May was a good month for me for reading! I read a lot of books and, for the most part, really enjoyed them.
1. The Confessions of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn.
Premise: The novel explores Katherine Howard’s before and during her marriage to the notorious Henry VIII.
Dunn is quickly becoming a new favourite historical author of mine. Her writing has a very modern tone without taking away from the Tudor setting. I didn’t enjoy this as much as I enjoyed The Lady of Misrule and I was disappointed by the ending, as I wanted to see how she handled Katherine’s execution.
You won’t catch me, Karma, I think. I won’t do anything bad!
Paper Butterflies is a heart-wrenching tale of child abuse and how downright unfair life can be. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
WWW Wednesday is a book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. This is where you have to answer the following questions every Wednesday:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
Technically still reading The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, though I haven’t picked it up for the last couple of nights. I’m not finding it particularly engaging, to be honest.
You know how, sometimes, you find a book and you just know you’ll love it? For instance, Wonder by R. J. Palacio. I read the description and knew it would become an all-time favourite – and it did. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green was similar. These books promised something wonderful, and they delivered.
This was not one of those books.
I read the premise of The Light of the Fireflies and thought, ‘This is going to be amazing. I will love this book forever.’ It had already been compared to Room by Emma Donoghue, which I saw as a good thing, but by the end, I realised that it’s basically Room if Jack had escaped and, instead of trying to find the police, had helped Old Nick to murder Ma instead.
This book was freakin’ fabulous.
Ready Player One is about a not-too-distant future where we have run out of fossil fuels, most people are starving and we’ve basically messed up the world in every way we were warned it could be messed up. The characters’ only respite is the OASIS, a virtual world where anything is possible.
Dare Me is a crime novel set in a high school, the story revolving around the members of a cheerleading team and their reactions to their new coach. And there’s a murder in there somewhere.
The premise fascinated me. The world of cheerleading was an entirely new setting for murder, at least in terms of my experience with crime novels, but I could definitely see it working, and the beginning set it up as being very sinister.
I am so, so tired of love triangles.
Why can’t we have a book with no romance at all? Why is all YA so preoccupied with who the main character should end up with?
I really enjoyed this book set in Wonderland. It was really well-written and exciting and I sped through it. However, I’m loathe to give it four stars because, despite how much fun I had reading it, every time I think about it I’m just annoyed by the main love interest.
Hi! I came up with this idea for a book tag because I love Queen and wanted to combine this with my love of books. I believe there’s been a Freddie Mercury book tag but as far as I know, there’s no Bohemian Rhapsody book tag so I’ve made one!
I’ll tag people at the end but everyone please feel free to do it if you want to 🙂 and it’d be lovely if you could link back here in your post!
1. Mama, just killed a man – A fictional character’s death that really upset you?
I was very excited all day yesterday because I had tickets to see Sweeney Todd at one of my local theatres. The show was great and gory and I loved it – but little did I know, I had something bookish waiting for me when I got home!
In February, I ordered a 3 months’ book subscription for myself. (I’d kind of forgotten all about it…) There aren’t many book subscriptions available in the UK, so I chose The Willoughby Book Club, which seemed the most well-rounded. (I considered the vintage book and tea subscription, but decided against it because I didn’t only want classic books. Also, I don’t like tea.)
Subscription boxes are mystery boxes posted to your door every month. You might have heard of Glossybox or Birchbox, which are a similar thing in the beauty world. What happens is, you pay in advance for a selection of boxes – usually 3, 6 or 12 months’ worth – and a box tailored to your likes and dislikes is posted to you each month, but you don’t know what book you’re going to receive, which makes it all the more fun!
If you’d like to watch my Booktube video about some of the books I read in February, please click here. However, you can read on for a full list of my Feb reads.
I read six books in February and re-read two. Generally the month didn’t stand out for me in terms of reading, especially compared to January when I found a few new favourites. However, I did find my favourite book of the year so far (although it was originally published in 2012…)
1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard