Books

January Wrap Up 2020

I read 12 books in January, and have already started book 13 but don’t think I’ll be able to finish before the end of the day, so it’ll be in February’s wrap up! I am very happy with the amount I read this month, and if I have a low month hopefully this month will make up for it. I’m on target for 100 books a year! I read some great books this month, and can’t wait for next month! What was your favorite book of January?

  • To kill a mocking bird: I couldn’t believe I had never properly read this book, and I’m so glad I finally got around to it! I have a separate post on this, which I’ll link at the end! 4.5/5
  • Alice in wonderland: I absolutely love the movie, so decided to give the book a read,and I adored it! I truly felt I had fallen into a wonderland, ending up very confused but very fascinated and humored! I know it’s technically for children, but I still think it’s a great read for adults too! 4/5
  • Alice through the looking glass: I wasn’t aware that there was a 2nd story, so was even more intrigued to read this one. It had a little more structure than the first, but still ultimately mind boggling! I think I even prefer this one to the first! 4.5/5
  • Innocent by Cathy Glass: Cathy Glass will always be one of my favorite authors, I have read all 30 or so books she has! They are all very similar in structure, in that it is fiction with Cathy being a foster carer, and each book is about one of the children in her care. I enjoyed ‘Innocent’ as much as her other books. I would recommend only for adults, as well as the potential trigger warnings! 4/5
  • A good girls guide to murder: This is a YA book that I found in a thrift store for 30 cent and had no expectations going in, I’d never even heard of it! It was very much YA if that makes sense? but it was a good read, and i enjoyed the depth of characters! definitely recommend if you love YA and crime! 3.5/5
  • Danny the champion of the world by Roald Dahl: Roald Dahl will always have a special place in my heart as I grew up surrounding by his work! Somehow along the way I missed this one, and of course I had to read it! It was hilarious and warming just how all Roald Dahl’s work is! 5/5.
  • Finding Stevie by Cathy Glass: Another foster care book about a teenage boy called Stevie whom is struggling with his gender identity. This book bought up important topics, and would be great for the older generation of adults who don’t have as much knowledge. I’m use to reading about children, so found the adult perspective less … ( can’t think of the right word?) 2.5/5
  • The words that fly between us: I picked this up in the library when I had some time to spare in the library, I really liked the title. It was in the YA section, but felt targeted to a younger audience. I read it in one sitting, but didn’t stand out to me. 2/5.
  • We are all completely beside ourselves: I tried reading this book a few years ago but gave up after a few chapters, I had it on my shelf so decided to pick it up one last time. I finished it this time! It was intrigued by the content of the story and wanted to find out what happened but felt it slow and difficult to get hooked, this may be the writing style? I’m not sure? 3/5
  • When God was a rabbit: Again I found this at a thrift store for 30 cent and was intrigued by the title. This is my least favorite book of the year, it lacked a story line and was just a bit drab… Not many words on this, sorry! 1/5
  • Silent boy by Torey Hayden: This is an author who writes fiction of her stories as a special ed psychologist and I read every book. This teenage boy in the story has selective mutism, and the change the boy has incredible. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I was interested the whole way through out, and Torey makes me want to go into this field of work! 4.5/5
  • Lost child by Torey Hayden: Torey hasn’t released any books recently, and suddenly came out with a new one in 2019, as soon as I found out I ordered straight from prime. I was so excited to delve into the world of Torey again, and this book was no exception. I should put a huge TW on these books, as most have child sexual abuse in. 4/5

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Reading outside of my comfort zone (eg not YA)

I bet you never thought you would see a post like this from Flowers in the Brain. I am an avid young adult fiction reader, with the occasional contemporary fiction. I was always embarrassed about adoring these genres, until I realised just to appreciate what I love! Recently though, I have thought about expanding out. Not because I don’t love YA , but to broaden my knowledge.

The first book I read was called ‘The Elephant Tree’ by R.D Ronald. I am a wimp when it comes to anything even slightly scary, so this was a big jump for me. It was a little anxiety provoking, as the book follows a drug dealer, and violence plays a part in that. I read the book in 1 day, but I can’t say I enjoyed it, but am glad I read it. Anyone who has read ‘The Elephant Tree’? Did you notice there was lots of grammatical and spellings mistakes. Or maybe it was just my copy.

