January Reading Wrap Up.


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Hey Folks, time for another post. I have decided to start doing monthly wrap ups on my blog. I am also thinking about adding little reviews on each book and the ones I really want to discuss I will add a full review as a separate blog post. Now onto to the real reason we are here. I have had an excellent reading month for January. I have managed to read a total of 14 books which I think is the most I have read in one month in a good few years.

The Books.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A movie Scrapbook 5 Stars – This was a lovely little book with great extras such as postcards and posters.
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 5 Stars – A  heartbreakingly beautiful read, that was captivating from start to finish.
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz 5 Stars – Fun read, spy action.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Version by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay. 5 Stars – Amazing story that I never tire of reading with the additions of beautiful illustrations.
  • Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan 4 Stars – Quick, fun read with vampires. Enough said.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas 5 stars – This was amazing and I wish I read it sooner.
  • Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades 5 Stars – A quick read that I finish in almost one sitting.
  • Shattered Girls by Tyrolin Puxty 5 Stars – A great creepy and eerie read.
  • Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman 3.5 Stars – I had a bit of a love/hate feeling towards this book.
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket 5 Stars – Uniquely written, love these books. I read the first five and I pretty much loved them all so I’m not going to repeat myself.
  • The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket 5 Stars.
  • The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket 4 Stars.
  • The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket 4Stars.
  • The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket 4 Stars.


So there you have it folks, all the books I read in January. Have you read any of these books? If so what are your thoughts?

The Bad Beginning & The Reptile Room Review

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)








Title – The Bad Beginning

Author – Lemony Snicket

Publisher/Published – Harper Collins / March 2009

Genre – Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Children’s

Summary from Goodreads

Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


My Thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

I love Lemony Snicket’s writing style. I find it very unique and interesting. The first book in the series starts of the story of the Baudelaire children. They receive some sad news, I won’t say what which leads them on a very unfortunate path. This is where they meet Count Olaf. Count Olaf is a well written character because you are supposed to dislike him. He is evil, quirky and at times hilarious with his failures. I enjoy the Baudelaire children and there personalities. Violet the oldest is an inventor and you know when she is thinking and inventing because she ties her hair back with a ribbon. Klaus is a character I most connect with, he loves to read and because of this he gains a lot of knowledge by reading various books about different subjects. Sunny is the baby of the family and enjoys biting things. I love the bond between the children and how they are always there for each other through all the hard things they have to go through. This was a great read and also a fast one, it was quite short at 188 pages and I read it in one sitting.

Favourite Quotes

  • “Sometimes, just saying that you hate something, and having someone agree with you, can make you feel better about a terrible situation.”
  • “There are many, many types of books in the world, which makes good sense, because there are many, many types of people, and everybody wants to read something different.”
  • “everything happens for a reason.”
  • “Your initial opinion on just about anything may change over time.”



The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #2)

Title – The Reptile Room

Author – Lemony Snicket

Publisher/Published Harper Collins/October 2009

Genre – Fiction, Fantasy, Children’s, Young Adult, Middle Grade

Summary from Goodreads

Dear Reader,

If you have picked up this book with the hope of finding a simple and cheery tale, I’m afraid you have picked up the wrong book altogether. The story may seem cheery at first, when the Baudelaire children spend time in the company of some interesting reptiles and a giddy uncle, but don’t be fooled. If you know anything at all about the unlucky Baudelaire children, you already know that even pleasant events lead down the same road to misery.

In fact, within the pages you now hold in your hands, the three siblings endure a car accident, a terrible odor, a deadly serpent, a long knife, a large brass reading lamp, and the appearance of a person they’d hoped never to see again.

I am bound to record these tragic events, but you are free to put this book back on the shelf and seek something lighter.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


My thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

Another unique book from Lemony Snicket. This was another great, fast read. I feel sorry for the Baudelaire’s because just when you think they are going to have a stroke of good luck it is taken away. A new character that joins us if Montgomery Montgomery otherwise know as Uncle Monty. He is a fun loving character who treats the children very well. All seems well until Uncle Monty’s new assistant arrives and the children finds themselves back on the path to unfortune. I’m not going into too much detail because I don’t want to spoil the story for everyone. These stories can be sad but you become connected with the children and urge them to defeat the evil the may face. I hope the children will find happiness.

Favourite Quotes.

  • “Right, good temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
  • “…in life it is often the tiny details that end up being the most important.”
  • “Sometimes, even in the most unfortunate of lives, there will occur a moment or two of good fortune.”
  • “Never, under any circumstances, let the Virginian wolfsnake near a typewriter.”
  • “It is remarkable that different people will have different thoughts when they look at the same thing.”



