Another great month for reading! I got through quite a few books and finally got around to a couple that had been on my TBR for a while. I’ve spent a lot of time reading this month and less time on Animal Crossing so that’s why I’ve managed to read a couple more books. There’s some real gems in this month’s wrap up and I was pleasantly surprised with some of them.
Books Read – 6
Pages Read – 1,750
1. The Strange Adventures of H by Sarah Burton (Gifted from Net Galley) – 5/5 Stars
This was an amazing book! It’s about a girl who lives through the plague and what she has to do to survive. I love how the author described not only the plague but the Great Fire of London too and it was done so well. The characters were very well thought out and I loved how some of them came back into the main characters life a couple of years later. The ending actually made me shed a tear (in a good way).
2. The Folcroft Ghosts by Darcy Coates (Gifted from Net Galley) – 5/5 Stars
I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I couldn’t put it down and read it in 2 days! I was so intrigued by what was going on with the grandparents and whether the ghosts were real or not that I just had to keep reading. I really enjoyed the spooky parts and thought they were done really well. The author sucked me into the story right from the start and kept up a great pace throughout. I also loved the ending to the story and wasn’t disappointed like I sometimes am with ghost stories!
3. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher – 4/5 Stars
I love Star Wars and Carrie Fisher, so was really intrigued by this book. I found that it did have quite a young voice to it, as it was set when she was 19, but once I remembered that then I enjoyed reading about what life was like while filming A New Hope. It was interesting to read about her relationship with Harrison Ford and also her interactions with fans too.
4. Carrie by Stephen King – 4.5/5 Stars
This was my first novel by Stephen King and I thought it was a great place to start. I really enjoyed this book. King’s writing really draws you in and makes you feel as if you’re actually in the story. Carrie has telekinetic abilities and when students from the school has picked on her one too many times things take a terrifying turn! The only thing I didn’t like about this is that it doesn’t have any chapters, so it’s just one long read. There are sections of the story that are different characters points of view and articles so that brakes it up a little. I can’t wait to read more of Stephen King’s books now.
5. The Girl Who Dared To Think by Bella Forrest – 4.5/5 Stars
It was nice to pick up another Young Adult book. I hadn’t read one for a while, so it was a nice change. This is a typical dystopian novel in that it’s set when there has been a disaster and the human race has had to rebuild. They’ve created a scoring system for humans and you have to be high up the system to survive. I loved the premise of this and I think it was executed really well too. I love that it ended on a huge cliffhanger, so I’ll definitely be reading the others in the series soon.
6. The House Guest by Mark Edwards (Gifted from Net Galley) – 4/5 Stars
I read Follow You Home by Mark Edwards a couple of years ago and it’s an amazing book. I recommend it to everyone even now! So I was excited to read his newest book. However, I did feel this one was a little tame compared to Follow You Home. I expected it to be more scary and disturbing, but it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. A British couple agree to house sit for an American couple and then a friend of theirs turns up on the doorstep. They let her in to be polite but then things take a turn for the worst. I did enjoy this book and enjoyed where the storyline went and the turns it took, I was just expecting it to be a little scarier!
I’ve definitely found my reading mojo in this lockdown, so at least one good thing has come from this situation. I’ve joined a couple of book clubs this month, so I’m excited to start reading some different books next month. I’ve also signed up for a couple of Tandem Collective readalongs (nothing really took my fancy last month), so hopefully I’ll get accepted for those too – there’s one that I’m really hoping I get so fingers crossed!
Also I’ve put the covers for each book in this post. Do you prefer me to do that in these wrap ups or not? Let me know in the comments!