November Wrap Up

Can you believe that we’re in the final month of 2018 already? The years seem to be going by quicker and quicker. November was a wonderful month for me. It was mine and Daz’s 9 year anniversary so we went for afternoon tea at Browns and then went to see The Lion King. I won a competition so went to see Fantastic Beasts 3 days before it’s official release. I managed to get a deal on tickets to see Pinter at the Pinter starring Lee Evans and Keith Allen. We also went on a Ghost Tour of London, which was an interesting experience. Then to top it all off, it was my birthday, so we did the Enigma Quests’ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry escape rooms and crazy golf!

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Books Read in November

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The Life and Loves of a He Devil

Blog Posts

TTT

Top Ten Backlist Books I Own & Still Need  To Read

I might just being petty but I’ve decided not to do TTT any more after they used one of my suggestions (Top Bookish Items I Own/Would Like To Own) and didn’t credit me.

Other

My Top Ten Hidden Gems in London


Books Acquired In October.

Book form:

The Locked Ward: Memoirs of a Psychiatric OrderlyWild Magic (Immortals, #1)Empress of All Seasons

e-books:

The Da Vinci Code: (Robert Langdon Book 2) by [Brown, Dan]How Not To Be a Boy by [Webb, Robert]The Memory Collector: The emotional and uplifting new novel from the bestselling author of The Other Us by [Harper, Fiona]Water for Elephants: A Novel by [Gruen, Sara]

Currently Reading: 

The Locked Ward: Memoirs of a Psychiatric OrderlyGodsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)


Looking Forward To In December…

  • IT’SSSSSSS CHIIIIIIIISMAAAAAAAAS! I can’t wait to go home and see my family ❤

How was your November?

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Third Quarter Quell – 3 Month Wrap Up

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Welcome to the third Quarter Quell of 2018. This is where I look back at the challenges I set myself at the beginning of the year and see how much progress I’ve made on them. Half way through the year I wasn’t doing particularly great on any of my challenges. Since then it has been the Summer holidays, six weeks of potential reading time and things haven’t exactly gone to plan…

I set myself the following challenges at the beginning of the year: 

  • To read my pre-ordered books. (Court of Mist and Fury and Angel of Storm)
  • To get above 75% on NetGalley
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,084 pages)
  • To read at least 25 books I already own.
  • To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
  • To read at least 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes, including any new ones I get.
  • To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.

To Read My Pre-Orders: The first book I read this year was A Court of Mist and Fury! What a great way to start the year, it was a brilliant book and it half ticked off one of my challenges! 🙂 Just Angel of Storm to read now!

To get above 75% on NetGalley: In December 2017 it was at 70%, by June it had dropped down to 69%. It’s now at 72%

Books that are sitting on my shelf, still to be read, include:

  • Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
  • Age of Swords – Michael J Sullivan
  • The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion
  • Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff
  • The Lying Game – Ruth Ware

I did ARC August this year and ticked off 4 books.

To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection:  In December 2017, I was 88% through with just The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left to read. I haven’t picked it up yet this year.

To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,084 pages): So far (according to Goodreads, not including children’s picture books) I’ve read 10016 pages = 62% of 2016’s total.

To read at least 25 books I already own: I definitely set the bar too high on this one. I’ve managed 16 books so far. All the books to date here on my Mount TBR Challenge page.

To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): Yeah, that’s not going to happen… But I have read more non-fiction books this year!

To read 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes: This challenge is going really, really badly. I’ve read 1 book – The Smoke ThievesI like the sound of A Thousand Perfect Notes and I’ll probably read Wonder Woman and CatWoman eventually, but the others aren’t really grabbing my attention. The books I still have to read are:

  • The Graces – Laure Eve
  • Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid
  • Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
  • The Walking Land  by Callie Bates
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
  • Nyxia – Scott Reintgen
  • Artemis – Andy Weir
  • The City of Brass – S.A.Chakraborty
  • Blood and Sand – C.V.Wyk
  • Light Years – Kass Morgan
  • A Thousand Perfect Notes  – C.G.Drews
  • CatWoman – Sarah J. Maas

I still have the November box to come…

✓  To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge(28/52 completed) Finally! One target I’ve actually managed to achieve!

