February/March Reading Wrap Up

 

Total Books Read: 6
February/March TBR Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 1,657

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne – I was really disappointed by this book and I kind of hate myself for it. It was my most anticipated new release of 2019, my dear friend Tonile had gifted me a copy, and I was convinced it was going to bump me out of the reading slump I had fallen into. In the end, it was just… confusing? I’m not sure if it was because I actively disliked the main character, or a lack of exposition throughout the story but I found it difficult to connect with the romance. Although this an easy read, I struggled to finish it as fast as I usually would have. If you’re a superfan of Sally Thorne this might be worth picking up, but otherwise you should probably hold off and wait until her next release.

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen M. McManus – This was a fun and enjoyable thriller from one of my favourite young adult authors. I can see this easily being adapted into a TV show or a movie, and that is one of the marks of a good thriller for me. If I can easily see it all playing out in my head and making sense, it works. This was a fast read, and I found it really easy to get caught up in the plot. I also love an ending that I don’t anticipate or I’m not able to guess, and this book did just that.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – This was the Read Your Face Off Buddy Read book for February/March, and true to my procrastinating nature I picked it up in the middle of March. Overall I enjoyed this, but honestly for the majority of the book I found the side characters far more likeable than the two main protagonists. Despite that, I was able to get pulled into the romance of the book and enjoy it.

October Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 7
October TBR Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 1,260
Total Hours Listened: 44 hours 15 minutes

Out Of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni – 2/5 – This is not a book I would normally have picked up for myself, but it was one of the EmojiAThon challenge books for the latest round, so I decided to give it a go. I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not the target demographic for this book. However, if I was to look beyond the cheesy dialogue and general cringe factor of the romance I would say it was mostly enjoyable.

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison – 3/5 – This was a really interesting book, and I think if it had been a little bit longer and more fleshed out it would have received a higher rating from me. The concept was really good, and the world was really fascinating to me but it all just fell a bit short. I really did not like the main character which can sometimes be a good thing, but this time it detracted from my enjoyment of the book. I would still recommend picking this up if it sounds like an interesting story to you. It was a quick and enjoyable thriller. (note: I have since found out this is the first book in a series, which makes sense, and I will be picking up the next book in the series sometime soon)

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin– 4/5 – I am quite far behind in my #ReadYourFaceOff Game of Thrones read-along reading, so I’m glad to be finally finished with the second book in the series. I’m not going to meet the deadline for the third book, but I’m hoping I can catch up in November. This was another excellent book, but I felt it lagging in parts and it wasn’t as exciting as the first so my rating dropped slightly.

Pet Sematary by Stephen King – 4/5 – I picked this book up earlier in the year because I knew at some point I would want to read it. After watching the trailer for the new film and with Halloween around the corner, I decided now was a great time to cross it off my TBR list. The only negative with this book was how much the story seemed to drag before the climax, and I think because of that the ending felt quite rushed. Having said that, I think this has to be one of King’s creepiest works and I am excited for the new film adaptation.

September Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 8
September TBR Books Read: 3
Total Pages Read: 2,236
Total Hours Listened: 17 hours 15 minutes

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott – 4/5 – This was another slow-burning, character-driven book with tension that felt palpable. For me, the mark of a good thriller is something that has a few twists and turns that I can’t anticipate and this book managed to surprise me a number of times. I’m starting to really like the moody and atmospheric feel that Megan Abbott’s books seem to have and I’m looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough – 4/5 – I’ll say straight up that this book had some supernatural elements to it, and if I did not know that was involved I think this would have been a disappointing read for me. Thankfully I knew something like that was potentially going to happen and I ended up really enjoying it. This book had a twist ending that I absolutely did not see coming, which was a lot of fun.

Into The Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – 3/5 – This was my audiobook for the month, and came highly recommended from a co-worker who has similar (spooky) taste to me. I enjoyed this, but not as much as I expected. I think this would translate well to film and be something that I would love to watch. This book had really great representation across the board which I think that will be appreciated by a lot of readers. As a side note, can we please put an end to non-Australian narrators attempting Australian accents? Thanks in advance.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – 4/5 – This book was so. much. fun. I had seen it hyped up around the internet a lot, so I am glad that it lived up to my expectations. I adored the main characters, the dialogue was believable (and funny), and the build-up of romantic tension was excellent. Basically, I could not put this book down, it was a real page-turner and I felt like I NEEDED to know what was going to happen. I highly recommend this if you’re in the mood for a fun romantic comedy.

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas – 3/5 – This book had so much promise. All of the cheerleaders in Sunnybrook have died? Things may not be as they seem? Sign me up! Unfortunately, this ended up being a middle of the road thriller for me and overall was just a bit… boring?