A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Review

A Monster Calls


  • Title – A Monster Calls
  • Author – Patrick Ness
  • Publisher/Published – Candlewick Press/August 2013
  • Genre – Fantasy/Fiction/Young Adult/Horror

Summary from Goodreads

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

My Thoughts

5 out of 5 stars

Where do I even begin with this. I would say that if I could rate this higher than five stars I would. This book is so heartbreakingly beautiful and I couldn’t put it down, I had to keep reading out of intrigue and awe. I finished this in one sitting and yes I cried, no I sobbed. Many of you have probably heard about this book and know what it is about but in case there are people who don’t know I wont go into much detail and spoil it because I genuinely think everyone should read this to experience the whole effect. From Conor to the monster to the ending it was all wonderful and heartbreaking. The monster tells Conor three stories and as you read you slowly find out how it links to Conor. I don’t really know what else to say because I don’t want to spoil the book for people. I will say that I am excited to watch the film and see how well the book was adapted into the film.

Favourite Quotes

  • “You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” – This was a really stand out quote and one that stays with me.  
  • “There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”  
  • Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”  
  • “I wish I had a hundred years, she said, very quietly. A hundred years I could give to you.”  

Bout of Books Day Seven and Wrap up


Well that’s it folks Bout of Books 18 has finished. Such a quick week but I enjoyed reading and pushing myself to read a bit more and I’m really happy with what I achieved reading wise this week. So my Reading Progress for Day Seven:

  • 109 pages of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated version by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay.
  • 77 pages of Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan.


Bout of Books 18 Wrap Up.

So here are the books I managed to read this week:

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook (Fantastic Beasts Film Tie in)

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider)   A Monster Calls

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Version by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay. – 5 Stars.
  • Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook – 5 Stars.
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz – 5 Stars.
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. – 5 Stars.

Well there you have it folks my day seven update and wrap up. I hope you enjoyed this, stay tuned because later in the week I will have some reviews to go up.


Bout of Books Day Six Update


Fire in Frost (Crystal Frost, #1)                                             Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Just one more day to go guys. so I made a strong start with this readathon and I am hoping to finish on a high on day seven. I am currently working my way through three books but I am hoping to have two of the three books but I would love to finish them all. So a little story as why I have three current reads. I started Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets illustrated version at the start of the week, however it is quite a large books and a bit awkward to carry around and take to work. This lead me to start Cirque Du Freak because it is a smaller book and much easier to take around with me. Then I started Fire in Frost on my kindle because it is easier for reading at night in my bed because its easier to handle and it has a back light so I don’t need a bright lamp or light to read it. Anyway onto my reading progress for day six:

  • 20 pages of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Version by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay.
  • 62 pages of Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades.

That’s all for today folks, stay tuned tomorrow for a final update and wrap up post for Bout of Books 18.

Bout of Books Day Five


Fire in Frost (Crystal Frost, #1)


I still can’t believe how quickly this readathon has been going but as I keep saying it is so much fun. I picked up a new book on my kindle which I started reading yesterday and I am really enjoying it so far. So on to my update:

  • 77 pages of  Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades.


Stay tuned for another update tomorrow and reviews coming soon.

Bout of Books Day Four Update


Cirque Du Freak (Cirque du Freak, #1)                                                           Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Hey Folks, another update for you. This readathon is going so quickly but I am enjoying every second of it. I made a bit of progress on day four not as much as I wanted but as I’ve finished two books I had on my TBR and an extra book I’m quite happy so far. So my progress for day four is as follows:

  • 44 pages of Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan
  • 53 pages of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Version by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay.

That’s all for today folks see you tomorrow for another update. Stay tuned because I will have some reviews going up.

Bout of Books Day Three


A Monster Calls

That’s right folks day four update is here. I did really well on day four and I am really happy with what I read. I managed to finish A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, I read the whole book in one sitting which was 236 pages. This book was phenomenal, so beautiful and heart breaking. I am planning on doing a review once Bout of Books has finished.

Another quick update, stay tuned for another update tomorrow.


Bout of Books Day Two


Hey guys time for an update. I did quite well I managed to finish two books. One book was short and the other book I started before the readathon but I am counting it because I finished it during the readathon.

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

I read 44 pages of this and completed the book. I loved this book.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Newt Scamander: A Movie Scrapbook (Fantastic Beasts Film Tie in)

I read 48 pages and finished this book. This book was beyond beautiful and I loved the little extras including posters, postcards and other things.

There you go, day two update complete.

Bout of Books Day One Progress


So day one of bout of books is complete. The day went so quickly, I had the day off from work and spent a lot of time with family so I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked.

What I Read:

  • 77 pages of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated version by J.K Rowling and Jim Kay.
  • 37 pages of Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.
  • Total pages read – 114.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) Stormbreaker (Alex Rider)

Just a quick update today. more to come in the days to follow.