Book Review – Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I wasn’t entirely sure whether I would finish this in time or not. I’d had a slow end to the week and had let my reading go. Thankfully, it was a pretty quick read and I got the majority of it done on Sunday. I forget that YA novels don’t take as long to read as the books I usually read. Mostly because it doesn’t have that literary fiction desire to complicate things. It did take a bit longer because I was so careful not to ruin the gorgeous stencilled edges of this book. It’s such a beautiful thing and I need it to say as pristine as possible.

Book Bloggers Share Their Favourite Books of 2021 So Far — LochanReads

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Check out LocahnReads‘ post for some great book recommendations. I was really happy to be a part of this collaboration with some great bloggers.

For today’s post, I teamed up with some fellow bloggers in the book community to share with you our Top 3 books of 2021 So Far! I’m so excited to be sharing my first ever collaborative post with you all, which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of all the lovely bloggers featured below. I hope you enjoy reading their recommendations! x

Book Bloggers Share Their Favourite Books of 2021 So Far — LochanReads

Book Review – Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m having a nightmare with my photos at the moment. My Instagram feed is all over the place because I can’t the lighting consistent. The image at the top of this post was the worst to edit so far. Nothing went right and I was ready to pack it in completely. But I persisted and it will do. This book was my book club’s pick for Pride month and it was my suggestion. I normally don’t get too involved in the picking process because I was the last to join. I know it’s mental but it feels as though my opinion is less important than the others. So, I am a little worried about what they’ll think of this one. It’s been on my TBR for ages and I was looking forward to reading it. The book group is mostly full of people looking for gruesome murders though. I’m not sure this will be everyone’s cup of tea.

Book Review – Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I promised myself that I would try and read some Pride appropriate books during June and, so far, I’ve not done a great job. I’ve got my book club’s choice to go yet but I decided it was time to get some LGBTQ+ representation up in here. I had originally set aside Giovanni’s Room to read during Black History Month but that never happened. It’s probably a good thing as well because James Baldwin doesn’t address race in this book. Instead, his entire focus is sexuality. Making it the perfect book to read in the month of June.

Book Review – Jokes for the Gunmen by Mazen Maarouf

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Despite the fact that I vowed to buy fewer books this year, my Spell the Month reading challenge has made it difficult to do this. I have a lot of unread books but there are plenty of letters that I still don’t have books for. J is one of the most awkward letters for me at the moment and I had to go searching for something to pick up. I read about this when looking on the Booker Prize website. I’m not normally a fan of short story collections because I prefer a longer form. However, this sounded like something that I couldn’t miss. The fact that it’s a J title was an added bonus.

Book Review – The Employees by Olga Ravn

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’d love to be the kind of reader who keeps up with all of the literary awards. You know the person I mean. They take note of the longlists and shortlists when they’re released. Then they manage to make their way through them before the winner is revealed. For one thing, who can get their hands on that many books? For another, who has such a small TBR that they can happily add so many books to them? If I tried to do this with the major literary awards then I’d never cope. So, I tend to have a look through the lists and then see if any take my fancy. Even then, I don’t tend to read them in time because I never do. However, sometimes a book comes along that has such an exciting premise that I can’t not pick it up. The Employees was one of those books. I knew that I had to read it and I had to read it soon.

Book Review – Nemesis by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

When I get chance, I need to make a list of every Agatha Christie novel and cross off the ones I’ve read since October 2020. That way I can keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenge. It will also help me plan how many I can fit into the next few months. I’m not going to get through them all before October this year but I’ll try and do as many as possible. We’re over halfway through the 12 months and I’ve only read 15, so I really need to get a move on. At least I’ve already got one more crossed off in June. I’m focusing more on Miss Marple at the moment and this one also let me cross off another letter for my monthly reading challenge.

Book Review – You by Austin Grossman

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

What’s the longest that you’ve had a book on your shelves for? I’m not sure of the exact number but I’ve had You by Austin Grossman since 2015. I’d also bought his book Soon I Will Be Invincible because it sounded really fun. I did try and read that book but I couldn’t get to the end of it. It just spent too long going round the houses and not getting to the point. I guess it didn’t exactly get me in the mood to keep going with him. It also didn’t help that I’d recently read Ready Player One and not enjoyed myself at all. I really wasn’t ready to get into another video game book. I picked it up in May because I was in need of a book starting with “Y” for my Spell the Month challenge. I’ll be honest, if I hadn’t needed this book for that challenge, I definitely wouldn’t have finished it.

Book Review – Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

The great thing about Agatha Christie is that she has so many damn books. This means that there are still plenty that I haven’t read yet, so I still get to experience them for the first time. As much as I love reading Christie again and again, there’s nothing like reading one you’ve never read before. So, it was about time that I picked up one of my unread Christie novels. I don’t think that I’ve actually read any of the Superintendent Battle books before but I’ve seen some of the adaptations. This book was adapted for ITV’s Marple but they changed the story pretty dramatically. I decided that I needed to find out how it really turned out.

Bookish Post – May Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

After feeling like I spent most of April in a slump, I definitely noticed an improvement in May. I still wasn’t quite on top form but I’ve got back into the swing of things. Did I read as many as I had hoped? No but, in terms of quality, this was a strong month. A lot of 4 star reads came out this month, which probably helped with the good feeling. So, what did I consume in the last 31 days?

Number of books read: 7
Number of rereads
: 0
Number of physical books: 5
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 2

Number of 5* reviews: 1
Number of 4.5* reviews: 0
Number of 4* reviews: 4