Wednesday, 27 September 2017

What I Read This Quarter [July - September]


I was doing so well guys!! Dang it. If you haven't been here for the previous 'What I Read This Quarter' posts, I decided to document everything I read this year as last year I only read 4 books total. My goal was 10 and by the start of June I'd hit 20! I thought if that was the case I'd easily reach 40 or even (at a stretch) 50 by the end of the year, but as you'll see below I hit a bit of a block. If you read my previous post you'll know why.
Still, I'm not mad at my current total nor the awesome books I have read. Here's what I managed to get through in July, August and September!


July

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
 I can't believe it's taken me so long to read this actually. The thing is, I'm a fan of film and especially the early days of film, so obviously admired  Georges Méliès. I had no idea, however, that the movie Hugo existed and likewise for it's graphic novel counterpart. After I ordered the DVD online I became enthralled and got a hold of the book too, which is not only an incredible story but a stunning piece of art in itself.


Room 13 by Robert Swindells
⭐️⭐️⭐️
After the previous book I had no idea what to read. So instead of something new, went back to a book from my collection as a child/teen. It wasn't as 'cool' as I remember but I still enjoyed the fact it's set in a place I have been and can therefore picture!


Nightmare Stairs by Robert Swindells
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The copy of the book mentioned above is a double version, with two books in one and of course this is the other. Weirdly, compared to my thoughts of Room 13, Nightmare Stairs was a bit better than I remembered it...typical eh? haha


The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
 In my town we had a book seller than set up a market type thing on certain days but recently he has opened a proper store and I had to go in and have a nose. This was one of the books that I ended up going home with and I'm really happy I did.
Yes, before anyone says, these days it includes a lot of problematic language and thoughts. You have to remember it was 1899 when it was first published though and just understand that when reading. I will admit I gasped out loud at one or two moments due to being so caught aback, the story on a whole is a fun one, despite that fact.


A Forge of Valor by Morgan Rice
⭐️⭐️⭐️
Book 4 of this series and it's dragging a little at this point to be fair. Still enjoyable, don't get me wrong, but I kind of feel that it's being dragged out into more books than it needed to be if that makes sense. They keep me reading though 'cause I wanna know what happens!



August

Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Volume II: Midnight at Madame Leota's
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
You know when you preorder something, then forget all about it until there is a cardboard envelope on your door mat and  you're like 'yesssssss!'? That's what happened here and I read it almost immediately. It's obviously not hard hitting literature or anything but I loved it even more than the first one.


Call of the Herald (The Dawning of Power #1) by Brian Rathbone
⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was a random 'purchase' that I actually picked up for free while browsing the Google Play Book store thingy and I rather enjoyed it. Like the Morgan Rice series, these too are kind of similar to Game of Thrones but like a tame kid-friendly adventure version.



September

Inherited Danger (The Dawning of Power #2) by Brian Rathbone
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
As above! Though this one has the story move at a much better pace. A fan!


8 books over 3 months, including around 4 weeks total of downtime with no reading where I kind of lived in a ball of just work and haze, makes 31 books overall. More than 3 times my goal and still just as shocking to me as it was when I passed the 10 marker. My favorites were obviously 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret', 'Tales from the Haunted Mansion: Volume II', and 'Inherited Danger' and I can't wait to read more.
To keep up with me and my reading habits feel free to add me on Goodreads!!


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





6 comments:

  1. I'm really intrigued by the Tales From The Haunted Mansion books - might have to buy one and see what it's all about. Don't be disheartened - you have changed your reading habits massively in the space of a year and that's AMAZING. It's natural for reading, and other hobbies, to slip when we're super busy. Remember, sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think they are aimed at like early teens, older kids but I still enjoy them just because of the Haunted Mansion aspect.
      Yeah for sure!

      xo

      Delete
  2. You've done so well at smashing your target! I'd aimed to read 12 books this year. I started well, but life took over and I just haven't read anything for the past four months or so. But that's life! I love reading posts like this, as I tend to stick to the same genre and never know what to read next. I always get so many ideas finding out what others have read. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much!! I guess the majority of them have been less than 300pages but I'm still chuffed ha. Life happens eh and you've had some extra special life things to be excited about more than books!! :P

      xo

      Delete
  3. Agree with everyone here, you're doing great with all the books you've been reading! I have massively fallen behind, so I need to get back on it, and soon! I really need to read Hugo Cabret, it's supposed to be so good! - Tasha

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you!! It's so easy to drop in and out isn't it. One month I'll read every night then all of a sudden I haven't picked up a book for a week.
      It's beautiful. Admittedly I found it after watching the movie first though...

      xo

      Delete

Every comment you leave puts a smile on my face.
Thank you for reading, I highly appreciate it. :)