What I’ve Been Reading Lately #5

It’s been a hot minute since I did a blog post, but hello! I’m going to be trying to do at least one post a week, so stay tuned – it might be a review, a discussion post, or one like this.

Anyway, my last “What I’ve Been Reading Lately” post was on January 6th, and I’ve read 10 books since then!

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately #4

I’ve been reading so much already this year, and I thought I’d share with you guys what I’ve been reading! I’m thinking I might do this every week as some of you guys have commented that you loved reading these (thank you so much! <3)!

December

Since my last post, I read 3 books at the end of the year:

  • The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie 3/5 – not as good as previous novels of Christie that I have read, and a little confusing, but still good! I probably won’t be watching the TV series, which is why I read this!
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes 3.5/5 – okay read, fairly interesting, but only one character really captured me and then I didn’t feel like he really had justice done!
  • Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco 4/5 – my least favourite of the series so far – Cresswell was not done justice! But I still loved it.

January

I’ve read 5 (5!!) books since the start of the year, and here they are:

  • Spark by Alice Broadway 3.5/5 – this one was slower than it’s first book, but I’m ready for the final book!
  • A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly 3/5 – this was disappointing as I was so excited about it, but the main character, Mattie, was fantastic.
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian 5/5 – I absolutely loved this book! I related so much to Willie and just loved the book as a whole.
  • The Librarian by Salley Vickers 4.5/5 – I kept reading for the characters of this wonderful book. They felt like real people, and that’s a mark of a great storyteller.
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie 5/5 – this was a fantastic Christie! Even though I actually knew the murderer going in (thanks, critical essays, for spoiling books), I was constantly questioning myself, and the ending was still shocking! I wish I hadn’t known but that wasn’t the book’s fault.

So here are some books I read lately! Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR?

What I’ve Been Reading Lately #3 | blogmas day 22

I’m back with another one of these posts because I’ve read 9 books since the last one! I’ll try and do one more before the end of the year too, because although there’s only 9 days of the year left, I’m still hoping to read a bunch! Hyperlinks in the titles are to reviews on my blog.

For uni, I read:

  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (4/5): I completely forgot how great this book was! Flynn’s writing style is honestly amazing, and I really want to read more of her novels.
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (4/5): another reread, this book has completely changed my life and I owe it a lot. Plus, it’s a great book too; Capote’s writing is something else.
  • City of Glass by Paul Auster (3.5/5): this was a really bizarre novel but I actually really enjoyed it? I think I’ll read the rest of the trilogy – they’re only novellas anyway!

And outside of uni, I read:

  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle (5/5): god this book was honestly incredible. It really made me think about things being, well, lost and found. I loved it.
  • Paper Avalanche by Lisa Williamson (4.5/5): this was part of a blog avalanche I did, and it was such a fantastic book. I really related to Ro, the main character, and when it comes out next year I really suggest you read it!
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (4/5): this book was perhaps a little young for me, but still scary and exciting! I’m looking forward to book #2 coming out.
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy (3/5): I found the writing of this book both a bit difficult and yet brilliant to deal with, but the story was something I struggled with more. Still, it was an enjoyable read.
  • Murder in the Snow by Gladys Mitchell (2/5): I feel very bad because this was a gift but I really did not like this book. It was dull, dragged on, and even the murder, which should have been really interesting and clever, was boring…
  • Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo (5/5): I LOVED this book! It’s one of my absolute favourites of 2018, and I so recommend it! My review went up just yesterday, so check it out if you’d like!

I’ve actually read a lot more in the past three weeks than I thought I had, and some really great books too! Have you read any of these? Do you want to?

What I’ve Been Reading Lately #2

As I stopped doing “Turning the Page” weekly posts because I just wasn’t reading enough (and also I am so busy with uni work!) I am occasionally doing these catch-up posts. You can read the first one here

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Since I last updated 3 weeks ago, I have read 3 books for university and 2 Little Black Classics, which are a series by Penguin; so, 5 overall. I am working so hard on essays, my dissertation etc., that reading Little Black Classics (which I buddy read with my bestie Natalie) is one of the only ways I can read for pleasure. 

