Not Top 5 Tuesday: Books I’d slay a lion to get early

With Shanah being super busy and taking a well deserved blog break, there is no Top 5 Tuesday for July so I thought I’d have a go at doing my own (not all the time, I struggled to come up with this!!!)

I saw this prompt on another post (sorry I forgot to note down who!) and decided it was a great subject! These are the future releases that I would literally kill for!

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

 

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

 

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

 

The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by Victoria Schwab

 

Dream Chaser by Kristen Ashley

 

What books would you give your right arm for?!

I won a giveaway!!!!

I am one of those people that reads all genres.

Sometimes I need YA fantasy, sometimes middle grade and sometimes romance, sometimes dark romance, whatever takes my fancy, I will read.

I’m on a few review teams for romance authors and LJ Shen is one of them. She is a lovely, kind hearted person and I find her books to be superb. I am honoured to be part of her team. I won a giveaway and received this…..I squealed and wanted to show it off!

You can find all about Leigh and her books here.

Happy 4th of July to my US friends!

I’m English and we don’t have Independence Day here (although we might after Brexit!) but wanted to wish all my American friends a happy day.

I hear you celebrate with fireworks, food, and family and I can’t think of anything better but are you having to have different plans this year due to COVID?

Whatever you are doing, have a great day.

Keeping up with my 2020 book resolutions?????

I made some 2020 goals at the end of 2019 so thought I would check back in to see how I am doing and where I need to improve. You can see my original post here.

To be honest I was a bit scared to do this as I know I haven’t stuck to them but the good news is that I have 6 months to improve!

A) No arcs (only review teams I am on)

June 2020: Failed. I cant talk about it without welling up! ❌

B) No Netgalley requests

June 2020: Failed! But I didn’t request many so maybe a half fail! ❌

C) No reading lists

June 2020: Passed! *does happy dance* ✔

D) No challenges

June 2020: Well……I signed up for the Audiobook Challenge but I don’t count that as an actual challenge as I listen to audiobooks at work so would do it anyway! ✔

E) Try and read 1 book a week.

June 2020: I’ve read 54 books so far so passed! ✔

F) Get the joy of reading back!

June 2020: Yes and no! I’ve loved the books I’ve read but because I’ve totally failed at A and B its meant ive felt pressured again. When will I ever learn? ❌✔

So to sum up I need to lay off arcs and netgalley and keep on keeping on!!!

Did you make any goals?

How are you doing?

Books I want in August

Super early this month but I was excited so couldn’t wait!!!

It appears that I am back to buying more than I read! (Story of my life!)

I seem to be in a pattern at the moment of bingeing 4 or 5 books and then my mojo goes and for a couple of weeks I dont read anything. Anyone else?

Anyway, these are the books that took my fancy for August…..

Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons

Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

Reign by Cora Carmack
(I have no idea why the cover won’t come up when the hardcover has been revealed!)

What books are you looking forward to in August?

Not T5T – My Best Books of 2020: half year update!

With Shanah being super busy and taking a well deserved blog break, there is no Top 5 Tuesday for June so I thought I’d have a go at doing my own (not all the time, I struggled to come up with 5 weeks worth!!!)

I was toying with idea of a half year book-ish reflection and to set me up for the next half year – very loosely!

For the last week of June I thought it would be good to share my best books for the first half of 2020

Here are my ‘best books’ so far for 2020 (not necessarily released then, I read then!)

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

 

Lifelike by Jay Kristoff

 

Deviate by Jay Kristoff

 

Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann

 

Dream Maker by Kristen Ashley

What have been your best reads so far this year?

Audiobook Challenge: Update June 2020

A halfway update!

You can see my original post (which links into the sign up post) here.

I said I wanted to listen to 10-15 books but I realised I was going to best that for the year so I’ve upped it!!

I’m now aiming for 15 to 20 audio books which means I am Socially Awkward!!! (sounds like me!!!)

I’ve actually listened to 11 books so far:

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

See my review here.


King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

See my review here.


Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

See my review here.


Beyond the Shadowed Earth by Joanna Ruth Meyer

See my review here.


Lifelike by Jay Kristoff

See my review here.


Deviate by Jay Kristoff

See my review here.


Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

See my review here.


Crescent City by Sarah J Maas

See my review here.


Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

See my review here.


Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

See my review here.


Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

See my review here.


Did you participate?

How many have you listened to?

Closing the Chapter: June 2020

Welcome to Closing the Chapter! I hope you had a great reading month?

At the beginning of the month I wondered of I could pull off reading as many books as I did in May.

May was a massive reading month for me as I read 12 books.

The first week in June I challenged myself to read a book a day and crushed it – you can see my post and the books/reviews here.

Then I needed a little break – it was exhausting!! 😂

So June turned out to be a good reading month for me with 12 books read again!

📚

The First Girl Child by Amy Harmon

See my review here.


 

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Summer Fling Anthology – various

See my review here. 


Love in Lockdown – various

See my review here.


Jokes on You by Lani Lynn Vale

See my review here.


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Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

See my review here.


What did you read in June?

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