March & April’s Reading Roundup: Reviews & Ratings!

March & April’s Reading Roundup: Reviews & Ratings!

So, what have I actually been reading?

Well, my reading progress at the moment is, if I’m honest, being hindered by the sheer amount of revision I’ve to do. With exams looming and multiple assignments due for university, I have had to prioritise the boring stuff and read only as a reward, or on a break. That means I haven’t done as much as I would have usually… Nevertheless, I have had the chance to read some great texts, and I thought I would share them with you!


I’ll stick with a short synopsis of each for the time being to prevent you from becoming bored witless but, if one tickles your fancy and you do want a more in-depth review of it, just request one!


Lets start with Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting:

I feel ashamed to say that I only got around to reading this now.

I think just about everyone knows the backstory to Trainspotting, and if you don’t then please be prepared for when you do find out!

I have watched and love both of the films, but I just never had time for the book and also wasn’t sure if it’d be any good. What a stupid mistake I made! I actually really enjoyed reading this; it was a nice break from the heavy stuff at university. Y’know, with it being a vivid account of drug addiction and poverty within the city I live in, it was really lighthearted and comical (feel that sarcasm!), but it honestly is a unique and brilliantly written piece of work. Shout-out to my boyfriend for buying me it for my birthday!

My rating: 5/5


Next up is Umbrellas of Edinburgh:

This one is a mixture of poetry and prose, all inspired by the most popular and unforgettable locations that Edinburgh has to offer. With works from seventy writers in here, you’ll get an insight into the city like you’ve never had before. This one is perfect for both visitors and residents – there’s  bound to be something in there that you love!

My rating: 4/5


I also dug into The Fear by Cally Taylor…but, you’ll have to wait for my review on that one – it’s coming soon as part of the blog tour/promotion!


Lets finish with two shorter stories I read…


Lin Anderson’s Dead Close:

This one is more of a crime-based thriller. Following Doug Cameron on his way to retirement from the police force, his life is suddenly and utterly thrown into chaos: his team discover a mummified body, thought to be his wife who disappeared 17 years earlier… We watch Doug spiral into paranoia and insanity as the case he could never solve returns to haunt him.

My rating: 4/5


And finally, Nadine Jassat’s Auntie:

This short story concerns family ties, relationships, geographical spaces and the theme of developing from youth to adolescence. You could read this within ten minutes, so I won’t give away too much, but it is a pretty nice read.

My rating: 3/5


Right now, I’m making my way through Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I have had this book for sooo long and now I am finally getting to see what all the fuss is about! I am really late to the party with this one but better late than never, huh?


Side note: well done if you made it this far! Also, I’m planning on treating myself to new books once exams are finished, so keep an eye out for my haul…


What are you reading?

Rachael xo

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