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Cosy Winter Reading

Lady Chatterley's Lover Wuthering Heights Bridget Jones's Diary Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows kindle paperbacks

Holiday books aren’t really my thing but I got it into my head to read some this year as well as books that just feel winterish to me. I’m feeling more Christmasy than most years (probably because I’m not working in retail anymore) and want some festive fun. (While writing this I had a memory of my little brother singing “Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney” when he was small going over and over in my head. I apologise if I accidentally wrote the lyrics in somewhere 😉 ) Click on a title to view its Goodreads synopsis.

Bridget Jones's Diary Bridget Jones’s Diary

I see the movie as a Christmas movie since it opens and closes during that time. I don’t know if the book follows the same format but I’m guessing it does. I’m excited to read a slice of 90’s life for a woman in her 30’s. I’m expecting it to be a bit like Marien Keyes without all the Irishness and cleverly placed series issues.

Wuthering Heights Wuthering Heights

A winterish book if ever there was one. The name alone makes me feel cold and dreary. Since this will be a reread and it’s quite depressing I will probably leave it until last.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The final book in my Harry Potter reread. I should have read it back in September but I just couldn’t. This is the only book in the series that I’ve read only once. Every time I think of reading it again I just can’t face it! I remember everything that happens and just can’t! But I’m going to do it now… I will!

Little Women Little Women

Another one that I’ve watched but not read. It takes place over several years but it always makes me think of Christmas because….well… of the Christmas scenes in the movie.

Lady Chatterley's Lover Lady Chatterley’s Lover

I don’t know what season this is actually set in but from watching a TV mini-series it looked cold… definitely not summer. This book was banned as pornography after it’s release in the early 20th century but I’ve found a lot of older books labelled as overtly sexual tend to only make references to such things. We shall see…

Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane, #12.6) Once Upon a Christmas Eve

Hey look, an actual Christmas book! Hoyt is my favourite historical romance author, so when I got an email about this novella it went straight onto my list. This is actually the main reason I compiled it. It’s set in her Maiden Lane series but it’s stand-alone and under 100 pages. Perfect for reading after stuffing my face with Christmas dinner. Although maybe not because her books tend to be quite dirty… not something to read around the family.

An Ex for Christmas An Ex for Christmas

Hey, look at that, another Christmas book and the only book set in this century. I didn’t mean to do that but it makes for a more interesting reading list I guess (to make it really interesting I should really throw in a bit of horror). I’ve only read one book by Lauren Layne previously, Blurred Lines, a classic friends to lovers romance. I get bored with contemporary romance very quickly but that one held my attention so I figured I’d give this one a go. Seems like another one perfect for some cosy Christmas day reading.


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Ok, so there are only two Christmas books but I think it’s a pretty good list of winter reading. I’m looking forward to wrapping up in front of the fire with a cuppa and one of these guys. My plan is to read them between now and the end of January.

What are you reading this winter? Have any Christmas books to suggest? Some Christmas horror maybe?…

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November book blog reading wrap up

November Wrap-Up

I think this might be the smallest wrap up I’ve ever written. I read four books this month. Four!! Practically nothing!! Sorry, I know four is actually quite a bit to some so I’ll just shut up now and get on with it 😉

Anyway, here are the books I read. A Historical, paranormal, non-fiction, and literary book. Variety is the spice of life after all. All of these books are available on Book Depository, click the title to get it.

VenetiaYou Slay Me (Aisling Grey #1)GritThe Vegetarian


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Venetia by Georgette Heyer ★★★☆☆

After I finished this I rated it 5 stars and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. I obviously really enjoyed it but when it came to writing this I couldn’t remember a single thing about it. Even after I read the synopsis again on Goodreads it took me a few seconds to remember reading it. The book follows Venetia and this guy who moves in next door to her. I can’t remember his name but he was a bit of a rogue and Venetia is a renowned beauty. I think the plot was a bit romantic comedy after that.

