Oh I wish it could be Christmas everyday; or at least every month, mainly for the days off work and how socially acceptable it is to curl up with a blanket, some mulled wine and a book.
Caraval – This had a very split reaction when it was release which is the main reason I put it off for so long, it was pitched as the new ‘The Night Circus’, its not, please don’t expect that. It has a circus which only really happens at night but its completely different. 3 stars.
A Clockwork Orange – A modern classic that’s been on my to-read list for a stupid long time. I couldn’t get into this, it was a bad choice to start late at night so I retried from the start the next day with a similar feeling of generally ‘Huh?!’, 3 stars.
Spectacles – Sue Perkins is, in my opinion, very quick witted and very funny so it really shouldn’t have taken me this long to read her auto-biography. This was perfect material for a long, early morning train journey where I stifled laughter surrounded by quite weary and serious looking London commuters, 5 stars.
The Truth Pixie – Matt Haig produces another 5 star read, this time aimed to children but I still loved it. This has gone pretty viral online and for good reason. The truth pixie is cursed with only ever being able to tell the truth, generally this doesn’t go down so well as she tells trolls that they smell, and rabbits they’re weird but when she meets seven year old Aada who’s going through a difficult time she realises that the truth can help as well as hurt.
How To Have An Almost Perfect Marriage – I found this on my Kindle, 18% completed from I’m not even sure when, keen to find some quick reads to polish off my Goodreads total for the year I decided to pick it back up. Its a book of advice from Mrs Edna Fry based on her sixteen year marriage to husband Stephen; mostly made up of ‘so bad they’re good’ jokes and is at times ridiculously cleverly worded. 3 stars.
The Danish Girl – This was a classic case of, ‘I won’t watch this film until I’ve read the book’; well the film came out in 2015 and I think this has been sat on my kindle since then. I hadn’t realised it was based on a true story 4 stars.
Otherwise Engaged* – Personally, I found this to be ok, I read it fairly quickly; parts really hooked me in, others I found myself skimming, wanting the plot to move a bit quicker so a 3 star read. This book is due for UK release on 14th March 2019 and my full thoughts will be published nearer the time.
Titles marked * have been provided for free in exchange for an honest review.