Book Review – Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

It feels as though this book has sat on my shelf for ages, so I decided to give it a go. I don’t often cry when I’m reading which I think is a shame. So I was ready for this to make me cry. Very ready. Surely a book about a plane crash would be the perfect book for that? I was sure that I’d race through this book when I started it on January 10th. I didn’t finish it until January 16th. It’s been ages that a book has taken a week to get through. Admittedly, I did read a couple more in that time but that still seems like a pretty long for a book this short. So, what went wrong?

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I don’t really know what’s going on this year. January normally drags on and on and on. This year, it’s passing in the blink of an eye. I know that work isn’t as dull as normal but it’s still pretty boring. Still, I have got a full library of audiobooks to keep me going. Sometimes obsessively buying books is a good thing I guess.

Book Review – The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This wasn’t the book that I was expecting to review today but Dear Edward is taking a long time. I wasn’t quite prepared for the emotional weight of that book. So, I started listening to this book at work. I’d had a copy of it on my shelves for a while. I can’t actually remember when I got it but it must have been when I was going through my middle grade phase. I bought a lot of kid’s books in 2020 and at the start of 2021 but never read them. It seemed like a good thing to get me through my day at work.

Book Review – Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages. I was so excited to get it because it sounded like such a fantastic story and it looked beautiful. I was hoping to read it last year but I didn’t get a chance. That’s what happens when you set yourself a stupid reading challenge that restricts your choices. I’ve been making slow progress with my current read, so I decided to spend some time yesterday getting through this one. I hoped it would be a change from the heartbreaking Dear Edward. Well, it didn’t quite turn out like that.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

So, my first week back at work was a pain. How can a 4 day week seem so long? God knows how this week is going to go. I’ve been exhausted all week and have felt super ill. Facts that meant I didn’t get as much reading done as I’d have liked to. It’s been a bit of a disastrous start to the year but that’s okay. I have plenty of time to get back on track. This is the year of less stress and less pressure after all.

Bitesize Book Reviews 9

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I’ve fallen behind on my reviews of late what with Christmas and New Year. So, in order to get everything sorted, I’m just going to do some quick reviews of my most recent reads. I also don’t really have the energy to do much else at the moment. That first week back at work has been a killer and I’ve not felt great. I’ll be back on track soon.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

We’re at the start of a new year, which means a clean slate of books. This year isn’t about reading challenges but about reading whatever I want whenever I want. It’s going to be great not having to worry about finding titles with the right letters. It also means that I can read all of the books that I didn’t get to last year. Of course, I’ll also buy plenty more that I’ll ignore for the rest of the year because that’s just how I work.

Bookish Post – Spell the Month in Book Titles: December

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What a stressful way to end the year. As interesting as this reading challenge has been, I can’t say that I’m planning on doing anything like this again. The time between Christmas should be about eating and sleeping. Instead, I was panicking about finding books to read to cross off the letters I still needed. Still, I just about managed it and now I’m looking forward to reading whatever I want next year.

Bookish Post – December 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: 5
Number of ebooks: 2
Number of audiobooks: 3
Number of ARCS: 2

5* reviews: 2
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 2

I feel like the end of this month has been super stressful. I didn’t do as much reading as I’d intended to between Christmas and New Year. In fact, I almost didn’t make my reading challenge. I was sure that I wouldn’t finish it and there’s a chance that I still might not. I have a few pages left on my current read. It’s taken much longer than I’d expected. Fingers crossed I can fit it in before midnight.

Book Review – The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I don’t necessarily have the best track record with Lucy Foley but that didn’t stop me from requesting her upcoming novel on NetGalley. What can I say, I keep getting sucked in by her novels. So, despite having a pretty full December TBR, I started reading this the other week. As it was Christmas, it took me longer than usual to read it but, after a big reading session on Boxing Day, I finally finished it. I was excited about the Paris location because it made a change from the isolated locations of her previous thrillers. I was hoping for a bit more of a mystery than I’d previously been offered because I’ve previously been underwhelmed by Lucy Foley’s twists. Would The Paris Apartment be able to surprise me?