Good afternoon my loves!
Well, it’s been a good ole’ while since I’ve written that! I had been taking a little bit of a blogging break due to real life things taking over. That’s not to say however that I stopped reading. I have no idea how I managed it but I managed to read something for every single prompt for the 2019 OWLS Readathon! I could link you back to my TBR but all you need to do is scroll down, because I finished all of them!
As always I loved taking part in this readathon and I’m already looking forward to the NEWTS in August, especially seeing as I can choose whatever career takes my fancy!
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
Okay, so this one has been on my pile for… probably over a year now. I’ve seen so many of my blogger friends read and love it I knew I just had to read it. A super unique (at least for me) spin on the Little Mermaid fairytale. Destroy the patriarchy. Be truly yourself. Dark as heck. Loved it. 5/5 stars.
I Am Heathcliff curated by Kate Mosse
I have to be honest, Wuthering Heights is not my favourite of the classics, but when I realised that this collection of short stories was curated by Kate Mosse (who is an absolute all time favourite) I just picked it up, without much thought. As with most collections, some stories were better than others, but I gave it an overall 4/5 stars.
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith
I have loved Coralie Bickford-Smith for a long old while, ever since she designed the covers for the Penguin English Library collection. As always, the art in this book was spectacular. I will say however that the ending disappointed me ever so slightly, but it’s still a good 4/5 stars.
Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill
On The Other Side of Freedom by Deray Mckesson
The Black Lives Matter movement is one that has interested me since its inception in 2014. As someone that is really keenly interested in social justice, and I suppose in social injustice, so you can imagine how happy I was to receive this in a giveaway. A meditation on justice, freedom, politics, race and the birth of the most formidable protest movement of the 21st century. This one is definitely not to be missed. 4/5 stars.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Always an all time favourite, I will never get bored of Manderley. A wonderfully gothic modern classics that since its publication in 1938, it has NEVER gone out of print! Superb as always. 5/5 stars
The War of the Worlds by H G Wells
This is one of those classics that I’ve had on my shelves for year and just never read. I think that what I learned reading this is that Sci-Fi classics are just not for me. While I did enjoy this one a little, I can’t ever imagine re-reading it, so I gave it 3/5 stars.
Suffragette: My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst
I have recently grown a deep interest in the Suffragette movement, I’ve started collecting and reading all of the non-fictional books I can find on the subject. I really enjoyed this one and I think it was a great place to start for me, with one of the founding members telling her story. Definitely recommend with 4/5 stars.
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
I managed to read this one not only for the readathon, but also as the April buddy-read book with Luna, Reg and Jenna. Short, sharp and shocking. I’m so glad this one made it into the Women’s Prize Shortlist for 2019 too! A whopping 5/5 stars.
The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
The muchly anticipated sequel to Truly Devious, I have been looking forward to this since finishing the first installment. While I didn’t love this one as much as the first, I did really enjoy the character development and the little bits of the mystery that became clear. I will definitely be picking up the next one as soon as its out. 4/5 stars.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I think I’m going to write a duology review for this and Muse of Nightmares once I’ve finished them both. And honestly, I don’t think I have the words to adequately review this one right now anyway. 5/5 stars, that’s all I can say.
And there we have it! The books that I read for the OWLS Readathon 2019! Did you join in this time? How many OWLS did you manage to pass? Let me know in the comments!
Peace and pages