May Wrap Up 2020

The month started off pretty successful, I have a new 5 stars to the list but sadly in the latter half of the month it started to dwindle.

  • I read 6 books this month.
  • I continued with my challenge by reading 1 ONTD Challenge books, 2 sequels and 1 from my physical TBR.
  • For genre: 2 fantasy, 2 murder mystery and 2 sci-fi books.
  • For age range: 1 middle grade, 3 adult and 2 YA.
  • I read 1 ARC, 3 ebooks and 2 paperbacks.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman (3 stars)

I didn’t review this one despite reading the book in its entirety. This was down to the fact that while I enjoyed it I didn’t have enough strong opinions on this story to warrant a review. I personally preferred the movie over the book.

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie (4 stars)

This was a really nostalgic read despite the fact I had never read it before. Reading Agatha Christie novels just makes me feel like I am on holiday soaking up the sun. This book was a massive improvement over her previous book and was a fun read though I wasn’t so sure on the ending.

The Honjin Murders by Seishi Yokomizo (5 stars and FAVOURITE)

A brilliant 5 stars! I have only read one Japanese novel and 6 volumes of manga so I was super excited to read more fiction by Japanese authors and Yokomizo did not disappoint! I am not sitting and waiting for the next book in this series to be translated and sold in England!

The Last by Hanna Jameson (3 stars)

This book gave me very mixed feelings. Some parts of it I loved and was hooked in straight away and then other elements of the story bored me and made me consider DNFing it. One thing I will say is Jameson knows how to write scenes of panic.

Finale by Stephanie Garber (2 stars)

This was a disappointing ending for what could have been a great trilogy! The writing style and the romance were good but I felt that a lot was either missing or not set up properly for a satisfying ending.

Predator’s Gold by Phillip Reeve (3 stars)

This was a very low 3 stars. Sadly, I don’t think I will continue with this series as I was quite disappointed by this novel. Unnecessary girl on girl hate, a bland protagonist and emphasis on Hester’s ugly appearance to much for my liking.

Bookish Tropes I Don’t Like

I have this idea circulate blogs, BookTube and other places a lot over the last couple of years and I thought I should give this a go! I actually struggled to find tropes I didn’t like because I don’t really know many tropes and the tropes I do know I actually like a lot. But we managed to find a couple which is good.

Why I don’t like the mention of plot twists in reviews.

This is going to be a very niche post this week. Also, this post is all my own opinion and guaranteed if you look back at any of the reviews on Goodreads and this blog I have probably mentioned plot twists many times.

This is a newly formed opinion for me that I would like to discuss. Unless it is for trigger warning reasons, I personally am not the biggest fan of people mentioning that a book has a plot twist.

To me, a plot twist is meant to be unexpected, out of the blue, you had no idea it was going to happen. You are supposed to be in shock and taken aback at the change in plot or character. But when I see reviews and they say, “I loved the plot twist in this book, so unexpected.” I am then going into the book expecting something shocking to happen and I feel like it ruins the reveal and the twist itself as I was expecting it to happen.

Granted, you don’t know the context of the twist whether it’s a character dieing or a character revealing that they are actually working for the bad side etc. but the notion of knowing that something crazy is going to happen spoils the fun for me a bit.

Murder mysteries and thrillers are an exception, the genre is based on having twists and turns that you don’t expect. I dunno it’s hard to explain but I feel less inclined to read a book if the reviewer mentions plot twist.

That being said, as I said at the beginning of my post. If you look through my reviews and blog posts I have probably said the same thing so I am probably being a hypocrite but it’s just something I have noticed recently. I am less likely to pick up the book if a plot twist is mentioned.

Let me know what you guys think.