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.
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
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.
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.
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.
I started August by reviewing an ARC, so it only seemed right to finish it with one. This was another book that I got access to thanks to The Book Network. It sounded like fun and I love a story set in Scotland. I also thought it would be the perfect size to finish before the end of August. I find it really annoying to get most of the way through a book but not finish it in time. It starts the month off badly if you ask me and I need September to go perfectly. I’ve got a lot of letters to cross off and a book club pick that isn’t one of them. Meaning I’m looking at 10 books at least in the next 27 days. It would be easy for a different reader but my focus has been so up and down lately. Who knows how I’ll do.
August is the first in a run of long month names. For the rest of the year, I’m going to have to be smart to get every letter crossed off. I’m already panicking about September and we’re only 2 days in. But enough of this month. How did I do last month? Did I cross off every letter? Including those two pesky U’s?
Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads: 0
Number of physical books: 3
Number of ebooks: 3
Number of audiobooks: 1
5* reviews: 0
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 3
I’m so glad that August is over. It’s one of our busiest months at work and it’s been awful for everyone. I feel like I’ve been exhausted for months. So, my reading count is a little down this month but still honourable. Especially when you consider that only a few years ago, it normally took me most of the month to read one book.
You know me, I’m never one to miss out on a gimmick. I’d wanted to read The Unfortunates from the moment I knew it existed. It just sounded so interesting. So, I got myself a copy and decided it was the perfect thing to read for this month’s Spell the Month challenge. I mean, I had to do something to help me with August’s double U nonsense. It gave me a good excuse to read it and was a short read. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend much time last weekend reading it and it’s not the kind of book that I wanted to transport. So, it took longer to read than I expected. Thankfully, I finished it just in time for this review.
I have quite a terrible habit of treating pre-orders as fake book purchases. After all, you can order them way in advance and not worry about the consequences of your actions until later. This year, I’ve made a few pre-orders and, it turns out, a lot of them are coming out next month. I’m excited about them all but I’m not sure I’ll actually get chance to read them. That’s the only problem with my Spell the Month Reading Challenge. It does limit me somewhat. The fact that September is the longest month name, it just makes it more difficult. As you probably won’t be seeing them on here for a while (and because I’m not quite ready to review my latest read), I figured we could go through the books I’ll get getting in a few weeks.