September 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I hope you’ve all had a great reading month! I managed to read nine books and one graphic novel this month which I am very pleased with. Funny thing, I didn’t realise until I actually sat down to write this post that the graphic novel was the only young adult novel that I read. The rest were all crime thrillers and for the most part, I really enjoyed them! Here’s what I read:

The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O’Neill: I haven’t come across Anthony O’Neill before but after reading this I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more of his books. It was a really intriguing and sometimes creepy story and I thought the setting (Edinburgh) was perfect. I also really liked the cast of characters, especially Cat. She was intelligent, confident and career driven. I loved how dark the plot was at times and how Cat believed she was living below the Devil! It was the ending that completely threw me, though. It took such a dark turn and was really unexpected. This was a great thriller and I’d love to read more books by this author!

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh: I was not prepared for how much of a rollercoaster this book was going to be! I thought it was about a mother overcoming the death of her son and the guilt she felt for letting his hand go, hence the title I Let You Go. Turns out it was about something completely different and it really threw me. The first half was incredibly sad and focused on the death of a little boy but then the second half took a really wild turn. I was disorientated and confused but once it hit, wow. This story was incredibly impactful and I was flitting through all these different emotions while reading it. I haven’t come across a book with such a shocking twist in a while. Clare did a fantastic job with this.

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September 2019 TBR!

Hey guys! Today I am sharing with you my September 2019 TBR. I’ve already finished one book this month (The Devil Upstairs by Anthony O’Neill) and I’m hoping I can read another 6 (possibly more). I’m having a crime fiction month but I may squeeze some fantasy in there later on! Here’s what I’d like to read in September:

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh: I really enjoyed Let Me Lie which I read earlier in the year and I read a lot of reviews saying that wasn’t even Clare’s best book so naturally I was intrigued. I found this in a charity shop and snatched it up straight away. I’ve started it and even the opening chapters have been upsetting with a five year old boy being killed in a hit and run. I think this will be tugging on my heartstrings and I’m interested to see what happens in the aftermath of Jacob’s death.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware: I am buddy reading this with my lovely friend Kate and so far I am really enjoying it! I love Ruth’s books and I think her writing just gets better and better with each new book. I love the way she has decided to tell this story and so far I’m hooked. I can’t wait to see how everything unfolds!

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May 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my May wrap up. I read a decent amount but I am a bit disappointed as I wanted to read a ton more. Sadly I got ill towards the end of the month and it ground my reading to a complete halt. Very frustrating but not a lot you can do! I managed to read six books which I think it’s still pretty good and nearly all of them were part of a series. Here’s what I read:

Warlock Holmes: The Sign of Nine by G.S. Denning: This is the fourth book in the Warlock Holmes series and if you haven’t heard of these books before just think of a fantasy version of Sherlock Holmes. G.S. Denning brings another round of twists to the original Sherlock Holmes stories with The Sign of Nine. While not as funny as the first couple books in the series, I still found this one really creative and witty; it was filled with so many bizarre and hilarious moments. If you are a fan of the originals I highly recommend these books.

The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive: This is a bioterrorism thriller and it’s an incredibly harrowing story. It revolves around one man’s thirst for revenge and his plan to kill millions of innocent people. The thing that shocked me the most about reading this was how frighteningly real it seemed. I couldn’t get the thought out of my head that this is something that could easily happen in real life. It was a really tense and gripping thriller – certainly one that will stay with me for a while!

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April 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I absolutely smashed it again this month. Don’t ask me how but I managed to read 10 books and 1 comic. I never read this many books in one month but lately I have been flying through my TBR! All the books I read were crime thrillers which were all vastly different from one another. I seem to be in a crime mood lately and I’m loving it! Here’s what I read in April:

The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven: This is the first book in a series and I don’t think I will be reading the second one. My favourite thing about this was the gruesome plot. It was absolutely horrifying as people were literally being burned alive at a stake and to make it even more chilling, it was all happening in prehistoric stone circles. Talk about unsettling! Sadly what let this book down was the characters. They were not likeable at all and they didn’t feel fully fleshed out. It felt like they were all missing something but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. I also didn’t like the writing that much — it just wasn’t pulling me. I didn’t find the story engaging at all; I could have easily put the book down and not picked it back up. After hearing everyone raving about this I was sadly left feeling disappointed.

