First Quarter Quell 2019 – 3 Month Wrap Up

Welcome to the first Quarter Quell of 2019. 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’m really please with how well I’m doing this year

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

  • To get above 75% on NetGalley
  • To read more pages in total than the 2018 total
  • To read at least 20 books I already own.
  • To read one classic book and one non-fiction book.
  • To complete at least 26 of the Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge.

To get above 75% on NetGalley: In December 2018 it was at 73%, it dropped don to 72% because I HAD to request The Rosie Result as I loved the first two (1+2) but I’ve managed to pull it back up to 73%. So… no progress.

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
  • The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
  • Ever Alice – H.J.Ramsay

To read more pages in total than the 2018 total (12,670 pages): So far (according to Goodreads) I’ve read 3941 pages = 31% of 2018’s total.

To read at least 20 books I already own: I’ve managed 6 books so far. All the books to date here on my Mount TBR Challenge page.

To complete at least one classic and one non-fiction book: I’ve already read 4 non-fiction books this year (Lily Allen, Manhunt, Forensics and Mind Maps for Kids) so that half was an easy tick off!

To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge(14/52 completed)

2019

Since the beginning of the year, I have ticked off:

1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy – The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (6.1.18)
3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y – Black Butler Vol. 3  by Yana Toboso (3.1.18)
4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc) – Manhunt: How I Brought Serial Killer Levi Bellfield To Justice (22.1.19)
11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject) – Red Dragon by Thomas Harris (5.1.18)
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country – Circe by Madeline Miller (30.1.19)
18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table of elements – Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid (2.1.19)
25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed – Mind Maps for Kids: Max Your Memory and Concentration by Tony Buzan (18.3.19)
34. A book with a person’s name in the title – The Rosie Resultby Graeme Simsion (19.1.19)
37. A book set in a school or university  – Picklewitch and Jack by Claire Barker (4.1.19)
38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc) – Black Butler Vol. 2  by Yana Toboso (3.1.18)
40. A book you stumbled upon – Belinda Blinked (Belinda Blinked 1) by Rocky Flintstone
42. A book with a monster or “monstrous” character – Hannibal by Thomas Harris (11.1.18)
44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed (same topic, same era, book appeared in the show/movie, etc.) – Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (24.3.19)
50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual) – My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen (1.1.19)

See all the challenges I’ve ticked off here.

Currently reading:

Belinda Blinked 2 (Belinda Blinked, #2)Ever Alice


Top 5 things I’ve done in the past 3 months:

  1. My 1 year wedding anniversary (today!)
  2. Starting driving lessons.
  3. Getting onto my masters course
  4. Seeing Six, The Musical and Hamilton.
  5. Our few days away in Bath.

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

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February Wrap Up

What a month. What. A. Month. I have had wonderful highs but also a LOT of stresses, it’s been a whirlwind of emotions. At the beginning of the month I managed to get last minute tickets to see Ian freaking McKellen. He was incredible, telling us anecdotes and reading us Shakespeare. We’ve also been to see Avenue Q, Hamilton and Home I’m Darling, all of which were incredible. We also had a wonderful few days away in Bath. Oh, and I found out I’ve been accepted onto my Master’s course!

Books Read in February

My reading hasn’t been brilliant this month. I haven’t been motivated to read but I have gotten into podcasts. I love Evil Genius by Russel Kane, My Dad Wrote a Porno by Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine and David in Conversations With by David Tennant.

Picklewitch and Jack

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My class loved this book so much they’ve named their table group after Picklewitch. I, however, didn’t enjoy it as much. Picklewitch is a naughty little witch who loves birds, nature, magic and cake. She sets her sights on being friends with Jack, winner of the ‘Most Sensible Boy in School’ award for three years in a row. However, Jack isn’t quite so happy that she has decided to choose him as her new best friend.

 Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Reading and booking holiday

Sunday Smiles – Avenue Q and Home, I’m Darling

Sunday Smiles – Bath and Hamilton


 

Books Acquired In February.

e-books:

The Belles: The most talked about YA book of 2018 by [Clayton, Dhonielle]The Surrogate: A gripping psychological thriller with an incredible twist by [Jensen, Louise]Dumplin' by [Murphy, Julie]Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by [Remini, Leah]

Currently Reading: 

Nothing…


Looking Forward To In March…

  • 1 Year wedding anniversary ❤ We’re going on a dinner cruise for it ❤
  • Starting driving lessons.
  • Seeing Six the Musical

How was your February?

January Wrap Up

January has just rushed by and I feel like I’ve hardly done anything except read and work. I’ve made an amazing start to my 2019 reading challenges. ticking off 9 books already! I have also taken big adult steps this month and booked in my first driving lesson and written up my application to start my Masters.

I booked Dubrovnik for August, which I am VERY excited about. If you have any recommendations for what to do, hit me up.

Did you hear that the Harry Potter Studio Tour is opening up a new exhibit? We booked tickets to go in May for my sister-in-law’s birthday. It is perfect timing! I’ve been 4 times already and I’m still buzzing to go again!

