May Reading Wrap-up 2019

As predicted my reading list dropped dramatically this month. I’m back at work, rediscovered my social life and got a little distracted by Netflix and sunshiney days.

Altogether I read 11 books in June.
Here’s a bit about them…

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Bridget Kemmerer
A fresh take on Beauty & the Beast. This isn’t my favourite retelling and I wasn’t captured by the MCs ‘romance’, but Harper made a fantastic Beauty- Her cerebral palsy was well written and I connected with her moral beliefs. I also loved all of the side characters- especially Grey.The pacing dwindled slightly in the middle but I was content by the end.

The Girl In Red – Christina Henry
You gotta know I’m gonna HIGHLY recommend this. I love Christina Henry and her Red Riding Hood retelling includes a fantastic crossover, read it and find out yourselves! Come back for my review on the 15th!

The Furies – Katie Lowe
An artistic tale of four college students and their transformation into vengeful young women. Acquired from Netgalley. Review to come.

The Girls – Emma Cline
This has been on my wishlist forever. Evie recalls her childhood summer in a cult. A dirt track road of a book about girl gangs, drugs, teenage desperation and small town life. An engulfing, atmospheric read.

The Red Labyrinth – Meredith Tate
Acquired from Netgalley- Review HERE

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The Pathkeeper – N J Simmonds
An NA fantasy romance, not my usual style but definitely worth reading. Acquired from Netgalley. Full review HERE.

Pans Labyrinth- GDT & Cornelia Funke
Absolutely perfect. Whether you’ve seen the film or not I implore you to pick up this beautiful blend of fantasy, history and horror.
Review to come 2nd July.

Allegedly- Tiffany D Jackson
When a young black girl allegedly kills a white baby the world doesn’t dig deep enough for the truth. A scarily feasible, shocking and harrowing read. Told in present and past tense, with excerpts of news articles and doctor evaluations throughout, Jacksons fantastic character development gave me all the emotions!

When The Lights Went Out – Bridget Morrissey
A summer YA tale of friendship, loyalty and loss. Acquired from Netgalley. Review HERE

The Sunday Girl – Pip Drysdale
Pegged as Bridget Jones meets Girl On The Train. Find my contribution to the RandomThings blog tour right here on June 18th

The Dark Game – Jonathan Janz
Goosebumps for adults! Pure entertainment with constant and unbelievable threats from fantastical creations. A raw dirty kind of horror that makes you feel like you need to scrub it off after reading.
See my full review HERE.

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As for spending- I purchased The Priory Of The Orange Tree on an insane Amazon deal promoted by Shannon. It’s an intimidating book and I’ll probably wait years to tackle it but I just HAD to, right? I also picked up 8 other book deals.

The Hunted- Meagan Spooner
Vanishing Girl- Laura Thalassa
The Moor- Sam Haysom
Dune- Frank Herbert
Kill Hill Carnage- Tim Meyer
The Pretty Ones- Ania Ahlborn
The Magpies- Mark Edwards
The Wicked Deep- Shea Ernshaw

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ARC Life

I’ve started giving myself a time limit on Netgalley to try and restrict any chaotic request binges. In the past two weeks I requested 5 titles and wished for 7. I’ve had four acceptances and one rejection so far.
Doing this alongside my blog tour acceptances, unread library and occasional purchases will still keep my behind my TBR til the end of time!

Netgalley ratio: 72%

Current stance on Goodreads: 67/100

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So, what did you read this month? Any thoughts on my choices? 

 

March Reading Wrap-Up 2019

It’s been another full reading month for me! I’m still not back to work, hopefully the camera going into my stomach this week will find out why. In the mean time I am DEVOURING my TBR. For the first time in forever I am below 300 at only(!) 280 books to be read.

As always it’s a mixed bag, I traversed fantasy, horror, crime, suspense and dystopia genres in March, here’s a little bit about them…
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February Reading Wrap-Up 2019

Look at this! Two wrap-ups in one month? That’s as many as I managed in the entirety of 2018. Yep, I know- I’m extremely inconsistent. So if you missed the first half of my month you can catch up with me right here: Reading Wrap-Up 18/02

If I’m being honest I had a little extra time on my hands this month. I’m still waiting for a diagnosis from my doctor and unfortunately we had to cancel our trip to Madrid this week due to my ill health. On the upside, I have a week off work with no obligations- of course I’m gonna read!

Including the six books I unashamedly bragged about in week 2 I managed a grand total of 14. I made a dent in my TBR for Fantasy/Fairy-tale February, struck some more titles from my Series-To-Finish hit list (Series To Finish 2019- Sign Up & TBR) and managed a few of last years backlist (2018 -Books I Meant To Read) Not bad for the shortest month of the year! Leaving me at a current position of… drum roll… Continue reading “February Reading Wrap-Up 2019”

Book vs Box; Mr Mercedes – Stephen King

I read it, I watched it. But which did I prefer?

Welcome to The Book vs The Box! Here I discuss some of my favourite reads that have been adapted for television or box office. I’ll be looking at authenticity, casting and plot changes, whether watching the material lives up to reading it and which I preferred.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday- 30/01

Find out which upcoming book release holds a place on my never-ending TBR…

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Wishful Endings and previously Breaking The Spine. We’re here to spotlight upcoming releases and tell you what we’re most excited to read. Want to join in? Let @Tressa tell you all about it, or keep reading to view my choice this week…
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