August Reading Wrap-Up

Total Books Read: 7
July TBR Books Read: 4
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 1,611
Total Hours Listened: 9 hours 13 minutes

Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy – 3/5 – This was a Netgally ARC, and the first book I read in August. This was a decent thriller, but thinking back on it now I have to admit it wasn’t exactly memorable. I can barely remember what happened in the story (besides the part where the families were on a cruise ship – which was minimal), but it was a quick read and it was enjoyable enough at the time.

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone – 4/5 – I bought this book last year with the intent of reading it for Spookathon, but I never got around to it and to be honest I hadn’t really been interested in reading it until now. I went into it (mostly) blind, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. If you’re not afraid of spiders and are in the mood for something fast-paced and a bit spooky, this is worth checking out.

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly – 4/5 – This was my library book for the month, and although I enjoyed it I’ll admit that it took me a couple of goes to get into the story. Once I was able to get into the story and connect with the characters I couldn’t put it down. This was a great thriller, and did a good job of keeping me guessing until the end.

The Fever by Megan Abbott – 3/5 – This was my audiobook for the month, and like the previous book this took me a few tries to get into. The first half of the book felt completely different to the second, and not in a good way. The cover sucked me in, what can I say.

Sweet Valley University #1 – College Girls – 5/5
Sweet Valley High #48 – Slam Book Fever – 4/5
Nightmare Hall #2 – The Roommate – 1/5

July Reading Wrap-Up

Books Read: I See You by Clare Mackintosh, and It by Stephen King
Total Books Read: 2
July TBR Books Read: 2
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 1,744
Total Hours Listened: 0

Guys, I actually did it. I finished reading ‘It’. I hope you’re as proud of me as I am of myself, because that book was epic. July was another slow reading month for me, and once again my hectic work life was to blame. Things are settling down for me as of this week, so I should be able to get back into a more comfortable reading schedule. I might also have some time to listen to an audiobook this month, which is good because my audible credits are stacking up. Here’s hoping I can read all of the books on my TBR this month.

April Reading Wrap Up

Books Read: I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh, and The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
Total Books Read: 2
April TBR Books Read: 2
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 385
Total Hours Listened: 10 Hours 5 Minutes

I really feel like I got back into the swing of things with my reading in April, which has made me really happy. Although it doesn’t seem like I made huge progress based on my results above, I managed to incorporate reading back into my daily routine and that’s what’s most important to me.

I had started reading I Let You Go late last year, but hadn’t managed to finish the entire thing. I’m glad I finally got around to finishing it because it was an excellent book and something I’d highly recommend picking up. I was less impressed with The Girl Before, but I’ll be discussing that further in my review later in the month. I think listening to the audio version really let the book down in this case.

I also started reading IT by Stephen King this month, which I’ve made quite a bit of headway with but I feel like will end up being a two-to-three month reading adventure because it’s so long. I’m really looking forward to the film coming out later this year, and I think it’s one of the best possible source materials to be transalated into a film. I watched the trailer recently, and it looked so amazing that it inspired me to pick up the book. I feel like a lot of Stephen King’s words are done an injustice when a film adaptation is made, but this one looks incredible, and seems to have an amazing cast. All I can say is I’m glad the phase of people dressing up like clowns and running around the neighbourhood appears to be well and truly over.

February/March Reading Wrap Up

Books read: Ragdoll by Daniel Cole, The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas, and Antisocial by Jillian Blake.
Total Books Read: 3
February/March TBR Books Read: 3
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: 1125
Total Hours Listened: 0

I fell quite heavily into a reading slump in February, but thankfully having a week off work and some time travelling helped get me back into the swing of things in March. February felt like a bit of a slump-y month in general, and I think that was due to be not being able to find a proper work/life balance. Hopefully I have that under control now, and April will be far more successful for me in a few different areas of life.

January Reading Wrap Up

Books read this month: Masked Innocence by Alessandra Torre, Final Girls by Riley Sager, Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson, and Shift by Em Bailey
Total Books Read: 4
January TBR Books Read: 3
2017 TBR Challenge Books Read: 2
Total Pages Read: 992
Total Hours Listened: 12hours 49minutes

Honestly, the reason I didn’t get around to read all of the books on my January TBR this month is because I saw that Final Girls by Riley Sager was up for review on Netgalley. I’d heard so many good things about it, so when I was offered the change to read and review the book it jumped to the top of my TBR pile. I’m happy with my reading this month, and I’m glad I found a way to include audiobooks in my daily routine. Having said that, February is going to be pretty hectic for me at work so I probably won’t have as much time to listen. Here’s to February reading!