#BookHaul: October 2018

Some things never change, and my monthly book haul is one of those things, so let’s get right to it…

*As per FTC rules, all books in the ‘From Publishers’ section of this post were given to me for free by publishers*

Fiction

From Publishers:

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Knopf)

Washington Black - Esi Edugyan

George Washington Black, or “Wash,” an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master’s brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning–and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, Christopher and Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher and Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again, and asks the question, What is true freedom?


The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby (No Exit Press) Continue reading “#BookHaul: October 2018”

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August 2018: #WrapUp

August was a considerably calmer month than July, which I am incredibly grateful for. Although, I didn’t get around to doing nearly as much as I planned to, bookish things that is; in life, I just wanted to relax and I’ve certainly being doing that – that’s probably evident in my sporadic blogging last month! I’ve relaxed a bit too much, and now I have several reviews to catch up on! I’d love to say I’m all organised now and ready to get back on track for September, but I don’t want to lie to you! It would appear I am more organised during term time, I even missed my own blogiversary – yep, Keeper of Pages turned 2 on the 18th August and I completely missed it! I did, however, read 12 books this month, one of which was The Stand by Stephen King, so that in itself was an achievement. Let me not ramble on, let’s wrap up August…

The standout books of the month were: Continue reading “August 2018: #WrapUp”

#BookHaul: August 2018

Well, I think I out did myself this month! I’m pretty sure I’m better at hauling books than I am at reading them, but there’s just so many great sounding books being published every day, I need them all! Not to mention the older books that I also want; I just want ALL THE BOOKS!! But for now, let’s take a look at all the books that come into my life this month…

Fiction

Review Copies:

The Rival by Charlotte Duckworth (Quercus)

The Rival - Charlotte Duckworth

NOW
Helena is a career woman with no job and a mother without a baby. She blames Ashley for destroying her life. But is what happened really Ashley’s fault?

THEN
When Helena hires Ashley to work for her, she’s startled but impressed by her fierce ambition. They form a dream team and Helena is proud – maybe this is the protégée she’s always wanted to have. But soon Helena realizes that nothing will stand in the way of Ashley’s drive to get to the top. And when Helena becomes pregnant, everything she has worked so hard for is suddenly threatened, with devastating consequences…


The Forgotten Guide to Happiness by Sophie Jenkins (Avon.) Continue reading “#BookHaul: August 2018”

July 2018: #WrapUp

What a manic month July has been! Coming at you a few days late is my wrap up post, I worked nights this week so I was basically dead to the blogosphere, but I come with good news: only one more day (Monday) to go and then my clinical placement is finished and I can bask in six full weeks of nothing until uni resumes towards the end of September – when I embark on my final year of my Mental Health Nursing course.

Anyway, let’s get back to the bookish, I read 14 books last month, which I’m happy with. I always tend to wish I read more and there were so many books I wanted to read but just didn’t have the time to. But I’ve got some exciting planned reads ahead of me this month, namely my buddy with Beth @ bibliobeth – we buddy read a book every month, and so far all our selections have turned out to be five stars reads for both of us, so let’s hope that continues. Also, this month, I’m finally tackling The Stand by Stephen King in a five week readalong on Instagram. But before all that, let’s wrap up July….

The standout 5 star books of the month were: Continue reading “July 2018: #WrapUp”

#24in48 Readathon Wrap Up, 2018

24in48

If you caught my post on Friday, you’ll know I was fully booked this weekend, participating in my second 24in48 readathon. The goal was to read for 24 of 48 hours. So, how did I do?

I read for: 24 hours 16 mins

Another year, another success! This year was much less stressful than last year, as my plan to do the majority of the reading at the beginning of the readathon worked so there was less pressure – in fact, I finished with just under 4 hours to spare. I finished 4 books (same as last year), 3 of which were on my planned TBR. The 4 books I finished were:

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