Hiatus Recap

It’s been two and a half months since I last posted something here, a long time to be away from my blog, but I’m back now and I figured what better way to kick-start my return to Reading Every Night than with a hiatus recap.

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June and July were really busy months, August seems to be slowing down enough so that I have time to devote to blogging again, and honestly my mental health took a little turn for the worse. I had a slump and didn’t have the energy for anything creative, but I’m coming around the other side of that now. This post is likely to be a little longer than my usual monthly recaps, but I have two and a half months of books I’ve read, TV shows I’ve watched, and general life events to cover in just one post.

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June and July Recap

Bear with me, because this is going to be a long post. At the end of the last month I was still on holiday, so instead of posting my June recap late I decided to combine June and July into one post.

When you add the two months together I was very very busy. I got a lot of reading done but not as much blogging as I’d hoped, and I was travelling much more than I’d planned to be but my writing seemed to fall into a black hole as a result.


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Books I Read

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman – Four stars

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – Four stars

Gilded Cage by Vic James – Four stars
Check out my review here.

Tarnished City by Vic James – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Bright Ruin by Vic James – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman – Four stars

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Five stars

Save the Date by Morgan Matson – Five stars

Always Never Yours by  Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka – Four stars
Check out my review here.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – Five stars
Check out my review here.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde – Four stars
Check out my review here.

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo – Three stars

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – Five stars

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – Two stars

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows – Four stars
Check out my review here.

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows – Three stars

LifeL1K3 by Jay Kristoff – Five stars

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White – Five stars

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh – Four stars

Lucky in Love by Kasie West – Two stars

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West – Four stars

Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West – Four stars

June and July This Month


I’m finally ahead on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but when you take into account how many books I read in June (sixteen of the twenty-four listed above) that’s not a surprise. When it comes to reading I am a machine when I’m lazing around on beach holidays.

June and July GR 2018 Reading Challenge

The best book I picked up in June was Bright Ruin, and in July Bright We Burn. Both of these were endings to favourite series of mine, and both exceeded my expectations. There was a lot to wrap up in both of these books, but Vic James and Kiersten White both wrote brilliant stories that kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page.

June and July Best

The worst book I picked up in June was I Believe in a Thing Called Love, and in July Lucky in Love. I go into more detail in my reviews for each (which I hope to post soon) but my issues with both of these books were with the main character, and because I Believe in a Thing Called Love and Lucky in Love were told in first person POV it was hard to look past that to enjoy the rest of the story.

June and July Worst


My WIP

I mentioned at the beginning of this recap that my writing fell into a black hole these past two months and wow did it ever. In May I set myself a goal to write 25K words a month, thinking after taking part in last years’ NaNo that would be easy, but it turned out to be anything but. I even tried taking part in Camp NaNo in July but at the end of the month I didn’t get any writing done.

Camp NaNoWriMo

One of my problems is I impulsively edit as I go along; I can never just sit down, write a draft, and stick with one idea from beginning to end. While taking part in Camp NaNo I came up with a new idea for where I wanted my WIP to go which meant I had to dump everything I’d written before (about 5K words) to make it work.

So I’ve come with a new plan, one I am 100% determined to stick to. For the next three months I’m going to carefully plan my current WIP so when it comes to NaNoWriMo this November I can start writing it and hopefully not be lured by the siren call of the new ideas that pop into my head.


Life in General

It was my birthday in June so there was a lot of celebrating and a lot of yummy food. One evening I went out for Japanese with my family, and another day went to the House of MinaLima – which is four floors full of Harry Potter art from the movies – with one of my friends.

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Later we went and got Bubblewraps; I had strawberry shortcake ice cream with Oreos and white chocolate sauce, and my friend had matcha ice cream with hazelnuts. Both were very yummy.

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The rest of both June and July were taken up by my holidays. For ten days at the end of June/beginning of July I was in Dubai and Mauritius with my sister; we spent five nights in Dubai before flying down to Mauritius. It was the holiday of a lifetime, and both countries were incredible in very different ways.

