I have been working on getting a few books read for reviews lately and I am being a bit slow to be honest so I currently have no books (well, no books that I want) to review at the moment so I thought this would be the appropriate time to do the Goodreads Book Tag. I am not sure where this started but it was not started by me so credit to the inventor of this cool tag! Also, I know that you are meant to be tagged to do this but I just felt like doing this so I’ll break the rules a bit (wow, what a rebel..)
I am on Goodreads before any of my other social media sites every day so this is definitely a good tag for me to do! Let’s dive right in!
What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?
Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin
I received an ARC of this from Netgalley and Bloomsbury and I am super grateful that they let me have this book. I was extremely excited to read it but I thought it was very disappointing as it was advertised more as a ghost story than it actually is. My review is already up anyway if anybody would like to read that!
What are you currently reading?
The Switch by A.W. Hill
Another ARC sent to me by Netgalley and Curiosity Quills. This book is definitely different from what I would usually choose but I thought it may be interesting to give it a go. I am 20% in and only started it the other day and I am actually really enjoying it. Some of the technical jargon is lost on me but everything else is pretty interesting and the main character is very likeable which is always a bonus! More on that when I get to reviewing it.
It by Stephen King
I am not someone who reads several different books at the same time but there are so many I want to read at the moment that I found myself picking different ones up. It is a book I have been meaning to pick up for AGES. The thing that has put me off is how long it is but once you’re 200 pages in, the pacing picks up. I am a huge horror fan and I just couldn’t wait to get my paws on something about a horrific, killer clown. Stephen King’s writing style is strange. This is actually my first Stephen King novel but with the movie coming out next month, I thought it would be good to read the story and review for those who are curious about it.
Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture by Joshua Levine
Another thing about my tastes is that I am really interested in fiction and non-fiction about WWI and WWII. It is just a part of history that I am fascinated in and as a Brit, I like to know about the major challenges we and the world faced. I am not far into this book at all. I plan to go see the movie and wanted a bit of an update on the history and how the film was made before I go and see it so I started this and then put it down because I started reading It but I will get more into it soon enough.
We are never meeting in real life by Samantha Irby
I saw Jenny Lawson wrote a bit about meeting Irby and how funny she was and I HAD to pick up this book. I loved the cover too and I am a big fan of humorous essays about a woman’s life. I am, again, not very far into this novel and so cannot really judge it yet. I have not found it very funny and I am not a fan of Irby’s writing style yet but as I said, I will not judge and we will wait and see!
What was the last book you marked as TBR?
The Ballroom by Anna Hope
Another book that I would not usually pick up but I saw a Goodreads friend review it and thought it sounded pretty interesting. Set in the Yorkshire moors (where I am actually from), the story focuses on characters who are based in an asylum. They are separated by sex but are allowed to come together once a month in the grand ballroom. It’s meant to be pretty historical and romantic and I am so not into romances but I will give it ago!
What book do you plan to read next?
Copycat by Alex Lake
An ARC sent to me by Netgalley and Harper Collins, which I am so, so happy about! It’s a psychological thriller about a stalker, and I am so into that. I don’t want to say too much about it because I must review it once I’ve read it!
Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase
I read a book by Eve Chase as an ARC and I am now obsessed with her writing so this is my next stop!
Do you use the star rating system?
Yes I do! I wish it did half stars because sometimes I am very picky about my books but I use the star system on both Goodreads and here. I think it’s the best thing for people to gauge how you really felt about the book.
Are you doing a 2017 Reading Challenge?
I am! I did not do one last year as my main focus has been on my BA and my MA but this year I decided that it was my time to read what I wanted and I’m really proud of myself. Usually, I read the same genre over and over but I wouldn’t let myself this time. I set myself a goal of 50, just to try it out. I am at 45 books now.
Do you have a wishlist?
Yeah I do. It’s my ‘real-bookshelf’ or ‘to-own’ list on Goodreads. It’s very small right now but I will add to it soon!
What book do you plan to buy next?
Since I am moving, I do not want to buy any more books. I am getting a studio apartment and cannot fit everything but when I eventually can, I will probably add to my James Herriot collection.
Do you have any favourite quotes? Share a few.
Who are your favourite authors?
Michelle Paver, J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Harper Lee, Ransom Riggs, Jenny Lawson, W. Bruce Cameron, Eve Chase.
Have you joined any groups?
No, I don’t believe so.
Thanks for reading! Review will be up soon!