Wednesday, 23 May 2018

What I Read in April

I've had so much going on this past month that it is already the 20th of May by the time I am writing up this post, so forgive me if I have no idea what any of these books below were even about haha! Not only was it a busy/stressful month but it was also pretty book heavy compared to the previous 'What I Read' with actually double the amount read - yay!

Oswald Bastable and Others by E Nesbit
4th - 8th
At the back end of 2017, I read the first 3/main 3 books about the Bastable family from Edith Nesbit which I had in hard copy. Despite looking, I couldn't find a hard copy of Oswald Bastable and Others anywhere! Then I found an ebook version on Google books so wanted to round of my Bastable series reading.
It was okay, well it was good, I enjoyed the majority of the stories but I felt like the 11 'other' stories overshadowed the 4 Bastable ones. I know it says it in the title but perhaps it'd have been better having the Bastable stories completely separate as a mini book rather than it be 'Others and Oswald Bastable'. Does that make sense?

The Magical Worlds of Narnia by David Colbert
Mar 15th - Apri 12th
The Magical Worlds of Narnia is a book I've had in my collection for quite a while now and although I've been dying to read it, I've just not made the time for it.
Compared to my usual child/young adult fantasy genre, this was a more serious, in some ways 'harder' read. But it is so interesting!! I think I only gave it 3 stars as the page layout - columns of extra facts on the edge of the main text taking up space etc - could have been better utilized. Maybe if I read it again in the future the double load of information on the small pages won't confuse me as much.

Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum
12th - 18th
Still working my way through the Oz books!

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
18th - 22nd
Oohh not Oz or Narnia, but another child's fantasy from the late 1800s. This was a suggestion on my Goodreads page so I looked it up and found a very cheap ebook version. Like most books, at the beginning, I wasn't sure where it was going but overall it was a cute story which made me look forward to reading the sequel.

The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum
24th - 28th
At this point, I think the stories from Oz we're becoming slightly..well tedious is too strong a word..but they could have ended here or sooner I think.
Obviously, it's L Frank Baum so The Scarecrow of Oz was still a good read, but like any series sometimes it's better to quit while ahead.

Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic  by British Library / J.K. Rowling
9th - 30th
Last but not least for this month was one of the books I picked up from the History of Magic exhibition at the British Library when we visited waaayy back in October! This version of the book is the 'lighter' more to the point and kid-friendly edition, but I needed both and so shall read both haha.
It was an enjoyable read, more so I think because I had been to the exhibition in person and was just re-taking in the information from pieces I'd already seen. The layout was fun, the length was just right and there were facts etc that may be exclusive to the book - well either that or I missed them in person.

From 3 to 6. Who'd have known I'd turn it around so considerably and now, at the back end of May I am only 6 books off of my goal for the whole of 2018. Better slow down a bit and catch up on the movie watching seeing as that has taken a real slide of late!
Keep up with what I'm reading by checking out my Goodreads page here and let me know in the comments what you have been reading lately. I'd love to hear about anything you've been particularly enjoying.

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  1. Your reading goal for 2018 is nearly done, that's fab! I managed to surpass mine, but that was because I set up a low number (half of the books I've read last year).

    1. I set mine a little lower than I expected because I assumed this would be a busy year but I've done not bad! That's fab - how many do you expect to read overall?


  2. It's so nice to see you enjoying reading again! And you've read some great looking books this month. x x