March Wrap-Up

Hey guys, so it’s been a few weeks since I was last active due to work so I apologise for this post being so late. Although I’ve been working, the travel has given me a lot of time to read so I read most of the books I wanted to read last month!


Personal Recap

As I was saying last month, I got a new job and although I’ve only been in it for a few weeks I absolutely love it! I never realised how rewarding it could be working with kids and how good it feels to help them with things. Also, I know this didn’t happen in March but last Tuesday I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST!! I’m actually so happy that it’s over and done with and now I can go anywhere I want without having to worry about travel. I passed first time too!


Bookish Recap

I mentioned at the start of the post I had read most of the books I wanted to read in March so I’m happy about that. The only ones I didn’t get to start was The Shadowhunters series,’ so that is going to take up all of April (I’m not going to make an April TBR post because of this reason).

Books I Read

  • The Show – John A Heldt
  • Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford
  • Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich
  • Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Bernard

Books I Recieved

  • Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard x2 (one signed)

Books I Bought

  • Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
  • Flawed – Cecelia Ahern
  • Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard

Reviews Posted

So there we have it, my March wrap-up! Hopefully this month I’ll be able to finish all my Shadowhunter series books!

How did you guys do in March? Let me know in the comments or link me to your post! 🙂

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February Wrap-Up

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Hey guys, so I’ve been inactive throughout February as it’s been a rather crappy month for me and I’ve not really been in the right frame of mind to be posting a lot. I’ve also done a lousy job of reading all the books I planned on getting through and have only read three this month (that’s including the one I was almost finished at the end of January). So in all it’s been horrible.


Personal Recap

So last month I mentioned that I had been job hunting and that I had received a second interview for a job as a support worker in after school care. I’m pleased to say that I got the job and I’m currently awaiting a start date! I’m honestly so excited to finally be able to do something I’m good at and hopefully will enjoy. Other than that, I’ve not really done much else apart from go to lots of gigs and I also went to Birmingham for a few days which was quite nice.


Bookish Recap

Like I said at the start of the post, my reading was awful in February. The only books I got through were;

  • Even Angels Fall – F.L Darbyshire
  • Seed – Lisa Heathfield
  • Fallout –Gwenda Bond

Seed’ has genuinely became one of my favourite books now that I’ve had time to think about the book, plot and characters. Everything about it was just so unique and different from anything I’ve read and I still love how realistic Lisa Heathfield made it seem.

Books I Received:

  • Solitaire – Alice Oseman

Books I Bought:

  • I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai*
  • Waiting For Callback – Perdita & Honor Cargill
  • Faceless – Alyssa Sheinmel
  • Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell**
  • Spot The Difference – Juno Dawson**
  • The Lie Tree – Frances Hardinge
  • How Hard Can Love Be? – Holly Bourne

Reviews Posted:

Part of the reason I never did much reading in February is because I wasn’t really enjoying ‘Fallout’ but I felt like I had to finish it because I had been asked to review it for a website. It took almost the full month just to read that one book and it made me realise that with how I’ve been feeling mentally the past few weeks it’s best I no longer take review requests for a while. I’ve got so many books that I’ve bought over the last year and a half and I haven’t had a chance to read any of them yet because I had a huge list of books to review and I’m using a lot of time reading some books that I’m not even enjoying when I could be reading something else. I tried to organise the requests I got better this year and it was all right in January but more have came through than I expected and it’s starting to stress me out a lot and if I don’t do something now, then the list and my mental health is just going to get worse. As of today, I will no longer be accepting review requests however I am more than willing to host blog tours and giveaways for any authors/publishers etc. I do apologise to you all but at the minute I have to put myself first and plus I don’t want to start hating something I’m passionate about.


 

So there we have my February wrap-up guys. I am gutted to be taking my review requests down but for now it’s probably the best thing to do. I’ll still be posting reviews of the books I’m reading so it’s not as if that will be stopping. It will just be books I’ve bought to enjoy that I review instead.

How did you guys get on in February? Let me know in the comments or even link me to your post!!

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January Wrap-Up

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Hey guys! I surprised myself with how much I actually read this month because I was so busy with work etc but I think I did pretty well!


Personal Recap

Most of January has been spent job hunting as well as working in the two jobs I currently have. I never realised how hard it would be growing up and never in my life thought I would need 3 jobs in order to actually live. With a car and dig money to pay, both jobs I have don’t pay any of that and so I’ve had to look for another! I had an interview yesterday for an after school care club and it must’ve went well as I received a phone call earlier today to say I’ve made it to the second part of the interview so fingers crossed that part goes well too!


