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Monthly Wrap Up 13

So that’s two months gone of 2021, which feels quite surreal.

I’m still making good progress with my tbr, though, which I’m happy with. The book-buying ban, on the other hand, isn’t going so well, but I’m justifying it because I got an interview and a job offer in the same week- which means from March I’ll have some kind of routine back in my life again, and venturing out of the house.

Somehow I’ve made it through another month without writing a single book review, so I’m going to share my thoughts on my February reads here in my wrap-up.

I’ve also changed the layout of this post so instead of book covers, I’ve just put the title of the books I read and linked them to Goodreads. I don’t know if this layout will stick. We shall see.


February Reads

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Adorable. Heart-warming.

Five stars.

Slay by Brittney Morris

Thought-provoking. Immersive.

Five stars.

Cream Buns and Crime by Robin Stevens

I didn’t realise this was a collection of short stories until I started reading it, but I liked that we got to see the Junior Pinkertons in action, and some mini cases that were set between the main stories.

Four stars.

Titanic and Other Ships by Commander Lightoller

Fascinating and detailed. Reading about the Commander’s travels and adventures around the world was the perfect escapism right now, and his account of the Titanic’s collision and sinking was so vivid and tragic.

Four stars. (Would have been five but there were a ton of technical terms which meant I had to keep putting the book down to look them up in a dictionary- plus the super outdated language and opinions which is offensive.)

The Holiday by T.M. Logan

Aside from the synopsis being misleading, this was an addictive story. It was easy to get caught up in Kate’s suspicions of her friends and I did not expect it to end the way it did.

Four stars.

The Less Dead by Denise Mina

Made for some grim reading, but it was a good story and had a good resolution.

Four stars.

If I Can’t Have You by Charlotte Levin

Dark. Twisted. Addictive.

I did not want to put this down.

Five stars.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

This was a reread for me but I think I enjoyed it a little bit more than I did the first time.

I wouldn’t say it was fast-paced (despite the bulk of the story occurring during the space of a few hours) but it was addictive and shocking, and had several different subplots going on in the background so there was plenty going on.

Four stars.

Instinct by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

I enjoyed the TV series adaptation (which I watched first) and surprisingly found the book to be pretty similiar, with one or two minor changes.

I didn’t like that when Dylan learned something the chapter would end and we didn’t find out what it was until a few chapters later, or that he didn’t do much analysing of the serial killer the NYPD wanted him to help them find, but it was still a good story.

Three and a half stars.

The Rules For Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

Although this book went in a different direction from what I’d expected, the premise was interesting and the solution at the end was surprising.

Three and a half stars.

Currently Reading

Uncommon Type

Reading Challenges Update

When Are You Reading
  • 2000- Present- Complete

(2020) The Switch

Out Of Your Comfort Zone Challenge

Romance- Complete

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Historical Fiction- Complete

  • Cream Buns and Crime

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WWW Wednesday #16

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

This is another case of ‘Bookstagram made me do it’.

I’ve been seeing so many positive reviews for If I Can’t Have You that when Tandem Collective announced that they were hosting a readalong, I really wanted to take part.

I’m getting Girl On The Train vibes, crossed with You, so I’m really enjoying the story and looking forward to find out what happens with Constance and Samuel.

If I Can’t Have You

What did you recently finish reading?

The Holiday

I binged The Holiday by T.M. Logan over two days, and really liked it. (Although I felt like the synopsis was a teensy bit misleading about the story’s contents.)

Slay

I also read Slay by Brittney Morris, which was so good, and The Less Dead, by Denise Mina, which I didn’t enjoy so much.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’d just started Angels and Demons when the readalong started so I’ll be returning to Robert Langdon’s first adventure when I’ve finished If I Can’t Have You.

After that, I’ll be moving onto either The Rules For Perfect Murders or The Damage Done, which is the sixth Inspector McLean novel.

Rules for Perfect Murders: The 'fiendishly good' Richard and Judy Book Club pick

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WWW Wednesday #15

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

Slay is described as Black Panther meets Ready player One, which made me want to pick it up immediately.

