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/

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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

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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

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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

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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/

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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, 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

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!

Blog, Vlogs, Wrap Ups

2021 Wrap Up

What a year 2021 has been! I have a tendency to read more during times of stress or anxiety and in 2021 I made my way through 202 books. This is a stupidly large number of books and is o way sustainable I will no be aiming for anywhere near this number of books any time soon. My Goodreads goal for 2021 was actually 60 which I reach somewhere around Easter but I chose not to change my target so that I could feel a sense of accomplishment by meeting my goal so early in the year.

My fun stats are as follows:
202 Books
63,928 pages
Average Book Rating of 3.6 Stars

I’ve either had a smashing year or have been extra kind with my ratings. I think it may be a little of both as I do tend to round up rather than down.

When it came to picking my favourite reads of the year, I honestly thought that it would be as simple as just looking at my top read of each month…it was not that simple though! I knew that I didn’t want to include a reread in my top reads of the year and I was also positive that I wanted to have a top 10. I also had gone slightly off of one of my top picks since reading more books in the series plus I had 5 more books that I wanted to include. So suddenly my Top Ten had become a Top Fourteen. The easiest part was whistling this down to ten and honestly, deciding my Top Ten took me the best part of December!

My Top 10 Reads of 2021
(My copy of Duck Feet is currently on loan which is why it’s not in the stack)

As you can see, my Top Ten includes 7 Reads of the Month plus 3 books that I just couldn’t stop thinking about and very much deserved to be in my Top Ten. It’s pretty cool to see three authors on my 2021 Top Ten who were on my 2020 Top Thirteen (2020 was a tough year, I didn’t have the energy to whittle it down to just 10): Lucy Foley, Ayisha Malik, and L.L. McKinney have done it again.

If you want to see which book took which spot, this is all in the video below. but if you just want to know which book took my Number One spot…keep scrolling down past the video and all will be revealed. I honestly knew straight away that this book was going to be at least in my Top Four. I almost just went with a Top Three but then I had two books sharing a spot and Top Four felt weird.

My 2021 Wrap Up and Top Ten Reads of the Year

My winner of Caley’s Book of the Year goes to…

My Number One Book of 2021