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Mid-Year Rundown

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It’s July. We’re officially halfway through 2019. Well, really we’re over halfway through the year. The exact halfway point was 3rd July but let’s not focus on that for now. Instead, let’s take a look at how the year has gone so far. Earlier this month I was informed that I had managed to pass my 2019 GoodReads‘ reading goal. I’d set myself a fairly easy task of 30 books because last year I only just managed to get beyond that. 2018 was a dreadful year full of reading slumps and long books. So, I certainly never expected to reach my goal quite so quickly. I’ve decided to increase my target to 50 which, based on the rate I’m going, should be fine. But, who knows when the next slump will hit.

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Book Review – If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura

img_0220-014622480142293220687.jpeg5_star_rating_system_4_stars1 I saw this book in a bookshop a month ago and immediately wanted to read it. But, considering my TBR list is so huge, I decided against it. Until a few weeks later when I couldn’t resist anymore and bought a cheap copy. I couldn’t wait to start reading it. As soon as I’d done with Love, Nina I did it. And, if I hadn’t already passed my GoodReads challenge score, it would have been a perfect read. I finished it in 3 days, which for me is kind of miraculous. Does it help that I’m on holiday this week? Certainly but let’s not take away from my achievements.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

I started my holiday this weekend and I’ve already used my days wisely. Yesterday I spent the afternoon with a friend. We ate donuts, watched Spider-Man: Far From Home, and then ate loads of food. It was bliss but I was stuffed by the end of the night. Today, I woke up, took some photos, read, and had a nap. It’s been all go. So, if the rest of the week goes like this I won’t do a great deal but I’ll be well-rested. And hopefully well-read.

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Book Review – Love Nina by Nina Stibbe

dscn9688-013029064272233136979.jpeg5_star_rating_system_4_stars1 I’m an avid listener of the Adam Buxton podcast. I love hearing his rambly chats with people and, I’ve found, that it’s a pretty good thing to listen to at work. A few weeks ago, Adam was talking to author Nina Stibbe. Before that point, I’d never read anything by Stibbe but I knew of her. She seemed like such a lovely person that I picked up a copy of her book Love Nina. I had meant to watch the BBC adaptation a while ago but, because I never watch normal TV, I never got round to it. It’s something I definitely want to watch now that I’ve finished the book. I do have to admit that, thanks to my knowledge of the show, I kept imagining Mary-Kay as Helena Bonham Carter and Nina as Faye Marsay.

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Book Review – Below the Moon by Alexis Marie Chute

img_9838-01-016454865031342523939.jpeg5_star_rating_system_4_stars1 It’s been a while since I read and reviewed Above the Star the first in Alexis Marie Chute’s Young Adult fantasy trilogy. In an ideal world, I would have reread it before reading the second but, unfortunately, I didn’t have it on me. I’ve been forcing everyone I know to read it because I absolutely loved it. I’m always a bit scared of recommending books that I love to people because, well, what do you do if they hate them? You either have to reevaluate your literary choices or your friend choices. And, let’s be honest, books are going to win every time. But I do make an exception when I think a book is good enough. And I definitely thought that Above the Star was good enough. It was one of my favourite reads of last year and I’ve been eagerly awaiting news of the second book’s release. Luckily for me, Alexis Marie Chute offered to send me an ARC copy so I didn’t even have to wait for the actual release date in October this year. I already had about 3 books on the go when this arrived but I knew I had to start it immediately. And I was hooked from the start. If it hadn’t been for my inconsiderate niece deciding to be born early, I would have finished and reviewed it weeks ago.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

I’m probably not going to be doing a reading wrap-up post this month because I’ve been terrible at reading. I’ve only managed to finish one book and that was Detective Pikachu. I don’t know how it’s gone so badly for me but I’ve just not been motivated. And it’s not that I haven’t got enough good books to read. I’ve currently got about 4 on the go and I’m enjoying them all. It’s just I can’t seem to open the pages. I’ve been pretty lazy. I guess I’m just so tired at the moment. Thankfully, I just have to get through 2 more weeks of work and I’ve got a week off. It’ll be the last break I have before our busy Summer period. Maybe I’ll get some reading done then? Or maybe I’ll just waste my time doing nothing again.

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Book Review – Detective Pikachu adapted by Sonia Sander

511l68nsqfl._sx326_bo1204203200_5_star_rating_system_2_stars The first time that I saw the trailer for Detective Pikachu I thought it was a joke. I mean Ryan Reynolds voicing a Pikachu wearing a deerstalker? It was the stuff you normally find on that weird part of the internet. But it was real. And despite being utterly convinced that it would suck, I was kind of excited to see it. When I did, I wasn’t sure what to think. I reviewed it here but couldn’t quite get my point across. I liked it but I knew it wasn’t good. But it wasn’t even bad in a funny way. It was kind of confusing. So, when I found this novelisation, I wanted to find out if the added benefit of detail and description would add something to the story. I was hoping it would help us get closer to the characters and maybe make things a little clearer. Of course, I was also aware that this was a book recommended for children so I wasn’t expecting much.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

So, you may have noticed that I took a brief leave of absence last week. It wasn’t something that I’d planned but it felt like I needed to. On Monday, 5 days before her due date, my sister gave birth to her first child. She went through a lot to get to this stage so it’s something she, her husband, and our whole family have been eagerly awaiting. I mean, I know pretty much everyone eagerly awaits a new baby but this was more than a typical amount. I think we’ve all been so anxious that the whole pregnancy has flown by without us really daring to get too excited. Which means, when the baby arrived early, we were all ready to let that excitement out. And, in doing that, I haven’t really stayed on top of reading, watching, or blogging. I hope to make up a few missed posts this week but I also have shit to do this week. We’ll see how it goes.

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Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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How has your week been? What have you been reading?

So, I’m writing this Sunday rundown on Thursday night before I head down to London. As I write this I haven’t seen Hamilton but as you read this I will have done. As such, I’ll pretend it’s Sunday and give you my feedback. Oh my god! It was so amazing! I have no words to describe just how good it was! It’s an experience I’ll never forget! I mean, the chances of me not enjoying it are pretty slim. I know it’ll be weird without the voices I’m used to hearing on the soundtrack but seeing it all happen in front of my eyes will be amazing.

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Bookish Post: The Hamilton Book Tag

220px-hamilton-posterSo, I’m not going to lie to you. Yet again, I haven’t finished a book. It’s been a hectic week and I’ve been feeling shit. So, reading has taken a bit of a backseat. I’m away this weekend and I wanted to get ahead with posts so I didn’t have to worry about anything. I’ve been writing and taking photos in every spare second. Because I’m away in London this weekend. I’m finally getting to see Hamilton and I have no words for how excited I am. I can’t… WAIT FOR IT. Geddit? Aaah. Anyway, in the absence of a review and, needing to write something, I decided it was the perfect time to do the Hamilton Book Tag. This is a super old tag but if I’m not going to do it now when am I? I found this on DreamlandBookBlog but I think it was created on YouTube by Maureen Keavy. Either way, I’m doing it now.

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