Favourite Books of 2021!

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing with you my favourite books of 2021. I honestly thought I wouldn’t have that many to share as I didn’t rate that many books five stars in the first half of the year. However, I discovered so many incredible books in the latter half of 2021 and I am so excited to share them with you. So let’s get into it!

The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan: This was my first five star read and my first book by Phoebe Morgan too! I plan on reading more of her books because this was such a rollercoaster. It follows four friends who go on a luxury retreat to South Africa when they reunite for a birthday celebration. Alice, Grace and Hannah agree to meet their friend Felicity there, but once they arrive there’s no sign of Felicity or the party that was promised and they are alone in the wild. I was very impressed with how quickly Morgan managed to create such a menacing setting and it left me constantly on edge because I always had the sense that something bad was going to happen. There was never a dull moment as the book flipped between the past and present as it told the story of how these “Wild Girls” went from being the best of friends to complete strangers. This is a book you’ll start reading and end up devouring in one sitting. It’s a very well-crafted story that oozes tension right from the start and has a killer twist at the end.

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August 2021 Wrap Up!

Hey guys! Today I’ll be sharing all the books I read in August. I managed to read eight books and I’m very happy with that. I read a lot of thrillers and I enjoyed the majority of them. Here’s what I read:

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian: My first read was this absolutely brilliant psychological thriller that follows a group of psychopaths who are taking part in a study at John Adams University. When two students in the study are murdered, Chloe, Charles and Andre form an uneasy alliance to catch the killer. It’s a very dark, twisty read but also fascinating to be in the mindset of Chloe and Charles. Chloe is plotting the murder of another student, while Charles is trying to live a normal life despite his inability to feel emotions such as empathy and fear. Andre is caught between the two of them and just wanted to have a normal college experience, but instead has ended up tangled in a murder investigation. This was a great debut and I’m really hoping there’s a sequel because I’d love to see more of these characters. 

Triflers Need Not Apply Camilla Bruce: This is a harrowing story that recounts the life of Belle Gunness, a real life serial killer whose murderous rampage began in Chicago in 1900. I knew it was going to be dark since it’s about a serial killer, but I still felt unprepared for just how chilling some scenes were. There’s definitely some scenes that will haunt me for a while just because they were so shocking. I can’t imagine how much the research the author had to carry out to get in Belle’s mindset. There’s also some chapters from her sister, Nellie, but, truth be told, they don’t really add much to the story and felt very repetitive. I’d definitely recommend this for fans of true crime, but expect some gruesome murder scenes. 

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Books I Want to Read in August 2021

Hey guys! Today I’ll be sharing the books that I want to read in August and I’ve got a few from last month that I didn’t manage to read. I’ve picked out nine books and they’re a mixture of crime and fantasy. So let’s get into it!

Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian: I’m currently reading this one and I’m loving it so far! It’s different to what I was expecting as there’s multiple POVs and I originally thought it would just be from Chloe’s perspective. I don’t mind at all though because so far it’s very interesting and I love how there’s Chloe’s plot and then another plot involving a potential serial killer as students are being murdered on campus. I can’t wait to see where this goes!

Dare to Know by James Kennedy: This one publishes in September so I’ll definitely prioritise it this month so that I can get my review up in time for its release. I’m so looking forward to reading it because the synopsis sounds so fascinating and unique as it follows an unnamed narrator whose death prediction model says he died 23 minutes ago, but he’s very much alive. I’m very intrigued by this plot already!

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Mini Bank Holiday Book Haul!

Hey guys! Today I am sharing with you my little Bank Holiday book haul. I definitely wasn’t planning on buying any new books but then Waterstones surprised us with a double stamp offer this weekend and, well, I couldn’t resist picking some up. Here’s what I got:

One by One by Chris Carter: I have been slowly collecting this series since there’s 11 books and buying them all at once is very expensive so I’ve been getting them each at a time. I managed to find five of them secondhand so I saved a bit there! One by One was the last one I needed to complete my collection, so now I’m going to read the entire series from start to finish. I’ve read a few and I loved them so I can’t wait to go back to the start now! The series follows Detective Robert Hunter of LAPD’s Homicide Special Section and the books I’ve read were so dark and gruesome. Definitely a lot darker than others I’ve read but so addicting too. They are so well written and keep you hooked.

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Books I Want to Give a Second Chance

Hey guys! Today I am going to be talking about books I want to give a second chance. I’ve picked out five that I started reading but never finished. So let’s get into it!