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You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister ★★★☆☆

I’ve heard great things about this series but this was a bit of a snoozer for me. I found the pacing slow and the plot predictable. The story follows Aisling Grey on her first courier job where she discovers she’s something called a guardian and, hey, dragons exist! Of course, she ends up being an alpha dragon dudes destined mate and so on. Maybe I’m just a bit tired of the PNR genre at the moment but this wasn’t working for me. I’ve been told the series gets better after this book so I will probably give it another go.

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Grit by Angela Duckworth ★★★★★

By far the best book I read this month and possibly the best self-help book I’ve ever read. If you want to know how to be successful, this is the book for you. It really helps you realise how important it is to put the work in and not give up. And not to use talent as an excuse.

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang ★★★★☆

I’m not really sure what I expected from this book. The reviews on the cover make it sound kind of dramatic but I found it to be more quietly disturbing. It sneaks up on you and gets under your skin. The story revolves around Yeong-hye after her decision to become vegetarian and her descent into mental illness. It’s told from the perspective of the people she has the strongest effect on and the only time we see through her is when she dreams. Very interesting book and one I will definitely reread at some point.

As always I would love suggestions based on my reviews if you have any please comment. Thanks for reading 🙂


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October Wrap-Up

October was a very bad month. There was a death in my family and that’s all I’m going to say about it here.

So, I was away for most of last month but I did read a good bit at the beginning of October.

Books Read

North and SouthClean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)Moon Shine (Takhini Wolves, #4)Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)StardustFeralLothaire (Immortals After Dark #12)Frenchman's CreekFables, Vol. 11: War and PiecesToil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins, #2)The Queen of the TearlingSylvester, or the Wicked Uncle

Highlights

North and South

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell ★★★★☆

Written in the 19th century and follows Margaret Hale after she moves with her family from a tranquil life in the south of England to turbulent life in the North. There she becomes entangled in the lives of the middle and lower classes of the masters and the workers. Gaskell uses Hale’s relationships to explore societal issues during the industrial revolution using Hale’s romance with one of the masters for progression. It’s basically Pride and Prejudice set during the industrial revolution (though I think I prefer Mr Thornton to Mr Darcy shh don’t tell anyone…).

I was inspired to read this after watching the mini-series on Netflix (about 5 times). I fell in love with the characters and the social economic themes and grew to love them even more with the book.

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Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews ★★★★★

I had no idea this was science fiction before I read it. I fully expected an urban fantasy about witches but it’s definitely science fiction. There are some elements of urban fantasy but with strong leanings towards sci-fi. If I had known it was sci-fi I probably wouldn’t have read it but I’m glad I did. I really shouldn’t doubt Ilona Andrews, they know how to tell a story!!

The story follows Dina Demille who is an Innkeeper which is a guardian of a kind of way station to travellers from other worlds. Her Inn is neutral ground and she is not meant to get involved but breaks the rules when the people in her neighbourhood are in danger from alien monster dog things.

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire ★★★★★

I read Every Heart a Doorway this month as well which was very good but Down Among the Sticks and Bones was great. I kept thinking of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children when reading Every Heart a Doorway though they are only similar in the sense that they’re both set in a boarding school run by a strange woman. Every Heart a Doorway is about children who have returned from adventures in other worlds like Narnia and are having trouble adjusting to being back. Down Among the Sticks and Bones follows two of the characters from the first book while they were in their magical world. It’s set before Every Heart a Doorway but I wouldn’t recommend reading it first. I listened to an audiobook which was read by the author and her narration was fantastic.

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Lothaire Kresley Cole paranormal romance

Lothaire by Kresley Cole ★★★★★

I really wish I could be a fly on the wall when Kresley Cole is writing. I want to know how she writes such captivating stories. Every time I read one, even if I think I’m not in the mood for one of her books, as soon as I start I cannot stop until I finish the book.

