27 June 2016

The Sunday Post (26 June)


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

22 June 2016

Book Review: My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door

Title: My Life Next Door
Series: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published: 07/01/2016, Electric Monkey
Pages: 453
Source: Paperback
Format: Bought

Rating: 4/5

"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them... until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over."

I Need to Explain...

So some of you may have noticed that haven't been around much the past few weeks. This really was not intentional and I'm so annoyed with myself.

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07 June 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love My Local Waterstones


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten reasons I love X. I've decided to go with the ten reasons I love my local Waterstones. (Other bookshops are available...)

06 June 2016

ARC Review: Dear Amy, Helen Callaghan

Dear Amy

Title: Dear Amy
Author: Helen Callaghan
Published: 16/06/2016, Penguin
Pages: 400
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: DNF (34%)

"Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received:

Dear Amy, 
I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me. 
Please help me soon, 
Bethan Avery

Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening? Answering this question will cost Margot everything . . ."

05 June 2016

The Sunday Post (5 June)


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

2016 Reading Challenges Update - May

Because Reading is better than reali life

The first Challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge, hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination lane and Michelle @ Because Reading. The challenge runs from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2016.

My 2016 resolutions are:

Bookish resolutions
  • Get Netgalley ratio up to 80%
    • January - 57%
    • February - 57%
    • March - 52% (This better start going up real soon!)
    • April - 54%
    • May - 56% 
  • Read 20 physical books I already owned prior to 1st January
    • January - 2
    • February - 4
    • March - 8
    • April - 9 (plus 1 bought since January)
    • May - 10 (plus 1 bought since January)
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0
    • February - 2
    • March - 2
    • April - 3
    • May - 4
  • Finish 6 series
    • January - Finished/Up-to-date = 2
    • February - Finished/Up-to-date = 3
    • March - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • April - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • May - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
  • Reach my Goodreads goal this year (65 books)
    • January - 8
    • February - 14
    • March - 23
    • April - 33 (I've hit the halfway point! I may just have to increase my goal...)
    • May - 39
Blogging resolutions
  • Finish updating all blog posts to current layout
    • January - A few updated this month
    • February - All reviews updated! Just to update all other posts and make a few tweaks.
    • March - All Top Ten Tuesday posts tweaked.
    • April - Don't think I've done anything this month...
    • May - Again, I don't think I've done anything
  • Visit 4 blogs a week, so 16 a month (not including memes) (by visit I mean comment on)
    • January - 9 (Need to be better)
    • February - 12 (Getting there)
    • March - 16 (I made it! Woo!)
    • April - 9 (I really hope last month wasn't a fluke)
    • May - 2 (I'm sorry! I'm such a bad person!)
  • Blog ahead - get to at least 6 weeks ahead
    • January - 2 weeks ahead (I think...)
    • February - 1 week ahead
    • March - 0 weeks ahead (Hopefully, I'll get a few scheduled next week...)
    • April - 0 weeks ahead (However, I was ill so I kind of expected this to happen)
    • May - 0 weeks ahead (Well... it looks like this on is heading for failure...)
Personal resolutions
  • Start going to the gym again
    • January - I'm joining tomorrow...
    • February - On hold indefinitely... need to save money
    • March - Still on hold...
    • April - ....I did install the FitBit app onto my phone....
    • May - I went to the Gym 4 times! (But I no longer have the FitBit app as my phone broke)
  • Start learning Spanish again
    • January - Haven't started yet...
    • February - Still haven't started....
    • March - Maybe next month...
    • April - ....
    • May - ....maybe next year....


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The second challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 New Release Challenge hosted by Lexxie @ (Un)conventional Bookreviews and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!. The aim of the challenge is to read as many books released in 2016 as possible. Sign up is open until 15th February 2016.

As this is my first year participating in this challenge and I'm wanting to read more books that I already own, I'm going to set my goal as New Release Pro so 16-30 books.

    Because Reading is better than real life

    The third challenge I want to participate in is the 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. Sign up is open until 1st July 2016. I'm hoping this will help me reduce the number of physical books I have still to read.

    As this is also my first year participating in this challenge (and I don't know how well I'll do reading from a set list), I'm aiming for level 1 so 12 books and 1 book a month. These are the books I plan to read over the year:


    The fourth, and final, challenge is the 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Evie @ Bookish Lifestyle. The aim is to read as many books (published in or before 2015) from your TBR as possible. Sign up is open until 31 November 2016.

    I'm going to set my goal at A Friendly Hug so 11 to 20 books.

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