December Wrap Up

December Wrap Up

December was both busy and calm. I know that sounds weird but it was busy because I was trying to get Christmas presents together and I was trying to tie up a few things ready for the Christmas break but it was also calm because December was the only month of 2018 where I haven’t done any studying because I finally passed all my exams. It has been a hell of a year and I won’t lie, I have really struggled but once I put in as much effort as I could, I finally had the results I needed back.

Because I had no exams to revise for, it meant that I was able to read a little more. Ok, it’s not much in comparison to some peoples monthly reading totals, but I’m happy that I managed to read this amount after being in a slump.

With December, I hosted my first readathon, End of Yearathon and I had so much fun. I’m really looking forward to hosting it again with Amanda next year, although it’ll be running from the 26th December – 31st December in 2019, as opposed to 26th Dec-1st Jan like it ran this year!

I did manage to reach my reading goal for the year, which was 40, but only just. I did want to read more in the region of 70 books, but that just wasn’t happening with exams all year.

Monthly reading total: 5 ||  Books this year: 41

It would have been a reading total of 6 for the month, but I ended up going to a friends house for New Years fairly early in the day and so I had to leave the last 40 pages to be read on New Years Day! The plus side of that is that it meant I’ve already added a book to my Goodreads 2019 challenge!

Reading Goals for Last Month:

  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  2. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  3. The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
  4. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  5. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Uh…ok. So I read two books from this list in December. That is a little shameful but what can I say? I struggle to stick to monthly TBRs. I do want to get better at sticking to them but I do struggle as sometimes I’m just not in the mood. That being said, I have made a TBR for January.

This Months TBR:

  1. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I am planning to pick this one up, but don’t think I’ll finish it until February, which is fine! As long as I pick it up, I’ll be happy as it’s one big chunky book!
  2. Enchantee by Gita Trelease – I picked this one up in the first few days of January, so should have this one finished by the end of the month!
  3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – I’ve been wanting to read this one for years, but have never got to it. Is this January going to be the one? Who knows?
  4. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – I read A Gentleman’s Guide last month so would like to get this series finished!
  5. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – This was one of the best books I read in 2018 and just ever, so I want to start my year off right by reading this one.
  6. Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan – I think I may have to re-read the first one as I can’t remember that much of what happened but I’d like to read this one.

Not on this list, but a book I am sure I will pick up is The Wicked King by Holly Black because I read it during End of Yearathon and really enjoyed it.

So that’s my wrap up and January 2019 TBR. Let’s see how we do!

What books are on your TBR for January?

November Wrap Up

November Wrap Up

The first half of November was full of revision and work for me. The second half was meant to be full of reading, but instead I didn’t read as much as I had planned (or basically at all). November also brought me the worst day of my life so far, not even being dramatic.

My little Casper rabbit who I haven’t spoken about much on the blog, but have mentioned and posted pictures of on twitter, passed away suddenly on the 18th November. He was only 2 and a half years old and it was extremely unexpected. He hadn’t been ill prior to it and the day before, he’d been happily hopping about and even wrestled a strawberry out of my hand. Even the morning of the 18th, he looked absolutely fine. It was a devastating shock and I spent a lot of time crying about it. He really was my pride and joy and we’d only brought him in for his third Winter inside at the end of October. We think that it was probably a heart attack or a stroke, which we are hoping happened quickly and in his sleep as he looked so perfect. I honestly miss him every single day and feel like a part of me went with him.

Now back to the reading, which I don’t really want to talk about because it’s so shameful.

Monthly reading total: 0 || Books this year: 36

 

Reading Goals for November:

  1. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by
    Mackenzi Lee
  2. Finish Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  3. The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
  4. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  5. Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estever

You know, I really thought I’d get through these books in the last two weeks of November because I had them free but after not reading consistently for a few months now and clearly being in a slump from constant studying for all of 2018 thus far, I haven’t finished anything.

As I write this though, I am less than 100 pages till I finish my current read, which is Gentleman’s Guide. I’m hoping that me finishing a book will hopefully kickstart me reading more in December.

Books Read:

NONE BECAUSE I SUCK

Ugh, I knew this month was going to suck in the first half but I wasn’t prepared for the reading slump to hit me after my last exam at all. Of course, I haven’t been reading because I was studying which is fair enough, but I expected to get right back into it in the last two weeks of the month but I feel like exams and studying really drained me and I’m only just beginning to get my energy back. I’m really hoping for a strong reading month in December – especially as I want to hit my Goodreads goal for the year and hopefully go past it!

This Months TBR:

You’ll have to see my December Reads post going up later today to see what I want to read. It’s my very first Blogmas post but stay tuned because they’ll be going up every day until Christmas Day! I can’t believe we only have 25 days to go!

