Sunday, 1 May 2016

End of the Month Round Up (April)

Update on the Month 

So...this month has been a fairly bad reading month, mostly due to everything going on. My job's changed now after the woman whose maternity I was covering came back to work. So I've been trainging with the chef among other things. However due to another baby, I'll probably be going back to doing what I was soon...so there is that.

I've been pretty sociable this month too! I had a friend's engagement party at the beginning of the month and it was the first time all 6 of us from uni had been together in ages! (There's never all of us around at the same time!) So it was a fantasitc night. I also went to visit my bestie for a weekend and she treated me to the spa and dinner before we went for cocktails.

Writing wise this month has been really good. I finished my Phantom manuscript and my best friend now has it to help me rip it apart! I also finished my first round of edits for Cloaked and have been giving a lot of thought to what I want to write next!

Costs of the Month 

So this is basically the amount I should have spent on books, and the amount I actually did spend. I am ridicolously grateful for the existance of Netgalley and Review Copies it must be said! The prices I use is for the kindle edition of a book unless it isn't available or I read a paperback copy.


Year Total £328.42£46.56
January £82.18£5.45
February £89.17£18.83
March £88.41£5.95
April £68.66£16.33


Read This Month 

Aston, Jana
Right 

Bauer, Christina
Angelbound (Angelbound Origins #1) 
Scala (Angelbound Origins #2) 

Benson, Raymond
The Black Stiletto: The First Diary (The Black Stiletto #1)

Braswell, Liz
Once Upon A Dream (Twisted Tales #2) 

Carlan, Areudrey
February (Calendar Girl #2) 
March (Calendar Girl #3) 

Cherry, Alison
Red

Davis, Siobhan
Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) 

Foster, Melissa
River of Love (The Bradens #15)

Hawk, Reagan
Performance Criteria

Huss, JA
Coming For You (Dirty Dark & Deadly #3) 
Meet Me In The Dark 
Mr. Right (Mister #1) 

Knight, E
My Lady Viper (Tales of the Tudor Court #1) 

McDermid, Val
Cleanskin
The Torment of Others (Tony Hill & Carol Jordan #4) 

Michaels, Alicia
Thin (Sharing Spaces#3) 

Pillow, Michelle M
Xena (Galaxy Playmates #4) 

Ridley, Erica
The Brigadier's Runaway Bride (Dukes of War #5) 
The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway (Dukes of War #6) 

Taylor, JE
Tigress (Night Hawk #2) 


Bingo Card 


Total: 14 out of 25
  1. Horse: Angelbound by Christina Bauer 
  2. Travel in the Book: Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
  3. In A Series: Angelbound by Christina Bauer 
  4. Fantasy: Angelbound by Christina Bauer 
  5. Goes for a Walk/Hike: River of Love by Melissa Foster
  6. Bad Boy Actually Good Guy: Coming For You by JA Huss
  7. Magic: Angelbound by Christina Bauer 
  8. Artist/Poet/Writer: February by Audrey Carlan
  9. Set on a School Campus: Red by Alison Cherry 
  10. Historical Fiction: My Lady Viper by E Knight
  11. Cop/Fireman: The Torment of Others  by Val McDermid
  12. Wedding: Coming For You by JA Huss 
  13. Recommended to You: February by Audrey Carlan
  14. Made into a Movie/TV Show: The Torment of Others by Val McDermid (TV Show = Wire in the Blood

Challenge Updates

FYI my Bookish Resolutions update will be seperate this year!

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Goal: 101+ Points (Vetran) 
Points: 171
Status: Complete

  1. February by Audrey Carlan (#2 Calendar Girl) = 2 points
  2. Xena by Michelle M Pillow (#4 Galaxy Playmates) = 1 point
  3. Scala by Christina Bauer (#2 Angelbound) = 2 points 
  4. Coming For You by JA Huss (#3 Dirty Dark & Deadly) = 12 points
  5. March by Audrey Carlan (#3 Calendar Girl) = 2 points
  6. Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell (#2 Twisted Tales) = 2 points
  7. Thin by Alicia Michaels (#3 Sharing Spaces) = 2 points
  8. The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley (#5 The Dukes of War) = 2 points
  9. River of Love by Melissa Foster (#15 The Bradens) = 2 points 
  10. The Torment of Others by Val McDermid (#4 Tony Hill & Carol Jordan) = 2 points
  11. The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley (#6 The Dukes of War) = 2 points
  12. Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis (#2 True Calling) = 2 points

Falling For YA

Goal: 100 Books (Diamond)
Read: 42
Status: On Going


  1. My Lady Viper by E Knight 
  2. Angelbound by Christina Bauer
  3. Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
  4. Tigress by J E Taylor
  5. The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley
  6. Red by Alison Cherry 
  7. The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley
  8. The Black Stiletto: The First Diary by Raymond Benson
Because Reading is better than real life

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

Read List

  1. Angelbound by Christina Bauer (April)
  2. Tigress by J E Taylor (April)
  3. The Brigadier's Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley (April)
  4. The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley (April)

Blogger Shame

Goal: 50 Books
Read: 20
Status: Ongoing


  1. My Lady Viper by E Knight 
  2. Angelbound by Christina Bauer
  3. Tigress by J E Taylor
  4. The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride by Erica Ridley
  5. Red by Alison Cherry 
  6. The Pirate's Tempting Stowaway by Erica Ridley
  7. The Black Stiletto: The First Diary by Raymond Benson
  8. Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis


Goals: 45+ Books - New Release Enthusiast   
Read: 25
Status: Ongoing

  1. Right by Jana Aston (06/04/2016)
  2. Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell (05/04/2016) 
  3. Thin by Alicia Michaels (15/04/2016) 
  4. River of Love by Melissa Foster (20/04/2016) 
  5. Mr. Perfect by JA Huss (27/04/2016) 

Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016 Badge

Goal: 80-100%
Read:  89 %

Status: On-Going

The list is books I have bought in 2016, when they're linked they are read!  I've not included free books, just those I have spent money on!
  1. Scala by Christina Bauer
  2. Calendar Girl Volume One by Audrey Carlan (FebruaryMarch
  3. Right by Jana Aston
  4. Coming For You by JA Huss
  5. Meet Me in the Dark by JA Huss
  6. Cleanskin by Val McDermid
  7. The Torment of Others by Val McDermid