Sum It Up Sunday : October 2018


Sum it up Sunday is a feature post we are going to trial for the closing Sundays of each month. In these posts we’ll detail various things that have excited or upset us over that month.
If you’d like to join us in our summing up, please feel free! Just please, provide a link back to our blog. Thank you.

Stats for the month:


Books Read: 0
Avg Rating: 0
Pages Read: 1127
Books Bought / Received: 25!!


Books Read: 1
Avg Rating: 3 Voodoos
Pages Read: 248
Books Bought / Received:13 (I was really good, up until I went to the book fair)

What are you reading right now?

Toil and Trouble by Tess Sharpe &
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (Audio)

toil and trouble Harry Potter

I’m not. I need to pick something new I think as I’ve stalled on so many.

What was your favourite book this month?

IT by Stephen King
BUT please see next answer


Only book this month – My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey - 3 Voodoos

my love lies bleeding

What was your least favourite book this month?

IT by Stephen King
Honestly, don’t read it. You may be confused by now…so please read rant to alleviate any confusion!



What do you want to read next?

Final Girls by Riley Sager as that and Toil and Trouble were the main other books I’d hoped to read this month.

final girls

I’d like to return to The Power by Naomi Alderman
or maybe start the next Drake Chronicles Book as the first was so quick and easy to read.

the power Blood Feud 

What books did you collect this month?


The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black   -   kindle for 99p!

Fierce Fairytales: & Other Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill
Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
Eachdraidh Ealasaid ann an Tìr nan Iongantas by Lewis Carroll
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

And at the book fair:
Curtain by Agatha Christie
Persuasion and
Emma by Jane Austen
The Northern Lights
The Subtle Knife and
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
Murder on the Orient Express and
The mystery of the Blue Train and
The Hollow by Agatha Christie
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (recommendedby Ms4Tune)
The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Hunter
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Sleigh Rides and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair by Heidi Swain
The Bad Beginning and
The Miserable Mill and
The End by Lemony Snicket


The Rogue Queen by Emily R King

rogue queen

Book Fair:
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Lovliest Chocolate Shop in Paris and
Operation Sunshine by Jenny Colgan
The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins
The Girls by Lori Lansens
Everything Beautiful is NOT Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yaan
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

What books are you hoping to collect next month?

The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman!!!! I am so excited!

The Dark Days Deceit

Illumicrate Books

How are your challenges going?

Netgalley Challenge: 0
Finishing the Series Challenge: 0
Book Box Challenge: 0
Reviews: 3!!! woo hoo! I still have one and a half pending though, ugh

Netgalley Challenge : 0
Finishing the Series Challenge : 0
Book Box Challenge: 0
The Unread Shelf Project 2018 : 1
Reviews: 0

Any rants or raves?
Anything to boast or even just chat about?

I am so ANNOYED that I dedicated October to reading IT by Stephen King. There were several other books I sort of hoped to have the time to read too but I only just held onto keeping up with the challenge of however many pages a day to get through it. It kept me engaged longer than I thought it would.
I went into this expecting to struggle with the frankly ridiculous overuse of words and I was also pre-warned with the vile, racist and anti-Semitic language. What I was NOT warned about was the over-sexualisation and paedopilic views of an eleven year old girl.
Oh, but it turns out it got so much worse.
Though I didn’t finish this book, I will write a review – possibly in the form of a first impressions post.

I’m getting worse at actually finding time to read! I don’t know how anyone else does it!
I miss reading so much. Any suggestions on how to time manage better so I can make time would be greatly appreciated.

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