I haven’t done a monthly round-up yet this year (my bad), so here’s a quick summary of both. In January I took a blogging break and only posted TWIB and one review anyway. When I returned in Feb I decided to make some changes in which I wanted to blog less and read more, and also blog to the mantra of quality not quantity. It’s really renewed my enjoyment of blogging and reading so far. Whoop!
That’s it for this month. I should be back to my full monthly round-up next time. I also usually share my TBR update here but I haven’t looked at that since Christmas so there’s lots of additions (and a few subtractions) to make. I’ll do a separate post if I get time.
Horror October came and went in a flash! I got a lot of reading done at the beginning of the month and spent the rest blogging. IRL I saw some good films, went to a gig (on a school night no less) and visited my friend’s new flat on the other side of London (read: the world). I thoroughly enjoyed the change in the weather and I’m loving the dark nights. I’m weird like that.
October 2016 Stats
Total Posts: 36 (+ 18 from previous month)
Books Read: 7 (+1) Self-Made Man ~ Poppy Z. Brite The Daemoniac ~ Kat Ross The Merciless II ~ Danielle Vega Reckless ~ Cornelia Funke The Travelling Bag ~ Susan Hill Miss Peregrine’s Home… ~ Ransom Riggs Hunter of the Dead ~ Stephen Kozeniewski
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (4/7); Horror (5/7); Crime/Thriller (1/7); Supernatural (5/7)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/7); Digital (3/7); Hardback (2/7); Paperback (2/7) / Owned (3/7); Borrowed (1/7); For Review (3/7)
Most Surprising: Hunter of the Dead Most Disappointing:Reckless Most Exciting:Hunter of the Dead Most Swoon-worthy: Hmm…I guess The Merciless at a push. Most Beautifully Written:The Travelling Bag
It went very fast. I’m not sure if I did anything interesting…I finally gave in and bought one of those unlimited cinema cards so I spent a lot of time at the cinema. Crime Writer of the Year, Clare Mackintosh came into my library for a talk and a workshop session. She was great. But other than that I have no idea what happened in September. I had another good reading month so maybe that’s all I did?
How do the years keep flying by faster and faster. It’s scary! I’m very happy Autumn has arrived though. I love this time of year.
September 2016 Stats
Total Posts: 18 (+ 4 from previous month)
Books Read: 6 (=) The Thousandth Floor ~ Katharine McGee Labyrinth Lost ~ Zoraida Córdova Siege and Storm ~ Leigh Bardugo Stealing Snow ~ Danielle Page Cut to the Bone ~ Alex Caan Haunt Me ~ Liz Kessler
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (5/6); Fantasy (4/6); Contemporary (1/6); Crime/Thriller (1/6)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (5/6); Digital (5/6); Hardback (0/6); Paperback (1/6) / Owned (0/6); Borrowed (1/6); For Review (5/6)
Most Surprising: Haunt Me Most Disappointing:Stealing Snow Most Exciting:Hmm Labyrinth Lost at a push Most Swoon-worthy: Siege and Storm Most Beautifully Written:Haunt Me
Reviews: 6 (=)
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, 3/5 (View)
August has been a fun month. I finally got back to a normal reading & blogging schedule, visited Prague, went to a #UKYA Speakeasy night, found a few new bookshops, saw two films at the London FrightFest and spent time with friends. It’s one of those few occasions where the work/life balance seemed to, well, balance!
August 2016 Stats
Total Posts: 14
Books Read: 6 When Everything Feels Like the Movies ~ Raziel Reid Daughter of Smoke and Bone ~ Laini Taylor The Song of Achilles ~ Madeline Miller The Seeing Stone ~ Kevin Crossley-Holland A Million Little Pieces ~ James Frey The Hummingbird’s Cage ~ Tamara Dietrich
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (3/6); Fantasy (3/6); Historical (2/6); Contemporary (1/6)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/6); Digital (2/6); Hardback (0/6); Paperback (4/6) / Owned (2/6); Borrowed (1/6); For Review (2/6)
Most Surprising: The Hummingbird’s Cage Most Disappointing:The Seeing Stone Most Exciting:The Song of Achilles Most Swoon-worthy: The Song of Achilles Most Beautifully Written:The Song of Achilles
Earlier this year I decided I HAD to do something about my TBR shelves. Each month I’ll be doing a quick update to see how I’ve done. See my original post here, and my updated TBR list here.
My TBR shelf has undergone a bit of a overhaul of late because I moved house and was brutal (well, it felt brutal OK) in my book weeding! However, I also now have more disposable income so I’ve been buying books again. It’s an endless cycle…
If you haven’t noticed, things have been a little slow around here due to IRL stuff. I went away at the beginning of July, then went to a music festival, and then I moved house. I also now work across two sites so my working week seems busier too. It’s all been fun though, well apart from moving house, but that at least has been successful!
Anyway, seeing as I failed to do a June round-up and July was so sparse, I’ll do a quick summary for both.
June / July 2016 Stats
Total Posts: 17 (15, 2)
Books Read: 6 (4, 2) Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet ~ H.P Wood Glove of Satin, Glove of Bone ~ Rachel White Save me Kurt Cobain ~ Jenny Manzer The Foreshadowing ~ Marcus Sedgwick And I Darken ~ Kiersten White
Shadow & Bone ~ Leigh Bardugo
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (4/6); Horror/Supernatural (2/6); Historical (2/6); Contemporary (1/6)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (3/6); Digital (3/6); Hardback (2/6); Paperback (1/6) / Owned (1/6); Borrowed (1/6); For Review (3/6)
Most Surprising:None really! Most Disappointing:And I Darken Most Exciting:Shadow & Bone Most Swoon-worthy: Shadow & Bone Most Beautifully Written:The Foreshadowing
May was all about friends, fun times and foliage…well, by foliage I mean beer gardens as the sun started to rear its little head. Eurovision also happened which was amazingly awful as always, and I spent a weekend up north at my parents.
