May TBR

This month I’m going to take a break from having a set TBR and go back to mood reading! I’ve been very up and down with what I’ve been in the mood to read so I figure I’ll give myself a blank slate to pick whatever I want.

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5 Books I Want to Read Update

Back in January I posted about 5  books I really wanted to read in 2021 and now that we are at the end of the year I thought I would post a final  update and see how I did! At this stage I’ve completed 3 out of the 5 books and honestly I’m okay with that. This is has been my worst reading year in terms of quantity in a few years and I had a massive reading slump in the middle of it all so I’m quite proud with what I was able to complete. Obviously, I am going to be prioritising the other two books in 2022 and get this list completed! 

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This was a wonderful introduction to this trilogy and I can see now why so many people love this book. The writing was descriptive and the world building was immaculate. All of the characters were distinctive and diverse and the way the storylines merged was masterful. I am kicking myself for putting off reading this book for so long and I am happy to have finally completed it. I have a feeling I am going to be continuing on very soon!

My Rating:  ⭐️4/5 stars

The 7 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Multiple timelines and POVs can get a tad confusing for me and it’s hard to keep track of all the characters and who is a host and who isn’t. I have to say as he switches from each host and the days start ticking down the level of urgency felt throughout the plot kept rising. I had no idea at any point in time what was actually going to happen, I had my suspicions but at every twist I was definitely surprised!

My Rating:  ⭐️3/5 stars

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I really enjoyed the format of the book with the countdown to the trivia night. Knowing that one of these characters is now dead and trying to figure out who did it and who died really built up the anticipation. The mystery behind who was the school bully was intriguing and it was entertaining to see these mothers going around gossiping about their lives. This was definitely better than what I was expecting and it was nice to read a book with the setting here in Australia, I don’t get many of those.

My Rating:  ⭐️4/5 stars

The other two books I still need to read are:

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October Wrap Up

In October didn’t do the best in terms of quantity of books however, I am still super stoked with what I managed to read. I ticked off two books that have been on my TBR for over 2 years each and read some new releases I’ve been highly anticipating even though I found them to be just ok! I have quite high hopes for November though and there are just sooo many more books that I am excited to pick up.

The books I read in October were:

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – ⭐️5/5 stars

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson – ⭐️3/5 stars

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – ⭐️3/5 stars

Witchshadow by Susan Dennard – ⭐️3/5 star

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

September Wrap Up

In September I started off with every intention of reading 8-10 books but I’ve just been super busy this month and I’ve found it hard to find time to pick up a book and read. And then when I would find that time it would take me forever to actually pick a book that I would feel like reading. I don’t think I’m back in my slump just yet but I need to prioritise relaxing, sitting down and reading more because it’s what I love to do!

The books I read in September were:

A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow – ⭐️2/5 stars

The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould – ⭐️3/5 stars

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing – ⭐️3/5 stars

Malice by Heather Walter – ⭐️4/5 stars