Looking Ahead: May 2017

What’s on in May?

I don’t have any particular plans for May, except lots of running training (I have my first official 10k this month) and work. I’m feeling reasonably refreshed post-holiday and full of blogging motivation, so hopefully also expect lots of blogging!

Last month’s TBR list

 Fool’s Assassin | Finished
The Girl with Seven Names | Not started
Ghost Story | Finished
Flame in the Mist | Not started
Fierce Kingdom | Not started

Read and unplanned

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Prequel
Fool’s Quest
Assassin’s Fate
Release Me

Target pages: 3000
Actual pages read: 3367

May’s TBR list

Release (287 pages) | Review copy
Ready Player One (374) | Owned
Cold days (515) | Owned (audiobook)
Of Fire and Stars (389) | Review copy
A Court of Wings and Ruin (616) | Review copy

Target pages = 2500

Well, last month might just be my least sucessful monthly TBR ever. Again, I’ve set my TBR list slightly short of my page goal (2261 pages) so I have some space for mood reading, but I’m feeling pretty good about my choices – I’m really fancying all of them at the moment!

Last month’s Goals

  • End the month at the same weight: Lost 3lbs! SUCCESS!
  • Blogging calendar for May: Roughly planned out. SUCCESS!
  • Complete a 5K: jog/walk intervals got me round it in 42 minutes. SUCCESS!

May Goals

  • Lose 4lbs
  • Complete a 10K (using Jeff Galloway’s walk/jog method)
  • 12+ blog posts

What do you have planned for May?

April Wrap-Up


April has been manic, which is why I took the month off from blogging. Between work, a holiday, running training and a bunch of social events, I feel like I haven’t really stopped! I only managed to finish 6 books this month, but three were pretty large Robin Hobb books, so I managed a lot more pages than last month.

Fool’s Assassin | Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2. Prelude | Fool’s Quest | Ghost Story | Assassin’s Fate | Release Me

Books read: 6 (1 more than March)
Pages read: 3367 (1195 more than March)
Average pages per day: 112 (42 more than March)
Average book length: 561 pages (127 pages more than March)
Favourite: Assassin’s Fate

Watching & Gaming

This month I watched Sing, which I enjoyed more than I expected – I was worried all the funny bits had been shown in the adverts, but I thought it was pretty good.  I finally got a chance to see Passengers, which I thought was pretty good too – the ending was a bit iffy, but overall I really enjoyed the tension, the acting and the premise.  I also saw Beauty and the Beast, which I really liked, and Guardians of the Galaxy volume 2, which I loved so much I’ve seen it twice in the 4 days since it came out!

I did however, totally fail to do any gaming – oops?!

Book Haul

– Didn’t track at all this month!

Bought: 0 (1 less than January)
Review copies: 2 (1 more than January)
Borrowed/Freebies: 6 (3 more than January)


No posts found.

Other posts:

NetGalley % change: -1% (74%)

Challenge Updates

 ** [Bookish Resolutions & Netflix & Books Challenge updates to follow in a separate post] **

Books purchased this year to date: 1
Books purchased and read this year:
Target ratio:

10 books
Books read this month: 1
Books read so far: 2


Goal: 12 books
Books read this month: 1
Books read so far: 3


How was your April?

24 hour readathon

So as usual, I ummed and ahhed about whether to sign up for the 24 hour readathon – I find that inevitably with the 24 or 48 hour readathons I’m either working most of it, or I’ve jam packed my days off with plans. This time around I’ve got work, a haircut, and family plans, so I definitely won’t be reading for 24 hours, but I’m going to use the readathon to push myself to read as much as I can!


I’ll definitely be mood-reading, but these are probably top contenders at the moment:

My Goals:

I’ve been trying to average 100 pages a day so far this year, but I want to push myself despite the busy day, so I’m setting my goal for the readathon at 400 pages.


