Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Reading Wrap Up October 2016!

Hi lovelies,

It's time for another reading wrap up! 

I had a brilliant reading month in October, managing to read a whopping 20 new reads, alongside re-reading 3!

I also took part in the Spookathon readathon this month which was fantastic fun, and it's the first readathon in a long time that I didn't fail halfway through!

I'm looking forward to November there are lots of bookish events happening, and I'll be taking part in Non-Fiction November, as well as the Tome Topple readathon towards the end of the month - keep an eye on the blog for a TBR soon!

In October I made a conscious effort to read lots of different genres and in lots of different formats in order to avoid reading slumps, I'm really glad I did as it seems to have paid off big time. I'm planning to continue this on in the coming months, and see if it's a good long haul strategy. 

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers** - 5/5 - science fiction
Displacement by Lucy Knisley - 3.5/5 - graphic memoir - travel
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson - 4/5 - thriller
X-men: Season One by Dennis Hopeless - 3.5/5 - comic book:science fiction 
The Museum of You by Carys Bray - 4.5/5 - adult contemporary 
Imprudence (The Custard Protocol #2) by Gail Carriger* - 3.5/5 - steampunk/fantasy
The Sweetest Thing (Lucky Harbour #2) by Jill Shalvis** - 3.75/5 - romance
The Mighty Thor: Volume 1 by Jason Aaron - 4/5 - comic book: science fiction
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - 2.75/5 - YA magical realism/fantasy
Drama by Raina Telgemeier - 3.5/5 - graphic novel:childrens contemporary 
Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson* - 2/5 - non-fiction autobiography 
Nailbiter: Volume 1 by Joshua Williamson - 3/5 - comic book: crime/horror
Head Over Heels (Lucky Harbour #3) by Jill Shalvis** - 4/5 - romance
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier - 4/5 - graphic novel:childrens contemporary
Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris** - 3/5 - urban fantasy
The Bones of You by Debbie Howells - 4/5 - thriller
The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn - 3.5/5 - novella: thriller/horror
Lucky in Love (Lucky Harbour #4) by Jill Shalvis** - 2.5/5 - romance
The Hollywood Book of Death by James Robert Parish** - 1/5 - non-fiction celebrity/death
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Kevin Bridges* - 4/5 - non-fiction autobiography


The Dresden Files #1, 2, 3* by Jim Butcher

*listened to on audiobook
**read in e-book format

My favourite read this month was...

I read a few really good books this month, however one of the stand outs has to be The Museum of You by Carys Bray. It was a really sweet, emotional story, and I really did fall in love with the characters. For me personally, I felt this offered a less bleak portrayal of working class, young families and I really gave the book a whole star in my rating just for that. 

My absolute favourite for the month has to be The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers. It was character driven but still had enough action and was quick paced enough to keep me interested. The characters were easy to fall in love with and despite being a variety of different alien species they were written incredibly realistically. 
It reminded me a lot of a story arc in Star Trek in the best possible way. 

My least favourite read this month was...

Going by star rating it would probably be The Hollywood Book of Death, but to be honest I wasn't expected much from it. I thought it was badly written, and the author was incredibly judgmental and insensitive. 

However, I was actually more disappointed with Mara Wilson's autobiography. I'm guessing it has a lot to do with my own background, but I thought a lot of this sounded like a privileged whine. 
It gets pretty high ratings so I wouldn't let my thoughts stop you from giving it a go, in fact I'd love to hear opinions on it, so if you've read this, let me know below. 

I was similarly disappointed with the Night Circus, but that definitely had some more redeeming qualities than Mara's autobiography. Part of my disappointment was setting myself up for failure though, I was certain I would adore it, so when it didn't live up to my expectations, it effected my enjoyment overall. 
The writing and descriptions were lovely, but this was a painfully slow read for me, and I really didn't care about the characters and what happened to them until at least the halfway point, and even then I still felt a bit "meh". 

My most surprisingly good read this month was... 

I really hadn't been expecting to still be enjoying the Lucky Harbour series, however Head Over Heels was the best one yet. 

I also really enjoyed Kevin Bridge's autobiography, being a similar age and from a similar area, it had me reminiscing and laughing from the word go. 
I also appreciated that Kevin didn't shy away from sharing his political views with his trademark comedy style. A particular favourite was Kevin describing how he would want to "have words and kip on someones sofa" if someone had bombed his country. Not sure how much anyone not from Scotland or even Glasgow would enjoy it, but I thought it was brilliant. 

My re-reads this month were...

I'm currently re-reading the Dresden Files series, and I'm currently half-way through book 4, all are as brilliant as the first 5 or 6 times I've re-read them so far.
If you plan on reading this series, or you already have in paperback format, I have to recommend the excellent audiobooks narrated by James Marsters (Spike from Buffy!) to you. He does a bloody brilliant job.

And we're done, phew! Here's hoping I slow down a bit in November or else I'll be spending all this month writing next month's wrap up!

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