The 140 Character Review: January 2018 in Books

In 2017, I read over 120 books and reviewed every single thing I finished. I’m sure you’ll agree, that was quite an impressive feat?! Don’t get me wrong, I am really pleased that I have some recorded thoughts summarising everything I read, I found that writing a longer review for everything to be routine and something to do for my wrap post, rather than something to do for me. So this year I have decided to bring by the 140 Character Review to summarise everything I read – of course some will also have a longer review because I have too many feelings!

The 140 Character Review is my short and concise way of expressing my feelings on watch I watch and read. Throwing it back to the original twitter limit of 140 characters, I try to summarise my opinions to tweet length. To read other 140 Character Review posts, click here. Continue reading

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January: It’s a Wrap

Well well guys, it’s no longer January (aka the longest month of the year, the month that never ends, the month that is made for us to be poor), which means it is time of the first wrap post of the year. January has previously been the month that I read hard in, where I shift through a huge stacks of books, and take part in a load of readathons. January 2018 has been a lot busier in my life than was initially expected, so I haven’t read quite as much as January’s gone by, but I took part in Bout of Books and the 24in48 Readathon and I also joined an awesome online book community of book bloggers and YA readers called Crone Bloggers. Continue reading

December: It’s a Wrap

It’s the last wrap post for all of the books I read in 2017. Can you believe this is It? I didn’t read that much in December overall really, due to family news, a holiday to London, and then the festive period, my concentration has been poor and my free time has been focused on other things. But that’s no excuse, my book of the year was finished this month!

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New Year’s Resolutions: 2017 Round-Up

Can you believe that we are almost at the end of 2017 already? No, me either! It’s come round so quick. I feel like I say this all the time now, but it’s so true, time just seems to fly by. It’s been a real mixed bag, 2017 has dealt some awesome times, brilliant trips, but also unsettling news, and occasionally devastating blows. But enough of that, what about the resolutions I set at the beginning of the year? How have I done?

Just to recap, my New Years Resolutions can be found here, and have found that regularly checking in has helped me try and be accountable for the resolutions I made all the way back in January. Click here for a peek and a recap for 1st quarter check-in, 2nd quarter check-in, and 3rd quarter check-in.

Well, I am going to fill you in. I’ve decided to do a traffic light colour system this year. Green for completed, orange for given it a good go, and red for failed. Sounds simple?! Continue reading

November: It’s a Wrap

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The temperature has dropped, my advent calendar is up, and I have started to wear my Christmas jumpers. November is one of my favourite months. My birthday is in November, it becomes socially acceptable to start thinking about Christmas in November, Thanksgiving is in November, and the wintry nights make a great back drop for football matches.

Last month, I read a small variety of books genres again, and continued that this month. At the beginning of November, I was still taking part in the House Cup Reading Challenge, so I have read and finished a random assortment of books to complete challenges, and to liven up my work commutes.

It may appear that I have read a large amount of stuff this month, but that would be deceptive. I started a few of these before the month began, and two are very short. I feel like I have had a poor reading month, simply because I struggled with my reading towards the back end. I optimistically signed up for Tome Topple, before quickly realising that it was simply one readathon too far. I then promptly stopped reading for a week! I’m glad I got back into the swing of things in the end though! Continue reading

October: It’s a Wrap

Howdy folks! It’s awfully chilly these days, isn’t it. Must be all the spookiness around, eh? I have been reading and listening to an eclectic mix of stories, once again. I’ve actually read some of my favourite books of the year so far this month, in fact, they’re some of my favourite books EVER! Without further ado….

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Trevor Noah | 28 Sep 17 – 04 Oct 17 | Audiobook | 5 Stars

I am not sure that I can quite string together the correct words to describe how incredibly brilliant this book it. At the time of reviewing, I’ve read over 100 books this year, and can say that this is by far my favourite read.

To start with, the stories and tales that Trevor Noah is telling somehow feel so much more real as I have fairly recently visited Johannesburg, where the majority of the book is set. Secondly, Trevor Noah has a brilliant way of telling a story. I’d expect this, considering he is a comedian, but the book is so well done that it doesn’t actually feel like a book at all.7

For me though, the magic was in the audiobook. There is something special about hearing the writer narrate their own work, especially when it’s autobiographical. At no point did it feel like he was reading a book, he was just telling me about stories from his life. He is a comedian, so of course he is funny and has great comedic timing, but there was something harrowing about the hilarity of the some of the events he was talking about.

A very impressive, funny, and eye-opening must-read!

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September: It’s a Wrap

I am back in the regular blogging game, and boy does it feel good! Last month, I posted a dual month wrap post and it featured so many books that it was hard to understand how I had managed to actually read that many words in such a short space of time (click here to read). This month could not be more different. Instead of reading lots of books, I settled for reading barely anything, only actually starting and finishing a single book in the whole month, and finishing 3 that I started before September even began. OK, so the first week or so was wiped out with the holiday, and I would obviously rather be on holiday, but even so, I’m quite ashamed of my reading performance. Continue reading