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?

May Wrap Up

I read one book more in May than I did in April, but it was still a disappointing reading month. I know that June won’t be much better though as I have three exam between the 27th June-4th July.

I had one exam mid-May and so I barely read, except for finishing The Beast’s Heart. Other than that, I haven’t done much except work and college. Finding the time to read during the year so far has been so difficult for me. I work full-time, some weeks I study on a Saturday and then when I’m not working or at college, I’m either studying for my exams or spending time with my boyfriend. I know I say it every month but as my studies finish in just under two months, I really just can’t wait to be finished so that I can concentrate on reading…until I start my next qualification!

Reading total: 3          Books this year: 21

Keeping in line with April’s 6-book TBR list, I had the book I was reading when the end of April came and then I picked 5 books to add to that.

1. Finish The Beast’s Heart

2. Legendary

3. Leah on the Off Beat

4. A Court of Frost and Starlight

5. Furyborn

6. Onyx and Ivory

I managed to read 3 of them! I’m currently reading Leah on the Offbeat and Furyborn, but with exams coming up, I really have to knuckle down and revise!

The books I read this month are:

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross – I was so disappointed by this one. You can find out why here!

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas – After loving the other books in the ACOTAR series, I was a little disappointed by this one. It was basically a filler story that I’m not entirely sure was necessary.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – This was one of my top 4 most anticipated releases and I was SO lucky to receive an ARC of it! This made up for the other disappointing books this month.

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

April Wrap Up

April has been a pretty bad month for me reading wise. I almost made it to reading 3 books this month, but then I stumbled at the last one. I’m hugely disappointed with how little I’ve read between February to now but I blame working full time, studying and then trying to have a life in the little free time I do have available. I have 5 exams in the next 3 months which I know doesn’t sound like a lot but when there’s so much to learn and revise, it takes up so much time. I just can’t wait for YALC at the end of July because that means it’s finally over for 6 months or so!

Reading total: 2          Books this year: 18

I had a bit of an ambitious TBR for April based on what my reading has been like the past two months. Here are the books I had on my April TBR:

1. Finish Orphan Monster Spy

2. The Smoke Thieves

3. The Beast’s Heart

4. Legendary

5. City of Brass

6. Truly Devious

I managed to read 2 of them! I’m currently just over half way through The Beast’s Heart which is ok, but the narrative style is a little bit too over the top and unnecessary. I’m hoping to finish it relatively soon as I have a couple of other books I’d like to read in May, including Legendary! Whether I will actually read them though, well, that’s another story..

Onto the books I read this month:

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen – I wrote a review on this that you can find here!

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green – My review of this book is up now! You can catch the review here. I was pleasantly surprised by this one!

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

March Wrap Up

March has been a slower month than February in terms of what I’ve been doing outside of my reading life. I had an exam at the beginning of the month and I started going back to college for another accounting module. I’m almost half way through my final level of the qualification so that’s pushed me to study more! Other than that, I haven’t really done a lot!

Reading total: 3         Books this year: 16

There were some books that I had on my TBR for March. If you know me, you may be aware that I struggle to stick to set TBRs. I’m not sure why, but I’d like to give it another go this year to see if it will help me achieve my actual goal of reading 75 books this year. I have a 2018 TBR made up of 18 books so I’m trying to cross those off this year. Here are the books I had on my March TBR:

  1. Hamilton and Peggy by L.M. Elliott
  2. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  3. Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
  4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I managed to read 3.5 of them! I’m currently part way through Orphan Monster Spy so I’m looking to finish that in the first week of April!

Onto the books I read this month:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – I wrote a review on this which will be up soon!

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – What a book! What a debut! I’m so glad that this blasted through my expectations and I was definitely right to have this in my top 4 most anticipated books for 2018! The picture below is my new Twitter icon too!

Hamilton and Peggy! by L.M. Elliott – I was quite disappointed with this one. I found it to be quite slow and that it really lacked something.

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

February Wrap Up

February’s reading has been the complete opposite of January’s. If I had kept up the pace like I did in January, this month would have seen me hit 20 books for the year already. Instead, I only read 3 (although technically 2, because I finished Red Rising on the 2nd, but I only had 20 pages left!). I’m quite disappointed with how little I read this month. I was planning to have a great month of reading a ton of historical fiction books on my shelves but that has not happened at all. I fell into a reading slump and just couldn’t seem to pull myself out of it. I’m hoping that March will be better but I do have an exam coming up so we’ll see!

