2019 Reading Wrap-Up!

2019 has been my best year of reading so far in 31 years. Partially owing to an 8 week absence from work that saw me hit my highest monthly round ups EVER – see here, here aaaand here!

I’m please to discover that not only did I smash my GoodReads challenge at 127 of 100 books, I also -purely by accident- balanced the scales at 52% books written by women.

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As for genre, I had a total fantasy binge at the beginning of the year thanks to encouragement from the likes of Circe, The Bone Season, The Poppy War and a growing obsession with fairytale re-tellings such as Uprooted, To Kill A Kingdom and more.

Horror remains my top tier as always with Flame Tree Press publisher leading the charge. Thriller almost keeping up and Dystopian falling back due to an influx of similar story lines and too many actual scares in real world current events. I’ve categorised Sci-Fi with Fantasy for the chart below.

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You may remember my Series To Finish 2019- Sign Up & TBR early in 2019, where I pledged to read 34 titles. This included both King’s The Dark Tower, and Harry Potter accounting for 14 of the books and one of my New Year Resolutions 2019 ; to re-read.

Welp, aside from a nostalgic re-read of Goosebumps at Halloween, I completely failed that resolution. Do You Re-read Books?, Once again my aim to revisit Harry Potter and Roland Deschain follows me into the New Year! I did however, complete 7 of the 10 unfinished series I pledged- without beginning the 5 owned.

Speaking of owned- my TBR begins this year in much the same position in 2019; currently over 340 unread, owned titles BUT my spending has decreased thanks to further time investment in Netgalley and a little bookish networking.

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Book Review; Good Girls Lie- J T Ellison

They’re expected to be perfect…

Page Count 383

 Publication date Dec 2019/ Publisher MIRA

GoodReads Link

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Synopsis;

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

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First Chapters; The Devil’s Apprentice- Kenneth B Andersen

Why does December always disappear in a blink? All of a sudden time speeds up! Here I am last minute Larry with my contribution to The Devil’s Apprentice reviews.
Many thanks to Dave at The Write Reads as always for bringing us together in another Ultimate Blog Tour.
If you aren’t part of the gang we always have space and a friendly word for new members! Head along to @TheWriteReads or @WriteReadsTours to see what we’re about.

So today I’m giving a ‘first chapters review’ of YA fantasy The Devils Apprentice.

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Book Review; Coral – Sara Ella

There is more than one way to drown…

Page Count 384

 Publication date November 2019/ Publisher Thomas Nelson

GoodReads link

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Synopsis

Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans—emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light?

Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms—a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?

Merrick may be San Francisco’s golden boy, but he wants nothing more than to escape his controlling father. When his younger sister’s suicide attempt sends Merrick to his breaking point, escape becomes the only option. If he can find their mom, everything will be made right again—right?

When their worlds collide, all three will do whatever it takes to survive, and Coral might even catch a prince in the process. But what—and who—must they leave behind for life to finally begin? Continue reading “Book Review; Coral – Sara Ella”

October Reading Wrap-Up

Welcome back ghosts and ghouls,
I think it’s about time I posted another wrap up, it’s been a while! Being October you’ll find my TBR was mostly Halloween themed last month.
I’ve shied away from long novels recently, (my re-read of IT was abandoned before it even began) so I managed to finish a good amount of books this month. Take a look;

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