1pm-2pm: 30 minutes audioboook listening
4pm-5pm: 25 minutes audiobook listening
10pm-12am: 120 pages of Of Fire and Stars
8am-9am: 25 pages of Of Fire and Stars
9am-10am: 40 minutes audiobook listening
12pm-1pm: 50 pages of Of Fire and Stars

Final results:

195 pages of Of Fire and Stars
95 minutes of listening to Cold Days =44 pages

So I didn’t hit my 400 pages goal – in fact I barely passed my usual 100 pages a day target, managing a total of 239 pages. Mostly what this readathon drilled home is how much slower audiobooks are compared to physical books, but still, 239 pages isn’t bad for 24 hours.

Top Ten Tuesday: These are a few of my favourite things

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted at The Broke and The Bookish where they post a list idea and everyone is welcome to post the list with their own answers. This week’s theme is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book“.

As well as listing ten of my favourite things, topics and phrases that will instantly make me pick a book up, I’ve also put together some of my favourite books that include them!

Dragons |Anti-heroes/Damaged characters |Magic | Secret government conspiracy |Enemies to lovers | Assassins | Aliens/Space | Dystopia | Apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic settings | Big cast of characters/Multiple POV

Anti-heroes/Damaged characters + Secret government conspiracy + Assassins = Orphan X

Dragons + Anti-heroes/Damaged characters + Big cast of characters/Multiple POV = A Game of Thrones

Magic + enemies to lovers + assassins = Poison Study

Anti-heroes/Damaged characters + Space + Dystopia = Red Rising

Anti-heroes/Damaged characters + Magic + Enemies to lovers = Carry On

Magic + Assassins + large cast of characters = Mistborn

Dragons + Magic + assassins + large cast of characters = Assassin’s Apprentice

Magic + enemies to lovers + large cast of characters = Pawn of Prophecy

Magic + Assassins + anti-heroes/damaged characters + large cast of characters = Throne of Glass

Looking Ahead: April 2017 (see you again in May!)

What’s on in April?

Seriously, April is a manic month, so a bit of an announcement – I’ll be taking the month off from blogging. I’ll be on holiday for some of the month, and I’m looking forward to getting away, recharging, brainstorming, and coming back to blogging fresh and energised!  Since you won’t be seeing much of me, I’m setting my reading TBR a little higher – not too much higher, because I’ll be doing some blogging ahead towards May, but a little.  I’m going on a pretty busy holiday with something planned for basically every day, so I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done, but I’m optimistic.

Last month’s TBR list

Turn Coat | Finished
Changes | Finished
Feedback | Finished
Fool’s Assassin | In progress
Dawn Study | Finished
The Colour Purple | Finished

Target pages: 2831
Actual pages read: 2623

April’s TBR list

Fool’s Assassin (208 pages remaining) | Owned (re-read)
The Girl with Seven Names (304) | Owned
Ghost Story (481) | Owned (audiobook)
Flame in the Mist (368) | Review copy
Fierce Kingdom (288) | Review copy

Target pages = 3000

You can probably tell that the books above don’t add up to 3000 pages – not even close in fact, they only come to 1649.  Since I’m taking the month off blogging, I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done, but I’m not really sure what I’m in the mood for at the moment, so I’m leaving my TBR list pretty small so I can just pick up whatever I fancy as the month goes on!  3000 is a pretty arbitrary goal really, but 100 pages a day made for a nice round number, and it’s higher than last month which is what I’m hoping for 😉

April’s Gaming plans

So I played a grand total of 0 games in March. I’m taking my DS on holiday so I might get some Pokemon played, but no particular plans other than that.

Last month’s Goals

  • Lose 5lbs: wow I’m rubbish at this… Fail.
  • 15 blog posts: 12. Fail.
  • Reach week 9 of C210K: Success!

April Goals

  • End the month at the same weight (this might seem like a naff goal, but I’m thinking holiday food and cocktails will probably put me up a bit, and then I’m hoping to do some damage control when I get back).
  • Blogging calendar for May
  • Complete a 5K (using Jeff Galloway’s walk/jog method)

What do you have planned for April?