The Read List

September 2018

My bird talks now! I am a proud mama! September has been weird because it’s my birthday month and as a general rule, I hate birthdays… and this year, being a big birthday, my existential dread was playing up more than usual. But this year, I was surprisingly ok with it. Anyway, this month Kylo my cockatiel has started talking which has been super fun! My nephew started school which is making me feel hella old, my youngest niece turned a year old and I visited one of Bristol’s best vegan places! If you’re in the city, head to VX! It’s amazing, it’s just a shame it’s in such a horrible part of town! I also went to Bristol’s cat cafe and high tea, which is something I’ve never done before! Well… High tea is anyway, I have been to a cat cafe before! I also spent some time in Devon this month, which is nice considering I write about it at work all the time.

What I read this month:
So, the library do digital audio books now, so the amount of books I’ve read this month has really increased!

Floored – Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tayna Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood
I had a sample of this from the last YALC I went to and then I spotted it on Netgalley and requested it so I could find out what happened to the group from the lift. This is basically the Breakfast Club, but with an accidental death, a lift and a whole host of interesting characters. You can see my thoughts here.

Girl in the Blue Coat – Monica Hesse
This is my first ever audiobook experience! My local library does digital audiobooks now! So, I gave this a go, I’d heard good things about it and you know I love a war story. I really enjoyed the story, but I did find the narrator annoying at times, but overall I did really enjoy experiencing a book this way!

Heir of Fire – Sarah J Maas
This is the third Throne of Glass novel I’ve read this year, go me! I feel like this one is the moment the story goes to 100 miles an hour! Out of the three books in the series so far, this was definitely the best, I loved finding out more about Cealena, I loved the cliff hanger with Dorian and the introduction of the Fae, bring on book four!

Book of M – Peng Shepherd
My second ever audio book! Little BookOwl mentioned this in one of her wrap ups and I thought it sounded pretty interesting with the whole lose your shado+ lose your memory storyline. I’m actually really glad I listened to this rather than read it, the narrators were amazing and the whole thing was so well told and acted out it really had me hooked!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
I kinda love Leigh Bardugo and after getting the cat woman book in my last Illumicrate, I wanted to give the other books in this collection a go, so when I spotted this in the library, I grabbed it. I kinda want the whole set to go with my cat woman edition now, so if you spot the original hardback editions, let me know! I’ll be honest though, I didn’t enjoy this… I don’t know if its just that I don’t know enough about Wonder Woman but I ended up DNFing this, I just couldn’t get into it.

Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
What can I say, I am a bit hooked on the whole SJ Maas thing now. I’m three books into the Throne of Glass Series (only 4 more to go!) and two into A court of Thorns (do I have another one or two books left?) This was so good! The first one was alright, but this one, this one I really enjoyed! Someone who has read them all, could you tell me if Feyre and Rhys become a great power couple? Because I ship it. Hard. Literally. Tam can go die in a hole. Rhys is the best. Freyre is awesome. Bring on book three.

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race – Renni Edo-Lodge
Third audio book! I am on a roll with this! I would love to talk more about this book, but as a white person, I don’t feel like its really my place to. Basically, I think this is a book that everyone should read, it teaches you a lot about black history that you don’t hear about very often, as well as the thoughts and feelings from people who are mixed race or people of colour. It was incredibly interesting!

Under Rose Tainted Skies-Laura Gornell
This is a very short but deep book about a girl with agrophobia, ocd and anxiety and how she has to deal with these things while trying to be a normal teenage girl with a crush on her neighbour. This is what I wanted the Everything, Everything movie to give me. The depictions of anxiety and agrophobia were amazing! I loved the way Norah’s mental health was dealt with and I also really liked Luke, the neighbour she gets friendly with. I wish I had a cute neighbour I could fall for! Trigger warning though – there were instances of self harm in this, so be wary if that is difficult for you.

Faceless – Alyssa B Sheinmel
I didn’t know anything about this when I picked it up at the library, I just noticed that it was published in the town I live in, so I wanted to give it a try. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so emotional! This is the story of Maisie who has an accident that results in her having to have a face transplant and the psychological and physical trauma that comes with that. I found this really hard hitting and I loved the way everyone was portrayed.

Rosie Loves Jack- Mel Darbon
I picked this up at the library after seeing Becky’s review – and honestly, it is about time we had a book like this! Rosie, our narrator has downs syndrome, which isn’t something I’ve come across in a book before! It was awesome having Rosie and her friends (and boyfriend Jack) normalised and getting a chance to read their story! I did end up giving this three stars because although I loved the characters and I think having more diverse literature is a good thing, this did lose its way in places and there was a bit that I found quite disturbing, overall though I really enjoyed it – please recommend me more like this!

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!

  • Pop Star Never Stop Never Stopping
  • Man Up
  • Wonder

TV I watched this month:

  • The Bodyguard
  • The Great British Bake Off
  • Atypical

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

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• we’re both hitting a milestone this month •

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bit of a birthday 📸@karensmith2412

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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, Zane Lowe went to Tyler Joseph’s and interviewed him in his home studio, so here’s that! It is such an incredible interview, so do check it out. There is a trailer for the new Mary Poppins movie and for Captain Marvel.


2 thoughts on “September 2018”

    1. It was a super good month for books! Under Rose Tinted Skies was great, I really enjoyed it! It is only a couple of hundred pages, so it didn’t take me long at all!
      Also – I can’t not mention you when you were the inspiration behind me picking it up in the first place!

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