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Monthly Wrap Up #16

After another unintentional hiatus, I have returned with my wrap up for June and July.

It’s been quite a busy year for me, though I couldn’t actually tell you half of what I’ve done or been doing. I feel like I’ve been constantly on my feet and either rushing off somewhere or getting ready to rush off somewhere.

One thing I have definitely done a lot of is read. And I have finally managed to cut back on the amount of books I’ve bought, which I’m really pleased with.

I still haven’t managed a complete ban for a whole month, but progress is progress.

So in this post you’ll find some of my reads for June and July. These aren’t all the books, because for some of them I couldn’t think of anything to say.

The lines in the book titles will take you to their Goodreads page.


June and July Reads

Dead Simple by Peter James (Roy Grace #1)

I mentioned in my last post that I’d watched the TV adaptation of this book before reading it, so I was expecting the book to be totally different.

It turns out the adaptation was pretty faithful to the source material, so I already knew most of what happened- though something which struck me about the book and which kept me from enjoying it was the way the female characters were described.

I’m not sure if this was down to the male characters who were doing the narrating or if it was an author thing, but I’ve put off reading the second book in the series for now.

Three stars.

Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner

I’d seen a lot of this book on Netgalley before its release, and when I finally got my hands on a copy, I wasn’t disappointed.

It was very easy to just keep reading and not put down, because the chapters alternated points of view among some of the characters, so you’d just get to a good bit and then have to wait a few pages before you find out what happened- which is by no means a bad thing, although if you have anything planned when you start reading, you might find yourself procrastinating.

My overrall takeaway is that I would love to read more by Katherine Faulkner, and I found the main character Helen’s behaviour just as questionable as Rachel’s, who in the synopsis seems to be the obvious antagonist in the story.

Four stars.

Firewatching by Russ Thomas (DS Adam Tyler #1)

This was another book I’d heard lots about, but unlike Greenwich Park had been on my shelves for a few months before I finally got round to reading it.

And I completely regret not reading it sooner.

The main character, Adam Tyler, is a bit younger than the average lead in a crime novel, which made him slightly more relatable, and he was also gay, which was not handled as just a trope or a plotpoint.

I really liked the rest of the characters, particularly Tyler’s new partner Constable Rabbani, and his superior officers Doggett and Jordan.

The case and the story were addictive, and the short chapters made it easy to get through the book quickly.

Five stars.

Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce

Dear Mrs Bird was hands down my favourite novel of 2019, so finding out there was a sequel due for release this year made me very happy.

Getting to read it and loving it every bit as I loved the first one made me even more so.

Five stars.


Reading Challenges Update

Out Of Your Comfort Zone Challenge

Completed goals & updated list

L1_ Dreamer
L2_ Traveler
L3_ Explorer

Contemporary – Complete

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Romance – Complete

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Fantasy – Complete

Legendborn by Tracey Deonn

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children: The Conference Of The Birds by Ransom Riggs

A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

A Court Of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court Of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court Of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

A Song Of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A Brown

Sci Fi – Complete

Last One At The Party by Bethany Clift

Halfhead by Stuart Macbride

Slay by Brittney Morris

Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

Rise Of The Red Hand by Olivia Chadha

When Are You Reading

1500-1699 Complete

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

2000- Present Complete

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary

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Monthly Wrap Up #14

March was a pretty decent month, in comparison to others. We’re still in lockdown here in Scotland, but I started a new job and I’m settling in, which is nice.

It’s also a bonus that it’s so easy to leave everything there and not be worrying about what my next shift will be like- which I realise now is all I did in my old job.

Another highlight of March was that we finally got some answers in the finale of WandaVision, and the first two episodes of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

I won’t say much about either because I don’t want to spoil them for anyone, but I now have a new love for Wanda and Vision as characters, and I am so happy Bucky and Sam are finally get some screen time and the first episode delivered on that by showing us how they’re faring in the new world after the snap.


March Reads

The Damage Done by James Oswald

The sixth Inspector McLean novel was a little different to its predecessors- because halfway through McLean gets moved over to a new cold case unit.

