Vlogs, Wrap Ups

September Wrap Up

September was feeling very kind to me and decided to make up for the last two month being a little underwhelming. This was very much appreciated!

I finished 15 books this month, 14 fiction and 1 non fiction

Can you tell that I couldn’t hold my pile of read books?

I loved

The Beautiful Ones- Silvia Moreno-Garcia https://kapowskireads.com/2022/10/01/the-beautiful-ones/

Plain Bad Heroines – Emily M. Danforth https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/12/plain-bad-heroines/

Signal to Noise- Silvia Moreno-Garcia https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/28/signal-to-noise/

I liked

Ace of Spades- Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/21/ace-of-spades/

The Hatmakers- Tamzin Merchant https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/26/read-the-rainbowthon-reading-vlog/

Hear No Evil – Sarah Smith https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/10/hear-no-evil/

The Last Graduate – Naomi Novik (book 2 in a series)

Meantime- Frankie Boyle https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/14/meantime/

The Sound of Sirens – Ewan Gault https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/07/sound-of-sirens/

They Came to Baghdad- Agatha Christie

The Wolf Hunters- Amanda Mitchison https://kapowskireads.com/2022/09/19/reading-scottish-bloody-scotland-debut-fiction/

Not For Me

Daughter of Darkness- Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

The Girl, The Crow, The Writer, and The Fighter- George Paterson

Welcome to Cooper- Tariq Ashkanani

Non-Fiction 👩‍🎓

I’m Glad My Mom Died – Jennette McCurdy✨

*#gifted

Vlogs, Wrap Ups

August Wrap Up

August was a slower month for me. I still got through 12 books but this is a little lower than my average month.

August Wrap Up Vlog

I am loving being able to see my reading stats. Thank you StoryGraph! No way do I have the patience to draw them up myself.

I had three top reads this month so I’m chatting about those: Influencer Island by Kyle Rutkin, Glowglass by Kirkland Ciccone, and The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

I also announce my book recommendation of the month 💕

I’m hopeful that I’ll get through some more books in September. Mainly because my intended TBR is around 5,000 pages. Wish me luck!

Vlogs, Wrap Ups

July Wrap Up

July turned out to be a very busy reading month. I read 21 books! Some were rather short and most of these books were read during the first 3 weeks of the month as I then caught coronavirus and mainly slept during my spare time instead of reading.

My Wrap Up Vlog

I’ve been toying with the idea of not sharing my ratings in reviews. So this month I’ve rated them in a slightly different way, I don’t know if I prefer this but we shall see!

Books I loved

A Dowry of Blood – S.T. Gibson* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/13/a-dowry-of-blood/
Fangs – Sarah Andersen
Last Night at the Telegraph Club- Malinda Lo ✨ https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/30/last-night-at-the-telegraph-club/
Our Wives Under the Sea – Julia Armfield https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/20/our-wives-under-the-sea/
What Happens in Dubai- Sophie Gravia* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/27/what-happens-in-dubai/

I Liked as a Friend 😺

At Bertram’s Hotel- Agatha Christie
Hold Your Tongue- Deborah Masson https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/23/hold-your-tongue/
Instruments of Darkness- Imogen Robertson
A Kind of Spark- Elle McNicoll
Leah on the Offbeat- Becky Albertalli
Like a Charm- Elle McNicoll
Love is Worth Fighting For- Effie Kammenou*
The Quaker – Liam McIlvanney https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/16/the-quaker/
Show Me Who You Are- Elle McNicoll

Not For Me 😿

Another Time, Another Place – Jodi Taylor
Dark Earth- Rebecca Stott*
Grand Theft Astro- Scott Meyer
Just One Damned Thing After Another- Jodi Taylor
When I Was Ten- Fiona Cummins

Non-Fiction 👩‍🎓
Hook Them or Lose Them- D. Leitao
Sidesplitter- Phil Wang

*gifted

Vlogs, Wrap Ups

June Wrap Up

Here’s my June Wrap Up, plus stats! I’m absolutely loving having reading stats. I’ve been much luckier with book ratings recently as I’m getting better at giving up on books that I’m not feeling, so that resulted in a most excellent reading month. I also ticked off all of my birthday bingo so I’m off to buy my reward books!

4 #ebooks
3 #nonfictionbooks
15 #fictionbooks

My Wrap Up Vlog. I very much did drop this pile of books shortly after taking this thumbnail

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The Black Dog- Kevin Bridges* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/06/29/the-black-dog/
Hooked- A.C. Wise* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/07/02/hooked/
Murder in Mesopotamia- Agatha Christie (reread)
Other People’s Clothes – Calla Henkel ✨ https://kapowskireads.com/2022/06/25/other-peoples-clothes/
This Strange Way of Dying- Silvia Moreno-Garcia (short story collection)

4 💫
Beast in Velvet- Kim Newman (book 3 in series)
The City & The City- China Miéville (review to come)
Happiness is Wasted on Me-Kirkland Ciccone https://kapowskireads.com/2022/06/22/happiness-is-wasted-on-me/
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982- Cho-Nam Joo (review to come)
Piranesi- Susanna Clarke https://kapowskireads.com/2022/06/15/piranesi/
Silver Nails- Kim Newman (series now finished 💕)

3 💫
The Flames of Albiyon- Jean Menzies

2 💫
The Belladonna Maze- Sinéad Crowley*
The Pharmacist- Rachelle Atalla
Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

1 💫

Non-Fiction
Going Solo- Roald Dahl
A Silent Voice Speaks- Trishna Singh*
The Wilderness Cure- Mo Wilde*

*#gifted

My favourite book of the entire month of June was Other People’s Clothes by Calla Henkel. It gave me all the nostalgia and drama that I wanted.

