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TisTheSeasonAthon 2018 Wrap-Up!

The first readathon of December has finished, and I had a blast! Even though I only had one short book to read for it, I still went out and read other festive books. So I doubt it needs to be said that I completed all the challenges! Except for the voluntary group book, which I have bought and will read outside of the readathons.

 

~~CHALLENGES~~
Read a book with red or green on the cover.
Read a book whilst listening to Christmas music.
Read a warm and fuzzy book.
Read a short book.
Read a holiday themed book.
*Group Book: SNOW IN LOVE – MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, NIC STONE, KASIE WEST & AIMEE FRIEDMAN.

 

 

 

1/ The Deal of a Lifetime – Fredrik Backman36229962

Format: Kindle

Length: 96 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book with red or green on the cover, Read a book whilst listening to Christmas music, Read a warm and fuzzy book, Read a short book, Read a holiday themed book.

I am slowly making my way through Fredrik Backman’s books, only because each of his books so far have pulled at my heartstrings. I really liked this book, it was told from the perspective of an older gentleman getting ready to meet his son after leaving him and his mother years ago, and he ponders about his life, the mistakes, regrets, and excuses. He is then met with an opportunity to make something right. Even though this was a very short book and was over within an hour, I still felt my heart aching at the end. Of course I would’ve liked a bit more of a developed story, but I fear if it was, I would’ve definitely cried at the end. Silver linings, right?!

3/5 stars

 

 

348792832/ One Day in December – Josie Silver

Format: Paperback

Length: 417 pages

Goodreads

Challenges: Read a book with red or green on the cover, Read a warm and fuzzy book.

Technically this wasn’t part of my official readathon TBR, but because the other book was so short and I pretty much read this during the readathon week, I might as well add it in! And I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this; it was adorable without being cheesy, it was predictable in a few bits but still felt realistic. I adored the relationship between Laurie and Sarah, such a genuine female relationship to read about. I got huge ‘One Day’ vibes thorough-out the book, with a bunch of ‘almost’ moments and ‘will they/won’t they’ vibes. One of my biggest pet peeves in books is when a simple bit of communication would’ve solved a lot of issues, but in this case it sort of made a bit of logical sense. The ending really felt like something out of Bridget Jones, which I was all for, but it was over very abruptly and I wanted more about after the kiss. Overall I got my fluffy, holiday romance kick out of this book, and it totally got me into the mood to read more!

4.5/5 stars!

 

So that’s my wrap-up for the TisTheSeasonAthon 2018! They have recently announced that they would be bringing it back next year which is music to my ears! I’m excited to see what Bookables will bring to the readathon next year!

So what did you guys read during this readathon? Did you complete all the challenges? What are your reading plans for the rest of the month? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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Wrap-Up #5 [2018] – My Next 5 Books!

Hello guys! Here is my wrap-up for the next 5 books I have read. I may have needed to go back and read my thoughts on the book because I had read them about 1-2 months ago and they were not so fresh in my mind, but alas, it’s here! And some of these were truly great books.

Birdie23590716

Author: Tracey Lindberg

Rating: 2/5

Format: Audiobook

Goodreads

I reckon listening to the audiobook for this was a mistake. Right from the beginning I could not grasp what the story was about. By reading to the end I understood the subject matter and I sympathised with the horrible experiences that were endured by the main character, so difficult that they go to extremes to come to terms with the horrible memories. However, the way the novel is structured makes it one of the most difficult reads I have come across in a longtime. There was a lot of jumping to and from different time periods which wasn’t really well explained or executed.

 

 

 

28116966The Princess Diarist

Author: Carrie Fisher

Rating: 3/5

Format: Kindle

Goodreads

As a Star Wars fan, a biography-type of one of the prominent characters would of course hold high expectations. When I was reading this, it felt like I had Carrie Fisher’s voice in my head, which felt really bittersweet since her death. I did enjoy this, and I did learn things about Carrie’s past and what her thoughts/reasonings were behind some key moments in her life. I can say that I really enjoyed it, but that’s all, it won’t really stick with me as much as I would have hoped.