October Wrap Up

October Wrap Up

October was a fairly busy month for me in terms of work and exams. I feel like I say that almost every month, but it’s the truth. I had a fairly bad reading month (normal service has resumed) but I did start 3 books, 2 of which I hope to have finished by the end of November. The other one I started is Samantha Shannon’s The Priory of the Orange Tree. That is a mammoth book that I will definitely plan to be reading up until the end of the year.

Other than working and exams, I did actually attend an author signing and that was for Laini Taylor. She was doing a very short ‘tour’ stopping at Birmingham, London and Liverpool. I was really pleased that I was able to grab a ticket to the Birmingham event and had a really great time seeing my friends there and of course, meeting Laini again. I felt a bit bad because I haven’t finished Strange the Dreamer yet, let alone read Muse of Nightmares but I don’t think I was spoiled for anything, and even if I was, I probably won’t remember in a few days time anyway!

Monthly reading total: 2 || Books this year: 36

Reading Goals for September:

  1. Finish What If It’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silver
  2. Finish The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  3. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  4. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
  5. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
  6. The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

Ok, now I look back at the goals I set, my October goals were extremely ambitious. There was definitely no way I was going to fly through 6 books in October as I had an exam resit at the end of the month. Especially since the resit is my third time sitting the exam (I have no shame in admitting that I have failed the same exam twice, the second time by 4 marks). I also have another, and hopefully my last, exam in the middle of November, so again, very ambitious baring both exams in mind.

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Books Read:

  1. What If It’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silver
  2. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox

Ugh, I knew this month was going to be disappointing in comparison to September but just two books? Wow. I honestly just hate that exams have sort of stopped me from being able to read this year. I know that it’s my fault I failed some of them which has meant that I’ve had to sit them in August, October and November but still. I really just wish that I could get paid to sit and read all day, that would be very ideal.

This Months TBR:

  1. Finally finish The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  2. Finish Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  3. The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
  4. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  5. Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estever

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I’m looking at my TBR for November and it is a bit ambitious still, but with my (hopefully) last exam mid-November, I’m really hoping that I can get a good amount of reading in and finally get some books off my TBR. I am fairly certain that I will finish the first two books on this list because I’ve already started them both. We’ll see how it goes with the other 3 on my list. I’m really looking forward to being able to read more again this month!

Did you manage to finish your October TBR? What was your favourite book you read this month? What’re your goals for November?

September Wrap Up

September started off really well in terms of how much I read. I really surprised myself. In fact, I’m really happy with how much I managed to read considering my reading in 2018 could be considered a flop until now.

Not only did I read more books than I have in the last few months, I also went on holiday with my boyfriend and his family. We went to Croyde in Devon in the first week of September. It was really lovely to have some time away from work and really took my mind off upcoming exams and revision.

Other than my holiday at the beginning of the month, I haven’t really done much else other than work and study for exams. I have been able to meet up with some friends though, which has been nice as I haven’t seen some of them in a while! I did also get one of my results back from an exam resit that I did at the end of August. I don’t want to boast but I am super proud of myself – the first time I did the exam, I missed out on a pass by 3/4 marks and got 68%. I managed to change my score to 86% so I am really pleased with that and it’s definitely motivated me more!

Monthly reading total: Books this year: 34

Reading Goals for September:

  1. Finish City of Ghosts by V E Schwab
  2. Read Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager
  3. Read Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Books Read:

  1. City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab
  2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  3. Friendship Fails of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager
  4. PS. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  5. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I’m fairly impressed by what I managed to read this month although it’s still not as much I would really like to read. I read most of these books within the first week or two of September so if I’d have kept up this pace for the rest of the month (damn you, revision) then I think I would’ve managed to conquer another 5-10 books. Luckily after the 19th November, I (hopefully) don’t have anymore exams for a little while so will be able to read more!

This Months TBR:

  1. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  2. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
  3. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
  4. The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

I’d also like to finish What’s If It’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silver and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee before the end of October!

Did you manage to finish your September TBR? What was your favourite book you read this month? What’re your goals for October?

August Wrap Up

August was pretty shameful in terms of reading until the last week. I had an exam on the Saturday of bank holiday weekend and now don’t have another until the end of October so I now have a little bit of time to get some reading in if I make sure I manage my time better throughout September. To maximise the time I had to read in August I, of course, spent one evening blogging away and then proceeded to be too tired to actually read much. I accomplished only one of my bank holiday reading goals but I did start one of my most anticipated reads of the year! I also bought two books and that’s only because they were part of Waterstones’ Buy One, Get One Half Price deal. Those books are City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab and It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne.

Despite not reading loads until the last week of the month, after spending all of 2018 reading very little, I’d call this month a success!

Monthly reading total: Books this year: 28

Reading Goals for Last Month:

  1. Finish Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
  2. Read Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Books Read:

  1. Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chang
  2. Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
  3. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

It’s safe to say I’m pretty happy with my August wrap up. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot and I do wish I had managed to read 6 (or if I could, all 200+ books on my TBR) but at least I’m making a slight dent into my books. I met both of my goals so that’s the main thing for me.

