Book Review – Heartstopper Volume 1 and 2 by Alice Oseman

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Every year I set aside a bunch of LGBTQ+ books and authors to put on my Pride TBR. Inevitably, I never actually read them and I end up feeling guilty about it. So I decided that 2022 was going to be the year I did Pride right and finish my unread books. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve already finished 2 Pride books. Although, neither of them was on my TBR. Instead, I bought the first 2 volumes in this series. It’s everywhere right now that I had to do it.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

How is the four day weekend almost over? It’s gone by so fast and I don’t feel like I’ve achieved anything. Next week is going to be such a long week. I’m really not looking forward to it. But I still have one day to enjoy. I should try and get some reading done but we all know that’s not going to happen. I’ll just get distracted and feel guilty about it. It’s tradition.

Bitesize Book Reviews 12

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There was a moment a few days before the end of May when I realised just how few books I’d read that month. So, in a desperate bid to up my numbers and feel less guilty, I listened to a couple of short audiobooks at work. They’re both books that I’ve had in my Audible library for a while and ones that would take less than a working day to finish. Both great reasons to pick a book. Who cares about plot anyway? I didn’t have a great deal to say about either of them so I’ve bundled them together here.

Bookish Post – May 2022 Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads: 0
Number of physical books: 2
Number of ebooks: 1
Number of audiobooks: 4
Number of ARCS: 1

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

May was a bit of a non-month really. Work has been super busy compared to last year for obvious reasons. Then I’ve had a load of personal commitments to fit in. All meaning that I’ve not had as much time for reading. This has been my worst month for a while but I’m choosing not to focus on that. Instead I’m celebrating the fact that I’ve finished some books I’ve had on my list for a while.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

This weekend was meant to be my friend’s hen do but, due to last minute illnesses, it was cancelled. Instead of spending my spare time reading, I’ve done anything but. May is definitely going to be my worst reading month yet. Still better than I was at my worst but not great compared to the last few months.

Book Review – The Death of Bunny Munro by Nick Cave

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I’m still not doing very well when it comes to reading this month but this week I’ve managed to finish 2 whole books. Mostly because they were audiobooks and I was able to listen to them at work. I guess I was feeling musical as both were related to the music industry. The first was The Beastie Boys book and the second was this novel by Nick Cave. I’m a fan of Nick Cave so I was expecting something a bit weird and very lyrical.

Book Review – Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, et al

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I don’t often read non-fiction but I do like to buy it. I have a section of my TBR that is dedicated to music-related non-fiction books. This is one of the ones that I’ve had for the longest and also one that I was most excited about. I was already intrigued when I heard Adam and Joe talk about it on the Adam Buxton podcast. I was so easily swayed that I tracked down a copy as soon as possible. Then I put it on a pile and never thought of it again.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Next week I’m heading to the Lakes for my friend’s hen weekend. So, I’ve had to spend this weekend getting ready for it. Mostly taking extra photos and buying everything that I’ll need. June is definitely going to be a month full of spending and probably less time reading. Thankfully, I’m going away in July so I can make up some ground.

Book Review – The Best Things by Mel Giedroyc

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

A lot of people that I like seem to be writing books these days and it’s worrying. Worrying because I’m inevitably going to break my book buying ban. Also worrying because I can’t be sure that it will be worth it. Just because somebody is funny doesn’t mean that they can write a good book. Likewise, just because somebody can write a good film or TV script doesn’t mean it will translate into a novel. Not all writing requires the same skills and it’s not as easy as it seems. So, I normally buy these books and then put off reading them. I just don’t want to risk them being bad. This week I decided to be brave and finally tackle one of the books on my TBR. This one is written by the comedian, presenter and all-around nice person Mel Giedroyc.

Book Review – Can You Ever Forgive Me? by Lee Israel

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Reading is weird. Give me a book 300+ pages and I can finish it in a matter of days. Give me a book that’s less than 200 pages and it takes me well over a week. That was the case with Lee Israel’s memoir. I don’t know why it took me so long to get through it. I guess it’s just my general mood at the moment. Of course, a consequence of it taking so long is that I can’t really remember it all. Considering our book club meeting isn’t until next week, I might be in a bit of trouble.