Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Most Anticipated Book Releases January-April

I love this time of the year, going through Goodreads and finding out what new books are up and coming from authors I love. I always find out more as the year goes on of course but it’s great to have something to look forward to. This year I’m going to split it into two posts, this one will cover January to April and the next one from April onwards. And later in the year in summer I might do another one for upcoming releases that will be announced later this year (fingers crossed for Robert Galbraith and Tana French!).

Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon

three things about elsie joanna cannon book coverI really enjoyed The Trouble with Goats and Sheep so I’m looking forward to seeing Joanna Cannon’s next offering. It’s about 84 year old Florence who’s fallen in her flat and while she is waiting to be rescues, begins to worry if a secret from her past has been discovered. The cover is so pretty too! 11th January

The Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan

the endless beach jenny colgan book coverHaving just finish the first book in this series, The Summer Seaside Cafe, I’m really looking forward to returning to Flora and the island of Mure! Jenny Colgan’s books are perfect for the post Christmas gloominess. They just whisk you away to this cosy other world. 11th January

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

from here to eternity caitlin doughty book coverI love Caitlin, her YouTube channel and her first book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Basically she can do no wrong in my eyes and in this book we get to see how different cultures do death as Caitlin travels around the world.A book on death sounds morbid but if this book is anything like Caitlin’s videos, all morbid-ness will be balanced with respect and humour. 25th January

Eat Up! by Ruby Tandoh

eat up! ruby tandoh book coverI really enjoyed Ruby on The Great British Bake Off and I liked her baking book Crumb too. So I was very excited to see this book. The subtitle is Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want and cover topics like fad-diets,  food crazes, advice on things like mental health and shopping tips and getting inspiration from people such as Roald Dahl and TOWIE’s Gemma. SOLD! 1st February

Almost Love by Louise O’Neill

almost love louise o'neill book coverKicking off March is Louise O’Neill’s new book Almost Love. Sarah has fallen for Matthew and is sacrificing everything for him, even if he only sees her in secret. I’m intrigued with how this story about obsessive love will unfurl. 1st March

Hero at the Fall by Alywn Hamilton

hero at the fall alwyn hamilton rebel of the sands book 3The 3rd and final book in the Rebels in the Sands series. I did like the second book but it didn’t pack the same punch as the first book and I’m hoping we’ll see a return to that in this book. Either way, I’m looking forward to wrapping up this YA fantasy with a Western twist series. 6th March

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

obsidio amie kauffman kay kristoff illuminae book 3Final book in the Illuminae trilogy, I’ve really enjoyed this sci-fi YA series. Each book has a lead male and female and we see the story from both their perspectives which has been interesting. 13th March

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan

from a low and quiet sea donal ryan book coverWhile I have read what this is about, I don’t remember it and I don’t care to go read it again as I’m looking forward to reading this cold. I read my first Donal Ryan when I read All We Shall Know and it blew me away. I also have a back catalogue to read but for now I’m looking forward to this one. 22nd March

The Endless King by Dave Rudden

the endless king dave rudden knights of the borrowed dark3rd book in the Knights of the Borrowed Dark series, a fantastic Irish YA fantasy series set in contemporary Ireland that I’ve really been enjoying. Here’s a link to my review on book one. 22nd March

Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

skin deep liz nugent book coverI read Lying in Wait in 2016 and found it gripping and Skin Deep sounds like it’ll suck me in straight away too. As always, Nugent starts with a bang. Cordelia Russell, a posh English woman down on her luck living in Cote d’Azur for 10 years, arrives home one night from a party to find a dead body in her bedroom. I’m sure there will be plenty of twists and turns in this novel. 5th April

So much to look forward to in the upcoming months. And I’ll have another post soon for books from May onwards, some that I’m super excited about!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Top Books of 2017

2017 was a pretty good reading year for me. I read 102 books, a decrease from 2016's 129 books for a number of reasons but I think you'll agree it's still a pretty good result! Like last year, I'm splitting my top books into four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, YA and Graphic Novels. There's always so much that I love and want to share that it's not enough for me to share my favourite fiction and non-fiction so I think this is the fairest way!

Top 5 Fiction Books 2017

Homegoing Yaa Gysai, The Heart's Invisible Furies by john Boyne, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan, After the Fire Maeve Kerrigan 6 by Jane Casey book covers

1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This was one I read in January and was the first book to get 5 stars. It was beautiful and you can read the full review here.

