Monday, 1 February 2016

End of the Month Round Up (January)

How This Month Went

Well you can check out my Sunday Post's for my week-to-week news! I've done alright reading wise, I read 30 books and DNF'd too, meaning that I'm about 10% into all my challenges already!

Costs of the Month

Last year I decided to keep track of what I was spending and saving on books, which I found really interesting! And while I've changed the way I'm keeping track (it's now all on one spreedsheet with my review schedule as opposed to on two seperate ones) I'm still carrying on! To be clear this is for the books that I have read (not necessarily the ones I've bought!) I take the Kindle book price at the time I'm writing the review vs. how much I paid for the book. If/when I have any giftcards to take into account I'll add them on a different total!

Basically looking at this month the savings almost paid for my kindle (which is actually more than three years old so has clearly paid for itself several times over!

January Total£79.66£5.45
Year Total £79.66£5.45

Challenges 


FYI my Bookish Resolutions update will be seperate this year!

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Goal: 101+ Points (Vetran) 
Points: 34
Status: On Going


  1. The Captain’s Blue Stocking Mistress by Erica Ridley (#3 The Dukes of War) = 2 points
  2. His Fire Maiden by Michelle M Pillow (#2 Space Lords) = 2 points
  3. Crossing Hudson by Mandy M Roth (#2 The Guardians) = 2 points
  4. Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger (#2 The Duff) = 2 points
  5. Touching Evil by Kylie Brant (#2 Circle of Evil) = 2 points
  6. Manic by JA Huss (#2 Rook and Ronin) = 2 points
  7. Special Agent: Austin by Joni Hahn (#6.5 The D.I.R.E Agency) = 1 point
  8. Facing Evil by Kylie Brant (#3 Circle of Evil) = 2 points + 10 points
  9. Ash Rising by Amos Cassidy (#3 Tales From Beyond the Veil) = 1 point
  10. Quanta by Lola Dodge (#2 The Shadow Ravens) = 2 points) 
  11. Tainted Snow by Amos Cassidy (#4 Tales From Beyond the Veil) = 1 point
  12. Blood Moon by JD Wright (#3 Everealm) = 2 points
  13. Rend the Dark by Mark Gelineau & Joe King (#2 An Echo of the Ascended) = 1 point
  14. The Seduction 2 by Roxy Sloane (#2 The Seduction) = 1 point
  15. Georgie by Cherrie Mack (#2 Follow That Dress) = 1 point

Falling For YA

Goal: 100 Books (Diamond) 
Status: On Going


  1. The Captain’s Blue Stocking Mistress by Erica Ridley
  2. Phantom's Dance by Lesa Howard
  3. Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
  4. Touching Evil by Kylie Brant 
  5. Special Agent: Austin by Joni Hahn
  6. Facing Evil by Kylie Brant
  7. The Vampire Games by Stephanie Archer
  8. e-Murderer by Joan C Curtis
  9. Quanta by Lola Dodge
  10. Crystal by Cherrie Mack 
  11. Rend the Dark by Mark Gelineau & Joe King
  12. Heirs & Spares by J L Spohr
  13. Pan's Conquest by Aubrie Dionne
  14. Georgie by Cherrie Mack
  15. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  16. A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse by JT Clay
  17. Midnight's Surrender by Donna Grant
  18. The White List by Nina D'Aleo
Because Reading is better than real life

Goal: 48 Books (4 Books a Month)
Status: On Going

Read List


  1. The Captain’s Blue Stocking Mistress by Erica Ridley (January) 
  2. Phantom's Dance by Lesa Howard (January) 
  3. Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger (January)
  4. Manic by JA Huss (January)
Blogger Shame

Goal: 50 Books
Status: Ongoing


  1. The Captain’s Blue Stocking Mistress by Erica Ridley
  2. Heirs & Spares by J L Spohr
  3. Pan's Conquest by Aubrie Dionne
  4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  5. A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse by JT Clay 
  6. Midnight's Surrender by Donna Grant
  7. The White List by Nina D'Aleo