This is the 12th book in the Immortals After Dark series and follows Lothaire (of course). It also introduces a group of vampires that were hinted at once or twice in previous books. Lothaire has been mentioned a lot in previous books so I was excited for this and it didn’t disappoint.

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Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier ★★★☆☆

An enjoyable story but not her best in my opinion. I found it to be predictable so I got a bit bored but I admired the main character for her strength of will.

The story follows Lady Dona St. Columb who has abandoned London society and seeks refuge in the country. There she encounters a French pirate, falls in love with him and craves adventure with him. He is eventually caught and she must decide whether to risk her family and save him or return to the boring life she led before.

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Toil and Trouble by H.P. Mallory ★★★★☆

The 2nd book in Mallory’s Jolie Wilkins series picks up where the last one left off and is just as enjoyable. The only thing that annoys me in this is the love triangle. I don’t mind love triangles in stories as long as they make sense but here it felt like Sinjin wanted her just for sake of there being a complication in her relationship with Rand.

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That’s it for October. What did you read last month?

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September Wrap-Up

September was a bit of a shit month. I had a family emergency which took me away for about 11 days. Everything is ok now and on the plus side, I had lots of family time 🙂 But I got very little reading done, pretty much everything here I read at the beginning of September.

Books Read

The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Hunt the Moon (Cassandra Palmer, #5)Conspiracy Game (GhostWalkers, #4)Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1)

Highlights

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins ★★★★☆

I was really surprised by how much I liked this series. I didn’t expect to get as sucked into them as I did. I’m not going to get into what these are about since with the movies and series being so popular I think everyone has an idea of the story. I’ll just say I read all 3 in about 4 days and I saw the movies first and enjoyed them just as much as the books.

Hunt the Moon

Hunt The Moon by Karen Chance ★★★★★

This is a reread, I love this series! This is the 5th book in Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer series following time-hopping clairvoyant Cassie as she battles gods, demons and over-bearing boyfriends. This one is probably my favourite, there’s a lot of insights into Cassie’s family and my favourite character, Pritkin. There’s also some of the best action scenes in this one and I think Chance manages just the right mix of action and story here.

Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark by Winston Graham ★★★★☆

Ross Poldark has just returned from warring in America to discover his father has died, his love has moved on and his home has gone into ruin at the hands of drunk servants. He has no chance but to start again reopening his family’s mine and attempting to move on. Very good book.


So that was it for September I’ve already read more in October and we’re only 10 days in! I’m visiting my family again this month and I’m determined to get as many books in as possible before I go!

Till next time guys x

August Wrap Up

Another month is over and we’re that bit closer to Halloween (squee!!). I know I’m a weirdo but I’m really happy summer is pretty much done. I do not like warm weather, luckily that’s rarely a problem in Ireland.

This month I managed to read about 9 books. I felt like I read very little but 9 books is actually pretty good. Though, to be fair, two of them were fairly short.

Books Read

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2)Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (MacKenzies & McBrides, #2)My Cousin RachelI Am LegendBird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And LifeDemon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10)Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark #11)Sex Object: A MemoirThe Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six BBC Radio full-cast dramatisations

Highlights

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

After listening to My Life as a White Trash Zombie from the library, I was in love. Angel is one of my absolute favourite main characters (even if she is a white trash zombie) and a very inventive swearer! The narrator for the series is amazing, she really brings the characters to life. I found myself doing extra housework just so I could keep listening.

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My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier ★★★★☆

This is only my second book by du Maurier and based on those two alone I would call her a favourite author. She really sucks you into the world of the book and has you on the edge of your seat to find out what will happen to these people.

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I Am Legend

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson ★★☆☆☆

I was pretty disappointed with this. I had seen the Will Smith movie and knew this was very different with more traditional vampires and horror themes so I wasn’t really comparing them. What put me off was Robert Neville’s character. He was fixated on the female vampires in a creepy way, only using them for his experiments and at one point had to tell himself he wasn’t the kind of man to rape one of them. I didn’t give a shit what happened to him after that. It’s a pity because I was really looking forward to reading it and really enjoyed reading the analysis of the book and the three movies that have been made. The idea for the story is great and the ending was really interesting but I did not like the execution.

