September Wrap-Up

September Wrap-Up

So this post is super late and it’s going to be brief for so many reasons but without boring you here is my September wrap-up.

With trips home at the beginning of the month and awful things thrown in in between I’ve been a little preoccupied. Sadly, not much reading took place over September.

I have managed a total of four and a half books this month which is awful.

 

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The Controversial Princess – Jodi Ellen Malpas

On a busy Friday rush hour train choosing something to read that requires my sole attention is probably the worst decision I could make. I get distracted too easily when I’m on trains. I will start up a conversation with the person at the side of me and my concentration disappears. A clear example of this is when I was heading down to Sheffield at the beginning of the month. A lecturer from The University of Sheffield sat down at the side of me and we chatted most of the way home about EVERYTHING. Our studies, our favourite classics, why we moved away from home and never moved back. The list goes on. With easy reads I can dip in and out of them without losing my place and forgetting things. Jodie Ellen Malpas’ writing is so easy to ready and follow so it is great for these moments.

 

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Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas

At the beginning of the month I decided to re-read Maas’ Throne of Glass so I could continue with the series. This backfired. As soon as I had completed the book and I was ready to move onto Crown of Midnight I found a copy of A Discovery of Witches. I’d heard that the show was coming out and all of the reviews online had hinted that it needed to be read so obviously I had to buy it.  The Throne of Glass series has been forgotten for the time being. I’ll get to it eventually I just hope this is sooner rather than later.

 

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A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

I am so glad a picked this book up when I did. I LOVE IT! It’s my favourite read this year so far. My review was uploaded a little while ago if you want to check it out. After reading the first instalment I needed Shadow of Night in my life. As usual when there is a huge hype about a book Amazon run out of their copies and there was a pre-order system going on. After stewing over the wait time for a while I decided to order elsewhere. (I am happy to announce my new books have arrived and I own the complete series)

 

I have only just noticed how specific my selection of books was during September. It seems I was in a Deborah Harkness and Sarah J Maas mood.

 

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A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Mass

This is by far my worst read of September. I hated it. This is a new experience for me with Maas’ writing. I don’t think she has ever disappointed me before. I just can’t get over how poor this book was. Yes, I know it was a novella and it was released to fill the gap between Feyre’s story and the upcoming new release but the writing was dreadful and the way the characters were portrayed just didn’t work for me.

 

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Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness

I am still reading this book and was debating whether to add it to my wrap-up but I don’t think I could have finished the month with a total of 4 books. It would just make a shitty month even worse. This book has been stated and will be finished shortly.

 

Lucy
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February Wrap Up

As if it is March already! The beginning of spring is here, although the weather outside may lead you to believe otherwise. I do love snow but after 48 hours of nothing but blizzards and wind it does become a nuisance. Thankfully, everything seems to be back to normal now and I’m looking forward to the warmer weather and longer days that spring will bring.

February was a great month. I didn’t read much at all but it was to be expected with everything my boyfriend and I had planned.

Books

Everless (Everless #1), Sarah Holland

Image result for everlessIn the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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Review

I was instantly intrigued by the concept of this book and as soon as I read the synopsis I could not wait to pick it up and experience a new fantasy world.  I remember watching the film ‘In Time’ starring Justin Timberlake and really enjoying it so a book with a similar plot got me all excited.

Although the premise was promising the story really fell short for me from character development to the predictable moments within the story. Now don’t get me wrong it wasn’t all predictable and the end of the novel was a lot more interesting than the beginning. It just did not grasp my attention as a book should and I found myself getting bored while reading it over and over again.

The possibility of me reading the second novel in the series is quite slim and Everless did not help pull me out of the major reading slump I was stuck in during January.

 

Hunted, Meagan Spooner

HuntedBeauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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Review

After the struggle of reading Everless I really needed a good book to read. I picked up Hunted in Barnes and Nobel on my holiday and I had really high expectations. Especially after seeing all the hype surrounding this book on booktube and within the blogging world. I have always loved my fairytale retellings and after reading Naomi Novik’s Uprooted it was time to find another mesmerising tale to dig me out of my reading slump.

