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February Wrap Up

Books I read and finished in February

The first thing I finished reading was the Orange collection volume one manga by Ichigo Takano, there are only 2 parts of this manga collection so I will write-up my review once I have read volume 2 but I really loved the first volume. Then I read an eARC of In The Night Wood by Dale Bailey which I received via Netgalley, an enjoyable gothic mystery thriller. I then decided to jump back in to the world of Saga as I had previously only read up to volume 6 of the graphic novel so I read volume 7 and it felt good to be reading it again. I have volumes 8 & 9 ready to read so I will hopefully get to them soon.

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye was Fairyloot’s January book which I read and thoroughly enjoyed in February.  Then I finally finished A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, I took my time reading this but I really enjoyed it and plan on finishing the series this year. The last book I finished right at the end of the month was Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, part of the Throne of Glass series. I’m still very much loving reading this series and can’t believe I only have 3 (rather large) books left to go, I will be sad to finish it but plan on picking up Sarah J. Maas’ other series A Court of Thorns and Roses afterwards.

March TBR

I never stick to a rigid monthly TBR but I have already started reading A Curse So  Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer and Frankenstein by Junji Ito so I will finish those. I have a planned buddy read of After Dark by Haruki Murakami with the lovely Keira which I’m really excited about. The other book I would at least like to start in March is The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon which is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019, but as it is over 800 pages I don’t expect to finish it in March but you never know. What are you planning to read in March?

Favourite K-Pop releases in February

Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch update: STILL NO NEWS

Books · Monthly wrap ups

January Wrap Up

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Books I read and finished in January

This was one of my best reading months so far at a total of 7 books + the end of Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas. The Wicked King’s release date was coming up and I’d yet to read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black so it was now or never to see what the hype is all about, and I’m glad I did! I really enjoyed The Cruel Prince and The Lost Sisters which is the short novella between the 2 books. I read The Wicked King near the end of the month and enjoyed it as much as Cruel Prince, but now I have to wait at least a year for the third book to come out. sigh.

I also joined the FairyLoot read along for December’s book, Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. A really fun YA that read more like a middle grade for me, lot’s of fun and great characters. I also read an actual middle grade that has received a lot of hype over the past year, Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. For me it did live up to the hype and I will be continuing in the series.

I read the third Wayward Children book by Seanan McGuire, Beneath the Sugar Sky in anticipation for the fourth book coming out February 1st. These books never seem to let me down and it is always a guaranteed enjoyable read for me, so far at least. I also read a nice surprise, The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge came out this month and I had an eARC from Netgalley to read. This was way more creepy and way more enjoyable than I thought, so much so that I ended up trading for the physical version of the ARC. The other eBook I read this month was Return to Dyatlov Pass by J.H. Moncrieff. A fiction taken inspiration from the real life event of the Dyatlov Incident in where a bunch of Russian students died during a dangerous ski expedition in 1959. This book is set in 60 years after the incident where a new group travel the same path in an attempt to try to figure out the mystery behind the Dyatlov deaths. Very creepy read.

Book reviews for these reads that aren’t already up on my blog will all be up soon. By the end of the month I was half way through Orange by Ichigo Takano and had started reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

February TBR

I don’t usually do set TBR’s for the month as it always ends up changing, but here are the books I will definitely be reading in February. In An Absent Dream by Seanan Mcguire, the latest book in the wayward children series that just came out, a guaranteed good time. I’ll be finishing A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab and collection 1 of Orange by Ichigo Takano. I have an eARC for In The Night Wood by Dale Bailey to read and review, I also have Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta to read and annotate for our UK travelling book club, all other books are yet undecided.

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Favourite K-Pop releases in January

Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch update: STILL NO NEWS

Books · Tags

A-Z Book Tag

Here is the first tag post on my blog, thanks to Lauren over at Northern Plunder for tagging me and I tag anyone that wants to do this tag for their own blog! Here goes..

A: author you’ve read the most books from

J. K. Rowling purely because of Harry Potter, though I’m getting pretty close to that with Banana Yoshimoto and Yukio Mishima books.

B: best sequel

I’m going to go with Catching Fire from the Hunger Games series.

C: currently reading

The Wicked King, it’s getting intense I’m scared.

D: drink of choice while reading

Whatever I happen to be drinking.

E: e-book or physical book

Both! Kindle is great for bed time reading because it lights up, during the day I usually read a physical book.

F: fiction character you would have dated in high school

I was always attracted to the dweebs at school so probably Ron Weasley.

G: glad you gave this book a chance

Throne of Glass. I heard so much love/hate regarding the series that I put off trying it, until I tried it. I’m now up to Queen of Shadows.

H: hidden gem book

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa, I will keep mentioning this book until everyone reads it.

I: important moment in your reading life

Watching PewDiePie’s first ‘book review’ video in early 2018 and hearing about Yukio Mishima. I decided to pick up one of his books after not reading a book in years and have been a regular book reader ever since. Cheers Felix.

J: just finished reading

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, highly recommend!

K: kind of books you won’t read

I’m rarely in the mood to read contemporary because it’s not a big enough escape from reality for me.

L: longest book you’ve read

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami (617 pages).

M: major book hangover because of

Deathly Hallows, I dragged that book out for months because I didn’t want it to end.

N: number of bookcases you own

3, I would get more but lack of space.

O: one book you’ve read multiple times

I’m pretty sure I’ve yet to re-read a book!

P: prefered place to read

Laying in bed.

Q: quote that inspires you/gives you feels from a book

“He had never been willing to believe that life had to be as gray and dull as people claimed. He heard them saying: “Life is like that,” but he couldn’t agree. He never stopped believing in mysteries and miracles.”
Michael Ende, The Neverending Story.

R: reading regret

There are no books that I regret reading, but I regret NOT reading for so many years.

S: series you’ve started and need to finish

Throne of Glass.

T: three of your all time favourite books

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

The Neverending Story by Micheal Ende

Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

U: unapologetic fangirl for

Death Note.

V: very excited for this release

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.

W: worst bookish habits

Buying books and not reading them for months.

X: x marks the spot! start at the top of your bookshelf and pick the 27th book

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Gryffindor edition.

Y: your latest book purchase

Orange The Complete Collection.

Z: zzz snatcher book, last book that kept you up way too late

The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge, highly recommend!