June. Hmm…June actually felt like a lonnnng old month for once. We had the hottest June on record, although the heatwave only really lasted about 5 days. It did me in. I’m not made for hot climates and once again declared that I need to move to Iceland, as I do every year when it gets hot. LOL.
At the beginning of the month I went to visit my friend in Germany for her 30th, which was short but sweet. And I also finally went to Shakespeare’s Globe after over 15 years in London (shocking, I know) to see Tristan & Yseult which is one of my favourite stories ever. They certainly made it their own but I really enjoyed it.
June 2017 Stats
Total Posts: 9 (-4 from previous month)
Books Read: 4 (-2) The Winter King ~ Bernard Cronwell One of Us is Lying ~ Karen M. McManus Broken Branches ~ M. Jonathan Lee Fear ~ Dirk Kurbjuweit
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (1/4); Historical Fiction (1/4); Crime/Thriller (3/4)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (3/4); Digital (2/4); Hardback (0/4); Paperback (2/4) // Owned (0/4); Borrowed (1/4); For Review/proofs (3/4)
Most Surprising: Broken Branches Most Disappointing:The Winter King Most Exciting:Broken Branches Most Swoon-worthy: One of Us is Lying Most Beautifully Written:The Winter King
May was pretty busy IRL. Eurovision was a massive highlight, as was my blog turning four years old. 4!!! I didn’t even realise until WordPress kindly told me. Who would have thought it, eh!? I also went to the launch of Patrick Ness’ new book which was a great night, but unfortunately the book didn’t live up its greatness. I guess you can’t win them all.
May 2017 Stats
Total Posts: 13 (+4 from previous month)
Books Read: 6 (+1) The Inexplicable Logic of my Life ~ Benjamin Alire Sáenz Release ~ Patrick Ness The Marsh King’s Daughter ~ Karen Dionne The Knife of Never Letting Go (audio) ~ Patrick Ness The Time Machine ~ H.G Wells 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains ~ Sacha Black
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (3/6); Science-Fiction/ Fantasy (2/6); Crime/Thriller (1/6); Non-Fiction (1/6)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/6); Digital (2/6); Hardback (2/6); Paperback (1/6); Audiobook (1/6) // Owned (3/6); Borrowed (1/6); For Review/proofs (2/6)
Most Surprising: The Marsh King’s Daughter Most Disappointing:Release Most Exciting:The Marsh King’s Daughter Most Swoon-worthy: The Inexplicable Logic of my Life Most Beautifully Written:The Inexplicable Logic of my Life/ The Marsh King’s Daughter (too close to call!)
April was good. A group of friends and I rented a cottage in Yorkshire for a weekend which was lovely. Easter was fun. I spent it eating a lot and watching classic films with friends. Perfect. I also started to get my mojo back in the reading and blogging sense – a huge relief after a couple of bad months!
April 2017 Stats
Total Posts: 9 (-5 from previous month)
Books Read: 5 (+1) The Wingsnatchers ~ Sarah Jean Horwitz One False Move ~ Dreda Say Mitchell The Last Act of Love ~ Cathy Rentzenbrink Six of Crows ~ Leigh Bardugo Sucktown, Alaska ~ Craig Dirkes The Breakdown: Genres: YA (2/5); Children’s Fiction (1/5); Memoir (1/5); Crime/Thriller (1/5)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/5); Digital (2/5); Hardback (0/5); Paperback (3/5) / Owned (1/5); Borrowed (1/5); For Review/proofs (2/5)
Most Surprising: The Last Act of Love Most Disappointing:Six of Crows Most Exciting:The Wingsnatchers I guess Most Swoon-worthy: Six of Crows Most Beautifully Written:The Last Act of Love
March has been a weird month. I spent most of it in a reading slump and watched a lot of TV instead. Bad Book Blogger! IRL I went home for a weekend to surprise my mum for Mother’s Day which made her happy, won tickets to a 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer party sponsored by the Syfy channel and Fandom which made me very happy (I was in heaven), and took a few days off work which was nice.
March 2017 Stats
Total Posts: 14 (+ 3 from previous month)
Books Read: 4 (-1) All the Good Things ~ Clare Fisher Girl in Disguise ~ Greer Macallister The Invisible Hand ~ James Hartley King’s Cage ~ Victoria Aveyard
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (2/4); Crime/Thriller (2/4); Fantasy (2/4)
Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/4); Digital (1/4); Hardback (0/4); Paperback (3/4) / Owned (1/4); Borrowed (0/4); For Review/proofs (3/4)
Most Surprising: All the Good Things Most Disappointing:King’s Cage Most Exciting:Girl in Disguise Most Swoon-worthy: Hmm…King’s Cage I guess… Most Beautifully Written:All the Good Things
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…
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
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)