It was not a good month! Call it a slump, a wall, a plateau, whatever, I just wasn’t reading much this month and every time I picked up a book I would read maybe five pages and put it down again. I even gave up on a book. But I have two ✮✮✮✮ books and one ✮✮✮ book so at least it wasn’t a complete disaster!
I have a thing for late night radio/ radio talk shows. I think it comes from loving the TV show Frasier as a kid. But when I was googling around for something radio show based, I found the Kitty Norville series which you will have seen me haul here! The main difference being that Kitty is a werewolf and the radio show is a talk show for the supernatural- werewolves and vampires basically. I wasn’t expecting a huge amount from these books though. I was kind of expecting the same kind of thing as the True Blood books- especially with a Charlaine Harris quote on the front. I was guessing it was going to be a fun, supernatural, trashy kinda read. But I was pleasantly surprised. Any book that manages to reference Paradise Lost on the 7th page is not to be treated like a trashy novel because damn. I was taught the first two books at school and that is not a book I would manage to reference easily.
It was fun while managing to deal with some pretty dark stuff with pack dynamics and growing up as a werewolf, and kept me reading long into the night.
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise RennisonYes, I am twenty.
I’m an adult. I can read what I want! You may remember me kinda hauling these books and I decided to relive my childhood while reading something easy and enjoyable. And it was, it didn’t suffer from the Princess Diaries problem of no time passing as this book covers a year and is much more like a diary. It was funny and reminded my a lot of my school experiences at that age, horrifying as they were, with boys and my ugly school uniform and friends.My only issue with the book is the rather problematic references to LBGT people which reflects the time is was written (1999) and unfortunately now. I’m not sure I’d let my future kids read it just because I don’t think I’d want them thinking like that. But as an adult I can see the problem and know better.✮✮✮
Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent*This book was original, and what I mean by that is that I have never read a book quite like this. Written from several peoples perspective, I read this book in one day and had a constant sense of unease as the story unravelled. It’s hard to explain this book, I would recommend this to someone looking for a bit of a psychological creepy read but beware if you’re someone sensitive to issues such as domestic abuse because that is the overlaying storyline.“Oliver Ryan is a monster.”✮✮✮✮
A book I gave up on was Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the sequel to Divergent that I reviewed here. I got 256 pages in before I put it on my Paused shelf on Goodreads so I gave it a good try and maybe I’ll pick it up later but I just couldn’t read it any longer, it was making me sad to see it on my Currently Reading. It’s such a hyped up book and so many people love it but I just couldn’t.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
*I won this from a Goodreads giveaway, I’m not obligated to talk about it on my blog, I just read it this month.