The Read List

February 2019

This month started off with some serious snow!
I know we had snow last year that was quite disruptive and those of you from Scotland and other places that aren’t England get snow a fair bit and you know, a bit of snow won’t stop you going about your business, but I live in the south west, snow is practically unheard of, when we get snow it is a whole EVENT. Anyway, the first of February arrived as did a massive snow storm, like I am talking serious snow fall. Like full on being snowed in kind of snow. I mean, it did only last for the weekend, but still! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much snow, it was quite something, I was lucky enough to take my computer home with me the day before, so I spent the day working from home in my pyjamas while my bird sat in the window in awe at the snow (it was his first experience with it. It was cute). After that, the weather kind of let up, but I did get up to more excitement this month: I booked in more work on my sleeve ( a far cry from this post now eh?), I spend the weekend in London with a load of my family and generally had a jolly old time and I was lucky enough to attend the press night of Kinky Boots when it came to Bristol. Spoiler alert, it was INCREDIBLE.

What I read this month:

Izzy and Tristan – Shannon Dunlap
I raced through this! It’s been ages since I finished a book in one sitting. This was an ARC I picked up from NetGalley after seeing loads of people getting their ARCs from the publisher. FOMO I had it. Anyway, this is a retelling of the Tristian and Isolde story, maybe I should have read it over Valentine’s as it was pretty romantic. You can see my thoughts here.

How to be Famous – Caitlin Moran
I read How to Build a Girl a couple of years ago (I borrowed it from the library and lost a perfectly good bookmark by leaving it in the book. Still pretty salty about it.) and when I was offered the chance to read this early, I was all over it. Sadly, I then sort of forgot I had it until recently… All you really need to know is I ADORED this book. You can see my thoughts here.

Empire of Storms – Sarah J Maas
I will finish this series this year. I will finish this series this year. I will finish this series this year. The ending of this was incredible though did feel a bit samey to ACOMAF. It’s weird to think that when I first started this series a couple of years ago, I didn’t manage to get all the way through the first book, I just didn’t get it. Then I gave it another try, thought book one was ok and now? Now I am hooked, these aren’t the best written books in the world and there are some very cringy moments but by God, Sarah J Maas knows how to pack a punch!

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
Given the success of giving Jane Eyre a go via audio book, I thought I’d try some Austen in the same format. I have read this before. Well… I have read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies but never the original, I always meant to, but then there were far too many screen adaptations and I felt like if I read it, I wouldn’t really appreciate it. The thing is, I live in Bath so I feel like a bit of a fraud for not reading Austen when she spent so much time there, which is why I downloaded this. Honestly? I should have read it years ago, Darcy is the sarcastic, introvert that I always wanted him to be.

Life of Pi – Yann Martel
One of my work buds brought this in for me to read after I mentioned never reading it. My mum gave it a try several years ago and made it sound like the most difficult thing in the world, so I was a bit nervous going into it. Honestly, I should have listened to my mum, this was such a strange book, on the one hand, it was really beautifully written on the other, it was beautiful writing all about a bunch of seemingly unrelated things. I have to say I ended up giving up on this. Sorry.

Marilyn and Me – Ji Min Lee
I picked this when it was up for grabs from the publisher because I am intrigued about Marilyn and her life and I got way more than I bargained for. This is a fictionalised account of Marilyn Monroe’s actual visit to South Korea following the Korean War. It is as much about people suffering from PTSD following the war and what life was like in Korea at that time than it was about Marilyn Monroe’s visit. See my thoughts here.

The Burning – Laura Bates
I am a huge admirer of Laura Bates, she is the founder of Every Day Sexism and having read both her essay collections on gender equality and feminism, so I was very excited to hear that she was bringing out a YA fiction novel containing similar themes to her non fiction work and was even more excited to get a chance to read it early! You can see my thoughts here.

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!

  • Paddington
  • The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Paddington 2

TV I watched this month:

  • Riverdale
  • Masterchef
  • Dynasty
  • The umbrella academy

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

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feel like i woke up in narnia

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What I’ve been listening to this month:

What I did on YouTube this month:

What I loved on YouTube this month:
Crabstickz is back! He did this sketch with Tomska which was amazing!

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