Vlogs, Wrap Ups

March Reading Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to my Wrap Up for March. This was a super busy month for me but I somehow managed to get through 21 books and I’m pretty shocked by this!

2 Bookclub Books

5 Audiobooks

2 ebooks

3 Non-Fiction Books

18 Fiction Books

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✨You Should See Me in a Crown – Leah Johnson https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/21/a-week-of-reading-and-disliking-a-hyped-book-🙀/

The Young Team- Graeme Armstrong https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/16/the-young-team/

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1984- George Orwell (a reread)

Horrorstör – Grady Hendrix https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/12/horrorstor/

Agatha Christie: The Killings at Kingfisher Hill- Sophie Hannah https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/02/the-killings-at-kingfisher-hill/

Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Weird Sisters- Olga Wojtas* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/29/miss-blaines-prefect-and-the-weird-sisters/

Rizzio- Denise Mina https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/09/rizzio/

Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz- Ely Percy https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/23/vicky-romeo-plus-joolz/

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- L Frank Baum (a reread)

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After the Funeral- Agatha Christie https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/19/after-the-funeral/

Call Me Maybe – Cara Bastone https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/21/a-week-of-reading-and-disliking-a-hyped-book-🙀/

The Christie Affair- Nina De Gramont https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/26/the-christie-affair/

Empress and Aniya- Candice Carty-Williams https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/21/a-week-of-reading-and-disliking-a-hyped-book-🙀/

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Fight and Flight- Scott Meyer

The Finalist – Joan Long*

Out of Spite Out of Mind- Scott Meyer

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How to Murder a Boyband- Jason Roche*

The Lost Daughter – Elena Ferrante

Non-Fiction

Educated – Tara Westover

84 Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff

Watching Neighbours Twice a Day- Josh Widdicombe

*gifted

I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these! Or if you’ve enjoyed any other books lately 💕

Scottish Reads, Vlogs

Reading Scottish-March Wrap Up

Hello and welcome to my Reading Scottish Wrap Up for March. It’s been another good month of reading and I got through 4 books by Scottish authors- including a long awaited recommended read and two previously enjoyed authors

Rizzio- Denise Mina
The Young Team- Graeme Armstrong
Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz- Ely Percy
Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Weird Sisters- Olga Wojtas*

*gifted

I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these! Or if you’ve enjoyed any other Scottish fiction
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Reading Scottish- March Wrap Up
Reviews, Vlogs

A Week of Reading and Disliking a Hyped Book 🙀

Last week I decided to start my bookclub book a little early. This was due to my bookclub book being a memoir, Educated by Tara Westover. I expected that this book might be a little upsetting so I decided to sandwich it between some books that felt likely to spark joy. I have a large collection of books that sound like they might be heartwarming and last week they got a chance to shine.

This week I read:

Empress and Aniya- Candice Carty-Williams

Call Me Maybe – Cara Bastone

Educated – Tara Westover

You Should See Me in a Crown – Leah Johnson

I really think that this is the perfect way for me to read books that are potentially sad or distressing. I need to read books that make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Vlogs

Glasgow Book Haul

I recently went to Glasgow for a wee trip. My friends and I got tickets to see My Dad Wrote a Porno back in 2019 and after many reschedules, the day finally came to see the show! So I hopped down to Glasgow (by ‘hopped’ I mean, ‘took a 3.5 hour bus trip) and managed to give myself a whole day to go book shopping! I fully intended to buy many books and I did! I ended up bringing back 16 books and I’m so excited about every one!

My vlog where I share my new books

I lived in Glasgow for 10 years but I left so many years ago that I wasn’t sure if any of my favourite book shops were still open. I asked friends for recommendations of where to buy books and the overwhelming majority suggested Category Is Books and Outwith Books, so I had to pay a visit to each of those places.

I went to the following bookshops in Glasgow:

South Side

Category Is Books

34 Allison St, Glasgow G42 8NN

Outwith Books

14 Albert Rd, Glasgow G42 8DN

West End

Oxfam Books

330 Byres Rd, Glasgow G12 8AP

City Centre

Waterstones

153-157 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3EW

WHSmith

Buchanan Bus Station

I think that it will be a while before I do anymore book shopping, other than bookclub books, as I’ve got no space left on my bookshelves and I’ve no idea where to put these new purchases. I regret nothing!

