July 2019 Wrap Up

After having a really good reading June, July hit me with a huge reading slump and the worst kind as well. The kind where I really, really craved reading, but nothing I read held my interest for very long. Which especially sucked because I’d really wanted to participate in The Book Junkie Trials and Medieval-a-thon. Which didn’t happen. I read 3 books in July and almost finished a 4th.


Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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I re-read this for the 3rd time. I just can’t get enough of this story. It’s one of my all time favourites and one of those that I can read again and again and again. 5/5 stars

The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman

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I listened to this on audio and I liked it. I think the audio narration definitely added to the story. But I didn’t love it. it was a 3/5 star read for me and not only because I was in a slump.

The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrain Tchaikovsky

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I picked this one up on an impulse. I read Children of Time by the same author and did not like it, but this sounded interesting and nothing at all like the other one. And I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I really loved the world  and the shapeshifting magic system. So cool. I didn’t mesh with the writing style as much as I would have liked, which is why I only gave it 3.75/5 stars, but I’m definitely interested in the rest of the series.

The Intimidating TBR Tag Part 2

I did this about a year ago and I’m pleased to say that I’ve either read or removed from my TBR all the books in that post with one exception. So I thought I’d do it again and see what intimidating books I have to tackle next.


1. A book on your TBR pile you haven’t finished

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I think I got about a third through it, then stopped. And now I’m just too intimidated to pick it up cause I’m thinking what if I don’t remember enough to continue it and I have to re-read it. And it’s so chunky and every time I think about picking it up, I just don’t.

2. A book you just haven’t had the time to read 

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Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein. This is the kind of book that requires a lot of concentration to read and I just haven’t had the time to dedicate to it.

3. A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel 

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The Magician King by Lev Grossman. I actually don’t own the ft book. I found this at a thrift store for super cheap, so I bought it.

4. A book you haven’t read because it’s brand new

I actually haven’t bought any books for well over a month now. I’m trying to get through some of my TBR before buying anything new. So I don’t currently have any brand new books or even any recently purchased books on my TBR at the moment.

5. A book by and author you read previously but didn’t really like

I don’t think I have any for this one either. i tend not to buy books by authors I haven’t liked in the past. I mean it obviously depends how interested I am by the new book and how much I disliked the previous one. But in any case, I don’t currently have any books that fit this category either.

6. A book on your TBR pile that your just not in the mood to read

They’re both series finales and I’m just not mentally and emotionally in the right place to read them right now. Plus, they’re HUGE.

7. A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t read because it’s enormous

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I feel like either of the books from the previous question fit here, but also The Crow Girl By Erik Axl Sund.

8. A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover

I don’t think I have one for this category either. Check me out, stopping all the bad habits.

9. The book on your TBR you find the most intimidating

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This answer has actually remained the same as in the previous post. The Odyssey by Homer. Because I just know that it’s going to be hard for me to follow, even though I do want to read it.

Largest books on my TBR – Top 5 Wednesday

This is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to know more, check out the Goodreads group.

I know it’s not Wednesday. But I’ve been busy. So here are the 5longest books on my physical TBR at the moment.


The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund

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This is a thriller I’m more than a little intimidated by. It’s huge at 784 pages, and definitely outside my comfort zone. I’m very intrigued by it, but I keep putting it off for these reasons.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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This is one I’ve already started reading it. I’m about halfway through it and I’m really not enjoying it because I just bloody hate Chaol. Anyway, this has 672 pages.

 The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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Another one I’ve already started and am not enjoying that much. I didn’t read much of it, to be fair, but again I just don’t really like the main character and that just makes me not want to pick up the book.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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I am super excited about this book, though it is a behemoth at 635 pages. But I can’t wait to dive into it.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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Of course there was going to be a Brandon Sanderson book on here. All his books are huge and this is no exception at 615 pages. This is another one that I’m really excited about.

My TBR Shelf

I’ve never had a designated TBR shelf before. I usually kept read and unread books together. But I recently moved to a new flat and I have this little shelf right next to my bed, so I decided to put my unread books on it. These aren’t all of my unread owned books, because they wouldn’t all fit, so I kept my unread non-fiction books separately.

A great photographer, I am not, but this is what the shelf looks like at the moment.


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The books on here aren’t actually sorted in any particular way except that the hardbacks are at one end and I kind of grouped the white books, but other than that I just shoved them on in whatever order. The little shelf at the top holds the books that I’ve already started but have yet to finish.

In case you are for whatever reason curious as to what books are on my TBR shelf, they are as follows:

Top shelf (started but not yet finished)

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – I’ve legit been reading this for a year now. Since it came out last year. I’m just really not enjoying it, mainly because I cannot stand Chaol. I just want to get through it so I can get to Kingdom of Ash. I’m almost halfway through it (I know, I hate Chaol that much).

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – This is another one that I just couldn’t really get into. I was actually expecting to enjoy this book and series as I’ve heard great things about it from people I trust. And I am intrigued by the plot and the world, but again, I dislike the main character and it just puts me off reading it. Every time I pick it up, I read a few pages and I put it back down. I’m 135 pages into this one.

Looking for Alaska by John Green – I started reading this at the start of September, but then I just really haven’t been in a contemp kind of mood, so I haven’t been picking it up much.

The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis – This is the non-fiction that I’m currently reading and as usual with Lewis’ books, I’m really enjoying it. Though I have to say at least so far, this one is my least favourite of his books that I have read.

