Well... I had a rather brilliant reading month. Just goes to show what you can do when you put your mind to it, and when you're happy and have spent a lot of time on trains! My reading definitely slowed down around the end of the month when I started back at University but I'm super happy with what I read. And besides that I had possibly one of the best months in general. I went to so many lovely places, to eat, to look at and just wander around. Onwards and upwards from here.
How to Be a Grown Up* by Daisy Buchanan
This is perhaps one of the funniest and most relatable books I've ever read. Daisy Buchanan perfectly illustrates the disillusionment people experience in their early twenties regarding what stage of their life they're at. How put together they are. Spoiler: none of us are particularly put together. I still cannot use the dishwasher, buying wine feels like rocket science and I still cannot use a spoon to twirl my spaghetti. Then there's many many other things that I could agree with. One of my favourite things about the book was that she enlisted the help of friends when it came to certain sections to add weight to the 'I promise we all deal with this' message. A brilliant book.
I don't think I've ever aww'd as much at a book as I did reading this one. It's a massive book but I flew through it. It helps that most pages were these beautiful illustrations of the characters. I still baffles me how Cressida does both the writing and the illustrations. She's so incredibly talented. I can only imagine how middle grade readers would feel experiencing this story. I'm twenty two (nearly) and I adored it.
The second instalment of the Wizards of Once series was just as sweet as the first. It's just so pure and the characters are simply adorable. I can't wait to see what happens in the third book. I was surprised with how much I actually got into the series. I found myself wishing I was reading it all the time and was so sad when I finished the book. I need more about Xar and Wish...
I thought I was going to love this book but I didn't. I liked it a lot. But I think I was spoiled a little bit by the film. I adored Toothless in the film and was expecting him to be like that in the book but there was no similarity. I still really enjoyed the book and one day plan on continuing with the series but theres just so many books in the series to start reading the rest now.
The first of the books I read for my Uni studies and wow what a....way to start. The book is incredibly interesting but not an easy read. It's translated from Latin which probably owes to why its a more challenging read. I'm interested to see how the rest of the novels compare to this one.
Quite possibly the weirdest book I've ever read in my life and one of the most difficult. It isn't an easy or pleasant read. If it wasn't for University I wouldn't have ever tried to read this. It's incredibly dark, violent and vulgar which normally doesn't effect me but for some reason I really struggled this time. The actual prose wasn't easy either. It featured a derivative of Russian slang which meant I had to have a dictionary open of my phone and was checking it nearly every other word. Not a fan.
This was such an adorable little picture book. A girl power rehashing of The Twelve Dancing Princesses complete with doughnut tower. This just made me so very happy. The illustration was absolutely stunning too. I can see this ending up under many Christmas Trees this year.
I know enough about Buffy to have found this incredibly cute... I know I haven't watched the show. Oh the horror. I will, soon. It looks exactly like my kinda thing. This was so sweet, I wish I had picture book aged relatives to read this with.
I devoured this book. Expect to see it on my 2018 favourites. A dark, twisted and bloodthirsty Little Mermaid inspired book? Yes please. Give me all of it. I really hope there is another book to this series, we got a taste of many different places in this one but I'm hungry for more. If this is a standalone the amount of planning and world building was astounding. And the characters, oh the characters.