July 2019 || Wrap Up

July 2019 || Wrap Up

July came and went so quickly! I’m not sure if it’s because I had both my birthday and YALC to look forward in the middle and end of the month, but the month just flew by and now it’s August already. Time is moving way too quickly this year!

I won’t lie, the first half of July was fairly boring as I just worked and studied. oh, and I started packing for YALC at the beginning of July because I was excited but also because I wanted the books I was taking down with me out the way. As mentioned already, it was my birthday on the 19th July so I had the day off work for that as it was on a Friday this year. Any excuse for a day off work and I’m there. I went to Bletchley Park with my parents and then went for a meal with my parents, sister and boyfriend. It was quite a nice day, despite the fact it rained for the majority of the day. It was really interesting to go to see where the Codebreaking in WW2 took place, especially as one of my final year University essays for my History degree was based on Bletchley Park.

After my birthday, I then headed down to London for YALC on the Wednesday afternoon. I was staying with my friends Amy, Christine and Melissa and we decided earlier this year that we would go down a day earlier than usual so that we could go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour on the Thursday. This was my fifth visit to the tour but the first time seeing the new Gringotts expansion. It was such a fun day but it was also the second hottest day on record in the UK so I was very thankful for aircon in the tour. It was then YALC for the rest of the weekend and then I returned back home on Monday.

YALC was extra special for me this year as I met three members of the cast of Harry Potter. It’s been 10 years since I became a full-on Potterhead and so it’s really quite fitting that this is the year I finally got to meet some of the cast. I had my Philosopher’s Stone signed by both Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan) but I also met and shook hands with Jason Isaacs as Sammy got her book signed by him too. Just honestly, what a time to be alive.

So onto reading! July was an exceptionally good reading month for me, despite the fact I don’t really feel like I read much at all. I ended up reading a total of 8 books which is unexpected but also something I am very happy about. I know I won’t be reading as much as I did n July this month due to an upcoming exam but I already knew that would be the case anyway. I do have plans to read 4/5 books though, but we shall see. Like I said, I have an exam and that is my priority this month! I wonder if I can count my text book towards my Goodreads goal…

Monthly Reading Total: 8 ||  Total Books Read In 2019: 40/30


Reading Goals for Last Month:

  1. S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
  2. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  3. A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven
  4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

What I Actually Read:

  1. S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett ★★
  2. Book Love by Debbie Tung ★★★★★
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh ★★★.5
  4. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh ★★★.5
  5. Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia ★★★
  6. Heartstopper Vol. 2 by Alice Oseman ★★★★★
  7. Becoming the Dark Prince by Kerri Maniscalco ★★★★
  8. A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven ★★★★

This month I almost read every single book on my TBR. I was so, so close but missed out by one book although I am 100 pages through it so I guess not all is completely lost. It’s annoying because my TBR for July actually wasn’t that big but I did end up reading a lot of shorter books instead because that’s just what I fancied. I’m also finding We Hunt the Flame to have quite a long start up which is why I didn’t complete it this month.

July TBR:

  1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  2. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  3. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  4. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

I’m participating in N.E.W.T.’s this month which I have never done before. I didn’t actually complete my O.W.L.’s in July, however I have given myself the benefit of the doubt as 1.) I was only one book away from completing them 2.) Had started the book before the end of July and 3.) I was away for YALC for 5 days and so that was 5 days out of the month for me as I don’t usually read anything over the YALC weekend!

What was your favourite read of July? What books are on your TBR for August? Are you participating in the N.E.W.T.’s?

June 2019 || Wrap Up

June 2019 || Wrap Up

June has gone a lot faster than I expected. I thought this month would go fairly slowly but it’s completely passed me by and now it’s July. I’m really happy that it’s July because it’s my birthday month but more importantly, YALC is happening at the end of the month! I’m really hoping that July is a good reading month. As you’ll be able to see below, I had a fairly decent month of reading. No 5-star reads this month however I did manage to hit my Goodreads reading goal of 30 books in 6 months so I am very pleased. I feel like it has kind of taken the pressure off now however I’m looking to double that and have read at least 60 books by the end of 2019. We’ll see about that though.

