guys.

Unfortunately, as always with me and Dewey’s, plans never really work out.

I have read to page 200, which I’m pretty proud of (214 in fact), even though the original plan was to read 400 today and 400 tomorrow.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon April 2020 | Hour One

It’s a new Readathon! I have participated in a few of these before but I feel like this one may be the first where I can just sit and read.

This round, I am trying to read just one book: Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. It weighs in at a hefty 804 pages, so here’s hoping I can get at least some of the way through it. I’ll admit there isn’t much else going on…

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How Often Do You DNF?

In the bookish world, the acronym ‘DNF’ stands for Do Not Finish – it means that you got part way through a book and decided to put it down. Today I thought I’d discuss about how often I DNF books, and perhaps if I should be DNF’ing more often.

I very rarely DNF books, and I record on Goodreads if I decide to not finish a book. So far, that shelf has only 9 titles. Considering I have nearly 650 books on my ‘read’ shelf, I think that’s quite a good ratio.

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Free Downloadable Stay-at-home Bookmarks!

I can’t be the only turning my boredom into a little bit of creativity. I made these bookmarks at the end of my working-from-home day, but wasn’t sure what to do with them… so I thought I’d make them free and downloadable for you!

The first one comes in two colours: black and white, and then blue for our NHS. The polka dot one is just for fun. And the final one is inspired by another bookmark I saw and I thought it was quite amusing.

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