I think what I really need is to stop acquiring so many books and to actually make it my aim to read at least two books a month that have been on my shelves for over a year already. I know that there are plenty of books that fit into that category resting on my shelves!

This Months TBR:

  1. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  2. The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox
  3. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

I picked up all three of these at YALC this year and they’re all releasing in Autumn this year so I would like to get ahead and read these before they get released. I am hoping I can manage to read these three books in September at the very least. I’d also like to read What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.

Did you manage to finish your August TBR? What was your favourite book you read this month? What’re your goals for September?

What Vicky Read: July Wrap Up

July wasn’t as busy a month in terms of exams, however, I did have one at the beginning of the month and one on the 25th of July. July was, however, my birthday month and at the end of it, YALC happened! I didn’t have a lot of time to read still but I knew that I wanted to read some of the books on my YALC list.

My birthday is around the middle of the month but the weekend prior to YALC. For my birthday, I dragged my mum and boyfriend to Hay-on-Wye, the famous little book town just over the border in Wales. It’s not too far from where I live and we were very lucky that the weather was so nice. As I had YALC the week after, I wouldn’t let myself buy any books. I was then taken on a surprise trip to London on Friday by my boyfriend where I took him to yet another bookshop, Daunt Books, before exploring the rest of London. We then stayed over before heading to the Harry Potter Studio Tour for my fourth trip!

I then spent the last weekend of July at YALC where I had the best time seeing so many of my friends that I hadn’t seen in a year and meeting new faces too! Team Celeb Spotters re-emerged again as we spotted celebrities like Iwan Rheon, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi (who came and spoke to my little group) and the star of the weekend, Jason Momoa.

Monthly reading total: Books this year: 25

So really, July ended up being fairly busy over the last two weeks of the month. Unfortunately, I still wasn’t able to read nearly as much as I had hoped and I only managed to read a total of two books this month. I would hope that August would be better but I have a resit at the end of the month and so most of my energy will be going on that.

My goals for the month were:

1. Finish All These Beautiful Strangers

2. Read a book from my YALC list.

So these are the books I read this month (and somehow managed to write reviews for both before this wrap up):

All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth – There definitely aren’t enough YA thrillers/mysteries about, or at least I haven’t found very many, so I was very excited when Penguin popped this in the post to me. Although it took me a little while to first get into it, I ended up quite enjoying it and it’s given me a thirst for more mysteries. You can check out more of my thoughts on it here.

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill – I was a little indifferent to this one if I’m totally honest. I only gave it three stars as I didn’t really feel like it was a ground breaking book. I just thought it was ok, which is slightly disappointing as I was looking forward to it and it has such a pretty cover too! Again, you check out more of my thoughts here.

So there’s my July wrap up. It’s improved a little since June, but only by one book. How many books did you read this month? Did you have a good or bad reading month?

June Wrap Up

Before we get into this wrap up, you may have noticed something different! I’ve changed my blog name! As you may be aware, I was Hung Up On Books but I fancied a change and also wanted something a little catchier and easier to remember. So therefore, I am now What Vicky Read! I’m super excited about this change and you can find me at all social media links (Twitter, Instagram) at @whatvickyread now! I’ll be updating my contact page shortly.

Now that’s done, onto the wrap up!

I knew that June was going to be a busy month, particularly at the end of the month as I had an exam resit, an exam the day after that and then I had another the first week of July! I have honestly just spent the majority of the month working and revising with little time for doing much else. My boyfriend’s birthday was the middle of the month so that offered a little relief from exams but other than that, I haven’t had much time for reading or socialising. I am hoping to have a little more time to read in July, especially since there are some books that I still need to read before YALC at the end of the month! I do have another exam the day before I leave for YALC so we’ll see how that goes…

Reading total: 1 Books this year: 23

Knowing what my June was going to be like with exams, I knew that I wouldn’t be getting much reading done, if any, so my reading list was basically non-existent for the month. I really just wanted to try and read some ARCs. It’s gutting being sent wonderful books and then not being able to fully dedicate time to them because of work/study commitments but I’m finally coming out of that stage now. Here are the books I had on my June TBR:

1.Furyborn by Clare Legrand

2. A book by an author going to YALC. My pick is All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth. I’m about 90 pages into this one currently but am aiming to finish or be about to finish it by the time YALC comes around!

I read Furyborn and that was it. I did start to pick up a book by an author going to YALC which is All These Beautiful Strangers but that was it! I’m doing pretty well in regards to not buying books and unintentionally have put myself on a book buying ban I think. I did buy The Suffragettes which was £1 though so because it was so cheap, I feel like it doesn’t really count!

So here is the one book I read this month:

Furyborn by Claire Legrand – A review will be going up of this one soon but I really enjoyed this book. It was action packed and I thought that it created a lot of potential for the next book and that it was an attention capturing read. A review is to come shortly!

So there’s my (very awful) June wrap up. How many books did you read this month? Did you have a good or bad reading month?