#RockMyTBR Challenge July Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe this is the last day of July, this month and my summer holidays from Uni are just flying by. I was literally complaining not long ago that my holidays were too long, and now I’ve realised I only have like 5 1/2 weeks to go, which seems like a lot but if it goes as fast as the holiday that’s already gone, I’ll be back at Uni before I know it! Anyway, that is besides the point, I’m here with another #RockMyTBR update, an update of my monthly TBR tackling challenge. July was almost as succesful a reading month for me as June, I read 3 books in that time, so I was pleased with that, and I’m still ahead on my Goodreads challenge. Here is what I read this month:

Frozen Charlotte by Alex BellFrozen Charlotte by Alex Bell:

I read this from 4th-10th July, so it was a pretty fast read, my #RockMyTBR read for the month, and it also counted towards my YALC Reading Challenge as I bought it when I first went to YALC two years ago (I missed getting it signed by Alex Bell at YALC this year though as I was in other signing queues at the time). I enjoyed this book, it was nothing special but it was a quick, fun, easy, light horror read that worked well for what I needed at the time. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/frozen-charlotte-review/

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini TaylorDaughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor:

This was my second read of the month, I read it as part of my YALC Reading Challenge from 11th-19th July, so another relatively quick read. I did enjoy this one, but it did feel like the author pulled a bit of a bait and switch and the book in the end wasn’t really about what it had been about at the start? It was so awesome at the start but then the romance sort of took over. I’ve heard that the second book gets better though and I picked it up at YALC, so I hope the promise shown in the first half of this book will be seen again in the second book. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/daughter-of-smoke-and-bone-daughter-of-smoke-and-bone-1-review/

The Mime Order by Samantha ShannonThe Mime Order by Samantha Shannon:

I read this one from 3rd-30th July, although I did take a week’s break from 3rd-10th to read Frozen Charlotte, so it was really more the 11th-30th that I read the majority of this book. I wasn’t expecting much after the first one, but I really enjoyed it, this book really stepped it up in every respect and I can’t wait to read the third book of the series. Here is my review (which I just posted!):

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/the-mime-order-the-bone-season-2-review/

That’s what I read in July, this is what I have coming up in August:

Six of Crows-Leigh Bardugo-This is my #RockMyTBR read for August. I did a poll as to whether I should read this or The Song Rising first, and this won, though you better believe I will want to read that one in August as well. I’ve heard such good things about this book from basically everyone, so I hope enjoy it!

Resurrection-Derek Landy-The 10th Skulduggery Pleasant! I wanted to read this back in June when I got it but I decided I needed to read my books for YALC first so now that YALC is over, I definitely want to try and get to this one as it’s one of my most anticipated reads of the year.

The Song Rising-Samantha Shannon-AHH I NEED TO READ THIS AFTER HOW THE LAST ONE ENDED! I’m so excited to see where Paige’s journey takes her next and I’ve heard rumours that some of this one might be in Scotland which makes me really excited since that’s where I go to Uni!

Final Girls-I was meant to finish this one last month, but because of my computer issues and not being able to use my mum’s IPad very often, I haven’t got far with it. To be honest, I’m not loving it so I may give up and try something else I’ve got on Netgalley.

I’m 5 books ahead of my Goodreads challenge at the moment, though I don’t see that lasting as I have some pretty thick books to read this month, especially Six of Crows. How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR Challenge June Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I had hoped to get this post to you sooner, as I generally get it up within the first few days of the month, and we are now just over a week into July, but I have had a very busy week! Anyway, you all know the drill by now I’m sure, a new month means another update about how my reading and #RockMyTBR challenge (where I try in vain to cut down my TBR) has been going. June was almost as successful a month for me reading wise as July, I read 4 books this month, which is twice as many as I would usually do. I love summer! So much free time for reading. So here is what I have read, with that extra free time (all of these also count towards my YALC Reading Challenge):

17899647The Archived by Victoria Schwab:

