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December Wrap Up + Goodreads Challenge Final Update

Welcome to my last Blogmas post and final blog post of 2018. Today I’m going to be sharing what I read in December and also wrap up my 2018 Goodreads challenge. 2018 hasn’t been the best reading year for me – in between a massive move and starting 2 modules at university I’ve been busy, too tired or lacking concentration to read as much as I normally do. However, looking back at all the books I’ve read this year I’ve been really lucky to read many amazing books. I’m surprised because I’m not always one to rate 5 stars and as you’ll see I had a lot of 5 star reviews. You’ll notice I don’t have any 1 or 2 stars reads this year and that’s because 9 times out of 10 if I’m not enjoying a book I’ll abandon it. Without further ado, here is my wrap up!


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

I also read the Assassins Blade this year and loved it. I have had this series on my shelf for the longest time and I finally got to read it. I’ve only read the first one and part of the second one so far, before I got distracted with my Christmas books. However, I’m enjoying the series so far and I’m excited to see what happens next.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling.

So I started my reread this month and once again I have fallen more in love with Harry Potter (who even knew that was possible!). It’s exciting to read and remember all the little things I’ve forgotten.

You can read my review for this book here.

Another post that may interest you is Harry Potter Scenes I Wish Were In The Movies Part 1.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.

This month I decided to try a free trial of Scribd. I love it – and unlike Audible you can listen to as many books as you want in a month for the same price. This was my first book by Victoria Schwab and it’s safe to say that I fell in love with her writing. I’m excited to read all her other books in the new year.

Mr Greedy, Mr Mischief and Mr Happy by Roger Hargreaves.

The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter.

The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter.

Castle of Doom by Sarina Hossain.

The last few books I read in December were very short. With only 6 hours to go until midnight I was determined I was getting to my goal of 50 books. I have never failed a challenge yet and I wasn’t having it beat me. I crammed in the last 6 books and I did it!


Goal – 50 books.

Final count – 50 books.

5 star book review

  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
  • The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter.
  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter.
  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore.
  • Mr Bump by Roger Hargreaves.
  • The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore.
  • The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore.
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
  • The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore.
  • I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen.
  • My Real Name Is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih.
  • We Are Okay by Nina LaCour.
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber.
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber.
  • The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
  • The Doll by J.C Martin.
  • Mr Greedy by Roger Hargreaves.
  • Mr Mischief by Roger Hargreaves.
  • Mr Happy by Roger Hargreaves.
  • The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle.

4 star book review

  • Night of the Living Dummy by R.L Stine.
  • The Blob That Ate Everyone by R.L Stine.
  • Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco.
  • The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore.
  • The Last Days of Lorien by Pittacus Lore.
  • The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore.
  • Blackfin Sky by Kat Ellis.
  • The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Assassin and the Underworld by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas.
  • The Rain by Virginia Bergin.
  • The Storm by Virginia Bergin.
  • Mirage by Somaiya Daud.
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
  • The Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter.

3 star book review

  • The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter.
  • A Shiver of Snow and Sky by Lisa Lueddecke.
  • Island by David Almond.
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.
  • Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
  • The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas.
  • Seed by Lisa Heathfield.
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.
  • Immortal Girls by Griffin Stark.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
  • Signal Failure by David Wailing.
  • Castle of Doom by Sarina Hossain.

What have been your favourite books this year? I hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Years Eve. I’ll see you all in the new year!

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What I Achieved in October & November Goals

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Hey guys and welcome to Blogtober day 30. Today I’m going to share what I read this month, and also give a writing update. As always I’ll also be sharing what I aim to achieve in November and the books I plan to read.

October has been such a weird month for me – I don’t know if it’s to do with the colder weather, getting back into university or something else. I feel like it was the 1st of October and now it’s the end of the month. Nevertheless, I still had quite a productive writing and reading month!


books read

Seed by Lisa Heathfield.

3 star book review

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins.3 star book reviewClick here for my review.

There’s someone in your house by Stephanie Perkins


writing

So there are 2 main things to update on this month. I feel like I’m starting to find my flow with my writing. The novels I’ve stored up in my brain for all these years are starting to come together on the page.

  • The first MAJOR thing that happened this month is that on the 3rd October I officially started writing my first draft of my first full length novel (nicknamed Project MK). As it stands I am currently at just over 11,000 words so I’ve taken a big chunk out of the word count already.
  • The second thing to update on is that I have began outlining a new post apocalyptic novel (nicknamed Project Enigma). I am so unbelievably excited about this one. It’s going to take a lot of planning and researching to make it work (and also to avoid those common cliches!) I like to have the next book ready to go so there isn’t any gap in between writing. This works better for me because I find if I have a break I lose my flow and inspiration.


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  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.
  • These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch.


  • Reach 20,000 words of Project MK.
  • Finish character development of Project Enigma.
  • Prepare for Blogmas.

What have you read this month? What are you planning on reading in November?

My September Wrap Up and October Goals

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Welcome to Blogtober day 5 and today I’m going to be wrapping up September and talking about the things I’d like to achieve in the coming month. September was a month of craziness but I still managed to get some productive writing and reading done!


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Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini.

I really wanted to like this. It started off promising and just went downhill from there. I got 3/4 of the way through but I couldn’t bring myself to finish it. I was so bored and I didn’t connect with any of the characters.

Rain by Virginia Bergin.

