This was the best month of reading I’ve had so far this year and that was definitely down to the OWLs Readathon. Whilst I wasn’t able to complete all of the challenges I did read 9 books and some of those have been sitting on my shelf for so long I had to dust them off first.
Divination: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This book has been on my shelf for years and for so long I’ve had no intention of reading it. Picking it up was a total spur of the moment idea but I’m so glad I did. This story is told through the eyes of 8 characters who each have their own stories but are in some way connected to the first character we meet, Holly Sykes.
This book has sci-fi elements to it, but honestly my favourite bit was the characters and their normal, everyday lives. They were written so vividly and each had such a unique voice. I definitely want to read more by David Mitchell after this.
History of Magic: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown ⭐
Probably the most disappointing book I have ever read. I honestly can’t see why this is the most hyped book of the 20th century (other than Harry Potter). I found it so boring it almost put me to sleep multiple times. Every little plot detail was way too over-explained and I didn’t find this thrilling in the slightest.
Transfiguration: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey ⭐ ⭐
Another book that’s been on my shelf for quite a few years now. This, however, was a bit more disappointing. This is a ‘mystery’ told from the point of view of a woman living with dementia. Whilst I appreciate what this does in showing what someone with dementia and the people around them go through, I found the plot was a bit tedious and predictable.
Care of Magical Creatures: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mantel ⭐
I feel like at least half of the people who read this post will be shocked I gave this book one star as I feel like everybody has read and loved this book. All I can say is, maybe it’s not for me? The problem was, I didn’t care about any of the characters.
This could be because the book and the characters in it are heavily influenced by Shakespeare as they’re travelling actors who put on plays for survivors of the illness that wiped out a large part of the population. I just couldn’t connect and found it so dull.
Ancient Runes: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker ⭐ ⭐
This book was recently shortlisted for the women’s prize for fiction and honestly I don’t really see why. This is supposedly a retelling of Greek myth but from the point of view of women. That is not what I got from this book.
For me, this is a good retelling of Achilles during the Trojen war. Parts of it is told from a woman, Briseis, who was given to Achilles as a slave, but the majority of it is about Achilles. It didn’t explore the women’s side enough for me.
Astronomy: As Far As the Stars by Virginia MacGregor ⭐ ⭐
I received this book from netgalley and honestly I wasn’t a huge fan of it. Here’s my full review.
Charms: Spring by Ali Smith ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This is the third in her seasons quartet and definitely my favourite so far. It covers so many current topics and has great characters. Here’s my full review.
Arithmancy: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodie Meadows and Brodi Ashton ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This certainly wasn’t what I was expecting but I really loved it. It gives a fantasy twist to an interesting period in British Monarch History and basically retells the reign of the 9 day queen.
DADA: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This was a reread and I think I enjoyed it even more this time around. Although I found the main character a little frustrating at times. I love when I reread a book and I get something new out of it and that’s definitely what happened with this one.
Thanks for reading,