Posted in Weekly Wrap Up

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ton of technical terms which meant I had to keep putting the book down to look them up in a dictionary- plus the super outdated language and opinions which is offensive.)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.

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Posted in Book Tags

The Animal Crossing New Horizons Book Tag

I came across this cute little tag on Bree’s blog over at Words About Words and I wanted to take part because it looked like fun.

I haven’t played New Horizons, but I loved Wild World (released in 2005, which I played on my Nintendo DS) and Let’s Go To The City (released for the Wii in 2008) and they were just as important to me then as New Horizons has been to a lot of people over lockdown.

The tag was created by Angharad & Becky at Two Bookish Thieves.

Past Villager: Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?

I have to pick Harry Potter for this one. The series was still fairly new when I started reading it, and the hype for the upcoming final film was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.

The race to finish Order Of The Phoenix and Half Blood Prince are still ingrained (vividly) in my mind to this day, and while I didn’t finish Deathly Hallows before Part 2 was released in cinemas, it was still an emotional experience saying goodbye to these characters after we had gone on so many adventures with them since that first book.

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

Blather’s Blatherings: Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read.

I hadn’t heard anything about All The Light We Cannot See so I had no idea what to expect when I started reading it. It’s set during the second world war, and gave us two wonderfully vivid and intriguing stories through the characters of Marie-Laure and Werner.

All the Light We Cannot See

Celeste’s Wish: What is a future book release you wish you could read now?

I’ve loved all of Karen McManus’ books (One Of Us Is Lying, One Of Us Is Next, Two Can Keep A Secret), so I’m looking forward to the release of her latest novel.

It’s set for publication in December, which is only three months away, but I missed getting my hands on an arc through Netgalley so I’d love to be able to read The Cousins today.

The Cousins

Timmy & Tommy: What is your favourite sibling relationship in a book?

I think that would have to be either Cath & Wren from Fangirl, or Ellery and Ezra from Two Can Keep A Secret.

The Easter Bunny: A popular book character that you’re not a big fan of.

There aren’t many book characters I don’t like, for the simple reason that if I don’t like the character within the first few chapters, I usually end up putting the book on the dnf pile.

But two characters whose popularity led to me giving them another chance were Kim Stone from the Angela Marsons series and Lindsay Boxer from the Women’s Murder Club books.

I’ve reviewed the first three Kim Stone books earlier this year, but in case you missed those posts, the main reason I didn’t like or connect with Kim is because she was so holier-than-thou, and I grew to dread her interactions with other characters because she would be incredibly rude towards them and treated her team as if they were stupid and hadn’t gone through the exact same training as she had.

As for Lindsay, her personality underwent a transplant between Book 1 and 2, and she went from a tough-but-caring detective with a healthy relationship with her sister (who is her only remaining family) and a dedication to getting justice for the victims of the crimes she works on to becoming whiny, jealous, and indecisive (both in her relationship and her career.)

Nook’s Loans: An author you’d give all your money to.

I’m kind of cheating, but there are two authors I want to pick: James Oswald and Karen McManus.

I’ve bought books by both without knowing anything of the synopsis because I’ve loved their previous novels and trust that their next one will be just as good.

Karen McManus 3 Books Collection Set

The Sisters Able: What is your favourite fictional family (found or otherwise)?

I’ve recently started reading Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike series, so the Detective Society formed by Hazel and Daisy is my pick for this category.

Hazel feels homesick at her boarding school, so solving mysteries (and eventually murders) with Daisy gives her a sense of purpose and support, and the Society grows to feel like Hazel’s found family.

Murder Most Unladylike (Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, #1)

It’s a C+: What is a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up?

My number 1 pet peeve trope has to be miscommunication. It made an appearance in The Flatshare, though thankfully was resolved pretty quickly, but in other books it’s key to the plot, and I don’t agree with it.

I can’t think of a good example in a book, but if you’ve watched Friends, you’ll know that Ross and Rachel’s relationship didn’t last very long in the earlier series because he thought she was cheating and she thought he was jealous, and neither of them considered sitting down together and having a rational conversation.

The Wander Camel: What is your favourite book set in a land far away from yours?

I’ve just finished Quichotte, and although it’s not technically set in a land far away from mine (it’s set in America) the line between reality and fantasy was often blurred for the characters, so technically I’d say it still counts.


What Would Dodos Do?: A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?

Hogwarts? (Because who doesn’t want to go there and learn magic?)

Castle, Sky, Architecture, Landscape, Stone