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?

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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Some of the Biggest Lessons I’ve Learnt From Books

I’ve been reading a long time, and I’ve learnt a lot of things. Well, I think I’ve learnt a lot of things.

The people I’ve loved have come and gone, I’ve moved around the country a bit, but throughout it all, books have remained the same.

Therefore, I thought that today I would share some of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt from my steadfast companions: books.

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Favourite Fictional Animals

Having a dog, cat, and hamster myself, you might be able to say that I love animals. Today I thought I’d share the fluffy love and share my favourite fictional beasties! Even my hamster is named after Arthur Weasley, and my cat is named after Winnie the Pooh’s favourite food, so the link between animals and literature has always been there in my mind.

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Should I Stop Writing Reviews?

I said that I would review every single book I read this year, but so far I am at around 40 books and have reviewed about 10.

I’ve been debating stopping writing reviews altogether. It was how this blog started – sharing my opinions about books – but in the last few months I’ve found it more and more difficult to actually sit down and give my thoughts about what I’ve just read. Sometimes I’ve straight up forgotten what I’ve read, and other times I just feel like I’m regurgitating what I’ve said in hundreds (literally, hundreds) of reviews before.

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Wrap Up | March 2020

March has been… a month. Should we just leave it at that?!

In March, my brother turned 18, one of my best mate got meningitis (still in recovery), coronavirus shut down our society, and I had to come home in emergency circumstances so I wouldn’t be isolated 200 miles away from everyone I knew.

I was so busy in March that I didn’t read as much as I wanted to, but I did still read 8 books!

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