August Wrapup

2020, Warp up

Hey Readers….

I have had a mixed month for reading this month, I have finished 4 books this month and put down 2 books.

I have put these two books down but this isn’t because I hated them, it was because at this time these just weren’t the books I wanted to read.

The Burning Chambers by Kate Mosse was a very religious based book and even though it was an interesting book I just wasn’t something I wanted at the time I picked this book up.

The City we Became by N.K. Jemisin, at the beginning of the book I was slightly confused but it has interested me and I do want to see what the whole plot is about. I will get back to this by the end of the year but just not this month

I have really enjoyed everything I have read this month, I finished The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty on audiobook. This one is a re-read for me and I enjoyed it more than the first time I read it.

The Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien De Castell, this was read as an ebook, for an online read along and I am so glad I dived into it as it was a series I had been looking at for a while and just never picked up.

If It Bleeds by Stephen King is the first set of short stories I have read by Stephen King and I really liked them, there was one story I wasn’t too sure about but apart from that I felt they were the correct length for each story and the right amount of creepy and thought provoking.

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher is the 2nd book in the Dresden files series and I enjoyed this so much. This series is becoming a favourite of mine and I can’t wait to carry on with a book a month and dive further in the series with Harry Dresden.

Reviews for all these books will be coming in the next couple of weeks so make sure you keep your eye out for them.

What did you read this month? let me know in the comments below.

July Wrapup

Warp up

Hey readers…

After a dreadful start to the month and not much reading going on. I managed to finish 5 books, I am behind my goodreads challenge by 9 books but I am positive I can pull it back and manage to get 75 books this year. I am unsure what I will be doing in the month of August, as I might be moving house. I am going to go through the books I read in no particular order.

Malice by John Gwynne

I have had this one on my shelf for a while. I picked this up because of an online book club I found from Jessie Mae on youtube. I am so happy I finally got to read this book. This book got me out of my reading slump. I gave this 4.5 stars and my review is here.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

This is the first time I have read this book and I enjoyed it. I could only get through it on audio book, I think this was due to being in a semi reading slump and the book being extremely intimidating. I liked the audio book and I am hoping to get through these books before the 4th book is out in November. I have this given this book a 4 star, I did find there were sections which were slow. I will have my review up for this on Monday. I gave it 4 stars overall.

Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

This book was the 2nd Brandon Sanderson book I picked up in July. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I think I have read one of this books every month recently. Like all the Sanderson books I read I did enjoy this one. I have to admit I can’t stop comparing the characters to the first set of characters from the “original” Mistborn series. I gave this book a 4 stars and you can find my review here.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

This book grabbed my attention because it’s about a wizard who is a detective. I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to continue in the series. I have immediately downloaded the 2nd book in the series and I am hoping I can get to it in the next few months. I gave this book a 4 star and will have the review up in the next week.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

This was an impulse read for me. I saw it on Amazon, it’s been on list for a while so I took the plunge and bought the entire series. I really enjoyed this and I was so interested and invested in the plot and the characters. I really want to carry on the series as soon as I can. I gave this book a 5 star and on the 10th of August.

what books did you read this month? Let me know in the comments below.

OWLS Wrapup

2020, Owls Readathon 2020, Warp up

Hey readers…

Here is my wrap up for the O.W.L.s Readathon 2020. I went for the curse breaker career. I did start to have issues in the month, losing my reading mojo and just feeling down due to the current world situation. 

I have completed my career reading and I am now a CURSE BREAKER 😀 

Here is what I read to complete this career. 

| Ancient Runes – Heart on the cover or in the title |

51PQPbc+9SLFor this subject, I picked up The Pure Heart by Trudi Tweedie. You can find my review for this book here.  

I did enjoy this one and it wasn’t in my initial TBR for this month. 

I added this book after I found myself slumping. 

The original book I was going to read was The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie. 

 

| Arithmancy – Read something outside your favourite genre |

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The book I picked up for this subject was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. You can find my review for this book here.

This book surprised me and I really enjoyed it more than I thought I would, I found myself thinking out this book when I wasn’t reading it and picking it back up again. 

I will be reading another Jane Austen book in the future. 

 

| Charms – White Cover |

61ikfa6tmnl._sx324_bo1204203200_The book I picked up for this subject is The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. You can find my review for this here.

As always I really liked this one and gave it 5 stars. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors and I really enjoyed the Mistborn Trilogy 

 

 

| Defense against the Dark Arts – Book set at Sea and Coast |

44647479._sy475_For this subject, I picked up, Deeplight by Frances Hardinge. You can find my review for this book here

This was such a good book. I had never read a book by this author, I usually stick to reading the same author. I love finding different authors and I will be reading something else by Frances Hardinge. 

 

 

| Potions – Lure of the north |

91ddR5cAQuLFor this subject, I picked up, The Lure of the North. 

