Murder on the Links – Book Review

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Title: Murder on the Links
Author: Agatha Christie
Paperback: 232 pages
Published: May 1923 by The Bodley Head
My Rating: 3.5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): A millionaire dies…

‘One can see by his face that he was stabbed in the back’ said Poirot.

But the strangest feature of the case was where they found the body – in an open grave!

Hercule Poirot had answered an appeal for help – but he was too late!

MURDER – bizarre and baffling – had come to the Villa Genevieve.

Ahhh, my fourth Hercule Poirot mystery. This is the second Poirot book, and I confess, I haven’t read any in order. I don’t own the first book and started with Murder on the Orient Express, which probably wasn’t my brightest idea, but hey. 

I do love both the detective and partner, Captain Hastings. It’s a very Sherlock and Watson type relationship, and with every book containing the pair of them I find a smile on my face.

Poirot remains as arrogant as ever, but you can’t help liking him. There are parts of the book that are plain funny, which is what is needed in a mystery, I think. If we get too solemn, the book starts to drag and you just don’t care who actually did the crime.

Hastings, as I understand, settles down in the later books and becomes somewhat calmer. In this one, he does seem fairly young (and dare I say, a little bit stupid?) Allowing a crime scene to be compromised? Oh dear.

The romantic subplot was a tad cliché, but it was rather sweet. It’s interwoven with the mystery and set up in the very first scene…despite how quickly this ‘love’ developed (three days!) it seemed quite genuine. Even if it did make me want to hit Hastings over the head with a lead pipe for being so utterly ridiculous about it.

As always, we had a wide and varied supporting cast. I never fail to be amazed at the sheer number of characters that Christie creates. Poirot has a few run-ins with a French detective that does not share his methodological way of working out a case which turn out, again, to be quite funny.

It’s just a shame that the mystery in this book was so simple to solve. I’ve read that in most of Christie’s book it can be guessed quite easily just by searching for the character you’d least suspect, and that seems to be the case in Murder on the Links.  Yes, there were plenty of red-herrings, but the idea that the least likely suspect is the culprit holds true.

Plot wise, the book is brilliant. The mystery is unfolded bit by bit, and despite the somewhat obvious answer, I was still engaged throughout every page.

I look forward to reading the next one!

Holly xx

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Auto-Buy Authors!

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Everyone that reads has at least one “auto-buy” author. You see their new book just chilling in the shop and boom-
It’s on your shelf.

Great for me!
Less great for my purse…

  1. Rick Riordan

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Look, if I see a book by this guy, I buy it. They have everything: adventure, humour…everything. His recent books are becoming so much more diverse too!!! I am so here for authors growing and changing as they write, and despite the fact that the plots are becoming a lil predictable, I’ll support the representation within them.

Check out Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase or the Kane Chronicles

2) Agatha Christie

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My Queen. I don’t care how old her books are, because every single one keeps me hooked until the end. If you read one and dislike the narrator, then don’t fret! There are plenty more to choose from! I am slowly making my way through the Poirot books (sadly not in order, since I don’t actually have the first one) and finished And Then There Were None last month. (Spoiler: It was awesome.)

Check out And Then There Were None

3) Maggie Stiefvater

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I adore The Raven Boys and own a couple more of her books. I haven’t read all that many of hers, but if I see one of her books on sale at a discount, I tend to pick them up. The Scorpio Races has been on my tbr since FOREVER and one day, I swear, I will read it. Promise.

Check out The Raven Boys

4) Leigh Bardugo

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Let’s be real, the reason I pick up these books is for the Hamilton references. I played a game whilst reading Wonder Woman: Warbringer, to see how many I could find. (The answer was 2 or 3.) I’ve read Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom but not the Grisha trilogy – it’s somewhere on my tbr!

Check out Six of Crows

5) Soman Chainani

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I started reading The School for Good and Evil series when it first came out and just….haven’t stopped. (Okay, so I haven’t made a start on the newest one, but I haven’t been into a bookshop in the past few months…) The first book will remain one of my favourites forever and always, I think. I’ll read virtually anything that this guy writes!