2. The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. I decided to read this as it was one of the Rick O’Shea Book Club picks and it was another 5 stars. I love how it spans the entirety of Cryril Avery’s life. Review here

3. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. This was the second last book I read for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge and I didn’t think I would enjoy it before I read it but I LOVED it! And better still, it’s told in the form of letters which just tickled me as I love epistolary books.

4. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan. I’ll be honest, I picked this up on a spur of the moment at the library and thought it would be a bit whimsical like Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore but it’s darker and deeper and the mystery sucked me right in.

5. After the Fire by Jane Casey. Having read the first in the Maeve Kerrigan series in 2016, I read books 2-7 very quickly as I was just addicted to the stories and characters. After the Fire is possibly my favourite. Review here.

Honourable mentions The Break by Marian Keyes, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld and Oh My God What a Complete Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

Top 5 Non-Fiction Books 2017

Eat sweat play by Anna Kessel, The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Claire, Girl Up by Laura Bates, Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndland, Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly janelle monae taraji p henson octavia spencer book covers

1. Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel. Hands down this was my favourite non-fiction book of the year, all about women and sport. I read it for Book Riot Read Harder Challenge but I’ve recommended it so much since reading it. Review here.

2. The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair. A bit of an odd one, this is a book all about colour. There’s it starts with white and ends with black and all the colours in between. Each chapter is dedicated to a colour and then split into shades of that colour for 1-3 pages, talking about it’s history and social influence. I found it fascinating!

3. Girl Up by Laura Bates. By the author of Everyday Sexism, this is a book on feminism aimed more at a younger audience. I found it informative and decent place to start when it comes to feminism. Plus there’s tons of fun doodles in there too, including some vulva dancing with top hats, heels and canes!

4. Why Fonts Matter by Sarah Hyndman. A book on fonts, another niche topic, but I loved the visual element to this book and all the little games throughout it, like using different fonts for a bar and having people judge the type of establishment this is, despite the name being the same for each bar.

5. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. Disappointingly, I never got to see this at the cinema and in this case I would have preferred to watch the film and then read the book. Nevertheless, it’s all about black female mathematicians (called computers) in NASA and its precursor NACA.

Top 5 YA Books 2017

Am I Normal Yet? holly bourne book 1 spinsters club The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus, Moonrise by Sarah Crossan, Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden book covers

1. The Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne. Am I Normal Yet? is book one in Bourne’s Spinster Club series. Each of the three friends have their own book and it’s a refreshing and realistic spin on female friendships in YA, with a nice feminist twist. Reviews here

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. One of the most talked about YA books this year, all about Starr who has two versions of herself: the one at home in rough neighbourhood Garden Heights and the one at her mainly white school and how everything changes after she’s the only witness to her friend being wrongly shot by cops. Highly topical at the moment, it’s just fantastic and I highly recommend.

3. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus. Take the characters from the breakfast club, put them all in detention and then have one of them mysteriously die and you have this book. All the characters are murder suspects and each of them have something to hide. Had me hooked!

4. Moonrise by Sarah Crossan. Joe is 17 and his brother Ed is on death row. When Ed’s execution date is set, Joe heads to Texas to the town the prison is in to meet his brother for the first time in 10 years. Sarah Crossan is just a master when it comes to using such few words and getting maximum impact. Just beautiful and touching.

5. The Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden. Having won this book in a bundle from Penguin, I wrote it off based on the cover. But then I met Dave at the Irish Book Awards when it won an award and I was intrigued by the description  of the book. And it was bloody brilliant! A fun fantasy novel packed with action, it’s great for older kids up to adults. Review here.

Top 5 Graphic Novels 2017

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson, Giant Days by John Allison, Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson, Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, An Age of License by Lucy Knisley book covers

1.  The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl series by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. Hands down my favourite series I read this year, Squirrel Girl eats nuts and kicks butts!

2. Giant Days created by John Allison. I picked this up in a library in Dublin when I had time to kill and had read all 4 books available by next day. Story centres around 3 young women who quickly become friends in university and all the trials that come with that. I can’t wait to read some more

3. Ms Marvel by G. Willow Wilson. I enjoyed continuing this series this year, Ms Marvel is a great character!

4. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Similarly, this is another series I’ve enjoyed continuing this year and will keep picking up.