Reading Challenge 2018- 9 months

In the past 3 months I have ticked off:
5. A book about or inspired by real events – This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay
6. A book originally written in a language other than English – Tokyo Ghoul, tome 1 (Tokyo Ghoul #1) by Sui Ishida (25.9.18)
8. An “own voices” book* – To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han (2.9.18)
10. An author’s debut book (their first book to be published) – The Novice by Taran Matharu 
12. A book set in Africa or South America – Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart 
13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc) – Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
16. A narrative nonfiction – The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson 
17. A book you expect to make you laugh – Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills 
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word “born” in the same year as you (link– Trust Me, I’m a (Junior) Doctor by Max Pemberton
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater – To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo 
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence – How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne (25/9/18)
47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own – A Life of Crime: The Memoirs of a High Court Judge by Harry Ognall (22.9.18)
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer) – You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance 

See all the challenges I’ve ticked off here.

Extra Reads:

Claude at the CircusClaude in the CountryClaude in the SpotlightMiranda The Explorer (EARLY READER)

Currently reading:

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz: The Untold StoryThe Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man (The Hundred-Year-Old Man, #2)


Have you read any of these books?
How are you getting on with your resolutions?

August 2018 Wrap Up

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August was an incredible month. I spend two weeks of it in Thailand where I had the amazing experience of feeding and bathing elephants! I should have a post coming out next month all about it 🙂 In true Emily fashion, I stated planning my next holiday on the plane home and have now booked in Budapest for next April! I also went home and saw my family, and I saw one of my friends get married!

Books Read in July.

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The Novice (The Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

you only live once

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this is going to hurt

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the red parts

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Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Thailand and films

TTT

Top Ten Books Set In Schools

ARC-August (1)

My Goals

Week 1+2 

Week 3 + 4

Wrap Up

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Down the TBR Hole #1 

Down the TBR Hole #2

Down the TBR Hole #3


Books I Bought In July.

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve tried to not buy any physical books, only e-books, in the attempt to read more of my TBR pile.

e-books:

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior DoctorThe Red Parts

Illumicrate book:

Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons series)

Currently Reading: 

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)


Looking Forward To In September…

  • Meeting my new class – I’ve spent the last few days setting up the classroom so I’m beginning to get the back to school jitters now.
  • For once, I don’t actually have anything booked in! Maybe I’ll do a few impromptu trips into London…

How was your August?

ARC August 2018: Wrap Up

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ARC August (hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat.) has come to an end and I must say I’m feeling quite pleased with myself. I read a book which has been sitting on my Netgalley shelf for THREE years and I read a book before its release date.


My Goals

My aim at the beginning of this challenge was to get into the 70’s but I really wanted the 75%. I raised my percentage from 69% to 72%

Feedback Ratio: 72%

103 Approved  |  74 Feedback Sent
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The Books

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Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

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To Kill a KingdomGenuine FraudYou Only Live Once (Gracie Dart #1)

Still on the shelf…

  • Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan (23%)
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (Started)
  • The Break by Marian Keyes
  • The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr
  • The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett
  • My Sister’s Secret by Tracy Buchanan

 

Have you read any of these books?

Will you be joining in with ARC August?

 

July 2018 Wrap Up

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July marks the end of the school year. I can’t lie, this has been a really hard year. I like each child individually but as a whole… it’s a class I certainly won’t forget. July was a fun month as I had some great weekends in London, I managed to get back into reading and I’ve binge watched Orange is the New Black. I’m definitely looking forward to August especially as tonight I fly out to Thailand for my honeymoon!

Books Read in July.

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Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles– Marco Pierre White Steak House

Sunday Smiles – Last Week of School + Hen Do in London

Sunday Smiles – First Week of Summer Holidays

TTT

Top Ten Books With Red, White + Blue Covers

Top Ten Books That Lived Up To The Hype

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Other Posts

School’s Out for Summer

Second Quarter Quell – 3 Month Wrap Up


Books I Bought In July.