I read this from 30th May-10th June, my fifth book of Victoria Schwab’s. I liked this one, but not as much as the Shades of Magic books by the same author, I feel like I prefer Victoria Schwab’s adult writing to her YA? It’s a really unique concept, I just wasn’t sure that the plot and the pacing measured up to the brilliance of the concept. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/10/the-archived-the-archived-1/

29566743Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for June and I really enjoyed it! I sped through it in a week (11th June-18th June), partly because I had several long ferry journeys during my holiday in Greece and partly just because it was a good book! YA contemporaries aren’t usually my cup of tea, but Norah’s voice was so authentic and raw, I just loved it. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/24/under-rose-tainted-skies-review/

32887579One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus:

This was my Netgalley read for the month. I read it (on and off) from 29th May-30th June. I was really excited for this one, but it wasn’t quite the mind blowing mystery that I was expecting. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/one-of-us-is-lying-review-e-arc/

20590667The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon:

I read this one from 18th June-3rd July. I liked this one eventually, but it did take a while to get into and was incredibly confusing at the start and I wasn’t keen on the whole master/slave romance element. Still, it was an interesting concept and I think it has potential to get better. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/05/the-bone-season-the-bone-season-1-review/

That’s what I read in June, this is what I have coming up in July:

Frozen Charlotte-This is my #RockMyTBR for this month, though I’m actually nearly finished, so I’ll probably have a review of it up in the next few days! I wouldn’t say this is the greatest book I’ve ever read, but it is an engaging horror story. I now find dolls even more creepy than I did after watching Pretty Little Liars, and that’s saying something…….

The Mime Order-I bought this one because I had a doctor’s appointment that I knew I’d be waiting around for and totally forgot to bring a second book, even though I only had one chapter left of The Bone Season (real #bookwormproblem moment), I had to stop at Waterstones beforehand in order to make sure I had something to read and got this (it’s a good job I did as I was waiting a good two hours!). I abandoned it to read Frozen Charlotte as that was my challenge book for the month, but now I’m almost done with that, I’ll be getting back to it.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone-I was meant to be reading this for my YALC challenge book this month but ended up reading The Bone Season instead, so I’ve just switched them over!

Final Girls-My Netgalley read for this month. I haven’t got far through it yet as I’ve been having problems with my Netgalley reading program on my laptop and have had to use my mum’s IPad as and when it’s been free, but I’m hoping to be able to finish it this month.

I’m back to being four books ahead of my Goodreads challenge, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep that up at least for the rest of the summer! How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

#RockMyTBR Challenge May Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s the beginning of June already, I leave for Greece in just over a week and a half, which is crazy, I’ve been planning this trip for months, it’s strange to think that it’s nearly here. As always, the start of a new month means another update about how my reading, and my #RockMyTBR (the challenge where I hopefully cut down books off my TBR) challenge is going. May has been an incredibly successful month for me reading wise, with my exams finishing so early in the month, I had a lot of free time on my hands, so I managed to read 5 books! Here is what I read:

34299826Countless by Karen Gregory:

This was my Netgalley read for this month. I read it (on and off) from 14th April-13th May. It was an okay read, but I don’t think it was really my cup of tea. If you like contemporary YA that deals with mental health though, I would definitely recommend it, as it deals with a hard topic very well. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/countless-review-e-arc/

23766623A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas:

This was my #RockMyTBR read for this month. I read it from 30th April-14th May. I really enjoyed this one, far more than I did the first book in the series, it was still pretty slow going, but I loved the new characters, I liked Feyre a lot more than I did in the first book, and I liked getting to see new villains and new settings. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/a-court-of-mist-and-fury-a-court-of-thorns-and-roses-2-review/

the dark prophecyThe Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2) by Rick Riordan:

I started this one on 14th May and finished it on the 21st. I didn’t think this one was as good as the first book in the series, but it was still a fun, humour filled adventure with the return of one of my favourite characters from the Heroes of Olympus series, Leo. It definitely set up for some exciting adventures to happen in the third book! Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/the-dark-prophecy-the-trials-of-apollo-2/

4327066The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky:

This was a relatively short book, so I read it over the space of two days from 22nd May to the 24th. I don’t know if I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t seen the movie first, but I think I did enjoy the movie more. I liked the book, but the format didn’t entirely work for me, I don’t think epistolary novels are really my kind of thing. I didn’t write a review of it, as it was such a short book.