 

 

 

Not Your Sidekick29904219

Author: C. B. Lee

Rating: 3.5/5

Format: Kindle

Goodreads

This was a very fun book and a fantasy concept that I haven’t really come across before! Overall the plot was good, even though I found the ‘twist’ obvious, I still enjoyed the journey. The characters were so lovely and likeable and real. I did feel I wanted a bit more development in the main character and the plot surrounding her. It did feel like just a tip of an iceberg, and I needed more from it. I really did enjoy this book, but I doubt i’ll continue the series.

 

 

37648119Big Little Lies

Author: Liane Moriarty

Rating: 4/5

Format: Paperback

Goodreads

I had avoided reading this because of the hype and buzz around the TV series, and also that I found the plot to not grip me enough. But something pushed me to pick it up and see what it was really like, as I also heard great things about the book. I loved the characters, especially Madeleine! They were all so well-rounded and flawed. Even though I guessed the big secret I still found it very enjoyable watching everything unravel piece by piece. It was a very suspenseful read, but also very entertaining. This is a book that was meant to be devoured quickly! Who’s have thought that schoolyard drama could be so entertaining!

 

 

 

 

 

The Nightingale25587463

Author: Kristin Hannah

Rating: 4.5/5

Format: Paperback

Goodreads

This book was written beautifully, Hannah is such a talent. It’s a beautiful story about sister relationships and perseverance. Both sisters were parallel opposites, but were both so strong in different ways. Set in Nazi-occupied France, which is one of my favourite time periods to read from. This novel was done so well, it felt like I was reading about people I knew. Tears were shed, had both horror and joy on my face, it was truly a beautiful book. The only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars is that it took a while to get engrossed into the story.

 

And those are the 5 books I have read recently (recently being used loosely) What books have you guys been enjoying recently? Any new favourite you want to gush about? Any of these you have read and felt similar/differently to me? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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Wrap-Up #4 [2018] My Next 5 Books!

What’s this? Two posts in ONE day?

Bear in mind, these wrap-ups won’t include the books I read in readathons, if there was a readathon I participated in that particular wrap-up will be linked! 🙂 In this case, there was the Magical Readathon (OWLs) that I participated in, the wrap-up for the books I read for that will be found here!

 

The Cruel Prince26032825

Author: Holly Black

Rating: 3/5

Goodreads

I did enjoy this book to an extent. The plot kept me engaged enough to keep going, as it was quite intriguing. It took a while to get things going and I didn’t feel there was enough world-building. And the relationships were questionable, especially the initial one Jude had, and I saw the plot twist pretty early on. I didn’t understand why ‘the cruel prince’ was only present a bit in the beginning and nothing in the middle, and comes back for the end. So I didn’t understand his character at all. I did enjoy the book, but don’t think I’ll continue the series.

 

 

 

39758489The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

Author: Mary Ann Shaffer

Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads

Very heart-warming and enjoyable read. Was told through a series of letters between the main character and members of the Society, her publishers, love interests amongst others. We get an insight into a fairly forgotten part of the war; the impact it had on the Channel Islands, and more specifically Guernsey. They are situated close to the French coast but still part of Britain, so was quite difficult for the residents on the island. It’s a lovely book to breeze through, but I don’t think it’ll leave a lasting impression.

 

 

Agnes Grey298230

Author: Anne Brontë

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads

I was really delighted with this. I hadn’t read any of Anne’s work before so didn’t know what to expect. The story is extremely well-written and Anne wrote herself in the book incredibly well. The plot was simple, but we see a coming of age story of a young girl who wants to be a governess and goes for it, despite her family thinking she wouldn’t be able to handle it. She ultimately proved them wrong and I loved that! She also struggles with religion, morals, romance etc as well and I think it is an all-round great book for those who read classics or coming of age stories.

