January 2015 on Lipsyy Lost & Found // February Releases

Better late than never, right?

Well, what to say about January…it came and went in the blink of an eye as always. It was a slow start for me as I took the first two weeks off from blogging, for a much needed rest, but I’ve thrown myself back into it with gusto. I also posted less in order to build up some content for the future in an attempt to BE.MORE.ORGANISED. Seems to be working so far…ahem.

January 2015 Stats

Total Posts: 12
Books Read: 5

Reviews (3)

  • Mr Miracle by Debbie Macomber, 2/5 (View)
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, 4/5 (View)
  • Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell, 4/5 (View)

Read But Not Yet Reviewed: 2

  • Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell
  • Sixteen, Sixty-One by Natalie Lucas

The Breakdown

Most Surprising: Frozen Charlotte
Most Disappointing: Mr. Miracle
Most Exciting: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Most Swoon-worthy: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Most Beautifully Written: The Darkest Part of the Forest

Genres: YA (3/5); Fantasy (2/5); Romance (1/5); Horror (1/5); Non-Fiction (1/5)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (3/5); Digital (4/5); Hardback (1/5); Owned (2/5)

Friday Features:

  • It’s all about the bass Thrones & Thorns (View Post)
  • Moustache Questions: About Me! (View Post)

Guest Posts, Promos and Other Highlights:

    • This Week in Books (RIP WWW Wednesdays) (View Post)
    • Lipsy Lost & Found Vintage Bookshop Now Open! (View Post)

Most Viewed Posts:

September 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found/ October Releases

September hasn’t been my best month, reading wise and beyond.

I had a successful month free of booze (hurrah), but I also had to start job hunting, which left less time to read than usual (not hurrah). However, I’m trying to see the whole palaver as an opportunity. On to bigger and better things…I hope.

But for now, let’s just get on with the stats…

Total Posts: 24
Books Read: 5

Reviews (5):

  • Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie, 4/5 (View)
  • Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence, 3/5 (View)
  • Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah, 5/5 (View)
  • Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, 3/5 (View)
  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, 4/5 (View)

Read But Not Yet Reviewed: N/A

The Breakdown

Most Surprising: Of Scars and Stardust
Most Disappointing: Prince of Thorns
Most Exciting: Of Scars and Stardust
Most Swoon-worthy: Shadow Kiss
Most Beautifully Written: Of Scars and Stardust

Genres: YA (3/5); Thriller/Mystery (2/5); Dystopian (1/5); Supernatural/Paranormal (1/5); Fantasy (1/5)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/5); Paperback (3/5); Owned (1/5); Borrowed (2/5)

Friday Features:

  • Book Event Envy (View Post)
  • Horror October: Ghostly Guest Posts & Slimy Submissions Wanted (still open!) (View Post)

Guest Posts, Promos and Other Highlights:

Most Viewed Posts:

 

Added to the Shelves:

I lifted my book buying ban to buy some books for Horror October…and The Maze Runner for good measure.
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Netgalley Approvals:

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Awards

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October Releases

Here are the October releases I’m most excited about:
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Available to pre-order from Waterstones.

August 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found/ September Releases

Welcome to my new-look monthly round-up!

August was an average reading month for me, but I read some great books that will no doubt be filed under ‘favourites’ for years to come.

August was also the month of free books, a wedding, a David Bowie festival in the middle of nowhere, The Great British Bake Off, and a Kyle XY marathon.

But mainly, August was the month that James Frey emailed me. Plurally. And sent me a copy of his book Endgame (and a USB stick), after I had a little rant about some idiots on Goodreads slagging it off before they’ve even read it. If you can’t tell, I am still ecstatic about this.

Anyway on to the stats. And continue reading for a look at the best September Releases.

