All the Books I Have Read So Far on my Kindle #2

In honour of my 21st birthday tomorrow and also the second year anniversary of owning my Kindle. I thought I would do another blog post from the year before talking about all the books I read on my Kindle from Aug 2020 – Aug 2021.

This is going to be a pretty long post as I have about 14/15 books to list here today but I hope you find some books that look interesting to you! Quite a lot of these books have reviews as they were ARCs I received from Netgalley so I will attach the reviews as well. I’ve decided not to add my thoughts as this is a pretty long post but if you do want to know what I thought about the books, click on the reviews I have attached.

  • Title: The Thursday Murder Club
  • Author: Richard Osman
  • Series: Thursday Murder Club #1
  • Genre: Murder Mystery
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 14.08.2020 – 19.08.20
  • Rating: 4 stars


Plot: In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late?

You can find my review here >>>

  • Title: The Phlebotomist
  • Author: Chris Panatier
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Sci-Fi
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 26.08.2020 – 31.08.20
  • Rating: 3 stars


Plot: In a near future where citizens are subject to the mandatory blood draw, government phlebotomist Willa Wallace witnesses an event that makes her question her whole world. To recover from a cataclysmic war, the Harvest was created to pass blood to those affected by radiation. But this charitable act has led to a society segregated entirely by blood type. Patriot thanks and rewards your generous gift based on the compatibility of your donation, meaning that whoever can give to the most, gets the most back. While working as a reaper for the draw, Willa chances upon an idea to resurrect an obsolete collection technique that could rebalance the city. But in her quest to put this in motion, she instead uncovers a secret that threatens her entire foundations…

You can find my review here >>>

  • Title: Crowning Soul
  • Author: Sahira Javaid
  • Series: Heart of Noorenia #1
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 31.08.2020 – 05.09.20
  • Rating: DNF


Plot: Nezha Zaman considers her gift to control fire a dangerous secret. A secret that unravels when she encounters a vengeful shadow jinni in a maze garden that has been stalking her family, and knows about her power. Weeks after seeing the demonic being, Nezha is torn from her world through her backyard pond and transported to another dimension which sought out the light inside her heart. Nezha learns from two unicorns that the dimension is her family’s roots, and the light is a fragment of an angel’s shattered soul. The three must work together to find the soul’s shards in a land teeming with shape-shifting jinn. If Nezha fails to stop the corrupted Iron Prince, the malevolent jinn at his side will shatter her soul next.

I DNFed this book quite early on. I went into this book really excited, the cover was beautiful and drew me in. I haven’t read many books with a middle eastern influence so I was excited to learn more but sadly the story as a whole fell flat. I really enjoyed reading the elements of Moroccan culture that popped up whether it was the clothes, food or the language. But sadly it was a slog to get through. The pacing felt off as we switched through the scenes quite quickly but it felt really slow to read. The dialogue felt very cringey and unrealistic and I just struggled to find the desire to pick up the book.

  • Title: Dead Man in a Ditch
  • Author: Luke Arnold
  • Series: Fetch Phillips Archives #2
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 06.09.2020 – 11.09.20
  • Rating: 4 stars


Plot: The name’s Fetch Phillips — what do you need? Cover a Gnome with a crossbow while he does a dodgy deal? Sure. Find out who killed Lance Niles, the big-shot businessman who just arrived in town? I’ll give it shot. Help an old-lady Elf track down her husband’s murderer? That’s right up my alley. What I don’t do, because it’s impossible, is search for a way to bring the goddamn magic back. Rumors got out about what happened with the Professor, so now people keep asking me to fix the world. But there’s no magic in this story. Just dead friends, twisted miracles, and a secret machine made to deliver a single shot of murder.

You can read my review here >>>

  • Title: Murder on the Dance Floor
  • Author: Helena Dixon
  • Series: Miss Underhay Mysteries #4
  • Genre: Historical Fiction/Murder Mystery
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 08.10.2020 – 13.10.20
  • Rating: 3 stars


Plot: November 1933. Amateur sleuth-cum-dutiful granddaughter Kitty Underhay stifles a sigh of boredom as she attends the annual Hotelier’s Association Dinner and Dance on behalf of her grandmother, the proprietress of the Dolphin Hotel. She hopes the company of ex-army captain Matthew Bryant will enliven the otherwise dull evening. That is, until bullish and overbearing local councillor Harold Everton drops dead into his bowl of consommé. While the local police are still scrambling for their whistles, Kitty and Matt waste no time leaping into action. Soon they find themselves caught up a dangerous search to uncover who amongst the distinguished guests used cyanide for seasoning? When their digging throws light on a corruption scandal brewing in the local council involving Everton’s assistant Thomas King, they are sure they’ve cracked the case. But before he can be questioned further, King’s body is found in a smouldering car wreck. Meanwhile, the murderer has made a sinister plan to avoid detection or punishment, and it will lead Kitty and Matt into a dangerous dance with death…

