Book Review – French Braid by Anne Tyler

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

When I was younger, I didn’t read much American literature. It’s not something we did at school and I guess I just stuck to what I knew. Whatever the reason, I don’t think I’ve read anything by Anne Tyler before. I know that she is one of those writers that everyone recommends but I just haven’t picked anything up. I’ve got plenty of books on my Kindle and bookshelves. I just need to get around to them. Now I’ve read this one, it might actually inspire me to do it.

Book Review – Hourglass by Keiran Goddard

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve been so tired this week that I haven’t finished my current ready yet. Luckily I already had a book ready to review, so I didn’t have to rush to finish something. Hourglass was my final read of last month and one that I’d had my eye on for a while. I’ve not read any of Keiran Goddard’s poetry but I do love a verse novel. Plus, it looked absolutely gorgeous and was going to be a super quick read. Basically, my perfect book.

Book Review – Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sometimes you just get a feeling about a book. That you know it’s going be a new favourite even before you’ve opened it. I felt like that about Lessons in Chemistry. I requested it on NetGalley because it sounded incredible. I pre-ordered a hardback copy before I’d even started reading the ARC. I was so confident that I’d love it enough to want to own a copy. But I’ve been fooled before. Could this possibly be as good as everyone sad? As good as it sounded? We’d have to see.

Bookish Post – February 2022 Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads: 2
Number of physical books: 3
Number of ebooks: 1
Number of audiobooks: 5
Number of ARCS: 1

5* reviews: 2
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 2
1* reviews: 1

February has finally come to an end, thank god! It’s been the longest month for me and I’m glad to see the back of it. My main aim for reading this month was to focus on romance and love. I read more stories about love than I think I read in 2021. Not all of my reads were successful but, thankfully, there were plenty of highs to balance that out. Here’s how my month went.

Bookish Post – Spell the Month in Book Titles: October

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October is over which means another reading challenge has come to an end. I feel like October was a much easier month than September. I listened to a lot of audiobooks and that definitely helped. I even managed to finish ahead of time. Feeling quite proud of myself. Though it won’t last. The closer we get to Christmas, the harder it will be to find the time. I must stock up on picture books for December!

Book Review – Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I had to Google the Booker Prize shortlist that saw Graeme Macrae Burnet’s novel His Bloody Project competing for the prize. It was way back in 2016, which is crazy. It feels as though I only read that a couple of years ago. I definitely wanted Burnet to win but that’s mostly because it was the only one that I’d read. That doesn’t mean it didn’t deserve it. His Bloody Project was an absolute masterpiece in the way that it blended fact and fiction. I knew that this was a writer that I wanted to read in the future. So, I ordered a copy of his next book as soon as it was possible. I knew that it was going to be something big. But could it possibly be as good as his last book?

Book Review – Endless Night by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

My second Agatha Christie novel of the month and one that I was excited to read again. I don’t think her standalone novels really get enough love these days. I guess most modern readers are automatically going to pick up books starring Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple. They’re her most famous literary creations, so why wouldn’t they go for them first? The problem is, some of her greatest novels are actually the standalones. Yes, her most famous ones tend to star the great Belgian but some of them are a little overrated. Not bad but definitely way too hyped.

Bookish Post – June Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads
: 1
Number of physical books: 5
Number of ebooks: 1
Number of audiobooks: 1

5* reviews: 2
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 5

So, another month is over and I feel like as I’m actually in a good place with my reading. Back up to 10 books but, admittedly, some of those barely had any words. Still, it was good to actually achieve my goals for this month. I read a number of Pride books including 2 that I was desperate to get around to. Hopefully it starts me off on a high before heading into July. Another short month in terms of letters but they’re tricky letters. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it though.

Bookish Post – May Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

After feeling like I spent most of April in a slump, I definitely noticed an improvement in May. I still wasn’t quite on top form but I’ve got back into the swing of things. Did I read as many as I had hoped? No but, in terms of quality, this was a strong month. A lot of 4 star reads came out this month, which probably helped with the good feeling. So, what did I consume in the last 31 days?

Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads
: 0
Number of physical books: 5
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 2

Number of 5* reviews: 1
Number of 4.5* reviews: 0
Number of 4* reviews: 4

Bookish Post – April Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Boy, April was a complete washout for me. I’ve still managed to finish 6 books but there’s definitely been a dip in energy during the pas 30 days. Of course, it doesn’t help that I’ve had my second Covid vaccine and gone back to working in the office. These two things have caused nothing but exhaustion. Hopefully, a 3 day weekend is going to get me back in line.

Number of books read: 6
Number of rereads
: 0
Number of physical books: 4
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 1

Number of 5* reviews: 1
Number of 4.5* reviews: 0
Number of 4* reviews: 2