Bitesize Book Reviews 5

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I’ve had quite a few boring and repetitive jobs to do at work recently, so have turned to audiobooks to get me through. Turns out, it’s pretty easy to get your reading count up when you can get through an audiobook or 2 in one day. Now it makes sense how so many people on Instagram are regularly getting through 20+ books a month. It’s not something that I could do every day because I have to write a lot. If I try and listen as I write, I just end up typing words from the audiobook. Definitely not worth it. Last week, I made it through 3 books and managed to cross off 3 more letters from my monthly reading challenge. I’m starting to feel quite good about where I am in a reading sense. I just wish the rest of my life was as easy.

Book Review – Burn by Patrick Ness

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

How long to do you struggle with a book before deciding to give up on it? When I was younger, I used to percevier with books I didn’t enjoy just so I could feel like I’d achieved something. Although, that was back during the days when it would take me around a month to finish a single book. Now, my time is so precious that I can’t waste my time on books I don’t like. Although, there are times when I go back into that mindset. I get so far and just think “I might as well get all the way through.” This was one of those times. It took me around a week to get this finished and it wasn’t even that long a book. It’s one that I’ve had on my TBR for a while and one that I was quite excited about. So, what went wrong?

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

After last week’s disappointment, I’ve actually had quite a productive week. Thanks to having to get through a really repetitive and boring task at work, I’ve finished 3 audiobooks. Yes, they were quite short but that’s beside the point. In a matter of days, I have already made it over halfway through my monthly reading challenge, which is ideal. It means I might actually get to finish the two books that I have in mind for the other letters without having to rush. Hell, I might even manage another spooky book or two… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. One good week doesn’t mean anything.

Book Review – Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I started the month of very badly in terms of reading. Until this week, I was genuinely scared that I would finish one book this month. Thankfully, in the past week, I have finished 3 audiobooks and am nearly finished with the physical book I’m reading. That one has taken me ages but I’m going to push on. It just feels as though I’ve put too much time into it now to leave it unfinished. As it’s now October, it’s been a year since I officially started rereading as many Agatha Christie novels as I could. I lost steam partway through, so I decided to start the month off with a Christie. I might try and fit in a few of her spookier books for Halloween but we’ll have to see how I go for the rest of the month. For now, I’d better review the one I’ve actually read.

Book Review – The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer

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Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

My final read of last month was something that I’d been intrigued by since watching the Netflix adaptation. However, I wasn’t exactly desperate to read it. The major reason that I actually decided to read it was because I need an E to complete my reading challenge. Officially, it’s not even an E title but I’m giving myself a pass on this one. Obviously, I’m a big fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, so I was a little worried about reading this. I’d been burnt by Anthony Horowitz’s The House of Silk before. It just didn’t pass the vibe check and didn’t get the character right. At least Nancy Springer isn’t writing an actual Holmes mystery.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I’ll be honest, in terms of reading, it’s not gone well this week. I think I went too far with the blogging and just overstretched myself. I was so tired most evenings that I couldn’t face doing anything. So, I thought I’d catch up with an audiobook but that didn’t exactly go to plan either. It just means that I’ll have to work hard to catch up in order to complete my October reading challenge. Very very hard.

Bookish Post – October Pre-Orders

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Normally, I have enough self-control to not pre-order books because there’s really no need. It’s not as if it will become impossible to read it, so it’s just a waste. I very rarely pick up a new release as soon as I buy it, which means it just sits on my shelf for ages. Well, I’ve a lot more time on my hands in 2021. This definitely explains why I’m suddenly all about the pre-orders. There are quite as many this month but there are some that I’m very excited. As I couldn’t face writing today’s review, I decided to go through the list.w

Book Review – Early Riser by Jasper Fforde

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I’ve had this book for a while now and never even attempted to pick it up. It’s the first book by Jasper Fforde that I’ve tried to read but I know of him. By which I mean I’ve heard of his Thursday Next series but never bothered to read them. They just sounded a bit too whimsical for my liking. In reality, I’d probably enjoy them but I just haven’t had the inclination. This sounded too good to ignore and I always prefer a standalone to a series. It sort of sounded like Snowpiercer and was released during the time when I was still fully obsessed with that film. So, I bought it and, last month, I finally decided to read it. Mostly because I’m pretty short of E book titles.

Book Review – Sunset by Jessie Cave

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

After struggling to finish Beautiful World, Where Are You, I definitely needed something to get me back in the reading spirit. So, I guess a book that promised something pretty distressing wasn’t the most likely choice but I felt like this would be a good tonic to Sally Rooney’s latest dense tome. Considering I got through it in a couple of days means that I was correct in my assessment. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Sunset but I’m glad that I finally got round to reading it. I was definitely fooled by the colourful cover. I don’t know what it is but I never expect pink books to be heavy-duty. I thought they were meant to be light and fluffy. This was anything but.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

My first week back at work hasn’t been too bad I guess. It’s finally getting a bit quieter and less stressful. It’s also been easier to keep up with my reading. So, I managed to finish everything that I needed to for my monthly reading challenge. I also managed to post something on the blog every day to help get on top of my book reviews. That’s the one bad thing about reading so much in a week and something that makes a change from having nothing to write about a guess.