I thought I would start a new series on my blog: monthly reading wrap ups. I’ve seen a lot of book bloggers doing this and even though I’m not solely a book blogger, reading is one of my favourite hobbies so I wanted to share more of it here on my blog. It is a lifestyle blog after all! So at the end of each month I’m going to do a wrap up of the books I’ve read that month. I’ll still be updating my master list over here too, but I can go into a bit more detail about each book this way.
Books Read – 3
Pages Read – 1,007
- The Night Crossing by Robert Masello – 5/5 Stars
Robert Masello has long been one of my favourtie authors. I first read his book The Medusa Amulet after buying it on a whim in the airport when we went to Turkey and I remember reading it on holiday and being hooked! After that I bought book after book of his and loved them all. This one is no exception.
It’s a great adventure story about Bram Stoker and how he came up with the story of Dracula (fictional of course, not a true story). It’s such a different take on it and I love how he has made it all link in with real life events too. This one features Egyptology, a glimpse into Victorian London and even a trip on the Titanic. It’s a rip roaring action story that keeps you on your toes all the way throughout and is filled with dark and creepy scenes too. A definite recommendation for all the adventure book lovers out there.
- Murder to Music by Margaret Newman (Net Galley) – 3.5/5 Stars
This book was very kindly sent to me from Net Galley to review and leave feedback on their site. 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. I found the story to be a bit predicable in the last couple of chapters, but I was still intrigued all the way throughout.
I feel that the style of writing made more sense once I’d realised that this was originally published in 1959. It did have a very Agatha Christie-esque feel about it and I think it would make an excellent TV adaptation. This being said though the story has stood the test of time and is still an excellent read today.
- The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski – 4.5/5 Stars
I wanted to read this after watching the Netflix series earlier this year. Anthony has the game and enjoys that but I hadn’t heard a lot about it before the series came out. I found the series pretty confusing to be honest so wanted to read the book and see if that would shed any light on what was happening. And it did! I really enjoyed the book and thought that it explained the stories much better than the series did. It’s translated from Polish originally, so I’m afraid that I can’t compare whether the translated version is the same but I thought it was a great book.
It has several short stories introducing the Witcher and some of the main characters of the series and it was really interesting to see how they all meet. I enjoyed learning about the different monsters and the way that the battles are written is incredible. It really transports you right into the thick of the action. I’m really looking forward to reading the other Witcher books now.
I have a few readalongs lined up for next month with Tandem Collective, which are a great company that do readalongs for bloggers for pre-release books to stir up some activity around the books. So next month I’ll be able to tell you about those. I also have a few books that I need to catch up with on Net Galley (a site where you can request to read a book before it’s released and leave your feedback), so I should have a couple of those to feature too. Hopefully April will be a good month for reading, especially as we’re all in quarantine now!