March 2018 Anticipated Releases

Friday, 2 March 2018
These are a few of the books I am most excited for in March!

Estoril by Dejan Tiago-Stankovic

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney

Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

All the Beautiful Girls by Elizabeth J. Church

How I Lose You by Kate McNaughton

Bitter by Francesca Jakobi

Freefall by Robert Radcliffe

Kin by Snorri Kristjansson

Brother by David Chariandy

The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Travelling in a Strange Land by David Park

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan

The Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti

The Trick to Time by Kit De Waal

Happy reading!!

Some of my TV/Movie Faves of the Year! (So Far)

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

It's half way through February, and I've only read 4 books in the whole of 2018. In previous years this would be stressing me out, I've challenged myself to read 60 this year, and according to Goodreads I'm 3 books behind schedule! But I'm not bothered this year, I'm happy to read when I have time, and while I'm at Uni I know this isn't that often, but that's ok. One thing I have been doing in my free time is watching tv and movies. So, as a break from the usual book related posts, please enjoy this chatty post about some of the things I have enjoyed watching in 2018!


Peaky Blinders Series 3- I started watching this tv show at my brother's recommendation late in 2017, and although I think it took a bit of a dip in series 2, series 3 is definitely Peaky Blinders back to its best. Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy are so good in this show, and I would highly recommend it!

Dirk Gently's Hollistic Detective Agency Season 2- This is one of my favourite Netflix shows, and I waited patiently for the second season to be released in the UK (the US got it so much earlier!!), and season 2 did not disappoint. Its such a quirky and interesting show, and to be honest I spend most of the show with no idea how all the events are linked until it is unbelieveably and painfully obvious! I'm gutted that Netflix have decided not to make any more of this show, but hopefully they will change their minds, as I think the show could run for plenty more seasons!

Travelers Season 1- This was a random watch for me, I was looking for a new show to start on Netflix, and this one just caught my eye. The description doesn't really do this show justice, it is much more exciting than it appears, and it has a really great cast of characters who really make the show.

Altered Carbon Season 1- This is a new Netlix show, which came out in late January/early February, and it is something special. It's a sci-fi tv show, but it brings up loads of interesting topics, some which are very philosophical. It's also action packed, and features a diverse and kick-ass cast! I'm already excited for Season 2!!


The Promise- I watched this movie over the New Year, but it's really stuck with me. It follows three characters during the Armenian Genocide in the 20th century. Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon are all perfectly cast in this movie, they all perform wonderfully well. This movie also taught me a lot about the Armenian Genocide, which according to the studio was the main purpose of the movie.

Logan- I love Hugh Jackman, and I love the X-men/Wolverine, so when this came onto the tv over the New Year I had to watch it. I had also heard so many good things about it, and it did not disappoint. It's darker and grittier than previous Wolverine movies, but that's what makes it so good. Also it has such a perfect relationship between Wolverine and Laura, and such a beautifully acted ending, I highly recommend it!!

The Man from U.N.C.L.E- This is a movie that I've looked at on Amazon Prime quite a few times, but for some reason I've never actually watched it. Which was a terrible decision on my part, as it is exactly the kind of movie I enjoy, with action, drama and a great cast.

Journey's End- I went to see this movie at the cinema (I know, I was as surprised as you are!) and I loved it. It's one of my favourite plays, and this adaptation is almost perfect. I highly recommend you see it in the cinema if you can, but it is worth watching in any form you can!

Book Beginnings and The Friday 56

Friday, 16 February 2018

On Fridays I will share excerpts from whatever I am reading that day. First, Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader  then The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice.

First share the opening lines of your novel, then turn to page 56 (or 56%) and share a few lines!

This weeks book is Estoril by Dejan Tiago-Stankovic

Beginning: "The story of mysterious wires first surfaced in the mid-eighties of the last century, when the Hotel Palacio Estoril underwent complete renovation and two more floors were added to the building."

56%: "It was a warm night. The casino was full. Popov had noticed that his shadow Fleming had abandoned him, which made him very happy, but as soon as he entered the casino he spotted him again, sitting at the roulette table with some German officers, placing his paltry bets, one chip each time."

Thoughts: I'm not far through this novel so far, but so far I'm enjoying it!

Happy reading!