In terms of life, June was fairly uneventful however it was my boyfriends birthday in the middle of the month so we had a nice weekend celebrating which was a lot of fun. I also started my new accounting qualification in the middle of the month so I’m now getting back into study mode. I’m hoping it won’t impact my reading too much and that I can find a happy balance between working, studying, socialising and reading! I’ll work it out somehow, I hope..

Monthly Reading Total: 6 ||  Total Books Read In 2019: 32/30


Reading Goals for Last Month:

  1. The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
  2. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  4. S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. Bennett
  5. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
  6. It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

What I Actually Read:

  1. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli ★★★
  2. The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg ★★★
  3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski ★★★★
  4. It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne ★★★★
  5. Gumiho: Wicked Fox by Kat Cho ★★★★
  6. Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne ★★★★

I’ve stuck to my TBR fairly well, I think. I decided fairly early on that I just wasn’t in the mood for The Girl of Ink and Stars this month which is a shame but ultimately, I want to read as much as I can and I knew that if I forced myself to read it then that could put me in a slump which I absolutely do not need a month before YALC. I also didn’t have enough time to read The Wrath and the Dawn and wasn’t really in the mood for it, favouring contemporaries over fantasy, but I have moved that onto my July TBR. I’ve read a similar amount to what I read in May which is great. I’m hoping to keep this up by reading roughly the same amount of books every month.

July TBR:

  1. S.T.A.G.S. by M.A. Bennett
  2. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  3. A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven
  4. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I’m still reading books that are on my YALC TBR but I also want to start reading books that aren’t for YALC now. I only have a few that I definitely need to read before YALC so the pressure isn’t so great now. I don’t have a lot on my TBR for July just because I don’t really know what I’m in the mood for but decided that I’ll read just whatever takes my fancy. At the moment, I’m really enjoying Holly Bourne’s books so I might pick up another one of those but who knows?

What was your favourite read of June? What books are on your TBR for July?

May 2019 || Wrap Up

May 2019 || Wrap Up

May came and went faster than I could say wrap up. I can’t believe it’s actually June already and almost half the year has gone.

I completed my first month at my new job on the 1st of May and then went on holiday for a week to Cornwall with my family which was lovely. It was definitely a much needed break from work and everything. I’ve never really felt like I needed a break from working before but I have really been feeling it this year for the first time.

I also had a pretty decent reading month which I’m chuffed about. I would really like to keep this momentum up, however I start my next Accountancy qualification in the middle of June and I know that after that, I won’t have as much time to read as I’ll be studying instead. With that in mind, I really tried to take advantage of the fact that May was my last full month before starting that and tried to read more so that I had a better chance of hitting my Goodreads goal for the year. As you can see below, I am getting quite close to it now and am hoping that by the end of June, I’ll have hit it!

Monthly Reading Total: 7 ||  Total Books Read In 2019: 26/30

Reading Goals for Last Month:

  1. Finale by Stephanie Garber
  2. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
  3. Romanov by Nadine Brandes
  4. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
  5. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

What I Actually Read:

  1. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan ★★★★
  2. The Suffragettes by Various ★★★.5
  3. Finale by Stephanie Garber ★★★★★
  4. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia ★★★★★
  5. The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven ★★★★
  6. The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson ★★★★.5
  7. Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan ★★★★

I said last month that I wanted to read a similar amount to what I read in April and I went for one up on that! I think this is the most I’ve read in one month so far this year and I am so happy about it! It feels really good to look at my reading this month. I feel like I’ve also read some really decent books this month.

June TBR:

  1. The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
  2. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
  3. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  4. S.T.A.G.S. by M. A. Bennett
  5. The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
  6. It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

For my June TBR, I have chosen books by authors who are going to YALC at the end of July (apart from The Kingdom). I am trying to focus on reading books by these authors in preparation. It is a little ambitious seeing as I start my new qualification however I’m hoping to start the month off strong!

What was your favourite read in May? What books are on your TBR for June?

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
  2. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha ShannonProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset

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?