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

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Blog Posts

sunday smiles

Sunday Smiles – Last week of school.

Sunday Smiles – New car

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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 

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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?

Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “ Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)”

Books I Own

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J Maas

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)Nevernight (The Nevernight Cronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

The Diabolic (The Diabolic, #1)The Diabolic (The Diabolic #1) by S.J.Kincaid

Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire…

The Graces (The Graces, #1)The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve

Everyone said the Graces were witches.

They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.

They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.

All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

Beautiful Broken ThingsBeautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

Books I Need To Own

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

Three Dark CrownsThree Dark Crowns by Kenare Blake

hen kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) by Erika Johansen

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch.

As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies – including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable – she surrendered herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy, and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign from her prison in Mortmesne.

Now the endgame begins and the fate of Queen Kelsea – and the Tearling itself – will finally be revealed . . .