Check out The School for Good and Evil

6) Sarah J Maas

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Okay, so this is a very very new author to me; I only started reading her books last year and *technically* own none of them, BUT I buy them automatically for my sister’s birthday. So it counts. Sort of. Of her two series, I do prefer A Court of Thorns and Roses, because they’re less..filler-y, I guess? Either way, both are interesting enough!

Check out the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series

So who’s on your auto-buy list? Let me know!

Holly xx

Heir of Fire – Book Review

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Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J Maas
Paperback: 562 pages
Published: September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

I realize that I never reviewed Crown of Midnight but my memory of the first two books had smushed them both together. I can’t remember what happened at what part, so I’m just going to have to move on to Heir of Fire. 

So…I’m like 90% sure I’m not reading the same series anymore. Throne of Glass feels like The Hunger Games and virtually any other YA fantasy/dystopian novel you pick up. Crown of Midnight is the same sort of thing…but this third installment is something totally different.

I’m not complaining either; this book actually had some really decent plot twists in it. It was interesting enough to keep my attention…but there was so much fluff and filler. Books like this are what make me glad I’m a skimmer, because it would have taken me weeks  to finish this otherwise. Between all the unnecessary scenes however, we do have a pretty good book.

Also, I must admit, the world-building for this series is outstanding. It is rare that I find myself enjoying and understanding a fantasy world as much as I do this one. The mythology and geography and history all just…make sense. I can actually follow what is going on, which makes a change.

Celaena/Aelin did tip into the Mary-Sue area for me in this book. Don’t get me wrong, she’s still a badass and everything, just…I don’t particularly care about her anymore. Like, you’ve spent the whole book humming and ahhing over who you are, and I do appreciate that she’s having a rough time, but just get on with it.

I’m going to have to go against majority here: I still really, strongly dislike Rowan. I don’t care if he hadn’t been told about Celaena’s stint in Endovier, there is absolutely no reason and I mean none to tell someone that they mean nothing and would be better off dead. I despised him when he said that, and I still do now. I don’t particularly care if he feels bad and has changed – don’t say it.

Chaol and Dorian were fairly absent in this book, all things considered. I did enjoy that we got to meet Aedion through them – he’s becoming one of my favourite characters. The sheer loyalty he has towards Aelin is just…slightly ridiculous, but honourable all the same.

We also get to meet Manon, who has virtually nothing to do with the rest of them, but I don’t care because her chapters were AWESOME. (Does anyone else picture Abraxos like Toothless? I do.) She’s a welcome breath of air from Celaena, and I’m so hoping we get more of her in the next book.

The plot has developed, and I gotta say that the last fifty pages or so took my breath away. Damn, I need to get my hands on the next book.

Thoughts?

Holly xx

(You know who also needs to show up again? Nox.)

Throne of Glass – Book Review

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Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J Maas
Paperback: 404 pages
Published: August 2nd 2012
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): “Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

I figured I might as well hop on this bandwagon, since I’ve read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. My sister (and Pinterest) has been pestering me to read this one for well over a year now, and I’ve finally gotten round to it.

Guys, I think I may have found a new obsession.

Now, I can’t give this book five stars; it’s good, but the plot is nothing I haven’t read before. There’s a very Hunger Games ish vibe to it, and hey, I can’t complain. I love, love, love books with a competition theme to them – that being said, there were far too many Tests to keep up with. I get that they are all necessary for Celaena and the others to gain the title of Champion, but really?

Contrived plot aside, I found myself really enjoying the novel. I think that the stand out for Maas is her characters – you can’t help but find at least one to relate to.

Celaena, for example, is the epitome of ‘morally grey’. She’s Adarlan’s Assassin, for crying out loud; trained to kill from the age of eight. She’s witty, she’s badass; she’s like every other YA hero before her.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – after all, those heroines were popular for a reason. Every now and then though, she does teeter on the edge of ‘Mary-Sue’ (aka, suffers no consequences for anything and can do no wrong).

