April 2019 || Wrap Up

April 2019 || Wrap Up

April has been an interesting month. I started a new job on the 1st so have been fairly busy with that. The bonus to it is that I get an hour for my lunch break meaning that I get a bit of time to read in the day now! I also (very badly) hosted #ARCAttack and attended a book signing for Alice Oseman and Lauren James.I’ve also started running a bit more this month, so I’ve been busy with that. Special mention also goes to Taylor Swift who released her new song ME! which I got up super early for to see the video go live!

Other than general life things, I’ve had decent reading month. I’m heading closer an closer to my Goodreads goal of 30 books which I’m pretty happy about. Now that the YALC 2019 line up has been announced, I’m going to start planning which books I need to read for that. I don’t have as many authors to see as I expected so I’ll be making my way through that list in June and July.

Monthly reading total: 6 ||  Books this year: 19/30

Books Read:

  1. Paper Girls Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
  2. The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman
  3. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
  4. The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds
  5. A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  6. The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie

I had a fairly decent reading month in April, but still didn’t read as much as I was hoping for! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get a similar amount (or more) reading done in May seeing as we have two bank holidays and I’m also going on holiday for a week down South.

Reading Goals for Last Month:

My reading goals for April can be found at my #ARCAttack post here. I’ll be posting a more detailed post about how my TBR progress went soon.

April TBR:

  1. Finale by Stephanie Garber
  2. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – I’m part way through this so definitely want to get it finished.
  3. Romanov by Nadine Brandes
  4. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
  5. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

What was your favourite read this month? What books are on your TBR for May?

March Wrap Up

March Wrap Up

March has been a whirlwind of a month. At the end of February/beginning of March, I was offered a new job. I feel like I then had the busiest month of the year so far. I attended the V. E. Schwab signing for The Near Witch at the Forbidden Planet store in London where I met some fab friends and made some new ones. I met up with friends and started running at the weekend again too.

I’ve read some really good books this month, which has made me quite happy. I am not sure how many I will read in April, but I’d really like to read the same amount that I read in March or more.

Monthly reading total: 5 ||  Books this year: 13/30

Books Read:

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    The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab

  2. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  3. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  4. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  5. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

After a rather disappointing reading month in February, I feel like I have done much better and am quite happy with the amount of books I’ve read in March. I’m also slowly edging closer to my goal and am way ahead of schedule for my Goodreads challenge which I’m very happy about.

Reading Goals for Last Month:

  1. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  2. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  3. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  4. The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab

TBR books read? 3/4.

Last month, I said I wanted to cut my monthly TBR down due to the fact I usually stray from the list and because I felt I wasn’t giving myself enough room to read whatever takes my fancy. Last month, I read 1 book from my TBR. This month, I’ve read the majority of them so I think the method of putting 2-4 books on a monthly TBR has worked really well and I will definitely be giving myself shorter TBRs from now on.

April TBR:

So for April, I am hosting #ARCAttack over on twitter. It is running for the whole of April and I recently wrote a post on my TBR which can be found here. I have a total of 12 books on my list and while it is extremely unlikely that I will read that many books, I’ll give it a good go.

The benefit to having a list that long is that I do have a bit of freedom in what I choose depending on what mood I am in. Plus, there are some fantastic books on my #ARCAttack TBR that I am really looking forward to reading!

I hope some of you will be able to join in for #ARCAttack, I’d love to see some of you joining in!

What books are on your TBR for April?

February Wrap Up

February Wrap Up

Despite being a short month, February has felt so long in comparison. Usually I really struggle with January because it’s so long and boring after the excitement of Christmas but work was so busy that I barely noticed how quickly it went. February has been something else entirely though, it went by so slowly apart from when I went away to Poland in the middle of the month.

Reading wise, I definitely didn’t do as well in comparison to January. I am placing all blame on Priory as that took all my attention and because it’s such a large book, it meant I didn’t get much chance to read anything else.

Monthly reading total: 2 ||  Books this year: 8/30

Books Read:

  1. Heartstopper Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman
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I have really enjoyed both books that I read this month, so despite the fact I barely read any books in February, I am glad that both books were more than 4 stars so I’d call that a small success!

Reading Goals for Last Month:

  1. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  2. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  3. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  4. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye
  5. Paper Girls Vol. 2 
  6. Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

TBR Books Read? 1.

Ok, I feel a little ashamed but I feel like I’ve said it many times before and I’ll say it again, I am not the best at sticking to TBRs. My excuse this month is the fact that I read all 804 pages of Priory so hey, at least I read one book I was intending to read. I also picked up City of Glass which I am actually half way through, so perhaps it should really be 1.5 TBR books read..

March TBR:

  1. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – I’m planning to get this finished in the first week of March.
  2. Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson – I am really, really looking forward to reading this one!
  3. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – Once again, this is appearing on my TBR list. I just really want to read it!Processed with VSCO with a6 preset
  4. The Near Witch by V. E. Schwab – I’m seeing Victoria in March so I’m planning to read this on the train down to the venue.

I’ve decided to rein in my monthly TBRs a little as I always end up reading 1 or 2 books and then some other books that I wasn’t intending to so doing a TBR this way will give me a little more freedom to read whatever I fancy!

What books are on your TBR for March?

January Wrap Up

January Wrap Up

Ah, the first wrap up of 2019! January has been a fairly good reading month for me and I’m glad that I managed to start my year off right. I am hoping I can keep this momentum going throughout the year and avoid any reading slumps. I felt like the last half of 2018 was one big slump for me and I didn’t really read that much each month. I want 2019 to be much more productive in terms of reading.

In terms of my personal life, not much has happened. I’ve been working overtime to meet the personal tax deadline so there’s that. I’ve also booked a trip to Poland with my boyfriend in February, but other than that, January has been pretty boring but it’s meant that I’ve been able to read quite a bit. I think February will be a bit busier as we go away and because I’m meeting Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in February. I just really hope I can read another 6 books, especially as the month is shorter!

Monthly reading total: 6 ||  Books this year: 6/30

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  1. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – Started.
  2. Enchantee by Gita Trelease – Read.
  3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – Not read.
  4. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – Not read.
  5. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – Not read.
  6. Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan – Read.
  7. The Wicked King by Holly Black – This wasn’t on my TBR for the month, but I did mention that I would probably read it and that I did!

I finished Vicious which I started in December, read The Lost Sisters novella by Holly Black and Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus. I don’t think I did too badly on my TBR, although I could’ve done a lot better. I think January involved shorter books which helped me have a decent reading month.

February TBR:

  1. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – I’m meeting Cassie and Holly at their combined event on the 22nd February. I’ve only read the first two books of the Mortal Instruments so I definitely need to get back on this series. Especially as there are so many books by Cassandra on my TBR, I think I could reduce my TBR by about 12 books just reading hers alone!
  2. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor – This was on my January TBR but since I read a lot of shorter books during the month, I didn’t want to read this one in case it slowed me down. I’m definitely going to start it in February though before I start forgetting things from Strange the Dreamer.
  3. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – I started this one in January and like I said, I knew I wouldn’t finish it until February so I will definitely have this finished this month!img_5511
  4. Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye – I was very kindly sent this by the publisher so I would like to get this one read in February for sure!
  5. Paper Girls Vol. 2  – I received Volume 1 for my birthday in July so when I received some Christmas money, I used it to purchase Volume 2!
  6. Vengeful by V. E. Schwab – I read Vicious in December/January, so I would love to complete this series before moving onto Victoria’s other books!

What books are on your TBR for February?

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?