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Monthly Wrap Up | October 2019

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Hey guys!
Guess who finally has internet?!! ME!
Happy that I can now blog/Instagram more easily and regularly!
Anyways…October was a pretty decent reading month, although most of the reading I did was for uni, I enjoyed almost everything!
Onto the books I read, in the order that I read them:

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Firstly, I read Teenage Writings by Jane Austen. This was for uni, I’m doing a module on Jane Austen so I’m reading a lot of it! This was a hard but interesting read. It’s cool to see her early writings and how she started but I wouldn’t say it was an enjoyable read.

 

 

 

 


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Next, I read Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen>
I had never read this before (or seen the film) so I didn’t know much about it. I ended up really enjoying it (and we watched the film in class, which was also good!).
Rating: 4 Stars

 

 


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Then, after almost a month of reading, I finished Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. This book was pretty good, it took me a while to read (because uni) but I did enjoy the majority of it. However, the ending. No.

Full review here!
Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 


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Next, I finished my audiobook of the month: Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
My mental health hasn’t been so great lately so I thought it’d be the perfect time to (finally) read this book. And it was. I found this really helpful.
I really want to write a whole post about self-help /mental health books but I need to read a few more first.

Rating: 4 Stars.


 

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Then I finished Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
I LOVE THIS! This was a reread for me, I read this last summer too. I think I appreciate it so much more this time around, learning about Austen has made me enjoy her so much more!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 


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Finally, I read a short story: Opal by Maggie Stiefvater.
Call Down the Hawk comes out on the 5th, so I thought it was about time I read this story! It was so good. I have missed Maggie Stiefvater’s writing so much. I am now even more hyped for Call Down the Hawk!!

Rating: 4 Stars

 


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Monthly Wrap Up + Currently Reading| September 2019

Hey guys!

September was a really slow month for me and ended up being a really bad reading month, unfortunately. 😦

I’ve been struggling with a reading slump since August and my mental health hasn’t been great. I only managed to read two books this month:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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This took a loooong time to get through but I ended up really enjoying it. It takes some getting used to the writing style/format but the story is good.

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Full review here!


Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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This was INCREDIBLE. This was sooo much better than Nevernight, which I did enjoy but this took it to the next level! I loved the setting and the pace of this one so much more.

Rating: 4.25 Stars
Review coming soon!


Currently Reading:

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
After THAT ending in Godsgrave, I obviously had to pick up this.

Teenage Writings by Jane Austen
This is for a class. I’m doing a module on Jane Austen this semester so prepare for lots of her books to be appearing on my blog!

+ I need to read The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis ASAP.


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Hope you guys had a better reading month than I did!
Let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments, also if you have any tips for getting out of a slump!

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Monthly Wrap Up | August 2019

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Hey guys!
I can’t believe August is over! It flew by.
I’m moving out tomorrow so I know I won’t be reading much today (and definitely won’t be finishing any more books). So I thought I’d post my wrap up today!
I didn’t get as much reading done as I wanted but I had a decent month.

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The first book I finished was The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. I LOVED THIS. What an amazing conclusion to an incredible trilogy. I am obsessed.
New favourite YA fantasy series for sure!

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review for The Remnant Chronicles here!

 

 


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Next, I finished the audiobook of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*Ck by Mark Manson. This was okay. At first, it seemed like a fun way to approach self-help and improvement but the attitude got boring fast.

Rating: 3 Stars

 


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Next, I finished a graphic novel: *Rose by Denis Lapière and Émilie Alibert / Art by Valérie Vernay.
I requested this on Netgalley, I didn’t know anything about this before reading. It’s a cool mystery story with paranormal elements. I was really surprised by this, I don’t normally read mystery, especially not in graphic novel form, but it was a great read.

Rating: 3.75 Stars
Review here!


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Next, I read another graphic novel: *Aion by Ludovic Rio.
I requested this on Netgalley, all I knew is that it was sci-fi and the artwork looked cool. I’m SO glad I got this! It was such a cool story and really, really enjoyed it!

Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 

 


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The next book I finished was *Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron.

Rating: 3 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Lastly, I finished another audiobook: The Humans by Matt Haig.
I enjoyed this, it was funny and entertaining. It started off really well but gradually got less entertaining + I didn’t really like the ending. It’s still worth a read though!

Rating: 3.5 Stars


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Mine was definitely The Beauty of Darkness!

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Monthly Wrap Up July 2019

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Hey guys,
Happy August!
July was such a great reading month for me! It was the month of audiobooks and graphic novels – which I have had a seriously great time reading/listening.
I read 3 books, 4 audiobooks, and 6 graphic novels.

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The first book I read in July was: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. After rereading Gemina last month, I was desperate to get to this. Unfortunately, it was as good as I was expecting. It was good but not amazing.

Rating: 3/3.5 Stars
Review here!

 

 


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Next, I listen to the audiobook of The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People by Mel Collins.

Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 


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Next, I finished another audiobook; The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. This was a reread for me, I read the physical copy when it was first published back in 2016. I saw the audiobook was new to my library and I knew I just had to listen to it. No regrets. It was amazing and Carrie is a great narrator!
Rating: 5 Stars

 

 


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Another audiobook: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. After finishing the SaB trilogy I thought I’d reread SoC. I didn’t find it as good this time around, I’ll discuss this more in my review.

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Next, I binged Sage Volume 1 +2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples in a few hours. I picked the first one up on a whim, it was on kindle unlimited and I thought why not, I’ll give it ago. I LOVED IT! It’s super weird and wild. It’s very entertaining.
Vol 1 – Rating: 5 Stars
Vol 2 – Rating: 4 Stars
Review here!

