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.

Bookish Post – Spell the Month in Book Titles: September


Boy, this reading challenge seemed like a good idea when I first started it. Now we’re getting to the end of the year and the months are getting longer. I can’t help but wonder what past Laura was thinking. She’s such a bloody optimist. Thankfully, I just about managed to get all the books I needed read. Although, it wouldn’t have happened without my holiday.

Bookish Post – September 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: 6
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 4

5* reviews: 1
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 3

September was always going to be a tough month. Not only is work always super busy at this time of year but my TBR was longer than ever. I knew that I’d have to finish at least 10 books to get my reading challenge complete and read my book club’s pick for this month. Thankfully, I went away for the first time in years and spent a whole week relaxing. Relaxing and reading. Turns out, when I don’t have Netflix at my disposal, reading is pretty easy.

Book Review – Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

The second book that I read on my holiday was another of my September pre-orders and one of the most anticipated novels of this year. I’ve only ever read Normal People but I really loved it. It was an absolute 5 star read, so I was looking forward to seeing what she came up with next. I always intended to read Conversations With Friends before I read Sally Rooney’s third book but just never got round to it. Still, I thought this sounded really interesting and I think Rooney is one of the most interesting and exciting writers around. Although, I’ve read a few Millennial writers, so it was always possible that my opinion of her had changed slightly.

Book Review – The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Recently I did a survey for a well known publisher and one of the final questions was “which celebrity would you like to see publish a book?” A question which sums up the world of publishing. It’s not about the writing or the story. It’s about the personality. Publishing houses will give a contract to every famous person who wants to write because they know people will buy them. Even though I love Richard Osman, I wasn’t convinced that his debut novel would be worth bothering with. He was just another famous name being given the chance to write a book because they knew it would sell. Though I had my issues with the first book, I actually enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to see what Richard Osman came up with next.

Book Review – Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

Holiday is over and it’s back down to Earth with a bump. Not only am I straight back to work but I’ve got some blogging to catch up on. I’m going to try and review as many books as possible this week, which sounds good in theory. However, it’s been a while since I’ve read some of them. Well, it’s been over a week with this one. Thankfully, we discussed it at book club on Wednesday. That should give me a bit of a chance to remember what I think about it.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

It’s the last day of my holiday and the day before I’m back at work. I’ve had such a good week that I’m really not ready for it to end. I should book off two weeks in future. I need a week away and then a week to recover. Hopefully, I won’t be going back to a load of unanswered emails and jobs that need doing. Ideally, it’ll be a stress free week to ease myself back in. When has that ever happened. As you will have noticed, I haven’t ben blogging this week. Why am I doing an rundown then? Well, I have read a lot of books. At least, a lot for me. It will be a bit of time before I get round to reviewing them all, so I figured why not update you on what I’ve got through.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I go away on holiday today, so this will be my last post for a while. Well, unless the weather is absolutely dreadful and I’m stuck inside all week. Then I’ll probably just write something to keep busy. Of course, I should use the time to get ahead with my reading. I had 10 books to read this month and I only finished the 5th one yesterday. If I don’t come home having read at least 3 then I don’t think there’s anyway that I’ll finish my Spell the Month reading challenge this month. I can’t get so far through the year and not manage every month.

Book Review – The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m on holiday next week, so I’ll be taking a break from blogging for a bit. Meaning, this will be my last book review for a while. It better be a good one I guess. I’d never heard of this book until Amazon suggested it to me. I know that I should use Amazon as little as possible but I’ve discovered so many novels thanks to its algorithm. This one was perfect for so many reasons but mostly because I was struggling to find shorter reads for my September reading challenge. I’ve got so many letters to cross off but the majority of the books I’d lined up were all over 300. That wouldn’t do. The Reader comes in at under 200, which means I already loved it before I’d even opened it.