Quarterly Reading Recommendations

I’ve decided that every three months this year I will go through my reading list and pick out the top 10 books I have read. These are going to all of my 5 star reads as well as any other book that I loved but didn’t give 5 stars for whatever reason. Then at the end of the year I will compile my list and pick out my top 10 overall of 2019. If you want to read any of my reviews for these books just click on the titles!

So my reading recommendations for January, February and March are:

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natashan Ngan

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

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The Death of Mrs Westaway Review

* A BIT SPOILERY*

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The main protagonist Hal has been struggling on her own ever since her mum died from a hit and run at the front of her house. She has had to resort to getting a loan of some unsavoury people and now they are coming to collect. With no money and hardly any work she thinks it’s a godsend when she receives a letter addressed to her from a lawyer who is an executor for the estate of a woman he claims is her grandmother. Hal knows this woman is not her grandmother and they must have gotten her name mixed up with someone else, but what if she went anyway?

 I was absolutely enthralled from the offset. I love that we get an introduction to Hal by herself and learn a lot about her and her struggles. I love that we see her fraught and run down and pushed to the limits enough for her to even consider deceiving these people. The fact that throughout the course of meeting the lawyer and then Mrs Warren and the family she still has misgivings about what she is doing and I think that that kind of manifested physically. Always being cold in that house and not eating enough and passing out and having a fever after the will was finally read out. I like that she follows her conscience in the end and actually tells the brothers the truth, which eventually leads her to discover her own truths.

The familial side of the book really drew me in as well. The little secrets and the way they interacted with each other had me thoroughly entertained! The grief that they exhibit when they find out that their sister was dead felt real to me and I appreciated that they all grieved for her differently, it showed how much depth these characters have and it really helped me to distinguish between them. The letters were a nice bridge between the past and the present as well. I found myself immersing into the family history and really trying to figure out the mystery of Maud and where she has gone.

The overall tone of the book was very dark and foreboding and also very cold, be it the weather or the house and even Mrs Warren. I finished this book in basically one sitting and I was swept into this story by Ruth Ware’s immensely detailed and descriptive prose. I loved every second of this book. The mystery elements really kept me on my toes; the pacing was perfect and the plot twists… OMG! I did not see anything coming and I was very much surprised and satisfied with how this book ended!

⭐️5/5 Mysterious, dark and chilling!!!

March TBR

There are some books in this month’s TBR that I am super excited to get in to! I feel like my selection this month is quite varied so depending on my mood I have multiple choices that I am eager to read! 

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

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The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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5 Mystery/Thrillers I want to Read in 2019

I would really like to broaden my scope for 2019 and try a few different genres out, I know I will always love fantasy but sometimes I do get a bit bored of them and need something different to cleanse my palate. I would usually pick up a contemporary but I kind of want to get into mysteries/thrillers this year. These are 5 books that I have been seeing around a lot and some have even made it into the Goodreads Choice Awards for 2018 so I figure let’s give them a go!

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

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The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Harcastle by Stuart Turton

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendriks & Sarah Pekkanen

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