Book Review – The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This week I’ve unexpectedly finished two books. Two books that I wasn’t intending to read but that I managed to listen to as I was working. I’ve had this for a while but never bothered to read it. I do this a lot with middle-grade fiction. I love the idea of them but I don’t read them. I had bought this after reading and enjoying Katherine Rundell’s The Explorer. This one sounded like an equally fun and charming story. Plus, historical children’s books are becoming a thing for me this month.

Book Review – Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

It feels as though this book has sat on my shelf for ages, so I decided to give it a go. I don’t often cry when I’m reading which I think is a shame. So I was ready for this to make me cry. Very ready. Surely a book about a plane crash would be the perfect book for that? I was sure that I’d race through this book when I started it on January 10th. I didn’t finish it until January 16th. It’s been ages that a book has taken a week to get through. Admittedly, I did read a couple more in that time but that still seems like a pretty long for a book this short. So, what went wrong?

Book Review – Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for ages. I was so excited to get it because it sounded like such a fantastic story and it looked beautiful. I was hoping to read it last year but I didn’t get a chance. That’s what happens when you set yourself a stupid reading challenge that restricts your choices. I’ve been making slow progress with my current read, so I decided to spend some time yesterday getting through this one. I hoped it would be a change from the heartbreaking Dear Edward. Well, it didn’t quite turn out like that.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

We’re at the start of a new year, which means a clean slate of books. This year isn’t about reading challenges but about reading whatever I want whenever I want. It’s going to be great not having to worry about finding titles with the right letters. It also means that I can read all of the books that I didn’t get to last year. Of course, I’ll also buy plenty more that I’ll ignore for the rest of the year because that’s just how I work.

Bookish Post – December Reading Wrap-Up

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Teacup on top of vintage books.

Number of books read: 10
Number of rereads: 2
Number of physical books: 5
Number of ebooks: 2
Number of audiobooks: 3
Number of ARCS: 2

5* reviews: 2
4.5* reviews: 0
4* reviews: 2

I feel like the end of this month has been super stressful. I didn’t do as much reading as I’d intended to between Christmas and New Year. In fact, I almost didn’t make my reading challenge. I was sure that I wouldn’t finish it and there’s a chance that I still might not. I have a few pages left on my current read. It’s taken much longer than I’d expected. Fingers crossed I can fit it in before midnight.

Book Review – The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

I don’t necessarily have the best track record with Lucy Foley but that didn’t stop me from requesting her upcoming novel on NetGalley. What can I say, I keep getting sucked in by her novels. So, despite having a pretty full December TBR, I started reading this the other week. As it was Christmas, it took me longer than usual to read it but, after a big reading session on Boxing Day, I finally finished it. I was excited about the Paris location because it made a change from the isolated locations of her previous thrillers. I was hoping for a bit more of a mystery than I’d previously been offered because I’ve previously been underwhelmed by Lucy Foley’s twists. Would The Paris Apartment be able to surprise me?

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?

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

Another week is over and I’m exhausted. Thankfully, I’m only doing a 3 day week next week. Work isn’t normally very busy at this time of year but everyone is still swamped right now. There’s so much going on. Meaning I’ve barely been in the mood to read. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem finishing my November Reading Challenge but it’s going to be tighter than I’d wanted. I’m not going to be able to read one of the possible R books that I had lined up as a possibility but that’s okay. I’ll just have to find some shorter ones.

Book Review – Burncoat by Sarah Hall

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I often wonder if this whole reviewing thing isn’t a little bit futile. Not the reading books or talking about them bit. I think that’s a great part of life and something that everyone should be encouraged to do more. No, I mean arbitrarily assigning a rating to everything that I read. I never used to do it but jumped on the bandwagon a few years ago. Ratings don’t really tell you very much because they’re so personal. Everyone has an individual spectrum of greatness and it’s all very dependent on context. Take Burncoat for example. I’ve seen plenty of people say they prefer it to The Fell but I’m the opposite. The difference? They read Sarah Hall first and I didn’t. If I’d read them in a different order would I have flipped? It’s both impossible to say and pointless to speculate. On with the review.