I really hated this book. I was so close to DNTing it on a number of occasions but I was determined to persevere and make it to the end.

There were so many occurrences within the book that I though the story could have gone without and the relationships between a number of the characters including Yeva and the Beasts really irritated me.

Although I have so many negative opinions on this book I do have to admit the the writing itself was beautiful. It was a well written story. I just really did not enjoy the story itself or the characters.

 

TV

Doctor Foster (Series 2)

Image result for doctor fosterA trusted GP sees her charmed life explode when she suspects her husband of an affair. As she uncovers secrets that shock her to the core, how will Dr Gemma Foster react?

Doctor Foster

Hell hath no fury like a woman scored.

I watched series one of Doctor Foster when it first aired on BBC One back in 2015. I stumbled upon it by accident and I was hooked from the first episode. I found myself counting down the week for the next episode.

So when it was confirmed that a second series would be made I was so happy, although a little reluctant to watch it. Why ruin something that ended in the perfect way?

Unfortunately, due to commitments I missed the second series when it aired on tv. However, it was recorded ready for me to watch when I had some free time. I just never got around to it.

I had a long haul flight this month and it was the perfect opportunity to catch up with the show. Especially as British Airways had the entire series as part of their inflight entertainment.

I devoured the series during my flight to New York and I can tell you it did not disappoint. It was an emotional rollercoaster that made my blood boil one minute and left me in tears the next.

The ending itself broke my heart and although a third season to end the heartbreak would make me ecstatic I think it should be left be.

I have so much praise for this show and recommend that everyone watches it.

 

Peaky Blinders

Image result for peaky blindersA gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

Peaky Blinders

My dad got me into this show. I never thought I’d see the day where he would obsess over something that is not football or western related. I mean if he’s not at the footy you can guarantee he’s watching some old ‘classic’ cowboy western.

During the christmas and new year holidays I binge watched the first three series’ of this show. I was instantly hooked. I do love a historical show! I am aware that this has been over-exaggerated for TV but it has become one of my favourite shows.

I started series four this month but I have decided to take my time with it. Season five is in production and I am so excited that it hasn’t been cancelled but 2019 is too far away to have to wait for a new episode once they run out.

If you haven’t already seen Peaky Blinders where have you been? I cannot recommend it enough. My Dad can’t recommend it enough. I quote “It’s reyt good, you need to watch it! And can you please order me a new flat cap. I have a grey and brown one. I need a black one”. Thomas Shelby: My dads new fashion icon.

 

Reign

Image resultMary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.

Reign

Whilst flying from Newcastle to London I was chatting to the woman sitting by me. We were taking about history and adaptations of historical events. She stated taking about a show she had watched recently called Reign.  During the recent bad weather I was scrolling through Netflix and it popped up. With a cup of tea in hand I decided to give it ago.

Now, I am not going to lie and say it is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I could happily live without it in my life. There are so many things that infuriate me about this show as a person who loves history. It’s ridiculously unrealistic from the costume design to the way the characters behave.

I understand it is a tv drama and most productions these days are not historically accurate (I mean Peaky Blinders is one of them) but it is like watching an episode of 90210 or Gossip Girl set in the 1500s. Mary Queen of Scots’ life is a something I read about often, it is such a riviting topic and it didn’t need the modernisation and untruthful adaptation to make it interesting.

I suppose it was created this way just to gain the attention of teenage girls and to glorify life during this time period.

I am still watching this show and I do intend to finish all seasons because I want to see what else is changed for the purpose of entertainment.

 

Everything else

NEW YORK!

The boyfriend and I went to New York in February. Our first trip away since we bought our home last summer.

I won’t go into much detail as I do intend to write a post about this trip in the future.

I will say that it was everything I expected it to be and more. Amazing atmosphere, Fantastic food and it was one memorable moment after another. We were constantly on the move because we didn’t want to missing anything and I cannot wait to go back.

