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Monthly Wrap Up #4

Well, that’s another month gone.

I’m trying not to dwell on how slowly the days are dragging by, and keeping myself busy with working through my tbr list.

My May reads are below, including current reads, and some new additions to my shelves.

As usual, the book covers in this post will take you to Goodreads if you want to add them to your own tbr lists.

May Reads:

Natural Causes (Inspector McLean, #1)
The Cheerleaders
Everything Under
Silent Scream (D.I. Kim Stone, #1)
The Book of Souls (Inspector McLean, #2)
The Hangman's Song (Inspector McLean, #3)
The Titanic Secret (Isaac Bell, #11)
Evil Games (D.I. Kim Stone, #2)

What I’m Currently Reading:

I’m loving Wolf Hall a lot more than I expected to. Admittedly in the beginning I was a bit confused with the use of ‘he’ instead of Thomas Cromwell’s name (so it was confusing at times over who was speaking), but I was interested in the story and kept going until I could get past that.

Now I’m about 200 pages from the end, and I don’t regret sticking with it.

Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)

My copy of the prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy arrived at the beginning of the week, and I ignored it for a day before caving and picking it up.

It’s been interesting reading The Ballad alongisde Wolf Hall, because there are quite a few similarities in terms of the power plays and politics made by Thomas Cromwell and Coriolanus Snow.

They both want to better themselves, and are incredibly cunning in how they go about that.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

Next Up:

I’m going to continue with the Inspector McLean series, and hopefully get started on My Dark Vanessa or The Chain.

Dead Men's Bones (Inspector McLean, #4)
My Dark Vanessa
The Chain

Book Mail:

I’m finally onto the third book in the Kim Stone series. Given how Book 2 ended, I’m interested to find out how Kim is coping with everything that happened.

Lost Girls (D.I. Kim Stone, #3)

I watched my first ever author interview on Thursday the 28th, which was hosted by Waterstones. The authors being interviewed were John Grisham and Michael Connelly and attendees of the talk were given a discount code for their new books, Camino Winds and Fair Warning.

Camino Winds
Fair Warning (Jack McEvoy, #3; Harry Bosch Universe, #33)
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Monthly Wrap Up #3

Without the Owls Readathon, my reading progress wouldn’t have been any better this month than up until now, because self-discipline isn’t something I have in abundance, and free time is always an excuse to skive off and do absolutely nothing.

But apparently all I needed was a set of prompts and a deadline to get myself in gear, because as of yesterday, I’ve read 9 books this month.

And I even started listening to an audiobook, which was a wild experience.

Everything I’ve read in the month of April is below. The book covers in this post will take you to Goodreads if you want to add them to your tbr, and for the first time (and probably the last) I’ve also included a ‘What I’m Watching’ bit, because I’ve also been watching a lot of TV recently.

April Reads:

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)
The Adventure of the Norwood Builder (The Return of Sherlock Holmes, #2)
The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Hogwarts Library)
The Guest List
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Quidditch Through the Ages
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 9781408855676
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
#Murdertrending (MurderTrending, #1)

What I’m Currently Reading:

This is a reread, but it’s been so long I’ve forgotten what happened.

Natural Causes (Inspector McLean, #1)

Next Up:

The newest Hunger Games book is due to be released in May, so that’s probably going to be read alongside one of these below that are next up on my tbr after Natural Causes.

The Cheerleaders
My Dark Vanessa

What I’m Watching:

There are so many TV shows and films I could fill this post with, but here are just a few of my favourites:

I watched Life On Mars when it was first on TV a few months ago, but it’s recently been added to Netflix so I took that as an excuse to watch it from the beginning again.

Life on Mars (2006)

After Life On Mars, I moved on to Ashes To Ashes. (Keeley Hawes is brilliant as Alex Drake, though it would have been better if John Simm had come back.)

Ashes to Ashes (2008)

Another golden oldie I’ve started is Inspector George Gently.

Lee Ingleby and Martin Shaw in Inspector George Gently (2007)

This one’s a bit more popular, and more recent. There are only three episodes in the UK version, but the cast includes names like David Tennant, Hayley Atwell, Lee Ingleby, and Katherine Kelly, and it’s a completely different take on a police procedural.

Criminal: Spain (2019)

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Monthly Wrap Up #2

Two posts in one week? If I keep this up, I’m going to set a standard for myself.


February Reads:

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #2)

I moved onto the second Miss Peregrine novel almost as soon as I’d finished the first, and equally enjoyed it.

Five Feet Apart

After watching the film on Netflix, I really wanted to find out if the book told us what happened to Will. It did, and I am so happy I caved to curiosity, even if it did mean abandoning my other reads to get some answers.

The Institute

March Reads

All the Light We Cannot See
Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3)

The third Miss Peregrine novel was too tempting to pass up on after I finished the second, and I got through it fairly quickly.

What I’m currently reading:

I’ve been putting off finding out why and how Evelyn Hardcastle had seven deaths, and finally started reading it after I finished All The Light We Cannot See.

I’m about a third of the way in, and I can definitely see myself getting to a point near the end where I won’t want to put it down until I’ve finished it.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Next Up:

So with the UK on lockdown for three weeks, and myself in self-isolation for three months due to my health, I have nothing but free time to occupy until I go back to work at the end of it.

After I finish Miss Peregrine 3 & find out who really has it in for Evelyn Hardcastle, I’m undecided on what I’m going to choose for my next read, but have a few options.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 9781408855676
Natural Causes (Inspector McLean, #1)
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Monthly Wrap Up #1

After a few (and by that, I mean ‘a lot of’) failed attempts at writing up the reviews for the books I finished in January, I decided to give up and do a sort of overview instead.


January Reads:

One of Us Is Lying (One of Us is Lying, #1)

I wanted to reread One Of Us Is Lying because I’d preordered its sequel, One Of Us Is Next, and needed a refresh before returning to Bayview High.

I loved it as much as I did the first time around, which is always a bonus with a reread.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

I started collecting the 2014 covers of the Harry Potter books when I found them in Tesco at 2 for £7 and that made me want to do a reread. I finished Philosopher’s Stone in December, and moved onto Chamber of Secrets just after Christmas.

One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2)

I have never been as excited to read a sequel as I was with One Of Us Is Next. It was just as fast-paced and clever and sharp as the first Bayview High novel, and wrapped up the series perfectly.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)

The book that the Tim Burton film was adapted on was a bit darker than I’d expected, but I enjoyed it, and I’m hoping to get round to the rest of the series soon.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)

I put off reading The Gentleman’s Guide for ages, but finally got round to it in January. And finished it within 2 weeks.

I can’t wait to continue with this series. Mackenzie Lee is a genius.

What I’m currently reading:

The Institute

I’ve just finished with The Institute, but I’m not reading anything else at the moment or made my choice on what I’ll move on to.

I’m kind of hoping The Institute gets a TV adaptation at some point. It has Stranger Things and X-Men vibes, but I think that’s why it’s so addictive, because the tropes are familiar and Stephen King is the writer putting his own spin on them.

Next Up:

Last week saw me moving departments at work, and starting training again. Seven days in and I’ve finally had the chance to meet everybody in my new team, and while I’m still feeling very much the newbie, I’m leaning cautiously on the side of being hopeful about this opportunity. (Though I’m too much of a pessimist to not add in that it’s way too early to say I’m going to like my new job.)

This change at work means I haven’t been doing much reading, or much of anything else, but I’m hoping to get started on All The Light We Cannot See, and possibly either Prisoner of Azkaban or the second Miss Peregrine novel, Hollow City.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)