Book Review – Heartstopper Volume 3 and 4 by Alice Oseman

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

After reading the first two volumes of this series back in June, I knew that I had to finish it as soon as possible. So, at the end of August, I got copies of volumes 3 and 4 to finish before the end of the month. I’ve read Solitaire, so already knew that things were going to get a lot less fun for Charlie and Nick. I just hoped that it wouldn’t get too bad. All I could do was find out for myself.

Book Review – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

It’s been an odd week and I always knew that I wasn’t going to get much reading done. So, I had to turn to this trilogy in order to get a second review up this week. I listened to it over the last couple of days once the heat had calmed down a bit. I don’t think I could have concentrated on it at the start of the week. I know this book isn’t universally loved like the previous 2. I also know that a lot of people have a problem with the ending. So, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel. I really had to find out for myself.

Book Review – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I’m not the kind of person who demands that people read the book before seeing the film. I’m also the kind of reader who rereads books all the time. So, I believe that it’s possible to enjoy a book even when you know the ending. However, I don’t think it always works out. As we know, film adaptations take liberties with the narrative for time and storytelling. They don’t have to wade through all of the context and exposition. I knew this was a divisive read, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it. Especially when I’m just waiting for a bunch of stuff to happen.

Book Tour – A Scandal in Brooklyn by Lauren Wilkinson

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I don’t know about you but, when I get the chance to read a short story that is “an updated Holmesian tale with a technological twist”, I take it. This short story by Lauren Wilkinson sounded so good that I jumped at the chance to read it. The story is released today as an Amazon original and I cannot recommend it enough. It’s a quick and fun read that will please any fan of Arthur Conan Doyle. Below you’ll find out more about the story and its author. There’s even a giveaway to celebrate today’s release! I’ll post a separate review of the book.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

We’ve officially reached that time of the year when time has sped up and the months are going by too quickly. I can’t believe that June is nearly over. It’s yet another Pride month where I’ve barely read any of the books I meant to. In fact, I’ve barely read anything books really. Next weekend my friend is getting married and I’m one of the bridesmaids. So, I’ve had a lot of stuff to organise this month.

Book Review – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Listening to audiobooks at work is normally fine. I don’t get too distracted and I’m not the kind of person who normally has strong physical reactions to what they listening to. By which I mean that I don’t laugh out loud or anything. At least I didn’t until this book. On a couple of occasions, I had to stop myself from breaking down in tears. Considering I knew what was coming, this is even more of a ridiculous thing. I know I didn’t get enough sleep the night before but come on.

Book Review – Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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Rating: 2 out of 5.

Am I the only one who didn’t know that Spotify had audiobooks? It’s a revelation. I stumbled upon this book the other day and I obviously thought it was something sketchy. I have since discovered that it’s a thing. I’m not sure how many there are on the platform but I intend to find out. Especially now I’ve paused my Audible account. If I get access to some audiobooks for free then why not listen to them. Even if I had no intention of reading them.

Book Review – Heartstopper Volume 1 and 2 by Alice Oseman

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Every year I set aside a bunch of LGBTQ+ books and authors to put on my Pride TBR. Inevitably, I never actually read them and I end up feeling guilty about it. So I decided that 2022 was going to be the year I did Pride right and finish my unread books. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve already finished 2 Pride books. Although, neither of them was on my TBR. Instead, I bought the first 2 volumes in this series. It’s everywhere right now that I had to do it.

Sunday Rundown: That’s What She Read

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Sunday Rundown

What have you been reading this week?

How is the four day weekend almost over? It’s gone by so fast and I don’t feel like I’ve achieved anything. Next week is going to be such a long week. I’m really not looking forward to it. But I still have one day to enjoy. I should try and get some reading done but we all know that’s not going to happen. I’ll just get distracted and feel guilty about it. It’s tradition.

Bitesize Book Reviews 12

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There was a moment a few days before the end of May when I realised just how few books I’d read that month. So, in a desperate bid to up my numbers and feel less guilty, I listened to a couple of short audiobooks at work. They’re both books that I’ve had in my Audible library for a while and ones that would take less than a working day to finish. Both great reasons to pick a book. Who cares about plot anyway? I didn’t have a great deal to say about either of them so I’ve bundled them together here.