I think one of the main reasons I didn’t read much this month was because of this trip. The week before I was packing, shopping and cleaning (for two I might add as the boyfriend was not very helpful when it got to the packing part). The week after we returned I spent every free minute sleeping. It is safe to say that I do not cope well jet lagged while working 40 hour weeks. It was worth every minute of suffering though!

 

 

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December wrap up and January to be read.

Hi guys,

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a belated happy new year!

So this is going to be a ridiculously late December wrap up combined with my January to be read list. I intended on writing these posts a few weeks but Christmas, new year and birthday celebrations took control of my life. To write them as two separate posts at this time of month it seemed too daunting with the amount of time I have left today and the reviews I have to write so joining them together seemed like a great idea.

I didn’t read as much as I intended last month. December was extremely busy for me. At the beginning of the month my mum, sister and nan-nan came to visit me and it was the first time in absolutely ages since I’d seen my family. I didn’t get the chance to do any reading or writing over that weekend.

Then it was suddenly Christmas and new year and with cooking a Christmas dinner for the boyf and I this year I couldn’t sit and read all day. There was also visits to see our friends, shopping to do and copious amounts of work to complete. Although I didn’t get half as much reading done as I would have liked, I did make a small dent on my to read pile.

Throughout December I read Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen, Amie Kaufman’s Illuminae and Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger. All the reviews for these books have already been written and can be found on my blog. It’s no secret that I didn’t enjoy reading Illuminae, but I’m extremely excited to read Aveyard’s Glass Sword and Bracken’s Wayfarer throughout January.

During December I also tried to read Rachel Hawkins’ Rebel Belle. I abandoned this book a few chapters in as I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know if it was me going into this book with a lack of patience or if it was the writing style that had started to irritate me. There is a small chance I will pick it back up and give it another chance some time during the new year. We will have to wait and see what other books I find along the way.

I started reading Dicken’s Oliver Twist quite a while ago (by quite a while I mean months ago) It was a reread for me and I was too busy to complete it the second time around. After watching the movie at the beginning of December I had an urge to complete the book and after getting bored and irritated of Rebel Belle I had some free time. There is nothing better than rereading a book and finding hidden messages that have been missed the first time around.

Two books I intended to read during December were Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows and Aveyard’s Glass Sword. I’m currently reading Glass Sword and after recently finished Passanger the sequel has taken now top spot on my to be read list. Pushing Six of Crows back a little.

This being said here is my January to be read list.

Victoria Aveyard – Glass Sword.
The second instalment of the Red Queen series. I’m super excited to finally get to read this book. Furthermore, it will be completed with plenty of time to spare to wait for the third instalment.

Alexandra Bracken – Wayfarer
Yet another second instalment, this book is following the time travelling tale Passanger. It’s definetly no Outlander but I’m all kinds of excited to read this book!

Sarah Maas – A court of Thorns and Roses
This will be a new series for me, I know that the third instalment is going to be released in Spring. (May, I think?) My goal is to have caught up with the series by the release date so I can read along at the same time. I’ve heard there is a Beauty and the Beast thing going on and that the first book is not as good as the second. I just hope that it is good enough to keep me enthralled.

Nicola Yoon – The Sun Is Also a Star
A lot of my friends have raved about this book saying that it was a great read. I couldn’t resist picking it up for myself when I was shopping over the weekend.

Nicola Yoon – Everything Everything
I’ve heard mixed reviews for this particular book. I really wanted to give it a go and it has been on my shelf for several months. Especially with The Sun is also a Star in my current to read pile I thought I should give this one a go too.

Gina Ciocca – Last Years Mistake
I have had this book on my bookshelf for a while. When I was organising my bookshelves for more space last weekend I found the book and realised I had yet to read it. I threw it onto my to read pile and I’m determined to complete it by the end of the month.

My fingers and toes are crossed that this month is more productive than December. It’s always tough for me to keep up with my reading at the end and beginning of the year. With Christmas and new year and then my birthday following straight after I always have plans that keep me busy.

I cannot wait to get tucked into January’s reads and I’m hoping you will all help by giving me some book recommendations for the months of February and March. If you know of any books I need to read this year please do let me know. Whether it’s a new series, or a stand alone.

 

 

 

Lucy

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