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November Wrap Up 2017

It’s a big one this month! I had a 2 week break in Tenerife and we literally stayed in a villa in the middle of nowhere, so with nothing else to do, I had no choice but to read, read, read!

Ive read 32 books this month, totalling 10,979 Pages.

Midnight Crossroad, Day Shift and Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/midnight-crossroad-by-charlaine-harris-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/day-shift-by-charlaine-harris-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/night-shift-by-charlaine-harris-review/

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/into-the-water-by-paula-hawkins-review/

Pieces of You by Ella Harper

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/pieces-of-you-by-ella-harper-review/

Peggy and Me by Miranda Hart

Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/tess-of-the-dubervilles-by-thomas-hardy-review/

Into the Thinnest of Air by Simon R Green

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/into-the-thinnest-of-air-by-simon-r-green-review/

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/the-lie-tree-by-frances-hardinge-review/

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/the-cruel-prince-by-holly-black-review/

The Girl You Lost and The Girl With No Past by Kathryn Croft

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/the-girl-with-no-past-by-kathryn-croft-review/

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/the-girl-you-lost-by-kathryn-croft-review/

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/the-hate-u-give-by-angie-thomas-review/

The Girls by Emma Cline

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/the-girls-by-emma-cline-review/

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/truth-or-dare-by-non-pratt-review/

A Very British Christmas by Rhodri Marsden

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/the-blade-itself-by-joe-abercrombie-review/

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and Why Not Me? By Mindy Kaling

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/09/see-what-i-have-done-by-sarah-schmidt-review/

Faking Friends by Jane Fallon

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/faking-friends-by-jane-fallon-review/

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the illustrated edition by JK Rowling

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/look-for-me-by-lisa-gardner-review/

A Journey Through The History of Magic by The British Library

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/a-journey-through-a-history-of-magic-review/

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/the-sacrifice-box-by-martin-stewart-review/

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George RR Martin

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/a-knight-of-the-seven-kingdoms-by-george-rr-martin-review/

Across the Wall by Garth Nix

Lips Touch, Three Times by Laini Taylor

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/lips-touch-three-times-by-laini-taylor-review/

Contagion by Teri Terry

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/contagion-by-teri-terry-review/

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/american-gods-by-neil-gaiman-review/

Cold Christmas by Alastair Gunn

https://lifehasafunnywayofsneakinguponyou.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/cold-christmas-by-alastair-gunn-review/

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. Review

The Book of Life is the third and final book in Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy. Pleased be warned going forward that while there are no spoilers for The Book of Life here, there will be some from the first two books; A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night.

After returning from their adventures in the 16th century, Matthew and Diana are immediately roped into a new drama. Not only is Diana now a powerful weaver (a witch who can create her own spells), she is also pregnant with twins and against all odds, Matthew is the father. Some people (mostly their friends and family) are overjoyed by this news, but others like their old adversaries Gebert and Peter Knox are really not! Meanwhile, there’s some new and old faces arriving on the scene, and more than a few surprises in store.

The Book of Life really got me back into the story of Diana and Matthew, I loved that it gave so many answers, reintroduced some much loved characters and also a bond worthy villain. It really reached the series for me and I was sad when it ended!!

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Review 

I think I may have just found my new favourite book series. Imagine, for a moment that Twilight meets Outlander and you’ve got yourself A Discovery of Witches. 

What a fantastic start to a series. Diana is a historian at Oxford University (yes this is a fantasy book about adults, immediate brownie points) and she is also a witch. But she doesn’t want to be a witch or to use her magic to gain any headway in her chosen field, so she’s spent her whole life avoiding using magic. That is until magic inadvertently finds her. Diana uncovers a magical book in the course of her studies and despite not wanting anything to do with it herself, it calls up all kinds of creatures from the depths and Diana’s life is suddenly at risk. Enter Matthew the gorgeous, if ancient and charismatic vampire and an adventure begins. 


First off, I love that this book is as aforementioned about adults. I love a YA novel as much as the next person but there’s just something about a magical story involving grownups instead of teenagers. For one there’s just something more mature about the writing style and storyline. I.e we don’t have to wait 5 Books for the main characters to get intimate while the Books audience grows up. 

