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)
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)
November was a pretty busy month yet again. My mum came for a visit, as did my friend who lives in Germany, and of course…I began getting festive. None of this helped me get as much reading done as I’d have liked, but that’s life!
I also posted my least amount of posts in a month…oops! Must.Try.Harder!
November 2015 Stats
Total Posts: 10 (-15 from previous month)
Books Read: 4 (-3) An English Ghost Story ~ Kim Newman Behind Closed Doors ~ Elizabeth Haynes The Winter Place ~ Alexander Yates The Light that gets Lost ~ Natasha Carthew
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (2/4); Horror (1/4); Crime Fiction (1/4)
OK so I’m slightly late with this, but you know what they say, better late than never!
Horror October felt a little rushed this year due to Real Life nonsense, but I had fun with it regardless. I hope you guys enjoyed it too.
Here’s the month in summary…
October 2015 Stats
Total Posts: 25 (+8 from previous month)
Books Read: 7 (+ 2) The Lost Girl ~ R.L Stine The Kiss of Death ~ Marcus Sedgwick Seize the Night ~ Various Vampire Vic ~ Harris Gray Vampire Vic 2: Morbius Reborn ~ Harris Gray Edgar Allan Poe Stories & Poems The Ghoul Archipelago ~ Stephen Kozeniewski
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (2/7); Horror (7/7); Anthologies/Collections (2/7)
Most Surprising: The Lost Girl Most Disappointing:Seize the Night Most Exciting:The Kiss of Death Most Swoon-worthy:There was a severe lack of swooning this month! Most Beautifully Written:The Kiss of Death
In August I continued my mission to get back on my feet, blogging and reading wise, and I’m getting there, just about. I concentrated on trying to get my outstanding review requests read, and then the same for Netgalley approvals. Therefore the month was a bit low on reviews, but I now have lots scheduled for this month already 🙂
I also went to Germany for a long (beer-festival-filled) weekend to visit my friend who has just moved back there. It was sooo good. Bamberg is lovely – highly recommend it.
August was also the month where I once again became obsessed with The Great British Bake Off, and I watched so much RuPaul’s Drag Race that I’m not sure how I got any reading done at all. So good!
Anyway, back to the blog round-up…
August 2015 Stats
Total Posts: 13 (-3 from last month)
Books Read: 5 (+ 1) The Curse of Crow Hollow ~ Billy Coffey Wonder Light ~ R.R Russell My Soul Immortal ~ Jen Printy Memoirs of a Dipper ~ Nell Leyshon Beneath the Lake ~ Christopher Ransom
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (1/5); Horror (2/5); Paranormal Romance (1/5); Crime/Thriller (1/5)