The Read List

July 2018

Well, I mean this month has been interesting. At the end of June I got my new bud Kylo who now lives with me! This month I worked on getting him tame and talking, he is now so tame that instead of exercising when out of the cage, he sits on me instead. My life is now untangling him from my hair. This month we added Bucket of Doom to our gaming repertoire – so much fun! I melted regularly in the immense heat and froze because I work with people who insist on the aircon being on super high. This month I also walked some alpacas, went to the beach, saw Taskmaster being filmed and got to go to the theatre to review An Officer and A Gentleman as part of my job!

What I read this month:

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I’ve been meaning to pick up this series for ages and once I started I couldn’t stop! These were so much fun! If you’ve not heard of the Illuminae files, you need to get on it! This is a story set in space of evil corporations destroying an illegal mining colony and it is told through a compilation of files, transcripts and instant messages – and I loved every single moment of it! So, naturally I moved straight onto the other books!

Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I think this might actually be my favourite of the three books! Hanna, Nik and Ella were the best team! I mean, all the characters in this series are amazing, but those three were the ultimate tag team! And then when you add the characters we’ve grown to love over the first book it was an amazing combination.

Obsidio – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
This is the final book in the Illuminae files I almost didn’t want this series to end! I need more Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman in my life! I’ve read quite a few of Jay Kristoff’s books now, but I’ve not read anything by Amie Kaufman, so you guys need to hit me up with suggestions so I can continue the magic a little longer! The Illuminae files are so original and interesting, so do pick them up if you get a chance!

Lullaby – Leila Slimani
I’ve wanted to read this for the longest time and it didn’t disappoint! It was short so I managed it in a day, but even if it wasn’t it was compelling enough that I didn’t want to put it down! We know from the beginning what has happened and working backwards we find out how we got to that point. This was so good, like seriously I wish I was good enough at French so I could read the original!

Thirteen Weddings – Paige Toon
This is the second Paige Toon book I’ve read, she’s my friend’s favourite, so I wanted to get involved, but honestly, I’ve not been impressed with either of the books I chose to be honest. Maybe I’ve just grabbed her worst books, maybe she just isn’t my taste, whatever it is, I’m not sure I’ll bother with any more… Unless of course, you can recommend something, then maybe.

Hero at the Fall – Alwyn Hamilton
Look at me go, finishing two series in the same year I start them! This is the third book in the Rebel in the Sands series. This series was really face paced and I loved the politics and learning about this world and I thought the setting was amazing. For some reason though, Amani seemed to lose her entire characterisation as the series progressed, I loved her in book one, but she was a bit wet in the second book and by this one I was kind of bored with her. It was a great and fun series though!

WAR: Wizards and Robots – Will I Am
I was sent this book for review about a million years ago, but have only just managed to get around to it now. I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of time travelling robots at war with wizards? Sadly, this ended up being the first book of the year I DNF’d. No matter how great the concept was I just couldn’t get into it – you can see my full review here.

Love and Ruin –  Paula McClain
My God I enjoyed this. I loved Paula McClain’s book, the Paris Wife, which is about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, this story focuses on Martha Gelhorn, another of Ernest’s wives, and her passion for journalism, novel writing and more. Initially, we start off during the outbreak of WW2, starting with Franco taking over Spain before introducing Martha and Ernest and their experience as war reporters in Spain. It was fascinating from not just a historical point of view, but also from learning more about Ernest Hemingway and his wives. You can see my review here.

Open Road Sumer – Emery Lord
When I read When We Collided I decided Emery Lord was my new fave and proceeded to acquire loads of her books and then didn’t manage to read any of them. Until now when I picked up this that was sent for review. This was utterly charming and was exactly what I wanted from a quick summer read. See my thoughts here.

The Distance between me and the cherry tree – Paola Peretti
This is a short and bittersweet novel narrated from the point of view of a nine-year-old who is losing her sight, it follows her story from her diagnosis and how this impacted her and her family, as well as following her as her sight gets worse. Although this is told from the perspective of a child and is therefore easy narration to follow, the subject matter isn’t the easiest, its a pretty powerful book, my review will be up soon!

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!

  • The Kissing Booth
  • Incredibles 2
  • You Laugh but its True
  • American Assassin
  • Molly Moon

TV I watched this month:

  • The Keepers
  • Taskmaster

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

Legit the best day ever @charlottie_kh

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What I’ve been listening to this month:

What I did on YouTube this month:

Oops. Nothing to see here…

What I loved on YouTube this month:

Twenty one pilots are back! Jumpsuit has such an interesting video, but I think I prefer Nico and the Niners as an actual song… What do you think? I also loved this video from AmazingPhil, I text my friends weirdly similar things!

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