May was a very sad month for reading. I only finished two books. I did start another book, but I just didn’t get around to finishing it. So by now I’m 5 books behind on reaching my Goodreads goals, but I just haven’t felt that inspired by reading these past few months. I think I have hit a bit of a reading slump. That said, I did get my hands on some newer releases and I think that will take me back into the swing of things. I just have to finish my current read so I can get on with something else.
Ben Aaronovitch – The Furthest Station
Jack London – The People of the Abyss
I hadn’t yet updated you on the books I read in April, so it’s high time I did that. In April I read a total of 4 books, which was actually quite good seeing I was super busy. I spent all of April going from work to party to birthday and I spent little time at home. But despite that I got quite a bit of reading in, because none of these books were thin ones. I read two books of 600+ pages, one over 400 and one just under 400. So all in all, I didn’t do too shabby.
Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere
V.E. Schwab – A Conjuring of Light
Oscar de Muriel – A Mask of Shadows
Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – Obsidio
I am a bit late to the game with this one, but better late than never. In March I was a) busy b) super tired and c) possibly had a bad flu without realizing it. Needless to say, I didn’t read as much as in February when I read a whooping 6 books. Still, I read 3 books and I really liked each one.
V.E. Schwab – A Gathering of Shadows
Oscar de Muriel – A Fever of the Blood
Genevieve Cogman – The Burning Page
2018 was not off to the amazing start reading wise as I had hoped. I selected this book at the end of 2017 and thought I’d finish it quickly. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t exactly what I had expected and so it was difficult to get much reading done. By now however, I have found a great way to do more reading: just before going to bed. So I’m now trying to go to bed earlier and just read for an hour or two. Now all I need to do is try and do it more consistently. Here is the one book I read in January 2018.
Jessie Burton – The Miniaturist
December was a much better reading month than November. Granted, I only read two novels and the rest were easy to browse books that really don’t take too long to read cover to cover, but still. It was great and I especially tore through some more pages during my Christmas break. As a Christmas gift to myself, I ordered some illustrated Harry Potter books that were all available at half price from a Dutch online retailer, so I have completed that collection for the time being. Here’s what I read in the final month of 2017.
Maggie Stiefvater – Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Jennifer Donnelly – These Shallow Graves
J.K. Rowling – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
J. K. Rowling – A History of Magic
Brian Sibley – Harry Potter: Film Wizardry
Bob McCabe – Harry Potter: From Page to Screen
November was another month in which reading was scarce. I felt tired, a little sick at times and the reality of moving finally kicked in. I had little time to kick back and relax though because there was work and plenty of social engagements. So I had little time to read. The fact that I started a book that I just don’t feel very into, also didn’t help. But I did read one book that I did like and finish.
Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone
October wasn’t much of a reading month for me. October was all about the move and DIYing. So I saw more paint brushes, hammers and nails than I did books. But near the end of the month, after the move had been completed, I was able to squeeze in a little bit of reading. So I don’t have much for you this time, but there is something there.
Angela Carter – The Magic Toyshop