Claire x Nikki Review April 2015


Claire x Nikki Mash Up

Overhyped Books


Well April was a world wind! I moved to London, got into a terrible flat, started a new job and got lost many times. London is a big city and I forgot about the big bad chill that is the end of winter. It’s getting warmer though and I’ve bought a portable heater (blessed heat! I have my room like a sauna right now.) and I’m having fun. It’s a very different life from what I’m used to and it’s a tad lonely at times (I know all of 3 people and I feel like I might be making them a bit sick of me) but I truck on. I’m not complaining just stating a fact: it isn’t peachy but I’m grateful for the opportunity. I will say one thing, I’ve been diagnosed with GAD and this move has caused a bit of a flare up, my social anxiety has become a bit of a bother but there is no better time to fight on and conquer this! Well, if not conquer, at least learn to cope and control. Right?

I’m a bit sluggish today though because I went to a Spanish festival yesterday and shared a pitcher of Sangria and I very much regret that now. The headache, ugh.


2015 Reading Challenges: Quarterly Check-In (Claire) & My First Month in London
Review: Harrison Squared
Review: Pacific Fire (Daniel Blackland #2)

Books Read

Abhorsen (The Old Kingdom #3) by Garth Nix
The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) by Rick Yancy
Essential Dykes to Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel
Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1) by Ben Aaronovitch
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Infinite Sea by (The Fifth Wave #2) by Rick Yancy
Clariel (The Old Kingdom #4) by Garth Nix


Book of the Month (x2)


Song: Been totally obsessed with Fall Out Boy for some reason- they’re normally not my cup of tea but Immortals, Centuries and Novacaine make me jump up and down and dance.

TV: If y’all don’t watch Daredevil I will very disappointed in you! Plus, I’d just like to thank Amber for getting me totally obsessed with The 100- it’s a really good show, like unbelievable. Plus the fandom is rich there and I love a strong fandom, it makes things so much more fun.





(This is Claire doing Nikki’s session because I was a bum and forgot to tell her about this post in advance).

Massive hugs to Nikki for holding down the blog this month when I disappeared, I LOVE YOU NIKKI!


2015 Quarterly Check-In #1
Bookish apps
Coffee Table Books
Little Black Classics: mini-reviews
100 Books to Read in My Lifetime
BWB Book Awards 2015

Books Read

*Claire’s note: I had to dig in Nikki’s Goodreads for this and I felt vaguely stalkerish*

  • Southern Cross #1 by Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger, Lee Loughridge
  • Speaking Of Siva (Little Black Classics #79)
  • The Dhammapada (Little Black Classics #80)
  • Shadow Show: Stories In Celebration of Ray Bradbury
  • The Gashlycrumb Tinies (The Vinegar Works #1) by Edward Gorey
  • The Worrier’s Guide to Life by Gemma Correll
  • Come Close (Little Black Classics #74) by Sappho
  • Low, Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope (Low #1-6) by Rick Remender, Greg Tocchini
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker


How was your April?



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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2 Responses to Claire x Nikki Review April 2015

  1. moosha23 says:

    Hopefully being in London will get easier! You’ve both read so many good books, I’m especially interested in the Rivers of London one and The Golem and the Jinni. They both sound intriguing.
    Fall Out Boys are pretty cool, Centuries is quite popular these days. I haven’t heard Novacaine (but I have heard of it) so I’ll give it a listen! 😀

    • Claire (BWB) says:

      YES YES read Rivers of London! Do read it, it is such fun!

      Nikki keeps going on about the Golem x the Jinni and if she says something is good, I very much believe her.

      Novacaine is actually my fave. for some reason- it has a really good beat.

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