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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Reykjavík

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?

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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?

Final Quarter Quell 2017

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The year has come to an end! So lets have a look at the reading challenges I set myself at the beginning of the year:

  • To read my pre-ordered books.
  • To get above 70% on NetGallery
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more pages in total than the 2016 total. To beat 2014 would be brilliant!
  • To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)

Here’s the progress I made after 3 months, 6 months and 9 months.

To Read My Pre-Orders: These are A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury.  I finally managed to read ACoTaR in November! Only 2 years after ordering it… I’m definitely going to read ACoMaF next year!

✓  To get above 70% on NetGalley:  In December 2016 it was 64%. Thanks to doing ARC August, it’s now 70%.
I’m trying to be a bit more picky with the books I request with the hope that I’ll actually read them. This means I have some really great books on my shelf at the moment. Most of them are second books in series:

  • 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: Last December I was 88% through with only The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left to read. I haven’t even picked it up this year.

✓  To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,132 pages): According to Goodreads, I have read 19113 pages= 18% more than last year!

✓  To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): I completed The Great Gatsby in March,  Animal Farm in April and 1984 in December. I started Perfume: The Story of a Murderer but ended up putting it down. I’ll possibly come back to it again next year.

The Great GatsbyAnimal FarmNineteen Eighty-Four

To read the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes – Nevernight, The Graces, The Diabolic:  More were added to this because of this year’s Illumicrate boxes (FebruaryMay, August and November boxes.) I’ve completed the three below with dates next to them.

  • Nevernight – Jay Kristoff (6/11/17)
  • The Graces – Laure Eve
  • Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid
  • Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
  • Red Sister – Mark Lawrence (27/10/17)
  • Truth or Dare – Non Pratt (2/6/17)
  • The Walking Land  – Callie Bates
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
  • Nyxia Scott Reintgen
  • Artemis – Andy Weir
  • The City of Brass – S.A.Chakraborty.

dsc_0073✓  To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.(50/52 completed) I’m super pleased with this and will definitely be taking part in it next year. See the books I read for each challenged here.

December 2017


The books I read this year:
The Accident Season – Moira Fowley-Doyle Image result for gold starImage result for gold star

Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) – Morgan Rhodes Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Nina is Not OK – Shappi Khorsandi Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Us – David Nicolls Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Paris for One and Other Stories – Jojo Moyes Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Anna and the French Kiss Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) – Stephanie Perkins Image result for gold starImage result for gold star
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (HP #1) –  J.K.Rowling Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  (HP #2) – J.K.Rowling Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (HP #3) – J.K.Rowling Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (HP #4) – J.K.Rowling Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix (HP #5) – J.K.Rowling Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (HP #6) – J.K.Rowling Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (HP #7) -J.K.Rowling Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves #1) – Morgan Rhodes Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Bridget Jones’s Diary (Bridget Jones’s Diary #1) – Helen Fielding Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones’s Diary #2) – Helen Fielding Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Bridget Jones’s Baby (Bridget Jones’s Diary #4) – Helen Fielding Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Perfect (Flawed #2) – Cecelia Ahern Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
You’re the One That I Want – Giovanna Fletcher Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Animal Farm – George Orwell Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism – Naoki Higashida Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves #2) – Morgan Rhodes Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Dreamland – Sarah Dessen Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
On the Other SideCarrie Hope Fletcher Image result for gold starImage result for gold star
Claude on the Slopes – Alex T. Smith Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
One of Us is Lying  – Karen M. McManusImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare Image result for gold starImage result for gold star
Truth or Dare – Non Pratt Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Claude Going for Gold! – Alex T. Smith Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Big Little Lies  – Liane Moriarty Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) – Victoria Aveyard Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr Image result for gold starImage result for gold star
Love Hurts – Malorie Blackman + others Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Mr Katz is a Zombie – M.C.Lesh Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
This Secret We’re Keeping – Rebecca Done Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #1) – Michael J. Sullivan Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me – Lily Collins Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Wolf by Wolf – Ryan Graudin Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Saga (Saga Vol.1) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Fables: Legends in Exhile (Fables Vol.1) by Bill Willingham Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Parsnips, Buttered: How to win at modern life, one email at a time by Joe Lycett Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
How to be Champion by Sarah Millican Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Red Sister by Mark LawrenceImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
The Awakening + The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries #1-2) by L.J.Smith Image result for gold star
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
Saga (Saga Vol.2) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
The Hogfather by Terry Pratchett Image result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold starImage result for gold star
1984 by George Orwell  Image result for gold star Image result for gold star Image result for gold star 

My targets for next year to come soon…


How did you do with your yearly challenges?

