Wednesday, 28 June 2017

What I Read This Quarter [April - June]


It seems even more crazy that 3 months on from my first 'What I Read This Quarter' post, where I was so excited to have read so much, that I have kept it up and very almost doubled my total. My overall annual goal on Goodreads was set at 10 books and as I passed 12 in the first three months of 2017 I just had to keep going and see where the pages took me! It's been a good few months, particularly June as I haven't a clue what happened to April and May I was preoccupied with Disneyland and a new job...have a peek for yourself.


April

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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A big long book. One heck of a book. And something I have been dying to read all in one go, for quite a while. This one was half a cheat but I know others who class 'audio books' as books still so it's on my list, okay?!
The read aloud option on Google books is amazing as it means books I've downloaded can be read to me when I work in the mornings. A full hour (I work more than that but I can't exactly hear a book when I'm hoovering) means I got through this in no time! Kind of. It lived up to all of my expectations and maybe a little more.


Countryside: The Book of the Wise by J.T. Cope IV
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Finding new books that are not in the mainstream is difficult for me. So when an author contacted me on Goodreads, after seeing that I was a fan of Narnia, offering a digital copy of his book in exchange for a review I was super excited. I ended up really, really enjoying it and bought the second one from Amazon straight away as I was so invested in the storyline but that is sadly another (long) story..I still haven't been able to read it, though not for the lack of trying.
Oh, about the book. It's a magical, 'middle grade' story that stood out to me for it's setting seeing as a lot of magical things I have read tend to be rather British (HP, Narnia etc) and it's pretty different plot. Knocked off one star due to there being quite a few names of people that occasionally confused me and an ever so slightly slow start.



May

The Weight of Honor (Kings and Sorcerers, #3) by Morgan Rice
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Still loving this series!! I bought this one, after having got the first to for very close to free on Google books, before we traveled to Disney at the start of the month thinking I'd be able to listen to the majority of it while I cried of travel sickness. However, I never got around to it. It was soon finished upon my arrival home and was another great addition to the series. Very much pumped for #4 as these always end on such cliffhangers!
If you look at reviews online you'll see many people criticizing the continuity and editing flaws but I look past them and take it for what it is considering she is self published.


Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen   
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What kind of Fairy Tale fan would I be if I didn't read these? Of course I have read the odd one in the past, but it was interesting to read the full collection in one go. It was something that actually lived up to the hype too for a change.


Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Book of the Film) by Elizabeth Rudnick 
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Exactly what it says on the tin, the best book of the film version I have probably ever read. Not that I have read many...but it was a great companion to the movie, whether you have seen it or not.



June

Alice in Wonderland (Book of the Film directed by Tim Burton) by Tui T. Sutherland
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After I'd finished and enjoyed the previous book, I headed to my shelves and thought it about time to crack on with some books that had sat there for a while. Because it had been a little while since I'd watched the DVD, the experience of reading this was slightly different to when I read BATB book of the film, though no less awesome. I loved it. I could picture each scene in my head and got to relive it all through words instead of moving pictures. Loved it!


Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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You'll see by the stars that the Charles Dickens classic fell flat for me. I read it well over 10 years ago in school but decided to re-read it as an adult. I was okay and it kept me reading to find out more, but it was nothing miraculous...I'm not sure why it is such a 'classic'. Dickens has better.


 Alice Through the Looking Glass (Book of the Film directed by Tim Burton) by Kari Sutherland
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Same as above.


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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Again, a classic that kind of let me down. I'm not sure if I'd read it before now or just seen film and tv adaptations but I knew parts of the story. I guess I found it a little off balanced in the pacing and a bit confusing as to the overall plot. Personified animals are always a win for me though so there's that.


Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
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10 out of 5 stars for my first Riggs book! Yes, I am one of those annoying people who haven't read the popular 'Miss Periguines' series and instead came to it through the movie (which I very much enjoyed...sorry!). I do plan on reading the series, however with a stack of unread books to read first, I shouldn't really be buying anymore quite yet. I did get Tales of the Peculiar as a new job celebration type of deal because it was too darn pretty not to get. Yes, I am one of those annoying people who half judge a book by it's cover.
It's a stand alone book to go alongside the series described as book 0.5, which certainly made an entertaining read for me as a new reader.


The Brightest Star in the North: The Adventures of Carina Smyth by  Meredith Rusu
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Those who have seen the new Pirates of the Carribean movie: Dead Men Tell No Tales, may recognise the name Carina Smyth. This is her story, before and during what we see in the movie and as the stars give away - I loved it. I really enjoyed the whole plot of this new movie anyway and thought Carina was a great character so it was eally cool to read more about her beginings, after we'd found out that Barbossa..oops spoiler! ;) If you like strong willed women who are ahead of their time and well, pirates, give it a shot.



I'm pretty chuffed with myself you know. Not only have I read 23 books in 6 months, I have worked through a good few that have sat on m shelves unread and 'unloved' for sometime. If you take into account that I started a new job in May and have a lot less free time, it's even more of an achivement for me. Fingers and toes are crossed that I can keep this up and make it to 40 by the end of the year. That will be 10 times what I managed last year :O

What have you been reading lately?!


Check out my revious posts in this series -
What I Read This Quarter [January - March] 
What I Read in 2016



8 comments:

  1. Congratulations! 22 books in 6 months is a lot. I think an audio book counts too, even though I'm yet to hear one. I will get one next time I'm at the library.

    I'm still reading the books from Philippa Gregory (14 books in total). I finished the Plantagenet series (started in March) and now I have 3 more to go and I'll finish the Tudor series. Between them I read a few other books too.

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    1. Thank you! I am so happy with my total and am loving having more books in my life again.

      Wow, I bet your total is getting up there! The Tudor series sounds really interesting.

      xo

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  2. What a great reading quarter - I also read Tales of the Peculiar recently and loved it! Ransom Riggs is such a immersive author. Happy reading!

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    1. It has been, thank you! Oooh snap! Glad you enjoyed it too, such a beautiful book inside and out. Can't wait to read more from him!

      xo

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  3. Ooh the cover for Tales of the Peculiar is gorgeous, I'm definitely adding it to my list! I still need to read Miss Peregrine too, I saw the film a short while ago, and loved it but I know the books are apparently quite different so I need to read them as well. Love that Sherlock Holmes was on here too and of course it counts if it's an audiobook! - Tasha

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    1. Isn't it stunning?! Even better in person and it feels lovely to hold too...as weird as that sounds haha.
      Yes I heard a lot of people who were fans of the books weren't big fans of the differences in the movie.
      Ah so glad I read all of the Sherlock Holmes, really enjoyed that. It was a free audio book on the Google Books app too!

      xo

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  4. Yay for reading so much more! Love seeing people enjoy books as much as I do. I tried reading the first book in the Miss Peregrine's series, but really didn't enjoy it! I do love the cover of Tales of the Peculiar though *all the heart eyes* x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Yay!! Oh no! That's a shame. I don't think I hve ever stopped reading a book..I kind of make myself stick with them and then end up kinda liking most. It's a really fun book, I'd say give it a go ;)

      xo

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