Never Have I Ever Take 2

Good day! How are you all? This is the Never Have I Ever tag, part 2. I was tagged for this by Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm, so thanks Kaya 😊

Rules:

  1. Link back to the original creator! (Madame Writer)
  2. Link back to the person who tagged you!
  3. Answer all prompts.
  4. Add one more prompt of your own.
  5. Tag at least five people.
  6. Don’t lie.
  7. Have fun!

Never Have I Ever…Read A Later Book In A Series Before Reading The First Book!

Yep. Many times. I’ve just read The Night Stalker and The Death Sculptor recently, both of which are in the Robert Hunter series, I think they’re the 3rd and 4th 🤔

Oh, and when I first started reading Harry Potter I read Prisoner of Azkaban first, and loved it so much I went on to read the entire series over and over again 😅

Never Have I Ever…Burned A Book

Dun dun duuun!

I haven’t no, although I have wanted to. Many times. *cough cough Cursed Child cough cough*

Never Have I Ever…Read A Book I Knew I Would Hate

I know I have, I just can’t really think of any 🤔 Its happened a few times, and why I do it is beyond me, because I could just spend time reading things I do enjoy

Never Have I Ever…Wrote A Fanfiction About My Favorite Books!

Nope.

Never Have I Ever…Loved A Book When I Was Younger And Hated It When I Was Older

I remember reading The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas when I was about 9 I think, and quite enjoying it, and then I reread it last lockdown and really hated it. Bruno was just such a prick, and I get that it was meant to represent how brain washed the children were, but the narration and his self importance really pissed me off.

Never Have I Ever… Dressed Up As One Of My Favorite Literary Characters!

I have, I’ve dressed up as Tris before, or I guess more Dauntless in general than just Tris.

Never Have I Ever…Hated A Book By An Author I Love!

I don’t think so. Nope.

Never Have I Ever…Gone Into A Store To Buy One Book And Come Out With Many More!

More times than I care to admit. I don’t really go to big bookstores anyway, I normally buy my books either second hand or just cheaper elsewhere, so when I do go book shopping I go all out 😅

Never Have I Ever Read The Ending Of A Book Before The Beginning

Smh yes. Unfortunately.

Never Have I Ever…Read A Book Without A Dust Cover

All the time! I never read with a dust cover on, and I don’t know why. Maybe its just annoying when they keep slipping around and ruining the magical moment 😒

Never Have I Ever…Skim Read Half A Book

I guess? I can’t remember ever really doing it, but I must have.

Never Have I Ever…Pretended To Read A Book I Haven’t

I am not to be held accountable for what I did many years ago, but no, not for years.

Never Have I Ever…Saw The Movie Before Reading The Book

Dont hate me. I have. I’m sorry 😞

Never Have I Ever…Had A Book Boyfriend

Much as I do fall in love with characters, I don’t really imagine myself with any of them, because that’s just a bit odd to me, and I feel like putting myself into the story just ruins the magic of it. Idk, probably just me.

Never Have I Ever…Read A History Or Anthropology Book For Fun!

So my dumb self had to look up the meaning of anthropology, and this is what I got: the scientific study of people, society, etc.

Yep! I’m reading one right now called Without Conscience, and it’s about psychopathy and the “disturbing world of psyopaths among us”. Its so interesting rn, it goes into depth about many convicted killers and criminals, and what the author has dubbed the Psychopathy Checklist.

Never Have I Ever…Picked Up A Book Based On The Cover Alone

Always. We Hunt The Flame I picked up partially because of the author (whom I admire greatly), and the setting, and the cover. Have you seen that cover in person? Its so beautiful!

Never Have I Ever…Bought Multiple Books In A Series Before Starting It

No. I don’t really buy any series I’m going to read, I usually borrow them from the library. What if I hate the series, and now have a bunch of them?

Never Have I Ever…Kept Reading A Series Even If I Didn’t Love The First Book

No. If a first book is good, I’ll keep going. If not, I don’t.

