Bookish Post – The Lord of the Rings: Rings Of Power

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I had intended to write something about The Rings of Power series when I was halfway through the series and then again at the end. Thanks to an unusually buys weekend, I didn’t manage to watch episode 4 until this Saturday. At that point, it just made sense to watch both episode 4 and 5 together. So, this post is coming at just beyond the halfway point but never mind. I was never going to be one of those people who dissects every single episode in great detail. There are plenty of people out there if you want that. Instead, I just want to ramble about my thoughts and feelings. This is probably going to be a messy post, which is probably quite apt.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Personally, I guess that I’ve not had a bad week but I wasted yesterday doing absolutely nothing. Every time I look at the news it feels like everything is getting worse. From 2016 onwards, the UK has just become more of a shitshow and it’s exhausting. Normally I’d just escape into fictional worlds but it’s become more difficult to do that. I genuinely don’t know how we’re going to get out of this awful mess that we’re in. People will continue to vote for the Tories despite the fact that they’re doing everything they can to destroy ordinary (or non-rich) people. But let’s not pretend I’m some sort of political commentator. Back to the business at hand,

Book Review – Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

After reading French Braid earlier this year, I decided that it was time to read more Anne Tyler. I decided to start with the book that I’ve had on my shelf for over 5 years. Just as I initially did with the contemporary retellings of Jane Austen novels, I completely bought into the idea of updating Shakespeare. I really wanted to read them all and see how good they were. In the end, I bought this one and then forgot all about it. I’m much more invested in Shakespeare than I am in Jane Austen. When they ended up being bad, I didn’t care much. I didn’t know how I’d feel about terrible Shakespeare retellings. Maybe Ann Tyler was the perfect place to start?

Book Review – The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I haven’t had much time for reading this weekend, so my first review of this week is going to be a small one. This was another audiobook that I borrowed from the library. It sounded really cute and I love an anthropomorphic animal tale. Even if it is based on an awful true story. I guess it reminds me of the books I read as a child. There were so many books about animals having crazy adventures. This seemed like a good chance to recapture my childhood as I went about a dull day at work.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I’m hoping that I’ve turned a corner this week. I’ve finished a book that I’ve been trying to get through for ages and it feels like I’m back on top. I’m ready to get stuck into something new and can’t wait to tackle more of my TBR.

Book Review – The Crooked Little Pieces by Sophia Lambton

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

There was a point when I never thought I would get to this point. I’d been reading this book for so long that I thought it would never end. Not that I wasn’t interested but I just couldn’t get into it. It’s been such a horrible time at work that I needed something a bit lighter to get me through. This was more of an epic and I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind for it.

Book Review – And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I’ve only ever read 3 books by Patrick Ness before. I liked A Monster Calls but really didn’t like The Rest of Us Just Live Here or Burn. Still, a lot of people seem to really like him. When this happens, I always wonder if I’m missing something. So, when this came up on my library’s online catalogue I decided to give it a go.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I have to be honest, I’ve not had a great week work wise. It’s been so stressful and busy that I’ve just been exhausted. Although, I have actually made progress with my current physical read. Yes, I’m still not halfway through but I’m so close. I guess it’s been a while since I read a book over 300 pages and it’s proving tricky. I’ll have to get a lot done today because I’ve got loads more books waiting for me. Loads of books that I want to read.

Book Review – You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m not a big fan of YA. Not only am I way beyond the age where I want to read about non-stop teenage drama but I also find it a bit basic for my tastes. I always just wish the book went further or the author went deeper. I so often get bored by the unoriginality of the plots. I’ve very rarely read a YA novel when I didn’t know how it would end after the first few chapters. However, I’m also not the kind of person that will completely write off a genre. I’m sure there must be a bunch of YA books out there that really speak to me. So, I won’t stop trying. I’ve seen this book around and heard so much praise for it. I had to give it a go.

Book Review – Max Einstein: Rebels With a Cause by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

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Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

I know my review of the first book in the Max Einstein series wasn’t exactly glowing but I enjoyed it enough to listen to the next one. Again, it’s a good way to get through all of those work hours when I’m doing repetitive and dull tasks. Anything to make them seem more exciting. So, when this was recommended on my library catalogue, I figured I’d carry on with the series.