Vlogs, Wrap Ups

February Wrap Up

Despite February being the tiniest month, I read way more than I did in January. I read 15 fiction books and 1 non-fiction which was pretty surprising to me as I hadn’t been keeping count. Below is the link to my wrap up video which also includes my March TBR. I’ve also popped below a list of the books that I read and their reviews

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The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath (this was a reread)

Death on the Nile- Agatha Christie

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/02/21/death-on-the-nile/

A Glasgow Kiss- Sophie Gravia – This was my Book of the Month and it’s amazing

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/02/16/a-glasgow-kiss/

My Year of Rest and Relaxation- Ottessa Moshfegh

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/05/my-year-of-rest-and-relaxation/

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Certain Dark Things- Silvia Moreno-Garcia

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/02/19/certain-dark-things/


Mall You Need is Love- Sarah Robinson*

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/02/09/mall-you-need-is-love/

Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Vampire Menace- Olga Wojtas

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/02/26/miss-blaines-prefect-and-the-vampire-menace/

Once Upon a Broken Heart – Stephanie Garber

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/03/02/once-upon-a-broken-heart/

Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen (this was a reread)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie- Muriel Spark

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/02/23/the-prime-of-miss-jean-brodie/

Wyrd Sisters- Terry Pratchett (review pending)

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Speak Easy- Lori Adams*

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/02/12/speak-easy-a-kate-march-mystery/

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Meet the Baumgartners- Selena Kitt
Midnight Sun – Stephanie Meyer
The Panopticon- Jenni Fagan

*#gifted

Scottish Reads, Vlogs

Reading Scottish February Wrap Up

What another excellent reading month! I’ve been trying to read more books by Scottish authors and this month I read 4 books by Scottish authors. I read two books by authors I’d previously read before (one I enjoyed and one I didn’t overly enjoy), I read a classic, and a highly anticipated read.

Below I’ve popped a small summary of my feelings towards each of the books and my vlog is right at the bottom. I go into more detail in the vlog, including star ratings

This month I read:

The Panopticon- Jenni Fagan

After reading Luckenbooth I was really looking forward to reading another book by Jenni Fagan. This book had been highly recommended to me but I found it to be really distressing and upsetting to read. Not for me but I do still enjoy the author.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie- Muriel Spark

I was excited to read this Scottish Classic and it was a wonderful book. It really highlighted the important role that teachers can play in a young person’s life, not always positive. The format of this book was excellent as I enjoyed the time jumps.

Miss Blaine’s Prefect and the Vampire Menace- Olga Wojtas

I had read the last book in this series and I didn’t enjoy it too much. I decided to give the series a second whirl and I really enjoyed the second book in this series. It was silly and fun and just what I needed.

A Glasgow Kiss- Sophie Gravia

I’d put this book aside with the intention of reading it in February. I found this book to be laugh out loud hilarious and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I laughed til my face hurt!

Reading Scottish vlog

Reviews, Vlogs

Death on the Nile

The tranquility of a lovely cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life.

Who’s also on board? Christie’s great detective Hercule Poirot. He recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Despite the exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems…

This was the February pick for the Read Christie 2022 Challenge due to the new adaptation being released in February. I have read this book before and it was and remains one of my favourite Agatha Christie books. I don’t think anyone will be surprised to know that I gave it 5 stars.

This book started off with an introduction to a whole gaggle of characters. The main characters being Poirot (of course), Linnet Ridgeway, Jacqueline De Belfort, and Simon Doyle. Linnet was introduced as a spoiled heiress with little regard for other people. Her childhood best friend, Jaqueline had fallen in love and intended to be married. The only issue was that her fiancé, Simon Doyle, was a penniless younger son of a Lord, she asked her best friend to hire him and she obliged. Various other characters were introduced and the introduction ended with the announcement that Linnet Ridgeway had married Simon Doyle.

The second part of the book took place in Egypt with Linnet and Simon on their honeymoon and who should appear but Jacqueline. She had been following the new couple who had met and married within only a couple of months. Jaqueline was justifiably very upset and angry.

Poirot was just having a lovely little holiday when he was approached by Linnet to force Jacqueline to leave the couple alone. He pointed out that no laws had been broken causing Linnet to be a bit miffed at having to face the consequences of her actions.

All of the characters then went on a delightful cruise down the Nile. Delightful until a murder happened, then additional murders happened. Poirot has never been able to have a holiday as whenever he travels, he is brought in to investigate a crime.

It turned out that it wasn’t just Jacqueline who had motive to harm Linnet. The boat was filled with people who had very strong motives for wishing to do away with the heiress. I absolutely loved the sheer volume of suspects as there was so much for Poirot to investigate and he really got a chance to shine! This book really let Poirot display his skills.

