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December 2018 Reading Wrap Up

8 Jan

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December was a pretty disastrous month for me reading wise – I hadn’t anticipated quite how busy I would be. What with all the Christmas preparation , working full-time, two small children and everything else I didn’t have much free time at all. Even over the Christmas period I didnt read much at all – I was far too busy building my Hogwarts Castle – but more about that in another post. I did listen to 4 audiobooks this month – however I didnt manage to read much physically at all!

The 4 audiobooks I did listen to this month are,

38)The Last of the First – Ian W Sainsbury. This was the final book in the trilogy that I have been listening too and it was really good. A very enjoyable read and I’ve got more of this authors books on my wishlist.

39)Strangeways: A Prison Officers Story – Neil Samworth. I enjoyed this memoir about being a prison officer a lot.

40) The Secret Child – Kerry Fisher – A really good thriller that I enjoyed a lot.

41) Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone – J. K. Rowling. I really enjoyed listening to this again.

This brings my total for the year to 41/52. Ideally I would have liked to have reached my goal but with so many other life happenings this year I am really pleased with that.

Currently Reading.

In book form I’m still reading Does My Bum Look Big in this? by Arabella Weir for the Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge. I have to say I’m really not enjoying this book but I’m nearly through it now.

In audiobooks I’m currently listening to The Forth Friend Joy Ellis. This is the third book in the Jackman series and I’m really enjoying revisiting this series.

Books Brought – I don’t think I brought any books this month – I’m going to add my Christmas books onto my January haul as I’m so far behind on posts!

This year wasnt a too bad reading year – I really want to hit my target of books next year though!


November 2018 Reading Wrap Up

3 Dec

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November has been a fairly good reading month for me. I’ve managed to read a fair bit and also got back into my audiobooks again fully.

I read 2 physical books and listened to 4 audiobooks. While I was hoping to read 3 books I don’t think this is too bad!

I read the following this month,

31) – The Murderers Son – Joy Ellis – I really enjoyed this 2nd in the series book. I can’t wait for this book to be realised later on this month.

32) – The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell – I also enjoyed this memoir of running a bookshop.

33) Me Life Story – Scarlett Moffatt – Another good autobiography.

34) Eve of Man – Giovanna and Tom Fletcher – a great first in a trilogy young adult book.

35) Whisky from the Small Glass – Denzil Meyrick – Crime thriller set in the Scottish Hylands

36)Agatha Raisen and the Quiche of Death – M. C. Beaton – Another good mystery – first in a long series.

37) The Child – Fiona Barton – A thriller with a big twist!

I’m happy with the amount I read this month. I’m aiming for 42 books now by the end of the year so only another 5 to go!

Currently Reading

In book form I’m currently reading Does My Bum Look Big in this? by Arabella Weir. This is for my ultimate teen book guide challenges and while I’m not very far into it its reminding me of a Bridget Jones type book.

In audiobook form I’m listening to The Last of the First by Ian W Sainsbury – the final book in the halfheroes trilogy. this is a brilliant series and I’m quite sad its ending now!

Books Brought

I brought a lot of books again this month  28 in total! The first 17 are all by Jacqueline Wilson.

  • Dustbin Baby
  • Best Friends
  • Starring Tracy Beaker
  • The Story of Tracy Beaker
  • The Lottie Project
  • Secrets
  • Vicky Angel
  • Midnight
  • Clean Break
  • The Diamond Girls
  • Candyfloss
  • The Suitcase Kid
  • The Illustrated Mum
  • Cookie
  • The Worst Thing About My Sister
  • Queenie
  • Diamond
  • The Silent Corner – Dean Koontz
  • The Girl who Said no to Death – Dean Koontz
  • Close to Home – Cara Hun
  • The Seagull – Ann Cleeves
  • Give me the Child – Mel McGrath
  • The Angel – Katerina Diamond
  • After the Snow – Susannah Constantine
  • Elsewhere – Gabriella Zevin
  • The Mighty Crashman – Jerry Spinelli
  • Strangeways – Neil Samworth (A)
  • The Secret Child (A)

Other Posts

I also published the following posts;


October 2018 Reading Wrap Up

1 Nov

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So October has been and gone really quickly! I think for me it was down the fact that I have a new baby so everything has been on a 3 hour sleep,feed, repeat schedule! Because of this I havent really done too much reading this month – I’m trying to get as much sleep as possible if both babies sleep at once as you never know at the minute when the next block will come! We have also moved house so I’ve had all that to deal with too!