Bookish Recap

This month was such a good reading month because I enjoyed pretty much all the books I read apart from one.

Books I received:

  • One – Sarah Crossan
  • Not If I See You First – Eric Lindstrom
  • Fallout (Lois Lane #1) – Gwenda Bond
  • The Tattooed Heart – Michael Grant
  • Ink & Blood – William Dickson*

*I actually got given Ink & Blood from our alarm maintenance man who received it from a customer so I could read it and let him know all about it haha!

Books I Bought:

  • Seed – Lisa Heathfield
  • The Miseducation Of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth

Books I read:

 

  • The Mine – John A Heldt
  • The Knife Of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
  • The New World – Patrick Ness
  • The Ask And The Answer – Patrick Ness
  • The Wide, Wide Sea – Patrick Ness
  • Monsters Of Men – Patrick Ness
  • Snowscape – Patrick Ness
  • Exposure – Helen Dunmore (DNF)

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I reviewed almost all the books I read this month apart from the three small novellas and Exposure as I didn’t finish that. I received a copy of it from Netgalley in exchange of a review and so I posted a short one on that site. I just couldn’t get into the story and the characters annoyed me and it was just very boring for me. However, I loved every other book I read!

Reviews posted:


 

So there we have it, my January wrap-up! Hopefully next month will be another good reading month as I have so much I have to read! My February tbr will be up tomorrow so keep an eye out for that!

What books did you guys read this month?? Have you read any of the above books and what did you think?

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December Wrap-Up

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Hey guys, so this post is a few days late but I’ve been so busy with work and also family dinners so this is the only chance I’ve had to post over the last few days! Also, I’ve decided I’m going to change the way I do my monthly wrap-ups as I’ve seen different people do different things and I quite liked the way they done it plus it lets you get to know more about me and my life too!

So first off….


Personal Recap

I spent pretty much all of December working between both jobs so it was extremely busy for me and meant that I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to. I also didn’t get as much family time over the festive season as I would’ve liked either but I’ve managed to make up for that over the last few days with all they big family dinners I’ve had!

Although I was working constantly, both my workplaces are closed on Christmas Day so I got to do all our usual family traditions then which was really nice. It always starts with my sister, mum, dad and myself getting up early to open our presents together and then we all get ready to head to church where we meet with all of my mum’s family for a lovely Christmas service. Afterwards we all head to my gran’s, have breakfast and then exchange presents with everyone there. In the afternoon my Gran usually holds Christmas dinner but one of my aunts did this year and it was so nice being able to sit down and enjoy that time together. My cousin who stays in London came up a day early to surprise us all too which made the day even better!

For Hogmanay (New Years Eve) I managed to get the day off and so I went round to my grans again where some of my aunts, uncles and cousins were and we all brought the bells in together which is another tradition we have too.

I decided to completely clear out my room and tidy it all up just before new year so it looked nicer and I also decided it was time to take all my posters down as I need to try and accept the fact I’m growing up but I still haven’t actually got round to doing that. I just can’t wait for a complete clean slate this year and I’m just hoping I can become a better person in 2016.


Bookish Recap

The best bookish related thing about December was that I took part in Maximum Pop’s Secret Santa and my partner sent me a lovely Christmas card and a copy of The Next Together which I absolutely loved! I sent them a copy of ‘The Miseducation Of  Cameron Post’ as it was the only book I could think of at the time that sort of matched with their preferences!

Books I Recieved:

  • Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  • Die Again –  Tess Gerritsen
  • Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone (Illustrated Edition) – J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter Colouring Book 

I didn’t really get a chance to buy myself books in December so these are the books I was given for Christmas!

Books I Read:

  • The Improbable Wonders Of Moojie Littleman – Robin Gregory
  • Fooling Around With Cinderella – Stacy Juba
  • The Next Together – Lauren James

As I said earlier, I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to last month so I’m really disappointed that I only managed two and a bit books. I did a review of ‘Fooling Around With Cinderella’ which you can check out here. ‘The Next Together’  was the chosen book for the book club I’m part of and then ‘The Improbable Wonders Of Moojie Littleman’  was a book I was given a couple of months ago in exchange of a review. Unfortunately, I couldn’t even make it halfway through this book. I was always making excuses to not read and when I did I was getting distracted easily and just couldn’t get into the story. I’m gutted I couldn’t carry on as I had high hopes for the novel but sadly it did nothing for me. Maybe one day I’ll go back to it but at this moment in time it just isn’t for me.