One quirk that I really really like is that she enjoys stereotypically feminine things whilst still being terrifying beyond all reason. Wearing pretty dresses and playing piano in her free time? Sign me up! She also braids her hair back and wears, y’know, decent clothing to fight, rather than the ridiculous ‘female’ armor that so many heroines seem to wear these days. *sigh*

There’s a hint of a love triangle in this book too – Dorian and Chaol are the two love interests, and I’ve gotta say, I am firmly on Team Chaol. (At this point, anyhow. I’m sure that’ll change with future books.)

Dorian for me seems…well, a bit of a wet blanket. I can’t really think of anything else to say, besides the fact that he likes reading as much as Celaena does. (For someone training to be an assassin for the past ten years, I’m unsure she would have had much time to read. However, I’ll let it go.) All I really get from his description is that he has bright blue eyes and is trying to avoid being bullied by his father.

Chaol seems overprotective, even if he does know that Celaena can take care of herself. I like him far more though; the Captain of the Guard really does look out for her and I like how their dynamic grows throughout the book. All we really get from Chaol at this point is that he has brown eyes and also has father issues.

I have to applaud how the love triangle is handled; both guys are honest with each other, and there’s not a load of sniping and possessive fights going on. I am so down for people actually being happy for each other, honestly.

We also have *drum-roll*…a female friendship!!! Celaena and Princess Nehemia hit it off, and I enjoyed their scenes together. Yes, it is unlikely that they would have been allowed to spend so much time together, but for a breath of fresh air that doesn’t reek of jealous court ladies or male posturing, I’ll take it.

There are a couple of minor characters that I’ve somehow become fond of, despite one of them being dead before the start of the book and one of them disappearing never to be heard from again. I can live in hope that at least one of them will return at some point, I guess. *shakes head at self* Why do I always fall for the ones that are absent?

World-building is pretty good too, the map at the front of the book helping enormously. It’s not quite as simple as the Courts in ACOTAR, but it’s easy enough to follow and understand after a few chapters. The lore and countries aren’t delved into in much depth, but since there are six more books, I’ll let it slide. The plot line for this book is more important than trying to explain what exactly happened to the fae and Otherworlds.

I’ve already finished reading the sequel, so I’ll try to post a review for that one at some point. Does anyone have thoughts on this series? How do you think it compares to ACOTAR?

Holly xx

Because You Love to Hate Me – Book Review

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Title: Because You Love to Hate Me
Edited by: Ameriie
Authors: Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon (In collaboration with 13 Booktubers)
Paperback: 339 pages
Published: July 24th 2017 by Bloomsbury Children’s
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 

Leave it to the heroes to save the world—villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” “Sherlock Holmes”, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage—and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

So in case you’ve skipped the summary, this is a collection of short stories rather than a full-length novel. I don’t tend to read many anthologies of stories, if I’m being honest. The last one was My True Love Gave to Me in…2015? Maybe?

It’s been a while.

The thing that dragged me in was the mention of villains.
I love villains.
As in, I-love-them-so-much-they’re-the-focus-of-my-media-coursework-research-essay.
I love them.

So imagine my absolute excitement at picking THIS up. (The excitement intensified tenfold when I actually recognized a couple of the author’s names). The format is interesting – we get the story, followed by the prompt given by the BookTuber to the author, followed by an essay by the BookTuber.

I’m just gonna jump in and do a mini-review on each one, so here goes!

The Blood of Imuriv
Renée Andieh
Rating: 2/5 stars
Prompt from Christine Riccio (PolandbananasBOOKS): The Grandson of an Evil, Matriarchal Dictator Who Tried to Rule over the Universe Wants to Follow in Her Footsteps and Accidentally Loses His Temper, Killing His Sibling in a Game of Chess

This was a fairly disappointing start to the anthology. I don’t know if it’s just that I didn’t get it. The worldbuilding was fairly good, given how short the story was. It just felt very two dimensional to me, and it was near impossible to connect with either character. Not my favourite contribution.