Book Review- The Belles

Thursday, 8 February 2018
Title: The Belles 
Author: Dhonielle Clayton 
Published: 08 February 2018
Pages: 448
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Series: The Belles #1

Rating: 2.5/5

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. 
With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever. -Goodreads

I received a copy of this novel from Orion Publishing Group and Net Galley in return for an honest review.
Honestly I was sorely disappointed by this novel, I was really excited to get a review copy, and I couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately it just wasn't for me.
The idea/premise of the book is a great one; certain people being able to manipulate other people's appearance and as a result manipuate their beauty. This narrative allows for some great discussions about beauty standards in society today, and exactly what makes someone beautiful. In this respect, the novel does succeed, these points are discussed in the novel, and it definitely allows the reader, who predominantly will be young adults to think about these things. 
However, the aspect of the novel which I think let it down, and led to me not enjoying it so much were the characters. In particular Camellia, the main character, who seemed to have very little personality or characteristics about her, but all the characters seemed like this. All the characters changed so much to suit what the plot needed that almost every move the characters made seemed out of character and ridiculous. I spent so much of the novel questioning whether a certain character would do X or Y that I wasn't able to enjoy the novel or take the plot seriously. Even the 'evil' characters personalities seemed so confused and unclear that I couldn't take it seriously. I don't mind when characters do things that appear out of character when it adds to our overall understanding of said character, or the reasoning becomes clear later in the novel, but this novel just read like a mess of decisions from loads of characters just to move the plot along, and further the narrative.
I am really disappointed by this because it is such an intriguing idea for a novel, and the world that the author built is well-crafted, imaginative and beautifully described in the novel. I would've loved to know more about the geography of the world, and to read about different places in the world.
Overall, I liked the idea of this novel, and the author has built an intriguing world but unfortunately the characters let the novel down.

Happy reading! 

Book Review- The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Sunday, 28 January 2018
Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz
Author: Heather Morris
Published: 11th January 2018
Pages: 288
Genre: Fiction, Historical

Rating: 5/5

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.
There have been many books about the Holocaust - and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive - not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also - almost unbelievably - a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight, and he determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story - their story - will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.
Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story. -Goodreads

I received this novel from Net Galley and Bonnier Zaffre Publishing in return for an honest review.
This novel tells the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, 2 Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz.
This is an incredible novel which tells a beautiful story of the strength of love to survive against all odds, and the lengths that people will go to survive against the horrors of the Holocaust.
The courage that both Lale and Gita show during this novel is astounding, and the courage and strength that Lale showed in retelling and thus reliving this story after Gita's death in order that this novel could be written is so inspiring to read about.
This is an extremely harrowing topic for a novel, but the novel has moments of such light and beauty that it never becomes overwhelming, and the underlying current of the love between Lale and Gita is something beautiful to be privy to.   
I actually learnt quite a lot about the Holocaust from this novel. It covers a lot of aspects of the concentration camps that I don't think are really covered in general discussions about it, and it definitely gave me a greater insight. 
I would definitely recommend this novel to everyone, I would confidently label it a "must read". It is compelling and unputdownable, and so engaging. A special shout-out must be given to the author who has done a brilliant job of writing/telling Lale's story. Her compassionate and sensitive writing makes this narrative emotive and thought provoking, and ultimately adds to the overall power of the novel.
I enjoyed the way this novel made me think. It questions exactly what a human will do to survive a place like Auschwitz? And how does one deal with the guilt of being a survivor?

Happy reading everyone!!

Shelf Control 13

Tuesday, 23 January 2018
This is a weekly feature that I will be posting on a Tuesday, where I will be spotlighting a book that I have on my shelves that I haven't read. This is a great idea for a weekly post, as I have loads of unread books, and I find it really interesting to read why others have purchased and want to read certain books!! This is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

This week's book:
Title: The Mammoth Book of Dickensian Whodunnits
Author: Mike Ashley
Published: 2007
Pages: 496

Synopsis: Charles Dickens created some of the most memorable characters in English literature and was also a larger-than-life individual himself, a champion of the underdog. The anthology presents a mix of specially commissioned new stories and lesser known reprints, by writers such as Hilary Bonner, Anne Perry, Charles Todd, Kate Ellis, Alanna Knight, Martin Edwards and Gillian Linscott. Many of the stories feature one or more of Dickens's characters, as a sleuth or as the victim of crime. Others are set in Dickens's real life with him investigating a crime or people closely associated with him, such as Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell or Hablot Browne ? including during his tours of America. Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger meet up again in later years to solve an age-old crime. Just what became of the convict that frightened young Pip in Great Expectations? Was he really guilty, or framed? Inspector Bucket from Bleak House finds himself up against the greatest criminal mind of his day. -Goodreads
How/When I Got It:
I bought this novel on my Kindle about 4 years ago during a Kindle sale!