 

 

 

31076583A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads

This is only a novella and is meant to be a bridge between the first trilogy and the next. We follow the Inner Circle after the events of ACOWAR and they prepare for the Winter Solstice and repair the damage left behind. Not much happens, but I was so happy to be in this world again, and see the banter and bind between the characters. I liked how Feyre reconnected to her love of art and was trying to be there for her sisters. I am really excited on what the next trilogy holds!

 

 

 

 

My Friend Dahmer12959045

Author: Derf Backderf

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads

I have never picked up a full-length graphic novel before, so didn’t know what to expect. I found it so interesting learning about a young Jeff Dahmer from a fellow schoolmate’s point of view. You can see the turning points in his life that led him down the ‘path’, and the downward spiral that occurred. No-one saw it coming, but it’s clear as day looking in retrospect. It’s scary that he was just a loner, misunderstood, troubled teenager with a rough home-life, like a lot of us. I find it intriguing learning about serial killers and what ’causes’ them to commit the acts.

 

So there is my wrap-up of the next five books I read (not including readathon reads) and they were overall good reads, but nothing groundbreaking and nothing I absolutely loved enough to get me back into the swing of reading, which is a shame! But I am hopeful with the next reads I have lined up! See my TBR post coming soon!

 

SO what have you guys been reading recently? Any new favourites you recommend to get me out of my slump? Have you read any of these books, and what did you think of them? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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Wrap Up #3 [2018] – Books 20-25!

Hey Readers! Apologies for going AWOL recently, still getting used to living back home! I decided back in March that I would do wrap-ups for every 5 books I read, and I must say it has relieved a lot of the pressure, especially when I have bad reading months!

 

 

24493739Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Brontë
Rating: 3.75/5
Goodreads

I can see why this such a highly acclaimed novel, however I found it quite confusing in parts. I couldn’t get behind the characters and did not fully connect with them, mainly because they were awful people and made questionable choices! But I kept reading mainly because I wanted someone to have a happy ending and hoping it wasn’t all doom and gloom! It’s such a trek to get through, but the emotional roller-coaster was worth it!

 

21002819One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Author: Ken Kesey
Rating: 4/5
Goodreads

This was a classic that I have had for a while and didn’t really know that much about it, so the story hit me by surprise! It was interesting to read about the experiences of patients within a mental hospital. The tension between McMurphy and Nurse Ratched was so enjoyable to read about, because it was so inevitable! It was great display of order versus chaos and it really does make you think.

 

 

22878833A Wrinkle In Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Rating: 4/5
Goodreads

I didn’t read this as a child, and I truly wish that I did! I would’ve taken so much from this story. It’s very whimsical and in some parts things did seem to go all over the place and it was hard to keep track of the plot some times. But the overall message of individuality and ‘it’s okay to be different’ is very important and I feel a lot of younger readers would be able to find some comfort in the story.

 

 

OBSIDIO 24909347
Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Rating: 4.5/5
Goodreads

The finale to one of my favourite trilogies! I really enjoyed this book but I did think it was the weaker of the set. There seemed to be a lot more video transcript sections than other writing styles which made the book more difficult to get through and meant it didn’t feel as enjoyable as the other two, and the ending wrapped up too nicely in my opinion! I still loved the conclusion and was gripped into the story, I loved all the characters including the new pair that were introduced. This is still going to be one of my favourite trilogies!

 

 

31450908Down Among The Sticks and Bones
Author: Seanan McGuire
Rating: 5/5
Goodreads

I was intrigued by Jack and Jill in the first book so I was thrilled by having a book based on their back-story. You can analyse exactly why the events in the first book happened. Which I found extremely interesting! I really related to Jack and Jill’s character’s in separate ways; if you mismatched parts of their personalities you will get my own! And I honestly felt for the girls as they were forced to grow up in the moulds that their parents had set for them, and watching the consequences of that developing over their time in the Moors, I found it so fascinating!!

