Book Review – Leila and the Blue Fox by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

One of the first books that I read this year was Julia and the Whale by Kiran Millwood Hargrave. It has been sitting on my shelf for a while but in the pre-Christmas madness, I hadn’t managed to get to it. It remains one of my top books of 2022, so I knew I had to fit Leila and the Blue Fox into my reading list as well. How could it not be as good as the previous one? I managed to finish it just before the end of November. I knew that I wouldn’t finish my current read in time, so decided to fit this one in instead. It was a quick read last weekend and a great way to end my month’s reading.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

November was a bit of a whirlwind, right? It was the most stressed I’ve been at work and it definitely affected my reading habits. I can’t see this changing over December as I’m already feeling anxious about how much we’ve got a lot going on right now. We’re a team of 2 but management seems to think we can do the work of at least double that. It doesn’t help that I’ve not been able to use much of my remaining holiday, so I could really do with a break. A few days here and there doesn’t make much difference. I’d just love a week of rest, reading and relaxtion. Roll on the few days we have off over Christmas.

Bookish Post – November 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: 0

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

November seems to have come and gone really quickly. Too quickly to get much reading done. Although, it hasn’t helped that I’ve become slightly obsessed with playing Disney Dreamlight Valley recently as well. I didn’t want to get sucked in but it’s really enjoyable. Like Animal Crossing but with added plot points to follow. I tend to get bored of just arranging my island, so the storyline keeps me going. So, I’ve not read as much as I should have in November but what did I manage to finish?

Book Review – Celestial Navigation by Anne Tyler

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Normally, Agatha Christie is my most-read author almost every year but it’s been a while since I picked up one of her books. So, it’s possible that Anne Tyler could take the title this year. I’ve been reading a few of her novels recently and would be very happy to read more over December. Unfortunately, I think I’ve exhausted my library’s supply of them. Or nearly. There’s still A Spool of Blue Thread but that feels to epic an undertaking for this late in the year. Maybe it’s a 2023 kind of book? I’ve been contemplating spending most of next year tackling some of the longer books that I’ve been putting off, so that would work. Of course, as most of my reads have tended to be around 250 pages then longer doesn’t really mean long. I need to get back into the habit of reading books of over 300 pages because I’m so bad at it. At least I have audiobooks to help me, which is how I listened to my latest Anne Tyler novel.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

How have we nearly reached the end of November? Not only does Christmas feel very close but I don’t feel like I’ve read enough yet. I think I’m on about 6 books, which isn’t that bad. It’s just disappointing in comparison to previous months. It doesn’t help that I’ve been so busy at work that listening to audiobooks has become difficult. I don’t think December will be much better, so it will probably be a slow end to 2022.

Book Review – Nightmares & Daydreams by Dominic J. Anton

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Earlier this year, I was given the opportunity to read a copy of this book before it was published. Not only was I really honoured to get the chance to do it but I was excited to read it. The premise just sounded so good. I’d also read Dominic J. Anton’s poetry collection Intuition before, so I was excited to read his prose. The book was released in October and I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of the finished work. I couldn’t wait to get back in and read the final edition. So, I started reading it as soon as possible.

Book Review – The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau by Graeme Macrae Burnet

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

When is it possible to say for sure that an author is one of your favourites? How many of their books do you need to have read before you can make that claim? Even after reading His Bloody Project, I was sure that Graeme Macrae Burnet would be in a position to earn that title. Then I read Case Study and it only confirmed how much I enjoy his writing. In order to get the full experience, I also bought copies of his other works but, as usual, it took me a while to get around to them. When I found the audiobook version of this book in my library’s catalogue, it seemed like it was the right time to do so. So, I listened to it during work with the hope that I could finally bestow the all-important title on the Scottish author.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Turns out that I did jinx myself last week. Having been on top for of my TBR for a while, my ability to concentrate has just been destroyed this week. I’ve not been sleeping very well and have been feeling so worn out. It doesn’t help that work is super stressful but we’re too busy for me to have time off. I do have a couple of days coming up next weekend but that’s probably it until Christmas. Hopefully, I can make it through without succumbing to the stress. Otherwise, I won’t be able to finish much before the end of the year.

Book Review – Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

After I finished Redhead by the Side of the Road the other week, I listened to a second Anne Tyler book. How did I pick it? It was available as an audiobook on my library app and it was shorter than A Spool of Blue Thread. I think that’s a pretty good way to pick a book. I’ll get around to A Spool of Blue Thread eventually but it’s just too long to finish in one workday. If I have to stretch a book over a few days then I lose the momentum. It’s much easier all around if I just finish one over the course of a day.

Book Review – The Book No One Wanted To Read by Richard Ayoade

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I have a few writers that I instantly buy. Richard Ayoade is one of them. I think everything he’s ever written is hilarious and well worth the read. So, I had to pre-order his new children’s book. I could imagine him being the perfect writer to create a unique and engaging story for younger readers.