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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    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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May & June 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

I’m not really sure what happened to the May round-up, I think I just ran out of time. So better late than never, here’s everything that’s been going on around here in the last two months.

Total Posts: 23 (May); 22 (June)

New WP Followers: 25; 15

Books Read & Reviewed:
MAY (5)

  • Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie, 3/5 (Review)
  • You’re the One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher, 3/5 (Review)
  • After Wimbledon by Jennifer Gilby Roberts, 4/5 (Review)
  • The Unicorn Thief by R.R Russell, 2/5 (Review)
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, 5/5 (Review)

JUNE (5)

  • Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozniewski, 4/5 (Review)
  • The One by Kiera Cass, 4/5 (Review)
  • The Prisoner of Brenda by Bateman, 3/5 (Review)
  • The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, 4/5 (Review)
  • Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon, 4/5 (Review)
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    Read but not yet reviewed:

    • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
    • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – Reread challenge
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    Friday Features:

    MAY

    • The Best Children’s Books of the Last 100 years part 1 (View Post)
    • The Best Children’s Books of the Last 100 years part 2 (View Post)

     
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    Guest Posts/ Promos:

     
    Most Viewed Posts:

    • Top Ten Tuesday: Books Read This Year so Far (View Post)
    • WWW Wednesday 08.06.14 (View Post)
    • Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski (View Post)
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      ARCs/Giveaways:
      I’ve been trying not to request many ARCS but I did get approved for these ones….

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      *BOOK OF THE MONTH – MAY*

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      *BOOK OF THE MONTH – JUNE*

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      *BEST COVER*

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      *MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MONTH*

      This July/August I am focusing solely on books on my TBR pile for the TBR reading challenge in which I’m massively behind! The Princess Bride has been on the top of the list for so long.

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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*

    Do you even have to ask?

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March 2014 on Lipsyy Lost & Found

Well that was another ridiculously quick month. Nearly all the books I read were ARCs in an attempt to catch up, so this month I’m looking forward to reading some of the books on my shelves. I also went to my first book launch, and got a pay rise at work. Winning!

Total Posts: 24

New WP Followers: 25

Books Read & Reviewed (8):

  • Frog Music by Emma Donoghue, 3/5 (Review)
  • Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness, 4/5 (Review)
  • Zombies Vs Unicorns by Various, 3/5 (Review)
  • Blood Orange Soda by Michael Larranaga, 2/5 (Review)
  • The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh, 4/5 (Review)
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer, 5/5 (Review)
  • Eden Forest, 3/5 (Review)
  • Kissing With Fangs by Ashlyn Chase, 2/5 (Review)

Friday Features:

  • We Need to Talk About…reviewing books in a series (View Post)

Guest Posts:

  • Jennifer Gilby Roberts – The inspiration behind her novel, After Wimbledon. (View Post)

Most Viewed Posts:

      1. Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read (View Post)
      2. Top Ten Tuesday: Things on my Bookish Bucketlist (View Post)
      3. We Need to Talk About…Reviewing Books in a Series. (View Post)

    Books Purchased/ ARCs Received:

    I FINALLY got round to buying these beauties. I love that they are all blue-ish too. So pretty, I just want to stroke them.

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    And I was really good as far as Netgalley is concerned and only requested this:
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    The author is mainly famous for being Tom from Mcfly’s other half and this is her second novel. I didn’t read her first one, Billy and Me but it got some decent reviews so I thought I’d give it a go. It looks like a fun spring/summer read.

    *BOOK OF THE MONTH*

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    *COVER OF THE MONTH*

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    *MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS MONTH*

    THIS. FINALLY.

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