Never Have I Ever…Participated In A Readathon

Oh good lord. In January I decided that I’m going to take on 3 readathons. Suffice to say it didn’t go well. 😓

My Question: Never Have I Ever… Written In A Book

I’m just now starting to do that. I can’t remember where I saw this idea, but someone talked about writing in books and about how someday someone may get that book, and see what you wrote in it. I think its great, and so timeless ☺

I nominate:

Thank you very much everyone!

My Unpopular Opinions (you all are going to hate me)

Good morning, afternoon or evening my fellow readers. Lets be honest, we all have unpopular opinions. I have a few myself, so now I’m going to make you all hate me in the course of one single post.

1. I don’t hate this cover. I hate the others.


I haven’t read this series yet, and I see everyone talking about how ugly this cover is. Now I get that its different to the others, which is so annoying because it just doesn’t match, but I don’t hate it. It’s not my favourite cover ever made, but I actually kind of don’t like these:
I don’t know why, I just really don’t like these. Maybe its the person on the front, maybe its the font of the title, I don’t know, I just hate it.

2. Harry Potter is so annoying


I mean the character. The Harry Potter world is great, but Harry himself. Well I mean. I get that he lost his parents, and he’s being hunted by a crazy evil wizard, but he’s so self pitying. His entire personality just seems to be that fact that he is the ‘Chosen One’. I actually like him a lot better in the first ones, and as the series goes on I just don’t like him so much.

3. Draco and Snape aren’t the best Slytherins. Regulus is.


This one I will fight with you to the death. Lets take a quick second to just think about it. Snape only went to Dumbledores side and joined the Order because he was in love with Lily and wamted to save and ultimately avenge her. Otherwise he would have stayed and helped the Dark Lord. Draco is a coward. During the fight in Half Blood Prince he shouts to the death eaters that he’s on their side, and that he is with them, instead of just fighting with the Order. Coward. I think the only reason people like him is because of how sad and defeated he is in Deathly Hallows. He’s actually not that great. AAAND he joined the Death Eaters when everyone thought Harry was dead.

Now Regulus joined the Death Eaters as an influence from his parents, and actually ended up giving his life so that Voldemort would one day die. Remember what he wrote on the note?

To the Dark Lord
I know I will be dead long before you read this but I want you to know that it was I who discovered your secret. I have stolen the real Horcrux and intend to destroy it as soon as I can. I face death in the hope that when you meet your match you will be mortal once more.

See? He didn’t deserve to die. He was brave, and he was about the age of Draco and Harry, so no excuse for cowardice.
I rest my case.

4. Jace was less annoying in the first few books.


He was! In the first few he was funny and sarcastic and kind of normal. In the last few he was all love sick and self pitying, he and Harry could form a club! After City of Lost Souls he became so annoying! He was constantly crying to Clary how miserable and how traumatic his life was. Hella quick note, he seemed fine with it before, in the first books, so idk.
Thats not to say that it wasn’t traumatic, but it became his entire personality. He just wasn’t so witty any more, and he was completely and absolutely in love with Clary, when just before he was certain that to love is to destroy, and to be loved was the one to be destroyed. Like boy, get your thoughts together. He doesn’t think twice about Clary.

5. Sizzy was not it. I’m sorry.


I won’t say what book this is from, because spoilers, so if you know you know. I didn’t like these 2. They seemed so forced together, because he was friendzoned earlier. There was no buildup, there was nothing that made me think that it might happen. Yeah it wasn’t for me.

6. Shatter Me was a major disappointment.


I’ve talked about this before, but it really was. I didn’t finish the first book even, because it was so boring and so annoying.
Nothing against the author, because I’ve read her other book and it was great, but this one was just 😓
The insta love at the beginning, and Juliette being completely sure that everyone must be in love with her, regardless. She just really pissed me off. Adam was all right, but again, the insta love is always a bad thing.