I managed to read 2 books this month and listen to one audiobook and while this is not great I don’t think it was too bad with everything that has been going on!

28) Delirium Stories – Lauren Oliver. – This was ok – I had hoped it would fill in the gaps left by the other books in the trilogy but unfortunately it didn’t.

29) Halfheros – Ian W Sainsbury – This was a really enjoyable audiobook, book two of a trilogy and I have the third waiting on my phone to be listened too.

30) The Love Letter – Lucinda Riley – This was a really enjoyable thriller, a genre that I am really getting into at the minute. definitely one I would recommend.

This takes my total books read for the year to 30/52. I don’t think I’m going to achieve my goal of 52 books but if I could hit 40 over the next two months then I would be happy with that!

Currently Reading

In book form I’m currently reading Eve of Man by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher. I am a massive fan of the two authors – I follow them on Instagram and Youtube and I’ve got pretty much all of there books. This book sounds really good – I’m only a little way into it at the minute but it sounds promising!

In audiobook form I’m currently listening to The Murderers Son by Joy Ellis. I Listened to another of the authors books earlier in the year and it was fantastic. This one is just as good – I’ve only got another 2 hours to go on this and its reached a crucial point so I’m really looking forward to going out in the car at the minute so I can finish it!

Books Brought

I brought a lot of books this last month – 18 in total!

  • An unsuitable Match – Joannna Trollope
  • Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardner – MC Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembly – MC Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Terrible Tourist – MC Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wickhadden – MC Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage – MC Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death – MC Beaton
  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet – MC Beaton
  • Does my Bum Look Big in This – Arabella Weir
  • The Piemakers – Helen Cresswell
  • Incantation – Alice Hoffman
  • Peeps – Scott Westerfeld
  • The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell (A)
  • Me Life Story: Sofa, So Good – Scarlett Moffatt (A)
  • Whisky From Small Glasses – Denzil Meyrick (A)
  • The Murderers Son – Joy Ellis (A)
  • The Child – Fiona Barton (A)
  • The Last of the First – Ian W Sainsbury (A)

Reading Challenge Updates

I’ve been working hard getting the lists updated and published – which I have done now! I’ve also been starting to post the books that I have already read and all the information with these. I am really enjoying all of this! These are the posts that I have published over the last month!

All things considered not a bad bookish month! What have you been reading?


September 2018 Reading Wrap Up

8 Oct

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So September has been and gone now and I’m writing this a little late due to my early new arrival! I had a really good reading month in September – probably the best I’ve had for a number of years. I managed to read and listen to 9 books which is pretty good going for me!

19) When the Curtain Falls – Carrie Hope Fletcher. This was ok – good chick lit to fall into.

20) Their Lost Daughters – Joy Ellis – This book has really hooked me into audiobooks. I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel of this that is released this month.

21) This is Going to hurt – Adam Kay – a really good insight into what its like to be a junior doctor in the nhs.

22) Delirium – Lauren Oliver – A really good first in the series trilogy

23) Children of the deterrent – Ian W. Sainsbury – Really good young adult book.

24) Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver – Really good follow-up book to the first in the trilogy.

25) The Visitor – K. L. Slater – I didn’t enjoy this one too much

26) Requiem – Lauren Oliver – I was a bit disappointed with the books ending.

27)Differently Morphous – Yahtzee Croshaw – I didn’t really get this book.

There was a total of 4 normal books and 5 audiobooks.

Currently reading

In book form I’m currently reading Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver as it was part of the box set I brought. I’m hoping that it will wrap up some of the loose ends to the final book of the trilogy.

In audiobook form I’m currently listening to Halfheroes by Ian W. Sainsbury. This is the next in the series to Children of the deterrent.

Books Brought

I didn’t really keep a track of what I brought this month so I’ll log better next month.

Reading Challenge Updates

I’ve been working this month at getting the 3 different lists updated and ready for me to start to get posts written about the books that I’ve already read. I’ve also got a few drafted ready to go live once my last list is finished!