Reading Lately

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So I didn’t read all that much in the last couple of months what with travel and just the time of year really. I always slump on reading during the “summer”/ around July and August (although ironically, work wise its the best time of year for me as out supreme court – the court i most often appear at – was closed for a month and I was less busy than usual).

Anyway, I finally got back into the reading groove in the last couple of weeks.  I’m doing Erin’s Book Challenge and usually I stagger challenge books with books I ‘feel’ to read. Because I hadn’t been reading though I was way behind and so I basically binge read the last of the books for the challenge (and then irrationally started a second round because… of course).

TLDR all of the books I read in this past month were for Erin’s book challenge.

Anyway, these are the books I’ve been reading lately.

Loved it:

The wisdom of Sally red shoes ~ Ruth Hogan

(received from Netgalley for an honest review / read for Erin’s book challenge)

Wow what a book. I loved it and struggled through it at the same time. It’s the story of Masha who for many years has grieved the death of her son and who is walking through an awakening in learning to live while still grieving largely in part because of the eccentric woman named Sally who Masha meets in a cemetery and who truly impacts her life. 

It’s also the story of Alice, a mother, and her son. Her life in intertwined with Mashas in ways that are fairly clear but more apparent at the end. I’ll say no more other than it’s a great read. Hard, if you’ve ever lost someone – reading an entire book about death is never easy – but still good. Recommend for sure.

4/5 stars

Goodreads link here




Nevermoor – the trials of Morrigan Crow ~ Jessica Townsend

(read for Erin’s book challenge)

Middle grade and fantasy are not my genres and I licked this up. Before I read it I heard rumblings of this book being Harry Potter-esque. And it is. But it’s also made me reminisce of hunger games, Alice in wanderland, marry poppins and a bunch of other feel good worlds while standing as it’s own as an individual tale. The intricacy of this world was incredible and I guess that’s why it reminds me of those other iconic stories.

Ok so what kept it from being 5 stars? First I still think we could have learned a bit more about who Morrigan (The main character) is… I don’t think I know her enough. Second.. I’m still trying to figure out what century the book was set in and that was frustrating (horse drawn carriages one minute then futuristic transport and wireless communication the next).

Either way good book. Will obvi read the next one.

4/5 stars

Goodreads link here


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire ~ J.K Rowling

(read for Erin’s Book Challenge)

Reading the Harry Potter series for the first time in your thirties is pretty interesting I’ll tell ya.

I enjoyed this book so much. It was action packed from start to finish and while it took a DARK (!!) turn from the earlier books in the series, it kept me reading. I can’t say for sure yet if this is my favourite book of those I’ve read so far but if it isn’t, then it’s close.

5/5 stars (not my usual genre and very dark but I could find no reason to take away a star – I was hooked)

Goodreads link here





Liked it:

The Sellout ~ Paul Beatty

(read for Erin’s book challenge)

Im not sure how to review this one. I enjoyed reading this satirical piece but didn’t love it like everyone else and I’m not sure how it came to be a Booker Prize winner.

That said, I do think that some of what is spoken about (race relations, police brutality, segregation) is highly relevant given today’s society and it was entertaining – I never felt disinterested – so its a medium score for me.

3.5/5 stars

Goodreads link here






Our House ~ Louise Candlish

(read for Erin’s book challenge)

Tangled webs and deception. A tale as old as time.

What if you get home one day to find out it’s been sold and other people are moving in. And then you find out your soon to be ex husband has found himself trapped in a web of lies? Well this is the general gist of this book. Suspense at its best (I see it being described as a thriller and I certainly do not think it is).

I enjoyed it and it would have gotten a higher review if I truly didn’t dislike the characters (Bran mainly, but Fi to some extent as well) so much. I don’t usually let character affect my ratings but Bran was just insufferable. I didn’t mind the rambling middle like a lot of people, I liked that the narrative was fully explain.

3.5/5 stars

Goodreads link here


Not my vibe:

The last time I saw you – Liv Constantine

(read for Erin’s book challenge)

Didn’t love this one. I didn’t hate it, but it really kinda just fell flat for me. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last Mrs. Parrish (also by this author) but I think I preferred it to this one.

What did I like: I liked that it kept me gripped the entire time. I was never bored and never felt like I didn’t want to complete the story.
What I didn’t like: The basic one dimensional characters, the contrived story-lines, the soap opera ending, the predictability (I mean if we are going to have a soap opera ending we really need it to at least not be predictable).

TL;DR – If I were to judge it as a psychological thriller, then it didn’t work. If I were to judge it as a lifetime movie/drama then it did what it was supposed to.

2.5/5 stars

Goodreads link here


Have a good one guys!!


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