Sunday, 5 June 2016

End of the Month Round Up (May)

Update on the Month 

I have no idea what happened in May. There were two weeks where I didn't write any reviews (or post them for some of it), I didn't visit other blogs and I didn't cross post my reviews. Basically I fell off the radar a bit and I'm sorry for that. For some reason I just haven't been able to face much. Work is all up in the air again for a start and no one seems quite clear on what I'm supposed to be doing (even me!) and things in Guiding are as complicated as ever and it's just taken its toll a bit. 

I've had a pretty busy month in other ways though. We've had my little brother's school fete (my Mum is on the PTFA, so by extension so have I!) as well as a District Day for Guiding. Our family went to the horse races with the family of my brother's best friend and we got to see the Human League perform. Then I went to see Busted (and if you don't know who Busted are then shame on you!) and reenjoyed my childhood through them! I loved the band anyway but seeing them live blew me away, they were seriously brilliant. 

So as I'm writing this I'm gearing up for a hen party next weekend (which as this posts I'll actually be on!) We're going to Amsterdam and I've never been before so it's pretty exciting!

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.

DNF This Month

Higley, Tracy L 
The Queen's Handmaid

Read This Month 

Andersen, Laura
The Virgin's Spy

Bauer, Christina
Armageddon

Cassidy, Debbie 
Forest of Demons

Foster, Melissa 
Touched by Love

Huss, JA
The Magpie Bridge

Range
Sexy
Wasted Lust

Martello, Martyn
Serial Killer Confessions: Just Friends

Nixon, Ashley 
Cutlass
Flintlock

Parker, Aubrey
Gagged

Pillow, Michelle M 
Hunted by the Dragon

Ridley, Erica
The Duke's Accidental Wife

Roth, Mandy M 
Gabe's Fortune

Sanderson, Brandon 
White Sand

Tullius, Mark
25 Perfect Days

Weir, Alison 
Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen

Bingo Card 


Total: 14/25

  1. Award Winning: 
  2. Sports: 
  3. Lawyer:
  4. Purple on the Cover: The Magpie Bridge
  5. Loyal Friend: Touched by Love
  6. BBQ: 
  7. Sword Fight: Cutlass
  8. Siblings: The Virgin's Spy
  9. Made You Laugh: Armageddon
  10. Artist/Poet/Writer: The Duke's Accidental Wife
  11. A Book Which Was Free: Forest of Demons
  12. Do Some Colouring: 
  13. Free Space: Wasted Lust
  14. Re-read an Old Favourite: 
  15. Mother: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen
  16. Bike Ride: 
  17. Read to Someone: I read to my brother (but can't remember which Horrible Histories book it was!) 
  18. Rural Settings: The Virgin's Spy
  19. Nurse/Doctor: Touched by Love
  20. Star Wars: 
  21. Photographer: Gagged
  22. Classic Novel: 
  23. Published This Year: Hunted by the Dragon
  24. Shakespeare: 
  25. Shelf-Love Book: 

Challenge Updates

FYI my Bookish Resolutions update will be seperate this year!


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Goal: 101+ Points (Vetran) 
Points: 197
Status: Complete

  1. Touched by Love by Melissa Foster (#6 Love in Bloom - The Remingtons) = 2 points
  2. Range by JA Huss (#4 I Am Just Junco) = 2 points
  3. The Magpie Bridge by JA Huss (#4.5 I Am Just Junco) = 1 point
  4. The Duke's Accidental Wife by Erica Ridley (#7 The Dukes of War) = 12 points
  5. The Virgin's Spy by Laura Andersen (#5 The Tudor Legacy) = 2 points
  6. Gabe's Fortune by Mandy M Roth (#3 Prospect Springs Shifters) = 1 point 
  7. Hunted by the Dragon by Michelle M Pillow (#4 Captured by a Dragon Shifter) = 2 points
  8. Armageddon by Christina Bauer (#3 Angelbound Origins) = 2 points
  9. Flintlock by Ashley Nixon (#2 Cutlass) = 2 points

Falling For YA

Goal: 100 Books (Diamond)
Read: 48
Status: On Going


  1. Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir
  2. White Sand Volume 1 by Brandon Sanderson
  3. 25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius
  4. The Dukes Accidental Wife by Erica Ridley 
  5. The Virgin's Spy by Laura Andersen
  6. Flintlock by Ashley Nixon 

Because Reading is better than real life

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

Read List

  1. 25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius (May)
  2. Cutlass by Ashley Nixon (May)
  3. The Queen's Handmaid by Tracy L Higley (May) (DNF)
  4. Flintlock by Ashley Nixon  (May)

Blogger Shame

Goal: 50 Books
Read: 24
Status: Ongoing



  1. 25 Perfect Days by Mark Tulius
  2. The Virgin's Spy by Laura Andersen 
  3. Cutlass by Ashley Nixon
  4. Flintlock by Ashley Nixon


Goals: 45+ Books - New Release Enthusiast   
Read: 38
Status: Ongoing
  1. Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir (05/05/2016)
  2. Touched by Love by Melissa Foster (18/05/2016)
  3. Forest of Demons by Debbie Cassidy (03/05/2016)
  4. White Sand Volume 1 by Brandon Sanderson (29/06/2016)
  5. The Duke's Accidental Wife by Erica Ridley (01/03/2016) 
  6. Gagged by Aubrey Parker (17/05/2016) 
  7. Gabe's Fortune by Mandy M Roth (30/05/2016) 
  8. Hunted by the Dragon by Michelle M Pillow (31/05/2016) 

Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016 Badge

Goal: 80-100%
Read:  90 %

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. I Am Not Junco Omnibus by JA Huss (RangeThe Magpie Bridge
  2. Wasted Lust by JA Huss
  3. Gagged by Aubrey Parker 
  4. Sexy by JA Huss