January 2018 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrap Up (1)

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

sunday smiles

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?

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Bout of Books | Days 6 + 7 + Wrap Up

Day 6 – Saturday

I read absolutely diddly squat. Unless you’d like to count reading a theater programme? No? I don’t blame you, I don’t count it either. You can read about all the fantastic things I did instead of reading, here.

Day 7 – Sunday

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)This was much better! I consciously put aside time for reading. Best of all, reading in the bath (quite possibly my favourite reading spot). I managed to complete The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan around 10pm.  This was one of the only books I had put on my TBR for this week that I completed. Moral of the story, don’t create TBR lists!

Wrap Up

Children’s Books

Image resultOi FrogCopy CatThe Lonely BeastImage result for topsy and tim babyImage result for children picture books new babyImage result for children picture books new babyplus a couple of others.

Graphic Novels

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)

Novels

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

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?

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.

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

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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

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

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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?

ARC August: Week 1

ARC August begins! graphicWeek 1 of ARC August (hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat.) has come to an end and I was able to read 3 books this week!

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All three books were completely different but I enjoyed all of them. I’ve staggered their reviews throughout this month 🙂 I also managed to write reviews for a couple of books I’d read but forgotten to review.

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I also made a silly, I thought I had the whole of The Bone Season but tuns out I just requested chapter 1! So I managed to cross that off my list (kind of).

In total this week, I’ve managed to raise my Netgalley percentage from 66% to 70%!


What did you read during the first week of ARC August?

Remember: It’s not to late to join!

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

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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?

Quarter Quell – 3 Month Wrap Up

Since I don’t read enough books in a month anymore to do a monthly wrap up, I thought it might be a good idea to see what I’ve read over the past 3 months and how many of my targets I have achieved.

At the beginning of the year I set myself the following challenges as did my housemates:

  • To read 45 books
  • To complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection.
  • To complete one other classic
  • To not read ALL picture books
  • To Read my pre-ordered books
  • To get about 70% on Netgallery
2016 Reading Challenge
38%
7 books ahead of schedule

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To read 45 books
So far I have read 17 books:

Not Completed:

  • The complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – 84% complete
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – 20% complete
  • The Death of Dulgath (The Riyria Chronicles #3) by Michael J Sullivan – 37% complete
  • Grimm’s Fairy Stories by The Grimm Brothers – 66% complete

 

To Complete The Sherlock Holmes Collection

Well… I’m almost there! According to my Kindle, I have 3hours left. I am reading one of the stories within His Last Bow. Meaning once I have completed this selection,  I just have The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes left!

 

To Complete One Other Classic

I completed The Secret Garden! 

 

To Not Read ALL Picture Books

Well, I have done this. Dr Seuss aren’t ENTIRELY pictures… My class just love them!

 

To Read My Pre-ordered Books

Uhm, this hasn’t been acheived yet. I think I might wait until summer to read Queen of Shadows and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

 

To Get Above 70% On Netgallery.

This may be aiming too high… Last summer it was on 50%. I have now managed to get it up to 59% but I keep requesting more books! I’ll get there eventually…

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Here’s to hoping our “To Read” piles get ever smaller.