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January Reading Wrap-up:

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…so, January didn’t last that long, did it? I mean, most of my month was taken up with writing, editing and submitting my essays. Nevertheless, I did manage to read ten books, which is quite a shocker. Many are short, many are plays, but a few of them are quite chunky books, so I think it’s been a decent reading month.

As usual, I will have a review for *most* of the following. Those already published will be linked (in green or blue, depending on where you’re reading this), and the rest will follow next month. Let’s get into it…


A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | 3.5 stars:

Book 3.1 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I think Maas’s intention was to provide full closure to Rhys and Feyre’s story. It was completely unnecessary, let me tell you, but it was also a fun and light read.

I always find myself drawn into Maas’s writing – her books are always so entertaining to read. I know she’s pretty problematic – and continues to be so – but I like to get lost in the complex and compelling worlds she creates. I love Feyre and Rhys, so I liked having this closure. It had zero plot, though, for those of you who like plot-based books!

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November Reading Wrap-up:

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Thank God November is drawing to an end. I’ve spent the month writing two essays, and I’m dying for a break (although I can’t really have a break as I have 6 essays due in January). It hasn’t been the most successful reading month for me; I’ve started books and put them down, I’ve read at a snail’s pace, and I haven’t been in much of a reading mood lately. Nevertheless, I’ve finished my semester one reading, and can hopefully squeeze some books of my own choosing in December.

Anyway, let’s get into the wrap-up. As usual, I will review most of the following books (if they’re highlighted then you can go ahead and read them, and if they’re not then you’ll have to wait for them – sorry!):

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Poetry Recommendations:

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Since last year, I’ve been reading more and more poetry. This is quite unusual for me. Before my second year of university, I hated poetry. I couldn’t understand it and I found it difficult to find a deeper meanings of the words. This all changed when I was introduced to the likes of William Blake and William Wordsworth; I actually enjoyed reading their poetry and I could easily conjure up new meanings. Since then, I’ve broadened my horizons and came across a lot of different poetry I like. So today, instead of recommending you the usual books, I thought I’d recommend you some poetry.

I’m very particular about my poetry. In that sense, I am a traditionalist. I have tried to read modern and contemporary poetry, but it just isn’t my style. I find poetry that conforms to the more “traditional” conventions much more enjoyable than  the likes of Milk & Honey and The Princess Saves Herself in this One. I praise people who write this type of poetry, but it isn’t convincing for me. Therefore, all of these recommendations are classic poetry (the latest being from the sixties).

Not only this, but a lot of these collections are British. This is entirely down to my own doing. I’m hoping to expand my tastes this year by reading poetry from different countries, ethnicities, backgrounds, etc. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

Let’s get into it:

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