August 2021 Wrap Up

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August was a good month for me as I got to catch up with friends that I haven’t seen for a long time and go away for a little holiday. I also managed to do some reading which is always good.

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Books

Pages: 320

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Pages: 424

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41/70 Goodreads Challenge

Still behind on the Goodreads Challenge but I am determined to catch up once the dissertation is finished.

Please drop me a comment if you want to chat about any of the books.

Happy Reading

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July 2021 Wrap Up

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July was not a good month for my reading or my blogging sadly but I still managed to read five books and some of those were on the larger side. So here is my month in books.

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Books

Pages: 144

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Pages: 587

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Pages: 49

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Pages: 448

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Pages: 288

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35/70 Goodreads Challenge

I’m still behind on my Goodreads Challenge but as long as it doesn’t hit double figures I’m sure I will catch up.

Please drop me a comment if you want to chat about books!

Happy Reading

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June 2021 Wrap Up

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I hope everyone has had a good June. My reading wasn’t great in June but to be honest I’m doing a lot of research at the moment so I am reading just not books I would blog about. I am also in the mood for reading longer books at the moment which is slowing me down as well.

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Only 5 books this month and it was nearly 4 but I managed to squeeze in a short book yesterday. One of the books also does not have the page info listed so didn’t show up on the statistics so I should have had 2 books in the 500+ range.

Books

Pages: 576

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Pages: 176

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Pages: 272

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Pages: 633

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Pages: 144

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30/70 Goodreads Challenge

Another month down and I am still 4 books behind on my Goodreads challenge but I am confident I can soon catch up once studying calms down.

Please drop me comment if you want to chat about books.

Happy Reading.

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May 2021 Wrap Up

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I hope everyone has had a good May. I can’t quite believe we are now in June! The months seem to be flying by. I managed to read 6 books this month and some of them were quite long so I’m rather pleased.

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Books

Pages: 400

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Pages: 304

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Pages: 176

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Pages: 480

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Pages: 528

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Pages: 143

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25/70 Goodreads Challenge

So there is my May. Please feel free to drop me a comment if you want to chat about the books.

Happy Reading

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April 2021 Wrap Up

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This month has been busy with assignments so my reading has been a bit slow but I still managed 5 books, even if some of those were a bit thin.

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Books

Pages: 608

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Maigret and the Calame Report by Georges Simenon

Pages: 176

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Maigret and the Saturday Caller by Georges Simenon

Pages: 150

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Maigret and the Wine Merchant by Georges Simenon

Pages: 160

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Pages: 377

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19/70 Goodreads Challenge

So there is April. I can’t believe how quickly this year is going so far.

Happy Reading.

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March 2021 Wrap Up

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Happy April Fool’s Day everyone. I hope none of you have succumbed to an April Fool’s joke today.

March was a better month for me reading wise, which was good, but I fear April will not be so good due to assignments again but I live in hope.

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Books

Pages: 404

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Pages: 159

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Pages: 372

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Pages: 543

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Pages: 324

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14/70 Goodreads Challenge. Now 3 books behind, really need to work on catching up.

So there is March. Please drop me a comment if you want to chat.

Happy Reading.

2021 Reading Goals

Happy New Year!

I hope 2021 is a better year but to be honest I can’t see that it will dramatically change straight away. However, I still plan on having a good reading and blogging year.

My reading goals for 2021 are as follows…

  1. My Goodreads reading challenge will be 70 books again as I only just managed 70 in 2020. I have to do a lot of reading for studying so need to factor that in.
  2. I plan to do a few buddy reads in 2021. We are starting with Dissolution by C. J Sansom, hopefully if we enjoy the book we will carry on with the series.
  3. The Expanse series by James S. A. Corey. I plan to read the series this year as I love the TV series and have just started reading the first book in the series and absolutely love it.
  4. Agatha Christie. I have only ever read short stories by Agatha Christie so 2021 is my year to read more of Agatha Christie’s full novels. I won’t set a goal of how many but I plan on reading the books in order of publication.
  5. Shakespeare Challenge. This challenge I started in 2020 so I hope to get a few more ticked off the list in 2021.

So there are my Reading Goals for 2021. Hopefully, I will get to tick them off as I don’t think they are too strict, after all I am a mood reader and reading should always be fun and not restrictive.