Total Posts: 21
Books Read: 6

Reviews (6):

  • She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick, 5/5 (View)
  • Endgame: The Calling by James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton, 4/5 (View)
  • Ever Near by Melissa MacVicar, 4/5 (View)
  • Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story by Carolyn Turgeon, 1/5 (View)
  • One of Us by Tawni O’Dell, 3/5 (View)
  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas, 4/5 (View)

Read But Not Yet Reviewed: N/A

The Breakdown

Most Surprising: She is Not Invisible
Most Disappointing: Godmother
Most Exciting: Endgame
Most Swoon-worthy: Ever Near
Most Beautifully Written: She is Not Invisible

Genres:
YA (5/6); Contemporary (1/6); Thriller/Mystery (2/6); Dystopian (1/6); Supernatural/Paranormal (1/6); Fairy-Tale Retellings (1/6); Sci-Fi (1/6)

Friday Features:

Most Viewed Posts:

    Added to the Shelves:


    Due to a severe lack of funds and the fact that I have nowhere to put them I am still on a book-buying ban. However, the universe was pretty good to me and I won two Goodreads giveaways, a David Bowie raffle (LOL) AND James Frey sent Endgame to me. (Oh, did I already mention that!?)

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    I also bought The Red House by Mark Haddon from a Charity Shop. Couldn’t resist. After last month’s NetGalley frenzy I didn’t request any more ARCs month. I did download this ‘Read Now’ title though. The cover is terrible, but the fact that it’s written by an actual surgeon is what tempted me.

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    Awards

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    September Releases

    Seeing as September is the start of the Autumn/Fall publishing season, there are SO many awesome-looking September releases. Here is my pick of the best.
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    Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) – Sarah J. Mass – 2/09
    The Jewel – Amy Ewing – 2/09
    Winterkill – Kate A.Boorman – 9/9
    I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson – 16/09
    Trust in Me – Sophie McKenzie – 18/09
    Salt & Storm – Kendall Kulper – 23/09
    Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld – 23/09
    Tabula Rasa – Kristin Lippert-Martin – 23/09
    Us – David Nicholls – 30/09

    Available to pre-order from Waterstones

July 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

Welcome to my my July round-up. I know I say the same thing every month but SERIOUSLY, how is it August already!? Insane.

Considering I had a week off at the beginning of July where I didn’t read at all, I still managed to get through 6 books last month. I loved them all apart from Immortal Beloved, but I still want to read the next book because one of the characters was so hot. Is that shallow? The series could get better, right!?

Things that happened in July included my mum coming to visit, taking trip to the seaside and attending the UK’s first ever YA literature convention at London Comic Con. It was another busy but awesome month.

Anyway, on to the stats!

Total Posts: 23

New WP Followers: 9 (my lowest yet 😦 )

Books Read & Reviewed (5):

  • Guilt-Free Baking by Gee Charman, 4/5 (Review)
  • The Princess Bride by William Golman, 4/5 (Review)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer, 4/5 (Review)
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, 4/5 (Review)
  • Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan, 2/5 (Review)

Read, not yet reviewed (review posted 02/08):
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Friday Features:

Guest Posts/ Book Promos:

  • Out Now: The Binds That Tie by Kate Moretti (View Post)

Most Viewed Posts:

    Books Purchased/ ARCs Received:
    I am still on my book buying ban but I did of course, pick up some awesome books at YALC. I only bought the Manga Shakespeare though!

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    I also got a bit NetGalley happy as I was down to just two upcoming ARCS.

    I was approved for these:

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    *BOOK OF THE MONTH*

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    *COVER OF THE MONTH*

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    *MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MONTH*

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April 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

Welcome to my April round-up. I had a bit of a reading slump towards the end of the month but all in all it was a good month. I pretty much loved every book I read, and Easter happened which meant a few extra days off work. I spent a lot of that being hungover but y’know…I had a good time. Too good some might say.

Total Posts: 27

New WP Followers: 27 (it’s all about the number 27 apparently!)

Books Read & Reviewed (6):

  • The False Prince by Jennifer A. Neilsen, 3/5 (Review)
  • The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass, 4/5 (Review)
  • Dark Eden by Chris Beckett, 4/5 (Review)
  • Cutlass by Ashley Nixon, 4/5 (Review)
  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead, 4/5 (Review)
  • The Medea Complex by Rachel Roberts, 4/5 (Review)

Read, not yet reviewed (2):
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (See guest posts for review)

Friday Features:

Guest Posts:

Most Viewed Posts:

      1. Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish (but not books) Wishlist (View Post)
      2. Top Ten Tuesday: Books You Should Read if You Like… (View Post)
      3. Divergent, The Movie: A Rant (View Post)

    Books Purchased/ ARCs Received:
    I had a few issues with Netgalley this month, (see my rant here) so I tried reeeeallly hard not to request many books. I only requested The Unicorn Thief which I’m currently reading.

