September Wrap-Up & Looking ahead to October

My reading this month was literally less than half of last month’s- you can tell my uni course has well and truly started!  In October things will ratchet up another notch so outside of studying I haven’t really got too much planned yet.  In September I hit my original Goodreads goal of 100 books, so I’ve slightly increased it to 104 – it’s not much, but I think as term goes on, I’ll probably be reading less and less, so I don’t want to set it too high!  I’ll be continuing with the Fall Bookish Bingo, joining in with Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, and blogging as much as I can around all of that!


Artemis | A Short History of Nearly Everything | City of Ghosts | Brief Cases | The Island | Sadie

Books read: 6 (12 less than August)
Pages read: 2408 (2578 less than August)
Average pages per day: 80
Average book length: 401
Favourite: A Short History of Nearly Everything


Challenge Updates

  • Beat the Backlist (49/48) (+3)
  • Finishing the Series (7/15) (+/- 0)
  • Goodreads (100/100) – Goal achieved! Increased to 104.
  • NetGalley % change: +/- 1% (72%)

September Goals

  • -6lbs: EPIC FAIL.
  • 4 blog posts: Exceeded! 6 posts managed.
  • At least 1 cinema trip & 1 date evening: We managed a cinema trip to see Crazy Rich Asians. We didn’t manage a specific date night, but we did have a few evenings at home with a takeaway and some tv, and also quite a few social things with friends so I’m happy enough with that.

October TBR

My Life and Laughing (294) | Audible (started)
Time’s Convert (436) | Audible
Waking Gods (336) | Library (started)

Target pages = 1066

October Goals

  • Weight loss – back into the 11s
  • 4 blog posts, including 2 reviews
  • Take part in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon
  • At least 1 cinema trip & 1 date evening

How was your September?

Looking Ahead: September 2018

What’s on in September?

This month I’m starting my teacher training course, which promises to be intense, challenging and exhausting but hopefully also inspiring, satisfying and rewarding. I’ve kept my TBR pile small and focused quite heavily on audiobooks as I’m not sure how much time I’ll get to read around placements and assignments – everyone keeps telling me I should basically give up on the idea of books/hobbies/any kind of social life until the end of the year but I’m determined not to! I got ahead on my Goodreads goal over the summer but haven’t raised it, which means if I can get 6 books finished before the end of the year I’ll hit my goal of 100. Anything beyond that would be a bonus!

September’s TBR list

Artemis (305) | Audible (started)
A short history of nearly everything (687) | Audible
The Island (304) | E-Arc
Waking Gods (336) | Library

Target pages = 1632

September Goals

  • -6lbs: Now that we’re back from our holiday, we’re back at WW for the first time in a long time and giving the Flex plan a try. Fingers crossed!
  • 4 blog posts – Honestly, I’ve no idea how plausible this is, all depends on the uni work – maybe I can post more, maybe even 4 is too many (although I hope not)
  • At least 1 cinema trip & 1 date evening – I want to try and make sure I force myself to take some down-time and relax, as everyone says work-life balance is crucial but also one of the hardest things for the teacher training course

What do you have planned for September?

August Wrap-Up

I’m sorry I’ve been so absent for the last few months, but hopefully when you read about my August you’ll understand why!  While this whole year has been a bit manic (moving house + promotion), August was the busiest month so far: I got married, went on honeymoon and finished up at work ready to start a teacher training course in September. As a result, I’ve literally not even turned the PC on, let alone got any blogging done, but I did get a LOT of reading done – I tried to get ahead while I could before my course starts! I also took part in the NEWTs readathon and ended up with 3 Acceptables, 3 Exceeds Expectations and 3 Outstandings.


AtLA The Promise parts 2 & 3 | The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats & Piracy | Fairy Tail 1 | Sleeping Giants | Nyxia | Throttle Me | Catwoman | Never Fade | The Goddess Test | The Goddess Inheritance | Goddess Interrupted | Archie | Ten Thousand Skies Above You | Nyxia Unleashed | The Confessions | Into the Wild | The Poison Study Short Story Collection

Books read: 18
Pages read: Not yet calculated
Average pages per day: Not yet calculated
Average book length: Not yet calculated
Favourite: Sleeping Giants & Nyxia/Nyxia Unleashed


Ant-man & The Wasp – I enjoyed this, but wasn’t wowed by it. It’s watchable and enjoyable though, and I much preferred the antagonist in this to the first antman.
Pacific Rim: Uprising – A flight watch, this was enjoyable but pretty forgettable I thought!
Pitch Perfect 3 – By far the weakest of the three, this was just a bit ridiculous to be honest. I did enjoy the music though.
Rampage – You get exactly what you expect: fairly ridiculous but very easy watching, had some funny moments.
Solo – I enjoyed this SO MUCH MORE than I expected to, and funnier than I expected.

