Another month has come and gone. September was a strange month. I only managed to read six books. I haven’t read that little in a long time. I wonder why? Oh well, we can always hope for more books next month.
Also when I’m reading so little, it certainly doesn’t stop buying more books. I’ve bought and received double the amount of books than I’ve read this month. But I’m not complaining. There’s nothing better than book mail.
Anyway, let’s talk about these books shall we?
The first book is The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi and what a way to start the month. I loved this book. I’ll be surprised if it’s not in my top 10 for the year. Beautiful, beautiful writing! It’s out now.
I then read You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson. This was just incredible! I loved it from the first page to the last. Queer Black girl love and I need more. It was Brilliant. It’s out now.
Next up was Beloved by Toni Morrison. I can say this wasn’t my favourite Toni Morrison book, but the writing was still exceptional as always. A masterful storyteller.
Then I read Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. This was absolutely fantastic. A brilliant fantasy book with every done so well. I loved it. Now I’ve got the long wait for book two. It’s out now.
I then finished Just Like You by Nicky Hornby. This book managed to capture a time and a place well. But there was also something lacking in this book. But it was a quick read. It’s out now.
Next up was The Postscript Murders by Elly Griffith. I really, really enjoyed this one. It was so good. Full of twists and turns. A fantastic mystery. Great characters. I loved it. It’s October 1st.
This is what it for me this month. I guess it wasn’t my best month. But let’s hope October goes better.
I also have a new Blog Photo which I absolutely love. My wonderful friend Hugo drew it for me. You can find him on Instagram.
Another month has come and gone. Don’t they just fly by! We had a mini heatwave at the beginning of August and I found it hard to read. All I wanted to do was sleep. But I always want to sleep no matter the weather so I shouldn’t use that as an excuse.
I’ve managed to read eight books this month. Eight isn’t bad. And there’s been a few I’ve read this month that I really enjoyed. I don’t usually read thrillers, but I read three in a row! And I enjoyed two of them.
So let’s talk about these books shall we?
The first book I read was Fin & Rye & Fireflies by Harry Cook. What a great way to start the month. A super sweet gay YA novel. I really enjoyed it. I loved the love story. This one is out now and you can check out my full review here.
Then I read 10 minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak. I can’t stop thinking about this book. It was brilliant. Stunning writing, visceral story and fascinating characters. I’ll be looking out for more Elif novels. She’s a genius.
I then read How It All Blew Up by Armin Ahmadi. I was halfway through and I friend told me that the author is problematic, so I didn’t want to read it anymore, which I didn’t mind because it wasn’t very good. I could see what it was trying to do, but it failed.
Then I read This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I had absolutely no idea what was going on but I loved it. A beautiful, epic love story set in an epic world. I highly recommend this one.
All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. This was sooooo good. It’s everything I want in a YA fantasy plus it has mermaids! Good mermaids. Definitely don’t miss this one. It’s out now. Check out my full review here.
I then moved onto An Inconvenient Woman by Stéphanie Buelens. This was a great thriller that I couldn’t put down. It was fantastic. It also has a lot of heart which gives it another layer. This one is out September 3rd.
Surrender your Sons by Adam Sass. A queer YA book like I’ve never read before. It’s got a dark subject matter but I really did enjoy this one. I definitely recommend this one to you. It’s out September 15th.
Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar. I get what this book was trying to do and it was nearly there but for me it mostly missed the mark. Parts of it definitely intrigued me, but most of it I didn’t care about. But I definitely wanted to see how it ended. It’s out on paperback September 3rd.
Now I can’t wait to see what books September brings my way. Have you read any of these? Or are you interested in them? Let me know…
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts (ok it’s been months but who’s counting). But I love doing them and I love keeping you up to date with what I’m reading.
What is WWW Wednesday? WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme where all you have to do is answer three simple questions. Look at me using the word meme! I feel so young!
What are you currently reading?
What have you finished reading recently?
What are you planning to read next?
So shall we get started and talk about these books?
What are you currently reading?
So I’m currently reading Grace is Gone by Emily Elgar from Littlebrown Books. I only stated this last night but I’m definitely intrigued. It’s also the third thriller I’ve read in a row and I don’t usually read them so we’ll see how it compares. I’m excited to see where the story goes. So I guess I’ll keep you updated. The paperback is out 3rd September.
What have you finished reading recently?
I recently finished Surrender your Sons by Adam Sass. This was a highly anticipated read for me and it didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed it, definitely a tough read at times, but I’m so glad I got to read it early. It’s a great piece of queer fiction with a difference. It’s out September 15th.
