Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Goodreads: September and October Wrap Up

I’m back with a vengeance! It’s been a busy few months for me and unfortunately, my reading has suffered a little bit. I get home from university and work these days and fall straight into bed, prop myself up and get myself stuck into a favourite episode of the Gilmore Girls, book completely abandoned. I decided, since I’ve been so rubbish with my reading, to combine the books I’ve read over the last two months into one little wrap up, rather than my usual monthly wrap up. I’ll definitely be MUCH better starting this week, as uni’s getting knocked on the head until February as I go full time teaching in a little school. Woohoo!

I managed four books over the last two months, which is incredibly disappointing but I’m still glad I managed to read something “fun” amongst the piles of journals and lesson plans I’ve been working around. I started off with The Secret by Kathryn Hughes back in early September. I’ve reviewed this one in full here if you want to know a bit more about the book. I quite enjoyed this one and got through it relatively quickly, all things considered. I’ll more than likely be picking up more of Kathryn’s novels in the future (after I’ve gotten through my enormous TBR pile!) I also read and reviewed Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody as part of a blog tour. This was another book that I really enjoyed, although it was completely contrary to the kinds of books I usually pick up. It was unusual and well-written and I would definitely recommend it.

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of the anticipated debut fiction novel by Graham Norton, entitled Holding. I absolutely LOVED this book and I honestly didn’t expect to. The characters were loveable and I’ve definitely found myself a new fave detective in PJ Collins. You can read my full review here.

For my birthday, my colleagues treated me to a copy of The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin. Again, this wasn’t one that I’d personally have picked up myself as it’s a bit more supernatural than psychological but I’m incredibly glad to have read it as the story was particularly good. I enjoyed the different characters and the stories that were interlinked with one another. I loved the ending and how everything came together. I’m going to be putting a full review up in the next few days, so check back for that.

Finally, I finished off another review copy, this time a FANTASTIC psychological thriller. I don’t need to spout the usual drivel of how I love thrillers and psychological fiction and how everything about them makes me squeal in delight. This book, Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst, was the epitome of all of these feelings and emotions and I am very glad to have read it. Again, I’ll be posting a full review up pretty soon but in the meantime, I recommend that you give it a go and buy it on amazon. It’s more than worth the investment and it’s currently only 99p on the kindle store.

I’m excited to get stuck back into my reading over the next few weeks, I feel so bizarre without an evening with my book so I’ll definitely have to make some lifestyle changes!

What’ve you been reading recently? Let me know!


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