What If? Serious Scientific Answersto Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe – This is another non-fiction that I’m reading, though not as actively as The Four Loves. Because of the nature of this book, this is what I pick up when I have only 5 minutes and want a quick pick me up as each chapter is very entertaining and usually quite short.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch – You can’t actually see the spine of this one, but it’s the one with green pages. This is my meh book of the moment. Am I the only one who has a book that’s just kind of mediocre that you read when you’re too tired for anything that requires more than a quarter of a brain and you don’t want to read a book you love because you won’t be able to focus, but you want to read? Or when you just finished an awesome book and you know you won’t be able to focus on a new one, but you also want to keep reading? No? Just me? Anyway, this is my second Sara Raasch book and I didn’t really like the first one either.

The Bat by Jo Nesbo – Final book on the little shelf. I’ve been reading this book even longer than ToD. I’m debating just admitting that I’m never going to finish it. But… it was recommended to me by someone special and I just really wanted to like it.

Bottom shelf

I haven’t actually read any of these, so I don’t have much to say about each one. I’ll just list them, from left to right:

Hardbacks

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas | Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton | Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett | State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury | Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

Paperbacks

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund | Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pincola Estes | Elantris by Brandon Sanderson |A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by G. R. R. Martin | Origin by Dan Brown | Down River by John Hart

Wild Embers by Nikita Gill | The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab | The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett | Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu | Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen | A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel | American Gods by Neil Gaiman

ABC Challenge – A

I saw this over at Thrice Read and since I’ve been having very little time for my blog lately, I thought this would be a fun, short post to do every week.

Basically, for each letter of the alphabet, I will reflect on the most remarkable book I’ve read starting with that letter and mention a book on my TBR starting with that letter that I would like to get to soon.


Most remarkable book

For this, I will go with Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. I will never miss an opportunity to talk about this series because it is so underrated! More people should read it.

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Book on my TBR

For this one, I have a tie between The Archived by Victoria Schwab and American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I’ve had my eyes on both for ages and I’ve yet to get to either of them. But I hope to do so very soon.

August 2018 Wrap-Up

I read 6 books in August. I’ve been surprisingly consistent with the number of books I’ve been reading considering how hard this year has been.


Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake

32295486This was sadly somewhat disappointing. It could have been cool, with the combination of Celtic and Norse mythology. Unfortunately, it focused way too much on the romance between the main characters, which was totally insta-lovey and really had no chemistry going. 2/5 stars.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

38606192This was awesome. I can’t even explain to you how much I enjoyed this book. It’s a fairy-tale and it’s inspired by Rumpelstiltskin. But it’s got Jewish and Russian tones to it. I loved the romance as well, it’s got the trope of the two love interests hating each other and then growing to grudgingly love and respect one another, I just eat that up.  and it’s just so beautiful and cool and ugh, I loved it. 5/5 stars

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

27827627I had such a book hangover after Spinning Silver, that I had to go and revisit this story because only a Naomi Novik fairy-tale could satisfy. I audiobooked it this time around and the audiobook was fantastic. I do have a full review of this if you are interested. 5/5 stars.

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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I’m a big fan of Norse mythology and I’m a fan of Neil Gaiman. A match made in heaven, really. I listened to the audiobook for this one, which is narrated by Neil Gaiman, so it was delightful. The man does have a great voice. 5/5 stars

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

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I have mixed feelings about this book. While I did enjoy the dark setting and the fairy folklore and that aspect of it very much, I wasn’t a massive fan of the strong emphasis put on the romance. I just didn’t really care about any of the couples and in fact… I didn’t particularly like any of the characters. I didn’t dislike them, really. I just didn’t care much about them. The story itself was cool though and I do love folklore. 3/5 stars.

Audiobook Collection

Over the past few months, I’ve been getting into audiobooks and I’ve gathered a little collection of audiobooks. I’ve never included any of them in my book hauls, so I thought I’d make a separate post to share my collection with you. Some of these, I also own physical copies of.


The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins | Ships and Strings and Wedding Rings by Jodi Taylor | The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor | Roman Holiday by Jodi Taylor | Christmas Present by Jodi Taylor

When a Child is Born by Jodi Taylor | Red Sister by Mark Lawrence | Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence | Golden Son by Pierce Brown | The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll | The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin | The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Life of Pi by Yann Martel | The Power by Naomi Alderman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman | The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton | Uprooted by Naomi Novik | A Breach of Security by Susan Hill

June 2018 Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s time for another wrap up. I read 5 books in June, two of which were behemoths. And I actually loved every single book I read last month, so all in all, a great month.


The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Like the first one, this book was a whirlwind of constant action and plot-twists. There were some things that I loved and others that… at least upon finishing this book, I didn’t know how to feel about. But over all, it was great! 4.5/5 stars.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

I immediately bought the final book in the trilogy because I just could not with the ending. And it was one hell of a finale! I loved everything about it. 5/5 stars.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

This was my first dip into the worlds of Neil Gaiman and boy why did I not read any of his books sooner? Soo good. 5/5 stars

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

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I finally brought myself to read this strange little story. Now I am officially out of Kingkiller stuff to read until the next one comes out 😦 It was beautiful though. I love Auri to bits. 5/5 stars

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

A couple years ago, I read The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and found I really enjoy this guy’s mixture of humour and history. I maintain that opinion having read this book and would not hesitate to recommend all of his books to anyone who enjoys darker, witty humour. I listened to the audiobook for this one, which was definitely a good choice as the narrator was great. 5/5 stars

Book Haul

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin | Wonderwoman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo | Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wyne Jones | The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Looking for Alaska by John Green | The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  | The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie | Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake | Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks | Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman | Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart | The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson | A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas