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Spell The Month In Books: May 2021

Happy Monday!

Spell The Month In Books is an original tag created by Reviews From The Stacks. I’ve been joining in with this tag for several months now and I always have fun choosing books from my shelves to spell out the month!

As this month is only three letters long, it didn’t take me long to pick out my books!

Here is my May 2021 Spell The Month In Books bookstack:

M – My Kind Of Happy by Cathy Bramley

A – Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Y – You by Caroline Kepnes

– Elanor 🙂

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Yearbook by Holly Bourne

I can’t believe we’re already in May! I honestly have no idea where this year is going…

However! The fact that we’re now in May, means we are just over one week away from the release of one of my most anticipated releases of the year: The Yearbook by Holly Bourne!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly book meme which showcases upcoming releases we are excited for! It was originally created by Breaking the Spine.

Holly Bourne has to be one of my favourite authors; I’m yet to read a book of hers which I don’t enjoy. As soon as I heard about this book, I was excited to read it and I’m now impatiently counting down the days until my pre-order arrives…

The blurb of the book is as follows:

The dramas, the traumas, the rumours – it’s time to expose it all… The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Mean Girls in this scathingly funny and relatable high-school takedown from the queen of UKYA.

Most likely to…be forgotten
Working on the school newspaper, Paige is used to dealing with fake stories. How popular girl Grace is a such an amazing person (lie). How Laura steals people’s boyfriends (lie). How her own family are so perfect (lie).

Now Grace and friends have picked their “best” high-school moments for Paige to put in the all-important Yearbook. And they’re not just fake. They’re poison.

But Paige has had enough of all the lies in her life. And with the help of Elijah – the only boy who could ever understand her – she’s going to reveal the truth.”

I love the sound of this book and I’ve read several ARC reviews exclaiming that it is Bourne’s best book yet! It’s fairly safe to say that my expectations for this book are sky-high!

This book is due to be released on 13th May 2021 in the UK.

– Elanor 🙂

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Sunday Makes & Bakes: 1000 Piece Harry Potter Jigsaw!

Happy Sunday!

Last Sunday, I started to work on a 1000 piece Harry Potter jigsaw, which I bought a while ago but had never opened.

I normally enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles, but I instantly regretted even starting this one…turns out 1000 jigsaw pieces is a lot of pieces.

I don’t know what I expected but it was not this…

I had very optimistically told myself that I would complete this jigsaw within a week…oh boy was I wrong.

A grand total of five days later, with a lot of help from my family, the jigsaw was finally complete!

The finished jigsaw!

I definitely got a sense of accomplishment when I finally finished this jigsaw, but I don’t think I’ll be starting another any time soon!

– Elanor 🙂

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Books I’ve Read This Month: April 2021

Happy Friday!

April got off to a bang when I participated in the Easter Readathon and finally found the motivation to read two books which have been on my shelves for years!

Throughout the course of April, I read a total of 7 books. I’ve summarised each of these below:

1. How Watson Learned The Trick by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (a short story written for the library of Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House)

I read this as part of the Easter Readathon after having it on my shelves for over two years. It was a short, amusing read and definitely one which fans of Sherlock Holmes would enjoy.

Rating: 4 Stars

2. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Well, I finally read this and I totally understand the hype. This book was completely the opposite of what I expected but I loved everything about it, from the plot to the way it was written. BUT I wish it had been twice as long and not ended where it did!

Rating: 4 Stars

3. My Kind Of Happy by Cathy Bramley

To put it simply, I adored this book. I laughed, cried and smiled all the way through it and read the whole book in under twenty four hours. This was such a lovely, uplifting read and I can’t recommend it enough!

Rating: 5 Stars

4. Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare

Oh wow, this book. After reading a summary of it’s predecessor and reminding myself of what happened, I was totally gripped by this book. I loved the characters (excluding Grace and Tatiana, both of whom I can’t stand) and I really liked the plot. However, the thought of now waiting eleven months to read book three is not a happy one…

Rating: 4 Stars

5. We Need To Talk by Stephen Webb & Chris Steed

I’ve always liked watching Gogglebox and Stephen and Chris were some of my favourites from the series. I really enjoyed reading this; from the format of the book (it read like a conversation between them both) to the topics they covered. Some parts were sad, while others made me laugh aloud.

Rating: 4 Stars

6. The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

This book had me hooked from the very beginning! It alternated between the perspectives of various characters, both in the past and the present, before linking them all together towards the end. It was a pretty fast-paced read and I really enjoyed trying to piece the story together.

Rating: 4 Stars

7. Downton Abbey: A Celebration by Jessica Fellowes

I absolutely love Downton Abbey and I really enjoyed this book. It was full of beautiful images from the series and lots of detail on the sets, locations and characters.

Rating: 4 Stars

Which books did you read in April?

– Elanor 🙂

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Debut Novels

Top 5 Tuesday was originally created by Bionic Bookworm and is now hosted by Meeghan Reads. Each week a topic is chosen and participants have to choose five books to meet the topic.

The topic for this week is top five debut novels and I’ll admit that it’s one which took a lot of thought and a lot of googling to check that the novels I’ve chosen are in fact debut novels!

