September Reads, Plans & Updates #4 | Hannah’s Reads

Hello fellow readers!

I did not post an update last week as I was reading the same books as the week before. My reading has slowed down greatly these past couple of weeks, as I am de-cluttering a lot of items in my home, which has kept me very busy. But reading to me is for fun, so it’s not about how much I’ve read to make a good reading session, it’s about my reading experience.

Anyway to my update….

Completed Reads

Crown of Midnight by Sarah. J. Maas
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This book took me a long time to get through and complete. I think this may have been because there were many parts that were predictable and irrational that it left me with many mixed emotions.

Considering the high reviews and ratings for the book, I was expecting a better storyline and plot.

This book was a disappointing second book in a series (Click here to read my review on ‘Throne of Glass’), and not as good as the first book. I found the main character to act very irrationally and then to think later about the consequences, instead of behaving like a professionally trained assassin. Anyway I will be explaining my views more with a full review, which will be coming soon.

Crown of Midnight is a continuation from the book ‘Throne of Glass’ as it follows Celaena in her attempt to try and uncover the uncover the mysterious activities of the king.

Currently Reading

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

a_game_of_thrones_george_r_r_martinI read many reviews that called this series an epic fantasy, and they were correct.  I am 348 pages in (from writing this blog post) and it feels as if I have just crossed in the beginning of the middle section of the book. But don’t let this deter you away from reading it, because it feels as if I’ve been reading for only a short while. I have to put this down to George. R.R Martin’s amazing style of storytelling.

I’m enjoying this book tremendously and can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next. The book is told from multiple perspectives, which I am enjoying, although there are too many names for me to remember who everyone is. If any knows an available non-spoiler name guides for the first book, please point me in in the right direction as I keep forgetting the different names.

Anyway so far so good with this book, I hope it continues to amaze me.

Game of Thrones is about multiple families with power, and the challenges they encounter to maintain and achieve these powers. (A better synopsis, when I read more).

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
death_on_the_nile_agatha_christieFor some reason I haven’t been in the mood to commit myself to reading this book. This will be the 9th book in the Poirot series that I will be reading for the #yearofPoirot readathon, as this is the read for September (click here to find out more information on this).

I do wish there was an audio book available for me to listen to, so that I could fly through it, while doing other activities. I’ll just have to make a conscious effort to get through this. So far I have read two pages.

That is it for my weekly update.
What books could you recommend to read?
Happy Reading!
Hannah

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane | BOOK REVIEW

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Published:

2014 (Originally 2013)

Sceptre

278 Pages

Hardback

Read from 6th July – 10th July 2015

Synopsis

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane, follows an elderly lady called Ruth. She lives by herself near the coast, until a lady shows up at her house one day stating that she is her new care worker. There is something about Ruth, and is she hears a tiger prowling in her living room at night. This novel is a story of suspense, confusion, and unreliability, which leads into a place of reflection and poignancy.

Review

This book was an amazing book that pulled at my heart by its end. It took me on a dark experience of the life of vulnerable person.

The story is told through 3rd person perspective, but the author somehow made me feel as if the main protagonist was at times unreliable, and therefore I created two predictions to the outcome of the story. The plot was written very well, that I could not see how the story was going to end.

I also enjoyed how Fiona was able to write about the different relationships. I really liked the relationship between Ruth and Frida at the beginning of the story, it was done so well that it felt real and true to the characters and plot. I won’t give my opinions to the second half to avoid spoilers.

I especially enjoyed Ruth and Richard. The innocence and conversations, made my heart melt. I continually kept thinking, ‘this is how an author is meant to write about romance’ it was not quick, rushed or instant, it was perfect.

This was a highly enjoyable read, and one that surprised me. I would really love to see this book become a TV or film adaptation.

Overall, I rated this book 4 stars out of 5.

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What books have you read that were better then you expected?

Happy Reading!

Hannah

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson | BOOK REVIEW

the_well_of_ascension_mistborn_brandon_sandersonThe Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Published:

2009 (Originally 2007)

Gollancz

763 Pages

Paperback

(Mistborn #2)

Read from 18th June – 5th July 2015

Synopsis

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson is the second book in the Mistborn series. It continues on from the first book, ‘The Final Empire’, as the characters set out to seek information on the ancient legend of the Well of Ascension.

Review

This was an absolutely wonderful book to read and a great sequel to the series. Getting back into this world was not difficult as Sanderson was able to fill in the details, without over explaining things again.

The story went in a direction I was not expecting. Just like with ‘The Final Empire’, Sanderson was always a step ahead of me, so I was unable to predict what was going to happen.

The multiple perspectives were just as great to read. I especially liked the characters Sazed and OreSeur, they added a lot to the story. I found myself looking forward to when the story was told from their perspective or if they were in the scene with the current character perspective.

I listened to the audiobook at times. The reader at first sounded very boring, however as I continued to listen, he was able to capture the differences in the characters, making it a very enjoyable read.

I would definitely recommend starting or continuing this series, it is worth it.

I rated this book on Goodreads 5 stars out of 5.

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Can you recommend any other Brandon Sanderson series?

Happy Reading!

Hannah

September Reads, Plans & Updates #2 | Hannah’s Reads

Hello fellow readers!

