Looking Ahead – This Month’s TBR List (January 2018)

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I’m linking up again with Tina @ Reading Between the Pages to look ahead at the books I’d like to read in January. My TBR won’t be as ambitious this month as I’ve got an exam I need to revise for and two pieces of coursework I really need to make a start on. Also I’m reading a massive King book, so massive it, in my opinion, counts as three books! Anyway, here’s the hopefuls that may finally make the move from the unread shelf to the read.

Currently Reading…

Under the Dome by Stephen King

under-the-dome-stephen-kingIn UNDER THE DOME, King has produced another riveting masterpiece. The end of every chapter hooks you into the next, drawing you inside a psychological drama that is so rich, you don’t read it, you live it.

It is the story of the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine which is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can get in and no one can get out.

The normal rules of society are suddenly changed and when food, electricity and water run short, the community begins to crumble. As a new and more sinister social order develops, Dale Barbara, Iraq veteran, teams up with a handful of intrepid citizens to fight against the corruption that is sweeping through the town and to try to discover the source of the Dome before it is too late . . .

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2017 in Books and My Top Books of 2017

My Year in Books 2017

Happy New Year! 2017 was a brilliant year for me, bookishly – so before I dive into the book world of 2018, which I’m very excited for, I thought I’d recap last year in books. Firstly, looking quickly at the stats Goodreads thinks are important and then highlighting some of my standout reads of last year, aka my top ten books!

Total books read

Damn, one more book and I’d have hit the magical 200 mark! Although, I have to be honest, my total books read is slightly lower than this (maybe minus 10 books) because this total counts my DNFs as I mark them as read and give a brief paragraph of why I chose to not finish the book – more as a reminder to myself that I tried this book already so I don’t end up buying it in five years time, thinking it sounds amazing.

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December 2017: #WrapUp

Can you believe the end of 2017 is in sight!?! I hope you’ve all had a good year, there’ll no doubt have been ups and downs, highs and lows, but I hope overall you’d consider it a good year. If not, forget 2017, we never liked it anyway, and get ready to embrace 2018!

Before we get to my December bookish activity, let’s address the elephant in the room…. Remember that 2017 Beat the Backlist challenge I committed to a year ago – the one where I planned to read 12 books from my TBR published in, or prior to, the 90’s, yeah that one. Well, I failed, epically! Only reading 2 of 12 (Perfume by Patrick Suskind & The Collector by John Fowles), I’m as devastated as you are about this, just where did the year go – but whatever, forget 2017, remember! The year may be ending, but this challenge is still on – to the 10 remaining books (picture below) – I’ll see you in 2018! Continue reading “December 2017: #WrapUp”

October 2017: #WrapUp

As we say goodbye to October and welcome November, it’s only right we look back over all the bookish activity that took place this month. This month has been full of bookish cheer – knowing I was on clinical placement this month, I aimed to read 12 books, I surpassed that, reading a total of 18 books! Let’s not waste words, I know you’re all just dying to know what my standout reads of the month were…

The Books:

The standout five star reads of the month were:

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Book Review: Girl… *We interrupt this book review to bring you a rambling*

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This rambling is inspired by a book review I wrote for a book and decided not to publish. I took to Twitter to ask for people’s views on one-star book reviews and man, is Twitter vocal! I appreciated everyone’s comments but it left me feel conscious about posting the review because I felt the world was waiting for me to annihilate a book and then annihilate me. So, instead of said book review, I decided to do a rambling on book reviews. This is a topic I’ve seen appear several times on discussion posts and I genuinely want to hear your thoughts on the topic.

*Please note: the quotes below are not direct quotes from anyone, but are inspired by the feedback and comments I have seen. If you see a quote which you have said, this is by pure coincidence. I mean to cause no offense but instead address this taboo topic in a fun way and hopefully get you guys commenting on your feelings about one star book reviews. Continue reading “Book Review: Girl… *We interrupt this book review to bring you a rambling*”