The July wrap-up.

July. The month I took away to re-evaluate and restart. It was very much needed and I was completely burnt-out. I couldn’t read, I couldn’t write. I was in a proper slump. It was not a fun time.
So I turned my attention to other hobbies/past-times; video games, tv shows, gym, etc. It really helped refocus my mind, and whilst I still couldn’t sit down and write, I did manage to push through my reading slump. And I really really got back into reading. Without the pressure of reviewing everything I was reading (well, mostly), I powered through a lot of books on my ever-growing TBR.
In the end, I ended up reading 7 books! My very own mini victory.

Books Read;

The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller | Hot Mess – Lucy Vine | One Of Us Is Lying – Karen McManus | The Dry – Jane Harper | This Savage Song – V. E. Schwab |
Our Dark Duet – V. E. Schwab | Wilde Like Me – Louise Pentland

My favourite of the month would definitely be Our Dark Duet; it was emotional, it was thrilling, it was heartbreaking, it was e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. I loved loved loved this duology and thought they were both written so perfectly.
My least favourite would probably be Hot Mess, although I enjoyed it, it just had some real competition! It was a fun story that I found surprisingly relatable, the lead character really resonated with me in some ways. I also love reading contemporaries set in England because I love recognising names/slang/places/brands.

Overall, it was a great month for reading as I enjoyed every single book I read. It was also quite a varied month of reading too; I enjoy mixing up the genres I read as it keeps them all quite fresh and I never get bored of a particular one.

Books To Read;

I’m not one for setting strict TBR’s. I am very much a mood reader, and I don’t often read two books of the same genre in a row, I always like to mix it up as I mentioned above.

But I do have a couple of books that I want to get to this month at least so I guess I’ll tell you about those.

Alex, Approximately – Jenn Bennett | The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater 
Salt To The Sea – Ruta Sepetys

I have awaited Jenn Bennett’s new book for ages, as I loved loved loved Night Owls (The Anatomical Shape Of A Heart for U.S readers!). So, when this at last came into the bookshop on my last shift I knew it would be one of my last discounted purchases.

I, also, finally purchased The Dream Thieves at long last, as much as The Raven Boys wasn’t my most favourite, I did love the characters, just not the lacklustre plot, so I do really want to see how they progress, it just wasn’t at the top of purchase list.

Last month I got my hands on Between Shades of Gray, a very very lucky charity shop find, and it broke my heart. The way the author wrote just broke me and left me wanting more at the same time. Perhaps I’m just a glutton for punishment.

 

So there’s my potential TBR, but definitely not guaranteed. I make no promises, although I do plan on starting Alex, Approximately today, so that’s a start.

October – all wrapped up!

Here we are, the countdown to Christmas! November is here. Winter is blowing in and we’re all getting cosy under blankets, with our books and tea.
Halloween has been and gone and we’ve gone from spooky to wonderland.

October was a great month! It had my birthday in it, so of course it was.

So let’s wrap up October; with a neat little bow and some ribbons and get ready for Christmas!

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September – wrapped up!

Apparently, September has passed. I feel I start every monthly wrap up this way, but I’m going to say what I keep saying; 2016 is going fast, way, way, too fast.

I genuinely can’t believe it. Now we’re in October and I’m 30 odd days closer to being 24, that is not a comforting thought. I’m a Halloween baby; I think it’s because of this it’s ingrained in me to hate dress-up. But hey-ho!

Things actually happened in September that I can update you all on, I actually read books and socialising. I call that one successful month.

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August (and July) – wrapped up!

Yes, I know. It’s already the 9th September, I am a little behind, sorry!
Also the fact we’re already in September is frightening, feels like only a few months ago I moved in with Marcus and now it’s already been over a year, madness.

So whilst 2016 goes past like a whirlwind, I managed to completely miss a July – wrapped up! Confessional; there was nothing to wrap up. I did nothing of note and spent a whole lot of time working. Hung out with my friends and boyfriend and family. Regualr ole month. Continue reading “August (and July) – wrapped up!”