Reviews Posted In December:


So there we have it, my December Wrap-Up. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my January tbr and then on Thursday I’ll hopefully be posting my goals for 2016 so keep an eye out for both those posts! If you’ve actually made it to the end of this post then thank you for reading it all and also thank you to everyone for following me over the past few months. You really did help make 2015 a good bookish year for me and also made me feel better about my first ever blog!

I look forward to seeing what 2016 brings for all of you!

Love,

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November Wrap-Up

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Hey guys, so we’re finally into December! MY FAVOURITE TIME OF THE YEAR! I honestly love this month so much simply because of the lead up to Christmas and I love watching all the Christmas movies that are on when I’m off work! The only sad thing is that December is also a very busy month in both my jobs so I’m working almost everyday which means I don’t get as much time to read and watch Christmassy movies as I’d like. I’m beginning to feel like that last half of 2015 didn’t want to give me an easy time with reading because the last few months or so I’ve only read between 2-5 books each month! This month was no different as I only managed to read 3 and a quarter books.

The books I’ve read this month

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Am I Normal Yet?

This was the book that was picked by all the members of UKYA In The Rain book club and I was so happy when I found out this would be the novel we would be reading as I had been waiting to read it for months so it was the perfect opportunity! I absolutely loved this book and you can check out my review of it here.

The Other Son

I started reading this book as I received an ecopy from NetGalley in exchange of a review however about 4 chapters in I just had to stop. I was finding excuses to stop me from reading and I very rarely do that! Nothing about it really interested me unfortunately.

Imposter

This is the second book in the Live Once series and I was not disappointed! I absolutely love how different the plot to this story is compared to a lot of popular sci-fi out there. You can also check out my review of this novel here.

Demon Road

UGH THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ THIS YEAR! I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange of review and about halfway through because I loved it so much I ended up buying myself a physical copy! It had bits of everything in it and I just didn’t want to put it down! Again, my review of this novel is here.

I’m hoping December will be slightly better for me but we’ll see how it goes with my work etc. I haven’t fully decided on what I’m going to try and read but a lot of the books from last months tbr will be on the list.

What did you guys read throughout November? Did you manage to get through your tbr list? 

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October Wrap-Up

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN GUYS!

I love this time of year because all the leaves are pretty colours, the weather is cozy weather and it’s now the lead up to Christmas! Every year on Halloween I normally sit in and spend the night watching movies (normally Hocus Pocus because it’s a perfect Halloween movie) but tonight I’m working and I also need to dress up but I still don’t have a costume 😦

This month has been another slow one as I’ve been working constantly at the World Championship Gymnastics so I’ve not had much time to read with the hours I’ve been doing.

The books I’ve read this month

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Twilight Saga

This is a series I was obsessed with when I was around 13/14 and even though I’ve still to re-read Breaking Dawn I honestly have no idea why I loved it so much. It’s only now that I’ve realised how problematic it is. Edward is controlling and way too overprotective, Bella is extremely whiny and just seems desperate all the time and the majority of the time would lead Jacob on even though she knew what she was doing Jacob could be pretty forceful and put Bella into awkward situations.

Sweet Tea

I loved this book! I’ve just finished it and posted my review which you can check out here.

Am I Normal Yet?

I’ve just recently started reading this as part of the UKYA Book Club that I joined and I’m enjoying it so far. I’m hoping to post a review of it once I’ve finished it so keep an eye out for that!

If you want more information about the book club then head here!

What have you guys been reading this month? Anything you can recommend to me? Also, I want to know about any horror novels you enjoy!! Let me know in the comments below! 

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September Wrap-Up and October TBR

Hi guys! So last month was a very slow month for me as I’ve been working so much so I haven’t had as much time to read which has been disappointing because I only got to read three and a half books. All I read was The Maze Runner Series. This month however I plan on making it better and reading more! The books I’m planning on reading are:

  • The Twilight Series – Stephenie Meyer
  • Nirvana – J.R Stewart

Because I’m reading a series I’ve decided just to add one more book. If I manage to finish them all before the month is over then I’ll read one of the other books I have to read for a review!

What are you guys reading this month?