August Wrap-Up 2020

So it was my birthday month last month and I always look forward to the books that I am going to read that month. I don’t know why, August just has a special place in my heart. But let me tell you. August was disappointing!

  • I read 6 books this month.
  • I dnfed 1 book this month.
  • I read 1 book for my second chance challenge and ONTD challenge and 1 book for my sequels challenge.
  • For genre: 2 fantasy, 2 sci-fi, 1 murder mystery and 1 book which I can’t pinpoint the genre.
  • For age range: 5 adult and 1 young adult
  • I read 3 paperbacks and 3 eBooks

The Princess Bride by William Goldman (DNF)

So this book was for my ONTD and my second chance challenge and sadly I didn’t enjoy it as much as I remembered I did. I remember enjoying it a lot but never actually finishing it due to prioritizing other books so I was super excited to get back into it. It just didn’t grab my attention at all and I had no desire to keep picking it back up.

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant (2 stars)

This was also disappointing. I couldn’t really pinpoint the genre for this book but it was sort-of a re-telling of Les Mis or an alternate history of the French Revolution where the revolution failed and she is just chucking in Les Mis characters. But it wasn’t a great, there needed to be more world-building, it felt very rushed and the romance was not set up that well.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (3 stars)

This was disappointing to me despite the star rating due to the amount of hype I saw around the book. I felt that there was a big message that I was just not smart enough to realise so I just couldn’t connect to the story. It was really slow-paced and I am not the biggest fan of character focused stories so I struggled to get through it.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman (4 stars)

The beacon of hope after a dreary month, I really enjoyed this book and it’s eclectic characters. This was just a really fun and easy read that had me fully engaged from the beginning! I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett (4 stars)

Thank god for this book. I was losing hope in this series after the last couple of books I had read had been disappointing to say the least. There is no review for this book as apart from me saying how I’m happy its better than the other books I had read, there was nothing to new to say about this book. Great characters, world-building and very funny!

The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier (3 stars)

This was an enjoyable book but had of a lot of potential to be better. I enjoyed the main character and the plot as a whole but around the 60% mark I started to lose interest. I did like the book as a whole I just think there needed to be some structuring in terms of how early you reveal big information.

Mort Review

“Henceforth, Death is no longer going to be the end, merely the means to an end. It’s an offer Mort can’t refuse. As Death’s apprentice he’ll have free board, use of the company horse – and being dead isn’t compulsory. It’s a dream job – until he discovers that it can be a killer on his love life…”

I was really looking forward to this book as Death was the character that intrigued me the most from the series.

Overall, this was just a really fun reading experience.

Click the title to check out why!

Equal Rites Review

  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • Series: Discworld #3
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • No. of pages: 288
  • Dates read: 17.06.19 – 24.06.19
  • Rating: 3 stars

This book was kind of lack-luster!

Plot: The last thing the wizard Drum Billet did, before Death laid a bony hand on his shoulder, was to pass on his staff of power to the eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately for his colleagues in the chauvinistic (not to say misogynistic) world of magic, he failed to check that the baby in question was a son. Everybody knows that there’s no such thing as a female wizard. But now it’s gone and happened, there’s nothing much anyone can do about it. Let the battle of the sexes begin…

Let me explain… the first half I loved. I loved getting to know Eskarina and watching her magic grow and her setting off on her adventure. The second half, to be honest when she meets Simon and gets to the Unseen University, I got bored. The plot centred so much on Simon and I never really grasped why and I never really cared because I didn’t care for Simon as a character.

Simon was an average character introduced, in my opinion, too late into the story. I didn’t connect with him so when all the stuff that went down at the end, I didn’t really care what happened to him.

I felt the ending was rushed and not really well thought out. It felt like it came out of no-where. I didn’t get how we got into the situation and then how we managed to get out of the situation. I was just very confused with the final 50 pages and I didn’t really like how it was all tied up. I would have preferred a story in which we watch Eskarina grow up to learn to use her powers and learn to control the staff with or without the help of wizards. I just didn’t like where the narrative went in the second half of the novel.

