Life has been a bit crazy over the last couple of weeks so I sort of missed the end of September and the start of October. Ooops.
But I’m here now, so here’s a quick catch up on what I read over September (taking me up to 43/36 for the year):
Blame by Simon Mayo 5/5* – Wow. You need to read this book. Seriously, go find it and read it. (Full review here)
Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay 5/5* – I think I have said enough previously about my love for Harry Potter and sharing this stunningly illustrated version with Tori (and sometimes Arthur), chapter by chapter, has been amazing fun. Even if my character voices are terrible and Arthur now thinks that Hagrid comes from Somerset…
Way Down Dark by James Smythe 5/5* – I probably should have paused for breath between this and Blame because by the time I had finished it, I was exhausted. Fantastic, fast-paced read that went to some dark places – I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. (Full review here)
Harriet The Hamster Fairy by Daisy Meadows 3/5* – Tori brought this home from school and we read it together. She loved the simple story about two friends finding a lost hamster and saving a magical fairy hamster from some goblins with help from Harriet the Hamster Fairy. It was light, fluffy, cheeful and generally mind-numbing and vomit-inducing. Exactly what a seven year old who loves furry animals, sparkly things and goblins wants from a book. I have been avoiding reading the other one she brought home from school next… (My honest rating: ‘Lost-the-will-to-live/5*’, Tori’s Rating ‘5/5*’)
Death At The Seaside by Frances Brody 5/5* – A book I didn’t expect to like but actually loved. A murder mystery set in 1920s Whitby that took me by surprise and completely dragged me in. Full review to come tomorrow on the Blog Tour to celebrate its release!
I also read 3 sampler books that I picked up at YALC and blogged about them here.