Book form:

Best Foot Forward

e-books:

The Grisha: Shadow and Bone: Book 1 by [Bardugo, Leigh]Dear Fatty: The Perfect Mother’s Day Read by [French, Dawn]

Physical ARCs:

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Currently Reading: 


Looking Forward To In August…

  • Setting up my new classroom.
  • My friend’s wedding.
  • My honeymoon in Thailand! I’m going to see elephants! I’m so excited!!!

How was your July?

May Wrap Up

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May was a bit of an up and down month for weather, work and social life. In work I had some REALLY hard days but I also found out what year group I’m getting next year. The weather was all over the shot with thunderstorms, sunshine and downpours. I usually book in things for weekends but found that I had lots of empty weekends this month, which was quite nice compared to my hectic April. I went to see Sarah Millican, who was so funny I was crying, definitely go and see her if you get the chance!

Books Read in May.

Wonder by R.J.Palacio

Claude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Plaques and Tangles by Nicola Wilson

Claude on Holiday by Alex T. Smith

+ Various children’s books

Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Impromptu trip to London

Sunday Smiles – Bank Holiday + Safe TV show.

Sunday Smiles – Sarah Millican and Royal Wedding

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Day 1 – Books started + Challenge: Introduce yourself in six words #insixwords.

Day 2 – Completing My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece + Challenge: Year of You

Day 3 – Completing The Name of the Wind & Winston was Worried + Challenge: Show me your precious

Day 4 – Completing Plaques and Tangles + Challenge: If you like…you’ll like…

Day 5 – Completing Claude on Holiday + ChallengeSpace Scavenger hunt

Wrap Up


Books I Bought In May.

Book form:

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Ebook:

A Town Like Alice (Vintage Classics) by [Shute, Nevil]Dark Places by [Flynn, Gillian]

ARCs:

Currently Reading: 

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2)The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves, #1)


Looking Forward To In June…

  • My parent’s 25th wedding anniversary party.
  • Seeing Joe Lycett.
  • Going on a helicopter flight!

How was your May?

April Wrap Up

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I hope your April was as wonderful as mine. I got married at the end of March and went on honeymoon and had a party in April. I topped my magical month off by going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour for the fourth time! Unfortunaley my car broke (it was incredibly scary breaking down on the M25) but we’ve managed to get a lovely new(ish) car called Fifi.

Books Read in April.

Blood For Blood

Blood For Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2) – Ryan Graudin

Clean

Clean by Juno Dawson

Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Wedding and Iceland

Sunday Smiles – Quiz

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Iceland


Books I Bought In April.

I’ve put myself on a book buying ban so I can work my way though my massive pile of unread book. I was very good and didn’t buy any in April!

Currently Reading: 

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)


Looking Forward To In May…

  • Seeing Sarah Millican.
  • My Parent’s 25th Wedding Anniversary.
  • Updating my scrap book, photo frames and wedding album.
  • The sun coming out some more!

How was your April?

First Quarter Quell – 3 Month Wrap Up

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Welcome to the first Quarter Quell of 2018. This is where I look back at the challenges I set myself at the beginning of the year and see how much progress I’ve made on them. It’s always nice to see a bit of progression, no matter how small. I’ve not had a particularly good start to the year as I feel very unmotivated to read, partly because the books I have read have all been brilliant.

I set myself the following challenges at the beginning of the year: 

  • To read my pre-ordered books. (Court of Mist and Fury and Angel of Storm)
  • To get above 75% on NetGalley
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,084 pages)
  • To read at least 25 books I already own.
  • To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
  • To read at least 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes, including any new ones I get.
  • To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.

To Read My Pre-Orders: The first book I read this year was A Court of Mist and Fury! What a great way to start the year, it was a brilliant book and it half ticked off one of my challenges! 🙂 Just Angel of Storm to read now!

To get above 75% on NetGalley: In December 2017 it was at 70% and that hasn’t  changed. They’ve changed the region thing so it’s  now harder to get books by American publishers and to be approved for books in general, which is very frustrating!

