Wednesday, 22 March 2017

What I Read This Quarter [January - March]


Well, this is a first! You did read that right, 'What I read this Quarter'...not year. If you caught my What I Read in 2016  post, you will have seen that 2016 was a bit of a slippery slope reading-wise for me. I proper struggled in 2015 to even get half way through a book so when a certain gem kick started it all for me mid-year last year I was chuffed. I completed 4 books and was obviously over the moon, then this year I decided I was gonna beat that! I made a Goodreads account to keep up with it all and set my goal at 10 books for the year.
On March 7th I completed my 10th book of 2017. I'm pretty happy with that and look forward to see what else I read throughout this year. Anyway, here is a quick recap of what I read this quarter!!


January

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
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So technically I started reading this back in December, though wasn't too far in, so, of course, this was the first book I finished. It took me a while and is a little harder to read than the norm (well for me) due to the language used - I'm sure you'll know what I mean if you've read it - but I really enjoyed it. It was nice to be reintroduced to the story in this form as the last time I 'heard' it was watching the 1950 movie again last year.

The Beast Within by Serena Valentino
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Awful. This book was baaadd. Like every other Disney fan on the planet (or so it seems) I obviously have the Liz Braswell and Serena Valentino 'alternative' Disney stories and having read LB's 'A Whole New World' last year I thought I'd give a SV one a go this month. What a disappointment :( It didn't make sense, the pacing felt weird, it was OTT and just didn't feel like a proper stand alone story. A shame because the overall idea was really interesting.

The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
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I love magic and goodness and all things fantastical, The Chronicles of Narnia being no exception. Sadly, at 26 years old, I had not read the series in its entirety but was very, very lucky to be given a stunning set of the books by Kerri and needed to dig into them asap. Before anyone says I started with the 6th book...I read them in chronological order, not publication order and found it wayyy better. After having finished them all I can say this book is in my top 2..place your bets now which is the other ;)

Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice
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You guys know by now I'm a bargain hunter, books aren't an exception. I spotted this for free on the Google Books app so thought I'd give it a go seeing it was one of the only ones that wasn't 'adult' reading if you understand me...:/
Anyways, I used the 'read aloud' option on my phone and listened to it while at work every morning and got hooked! It did have many similarities to Game of Thrones, but also had a stand alone plot thankfully. The main criticisms I've read about this online is the editing and obvious mistakes that could have been rectified before publishing...however, I think I'm correct in saying they are self-edited/published books so that doesn't really bother me too much. The story is the main thing for me.


February

Rise of the Valliant by Morgan Rice
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Turns out when you complete the afor mentioned book, there is a link to get the next in the series for free too! Yay! I flew through this one too, 'reading' it in the same fashion as the other and was sad when it came to home time at work and I couldn't listen to it anymore. Well, I could have but I was reading another physical book and for some reason like to keep them separate. I'm dying to read the next but as I have other commitments for my small amounts of hard earned cash, I can't really drop ££ on an ebook and the physical copies are crazy expensive. I'll just have to wait a while to read the other 4 in the series.

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
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The next in TCON series and probably the most famous, was one I had already read as a child so was interested to see how I found it this time around. Reading it as an adult, understanding that Lewis is a Christian author, the religious aspects really shone out to me and, despite not being Christian, I really enjoyed and appreciated it all.

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
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Did you guess it? This was my other top 2 fave of the whole series. It wasn't what I expected but I loved the adventure and felt fully immersed in it all. I haven't much more to say about it and think the 5 stars speak for themselves.

Prince Caspian by C.S Lewis
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Have you noticed a trend here? I am actually also reading another book, however, there seems to be no end in sight (it has like 1800 pages) so my completed books are back to back Narina. Although I still loved Prince Caspian and it was nice to re-familiarize myself with the full story - as opposed to just via the movie - it was one of my least favorite of the series this far.


The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
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As above :P


March

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis
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The Silver Chair is the penultimate book in TCON series and one I was actually completely unfamiliar with. Like the majority of the rest of them, I got hooked and loved it too. Is this getting boring? I haven't really much to say because I don't know how to say things without spoiling anything to be honest.


The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
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Ah, the finale of the series :(  It took me a little longer than normal to complete this but I'm sure I was subconsciously gutted to not have any more Narnia left. It also started out as my least favorite as I was so angry at Shift, I was frightened to see where it went. Of course, the end had me in many tears and (I felt) was very well written, so well, in fact, it could be used by Christians to draw people to their Church haha.
One thing I think it necessary to mention and something the majority of reviews I've seen have mentioned is what others have called 'blatant racism and disregard for opposing religions'. This book was written in 1956 and although it's not a century ago, human kind, political correctness and what is or isn't acceptable has changed a lot since then so consider that. I wasn't bothered about the religious connotation as I am open to everything myself but know how religion on a whole feel about each other. The thing I was a little taken aback at was a certain derogatory term for the people with darker skin. These factors were not taken into consideration when rating the story.


Tales from the Haunted Mansion: Volume I: The Fearsome Foursome by Amicus Arcane
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After finishing the Narnia series I was lost and had no idea where to turn next. I decided to pick up something I hoped to be an easy and light read to help me transition, so grabbed this Tales from the Haunted Mansion which I bought a while back and was dying - pun intended - to read.
It was indeed an easy read though slightly confusing as to who it's target readership would be... It's hard to explain what I mean. Like, I enjoyed it because it was a little freaky but not overly gory or scary that I couldn't deal with it but it was weirdly humorous enough and intriguing to be a good page turner. I think you'd either enjoy this or not, not the most amazing work of literature or anything obviously but definitely interesting for fans of the Disney attraction.



So yeah! That is everything I've read over the past 3 months. As you can see, I peeked in February (as I had a week off work I suppose) at 5 books and my reading speed has unintentionally tapered a bit in March,  though I think its subconsciously because I hit my annual target. Sadly, now Narnia is over and it feels just like it did when I finished Harry Potter for the first time...I'm lost. Hopefully, it won't stunt my progress though and I can get onto all of my other books that I've bought and not read yet ;)
Tell me your favorite book that you've read recently and which of those mentioned in this post that you love!


10 comments:

  1. It's always interesting to see what other people are reading. I'm all over the place when it comes to reading, biographies, novels, historical novels, maths, science and whodunnit. All of them this year :))
    The Last Battle sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I would have the patience to read all the books in the series. Maybe some other time.

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    1. Agreed! I'm not a big bio fan. I guess I'm pretty boring as I stick to the majority of the same genre.
      It's really good. I'd say they all can stand alone and read well/make sense without having read the others but it is nice to have the knowledge of them all too.

      xo

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  2. Yay! So glad you loved The Chronicles of Narnia - such a fab series. I remember reading and loving the books when I was young. x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thanks! It's sad that I'd only read the 3 'popular' ones before now but they were a bit before my time. More my Mams time period but glad to have finally read them all in order.

      xo

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  3. Oh I love Treasure Island, in fact I need to re-read it, but I know what you mean, the language is a little difficult at times but I do love the story. Those Morgan Rice books sound really good too, will have to keep an eye out for those ones! - Tasha

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    1. It's a classic for a reason eh? :)It's still free and you can get it on her website too! Go for it!

      xo

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  4. I read The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time last year and loved the adventures! I've never read Treasure Island - one of the many classics I've yet to get to. I hope you have another great reading quarter.

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    1. They are magical eh? Ohh I hope you enjoy it when you do come round to it. Thanks so much! I'm hoping I can keep it up.

      xo

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  5. It's been a while since I read them but I remember 'The Horse and His Boy' being my favourite of the Narnia series too!
    And I love Treasure Island x

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