What are you reading next?
This question is always the difficulty one because my tbr is so huge, but I think I’m going to go with Summerwater by Sarah Moss. It’s just calling to me from my shelf and I’ve heard such fantastic things. So I think it’ll be that one.
But it could all change.
Have you read any of these? Or got your eye on reading some? Let me know.
Ahhh July, I want to thank you because for me you’ve been a good reading month. You’ll notice there was no June wrap up, that’s because I didn’t read a single book in June. But thankfully I came back strong in July. To be fair, even reading one book would’ve been an improvement but let’s not dwell on the negative.
I read some fantastic books in July. I found a new favourite. I read diversely, I read to learn and all in all it was a great reading month. I also returned to work after lockdown ended here in the UK, so I was definitely looking for an escape.
So let’s talk about the books shall we?
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. This should be required reading. I can’t explain how much I loved this book. As a member of the queer community this book made me feel seen. Please read this book if you haven’t. It’s out now.
The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune. I really enjoyed this one. More than I thought I would. I did find it a little tedious at the beginning but I grew to love it. And the characters. There’s a sequel which I can’t wait to read so that’s always a good sign. This one is out.
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron. This one was good, but there was something missing from it that would’ve made it great. I don’t know if it was the plot or the pacing. Or maybe the romance. But it was good and definitely worth a read. It’s out in the Uk August 14th.
Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze. I can honestly say I’ve never read anything like this. It was so immersive and brutal. It’s truly a unique novel. I can honestly say I’ll never forget this book. It’s also just been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It’s out in September.
The Black Kids by Christine Hammonds Reed. Damn this book was good. This one of those books that you get wrapped up in and learn something from. So good. So important. I loved it. It’s out in August.
Girl in the Walls by A.J. Gnuse. Oh this was so good. At times terrifying and heartbreaking, it really was a captivating novel. I couldn’t turn the last few pages fast enough. It’s not out till March 2021 but definitely keep an eye out for this one.
That’s it for this month. I definitely didn’t read as many books as I usually do, but it was nice to be reading again. And so many of the books were excellent. Truly excellent. It’s was quality over quantity this month and I’m ok with that.
Well my fellow readers, I think it’s fair to say it’s been a strange month right? I know most of us have been or still are on lockdown. I know, in terms of reading, it’s affected everyone differently. I’ve had ups and downs. I’ve had times where I all I wanted to do was read, and others where I haven’t even wanted to look at a book.
I’ve been off work, so I’ve managed to read more than ever this month. I read 14 books. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to read that many. But again, it’s just because of circumstances that it’s happened. I’ll definitely take it as a win.
Anyway, let’s chat about them shall we?
You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr. This was good, it could’ve been great but was a little mix matched for me. Although the ending was brilliant, I just wanted the whole book to be like that. The connection just didn’t feel right throughout. It’s out now.
The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle by Neil Blackmore. This was good, there were parts I really enjoyed. But revolves around Mr Lavelle and I absolutely hated him. So it made the book feel a little off. Ugh, I really hated him. This one is out on ebook now and published in August.
The Prisoner’s Wife by Maggie Brookes. I really enjoyed this one. It was a super emotional, intense read. It gave a different side of the story to WW2. A great piece of historical fiction. It’s out now.
Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez. Oh I loved this book. I loved, loved, loved it. It was just brilliant. I hope it’s nominated for all the prizes. I adored it. It’s out now.
The Revolt by Clara DuPont-Monod. I like my historical fiction detailed and this certainly was. It’s very short, about 190 pages but it kinda lost me after 130 pages. But it was good. Out May 12th.
Only You by Kate Eberlen. I really enjoyed this one. It was sweet, romantic and emotional. It was the perfect escape for these times and made me feel like I was walking the streets in Rome. It’s out now.
Love is For Losers by Wibke Brueggemann. A fresh and funny f/f romance that’s got a lot of heart. I did really like this one. Although at times felt a little long. It’s out 2021.
People Like Us by Louise Fein. This is a great historical fiction book. Again, a different look at the Nazi approach to telling the story. It had a really wonderful ending. Made me emotional. This out May 7th.
Writers & Lovers by Luly King. This was a quiet book, I didn’t realise how much I was enjoying it until things started to work out for the main character and I was pleased. It definitely grew on me. It’s out May 28th.
Camp by L.C. Rosen. Fantastic, absolutely fantastic. The kind of book I wished I had when I was younger. Unashamedly queer and beautiful. I highly recommend. It’s out May 28th.
