This Month in Books: May 2017 #TMIB #BookoftheMonth

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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!)

Reviews

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Promos, Guest Posts and other Highlights

Awards

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TBR Shelf Update

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Earlier this year I decided I HAD to do something about my physical 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. 

Previous TBR Count: 83

Books Added: 4

Books Read: 2

Remaining: 85

That was my month, how was yours?

This Month in Books: April 2017 #Bookreviews #MonthlyRoundup

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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

Reviews

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Promos, Guest Posts and other Highlights

Awards

TBR Shelf Update

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Earlier this year I decided I HAD to do something about my physical 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. 

Previous TBR Count: 84

Books Added: 1

Books Read: 2

Remaining: 83

That was my month, how was yours?

TBR Update

Last year I decided I HAD to do something about my physical TBR shelves. Each month I do a  quick update as part of my monthly round-up post but I’ve been slacking lately and haven’t done one since October!

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Previous TBR Count: 72

Books Added: 24

Books Read/Removed: 11

Remaining: 85

 

As of 20/03/2017

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// Currently Reading = Green // Donated to charity = Strike Through

  1. Only Ever Yours: Louise O’Neill
  2. Snow Queen: Hans Christian Andersen
  3. Half a King: Joe Abercrombie
  4. The Merciless: Danielle Vega
  5. Angel of Vengeance: Trevor Munson
  6. Amber Fury: Natalie Haynes
  7. Fairy Tales: Carol Anne Duffy
  8. Blood Storm: Sam Millar
  9. The Saint of Dragons: Jason Hightman
  10. Rover Saves Christmas: Roddy Doyle
  11. The Meanwhile Adventures: Roddy Doyle
  12. The Letter for the King: Tonke Dragt
  13. Beautiful Creatures: Kami Garcia
  14. Don’t Look Back: Erica Spindler
  15. Alice in Zombieland: Gena Showalter
  16. Iron knight: Julie Kagawa
  17. Red Bones: Anne Cleeves
  18. In Your Face: Scarlett Thomas
  19. Afterworlds: Scott Westerfeld
  20. Matched: Aly Conde
  21. The Red House: Mark Haddon
  22. Daughter: Jane Shemilt
  23. Amber: Amy Keen
  24. I Capture the Castle: Dodie Smith
  25. The Shadow of the Wind: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  26. The Prisoner of Heaven: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  27. The Fault in our Stars: John Green
  28. The Immortal Rules: Julie Kagawa
  29. The Sealed Letter: Emma Donoghue
  30. Daughter of Smoke and Bone: Laini Taylor
  31. No Time for Goodbye: Linwood Barclay
  32. Red Riding Hood: Blakely-Cartwright & Johnson
  33. Extras: Scott Westerfeld
  34. Being: Kevin Brooks
  35. Snow White and the Seven Samurai: Tom Holt
  36. The Ruby and the Smoke: Philip Pullman
  37. Sorry: Zoran Drvenkar
  38. The Historian: Elizabeth Kostova
  39. The Tiger in the Well: Philip Pullman
  40. House of Many Ways: Diana Wynne Jones
  41. The Story Sisters – Alice Hoffman
  42. Tipping the Velvet: Sarah Waters
  43. Middlesex: Jeffrey Eugenides
  44. Wizard’s Ward: Deborah Hale
  45. Arthur, the Seeing Stone: Kevin Crossley-Holland
  46. Trainspotting: Irvine Welsh
  47. Hand me Down World: Lloyd Jones
  48. The Book of Skulls: Robert Silverberg
  49. Deadkidsongs: Toby Litt
  50. Divine by Mistake: P.C Cast
  51. The Little White Horse: Elizabeth Goudge
  52. Magician: Raymond E. Feist
  53. Witch & Wizard: James Patterson
  54. Battle Royale: Koushun Takami
  55. The Unicorn Quest: John Lee
  56. The Unicorn Dilemma: John Lee
  57. Storm Glass: Maria V. Snyder
  58. Tempest Rising: Nicole Peeler
  59. That Hideous Strength: C.S Lewis
  60. The Colour of Magic: Terry Pratchett
  61. The Stolen Child: Keith Donohue
  62. Ice Orchids: Elena Yates Eulo
  63. Shadows: Amy Meredith
  64. Aralorn: Patricia Briggs
  65. Dublin Express: Colin Bateman
  66. Heaven Eyes: David Almond
  67. Jamrach’s Menagerie: Carol Birch
  68. The Forgotten Garden: Kate Morton
  69. Banquet of the Damned: Adam L.G. Nevile
  70. Fountain Society: Wes Craven
  71. The Dovekeepers: Alice Hoffman
  72. The Fire-eaters: David Almond
  73. Odin’s Voice: Susan Price
  74. An Arthurian Reader: John Matthews (editor)
  75. The Demonologist: Andrew Pyper
  76. The Trade Mission: Andrew Pyper
  77. Monkeys with Typewriters: Scarlett Thomas
  78. The Foreshadowing: Marcus Sedgwick
  79. The Sirens of Titan: Kurt Vonnegut
  80. Two Women: Martina Cole
  81. The Star’s Tennis Balls: Stephen Fry
  82. Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen
  83. Turbulent Priests: Colin Bateman
  84. Fellside: M.R Carey
  85. Glass Sword: Victoria Aveyard
  86. Annabel: Kathleen Winter
  87. Twilight, Life and Death (10th Anniversary Edition): Stephenie Meyer
  88. City of Dark Magic: Magnus Flyte
  89. 77 Prague Legends
  90. Where’d You go, Bernadette: Maria Semple
  91. Self-Made Man: Poppy Z. Brite
  92. Grasshopper Jungle: Andrew Smith
  93. The Prince of Mist: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  94. Graffiti Moon: Cath Crowley
  95. Fireball: Tyler Keevil
  96. Storm & Siege: Leigh Bardugo
  97. The Christmas Party: Georgette Heyer
  98. The Last Act of Love: Cathy Rentzenbrink
  99. The Travelling Bag: Susan Hill
  100. The Merciless 2: Danielle Vega
  101. The Enchanted: Rene Denfeld
  102. Rise & Ruin: Leigh Bardugo
  103. Six of Crows: Leigh Bardugo
  104. The Rest of us Just Live Here: Patrick Ness
  105. King’s Cage: Victoria Aveyard
  106. A Head Full of Ghosts: Paul Tremblay
  107. Brooklyn: Colm Toibin
  108. The Haunting: Alex Bell
  109. Flesh and Bood: Simon Cheshire
  110. Sleepless: Lou Morgan
  111. Bad Bones: Graham Marks
  112. Koko Takes a Holiday: Kieran Shea
  113. White Cat: Holly Black
  114. The Ice Twins: S.K Tremayne
  115. The Bodies in the Barrels Murders: Jeremy Pudney
  116. The Iron King: Maurice Druon
  117. N0S4R2: Joe Hill
  118. The Humans: Matt Haig
  119. The Road: Cormac mcCarthy
  120. Misery: Stephen King
  121. The Chemist: Stephenie Meyer
  122. Slammer: Alan Guthrie
  123. Drawing Blood: Poppy Brite
  124. Pulse: Julian Barnes
  125. Sepulchre: Kate Mosse
  126. Dandy in the Underworld: Sebastian Horsely
  127. Speaking from Among the Bones: Alan Bradley
  128. I am Half-Sick of Shadows: Alan Bradley