7. Romance is over rated


I dont know of I’m the only one, but books with a romance plot just don’t do it for me. I don’t like that the whole thing is based on romance, because there is really nothing going on. And its unrealistic too. Its so hard to find a romance that I like. In some books I enjoy having romance, as long as there’s something else going on, preferably a mystery like in Death Sculptor (I totally ship Alice and Robert) or a fantasy world in crisis 😆

8. We Hunt The Flame is the best written fantasy. End of.


I’ve seen so many people say they didn’t like this book, and it just breaks my heart because I can’t believe how good it is 😭 Its beyond any book I could have asked for, in any measure. I’m reading it right now, and I’m in love. (Also Nasir though. I LOVE HIM!) I will fight you to the death on this, no questions asked.

I also have a fair more, like how great true crime is (I found the audiobook of The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo, and it’s brilliant) or how historical fiction is the best genre there is, or how I don’t think classics are pretentious, or how cool it is to study dead languages, but I feel like those are all widely agreed upon in the bookish world, and its just unpopular with everyone else.

I’m now currently working on my escape because I can see everyone charging at me from a mile off. Good bye!

Guess The Book From The Quotes

Hey guys! How are you? I thought we’d play another game 😄

This is pretty self explanatory, but here how to play:

I’ll give you 3 quotes from some pretty famous books, and you try to guess the book. Put it in the comments, and I’ll shoutout your blog when I reveal the answers next week. Leggo!

Book 1:

“Chiron had said once that nations were the most foolish of mortal inventions. “No man is worth more than another, wherever he is from.”

“We were like gods at the dawning of the world, & our joy was so bright we could see nothing else but the other.”

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.”

Book 2:

“A thousand leagues and a thousand sands. For you, a thousand times I would defy the sun.

“…and he laughed a laugh she loved more than the warmest of fires on the coldest of nights.”

“Maybe the tiny lions were merely ornaments, a display of pride for the victory over a man who defied men, only to be slain by women.”

Book 3:

“All the beauty of the stars means nothing when life here on earth is so ugly.”

“There are two kinds of guilt. The kind that’s a burden and the kind that gives you purpose. Let your guilt be your fuel. Let it remind you of who you want to be. Draw a line in your mind. Never cross it again. You have a soul. It’s damaged but it’s there. Don’t let them take it from you.”

“Life is made of so many moments that mean nothing. Then one day, a single moment comes along to define every second that comes after. Such moments are tests of courage, of strength.”

Book 4:

“I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as the sun.”

“Destroying things is much easier than making them.”

“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.”

4 is my lucky number, so we’ll stop there. I hope you all enjoy this, and don’t forget, leave me a link to your blog 😊

Books As First Dates Tag

Hello! I’m back (surprise) with another tag! Thank you so much Jan @ The Doodle Crafter for tagging me, please go and check out her blog!

Rules:

  • Link back to the original tag! (Alice @ Love For Words)
  • Thank and link back to the blogger who tagged you!
  • Tag 5+ bloggers
  • Have fun!

First and last: a book/series you’ve read and enjoyed but can’t bring yourself to read again

I don’t think there’s any series like that for me 🤨🤔

With a friend of mine: a book/series someone recommended to you that turned out to be different from what you expected

I mean, I’m usually the one throwing recommendations all around my friend group, but the one book that one of my friends recommended to me was Shatter Me. I was really excited for it, because it was one of her favorite series (albeit one of the only series she’s read) but I just didn’t enjoy it much.