Have you read any of the books that I have this year?

November 2017 Wrap Up

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Books Read in November

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Nevernight (The Nevernight Cronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Saga Vol. 2 by  Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples


Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Rise Against

Sunday Smiles – Wedding plans

Sunday Smiles – Birthday and Book of Mormon

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TTT- Winter TBR List

 

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November Unboxing

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Best Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)


Books I Bought In November.

Books:

Dave Pigeon by Swapna Haddow

Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

Vampire Academy #1 by Richelle Mead

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography by Phil Collins

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

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

Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)Saga, Vol. 2 (Saga, #2)

ARCs

The Warrior’s Path (Tales of Gorania#1) by Karim Solimanh

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A.Chakraborty

The Warrior's Path (Tales of Gorania, #1)The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1)

Currently Reading

Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

Hogfather (Discworld, #20)


Looking Forward To In December…

  • Christmas!
  • Seeing Five Finger Death Punch. We don’t go to concerts very often so I’m very excited.
  • Seeing Daniel Sloss. It’s basically become a tradition that we see him every year. This is the 7th (?) time we’ve seen him. We’re usually in the front row too.

How was your November?

Third Quarter Quell 2017 – 3 Month Wrap Up

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Welcome to the third Quarter Quell, my 3 month wrap up where I look at my challenges I set at the beginning of the year and see how much progress I have made on them. It’s always nice to see a bit of progression, no matter how small. 🙂

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

  • To read my pre-ordered books (A Court of Thorns and Roses + A Court of Mist and Fury)
  • To get above 70% on NetGalley
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection
  • To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,132 pages).
  • To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes)
  • To read the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes – NevernightThe GracesThe Diabolic.
  • To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.

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To Read My Pre-Orders:
I Still haven’t completed these. This is getting a bit embarrassing now.

To get above 70% on NetGalley: In December it was 64%, in March it was 65%, June 66% and now it is… 70%! Woo! Thanks to doing ARC August I managed to bring it right up! I’ve started only requesting the books I really REALLY want. My problem is that a lot of these are the second book in a series, and I still haven’t read the first book (I just know that I will love them when I eventually get around to them.)

Here are a few of the great books that I need to get round to:

  • 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 I was 88% through with just The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left to read. I’ve made no progress on this at all.

To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,132 pages): So far (according to Goodreads) I’ve read 14873 pages = 92% of last year’s total!

To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): I completed The Great Gatsby back in March, Animal Farm in April and I made a start on, but put down, 1984 and Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.
The Great GatsbyAnimal Farm    Nineteen Eighty-FourPerfume: The Story of a Murderer

To read the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes:  I haven’t read any of the original ones I meant at the beginning of the year. I’ve got even more because of the FebruaryMay and August boxes. I’ve only read one of them so far – whoops.

  • Nevernight – Jay Kristoff
  • The Graces – Laure Eve
  • Diabolic – S. J. Kincaid
  • Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
  • Red Sister – Mark Lawrence
  • Truth or Dare – Non Pratt (2/6/17)
  • The Walking Land  by Callie Bates
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer – Leigh Bardugo
  • Nyxia Scott Reintgen

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To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge(39/52 completed)
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Since June I have ticked off:
3. A book you meant to read in 2016 – This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done (5/8/17)
5. A historical fiction – Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (27/9/17)
14. A book with a strong female character – Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (9/8/17)
15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) – The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (11/7/17)
20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading – Mr Katz is a Zombie by Margaret Lesh (3/8/17)
24. A book written by at least two authors – Love HurtsLove Hurts by Malorie Blackman and Others (2/8/17)
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre– Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan (7/8/17)
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (9/7/17)
39. An epistolary fiction – Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (10/7/17)

See all the challenges I’ve ticked off here.

Additional reads:
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.

Currently reading:
Effective Transition Into Year OneA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)


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

August 2017 Wrap Up

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Tomorrow is September and for me that marks the end of the summer holidays. My classroom is all set up and looking shiny and new and Monday will be the start of work with those bright eyed and snotty nosed beauties.


ARC August

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I’ve been doing ARC August but I’ve completely sucked at it. At the beginning of the month, my Netgalley percentage was at 66%. I managed to get my percetage up to 72% but then went and requested 3 new books so It’s now sitting at 70%.