Jack
Ameriie
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Prompt from Tina Burke (The Lushables): “Jack and the Beanstalk” Meets Phalaris of Agrigento

This story was better than the first; it certainly held some level of shock factor for me. The protagonist was well-written, and I was stunned by the conclusion. Talk about unreliable narrator! It could be that Jack and the Beanstalk just doesn’t interest me – a decent story, but it doesn’t stand out as such.

Gwen and Art and Lance
Soman Chainani
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Prompt from Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes): A Modern Day Mash-Up of the King Arthur Legend and Persephone-Hades Myth

Okay, so I should probably start by admitting that Soman Chainani is one of my favourite authors. This story did not disappoint – the format is clever, and the plot line is good. My main issue was, with my tendency to skim read, that I missed which character was saying what. and had to re-read a few bits Aside from that, I did really enjoy this one.

Shirley and Jim
Susan Dennard
Rating: 5/5 stars
Prompt from Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia): A Young Moriarty

This was one of my favourite stories in the anthology. I’m not a huge fan of gender-flipped Sherlock Holmes, and to be honest, I think it may have worked better with a male Sherlock, but I just…really, really love teenage Moriarty. Villains with intellect are my favourite kind, even more so than the ones I can empathize with, so this story was right up my alley.

The Blessing of Little Wants
Sarah Enni
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Prompt from Sophia Lee (thebookbasement): A Dark Sorcerer’s Motives for Seeking Immortality or Omnipotence

I…don’t think I fully understood this one. I found myself having to go back and re-read the same passage to try and grasp what was actually going on. There was some shock factor, but if I’m being honest, I’d kinda figured out what was going on and it felt a little cliché.

The Sea Witch
Marissa Meyer
Rating: 4/5 stars
Prompt from Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe): What if the Sea Witch Had Previously Been in the Little Mermaid’s Shoes but Decided to Kill the Love Interest and Turn Back into a Mermaid Instead?

Yes. This was dark, it was passionate and it was full of betrayal. I could have read a whole book about this character, and a part of me kinda wants to know how many other mermaids she tricked after this story ends. This is another villain that you just understand. You can’t help but empathize with her.

Beautiful Venom
Cindy Pon
Rating: 5/5 stars
Prompt from Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes): Medusa. Go!

Another favourite. I’ve long viewed Medusa as a victim, as opposed to a villain, and this story illustrated her story so beautifully. It also draws attention to victim blaming, and it is horrific in the story; but it’s applicable to our own society. I also like the fact that the author put an Asian twist on the tale; diversity is important!

Death Knell
Victoria Schwab
Rating: 5/5 stars
Prompt from Jesse George (JessetheReader): Hades Wakes Up after Being Unconscious at the Bottom of a Well in Ireland

Okay so I lied.
This one is my favourite. The writing is lyrical, it’s seductive, it embraces you. It’s the first time whilst reading this anthology that I had to put it down and whisper “Damn.” because it was just so beautiful. Check out the anthology for this story alone. (Also, I have to add, I love that prompt so much.)

Marigold
Samantha Shannon
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Prompt from Regan Perusse (PeruseProject): Erl-Queen Retelling in Nineteenth Century London

This one deals with how women were (and still are) made submissive. I did almost feel sorry for the narrator – then we hit the end of the story. It’s fair to say I want to punch him more than any other character in this anthology.

You, You, It’s All About You
Adam Silvera
Rating: 5/5 stars
Prompt from Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl): A Female Teen Crime Lord Concealed by a Mask

Again, very much up my alley, the protagonist reminded me in a sense of Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. It’s dark, it’s twisted, and it makes the stomach churn just a smidge. I have no idea whether I want to root for the protagonist, but the amorality is just fascinating. (Also there is a plot twist. The twistiest twist. It’s great.)

