Friday, March 01, 2019

February Wrap-Up and March TBR

During February, I read one short story collection, four mysteries, and two graphic novels.

The short story collection that I read this month was Her Body and Other Parties, which I ended up giving one star to. Then I got back into the Lady Darby series, and read the second book, the third book, the fourth book, and the short novella that takes place between the fourth and fifth book. The first graphic novel I read was Saga Vol. 8 which was on my TBR for this month. The final book, and graphic novel, I read this month was I Hate Fairyland Vol. 1.


So for the month of March, I'm going to, fingers crossed, finish (up to this point at least) the Saga series and the Lady Darby series, which I am almost halfway through the fifth book.


Along with the Saga graphic novel, there are a handful of other graphic novels that I would like to read during this month, but due to how many I would like to read, I'm not going to list any. And with that being said, the same goes for the pile of Agatha Christie mysteries that I have acquired from my library.

And of course, the big book for the month (and maybe the past months if I can).

Friday, February 01, 2019

January Wrap-Up and February TBR

During January, I read a total of 17 books.

So this past month to kind of start off my reading year, I read a short novella to jump into a series that I am going to try to read this year, and that was One Night with You by Marie Force, along with a teaser scene, Future of Work: Compulsory, from the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells, which is a collection of short novellas that I also plan to read sometime during this year. Another shorter book that I read was poetry by Amanda Lovelace, the author of The Princess Saves Herself in This One, which was To Make Monsters Out of Girls.


I also listened to a short novella from Lisa Unger, called Burning Girl. This is the second part of a three part novella collection that make up a part of Unger's Hollow series. Then I listened to another Ruth Ware novel, Death of Mrs. Westaway, and I really enjoyed it. Next book I listened to was Binti. You can read my review here. Another thriller I listened to was New Neighbors by Simon Lelic, which I also reviewed here.


I also started three new graphic novel series. One, which is very popular that I have seen mentioned a lot on booktube and book blogs, which is Saga, and I flew through the books in this series that are currently out. The other graphic novel is the first in a new series called Black Bull of Norroway, and I cannot wait to read more of this series because I absolutely loved it. The final series that I started and completed is the Spill Zone, which I also loved.


I would like to read the eight and ninth volumes of Saga. Then I am aiming to complete two big books because I am already behind on that challenge. I am aiming to complete Passage and Shadow of What Was Lost. I also want to complete a nonfiction book this month called Killers of the Flower Moon.


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Review: Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

36237273Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it.

Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Imogen Church
Published By: Harvill Secker/Simon Schuster Audio
Genre: Adult - Mystery, Thriller


Death of Mrs. Westaway was about a young woman who receives a letter for an inheritance that shouldn't be hers, and she decides to go and claim the money. What starts out as a deception soon turns into something more dangerous and deadly.

Out of all of Ruth Ware's novels that I have read to this date, this one was definitely my favorite. Unlike the first two novels I read of hers, In a Dark, Dark Wood and Women in Cabin 10, Hal isn't an unreliable witness and I found that I enjoyed her character more because of that. She also is a very strong character, and I was able to connect with her.

Like Ruth Ware's other books, I was able to figure out what the twist at the end was going to be, so it wasn't a shock when it was revealed. This is the one thing that always leaves me a little disappointed with her books because I would love for a twist that I don't see coming.

I would definitely recommend Death of Mrs. Westaway, if you are a fan of Ruth Ware's books and if you haven't read any of her books yet, and you love thrillers - I would probably start with this one because I consider it to be her best.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

January TBR

In the month of January, to start the year off, I have decided to read four books during this month. I have three other books for my YA books, which might make it possible, but I tend to read more YA than I do Adult books, so I am hoping with fingers crossed that I will read these four books.

The first book that I would like to read this month is part of the big book challenge that I am attempting to complete. If you want to know more about this challenge, you can find out more from Emily over at BookswithEmilyFox. I am still currently deciding between Passage by Justin Cronin and Shadow of What Was Lost by James Islington.

I am also trying to catch up on the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham, and have two books for that series that I would love to complete during the month of January. Those two books are Night is Watching and Betrayed.

The final book that I hope to complete during this month is the first book that I will be reading by Marie Force, and that is Fatal Affair.


Sunday, July 01, 2018

June Wrap-Up and July TBR

In the month of June, I read a total of 6 books.

The first book that I finished this month was a nonfiction audiobook about the Titanic, called Iceberg Right Ahead! The Tragedy of the Titanic. This was a really short book about the sinking of the Titanic, and the before and after regarding the ship. It was informational and I enjoyed listening to it.

Following that, I finished one of the two books that I definitely wanted to complete during this month, Anatomist's Wife. I loved this book, and am looking forward to finishing the series as soon as possible.

The next nonfiction audiobook that I listened to was Terrible Typhoid Mary. I gave this book 2 stars, and it wasn't necessarily because it was a horrible book - although it was slightly boring the way it is told, and because I found some of the information to be unnecessary. My problem was that I felt there was a lot of bias from Susan Campbell Bartoletti, and how she makes a lot of assumptions throughout the book. I might also be somewhat biased in my opinion of the book because I have a degree in Biology. Which leads to the other reason I didn't really like this novel, it didn't really add any new information in regards to what I already had learned about Mary Mallon in my classes, which was a little disappointing.

I also listened to my first audiobook by Erica Spindler, Justice for Sara, which was a fantastic introduction to this author. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook. And my first book by Elizabeth Hoyt, For the Love of Pete, which was another audiobook that I was able to get done.

The next book that I read in the month of June (which technically I didn't read all of the book because it's a choose-your-own romance, and I only read the romance plots that intrigued me) was My Lady's Choosing. I wasn't a fan and was rather disappointed because this was one of my highly anticipated releases for this year.cnav


For the month of July, I have some of the same books on my TBR because I did not get to read many of the physical books on June's TBR and instead listened to a lot of audiobooks.

Two of the books that are a top priority for me to finish this month are Sweet Revenge and Mortal Arts. Both of these books are books that I have already started, and hope to complete fairly soon. That being said, I am also going to try to complete as many of Anna Lee Huber's Lady Darby Mystery books that I can (because I am hoarding the series from my library in both physical and ebook copy). Another priority is the audiobook that I am currently listening to, and that is Hating Game.


Three other books that I would love to get to during this month are Anatomy of Death (also known as Dissection of Murder), Anatomist's Apprentice, and Silent in the Grave. These books were also on my TBR for last month and still remain. Along with these three, I have also added one more book to the list that I would love to get to and that is Mesmerized.


The next books on my TBR are an "if I get the chance" read, but I'm not aiming to complete them, and that is two more books by Elizabeth Hoyt writing under Julia Harper, and they are Hot and Once and Always. And one book by Sarah McCoy that I received an ARC of, which is Marilla of Green Gables.