Beartown by Fredrick Backman – 5/5 – It took me a while to pick this up and get stuck into it, but when I did I ended up reading the whole thing over the course of a weekend. This was a great book. I went into it blind, all I really knew was that it involved hockey and was set in an isolated town. There were some great explorations on thought-provoking topics (TW: Rape), and had really well fleshed out characters who I felt helped to carry the heavier elements of the story. I was happy to see this book has been optioned for a TV series, I think it will translate really well to the screen.

July Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 5
July TBR Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 1,603

The Girl In The Picture by Alexandra Monir – 2/5 – This was a Netgalley ARC that had been sitting on my kindle for about a year before I finally got around to putting it on my TBR. It was a YA thriller with a very minor paranormal element to it, and it did a decent job of keeping me entertained and engaged for most of the story. This was traveling well as a three-star book, but I think the ending is what let it down for me. It had potential but just didn’t quite hit the mark.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton – 4/5 – I recently went on a holiday back home to Perth and on the way over I picked this book up at the airport bookstore. I’m glad that I did because as it turned out my QANTAS wifi wasn’t working and I spent the entire flight reading. I loved this book, and I’ve heard a lot of other books compared to ‘You’ by Caroline Kepnes (one of my all-time favourites), but this is the only book I’ve read so far that has given me a similar vibe. I really enjoyed this, it was an absolute page-turner and it kept me entertained during the entire three-hour flight.

Let Me Lie by Clare Macintosh – 4/5 – This was my first ever buddy read with Riley and Andie, and it was so much fun to experience a thriller playing out bit by bit at the same time as other readers. I love Clare Macintosh because she always manages to surprise me with unexpected twists and turns, and this book was no exception. It had me guessing until the very end.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – 5/5 – This was a book club read with my close girlfriends over the months of July and July, and I read it in its entirety while on holiday back home. This was a slow burner, but was full of strong characters and ended up being something I really enjoyed reading. I am even more excited to see this translated into a tv series after reading the book.

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills – 4/5 – This was the #ReadYourFaceOff Book Club book for the month, and I absolutely adored it. This was a light and easy read and I absolutely flew through it. I loved the characters in this book, the dialogue was so much fun to read and felt really authentic. I feel like YA contemporary is really growing on me, and I can’t wait to pick up some of Emma Mills’ other books.

June Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 8
June TBR Books Read: 4
Total Pages Read: 3,045

Year One by Nora Roberts – 3/5 – This was my first foray into the world of Nora Roberts, and it was not really what I had expected. I think if I had known about the elements that this book contained (*FAIRIES*) I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, and certainly not for my first Nora Roberts read. Having said that, I did still enjoy Nora Roberts’ writing style and I have already picked up another book by her to read next month. If you’re into post-apocalyptic stories that contain magical creatures, this could be for you.

Finders Keepers by Stephen King – 3/5 – This is the second book in the Bill Hodges series and although I enjoyed it, I felt like it fell slightly short of the first book. A big part of the appeal of the first book for me was the Mercedes Killer, and this went in a different direction where he was not really a major element of the story at all. I am really looking forward to reading the third book in the series though, and I’m hoping it will tie everything together nicely.

Misery by Stephen King – 4/5 – For some reason I was really in the mood to read this book this month and I can’t explain why. I’m glad that I did, because it has become one of my favourite Stephen King novels. Annie Wilkes is one of the most authentic villains I’ve ever read, and I think she’s going to stay with me for a long time to come. If you want to start reading Stephen King and don’t know where to begin I’d suggest this as a starting point because I feel like it would be a great way to enter the twisted world of Stephen King.

The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics – 2/5 – This was a short and easy read, but it just didn’t do anything for me. I didn’t connect with the characters in any way so all of the reveals throughout the story fell a bit flat. This could be good to pick up if you’re in the mood for a short horror story around Halloween time, but other than that I wouldn’t really recommend it.

Sex Love Repeat by Alessandra Torre – 1/5 – Wow, this book was terrible. This was basically a whole lot of smut with very little character development, so the smutty elements of the book really had nothing to back them up and felt extremely gratuitous. I think I picked this up as a bargain book on kindle and now I know why. Would not recommend.

Everyhing Is Lies by Helen Callaghan – 3/5 – This was a decent middle of the road thriller for me. I’ve been wanting to read a thriller that had some ‘cult’ elements to it, and this fit the bill in that regard. This had some twists and turns along the way, and all in all made for an enjoyable read.

A Game Of Thrones by George R R Martin – 5/5 – I put off reading this series for a long time because it felt so overwhelming to me. I’m not normally a fan of fantasy novels but I love the Game Of Thrones TV series, so when Riley announced the #ReadYourFaceOff Book Club read-along I decided to bite the bullet and join in. I’m so glad that I did because although the series seemed so daunting to me at the start, having each book spread out over a couple of months makes it really manageable. On top of that I have come to discover that these books are GOOD. Like, really good. I think I have the added benefit of recognizing the characters based on the show, but this is a much easier read than I had anticipated. I’m eager to continue with the series and next month we are moving on to Clash of Kings.