Julian Breaks Every Rule
Andrew Smith
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Prompt from Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07): A Psychopath in a Futuristic Setting

Originally I rated this at a 2 out of 5 stars, mostly because my only lasting memory of this story is an image that legitimately made me want to throw up. Then I re-read it and remembered – this is possibly one of the wittiest contributions to the anthology. The narrative voice is distinctive and the very last line of the story made me go “Daaaaamn.”

Indigo and Shade
April Genevieve Tucholke
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Prompt from Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels): Beauty and the Beast: Suitor’s Revenge

Holy hell. A Gaston POV that doesn’t make me want to punch him? Yes please! (Okay, so maybe I wanted to slap him just a little bit because he is so narcissistic, but to be fair, it actually put a smile on my face). The plot twist was a tad obvious and it was kinda clear where the story was headed…but I enjoyed it all the same.

Sera
Nicola Yoon
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Prompt from Steph Sinclair and Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery): Gender-Flipped God of War

I do not remember much of this story. Probably because I was skimming by this point. I like the change over of POV; the story wouldn’t be complete without it. Good story all-round, just not exactly memorable.

The essays after each story were interesting enough – my favourite was definitely “Dear Sasha, the 411 for Villains” by Sasha Alsberg. They do add to the stories, I’ll agree, although they’re not essential to enjoy each piece on its own.

A strong collection! More pieces that I liked than those I didn’t! Check it out! Tell me what you thought! Woot!

Holly xx

King’s Cage – Book Review

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Title: King’s Cage
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Paperback: 507 pages
Published: 9th February 2017 by Orion Publishing
My Rating: 3/5

Summary (from Goodreads): In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

*CONTAINS SPOILERS*

So you’re probably quite shocked that I continued with this series, despite my intense dislike of book two.

As much as I hate to admit it, I kinda want to read War Storm. Somehow, this book has drawn me back into Aveyard’s world and reignited an interest in the series. Now I’m not gonna lie – I would not have read this had my friend not lent it to me. Glass Sword was underwhelming at best and I would happily have never gone back to it.

But I’m glad she handed me the book.

It is a vast improvement on book two and I feel as though the author took criticisms from it into account when writing this one; namely Mare and the writing style of fight scenes.

Mare develops in this book. Yes, she is irritating and no, she’s not one of my favourite characters, but she is tolerable. In this book she finally discovers the power of actually forming friendships and not secluding herself. She begins to stand back on her own two feet, more like the Mare at the beginning of Red Queen.

We also get a treat in that there are multiple narrators. There are chapters from Cameron and Evangeline’s points of view, both of whom I love.

The novel kind of splits into two halves; the half with Cameron’s points of view, and the half with Evangeline’s points of view. Or, the half where Mare is in Maven’s ‘cage’, and the half where she is back with the Scarlet Guard. The multiple narrators provide a window to where Mare isn’t and what’s going on on the other end.

Cameron, despite being impulsive and hot-headed, is likable (And she angsts a lot less than Mare, thank the lord). She has powers and a brother to save, even if she fixates on it more than anything else. As a character she grows throughout her chapters, growing up a lot and gaining control of herself.

Evangeline might just be my favourite character. She has her flaws, and is inherently selfish, but she is human. She has emotions and I caught myself sympathizing with her towards the end of the novel.

Aside from the three narrators, a lot of other characters evolved in this book, and I am hugely relieved that Farley has come back to herself. She faded a lot in book two, but she’s back to being the badass we know and love. (Even whilst heavily pregnant. God, I love this woman.)

We got more Maven in this book too. Far more than in Glass Sword. And I still prefer him to his royal highness Prince Tiberias Calore, despite the fact that he’s a twisted prat. I have a feeling that he’ll develop much further in the next book.

Cal…was slightly more tolerable. And I felt a smidge of chemistry between him and Mare. Alas, I still don’t like him.
Pity.

