Bitesize Book Reviews 8

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I haven’t read a lot this week and I think that had something to do with the fact that I was already ahead with my reviews. I knew that I wasn’t under any pressure to get something read in time because I was already behind. Well, not behind but I had a bit of a backlog. So, I ended up reading a few shorter books that didn’t really deserve a full review. Meaning I’m back with another couple of bite-size reviews.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Less than a week to go until the big day and only 4 days of work left before my Christmas break. It’s all very exciting but I have neglected my reading this week. Well, not really neglected it but I haven’t been reading the books that I should have done. Thankfully, I should have some time today, tomorrow and then during my time off over Christmas. Meaning I should get my final reading challenge finished in time.

Book Review – Taste by Stanley Tucci

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I wasn’t expecting to read this book last week but I ended up needing a pick-me-up at work. It was when I was feeling shit and I was desperate for something to distract me. Otherwise, I would have sat in front of my computer feeling sorry for myself. So, I started listening to Stanley Tucci narrate his book Taste. I’d bought the hardback when it came out but I always like to experience this type of book in the writer’s own voice. Especially when that voice is a very talented and funny actor.

Book Review – An English Murder by Cyril Hare

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

We all know that Christmas is a time for giving and a time for family. It’s also a time for murder. Or at least it is in the literary world. There are so many crime novels set during the festive period. It’s fantastic. There’s nothing better than settling down on a cold winter night and trying to solve a murder. As far as the Golden Age of Crime writing goes, I’m a Christie girl and haven’t ventured too far beyond her work. So, it’s time to get a better view of the novels of that era. Starting with one of Cyril Hare’s more popular novels.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

After a week of feeling absolutely rotten, I’m finally starting to get back to normal. It’s been a week of coughing and sore throats. Meaning that I’ve not really been in the mood for anything. Although, I have actually managed to finish a couple of books. Of course, I did miss a blog post on Friday but it was probably for the best. God knows what I’d have written considering the state I was in on Thursday night/Friday morning.

Book Review – A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I’ve only read one Matt Haig book before and that was Notes On A Nervous Planet. Long story short, I didn’t care for it. I understand that a lot of people found it helpful with their mental health but I thought it was just pointless and trite. Not bad necessarily but not as helpful as it believes. So, I wasn’t exactly rushing out to read anything else by the writer. Although, I can’t seem to escape him. I see copies of The Midnight Library all over Instagram. It’s haunting me. As it’s Christmas, I decided to go with one of his festive reads. One of his festive reads that will both cross off a letter on my Reading Challenge and is free on Audible.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

This is going to be a super quick rundown because I feel absolutely dreadful. I’ve got a stinking cold and my throat is so painful. My plan was to finish this and get an early night. Of course, that’s not gone to plan as I’ve sat with this post open for ages and not written a damn thing.

Bookish Post – Spell the Month in Book Titles: November

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I knew that the last few months of the year would be tough in terms of the length of the names. I wasn’t expecting to struggle so much with some of the letters. For November, I know that V could be tricky but I thought E and R would be easy. Not for me, it turns out. What has happened to all of my E and R titled books? Despite this, I still managed to finish everything I needed this month. So, how did I do it?

Bookish Post – November Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads: 1
Number of physical books: 5
Number of ebooks: 4
Number of audiobooks: 1
Number of ARCS: 1

5* reviews: 1
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 6

Once again, I was worried that I wouldn’t finish all of the books that I needed to this month. November might have seemed like a long month but it also didn’t feel long enough. Thankfully, I finished my final book on the last day of the month. It feels like way more than 30 days since I read my first November read. It’s been a tough month. But what did I actually manage to read?

Book Review – Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

It’s safe to say that my Sunday didn’t exactly go to plan. I was intending to get stuff sorted. Mostly organise my week’s photos and then read this book. Thanks to unforeseen events, that didn’t happen, so I was rushing to get this book finished in time for this review. Good job it’s a pretty short book and one that is easy to read. I just about finished with enough time to spare. I was a bit later in getting to bed than I’d hoped but we can cope with that.