August Wrap-Up

August seems to have absolutely flown by! Here’s a few of the things I got up to this month:

  • Matt came home from his 8 week research project, so he’s been home for two visits, once at the beginning of the month and once in the middle
  • Matt, Dad and I went to the George R.R. Martin & Robin Hobb event organised by HarperVoyager
  • I had a few fun catch up with friends including the zoo, dinner and a games night
  • I went to see Guadians of the Galaxy (awesome!)
  • I had some great reading progress as part of ARC August
  • And last but not least….I moved to self-hosted!

Reading


Books read: 8 (+2 from July)
Pages read: 2433 (-848 from July)
Average pages per day: 78 (-27 from July)
Favourites: Heir of Fire & Adaptation

 

Challenge Progress

  • Seriously Series:
    • Series Started in 2014:  18/18
    • Series Started before 2014:  14/18
  • LGBTQ:  2/3
  • TBR Pile Reading challenge:  12/31
  • Review Pile Reading Challenge:  26/31

Book Haul

Total Books gained: 4 (-1 from July)
Books bought: 1 (down 2)
Total spend on books: £20.00
Books for review: 3 (up 3)
Freebies/Gifts/Borrowed: 1 (exactly the same!)

On the blog

Number of Posts: 20 (-1 from July)
Reviews: 4 (up 4)

NetGalley % change: +4.6 (59.6%)

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How was your August?

July Wrap-Up

Reading


Books read: 6 (+3 from June)
Pages read: 3281 (+1186 from June)
Average pages per day: 105 (+30 from June)
Favourite: Fool’s Assassin or Fool’s Fate

Challenge Progress

  • Seriously Series:
    • Series Started in 2014:  14/18
    • Series Started before 2014:  11/18
  • Library Books challenge:  8/36
  • LGBTQ:  1/3
  • TBR Pile Reading challenge:  12/31
  • Review Pile Reading Challenge:  17/31

Book Haul

Total Books gained: 5 (-12 from June!)
Books bought: 4 (down 2)
Total spend on books: £32.96
Books for review: 0 (down 5)
Freebies/Gifts/Borrowed: 1 (down 5)

On the blog

Number of Posts: 22 (+12 from June)
Reviews: 0 (down 4)

NetGalley % change: Stayed the same!

Most Popular posts:

How was your July?

June Wrap-Up

Reading

Books read: 3 (-1 from May)
Pages read: 2095 (+101 from May)
Average pages per day: 70 (+6 from May)
Favourite: The Golden Fool

Challenge Updates

(Challenge: # read this month [total/goal])

  • Seriously Series:
    • Series Started in 2014: 2 [14/18]
    • Series Started before 2014: 1 [5/18]
  • Library Books challenge: 0 [9/36]
  • LGBTQ: 0 [1/3]
  • TBR Pile Reading challenge: 3 [7/31]
  • Review Pile Reading Challenge: 0 [14/31]

Book Haul

Total Books gained: 17 (+7 from May)
Books bought: 6 (up 5)
Total spend on books: £8.05
Books for review: 5 (exactly the same!)
Freebies/Gifts/Borrowed: 6 (up 2)

On the blog

Number of Posts: 12 (down 3)
Reviews: 4 (up 1)

NetGalley % change: Stayed the same!

Most Popular posts:

How was your June?

May Wrap-Up

May seems to have literally flown by, and I’m not honestly sure why! Perhaps because my reading felt slower this month, because I was reading slightly longer books than usual?  Who knows!

Favourite things I did this month:

  • Made a Tardis cake – Okay, to be honest, actually making the cake was a bit of a nightmare, but it turned out okay in the end and it made my sister happy!
  • Topped up my hair colour – You may remember that in April I went from blonde to red – and also that the red just did not want to stick!  I’ve had my hair topped up again since, basically loading it with as much colour as possible.  The hairdresser ended up putting a literally Irn bru orange dye on, but my hair is definitely now more copper and I love it!

Reading







(I apparently had a thing for black and red covers this month)

Books read: 4 (-1 from April)
Pages read: 1994 (+208 from April)
Average pages per day: 64 (+4 from April)
Favourite: I honestly don’t think I could choose between Prince of Fools and the Deborah Harkness books, I loved both.

Challenge Updates

(Challenge: # read this month [total/goal])

  • Seriously Series:
    • Series Started in 2014: 3 [12/18]
    • Series Started before 2014: 0 [4/18]
  • Library Books challenge: 1 [9/36]
  • LGBTQ: 0 [1/3]
  • TBR Pile Reading challenge: 2 [4/31]
  • Review Pile Reading Challenge: 3 [14/31]

Book Haul

Total Books gained: 10 (+2 from April)
Books bought: 1 (down 1)
Total spend on books: £8.05
Books for review: 5 (exactly the same!)
Freebies/Gifts/Borrowed: 4 (up 3)

On the blog

Number of Posts: 15 (down 2)
Reviews: 3 (down 3)

NetGalley % change: Stayed the same!

Most Popular posts:

How was your May?

April Wrap-Up

April has been a pretty great month really. Matt was home for two weeks thanks to Easter, and thanks to the Easter holidays and some annual leave I managed to get a week and a half off from work to spend with him.

I did go through a real reading slump this month, but I think I’m now back on form which is great.  Work is still mentally busy, but I think I’m slowly getting back into routine.  I’ve been doing okay on the blogging front, posting pretty much every other day, and I managed 6 reviews this month which I’m very happy with!

Next month I’m hoping to get a bit more organised and to start using my filofax again (though we’ll have to see if that actually happens!).

 

Favourite things I did this month:

  • Had a week off over Easter while Matt was home – We mostly just relaxed, went to see a few films, had some nice meals and caught up on some TV together, which was lovely.
  • Took part in Dewey’s 24 hour readathon – I finally broke my reading slump (I hope!) and loved taking part in the readathon, visiting some blogs, socialising on twitter and catching up a little on my reading.
  • Changed my hair colour! – I’ve been blonde forever, and this month I changed to red!  We had to go for a slightly darker colour than I’m aiming for, because the colour just did not want to stick, but I’m still really liking it and I’m looking forward to testing out a few different shades 🙂

Reading







Books read: 5 (Same as March)
Pages read: 1786 (-491 from March)
Average pages per day: 60 (-13 from March)
Favourite: Prisoner of Night and Fog

Challenge Updates

(Challenge: # read this month [total/goal])

  • Seriously Series:
    • Series Started in 2014: 2 [9/18]
    • Series Started before 2014: 1 [4/18]
  • Library Books challenge: 2 [8/36]
  • LGBTQ: 0 [1/3]
  • TBR Pile Reading challenge: 0 [2/31]
  • Review Pile Reading Challenge: 3 [11/31]

Book Haul

Total Books gained: 8 (same as March!)
Books bought: 2 (up 1)
Total spend on books: £10.37
Books for review: 5 (up 2)
Freebies/Gifts/Borrowed: 1 (down 3)
TBR pile change: +3 books

 

On the blog

Number of Posts: 17 (up 5)
Reviews: 6 (up 5!)

NetGalley % change: +5%

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How was your April?