For university I have read: 

  • The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (3.5/5): I actually kind of fell in love with Phillip Marlowe here. He is a charming man, but the book itself felt quite episodic. It was actually a series of short stories turned into novels, which makes sense if you read them, but I did really enjoy it nonetheless. 
  • A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes (4/5): I really loved this book. It was groundbreaking in its time, and Himes is a truly fascinating character – if you don’t really know much about him, I’d definitely do some research. It was really graphic too, kind of Deadpool-esque, which is something we haven’t really had in the books for this module up until now. 
  • The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith (3.5/5): Whilst this one wasn’t necessarily my favourite, it is a great novel and I really love Highsmith’s writing style. She was a fascinating person and I would love to read more books she’s written such as Strangers on A Train. If you are interested in LGBTQ+ lit, murder, forgery, unreliable narrators, and sociopaths, this is a novel for you. 

And outside of university, I have read: 

  • The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson (4/5): This is a Penguin Modern Classic, and is only about 90 or so pages long, containing three short stories. I thought they were all fascinating, and I’m surprised I haven’t read Jackson before because not only do I like her writing style, but her work feels something I would’ve (should’ve?) studied in school. 
  • Stancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte (3/5): A Little Black Classic, this was a little longer at 110 pages, and it’s a piece Bronte wrote when she was much younger. Indeed, it is told in the confusing, whimsical way of a child, but it is obvious that Bronte was already stretching her writing style and you can see where the famous writer we all know began her work. 

Despite the fact I haven’t really had much time to read for pleasure, I have been trying to eke out more time recently, so hopefully will have read some more. As well as that, by mid-December one of my modules will be done and I’ll just have my dissertation to finish over Christmas, and I’m hoping to read much more then! 

What have you read recently? 

What I’ve Been Reading Lately #1

So. Turns out, I am terrible at keeping up with my weekly updates – my last one was three weeks ago! I’ve decided that, because I’ve been so bogged down with work, I’m going to do one of these every so often if I don’t keep up to date with my “Turning the Page” posts. Because I’m a terribly disorganised blogger.

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Since my last update, I have read three books, which I feel is pretty good considering how busy I’ve been! Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading Lately #1”

Turning the Page #8 | when was the last time I did one of these again?

Turning the Page is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. In it, I talk about what I read during the week with a Tweet-sized review, and what I’m planning on reading next week, as well as what you might’ve missed on the blog. You’re very welcome to join in if you’d like! Just make sure to link back.

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So the last time I did one of these was the 30th September – aka two weeks ago. I decided not to do monthly wrap ups, although they may make a come back cause I kinda like them… but anyway, what I post here will be what I’ve read in the past two weeks!

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Turning the Page #7 | I finally finish a series I’ve been reading since 2015!

Turning the Page is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. In it, I talk about what I read during the week with a Tweet-sized review, and what I’m planning on reading next week, as well as what you might’ve missed on the blog. You’re very welcome to join in if you’d like! Just make sure to link back.

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This week I read…

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Turning the Page #6 | in which I basically catalogue my entire blog

Turning the Page is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. In it, I talk about what I read during the week with a Tweet-sized review, and what I’m planning on reading next week, as well as what you might’ve missed on the blog. You’re very welcome to join in if you’d like! Just make sure to link back.

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This week I read…

This week I read one book, and oh my gosh I enjoyed it so much:

  • Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – this book is hilarious and I think I cracked a rib whilst reading! Review coming next Friday!

Next week I want to read…

I’m currently reading:

  • The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg, so of course on my TBR next is…
  • The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg. I’m really enjoying this series so far, so would like to finish it soon.

On the blog…

I skipped out on my book review this week because I didn’t fancy writing one, so I only had one blog post go up:

However, I also added some very exciting pages to the blog! I spent hours cataloguing all of these, and I’m so happy with how they all came out.