You can read my review here >>>

  • Title: The Haunting of Beatrix Greene
  • Author: Rachel Hawkins, Ash Parsons and Vicky Alvear Schecter
  • Series: The Haunting of Beatrix Greene #1
  • Genre: Historical Fiction/Paranormal/Horror
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 14.10.2020 – 16.10.20
  • Rating: 2 stars


Plot: Beatrix Greene has made a name for herself in Victorian England as a reputable spiritual medium, but she’s a fraud: even she knows ghosts aren’t real. But when she’s offered a lucrative job by James Walker—a scientist notorious for discrediting pretenders like her—Beatrix takes the risk of a lifetime. If her séance at the infamously haunted Ashbury Manor fools him, she will finally have true financial freedom. If she fails, her secret will become her public shame. But James has his own dark secrets, and he believes only a true medium can put them to rest. When Beatrix’s séance awakens her real gift—and with it, a vengeful spirit—James finds that the answers he seeks are more dangerous than he could have imagined. Together, with a group of supernatural sleuths, Beatrix and James race to settle the ghost’s unrest before it strikes— or else they might not make it out of the haunted manor alive.

You can find my review here >>>

  • Title: The Art of Dying
  • Author: Ambrose Parry
  • Series: Raven, Fisher and Simpson #2
  • Genre: Historical Fiction/Murder Mystery
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 01.01.2021 – 04.01.2021
  • Rating: 3 stars


Plot: Edinburgh, 1850. Despite being at the forefront of modern medicine, hordes of patients are dying all across the city, with doctors finding their remedies powerless. But it is not just the deaths that dismay the esteemed Dr James Simpson – a whispering campaign seeks to blame him for the death of a patient in suspicious circumstances. Simpson’s protégé Will Raven and former housemaid Sarah Fisher are determined to clear their patron’s name. But with Raven battling against the dark side of his own nature, and Sarah endeavouring to expand her own medical knowledge beyond what society deems acceptable for a woman, the pair struggle to understand the cause of the deaths. Will and Sarah must unite and plunge into Edinburgh’s deadliest streets to clear Simpson’s name. But soon they discover that the true cause of these deaths has evaded suspicion purely because it is so unthinkable.

You can read my review here >>>

  • Title: The Plotters
  • Author: Un-Su Kim
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Source: Amazon
  • Date Read: 04.01.2021 – 09.01.2021
  • Rating: 3 stars


Plot: Plotters are just pawns like us. A request comes in and they draw up the plans. Theres someone above them who tells them what to do. And above that person is another plotter telling them what to do. You think that if you go up there with a knife and stab the person at the very top, thatll fix everything. But no-ones there. Its just an empty chair.Reseng was raised by cantankerous Old Raccoon in the Library of Dogs. To anyone asking, its just an ordinary library. To anyone in the know, its a hub for Seouls organised crime, and a place where contract killings are plotted and planned. So its no surprise that Reseng has grown up to become one of the best hitmen in Seoul. He takes orders from the plotters, carries out his grim duties, and comforts himself afterwards with copious quantities of beer and his two cats, Desk and Lampshade. But after he takes pity on a target and lets her die how she chooses, he finds his every move is being watched. Is he finally about to fall victim to his own game? And why does that new female librarian at the library act so strangely? Is he looking for his enemies in all the wrong places? Could he be at the centre of a plot bigger than anything he’s ever known?

You can read my review here >>>

  • Title: Death Going Down
  • Author: Maria Angelica Bosco
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Murder Mystery
  • Source: Amazon
  • Date Read: 31.01.2021 – 02.02.2021
  • Rating: 3 stars


Plot: In the early hours of the morning, a woman is found in the elevator of a plush apartment block on Santa Fe Road, Buenos Aires. She’s young, gorgeous and dead. With this opening image starts one of the greatest crime novels ever written in Argentina. A woman has been murdered and it is immediately apparent that all the suspects have secrets to hide.

You can find my review here >>>

  • Title: Bullet Train
  • Author: Kotaro Isaka
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 01.03.2021 – 06.03.2021
  • Rating: DNF


Plot: Satoshi looks like an innocent schoolboy but he is really a viciously cunning psychopath. Kimura’s young son is in a coma thanks to him, and Kimura has tracked him onto the bullet train headed from Tokyo to Morioka to exact his revenge. But Kimura soon discovers that they are not the only dangerous passengers onboard. Nanao, the self-proclaimed ‘unluckiest assassin in the world’, and the deadly partnership of Tangerine and Lemon are also travelling to Morioka. A suitcase full of money leads others to show their hands. Why are they all on the same train, and who will get off alive at the last station?

