Book Review – Bear by Marian Engel

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Goodreads is an interesting place. I post my reviews on there mostly out of habit these days. It also helps me keep track of which books I’ve read. I don’t often agree with the mass consensus on very popular books so I strongly believe I’m not the right person for the site. Although, I do really enjoy going on there when I read a book I know most people won’t enjoy. I knew Bear by Marian Engel would be the kind of book that caused outrage on the site and I wasn’t disappointed. So many 1-star reviews that ignore so much about the book. Or 1-star reviews that say, I stopped reading after this point. I knew it was coming but it still gives me joy.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

It feels like every single rundown starts with me bemoaning the fact that I haven’t been reading enough. I’d love to say that this week was different but it really isn’t. I was rushing to finish everything again because I just wasn’t concentrating on reading. I’m hoping to do better next week but that’s my plan every week at this point.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

I hate to keep banging on about this but the year seems to be speeding up. Not only are we halfway through October already but my nephew just turned one. It doesn’t feel as though enough time has passed.

Book Review – The Haunting Season: Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

The weather is getting colder and the nights are getting darker. That means it’s the perfect season for reading thrillers and spooky stories. When I was younger, I was a scared little thing. I freaked out over anything scary. My sisters still make fun of me for it to this day. Although, I maintain that the creepy eyes in The NeverEnding Story are terrifying. I remember we had a cassette tape with ghost stories on them. Suffice it to say that I wasn’t a huge fan. Not that it traumatised me too much. The only thing I remember about it is something about a pig man and I only remember that because there was awful squealing on the tape. But I digress. I’ve definitely got better with scary stuff as I’ve got older. Ghost stories aren’t my top genre but I’ll give them a go.

Book Review – Let Down Your Hair by Bryony Gordon

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m terrible at sticking to a TBR. This is why I don’t really set one each month. The closest that I get is possibly aiming to read a certain book. The less I commit the more likely it is that I’ll do it. Any hint of pressure and I lose all interest to pick the book up. This is one of the books that I should have got to earlier. It was meant to be a September read because that was Alopecia awareness in the UK. This is the first novel not aimed at children with alopecia representation, so I was interested to read it.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

The first week in October has come and gone. I’ve finished 2 books and have started 2 more. If I can keep up this pace, I might be able to get back on track with my reading. I have so my ARCs that I haven’t ready yet. I think most of them have been released by now. I’m trying not to think about them. Otherwise I’d collapse under the stress.

Book Review – The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

I was expecting to write my review of The Bullet That Missed today but, as I’ve been struck down with a cold, I still have a few pages to go. So, I did what I always do in these situations and borrowed an audiobook from the library. Which one? The first one I could find that I could listen to during my shift. It’s a system that hasn’t always worked for my but it has also opened my eyes to some great books I wouldn’t have read normally. This book isn’t one that I would have cared about. Young adult fantasy isn’t my thing anyway but especially when it’s the retelling of a fairy tale. Although, it’s a feminist retelling and I’m always up for teaching young women to speak up for themselves.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

It’s October. I’m not sure how that happened but it did. It feels like it’s been quite a chaotic week but I don’t think an awful lot actually happened. I certainly didn’t do an awful lot of reading but I managed to get some done. I’ve got a few Halloween themed books I want to get through this month, so I’m hoping to get more inspired. At least with the weather getting worse there’s more excuses to just stay inside and read. This is why I love Autumn so much.

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

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,