Finally, I have time to sit down and reflect on 2019!
Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to all of you who support me, read my blog, follow my blog and for just being amazing. Thank you!
I have been blogging for over a year! This is quite a shock to me and I am really impressed that I have managed to keep this blog going for over a year. I have also thoroughly enjoyed reading and following fellow book blogs.
Overall, I have read 71 books that equals approximately 15921 pages.
I have also read a lot more poetry and explored a lot of quotes. I have also tried to read different genres from my usual comfort zones.
I have discovered a new favourite author, Elly Griffiths and a new favourite poet Christina Rossetti.
I haven’t visited as many Waterstones stores as I would like but I am hoping to tick off more in 2020, especially in London.
I bought loads of books in 2019 and sadly have not read them all, so my TBR Pile has grown alarmingly large. I really can not help myself where buying books is concerned!
The other thing I learned in 2019 was that I really do not like reading challenges. I really struggled to keep to my Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge and really hated feeling confined to list. I found it useful whilst away on holiday to know I have a list of books to read on my Kindle but as soon as I was home surrounded my all my lovely books, I just wanted to pick and choose what I wanted. So inevitably I did not complete the challenge and have decided I will not attempt one again in the near future other than my Goodreads challenge of how many books I plan to read in a year.
The other thing learnt this year was how to switch off properly. For the first time ever I went on a resort holiday and to begin with I struggled at this relaxation business and kept thinking I needed to do things but then I realised I could just spend the day by the pool and read and not feel guilty. It was a wonderful experience and one that I hope to repeat. I managed to read a wonderful amount of books as an added bonus.
So I think that is a round up of my 2019.
Hello my fellow Book Dragons!
Well it has been another busy month with lots of studying and assignment writing as well as the normal day job keeping me busy.
Not as many books read this month but hopefully in December it will increase because I have loads of books I want to read.
Books Read (Click on the Titles to be taken to the review):-
The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare
A Very Murderous Christmas by various.
Total page count this month:- 656
Year page count:- 14,017
Well looking back on October I can say it was thankfully a better month than September.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard and John Henderson
Girl in Trouble by Stacy Claflin
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
(If you click the image it will take you to the review)
Total pages this month: 1208
Total pages this year: 12897
Here’s to another good month of reading.
Ok everyone, I admit September for me was a complete and utter right off. I only reviewed one book and hardly blogged at all. Going back to work and trying to finish my final assignment for my diploma all became too overwhelming and I hardly read anything at all. This probably added to my stress because reading helps me unwind but sadly my brain just could not take in the words I was reading. October I am hoping for much better.
Books or should I say book that I read.
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Total pages this year: 11651
6/9:- Brian Patten
20/9:- Robert Louis Stevenson
27/9:- Rachel Field
Mid Week Quote
4/9:- Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand
18/9:- Sima Qian
Down the TBR Hole #15
ABC Book Challenge: H
Anticipated Releases Book tag
So that is my September wrap up, as you can see rather disappointing. Fingers crossed for a better October!
Well I can’t believe it is the end of August, it really has flown by.
Happily I’ve read quite a few books in August and thankfully I have also finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt that has just been dragging.
Books I have finished (as usual click the picture to go to the review)
Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster by Liza Palmer
Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj
My Cat is a Dick by Malcolm Katz
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise by Katherine Rundell
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Total pages: 1790
Total pages this year: 11550
2/8:- John Rice
9/8:- Robert Graves
23/8:- John Bunyan
30/8:- Christina Rossetti
Christina Rossetti is definitely a firm favourite of mine.
Mid Week Quotes
7/8:- Bill Watterson
28/8:- P. G. Wodehouse
Down the TBR Hole #13
ABC Book Challenge: G
Down the TBR Hole #14
So that is my August wrap up. Thankfully I read a few more pages than last month.
Please drop me a comment with your august wrap up links or if you want to chat about the listed books.
July has been a very busy month and thankfully I have managed a bit of reading, most of it to be honest when on holiday. I spent the end of July struggling through some text books for my Diet and Nutrition course and reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt when I had some spare time.
So here are the books I read, if you click the pictures you will get sent to the review:-
Awaken the Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor
Jaws by Peter Benchley
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Total pages in July: 1078
Total pages this year: 9760
Poems this month
5/7/19- Rain in Summer by Henry Wordsworth
12/7/19- To You by Langston Hughes
19/7/19- Morning Song by Sara Teasdale
26/7/19- High Flight by John Gillespie Magee Jr
Quotes this month
3//7/19- Song of Solomon
10/7/19- Nigel Kennedy
17/7/19- Neil Armstrong
24/7/19- Lee Hamilton
So that is my July Wrap Up. Fingers crossed I manage a few more books in August.
Well April hasn’t been exactly as I expected. To be honest I wanted to do a lot more reading but I have struggled to get any real reading done this month. However I have done some Waterstones adventures, so that makes me feel better.
Books I have Read
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy by Tim Burton
Thorns in a Realm of Roses: The Henry Queens by Thomas Crockett
The Time for Murder is Meow by T. C. LoTempio
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Click on the pictures to go to the reviews.
Waterstones Stores Visited
Poems from April
Last Words by Peter Porter
The Railway Children by Seamus Heaney
Good Friday by Christina Rossetti
St George and the Dragon by Finola Akister
My favourite was Good Friday by Christina Rossetti, I plan on getting the complete poems by Rossetti soon as I really want to read more.
A good month but I hope in May I manage to read a few more books. I must admit I am really enjoying NetGalley and the new books I get to read. I hope everyone had a good April.
Lady Book Dragon.