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
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)
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)
I’m actually quite sad that December is over. It came and went way too quickly, and it didn’t feel very Christmassy at all, despite my best efforts. I’m mainly blaming that on the weather – when is it going to get cold, London???
I did have a really nice time though, so of course, blogging took a bit of a back seat, but such is life!
December 2015 Stats
Total Posts: 12 (+2 from previous month)
Books Read: 5 (+1) Winter ~ Marissa Meyer The Christmas we Met ~ Kate Lord Brown Happily Ever After ~ Keira Cass The Magic of Christmas ~ Trisha Ashley A Family Christmas ~ Katie Flynn
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (2/5); Holiday/Festive (3/5)
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
July was a bit of a bitch to be honest. I got into a severe blogging and reading slump and came pretty close to throwing in the towel. I love blogging, but I started this when I had a boring office job, and I was able to manage most of my blog admin at work. But now I work in an environment that is really full on and has no internet access anyway, I’m really struggling to keep up.
I feel bad for not reading my favourite blogs, replying to emails and comments, as much as I used to, but it’s just not possible.
However, I had a good think about it and I’m not ready to give up, the pros definitely outweigh the cons and I’m trying to go easy on myself. If I only post twice a week, so what. If it takes me a year to write that review I promised, so what! I officially declare this as a pressure-free zone!
In July, I caught up on a lot of reviews, but got very little reading done…I blame the summer. I’m really looking forward to Autumn and long nights indoors hibernating away. Summer is too busy for my liking. LOL.
Anyway, on to the stats!
July 2015 Stats
Total Posts: 16 (+2 from last month)
Books Read: 4 (- 3) The Ring of Morgana ~ Donna Hosie Horns ~ Joe Hill Kiss Kiss ~ Roald Dahl Dinner with a Vampire ~ Abigail Gibbs
The Breakdown: Genres: YA (2/4); Horror (1/4); Romance (1/4); Short Stories (1/4)
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
Genres: YA (5/6); Fantasy (2/6); Thriller (2/6); Historical Fiction (1/6)
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
I started my new job in a prison library and I’m enjoying it. I’m learning a lot. It’s challenging and draining but really interesting. I’m drawing blanks as to what else happened in April… says a lot really.
April 2015 Stats
Total Posts: 18 Books Read: 7
Twisted Dark Volume 1 ~ Neil Gibson et al Ice Kissed ~ Amanda Hocking The Girl With All the Gifts ~ M.R Carey Manga Shakespeare: Hamlet ~ Various Blood Red, Snow White~ Marcus Sedgwick Frostfire ~ Amanda Hocking Hold Me Closer ~ David Levithan
Genres: YA (4/7); Fantasy (2/7); Horror (2/7); Crime (1/7); Graphic Novel (2/7)