Why I Want To Read It:
I love Dickens' novels and I love mystery novels so it seemed like a no-brainer. But its been so long since I bought it and I always forget its there!!

Happy reading!!

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Monday, 22 January 2018
This meme is hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.
I've just finished week 1 of my final semester of University! I can't believe that I've almost finished my degree!! How was your week?

What I Read Last Week:

The Tattooist of Auschwitz- Heather Morris
This is an incredible novel based on the true story of a Holocaust survivor, and I highly recommend it!

What I'm Currently Reading:

Up Next:

Book Review- Zenith

Thursday, 18 January 2018
Title: Zenith
Author: Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Published: 11th January 2018
Pages: 512
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi
Series: The Androma Saga #1

Rating: 3.5/5

Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she's just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.
But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder's all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi's past.
Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.
Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted. -Goodreads
I received a copy of this novel from Net Galley and the publisher in return for an honest review.
I feel like I missed a lot of the buzz and chatter about this novel, I only really discovered it after I finished the book and I read some of the reviews on Goodreads. As a result I read this novel without any idea of the controversy, and it doesn't feature in my review.
I'm not sure how I feel about this novel overall, there were aspects I really enjoyed, but also things that let the novel down.
I liked the general idea of the novel- a rag-tag team of women fighting and kicking-ass across the galaxy. I enjoyed the relationship between the girls, and I liked the different characters that made up the team. 
I also liked the setting of this novel. Space is always a winner in my mind, if space is involved I am always excited! I enjoyed the space travel and the descriptions of the planets and the general world-building which the authors created. 
However, I felt that this novel contained too many POVs. I find novels with lots of POVs can be hit or miss with me, and unfortunately this one was a miss in that respect. There must be over 6 different POVs in this novel, and it's just too many. There are certain characters that we hear from who were completely unnecessary to the novel. These POVs add to the length of the novel, and dragged out the action scenes which definitely reduced the excitement and tension of the action scenes.
Also the romance between Andi and Dex was really irritating to me. They spent most of the novel building it up to a reunion between the two, and then both characters decided that it would never happen between them and they both walked away. It felt like a complete waste of my time, and completely pointless within the story.
The main thing that made me dislike this novel was actually the writing itself. The novel reads like it needs a good editor to look at it and clean it up. It is very clunky to read, the language and structure could be dramatically improved which I think would help. The novel features too many metaphors and similes, we get descriptions of un-important elements of the novel for no reason, and we are told much more than we are shown.
Overall I can see where the arc of this novel and the rest of the series are heading and I actually quite like the plot idea, but the writing itself is so lacking that I'm not sure I could read the rest of the series. 

Top Ten Tuesday- Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a blogging meme hosted by TheArtsyReaderGirl where we are given a prompt for a list and we write a blog post relating to it!

Today's list is all about Bookish Resolutions or Goals. Since I didn't get a chance to post about these at the beginning of the year, this seemed like the perfect time to let you all know what my reading goals are for 2018!

1. First I've challenged myself to read 60 books this year, which is 5 more than I challenged myself last year, and 2 more than I actually read in 2017, but I'm confident that I can do it!

2. I also want to get my Net Galley feedback ratio to the suggested 80%. I'm currently sitting at 36% so there's a bit of work to be done there!!

3. Read 10 classics. I'm lucky that my degree has helped me read loads of classic books over the last 3 and a bit years, and I want to continue that this year.

4. I also want to keep my blog posts more regular, there's no set number to this goal, I just want to keep the blog active.

5. Get my physical TBR down to less than 100 books. This one doesn't require much explanation, I buy way more books than I ever read, so I'm determined to reduce my physical TBR this year!

6. Read more non-fiction. This is another challenge without a number, I just want to read some non-fiction (this doesn't include textbooks or articles for Uni!)

Those are my Bookish Goals for the year, I hope you enjoyed!!

Bout of Books 21 Thursday Update

Friday, 12 January 2018

Currently Reading: 

Books Completed:

Pages Read Today: 215

Total Pages Read: 512


I finished my first book on Thursday!! I'm hoping to finish another one before the end of the week.

Bout of Books 21 Wednesday Update

Thursday, 11 January 2018

I've been so busy with work this week that I haven't had a chance to post many updates or do much reading, but here's Wednesday's reading!

Currently Reading: 

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

Books Completed:


Pages Read Today: 297

Total Pages Read: 404


I've been disappointingly busy this week so I haven't managed to get much reading done, or take part in this readathon much! Hopefully the rest of the week goes better!