33643994Daughter of The Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller:

I started this one on 25th May and finished it on 29th. It was a super fun piratey romp, and whilst I thought the plot was a little slower moving than I would have liked, I loved the main character and her dynamic with her love interest, as well as the sharp wit and humour that run through the book. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/daughter-of-the-pirate-king-daughter-of-the-pirate-king-1-review/

I also attempted to read Renee Ahdieh’s new book, Flame In The Mist, but sadly I had to DNF it, as I just wasn’t getting into it.

That’s what I read in May, this is what I have coming up in June:

The Archived-Victoria Schwab

This is my current read, I’m not very far through it yet, but the concept is really interesting and I’m intrigued to see where the story goes.

Under Rose Tainted Skies-Louise Gornall

This will be my #RockMyTBR read for June. I’ve heard really good things about this one and I know that it’s #ownvoices as Louise Gornall herself suffers from the same condition as her main character, so I have high hopes!

One of Us Is Lying-Karen McManus

I just started this as my Netgalley read for this month, I’m intrigued at the mystery so far but not entirely addicted yet. I may have to get myself a physical copy if I enjoy it when I’m done, because I’ve seen that the UK edition has stained pages (and I love stained pages)!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone-Laini Taylor

My friend loves this book and since Laini Taylor is going to be at YALC this year and I’m doing a reading challenge for it, I figure now is the best time to finally read this book!

I’m three books ahead of my Goodreads challenge at the moment (it was four but then I put the number up), so I’m really happy about that! How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR April Update (2017)

Hi everyone! How can it be the beginning of May already? I swear this year seems to be flying by! Anyway, the beginning of a new month means another update for you guys about how my reading and my #RockMyTBR Challenge is going. I’m sure you guys are all aware by now what the #RockMyTBR Challenge is, but in case you are new to my blog, the #RockMyTBR Challenge is a challenge run by Sarah K over at the YA Book Traveller, where she challenges you to cut down your TBR over the course of a year. This month was especially successful for me, as I read 3 books! Here is what I read:

salt to the seaSalt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys:

This was my #RockMyTBR read for this month. I read it from 29th March-14th April. I did enjoy this book, but perhaps not as much as I was expecting to, given how much I loved her debut, Between Shades of Grey. Still, it was an interesting insight into a lesser known part of history, I encourage all of you to read up on the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking, it’s crazy how little is known about it, given how catastrophic it was. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/salt-to-the-sea-review/

the pearl thiefThe Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein:

This was my Netgalley read for this month. I actually started it all the way back in February, but didn’t finish it until the middle of April! I enjoyed it, it was a nice insight into Julie’s life pre World War II but it wasn’t as good as Code Name Verity. I don’t have a review for you yet, it’s scheduled to post in two days though!

paper and firePaper and Fire by Rachel Caine:

I started this one on 15th April and finished it on the 29th. It was a decent enough read, but definitely suffered from some pacing issues, I think perhaps a little middle book syndrome, as everything seemed to be setting up for action in the next book. Still I enjoyed it and look forward to seeing what happens next. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/paper-and-fire-the-great-library-2-review/

That’s what I read in April, here’s what I have coming up in May:

A Court of Mist and Fury-Sarah J Maas-My #RockMyTBR book for May, I figured with ACOWAR coming out today, I should probably at least attempt to catch up with this series! Hopefully I love this as much as everyone else seems to have.

Countless-Karen Gregory-I started this as my Netgalley read last month, but I’ve kind of been waylaid with exam revision. I haven’t been loving this one, so I might not finish it.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower-Stephen Chbosky-I figured I would need something short to read as it will probably take me most of, if not the entire month to read ACOMAF.