Lies by T.M. Logan: T.M. Logan has easily shot to the top of my list for authors to watch out for. We’ve all made split-second decisions and not really considered the consequences because usually it pays off. But what if it didn’t? What if your decision actually had dire consequences and your life is thrown into crisis? This is the situation Joe finds himself in after defending his wife from a family friend. From this moment on, his life will never be the same and he is forced to question whether he can really trust those closest to him. I loved this book so much! It was such a creepy and unsettling thriller, full of so many jaw-dropping twists! I was on the edge of my seat throughout and I didn’t see the ending coming at all. 

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April 2019 TBR!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my April TBR. I thought I should probably write it and publish it before I finish my first book which always seems to be the case. I am aiming to read four books this month but since I did fantastic job in March, hopefully I have another stellar reading month and surpass my target. Here’s what I’m hoping to read:

The Puppet Show by M. W. Craven: I’m currently reading this gruesome and disturbing story. It’s about a serial killer who burns people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles and he leaves no clues behind. I’m 100 pages in and I’ve flinched so many times already at how descriptive it is. I was only a few pages in and I was squirming. It’s horrifying and I don’t even want to think what will happen towards the end. Also prehistoric stone circles have always scared the wits out of me because I grew up being told they were people who were turned to stone. So obviously I was terrified of going anywhere near them for most of my childhood and even now they still kind of scare me, so don’t ask me why I’m reading this! I was only few pages in and I was squirming. It’s horrifiying and I don’t even want to think what will happen towards the end.

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March 2019 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! I actually have a pretty long wrap up post for today! After only reading 2 books in January and 4 books in February, I think I’m finally clawing my way back as I read 11 books in March! How crazy is that!? I’ve never read that many books in a month before! Closest I’ve come to that is 9 which happened last year but I’ve forgot what month it was. I’m so pleased with myself for managing to go jump from 4 to 11 and I’m nearly halfway through my reading challenge as well now! In terms of what I read, that was really successful as well because I enjoyed a lot of what I read. Here’s what I read:

Legendary by Stephanie Garber: Feels like I read this such a long time ago now, wow! I was completely mesmerised by Stephanie’s beautiful writing and how she seemed to make everything come to life. It was just as magical and otherworldly as Caraval and a great sequel. I loved Scarlett so much and was hesitant to see what her sister would be like but Tella is so much funnier and bolder than her sister. Tella just seemed to breathe so much life into the story and it was so easy to get completely sucked in. The world building was just as dazzling the second time around and I’m so excited for Finale now!

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Book haul!

Hey guys! Today I am bringing you my first book haul of 2019. In case you didn’t know, I decided this year I would buy 1 book for every 3 I read, excluding gift cards or books I received as presents. So that means I’m probably going to have random book hauls scattered throughout the year while I build up a small pile! Also by doing this, I hope to tackle my TBR and hopefully I will have brought it down quite a bit by the end of the year. Here’s what I’ve acquired so far:

The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J. Harris and The House on Half Moon Street by Alex Reeve

So at the start of the year, WH Smith had an amazing deal where if you bought one book, you got another FREE. Now I would have been pretty crazy not to get anything so of course I bought these two books. I was wanting to buy Bee Larkham anyway because it sounds amazing so I was ecstatic to see that was in the offer. Half Moon Street caught my eye with all the surgical equipment on the cover. It looks pretty chilling and I’m all for a disturbing read. I haven’t read either of these yet but hopefully I will get around to them soon!

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