This was sort of a locked room Murder mystery since the culprit was someone who was and remained on the boat. I absolutely love mysteries like this, my preferred is usually a grand home but I’ll take a boat!

The book was filled with red herrings which added an extra element of enjoyment in trying to work out what was relevant to the murder and what was rated to a different crime.

The twist in this book was one of my favourites. I knew it was coming because I’ve enjoyed this book before. Yet while rereading this book, I never see any hints or signs that it’s coming and I think that Agatha Christie was just so clever with this book.

I absolutely adored this book and I will always recommend it. The beauty of Agatha Christie is that the books all work wonderfully as standalone books, this is one of the books that I always recommend to people wanting to start reading Agatha Christie but unsure where to start.

After reading the book for the…I don’t know how many times I’ve read this book. A lot. Anyway, I decided to go to see the new adaptation despite having a few concerns after viewing the trailers. I had a lot of feelings which are in the blog below, where I chat about the book and the film (the description on YouTube has the time to skip to if you only want to hear about the film. Spoiler free of course)

I had so many feelings about the book and the new film adaptation that I needed a champagne (jokes it was elderflower pressé)
Blog, Vlogs

February Reading Goals/Intentions

I am so late to planning my February reading. I am a person who very much needs a plan and every month I find myself getting mildly stressed about my TBR. This month I tried to plan my TBR slightly differently and and possibly totally over-planned but I’m feeling pretty good about my February reading goals as I’ve sort of given myself reading intentions which doesn’t include specific books but the chosen books relate to a specific goal of mine. I’m excited to see if this way of forward planning works for me

TBR and Reading Intention Vlog

The books I’m planning to read this month are based on the following reading intentions:

I really want to read more Classics. With the exception of my festive rereads, and some october rereads, I don’t feel like I read a lot of Classics last year. I really enjoy reading Classics and I joined a reading group with the aim of reading a Classic every month. The pick for February is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen so I will be aiming to read that book this month.

Next up is a romance that I put aside with the aim of reading it in February. This was based 100% on this book being a romance. I have chosen to aim to read A Glasgow Kiss by Sophie Gravia. I’ve heard a lot of excellent things about this book and as it’s based in Glasgow, I’m so keen to give it a read.

I then chose a book that has been on my TBR for literally months, honestly I’ve been aiming to read this book for about 6 months…it remains unread. So with the aim of leaving no book behind on the TBR, I’m planning to (finally) read My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh.

In the last few weeks I have seen multiple recommendations to read The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan. This all came about because of The Scottish Bookclub, we read Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan in January and a few people mentioned that they wanted to read more books by the author. Flash forward a couple of weeks and it now feels like I’m the only one who hasn’t read it and it sounds amazing. So I’m giving into the best kind of peer pressure-book recommendation peer pressure.

While reviewing my Year in Books 2021, I noticed that I’d barely read any rereads. Usually when I love a book, I want to read it again and again and again. Not straight away but maybe a year or two later. So I’m hoping to dedicate time to enjoying a reread every month this year. Last month I reread Luckenbooth by Jennni Fagan and this month I plan and hope to reread The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I have adored that book since I first read it in 1999 when I was 13 (in the vlog I say I was 14 because I thought that 10 Things I Hate About You came out in 2000 but it was a year earlier. I bought the book immediately after watching the first showing of the film in Galashiels).

I am loving joining in with Read Christie 2022 and the February pick is Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie. Probably because the film came out this month. I also plan to go to the cinema (if cases here are low enough to feel safe to stay socially distanced). To say that I’m excited about rereading this book would be an understatement, I utterly adore this book!

My final intention of February is to finish a book that I’ve been reading since September. September! I’ve been reading this book for 5 months and still have about a small novel worth of pages left to go. But I’m ready for this book to be read, the book in question is Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer. My sister and I used to read the Twilight series together and chat about the books. When this book came out in 2020 I felt a bit weird about reading it as my sister passed away in 2013 so it felt strange to finish the series without her. Then I thought some more about it and spoke to my mum about it and she thought that my sister would have wanted us to finish the series together so I’m finishing it for the both of us. It totally counts!

A TBR almost the size of my head

How do you plan your monthly reading? Do you overthink it, like me? I’ve been thinking about making a TBR game because I enjoy whimsy and leaving it to the fates. The drama of having no control both appeals and terrifies me!

