Good morning my loveliest readers!
Today I bring you my mid-way wrap-up of the books that I have read for the House Cup Reading Challenge! I ran a poll on Twitter asking whether you’d prefer individual reviews for selected books or mini reviews for everything that I’ve read and almost everyone said a mini review post, and so here it is! I considered doing one big post at the end but though that it would be far too long and a little bit overkill. Here is what I have read in the first half of the month long House Cup Reading Challenge!
Main Challenge Books:
Origin – Dan Brown
Dan Brown is an auto-buy author for me. There’s not a single book I haven’t loved by him. Origin was no different. While it may not be renowned for being phenomenally written, the premise is so original. Origin is your typical Dan Brown book; vivid locations, history context and a mad dash to beat the bad guys. 5/5 stars, definitely.
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
This was the second book I picked up in October for Black History Month (the first being Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga), and again this was a 5/5 star read for me. I have always considered myself to be an anti-racist, but this book sure did open my eyes. One for those of you looking to get a different perspective on race.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
Reading a reimagining of Sherlock Holmes is like coming home for me. My father used to read them to me when I was very small. I loved Brittany’s take on it, reimagining it for the next generation. A great YA retelling and a series that I’m looking forward to reading the rest of! 4/5 stars for this one.
Search Party: A Collection of Poems by George The Poet
This is another one that I picked up for Black History Month. Originally a read in hardcover but after the first read, I felt like I needed more, so I downloaded the Audiobook so that I could listen to George’s words in his own voice, and it was well worth it. A collection of poetry full of social commentary, personal narrative and more. A great recommendation for both poetry lovers and those wanted something to read for Black History Month. 4/5 stars.
#Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel
The Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave
A middle-grade fantasy with themes of friendship, family and a great female lead. I did enjoy this book but it didn’t exactly blow me away. Issabella travels to a long -forgotten land to save not only her friend but the whole island. It was pretty action-packed but the ending left me a little deflated. 3/5 stars for this one.
#Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship
One by Sarah Crossan
A heartbreakingly beautiful tale of two conjoined twins written entirely in verse. I picked this one up because everyone was raving about Sarah Crossan’s latest release Moonrise and then I found this in my local bookstore. This tore me apart and put me back together again. If you haven’t read this book already, I highly suggested you grab yourself a copy right now. 5/5 stars, without a shadow of a doubt.
#Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
As much as I totally love everything by Marissa Meyer, I was really reluctant to read this one because it is a story that is really dear to buy heart. At the same time I really wanted to know what The Red Queen was like before she became this tyrannical leader. I was not disappointed. It was written in a way that only Marissa Meyer could do, sensitive to the original but oh so imaginatively done. 4/5 stars.
Total Pages: 2,276
Total Points: 110
Keep your eyes peel for the final wrap-up post in two weeks time to see what else I read during the House Cup Reading Challenge. Are you taking part? If so leave all of your posts below so that I can check them out!
Peace and pages