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I also went on a very unexpected holiday to Croatia. My sister had booked this but when her original plans fell through she asked if I wanted to go with her instead. Croatia has always been somewhere I’ve wanted to visit, mainly because it looks like a beyond beautiful country, so I jumped at the chance.

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Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

I did a lot of book shopping in June/July, but I will be cutting back in August and a fair few of the books below were birthday presents so I don’t feel so bad about how much money I spent.

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Books


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Fairy Loot

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Monthly Recaps - Last Month

I have absolutely zero plans for August at the moment, both in terms of what I’ll be reading and what I’ll be doing. I can’t even say there are any new book releases I’m super excited for, although my copy of The Girl in the Tower will be arriving at the beginning of August so I’ll likely try and read that before the month is over.

The Girl in the Tower

Other than that maybe I’ll get some more re-reading done, or pick up some books that have been on my TBR list for ages that I still haven’t gotten around to. Who knows? I’ll very much be taking August as it comes.


I hope everyone else had a good June and July, and I hope you all have an even better August as well.

How have the past two months been for everyone? Did you have any epic trips you went on, or are your summer holidays still to come? Are there any books being released in August that you’re excited for, or will you been going back to old favourites like I likely will? Let me know.

Happy reading!

July Recap

After the mess that was June July was a much better month. I still had a lot going on, mainly with work but also with YALC which was the last weekend of the month, but I managed to post one of my new features I was planning to launch, which is one more than I managed last month. I reviewed eight books this month, and most of them were amazing reads which when it comes down to it is pretty much all I look for in books.


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Books I Reviewed

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The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Unfortunately this was a little bit of a disappointment for me, but not as much as it could have been because I saw some mixed reviews for The Love Interest before picking it up myself.


Legend Trilogy

I started the Legend trilogy back in 2014 and now, three years later, I’ve finally finished it. This was an incredible series, and now I am that much more excited to get around to Lu’s other books.

Legend by Marie Lu

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Champion by Marie Lu


Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Another anticipated release of mine that I’d hoped for a little more from. Song of the Current was an amazing book, but it was just missing that spark that would have made it incredible.


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

If I were to pick one book that I’d say was my favourite read of July it would be this one. The Gentleman’s Guide was amazing, bringing to mind My Lady Jane with its unique humour.


Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

My favourite part of this book, asides from Eliza’s character development, was Zappia’s take on fandom. I love reading books that talk about fandoms, and have ever since I read Fangirl.


ARC Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

All I needed to know about this book was that it was set in a travelling carnival and I was hooked. Daughter of the Burning City was a good read, just a little heavy in places when it came to the world building.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.


Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy by Ameriie

While anthologies aren’t normally my thing Because You Love to Hate Me really was. There were more stories I enjoyed than didn’t, and it had some brilliant contributions from my favourite authors.


Waiting on Wednesday

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry


Standalone Sunday

Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough


Monthly Recaps - Book Haul

You may be looking at the picture for my book haul this month and wondering if that’s all. After all I was at YALC this past weekend so shouldn’t I have more books? The answer is yes, I have a lot more, but I will be posting my YALC recap and haul in a couple of days. If I included everything I wanted to recap in July in one post it would be huge and no one would have the patience to read it, not even me.


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Waterstones

Amazon


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Fairy Loot


Monthly Recaps - Last Month

The book I have featured is being released this month, and it is also a book I am eagerly anticipating, however changes are I won’t be getting around to it until September. This is because it is being released in the UK on the last day of August. I may be a fast reader, but I’m not that fast.


Wonder Woman Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: Wonder Woman by the #1 New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

She will become a legend but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning…

Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.

Alia is a Warbringer—a descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery. Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies, mortal and divine, determined to destroy or possess the Warbringer.

To save the world, they must stand side by side against the tide of war.


Technically I am doing my July Recap in three parts, posted over the next three days. Tomorrow I will be posting my to-read goal for the next five months – it’s a lofty one but I’m hoping to get part way through it – and the day after I will be posting my YALC Recap. Coming up later in the month I will be posting the second of my Reading Around the World posts, and launching a new feature which I have been trying (unsuccessfully) to launch for months now.