The second Sunday of December has been and gone so that means Chapter 2 of the Magical Readathon: Winter Edition is open! I finished my only read for Chapter 1 on Saturday and I’m ready for my next prompt! I didn’t get to go through the door for Chapter 2 until Monday evening as I went to visit magical Oxford where there was plenty of Harry Potter merchandise in almost every gift shop given that some scenes were filmed there.
Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, Stacking the Shelves is a regular feature where I share everything I’ve added to my TBR list in the past month. II only added a handful of books to my TBR this month and most of those I talked about in my New Non-Fiction to my TBR post as part of Non-Fiction November, but I’ll wrap up everything here.
The television show Peaky Blinders brought Birmingham’s interwar backstreets to life when it introduced us to the violent and compelling Shelby family. Noted historian and Brummy-born Carl Chinn delves into the Black Country’s archives to find out who the real peaky blinders were, separating fact from fiction and showing what a devastating effect this early 20th century gang violence had on working class Birmingham, and how it spilled onto the nation’s racecourses.
I had a somewhat busy month in November – it was my birthday! I had lots of catching up to do with friends and also spent a few days at home with my parents. My reading definitely picked up though which I was grateful for. After a couple of months of reading only three books, I fared much better in November, finishing six books, including one that I started way back in July.
For the third and final time this year, it’s Magical Readathon time! Once again, G at BookRoast has gone above and beyond with this readathon, this time creating a whole website for it! Here you can find all the info about all the past Magical Readathons, and get your prompts for this Winter edition.
Annie’s mother is a serial killer. After years of abuse and being witness to her mother’s crimes, Annie has a new name: Milly. And she has a new life. Living with a rich foster family complete and attending an exclusive girls school, Milly tries to find a normal life amidst the stress of her mother’s impending trial. On of this, her foster sister, Phoebe, isn’t happy with her new family’s new adopted stray and makes sure Milly knows this at every opportunity. Soon Milly begins to wonder how much like her mother she really is.
It’s the last week of Non-Fiction November! The final prompt for the month comes from Rennie @ WhatsNonfiction and asks which non-fiction books recommended by fellow bloggers have made it on to your TBR following the past few weeks.
Simon Mason compiles over thirty essays spanning twenty years of Philip Pullman’s career. In Daemon Voices, Pullman’s magnificent non-fiction writings approach the topics of stories and storytelling from a variety of angles.
I’m reviewing something a little different today. This Thursday was my birthday (yay me!) and I had a lovely surprise present from my brother’s girlfriend in the form of tickets to see War Horse at The Troubadour theatre in London.
Sarah nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award – thanks Sarah! I think Sarah and I have somewhat similar taste in books so I always love reading her reviews. Her Non-Fiction November posts have featured some great books too, so if you’re on the look out for some recommendations, check them out!