1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

This book got me hooked on the Shadowhunters series so I just had to include it!

2. One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Karen M. McManus is now one of my all-time favourite authors and I have this book to thank for being such an amazing introduction to her writing.

3. A Gift In December by Jenny Gladwell

I read this book last year and just fell in love with it. I’m still in awe that this is a debut novel!

4. The Rumour by Lesley Kara

When I read this book I was completely gripped and couldn’t stop recommending it to people. I still can’t get over the fact that it was the author’s debut!

5. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson

This is another amazing debut that introduced me to an author who’s books are now instant buys!

Happy Tuesday!

– Elanor 🙂

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*REVIEW* The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

This review contains spoilers.

Earlier in the week, I read The Chalet by Catherine Cooper. I purchased this book recently, because from the blurb it sounded fantastic.

The blurb of the book is as follows:

“In the French Alps, two young men ski into a blizzard…but only one returns. No-one knows what really happened that day out on the slopes – and nobody finds a body.

Twenty years later, four people connected to the missing man find themselves in the same luxury ski resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.

Someone knows what happened out in the snow.

And somebody will pay.”

The book alternates between the perspectives of various different characters, as well as between past and present events…all of which merge together as the book goes on to piece together the puzzle.

Brothers Adam and Will were on a skiing holiday with their girlfriends when they are separated from their ski instructors, Cameron and Andy, in bad weather. Adam is found, alive, the next day, but Will’s body is never found.

Flash forward twenty years and Cameron owns the ski resort, complete with various chalets for guests. Ria and her husband Hugo are staying in a Chalet with Simon (a potential business partner who Hugo is hoping to win round), his wife Cass, their baby and their nanny. Also present is Millie, the chalet girl.

From the beginning, I was trying to work out which brother was killed and how the people at the ski resort were connected to him…and most of my guesses were wrong. I did work out one identity but only two pages before it was revealed…

This book was full of twists and turns; each time I thought I had pieced it together, I was proved wrong!

I would absolutely recommend this book to fans of mysteries or thrillers. It was fast-paced and had me frantically turning pages to find out the whole story.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Spell The Month In Books: April 2021

Good Morning!

Spell The Month In Books is an original tag created by Reviews From The Stacks. I’ve joined in with this tag for several months now and I always have fun choosing books from my shelves to spell out the month!

Here is my book stack for April:

I used the following books to make this stack:

A – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

P – Peggy & Me by Miranda Hart

R – Rose and the Lost Princess by Holly Webb

I – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday by Milly Johnson

L – Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella

– Elanor 🙂

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WWW Wednesday (7th April 2021)

Happy Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and involves answering the 3 Ws.

These 3 Ws are:

1. What are you currently reading?

2. What did you recently finish reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I participated in a readathon over the weekend, so I’ve already read three books so far this month! Happily, this readathon gave me the motivation I needed to read two books which have been on my shelves since 2018!

Currently Reading

I’m currently reading Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare. I haven’t read very much so far, but I’m hoping to get more read this week.

Recently Finished

The last book I finished was My Kind Of Happy by Cathy Bramley. I absolutely adored it; it was such a feel-good read.

Next I’ll Be Reading…

I think my next read will be The Chalet by Catherine Cooper. I picked this up recently and I’m very excited to read it!

What are you currently reading?

– Elanor 🙂

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Easter Readathon 2021 Results

Good morning!

Towards the end of last week, I found out about a readathon taking place over the Easter weekend. It sounded like fun, so I decided to participate and I’m so glad that I did.

The readathon was hosted by Kate over at Reading Through Infinity and took place from 12:01am on Friday 2nd April until 11:59pm on Monday 5th April.

There were four prompts for this readathon (see below) and I set myself a TBR of three books to meet these prompts. You can read my TBR post here.

1. Read a book that gives you spring vibes

2. Read a book about new beginnings

3. Read a book that’s under 250 pages

4. Read a book with a pastel cover

The three books which I wanted to read during this readathon were How Watson Learned The Trick by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows and My Kind Of Happy by Cathy Bramley.

I’m very proud of the fact that I read (and enjoyed) all three of these books between Friday and Monday! Even more so because the first two books had been on my shelves for several years now and this readathon finally gave me the motivation to read them.

I had a lot of fun joining in with this readathon! While I don’t often take part in readathons (maybe one a year, maximum), after the success of this one, I’m feeling more positive about them.

Did any of you participate? Which books did you read?

– Elanor 🙂

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Stacking the Shelves (3rd April 2021)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly book meme which is co-hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, in which you are encouraged to share the books which you are adding to your shelves this week (including books you have bought, borrowed or received as gifts)!

Despite telling myself that I would read everything on my TBR before buying any new books, I bought myself two books this week…

My Kind Of Happy by Cathy Bramley

This one is on my TBR for the Easter Readathon I’m participating in this weekend.

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

I love the sound of this book and I already can’t wait to read it!

Both authors are new to me, so I have no idea what to expect, but I’m hoping I’ll really enjoy these books!

Did you add any books to your shelves this week?

– Elanor 🙂