Books in May.

The monthly ‘series’ is staying, but I’m changing the layout of the post again… I also want to add that I am not affiliated with Goodreads in any way – I use their links because I find it a very useful resource for reviews/ratings/recommendations! Anyway, there’s a little extra at the end of the post!

Books that I’ve read this month:

My reviews:
The Lost & The Dead Ground – Claire McGowan
The Georgraphy of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith

I didn’t read much this month – most of the time felt like it was taken up reading the Animal Behaviour book! In reality, that was only up until the 6th May as that was when the exam was. I did however have two more assignments to complete before the 16th May and so reading wasn’t really possible! My favourite book from this month was The Dead Ground. I love a good young adult book, but I love crime/thriller/mystery even more.

Favourite book related things from the internet:

# You know you’re a book nerd if…
# Cassandra Clare talks to Glamour about City of Heavenly Fire (I need to buy this book!)
# I definitely need this bookmark – guilty as charged! ‘Fell Asleep Here’
# You need to read Becca’s post about the dreaded words…“Books are boring”.
# Can mind maps improve your writing? – Maybe I should try mind maps to get blog posts out!


# 28 Relatable Book Quotes

I’m liking this layout, and I am going to stick to this form of post for my ‘Books in…’ series. What do you think?

Book Review: Precious Thing*

image– Colette McBeth

I don’t know whether it shows in the books I read, as I do read a mixture, but I really love a good crime story! Precious Thing tells us the story of Rachel and Clara, best friends who do everything together as young girls. They’re 14/15 when they first meet and become inseparable until Clara is hospitalised in a psychiatric institution.

Seven years later, Rachel is a successful tv reporter and is working when she discovers that Clara has gone missing.
Despite previously going their separate ways, the friendship was still there – a close bond like theirs couldn’t just disappear.

It is written as though Rachel is writing to Clara – almost like a diary. Throughout the narrative, she slowly reveals what happened during their friendship. I think this book was very clever in that I never really could get a grip on what actually was happening. I sort of figured out one thing, but I did have some crazy scenario in my head which wasn’t actually right… And I thought it could be a big possibility. All the way through I was trying to figure out whether everything Rachel was remembering was the truth, or whether she had sort of remembered Clara in a really bad light to make her feel better. I’m trying not to spoil it for you, so I can’t go into too much detail!

I will say though that the end confused me when I had finished, but I’ve also just realised that the very beginning showed that Rachel was beginning a letter to Clara in the present, before it jumping into the actual story. If I had been less dim and put that together, it would have been okay! Oh and another thing – the character, Jake, wasn’t really developed enough for me personally, but then it doesn’t really hinder the storyline. I’m just one of those who likes to know a person’s backstory!

This story is definitely suspenseful and a mystery, you will be guessing right up to the end.

This book will be published on April 10th!
* I received this book from BookBridgr in exchange for a review.

Books in October

Horns – Joe Hill
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson
Bridget Jone’s Diary – Helen Fielding

Horns was really weird. I wouldn’t really say I enjoyed it, I just needed to carry on reading to try to understand what the hell was happening! It’s probably not something I would ever recommend… Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour was good, but I was a little disappointed after seeing all the hype about it. That said, I’m the same with John Green’s books – I just really don’t understand the hype. They’re good, but not amazing and something I would read over and over again!

The Edge of Reason – Helen Fielding
The Rules of Survival – Nancy Werlin

Bridget Jones was good, but again, I thought it would be better seeing as so many people really love it! I read them in anticipation of the new book that has come out, but I haven’t gotten around to that one yet! The Rules of Survival is a good read… Really liked this one!

The Book of Souls – James Oswald
Natural Causes – James Oswald

Yep, that is right… I read the second book in the Inspector McLean before the first… I was gutted when I realised – I had started The Book of Souls on my way back from London. When I got home and was half way through the book, I couldn’t start on the first one! Luckily, the second didn’t ruin the first at all as it was a completely different storyline.

Currently reading I Remember You – Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. Really liking it so far, but as I’m halfway I’m going to include it in next months!


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