I’ve decided that this year I’m going to keep a tally of the books I’ve read here on my blog. I’ve seen people doing this on Twitter and Instagram, but I thought it might be nice to keep a more permanent log of it on here.
Last year I decided to join Goodreads and set myself the challenge to read 30 books. I just missed out on it and only did 27, so this year I’ve set myself the same challenge and hopefully I’ll do it this year instead! Every time I complete a book I’ll add it to the list here and give it a review out of 5 too.
Is there anything else you want me to add about each book that you’d like to see?
- The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. — 3.5/5 Stars — Quite a good book, but not as engaging as Northern Lights. A nice bridge to the next one though, with a good cliffhanger.
- The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman. — 4/5 Stars — A good ending to the series, but I still didn’t find it as good as book 1. A little disappointed with the ending and the way the battle was written.
- The Memory Wood by Sam Lloyd. (Gifted through The Tandem Collective) — 4.5/5 Stars — Such a good book. It has several really good twists in it that I didn’t see coming. A little disappointed in the ending but it didn’t ruin the book.
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. — 5/5 Stars — A beautifully written account of Lale Sokolov’s time in Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camp throughout the war and how he met the love of his life. I’d definitely recommend.
- Big Sky by Kate Atkinson. (Gifted through The Tandem Collective) — 4.5/5 Stars — This is part of the Jackson Brodie series, which I haven’t read unfortunately, but it’s also a great book on it’s own. A thriller full of intrigue that starts out with lots of different people’s perspectives and then they all come together towards the end of the story. I really enjoyed this and can’t wait to read the others now.
- The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. — 4/5 Stars — A really interesting account of the lives of the five murder victims of Jack The Ripper. It was super interesting to read about their lives before they became victims and what situations unfolded to lead them to their early deaths. A lot is speculation but it’s a nice insight into Victorian England.
- The Corset by Laura Purcell. — 4.5/5 Stars — I loved The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell and it was one of my top reads of last year, so I had high hopes for this one. I’m glad to say that it was just as creepy and disturbing! I loved seeing the story unfold from 2 different views and it was such a satisfying ending when the twists were revealed and I realised I’d guessed one of them correctly!
- The Night Crossing by Robert Masello. — 5/5 Stars — Robert Masello is one of my favourite authors and this book did not disappoint. It’s his latest one and is full of adventure, whilst also creating a creepy atmosphere. Set in Victorian London it features vampires, Egyptology and the Titanic!
- Murder to Music by Margaret Newman. (Gifted via Net Galley) — 3.5/5 Stars — I really enjoyed how the plot unfolded and liked the twists and turns in it. I found that the way it was written was different to what I’m used to – there were very little descriptions of people and places and most of it was dialogue, but I found that the story progressed quickly because of this which was good.
- The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski. — 4.5/5 Stars — I wanted to read this after watching the Netflix series as the books are nearly always better and this one was no exception. I loved all the short stories in this and it helped me to understand the series a lot better too. It’s a collection of several short stories and introduces some of the main characters. A great read and I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.
- The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware. (Gifted via Tandem Collective) — 5/5 Stars — t’s about a woman who moves in to an isolated country house to be a live in nanny for 3 children and then spooky things start to happen. There’s all the usual creaky stairs, footsteps in the dark and things appearing from nowhere to set a really creepy atmosphere and make you wonder if ghosts are real! A brilliant book.
- The Cutting Place by Jane Casey. (Won on Readers First) — 4.5/5 Stars — Maeve has to find the killer of a girl who has washed up on the Thames and has been involved with a wealthy mens club. I really enjoyed the way that the writer mixed the murder with the characters personal lives and the way that they all intertwined. It was very clever and fast paced. Very enjoyable.
- City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. (Gifted via Tandem Collective) — 4/5 Stars — Vivian moves to live with her Aunt in 1940’s New York, at her Aunt’s theatre. She becomes involved with the glamourous showgirls and amazing actresses and the story is about a girl finding herself in New York. This is primarily a coming of age novel and definitely worth a read.
- The Porpoise by Mark Haddon. (Gifted via Tandem Collective) — 3/5 Stars — This was a strange book. It started off really well and I was very intrigued, however, it went downhill pretty quickly. There were too many different stories and they didn’t wrap up very well at the end. Not one of my favourite books this year.