Flame In The Mist-Renee Ahdieh-I got approved for this on Netgalley and am so excited to read it!

I’m four books ahead of my Goodreads challenge at the moment, so I’m totally thrilled with that, though I doubt it will last long! How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

 

#RockMyTBR March Update (2017)

Hey everyone! So it’s now the beginning of April (how crazy is that?) which means it’s time for me to update you guys with what I read in March and how my #RockMyTBR challenge is going. As I’m sure you all know by now, #RockMyTBR is a challenge run by Sarah K over at The Book Traveller, where she challenges you to cut down your TBR over the course of the year (though let’s face it, the damn thing never gets any smaller because we keep adding books to it!). I actually managed 3 books this month, but it’s more like 2 1/2 because I started the last one back in February, it just took me a long time to finish it! Here’s what I read this month:

ACOLA Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab:

This was my most anticipated read of the year and I’m glad to say that it lived up to my expectations and then some. I read this from 22nd February-14th March. This was just the perfect series conclusion, the characters and world were incredible, the plot was engrossing and it came to a bittersweet, yet satisfying conclusion. My first five star read of the year. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/a-conjuring-of-light-shades-of-magic-3-review/

this savage songThis Savage Song by VE Schwab:

My #RockMyTBR read for March. I enjoyed this one, but it was kind of a let down after Conjuring. The world was interesting, but not as developed as I would have expected from Schwab and the characters fell kind of flat, plus the plot only really got interesting in the last half. I will still be reading the second book, but I hope it will be a lot better than this one. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/this-savage-song-monsters-of-verity-1-review/

the invisible libraryThe Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman:

This one was such a slog! I actually started it back in February but I abandoned it for A Conjuring of Light and honestly completely forgot about it. It was a good concept but very poorly executed, the world, characters and writing were all just very confusing. I will definitely not be reading the sequel! Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/the-invisible-library-the-invisible-library-1/

That’s what I read in March, here’s what I have coming up in April:

Salt To The Sea-Ruta Sepetys-My #RockMyTBR book for this month. I’m not very far through it yet, but it seems good so far.

The Pearl Thief-Elizabeth Wein-I started this as my Netgalley read last month, haven’t finished it yet, but I’m confident I will this month. I don’t love it as much as Code Name Verity, but it’s still been pretty good.

Unknown third book-I’m honestly not sure what I’m going to feel like reading after I finish Salt To The Sea, so I’m going to leave this blank for now and you’ll have to wait until next month to see what I decided to read.

Countless-Karen Gregory-If I finish The Pearl Thief, then this will be my next Netgalley read. It sounds interesting, if different to what I usually read, so we’ll see if I enjoy it.

I’m two books ahead of my Goodreads Challenge at the moment, so overall, pretty pleased with how my reading this month is going. How are you guys doing with your reading goals so far this year? Let me know in the comments!

#RockMyTBR February Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I couldn’t let you guys go without a post on World Book Day, what kind of book blogger would I be if I didn’t? I’m hoping to do a World Book Day discussion post very soon, although sadly, I won’t be able to get one up tonight. However, I am giving you an update on my #RockMyTBR challenge. As you will all hopefully know by now, #RockMyTBR is a challenge run by Sarah K over at The Book Traveller, where she challenges you to cut down your TBR over the course of the year. I kept up my usual pace of two books in February, I would have liked to have read more, but it’s been a busy month! Anyway, this is what I read this month:

the-crowns-gameThe Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for February. I started this on the 2nd February and finished it on the 12th. I really enjoyed this book, the magic, the setting, the writing and the characters were all wonderful, the only thing I could have done without was the love triangle (and it was a tad slow to start). Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/the-crowns-game-the-crowns-game-1/

traitor-to-the-throneTraitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton:

