January is finally over! Seriously though, how did January last about 12 years? I'm really not sure what it is about that month that seems like time has stopped moving, but now we are in February and all is right with the world!
November has come to a close and now no one has any excuse to make fun of me for my aggressive Christmas cheer -- hooray! I fell off the blogging wagon a little toward the end of the month, but my reading has been strong and I'm slowly but surely catching up on reviews. Check out everything I read and hauled in the month of November!
I absolutely loved Purcell’s first Gothic novel, The Silent Companions, but was disappointed in the second, The Corset. Naturally, I was very curious about Bone China, her latest book, to see if it would recapture everything I loved about The Silent Companions. It absolutely did -- Bone China is a fantastic addition to her growing repertoire of Gothic fiction.
Happy Friday! It feels like ages since I've done a weekly wrap-up post. I've been super busy with work and with other projects like our podcast and my YouTube channel! I have, however, been reading a lot and am planning to get much more done this weekend!
I'm pretty sure I've fallen into some sort of time slip. While April seemed to drag on and on, the month of May flew by in a flash. Despite being busy (as usual) and reading some longer books this month, I still managed to read ten books (and DNFed two), and I'm so proud. The slump is officially over! Hooray!
I’m always on the hunt for some good historical fiction, and An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason caught my eye for a few reasons. First of all, I don’t think we see enough YA historical fiction so it always catches my eye. I love the book's Elizabethan setting, but I was totally blown away by the plot. I was incredibly exciting to read this, but I think it was a great idea in theory and less so in execution. This review may sound a little harsh despite the three stars I gave the book, and that’s because I’m so sad about its wasted potential.
Today I’m bringing you three flash reviews for books that are not even remotely related. Why are they in this post together? Because they were all incredibly quick and short reads -- one is a graphic novel and the other two are novellas. Take a look below at my thoughts on Ragged Alice by Gareth L. Powell, The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jenn Wang.
March was such a busy month -- I feel like it completely flew by! I had so many life changes in March, including preparation for moving to a new job and studying (and passing!) by driving theory test. I did, however, still manage to get some reading done, although I didn’t read as many books as I had wanted.
Daisy Jones and the Six is the latest novel from the author of much beloved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, which I read and enjoyed last summer. I was incredibly curious about Daisy Jones, which tackles the history of a fictional 70’s rock band, and decided to give it a try before the hype truly set in.
I love historical fiction, but it tends to get cast aside in favour of science fiction and fantasy for me. Enter The Familiars, a gorgeous book set during the 17th century witch trials in England, with a cover that I couldn’t resist. I won an early copy of this book back in July and am kicking myself for not reading it sooner! This debut novel investigates class, privilege, female friendships, and the danger of being a social outcast, all with a touch of the unknown.