5. An Age of License by Lucy Knisley. I’ve heard a lot about Lucy Knisley before but this was the first time I got to pick up any of her books. The drawing style is cute and I’ll definitely check out more of her stuff in the future.

If you’ve read any of these books or have your own favourites for 2017 I’d love to hear about them in the comments below

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Beginnings and Fresh Starts

Hello! It's pretty cliched to be writing a blog post today, talking about new beginnings, fresh starts and resolutions but sure, just humour me! I've been wanting to post for a while, it get back in the swing of things but there's been a few things that have got in the way. 

First off I have a mental block of being behind on my monthly book reviews and I've just got it into my head that if I don't post those, then I can't post anything. Which is rubbish really, as there's nothing stopping me from posting what I want, when I want. It just dawned on me to cop on and stop using that as a reason as it's not good enough. While I might start my monthly reviews on here or maybe change it to just a round up of what I've read, I don't think I'll get through the backlog. Which is fine. I might post up some reviews of the books I enjoyed most during the year, as well as post reviews over on Goodreads. 

I also started working again towards the end  of the year, which also coincided with turning 30 and so many of my friends turning 30. And then Christmas was upon us. There was something on nearly every weekend and as much as I wanted to get back into things, I just didn't have the time and energy. January should be much quieter and I'll have time to focus on what I want to do on here. I love the posts I usually do in January so hopefully it'll give me the momentum to get back in the swing of things.

For now though, Happy New Year! Here's to a fantastic 2018. Let me know if you have any resolutions or plans for 2018 in comments below

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Recently Bought Books

So it’s been a while since I did a post showing what books I bought. The last one was back in January, so there’s quite a few books to show. So let’s get cracking!


The Murder at the Vicarage Agatha Christie, Small Great Things Jodi Picoult Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index Julia Israel A Court of Mist and Fury Sarah J Maas Shadow and Bone Leigh Bardugo Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone Slytherin 20th Anniversary Edition J.K. Rowling Second Chance Summer Morgan Matson Beatlebone Kevin Barry The Roanoke Girls Amy Engels books

From the top down

-The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie. I bought this in Charlie Byrne’s in Galway

-Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. It’s actually my sister’s book but it’ll be mine until I read it!

-Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julia Israel. I kept hearing about this book so when it was announced as the offical book for the BookTubeAThon I decided to pick it up

-A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I had owned the first book in this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, as an ebook for ages and when I finally got around to reading it in July, I had to go buy this one so I could keep reading!

-Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I got this in the little free books box at one of the local libraries.

-Harry Potter and the Philopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. This is the 20th anniversary Slytherin paperback edition, HAD to have it!

-Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. Charity shop buy

-Beatlebone by Kevin Barry. This was on offer at Eason’s for a few euro.

-The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. A friend gave me this ARC edition of the book


ticket to ride tom chesshyre me talk pretty one day david sedaris walking Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Paul Clements Dent's Modern Tribes Susie Dent Mail Obsession Mark Mason Fat Chance Louise McSharry books

From top to bottom

-Ticket to Ride by Tom Chesshyre. Bought this in Manchester Airport after a hen weekend, it’s a book about different train journeys

-Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I’ve only read one Sedaris book so when I saw this in a charity shop I thought I’d pick it up

-Walking Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way by Paul Clements. Bought this in Waterstones in Cork

-Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrase Tyson. A Goodreads Giveaway win!

-Dent’s Modern Tribes by Susie Dent. A book about the unique lingo used by different professionals.

-Mail Obsession by Mark Mason.

-Fat Chance by Louise McSharry. The lovely Chloe from NurseFancyPants gave me this book!



-Eat Sweat Play by Anna Kessel. I read this earlier this year after borrowing it from the library, so when it was on offer I snapped it up as it something I see myself rereading and going back to

-Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Nygozi Adichie

-A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. I saw Books and Pieces talk about this and when it was on offer I decided to get it and give it a chance.

-The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan

-Caraval by Stephanie Garber. I’ve seen a lot of hype about this, I’m still not sure I want to read it but it was on offer so I decided to get it


-You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

-To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

-Love and Gelato by Jenna Evan Welch

-Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant

-Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Cate Woods

All these were free books on Amazon or iBooks. There were other free ones that I didn’t get, I picked these as I’ve either read the author before or heard good things.

