Friday, 24 June 2016

April & May Reading Wrap Up

So it's been a while since I posted a reading wrap up. Ooops? I think because I took an accidental blogging break for the whole month of May it's best that I just combine two months together to catch up. I did quite a bit of reading due to rereading Harry Potter which made it much easier to pick up a larger number of books for my 2016 GoodReads reading goal. I mostly enjoyed the books I read over the last two months and now that it's summer I have more spare time to actually read the books that I want to be reading! Yay. Charlotte and I have put Sassy Books on hold for the moment, it might return soon if we are feeling up to it but honestly there was very little participation and I don't think either of us were really enjoying it anymore.




Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling - I started rereading the first book as part of sassy books and I couldn't help but continue rereading the series. Goblet of Fire is definitely my favourite as I love the Triwizard Tournament and all the excitement it brings to Hogwarts. Prisoner of Azkaban is probably my least favourite. It's not bad but all the others are just so good. I'm going to put off rereading Order of the Phoenix until after my exams as it's such a big book and I don't want to get distracted. I absolutely love the Harry Potter series and if you haven't read it already then you seriously need to get round to reading it. 5/5 stars!

The Humans by Matt Haig - I got this book for Christmas 2014 and to be honest I really struggled to get into it. I took it on holiday with me over Easter and said to myself  'if you don't read it on this holiday then give up on it and send it to a charity shop'. And I am so glad I finally got into this! It's about an alien who is sent to take over the body of a mathematician. He had solved a really complex equation that would lead to a surge of new technology/science etc and the aliens didn't want the humans catching up with them. He is supposed to destroy the formula and kill everyone who could possibly know anything about it. But he gets attached to the humans and has written this book to inform all the other aliens that humans aren't as bad as they thought. The writing style is very witty and I loved it. If you enjoyed the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series then you'll like this too. I gave it 4/5 stars because of the difficulty I first had getting into the book.

Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding - I read the majority of this on the plane to Canada and it was the perfect easy travel read. I absolutely loved the first two Bridget Jones novels and I was so excited when I found a copy of this in a charity shop for £1! This book is set years after the first two novels and Bridget is now a single parent struggling with online dating and Twitter. Whilst so much of her life has changed the classic Bridget 'voice' is still there and it's just so comforting. Loved this one, don't have much else to say really! 5/5 stars.

The Call of The Wild by Jack London - Let me just start of by saying that this book was recommended to me by a boy who fucked me over. I was curious and it was free on Kindle. He sold it as a story about a dog who discovered his love of the wild. It's actually a story about a dog who gets stolen, severely beaten and then sold into a dog sleigh group where it is beaten, starved and fights with other dogs. Wish I'd read this much sooner as it would have been a pretty obviously indication that he's an actual psycho. 2/5 stars and that's me being generous. Really grim and difficult to read at times.

Organometallics 1 by Manfred Bochmann - This is really boring so not going to say much. But I read it cover to cover whilst revising so it counts towards my GoodReads goal. It was really helpful with the course content so 5/5 stars.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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