We LOVE reading other people’s round ups of their month of reading, so we thought we’d share what we’ve loved and not-so-loved this month in our bookish world. We’ve had a really good response so far to these monthly posts so Thank You x
Well last month, we didn’t read as much as we’d have liked. Life got in the way – as it does. So we wanted to make sure this month we got back on track with our overall reading goals, our A-Z challenge and our general bookish activities.
📖 First up, what have we read? 📖
14 by JT Ellison 🌟🌟
This is going to hurt : Secret diaries of a junior doctor by Adam Kay 🌟🌟🌟
Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance by MC Beaton 🌟🌟🌟
Alive by Sharon Bolton 🌟🌟🌟🌟
I have been reading a lot of short Mills and Boon style books this month as I have moved house so my actual books have been packed up and there is an abundance of free/ cheap M&B books on my Kindle. I do really like M&B books for a quick read where you know everything will work out okay in the end, they are basically the book equivalent of a rom-com.
This months M&B books have been ;
The Ruthless Greeks Return by Sharon Kendrick, Backstage with her Ex by Louisa George, Challenging Dante by Lynne Graham, The Duke’s Secret Wife by Kate Walker and lastly The Colonel’s Daughter by Debby Giusti.
So five in total, I have lumped them together as none of them were particularly amazing and I don’t think I will re-read them but I’ll give them all🌟🌟🌟 as they were nice and simple reads which is what I needed at the time.
This month I have also read –
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I love this book, and every time I re-read it I love it even more. You can read all about my love for it here.
SEAL Camp by Suzanne Brockmann. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I got incredibly excited earlier this month when I realised that there was now another book in one of my favourite M&B series, Tall Dark and Dangerous, while no longer published by M&B, Brockman has continued her series wonderfully and I can’t wait to read more, you can read more on my thoughts of it here.
Entre Nous: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier,🌟🌟 a book that has been on my shelf for ages and I finally read, then realised why it has been on my shelf for ages. I didn’t find this particularly interesting and have already donated it to charity.
Complexion Perfection by Kate Somerville 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I loved this book would highly recommend it.
How To Dress Secret Styling Tips from a Fashion Insider by Alexandra Fullerton 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Nothing ground breaking but a very enjoyable read for when you are
feeling a little lost sartorially (like I currently do).
The most interesting thing that I am taking away from this book is the idea that we should attempt to buy those items that seem a bit more out of budget and that make us pause to weigh up the purchase instead of saying “oh it’s a tenner it will do”, as it’s likely to be of better quality and if we have felt real emotion (excitement/ that pit in your stomach when you buy it/anticipation) you are likely to take better care of it and to have fully thought the purchase through.
The Wicked King by Holly Black🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 , my latest Fairie book obsession and I am eagerly awaiting the third book in the series, Queen of Nothing and got very excited by the sneak peak which was released this week.
Last month we thought about how we read the same genres and authors, so our star rating tends not to dip below 3🌟. Shall we see if we did any better this month….
Authors we’ve read before – Becca: 3/4 Kate: 4/11
Genres – Becca: Non fiction 1/4 Crime/Thriller 3/4
Kate: Fantasy 2/11 Romance 6/11 Lifestyle (skincare, beauty, fashion) 3/11
Something Becca wanted to do this year was read more non-fiction. This month she read This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay – which is a book of diary entries he wrote while working as a junior doctor. What did she think of the non fiction experience?
B : I’m not one to usually read non fiction, it hasn’t previously interested me that much. I have read a couple of autobiographies before but nothing like this (well I suppose Anne Frank would be similar to this, however I was very young when I read that)! I enjoyed how real is felt, and how he put a lot of humour into his writing. However, I wasn’t a massive fan of how sarcastic he was with it. I will be looking out for more non fiction though. This was a good introduction to the genre. See my full review here.
📖 What books have we bought/pre-ordered this month? 📖
- (Kindle E-Book) The Fear by CL Taylor (Yes I have this in paperback, and Yes I’ve read it already).
- (Paperback) Keep you close by Lucie Whitehouse
- (Paperback) The October List by Jeffery Deaver
- (Paperback) All Involved by Ryan Gattis
- (Paperback) Waking the witch by Kelly Armstrong
- (Paperback) The Fire Child by SK Tremayne
- (Hardback) Sleep by CL Taylor (I know I have this on pre-order for the paperback, and I already have a digital copy of it too… but….)
- (Paperback) Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante
- (Hardback) Sherlock Holmes collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
- (Kindle E-Book) The Son by Jo Nesbo
- (Paperback) The Nanny by Melissa Nathan (I have bought a new copy of this book, it is one of my favourites and my original copy is a bit loved now).
- Preorder – The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
- Preorder – Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
- Preorder – Ghosts Of The Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare
- Preorder – The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
- Preorder – Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
- (Paperback) SEAL Camp by Suzanne Brockmann
- (Hardback) A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas ( I bought myself a moving in present of my favourite book in hardback as my paper back is looking very loved by this point)
- (Paperback) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness ( A colleague asked if I had read this and I had to admit that I had never heard of it, so I immediately bought it.)
- (Paperback) You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero ( I heard the author on The Emma Guns show and decided to give it a go).
- (Paperback) Life Styling by Mikhila McDaid
- (Hardback) Pinch of Nom by Kay Featherstone and Kate Allinson ( yes, a cook book, no one was more surprised than me when I bought this).
Do we have any blog news for you? Let’s see:
✳️We are currently involved in a reading challenge, being hosted by Ginger mom and co, called The 2019 A-Z reading challenge. For each letter of the alphabet we are going to read one book each. Go check out our post to see how far we’ve got.
✳️Becca won a signed copy of CL Taylor’s latest psychological thriller Sleep, due out 4th April 2019. Although we had the opportunity to review this back in October our review has only just gone live this past month, so go check it out! Big thanks to CL Taylor for the signed copy, I guess I’ll cancel my pre-order…. Or maybe I won’t. 🙂
So that’s our March Wrap Up. Keep letting us know what you think.
Thanks for reading everyone, bring on a new month of bookish delights!