Murder at the Fitzwilliam, Jim Eldridge – A Review [SPOILERS]

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Hello everyone, how are we all doing?! I literally talk to you guys like you’re my pals, I am so sorry. ANYWAY, back to the task at hand… Reviewing (what I read of) Murder at the Fitzwilliam… Yes, this is a DNFR situation.

2 out of 5 stars. 

“1894. Daniel Wilson made his name investigating the case of Jack the Ripper…” I picked this book up based purely on the first line of the blurb and I was hugely disappointed in it. I felt that Murder at the Fitzwilliam never really got going…

The first few chapters were good, the mystery was set very well, a body found shut inside an empty sarcophagus, no sign of forced entry to the museum, it had all the makings of a good mystery. And then it fell flat, it seemed to go round in circles, have no clear ending or goal.

I’ll put it back on the shelf, mark my place and maybe try again in a few months. But for the moment, I’m giving it 2 out of 5 stars. I tried so hard to enjoy it but struggled.

Have you read Murder at the Fitzwilliam? Let me know if you have and what you thought of it! Em xx

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Thinner, Stephen King – A Review. [SPOILERS]

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Aloha! I’m back again with another review, my first read of July! And as the title says it’s Stephen King’s Thinner. 

4.5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books by Stephen King that I’ve ever read, Thinner was absolutely brilliant. After facing a charge of vehicular manslaughter Billy Halleck is touched outside court by a gypsy, who whispers just one word… Thinner.

And that folks is where it all starts… I loved how we slowly saw Billy Halleck who was an overweight American man and someone who didn’t believe in anything he couldn’t see became someone who hunted gypsies trying to get the curse placed on him reversed.

As always, King’s storytelling was impeccable. The book focused really on a handful of key characters, who were elaborately written into the storyline. And some of the twists in the book, WELL, I won’t spoil it too much but oh my dayzzz, I actually shouted out loud.

I gave it 4.5 because I slightly guessed the ending, but I’m putting that down to a lucky guess rather than it being left wide open for said ending. Either way, Thinner by Stephen King was brilliant.

Have you read Thinner? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below! Em xx

First Line Friday – The Girl who loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King📚

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Guess who’s back, back again with ANOTHER First Line Friday post – as always hosted by Hoarding books – check out their blog when you’ve finished reading my post❤️

Today we’re reading the first line from The girl who loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King.

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“The world has its teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted. Trisha McFarland discovered this when she was nine years old”

Reading that has gotten me so excited to read this book! I might have to bump it up my TBR list…

Taking part in First Line Friday? Let me know in the comments below!

Em xx

Top 10 Tuesday – Childhood Faves📚

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Hello, fellow bookworms! I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday for y’all, TTT is hosted by That Arsty Reader Girl, go check out her page and the TTT tag as you’ll be able to see posts from others who have taken part (after you’ve read my post!)

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Childhood favourites. And here we gooooo.

  1. The Witches – Roald Dahl. I absolutely loved this book when I was younger, I used to think it was quite sinister for a children’s book but one of my faves still. This is actually my most read book from my Roald Dahl collection on my shelf, some of the pages are falling out 😦
  2. Say Cheese and Die – R.L.Stine. Oh my days, I can’t be the only person who read Goosebumps books as a child? This was (and still is) literally my favourite Goosebumps book EVER. It definitely paved the way for my obsession with all things creepy later in life. I’m currently (as an adult) reading the Horrorland collection and I can’t WAIT to get to the Say Cheese and Die Screaming book.
  3. Harry Potter (all 7) – J.K.Rowling. Did you really think I’d do this list and not mention Harry Potter? Literally, the book that MADE my childhood what it is today. When I was younger I’d just pick up Harry Potter and engross myself in the world of magic and to this day I’ve never read a book series that has made such a big impact on my life.
  4. Twilight – Stephenie Meyer. I did try and shy away from this being one of my favourite childhood books, but I decided to be honest and confess that I have a copy of Twilight that is literally falling apart because I read it that much :))) Literally still watch these films every time they are on and am considering getting my books out the loft to read.
  5. The BFG – Roald Dahl. This is my other top favourite Roald Dahl book, it just has such a heart warming ending where they all meet the Queen and yes, it makes me v happy. Plus some of the phrases Roald Dahl made up, amazing!