 

So those were the past five books I have read, ranging from 3.75 to 5 star ratings, I think it has been pretty successful!

What you guys have been reading in April? Any new favourites? Have you read any of the books I mentioned, and if so, what were your thoughts? I’d love to know! Until next time!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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My Top Reads of Winter! [2017/18]

Hey readers! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA recently, I lost my job and split from a 3 year relationship which lead to me moving back home 200 miles away, so not only have I not had much of a chance to read, I’ve been a bit too distracted to post! But everything is all settling now so I’m ready to get back into the swing of things, and I’m here to tell you my favourite reads of Winter!

 

 

 

 

5/ Highly Illogical Behaviour – John Corey Whaley 29231988

I haven’t seen that many mental health books that focus on a male sufferer. This book was a breath of fresh air in not only that respect, but the fact that someone is more than just their mental illness, and I found that message to be imprinted in so many parts of the book! It was relatable, if mental health and LGBT rep, you felt for the characters and their struggles with making friends, you also see how it may affect the parents and how they have adapted. You really get an overall positive message regarding mental illnesses and what it may actually be like to live with it, or someone with it, on a daily basis! Highly recommend! The Goodreads page is linked here if you’re interested!

 

 

 

132067604/ Scarlet – Merissa Meyer

The second book of the Lunar Chronicles, and I enjoyed this more than I thought! I enjoyed Cinder, but this was on a different level. It may be because the plot was really interesting in my opinion, and I loved seeing the pieces fit together with Cinder. I was able to fly through it with ease and I just ate the story up! I understand it may have been a bit too tedious or long-winded for some, but I found it perfect! Marissa Meyer’s writing is just so addicting, I love her writing style. I have a good feeling about the rest of the series! Here’s the Goodreads page for more info!

 

 

 

 

3/ Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes 35710320

I wasn’t expecting much from this to be honest, and I wasn’t really aware of what it was about, except that Algernon was a mouse! We follow a man with a low IQ undergo a scientific experiment to increase his intelligence. I think the author did an absolute perfect job with the message from this book. It highlighted how we have developed a strong need for knowledge and to get smarter, but also how getting smarter can make you realise all the things you may not have noticed before. It really explains ‘ignorance is bliss’ in the most profound way. I really enjoyed how the author put in spelling mistakes and grammatical errors where the man had a low IQ. You don’t get books about personal development on quite this scale! Find it on Goodreads here if you want to see more about it!

 

 

345369562/ Quiet Girl in a Noisy World – Debbie Tung

This was a series of comics strips illustrating Debbie’s life as an introvert and the daily struggles that came with seemingly simple activities. I felt so connected to it, it was like reading a comic strip of my own life! It’s comforting to read someone’s perspective on life be so similar to yours, and you end up not feeling so alone! I would recommend this to every single introvert in the world, and also some extroverts who may not understand our internal struggles or ways of thinking. It’s definitely something to pick up whenever you’re feeling down or lonely! Please find here the Goodreads page if you like to learn more!

 

 

 

1/ The Martian – Andy Weir 18007564

This is the story of a Mars mission gone terribly wrong, one man is left behind and has to survive with very little. We follow through Mark Whatney’s logs, and some scenes back at NASA. Even though it’s been almost 3 months, I still think about this book and how much I loved it! I am craving a follow-up story so much! Mark Whatney’s narrative is second to none and incredibly entertaining. You can feel inspired by his positive and can-do attitude within the situation and also make you think that things are not as bad as you might think. I would highly recommend this to anyone, and please do not feel discouraged with the scientific jargon! The Goodreads page is linked here for you!

 

 

So those are my favourite reads of Winter! I loved every one of these and would recommend everyone to pick them up! Have any of you read these, and if so, what did you think of them? Any recommendations based on these favourites? I’d love to know!