    And, I have so many things on in the next few months I have to be really careful with money…but I still managed the Pre-order The One (OBVS) and I also bought Burial Rites.

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    *BOOK (AND COVER) OF THE MONTH*

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    *MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MONTH*

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February 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

Woah February went quick ey? I didn’t get through as many books as I wanted to, but I went to Iceland, revamped my flat as I now have it all to myself, and my parents came to help/visit. So all in all, it’s been an excellent, if not busy one!

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Total Posts: 18 (Slacker!)

New WP Followers: 23

Books Read & Reviewed (2!):

  • Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman, 4/5 (Review)
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, 4/5 (Review)

Read but not yet reviewed:
I’m a bit behind but I’ll catch up, promise!

  • Zombies Vs Unicorns by Holly Black et al
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Friday Features:

  • Book Fun With Barbies (View Post)
  • 5 Reasons Why Vampire Show Moonlight was Ahead of its Time (View Post)

Guest Posts:

  • B. I Woolet – The inspiration behind their World of Arcas Series. (View Post)

Most Viewed Posts:

      1. WWW Wednesday 05/02/14 (View Post)
      2. Top Ten Tuesday: Books that will make you cry (View Post)
      3. Guest Post: B. I Woolet – The inspiration behind their World of Arcas Series. (View Post)

      ARCs/Giveaways:
      I received these Advanced Reader Copies via Netgalley.
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      *BOOK OF THE MONTH*

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      *COVER OF THE MONTH*

      It was so close between this and Cinder, they are both very pretty…but I love this simple cover; the colours are epic!

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      *MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH*

      I’m a bit YA’ed out at the moment so really looking forward this Thriller, out March 11th

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January 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

January has been a good month! It took me a while to get back into the swing of things after a great Christmas and New Year but I am well and truly back up and running. I also turned 30. EEEEK!

Total Posts: 24

New WP Followers: 36

Books Read & Reviewed (7):

  • The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness, 4/5 (Review)
  • Divergent – Veronica Roth, 5/5 (Review (kind of))
  • The Hunter, The Bear, and the Seventh Sister – B.I Woollet, 4/5 (Review)
  • Invoking Nonna – Sage Adderley, 4/5 (Review)
  • The Corporeal Pull – Sara B. Gauldin, 3/5 (Review)
  • The Dead in their Vaulted Arches – Alan Bradley, 4/5 (Review)
  • Saying Goodbye to Warsaw – Michael Cargill, 4/5 (Review)

Read but not yet reviewed

  • The Night Before Christmas – Scarlett Bailey

Friday Feature:
Last year I spent Fridays talking about my favourite books and authors which was great, but I decided to open it up a bit this year so I can talk about anything that takes my fancy.

      • World Book Day (View Post)
      • Discussion: Why are good reviews so hard to write? (View Post)
      • Intro: New for 2014: Friday Feature (plus fangirling) (View Post)

Most Viewed Posts:
For the second month in a row my post about The One has been my most viewed post. I’m so pleased I’m not the only one ridiculously excited about it. Also, for the first time ever, a WWW Wednesday post has not made it into the top 3. Innnnntresting.

      1. *Fangirl Alert* The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass (View Post)
      2. The Hunter, The Bear and the Seventh Sister by B.I Woolet (View Post)
      3. TTT: My Reading Wishlist (View Post)

Books Purchased: 
I didn’t need to buy any books this month because I have sooooooooooooo many on my TBR list and so many I got for Christmas and my birthday. But…I had to buy these.

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And The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa. It was only £1. I couldn’t resist.

Books Swapped: 

Swap #1: I only swapped one book this month; Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions for The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg. I haven’t read any Silverberg before.

If you want to get involved in book swapping in the UK visit Readitswapit.co.uk. My username is Lipsyp1.

ARCs/Giveaways:
I received these Advanced Reader’s Copies via Netgalley.

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*BOOK OF THE MONTH*

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*COVER OF THE MONTH*

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*MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH*

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