I haven’t been feeling super festive lately. With Christmas fast approaching, I was keen to try to get myself into the festive spirit. This meant that I read not one but two Poirot novels. My two favourite festive Murder mystery collections (for now as I do have two more short story collections I plan to read before Christmas).
I’m often at my most content with a good murder mystery and this was such a delightful reading experience. I may be feeling a little festive now.
I bought The Edinburgh Skating Club a few months ago and put it to the side for December. It felt like it should be read in December or at least winter, when there’s snow and ice because the book heavily features ice skating on a frozen loch. Well this week we have had a very cold spell and got some snow and ice and it felt like the right time to pick this book up.
I feel like I haven’t seen anyone talking about this book which is such a shame because I really enjoyed this. This was a lovely wee read and such a quick one too.
Please note that in the review I use the character names from the blurb in order to avoid giving any spoilers.
In this vlog I read a book for my Elf prompt, a book with a map. I chose to pick up The Ballad of Never After by Stephanie Garber. I absolutely loved Once Upon a Broken Heart and preordered this book but only just go it around to reading it. What a fool I was,‘I should have read this straight away because I utterly adored it!
We also got some snow, I did some self care, and I spent time with friends. Ultimately, I feel like I lived my best life in this vlog and am delighted.
At the start of 2022, I gave myself some series goals. I wanted to finish 5 specific series and ultimately reduce my active series total, to finish the series that I was part way through. I then promptly forgot those goals so when I was checking my series results, I was pleasantly surprised!
One of the series I didn’t plan to finish was The Scholomance series by Naomi Novik. Just because I forgot that the last book was coming out this year and I only found my way to reading the second book a few months ago. So this was a pleasant surprise.
In my Vlog I review not only the final book but the series as a whole. No spoilers, of course. This was a really enjoyable series and I truly am delighted to have finished it this year. This is certain to be the last series that I finish in 2022 so I took this moment to review my series goals and I’m happy to be ending on a high!
It’s the last month of the year and I had two choices: I could either spend the month finishing off the books from my 2022 reading challenges or I could do something fun. Seeing as I had 23 books left from various 2022 challenges, I went for the ‘something fun’ option. In any other month, I’d have read from my goal pile but I have festive favourites that I want to read, 31 days, and a few social engagements. It was time for fun!
So I decided to do a festive bingo board in order to pick my December reads. One of my favourite things about Christmas is the films. I love Christmas films and decided to use them as my theme.
Of course I’m hoping to get a full house but I’m mainly just hoping for a fun month of reading. Maybe I’ll watch the films as I tick off the prompts.
November didn’t get off to the best start for me. I found myself in a big reading slump and just couldn’t concentrate for long and didn’t feel compelled to pick up any books. I knew it was coming, I could feel a reading slump on the air!
The slump started to ease towards the middle of the month and thanks to that, and to audiobooks which accounted for almost half of my reads, I managed to get through 11 books. I know that this is a great number of books to get through in a month but I had such grand reading plans for November, instead I went full mood reader.
I have had such a fun time taking part in Roll the Rainbowthon 🌈 and read more than expected which made me very pleased. So this week I took part in a Readathon which is one of my favourite things. I love a themed reading week!
I may have also found a new favourite book which is always lovely 💕
Who could have imagined that I would read and love another Silvia Moreno-Garcia book..? Everyone! I love this author and she did it again with Signal to Noise.
I managed to get through four books this week which was more than expected. There was no chance of me getting through the six books I’d hoped to read but four feels very good.
I don’t usually do anything fun when deciding my reading goals for the month. I basically choose a day to pick a bunch of books that I fancy reading soon, add any books I need to read for readalongs and that’s basically it.
September is a little different as I got to have some fun picking my TBR pile. There are two different TBR games that I am participating in this month as two creators over on YouTube are opening up their TBR games and I just had to join in. I do love a TBR game!
Timings and links to creators
First up, I’m joining in with Becca’s Bookopoly and playing Bookoplathon. This is a month long list of intended reads. I decided to roll as many times as it took me to do a loop of the board, this ended up being eight rolls.
Secondly, I’m joining in with Christy Reads’ Roll the Rainbowthon which lasts one week of September. I’ve ended up with six options, most of which overlap with my Bookoplathon picks because no way will I be able to read six books in one week!
So I ended up with eleven books…but this isn’t my full TBR . I have my Agatha Christie pick for Read Christie and a book tour, plus I have another four books that I have been planning to read in September. This brings my total number of books I plan to read in September up to seventeen and over 5,000 pages.
Doable? Who knows! All I know is that I’m giddy with excitement about reading all of my hopefuls so I feel like September is going to be a good month.
Last week I shared 5 of my Five Star Prediction books and now that I’ve read them, I’m here to chat about them. I’m not quite Mystic Meg 🔮 but I still had an amazing time and found some new favourites!
I read the following books:
🏝 The Castaways by Lucy Clark
🌹The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
🐍 Medusa- Jessie Burton
👩🚀 Goldilocks-Laura Lam
🍇 Ariadne -Jennifer Saint
While they weren’t all the 5 Star reads that I had hoped for, I found three 5 star reads! I’m feeling very good about my results and am so impressed by my prediction skills! I’m feeling way too confident now.
I’m feeling a bit of a reading slump come on. In the last week, I just haven’t felt like reading much. In order to combat this, I’ve decided to read some of my 5 Star Predictions. I’m hopeful that I will just enjoy a bunch of excellent reads and truly combat the dreaded slump!
I have chosen five books that I think are going to be 5 star reads and I’m planning to read them. Hopefully I find a new favourite or two!
This week’s blog is all about my predictions and why I chose them. I’m no Walter Mercado or Mystic Meg but I’m feeling really positive about them all.
My 5 Star Predictions are:
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Medusa by Jessie Burton
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Goldilocks by Laura Lam
The Castaways by Lucy Clarke
If you’ve read any of these, I’d love to know how you got on!