Well, there’s my top five childhood reads, I decided not to bore you all with 10 as they all have a story behind them! Did any of my Top Five Childhood Reads make your list?

Em xx

First Line Friday – Rose Madder by Stephen King📚

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Hello and welcome to First Line Friday hosted by Hoarding Books! Today I’m posting a line from Rose Madder by Stephen King. 

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“She sits in the corner, trying to draw air out of a room which seemed to have plenty just a few minutes ago and now seems to have none”

I have to say this has gotten my interest but there are other books I’d like to read before this one. Keep an eye on my page for my review, I’ll be linking back to this post so you can see what I said about the first line!

What are you reading? Taking part in First Line Friday? Let me know in the comments below. 

Em xx

Top 10 Tuesday – Unpopular Bookish Opinons📚

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Hello! I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the fab blog That Artsy Reader Girl (be sure to check her out if you haven’t already). This time I’m giving my Top Five unpopular book opinions – I’m curious to see if these make anyone else’s lists so I’ll be having a nosey!

HERE WE GO!

  1. An ebook is just as good as a physical book. I love my Kindle, it’s so easy to carry around literally hundreds of books, I have a book on there for whatever mood I’m in and while it isn’t the same as holding a physical book I don’t want to lug around a massive hardback book. Have you ever tried to carry Order of the Phoenix in hardback around?!
  2. The Hunger Games series is overrated. I mean my copies are battered because I’ve read them so much but the more I read them the more they just seem “meh”
  3. “IT” is such a difficult book to get into. I feel like IT is THE Stephen King book that you must read but I can’t get into it at all, I found it really hard to get into, I’ve tried twice to read it and I just couldn’t 😦
  4. Harry Potter is the best book series ever written. Probs not an unpopular opinion but there are some people out there that don’t like Harry Potter?
  5. None fiction books can be just as good as fiction. It purely depends on what you’re reading. Reading about Jack The Ripper? Cool. Reading an encyclopedia? You do you. Read what you bloody well enjoy!

Well, there’s my top 5 unpopular book opinions. Now I’ve written them out I’m wondering if they’re actually THAT unpopular – guess we’ll see!

Until next time. Em xx

A lil update on What Em’s Reading📚

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re all well (I talk to you like you’re my pals, soz). Anyway, I just wanted to share an update on What Em’s reading as I know I haven’t been consistent through June at all. 

So, this month has just been NUTS. We started the month visiting my brother & sister in law in Surrey, my brother is a member of the British Army and he was passing out his troops so we went to watch that (which was amazing, I’m so proud of him), I got a new car, mine was starting to fall apart and it just wasn’t worth keeping it anymore so I upgraded, but bam there was 3 evenings gone, lmao. And lastly, we went away! To the cutest lil log cabin in the middle of Sherwood Forest (with Robin Hood & his merry men) and that was just amazing, and I got all the relaxation I needed.

Basically, it’s been fucking manic. And I’ve barely had time to pick up a book.

BUT, I’m back, I’ve just been planning out the Top Ten Tuesday’s I’m going to take part in, getting some ideas for First Line Friday and I’ve reorganised my bookshelf to kick start my reading again, so I’ll be back in force! U AIN’T READY… 

What Em’s reading will always heavily feature Top Ten Tuesday and First Line Friday, amongst reviews & other book-related topics. I take part in these two tags specifically because I feel they give you such a nosey into people’s reading habits and what they like!! I think it’s so personal and much more interesting than you lot all just reading an about me post lmao.

I’ve already started Stephen King’s “Thinner” and I’m super getting into so I’ll be updating with a review for that soon.

Write soon. Em xx