Double date: a book who’s sequel you immediately had to read

Every Shadowhunters ever! I borrowed them in 3s from my library, so that the next one was always with me and I wouldn’t have to wait a decade 😅

Let’s go to the movies: A book series that should be adapted to the screen

The Song of Achilles! I am well aware that there is a movie called Troy, but I really want something that focuses so much more on Patroclus, and a movie that doesn’t make them cousins, because that makes no sense 😕

Dreamy stargazing: a book that made you go ‘ahhh’ and ‘ohhh’

Book Thief! It was vivid and beautiful and so well written, it definitely got me oohing and ahhing 😆

Fun at the fair: a book full of colours

This is a bit of an odd one, but You Must Be Layla. It just reminds me of those super colourful children’s shows, except for teens 😅

Amusement park adventure: A book that was a rollercoaster

I have to agree with Jan on this one, Divergent was a definite rollercoaster of a read, or, more appropriately, a ferris wheel of a read 😉😜

That was awful, please excuse me

Picnic with Cherries (hehe): a book whose food description made you feel all *heart eyes*

Harry Potter! Those foods are *divine* I need to attend a feast there some time soon, because they sound so delicious, even to a picky eater like myself!

Trip to the museum: a book that taught you valuable stuff

Well I’m reading a book right now called Without Conscience, in which I am learning tons about psychopathy and psychology, which is just so interesting to me. I picked this book up after watching a behaviour analysis video, and at the end they said that this book covers most of what you need to know about psychopaths, so here I am. I’m really considering maybe studying psychology one day, and I guess this is a taster in that 🤔

I nominate everyone whose name begins with the letters A, R, T, O, H, E, M, C and D.You are now obligated by law to do it 😆

On another note, I wanted to give you all a little update saying that I am now going back to school (UUUGGGHHH) so I probably won’t be able to post that often anymore. I’m really glad I could post this much this lockdown, but thats pretty impossible with school and the many tests that are coming in the next few weeks. I will try to keep posting a few times a week, like I did before, but I’m not too sure how well its going to pan out, so I guess we’ll see 😓

Thanks again Jan,

February Wrap Up and March TBR

Hello everyone! How are you friendly people doing on this fine day? Another month has passed us by, and much as I read a lot, it was also pretty mundane, with lockdown still in place (although we are slowly getting back to normal 😄)

So, as a February wrap up alone would be a pretty short post, I’m also adding my March TBR. Just note, I sincerely doubt I will be following this TBR, because I just cannot. So what’s the point, you may ask? A mere formality to the beginning of the month.

Let’s begin with the books I read this month. I won’t go into detail about this, because you can just go see my previous post.

Martyr- Rory Clements: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Murder On The Orient Express- Agatha Christie: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Night Stalker- Chris Carter: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

You Must Be Layla: ⭐⭐⭐ (3.5)

Revenger-Rory Clements: DNF

The Death Sculptor- Chris Carter: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

So, as you can see, an amazing reading month 😁 I had so many 4 and 5 star reads, its fantastic!

I also started an audiobook called Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, which I will have to do a separate post on, since there’s much to be said.

This month has also been brilliant in terms of blogging! I’ve put out a total of 19 posts, which was super cool, and thank you to everyone who read them 😊

So, to this month’s TBR! I am taking on some of the most famous and iconic books this month, some very famous and much loved titles, I present to you: T

The List Of Books I’m Going To Read and Cry Over!

1. An Ember In The Ashes!

2. Chain Of Gold (which I’ve just started)

3. Song Of Achilles

4. We Hunt The Flame

5. The Odyssey (i hope)

We’ll stop there, but what a list! So freaking excited for these! I might also tackle a few Shadowhunters novellas, which is really cool too.

Ok, side note, but why did I find a Shadowhunters novella where I think it was Will and Jem and all of them try to tackle Jack The Ripper? What? Is that actually a thing? Oh, and a little birdie told me that they are making a TV show out of Infernal Devices. I don’t have to tell you why that’s a problem.

Thats about all I have for you today, I hope you enjoyed reading, and

February Reading Diary

Hi! If you’re reading this then it is probably around March and I have decided that my writing isn’t too bad.

