November seems to have been the month where I made my way through a lot of books I’d been meaning to get to for nearly a year. Example number 4 (after Stars Above, Between Shades of Gray and After You): Daughter of Smoke and Bone!
I GET IT. I FINALLY GET IT.
I get why everyone seems to know this book. Why it’s surrounded with hype.
And finally, I can be a part of that.
Let’s talk about Daughter of Smoke and Bone!
Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Series Status: The 1st book in the DoSaB trilogy
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 418
Continue reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | A weird & wonderful world that I have no chance of describing to you
November. The month that begins with an onslaught of sporadic fireworks. The month where winter begins to settle in, grabbing the bones of us here in the UK, and lies with us for the long run. Fog and frost become a daily occurrence. We have only 6 hours or so of real daylight. Step outside and instantly your cheeks are flushed, fingers stiff, and you’ll be glad for extra layers of clothing.
But inside is a different matter. Inside is where I (and most bookworms) thrive on these freezing days. November was the month where my bedroom became my cocoon of warmth. At some point every day, you could find me wrapped in 5 layers of blankets, cuddling a hot water bottle and cat simultaneously while reading a book by fairy-light.
And so, November was a true bookworm month for me. Even if I didn’t read any more than usual, every comfort my heart longs for – blankets, hot water bottles, warm drinks while fog smothers the outside world – was available to me once again. Every moment of the day I wanted to get cosy and read. And now here we are – getting closer to Christmas, might I add.
So let’s see what November brought…
There’s also a video version of this post if you’d like to see, combined with my December TBR! Click here if you want to see!
PS. Do you like the new intro? Thought I’d try the scenic route rather than just throwing you all in. Let me know if you like!
Continue reading November Wrap Up – The weird month where I feel like I’m not reading, then end up reading more than usual
I’m actually really glad this was a short read, because I had a mess up with my reviews. Last Friday I finished a book, in time for me to write and schedule it on Monday when I had time. Only to then realise it’s an ARC, and the review was planned to go up mid December. Meaning there was no book to review this week.
Then lo and behold, this book turned up on my doorstep, my weekend plans were unexpectedly cancelled, and the planets aligned to let me read this book over the weekend.
So let’s talk about Illusion!
Author: Nadette Rae Rodgers
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Series Status: The 1st in the Illusion trilogy
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy/Supernatural
Number of Pages: 249
Continue reading Illusion by Nadette Rae Rodgers | Everyone wants their dreams to come true…but not nightmares
So as part of the Austenatious Book Club, October’s book of the month was Northanger Abbey.
Again, I managed to finish this before the movie night where we watch the adaptation happened…though this time the movie night was at the end of the month so it wasn’t much of a problem.
So let’s talk about Northanger Abbey!
Title: Northanger Abbey
Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Series Status: Standalone
Number of Pages: 235
Continue reading Relating to the main character so much it’s almost scary in…Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Okayy, but did October actually exist?
I’ve been thinking it September for the past month, and now suddenly we’re going into November…WHAT?! It’s nearly Christmas!
(Yes, I’m THAT sort of person)
Weirdly enough, October just felt like it didn’t exist. I have a strange feeling that I didn’t read that much, even though this wrap up shows I very obviously did. October for me was just a vague noticing of the leaves changing colour and the temperature dropping rapidly. Lord knows what I did for the rest of it.
But here we are at my wrap up for the month, so let’s find out!
There’s also a video version of this Wrap Up on my booktube channel, where I go into my thoughts on the books a little more. Click here to check it out!
Continue reading October Wrap Up – The one where October doesn’t exist and I become a bear cub
This book is one of those that has been sat on my bookshelves for many months now, and it was about time I finally read it.
Plus with it looking quite dark and creepy, I figured the lead up to Halloween was the perfect time for it.
So let’s talk about The Lie Tree!
Title: The Lie Tree
Author: Frances Hardinge
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Series Status: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Mystery
Number of Pages: 410
Continue reading When lies get out of hand in the Victorian era all thanks to…The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Alright you have no idea how much this header image is bothering me, with the title not fitting in the coloured stripe properly (it’s usually only one line rather than two but the title is way too long). But we’re just going to ignore that and get on with it, because that’s not what we’re here for.
I’d decided a while ago to reread this book. I’d finally gotten the last book in the trilogy a few months ago, but it had been that long since reading the first two I couldn’t actually remembered what happened. And with the movie of Miss Peregrine’s being released, it was about time for me to put those plans into action.
Let’s talk about Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children!
Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Series Status: The 1st book in the Peculiar trilogy
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Number of Pages: 352
Continue reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs | A REREAD that I loved, though I’m revoking the “favourite” status