In other news, February was fairly busy. It’s such a short month and I had so much to cram into it. I started it off with an accounting exam, finished a different accounting module, it was my sisters birthday, we went to see Hamilton on the West End (review here!) and then I finished the month in Iceland with my boyfriend where we celebrated our 5 year anniversary from the 25th Feb-1st March!

Reading total: 3         Books this year: 12

I’m definitely hoping to push that reading total up to 5 or 6 at the very least in March. Perhaps I’ll get to those historical fiction books that I so desperately wanted to read in February!

Onto the books I read this month:

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – What a book! The ending of this one made me so incredibly happy.

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu – I was sent this for review and as it was relatively short, I went and skimmed pretty much the whole book. I had seen it before but with a different cover and kept thinking ‘is this the book I think it is?’ and it was!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – I finally read this one! It took me about a month to read it because slumps suck but I liked it!

So there’s my second wrap up of 2018! How many books did you read this month? Did you have a good or bad reading month?

January 2018 Wrap Up

It’s the end of January and so the first wrap of the year is here! It’s late but happy belated New Year!

Reading total for the month: 9         Total books this year: 9/40

I’ve had an incredible reading month and really felt like I’ve started the year of right for once. Every year I’ve read a couple of books but in recent months, I’ve really ramped up the amount of books I’ve read. Apparently working gives you next to no social life and leaves with you plenty of free evenings because now that you and your friends are all acting like adults, you’re all too tired to do things.

Despite my fairly applaudable reading month (for me, at least), I’m basically ecstatic that January is over. January is the month of the year that I hate with a passion. Perhaps a little too strong, but I find it to be the longest, most boring month with absolutely nothing to look forward to. After a week back at work, it feels like Christmas happened about a year ago (I mean, it was last year so?) and it feels like it’ll be years until something exciting happens again. The only really exciting thing that happened this month was that I had the chance to meet the lovely Alwyn Hamilton again at her event in Birmingham whilst also meeting up with some friends!

Anyway enough about that, here are some recent developments since my last wrap up: I started back at work again and my gosh, I need another week off just to recover from Christmas…still. I started the last level of my accounting qualification in January. I have two exams in February and then I don’t start another module until March!

I have some very exciting things coming up in February (alongside my dreaded exams). I am going to see HAMILTON with my family! I’m very excited but am regrettably a fake fan so am eagerly listening to the soundtrack so that I can definitely shout along the words to the song (perhaps whisper shout though). We are row D, so 4 rows from the front and I am practically wetting myself with excitement, although thankfully I have not had an accident yet. I am also going to meet my second cousin who I have not seen in roughly 6 years, I am attending a blogger meet up and the best part, I am going to Iceland with my boyfriend at the end of the month to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. I’m really hoping the Northern lights come out so that I can finally tick off my number one life goal, plus it’d also be lovely for our anniversary..

I’ve definitely spoken a LOT so let’s take a look at the books I read this month:

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – I wrote a review on this which you can check out here!

The Wanderers by Kate Ormand – A review is to come of this one! (I’ve really been slacking so I’m working on getting up to speed with reviews now!)

The Walking Dead Volume 5, 6, 7, 8 – I was borrowing a book made up for the first 8 graphic novels so I just went for it and read the remaining ones I had to read in January. They’re great for short/fast reads, but I don’t think I’m going to carry on with the comics any longer!

The Fandom by Anna Day – I’m not too sure about this one. A really interesting idea but not sure it was given the full attention and detail it deserved!

A Thousand Perfect Notes – I loved this book and it’s my first 5 star read of 2018. It isn’t released until June but I really, really enjoyed it. It deals with a difficult and sensitive topic.

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer – I love the Lunar Chronicles but hadn’t read this one yet. As the second graphic novel is due to be released this year (or it might even be out by now!), I thought I better get up to date!

That’s all for January! I was really hoping I’d get to 10 books read this month but I dropped off a bit due to revision. Maybe another month this year I will do it! How many books did you read this month? Did you have a good or bad reading month? What’s your goal for 2018?