June Wrap-Up!

Well, another month down, well and truly half way into the year, and another stack of books building up on the bookcase.  Yes, I know it’s not officially the end of June but I have a busy few days coming up so while the Child is sleeping – finally, a daytime nap!! – I thought I’d get this in quick!

I’ve not been as bad this month with buying books, instead it has been books from Netgalley.  I’ve read a few of them, and reviewed, but I still have 10 – I think – on my Netgalley shelf/collection.  I’ve also got a few to read from Bookbridgr as well – I’m currently working my way through Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick.  I’m not sure if I’m enjoying it but I will finish it. I’m more determined if anything else to finish it.

So my month of reading.  It’s a grand total of 18 read, 20 purchased, and 17 from either Bookbridgr/Netgalley/Author.  That’s quite horrific to see it put into simple terms like that and not a list – that’s the amount to read, not read.

What’s even worse is that I have only reviewed 5 books in total.  5?? That’s pathetic compared to the actual 18 I’ve read!

My favourite book of the month: Hmm…. it’s either between Can’t Buy Me Love by Jane Lovering or One Hot Summer by Kat French.  First one what would come to mind if put under pressure would be One Hot Summer.  I loved it, cannot praise it enough, and still would very much like to put in an order for my very own Robinson if possible? Please, thank you, pretty please with a cherry on top?  I also really enjoyed We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman – that book was a whole different kind of special.

Least favourite book of the month: Break Up Club by Lorelei Mathias.  This book dragged for me, it wasn’t spectacular or highly funny, just a little amusing.  I dragged my way through it and through a little brain party when it finished.  I sort of wish I hadn’t read it, the amount of time it took me to read it would have been filled with 2 other books that I could have loved even more than this one.

Thoughts for July:
To make a dent in my piles of books, if not a huge dent then a small dent.
I want to get my Bookbridgr books read this month, hopefully anyway.  I’ve got about 10 of them altogether I think but not entirely sure. Maybe I should keep them separate from my other books.

My Naughty List (Including ARCs/Bookbridgr):

The Light Behind The Window by Lucinda Riley
The Things We Never Said by Susan Elliot Wright
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Last Dance in Havana by Rosanna Ley
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
The Dress by Kate Kerrigan
The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths
The Sisterhood by Helen Bryan
Another Night, Another Day by Sarah Rayner
The Dandelion Years by Erica James
A Love Like This by Maria Duffy
The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore
The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant
Spirit Legacy by E.E Holmes
Time After Time by Hannah McKinnon
The House at Sea End by Elly Griffiths
A Room Full of bones by Elly Griffiths

ARC Copies:

The A to Z of Me and You by James Hannah
The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown (READ)
Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet by H. P Wood
A House for Happy Mothers by Amulya Malladi
A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install
Break-Up Club by Lorelei Mathias (READ)
The Story of Our Life by Shari Low
One Hot Summer by Kat French (READ)
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
Daemoneum by Laney McMann
Crystallum by Laney McMann
Escape to the Riveria by Jules Wake

Bookbridgr:

The Comfort of Others by Kay Langdale
The Hope Family Calendar by Mike Gayle
The Rumour by Elin Hilderbrand

Other Books for Review:

The Madam by Jaime Raven (READ)

Books Read:

Summer by the Sea by Jenny Hale
Can’t Buy Me Love by Jane Lovering (Review Here)
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The Madam by Jaime Raven (Review Here)
One Hot Summer by Kat French (Review Here)
The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown (Review Here)
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Everlasting by Candace Knoebel
The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews
The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
The Snow Angel by Lulu Taylor
We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman
Break-Up Club by Lorelei Mathias (Review here)
The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths
A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths

January Review.

So, January. The first month of the year has come and gone, if not a bit too quickly.  Some awful things have happened in the last 31 days but also some amazing things for so many people out there.  Just a shame that their stories are overlooked by dreadful things! I hope your month was an amazing month!!

Anyway, my month in books!!

January 2016

  1. The Undays of Aralias Lyons by K.L Horvath. ARC. E-book. 1st January – 3rd January. 2.5/5
  2. The Wolves of London by Mark Morris. E-book. 4th January – 7th January. 5/5
  3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. E-book. 4/5
  4. Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín. DNF.
  5. Pop Goes the Weasel by M. J Arlidge. Paperback. 3/5
  6. Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey. E-book. 5/5
  7. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Paperback. 5/5
  8. Another Love by Amanda Prowse. ARC. E-book. 3/5

Surprisingly, I only had one DNF.  I just wasn’t feeling it after a few pages so will eventually go back to it.  It probably doesn’t help that I don’t know a lot about the book, or the story in general. I also managed to get 2 ARC’s in, even if one of them was released in E-book format whilst i was reading it.  What I found strange was that it isn’t released in Paperback format for another few months yet.

I made a great start to my 26 Themes challenge, reading A book I meant to read in 2015 but didn’t (Outlander), a Goodreads Choice Awards Winner (Red Queen), and a murder mystery (Pop Goes The Weasel).

February

My plans for my February reading is pretty much the same as January’s.  To read what I fancy, not pushing myself to read too much so i suffer from a major book hangover!! I’m currently reading my first ARC of the month, There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey. I’m only 7% into it but it’s got a lot of promise so far. I’ve got 3 mote ARCs to read this month as well, but I’ll list them as I read them.

For my 26 theme challenge, I’m planning on reading A book set on mainland Europe (The Italian Wife by Kate Furnivall), Seen the movie but not read the book (Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan), and lastly A Banned Book (American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis).

Have a good month people!!