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ton of technical terms which meant I had to keep putting the book down to look them up in a dictionary- plus the super outdated language and opinions which is offensive.)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 Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books I will *definitely* read this year

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan Reads.

Elevator pitch
Elevator Pitch

This was one of the last books I bought in 2020.

I haven’t read anything by Linwood Barclay before, but he’s one of those authors whose name you’re dimly aware of because it crops up all the time, and Elevator Pitch has received a lot of hype.

Haven’t They Grown
Haven't They Grown

Before reading Sophie Hannah’s revival of Hercule Poirot, I wanted to try one of her own novels, and this one stood out to me.

The Mirror and The Light
The Mirror & the Light (Thomas Cromwell, #3)

I’m excited to finally get my hands on the third Thomas Cromwell book.

After some research when reading Wolf Hall, I know how Cromwell met his end, so it will be interesting to see how Mantel puts her spin on that, while bringing her trilogy to a conclusion.

Uncommon Type
Uncommon Type

This was an impulse buy, because I’d been seeing people’s reviews and posts on it everywhere. I have no idea what to expect, but I have high hopes and how can Tom Hanks let us down?

The Sentence Is Death
The Sentence is Death (Hawthorne, #2)

The first I’d read of Anthony Horowitz was his new Sherlock Holmes novel, The House Of Silk, but it was his sequel, Moriarty, which made him one of my all time favourite authors.

The plot twist in that book still amazes me (although I’m sure if you were to read enough Goodreads reviews you’d find someone who said they saw it coming), and I can’t wait to get started on his newest release.