Bout of Books 21

Saturday, 6 January 2018

I can't believe it's Bout of Books time again!! I love taking part in these readathons, and I'm excited to get started!!!!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

If you're taking part- have fun!! If you aren't taking part, come join us!!! 

My Top Books of 2017

Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017 was another really busy year for me, but I was able to read 58 books which is a great total for me, and I was able to give more to this blog and my reviewing over the year!!

Some Stats from 2017

Books Written by Male Authors: 33
Books Written by Female Authors: 21
Books Written by Both Male and Female Authors: 5

Physical Books Read: 34
Ebooks Read: 24

11 books were read for my University courses

My most popular genre of books were Classics (probably because I had to read a lot of them for Uni!!)

20,853 total pages read, or 57.13 on average per day.

My most common rating was a 4/5 stars!

In no particular order, here are my top 12 reads of the year!!

1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness

2. The Tobacconist- Robert Seethaler

3. The Keeper of Lost Things- Ruth Hogan

4. Hamilton: The Revolution

5. How To Stop Time- Matt Haig

6. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme- Lars Mytting

7. Illuminae- Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

8. Release- Patrick Ness

9. The Yellow Wall-Paper- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

10. La Belle Sauvage- Philip Pullman

11. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street- Natasha Pulley

12. Gemina- Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Let me know your favourite (or least favourite) reads of the year!!

Book Review- Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

Thursday, 28 December 2017
Title: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
Author: Matthew J. Sullivan
Published: 13th June 2017
Pages: 336
Genre: Fiction, Mystery

Rating: 4/5 stars

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.
Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.
But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?
As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.​ -Goodreads
I received this novel from Net Galley in return for an honest review. 
I honestly read this book quite a few months ago so this is going to be a pretty brief review!!
The first thing that attracted me to this book was the title and the cover. I love stories set in bookstores (who wouldn't?) so this was an obvious request on Net Galley and I was super excited to see I had been approved!! 
This novel is quite a mix of genres; it's literary fiction, it's mystery and it's a thriller. It isn't a detective novel however, there are no police involved, which was a refreshing change for me. I enjoyed reading a novel where all the detecting was done by normal members of the public. 
This novel has a brilliantly dark murder scene in it, which is so well described by the author, and elevated this novel in my mind from just any old mystery novel. If you are a little squeamish perhaps this isn't the novel for you, but apart from this murder scene, and a suicide scene there isn't much graphic violence. 
This novel balances both the present day, and Lydia's childhood as two narrative threads, which it soon becomes apparent are tightly intertwined. The author cleverly built this narrative structure to keep the reader as engaged as possible, and it worked perfectly with me, I found this novel very difficult to put down. 
I was also completely enthralled with trying to solve the cryptic puzzles that Joey left behind in the novels. I thought this was a ingenious idea for a puzzle and was very cleverly used by the author.
I thought the characters in this novel were excellent. Lydia was very interesting to read about, and once we learn more about her childhood, her adult personality makes much more sense. I also really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Lydia and her father. They both experienced such a trauma in their past, it was fascinating to see how that had affected them in the present. There was an eclectic mix of supporting characters in the novel, all of which were well developed and well written by the author. 
Overall I really enjoyed this novel and gave it 4/5 stars. It was an interesting, and at times dark take on a mix of genres which made for a moving and exciting novel. 

Happy reading!! 

Book Review- The Lemon Tree Cafe

Thursday, 21 December 2017
Title: The Lemon Tree Cafe
Author: Cathy Bramley
Published: 24th August 2017
Pages: 464
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Lemon Tree Cafe was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.When Rosie Featherstone finds herself unexpectedly jobless, the offer to help her beloved Italian grandmother out at the Lemon Tree Cafe – a little slice of Italy nestled in the rolling hills of Derbyshire – feels like the perfect way to keep busy.
Surrounded by the rich scent of espresso, delicious biscotti and juicy village gossip, Rosie soon finds herself falling for her new way of life. But she is haunted by a terrible secret, one that even the appearance of a handsome new face can't quite help her move on from.
Then disaster looms and the cafe’s fortunes are threatened . . . and Rosie discovers that her nonna has been hiding a dark past of her own. With surprises, betrayal and more than one secret brewing, can she find a way to save the Lemon Tree Cafe and help both herself and Nonna achieve the happy endings they deserve? -Goodreads

