The Read List

March 2019

March was a busy old month!
I started off being super ill, I hate being too ill to do anything, it is such a waste of time. Thankfully, I was back to full health for joining twenty one pilots at the first of their London shows for the Bandito Tour! Honestly, it was nothing short of a religious experience, I loved every second of it as those of you following my Instagram stories for the night might have noticed! This month I also spent some time wondering around the east end with my dad, I got tattoo’d again (the sleeve is almost done!), hung out with friends and went to the theatre amongst other things!

What I read this month:

The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
Why have I been putting off this series for so long?! So many people have told me to read this and I went as far as to buy the first two books (and then my good friend Sophie kindly sent me her spare copy of the third one!) and then they just sort of sat there and gathered dust. Until now. I started off the month with this and good God, I loved it.

The Truth about keeping secrets – Savannah Brown
I don’t want to give away too much about this, you can see my thoughts here, but honestly, this was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I’ve always enjoyed reading Savannah’s blogs and she always seems to have such interesting ideas and I wasn’t disappointed. I had an advance copy and then managed to finish it the day before it was released into the wild, it was pretty cool spotting it in W H Smiths while the proof copy was in my bag!

Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
After I listened to and loved Pride and Prejudice, I wanted to give some more Austen a go, so here we are with Northanger Abbey. I picked this one because it is set in the city I happen to live in, but this one doesn’t have the same charm as Pride and Prejudice, it’s a lot more meta and though breaking the fourth wall can be pretty cool, I just found it a bit jarring and disorientating here. I ended up DNFing it for that reason, but I do intend to pick it up again a bit later.

Don’t You Forget About Me – Mhiari Mcfarlane
Oh dear God I loved this book! I have a bit of a complex relationship with Mhairi Mcfarlane, I’ve only ever read one other book of her’s and I really hated it, it had no plot, I had no idea what I was supposed to feel. So I mean, it is only really luck and me being oh alright then, that lead me to this book and I am so glad I found it! This book is amazing, I loved every word, you can see my thoughts here.

Twilight – Stephanie Myer
Ohh yes, you read that right. So, last year I started a ‘Re-read Project’ where I decided to re-read any book that I had once called a favourite and well, I read this over ten years ago and I did really enjoy it. I was Team Edward. This is one that I was most interested to return to and see what I think of it now as someone who is ten years older and wiser. You can see all my thoughts here.

Dear Mrs Bird – A J Pearce
I read this on audio and it was so good! This is the story of Emmy and Bunty, two best friends living in London during the blitz, they’re both upper middle class and say things like “capital” and “what oh!”. Emmy wants to be a war correspondent and through a slight mishap ends up working at a women’s magazine helping with the advice column alongside a very odd woman called Mrs Bird. It was such an enjoyable book and it was so much fun seeing London in war time through the eyes of someone who is of a different social class than usual. Also I’m a writer, so any books about writers are up my street!

Adele – Leila Slimani
If you’ve not read any of Leila Slimani’s books before, then why the heck not? This is her first book, which has now been translated and released in English after the popularity of Lullaby. This isn’t for the faint hearted and I would not recommend it to anyone under 18 because this is the story of a sex addict and well… I don’t want to be responsible for corrupting any young minds. My review is suitable for all ages though, check it out here.

Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand
Well that was way more than I bargained for! I went into this thinking it was going to be a murder mystery thriller novel and it ended up being supernatural and it was SO GOOD. Aside from the creepy super natural element, we had three kick ass protagonists, a great mystery and some incredible rep! It’s so rare that you come across asexual characters! And bi characters. And oh dear God, I shipped all the relationships so hard and loved all these characters so much. Would read again.

Stronger, Faster and More Beautiful – Arwen Elys Dayton
Oh look another ARC I’ve just had lying around for ages. I am so sorry! I picked this up because everyone seems shocked that I have never watched Black Mirror or Westworld, I just don’t feel like my brain can cope with it you know? Anyway, I figured as this book is marketed as being perfect for fans of those two shows it would be a way to ease me in. This is a collection of connected short stories about major medical advancements, I’ll be posting a review soon, but just know, I liked it!

Films I watched this month:

  • Captain Marvel
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Fisherman’s Friend

TV I watched this month:

  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Riverdale
  • Shadowhunters
  • Dynasty

My favourite Instagram posts this month:

What I’ve been listening to this month:

Other than the amazing soundtrack to the Riverdale Heathers episode, I’ve been loving:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0j4f5Yfx9SZkq7QGJka78J

What I did on YouTube this month:

… Move along, there is nothing to see here…

What I loved on YouTube this month:

This month we got a new Avengers trailer and a new Stranger Things trailer! Episode Six of the Bandito Tour series was uploaded, and guys, Crabstickz is back!!

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