December Wrap-Up and January TBR | 12 Days of Blogmas

It’s the end of another month! And not only that, but the final month of the year…

December was a pretty good reading month for me, even though I did most of my reading during term time! I really began to fall back in love with reading after a slight slump in November, mostly due to mental health issues, but it sucked at the time. Still, it’s given me lots to look forward to.

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Looking Back at my 2021 Reading Goals | 12 Days of Blogmas

Before looking forward, the end of the year gives us a chance to reflect back on the past year – what went well, what didn’t, what we liked, disliked, and sometimes our goals change over just 12 months!

My reading goals for 2022 will be coming soon, but I thought I’d take the chance to day to look back at the ones I set all the way back in January.

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Monthly Reading Wrap Up | August 2021

How do the summer holidays always go by so fast?! Even though I am now a teacher, not a student, it still feels like the last day of school was just yesterday!

In August, I did not read as many books as I wanted to. Thought I thought it was going to be a relatively quiet month, August turned out to actually be rather hectic and busy. I did a lot of adventuring and day trips, as well as a couple of overnight trips; I finished my Masters, and my first edited novel; and I had a good time! Maybe August wasn’t as productive and book-filled as I’d expected, but sometimes that’s not a bad thing.

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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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Turning the Page #4 | a new favourite book?

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…

I read two very thought-provoking books this week, and loved them both.

  1. Image result for the tobacconistThe Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler – this was a just a really brilliant book set in Vienna in 1937/38. Through the view of a young man, Seethaler explores subjects like love, family, truth, and freedom. I’d so recommend this book to everyone, and it’s a new favourite.
  2. Secrets for the Mad by dodie – this is the kind of book I would love to write. I love reading Dodie’s views on love, life, and mental health. She’s so relatable, and doesn’t hide from the truth. I really enjoyed this memoir.

Next week I want to read…

I don’t really have a set TBR for next week, but I think I would like to get to…

  1. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig – two mental health books so close together might be pushing it for me, but I’d love to read it soon!
  2. something fantasy – I haven’t decided what, exactly, yet, but I’m in a fantasy mood right now.

On the blog…

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I posted one of my all-time favourite blog posts this week, and it was…

  1. A review of the entire Rebel of the Sands trilogy (sans spoilers!) by Alwyn Hamilton. It’s around 1000 words, so quite lengthy, but I loved writing it!
  2. I also wrote about some totally bingeworthy book series that you should really give a chance!

So that’s my week in books! How was yours?

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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March Reading Wrap-Up & Haul | 2017

So March is already over…?!?! What?

A fair bit happened in March, like coming home from university, and I also blogged, like, a lot. I also published 17 posts (!) and I had a whopping 695 views from 221 visitors! Wow! Thank you guys so much for looking at my little old blog. ❤

Onto the wrap up. According to Goodreads, I have now finished my 50th as in fiftieth book of the year. Whaaaaaaaaaaat. Basically March seems to be a month for saying “whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat”. Anyway. Here’s the wrap up!

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  1. The Way by Swann’s by Marcel Proust
    The less said about this one, the better.
  2. George by Alex Gino
    This is a sweet little MG book about a transgender girl. I enjoyed it, but it was a little wish-fulfilling.
  3. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
    I looooooved this book! It taught me so much about sign language and mutism, and I felt I really related to the anxiety.
  4. If you Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
    I also loved this book. This is a non-fiction/self-help/memoir about writing, and I really enjoyed it and found it so inspiring. I want to get my own copy as this was a a library book.
  5. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    A graphic novel about growing up in Iran when the war started. It wasn’t what I expected, but I enjoyed it anyway.
  6. The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge
    This book was fab! I love magical realism, and although this was a lot darker than I expected I really enjoyed it.
  7. Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans
    This was such a cute little MG novel, but it actually also focussed on some really hard issues like young carers. I think this is going to be an important novel, and I look forward to the sequel.
  8. The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
    This poetry collection has prompted lots of thought from me about what is poetry. I loved the messages and what Lovelace actually writes, but yes, many thoughts about this book!
  9. Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook
    This was an interesting and different poetry collection, where Cook writes poems and then does “blackout” poetry in the second half, with her own poems. I loved the blackout poetry, possibly more, but the whole collection was refreshing and interesting.
  10. Seven Types of Ambiguity by William Empson
    Does anyone ever really understand this book? I kind of did, but mostly I loved how weird Empson was and yet he still got published. There is hope for me yet.
  11. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
    I loooooooved this book, too! I was convinced the whole way through something huge was going to be revealed about one of the characters but yes it was a lovely book. I can’t wait to see what Barnard writes next!
  12. The Story Cure by Dinty W Moore
    I have to say: if you are looking for a writing book, don’t read this one. It was good and offered some good advice, but not what I was looking for and I wouldn’t recommend.
  13. Jonesy #1 by Sam Humphries
    Despite the character being quite scary, this was a sweet little MG graphic novel.
  14. Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
    I have already seen BATB twice and I loved it both times. Whilst I thought this book was a little juvenile in places, I loved it too!
  15. Animal by Sara Pascoe 
    This book was fab! It was the BOTM for the 12/12 book club, and I found it really interesting, heartwarming, and funny.
  16. Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens
    I loooooooooove Stevens’ books so much! I simply had to buy this one as I had books 1-3 and then book 5… so, y’know… it was just begging. Basically, this book was wonderful and I highly recommend the series!
  17. The One by Kiera Cass
    Well, I read this just to finish the series really! It did keep me hooked, but there were some points where I wanted to roll my eyes! The ending was a bit fantastical, but then again, it is a fantasy.

Book Haul

  • River of Ink by Paul MM Cooper
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
  • Mother Moon by Bob Goddard
  • A Galaxy of Starfish ed. by Sophie Essex
  • Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens
  • Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens
  • SS-GB by Len Deighton
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Ah, quite a big haul yet again… Still, I’ve already read one and I hope that a lot more will follow in the near future!

There you have my reading wrap up and haul for March 2017! Have you read/do you want to read any of the books here? What did you read in March? 🙂