Welcome to another monthly round up! I feel like I had an excellent reading month in May, and there are a ton of books here which I cannot wait to tell you about – enjoy! A Skinful of Shadows – Frances Hardinge I picked this book up because I’d bought tickets to see the author speak at Hay Literary Festival on a bit of a whim. And this book was truly brilliant, so that was a stroke of luck! A Skinful of Shadows follows Makepeace,…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up {May}”

Genuinely can’t believe it’s May! Even though Christmas feels like an age ago, the ensuing four months have passed in a flash. I managed to read 6 books in April, definitely not my best but to be fair one of the them was well over 700 pages (looking at you Gaiman). I actually really enjoyed everything I read this month, so read on if you want to know what books have been gripping me and why! Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas I’m a…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up {April}”

Phew! So I’m finally up to date (kind of, I know this is late too!). I actually did really well in March and read 10 books, although I have to admit that some of them were slightly shorter than average. For mini reviews of everything I read this month, just keep reading! The Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett This follows the continued adventures of Rincewind, Twoflower, and the suitcase, as they travel often unintentionally around the Discworld. As I think I mentioned in my first…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up {March}”

Quick fire round up of the four (yep, just four) books which I managed to get through in February. I’m blaming the shorter month for my lack of reading… Brave New World – Aldous Huxley I didn’t expect to like this at all – having read 1984, I was put off reading dystopian novels for a good while. But how different this is! The underlying bleakness and dissatisfaction of a seemingly perfect future society is still there, but so are in-depth characterisations and a dose…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up 2018 {February}”

I was going to do this post as a combined round up from January and February, but it’s now the end of March and I’ve still not finished it… And quite honestly I’ve now read 22 books this year, and no one wants a post that long! So I’m just going to go ahead and do three separate posts for January, February, and March. Rewind to January… So this year I’m once again taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, with the aim of reading…Continue Reading “Reading Round Up 2018 {January}”

Sarah Perry’s second novel is seriously something else. It’s totally not something I would usually read, and I’ll admit that I was drawn in by the Waterstones special edition cover (it’s shiny and the pages are blue – what more could you want?!). I hadn’t read her first novel, but I have to say my expectations were high after the level of hype surrounding this book last year. This included being awarded the 2016¬†Waterstones Book of the Year award, winning both the fiction and overall…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry”

Royal Wedding is the new book by Meg Cabot, intended as a sequel to the Princess Diaries series, but aimed at older readers (i.e. not 13 year olds). It follows Princess Mia years after the tenth book ended – she is 25, living at the Genovian Consulate in New York, and still going out with the infamous Michael. I’m only slightly ashamed to admit that the Princess Diaries books were some of my all-time favourite books as a teenager, and honestly I probably would have…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] Royal Wedding – Meg Cabot”

This book, written by Jonas Jonasson, is pretty brilliant. I had already read the ‘sequel’ to this book, which technically isn’t a sequel but follows a similarly bizarre storyline. The Hundered-Year-Old man in question is Allan Karlsson, who originally appears unhappy with his situation, but otherwise unassuming. After disappearing from his care home on his one hundredth birthday by climbing out of the window, Allan heads on a surprising adventure which becomes less surprising once we learn more about Allan’s past. Events from Allan’s extraordinary…Continue Reading “[REVIEW] The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared”

  The Knot is odd. It follows the life of the protagonist, Dominic Kitchen, the youngest in the family. Far outshone by his two elder siblings, he rarely has an opinion to express or takes charge of the situation. Max, Dom’s older brother, goes to Oxford and gets an amazing job with one of his friend’s parents. Said friend, henceforth known as ‘The Cricketer’, catches Dom’s sister’s eye, and he and Victoria end up marrying. Dom is once again left out, and as the Cricketer’s…Continue Reading “Book Review: The Knot, by Mark Watson (Blogmas Day 5)”