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…


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So here’s what I read:

The Woman In The Window- A.J.Finn

Due to revelations in the news last month I won’t be commenting on this book or reading/recommending any other works by A.J.Finn aka Dan Mallory.


The Lingering – SJI Holliday

I really enjoyed this one, in fact I’ve yet to come across any title under Orenda Books that I didn’t love. Ghosts, cults(?), witches and asylums- what more could you need?


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Song Rising (The Bone Season 3)- Samantha Shannon

Everyone is a little pre-occupied with The Priory Of The Orange Tree right now, but if you haven’t tried out The Bone Season I desperately urge you to give it a go. This YA satisfies the secret Hunger Games fan girl in me, the plot is in no way the same but the writing is fantastic and oooh the world building!

To Kill A Kingdom – Alexandra Christo

A creative and dark re-telling of The Little Mermaid. I was worried this may be too young for me but I’m so glad my blogging pals talked me into it, I was blown away. I can’t wait to read more from this author.


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Uprooted – Naomi Novik

Another whirlwind re-telling, this time Beauty & The Beast. I was convinced by Dellybird’s review to pick this one up and I’m happy I did. If I thought I was a fan of re-tellings before this had me leaping to buy Spinning Silver and find out what else Novik has in store.

Providence – Caroline Kepnes

It was only a matter of time before I had to slink back to my old favourite genre. This horror was wonderfully unique, it’s my second Kepnes novel after reading YOU and already her dark and gritty writing style feels familiar to me, like an old friend.


Seed- Ania Ahlborn

The first book to give me nightmares since I started reading Goosebumps in the 90s! I think this one’s going to need a review all of its own. (Watch this space, or check out more on Ania here: Halloween Heroines; A Spotlight)

Aaaand speaking of reviews, I’ve taken the extra step and started requesting direct from publishers…


The Migration – Helen Marshall

My first book mail! Huge thanks to Titan Books I was sooo excited when this landed on my doormat. Check back for a full review on this one.

You may have seen me admit-I haven’t signed into Netgalley since around Halloween last year. I let it fall to pieces and I’m too scared to try and fit them back together! So instead this month as well as receiving my first ever physical book mail I signed up to two blog tours. I’m thinking I’ll feel much more accountable for reviewing these. 

Lets hope I can keep it up…

Have you read any of these titles? What were your thoughts? 


Three Bookish Things Tag

I first spotted this on Crystal’s blog Paper Royalty and it looked so fun I had to join in!


  • Christina Henry- I picked up Alice in 2017 and have auto bought everything she’s written since. I can’t tell you how excited I am for The Girl In Red
  • Robert Mcmammon- After seeing so many other reviewers raving about Boy’s Life I finally picked it up to read last year. Cue me searching and purchasing as much of his backlist as I could find. I’m going with Swan Song next time.
  • C L Taylor- I’ve got quite a few of her books lined up in my kindle now, the first I read The Fear last year and I’m looking forward to Sleep after many other trusted authors have been shouting about it on the Twitterverse.
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2018 -Books I Meant To Read

In August last year I had my 30th birthday and left my long time career as a fashion retail manager, between these two major events I cashed in HARD on gift vouchers from my loving family and colleagues. I spent these entirely on books -obviously- nobody expected any less of me. 

Suddenly my (already extremely long) TBR list was growing at lightning speed! This meant that many of the books I’d been looking forward to got lost amongst over fifty new purchases. Of course my monster TBR increased again over the festive period and I even reached the stage where I wanted for nothing! Upcoming releases excepted. 

I’ve made it through the entire first month of the year with almost no purchases! That’s a first for me. Instead, I’m focusing on #SeriesToFinish and a backlist I’m quite certain would beat me in a fist fight.

Here are *just a few* releases I own but didn’t get around to reading last year… Continue reading “2018 -Books I Meant To Read”

The 8 Books I DNF In 2018

Find out which books didn’t make the cut..

For any who are unsure DNF stands for Did Not Finish. Not in the sense that I didn’t have time or just haven’t gotten around to picking it back up yet. DNF is a conscious decision to put that sucker down and walk away forever!

In my life I’ve only done this to a grand total of 21 books- that I can recall. I’ve got pretty good staying power when it comes to reading, probably because I find it difficult to concentrate on a story until I’ve had closure on my previous read.
Yep, I’m one of those one book at a time readers- audio books excepted. I can read one story and listen to another without confusing myself.. but not simultaneously of course, I’m no wizard!
It can be annoying to read this way, if I’m not enjoying my current read as much as I’d like I slide into a slump pretty easily.
As I mentioned in my first DNF post last year The Page of Shame I’ve relaxed my reading rules just a smidge and now allow myself to quit a book whenever the time feels right.
Last year I gave up on 8 books at different stages of completion for various reasons.

Read on to find out what they were…
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Book Review; Confessions- Kanae Minato

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Translated by Stephen Snyder

Publication date: August 2014

Publisher: Mulholland Books


When Yuko Moriguchi’s four-year-old daughter died in the middle school where she teaches, everyone thought it was a tragic accident.

It’s the last day of term, and Yuko’s last day at work. She tells her students that she has resigned because of what happened – but not for the reasons they think.

Her daughter didn’t die in an accident. Her daughter was killed by two people in the class. And before she leaves, she has a lesson to teach… Continue reading “Book Review; Confessions- Kanae Minato”