I received this novel from Net Galley in return for an honest review.
This is a warm, light-hearted novel which was perfect to pick up at University when I wanted something easy to read between my classics from English and my psychology textbooks!!
In this novel we follow the character of Rosie, who begins to work in her Grandmother's cafe in rural Derbyshire in England after leaving her PR job in the city.
I loved the descriptions of the cafe, and the surrounding countryside. It sounded like such a perfect place, it was just a lovely atmosphere to be reading about!
The novel has its drama, as you might expect to keep you engaged and interested. I will admit that some felt a bit contrived and blown out of proportion for the sake of the story, but overall I still enjoyed the plot and the novel as a whole. A lot of the drama in this novel could have been averted by everyone just communicating a bit better, but then where would the plot come from huh!!
This novel had a pretty good set of characters; Rosie was irritating at times but for the most part I liked her character enough to keep reading. Her romantic interest was called Gabe, he was ok too, but a little disappointing overall. He wasn't particularly loveable, he seemed a little underdeveloped and could've done with more about his backstory and his character being in this novel. He had a young son in the novel called Noah, and he was probably my favourite character in the whole novel. He was adorable and funny and just too cute!!
There is a very odd rape scene and a transgender boyfriend character in this novel which made very little sense to me. I won't go into details about it because of spoilers, but it definitely reduced my enjoyment of the novel and it just seemed really wrong in the context it was in.
Overall I gave this novel 4/5 stars, and I enjoyed it as the light read that I needed it to be. However I was disappointed by certain scenes which I believe could have been written and handled better, or completely omitted.

Happy reading!!

Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Bookishly Boisterous (link here) where you can write about anything that's happening in your life, book related or not!

1. I'm so glad it's finally the Christmas break. The last semester at University seems to have lasted years and years! It's so nice to not have any work to do, I can relax without feeling guilty about all the work I should be doing!

2. I went back to work last Wednesday and Thursday. I'm always slightly concerned that things will have changed dramatically at work and I won't be sure what I'm doing but nothing had changed so I'm able to slip back in without any great hassle! 

3. We've had lots of snow over the last week, but the temperature has fluctuated a bit, and has turned into the snow into ice. The pavements and our drive is a sheet of solid ice. I basically ice skated my way to work this week, but I didn't fall... yet!!

4. On Saturday my parents and I took a trip to purchase fake floral wreaths for the family graves. Its always a mixed experience, its sad to visit the graves, but the wreaths always brighten them up so much and there's something so cheery about the bright flowers that makes me feel much better about the visit. 

5. On a slightly more cheery note, we also picked up our Christmas tree on Sunday. We always purchase a real tree, and always visit the same farm to purchase it from. Its a beautiful fir tree that makes the whole room smell delightfully of pine needles and festivity! I love once we buy the Christmas tree, it makes the room look much more festive, and I always get more into the Christmas feeling when the tree is decorated!!

6. This weeks tv/movies:
  • John Wick- I watched this at the weekend with my parents. It was a good action movie, quite bloody, it had a body count of about 120 kills during the movie, but it filled in a few hours!!
  • Criminal Minds Season 2- I'm re-watching this at the moment, I love Criminal Minds, and I forgot just how good the first few seasons are!
  • Manhunt: Unabomber Season 1- I just started watching this on Netflix, I've finished episode 1 and so far I'm really enjoying it. I love crime tv shows with a psychological element, and this one has that in bucket loads. 

Shelf Control 12 (19/12/17)

Tuesday, 19 December 2017
This is a weekly feature that I will be posting on a Tuesday, where I will be spotlighting a book that I have on my shelves that I haven't read. This is a great idea for a weekly post, as I have loads of unread books, and I find it really interesting to read why others have purchased and want to read certain books!! This is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

This week's book:
Title: The Lies of Locke LamoraAuthor: Scott LynchPublished: 2006Pages: 499

Synopsis: In this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part "Robin Hood", one part Ocean's Eleven, and entirely enthralling... An orphan's life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected "family" of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld's most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined. Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi's most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr's underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying... -Goodreads

How/When I Got It:
I bought this novel in a fantasy box set a few years ago. I have been slowly working my way through the books in it, but for some reason I've never felt the urge to pick this one up.

Why I Want To Read It:
I love fantasy books which is why I bought the box set, and this one sounds like a good read!

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It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Monday, 18 December 2017

This meme is hosted by Kathryn at the Book Date.
I'm so happy it's Christmas break! I'm planning on reading loads of books over the break, so hopefully the blog will be a little busier!

What I Read Last Week:

The Girl on the Train- Paula Hawkins
I saw the movie starring Emily Blunt when it first came out in cinemas, but I didn't get around to reading the novel until now. It was ok, but nothing special. 

What I'm Currently Reading: 

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