Please drop me a comment with your 2021 reading goals.

Happy Reading!

2020 Goodreads Reading Challenge

Hello everyone, and an especially big Hello to all my new followers! Welcome and thank you for joining me.

So it is usually around this time of year that I review how my reading challenge is going and to be honest it is usually going better than this. My aim this year was to read 70 books and usually this would be quite easy for me but it would appear not so this year as I am now 8 books behind! I only usually do the Goodreads yearly challenge as I don’t usually do very well with other challenges. I tried a summer one last year and failed massively so I just avoid other challenges even if I do love the idea of them.

Now just after Christmas I had a reading slump which obviously did not set me up well for the year and ever since I have been playing catch up and to be honest falling behind. Studying has also impacted as I have been doing lots of reading but not of entire books and I have also been reading a lot of journals and articles.

So what shall I do?

Firstly, I could read lots of small books and make up the total quite quickly, being as I have quite a few of the Penguin Little Black Books series left to read then this is a tempting proposition.

Secondly, I could admit defeat and lower my target, but I hate admitting defeat! This is also a downfall with me because I will read a book I’m not enjoying to the end because I won’t be beaten, but invariably I regret this at the end of the book and realise that the book has actually beaten me.

So which shall I choose?

Well at the moment I’m going to stick to my target and try to read some smaller books as I have been reading quite a few massive books recently. I will review my target again in September as I really hope to get more reading done over the summer.

Fingers crossed I get there.

Please drop me a comment with any advice you may have to hit my reading goal! How are you doing with your reading goals and challenges?

Happy Reading!

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2020 Aims

Finally, I managed to sit down and think of my plan for 2020.

The first thing I have to consider is the extreme amount of reading my Masters is taking up. I am thoroughly enjoying it but it is taking its toll on my reading time so I have decided to take this into serious consideration on my reading plans for 2020.

My first thing I have decided to read some of my old favourites or books I have always wanted to reread and give a second chance. I started this year by starting to read Emma by Jane Austen. I first read this book in 2002 and hated it but now I can’t put it down. Also because of the amount of studying and work I am doing I always like the comfort of a reread, it is like a warm blanket that comforts and helps me through the day.

I have set my Goodreads goal as 70 books but I am not entirely sure how attainable that is. Fingers crossed I manage it. I have also decided to not take on any reading challenges this year because I just do not like being so confined to a certain list and never complete the list.

I have also decided to try and seriously curb my book buying this year as I have now got a lot of books on my TBR pile, in fact I have many piles all over my house and my parents’ so I think it is high time I got reading. So I might set myself a rule of reading 10 books before I buy one. I say might because I know I will not have the will power to resist a pretty book!

All in all 2020 is all about working hard on my Masters and getting the best mark I can and using reading as my way to relax. Fingers crossed it all goes to plan!

 

Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge: Reflection

Summer is officially over so I thought it high time to reflect on my Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge. Sadly I did not complete it but I did learn a few things. Here is the result.

Good as gold:-Β The Casual Vacancy by J. K Rowling

The Book is Better:-Β The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

On the bandwagon:-Β The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood

Short and sweet:-Β The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Actually want to read:-Β Jaws by Peter Benchley

Not from around here:-Β Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

In a friend zone:-Β The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Wheel of format:-Β Twelfth Night by WilliamΒ Shakespeare

Past love:-Β Matilda by Roald Dahl

Armchair Traveler:-Β A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

 

First of all I spent way too much time on a book I really regret reading which wasΒ The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt,Β I really wish I had just stopped reading it because I did not enjoy it and wasted a great deal of my free time reading a book I found tiresome. This is a lesson I keep telling myself to learn from but sadly I don’t, maybe this time I will.

The second thing I learned was I hated having a reading list! I want to read these books eventually and I had options but I found myself regretting the choices and wanting to read other books which I did and so did not complete the challenge in the allotted time. I think from now on I will avoid challenges and just choose whatever I want to read when I want because I really did not enjoy the challenge. I loved choosing the books but not feeling like I had to read them.

However, doing the challenge has taken a few books off my enormous TBR list, so it wasn’t all bad.

 

What does everyone think of reading challenges? Yes or No? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Happy reading.

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