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”

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Book Review: Beware the Past by Joy Ellis

Beware the Past - Joy Ellis

Beware the Past was June’s Criminally Good Book Club selection. A standalone novel from an author I haven’t read before.

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ONE TERRIBLE CASE ALWAYS HAUNTED DETECTIVE MATT BALLARD. NOW MANY YEARS LATER, THE KILLER SEEMS TO BE BACK. AND THIS TIME HE’S AFTER MATT.

When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped. But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught.

Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It’s of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place.

More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt’s very secret private life.

A KILLER WHO WILL STOP AT NOTHING TO DESTROY A DETECTIVE.

Then another murder happens with some of the hallmarks of the old case. Has the killer returned or is this just a sick copycat determined to ruin Matt’s life and reputation? Everyone around Matt is in danger as the killer plays mind games with the detective.

In an absolutely breathtaking conclusion, Matt and his team race against time to stop a vicious killer who knows no limits. Continue reading “Book Review: Beware the Past by Joy Ellis”

June 2018: #WrapUp

The first 10 days of June were pleasant, calm and peaceful, and then the 11th of June hit, my clinical placement started, and it’s been manic ever since. I’ve been clocking up as many placement hours as I can, working some 45 hour weeks, which has left me with very little time to read and blog, so apologies for my haphazard interaction last month. And, it’s set to be much of the same for July. I read a total of 10 books in June, which, all things considered, I’m happy with, and one of them was a King book so it equates to like 3 books, haha! I’m way behind with writing reviews for the books I did read, but bare with me, they’re all forthcoming. So let’s take a look at all my June bookish activity…

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

April 2018: #WrapUp

Can you believe, April has come to an end already? I thought the first half of the month dragged, but the second half flew by! April has been my most productive month this year, in terms of books read. I managed a total of 19 books!! 13 of the books were listed in my planned April TBR Post, so it’s fair to say: I’ve got this whole sticking to a TBR thing down. With so many books to read, I like that I can just look at my post and pick a book from there – it certainly makes deciding my next read easier. As any bookworm will tell you, there’ll always be impromptu/unplanned reads.

And did you notice, I got some new graphics for my blog this month – kindly made for me by the lovely Marija @ Inside My Library Mind. Marija has been my bookish angel this month, after I tweeted my frustrated about the complexity of Edelweiss, she created this blog post: All You Need to Know to Start Using Edelweiss.

Between reading and working on my essays (two of which are now completed, one to go), I didn’t manage any bookish posts, except my usual monthly book haul, but I’ve got a few in mind, so hopefully they’ll feature next month. For now, let’s recap the books I read this month – and I’ve even got a mini review for you too.

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

March 2018: #WrapUp

It’s with a heavy heart, I say goodbye to my favourite month of the year, March – favourite because it’s my birth month obvs. I read 14 books this month, one of which I can’t talk about as it’s a potential Ninja Book Box book – I’m fighting hard to get it in a future box – it was sooooooo good! But for the purpose of this post, we’ll recap the 13 books I can talk about.

It was a good month, I enjoyed every book I read, read along with a few book clubs and hosted a readalong, on Instagram, for It by Stephen King. The next King readalong will be in May, and we’re reading Needful Things, let me know if you want to join in! 9 of the books I read were featured in my March TBR post – the other 3 I’ll likely carry over to next month. I got distracted as I joined Edelweiss this month, as if I need another platform to get books! I also realised I need to get my Netgalley shelf under control. Anyway, let’s recap all the bookish activity that took place on the blog this month…

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