Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden | The detail was both it’s amazement and downfall

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This is probably going to be a smaller review than usual, because all the way through reading this I was thinking “…how the hell am I going to review this?”

We shall find out.

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All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr | A slow read and not quite worth the hype

All the light we cannot see

This book has literally been on my TBR for YEARS. Finally, after many days of overlooking it, I decided to pick it up. At last! Now my bookworm brain can stop niggling at me with that little feeling of guilt.

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Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin | I loved the 1st book, why did I have to DNF this one?

Blood for Blood

Whyyyyy. Why am I so fussy with books lately? I feel like all the books that would usually impress me have either been “meh”, or a DNF. Whyyyyyy?

This for me is actually the saddest case of all, so far.

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The Cavalier Historian by Dorinda Balchin | An interesting book for a history lover like me, but the ending let it down slightly

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Fun fact: To this day, this is the review request that tops my list of “most impressive review requests”.

Not that that’s an actual list…

But when Dorinda contacted me a while ago, I was so impressed with the amount of consideration she handle it with. Not only had she gone through my reviews and seen if there were any books similar to hers, but she also quoted my reviews to me and explained how. And I just feel like that needs to be pointed out, because so often review requests are so blunt and barely thought through – thank you Dorinda, for actually taking the time to do that.

So when I saw the review she’d compared it to was Outlander – one of my favourites – I leapt at the chance to read this book. I love a historical fiction, and so here we are today.

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Title: The Cavalier Historian

Author: Dorinda Blachin

Publisher: Self Published

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Historical Fiction, Supernatural

Number of Pages:  382

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November Wrap Up – The weird month where I feel like I’m not reading, then end up reading more than usual

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November. The month that begins with an onslaught of sporadic fireworks. The month where winter begins to settle in, grabbing the bones of us here in the UK, and lies with us for the long run. Fog and frost become a daily occurrence. We have only 6 hours or so of real daylight. Step outside and instantly your cheeks are flushed, fingers stiff, and you’ll be glad for extra layers of clothing.

But inside is a different matter. Inside is where I (and most bookworms) thrive on these freezing days. November was the month where my bedroom became my cocoon of warmth. At some point every day, you could find me wrapped in 5 layers of blankets, cuddling a hot water bottle and cat simultaneously while reading a book by fairy-light.

And so, November was a true bookworm month for me. Even if I didn’t read any more than usual, every comfort my heart longs for – blankets, hot water bottles, warm drinks while fog smothers the outside world – was available to me once again. Every moment of the day I wanted to get cosy and read. And now here we are – getting closer to Christmas, might I add.

So let’s see what November brought…

There’s also a video version of this post if you’d like to see, combined with my December TBR! Click here if you want to see!

PS. Do you like the new intro? Thought I’d try the scenic route rather than just throwing you all in. Let me know if you like!

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The struggle of both loving and hating the story we go through in…Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

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I feel like this Winter, I’m really cracking down on my TBR. I’m finally getting to all the books that have been sat on my shelves for months – or almost a year – and it feels so good.

So that’s how I finally got to this book, and I’m so glad I can finally check it off my list.

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Let’s talk about Between Shades of Gray!

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Title: Between Shades of Gray

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Publisher: Penguin

Series Status: Standalone

Genre: Historical Fiction

Number of Pages:  338

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs | A REREAD that I loved, though I’m revoking the “favourite” status

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Alright you have no idea how much this header image is bothering me, with the title not fitting in the coloured stripe properly (it’s usually only one line rather than two but the title is way too long). But we’re just going to ignore that and get on with it, because that’s not what we’re here for.

I’d decided a while ago to reread this book. I’d finally gotten the last book in the trilogy a few months ago, but it had been that long since reading the first two I couldn’t actually remembered what happened. And with the movie of Miss Peregrine’s being released, it was about time for me to put those plans into action.

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Let’s talk about Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children!

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Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Author: Ransom Riggs

Publisher: Quirk Books

Series Status: The 1st book in the Peculiar trilogy

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Number of Pages:  352

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How could I NOT enjoy reading about old Scottish wars in…Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon

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Oh thank goodness, it looks like I’ll manage to get this review up today after all!

I planned to write this up much earlier, but my internet decided to inconveniently stop working so I couldn’t actually write it up. Isn’t that just always the way? *sigh*

But we’re here now.

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Let’s talk about Dragonfly in Amber!

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Title: Dragonfly in Amber

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Publisher: Arrow

Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Series Status: The 2nd book in the Outlander series

Number of Pages:  963

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The Next Together by Lauren James | Maybe I’ll have my questions answered in another lifetime…?

The Next Together

I’m not going to lie, this was a bit of an impulse pick for me.

The Next Together has been sat on my shelf for months now. Usually, I have a vague idea of what book I want to read next, but like I said before, I impulsively picked this one up after finishing To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

I’m quite glad I did though, because I’ve been meaning to read it for a very, very long time. It almost feels like…a lifetime. Get it? You know…’cause it’s a book about reincarnation?

Wow I’m sad. 

Anyway, moving on…

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Let’s talk about The Next Together!

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Title: The Next Together

Author: Lauren James

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi

Series Status: The 1st book in The Next Together duology

Number of Pages:  356

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June Wrap Up

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Did June even happen?

Apparently so.

It still hasn’t sunk in that here in England, it’s actually Summer now – not that the weather has done anything to help remind me. So all those books I’ve held off “until Summer when I have more time”…well, now’s the time.

Anyway, it’s the start of July, meaning a June Wrap-Up is needed. So here we are!

As always, this will be a long post so get comfy and enjoy!

I call this photo “The one in which I nearly give myself concussion trying to balance 9 books on my head”. Bit of a mouthful, but true.

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