Audio Books

audible fiction

-Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. This was a free download on Audible

-Prudence and Imprudence by Gail Carriger. Books 1 and 2 in The Custard Protocol. I liked listening to the Parasol Protectorate so much that I decided to get these as audiobooks as well

audible nonfiction

-Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. I’ve yet to see the film but I thought I might listen to the book

-Shrill by Lindy West. I have a feeling this one will crack me up!

-The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

-The Butterly Effect by Jon Ronson. Free Audible short and I do love Jon Ronson

Phew! Quite a list, I need to keep on top of things and not wait 9 months or so to do a book purchases post. If you’ve read any of these I’d love to know

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Break by Marian Keyes Book Review

the break marian keyes44 year old Amy is blindsided when her husband Hugh declares he wants a break from their marriage to travel South East Asia alone for 6 months. A break, not a break up Hugh is careful to emphasis but that doesn’t matter to Amy. She is devastated. It took her years to trust anyone after her first husband, footballer Richie, walked out on her and left her a single mother. As Hugh jets off with a quick dry towel and rucksack on his back, Amy has no time to fall apart. She has her three children to look after: Neeve, a vlogger who’s glad to see the back of Hugh and is desparate to get her father Richie back with Amy, Kiara who’s wise beyond her years and the dream child, and Sofie, Amy’s niece who’s delicate and has a fragile relationship with her parents. On top of this Amy has her PR job which takes her to London two days a week, her father who has dementia, her mother who has spent years being sick and just wants to have some fun, her slew of siblnigs and there problems and advise, not to mention all her ‘friends’ who only seem interested in Amy to get all the gossip about this Break. However, if Hugh’s on a break and allowed to sleep with other people, so is Amy right? So will she have some fun of her own? Will 6 months away change Amy and Hugh’s relationship? And will it change the rest of the family too?

On the suface, we have the basic story of Amy and Hugh and how this 6 month break will pan out and the idea of falling in love and staying in love. There are so many other subplots to keep everything interesting too. I love Marian Keyes, I’ve mentioned it on here so many times before. Her Walsh family series is my favourite because of the family dynamic and in The Break Keyes manages to nail that family dynamic again. Keyes writes Irish family life so well and it’s fantastic to see this modern family in action: A second marriage for Amy, with a child from her first marriage, a child from a second marriage and raising a niece like her own child, as well as how Amy’s own parents and siblings all interact with each other, the highs and lows of family life.

Keyes is amazing at writing something that will have you laughing on one page and then crying on the next. I could feel my heart breaking along with Amy after Hugh had made his decision to go. And the crisis pregnacy plot was fantastic, something that is such an important issue today in Ireland and that needs to be talked about more. I love that Keyes isn’t afraid to tackle more serious things like this, something she’s done before in past books with issues like addiction and depression. We also get plenty of laughs in this book, especially from Neeve and her granny vlogging, as well as Amy’s work collegues. I love Keyes’ humour, it always has a touch of Irishness to it that makes it so unique.

As for the characters, I neither loved nor hated Amy. I did like her and I empathised with her, but there was other times I wanted to shake her. Which I liked to be honest! Keyes writes complex and real characters who have flaws, it’s refreshing to have a leading character that isn’t perfect. She also writes arseholes well too, you’ll really want to reach into the book to give Hugh, Richie and a few others a good ol’ slap!

A fantastic read if you want something light and funny with substance. I’d love to see a follow up book with this family, they were so entertaining. Hands down my favourite Keyes novel since The Mystery at Mercy Close.

This book was provided as a digital review copy from NetGalley. I am under no obligation to post a review and all opinions are strictly my own

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

BookTubeAThon 2017 Wrap Up

Hello! So the BookTubeAThon finished a few weeks ago, so it’s old news really but I’m only just getting the chance to write my wrap up post now and I always like documenting how I did with BookTubeAThon. I did a post before it started with the list of challenges and the books I was hoping to read which you can check out here.


Here’s a picture of all the books I read minus one book, which was an ebook.

Read a book with a person on the cover- Lumberjanes Volume 5

Read a book in one day- Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

Read a book outside- The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 4

Read a book about a character completely different to you- HHhH

Read a book you bought because of the cover- The Sun is Also a Star

Read a hyped book- A Court of Thorns and Roses

Read seven books- Saga Volume 7

I also read Are You Watching Me? by Sinead Crowley.