This was my Netgalley read for the month, I started it on 19th January and finished on 17th February (though I wasn’t consistently reading over that time period!). Sadly I did not enjoy this one as much as the first, the middle section was rather plodding and it was very heavy on plotting and political intrigue which whilst interesting was incredibly slow. However the character development and world building were on point and it was still a solid addition to the series, if not quite as good as the first book. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/traitor-to-the-throne-rebels-of-the-sands-2-review-e-arc/

That’s what I read in February, here’s what I’ve got coming up in March:

A Conjuring of Light-VE Schwab-I’m already halfway through this book and completely loving it, though I’m in that weird stage of wanting see what happens in the end and not wanting it to be over. I will definitely be finishing it this month!

The Invisible Library-Genevieve Cogman-Confession time. This was meant to be my February read and I have got most of the way through it, but honestly, I haven’t enjoyed it as much as I thought I would and I’ve kind of put it aside for A Conjuring of Light for the moment. I will try to finish the rest of it this month.

The Pearl Thief-Elizabeth Wein-This is my Netgalley read for the month. It’s been kind of on the back burner because of work, but as soon as I get my essays in, I will be getting back to it!

This Savage Song-VE Schwab-I’m feeling in a very Victoria Schwab mood at the moment with A Conjuring of Light, so I’ve chosen this as my March #RockMyTBR read. I hope I love it as much as everyone else seems to!

I’m still pretty pleased with how my reading this year is going, despite not getting as much as I would have liked read this month. I’m hoping the rest of my 2017 reading goes well! How are you guys doing with your 2017 reading goals so far? Let me know in the comments!

 

#RockMyTBR January Update (2017)

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s time for my first #RockMyTBR update of 2017. It’s been an….interesting first month of the year, lots of good stuff but also quite a bit of stressful stuff too, but that’s life I suppose! Anyway, as you’ll know if you’ve been following my blog for a while, the #RockMyTBR challenge is a reading challenge run by Sarah K over at The Book Traveller, where she challenges you to cut down on your TBR through the year. I took part in this challenge last year and am excited to see if I can complete it again this year. As with last year, my aim is to read at least one book a month from the list. The first month has gone pretty well, I read the book I wanted to read from the list as well as two others. This is what I read this month:

a-study-in-charlotteA Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro:

This was my #RockMyTBR book for January. I started this on the 2nd January and finished it on the 13th. This wasn’t a bad book, but it’s not my favourite mystery I’ve ever read, the characters and plot just fell a little flat for me. It was however interesting enough that I’d like to read the second one, which is hope is better. Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/23/a-study-in-charlotte-charlotte-holmes-1-review/

every-breathEvery Breath by Ellie Marney:

This was my second book of January which I read from 14th-31st January. It had a decent mystery, a shippable romance and realistic characters and families, so despite it being slow, I still really enjoyed it! Here is my review of it:

https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/every-breath-every-1-review/

caraval-2Caraval by Stephanie Garber:

This was my Netgalley read for this month, I read it from 2nd January-3rd February. It was so good, beautiful writing, vivid worldbuilding, great characters and lots of twists and turns made for a very gripping read!

So that’s what I’ve read in January, this is what I’ve got coming up in February:

The Crown’s Game-Evelyn Skye-This is my #RockMyTBR read for February. I started it a few days ago and it’s pretty good so far, though I haven’t got fully into it yet.

Traitor To The Throne-Alwyn Hamilton-My Netgalley read for the month. This has been on the back burner for a bit whilst I finished Caraval, but hopefully I’ll manage to finish it this month.

The Invisible Library-Genevieve Cogman-I bought this with a gift card that I got for Christmas, so I’m excited to get to it because it sounds really good.

A Conjuring of Light-VE Schwab-I won’t finish it this month as it only comes out at the end of February, but I will definitely be starting it as soon as it comes out because it is one of my most anticipated releases of 2017!

I’ve started this year of reading pretty well I think, so I’m hoping that this trend continues and the rest of my 2017 reading goes as well. How are you all doing with your 2017 reading goals so far? Let me know!