The Read List

March 2018

March and Spring hit with a lovely dose of snow. You know its bloody cold when the south west gets snow, we literally never get snow!! But the snow meant hiding indoors at the beginning of the month and my first experience of working from home. Which was… way less exciting than I’d originally imagined. It’s so much more boring having to work when you’re at home! This month we also had an office World Book day celebration (I was everyone’s favourite fan girl, Ginny Weasley) and went on a very strange road trip to Slough!

What I read this month:

The Graces – Laure Eve
I went into this thinking it was going to be trashy, Twilight esque YA. And I was absolutely right. It’s kind of a shame because it seems that, the obvious excluded, books about witches are all a bit trashy… This was the result of Beautiful Creatures and Twilight procreating. And while it was addictive and a quick read, it did get a bit weird towards the end. There is a sequel coming and as I didn’t hate this one, I might pick it up.

All the crooked saints – Maggie Stiefvater
This was my first Maggie Stiefvater experience and though I enjoyed it, I couldn’t tell you what this was about. Like there was a mystical family that lived in a desert and performed miracles on humans that then ended up having to stay because the miracles often left them with cayote heads and such like… And there were owls that flew about all the time because they were attracted to darkness… The way this was written reminded me of Lemony Snickett or Douglas Adams and I really loved the characters and the way the story was told, I just don’t really know what was going on… It was a bit like Twin Peaks. I liked it, but I’m not sure why!

The Hazelwood – Melissa Albert
Everyone everywhere has read this book, its been in literally all the subscription boxes, all of booktube have read it. So, when I saw it was available on netgalley I just had to give it a go. This is a very creepy and dark story about stories and the power that they have. Alice thinks she’s a regular old teenager who moves around a lot because her mum seems to be constantly trying to outrun bad luck. She has a rich, reclusive writer grandmother who wrote a very rare but fan favourtite book series, which may or not be more real than anyone had originally thought. I really enjoyed this, you can read my review here.

Clean – Juno Dawson
This was my first experience of Juno Dawson’s writing and I kinda loved it! This is not a book for the faint hearted, it is incredibly brutal and in your face from the first sentence and it doesn’t let up, so if you know that drug use, language etc make you uncomfortable, then steady as you go. The rest of you, this is pretty awesome and will make you never want to look at another drug again. Review here.

Born Fighter – Reg Kray
I’ve read a lot of books about the Kray twins, but I’ve never read anything by a Kray twin until now and this was FASCINATING. Reggie Kray is an engaging story teller and though this isn’t a comprehensive guide to his life, this was a great insight into the life he and Ronnie lived in the East End and the various things they got up to. I’ve never read anything by someone who has actually murdered someone and then talked about it in their book… Like, Reg goes into details about Jack the Hat. It left me feeling a bit torn because although I knew he wasn’t a nice bloke, I had started warming to him until I got to that bit and was a bit… upset about it. One thing though – he actually talked about his brother’s sexuality and got a bit lairy about how everyone had always erased his identity and I was like YES REG YOU SPILL THAT TEA. 

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!

  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • The Revenant
  • The hunger games
  • Red Sparrow
  • Lady Bird
  • La La Land
  • Wonder Woman
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising

TV I watched this month:

  • Riverdale
  • iZombie
  • Go 8 Bit
  • Dynasty
  • Jessica Jones
  • The Murder of Gianni Versarche 
  • Shadowhunters

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

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Office World Book Day celebrations!

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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:

I mean, Last Week is over now so I’m not really sure how I can go on. I’ll try though. I can’t not mention KickthePj’s Japan video, my God, how does he make little vlogs like this look so beautiful?! To absolutely no one’s surprise I’m going to mention D Hizzle but let’s be honest, it’s not like he uploads enough for you to be bored of him is it? I also want to mention the Fletcher’s latest baby announcement video, they always manage to do something so creative and beautiful to make these announcements! I also loved Tomska’s hilarious 17 Again video. Emma Blackery launched her new music era and the video for Dirt is pretty awesome. I love the asthetic of it. It was also one of the songs I had on repeat this month.

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