There are some changes from what I wanted to read. I read more graphic novels than intended, this is because there was a bereavement and Are You Watching Me? was supposed to be my 7th book but I decided to read Saga Volume 7 instead so I could complete all the changes but I actually did manage to finish Are You Watching Me? after all.

Overall I’m happy with my results, I’m pleased I managed to get all the challenges done, especially the read a book outside challenge! I did that on the Monday when it was sunny, I sat on the balcony reading with a cup of buttermint tea. It’s a good thing I got that challenge done that day as the weather was shit the rest of the week. I also got two  more of my Book Riot Read Harder challenges completed too, which I’m super pleased with as I really need to get cracking on completing that!

Monday, July 24, 2017

April Reads 2017

So it’s been a while since I’ve done a reading wrap up post. I wasn’t in the mood for posting much to be honest and then it turned into months instead of weeks before I got around to posting again. I’m hoping to get back into a routine and catching up on what I’ve read over the past few months will hopefully help!

April Reads

A-Force Presents Volume One by Various Artists

a-force presents volume 1 with Black Widow, She-Hulk, Thor, Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl graphic novel comic book
This is actually a bit different to what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was a series called A-Force, which does exist, but it’s actually the first edition for 6 different female Marvel comics. There’s Black Widow, She-Hulk, Thor, Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. I was aware of most of these characters but it was interesting to read some of the other comics and see different styles. My favourites out of this were She-Hulk, Ms Marvel and Squirrel Girl. I didn’t mind this Captain Marvel either, it’s a new reboot from the one I read earlier this year so I might actually pick up this one as I preferred it to the other one I read (which I have no intention of continuing to read). This would be good to pick up if you’re new to comics and what to try a few different things before committing to a series but if you regularly read comics then you don’t really need this.

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne book one in the spinsters club
This is the first book in Bourne’s Spinster Club trilogy and I’d heard lots of great things before picking this up. There’s 3 girls in the Spinsters Club, Evie, Amber and Lottie, and this book is from Evie’s point of view. Evie is 16 and has OCD. She’s slowly coming off her medication and wants nothing more than to be a ‘normal’ teenager. Evie is thrilled she’s making new friends and catching the eyes of boys but every day is a constant struggle for her and she tries desperately to keep the bad thoughts at bay, all while keep her condition secret. Relapse is on the horizon but can Evie keep it all together?

Bourne does a great job in this book talking about mental health and the different ways to manage conditions and relapses. The other amazing thing about this series is the female friendships and the feminism, these girls become great friends and it’s so awesome to see these girls support each other. And for feminism to be a normal, empowering thing that the girls talk about. The books reminded me of the fun tone of the Louise Rennison books, with a bit more of a serious side to things but never feeling preachy or too heavy. Bourne nails the humour and conservations of teenage girls, it had me laughing out loud at times! The only downside I found was the feminism at times wasn’t very inclusive to trans women and it lacks intersectionality but I don’t think it takes away too much from the story. This book is great for teenagers (I see a lot of people say they wish it was around when they were a teenager and I’ve got to agree) and adults who appreciate YA novels.

Lumberjanes Volume 4 by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis , Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese, Brooke A. Allen

lumberjanes volume 4 graphic novel noelle stevenson After being slightly let down by Volume 3, Lumberjanes Volume 4 was just so refreshing to read! All the girls are in the same storyline again (in Vol 3, there was two stories going on) and it’s just so much fun to see them all together again. And for the drawing style to be back to normal! If you were disappointed by 3 and not sure if you want to continue on with the series, you should pick up Volume 4 as it should make you happy again!

Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey
Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey book 7 in Maeve Kerrigan series
I flew through books two to six in March in order to get this one and couldn't wait to get stuck in. Reading the other books so quickly together meant I had built up a relationship with Maeve and Josh and was dying to know how things worked out from the ending of book 6.