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Demon from the Dark

Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole ★★★★★

What can I say? If you’ve ever read a post by me before you know I am in love with this author and especially this series. This is the 10th book in the series and follows the witch, Carrow, as she is sent to lure vampire-demon hybrid, Malkom, into a trap set by a group of Lore hating humans known as The Order. As always I love how Cole writes. There’s just enough action, suspense and romance. I never find myself rushing to read one of her books to “get to the good bits” or find out what happens. I enjoy every moment.

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Sex Object by Jessica Valenti ★★★★☆

Very interesting book that focuses mainly on the everyday sexual objectification of women especially in youth. It chronicles Valenti’s upbringing in New York, her college life in New Orleans and her later marriage and experience with childbirth. It’s something a lot of women will understand and some will find surprising. This is a memoir, Valenti never gets preachy about what she’s talking about nor does she attack men because of the behaviour she’s endured. She just tells you what has happened to her.

This is a memoir, Valenti never gets preachy about what she’s talking about nor does she attack men because of the behaviour she’s endured. She just tells you what has happened to her.

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Jane Austen BBC Dramas

Jane Austen BBC Radio Dramatisations ★★★★★

This was just wonderful. An absolute joy to listen to. If you’re a fan of Jane Austen it’s a must. This dramatisation features six of her novels performed by a full cast featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tenant. The books are Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion. My favourite was Northanger Abbey.

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Well that’s it for August. I’m hoping to get to 10 books in September and I’m going pretty good so far. I have two books finished and I’m 60% through my third. It helps that the team challenge has started in my Goodreads group and that got me really excited to read.

July Wrap Up

Books Read

Shifter Made (Shifters Unbound, #0.5)MicroThe CorinthianRoyal Passion (Royal, #2)Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)Written in Red (The Others, #1)Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9)The 100 (The 100, #1)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)Making It Up As I Go AlongVision in Silver (The Others, #3)Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4)Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsEtched in Bone (The Others, #5)Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)

Highlights

The Corinthian

The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer ★★★★☆

My second Heyer book I enjoyed almost as much as the first and far more than my third (I think my third was The Convenient Marriage which I DNF’d because the MC drove me crazy). The Corinthian follows Penelope and Sir Richard fleeing London in an attempt to escape unwanted marriages Getting tangled up in a robbery, a murder, and star-crossed lovers on the way.

It was a very enjoyable, light -hearted story.

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Written in Red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop ★★★★★

Oh, my god, this was amazing!! I read the first book for a reading challenge and quickly gobbled up the rest of the books in the series. I ordered the next two before I had finished this one and the two after those before finishing the second book!

Written in Red is the first book in Bishop’s The Others series. Set in an alternate America called Thasia, where humans and paranormal beings, known as the Terra Indigene, exist side by side (mostly…). The Others rule the realm but some humans aren’t too happy about that and cause all kinds of trouble with dire consequences. We mainly follow Meg Corbyn and Simon Wolfgard along with the other residents of the Lakeside Courtyard. Meg is a blood prophet on the run from those who imprisoned her and kept her as property for the sale of prophecies. She finds her way to the Lakeside Courtyard where Simon hires her as their Human Liason. The Others are intrigued by Meg and decide to protect her but by doing so they take on a lot more than they could ever have realised.

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Pleasure of a Dark Prince

Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

Another fantastic book from Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Pleasure of a Dark Prince is the 9th book in the series but backtracks to the second book giving us a story that was hinted at in A Hunger Like No Other. What I love about Cole’s writing is how she writes tension and keeps you wanting to read more and more. Every single time I start one of her books it is impossible for me to stop!!

