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”

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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”

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:

Continue reading “October 2017: #WrapUp”

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

Free stock photo of books, desk, laptop, office

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*”