What I did love, as per, was Pratchett’s witty dialogue. I laughed out loud at some points, especially with Granny Weatherwax. I enjoyed his tangents on mundane objects or about characters that we will never meet again in this book, after this one interaction. I thought it was fun and light-hearted.

I loved Eskarina’s character. She was so ballsy and wouldn’t let anyone stop her on her journey to control and learn about her powers. Her relationship with Granny Weatherwax was so interesting. I loved watching them grow to love each other and how they look out for each other no matter what!

I also LOVED Pratchett’s commentary on gender equality. Constantly there were references to how women would never be able to do a man’s job and how women weren’t allowed in places of high education. I loved how the women in this book dismissed these statements and paved their own way and how the narrator made a note to add he disagreed with the misogynistic characters and things they were saying. Plus, the image of Granny Weatherwax slamming open the doors to the great hall and duelling with the Archchancellor of the Unseen University made me very happy!!

The next book I will be reviewing is The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. From what I have grasped so far, is that it’s a mystery novel of missing child set in Botswana.

The Light Fantastic Review

  • Author: Terry Pratchett
  • Series: Discworld #3
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • No. of pages: 288
  • Date read: 31.12.18 – 05.01.19
  • Rating: 4.5 stars (Favourite)
  • Challenge: 2019 Sequels and ONTD Reading Challenge: Jan (Read a book which was adapted into a movie or TV show)

You know that problem with book series where the 2nd book is never as good as the first. Not the case with this book!

A direct sequel to the first book in the Discworld series, The Colour of Magic. That book follows failed wizard Rincewind, as he agrees to show tourist, Twoflower, around the city of Ankh-Morpork. I can’t really give you the plot of this book because of spoilers.

I really liked the first book, it was a nice introduction to Terry Pratchett’s writing style and storytelling but this book is miles better than the first!

POSITIVES –
I loved Twoflower and Rincewind’s dynamic. They are such a comedic duo. I loved how it isn’t until the very end of the book do you truly know how they feel about each other as most of the time Rincewind has been putting up with Twoflower. Their friendship is very much unlike things I have read before.

The Luggage was a standout character to me. I love the fact that an object with no dialogue and no ability to speak, can be so emotive and hilarious! Pratchett did a great job with making you understand how the Luggage is feeling but without just saying outright. I loved its personality and how you never truly understand what it is, it’s just a mystery you never solve.

One of the things I liked about this book compared to The Colour of Magic is it feels like it had more of a cohesive plot with a clear direction of where it was going. The first book felt a bit all over the place with no clear structure, it was just following the characters on a journey with no clear end destination. It felt a bit messy in terms of plot structure but it’s overshadowed by how imaginative the world is. I liked seeing this improvement.

The description and the imagination that Terry Pratchett had is outstanding! Every page I turned I didn’t know what was going to happen next and who I was going to meet! Especially at the end at the very climax of the ending Pratchett’s description is off the charts. I could visualise the scene perfectly.

I loved how imaginative the world is and how each part of the Discworld is unlike the other. All the characters were incredibly different from one another one character is an ageing warrior while another is an angry and tired rock troll. I loved seeing a bit more exploration into the wizards from the Unseen University as well. Giving a bit more insight into the magic system at play in the Discworld.

Another point that made this book better than the first is that the ending was a lot better. The main negative I had about the first book was that I thought the ending was rushed and not that great it really spoilt the book as I had enjoyed it a lot before we got to the ending and I felt it didn’t work with the rest of the novel. The ending was amazing in this book you don’t know what’s going to happen next and even when I thought I knew what was going to happen, Pratchett surprised me with something weird and crazy! Very on-brand.

This book also helps me complete the first month in the ONTD reading challenge! Quick disclaimer – I did read the January challenge wrong. I thought it was read a book adapted into a TV show or movie, not specifically limited to 2019 but I was wrong. It’s too late now so I am just counting any book that was adapted into a movie or tv show since the dawn of time. This book, in particular, was made into a movie alongside The Colour of Magic.

The next book I plan to review is Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst. A fantasy novel involving humans who can shape-shift into dragons, unsolved mysteries and heists! I am partaking in the Fairyloot Readalong so the review will be up same time next week.