I LOVED this book! The whole concept of the rain being contaminated and that getting even a drop on your skin can kill you was fascinating and something I’ve never seen before. It was adventurous, fast paced and at times – fun. I loved the characters, especially Ruby.

Storm by Virginia Bergin.

I enjoyed this as much as the first one – if not more. The story continued well from the first book and the new characters were just as interesting as in the first. I got through this quite quickly and I’m kinda sad it’s the end of the series.


Did I achieve my September goals?

  • Get back into blogging (achieved)

In August I made a big mistake with trying to take on too much. Learning from my mistakes I decided to take September a little slower. It definitely worked and one of the things I’ve learnt is I need to plan ahead!

  • Read 2 books (achieved)
  • Reach 320 followers on WordPress (achieved)
  • Reach 1200 followers on twitter (not achieved)

Twitter is a great place to promote your blog and gain new viewers. However, for me, it seems to take a lot of energy and time I don’t always have. So this month I took a break and wasn’t posting a lot so I didn’t reach my follower count this month.

  • Learn more about Pinterest (achieved)

My goals for October.

  • Begin decorating the living room

I really want to get my living room done for Christmas – which means I need to get a move on. It’s a huge project because there’s going to be a hand drawn mural!

  • Read 3 books.
  • Complete Blogtober (without melting into a puddle).
  • Start my first draft!

So I finished my outline for my novel and it’s now time to write the first draft! I’m equal parts terrified and excited and I can’t wait to get started.


What did you finish reading in September? Did you achieve all you wanted to?

July Wrap Up & My Ambitious Aims for August

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So July was the first month in a long time that I set goals and made the commitment to review them at the end of the month. Here is how I did –

  • Read 4 books – not achieved.

I read 3 books this month. Caraval gave me a book hangover because I loved it so much so Legendary has taken me longer than normal.

  • Post 5 book reviews – achieved.
  • Post 3- 4 times a week on my blog – not achieved.

It was my own fault I didn’t achieve this. I’ve been so disorganised this month but I’ve made the commitment to my bullet journal (again) so my posts are better planned this month.

  • Finish character development history for my current work in progress – achieved.
  • Outline a short story – not achieved.

This is something I’ve been trying to achieve for so long. I think I get carried away with my novel that this seems to take a backseat.

  • Write 3 chapters of fanfiction – not achieved.

This was also put on the back burner because I want to start my first draft as soon as possible. I don’t mind so much because the main focus is my novel.


books read

I had such an amazing month with books. All 3 I read were 5 stars and that literally never happens to me! I’m not a huge contemporary fan but this book has my heart. My review will be coming soon!

I’m officially obsessed with this series. I’m one of these people who has a track record of hating hyped books so I was nervous about going into this. I didn’t need to be because I absolutely loved it. If you’d like to see what I thought about it you can check out my review here.

I didn’t think any book could beat Caraval but this was an amazing sequel. I’m so bummed I have to wait until next year to read the final book, it’s going to be a long wait! Review coming soon.


blogging

Here is the lowdown on the posts I’ve published this month –


writing

This month I was determined I was going to finish my major character development for my novel and I did it! I’m so happy its finally done. It’s taken me so long – in the midst of moving house and my body misbehaving, its been a slow process. I also managed to finish my minor character planning which was a bonus.

I’ve started my world building and I’m loving it so far. There’s so much to get through but its exciting seeing the world I’ve imagined in my head for so long becoming real on the paper.


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  • The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
  • All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher.
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. 

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  • Read 4 books.
  • Post 3-4 times a week on my blog.
  • Finish basic world building for my current work in progress.

That’s it for my July Wrap Up and my goals for August. I tried to keep my goals simple this month as I’m feeling rather run down and I want to make sure my goals are realistic.

How many books did you read this month? And did you achieve everything you wanted?


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What I Read in June & My Hopes for July

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

This was a re-read for me. I read it back when the movie came out but never finished the rest of the series. I chose to start the series from the first book.

• My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih.

This was one I got from Netgalley. I’ve been wanting to enjoy more historical fiction so when I read this description I decided to give it a go. I loved it – a lot more than I thought I would. It was thought provoking, emotional and had excellent character development. My review will be coming soon.

This was one of my most anticipated reads this year and I really enjoyed it. The plot was unique and the characters were super. My review will be coming soon.


I’ve almost been blogging for a month and I’m so happy to be back. I took a long break because of things going on in my personal life and I missed it so much. I made the decision to start again with an entirely new blog because I felt my old one didn’t fit my personality and what I wanted to achieve. Here is a round up of the posts I published in my first month back;


• This month I wanted to focus on getting organised in my writing life, so I can be better prepared to start the first draft of my current novel. I managed to achieve that which is fantastic because I’m the worlds worst at being organised.

• Another one of my writing goals this month was to write more fanfiction. I’ll admit I’m obsessed with it and I’m not ashamed to admit I enjoy writing it. I also find that it’s helping to improve my writing skills and keep my creative juices flowing. I managed to get out 2 chapters of my current work in progress so I’m happy with that.



  • Read 4 books.
  • Post 5 book reviews.
  • Post 2-3 blog posts a week (hopefully more!)
  • Finish character development of my current work in progress.
  • Outline a short story.
  • Write 3 chapters of my current FanFiction work in progress.

That’s it for my June Wrap up and July TBR/Goals.

How many books did you read this month? Is there anything else you’d like to see me wrap up at the end of each month?


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