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

confessions minato

Translated by Stephen Snyder

Publication date: August 2014

Publisher: Mulholland Books

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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”

How Should We Rate Books?

Today I want to discuss how we rate books. I’m taking a different approach in my reviews, find out why..

Whilst I like to see others review books based on a star rating I have a different method myself. I will star rate for a short n sweet tweet but for my blog I use a little system I call ‘Roxanne’s Reactions’, Let me explain why..
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