This was my first DNF of 2021. Sometimes you just can’t connect to a book and sadly this was the case for me.

  • Title: The Plague Letters
  • Author: V.L. Valentine
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Historical Fiction/Murder Mystery
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 03.04.2021 – 09.04.2021
  • Rating: 1 star


Plot: London, 1665. Hidden within a growing pile of corpses, one victim of the pestilence stands out: a young woman with a shorn head and pieces of twine delicately tied around each ankle. Symon Patrick, rector of St. Paul’s Covent Garden, cannot say exactly why this corpse amongst the many in his churchyard should give him pause. Longing to do good, he joins a group of medical men who have gathered to find a cure for the plague, each man more peculiar and splenetic than the next. But there is another – unknown to The Society for the Prevention and Cure of Plague – who is performing his own terrible experiments upon unwilling plague-ridden subjects.It is Penelope – Symon’s unwanted yet unremovable addition to his household – who may yet shed light on the matter. Far more than what she appears, she is already on the hunt. But the dark presence that enters the houses of the sick will not stop, and has no mercy…

You can read my review here >>>

  • Title: Ariadne
  • Author: Jennifer Saint
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Myth Re-telling
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 10.04.2021 – 13.04.2021
  • Rating: 4 stars

Plot: As Princesses of Crete and daughters of the fearsome King Minos, Ariadne and her sister Phaedra grow up hearing the hoofbeats and bellows of the Minotaur echo from the Labyrinth beneath the palace. The Minotaur – Minos’s greatest shame and Ariadne’s brother – demands blood every year. When Theseus, Prince of Athens, arrives in Crete as a sacrifice to the beast, Ariadne falls in love with him. But helping Theseus kill the monster means betraying her family and country, and Ariadne knows only too well that in a world ruled by mercurial gods – drawing their attention can cost you everything. In a world where women are nothing more than the pawns of powerful men, will Ariadne’s decision to betray Crete for Theseus ensure her happy ending? Or will she find herself sacrificed for her lover’s ambition?

You can read my review here >>>

  • Title: The Decagon House Murders
  • Author: Yukito Ayatsuji
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Murder Mystery
  • Source: ARC (Netgalley)
  • Date Read: 29.04.2021 – 02.05.2021
  • Rating: 2 stars


Plot: The members of a university mystery club decide to visit an island which was the site of a grisly, unsolved multiple murder the year before. They’re looking forward to investigating the crime, putting their passion for solving mysteries to practical use, but before long there is a fresh murder, and soon the club-members realise they are being picked off one-by-one. The remaining amateur sleuths will have to use all of their murder-mystery expertise to find the killer before they end up dead too.

You can read my review here >>>

  • Title: The Inugami Curse
  • Author: Seishi Yokomizo
  • Series: Detective Kosuke Kindaichi Translation #2
  • Genre: Murder Mystery
  • Source: Amazon
  • Date Read: 16.07.2021 – 18.07.2021
  • Rating: 3 stars


Plot: In 1940s Japan, the wealthy head of the Inugami Clan dies, and his family eagerly await the reading of the will. But no sooner are its strange details revealed than a series of bizarre, gruesome murders begins. Detective Kindaichi must unravel the clan’s terrible secrets of forbidden liaisons, monstrous cruelty, and hidden identities to find the murderer, and lift the curse wreaking its bloody revenge on the Inugamis.

This was a really solid story. I didn’t love it as much as the first book but it was still good. I didn’t review this novel as I didn’t have anything groundbreaking to say about it. It would have been similar to my other Yokomizo review.

  • Title: The Binding
  • Author: Bridget Collins
  • Series: Standalone
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Source: Amazon
  • Date Read: 11.08.2021 – 14.08.2021
  • Rating: DNF


Plot: Books are dangerous things in Collins’s alternate universe, a place vaguely reminiscent of 19th-century England. It’s a world in which people visit book binders to rid themselves of painful or treacherous memories. Once their stories have been told and are bound between the pages of a book, the slate is wiped clean and their memories lose the power to hurt or haunt them. After having suffered some sort of mental collapse and no longer able to keep up with his farm chores, Emmett Farmer is sent to the workshop of one such binder to live and work as her apprentice. Leaving behind home and family, Emmett slowly regains his health while learning the binding trade. He is forbidden to enter the locked room where books are stored, so he spends many months marbling end pages, tooling leather book covers, and gilding edges. But his curiosity is piqued by the people who come and go from the inner sanctum, and the arrival of the lordly Lucian Darnay, with whom he senses a connection, changes everything.

I just could not connect to the book. I got about 25% into the story not really caring about the characters but staying as I wanted to learn more Binding and the memories but at the quarter mark something happens which I personally didn’t love and then it meant that my desire to keep reading faded even more so I DNFed it.

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