Book Review – Tyger by S.F. Said

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’d seen this book all over but didn’t pay attention until Foyles named it their Children’s Book of 2022. I know, I’m fickle. There are so many books published each year, so you need to be discerning about what I pick up. Unless a children’s book is really making waves then I don’t tend to think about reading them. When I actually looked into this book, it just sounded like my kind of thing. I’m not a massive fantasy lover but I think children’s fantasy might be my ideal for the genre. The world-building tends more engaging and fun. A lot of the adult fantasy books I’ve read recently have been too ambitious and I haven’t connected with them. Children’s fantasy books tend to keep things a bit simpler which means they don’t get too tied up in knots.

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.

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 – 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.

Film Review – Wendell & Wild (2022)

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I found out about this film after watching The Curse of Bridge Hollow for Halloween. That should be obvious though really. Why else would I have chosen to watch a Marlon Wayans film instead of animation directed by Henry Selick. After all, he’s responsible for two of my favourite animated films. What a legend.

Film Review – The Curse of Bridge Hollow (2022)

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I’m not a horror movie fan. They just aren’t my thing. For one thing, I hate jump scares. I’m so easily spooked. So, when it comes to Halloween movies, I tend to gravitate towards kid’s movies. They’re more my speed and tend to be quicker. I’m still not at the top of my film-watching game, so have no attention span. Thankfully, Netflix always has something stupid that fits the bill.

Bookish Post – October 2022 Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads: 0
Number of physical books: 4
Number of ebooks: 0
Number of audiobooks: 6
Number of ARCS: 0

I had a few books on my October TBR that I wanted to get through. All linked to Halloween in some way. I didn’t get through all of them but I did manage to get a few finished. I also crossed off a few of the books at the top of my general TBR and an anticipated sequel. Who knows what November brings but I feel like I’m ending the month in a good place.

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

Book Review – Following Frankenstein by Catherine Bruton

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

It won’t have escaped your attention that I should have posted this yesterday. The truth is that I hadn’t finished the book. In fact, I was nowhere near finishing it. It’s been a tough week and I’ve just not been able to concentrate on reading. So, even though this book was a really quick read intended for children, it took me ages to finish it. Although, was that just because I wasn’t in the mood or was it also down to the book?

Book Review – Matt Millz by Harry Hill

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I have a pretty simple sense of humour. I like silliness and dad jokes. So, Harry Hill is someone I absolutely adore. His show TV Burp is still one of the greatest pieces of television that has ever been created. Despite this, I wasn’t been aware that he’d written a series of children’s books about a pre-teen stand-up comedian. I wouldn’t have been aware if I hadn’t needed to find a quick read on the library app. Yet again it was clear that I was never going to finish my current read in time. I need to get better at reading physical books again. I have so many to read.

Bookish Post – September 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: 1
Number of ebooks: 1
Number of audiobooks: 6
Number of ARCS: 0

I don’t have much memory if September. I don’t know how we’ve reached the end of it if I’m honest. I certainly didn’t remember any of the books I’d read. It doesn’t feel as though I’ve read anything. Certainly not in the past few weeks. Apparently I just beat last month’s count, so I’m pretty happy with that.

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