Library Books I Bought

It’s Top Ten Tuesday Time again!

Here are 10 books I borrowed and read from the library that I had to purchase for my own collection

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Books with School/University Settings

Once again it’s Top Ten Tuesday time friends! 

Here are 10 books I’ve read in the last year or so that have a school/college/university setting:

The It Girl by Ruth Ware

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake (kinda)

All’s Well by Mona Awad

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

The Monarchs by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige

Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire

In My Dreams I Hold a Knife by Ashley Winstead

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Quarterly Reading Recommendation

I honestly didn’t even realise and am a little bit late for my quarterly reading recommendations! This is going to be my third instalment for 2021 and even thought I didn’t read that much I still managed to pick 10 I would recommend. If you want to check out my second quarterly reading recommendations click HERE!

My recommendations for July – August – September are:

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray & Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss


Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

Survive the Night by Riley Sager

Fable by Adrienne Young

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Malice by Heather Walter

July Wrap Up

I feel like I’m finally getting back into the swing of things in regards to my reading. I had a really great reading month in July and I am really happy with what I chose to pick up! We have a mixture of new releases, romance, fantasy and a bit of historical fiction which was an interesting time for sure! I can’t wait to hopefully continue on with this bit of momentum I have and pick up some more good books!

In July I read:

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima – ⭐️5/5 stars

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – ⭐️4/5 stars

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – ⭐️5/5 stars

Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms by Anita Heiss – ⭐️4/5 stars

Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray by Anita Heiss – ⭐️4/5 stars

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo – ⭐️3/5 stars

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ⭐️5/5 stars

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides – ⭐️4/5 stars

Survive the Night by Riley Sager – ⭐️4/5 stars

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️4/5 stars

The Project by Courtney Summers – ⭐️3/5 stars

The Ravens by Kass Morgan & Danielle Paige – ⭐️3/5 stars


The Maidens Review


Edward Fosca is a murderer. Of this Mariana is certain. But Fosca is untouchable. A handsome and charismatic Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University, Fosca is adored by staff and students alike—particularly by the members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens.

I felt sorry for Mariana for the majority of this book. When we learn about her life and how much death there has been in her family and how she has overcome it all only to be thrown into the midst of these tragic events would trigger anyone. I love how mostly calm and collected she is, instead of reacting she will stop and think about why she is feeling this way and what the other person has said to elicit these feeling, which as a therapist made sense. But then she sort of devolves throughout the course of the book and leans into her anger and is more prone to outbursts, like when she punched Edward in the face.

We are led to believe right from the start that Edward was the killer so naturally I didn’t believe it. I was thinking it was more along the lines of Fred being the killer simply because the way he was introduced was so random and then he was just always around. Sure he was interested in the murders and was attracted to Mariana but the whole prediction thing was a little strange. Then Morris seemed like the next likely out of the male characters to potentially be the killer, but then again it just seemed too obvious so I really had no idea.

I can definitely say I was surprised that Zoe would be able to pull it off. But then there were signs all throughout the book when Zoe would talk about Sebastien and I found it odd how almost accusatory she would speak to Mariana about it, especially when she would throw his death in her face and wish he was here instead of her. I remember thinking how weird for a niece to speak about her uncle who isn’t even her blood. I also found the fact that Zoe would just use Mariana’s first name and wouldn’t call her Aunt or Aunty, even though Mariana would call her niece often. I honestly didn’t even think they were related for the first half of the book, I just thought she was a random girl they adopted.

I liked how Alex Michaelides called back to his previous book and integrated those characters into this book. It honestly made me want to reread The Silent Patient and connect the dots once again. I liked this book, it was intriguing, mysterious and I loved the college setting. I was constantly on edge and surprised at every turn.

⭐️4/5 stars This was unpredictable, weird and pretty fast paced!