I haven’t seen a lot of reviews, but those I have read are filled with praise, and I have to say I’m really liking it so far.

Slay

What did you recently finish reading?

I finally finished Volume One of War and Peace, which feels amazing.

I’d planned to start The Less Dead, but I was seeing a lot of Legendborn on my Instagram timeline so I reshuffled my tbr, and read it and The Switch.

Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)

The Switch

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m planning to choose between Two Can Keep A Secret, and The Less Dead.

The Less Dead

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WWW Wednesday #14

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

I’m this close to finishing Volume One of War and Peace, which is nice since it feels like it’s taken forever.

I also started Die Trying on Monday, the second Jack Reacher book, which will complete another prompt for the When Are You Reading Challenge.

Die Trying (Jack Reacher, #2)

What did you recently finish reading?

It’s taken me a year to get back to the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, but I’m so glad that I did because I loved The Conference Of The Birds.

The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #5)

What do you think you’ll read next?

My choices are The Switch, Two Can Keep A Secret, or The Less Dead, but this might change.

The Less Dead

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WWW Wednesday #13

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

I’m a little over 100 pages into War and Peace, and also working my way through The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett, which was an impulse buy.

I don’t know why the premise of the Queen secretly solving crimes works, but it just does.

The Windsor Knot

What did you recently finish reading?

Karen McManus’ fourth book was every bit as addictive and brilliant as its predecessors.

The Cousins

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m going to be starting either The Switch, Two Can Keep A Secret (which would be a reread, but after finishing The Cousins, I really want to go back to Karen McManus’ previous books), or The Less Dead.

The Less Dead

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Monthly Wrap Up #8

So September’s over with, and we’re into October as of tomorrow.

It still amazes me how long this year has felt but how quickly it’s gone in. I’m also amazed by how many books I’ve managed to read, despite a lack of focus.

I think some of them will need to be reread again at a later date, when there isn’t a global pandemic going on, but I have loads of new favourite authors and books, so that’s at least something positive to come out of 2020.

September Reads
Conviction

Quichotte

The Stranger

The Art of Dying (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson, #2)

Good Girls Die First

What I’m Currently Reading:
Save the Date

Book Mail:

This book haul was the result of this year’s Bloody Scotland, which not only introduced to me so many amazing authors, but also provided me with a discount to get money off their books.

How could I pass up an opportunity like that?

The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club, #1)
The Polish Detective (Dania Gorska, #1)
The Less Dead
Hold Your Tongue (DI Eve Hunter, #1)
A Dark Matter
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WWW Wednesday #9

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, and to take part, all you need to do is answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?

I found myself picking this up at the weekend as my next read after finishing Arsenic For Tea, and I was hooked within a few pages, which was a pleasant surprise.

There’s a lot going on in the story, but it’s enjoyable and pretty addictive.

Quichotte

As testament to my laziness, the same day I started Quichotte, I also started The Art of Dying, because my copy of Quichotte was at the other side of the room and I didn’t want to go and get it.

In my defence, there were a lot of blankets, and I was cosy.

The Art of Dying (Raven, Fisher, and Simpson, #2)

And surprise surprise, there’s a third book: Conviction. This was started because it was eye-level with me when I was reaching for Art of Dying, and I’ve been wanting to read it since I got it, so I gave in and did just that.

Conviction

What did you recently finish reading?

I loved The Flatshare so much I’ve decided it’s been my favourite book of this year. What pulled me in was the trope of Tiffy and Leon flatsharing in a flat which only had one bed (which as we all know, in the world of fiction, can lead to lots of shenanigans), and I stayed for the Post-It note conversations, Tiffy’s quirky personality, and Leon’s adorable awkwardness.

The Flatshare

I also finished the second Murder Most Unladylike novel, which was as good as the first, if not better given the raised stakes.

Arsenic for Tea (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #2)

What do you think you’ll read next?

My next 3 reads will hopefully be one of the following: the 5th Inspector McLean novel, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, or Camino Winds.

Prayer for the Dead (Inspector McLean, #5)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
Camino Winds