Ashes by Christopher De Vinck. This was good, with a sweet ending but wasn’t the best historical fiction book. Parts of it felt rushed. I can’t even really remember what happened in it now. It was okay. It’s out May 28th.
The Magnificent Sons by Justin Myers. I hated this book. Hated it. Hated it. It was boring, bland and dull. Unlikeable characters I cared nothing about. It put me in a reading slump. I never want to think about this book again. It’s out May 28th.
The Stray Cats of Homs by Eva Nour. This was good, but not great. It captures the horror of what’s happening really well, but there’s was something missing and I don’t know what. I have a feeling I won’t remember this book in a few weeks. It’s out May 7th.
Hideous Beautiful by William Hussey. This was another great queer fiction book. Full of mystery and intrigue with a great love story. I definitely recommend this one. It’s out May 28th.
So that’s it. That’s my month. Definitely a few hits and definitely a few misses. One even put me in a reading slump for a few days! Ugh, I hated that book with a passion. But oh well, there’s better books out there.
I hope you’re all safe and well and enjoying your reading as much as you can.
Well aren’t we glad March is over, even though I know there are more times a head for many of us. I normally say the months flew by, but this one certainly did not. Obviously it’s horrible what’s going on in the world right now, so I hope you are all managing to escape into different worlds with the books you are reading.
I’m off work for a while, so I’m sure I’m going to get some more reading done, but I found it hard to read. I couldn’t concentrate or focus. One book took me over a week to read and that hasn’t happened in a while.
I still managed to read 10 books, so let’s have a chat about them shall we?
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales. A big anticipated book for me that just fell a little short. I enjoyed every thing but the romance, which was the main Plot. I wasn’t bad, just wasn’t great. This one is out now. 3⭐️
Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran. An intriguing, political, clever queer YA book. I loved this book. It was super enjoyable. Great characters and a dynamic book. I highly recommend. Out April 23rd. 4.5⭐️
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora. A bit of a slow start, but ultimately I ended up loving it. Fantastic characters that I won’t forget for a long time. Intricate and brilliant. A great piece of historical fiction. Out April 16th. 4⭐️
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko. Brilliant. This is the best YA book I’ve read in a long time. I adored every part of this novel. I Didn’t want it to end but I couldn’t put it down. READ THIS BOOK! Out April 6th. 5⭐️
Crescent City by Sarah J Mass. A little slow at first and extremely long, but once I got into I couldn’t put it down. Full of great characters and captivating story. I loved it. 4.5⭐️ It’s out.now
Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins. Such my intrigue and mystery in this one. I just didn’t know how it was going to end and I couldn’t wait to find out. I really enjoyed it. This one is out April 2nd.
The Austen Girls by Lucy Worley. I’m such a fan of Lucy and her book didn’t disappoint. Such a fun story full of historical information. Lovely to see Jane Austen in there too. It’s out April 2nd.
The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. What a title. It’s just fantastic. I loved it. Amazing characters, so beautifully written. I absolutely adored it. It’s out April 21st.
Scabby Queen by Kristin Innes. I really enjoyed this one. Full of interesting characters. Love the premise of it. Super enjoyable. It’s out April 30th.
The Forgotten Sister by Nicola Cornick. I really enjoyed this one. It built really nicely and I couldn’t wait to find out how it was going to be resolved. I enjoyed the ending too. It’s out April 20th.
So that was it for me this month. How did you get on? Let me know
Hello my fellow bookworms! Another month has come and gone. Where does the time fly? I hope you’ve read some fantastic books this month. Did you?
I managed to read nine books this month. Nine. That’s one off my personal best. I haven’t managed that many books a month for a while. I think it’s because I’ve got myself into a bit of a new reading routine in the evenings and it’s helping me get more reading done.
Anyway, let’s talk about these books shall we?