I really liked where the story was heading when it ended, so I have my fingers crossed Book 7 continues with some of those ideas.

Four stars.

Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This was a recommendation after a readalong I took part in, and for the most part I enjoyed the story.

What kept me from enjoying it completely was all the swearing (which I felt was a bit too frequent, but maybe that’s just me)- though I adored the relationship that developed between Chloe and Red.

Three and a half stars.

Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

Despite this book being way outside my usual reading material, I liked it.

The main character, Kenzie, didn’t have much going for her, so I was indifferent to her for most of the story, but there were plenty of supporting characters to invest in, and I think I might enjoy the rest of the series a little more since there should be less time spent on world-building.

Three stars.

One Of Us Is Next by Karen McManus

I loved One Of Us Is Lying, so I was excited to start the sequel- and it delivered.

While set in Bayview like its predecessor, One Of Us Is Next revolves around a deadly game of Truth or Dare instead of a murder, and at the same time develops further some of the supporting characters from OOUIL.

Getting to know those characters better made this book even more enjoyable for me, and I’d happily read a whole series set in Bayview since there never seems to be a dull moment.

Four stars.

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This was a good book in that it covered a lot of big themes and really got me thinking about them, but what kept from loving it is that I didn’t feel like the main character, Emira, was developed much.

She never seemed to react to much, including during the main event of the story which takes place just a few chapters in, or even at the end when she makes a big decision about her life.

Three and a half stars.

Currently Reading

The Thursday Murder Club (Thursday Murder Club, #1)

Reading Challenges Update

Out Of your comfort zone challenge

Contemporary – Complete

  • Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Sci Fi – Complete

  • Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

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Monthly Wrap Up 12

Considering how quickly January disappeared, my wrap-up is surprisingly busier than I expected it to be.

I’d intended to take this month a little slower to avoid burning out, but I ended up bingeing Die Trying and Legendborn to get them finished in the same month that I started them in, so now I’m just embracing it and reading whenever I have the time.

I’ve made progress with both reading challenges I signed up for (When Are You Reading & Out Of Your Comfort Zone) and I’ve completed 3 categories in all, which I think is a good start.

Another bonus is that I loved all the books I read in January, and now I get to look forward to the sixth Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novel and the sequel to Legendborn.


January Reads
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Windsor Knot
The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #5)
Die Trying (Jack Reacher, #2)
Legendborn (Legendborn, #1)

Currently Reading

I’ve finally finished Volume One of War and Peace, which I’m really pleased about. After I finish The Switch, I’m going to be starting Volume Two.

War and Peace
The Switch

Reading Challenges Update

When Are You Reading
  • 1800-1899 Complete

(1800-1899) The Adventure Of Sherlock Holmes:

  • The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
  • The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
  • The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
  • The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
  • The Adventure of the Speckled Band
  • The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb
  • 1980-1999- Complete

(1998) Die Trying (Jack Reacher 2)

Out Of Your Comfort Zone Challenge

Fantasy- Complete

  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children: The Conference Of The Birds

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2021 When Are You Reading Challenge- Sign Up Post

I’ve been blogging on and off for three or four years as of writing but somehow I missed the When Are You Reading Challenge that’s been running since 2014.

The idea behind it is to read twelve books from twelve time periods, and I had made up a reading list before realising that I’ve already signed up to one reading challenge already- but I really want to take part in both, so here we are.

The When Are You Reading Challenge was created and hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.


My Reading List

Pre-1300

The Odyssey or Macbeth

1300- 1499

Game Of Thrones

1500-1699

The Other Boleyn Girl

1700-1799

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue or The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy

1800-1899

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

1900-1919

His Last Bow or Fall of Giants

1920-1939

The ABC Murders

1940-1959

Dear Mrs Bird

1960-1979

To Kill A Mockingbird

1980-1999

Die Trying

2000- Present

Beach Read or The Da Vinci Code

Future

Divergent or The Hunger Games