Predictably, a ton more characters were introduced in this book. I remember about five of them (the other lightning users stick out for me). The Silver houses just get muddled in my head so I tend to skip over them.

Away from characters and onto plot, however, as I seem to have gotten sidetracked. It dragged far less than book two and was more reminiscent of Red Queen, the book that was decent. I actually engaged with this one, and I have to say real quick – this has such potential as a TV show. Just sayin’.

Writing wise, the fight scenes were such an improvement. Far clearer than whatever that prison scene in the last book was. I was absolutely captivated by the final battle, as in, I could just SEE it. Perhaps a little disappointed that we didn’t see the end of it, but what we got was well-written.

Has anyone got any thoughts? Did you like this? Or not?

Holly xx

(On a personal note, I am in straight up denial over Shade. He’s gonna come back. I can feel it.)

Reading Jar 2017

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Happy New Year!!!

If you’ve been around for a while, you may recall my post this time last year about my reading jar for 2016. If not, do not fret – the idea is very straightforward.

Every book I read in 2017, I wrote down on a slip of paper and put in a jar. The slip usually has the date I finished the book, a star rating and any comments I had about it.

(The comments range from actual critiques of the book to my incessant fangirling. Hey, enthusiasm is enthusiasm, right?)

I didn’t hit my target of 50 this year, instead clocking in at 43. ( I could’ve sworn Goodreads had 44 on it, and that was before I added one in that I’d forgotten. Hmmm.) Hopefully 2018 will prove to be a better year!

Without further ado – Holly’s book read in 2017:
(Any reviews will be linked)

January
1st – Faegotten, Jude Tulli (Novelette)
2nd – Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo
5th – Antigone, Roy Williams (Play)
14th – The Tempest, William Shakespeare (Play)

February
5th – Perchance to Dream, Lisa Mantchev
13th – A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J Maas
17th – A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J Maas
26th – The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black

March
5th – The Angel Experiment, James Patterson
9th – We Come Apart, Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
17th – Kill The Boyband, Goldy Moldavsky

April
9th – Hook, K.R Thompson
13th – Kid Got Shot, Simon Mason
19th – Atonement, Ian McEwan
22nd – The New World, Patrick Ness (Novella)
29th – A Quiet Kind of Thunder, Sara Barnard

May
11th – The Invisible Library, Genevieve Cogman
17th – The Call, Peadar O’Guilin
28th – Geekerella, Ashley Poston
31st – The Orchid Caper, Connie Dowell

June
2nd – A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J Maas
11th – Peter Darling, Austin Chant
28th – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
30th – Holding Court, KC Held

July
2nd – Murder Most Unladylike, Robin Stevens
9th – Hush Hush, Becca Fitzpatrick
18th – Sword Art Online, Reki Kawahara
26th – The Dark Prophecy, Rick Riordan

August
8th – Oy Yew, Ana Salote
9th – Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
16th – Lord Edgware Dies, Agatha Christie

September
29th – The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
30th – Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Leigh Bardugo

October
13th – Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead, Rick Riordan
21st – A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams (Play)
26th – the princess saves herself in this one, Amanda Lovelace (Poetry)

November
29th – Am I Normal Yet?, Holly Bourne

December
11th – A Girl Called Owl, Amy Wilson
13th – Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
15th – Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard
19th – Feminine Gospels, Carol Ann Duffy (Poetry)
22nd – Wolf by Wolf, Ryan Graudin
31st – Blood for Blood, Ryan Graudin

And there we have it, dear readers. My 43 book of 2017.

Some stats –
Best Month: December
Worst Month: November
Average Books Per Month: 3.58
Average Book Per Week: 0.82
Favourite Books: A Court of Mist and Fury, Geekerella and Wolf by Wolf/Blood for Blood
Least Favourite Books: Hush Hush and Glass Sword

How did you guys fare this year? My target is, as always, 50 books – you can find me on Goodreads.

Happy reading, and I hope you have a brilliant 2018!

Holly xx