‘To Lahore With Love’ by Hina Belitz. I really enjoyed this book. I couldn’t put it down. It’s super sweet, it will break your heart but it’ll put it back together again. It’s also got some fantastic recipes in. Don’t miss it. It’s March 19th. 4.5⭐️
‘The Pharmacist’ by Jason David. This book is short, it’s only 90 pages but it sure packs a punch. It’s intense, sexy and it’ll break you heart. I’m so glad I read this one. It’s out March 2nd! 4⭐️
‘HavenFall’ by Sara Holland. This one was okay, but it just needed more. It was so close to being excellent, but didn’t quite get there. It was such a interesting premise too. It’s out March 3rd. 3⭐️
‘In Five Years’ by Rebecca Serle. I enjoyed this one, I thought going into it I knew what it was going to be but it surprised me. Super emotional! Get the tissues ready. It’s out March 3rd 4⭐️
‘The Weight of Love’ by Hilary Fannin. I’m unsure about this book. There was time I was enjoying it, then other times I couldn’t bring myself to care. Then a disappointing ending. It’s out March 3rd. 2⭐️
‘The Secrets We Kept’ by Lara Prescott. Really, really enjoyed this book. Loved the subject matter, the time of history. There were a few perspectives I wasn’t keen on but loved how it all came together in the end. Out in Paperback March 19th. 4.5⭐️
‘The Discomfort of the Evening’ by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld. This book was so hauntingly beautiful and heart breaking. It was disturbing in some ways, but still an excellent read. It’s out March 19th. 4⭐️
Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales. I was really looking forward to this one but it ultimately fell a little flat. It wasn’t bad, but not great. It’s out March 3rd. 3⭐️
‘Queen of Coins and Whispers’ by Helen Corcoran. I enjoyed this one immensely. It’s one of my favourite YA books I’ve read in a while. Detailed, clever. I just bloody loved it. It’s out April 14th. 4.5⭐️
So that’s it, that’s my reading month. It was a good one. Have you read any of these? Or did you read one you think I’d enjoy? Let me know.
I can’t believe January has come and gone already. Where does the time go? Well, I guess time fly’s when you’re reading good books!
I’ve set my goal this year at 90! 90 books to read! Last year the most I read in a month was 10 (bliss) but I don’t think the start of this year has been that good. I’ve managed seven. Not bad, not great. But the ones I’ve read this month I’ve enjoyed.
I shall try and read more next month.
So without further ado. Let’s talk about these book.
First up this month I read ‘Wranglestone’ by Darren Charlton. I really enjoyed this one. It was an incredibly sweet LGBTQ+ love story with a twist. It’s got Zombies in and I have to say it was done really well. Definitely check this one out. It’s out February 4th ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Nightingale by Marina Kemp. My first 5 star read of 2020. I loved this book. It’s so rich, full of fantastic characters and wonderful storytelling. I adored it. It’s out February 6th. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘The Guest List’ by Lucy Foley. This is a fantastic thriller. It had me guessing right till the end. With an ending that certainly didn’t disappoint. I loved this book. It’s out February 20th. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
‘Yes No Maybe So’ by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed. This book was so sweet, so cute. I really enjoyed it. It was a quick read with a really important message and I loved that aspect. It’s out February 4th. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Kingdomtide’ by Rye Curtis. It started off a little slow, but once it got going it was hard to put down. It had a fantastic ending, that took me by surprise. I throughly enjoyed this once. It’s out February 6th. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Stars We Steal by Alexa Boone. Did I enjoy it? Yeah, it was okay. Will I remember it? No. It was predictable and a little unoriginal. I had no connection to the characters. It was a quick read though. Out February 6th. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
‘Swimming In The Dark’ by Tomasz Jedrowski. One of my most anticipated reads of the year. It was a beautiful tender love story set against a political background. I loved it. So beautifully written. It’s out February 4th. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
So that’s it. That’s my first months reading. How did you get on? Did you beat my seven books. Whatever you read I hope you enjoyed them.
Now that the year is over, it’s time to talk about my favourite reads of the year. It’s been a year of some truly fantastic books.
There’s been some I didn’t expect enjoy but have absolutely ended up loving. There’s also been some I’ve been waiting patiently for and was sure would be on the list but didn’t make it (I’m looking at you ‘Find Me’).
So theses are the books I’ve utterly adored this year. Two of them will probably go down as two of my favourites of all time. These books have made me laugh, made me cry, left me feeling elated and left me absolutely devastated.
In no particular order:
‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernadine Evaristo. This book is just sublime. It’s a perfect piece of fiction. It won the Booker Prize, so I bought it. Then I had the urge to read it and I loved every second. It’s been a while since a book made me feel like this one did. I read this book slowly as I didn’t want to miss a single word! This is the one of the books that’s gone down as one of my favourites of all time. If you haven’t read it, please do. You won’t regret it.
‘Lie With Me’ by Philippe Bensson. Oh lord, be prepared to have your heartbroken. I read this back in August and I still haven’t recovered. It’s one of those books that astounds you with it’s beauty and it’s sorrow. I was crying by page 25 because it was so beautifully written. This has quickly become one of my favourites of all time. It’s just such a wonderful book! I implore you to read this book.