May 2016 Stats
Total Posts: 13 (-1 from previous month)
Books Read: 5 (-3) Fellside ~ M.R Carey You Know Me Well ~ David Levithan & Nina LaCour The Last Days of Jack Sparks ~ Jason Arnopp Glass Sword ~ Victoria Aveyard The War Against the Assholes ~ Sam Munson
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (3/5); Horror/Supernatural (2/5); Dystopian (1/5); Contemporary (1/5)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (3/5); Digital (3/5); Hardback (1/5); Paperback (1/5); Owned (2/5); Borrowed (0/5); For Review (3/5)
Most Surprising:The Last Days of Jack Sparks Most Disappointing:The War Against the Assholes Most Exciting:The Last Days of Jack Sparks Most Swoon-worthy: Glass Sword Most Beautifully Written:You Know Me Well
Hmm…what happened in April? I tried to slow down this month by planning less fun things in order to relax a bit more & save some money for the summer. I’m not sure how successful that was, but at the very least I caught up on reading and posting reviews which I’d fallen behind on.
April 2016 Stats
Total Posts: 14 (+1 from previous month)
Books Read: 7 (+4) The Crow Girl ~ Erik Axl Sund The Colour of Milk ~ Nell Leyshon PETA’s Vegan College Cookbook ~ PETA Can you Keep a Secret ~ R.L Stine The Glittering Court ~ Richelle Mead Murder at the 42nd Street Library ~ Con Lehane Deception ~ Naomi Chase
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (2/7); Literary Fiction (1/7); Urban Fiction (1/7); Thriller (3/7); Non-Fiction (1/7)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (5/7); Digital (5/7); Hardback (0/7); Paperback (2/7); Owned (0/7); Borrowed (2/7); For Review (5/7)
Most Surprising:The Crow Girl Most Disappointing:Murder at the 42nd Street Library Most Exciting:The Crow Girl Most Swoon-worthy: The Glittering Court Most Beautifully Written:The Crow Girl
I know I say it every month but March was another busy one. I saw The Rocky Horror Show at Wimbledon Theatre, went to a gig which was a blast from the past of my school days (Reef), had a Shadowhunter’s marathon (oh my), had two Germans (friends not randoms) staying with me for a few days, finally saw Wicked, and drank a lot of wine and gin.
OK, so I didn’t read a huge amount but I had a great time! 😉
March 2016 Stats
Total Posts: 13 (-5 from previous month)
Books Read: 3 (-1) Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen ~ Chris Riddell The Amber Fury ~ Natalie Haynes My Kind of Crazy ~ Robin Reul
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (1/3); Literary Fiction (1/3); Children’s Fiction (1/3); Contemporary (2/3)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (1/3); Digital (1/3); Hardback (0/3); Paperback (2/3); Owned (1/3); Borrowed (1/3); For Review (1/3)
Most Surprising:My Kind of Crazy Most Disappointing:n/a Most Exciting:The Amber Fury Most Swoon-worthy: n/a Most Beautifully Written:The Amber Fury
February was another busy month. My mum came to visit to come to a ‘celebration of the music and life of David Bowie’ night which was amazing, but of course bitter sweet. He was a legend, and my hero, something which my mum and I both shared so it was really lovely that she came to London for the occasion.
My brother also came to visit at the end of the month as he bought us tickets to the UFC at the O2 for my birthday, which was awesome. Yes, my interests are diverse and sometimes bloody. LOL. So, it’s been a bit of a family affair this month. 🙂
I also read some really excellent books, and had a great blogging month in general so let’s take a look…
February 2016 Stats
Total Posts: 18 (+8 from previous month)
Books Read: 4 (-3) Only Ever Yours ~ Louise O’Neill The Glass Castle ~ Trisha White Priebe Into the Dim ~ Janet B. Taylor The Madwoman Upstairs ~ Catherine Lowell
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (2/4); Literary Fiction (1/4); Children’s Fiction (1/4); Sci-Fi (2/4)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (3/4); Digital (3/4); Hardback (0/4); Paperback (1/4); Owned (1/4); Borrowed (0/4); For Review (3/4)
Most Surprising:The Madwoman Upstairs Most Disappointing:Only Ever Yours Most Exciting:Into the Dim Most Swoon-worthy: The Madwoman Upstairs Most Beautifully Written:Into the Dim
Reviews: 6 (+3)
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, 4/5 (View)
I took most of January off from blogging which left me with a bit more reading time which was nice. It’s nice to be back though.
January 2016 Stats
Total Posts: 10 (-2 from previous month)
Books Read: 7 (+3) Half a King ~ Joe Abercrombie Sanctuary Bay ~ Burns & Metz The Snow Queen ~ Hans Christian Andersen Bookishly Ever After ~ Isabel Banderia The Poison Artist ~ Jonathan Moore Angel of Vengeance ~ Trevor Munson The Merciless ~ Danielle Vega
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (4/7); Horror (1/7); Crime Fiction (1/7); Fantasy (1/7); Fairy Tales (1/7)