To explain, I began this draft at the beginning of February because I wanted to put together some of my ideas on the books I read in February but as you all know I have problems with writing proper reviews, I just really suck at it, so I made this instead. Enjoy 😊

(Post writing Cherry here, just to say that it may all seem a bit all over, its because I was adding to it as I read the book. So for example if I say I like the book and then come back and say I don’t, it’s because I was writing this post during my reading, so I may have liked the books before and then something happened to stop me liking them. Its a bit like my experience reading that book,and my thought process behind it. Ditto?)

Oh, and quick note, this is your official spoiler alert. I pretty much cannot talk about books without giving spoilers, and sometimes I just have to rant about everything in the books. Proceed with caution, although I will put more spoiler alerts in the specific book sections depending on whether I’m about to ruin it for you.

Martyr|Rory Clements ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

How in all of the world will I tell you just how much I adore this book? I cannot. It was probably the best book I read in February and for good reason too. Let’s all just take a little trip to 1587.

Haha I just read over this and little did past Cherry know the books I was going to read this month 😅

This book focuses on John Shakespeare (who by coincidence, or not, has a brother named William who may or may not be part of a group of actors, but thats all irrelevant until the end) who has to be one of the best written characters I have ever read. He is an investigator working for Mr Secretary, and I just love him to death. Why did I want to just fight with everyone who so much as glared at him? He’s just bold and fortright and down to earth and just written with so much depth.The writing of this book was amazing, the descriptions bold and vivid, the characters written with so much depth and feeling. It was a little confusing at first because there’s a lot of characters with a lot of side storieos, which I know some people don’t like, but I personally really enjoyed it. I like seeing all the stories of all the characters rather than focusing on just one main character, especially with historical fiction. And of course, I am a sucker for old, formal English. The amount of times someone said “I jest!” was a lot but still not enough.I feel like this is one of those books that you just treasure and keep to yourself because you don’t want anyone to say something about it that will ruin your perception of it, if that makes sense.

And now, for what I like to call the spoiler section of this book talk:

  • Catherine and Shakespeare are everything. I love them together. She is so witty and funny and they’re perfect together. Except the fact that they both become teachers and have a child. Other than that, the fact that they got married is amazing and I am here for it 💙
  • Let’s take a second to remember Slide and Harper (who I guess doesn’t deserve it but still) who died for the cause (ok not Harper but I still liked him)
  • I don’t know who likes Woode but whoever it is, we need a talk, because he and Catherine together gave me a heart attack, and made me cry because she left Shakespeare to go look after that dirtbag. No.
  • When Shakespeare almost died, I almost threw the book across the room. By almost I mean that I chucked it at a wall and now the corners are slightly bent. Not my fault. It was Topcliffe.

If you haven’t read the book yet and read this section, I did warn you.
In conclusion, I have found me a new favourite, which I’m so happy about. Only thing is I won’t be reading the next 6 books anytime soon. Maybe. Anyway, I loved this book with every fibre of my heart, even if it gave me a major book hangover *still sniffling occasionally*

Murder On The Orient Express- Agatha Christie ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Agatha Christie is a genius. I think reading her books is more of an experience than simply a story. You have no choice but to try and play along and figure out the murderer. Most times you will get it wrong. Change that to all the time. Never will you ever get it right.So, Murder On The Orient Express is one of the Poirot books, who is a genius detective. They are all on a train called the Orient Express (how surprising) and they all wake up to find out that one of the passengers has been killed, and the murderer is one of them.So we go on a journey through each of the characters, as they’re all interviewed by Poirot.The pacing and writing is just perfect. Beyond perfect. As soon as I started reading it I was trapped, which may be why I read this book in 1 day. Its just so so clever and dynamic, I couldn’t help but love it.Let’s take a second to also talk about the movie because I also watched that. First off, some of the characters are different. Why? It would have been just as easy to keep the same characters as the book. In fact easier. Also the Count. The actor is Sergei Polunin, and the very first time we see him he beats up a bunch of guys.( that bit was hilarious btw) One thing I didn’t like was how they tried to push his dance career onto the character. It changed the solid downright character, and countered the whole reason Polunin was even acting. Just leave the character the same, its better for all.Thats all imma say because I don’t want to ruin it, but if you do get around to reading it, I hope you like it 😊Overall though, the book is amazing, and one of her most famous for good reason.

