Monday, 28 October 2019

My Hallowreadathon TBR!

The nights darken, the sweets are ready for the trick-or-treaters and the sixth Hallowreadathon approaches. So I've piled up truly too many books that fit the challenges so I have lots to choose from! Hopefully if you're taking part, this might give you a few last minute ideas. Don't forget to follow the official Twitter and use the #Hallowreadathon to be in with a chance of winning a spooky care package!



1. Read a book with witches!
This challenge was inspired by the amount of amazing witch books on my TBR and I absolutely wanted an excuse to buy some off my wishlist. I've covered my bases with adult fantasy books; Practical Magic by Alice HoffmanA Secret History of Witches by Louisa MorganThe Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag and The Witches Daughter by Paula Brackston. A couple young adult; Perfectly Preventable Deaths by Deirdre Sullivan (I met her at the Edinburgh Lit Festival and really loved her talk about the book) and Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson. And even a historical reimagining with Her Kind by Niamh Boyce*.

Honourable mentions of books about witches that I've read and enjoyed: Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff (my review here), Sanctuary by V.V. James(my review here) and Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett.




2. Read a book with black on the cover!
When I picked this challenge I didn't realise that pretty much every book has black on the cover! So I scanned my shelves for books that were almost all black on the cover. These are the ones that stick out and gave me a halloween vibe! Again I've got some young adult books; The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout* and Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy. As well as some adult: The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli*, Fallible Justice by Laura Laakso, Murder by the Minister by Helen Cox* and The Craftsman by Sharon J. Bolton*. All suitably spooky in my opinion!



3. Read two books!
I always add some shorter books to my TBR for readathons because I'm not a particularly quick reader and two book in two days, especially weekdays, is a lot! I apparently read a lot of witch books as a kid and I'm very tempted to re-read some of my old favourites! So I have a separate pile of these like; Witch Child by Celia Rees, Gobbolino the Witch's Cat by Ursula Moray Williams and Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson.


What will you be reading this Halloween?

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Required Reading Haul Again!

It's been almost two years since my first Required Reading haul and here I am again! I found a great deal from a fellow student wanting to declutter and thought, since I'm always interested in what books other universities study, that this might be interesting to do again.



The module I've decided on is Literature in Transition: from 1800 to the Present and I started last week which is why it's been a bit quiet on the blog!



The 'Realities' texts are: Bleak House by Charles Dickens, which I already had. London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew which my mother is really excited for me to read. I know nothing about Henry Thoreau's Walden so that'll be fun. And Mill on the Floss by George Eliot which I've actually already read and absolutely adored. I love looking at the contexts within a book is written so I'm really looking forward to learning more about one of my favourite books!



'Movements' includes: the play Playboy of the Western World by J.M. SyngeShort Stories by Katherine MansfieldThe Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford which I have since found two copies I already owned on my shelves, the poems Four Quartets by T. S. EliotBetween the Acts by Virginia Woolf and Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys.



And finally 'Futures', which collects books published in the last 80 or so years. This includes: Under Milk Wood by Dylan ThomasThe Complete Cosmicomics by Italo CalivinoOranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson which I read on audiobook and unfortunately didn't get along with, Season of Migration to the North by Tayib SalehStuff Happens by David Hare and Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Have you read any of these? Anything I should be looking forward to?

Sunday, 22 September 2019

#Hallowreadathon 6!

It's my favourite time of year again. The leaves are turning orange, there are little black kittens scampering around as I type and pumpkin spice is being added to every food you can imagine. This is the sixth year I'm doing my little readathon and I'd be thrilled if you spent some time reading with me this holiday! The Hallowreadathon will run for 48 hours, from the 30th to the 31st of October and there are a few challenges too if you feel like creeping up your TBR.



1. Read a book with witches!
There are a lot of really great books about witches coming out lately and I'm hyped about this publishing trend. Whether it's fiction or a how-to guide, there's a lot to choose from and a perfect way to honour Samhain!

2. Read a book with black on the cover!
In honour of bats, cats and rats, pick up a book with black somewhere on its cover.

3. Read two books!
It can happen! We can do it!

I'll be tweeting the whole two days with the #Hallowreadathon hashtag (you can follow me here) and I'll be giving away a book and some halloween candy to a random person who uses the hashtag over the weekend.

See you October 31st!

Monday, 19 August 2019

Books I Read in December!

December was a really good reading month for me considering that I'm usually so busy with Christmas stuff that I never get any reading done. However, it was also the beginning of a huge reading/ blogging slump that lead to me not reading anything in January and only getting around to talking about these books in August! I'm catching up, I swear! Anyway, the books...





Kitty in the Underworld by Carrie Vaughn
I took a massive break in the middle of reading this and the book as a whole struggled to hold my attention, unfortunately. I love the world and the characters but this instalment just wasn’t for me.
Although, as always, I was a big fan of the literature references Kitty makes in this series; in this book, H.G. Wells; The Island of Dr Moreau. In an urban fantasy book, these are the things that remind me that this is 'our world', just with werewolves and vampires and such.


Face Off by Brenda Novak
I know that Brenda Novak mostly writes romances, but she knows how to write a thriller. I’ve enjoyed this series from the word Go (review of the first book here and the second book here) and this was, what I thought, a thrilling conclusion. Only to find out there’s another book coming. It was like all those times you finish a series and wish for another book, only to immediately find out that it's happening. If you like true crime but want a bit more of a story, or you just like crime books in general but the usual suspects are getting a bit too similar, the Evelyn Talbot series should be your next read.
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Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean*
I said it when I finished this and I say it again now, Empress of All Seasons is YA fantasy at its best. It's diverse, original and wasn’t dragged out into the trilogy format that packs young adult shelves.
I loved the Asian inspired mythology, I haven't read much of it before and I want to search out more. There was ladies being badass and boys being gentle which I love. The pacing wasn’t the best but I think this one is worth pushing through, I might re-read it via audiobook and see how that is.
"-our bodies are not ornaments; they are instruments."
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Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir*
I have never, and probably will never shut up about this series. After being a little disappointed with the third book, this one brought me back around and I'll be writing a full review.
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Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce*
I rarely read books as quickly as I read Blood Orange. I flew through this and actually no longer have my copy as I leant it to a friend who was getting bored of the usual thrillers. This isn't a normal thriller, it's flawed characters doing flawed things with a dash of blackmail and murder. I imagine that people who get stressed when characters do the wrong thing would absolutely hate this one but when I let that go and just let the story happen, I was gripped.
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Have you read any of these?

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