Pleasure of a Dark Prince follows Lykae Garreth MacRieve (hello book boyfriend!!) and Valkyrie Lucia the Huntress on the search for an ancient weapon in the hopes of ultimately destroying a god.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou ★★★★☆

My first book by Angelou and it won’t be my last. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings chronicles Angelou’s youth from the time she and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother and uncle in Southern USA. It encapsulates some beautiful, frightening, liberating and loving moments of life.

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Well that’s it for July. It was a very good reading month. I enjoyed almost everything I read, even the ones I didn’t mention in my highlights.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books.

My Super Late June Wrap Up

Better late than never right?….

Books Read

Shadowland (Cassandra Palmer, #4.2) Updating Pritkin (Cassandra Palmer, #5.5) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Milk and Honey Sputnik Sweetheart First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8) Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) Faro's Daughter My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)

Highlights

Ride the Storm

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance ★★★★★

The 8th book in Chance’s Cassie Palmer series sees several long running story lines come to a head (at last!). I had been waiting with bated breath for some of these and was not disappointed with the outcome.

The series follows Cassie Palmer, a clairvoyant time-traveling disaster magnet (love her!!), on her adventures ( or misadventures…) as the supernatural community’s new leading clairvoyant, The Pythia. Cassie isn’t your usual urban fantasy leading lady, she’s much more of an “every-woman” than a “warrior-woman” thrust into strenuous situations she isn’t prepared for. And, heck, we’ve all been there!! Cassie handles it all though and comes back swinging.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ★★★★☆

I gave this 4 stars but 3.5 would be more accurate. A lot of the poems really resonated with me but I disliked the formatting and it occasionally seemed more like whining from a young woman’s diary than observations on life.

A lot of poetry seems to be written in this format now, all lower case and just a few sentences… it doesn’t seem like poetry to me but who the heck am I to judge!

Some parts I loved some I found frustrating but I guess the point of poetry is to make you feel something which it certainly did.

The Force of Wind

The Force of the Wind by Elizabeth Hunter ★★★★★

The 3rd book in Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series is a slow burner for the most part and then explodes into a rousing inferno. Three anticipated story lines come to a head with varying outcomes.

The Elemental Mysteries follows Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they unravel the secrets behind Beatrice’s missing father, Giovanni’s long lost library, his iniquitous son and how these things may be connected.

Oh and Gio is a vampire with fire elemental abilities.

First Drop of Crimson

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★★

Now I know everyone seems to LOVE Cat and Bones from Frost’s Nighthuntress series but I gotta say I preferred this spin-off novel way more. I don’t know what it is about those two but I just don’t like them all that much… Cat and Bones are not the main characters in this book but I would recommend following the authors suggested reading order. There are some definite spoilers for Nighthuntress if you’re reading it.

This one follows two friends of Cat and Bones as they battle a shape-shifting demon. Much more paranormal romance focused than the other series as well. A very fun read, I gobbled it up.

Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★

This one really surprised me. I had never read anything by Murakami and only listened to this because it was part of Scribd selects last month. I didn’t really know what to expect from the author or the story (I was flying totally blind) but it grabbed me and sucked me in like a whirlpool. The story follows a disquieting love triangle (not the annoying YA kind) between K, Sumire and Miu. The relationships the three characters have really highlight human emotion, the need for connection, friendship and desire.

Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward ★★★★★

Took me ages to get into this book and damn near got whiplash from all the POV’s. Freaking loved it in the end though. This is the 7th book in Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The romance plot for this one centres on Rehvenge but the book follows most of the main characters. The story is very exciting and the lessers are finally starting to look like a serious threat and interesting enemy.

Faro's Daughter

Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer ★★★★★

Despite Heyer being considered the mother of Historical Romance by many, I had never heard of her. I had spotted the audio book on Scribd selects a few times but never gave it much of a glance until last month. I couldn’t sleep and this was free and short, I figured ‘what the hey?!’. I ended up loving the story. It reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Hoyt’s or Kresley Cole’s historical romances with a sassy strong willed heroine and a roguish hero engaging in an intriguing têteà-tête. 

