November 2017 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up (1)


Books Read in November

The handmaid's tale.png

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


Nevernight (The Nevernight Cronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff


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


TTT- Winter TBR List



November Unboxing

Other Posts

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

Books I Bought In November.


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)


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


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.

15209252_10154135413840678_1653964156_nThe Complete Sherlock HolmesA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
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


To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge(39/52 completed)
Reading Challenge 2017 (1)
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

Monthly Wrap Up (1)

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

ARC August begins! graphic

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


TTT – Favourite TV Shows

TTT – Longest  vs Shortest books



Illumicrate Unboxing – August 2017, Box #8

Books I Bought In August.


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]


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

Monthly Wrap Up (1)

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


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…


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]


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.

Image result for andrew scott hamlet

How was your July?

May 2017 Monthly Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up (1)

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.


TTT – UK covers that are better than the US’

TTT – Reading Wishlist

TTT – Summer TBR


Tags – Goodreads book tag


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?

April 2017 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up (1)

Another month is done. Is it me or did April go really quickly? I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since I went to Barcelona!

Books Read in April

The Darkest Magic by Morgan Rhodes

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida

Animal Farm by George Orwell

You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves, #2)File:The Reason I Jump book cover.jpgAnimal FarmYou're the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

Blog Posts

Tumbling into Wonderland BooksBarcelona

sunday smilesSunday Smiles – Overcoming anxious day

Sunday Smiles – Picnic

Sunday Smiles – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead starring Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire, and Don Juan in Soho starring David Tennant.

Sunday Smiles – Easter holidays


TTT – Insta-reads

TTT – Instant not reads

Currently Reading

I have 6 books down on my Goodreads as me currently reading but in all honesty the ones below are the ones I’m actually reading at the moment, the rest have been put on hold.

1984 by George Orwell

Death Note Vol 5 by Tsugumi Oba

I have tried Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers but wasn’t in the mood to read either.

Looking Forward To In May….

Getting my Illumicrate box

May half term

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

One of Us Is LyingFlame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

How was your April?