I didn’t read nearly as much as I planned to last month, but in my defence I had very good reasons. My family celebrated my Gran’s 80th Birthday (2 days in a row.) So there was a lot of cooking and shopping and cleaning and organising to do. I’m happy to say it went well. Three days later Gran had a stroke. Luckily it was only a small sensiromotor stroke. It means that, while she has weakness and changed sensation on the right side of her body, all of her memories and mental abilities are intact. As long as she doesn’t have another stroke, her general prognosis is good. I’ve been spending as much time with her as I can, so I haven’t been reading or blogging as much.
In other bookish related news, I’ve started using an app called Serial Reader to read classics. I’ve always lacked the motivation to read them unless I had to for school (back in the day.) I’ve found Serial Reader really useful because it sends me a new ~10 minutes ‘issue’ of the book I’m subscribed to every day. It makes the whole process a lot more manageable for me. There’s a free version, but it does have some restrictions related to saving books to read later.
I’ve also started a book club with my mom and cousin. Our first meeting is tomorrow, and we’ll be discussing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey. I will report back next month and let you know how it goes.
As for blog related news, I’ve started expanding my reading repertoire, so I’ve decided to start a series of (hopefully) monthly posts titled Genre Exploration. I mostly read fantasy, so I’m looking forward to trying books that aren’t normally in my wheelhouse.
Key: 💕 2019 Release 📚 Retelling
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave 📚💕 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
There was definitely a whole lot of atmosphere and tension. The plot and characters were great. And the writing is lovely. My only problem was the pacing. The ending was rushed and I felt a bit… deflated? If not for that this would have been a solid four stars.
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery ⭐️⭐️
While there were moments in this book I genuinely enjoyed, I found it overwhelmingly boring most of the time. I wasn’t much of a fan of the twins, and I wished there were more interactions with previously established characters. *Cough* Gilbert.
The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring💕📚 DNF 14%
This was a pretty divisive book in terms of ratings. I struggled with the writing, and I also didn’t enjoy the second POV (who I didn’t even realise was male). I did read the last 15% to find out what happened (something I rarely do.) I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but I’m glad I didn’t force myself to continue reading.
Labyrinth lost by Zoraida Cordova 📚 DNF 36%
The writing was very easy to read, and the magic system seemed like it probably was going to be pretty good, but I just didn’t really care about the MC enough to continue.
The Suitcase Baby by Tanya Brethington ⭐️⭐️⭐️
An infant is found dead in a suitcase on a Sydney beach in the 1920s. I was interested. This was a part true crime, history, and sociology.
The Doctor’s Wife is Dead by Andrew Tierney ⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was a decent book. It managed to keep the tension up for basically the entire book, but there were time’s I couldn’t wait for it to end.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I read this in one night. I was completely addicted. It had the right amount of creep factor to keep me hooked, and I revelled in it.
What I Watched
The Hunger Games ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Agatha Christie’s Marple (Season 1) ⭐️⭐️
X-Men: Dark Phoenix ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
My Blog Posts
Blog Posts I Liked
All the *WARNINGS* @ The Orangutan Librarian
Why I Don’t Accept ARCs Anymore by Morgana @ Morgana’s Book Box