Happy reading! Hx

Turning the Page #5 | a lotta monsters

Turning the Page is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. In it, I talk about what I read during the week with a Tweet-sized review, and what I’m planning on reading next week, as well as what you might’ve missed on the blog. You’re very welcome to join in if you’d like! Just make sure to link back.

This week I read…

I read two books this week, and thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

  1. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi – this is the first in a new mythology series, and the first from “Rick Riordan Presents”. I loved the character of Aru, the whole plot, and the mythology, which is based on Indian mythology and contains, of course, plenty of monsters and gods! Can’t wait for book 2!
  2. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – this was such a good read! All about the internet, content creating, friendships, and anxiety and depression. I really loved the entire thing, and it was also great because it has comic illustrations throughout, which is something I would love to see more of in novels!

Next week I want to read…

I have a couple in mind…

  1. Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager – I’m 67% through this book right now (thanks kindle!) and hopefully I’ll finish it tomorrow. I’m LOVING it so far!
  2. The Glass Magician by Charlie M Holmberg – I read book 1 of this series in, like, 2015, and always wanted to finish the trilogy but never did! I recently bought the last two on kindle so would love to finish the trilogy.
  3. The Master Magician by Charle M Holmberg – book 3 in The Paper Magician series.

On the blog…

Two posts went up this week, in case you missed them!

  1. I wrote about my favourite reads of the summer….
  2. And reviewed a book I read on holiday – Save the Date by Morgan Matson

How was your week in lit?

Happy reading! Hx

Turning the Page #3 | I forgot to press ‘publish’…

Turning the Page is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly. In it, I talk about what I read during the week with a Tweet-sized review, and what I’m planning on reading next week, as well as what you might’ve missed on the blog. You’re very welcome to join in if you’d like! Just make sure to link back.

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A book blogger’s nightmare happened – I forgot to press the “publish” button! Therefore, we have TWO WEEK’S WORTH of #TurningThePage to catch up on…

Last week I read…

Last week I read 4 books! I had some lush pool days and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

  1. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton – oh my GOSH I LOVE JIN AND SAM SO. FRICKIN’. MUCH. #SamDeservedBetter #ILoveHim #FightMe #IShouldveReadThisSeriesSooner #ILoveIt Ahem. (Series review coming soon.)
  2. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – I’ve never related to a character more in my frickin’ life. Read my full review here! This book was so fuckin predictable, but so bloody cute too. (Sorry for all the swearing. I’m excited.)
  3. Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne – #triggerwarning which sent me spiralling for a couple of days but golly I loved this book. The sentiments were just… so good. Review coming.
  4. Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu – um hello THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME. It wasn’t as good as Moxie by Mathieu, but tbh I don’t think anything will beat that. I got this as an arc (I’m so luckyyyy) so review definitely coming soon!

You can tell I loved everything by my excessive use of caps lock.

This week I read…

I had a slower reading week, and read 1 book.

  1. Howards End by EM Forster – this is the third Forster novel I’ve read, and it didn’t capture my heart in the same way as A Room With A View but I still thoroughly enjoyed it, as I had expected.

Next week I want to read…

I have a really busy week lined up, so if I read anything I’ll be happy… but I’d like to get to:

  1. Eureka! by Peter Jones – uni’s coming up, and I should probably start hardcore researching my dissertation…!
  2. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D Schmitt – I downloaded this from my library onto my phone. I’ve wanted to read it for a while.

On the blog…

Next week, I will endeavour to press ‘publish’ on time and not accidentally forget to do so! I actually don’t know how it happened… whoops!

Anyway, I hope you’ve had a fantastic (two) weeks, and I’ll see y’all in the next post.

PS – I’m no longer going to be doing monthly wrap-ups and TBRs, in lieu of these posts instead. If you want to see what I read for an entire month etc., you can check out my Goodreads which I update pretty religiously!