 


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After running out of Saga on Kindle Unlimited, I decided to see what other graphic novels they had. I ended up reading LumberJanes Books 1, 2+3 by Noelle Stevenson.
This was cute, a bit weird and cringy in place but overall entertaining.

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon!


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Next, I finished another graphic novel, The Wicked + The Divine Vol 1: The Faust Act by Kieron Gillen (Author), Jamie McKelvie (Artist), Matthew Wilson (Colorist) + Clayton Cowles

This was odd but good? Confusing at times but I loved the art.

Rating: 3 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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Next, I finished another audiobook, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Of course, after finishing Six of Crows I had to listen to the sequel!

Rating: 4 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


Next, I finished: Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson and I LOVED IT. It was amazing.

Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Lastly, I finished The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. After finishing the first book I just had to continue on. I am OBSESSED with The Remnant Chronicles. Despite starting it on the 30th July I finished it on the 31st. SO GOOD!

Rating: 4 Stars

Review coming soon!

 

 

 


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Reading Wrap Up | June 2019

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Hey Guys,
Happy July 1st!
I cannot believe we’re already in July, time flies!
I managed a total of 6 books this month – 4 physical + 2 audiobooks! Which I am super happy with because I spent literally two weeks in a slump and I didn’t think I’d get much reading done this month but hey, I turned it around!

 


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The first book I finished in June was: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary.
This was AMAZING! Loved it.

Rating: 5 Stars
Review here! 

 


Then I went ages without reading, I was kinda in a slump. The next few books I read on holiday:

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My second read of June/My first holiday read was Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This was a reread for me and it was just as good the second time around!
Being spacey/sci-fi, it isn’t your typical beachy read but I loved reading it.

Rating: 5 Stars!

 

 

 


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My third June read/ second holiday read was *No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter. (gifted)
This was such a quick and easy read! I devoured it in two sitting on holiday. I’ll talk about it more in my upcoming review.

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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My audiobook for this month was Nyxia by Scott Reintgen –  this I listen to on the plane to Portugal and on the way back. I finished it the day after I got back from holiday so it’s kinda a holiday read, kinda not.  As you can tell I’m in a sci-fi mood lately. No idea why but I’m loving it.
This was pretty good and entertaining!
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon.

 


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Then I finished: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Which I LOVED, of course. Brandon Sanderson is my fave but I’ve never read any Sci-Fi or YA from him before; it’s safe to say the man can write anything.

Rating: 4 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 

 



Lastly, I finished an audiobook: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I literally started and finished this on June 30th. It was a cutesy/cheesy YA contemporary – perfect summer read! It was a little cringy in places and there was A LOT of teen drama, so bear that in mind.

Rating: 3 Stars

 


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Monthly Wrap Up | May 2019

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Hey guys!
Today I’m talking about the books I read in the month of May.
I read a total of 6 books (3 audio, 3 physical) and a short story. I’m really happy with this amount considering in the first half of May I had finals for uni, including 3 essays, a creative writing portfolio and an exam. As you can tell I procrastinated doing these things by reading/listening to books. Oops.

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The first book I finished in May was Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I actually started and finished this on May 1st! Great start to the month and I haven’t read a book in a day in a long time. Super happy!

Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

 


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Secondly, I continued on and read Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. Didn’t enjoy this as much as the first, it was pretty bland.

 

Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 


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Thirdly, I listening to the Stars Above audiobook by Marissa Meyer. This was okay, as far as short story collections go. I’m generally not a fan of short stories but these were okay, some I enjoyed more than others, naturally. More thoughts in my review!

Rating: 3 Stars
Review here!

 


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Fourth I read Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. I thought this would be so much better but it was so boring. It took me 11 days to read 350 pages. 11 days?! I read Shadow and Bone in a single day.

Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

 


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Next, I finished another audiobook, Queenslayer by Sebastien De Castell.

 

Rating 3.5 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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Next, literally right after finishing Queenslayer, I read the short story The Red Lily by Sebastien De Castell – which is about Ferius Parfax from the Spellslinger series. This story takes place between book 3 and 4.

 

 

 


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Finally, I finished another audiobook: Fairest by Marissa Meyer.
I didn’t think it was possible to hate Levana more than I did in The Lunar Chronicles main series but this backstory for Levana topped it. She’s also been the worst, I can see why now, but I have no sympathy for her. She’s vile.
Rating: 3.5 Stars

 


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Monthly Wrap Up | April 2019

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Hey Guys!
This has been quite a busy month for me. It has been the last few weeks of the semester and now it’s time for finals! Oh, the joys. That means essay writing and exam revision! Such fun. Which leaves less time for reading for pleasure.

I only managed three books this month but I enjoyed all of them! So that’s the main thing.

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Firstly, I finished off the audiobook of Red Sister by Mark Lawrence.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

 

 

 

 


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Another Mark Lawrence book, this time; One Word Kill.
[Gifted] This one  I went into 100% blind, I had no idea what it was going to be about, I knew it was sci-fi, that’s it. It was pretty surprising! I liked, great start to a trilogy. I will definitely pick up the next book!

Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review here!

 

 

 


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Next, I picked up my first ebook in a long time, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I enjoyed this but to me, it wasn’t mindblowing. It was still a solid read but not worthy of 5 stars, in my opinion. (Will discuss in detail in my review)

Rating: 4 Stars
Review coming soon!

 

 


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