Vlogs, Wrap Ups

May Wrap Up

May was a super productive reading month for me. I somehow managed to read 21 books. I know! I have no idea how that happened either.

Wrap Up Vlog

In my wrap up vlog, I chat about my favourite books of the month. I was lucky enough to have nine 5 star reads, which included some non-fiction. I also talk about my June TBR which is a little bit more whimsical because June is my birthday month.

Since I read far more books than expected, I’ve only had time to write reviews for my 4 and 5 star reads and have provided links below. There are a couple that are still pending though as it’s been a good month.

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Adults- Emma Jane Unsworth

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/05/14/adults/

The Dragon’s Promise- Elizabeth Lim*

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/05/18/the-dragons-promise/

Goldilocks-Laura Lam ✨my favourite book of the month

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/05/28/goldilocks/

Medusa- Jessie Burton

Ariadne -Jennifer Saint

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/05/25/greek-mythology-adaptations-that-i-have-recently-loved/

The Murder on the Links- Agatha Christie

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/05/21/murder-on-the-links/

The Magic Faraway Tree- Jacqueline Wilson

Review to Come

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Circus of Wonders- Elizabeth Macneal

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/06/01/circus-of-wonders/

Nothing Left Unsaid- Janey Godley

https://kapowskireads.com/2022/06/04/nothing-left-unsaid/

The Sound at the End – Kirsty Logan

Review to Come

3 💫
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes- Suzanne Collins
Cat Brushing – Jane Campbell *
A Study in Scarlet and the Sign of the Four- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

2 💫
Conviction- Denise Mina
The Man Who Died Twice- Richard Osman
The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters- Balli Kaur Jaswal

1 💫
The Castaways- Lucy Clark

Non-Fiction
Ayoade On Top- Richard Ayoade
The Grip of Film- Richard Ayoade
Ayoade on Ayoade – Richard Ayoade
Single Taken Cursed- Nikki Bell*

*gifted

Reviews, Wrap Ups

April Wrap Up

Thank goodness half my reads were electronic because I have rubbish upper body strength and these were heavy!

Well April turned out to be an excellent reading month for me. I was expecting To get through very little due to being super busy with work but I’m also someone who reads more when they’re anxious or stressed. This resulted in me getting through 20 books in April which is frankly quite ridiculous.

This month I read the following, will add links to the relevant blogs (if they exist yet as some reviews won’t be up for a wee while…because I’ve not finished them yet. But they’re all reviewed on my vlog which is at the bottom of this post.

5 💫

The Dark Between the Trees – Fiona Barnett* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/27/the-dark-between-the-trees/

Six Crimson Cranes- Elizabeth Lim https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/13/six-crimson-cranes/

This Wicked Fate- Kalynn Bayron* ✨ My Book Recommendation of the Month! https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/09/this-wicked-fate/

Young Mungo- Douglas Stuart https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/30/young-mungo/

4 💫

The Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl- Joya Goffney* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/06/confessions-of-an-alleged-good-girl/

Deep Wheel Orcadia- Harry Josephine Giles Review Pending

Hyde- Craig Russell https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/20/hyde/

Life Ceremony- Sayaka Murata* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/16/life-ceremony/

Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?-Agatha Christie Review Pending

3 💫

Empress Crowned in Red- Ciannon Smart* https://kapowskireads.com/2022/04/23/empress-crowned-in-red/

A History Maker-Alasdair Gray Review Pending

Open Water – Caleb Azumah Nelson Review Pending

2 💫 (I don’t usually post reviews about books that I award fewer than 3 stars to)

Grave Importance- Vivian Shaw

Madwoman – Louisa Treger*

The Moon, The Stars, and Madame Burova- Ruth Hogan

The Vexed Generation- Scott Meyer

Widowland- C.J. Carey

1 💫

The Assassin King- Elizabeth Haydon

The Island- C.L. Taylor

Non-Fiction

A is for Arsenic, The Poisons of Agatha Christie- Kathryn Harkup

*#gifted

Scottish Reads, Vlogs, Wrap Ups

Reading Scottish- April Wrap Up

Welcome to my Reading Scottish Wrap Up for April! As you may know, last year I decided to make a conscious effort to read more Scottish fiction. Scotland has produced so many amazing authors and I’m on a quest to make sure that I read some of these novels every month.

Having a wee photo shoot with my books. As one does

It’s been a most excellent reading month for me and Scottish fiction and I’m really excited to share my reads with you!

Scottish reads for April include:

Hyde- Craig Russell

Deep Wheel Orcadia- Harry Josephine Giles

A History Maker-Alasdair Gray

Young Mungo- Douglas Stuart

As always, if you’ve read and enjoyed any Scottish fiction please let me know. I love getting recommendations!

Fingers crossed for another excellent month of Scottish reads in May!

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/

4 💫

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)

3 💫

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-🙀/

2 💫

Fight and Flight- Scott Meyer

The Finalist – Joan Long*

Out of Spite Out of Mind- Scott Meyer

1 💫

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 💕

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

5 💫
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/

4 💫
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)

3 💫
Speak Easy- Lori Adams*

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

2 💫
Meet the Baumgartners- Selena Kitt
Midnight Sun – Stephanie Meyer
The Panopticon- Jenni Fagan

*#gifted

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/

4 💫
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/

3 💫
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/

2 💫
The Sanatorium- Sarah Pearse

1 💫
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.