I also read ’84 Charing Cross Road’, which I think is non-fiction. I have had this book a while, I bought it for my boyfriend who likes visibly old/vintage looking books. This book was adorable! It was about the correspondence of letters between a bookstore owner in London, and a writer in America. I really enjoyed this book. I could feel and smell the bookstore at 84 Charing Cross Road. I would describe this book as warm!

I am currently reading the very popular ‘Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I remember beginning this book in my preteens (all those years ago haha) and found it difficult to read. It is probably a good sign I didn’t read this whilst young, and the story isn’t one for the innocent. I have only just started this book, so will comment no more. Although I may do a review depending .on my thoughts on completion.

Next on my ‘outside my comfort one’ book is ‘1984’, ‘To kill a mocking bird, and Go set a watchman’ and ‘Farenheit 451’. I’d love recommendations in the comment! Do stick to your favourite genre when choosing what to read next?

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I thought I’d never use a kindle…

As most of us in the book community, we are dedicated to a beautiful physical copy of a book, being able to turn the pages, appreciate the covers, the smell ect. Well I sure was, and can still appreciate this! I was anti E reader for a long long time. (I even had badges on my ruck sake that were anti kindles haha) Until recently..

To start with, I have taken a much more minimalist approach in life. I decluttered nearly 200 books! I only kept my top 10 all time favorite or sentimental books! I thought I would ‘miss’ my books, but it’s been a while since I did this, and haven’t even thought about them. I had read them all anyway, so I have the books in my head! A kindle is equivalent to millions of books, but only 1 item, my current dream!

The main reason (apart from book clutter) I have switched from hard copy to kindle is finance! There is access to lots of free books, and buying a Ereader copy of a new book is normally cheaper than buying a physical copy! Especially if you order online and have to pay for shipping. Therefore, switching to a kindle is more affordable and cost effective!

I am moving apartments soon, and no longer have a library local to me. Even my current local library doesn’t have a very good YA section, so I don’t often visit. Thus I have found a kindle to give me much easier access to more books!

Lastly, I am currently always on the go. I go on long trains journeys and I travel, in addition to getting public transport to work; I have found a kindle to be more convenient for the travelling aspect of my life, which is quite big this year. It is much lighter than a book, and also takes up less space! It also means I don’t have to take multiple books when I travel/go on holiday.

I thought I would always be against kindles/E readers as I have always been such a physical book fan. But life changes, and suddenly I am a kindle user! It fits my current lifestyle better, and I am actually really enjoying it! Sorry book bloggers…

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‘The man who mistook his wife for a hat’ by Oliver Sacks; Book review/microreview.

I was a little dissapointed by this book, but I think this is mainly because it was not what I expected it to be at all. This book is very overrated in my opinion.(would love to hear your opinions)

Considering this is a psychology book, it is easy to understand for the average non psychology degree student, which I liked. It took me a while to finish this book, which is not normal for me. I did want to finish it, I just wasn’t excited to keep picking it up, which never happens for me. So I guess this means I didn’t enjoy it?

It was my first psychology book written in this way, which may be why I didn’t find it a breezey read, compared to my usual genre of contemporary YA. I didn’t dislike this book, I found the content interesting. There was just something about it that didn’t grasp me. I don’t have much to say about this book, good or bad. Hence, the microreview.

Overall, I’d give it a 3/5.

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My reading slump is finally over?/my current TBR

I’m so excited to write this post, purely because it means my reading slump is finally over! If you read my last post, you will know that the book ‘This is going to hurt’ by Adam Kay is the book that got me out of this slump. I was surprised by this, I thought it would take a YA or a firm favorite to shift the slump this time. I think the main reason this book was the one as I have a keen interest in medicine.

I am now so excited to get back in to reading, and re-spark the excitement of starting a new book. I have even downloaded by first audio book! I have lot’s of my TBR that I want to read in the near future, and these are some of them;

  • Trust me, I’m a (junior) doctor by Paul Kelan
  • An absolutely remarkable thing by Hank Green (I’ve been obsessed with ‘Dear Hank and John’ podcast.
  • Winger by Andrew Smith (a fellow blogger recommended)
  • All the lonely people by David Owen
  • How it feels to float by Helena Fox
  • The memory of birds by Robin Brown
  • I’d appreciate any recommendations in the comments!