The Night Stalker- Chris Carter ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sooo, I found this book while looking for The Night Stalker by Philip Carlo, which covers the life and crimes of Night Stalker Richard Ramirez, and on my hunt for that book I found this. Here goes nothing!

Omg. I just finished this book and I came straight here to write because it was beyond any other mystery book that I’ve ever read. I think it was because the author was a criminal psychologist that it was so good. Let me explain.Most other mystery books that I’ve read had the killer as a distant sort of person that we were always on the hunt for, and they usually had a motive. This book however builds us up a character before we’re even introduced to them. And the way its done makes you really think about the killer. Most other mysteries have the killer as the obvious bad guy, the character you hate and are glad they’re caught. This book however delves so deeply into the mind behind the act that it makes you think so hard about it.Was I happy with the ending? Unexplainably so.

Spoiler alert:

I just have to talk about this book for a second, particularly about the killer. Usually you read mysteries or thrillers, and the killer is the obvious bad guy. In this story, however, you almost feel bad for the killer? He has a traumatic life, and end up repeating history in essence. Basically his dad killed his mom, and he ends up killing women who look like his mom. His mom told him when he was young that he would one day find someone like her to love. So he finds women who are artists (like his mother) and who look like her, and he tries to love them, but since they’re not his mother he can’t. So, he kills them out of anger and frustration. But the way he kills them is also different. He previously asked them on interviews what love feels like to them. They all said different things. One said it felt like a knife in your insides, another said it felt like a flame. So thats how he killed them. He truly thought that he was showing them what love felt like.See what I mean about it being different to other thrillers?

Its hard to talk about mystery books because there’s so much that I could be here for the next decade, its more of an experience than it is just a simple story. I don’t know how in all hell I’m going to find another book to read, because there’s nothing that can compare to it 😔 I’m just going to now go and stare at nothing while contemplating this book.(Ps. The only way I could find a book as good was to read more Chris Carter 😁 So smart)

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Yes I put 6. What about it? It was beyond perfect.

Hey ok, so since this book is a million pages long I thought I would split it up and write mini updates every now and then.

23% in:So far I’m on the chapter called Book of Fire, and all I can say is this book is good! The way it’s narrated is so freaking unique; it’s narrated by Death, which I think is crazy cool. Him as a character is just so surprisingly different to how he’s normally viewed. Take this bit for example:

I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations. Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the A’s. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me.

If that doesn’t sound like a book you want to read there’s nothing more I can do for you 😬🤷‍♀️

44% in:What am I going to do about Max? I love him so much, he just seems so sad I want to give him a hug and not let anyone hurt him. He’s so precious, he’s one of those characters you hang on to, but inevitably they die. Imagine being an author and writing a character like Max, you just can’t help but give them a sad ending. But I’m saying it now, if anything happens to Max I will personally make it my mission to find the author and make him rewrite the entire book and give Max a happy ending.

Spoiler Alert Number 2:

Keep scrolling if you haven’t read this book yet. I warned you.What is this about Rudy dying? I’m so confused, and I would be sad if I wasn’t so worried about Max. Actually scratch that, I love Rudy too and its just sad 😥Ok spoiler over.

63% in:You guys, I just died. I am no longer alive. (Post writing Cherry here: OK I just said that like they don’t mean the same thing smh) How? I’m not kidding this book gave me a mini heart attack so many freaking times 😭 I don’t want to spoil it, but WHAT THE HELL MARKUS ZUSAK? Ok, but it’s fine now. Sort of. Not really. Max?!

80% in:I am now barely even a ghost. I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but Markus Zusak seems to have it in for me. Maybe next time look after a few of the characters I like? I dunno, just a thought?

