The Read List

February 2018

For such a short month, February had a lot of stuff going on! This year I really want to spend more time socialising with friends and if the rest of the year is anything like this month, I think I’ll succeed! I got together for buds for Games Nights, cinema trips, far too many lunches out and explored my tiny Somerset Town’s first ever Vegan Fair. This month I left a job I was unhappy in, started a new one that I absolutely love with a bunch of amazing people and honestly, I am kind of excited for the rest of the year!

What I read this month:

Truth or Dare – Non Pratt
This is the third Non Pratt book I’ve read and while I still think Trouble will be my favourite, I thought the way this is presented was really interesting. I picked up a paperback copy from the library and you get to read one character’s perspective and then literally flip the book over for the other half of the story – it really made the reading experience for me! Though I will always find books that feature vlogging as a plot point a little cringey, I did enjoy this!

Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas
Look at me, two Sarah J Maas books in as many months, I am on a role! Not content with finally getting into the Court of Thorns and Roses series, I’m also giving this a go. I think I prefered Court of Thorns and Roses and this did have some bits in it that irritated me, but much like the Court series, I think this is going to be the same as TMI for me, a series I kind of love, but I’m not sure why! I do know that I’ve downloaded all the others, so guess I’m a fan now!

The Fandom – Anna Day
Idk about anyone else, but I love reading books about pop culture references. This is a story about a group of kids who go to comic con in cosplay for their favourite book (The Gallows Dance) and then magically end up appearing in that universe. Of course it all goes horribly wrong and they end up messing up a big plot point which means they then have to fill in and help the story come to its conclusion. I don’t know how I feel about it to be honest, I enjoyed it… I think!

Zenith – Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
If you watched my last book haul video, you’ll know that I was super excited to get this book from the publisher and I had been searching for it while at YALC. But you know what they say about things you build up…. I did a full review here, but I would love to know what other people thought of this! I think there was a lot of potential for this book, but it was just…. Not good? Like, basically the book borrowed from too many other things that I’ve read and the dialogue was kind of clunky. I hope the finished copy is better!

Love, Hate and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed
This is so much more than I thought it was going to be! I was expecting it to be a cute diverse romance, but it was so much more, we have identity struggles, we have kids trying to please both their parents and themselves, we have exploration of extremism and terrorism. It was so good! I’d love to read more books like this that seem light and airy but have a lot of deeper themes going on, in fact, I want more books with Indian protagonists because they’re such interesting characters to read about! See my review here.

History is all you left me – Adam Silvera
I heard so much about this book so I was really excited to give Adam Silvera a go, the thing is though that I’m not sure how I feel about it. Like, the writing is beautiful and the grief and pain of Griff and Jackson literally pours off the page with this book but I spent so much time just wanting to shake Griff and demand WTF you doing? The whole him/Jackson and the him/Wade and the him/Theo stuff just… Any of you read this? What were your thoughts?

The Princess Diarist – Carrie Fisher
Its no secret that I love Carrie Fisher and its also no secret that I’ve had this book for ages and have been putting it off because I was a bit scared to read it. I love Star Wars and I love Harrison Ford so I was worried that this would change my opinion on both those things! Firstly, I still love Star Wars, though I think the production team could have been a bit less… judgy and pervy. Secondly, Carrie managed to tell us about her relationship with Harrison Ford without telling us about her relationship with Harrison Ford…. Just how relevant this book was I don’t know, but I did love getting back into Carrie’s writing style.

Nimona – Noelle Stevenson
Hello first graphic novel of 2018! I’d heard literally everyone talking about how great this graphic novel is but it had kind of passed me by, as much as I love comics and graphic novels, I do have to be in the mood for them, but I really enjoyed this story! I flew through it, the art style, the narrative and the characters were all so charming! I loved every moment of it and I hope to find many more stories like this at the graphic novel section of the library!

The Taste of Blue Light – Lydia Ruffles
Dear God. This was beautiful. I was initially drawn to this because NetGalley told me this was what YA would be if Sylvia Plath wrote it and I LOVE Sylvia Plath I also now love Lydia Ruffles. There were a few sections that felt a little unnecessary towards the end, but mostly, this was amazing. It was so intense and beautiful and the narration was almost like poetry – it really got under my skin and left me a little book hungover – if you see this, pick it up! You can see my thoughts here!

Things a Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls
Um, lesbian suffragettes? Yes. As its the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote in the UK, I was hoping to read more about the subject of women’s suffrage this year. I read Emmeline Pankhurst’s autobiography a little while ago, but I’ve not read any fictionalised accounts of the time. This follows a group of different women, from a range of social classes, which is great because let’s be real, as much good as the Pankhursts and their followers did in the long run, they didn’t spend much time helping the women of lower classes. This was such a good read, more like this please!

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!

  • Joy
  • Emo: The Musical
  • What to expect when you’re expecting
  • Black Panther
  • The Shape of the Water

TV I watched this month:

  • Riverdale
  • Go 8-bit
  • Devilman Crybaby
  • Dynasty

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

Was super strange being this side of the camera for once!

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Sky looking a bit pretty

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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:
This month I discovered Insane Reader‘s vlogs and dear God, Caleb is hilarious! His Zenith video is probably the funniest, most true thing ever and his ASMR style unboxing video had me in fits! Hannah Witton‘s videos about her Stoma was so inspirational and I can’t leave off the last ever episode of Last Week honestly, I cry-laughed my way through the last few minutes. It’s weird, but I am going to miss those guys and their weekly shenanigans. Fingers crossed we get a new series from Tom and the crew soon!

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