Books Read in January

My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

Black Butler Vol. 2  by Yana Toboso Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

Black Butler Vol. 3  by Yana Toboso Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

Hannibal by Thomas Harris Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

Manhunt: How I Brought Serial Killer Levi Bellfield To Justice Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

 

Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Reading and booking holiday

2018 challenges

2019 Challenges


Books Acquired In January.

Book form:

e-books:

ARCS:

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Currently Reading: 

CirceLes Misérables


Looking Forward To In February…

  • Seeing Avenue Q! I’ve been wanting to see this since doing Performing Arts in school, it’s just never on. I’m very, very excited.
  • A few days away in Bath. We’re hoping to go to Longleat and a day in Bath itself. Apparently they have an amazing open air spa.
  • WE’RE SEEING HAMILTON!!!!!
  • Seeing my sister’s new rabbits. Can’t wait for snuggles.

How was your January?

Final Quarter Quell 2018

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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:

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.

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


To Read My Pre-Orders: The first book I read this year was A Court of Mist and Fury! It was a brilliant book which was a great start to my year. I still have Angel of Storm to read – I didn’t even look at it this year.

To get above 75% on NetGalley: In December 2017 it was at 70%, by June it had dropped down to 69%. Thanks to doing ARC August, it’s now at 73%. I’ve been a lot better at requesting books this year and have only requested books that I know I’ll read.

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
  • The Lying Game – Ruth Ware
  • Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds

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 this year.

To read more pages in total than the 2016 total (16,084 pages): According to Goodreads, I read 12670 pages = 79% of 2016’s total. Whoops.

To read at least 25 books I already own: I definitely set the bar too high on this one. I’ve managed 20 books which I still think is quite impressive. All the books to date here on my Mount TBR Challenge page.

To complete at least one classic (other than Sherlock Holmes): Yeah… that didn’t happen. The oldest book I read this year was Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman, released in 1989. It’s still older than me…

To read 5 of the books delivered to me in my illumicrate boxes:  I read 2 books – The Smoke Thieves and A Thousand Perfect Notes.

  • 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
  • Empress of All Seasons – Emiko Jean
  • Wild Magic – Tamora Pierce

✓  To complete at least 26 of the  Around the Year In 52 Books Challenge(37/52 completed) Hurray! A challenge I actually managed to complete!

2018

The books I read this year: 

  1. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  2. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  3. Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman  #1) by Neil Gaiman Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  4. The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (The Riyria Chronicles #4)  by Michael J. Sullivan. Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  5. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shausterman Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  6. Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shausterman Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  7. Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  8. Blood For Blood (Wolf by Wolf #2) by Ryan Graudin Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  9. Clean by Juno Dawson Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  10. Claude in the City (Claude #1) by Alex T Smith Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  11. Wonder by R.J.Palacio Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  12. Claude on the Slopes (Claude #6) by Alex T Smith Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  13. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  14. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  15. Plaques and Tangles by Nicola Wilson Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  16. Claude on Holiday (Claude #2) by Alex T SmithGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  17. Claude: Lights, Camera, Action (Claude #10) by Alex T. SmithGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  18. Claude Going for Gold (Claude #9) by Alex T SmithGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  19. The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  20. Claude in the Spotlight (Claude #5)  by Alex T SmithGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  21. Claude in the Country (Claude #4)  by Alex T Smith Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  22. Claude at the Circus (Claude #3) by Alex T Smith Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  23. Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  24. Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  25. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  26. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  27. The Novice (The Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  28. You Only Live Once (Gracie Dart #1) by Jess Vallance
  29. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  30. The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  31. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before  #1)  by Jenny Han Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  32. Trust Me, I’m a (Junior) Doctor by Max Pemberton Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  33. A Life of Crime by Harry Ognall Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  34. How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  35. Tokyo Ghoul (Tokyo Ghoul #1)  by Sui Ishida Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  36. Talking with Serial Killers: The Most Evil people in The Wold Tell Their Own Stories Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  37. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G.Drews Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  38. Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  39. The More You Ignore Me by Jo Brand Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  40. The Life and Loves of a He Devil by Graham Norton Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  41. Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2)  by Jay Kristoff Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  42. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg
  43. James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes by James Acaster Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

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 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!

enigma

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?

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.

Kill a kingdom

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genuine fraud

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the novice

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

you only live once

You Only Live Once (Gracie Dart #1) by Jess Vallance Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

this is going to hurt

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

the red parts

The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

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

Down the rabbit hole

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
28 Books on shelf

 

The Books

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

You Only Live Once (Gracie Dart #1) by Jess Vallance  (Review published on 5th Sept) Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

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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Best Foot Forward by Adam Hills Gold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svgGold_Star.svg

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Sunday Smiles– Marco Pierre White Steak House

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

Sunday Smiles – First Week of Summer Holidays

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Top Ten Books With Red, White + Blue Covers

Top Ten Books That Lived Up To The Hype

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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

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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?