Spoiler Number 3:

Keep scrolling if you haven’t read the book yet:Max! First he almost dies, and then he just leaves! I don’t know if I should be happy that Hans helped the man, and gave him bread, or be super pissed that now Max left. I hate this book. No I don’t.

Ok, spoiler over 😌

94% in:I will now kindly excuse myself from society for the next few days WHILE I GET OVER THIS BLOODY FREAKING BOOK! HOW?! OK YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE ME THIS SAD, AND EXPECT ME TO BE FINE WITH IT! WHAT THE HELL? WHY DO THINGS KEEP HAPPENING? LIKE YOU TELL ME WHAT HAPPENS TO MAX, AND THEN YOU MOVE ON TO RUDY? NO!

100% done:I can’t think of a single thing to say right now. I don’t think there’s anything to say. I’m just going to leave this here, and all of you who have read it will understand. If you haven’t, I beg you to read it.This has to be one of the only books that got me really crying. I know I say a lot that I cry about books (which is true, no doubt about it) but this book really brought on the waterworks. I don’t think I have bawled this hard over a book since Will Herondale happened.

You Must Be Layla- Yassmin Abdel Megied ⭐⭐⭐

This was such a sweet book! I don’t normally laugh out loud at books. Maybe sometimes I smile or have a little chuckle, but this book made me just straight up laugh out loud 😆Its about a girl called Layla who is from Sudan but lives in Australia. She moves from her Islamic school to MMGS, where she is the very first Muslim hijabi to attend. So she has to learn to deal with islamophobia and racism, but honestly she’s such a queen! She’s funny and witty, and just so smart.Probably the best bit though was how much I could relate to this book, and how I understood all of it. Layla had become one of my absolute favorite book characters because she’s such a boss and I just love her to death 😄

Just a note about my rating- for enjoyment I would have rated it a 4 or 4.5, because I really did enjoy it, it fresh and light and heart warming and super sweet. I only rated it a 3 because I think of this as another book I read. While I did enjoy it, and it definitely made me feel good to be able to relate to it, it doesn’t feel like one of those books that I treasure. The other books this month all had a charm, or charisma that made me really love them, and made me feel.I guess this is one of those books that I read, enjoyed but didn’t feel any specific emotion for. Don’t get me wrong, I adore it, it just isn’t one of those that I treasure and don’t let anyone crap all over if you know what I mean.

Revenger|Rory Clements DNF

So, as you have seen I read Martyr ar the beginning of this month, and loved it so much! So, up next I’m reading Revenger, the next book in one of the best historical fiction series I have ever readSo, uh, update: I’m 20 pages in and its just not the same. It doesn’t feel much like Martyr. We have the same characters and all, but it just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t have the same charisma and charm that the first book had. I really hope it gets better, because I am going to be so disappointed 😔

Yeah I’m dnfing. I just don’t like it quite like I do Martyr, not even close 😕 All the characters feel so wooden compared to Martyr. I don’t know, I just think I could be reading something so much better rn. I might come back to it later, but now is not the time.

The Death Sculptor- Chris Carter ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Since the success of our good friend Chris Carter in The Night Stalker, I have decided to read another one of his books, this one by the name of The Death Sculptor. Here we go:

AGH! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THATS HOLY! WHAT THE HELL? This one was so good! Not as good as Night Stalker, because that one was just wow, but still amazing.

Just a word to the wise, this book is incredibly gory, and I would strongly advice looking up the trigger warnings before reading it.

I don’t really know whay else to say 😅 It’s a great book if you have a thick skin for crime, and a really cleverly put together psychological thriller.

THIS IS A HUGE SPOILER, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Olivia? Really? Seriously? Ok, it makes sense, but I have to say I was kinda disappointed. I was expecting it to be Ken Sands, and he would be the son of Roxy, and getting revenge for the death of his mother. Olivia being the Sculptor was just too much, its too complicated and it’s trying too hard. However, I wish Olivia didn’t die, because seriously she didn’t deserve to, the other 4 she killed deserved to.