What should I read next or skip entirely?

 

This Month in Books (June 2015) & July Releases

Oh what to say about June!

June and July always seem to be the busiest months for me, trying to make the most of our very limited British summer time. This year was no different. I’ve been uber busy with work, and catching up with friends in the sun. I also got a proper holiday this year (thanks to my parents), and spent ten days on the coast of Mallorca, Spain. It was great. And now it’s all about the tennis!

But, on to the blog stats…

June 2015 Stats

Total Posts: 14 (-3 from last month)

Books Read: 7 (+ 1)
The Almost King ~ Lucy Saxon
Cruel Summer ~ James Dawson
Fearless ~ Devon Hartford
The Testimony of a Hanged Man ~ Anne Granger
There is No Dog~ Meg Rosoff
Badjelly the Witch ~ Spike Milligan
The Bones of You ~ Debbie Howells

The Breakdown:
Genres: YA (3/7); Children’s (1/7); Thriller (2/7); Romance (1/7); Historical Fiction (1/7)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (2/7); Digital (4/7); Hardback (2/7); Paperback (1/7); Owned (3/7); Borrowed (2/7)

Most Surprising: Fearless
Most Disappointing: There is No Dog
Most Exciting: The Bones of You
Most Swoon-worthy: Fearless
Most Beautifully Written: The Bones of You

Reviews: 5 (=)

  • Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel, 3/5 (View)
  • The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton, 4/5 (View)
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, 4/5 (View)
  • The Almost King by Lucy Saxon, 3/5 (View)
  • Cruel Summer by James Dawson, 4/5 (View)

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Awards

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July Releases

Here’s my pick of the July releases:

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What are you looking forward to this month?

This Month in Books (May 2015) & June Releases

I really enjoyed May!

I settled into my new job, the sun came out, Eurovision happened which is always SO MUCH FUN, and I generally just enjoyed spending time with friends and adjusting to getting up at 6 AM every weekday. Eeek! It did impact on my reading and blogging a little, and I fell behind in my Goodreads challenge, but no doubt I’ll catch up this month as I’m off on holiday this week. Yay!

May 2015 Stats

Total Posts: 17 (-1 from last month)

Books Read: 6 (-1)
The Silvered Heart ~ Katherine Clements
Heir of Fire ~ Sarah J. Maas
The Heir ~ Kiera Cass
Fairest ~ Marissa Meyer
Charlie, Presumed Dead~ Anne Heltzel
The Quality of Silence ~ Rosamund Lupton

The Breakdown:

Genres: YA (5/6); Fantasy (2/6); Thriller (2/6); Historical Fiction (1/6)

Formats/Sources: Advance Copy (3/6); Digital (3/6); Hardback (0/7); Paperback (3/6); Owned (6/6); Borrowed (0/7)

Most Surprising: Charlie, Presumed Dead (the ending!)
Most Disappointing: Charlie, Presumed Dead (the beginning!)
Most Exciting: The Quality of Silence
Most Swoon-worthy: Ahhh both The Heir & Heir of Fire
Most Beautifully Written: The Quality of Silence

Reviews (5)

  • Twisted Dark by Neil Gibson et al, 2/5 (View)
  • The Silvered Heart by Katherine Clements, 4/5 (View)
  • The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R Carey, 4/5 (View)
  • The Heir by Keira Cass, 4/5 (View)
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer, 4/5 (View)

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Awards

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June Releases

Here’s my pick of the top June releases:

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What are you looking forward to this month?