Goals: 45+ Books - New Release Enthusiast   
Status: Ongoing

  1. His Fire Maiden by Michelle M Pillow (14/01/2016) 
  2. Crossing Hudson by Mandy M Roth (14/01/2016) 
  3. The Vampire Games by Stephanie Archer (03/01/2016) 
  4. Blood Moon by JD Wright (01/01/2016) 
  5. Cherrie Mack by Cherrie Mack (15/02/2016)



Because Reading is better than real life

Goal: 77 Books
Status: Ongoing

  1. The Captain’s Blue Stocking Mistress by Erica Ridley
  2. His Fire Maiden by Michelle M Pillow
  3. Crossing Hudson by Mandy M Roth 
  4. Phantom's Dance by Lesa Howard
  5. Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
  6. Touching Evil by Kylie Brant 
  7. Special Agent: Austin by Joni Hahn
  8. Facing Evil by Kylie Brant
  9. The Vampire Games by Stephanie Archer
  10. e-Murderer by Joan C Curtis
  11. Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid
  12. Ash Rising by Amos Cassidy
  13. The Charmer by CJ Archer
  14. Quanta by Lola Dodge
  15. Tainted Snow by Amos Cassidy
  16. Blood Moon by JD Wright
  17. Crystal by Cherrie Mack
  18. Rend the Dark by Mark Gelineau & Joe King
  19. Heirs & Spares by J L Spohr
  20. The Lion and the Unicorn by Dara Fraser
  21. The Seduction 2 by Roxy Sloane
  22. Pan's Conquest by Aubrie Dionne
  23. Georgie by Cherrie Mack
  24. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  25. January by Audrey Carlan
  26. A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse by JT Clay
  27. Midnight's Surrender by Donna Grant
  28. The White List by Nina D'Aleo

Non-Review Posts
My Inspiration for the The Journalist
Challenge Sign Ups!
End of the Month Round Up (December) 
Online Book Club (January Book & February Vote) 
Bookish Resolutions (January 2016 Link Up) 
My TBR List Vote
The Sunday Post (10-01-2016)
The Sunday Post (17-01-2016)
The Sunday Post (24-01-2016) 
The Sunday Post (31-01-2016) 


DNF This Month

Hawker, Libby
Daughter of Sand and Stone

McCarthy, Keith
The Final Analysis

Read This Month
Archer, CJ
The Charmer (Assassins Guild #1) 

Archer, Stephanie
The Vampire Games

Aveyard, Victoria
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) 

Brant, Kylie
Facing Evil (Circle of Evil #3) 
Touching Evil (Circle of Evil #2) 

Carlan, Audrey
January (Calender Girl #1) 

Cassidy, Amos
Ash Rising (Tales From Beyond the Veil #3) 
Tainted Snow (Tales From Beyond the Veil #4) 

Clay, JT
A Single Girl's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Curtis, Joan C
e-Murderer (a Jenna Scali Mystery #1) 

Dionne, Aubrie
Pan's Conquest

Dodge, Lola
Quanta (Shadow Ravens #2)

Fraser, Dara
The Lion and the Unicorn

Gelineau, Mark
Rend the Dark (An Echo of the Ascended #2) 

Grant, Donna
Midnight's Surrender (Dark Warriors #8.5) 

Hahn, Joni
Special Agent: Austin (The D.I.R.E Agency #6.5) 

Howard, Lesa
Phantom's Dance 

Huss, JA
Clutch (I Am Just Junco #1) 
Manic (Rook and Ronin #2) 

Keplinger, Kody
Lying Out Loud (The Duff #2) 

King, Joe
Rend the Dark (An Echo of the Ascended #2) 

Mack, Cherrie
Crystal (Follow That Dress #1) 
Georgie (Follow That Dress #2) 

McDermid, Val
Trick of the Dark

Pillow, Michelle M
His Fire Maiden (Space Lords #2) 

Ridley, Erica
The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress (The Dukes of War #3) 

Roth, Mandy M
Crossing Hudson (The Guardians #2) 

Sloane, Roxy
The Seduction 2 (The Seduction #2) 

Spohr, J L
Heirs & Spares (The Realm Series #1) 

Wright, JD
Blood Moon (Everealm #3)