Since I posted that I wanted to share more about my life, and things I love a few weeks ago, I also decided that I’m going to do monthly “what I read”-posts. Books are a HUGE part of my life and I never really talked about them on this blog before. But we are now.
I am still figuring out how I’m going to do these posts – as you can see, some of the reviews are a bit longer, and others are only a sentence or two.
Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith
A bit of a controversial one, what with everything J.K. Rowling (the actual author of this book) has been tweeting. I still thoroughly enjoy her (most) of her stories, and therefore am trying to separate the art from the artist.
That said, if you weren’t sure whether you wanted to pick this one up, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s okay – that’s it. Not nearly as good as the earlier books in the Cormoran Strike-series and definitely nowhere near the level that Harry Potter is on.
My main issue with this book is that it could have been half as long. There was just way too much filler content. I don’t need fifty pages of backstory on the killer when they are caught at the end of the book.
3 stars – because I’m still very much hoping Cormoran and Robin will get together in some future book.
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
A very spooky story – would be amazing if you’re a bit younger (11 to 14 year old, I would say). Perfect for this time of year.
3 stars – but only because I think I’m a bit too old for this type of story (never thought I’d say such a thing).
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
I’ve loved everything by Rainbow Rowell ever since she got on my radar with Fangirl (still one of my favourite books ever.
Pumpkinheads is perfect to read during this time of year, and since it’s a graphic novel, it only takes a few hours to read. Or reread. And then read again.
Pumpkin Everything by Beth Labonte
This came up on my Amazon (I think), and since it had the word Pumpkin in the title, I decided to download it to my kindle. A sweet, autumnal story.
The Familiars by Stacey Halls
A fictional story about the Pendleton witch trials that took place in England. While the trials are a huge part of the story, there’s a lot of exploration of women’s rights in the 1600s in England. Most of the characters are absolutely horrible – but they were written to be so.
4 stars – definitely a recommendation if you enjoy a bit of history with your fiction.
Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet
A poetry collection that was quite… Sensual. Not for young readers. Highly recommend!
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Ever since the A Court Of…-series by Sarah J. Maas, I’ve been a huge fan of her writing. I pre-ordered this months before it came out, but couldn’t get into the story when I started to read it. And a lot of people told me you just have to get through the first hundred-or-so pages.
Which, with my impatience, isn’t great.
But I decided to give this book another go, and IT IS AMAZING. I still haven’t finished it – with work finally picking up again at the end of the month, I just haven’t had the energy to sit and read much – but it is definitely worth persevering with this one!