Vlogs, Wrap Ups

January Wrap Up

Well January turned out to be a more productive reading month than expected, I finished the month on 13 books. When I say 13, I mean that I had finished 13…I also had 4 other books that had made decent progress in but hadn’t managed to finish. So I’m aiming to have those finished for February and at the time of writing this, I’ve managed to finish one so let’s count that as a success. It very much seems like my month was brought to you by the number 3 as I had 6 books that ended up being 3 star reads. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though.


My wrap up in vlog form

I’m going to post my books, rankings and links to their reviews below. I do want to say that I’ve recently made a conscious effort not to write reviews for books that I’ve rated with 1 or 2 stars because I feel really guilty. So no reviews for the lower rated books but I do mention them on the vlog. I haven’t written a new review for Luckenbooth since my original review back in November but I’ll pop the Reading Scottish link there since I talk about it a lot there.

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Under the Whispering Door- TJ Klune✨ https://kapowskireads.com/2022/02/02/under-the-whispering-door/

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Luckenbooth-Jenni Fagan https://kapowskireads.com/2022/01/31/reading-scottish-january-wrap-up/
The Man in the Brown Suit- Agatha Christie https://kapowskireads.com/2022/01/19/the-man-in-the-brown-suit/
Scabby Queen- Kirstin Innes https://kapowskireads.com/2022/01/08/scabby-queen/
Secrets of the Last Merfolk- Lindsay Littleson https://kapowskireads.com/2022/01/22/secrets-of-the-last-merfolk/

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An Unwelcome Quest- Scott Meyer https://kapowskireads.com/2022/02/05/an-unwelcome-quest/
Call of the Penguins-Hazel Prior https://kapowskireads.com/2022/01/29/call-of-the-penguins/
Double Deception – Barbara Angela Kealy* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/01/12/double-deception/
Faery Tales of the Future- Kate Phyre*
The Hiding Place- Jenny Quintana* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/01/25/the-hiding-place/
The Second Worst Restaurant in France- Alexander McCall Smith https://kapowskireads.com/2022/01/15/the-second-worst-restaurant-in-france/

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The Sanatorium- Sarah Pearse

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Velocity of a Secret – Violet Marsh*

*#gifted

I forgot to say that I didn’t review my short story 3 star read of Faery Tales of the Future because every time I tried to write a review it ended up having spoilers. I just couldn’t find a way to write about it without ruining it for anyone who may pick it up and I don’t want to be that person.

How was your January in books? I’d love to know how you got on and what your favourite book was. My favourite book of the January (also known as Caley’s Book Recommendation of the Month That Nobody Asked For) was Under The Whispering Door by TJ Klune. It gave me everything I wanted and everything I needed.

Scottish Reads, Vlogs

Reading Scottish January Wrap Up

I’m very excited to introduce my Reading Scottish January wrap up. It felt like January was never going to end but here I am doing my first Reading Scottish wrap up of the year!

This month I read another 4 books by Scottish authors. I haven’t been aiming to read four books a month but seeing as this is the third month that I’ve read four…maybe I will aim for this amount over the coming months.

I raised my pinkie finger to detract from the bruise on my middle finger nail but it’s the thing I zone into

I felt like my picks for January were a bit wider a variety that the last few months; I had a reread, 2 contemporary fiction, and a middle grade. Even though I read two contemporary fiction novels, they couldn’t have been more different so I really felt like a had a nice selection.

Here is my vlog for this months Reading Scottish Wrap Up where I talk about each book individually. If you just fancy a wee summary, I’ve popped details of the books that I read below the vlog.

My Reading Scottish vlog where I talk about my reads

Here’s a summary of what I read this month:

Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan. This was my reread, I last read this in November and suspected that I’d missed some key plot points. On the second read through I noticed huge plot points and I definitely missed a whole bunch of key points. I got so much out of my second read and will be giving this another read in the future. I gave 4 Stars to this book.

Scabby Queen by Kristin Innes. This was my bookclub book for my real life book club. I enjoyed this book despite not liking the main character. This was a dark and gritty look at real life struggles. I also gave this book 4 Stars as I enjoyed it despite it taking me so far from my comfort zone.

The Second Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith. This book was fine, it was light and silly. However I feel like very little actually happened and I think I should have chosen a different book as my first Alexander McCall Smith book. I gave this book 3 Stars.

Secrets of the Last Merfolk by Lindsay Littleson. This was my middle grade read and it was heartwarming and a lovely story about friendship and doing the right thing. This book left me feeling warm and fuzzy which was something I very much needed! I gave this book 4 Stars.

I’ve already chosen 2 of my February reads- one a contemporary romance and one a fantasy adventure. I’m really excited to see what next month holds!