Ok, so I accidentally read 24 books. Twenty four. Oh my god, how did I even DO that? Ok, I DNF’ed two books this month, but these were the first 2 I DID DNF this year, so I’m allowed to. I will only count the pages I READ into the “pages read” part of this review, don’t worry, I’m not cheating! 😉
I won’t take too long with an intro, because that’s A LOT of books to talk about!
Books read: 22 (non-fiction: 11, children’s: 4, detectives: 5, classics: 3, YA: 1)
Pages read: 3376 pages read, DNF’d two books and read only 96 pages from those
Stars: 1 star (2), 2 stars (3), 3 stars (10), 4 stars (8), 5 stars (1)
Beauty and Cosmetics 1550 – 1950 Sarah Jane Downing
As you guys know, I’m a BIG beauty history fanatic. Like, it’s my favourite subject BY FAR. This book is a great introduction to the concept. It’s informative, to the point uses a lot of great photos. A great book to any lover of beauty!
I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads, and you can get your copy here.
the 1930s Home by Greg Stevenson
Shire Library is a great way to introduce yourself to certain subjects. On average, they are quite fun, this one isn’t though. The author seemed really bored on the subject, which was a huge shame! It used a lot of great photos and advertisements, which kind of saved the book, but other than that, it was boring.
I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads, and you can get your copy here.
the Vintage Fashion Bible by Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway
This book is HUGE, and uses a lot of great and amazing photos to go with the writing. However, this book is honestly incredibly basic. It won’t go in-depth, it won’t show you everything, just the very basics of every era. It was fun, kind of insulting (apparently, the 90s are vintage now kids, we are getting old!), but this isn’t the book for you if you want to actually LEARN about vintage fashion, but I am happy to add it to my collection because of the amazing pictures in it!
I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.
the Victorian Criminal by Neil R. Storey
This book was a great read! My only downside to it is that it talked more about murder than other criminal activities, which didn’t make sense as this book is about the Victorian CRIMINAL, not the MURDERER. I learned a lot from this one, however, and I’m really happy to have added this to my collection! If you love Victorian history, this is a must have! I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here!
the Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas (review)
Oh the Ice Palace. This is by far my favourite book this year. I won’t get into too much detail, as I have a whole spoiler free review on my blog, but this book is beautiful. Eerie, atmospheric, beautiful, precious. I love this book so much and I’m forcing everyone to read this. The cover is just as beautiful as it’s contents!
I gave this book 5 (!!!!) stars on Goodreads, you can get your beautiful copy here!
Terry Deary’s Best Ever Shakespeare Tales by Terry Deary
I love Terry Deary, I own all the Horrible Histories, and his adult non-fiction. This one, however, is really boring for Terry Deary! It might be the subject, as Shakespeare isn’t something I’m too thrilled about, but the jokes weren’t as great, and it just wasn’t the usual Terry Deary quality. It is a fun book though, don’t get me wrong!! I’m really happy to have added this to my collection, and if you are a Shakespeare fan, this is a great book!
I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here!
the Victorian Policeman by Simon Dell
Going into this book I expected it to be what a Victorian policeman does, but this is more about how he looked like. I mean, fashion is my thing, it just isn’t the reason why I got this book. It was informative, yes, it had some great photos, yes, but the book promotes itself to be a history book about what a policeman does, and it just really confused me as it just wasn’t about that at all, maybe for only 2 pages. A real shame!
I gave this book 2 stars on Goodreads, and you can get your copy here.
S is for Sabertooth by Greg Paprocki
These alphabet books are my absolute favourites! The subjects are really fun and especially as we are a household of history nerds. The art styles is absolutely beautiful and I love it so much. Some of the words in this one were a bit difficult for an ABC, but they were in theme of the subject.
I gave this one 3 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.
the Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
I was excited to read this book, it sounded so promising, but alas, this is one of the two books I had to DNF this year. It was horrible. Absolutely horrible. The story was boring, the writing horrible, and there was no punctuation??? I hated it, 0/10 do not recommend.
I gave this book 1 star on Goodreads.
Witches and Witchcraft by David Nash
One of the best history books about the subject of witchcraft. Informative, lots of pictures and just really great. However, this book talked just about the USA and Europe, which ignored a HUGE part, mainly the other people on this planet. I think the book missed a big opportunity because of this, because the history of witchcraft isn’t about us white people, because the concept of witchcraft is everywhere, and still alive today but that doesn’t get mentioned. A real shame!