My Life as a White Trash Zombie

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

First of all, how cool is that cover?! About as cool as this freaking book!! Such a fun story that may seem familiar if you’ve watched iZombie but only as far as both protagonists are blond females who happen to be zombies and work in the morgue. Another similarity is that the zombies seem to remain intelligent and fresh as long as they continue to eat brains. But White Trash Zombie was so much fun!! I listened to the audio book of this and the narrator was amazing, I highly recommend the audio.

The story follows Angel Crawford after she wakes up in the ER after an apparent overdose with no idea what’s going on, a new job and delivery of mystery milkshakes. Her “life” takes some mad turns and then a serial killer shows up to keep things interesting. Brilliant story, I ordered the next book before I even finished this one.


So that’s it for June. I didn’t read too much last month (I’ve already read more this month) but it was a good month. I really enjoyed almost all of the books I read.

Now I’m off to do dishes, make dinner and listen to my audiobook. Laters!

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April Wrap Up

April was a better month than I realised book wise. I thought I only read like 5 books but I read 8 novels, 3 graphic novels, and one short story. Go me!

Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story Ten Little Zombies – Andy Rash ★★★★☆

The Gashlycrumb Tinies (The Vinegar Works, #1) The Gashlycrumb Tinies – Edward Gorey ★★★★☆

Buying Trouble (Dorina Basarab, #1.1) Buying Trouble – Karen Chance ★★★★★

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Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark #7) Kiss of a Demon King – Kresley Cole ★★★☆☆

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Wintersong Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones ★★★☆☆

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Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2) Thorn Queen – Richelle Mead ★★★★☆

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) The Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) The Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling ★★★★☆

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Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Marvel Paper)) Anita Blake: The First Death – Laurell K. Hamilton ★★☆☆☆

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Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (The Austen Project, #4) Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld ★★★★☆

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Shift (Shifters, #5) Shift – Rachel Vincent ★★★☆☆

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Slade House Slade House – David Mitchel ★★★☆☆

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Into the Darkness (Darkness, #1) Into the Darkness – K.F. Breene ★★★★☆

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April TBR & Goals

I’ve seriously been lacking in the reading department lately. I read some interesting books last month but didn’t read anywhere near as much as I usually do.

This month I want to read at least 10 things and maybe finish some DNF’s from last month.

Books I Started in March

Wintersong Wintersong

Rajmund (Vampires in America, #3) Rajmund

Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3) Venom

The Great Gatsby The Great Gatsby

The Complete Persepolis The Complete Persepolis

Bloodfever (Fever, #2) Bloodfever

The Historian The Historian

Midnight's Daughter (Dorina Basarab, #1) Midnight’s Daughter

New Reads for April

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1) Kushiel’s Dart

The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) The Force of the Wind

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Hard Bitten

Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2) Heart of Steel

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1) Burn for Me

Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) Lover Avenged

Other Plans for April

I’m taking part in two bookish Instagram challenges this month which means I will be posting more than usual. So far it’s been fun. I plan to post daily here as well and get my youtube channel going properly.


What’s on your TBR for April? Are you taking part in any challenges?

Fempowerathon TBR

Fempowerathon is a readathon during the 19th – 26th March 2017 created by TayliciousReads and NicoleCraswell. Watch the announcement video here.
The goal is to read several female-centric books in one week. There are a few tasks/challenges to help you pick books.

I thought this was a fantastic idea for a readathon and had to join in. Great job ladies!

The Challenges:
– a woman in a position of power
– a woman of colour
– an LGBT+ woman
– prominent sister relationship
– a woman with a mental illness
– an own voices novel
– not set in the western world
– a graphic novel by a female

My Picks:
Far from the Madding Crowd Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

The Complete Persepolis The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Color Purple The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
Tipping the Velvet Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Macbeth Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Atonement Atonement by Ian McEwan
Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen