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.

May Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 7
May TBR Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 2,186

Queens Of Geek by Jen Wilde – 3/5 – I went into this expecting a fun and light-hearted read, and that’s exactly what I got. I know that the name and blurb indicate that this story would be full of “geek” and pop culture references, but it was a little bit too much for me personally. Having said that, I would recommend this if you’re looking for a fun and easy read with a bit of geeky romance thrown in for good measure.

Artemis by Andy Weir – 2/5 – This book was a bit of a disappointment for me. I found the female protagonist almost unbearable to read, and the plot mostly boring. I would only recommend picking this up if you’re a huge fan of Andy Weir, or really enjoyed the Martian and are curious to see what else he has to offer.

And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich – 4/5 – This was honestly one of the creepiest (and strangest) books I’ve ever read. This is the kind of book it’s best to go into blind, and I don’t want to give too much away. But I will say this would be a perfect Halloween read, or something for a cold and stormy night where you just want to be curled up with a book and lost in a scary story.

November 9 by Colleen Hoover – 4/5 – I have to admit, the first quarter of this book had me worried that it was going to be a sickly sweet insta-love situation, but I was surprised by the twists that happened along the way. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like this, and I would recommend it if you’re looking for a New Adult romance.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – 3/5 – This was a book I picked up for the #BorrowAThon readathon I participated in May, and it was enjoyable enough. I was interested in the story, but the romance subplot just didn’t grab me and I don’t think I’ll bother continuing with the series.

Fresh Complaint by Jeffrey Eugenides – 2/5 – I am so glad to be done with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I love Jeffrey Eugenides’ other books, but I have come to discover that short story anthologies are not for me. This felt very dry, and was a bit of a struggle to get through.

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – 3/5 – This was the #ReadYourFaceOff Book Club book of the month, and it’s been on my radar for a while so I was happy to have a reason to pick it up. This was just an okay book for me. I am quite character-driven so reading books where I find the main character quite unlikeable makes it difficult for me to enjoy the book. Overall though, the story was good and it was an interesting view on how some people deal with grief.

April Reading Wrap Up

Total Books Read: 11
April TBR Books Read: N/A
Total Pages Read: 3043
Total Hours Listened: N/A

Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker – 3/5 – This was a pretty decent middle of the road thriller for me. There is an element of the plot that I guessed early on in the book, which unfortunately took some of the suspense and excitement out of the story for me. But having said that, I’d still recommend picking this up if you’re in the mood for a quick and easy thriller.

Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski – 3/5 – I would never have picked this book up if not for the recommendation of Kayla from BooksAndLala – to be honest the hideous cover alone would have sent me running for the hills. So that being said, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was well paced and kept me entertained throughout, and I was absolutely not expecting it to go in the direction it did towards the end, which was great. I’m still not 100% sure on whether I’ll be picking up the sequel or not, but I probably will if I’m in the mood for a quick, fun, YA sci-fi set in space.

A Line In The Dark by Malinda Lo – 2/5 – This is the opposite of Dare Mighty Things in that I ordered it based on the beautiful cover and ended up really disliking the book itself. I hated nearly all of the characters in this book and as hard as I tried, didn’t manage to connect or enjoy any of them. Overall I found the story pretty boring, and to be honest with you unless you’re looking for a pretty book to sit on your shelves I wouldn’t really recommend picking this up.

Copy Cat by Alex Lake – 3/5 – I’d have to call this another middle of the road thriller for me, although I did enjoy it more than Emma In The Night. I found the concept of stalking through identity theft a really interesting and all-too-real concept. This was a real page turner for me, and I’d recommend picking it up if you’re in the mood for a decent thriller.

Surfacing by Margaret Atwood – 3/5 – Unfortunately, nothing about this book managed to interest me – none of the characters weren’t particularly likable or interesting, and I felt like nothing much happened for the majority of the story. The last quarter of the book flew by for me because that’s when things really started to get interesting, but priot to that it was a bit of a snooze fest for me despite Margaret Atwood’s undeniably beautiful writing style.

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger – 3/5 – I was on the borderline of being in a reading slump following the previous book, so I decided to read this as I knew it would be fast and easy and mostly mindless. It was everything I wanted, and I am now really excited for the second book in the series to come out later this year. And no, I absolutely did not pretend that this was a story about me and Harry Styles, why do you ask?

Dare Me by Megan Abbott – 4/5 – I picked this up on a whim while browsing the shelves at my library, and it ended up being my favourite book of the month. I really enjoyed Megan Abbott’s writing style and I’ll be making an effort to pick up her other work in the near future. I really enjoy stories about the intricacies of friendships between teenage girls, so this was right up my alley.

October Reading Wrap Up

Books Read: 7
Audiobooks Read: 1
Pages Read: 1745
Hours Listened: 4hrs 57minutes
TBR Books Read: 6
Favourite Book: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

I’m pretty happy with how things went with my reading this month, and I think the Spookathon certainly helped move things along and helped motivate me to read a bit more than I usually would have. Now I’m looking forward to taking a step back from spooky books and thrillers and moving towards more fun and lighthearted stories as we head into Summer.