Saturday, 5 September 2015

End of the Month Round Up (August)

So August has been just a little hectic...we've now moved house (hence why we were internetless for 3 weeks or so, which has been annoying!) I've been on girls' nights out, had to work through Work's factory shut down. Finished one of my jobs (at the pub - it was time) and started dating someone...apparently not having the internet can be productive!

Costs of the Month

This year I've been keeping a bigger track of what I am spending, and what I should have been spending, on books. It's mostly for curiosity but I have been quite shocked so far by what I've actually managed to save!

The Total Cost of Books I've Read in August: £91.89
The Total Spent on Books I've Read in August: £9.89

The Total Cost of Books I've Read This Year: £710.52
The Total Spent on Books I've Read This Year: £86.95

Challenge Updates: 
Because reading is better than real life

Resolution #1 Listen to 4 Audiobooks This Year
January: 0
February: 0
March: 1
April: 1
May: 3
June: 1
July: 0
August: 1
Resolution #2 Read 1 'Classic' This Month
Resolution Failed
Resolution #3 Read 6 Netgalley Books This Month
January: 14
February: 7
March: 6
April: 10
May: 10
June: 8
July: 9
August: 8
Resolution #4 Read 2 Bought Books This Month
January: 5
February: 6
March: 6
April: 9
May: 11
June: 3
July: 7
August: 9
Resolution #5 Finish One of My Writing Projects
I actually have an update this month! So I got more organised and did a fair bit of writing...so I'm now approaching the last bit of action for Cloaked! Then just several rewrites and I might actually finish by the end of the year!

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Wooo! Books finished before the last day of the month!
  1. The Moon Dwellers by David Estes 
  2. Succubus Rising by BR Kingsolver 
  3. The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy 
  4. Dirty Bertie: An English King Made in France by Stephen Clarke 
Goal: 52 Books (4 Books a Month) 
Read: 28 Books
Status: On Track

Falling For YA

Added this month: 
  1. Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft
  2. The Cinderella Princess by Melissa McClone
  3. In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland
  4. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Flaw by Ryan Ringbloom
  6. The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy
  7. A Kiss in the Dark by Lisa Fox
  8. Dirty Bertie by Stephen Clarke
Goal: 75 Books
Read: 73 Books
Status: 2 Books to Go



I have completed this challenge, but will be carrying on!
  1. Faery Queen by Michelle M Pillow (#2 Realm Immortal) = 2 points
  2. Mind Over Matter by Kaia Bennett (#3 Loose Ends) = 2 points + 10 points 
  3. Somber Resplendence by Mandy M Roth (#2 Zodiac Gatekeepers) = 1 point
  4. Agent N6: Dylan by Joni Hahn (#6 D.I.R.E Agency) = 2 points
  5. The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid (#2 Tony Hill & Carol Jordan) = 2 points
  6. Raven's Call by Amos Cassidy (#0.5 Crimson Series) = 1 point
  7. Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft (#2 Dark Desires) = 2 points
  8. Like by JA Huss (#2 Social Media) = 1 point
  9. Stone Queen by Michelle M Pillow (#3 Realm Immortal) = 2 points
  10. Succubus Rising by BR Kingsolver (#3 Telepathic Clans) = 2 points
  11. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory (#2 Cousins' War) = 2 points
  12. The High Priestess by Katee Robert (#0.5 Sanctify) = 1 point
  13. Seducing Cecilia by Michelle M Pillow (#2 Divinity Healers) = 1 point
  14. Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson (#1.5 The Reckoners) = 1 point
  15. Linnea's Arrangement by Michelle M Pillow (#3 Divinity Healers) = 1 point
Goal: 101+ Points
Read: 213 Points
Status: Complete 


