Wrap Up

Middle Mark | July 2019

Middle Mark

I feel like my reading was dragging so much this first half of the month. I had a lot going on and I was pretty stressed out that I didn’t really want to read, which says a lot since that is normal what I do when I want to destress. Anyway, I did manage to read some and I found myself kicking myself for not reading some of them sooner. Also, I am doing better in the stress department so the rest of the month will hopefully will be better reading wise. Here are the books I have read the first half of the month.


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The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This held true to the little blurb on the cover, “Grisly World of Victorian Medicine”. This book goes into great detail into what victorian medicine was, so if medical talk and such bother you, stay away from the book. If you would love to learn more about the progression of science and medicine, please read this.

Lindsay Fitzharris I think does a great job turning this non-fiction topic into a narrative. It read very nicely and flows. I never felt bogged down by fact and stats, even though I learned a ton. The way she broke the novel into chapters also made a lot of sense and were natural breaking points, not that I stopped I read this in one sitting.

I also appreciated that the end notes were organized by not just in order, but labeled by chapter as well. The only thing I wished was that were labeled by a number or letter and not just by the page number since there can be three or more from a single page and I had to flip back and forth from the chapter to the end note to make sure I was looking at the correct source.

Overall, I recommend this book if medicine, history, victorian era and science are something you are interested in, I actually already have this going to a friend of mine.

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War and PeaceWar and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am finally getting to this review, thanks for waiting!

I have to say, this novel is long, but It not one that can be read slowly. If you take your time details will begin to fall away and it may leave you lost and confused. It is helpful while reading to have a list of characters, I know I needed mine.

I have previously read works by this author, such as Anna Karenina, and loved it more and more as time passed. I found myself thinking about the characters and empathizing and realizing more and more. I really don’t think that will be the case with War and Peace. While I did enjoy reading this and I do not regret it in the slightest, I just feel like I wont think about this book again. I could very well be wrong.

At times I was bored and kept saying, “alright get on with it already” while other times I was laughing so hard at something or very really engrossed. This book was a bit all over the place in that sense for me, that is why I decided to give it 3 stars.

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Mort (Discworld, #4)Mort by Terry Pratchett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am kind of mad it took me so long to read a book by Terry Pratchett. The sense of humor, characters, and world are so unique and fun. His take on the character of death is really interesting and I found that even though that this is a story about Death, I laughed a bunch. Mort is a really fun and interesting character as well, it is interesting to think about how a human would react to the situation and choices he was given. It really make you think. I really enjoyed this story and I will be continuing to read the death books within the Discworld series. I don’t really know what else to say because I loved this story and if you enjoy fantasy and a good laugh, I feel like you will really enjoy this.

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The Two Dead GirlsThe Two Dead Girls by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The feeling of this book is really haunting. Part one has really set the tone of this serial (6 parts). It depicts a pretty horrendous crime so you know what type of people our narrator is dealing with, but I am thankful that he has not shared more than he has needed to. I really am enjoying the narrators voice, it is oddly calm, but I can tell something big is going to be shown to me. I am going to be jumping into part 2 as soon as I can.

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Currently Reading 2

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)

I just started reading this book last night since I somehow managed to finish two books yesterday, woohoo! I have not started a new series in sometime so I am in a way excited to be reading this, but also not looking forward to the wait  for the next book.  So far I am enjoying the world that I have seen so far. Like I said, I started this book pretty late last night so I am not very far in, but so far so good and I don’t see that changing unless something ridiculous happens.

 


What are you currently reading?

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To Be Read

TBR | July 2019

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We are officially in the second half of the year, I can’t get over it. But, I am excited to share another TBR with you. This month I am reading a few books by adored authors, continuing a reread of a series I love, and then throwing in a few books written by new to me authors. In other words I am reading a little bit of everything. Without a huge introduction, here are the books I am going to do my best to read this upcoming month.


-The Books-

The Bird’s Nest by Shirley Jackson

Each month I have been trying to read the book I have had on my owned TBR the longest. At this point in the that would be The Bird’s Nest. I picked it up in July, so this would be a year so it is time to read it because I don’t really keep books over a year because I have not read it by then I am never going to read it. I do love Jackson’s work, I just know I read a lot of them last year and that is most likely why I have put this one off.

The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

Last month I started my reread of the LOTR series and this month I wanted to continue along with that. I feel like reading one a month leaves me at a good pace while not neglecting the rest of my TBR.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

I was lucky enough to get this as an eARC via netgalley. Ruth Ware is one of my top thriller writers so I am very excited to get to this and review it for all of you. Thank-you Gallery Books!


-TBR Jar Pick-

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

This is a fairly recent addition to my TBR I got it as my bonus book of the month book in May since I was gifted a free book from them since I have been a member for so long. I am very interested to see where this novel goes because I opened the inside flap and it says “A Girl…A Prince…A Monster” in large type, how could I not want to know how these three fair together?


What are you reading this month?

Have you read any of these books before or are they on your TBR?

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Lets Talk

Revisiting| _____ Picks My Books

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So, the last few months I have had a series called “_______ Picks My Books”. This has been such a huge adventure for me. If you want to take a peak into my adventure you can read the posts in this series here: Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books Haul | Bookseller Picks My Books and Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books.

I have been sharing my hauls from this series with you, but I never really shared the aftermath of the hauls so I though it would be fun to share what has happened since the books have been added to my shelves. In this post I am only going to be focusing on the first two of the series since I have had time to get to them. I am about to pick up one of the books from Book Buddy Picks My Books, I swear Amy! Anyway, without more of a delay here we go!

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Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books Revisited

In this haul my boyfriend picked out three books for me. The First Pick By Gaslight by Steven Price, the second pick was Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba, and the last one was Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire.

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Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1

Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Gaslight was featured in my post Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter April 2018. To focus on By Gaslight, I ended up unhauling this book. For me I was more into the idea of the book than the writing style. The writing style made it difficult for me to get into and I did not want to push through a 700 page book to see if I would like the story. The main issue I had was that it was difficult to tell if the person was having internal or external dialogue.

Hiddensee had much the same issue for me. I really like the idea of the book, but the writing style was not for me. I may in the future try the audiobook version, but who knows what will happen.

The last book my boyfriend picked for me was Deathnote… I LOVED THIS! I am still in the process of reading this series, but I am loving it I am currently on Volume 4. This was a total win for  him. Overall, while I did not like a majority of this haul I count it as a success because I found a series I really like.

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Haul | Bookseller Picks My Books  Revisited

In this haul the bookseller picked Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon and The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. This experiment was a bit harder for me since I was asking a stranger who has no idea who I was and what my reading tastes were. So I was anxious as to how this would unfold.

The Pillars of the Earth

Everything, Everything

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first book that she picked recommended to me was The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Now, if you follow me on goodreads you will see I am currently about 200 pages into this book. I have to admit this book is HUGE, but I am really liking it. The writing style is perfect and I love how there are so many intertwined stories. I even picked up the second book in the series because I knew I would want to continue. This was a total win.

The second book was a YA book I have been hearing about for years, but I never picked up for one reason or another. Everything, Everything was featured in my post WRAP UP | March 2018. Overall, I really liked it. While I can understand why some people have problems with it, I wont say more because…spoilers! But, I read it quickly, a single day in fact. So this was another win for this awesome bookseller.

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