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


Scottish Reads, Vlogs

Reading Scottish- July Wrap Up

What an excellent month of Reading Scottish! I read 6 books by Scottish authors in July. This was a big surprise to myself as I’d miscalculated and was convinced that I had read 5.

My Reading Scottish Wrap Up Vlog

This month I read some gritty Scottish crime novels: The Quaker – Liam McIlvanney and Hold Your Tongue- Deborah Masson. These books were set in Glasgow and Aberdeen, respectively, and having lived in both of those cities I felt like I got an extra little something from them. Turns out I’m a huge fan of Scottish crime featuring serial killers.

After all of the serial killer reading, i needed something a bit cheerier. I had been recommended Elle McNicoll as an author and since their entire back catalogue was available on Amazon prime, I ended up reading all three of their books. I enjoyed A Kind of Spark, Show Me Who You Are, and Like a Charm. These were delightful middle grade books.

I rounded off my month of Scottish reads with What Happens in Dubai by Sophie Gravia*. You may remember my cackling while reading A Glasgow Kiss which was this author’s previous novel. This was just as hilarious and I cackled once again.

If you’ve read any excellent Scottish fiction that you’d recommend, please let me know in the comments.



Mid Year Freakout aka 6 Months in Review

Somehow we are now in July and that means that it’s time to review the last 6 months of reading. I had intended to do a quarter 1 review but time flew and I forgot.

In this Vlog I talk about the following; Best book read so far, best sequel read so far, new release I want to read, most anticipated release, biggest disappointment, biggest surprise, favourite new to me author, book that made me cry, book that made me happy, most beautiful book, and books I want to finish this year. Phew!

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

5 💫
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 💫

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


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.

Scottish Reads, Vlogs

Reading Scottish June Wrap Up

I know I’m a little bit earlier than usual but here is my Reading Scottish wrap up for June. I read the, what is now, standard 4 books by Scottish authors. I had a pretty wide variety of genres this month; contemporary, post apocalyptic/dystopian, and fantasy. I really enjoyed having this variety as these books really showcased how Scottish fiction is so much more than just a few genres. Even my two contemporary reads were so different-both regarding content and structure. Also, these were all debut adult fiction , this was not planned but does make me very happy to have a secret theme. Secret even to me!

I read the following books:

📚 Happiness is Wasted on Me by Kirkland Ciccone

🐉 The Flames of Albiyon by Jean Menzies

💊 The Pharmacist by Rachelle Atalla

🐕‍🦺 The Black Dog by Kevin Bridges*


Wrap up vlog where I give reviews

If you’ve read any Scottish fiction recently, I’d love to hear all about it!

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.

5 💫
Adults- Emma Jane Unsworth


The Dragon’s Promise- Elizabeth Lim*


Goldilocks-Laura Lam ✨my favourite book of the month


Medusa- Jessie Burton

Ariadne -Jennifer Saint


The Murder on the Links- Agatha Christie


The Magic Faraway Tree- Jacqueline Wilson

Review to Come

4 💫
Circus of Wonders- Elizabeth Macneal


Nothing Left Unsaid- Janey Godley


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

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


Scottish Reads, Vlogs

Reading Scottish May Wrap Up

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Scottish literature and have been making a conscious effort to read more of it. Every month I like to make a wrap up of my Scottish reads and this month is no different…apart from that I read a non-fiction which made me cry with laughter, so I’ve included that too!

This month, my Scottish reads were:

⛴ Conviction by Denise Mina

🎪 Circus of Wonders by Elizabeth Macneal

🤿 The Sound at the End by Kirsty Logan

📕 Nothing Left Unsaid by Janey Godley

🏩 Single Taken Cursed by Nikki Bell*

Let’s ignore my hair in this video, it had a moment of madness

If you’ve read any enjoyable Scottish fiction (or non-fiction as it seems that I’m reading more of that these days), I’d love to hear about it!


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.

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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


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


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!