Stay tuned for my Spring Reading List!

 

 

THANKS FOR READING!

Abbie xxxx

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FEBRUARY WRAP-UP! [2018]

Another great reading month! Despite it being considerable shorter month than January, I was still able to read 10 books! At this rate, I could easily overtake my highest books read in a year, but it’s still only two months in so I don’t want to get ahead of myself! I’m just enjoying all the books I’m getting through!

 

  • 1 star –  0               •  >100 pages – 1                 •  Contemporary – 5
  • 2 star – 0                • 100-200 pages –  1            •  Classics – 1
  • 3 star – 5                • 200-300 pages – 1             • Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 3
  • 4 star –  3              • 300-400 pages – 7             • Poetry/Short Stories – 1
  • 5 star – 2                • 400-500 pages – 0            • Author gender:  7 female/ 3 male
  • total – 10 books!       •500+ pages – 0               •Age range: 3 Adult/ 6 YA/ 1 Children’s

                Total pages:  2,934!!

Average rating: 3.85 stars       //     60% paperback, 20% hardback, 20% Kindle

I usually would start with the lowest, but  because I ended up DNFing a book this month, I’ll have to start with that, and I fear I have a very unpopular opinion.

 

 

30653853The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Format: Hardback

No of Pages: DNFed @ 49 pages

Goodreads

It’s not that her characters or writing is unbearable, I just couldn’t get hooked into the plot. Nothing drew me in and I wasn’t overly excited about the ‘plot’ beforehand anyway, so it was difficult to keep reading. When I usually get this, I give the book 50/75 pages before I decide to continue or not, but I just couldn’t continue. I had so many books I was excited to read that I couldn’t justify spending any further time on a book I’m not interested in. As much as I love diversity in books, it seemed this was the only good thing about the book, and that’s not enough to hold my attention, unfortunately.

 

 

Lost Boy by Christina Henry35224165

Format: Paperback

No of Pages: 318

Goodreads

It took a while to get into the book, the first half or so was based around the boys Peter had took, and what it was like to really be around him. He was quite a fearful character, and you could feel the tension between him and Jamie. It was like watching a time-bomb count down and suddenly all hell breaks loose, and that’s precisely what happened! It felt like there needed to be a second half to the book, but there never is. As we are all very aware of the fairy-tale or Disney adaption, I feel we can feel in the gaps.

3/5 stars

 

 

 

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West18660447

Format: Kindle

No of Pages: 346

Goodreads

We follow Gia who has recently been dumped by her boyfriend Bradley, just before they were to enter the school dance. In panic, Gia asked a guy sat in his car to pretend to be her boyfriend for the evening. And everything spirals from there. I read this as part of the Inlove-athon which overlapped with this Contemporary-athon! So my review for this book will be found in that wrap-up here.

3.5/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour18667779

Format: Hardback

No of Pages: 307

Goodreads

Everything Leads to You follows Emi who is working in Hollywood as an intern set designer, and is trying to get over her ex-girlfriend who dumped her for the umpteenth time. She and her best friend, Charlotte, come across a letter written by a recently deceased famous actor, and we follow them as they uncover the meaning behind the letter and try to return it to it’s rightful recipient.  I read this as part of the Inlove-athon, so my  review for this is found here.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen13584792

Format: Flexibound

No of Pages: 315

Goodreads

Everybody knows what this is about, so there is no need to give a synopsis in my opinion! I re-read this as part of the Contemporary-athon so my thoughts on Pride & Prejudice can be found there.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

Rapunzel by Brother’s Grimm17160901

Format: Hardback

No of Pages: 32

Goodreads

I learned so much about the adaption after reading the fairytale, and can understand the similarities! I read this as part of the Inlove-athon challenge to read a fairy-tale and then watch the adaption (Tangled), my thoughts can be found there.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde28245707

Format: Kindle

No of Pages: 262

Goodreads

Over the course of a weekend, we follow three friends as they are at SuperCon, a massive convention. I picked this up in place of a diverse read for the Contemporary-athon after DNFing The Upside of Unrequited. My review can be found in that wrap-up here.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung34536956

Format: Paperback

No of Pages: 177

Goodreads

Debbie Tung illustrates her life as an introvert and the many obstacles that come along with that. I read this for Contemproary-athon for the challenge to read a Contemporary Graphic Novel. So my review can be found here.