Added this month: 
  1. Igniting Ash by M A Stacie (04/08/2015) 
  2. Mind Over Matter by Kaia Bennett (31/07/2015) 
  3. Agent N6: Dylan by Joni Hahn (31/07/2015)
  4. Raven's Call by Amos Cassidy (30/07/2015)
  5. The Cinderella Princess by Melissa McClone (02/04/2015)
  6. In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland (02/06/2015)
  7. Vitrium by Michael Guthrie (06/05/2015)
  8. Damage Report by Mandy M Roth (18/08/2015) 
  9. Winter's Bride by Nellie C Lind (18/08/2015)
  10. A Kiss in the Dark by Lisa Fox (18/06/2015)
Goal: 31-45 Books 
Read: 55 Books
Status: Complete


Because I'm writing this so late, I can actually now say that COYER has finished :-( And I did actually manage to read one extra book (which isn't on this list because I read it in September!
Goal: 70 Books (though this is down from the original 90) 
Read: 70 Books (71 in total) 
Status: Complete

  1. The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid
  2. Igniting Ash by M A Stacie
  3. Faery Queen by Michelle M Pillow 
  4. Mind Over Matter by Kaia Bennett 
  5. Somber Resplendence by Mandy M Roth
  6. Agent N6: Dylan by Joni Hahn 
  7. The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid
  8. Raven's Call by Amos Cassidy
  9. Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft
  10. The Cinderella Princess by Melissa McClone
  11. Like by JA Huss
  12. Ravenswood: Price's Freedom by Mandy M Roth
  13. The Moon Dwellers by David Estes
  14. In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland
  15. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  16. Vitrium by Michael Guthrie
  17. Mating Behavior by Mandy M Roth
  18. Winter's Bride by Nellie C Lind
  19. Stone Queen by Michelle M Pillow 
  20. Damage Report by Mandy M Roth
  21. Succubus Rising by BR Kinsolver
  22. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  23. Flaw by Ryan Ringbloom
  24. The High Priestess by Katee Robert
  25. Ariella's Keeper by Michelle M Pillow
  26. The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy
  27. Death's Lover by Marie Hall
  28. Warriors of Darkness by Mandy M Roth
  29. Seducing Cecilia by Michelle M Pillow
  30. Concealed Power by KJ Colt
  31. Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson
  32. Linnea's Arrangement by Michelle M Pillow
  33. A Kiss in the Dark by Lisa Fox
  34. Dirty Bertie by Stephen Clarke



Read This Month: 
Due to a lack of time I'm literally just listing them (sorry!)

  1. The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid
  2. Igniting Ash by M A Stacie
  3. Faery Queen by Michelle M Pillow 
  4. Mind Over Matter by Kaia Bennett 
  5. Somber Resplendence by Mandy M Roth
  6. Agent N6: Dylan by Joni Hahn 
  7. The Wire in the Blood by Val McDermid
  8. Raven's Call by Amos Cassidy
  9. Deadly Pursuit by Nina Croft
  10. The Cinderella Princess by Melissa McClone
  11. Like by JA Huss
  12. Ravenswood: Price's Freedom by Mandy M Roth
  13. The Moon Dwellers by David Estes
  14. In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland
  15. The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
  16. Vitrium by Michael Guthrie
  17. Mating Behavior by Mandy M Roth
  18. Winter's Bride by Nellie C Lind
  19. Stone Queen by Michelle M Pillow 
  20. Damage Report by Mandy M Roth
  21. Succubus Rising by BR Kinsolver
  22. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  23. Flaw by Ryan Ringbloom
  24. The High Priestess by Katee Robert
  25. Ariella's Keeper by Michelle M Pillow
  26. The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy
  27. Death's Lover by Marie Hall
  28. Warriors of Darkness by Mandy M Roth
  29. Seducing Cecilia by Michelle M Pillow
  30. Concealed Power by KJ Colt
  31. Mitosis by Brandon Sanderson
  32. Linnea's Arrangement by Michelle M Pillow
  33. A Kiss in the Dark by Lisa Fox
  34. Dirty Bertie by Stephen Clarke