Books that are sitting on my shelf, still to be read, include:

  • Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
  • Allegiant – Veronica Roth
  • Age of Swords – Michael J Sullivan
  • The Best of Adam Sharp – Graeme Simsion
  • Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff
  • The Lying Game – Ruth Ware

To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection:  In December 2017, I was 88% through with just The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left to read. I haven’t picked it up yet this year.

To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,084 pages): So far (according to Goodreads) I’ve read 3348 pages = 21% of 2016’s total.

To read at least 25 books I already own: I’ve managed 5 books so far! All the books to date here on my Mount TBR Challenge page.

To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): None so far… I intend to read a Shakespeare play and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

To read 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes: My housemate read Nyxia and despised it, which doesn’t particularly make me want to read it. I tried Artemis but wasn’t in the mood for it. The books I still have to read are:

  • The Graces – Laure Eve
  • Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid
  • Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
  • The Walking Land  by Callie Bates
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
  • Nyxia – Scott Reintgen
  • Artemis – Andy Weir
  • The City of Brass – S.A.Chakraborty
  • Blood and Sand – C.V.Wyk
  • The Smoke Thief – Sally Green

To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge(6/52 completed)

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Since the beginning of the year, I have ticked off:
1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link) – Scythe by Neal Shausterman 
9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc) – Thunderhead by Neal Shausterman 
18. A book with a location in the title –  A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn’t win but was polarizing or a close-call (link) – A Graphic novel – Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman  #1) by Neil Gaiman 
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title – The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan 

See all the challenges I’ve ticked off here.

Currently reading:

Blood For Blood (Wolf By Wolf #2)Claude In The City


Have you read any of these books?
How are you getting on with your resolutions?

February 2018 Wrap Up

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Finally February is over! I am super glad as it seems like I’ve just had the worst luck throughout the whole of this month. Hopefully March is going to be better!

Books Read in February

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Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) – Neal Shusterman

Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Gerbils meeting and ice cream

Sunday Smiles – Wedding plans, book crafts and gerbils

Sunday Smiles – Bad luck

TTT

TTT – Books that have been on my TBR for the longest

TTT -Books I’ve decided not to read anymore

TTT – Books I could read forever

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Book Review – A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas


Books I Bought In February.

I’m currently on a book buying ban until March. My exception is if it is a continuation of a series.

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) – Neal Shusterman

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) – Morgan Rhodes

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Currently Reading: 

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms, #6)


Looking Forward To In March…

  • My freaking wedding!!!!
  • My friend’s wedding
  • My hen do – afternoon tea followed by an escape room and cocktails – fab!
  • Seeing comedians

How was your February?

January 2018 Wrap Up

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The first month of the year comes to a close and I feel like I would like to hibernate. The winter always makes me feel very tired and I feel like I’ve just about dragged my way through this month. It’s been long but short at the same time?! I’ve had illness and observations, reading obsession and slumps, tea and cake; it’s been a strange one.

Books Read in January

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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses 2) by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses 2) by Sarah J. Maas

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman  #1) by Neil Gaiman

The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shausterman

 

Blog Posts

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Sunday Smiles – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea, The Birthday Party play and LEGO shop

Sunday Smiles – Wedding dresses and signed books

Sunday Smiles – goodbyes and chocolate

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TTT- New  To Me Authors I Read In 2017

TTT – Books I Meant To Read In 2017

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Day 1 – The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes and Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman  #1) by Neil Gaiman.

Day 2 – Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field

Day 3 – The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge and Copy Cat by Ali Pye

Day 5 – Children’s books about babies

Days 6 + 7 + Wrap Up – The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan and Wrap Up.

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My 2018 Challenges.

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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.


Books I Bought In January.

I’m currently on a book buying ban until March.

But… I picked up a copy Harold Pinter’s play The Birthday Party when I went to see it.

Currently Reading: 

Poison (Tales from the Kingdoms, #1)

Poison (Tales from the Kingdoms #1) – Sarah Pinborough


Looking Forward To In February…

  • Spa day!
  • Harry Potter Exhibition at the British Library!
  • A comedy show with lots of different comedians, most of which I’ve never seen before!
  • Half term and being able to sleep.

How was your January?