5/5 stars!

 

 

 

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 24987978

Format: Paperback

No of Pages: 372

Goodreads

When James Halladay, the creator of OASIS, dies, he leaves his entire fortune to the player who can uncover the Easter egg he had hidden within the game. We follow Wade as he goes through this journey. This is full of humour, 80’s references, and truly an enjoyable read. I felt connected to the characters and loved each of them, I didn’t want it to end!  I have a more in-depth review on Goodreads here.

5/5 stars!!

 

Have you read any of these books? If so, do you agree or disagree? Any new favourites of the past month? And what are you’re reading goals for March?  I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

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JANUARY WRAP-UP! [2018]

It’s the first wrap-up of 2018! I have read 10 books which I’m so happy about, I started the year on a high reading wise, despite having a lot of personal health problems going down! Gold star for me! I think I already have a favourite book of the year, as well. Good times. Going ahead I think I’ll do wrap-ups for every 5 books, because if I keep up this pace I’ll have really long wrap-ups every month, and ain’t nobody got time for that!

 

  • 1 star –  0               •  >100 pages – 1                 •  Contemporary – 2
  • 2 star – 0                • 100-200 pages –  1            •  Classics – 2
  • 3 star – 4                • 200-300 pages – 3             • Sci-Fi/Fantasy – 4
  • 4 star –  2               • 300-400 pages – 3             • Poetry/Short Stories – 2
  • 5 star – 4                • 400-500 pages – 2            • Author gender:  7 female/ 4 male
  • total – 10 books!       •500+ pages – 0               •Age range: 5 Adult/ 5 YA

                Total pages: 2928!!

Average rating: 4.125 stars       //     50% paperback, 30% library, 20% Kindle

 

As usual, I’ll go from lowest to highest… which may be difficult seeing as a read 4 5-star books!

 

25868918Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Format: Paperback

Page count: 432

GOODREADS

This started so strongly; I loved the characters and the links toward the classic Jane Eyre. I enjoyed how Jane Steele killed those who deserved it, which is a great twist on the classic because there are so many characters who treat Jane Eyre very poorly, and in this re-imagining, the protagonist takes revenge for some of those characters. But I lost a lot of interest ever since Jane went to be a governess for Mr Thornfield; it felt like she lost her spunk and the momentum of the plot dragged. I couldn’t grip myself to what was happening and I started to care less and less until the novel was over. Very anti-climactic, unfortunately.

3 stars

 

 

 

Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller 35963670

Format: Library

Page count: 368

GOODREADS

I read this as part of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and to avoid repeating myself, I’ll just link to the blog post for the wrap-up! It’s a YA Science Fiction about a virtual reality game called Otherworld, owned by a massive multi-billion company which basically runs everything. It was a really fun read, but I don’t think I’ll be looking to pick up the rest of the series.

3 stars

 

 

 

24874295The Beautifull Cassandra by Jane Austen

Format: Kindle

Page count: 64

GOODREADS

I was intrigued to read this collection of short stories written whilst Jane Austen was a teenager, you can see how she developed into the infamous author we know and love. These stories should be taken lightly, as they were only for the enjoyment of her family. If you go into this expecting something like Pride and Prejudice or Emma, you’ll be disappointed. It’s a very quick, light, enjoyable read!

