The Read List

January 2018

While this month didn’t start off particularly well, I did have a pretty good January. This month I blew up a tyre by myself for the first time (feminism points for me), I managed to tick six things off my thirty things to do before I’m thirty list, with a seventh well on the way, I aced an intereview and got myself a new job (one day I will tell the story of how much I regret leaving my previous job, how much I hate my current one and how much I am looking forward to starting again somewhere else), I hosted the first games night of 2018, was invited to an awesome book event and was more social than I was in probably the whole of 2017. My mum said she thought this would be my year and if we continue in this vein, I think it might be!

What I read this month:

My Life, Our Times – Gordon Brown
I received this for Christmas from my mum. I talk a little about my thoughts on the book here, but briefly, I have always had a lot of time for Gordon Brown and having read this, I have a hell of a lot more respect for him. Whatever your political affiliation, if you’ve ever wondered what its like behind that black door in Downing Street or ever wanted to know more about the global financial crash, this is a very interesting read.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – Gayle Honeyman
I was sent this for review aeons ago and I may have completely forgotten about it… Woops. But then Sanne made a video about the Costa Awards and I was like, oh, I have that book! So now I’ve read it and finally written a review, see, what a productive month I’m having! I’m not sure how I feel about this book, so if any of you have read it, let me know.

Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff
I can’t believe I put this off for so long! I read Nevernight back last year and loved it so I have no idea why its taken me this long to get around to the sequel, I’m told the as yet untitled third book is out this year and I am excited! This book, aside from giving me more of everything I loved first time round, we also have a tonne more questions and I just need the third one now please. Thanks. 

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz
I absolutely adored Dante and Aristotle, like that book gave me chills. Sometimes I find myself thinking about it again and I just… I can’t ok?! So, when I spotted this by Benjamin Alire Saenz at the library I couldn’t leave it there. Much like Dante and Aristotle, this is a beautifully written book, like oh my God, this man is not a writer, he is an artist.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas
Seriously, everyone and their cat has read this series and now I am finally getting around to it. I wanted to know what all the hype was about, also I cave to peer pressure because I do suffer from FOMO. When I started this I was a bit unsure as to why this got so many people raving about it, but once the book was finished I desperately wanted to find out more about Feyre and Tamlin and Rhys and Lucien and now I can’t cope until I read the whole series. I feel like this is going to be the same as the Mortal Instruments for me!

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index – Julie Israel
I mostly picked this book up in the library because it has a pretty cover and when I went to YALC the lovely people at the Juniper Lemon stand gave me freshly made lemonade! I think this might be my favourite book I’ve read this month, it was so bittersweet and the narration was really engaging. Would recommend!

Films I watched this month:
You may have noticed if you follow me on twitter, have been keeping up with my Film reviews in 10 tweets or less posts or this video, that I really like films and that I spend a lot of time watching them, so here are all the films (some new, some rewatches) that graced my television/ cinema screen this month!

  • He named me Malala
    I read the book last year, so I thought I’d give this a go!
  • Victor Frankenstien
  • Pitch Perfect 3
  • Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • The Fifth Wave
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • The Jane Austen Bookclub
    I read the book and hated it, so naturally I watched the film. I think it translated better on screen.
  • Joy

TV I watched his month:

  • Full Metal Alchemist
  • Supernatural
    I finally got round to watching season 12 after getting it for Christmas!
  • Vera
  • Brooklyn 99
  • Riverdale

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

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What I’ve been listening to this month:

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:
Firstly, Casey Neistat did it again with his inspirational film making, his Film Making is a Sport video was just everything. Here is Tomska’s Favourite TV shows video, which I agree with whole heartedly, Sanne uploaded a video about publishing which I found super interesting. Also, here’s the latest short from KickthPJ.


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