April Wrap Up

Apologies are in order as I have been quite inactive over this past month, I’m afraid it’s just been so busy! I haven’t been able to focus on book reviews and reading as much as I would have liked to and for that I am truly sorry. I’m going to do my best and read as much as I can in my spare time and write more book reviews over this month.

In this coming week I have a work conference I am going to, which requires me to stay over in a hotel so I shall read, read and read when I can! This Sunday I am going to be skydiving *gasp* which I’m very excited for to say the least! My boyfriend got me this thrilling experience for celebrating our first anniversary together! I have a Busted gig and my boyfriend’s aunt and uncle’s wedding anniversary party lined up in this month too. So hopefully I shall be able to fit in reading here and there.

Moving on, this month I have read four books, these were:

  • Now Is Good by Jenny Downham
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

I am currently reading the third companion book in the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy which is called Isla and the Happily Ever After.

I’m really happy with reading four books this month considering how busy it has been, although it’s not near enough how many books I would have liked to have read.

April was a good reading month of great books, the companion, contemporary trilogy by Stephanie Perkins was definitely needed after reading Everything, Everything!! I wasn’t expecting the story to turn out the way it did and it definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I shall be doing a book review for Everything, Everything very shortly so you can find out a bit more about that novel if you haven’t got your hands on it already.

There wasn’t one book this month which I didn’t enjoy or couldn’t quite get into it to begin with, which was a result.

Once again I am sorry that I’ve been AWOL recently,

Happy reading,

Claire 🙂

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March Wrap Up

This month went faster than I expected it to! Unfortunately, I haven’t been very focused on reading this month due to an apprenticeship I have to revise for each month at my work, lots and lots of driving lessons (as my driving test is next week AH!) and quite a few family shindigs happened this month. So although in my last wrap up I said i’d want to read more than six books, I didn’t manage to achieve that goal and so i’m really hoping I can focus on that in April.

Then again April is going to be quite bad too as my birthday is next week, my stepdad is abseiling the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth towards the middle of the month and I have quite a few surprises that I (obviously) don’t know about to do with my 21st!

Now enough about my personal bits and bobs, let’s get onto the wrap up!

This month I have read three books, these were:

  • After Anna by Alex Lake
  • Crossed Stars by Christy Blow
  • From Ashes Into Light by Gudrun Mouw

All three of these books were received from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. My favourite book of the month was definitely After Anna. It was such a thirlling story, I loved every twist and turn I came across. I did not expect the ending of the book to finish the way it did, I can tell you now that my jaw was probably a centimeter away from touching the ground (maybe a slight exaggeration but that’s what it felt like!). Unfortunately, I wasn’t a great lover of Crossed Stars but I really enjoyed the concept of the book, it was just a shame on how it was written. From Ashes Into Light was such an interesting story to read about as I haven’t read that many historical based fiction books so this one was a complete eye opener and drew me in almost instantaneously.

Yesterday I started reading Now Is Good by Jenny Downham, I love the movie adaptation to this book and finally i’m getting round to reading the book. Already just over 100 pages into the book and I love it so so much! I can definitely see differences in the book compared to the movie but i’m trying to not let it bother me as I just want to enjoy this book as much as I did the movie.

How many books did you manage to read this month? Why not let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Claire 🙂

February Wrap Up

I can’t believe March begins tomorrow, this month has flown by so quickly! Once again i’m amazed at how many books i’m able to read in a month. I’ve managed to read in the morning, during my lunch at work, at night and on my bus or train journeys. I’m so proud of myself for keeping this up, even if i’m behind on my challenge – i’m still making good progress.

This month I have read six books, these were:

  • Here’s Looking At You by Mhairi McFarlane
  • Crazy, Beautiful by Jessica Serra Huizenga
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • It by Alexa Chung
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans

Both of the books I received from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review were my two favourite books of this month. Crazy, Beautiful by Jessica Serra Huizenga was such a great contemporary read and I can’t wait for the next book to be released later on this year! The Butterfly Summer by Harriet Evans (I’ve literally just this second finished it!) holds a lot of mystery, secrets and intrigue. I shall be reviewing The Butterfly Summer very shortly. There were two books which I was not a great fan of which were We Were Liars and Station Eleven. For some reason I just couldn’t connect with either story and I felt there was something lacking. Even when I start to read a book i’m clearly not enjoying, i’m unable to just put it down and walk away from it forever.

I. Have. To. Finish. It.

Reason being, I don’t like leaving something left unfinished.

I know I have a couple of events i’m attending in the beginning of March, but I am hoping to read more than six books this month!

Let me know in the comments below how many book you guys intend on reading this month, year etc.

Happy reading,

Claire 🙂

January Wrap Up

I’m astounded by how many books I’ve been able to read during one month! Normally, it would take me months to read just one book because I wouldn’t spare any time to read due to being tired or out with friends and family. Whenever I get a spare moment now, it’s spent by reading.

This month I have read six books (which I shall be reviewing shortly!)

These were:

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  • The New Hunger (prequel to Warm Bodies) by Isaac Marion
  • Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
  • The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I was going to pick my favourite book out of the above which I read this month, but there’s more than one book that became my favourite! The Night Circus and The Girl on the Train took me by surprise, they were brilliant reads and I didn’t want the stories to end!

I shall start book reviewing in the next week and work on expanding my blog,

Speak soon,

Claire