Avatar The Last Airbender (2×18, Season 3) – A re-watch with my husband who’s never seen it.  Just as fun the second time around.
The Legend of Korra (1 x1-3) – This is new to both of us but we’re enjoying it so far. I like Korra but I have to admit I miss all the characters we grew to love in AtLA.



NetGalley % change: +/- 1% (72%)

Challenge Updates

Beat the Backlist (46/48) (+15)

Finishing the Series (7/15)

Goodreads (94/100)


How was your August?

April Wrap-Up


Authority | Acceptance | Beneath the Sugar Sky | Our Dark Duet | Belgarath the Sorcerer | Beneath the Surface | The End We Start From | The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Eat, Drink, Run | Working for Bigfoot | Leah on the Offbeat

Books read: 11 (the same as March)
Pages read: 3919 (475 more than March)
Average pages per day: 130 (11 more than March)
Average book length: 356 pages (43 more than March)
Favourite: This was an excellent reading month, I genuinely can’t pick a favourite! I especially loved Beneath the Surface, Eat, Drink, Run and Leah on the Offbeat though.


Peter Rabbit – I had pretty such low expectations for this but ended up being pleasantly surprised by how funny it was! Favourite moment was the unexpected Fort Minor song.
The Avengers: Infinity War – No explanation needed I think! Already booked to see it again next week.
Every Day – I enjoyed this, but if I didn’t have an unlimited card it would have definitely been a netflix watch.
Love, Simon – I absolutely loved this and thought it did a really good job of living up to the book.
The Fellowship of the Ring & The Two Towers – We’ve been rewatching these recently because we both love the, but it’s taking some time because we can normally only get in about an hour in an evening!

Grey’s Anatomy (14 x 14-18) – Still addicted, no change!
Nashville (5 x 3) – We’re watching this as a house and haven’t had much time free together, which is the only reason we haven’t watched all of the available episodes yet. Love this show.
Jessica Jones (2 x 9-13) – I thought this was okay, but overall season 2 just wasn’t as good as season 1.
Riverdale (1 x1-13, 2×1-20) –
This is a new one to me, but I started it on a friend’s recommendation and have become pretty hooked, as you can tell from how much I watched this month!



Other posts:

NetGalley % change: +/- 0% (73%)

Challenge Updates

Sci-fi vs Fantasy Bingo
Alien Invasion: Acceptance
Fantastic Beasts: Working for Bigfoot

Beat the Backlist (31/48)

Finishing the Series (7/15)
Wayward Children
This Savage Song

Goodreads (45/100)


How was your April?

Q1 Reading

I read and loved Ellie’s post on her book stats for the first quarter of 2018, and couldn’t resist looking at some of my own! I haven’t tracked the books that have come in like she has, but I’ve enjoyed looking at the series statuses and lengths of what I’ve read so far.

Books read so far: 33
Total pages: 11027
Pages per day: 123
Average pages per book: 334


  • 8 Paperback (24%),
  • 10 eBook (30%),
  • 15 audio (45%)


  • First in a series – 8 (33.3%)
  • Second – 6 (25%)
  • Third – 3 (12.5%)
  • Fourth or higher – 7 (29.2%)

Genres (note, books are categorised as multiple genres in some cases so don’t add up to 100%):

  • Fantasy – 12 (36.4%)
  • Sci fi – 6 (18.2%)
  • Mystery – 6 (18.2%)
  • Manga – 5 (15.2%)
  • Romance – 4 (12.1%)
  • Contemporary – 4 (12.1)
  • Horror – 3 (9.1%)
  • Non-fiction – 2 (6.1%)
  • Crime – 1 (3.0%)


  • 0-150 pages – 0
  • 151-300 pages – 9 (28.1%)
  • 301-500 pages – 20 (62.5%)
  • 501-800 pages – 3 (9.4%)

Publication date:

  • Pre-2018 – 29 (87.9%)
  • 2018 – 4 (12.1%)

Target audience:

  • MG – 4 (12.1%)
  • YA – 6 (18.2%)
  • Not-specified (eg Manga) – 6 (18.2%)
  • Adult – 17 (51.5%)


  • 0-150 pages – 0
  • 151-300 pages – 9 (28.1%)
  • 301-500 pages – 20 (62.5%)
  • 501-800 pages – 3 (9.4%)

Reading Goals (5)

  1. Read 100 books – 33/100 – ON TRACK
  2. Finish/catch up with 15 series
    I haven’t worked out the exact number of these yet, but two-thirds of the books I’ve read in series are book 2 or later, so I think this is going pretty well.
  3. Read at least 12 manga volumes or graphic novels – 5/12 – ON TRACK
  4. Get My NetGalley ratio up to (and then keep it above) 80% – 73% as of end of March
  5. Read at least 48 backlist books – 29/48 – ON TRACK