This was an interesting little book I rated it 3 stars. I haven’t written a review for it. It was a mismatch of excerpts from three journals in The London Library. 

I have a couple more of these books so once I get around to reading more, I might do an overall review 

 

| Transfiguration – Shapeshifting – Harley Merlin and the stolen magicals |

51fknwtnb-lFor this subject, I picked up, Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals. 

This is the 3rd book in a quick, fun series I have picked up from Kindle Unlimited. 

I gave this book 3 stars but I will definitely be continuing on with this series. I can fly through these books really quickly. 

I have a review for the first book here and the second book here. I will have a review up for this book in the coming week. 

What did you read for your O.W.Ls? Did you complete the reading for your Career? 

Happy reading
XOXO 

February Wrapup

2020, Warp up

Hey Readers…

February was a good reading month for me. I managed to read 5 books which has put me 1 book behind my target. I am still on my target for my overall yearly challenge.

512SDNGI8XLThe first book is Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. I have already reviewed this book and I gave it 5 stars, I loved it. I can’t wait to pick up the second in the next few months.

 

 

 

516wpiluiclThe next book I finished was Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest. I did enjoy this one, I did have a few issues I mentioned in my review but I still carried on with the series in the month of February.

 

 

81ztpget2bnlThe third book I finished in February was The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. I really liked this book and I was surprised by the whole story, I went into this not knowing anything.

I don’t have my review up for this just yet, which will be a theme for the rest of the books in this wrap-up, I gave this book 4.5 stars and will pick more up from Alex Michaelides in the future.

 

51whc2kfg2bl The next book I finished was Watching you by Arne Dahl. I picked this up as I was given a book by my step up which she won in a giveaway, this turned out to be the second book in the series.  I liked this one, it wasn’t an absolute favourite, I ended up giving it 3 stars. I did like it, there were just a few things which I didn’t like and I didn’t gel with the characters like I wanted to. The ending did make me want to carry on so I will be picking up the second book.

 

512bigbalycl The last book I finished was Harley Merlin and the Mystery Twins.  I did like this one, Harley did again get on my nerves because she doesn’t listen and it makes things a lot more complicated. I did like the fact that you got a different perspective in this book from another character. I gave this book 3.5 stars and I will be reading the next one. 

 

 

Still Reading…

I am still currently reading The Stand by Stephen King, I am going between audiobook and the physical book for this one and I am actually really enjoying it.

Let me know what you thought of any of these books if you have read them in the comments below.

Happy Reading
xoxo

 

January Wrapup

2020, Warp up

Hey Guys…

Today I am going to tell you about the books I read in January, this month I read 7 books and DNF’ed one book.

Let’s start with the book I DNF.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

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This book just was not for me. I really couldn’t get into the story at all. I did enjoy the chapters with Tané, but when the story carried on and moved away from her chapters I just wasn’t interested in anything that was happening. 

I really wanted to like this book, this is the second time I have tried to read this book, I did manage to get a bit further in the book this time, unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.

 

 

The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason

51jsjxl02b8l._sx326_bo1204203200_This is the first book in the Gardella Vampire Hunter series. I really enjoyed this book, this one is a re-read for me and I still enjoyed it this time around as I did the first time I read it. I gave this book 4 stars, You can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

bj83-square-400This is the first book of short stories in The Witcher series. I started this immediately after finishing the Netflix series, which I highly recommend. I also highly recommend this book. I can’t wait to carry on reading more about The Witcher. I gave this book 5 stars, You can read my full review here.

 

Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason

rises-the-night-kindleThis is the 2nd book in the Gardella Vampire Hunter series. I enjoyed this book and it certainly through some surprises my way as I was reading it. I really want to carry on with the rest of the series throughout 2020. I gave this book 4 stars and you can read my full review here.

 

 

 

 

In The Dark by Loreth Anne White

44527037._sy475_This was a surprising book for me, I had heard nothing about it but I saw it on amazon and decided to get it for my kindle. I am going to have a look at other books this author may have written. I gave this book 5 stars, you can read my full review here.

 

 

 

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

This is the 2nd book in The Mistborn Trilogy. I love this series and even though this book is a little more political I enjoyed reading it. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favourite authors. I am hopefully going to get to Hero of Ages sometime in the next couple of months. I gave this book 5 stars and you can read my full review here. 

 

 

Girl Most Likely by Max Allan Collins

41148772This was a really good book which had such a good relationship between father and daughter. I thought the mystery was a good element in the book. There are a few trigger warnings for the thought of suicide, but I really enjoyed this book due to the two main characters relationships. I gave this book 4 stars, you can read my full review here.

 

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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The final book I read was Shadow and Bone which I finished the day this post is going up. I am going to try and have the review up in the next week. I really enjoyed the friendships in this book between Alina and Mal. This is my first time reading this series and I can not wait to carry on. I gave this book 4 stars. 

 

 

 

Let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them in the comments below. 

see you in the next post

XO.