I hope you all have had an amazing week and managed to read some interesting books. This week for myself, I have come to have a realisation, that I have too much clutter in my life. For this reason, I will be getting rid of a lot of things that I do not need and do not use anymore. So my reading experience will become a lot slower, apart from me listening to audiobooks, as this is the perfect thing for me to do while I clear up.

Completed Reads

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie
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This was an extremely enjoyable read. I really enjoyed how the plot was carried out and where it went. It was different from the usual people in a room, ‘who did it’ style of murder mystery. Look out for my review about this later.

The ABC Murders is about a serial killer, who is killing people in alphabetical order. It is up to Poirot and the police to solve the case before another murder is committed.

Current Reads

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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I’ve continued to read this book from last week, however I feel that I will be finished the same day this blog post will be posted. I am so close to the end that I know I will get there. This is a very enjoyable read mainly because the opinions in the book about race and culture relates what I have been thinking and feeling about for a while. It is refreshing for me to read a book with these ideas and thoughts.

Americanah deals with finding identity in a new country, different from a person’s own. It is follows characters as they try to fit into a new place without the barriers that get in their way.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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It has taken me over a year, but I have started to read this book. I was very underwhelmed when I finished the previous book ‘Throne of Glass’, that I did not have the drive to pick it up the next book in the series. However I made it a conscious effort to pick it up, as I did a bit of research that told me the second book in the series was a lot better. I decided to give it a go, as previously I have been in a situation where I felt a book was not going to be an amazing read. Only to be shocked in it becoming one of my favourite reads. So far unfortunately, I’m finding it hard to flow into the reading of this book, that it is taking me ages to get through one page. I’ve already done a few eye rolls*, which is not good considering I’m only over 100 pages, from the time this blog post has been written.

*Eye rolls= anything that I find exaggerated, unrealistic, silly, annoying (and more).

That’s it for my weekly update.
What books have you wanted to read for ages and then finally started?
Happy Reading!
Hannah

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie | BOOK REVIEW

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Published:

2015

Harper Voyager

484 Pages

Hardback

(Shattered Sea #2)

Read from 6th April – 30th June 2015

Synopsis

Half the world by Joe Abercrombie is the second book in the Shattered Sea Trilogy. This time however it follows multiple perspectives, with a new protagonist called Thorn Bathu. The backdrop of the story still continues on, however we follow Thorn as she is wrongly accused of murder. But, from the help of Father Yarvi, she ends up on a journey across the Shattered Sea.

Review

I really enjoyed the second book to the trilogy. There were things that did not equal the brilliancy of the first book, ‘Half A King’ (click here to read my review for this book), but there were many things that I did enjoy. I don’t usually read books that have a viking feel to it, especially since I watched the film The Vikings with Toni Curtis and Kirk Douglas. From then, I can’t help but visualise the setting whenever I was reading. This series however, is a great introduction into this genre.

I listened to half the book as an audiobook, and the reader captured the characters well. The plot was very interesting, and I became very involved in the characters as they were all written with a different voice.

Thorn as character was amazing. I loved how she is independent and has the strength and will to survive, she is fearless and courageous.

I haven’t read any other books by Joe Abercrombie, but I definitely will, once I finish this trilogy. It should be soon now as ‘Half a War’ is staring at me from my desk as I write this review.

Reading this book did take quite a while to complete, as I was unable to get hold of the second half of the audiobook. I was extremely busy and I did not have time to sit down and just read. I therefore had no choice but to put the book on hold for a while, which did effect my overall reading experience.

Overall I rated this book 4 stars out of 5

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Happy Reading!

Hannah

Peril at End House by Agatha Christie | BOOK REVIEW

peril_at_end_house_agatha_christiePeril at End House by Agatha Christie

Published:

2001 (Originally 1932)

HarperCollins

287 Pages

Paperback

(Hercule Poirot #8)

Read from 7th June – 16th June 2015

Synopsis
Peril at End House is a murder mystery novel that follows Hercule Poirot as he sets out to help Nick Buckley, a lady, who is claims someone is trying to murder her.
Review

I listened to this book as an audiobook, and I found the experience to be a disappointment, as the reader did not have the ability to capture the magic of Hercule Poirot’s character.

The plot was good at the beginning, but then it began to drag and was no longer as enjoyable. By the end of it, I grew impatient and just wanted Poirot to solve the case.

This book was not as enjoyable as my previous Agatha Christie book, ‘The Mystery of the Blue Train’, and for that reason I rated it 3 stars out of 5.

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What Agatha Christie book have you read?

Happy Reading!
Hannah

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie | BOOK REVIEW

the_mystery_of_the_blue_train_agatha_christieThe Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

Published:

2001 (Originally 1928)

HarperCollins

383 Pages

Paperback

(Hercule Poirot #6)

Read from 25th May – 4th June 2015

Synopsis
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie is a murder mystery story that follows Hercule Poirot, as he works his way into solving the mysterious murder that happened on a train.
Review

I really enjoyed this book I found it the most interesting in the Poirot series so far. The book is written from multiple perspectives, with a link that connects the characters together. I was taken on a journey in which I felt to be working alongside Hercule Poirot to solve the case.

Unlike other books in the series that I had read by Christie, I did not find this one to drag, which would then cause me to wish the case could be solved sooner.

I would recommend listening to the audiobook, as the reader also added to my enjoyable reading experience.

Overall, I gave this book 4 stars out of 5.
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Can you recommend any Agatha Christie books for me to read?
Happy Reading!
Hannah