2019 in Review

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.

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November Wrap Up

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

 

Happy reading!

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October Wrap Up

Well looking back on October I can say it was thankfully a better month than September.

 

Books read

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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3/5 Dragons

324 pages

 

Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard and John Henderson

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4/5 Dragons

145 Pages

 

Girl in Trouble by Stacy Claflin

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3/5 Dragons

317 pages

 

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

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5/5 Dragons

422 pages

(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.

 

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September Wrap Up

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

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Pages: 101

Total pages this year: 11651

 

Friday Poetry

6/9:- Brian Patten

13/9:- Tolkien

20/9:- Robert Louis Stevenson

27/9:- Rachel Field

Mid Week Quote

4/9:- Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

11/9:- Bede

18/9:- Sima Qian

26/9:- Phaedrus

 

Book Tags

Down the TBR Hole #15

ABC Book Challenge: H

Anticipated Releases Book tag

WWW Wednesday 

So that is my September wrap up, as you can see rather disappointing. Fingers crossed for a better October!

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August Wrap Up

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

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4/5 Dragons

249 pages

 

Your Body’s Many Cries for Water by Fereydoon Batmanghelidj

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5/5 Dragons

196 pages

 

My Cat is a Dick by Malcolm Katz

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3/5 Dragons

144 pages

 

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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5/5 Dragons

240 pages

 

Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise by Katherine Rundell

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3/5 Dragons

80 pages

 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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2/5 Dragons

881 pages

Total pages: 1790

Total pages this year: 11550

 

Friday Poetry

2/8:- John Rice

9/8:- Robert Graves

16/8:-Christina Rossetti

23/8:- John Bunyan

30/8:- Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti is definitely a firm favourite of mine.

 

Mid Week Quotes

7/8:- Bill Watterson

14/8:- Sophocles

21/8:- Euripides

28/8:- P. G. Wodehouse

 

Book Tags

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.

Happy reading

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July 2019: Wrap Up

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

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352 pages

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Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor

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256 pages

4/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaws by Peter Benchley

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340 Pages

4/5 Dragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

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130 Pages

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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.

Happy Reading

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April 2019 Wrap Up

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

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Thorns in a Realm of Roses: The Henry Queens by Thomas Crockett

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The Time for Murder is Meow by T. C. LoTempio

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Click on the pictures to go to the reviews.

 

Waterstones Stores Visited

Walsall

Peterborough

Wells

 

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.

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