And the streak keeps going! Another great month of reading and I cannot wait to talk about it!
- I read 12 books this month
- I DNFd 1 book this month
- Genre: 7 fantasy, 2 mystery, 1 contemporary, 1 historical fiction and 1 non-fiction.
- Gender of authors: 5 women, 5 men and 1 book with multiple authors.
- Race of authors: 5 white authors, 3 asian authors, 1 mixed-race author, 1 black author and 1 book which had multiple authors.
- Age range: 8 adult and 4 YA
- Format: 4 paperback, 4 ebook, 3 hardbacks and 1 audiobook
I have decided to start ordering my books from lowest rating to highest rating.
Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden (DNF)
While I loved the premise the writing style didn’t work for me. It’s a very heavy poetry-esque style, which makes sense as the author is also a poet, but that writing style wasn’t my fave. I like flowery writing but where it still feels like prose. I am not the biggest poetry reader which is why it didn’t work out.
The Mad Women’s Ball by Victoria Mas (2.5 stars)
While this story started off great, around the halfway mark it just plateaued. The character didn’t really go anywhere once we learnt their backstory, the ending was predictable and I just felt the story lacked an element of depth. It felt like we had only scratched the surface of these characters and their story.
Murder by the Book edited by Martin Edwards (3 stars)
This was great dive into golden and silver age detective fiction with the theme being all about the world of books from murdered authors to literary clues. This collection had just about everything with some of my standout favourites being Malice Domestic, The Man and his Mother-in-Law and A Question of Character.
Galatea by Madeline Miller (4 stars)
I bought this purely becuase I am a massive Madeline Miller fan. I enjoyed this short story. I like Galatea as a character and I found the ending to be satisfying.
Haikyu! Volume 2 by Haruichi Furudate (4 stars)
Another great volume. This was where I actually stopped in the anime due to the pacing of the show. I loved seeing more of the teamwork, learning more about the characters and just falling in love more and more with this volleyball team. This series is really making me appreciate the sport. I can’t wait to jump into the next volume!
The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman (4 stars)
I love the characters so much. I would love to spend an afternoon with the Thursday Murder Club. The dialogue was super fun and the plot was engaging. I would say that it did take a bit of time to get into the mystery as a whole and I wish they had stuck with a more cosy murder mystery vibe. But I did really enjoy the story I just felt it was a bit of a jump from the plot of books 1 to 2.
The Promised Neverland: Volume 2 & 3 by Kaiu Shirai (5 & 4.5 stars)
Probably my favourite installment so far. I just cannot fault this series one bit! There are 20 volumes in this series and even 3 volumes in there is just so much great content. It gets me so excited for the rest of the story. I love the art-style and the characters are amazing. The character of Mom is by far my favourite I want to know more about her, she is so intriguing.
The Story of the World in 100 Moments by Neil Oliver (4.5 stars)
I am loving getting into non-fiction and this book was no exceptions. I learnt so much about stories of this world that i had never heard of. What i loved the most what seeing the parts of our history where the story repeats. How actions that occurred 100s of years ago could somehow be repeated nowadays. The narration was amazing (as I listened to the audiobook) and I really enjoyed the writing.
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune (5 stars)
My favourite book of the month! This book had so much and was basically therapy. A thearpy session in a book. I loved the mixture of the supernatural and the modern day experience. I found the characters were great and I wish so desperatly that they were real!!! I expected this story to have a pretty meandering plot but actually ended up including a plot that had me desperatly wanting to know how it ended.
Fullmetal Alchemist Volume 6 by Hiromu Arakawa (5 stars)
Honestly I don’t think I could ever hate a volume in this series! As the series goes on an we get closer to the finale the better the story is. We are in the juicy part of the story where you can finally start seeing the bigger picture and its just so much fun. I can’t really remember how this ends so I can’t wait to re-learn.
The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake (5 stars)
Character is my first thought when I think of this book. I enjoyed getting to learn about the characters. Each character felt very distinctive and different from one another. This book is told through multiple POVs and I enjoyed being in the mind of all the characters. I loved watching them interact and how the different personalities bounced off each other. I was so invested in this novel that I literally strained my neck as I was reading for hours on end.