Secondly, the storyline is just soooo good! Not only do we have Witches, vampires and Daemons, we’ve also got history, science, alchemy, libraries, and the knights Templar thrown in there as well. It was unputdownable! I can’t wait to start Book 2 straight away! 

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Review 

Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and Chloe Benjamin for my ARC of The Immortalists. 

In 1969 a mysterious woman arrives in New York, rumour has it that she can fortell the date of your death. 13 year old Varya goes to see her with her three younger siblings; Daniel, Klara and Simon. What they hear precedes the events which follow. What would you do if you knew when you were going to die? 


Simon runs away to San Francisco for a wild life of dancing, sex and a free life. Klara pursues her dreams to become a successful magician, Daniel continues medical school to become a doctor and Varya turns her studies to science. But each sibling is strongly influenced by the predictions the woman made. 

The story follows each of the children in their adult lives as their predicted dates of death grow closer. It is a story of family, not just the love shared between family but the dislike, the disapproval of others decisions, the selfishness, the selflessness and the actions which lead to consequences beyond others control. It is an interesting insight into the siblings interior lives and it reads like a Man Booker Prize nominee Book. I hope that makes sense! 
Thoroughly engaging, exploring several topics, something that will stay with me for a long time. 

Origin by Dan Brown. Review 

I’m a huge fan of Dan Brown’s Books. I’ve read everything he’s published and can’t understand people who think the books are rubbish. They are so much more than just a story, they contain a wealth of information particularly about religion, symbols and science. Not to mention technology. And Origin is no different. 

Robert Langdon and his Mickey Mouse watch travel to Spain this time, to a presentation held by Robert’s ex student and friend Edmond Kirsch. Kirsch has announced that he plans to release a presentation which will answer the two fundamental questions people ask. Where did we come from? And Where are we going? 


His discovery threatens to rock the worlds of science and religion and change the way people view the world. But a perilous and chaotic moment prevent Edmond from revealing his discovery and the answers to his questions. Instead it’s up to Langdon and the museums beautiful director Ambra to find the presentation and reveal it to the world. With a little help from the mysterious Winston. 


Origin is action packed as the other novels in this series were but I felt that; perhaps in reflection of Langdon not getting any younger, the pace was slightly slower. Other than one dramatic moment he doesn’t have his usual escapades! Nevertheless, the story really intrigued me, as the two questions intrigued the fictional viewers, they also intrigue the reader who becomes deseperate to read on in order to get the answers. 


I loved the character of Langdon just as much as I always do and especially the amount I feel that I learn from these novels, while they are fictional, there’s also a lot of interesting fact finding going on in there too! 

We can only live in hope of a 6th Book! 

September 2017 wrap up! 

It’s that time again! Yay! I really love doing the wrap up and getting the chance to look back on what I’ve read this month, what I’ve enjoyed etc. This month I read 22 books at a total of 8,149 pages which is less books but more pages than usual so still a win. I’m very competitive with myself in terms of how many books I read each month, but I seem to be averaging at around 20-25 books a month which is really good. Anyway, to the books! I won’t write a long post about each as there’s just too many but reviews for pretty much all of them can be found on my blog or goodreads if you’d like to know more. 

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden  












I Know a Secret by Tess Gerritsen. Review. 

Tess Gerritsen is an author who I already respect and admire as an amazing crime thriller author. Her Rizzoli & Isles series about detective Jane Rizzoli and Medical Examiner Maura Isles have already taken the world by storm with a 12 book series plus short stories and a TV adaptation. 


I Know a Secret is the 12th and most recent novel in this series and I am pleased to say that it was as gripping and engaging as it’s predecessors. I loved getting back into the world of the two friends who couldn’t be more different and yet connect with each so well. 


I Know a Secret find the duo investigating a series of weird murders which the two Know are connected but cannot prove. As the plot thickens they have a suspect in mind but is he just that little bit too obvious? Meanwhile a mysterious girl haunts the funeral, she knows all the victims and she knows what their connection is, but there’s no way she’s ever going to tell her Secret. 


I can’t really say much more about the plot without giving anything away but I will say that there is more to it than meets the eye and secrets never stay buried! 

An excellent crime thriller, fast paced, intriguing and keeps you guessing until the end.