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch:

I bought this when I was on holiday because I really liked the US cover and everyone was saying how great it is. Lots of people have said it’s a mind-bending thriller/sci-fi and it sounds really awesome but when I started reading it I was so bored. I actually picked it up recently and my bookmark is still in there from about two years ago! It has 340 pages and I only got up to page 34 before deciding to DNF it. So I definitely didn’t give this a proper chance and I should have at least read up to page 100 before making that decision. The story follows Jason who’s a pretty ordinary guy with a wife and son, but one night he is abducted and when he wakes up his life is not the one he knows. He begins to wonder if he’s losing his mind and if he dreamed his other life. I can’t really defend myself but I’m just going to say I found those first 34 pages incredibly boring, but I am ashamed I didn’t push through it until I got into the story properly. I will definitely be picking this up again!

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April 2021 Wrap Up

Hey guys! Today I am sharing my April wrap up and I managed to read five books this month. Even though I am currently behind on my reading challenge, I’m happy with the books I read this month and I think five is a good amount. Here’s what I read:

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

This was the first book I picked up this month and I have no idea why I’ve been sitting on it for so long. It took me a year to finally pick it up and I definitely should have done that sooner because it was such a compelling story. The story follows Pippa Fitz-Amobi, a seventeen-year-old student, who is investigating a shocking murder and suicide that happened five years ago in the small town of Little Kilton. I adored Pip and thought she had such a bubbly personality. She’s smart, caring and also very driven. Nothing puts her off the investigation and she’s determined to get to the truth. She was the perfect lead for this and I’m really looking forward to picking up the next book. The way the story is told is pretty interesting, too. Pip’s investigation is mainly told through interview transcripts and production logs, with the occasional text message or email format interlaced. I thought this was done really well as I became completely immersed in the story and it felt like I was right there alongside Pip, thinking through each clue and piecing together what really happened to Andie Bell and Sal Singh. It felt like a fresh format and it kept me invested in the story and finding out what really happened five years ago.

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Books I Want to Read in April 2021

Hey guys! I can’t believe that it’s already time to share my April TBR. This year is going by fast considering we’ve spent the first three months in lockdown. I’ve been struggling to keep on top of my reading so I’m going to try switching it up by reading paperbacks and smaller books instead. I’ve been reading chunky books so maybe I miss holding a small paperback? I’ll try anything at this point to get out of my slump! Here’s what I’m planning on reading:

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson: I picked this one up randomly on my week off and so far I am loving it. It follows Pippa Fitz-Amobi as she sets out to uncover who really killed schoolgirl Andie Bell five years ago. I’m not that far in yet but I’m finding the interview transcripts really interesting and all the investigating Pip is doing. I can’t wait to get further into it!

A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth: Ok, this is not a small paperback, it’s a very big hardback from Illumicrate but I have been itching to read it and it’s supposed to be similar to Cassandra Clare’s books, which I love! I’m really looking forward to this one and diving back into the fae realm. This one is about a group of teenagers who are working together to stop a killer before the fae realm is exposed to the human world. It sounds incredible!

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March 2021 Wrap Up

Hey guys! Today I am sharing with you all the books I read in March 2021. Unfortunately, I was still in a bit of a slump this month so I didn’t manage to read that many books but it’s more than I read last month! I managed to read six books and it was a bit up and down with my enjoyment of them. Here’s what I read:

Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler

First up I read Don’t Wake Up and sadly, I didn’t enjoy this book so the month was not off to a great start. My main issue with this is that it felt very repetitive, with the same scene happening three different times. The main character is abducted on three separate occasions and tied to an operating table by someone disguised as a doctor. This made the entire story feel so dragged out and not very believable that it happened on three separate occasions without anyone noticing. Also, no one believes she is telling the truth and put it down to stress. However, we, the reader, are told very clearly that she’s telling the truth and this incident did actually happen, which I thought took away a lot of the intrigue and excitement. I’d have much preferred it if she was painted as unstable and unreliable. It would have made the story so much more interesting and gripping. Bit disappointing as I was really looking forward to this one!

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Most Anticipated 2021 Releases

Hey guys! I’m excited to share with you my most anticipated book releases for 2021. Of course, these are the ones that are currently on my radar, no doubt I’ll find even more books to get excited about later on in the year. Here’s what I’m looking forward to reading:

Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare: Let’s start with the most obvious one first and probably the one I’m most excited about. This is the second book in The Last Hours series and if you haven’t yet read the first book, please go and pick it up! Cassandra Clare is one of my favourite authors because she always has such a compelling cast of characters and her most recent series has been fantastic. I cannot wait to read Chain of Iron, I’m really interested to see what certain characters do next and where the story goes.

The Desolations of Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs: This is the final book in Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series and I am gutted that it’s ending. At first I was worried when it was announced the series would be extended because the books that follow usually aren’t as good, but I was delighted to see that books four and five were just as good as the original trilogy. The only thing I noticed was that the photographs didn’t seem to fit the narrative as well, however, I also noticed that the narrative had grown so much that it no longer needed to rely on the photographs. The Conference of the Birds ended on a massive cliffhanger so I’m excited to see what lies ahead for Jacob and his friends!

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