Reading Round Up #2

3 May 2019

I'm going to be completely honest, April was a slow month for me in regards to reading. I honestly think this was down to my dissertation being due at the end of March and so my motivation to read dropped. It was really frustrating too as I wanted to spend my Easter reading but unfortunately, my dissertation took it out of me and I needed a well deserved break. 
Though April was a slow month, I did get two books finished and I loved both of them! Which definitely makes up for the lack of reading I did in April. 

1. Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?
This book. I don't even know where to start. It's been a long time coming and I have been meaning to read the 5th book in the Harry Potter series for years and I am now so thankful that I have finally read and finished it. I honestly really enjoyed this book even though it's one of the darker books in the series. You follow Harry as he's going through PTSD which is so painful to witness. However, the light moments do shine through which definitely helps as so much upsetting and depressing things are happening throughout this year of Hogwarts. I didn't think Professor Umbridge could get any worse but oh man, she is 100% worse in the books. Every time she popped up in the story I instantly felt angry and dreaded what awful thing she was going to do next. This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole story. Another aspect I loved was reading about DA and the journey they all go through. It felt like I was there taking the classes from Harry as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and enjoyed seeing the differences between the film and the book (which there is a lot of) and falling in love with characters I already love so dear (especially George and Fred!).

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

2. Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself by Matthew Gray Gubler

Rumple Buttercup has 5 crooked teeth, 3 strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right. He is weird. Join him and Candy Corn Carl (his imaginary friend of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging. 
If you have been following my blog/twitter/instagram over the last year, you will know that I am a BIG fan of criminal minds. So when Matthew Gray Gubler (an actor from the show) announced that he was releasing a book, I knew I had to get my hands on it (especially because I am definitely in love with Matthew Gray Gubler).

The main reason why I loved this book was the message it gave by the end. It has such a beautiful message telling us (the reader) that no matter what, everyone is weird in their own way and you should embrace your 'weird' quirks and be happy in the skin you have. You feel for Rumple as he hides in the sewer thinking that he doesn't deserve to venture out of his sewer home because he thinks he is weird. It's quite heart breaking. Even though the story is so simple, it brings a powerful message for not only kids but adults too.

Another quirk with this book is that Matt illustrated the whole thing himself. This book is really a little bit of him and his personality that I adore. I felt somewhat connected with him whilst reading it and it's an illustrated book I will cherish.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
The Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Of course Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince would be on my TBR as I am in such a Potter mood, I want to continue on with this series! I feel so connected with the characters too at the moment that I want to continue on the emotional journey that is the last two books of Harry Potter.
Last month I started The Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn and so far I'm really enjoying it. I love Connie as a person and I have been following her on youtube for quite some time now so I'm really looking forward to finishing this book. Finally, I'm in a really summary mood which means I'm also in a really contemporary mood. I have picked up The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson as I really enjoyed her other book Since You've Been Gone. I thought it was time to read a few more of her books!

There you have my April Wrap Up and May TBR! I really hope I read the books that I said I would as I'm really looking forward to getting lost in some stories (especially when I need to escape from exam stress). What did you read in April? and what have you got planned to read this month? I'd love to know!


  1. Despite the two books for April, we can all agree that Order of the Phoenix is a thick thick book. Well done! Also I keep seeing good reviews for The Unexpected Everything. I'm looking forward for your review of that one.

    1. It is a very thick book! Hehe thank you! & ooo yes! I'm hoping I enjoy it x

  2. I loved Harry Potter growing up but Order of the Phoenix (and Goblet of Fire) was one of the hardest books for me to read - took me such a long time!

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  3. The Order of the Phoenix is my favorite Harry Potter book in the series for sure.

  4. It's so funny, as I was re-reading the Harry Potter series this past Spring, other people I followed in the blogging world were also re-reading or reading them for the first time. Little did I know, you were also reading them too haha!