Bookmas 2021

Merry Bookmas Day 13 – 13th December – The Best And Worst Books 2021

Happy Monday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 13! I am really excited to be writing this post. I will be talking about what the best and the worst books are that I read each month. I had to think very hard about which books I wanted to feature because some months there were lots of books that I enjoyed and then I had to choose between them which one I liked most and that was hard. Then other months there were books that I really didn’t like so it was overall quite a balanced year.

January

For my favourite book I read in January I was trying to decide between two options, both were fantasy books and they were very different to each other. I ended up choosing A Court of Thorns and Roses as my favourite book of January because it’s a book I still think about and not just because I haven’t continued with the series yet.

For the worst book I read in January I chose The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag, actually I didn’t even finish the book this year. I Dnf’d it at about the halfway point of the book. I don’t know if I just wasn’t in the mood for it at that point or if I just found the plot a little boring but I do plan on giving the book another chance at some point.

February

My favourite book in February was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell which surprisingly is a contemporary romance and not at all what I was expecting but I really loved it.

My least favourite book in February was What A Way To Go by Julia Forster. There was nothing about the book that I liked, that doesn’t mean that someone else won’t love this book it just wasn’t for me.

March

My favourite book was The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter by Theadora Goss which I saw some of my favourite youtubers talk about and so I read it and loved the premise, I am excited to continue the series.

My least favourite book of March was Skyseed by Bill McGuire. It’s another book that just wasn’t a genre or plot that I enjoyed.

April

My favourite book for this month was Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin and I can’t believe it took me so long to read that book because it is definitely a contender for my overall favourite book of the year.

My least favourite book was Mirrorland by Carole Johnston. I couldn’t sleep after reading this book I just found it way too scary for me so I didn’t end up enjoying it.

May

My favourite book of this month was Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. Another romance, I am surprising myself by reading outside of my comfort zone this year.

My least favourite book this month was Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. So, I’m not loving every book I read that is outside my comfort zone. I didn’t really like the characters in this book and that made it a struggle for me to read it.

June

My favourite book was The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant. It’s a fantastic middle grade book that I would highly reccomend.

My least favourite book was I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan because I hit a chapter that felt too disturbing for me, there was something about it that didn’t sit well with me so I Dnf’d it for the moment.

July

My favourite book of July was A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. It was nice to read a murder mystery that is set in Victorian times and I ended up realising I love books set in this period of time.

My least favourite book was Pumpkin by Julie Murphy. Now, I liked the book but it wasn’t a stand out book for me.

August

My favourite book was The Appeal by Janice Hallett because it was so different and engaging and one of the best mysteries I read this year.

My least favourite book this month was The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels. There was a lot about this book I liked, such as the pirate style assassin Ned who I loved but there was something missing for me but I can’t pinpoint exactly what.

September

My favourite book of this month was A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder by holly Jackson without a doubt. I loved this book and I am still thinking about this book now months later.

My least favourite book of this month was The Woman In The Woods by M K Hill. The mystery itself would have been okay but the characters were so hard to like.

October

My favourite book of this month was City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, it was a reread but I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

My least favourite book was Once Upon A Crime by Robin Stevens. I am not the biggest fan of short stories so I liked the writing but I needed more from the stories.

November

My favourite book of this month was Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – another romance book!

My least favourite book of this month was the Howling Hag Mystery by Nicki Thornton. The plot was too predictable for my liking, even as a middle grade book.

December

Now, I’m writing this in December so I am gong to say what I predict will be my favourite and least favourite books of the month. I think my favourite book will be either Eliza and her Monsters or All of us villains. My least favourite book I predict will be In the Crypt with a Candlestick.

That’s it for the best and worst books for 2021, I hope you all enjoyed it!

Book Reviews

Book Review: Skyseed by Bill McGuire

Happy Sunday bookish people! I’m mixing it up a bit today and bringing you a book review on a Sunday! Today is my stop on the blog tour for Skyseed by Bill McGuire, thank you to Love Books Tours for sending me a copy of this book to review.

In this book review I will give star ratings to four categories and I will write a little about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.

Skyseed Plot:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I decided to read this book because I knew it would be out of my comfort zone and it’s a good change from the fantasies I usually read. However, I will say now it wasn’t my sort of book but reading is subjective and I can appreciate many good things about it. For example, I thought this book was very unique, I couldn’t think of any similar books to it.

There is a prologue at the beginning of the book and although I didn’t understand where in the timeline this part was, it became obvious later in the story, you are thrown straight into the action with this scene and it sets up the whole book brilliantly. The prologue, and the rest of the book, is full of well written sensory details that transport the reader into the story.

The different chapters intertwined throughout the narrative follow different characters and what happen to them both separately and in relation to other characters, these chapters are refreshing and builds tension. It is building a mystery with every chapter, each one is a completely new layer to dig through to discover what is happening. I started to think that I could start predicting what would happen and then something shocking would happen and I’d be thrown off again.

Skyseed Characters:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

There are a lot of characters in this book, and for the most part their perspectives are separated by chapter breaks but not always and I did find myself getting confused about who was speaking, where and when. Saying that I did really like the characters of Jane and Ralph who are two of the ‘main’ characters. Jane is a character who speaks her mind and I enjoyed seeing that and how other characters reacted to her.

Skyseed Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There is a focus on technical language and politics within this book which worked very well for the story. Even though it wasn’t the sort of plot I usually enjoy the writing was smooth and made it very easy for me to read this book, I did read it in a few hours so that showed me the writing was very well done. the dialogue worked for each character, it let their personalities shine through what they were saying and it helped to drive the narrative.

Skyseed Overall Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

As you have probably realised by now this book wasn’t a favourite for me but there are many good things about this book. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes Dystopian stories, plot driven narratives and maybe a little science fiction as well. I can give this book a good rating of three stars.

Blurb/Synopsis:

Sometimes, when you’re in a hole, it’s best to stop digging.

This applies as much to messing with the climate as anything else, except even more so.

Jane Haliwell put her head in her hands. To tell the truth, she was still in shock. All the samples she had taken from inside and around the lab contained the enigmatic spheres in huge numbers. She had only had a brief time to think about the implications, but she was pretty sure already what was going on.

For the first time in the history of the world, it was literally raining carbon. Long before it stopped, the guilty would pay, but so would the innocent…

That’s it for this book review, I hope you enjoyed it!