So, I’m also starting Gallery of The Dead (again by Chris Carter) but since I will definitely not finish it this month, I’ll just include it in my March reading diary.

And that’s all, ladies and gentlemen! A months worth of writing all in one. I really enjoyed this kind of thing, I’m probably going to do it again in March. I’m probably still going to do a wrap up, just because there’s a few more things I did this month beside read. I hope you all liked that, and

Guess the book title answers

Hey guys, I know this is my second post today, but it’s very short so I might as well.Some of you many remember the guess the book title post that I made a little while ago (literally only 6 days ago, idk why I’m acting like it was ages) so I’m now posting the answers:

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events! This one pretty much everyone got 😄

2. Forty Acres! Yeah this was a stretch

3. The Little Teashop of Lost and Found!

4. This one was crazy stupid, but it was Jackaby 😅 I didn’t expect anyone to get it, it was pretty hard

5. The Night Stalker 😅

So, here’s all the people who took part they all tied for first, since they all got the first one:

Kitten @ The Bookish Kitten

Claudia @ Claudia Reads

Jan @ The Doodle Crafter

Kaya @ A Fictional Bookworm

Haha that’s it for that then I guess 😅

WWW Wednesday 24/02/21

Good day all! Welcome to another WWW Wednesday. To explain, WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am reading The Death Sculptor right now, by Chris Carter, who is rapidly becoming my favorite thriller author. I read The Night Stalker by him this month, and both were amazing. They’re so detailed and so well developed, it’s spectacular. This one is definitely more gory than The Night Stalker, so just a word to the wise before you read this book.

What did you recently finish reading?

Well I don’t know if this counts, because I dnfed it. 😭 This has to be one of the biggest disappointments i have ever experienced in reading the next book in a series. It just wasn’t the same, it didn’t have the same charm, both Shakespeare and Catherine fell flat, it just wasn’t as good as Martyr, and my expectations were way up high.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I will probably read either Ash, Wilde Like Me (most likely this one, I need a little break from the gore of thrillers, much as I love Chris Carter) or An Ember In The Ashes (super excited for this one) or Gallery of The Dead or I Am Death both by Chris Carter

A nice collection of books then, huh? Besides Revenger. I’m still scowling at that book. Anyhoo, I will see you guys later.

This Or That Book Tag!

Hello everyone! I really want to try this tag, I saw it on Caro’s blog, over at CJR Brit (go check her out, she’s super cool and really funny) and I thought it looked like fun, so here I am 😆
Read on the bed or the couch? Bed it is! I can’t really concentrate on the couch, and I just feel incredibly at home in bed. Weird huh?
Read at night or in the morning? All day. There’s really not a specific time that I read, its just all the time, although I do tend to read at night a lot. Yeah ok then, at night. I just think it’s so chill and the days over so I can relax. And I don’t have time in the morning.
Male main character or female main character? Ok this is oddly specific, but if its first person then male, and if its third person then female. I don’t know why, it makes no sense, but there you have it.
First person POV or third person POV? I don’t mind, I like both
Trilogies or quartets? Quartets. I don’t know, trilogies just kind of bug me. Again,makes no sense
Libraries or bookstore? My bank account says libraries 😂 I guess both, but leaning on the book store side. I use mostly the library, but I like to own the books. I like to have it for when I’m in the mood 😌
Books that make you laugh or cry? Cry 10000% I feel like books that make me cry are just so much more heart felt and touching and beautiful Black book covers or white book covers? Black. Theyre so pretty!Character-driven or plot-driven? Character-driven. If the book has bad characters, there’s really not much I can do for you. I can deal with a crappy plot if I’m in love with the characters, but bad characters are just a no no.

I won’t be tagging anyone since I wasn’t exactly tagged, but if you want to try this, go ahead 😊

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