Well, hello! It’s been a minute since I’ve made a post like this. This was a request from a wonderful blogger (not sure if they’d be comfortable with me mentioning them) and I’m going to try my best to share how I manage my time to make room for reading. I tend to read and finish multiple books in a week and I’ve found these techniques to be the most helpful and effective.
I’m back with my monthly wrap up! A few days late but no matter. February was an interesting month. I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped but I still ended up reading some really good books and found some new favourites. I’m having a pretty great start to March so here’s to hoping it lasts and I can bring you some great book reviews.
Bringing you some mini middle grade reviews today!
Bridge of Souls by Victoria Schwab | ★★★★
Thank you Scholastic for the gifted review copy!
Absolutely in love with this book! Victoria Schwab continues to bring us the most interesting and atmospheric stories. I’ve never been to New Orleans but the descriptions made me fall in love. I looked up every building mentioned and haunted story told. These books never fail to bring the creepy and haunted atmosphere to life. I adore these characters too! Cassidy, Jacob and Lara are so easy to love and the banter is always fun. I just love their adventures so much. The stakes were definitely high in this one and I was a little worried about how this would end. Everything wrapped up nicely and I got a good dose of fuzzy feeling from the friendship between these three friends.
I think these are definitely books that everyone can appreciate regardless of age!
Author: Caitlin Starling // Published: October 19, 2021
Practical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: that she must never visit Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town. Yet on their wedding night, an accident strands her at his door in a pitch-black rainstorm, and she finds him changed. Gone is the bold, courageous surgeon, and in his place is a terrified, paranoid man—one who cannot tell reality from nightmare, and fears Jane is an apparition, come to haunt him.
By morning, Augustine is himself again, but Jane knows something is deeply wrong at Lindridge Hall, and with the man she has so hastily bound her safety to. Set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England, Starling crafts a new kind of gothic horror from the bones of the beloved canon. This Crimson Peak-inspired story assembles, then upends, every expectation set in place by Shirley Jackson and Rebecca, and will leave readers shaken, desperate to begin again as soon as they are finished.
Last week was such a great reading week! I’ve been in the mood for fantasy again this month and it has been great. I actually found two new favourite reads! Read on to find out what I read and how I felt about my last reads.
It’s definitely about time I did a 24 hour readathon! I feel like it’s been a while since I last did one. I started my readathon on Tuesday and it ended last night. I managed to read 3 amazing books that I can’t recommend enough. The readathon went smoothly, and I’ll definitely be repeating it soon. Read on to see what books I picked up!
And January is over! January was the best reading month. I was so relaxed and managed to read so many amazing books. I enjoyed most of my reads and already found a favourite or two. Continue reading to find out what I read in January and how I felt about my reads. Also, do let me know what you read this month and about the books you loved!
Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school, but when at the age of eighteen she begins working at the Hiiromachi branch of “Smile Mart,” she finds peace and purpose in her life. In the store, unlike anywhere else, she understands the rules of social interaction ― many are laid out line by line in the store’s manual ― and she does her best to copy the dress, mannerisms, and speech of her colleagues, playing the part of a “normal” person excellently, more or less. Managers come and go, but Keiko stays at the store for eighteen years. It’s almost hard to tell where the store ends and she begins. Keiko is very happy, but the people close to her, from her family to her coworkers, increasingly pressure her to find a husband, and to start a proper career, prompting her to take desperate action…
A brilliant depiction of an unusual psyche and a world hidden from view, Convenience Store Woman is an ironic and sharp-eyed look at contemporary work culture and the pressures to conform, as well as a charming and completely fresh portrait of an unforgettable heroine.
January so far has been great and this week was no exception. I picked up a lot of books but I also finished up a lot of them. Most of them were really great reads and I read quite a few middle grade titles. I’m finally reading more of the genre and I’m enjoying myself immensely. Read on to see what I picked up!