The book opens with Maeve being promoted, meaning she has a rookie to look out for and mentor. This added something new to the whole work dynamic and shook things up a bit but there's not a lot you can do to keep Derwent away from Maeve! The murder the team is investigating isn't a simple one. 18 year old Chloe has returned home early from being at her father's, only to find her mother gone and the house covered with blood. With no body and no leads, it's a tricky case. Chloe stays at best friend's Bethany's house and everyone in that house is trying to protect and silence Chloe, which frustrates Maeve. Dodgy characters crop up everywhere and all Maeve needs is for one person to break their silence and she'll have a lead.
Casey does a great job of writing these books, I'm always left guessing about who was behind the crime. The real reason I come back though is because of the Maeve and Josh dynamic, it's always interesting to see how they're getting on. I am warming more and more to Derwent but he's so tiring at times! Though this time around, it was Maeve that was tiring. After all they went through at the end of book 6, she STILL doesn't feel like she can trust Derwent and I was really let down and disappointed by that, it feels like Maeve hasn't grown up from first few books if she really still thinks like that. I think this is part of the reason this book felt a bit off for me compared to the others, the other reasons being the new role Maeve is in and the strangeness of the plot (there being no body to investigate). I did still enjoy the book though, like I said Casey is a fantastic storyteller and it kept me gripped, I couldn't put it down. I do encourage anyone wanting to read the Maeve series to start at the beginning though, you can jump in where ever you want but there are background stories and character developments so it's well worth reading the entire series. [NetGalley]

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume One Squirrel Power by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume One Marvel Comic Book Graphic Novel
I had been hoping to read Squirrel Girl for a while but it wasn’t available in my library network. Luckily by April the two library networks here had combined and I was able to order this. Good thing too because reading A-Force Presents Volume One really had me wanting to read this more!

Doreen Green is starting college but she’s not your ordinary college students, she’s Squirrel Girl! She had a big squirrel tail she hides, can talk to Squirrels and squirrel best friend, Tippy. This series is super fun and silly, I love Squirrel Girl and how sassy and confident she is and the drawing style is right up my alley too. It had me laughing out loud at times! This comic is perfect for all ages really, there’s something for everyone. A genuine delight!

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin
Amanda is dying in hospital. David, a little boy, sits next to her. He is not her son, but he is there to ask her questions about how she landed in hospital. From there we go back to the beginning of the story and start to work out what’s happened, something that is difficult as Amanda is disorientated at times. It’s a creepy short read, not like anything I’d ever read before. I did a full review post here which you can check out if you’d like to learn more about the book. [NetGalley]

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon YA novel
Dimple Shah knows exactly what she wants to do the summer before starting college: go on this kick ass web developers summer programme. She wants to win the prize to meet her idol. The fact that it would get her away from her Mamma and her obsession with finding Dimple the perfect Indian husband. So she’s delighted when her parents allow her to go. Rishi Patel is also going on this programe, to meet the girl his parents are hoping to be his potential future wife. He’s excited to meet her but their first meeting doesn’t go to plan. Mainly because Dimple has NO idea who Rishi is and throws an iced drink in face! Will they get to know each other over the summer? Or will Dimple’s stubborness prevent her from warming to Rishi?

There has been a lot of hype around this book so I was excited to read it. I flew through it in two days because it was just so cute! I liked the characters, I’ve seen a lot of reviews complaining about Dimple but I thought she was strong, knew her own mind but yet grew too as the novel went on. Rishi is the perfect gentleman and is very sweet. I love that we get to see another point of view in this book when it comes to culture, it’s so refreshing to see diverse stories. This book has everything the perfect YA romance needs, a good plot, strong characters, humour and plenty of cute moments. Perfect summer comtemporary! [NetGalley]

The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik
The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik, sequel to Sofia Khan is Not Obliged
This is the follow up to Sofia Khan is Not Obliged so I was very excited to read this as I adored the first book. It picks up at the end of the first book, so I don’t want to give a lot away. But this is a lot heavier than the first book, Sofia deals with a lot more stuff in this book. I loved coming back to these characters and this world, that was a joy. I have mixed feelings overall about the book though. A lot is packed in for one novel, almost too much really and it’s certainly an emotional rollercoaster. But Malik’s humour prevents it from being too much of a downer at times. Overall I enjoyed most of it but it’s just so different to Sofia Khan is Not Obliged that I felt disappointed too. It’s not a bad book, but seeing as the other half of happiness is sadness, there’s plenty in this book. [Book sent by publishers]

Ms Marvel Volume 5 Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona, Nico Leon
Ms Marvel Volume 5 Super Famous G. Willow Wilson Marvel comic book graphic novel
I ordered book 4 and 5 together, thinking they would arrive at the same time but 4 took forever to get to me from the library! Because Volume 5 started a new storyline, I decided to read it before Volume 4 and continue on. Ms Marvel is now super famous (if the title of the volume didn’t give that away) and is also now an Avenger! This however means that Kamala has a lot more things to juggle and we see her being stretched thin, trying to keep up with every part of her life. I really enjoyed this volume, I had no complaints. As always, Ms Marvel is funny, kick ass and just generally awesome!

