Reading Wrap Up: August 2018

I wasn’t going to write this blogpost anymore. Not because I didn’t read anything, but because I just feel really unmotivated to blog at all! I’ve been really busy with work and I buy all my own products (I mean, as if we thought I would get stuff for free!) and I’ve had to spend my money on more important things, like food, haha. That’s kind of the reason why there aren’t new blogposts! But, I felt like that wasn’t fair, so here I am writing down my wrap up!

Books read: 13 + 1 DNF (non-fiction: 6, picture books: 3, detective: 2, classic: 2)
Stars: 1 (0), 2 (2), 3 (4), 4 (8), 5 (0)

40227609The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell
I really wanted to get this book, but I liked the paperback better than the hardback, so I waited until the paperback was out before I ordered this one. And I’m so glad I got this one! I absolutely loved this short story collection, they really felt like Jen, creepy, mystical, fairytale-esque,  as they are totally on brand for her, haha. I have a more in-depth review here, so check it out if you are curious! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

28926466Morbid Curiosities: Collections of the Uncommon and the Bizarre by Paul Gambino
This was an interesting book, it shows all types of people (mostly men really) and the things they collect, from shrunken heads to dead animals, with a whole interview with the collector. I did really enjoy the photos in it, they were creepy and gross, but some of these people were absolute douchebags, they wanted to proof that they are so extremely edgy when they aren’t, and that really ruined the book for me. I gave the book 3 stars on Goodreads for the amazing photos, but not for the people.

25569079Don’t Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier 
I always wanted to read something by Daphne du Maurier, I get really easily scared but I love classic horror stories so obviously she had to be on the list! Unfortunately, I really hated this book. Well, not HATE, but I just really disliked it and I was hugely disappointed. It was boring, not scary at all and just dragging ooooooon… I had to DNF it after 2 stories, I hoped the first one was the dud one but alas, it’s jut boring. I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads. 

15797374Legendary Bests of Britain by Julia Cresswell
I wanted to expand my mythology shelves in my bookcase, so here we are with another Shire Library book! I might need to get a whole shelf just dedicated to Shire, honestly. I did like this book, it was full of pictures, informative, and the author really enjoyed the subject of mythological creatures. Honestly, it just does what it says on the tin! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. 

563772The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey
My best friend Boris recommended this tiny one to me. He knows I love creepy things and I collect ABC books, so what better book than the Gashlycrumb Tinies? It was incredibly creepy and adorable and I love it a lot. If you are like me and love creepy things and ABC books, you need to add this one to your collection!  I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. 

34152893What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
I needed to read more classics, I was in the mood for them, and I got the entire What Katy Did series for about 4 euros a few weeks ago, so it was time to read it! It was a really fun read, but I expected it to be like Anne of Green Gables (the story telling, not the story itself!) but it isn’t, it’s more a much younger audience, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. It was cute, had the cute moral of the story and was just a fun read. I’m glad I got the whole series but it isn’t like most classics I’ve read. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads. 

18209393Edwardian Fashion by Daniel Milford-Cottam
Oh how I love fashion history! Especially books written by authors who really love it as much as I do! It has tons of photos and beautiful illustrations to add to the text. A great introduction to Edwardian fashion and a great edition to my fashion history collection. I gave it 4 stars on Gooreads. 

17262261The British Execution by Stephen Banks
Another great one by Shire! Informative, great illustrations and the author knew what he was talking about. My only downside is that it didn’t really expand on WHY death by hanging is so gross, but how much information can you put into a 60 page book? If you want to learn more about execution, this is a great starter! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. 

31017560Fashion: the Evolution of Style by Lucinda Gosling 
You have to do a lot of things wrong for me to dislike a fashion history book, and unfortunately, this book hits all those marks. It’s all over the place (photos from the 20s next to the 60s?????) and the information pretty boring. I really didn’t like it and this would be the worst book to start with if you want to get into fashion history. I do not recommend this one! I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, but only because of the beautiful photos.

31134072Appointment with Death By Agatha Christie
A really fun Poirot! Ok, I find most of them exciting, but I really did enjoy it! I thought I knew who did it, but I was wrong, very wrong, and that doesn’t happen often!! I really like the ones where Poirot is on his travels and just gets thrown into another murder just because he’s on holidays, haha. I really recommend this one if you want to start with Poirot, it’s a gem! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. 

38895863Horrible Histories: England by Terry Deary
I love the Horrible Histories series. There aren’t many books in the series I don’t own yet! This one was really interesting, I love how Terry Deary just doesn’t shy away from the horrid stuff, and he will tell you what kind of despicable thing the English have done. It was informative and a lot of fun! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

28329110Halloween Party by Agatha Christie
Apparently, Halloween Party is one of those Poirot books you either LOVE or hate. I’m lucky enough to be the one that loves it! I mean, it was absolutely ridiculous. It really felt like Agatha Christie just needed to write one for the money and she just didn’t feel like putting too much effort into it, but that made me love it. It’s ridiculous and just strange and odd and weird and a lot of fun! No, this isn’t a book to start out with, but I enjoyed it! I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. 

Vijf Vriendjes by Quentin Blake & Drie Kleine Uiltjes by Emanuelle Luzzati and John Yeoman
I read two more Dutch picture books! Vijf Vriendjes (Five Friends) is about a group of friends who all have special powers (with great rep! Diverse and even a child in a wheelchair!) and it shows that everyone has something special about them. I really liked it and it’s a great book to use in the classroom.
Drie Kleine Uiltjes (three little owls) is a really funny story about three owls that go on holidays for the winter. I liked Vijf Vriendjes more than Drie Kleine Uitljes, but they were a lot of fun anyways!

That’s all for this month folks! I think I will keep on writing my book reviews, but it will take some time before I start reviewing makeup again, not because I don’t want to but because I just don’t have the money to for the time being! I hope you guys don’t mind!
What were your favourite book of the month? 🙂

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