Rapid Reviews #1

Welcome to my first instalment of Rapid Reviews. As the title suggests, you’ll find rapid reviews for books I’ve read recently, but for one reason or another decided against writing a full review. These reviews vary in length but they will all be rapid! And to make things easier, you can see if I’ve enjoyed a book, or not, at a glance – next to titles I’ve enjoyed, you’ll find a ✔️ and for those that didn’t work for me, you’ll see a ✖️.

On today’s rapid reviews:

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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”

#BookHaul: July 2018

It’s book haul time! You know the drill by now, enjoy!

Fiction

Review Copies:

The Lion Tamer Who Lost by Louise Beech (Orenda Books)

The Lion Tamer Who Lost - Louise Beech

Be careful what you wish for…

Long ago, Andrew made a childhood wish, and kept it in a silver box. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t…
Long ago, Ben made a promise and he had a dream: to travel to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally makes it, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…
Ben and Andrew keep meeting in unexpected places, and the intense relationship that develops seems to be guided by fate. Or is it?
What if the very thing that draws them together is tainted by past secrets that threaten everything?
A dark, consuming drama that shifts from Zimbabwe to England, and then back into the past, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a devastatingly beautiful love story … with a tragic heart.

The Shrouded Path by Sarah Ward (Faber & Faber) Continue reading “#BookHaul: July 2018”

#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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Book Box Unboxing: ‘Journeys’ Summer Reading Box #ninjabookbox

Ninja Book Box LogoI’m back with another Ninja Book Box unboxing, however, this one is slightly different – it’s their 2018 Summer Reading Box, separate to their quarterly subscription. This box does not contain any gifts, instead it contains three indie books handpicked by the team, the books all centre around the the same theme. Each of the books is published by a different independent publisher and fits the theme in a different way. I’m thriller to bits with this box, and, dare I say it, I think I actually prefer it to their subscription box. While I love bookish gifts, I’m truly here for the books! So, Ninja Book Box, if you’d like to do four of these a year (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter), that’d be grand!

*I received 20% off this box as I am a Ninja Reader (I read a small selection of titles to help decide which books are suitable for the book box and/or book club.)

The theme for the Summer Reading Box was: Journeys

So what was inside: Continue reading “Book Box Unboxing: ‘Journeys’ Summer Reading Box #ninjabookbox”