The Read List

January 2019

Was this the longest month ever or what? Every time I look at the calendar and saw that it was still January I felt like that gif from the Titanic where she’s like I’ve waited 84 years… In fact, I’m posting this when there are still days left in January. WHY WON’T YOU END? You might think that I didn’t have a great month, but it was actually pretty ok! The highlight was definitely seeing The Cursed Child – I booked tickets over a year ago and finally saw it at the end of this month – no spoilers because #keepthesecrets and all, but honestly it was amazing! You might remember that I hated the script when I read it, but seeing it on stage was something else entirely. I love Scorpius Malfoy. He is too pure for this world.

What I read this month:

Unravel Me – Tahara Mafi
It feels like forever ago that I read the first book in this series. For some reason, I picked this up as my first book of 2019 and blimey did I enjoy it! I still have a few problems with the world building in this series – like how exactly are there people who have certain abilities? How did the whole Re-Establishment thing happen? How exactly does society work? I do love the way the story is told though, Juliette’s narration is such a huge part of this story and as she becomes more comfortable it becomes much more steady and flowing. I enjoyed it so much in fact that I moved straight on to the next one…

Ignite Me – Tahara Mafi
After I enjoyed Unravel Me so much, I dove straight into the next one. I had thought this was the last book, but turns out there are more, which I’m glad of because the ending happened too quickly for my liking. The whole Adam/Warner thing had me in two minds, particularly because I don’t think either of them are right for Juliette… Warner was a better partner, but he is a horrible person and every time I read him calling her ‘love’ I cringed a little inside…

Word Nerd – Susan Nielson
I was so excited when I found this at the library, I loved the previous Susan Nielson books I’ve read and this is a book about people who like playing Scrabble and as I myself love words, I thought this would be perfect for me. Sadly, I kind of hated most of the characters, the only one I wanted to read more about was Cosmo. Thankfully, this was quite short so I got through it rather quickly, I would have hated to have DNF’d a book this early on in the year.

Spark – Alice Broadway
Is this a month full of reading sequels? Looks like it. I really enjoyed Ink, the first book, it told the story of a community where tattoos are part of the society, everyone gets big life events marked by tattoos and those without them are seen as being ‘other’. This one looks as the opposite side of the community and focuses instead on the ‘blanks’. It left me with way more questions and I spent a lot of time wondering wtf was going on.

S.T.A.G.S – M A Bennett
I feel like growing up all I read about were boarding schools and they were all so fun. It was charming and exciting and everyone had a jolly good time, turns out kids today get boarding school novels like this one. This is the story of an elite boarding school where an underground cult singles out the kids that are scholarships, foreign or come from new money and takes the whole idea of an initiation ceremony a little bit too far. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, we uncovered something else and what a ride it was! I listened to the audio book for this and the narrator was amazing! In fact, here are my thoughts here.

Kind of Blue – Ken Clarke
Right, I am not a conservative voter, neither am I a fan particularly of the current government or political climate. However, I do remember that a while a go after reading a run of political memoirs by members of the Labour party, I would read something that was from a different political idea. So naturally, I chose one of the most liberal conservatives I could. I do, I must admit, find myself agreeing with quite a few of the points that Ken Clark makes and I do think he did a fairly good job as chancellor. So, there we go. I do want to read more books by politicians over a range of backgrounds and beliefs just to broaden my horizons. This was quite hard going, especially for having such a fun title.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrow of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton
I read the Price’s Guide to the Occult at the end of last year and everyone told me that I should give this one a go, so here we are bowing down to peer pressure. Honestly, as much as I wanted to get through the first month of the year without DNF’ing a book, this one I had to put down. I just couldn’t get into it. It was beautifully written but I just didn’t… I don’t know. What are your thoughts on this?

Goodnight stories for Rebel Girls – Elena Favilli
This was amazing! I loved reading about all these amazing women through history and the incredible things they’ve done! One day I will buy this and read it to my nieces, this is a book that young children need in their lives not only so they can be inspired by these people who defied the odds, but also so they can celebrate often forgotten people.

Romanov – Nadine Brandes
I requested this back last year after spotting it on NetGalley and have only just gotten around to reading it. Ooops. I desperately wanted this to help me understand more about that period of Russian history and to give me more of an insight into the Romanov dynasty and what was going on in Russia at the time with the Bolsheviks and all but it didn’t. I had a lot of thoughts on this that you can see here.

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
I happened to mention to one of the girls at work that I had never read this, so they brought it in for me. It took me a little bit of time to get through it – the copy I had had very tiny text! I thought it was beautifully written but it was a bit harrowing, I learned so much about Japan in the lead up to the war and about Geisha and their role in society – it was so interesting!

The Day Before – Micol Ostow
So this is a Riverdale prequel story all about the day before the disappearance of Jason Blossom, essentially filling in the gap between Jason being last seen and the start of episode one. Each chapter is narrated by a different character and as I listened to the audio book, I was easily able to discern who was talking at any one time. I love Riverdale (even if it is a big ball of wtf rn) so I wanted to love this. Sadly I really didn’t. Sorry.  I dnf’d it. That makes two this month, bad times.

Films I watched this month:
You may have noticed if you follow me on twitter, have been keeping up with my Film reviews in 10 tweets or less posts or this video, that I really like films and that I spend a lot of time watching them, so here are all the films (some new, some rewatches) that graced my television/ cinema screen this month!

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Black Klansman
  • The Reputation Stadium tour film

TV I watched this month:

  • Supernatural
  • How to get away with murder
  • Timeless
  • Riverdale
  • Dynasty
  • Vera

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

View this post on Instagram

tonight’s sun set was pretty nice

A post shared by leah-marie (@leahisdudish) on

View this post on Instagram


A post shared by leah-marie (@leahisdudish) on

View this post on Instagram


A post shared by leah-marie (@leahisdudish) on

What I’ve been listening to this month:

Oh guys, I loved so many songs this month! Alice Merton finally released her album, I actually found myself enjoying Bring Me the Horizon and Boyzone (wtf?!) and Weezer brought out a great covers album!

What I did on YouTube this month:

Woops. Nothing to see here.

What I loved on YouTube this month:

twenty one pilots came back with a very strange video for chlorine involving a small creature named Ned. I love Ned. I hope there is Ned merch when I go see them on tour! I also liked this video from Caleb about drama in the booktube community around abusive characters.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.