3.5 stars

 

 

 

 

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C Stevens33295690

Format: Kindle

Page count: 352

GOODREADS

This was delightful! It did take me a while to really get into the story. I loved the friendships, and the idea of people from a small community coming together to save traditions. Overall, it was a heart-warming, positive read! I couldn’t fully connect with the main character as I’m not religious or struggling with sexuality, but for anyone who is struggling with their sexuality this is such a positive book for that! I loved how Davey didn’t rush or push Billie, and accepted her for who she was. Also, the Corn Dolly announcement scene was TOO PRECIOUS. Fuller review here!

3.75 stars

 

 

 

 

34078564Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook

Format: Paperback

Page count: 260

GOODREADS

I haven’t read a lot of poetry recently, and when I finished this, I thought “why haven’t I?”. I find poetry so beautiful and personal, it’s hard to not relate to it. There were some poems which didn’t exactly hit the nail of the head, however I reached for my highlighter for the first time in years, because I wanted to go back and read some passages over and over again. I really like the uniqueness of pairing a poem with a song; there were some where I thought another song would’ve fitted better, but overall I’ll definitely be going back! A bit more here.

4 stars

 

 

 

 

Lady Susan by Jane Austen29378517

Format: Library

Page count: 119

GOODREADS

I read this as part of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and to avoid repeating myself, I’ll just link to the blog post for the wrap-up! I never would’ve expected Jane Austen to write such a character. Especially at the age of 19 in 18th Century England! Cleverly written in letters, and well thought out. Lady Susan is recently widowed and tries to marry a rich man, and marry her daughter Frederica to another rich man, in order to improve their wealth which was damaged from her late husband’s passing. Definitely what you don’t expect from Jane Austen!

4 stars

 

 

 

 

13602234Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Format: Paperback

Page count: 452

GOODREADS

I read this as part of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and to avoid repeating myself, I’ll just link to the blog post for the wrap-up! This is the second instalment in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and is a loose retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. It was incredibly entertaining and the story moved at a great pace. I loved the banter and friendship between Thorn and Cinder, I found myself laughing at some of their witty comments! For a 400+ book I read it so quickly! So eager to pick up Cress!

5 stars!

 

 

Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whatley 29231988

Format: Paperback

Page count: 256

GOODREADS

I read this as part of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and to avoid repeating myself, I’ll just link to the blog post for the wrap-up! I want to read more mental health books that focus more on male characters suffering, and I stumbled across this, which was recommended by Emma Rund. It was brilliant, and the message that people are more than just their mental illness is very present in this. Such a positive reflection on mental health, and it deals with panic attacks really well, but I cannot comment on it’s accuracy on Agoraphobia. I have written more in my Goodreads review. Highly recommend!!!

5 stars!!

 

 

35710320Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Format: Library

Page count: 256

GOODREADS

I read this as part of the Winter Biannual Bibliothon, and to avoid repeating myself, I’ll just link to the blog post for the wrap-up! This is a classic science-fiction story about a man with a low IQ undergoing an experiment to increase his IQ, and his journey and progress, and all the events that happen as part of his increasing IQ. It was so incredibly though-provoking and I really wasn’t expecting it! It really makes you think about our constant need for knowledge, and whether intelligence is as important as we are led to believe.

5 stars!!

 

 

The Martian by Andy Weir18007564

Format: Paperback

Page count: 369

GOODREADS

I have a longer review here. I absolutely loved this! It’s definitely going to be one of my favourite books of the year, as I finished it near the start of the month and I STILL think about it constantly. I truly believe the hype is worth it, which was the main reason I put it off for so long. Mark Whatney’s humour and dialogue is so incredibly entertaining, and it was so nice how he stayed really positive and had a can-do attitude toward the massive problem he had.

5 stars!!!

 

So I think I’ve had a really good reading month! I don’t think I’ve ever read as many 5 star books as I have in January, and I have high hope for February with not 1, not 2, but 3 readathons I’m hoping to participate in!

What have you read this past month? Any new favourites or recommendations? Any of these you’ve read, and if so, what were your thoughts? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx