September 2017 Reading Summary

I’ve been a bit quiet lately, I’ve been feeling a little off about reviewing – not really been able to find the words to put down. I’m hoping over the next week or so to catch up on a few reviews and get myself back into the swing of things.

For Septemeber, I managed to read twelve books from varying sources. From iBooks, Netgalley, Amazon, Advanced Reading Copies and my own personal paperback collection.

From September’s reads, I have a few favourites.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I bought this book from Amazon for two reasons. The first was because so many people in my book group had said it was a good read and the second was because I wanted to have read it before I see the film due to be released soon.

The Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn. This was a Netgalley Advanced Reading Copy. I read this on a whim and really enjoyed the story. My review will be live on 2nd November 2017 via this link.

Shifters Fate by Alyssa Rose Ivy. This was an Advanced Reading Copy via Sarra Cannon. This is the first book in the Willow Harbor Series. You can read all about the series here.

This month I also started reading the Preacher series of Graphic Novels by Garth Ennis. I read these as after watching season two of the Amazon Prime TV Show based on the same novels, I fell in love. I loved the TV show and HAD to read the books they were based on. (This is one of those reviews I am behind on).

Anyway, thanks for reading and stay tuned for more to come soon.

 

 

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August 2017 Reading Summary

 

This month I read 17 books. 16 shown above and also the (very) short story of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

I have rated and reviewed all of these books on my blog, although some reviews are not yet scheduled to be released due to the release dates of the books.

In the list above, I have ranked the books according to my favourites. This is not dependant on their ratings. Sometimes a book I rate 3 stars becomes a favourite or a book I rated 5 stars falls lower down the list.

Before I go on to talk about some of the books, here is the compiled lists of where these books came from:

7 from Netgalley
3 from the Library
1 from the Author as an Advanced Reading Copy
3 from iBooks
2 from Personal Collection

My favourite book of August was one from NetGalley, suggested to me by a friend over in book club, who is also a NetGalley member. Counting Wolves by Michael F Stewart is a book that combines mental health with fairytales. Set in a psychiatric ward, this story is so powerful I couldn’t put it down. Read my full review here.

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan was the second crime thriller I have recently read. I used to read them all the time, but when I found YA/Fantasy I sort of drifted away. This book, coupled with Memory Man by David Baldacci, has reawakened a love for this genre and I can’t wait to read some more. My full review will be available to read on my blog from 14th September 2017 when the book is officially released. (Check out my review of Memory Man here).

Sons of Anarchy Volume 4 was my favourite graphic novel of the month. I recently (earlier this year) finished watching the TV show and was (as many others were) completely and utterly heartbroken when it ended. This was the perfect way to carry on with a bit of SoA action. Read my review here.

Anyway, that’s it for this month, hit that follow button to be updated when I post 🙂

 

 

 

July 2017 Reading Summary

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I read 6 books in July 2017. It was a somewhat slow month for me. However, on a brighter note, I did manage to reach and beat my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year. I am currently deciding whether to increase it or leave it as it is.

I’ll talk a little about each of the books, ranked according to my favourites.

Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages

This was a book of short stories that I stumbled upon by accident, whilst browsing my local libraries app. I’m glad I did because it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I even managed to convince someone else to read it so I must have done a good job at writing my review.

Memory Man by David Baldacci

This is the first crime thriller that I have read in a long time and I must say that I really enjoyed it. David B managed to grab my interest very early on and keep me enthralled right until the end. This is why this one makes my number 2 for this month.

Paper Girls #1 by Brian K. Vaughan

This series of graphic novels has been on TBR pile since forever. I was super excited when the first issue became available for free via Amazon Kindle. I really enjoyed this and have now added the second issue to my TBR pile (who knows, maybe that one will end up free).

Gotham Academy Second Semester Volume 1 by Brenden Fletcher

This series has also been on my TBR pile for a while, further down than Paper Girls but still there. However, I was unsure whether I’d like it, so when this version was available through Netgalley I decided to go for it. As this is the second semester, I plan on going back to the beginning and reading them all.

Dark Screams: Volume Seven by Brian James Freeman

This is another short story collection, from Netgalley this time. Falling within the horror category there was a good mix of decent stories. I like short stories at the moment as they are quick to read, usually at the most taking only a couple of days to read each one. 

The Rage For Life by David Taransaud

This book was created as an aid for psychologists and councillors when approaching difficult subjects with children. The only reason that it is at the bottom of the list is that it is the one that I connected with the least. It was a complete blind download, again free from Amazon Kindle.

Stay tuned for more posts soon, I’m on a go slow at the moment at the kids are at home for the summer holidays

 

 

 

June 2017 Reading Summary

I know, that during June I read a load of books. This is partly due to re-joining Netgalley (I was a member a few years ago, but I’ll write more about that in a later post) but mainly because I decided I was going to read Graphic Novels. I turn to these when I find myself in a slump, or I get so bogged down by a book that I struggle to read it for much longer than a page or two at a time. For some reason, possibly due to the pictures and the fact that I can devour a three hundred page “volume” in half a day, these bring me out of my downhearted feeling about reading. Those months when this happens, I generally read a lot more than usual. Because of this, I have been dreading writing my summary this time, but have to for continuities sake and I can’t have a month missing. A missing month would drive me insane.

I thought long and hard about how to approach this month, so decided to attempt something similar to a previous month when I listed a top and bottom three books, then just briefly mention the others I’d read. Then I second guessed myself and completely changed course. This is what I came up with.

The NetGalley books

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Plus another Netgalley book that I’m not allowed to talk about publicly due it being an Advanced Reader Copy

Disney Manga: Descendants The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 1 was my favourite read out of the Netgalley books.

Joyride, Volume 1 while still being a good book, was my least favourite of the month from Netgalley.

Let’s talk about The Wicked & The Divine graphic novel series. The first in the series was chosen as the monthly read over in Book Club. As I enjoyed that one so much I decided to read the rest of the series. Well, without going into detail as my individual reviews are available on Goodreads.Com, I found that the first issue was definitely the best. It went slightly downhill with the second but only in that I didn’t get the same from it as I did with the first. The third had different illustrators and this really put me off the series and ranked at the bottom of my preferred list. Then the fourth picked up slightly. I am looking forward to reading the fifth issue when it comes out later this year, but by the end of the first four, I am not as enamoured as I was at the start.

Finally, I am going to talk about two autobiographical style books.

Firstly, The Inbetweeners Rudge Park Comprehensive Year Book. This was a charity shop find for a bargain £1. Yes, it is based on fictional characters from a TV show but it was still an interesting read. I got to relive some of the characteristics of the characters from said show, which I was quite a fan of when it aired. It was definitely fun.

And the final book I am going to discuss from my June Reads is Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities. This book focuses on content held and adored by GdT in his working home (not the one he lives in) – Bleak House. It talks about his films, where he gets his ideas from, what sort of props and things he owns. For any GdT fan, I strongly recommend this.

In Summary for June:
Total Books: 49
Comics/Graphic Novels: 42
Novels: 7