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne
How Hard Can Love Be? Holly Bourne book 2 in Spinsters Club

I didn’t want to hold off reading The Spinster’s Club, so I got stuck into book two, which is Amber’s book. Amber is off to California for the summer, to spend time with her mother (and her stupid new husband), while also working in their summer camp for children as a camp leader. Not everything is hunky dory however. Amber’s Mum is completely different and doesn’t seem to prioritise Amber at all. Then there’s Kyle, the walking and talking All American perfect prom king cliche. All the girls fancy him, including Amber, but being very tall, very ginger and very awkward isn’t going to attract him, right?

As with Bourne’s other books, this one mixes the fun with the serious. Here we deal with alcoholism and abandoment and all that goes with that. Amber is dying to connect with her mother, who just doesn’t seem all that interested in her and it breaks your heart a bit. Bourne does such a good job at giving these characters dimmension, they’re flawed and that just makes them feel so much more real (as does the fact that the teenagers in these book talk and act like teenagers, swearing and drinking and generally rebelling). There’s plenty of humour throughout the books and the theme of strong female friendships is also here. We don’t get to see a lot of Evie or Lottie but they do make appearances in emails and video calls and Amber also makes friends with some of the other camp leaders. The romance is cute too without being too sappy. If you want a summer comtemporary with a bit of a bite, then this is perfect to pick up and read!

Ms Marvel Volume 6 Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona
Ms Marvel Volume 6 Civil War II Marvel commic book graphic novel
As you can tell by the title, all is not well with Ms Marvel! We see the events of Civil War II bleed into this edition and Ms Marvel is not too happy with her namesake, Captain Marvel!
I had to read over a run down about what happened in this volume to refresh my mind as I couldn’t remind. I wasn’t blown away by this one, I did like it but it wasn’t all that memorable.  I did like the flashback scenes though of Kamala’s family in Pakistan and seeing the all the generations that came before Kamala. I think I need to reread this but I will continue on with the series when Volume 7 comes out.

Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope: How One Thing Leads to Another by Stevyn Colgan
Constable Colgan's Connectoscope by Stevyn Colgan
I read Colgan’s first book, Joined Up Thinking, a few years ago and enjoyed it. In it, each chapter would begin and end with the same sentence. Between then was a number of facts that eventually leads back to the first fact. Think 6 degrees of separation but if that was a circle and you get the idea. This book is similar and I was reading it for ages. It was something that I read in between books, reading a chapter or two as a pallette refresher or picking up when I was beginning to lose my reading mojo but wanted to try continue reading. Colgan is a QI elf too which is just a bonus in my eyes and I’ll be picking up other books by him too as I do enjoy reading fact books every now and again. My favourite fact from this book is that in Japan the Teletubbies are called Antenna Babies!

April Stats
Number of Books Read- 12
Ratio fiction to non-fiction- 11:1
Number of eBooks- 4 (Let The Dead Speak, Fever Dream, When Dimple Met Rishi and Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope)
Number of Books Borrowed from Library- 6 (Am I Normal Yet?, Lumberjanes Vol 4, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 1, Ms Marvel Volumes 5 & 6 and How Hard Can Love Be?)

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 Checklist
Read a book set in Central or South America written by a Central or South American author- Fever Dream
Read a book set within 100 miles or your location- The Blood Miracles

Overall this was a good month in terms of the amount I read but not for non-fiction or for the amount of Book Riot challenges I completed. But there’s still plenty of time for that!
My favourites for this month were probably both Holly Bourne books, Squirrel Girl and When Dimple Met Rishi. Clearly I was in the mood for YA books!
If you’ve read any of these books or have questions, leave a comment below.
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