‘Serpent & Dove’ by Shelby Mahurin. This was the best Young Adult book I read this year. A witch and a witch hunter have to get married. Sign me up! This novel just works. It’s got a beautiful, believable slow burn romance. And a kickass female character which YA has been in desperate need of. It’s also got a new magic system which feels so fresh! I love it. I’m desperate for book two! Desperate! Book two is called ‘Blood & Honey’.
Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. I love a nice slow burn romance, and this book is like that. It’s so beautiful, tender yet there’s this utter truth and realness to it. It’s a remarkable piece of fiction. It’s also got some of the characters I’ve read all year in. It was a huge book this year and it deserved to be.
‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer. This is one of those books that I think back on and just love. It was heartfelt and charming. It was a love letter to the human spirit. It had a twist at the end I didn’t see coming, but it literally made this novel perfection. It wasn’t released this year, but it’s when I read it so it still counts.￼
‘My Dark Vanessa’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell. This one of those books that is so well written, so powerful and important that it’s actually difficult to read. And I mean that in the best way. It’s feels more like an experience, than you reading a book. Do not miss this one. It’s going to be huge next year. It’s out March 31st 2020.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I just have to include this one on the list. It was the perfect ending to this duology. It had brilliant characters, dialogue that made me laugh out loud, intense storytelling. And my friends, it made me cry in the bath as I was reading. Not just cry. Ugly cry. That’s how good it was.
‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ by Ocean Vuong. Ugh, what a book. It’s so beautifully written I was crying on page 4. Yes, that’s right, page 4. This novel is so intimate and honest. It’s exquisite. So tender. I just adored it.
‘The Disappearance’ by Katherine Webb. I’m such a huge fan of Katherine’s and I was eagerly awaiting her new novel and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a beautifully written historical fiction, with a mystery I couldn’t figure out (I never can). I just loved it.
So that’s it. My top 10 for year. It’s been a great year for my reading. There have been so truly fantastic books and some awful ones which we won’t talk about. We don’t need that kind of negativity in the world!
I’ll also give a few honourable mentions to a few more fantastic books such as ‘Your House Will Pay’ by Steph Cha, ‘The Other Bennet Sister’ by Janice Hadlow and ‘Dear Lily’ by Drew Davies.
This year was also the year I really tried hard at book blogging, so a big thank you to all you readers and followers! I really appreciate it. I love to hear your opinion about books. So thank you. See you next year.
Another month has come and gone. You know, I really thought as the winter months settle in, I’d really snuggle down in my bed, or in the bath (does anyone else read in the bath? No, just me. Ok!) and get a lot of reading done. But I didn’t. At all. In fact I think I’ve read less this month than I have in a while.
It’s been a strange reading month. I’ve read some fantastic books. One that’s probably become one of my favourites of all time. One that I’ll never forget. One I didn’t expect to enjoy but absolutely loved. So maybe I could say it’s been quality over quantity?
So this month (I’m a little ashamed to say this) I only read six books! Six! Honestly Jack, it’s not good enough. Well, I guess I’ll talk a little about them now.
First up this month was ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernadine Evaristo. Brilliant, genius. This is the book that’s become my new favourite. I loved every second of this book. It’s out now 5⭐️
Secondly I read ‘Adults’ by Emma Jane Unsworth. I enjoyed this book, not on the same level as ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ but I still enjoyed it. Wonderfully modern and witty, with a real sense of sadness to it. Speaks for a generation. It’s out January 30th 2020. 4⭐️
Next up was ‘My Dark Vanessa’ by Kate Elizabeth Russell. This book sure packs a punch. It’s the kind of book you read, it’s uncomfortable, but you’ll never forget it. This books gonna be huge next year. It’s out March 31st 2020. 5⭐️
Then I read the ARC of ‘Reverie’ by Ryan La Sala. I don’t read much fantasy, but I throughly enjoyed this book once I got into it. So imaginative and unapologetically queer af. It’s out December 3rd. 4⭐️
Fifth this month was ‘Staying Up With Hugo Best’ by Erin Somers. This was a quick read. Sort of fun. It was interesting premise but sort of failed to really take off for me. But I did enjoy the ending. It’s out January 23rd 2020. 3⭐️
Lastly was ‘The Other Bennet Sister’ by Janice Hadlow. I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I couldn’t put it down. I was incredibly sad when it was over. Adored it. It’s out January 9th 2020. 5⭐️
So that’s it, that’s my month. To be honest, I wonder if I’ve had a few book hangovers this month. Where some of them have just been spectacular and I couldn’t begin another book.
Anyway, I hope you all had a better month than I did. Let me know.