Feedback Ratio: 70%

97 Approved  |  68 Feedback Sent

Suggested feedback ratio is 80%

Books now sitting on my shelf that look interesting are:

I’ve been a little bit silly and requested the second book without reading the first one, hoping it would be motivation to do so – I do own all the first books, I just haven’t gotten around to them.


Books Read in August

Love Hurts
Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman and various other authors

This secret we're keeping
This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done

Mr Katz is a Zombie
Mr Katz is a Zombie by M.C.Lesh

Age of Myth
Age of Myth (The Legends of the First Empire #2) by Michael J. Sullivan

Eleanor Oliphant
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Whipsnade Zoo

Sunday Smiles – Dover castle + Afternoon tea

Sunday Smiles – Arundel + Hamlet

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TTT – Favourite TV Shows

TTT – Longest  vs Shortest books

 

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Illumicrate Unboxing – August 2017, Box #8


Books I Bought In August.

Kindle:

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Daughter of Smoke and Bone: The Sunday Times Bestseller. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy Book 1 by [Taylor, Laini]White Teeth (Penguin Essentials) by [Smith, Zadie]Wolf by Wolf: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice: Book 1 by [Graudin, Ryan]

Books:

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)


Currently Reading

A Game of Thrones by George. R. R Martin (becasue when you have hundreds of books to be read, why not just re-read one you’ve already read?)

Effective Transition Into Year One by Alistair Bryce-Clegg

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)Effective Transition Into Year One


Looking Forward To In September…

  • Meeting my new class – I hope they’re kind to me.
  • Hopefully booking a holiday!

How was your August?

July 2017 Monthly Wrap Up

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July has been such a long month for me. I’ve finally finished work for the summer but it was a very stressful few weeks as I had to completely pack down my classroom, which took forever. Since breaking up, I’ve literally just slept. I’ve been really rubbish for blogging this month (SORRY!) – I’ve bought a load of books in anticipation of getting back into the swing of things now I have free time. So, without further ado…

Books Read in July

Red Queen  by Victoria Aveyard

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Thirteen Reasons WhyThe One Memory of Flora Banks


Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Last week of school.

Sunday Smiles – New car

35fed-toptentuesday

TTT – Books I’ve read due to the blogging community

TTT – Books that tackle tough issues

TTT – Favourite non-reading summer activities


Books I Bought In July.

I went a bit crazy this month…

Kindle:

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabrield Garcia Marquez

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Red Queen (Red Queen 1) by Victoria Aveyard

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick

Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot Series #10)  by Agatha Christie

Lyrebird: An uplifting, summer read by the Sunday Times bestseller by [Ahern, Cecelia]Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Penguin Modern Classics) by [Süskind, Patrick]

Books:

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Crooked Kingdoms (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Effective Transition into Year One by Alistair Bryce-Clegg


Currently Reading

1984 by George Orwell (Still…)

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind 

Nineteen Eighty-FourImage result for perfume: story of a murderer book


Looking Forward To In August…

We’ve just got a car! So we’ve planned lots of road trips all over England (post) – hopefully I’ll get round to putting up a post about some of our adventures. We’ve planned: Leeds castle, Dover castle, Cambridge, Canterbury, hopefully York or Bath, Hasting, plus more!

Hamlet starring Andrew Scott.

Family BBQ – we always do a theme, this year is Jazz themed.

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How was your July?

May 2017 Monthly Wrap Up

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These months are just zooming by. Actually, these years! Congratulations to everyone who finished exams and graduated this month, and good luck to everyone who is sitting them next month. It’s weird to think that this time two years ago I was finishing my degree! Time either needs to slow down or I need to find some more productive things to be doing with my time.

Books Read in May

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

Claude on the Slopes by Alex T. Smith

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

DreamlandOn the Other SideClaude on the SlopesOne of Us Is Lying


Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Bank holiday, books and work.

Sunday Smiles – Brighton and books.

Sunday Smiles – Sunshine.

35fed-toptentuesday

TTT – UK covers that are better than the US’

TTT – Reading Wishlist

TTT – Summer TBR

goodreads-book-tag

Tags – Goodreads book tag

unboxing

Illumicrate Unboxing – May 2017, Box #7


Currently Reading

1984 by George Orwell

The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

Dexter Omnibus by Jeff Lindsay

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Nineteen Eighty-FourThe Best of Adam SharpDarkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)


Looking Forward To In June…

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

Meal with lots of uni friends I haven’t seen in a while.

Going to Oxford for a day trip.

My final tea delivery from my Novello tea subscription.

Once and for Allmonthly tea delivery gift novello


How was your May?