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.



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.


Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

See my review here.

What did you read in June?

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Monthly Haul – June 2020

Back again to delve into my monthly haul to see if I actually stuck with my promise to myself of only getting 3 books a month.

If I had taken a lie detector test when I made this ‘rule’, the needle would’ve been jumping all over the place 😂😂

I only went over by 1 but in my defence (it’s not really a defence!), that 1 was an impulse buy and I bought it with the intention for my son to listen to (who am I trying to kid???!)


Dream Maker by Kristen Ashley

Jokes on You by Lani Lynn Vale


🎧 Audio

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

🧚‍♀️ Fairyloot

Incendiary by Zoraidya Cordova

🎧 Review: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Title: Halfway to the Grave

Series: Nighthuntress #1

Author: Jeaniene Frost

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.

In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

This was a reccie from a book friend so I decided to dive in to the audio….

It was a fun story, half vamp, half human teaming up with a full vamp…..Bones the bounty hunter!

At first I had a hard time imagining Bones as some sort of hunk due to the accent on the audio, it hurt my English ears, but then I looked up some fan pics and I was totally on board!

Club scene. Yes please.

In fact all those scenes!

Yes I’m here for the love!!!

Bones is amazing.

Him and Kat and their funny banter made me listen to this book with a smile on my face. He is just so refreshingly honest with his feelings for Kat.

Kat though, her questionable decisions and total blindness when it came to Bones made me want to throttle her!

As I said, a totally fun story with an ending that broke my heart!