First Quarter Wrap-Up! | 10 second reviews

Hello all! So if you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been doing monthly reading wrap-ups. Therefore, I decided to do a list of all of the books I’ve read thus far this year (24 listed here) and do 10-second reviews of each book. Hope you enjoy!

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  • Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens
    A reread, Robin Stevens is always a pleasure, and the stakes are raised unbelievably in this one.
  • Women & Power by Mary Beard
    Perhaps not the manifesto it was promised to be, still a very impressive little book to tell the truth.
  • The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
    Brilliant second book of this incredible YA author, and a great portrayal of female friendship.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    Elizabeth and Darcy are an incredible famed romantic couple, and Jane Austen’s writing makes it a pleasure to read their story!
  • In Real Life by Cory Doctorow
    Lovely, clever graphic novel about the lives of people across the globe whom we will likely never know.
  • Percy Jackson 1-4 by Rick Riordan
    Perseus Jackson; always a pleasure.

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  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
    Photography and love – what’s not to like in this new, diverse YA. Not everything was to my taste, but I still gave it 4/5!
  • Grave Matter by Juno Dawson
    Creepy, haunting, and interesting, but not exactly something I would ever read again.
  • A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
    Civil war magical realism, a girl, a bear, and dark family history mixes with a beautiful writing ability.
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
    A sweet, short novel, this time about sisters that was honestly just enjoyable!
  • Be Happy! by Rebecca Ray
    Self-help in the form of happiness. I don’t agree with all of the tips, but either way there were some I would implement in my daily life.
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
    Fantastic book about feminism and responding to rape and sexual assault in America, and indeed the whole world.

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  • Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence
    Fascinating, complete biography of one of the most famous authors which will definitely aid me in my degree.
  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
    Thoroughly interesting and well-written book about economics and applying it to weird, real-life situations.
  • In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
    Interesting memoir about a girl growing up in a cult. Not something I’ve ever read before so I was definitely interested; and it helps that it was written by a UEA professor…
  • The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
    Personally, not as good as Moxie, but still an interesting, multiple-POV’d novel about truth and lies.
  • One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
    Brilliant sequel of Three Dark Crowns, this continuum of the series really raised the stakes and changed the game, every character having their moment.
  • Jane Austen and Marriage by Hazel Jones
    Thought this would be more helpful to my essay, but nonetheless it was incredibly informative in the world of 19th Century marriage.
  • Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
    Difficult to read in places, as always incredibly written, and a refreshingly new topic, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
  • Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
    I can’t actually believe I read this all in one day; fascinating look at WWI era Suffragettes and suffragists, with a sweet love interest too!

Phew that was a lot of books! If you’ve read & enjoyed any of these too I would love to hear about them in the comments! How’s your reading year going so far? 🙂

Until the next time,

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An Evening With Stephen Fry | UEA Spring Literary Festival

Tonight I had the great pleasure of seeing Stephen Fry discuss his new book, MYTHOS, at UEA’s Spring Literary Festival in conversation with Philip Lankesgov. An hour of Greek mythology and brilliant quips, followed by a signing (I MET STEPHEN FRY!!) is a pretty good way to spend a Wednesday.

Stephen started by describing the Greek’s version of the beginning of the universe (“So there is the sky god’s… junk flying across the sea,” Stephen Fry, 2018), and reading his book in his own narrative voice was just incredible.

He is such a hilarious man, and it was such an entertaining night. He and Philip worked so well together bouncing off each other, and Stephen is just so intelligent it wasn’t a chore to listen to him.

I am so excited to read MYTHOS! And Stephen was such a lovely man when I met him – it was pretty quick, but so great to meet someone who I have admired for so long.

When you land in the world of Greek myth, you land in a place you already know.

-Stephen Fry

Until the next time,

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Upcoming Releases I’m F**king Excited For

I’m not joking. When I saw some of the books I’m about to tell you about, I genuinely screamed aloud. Let’s just say that my bank account may be screaming with me come the release dates. I have three books to chat about today, and I am so frickin’ excited for them all.

1. Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Okay, so I am currently on Vol. 4 – so I have 5, 6, and 7 still to read – but I am so excited for vol. 8! I am avoiding the description for vol. 8, so cannot tell you anything about it (apart from screaming READ SAGA FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE at you), but LOOK AT THIS COVER. Isn’t it just the best thing ever?! I want this as a print and on my wall, let me tell you.

Release date: 2nd Jan 2018

2. The Curses by Laure Eve (The Graces #2)

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Oh. my. god. Okay so #1 – can we talk about how awkward I was when I met the incredible Laure Eve at YALC over summer? (#sorryLaure) #2 CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS COMING OUT?! I cannot WAIT to continue on with this series and discover what happens, although I will suspect I will need to reread the Graces first. Whilst my hype has not diminished, my memory certainly has, and I need to remember some of the details… #whoops

Release date: 9th Jan 2018

3. A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens (Wells & Wong #6)

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HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS WAS A JANUARY RELEASE?! I knew that this book was coming out soon, but not this soon. ohemgee I am so excited. If you have not read any of Robin Stevens’ books, I recommend that you rectify that immediately, starting with the astonishingly incredible Murder Most Unladylike. Dooooo it.

Release date: Edit: A SPOONFUL OF MURDER’s release date is actually set at February 8th 2018, not January 4th as originally said on Goodreads! 

So here are some new releases I am screaming about (I do not apologise for the sheer amount of enthusiasm in this post). What’re some you’re excited for? Are you flailing about the same books I am?

Until the next time,

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