The Wise Man’s Fear – I set myself a target of getting to page 700 this month and I went far and above this and got to 705…
Unscripted: My Ten Years in Telly – This was actually a lot more interesting that I thought it would be, I found the first 30-40% a bit dry. There’s a lot of explanation around the initial start up of the show which I kind of plodded through but once we got into the swing of the going through each series, the candidates and the tasks this was a nice anecdotal walk down memory lane (if you’re an Apprentice viewer that is), 3 stars
The Princess Saves Herself in This One – Once more into the poetry anthology breach, some of these poems felt so personal that it almost felt rude to be reading them, another one I’ll be holding on to for both days when I want to curl up and feel sorry for myself (in a good way) 5 stars
When Breath Becomes Air – One of those books that you don’t want to put down (even though the ending is fairly obvious) but you kind of have to stop every now and again just to digest what’s being said. It didn’t actually move me to tears which I almost expected it to but a very emotional read nonetheless, 5 stars
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire – While I’ll unpredictably praise all the Harry Potter books, Goblet of Fire has been my long standing favourite and this re-read didn’t change a thing. I got through a large chunk of this while on a train to London getting lost in the midst of the Quidditch World Cup was exactly what I needed to get me through a very early train journey, 5 stars
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – I mentioned a previous wrap up that I’d missed out on finishing this before it was due back at the library and had to go back on the waiting list. I’d heard the plots picks up considerably once you get to the beginning of the trials (which is where I’d left off). I went into the last 120 pages ready to change by my min but stick by my original opinion, not for me, 2 stars.
Stardust – A great fairy tale for adults. The first 80% of this I absolutely loved and was left feeling very confused as to why on my first read of these I ended up giving it 3 stars. Then I got to the end; mostly I wanted more depth from Tristan’s relationships with his family members, when his sister meets him at the wall she tells him how they’ve all missed him and how Christmas was ruined, yet he leaves so abruptly seemingly with no plans to return and no intention to introduce them to Yvaine. Also, without trying to compare too much to the film because I think they’re quite different, there was little to no relationship between Tristan and his mother, on one hand, he has a mother the other side of the wall who raised him but his association to his birth mother is the reason behind his being slightly different and things in his childhood like not being able to go to the wall market – I would have thought he would have some questions, 4 stars.
Little Black Book – A short and highly recommended read aimed at Women in Business, this is mainly aimed at women who work in a creative role which personally I don’t, however, this has some very versatile pieces of advice on topics ranging from time management and prioritisation to personal image that I think would be applicable to most people. 5 stars
Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix – As I’ve mentioned previously this is my least favourite Harry Potter book, but I think with how long it’s been since I last read it I had actually convinced myself I disliked this one, which I don’t. This made the flight to and from Berlin (including a 45 min delay in landing) this month fly by (Yes I’m funny), 5 stars.