I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.
How to Grow a Baby and Push it Out by Clemmie Hooper (review)
I wanted to know more about childbirth, because I don’t know a lot about it and it terrified me. This book really educated me about everything in a fun, approachable way. I wrote a review about it, so you should check this out because this was one of the most fun books I have read this year! It approaches everything with a no-nonsense attitude, and nothing is off topic, and I learned a lot!
I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.
Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
Finally a Poirot! I loved this one, the story was really fun and I finished it pretty quickly. Now, this wasn’t a groundbreaking detective, honestly, but it’s a Poirot and that’s all that matters. I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.
the Fingerprint by Patricia Wentworth
This one was HIGHLY frustrating, you know how things were going but the people in the book would just not cooperate!! It was a fun Patricia Wentworth, but just like the other ones. I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads and you can get your great cover here.
the Mark on the Wall by Virginia Woolf
This book was horrible. It was incredibly boring, so so so boring. I had to actually force myself to read it, and that’s never a good sign. I’m glad to add it to my collection, but I don’t think I will read anything by Woolf in a really, really long time.
I gave this book 2 stars on Goodreads.
Striding Folly by Dorothy L. Sayers
Oh how I missed Peter Wimsey! I forgot how much I loved this series. The short stories were really fun, typical, and just plain weird, but I can’t wait to read more from the series, because they are hilarious.
I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.
Commando Dad: Raw Recruits by Neil Sinclair
So, I read another book about pregnancy! This one was bought for my boyfriend, as he’s in the military himself and I thought it was funny book to get, just in case that one day we can have children of our own. The funny thing is, this book was even more informative than How to Grow a Baby, so I highly recommend this one, as it was so much fun! I gave this book 4 stars and you can get your copy here!
the Hollow by Agatha Christie
This wasn’t my favourite Poirot, it was kind of obvious, but I appreciate Christie’s style in this one. It’s a new and different approach to her books, on a more Patricia Wentworth route. Not my favourite, but still a nice one!
3 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here.
the Sign of the Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene
I finally picked up a Nancy Drew again! This wasn’t my favourite though, it was a fun book, don’t get me wrong, but it was a bad Nancy Drew one, you know what I mean? It was a fun book, but I really kind of had to force myself to finish it, because it wasn’t a good Nancy Drew one. I gave this 2 stars and you can get your copy here.
B is for Boo by Greg Paprocki
Another great one in the series! Once I get them all, I will write a collective review about them because I really love this series, even if this one is about a holiday we don’t celebrate in the Netherlands! 😉
I gave this one 4 stars and you can get your copy here.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (review)
Hi, hello, why is this title so stupid. I mean, the title just sounds like a really C-rated book, but oh my word do I love this book! It’s fun, ridiculous and so cute!! I don’t agree with the book being horror or creepy, but it’s a lot of fun. I’ve got a review on it, you can check it out if you want!
I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads and you can get your copy here!
the Women’s Institute by Susan Cohen
A fun book about a concept that doesn’t really exist in the Netherlands, and I’m wondering why! This was such a great way for women to socialize and get together for the greater good! Lots of fun pictures, lots of information and a great addition to my growing Shire Library collection.
I gav ethis one 4 stars and you can get your book here!
the 1940s Home by Paul Evans and Peter Doyle
I’m not going to dwell on this one too long, this one was boring, but I do appreciate the fact that this book actually did talk about the entirety of the 1940s, not just the war, like most book do. Not my favourite, but handy to have on hand for inspiration.
3 stars on Goodreads, and you can get yours here.
Murder Gone Mad by Philip Macdonald
Hello, this is the second book this year I had to DNF.The writing style of this book was absolutely incredibly horrible. I hated it. HATED it. I let my co-worker read it and she was annoyed by only one page, let alone the entire book. I gave up after 45 pages. Do not recommend and I will not read anything by this author again.
I gave this 1 star.
R is for Railway by Greg Paprocki
AND FINALLY I had to finish with another alphabet book! This one is my favourite ,but that’s mostly because theVictorian era is my favourite. This one was a lot of fun and the words actually had a lot to do with the Victorian era, which was so cute!!
I gave this one four stars and you can get it here!!
Oh my WORD you guys, this post took 5ever!!! I’m really happy with the amount I read, I mean, I can’t top this month! I read some great books, and can’t wait for July!
What was your favourite book you read this month? 🙂