Last month I experimented with a new structure for this post, and so far I’m enjoying it! It makes these posts much quicker to write somehow, and they’ve become handy to refer back to. Despite not reading a lot this month, I still managed to add a good handful of books to my TBR.
Ah, September, where to start? Firstly, I read so little this month! After August’s whopping fifteen books, I only managed three in September – my slowest reading month since February. I read my first book, Crossfire, on the first day, but then it took me over two weeks to finish my second book, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle! Those two weeks went by so fast, I didn’t even realise how little I’d read at first.
After last month’s enormous post in which I bought twelve books and added another sixteen to my wishlist, I’ve been a lot more selective this month and only added four books to my TBR. I also mentioned in July’s post that I wanted to keep better track of where I heard about books so that I could thank fellow bloggers for their reviews, so I’ll be changing up the structure of these monthly posts just a little bit.
Another busy month! The NEWTs Magical Readathon helped me pack a lot of reading in though. I managed to read fifteen books this month, with a total page count of 2780 – that’s about 700 more pages than my average for this year.
Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, Stacking the Shelves is a regular feature where I share everything I’ve added to my TBR list in the past month. I’m trying to work through my TBR list without growing it too much, but it seems that every month I do this post, the length of it grows and grows! This month I’ve done things a little differently…
Ah, July! The weather was scorching, our house was turned upside down by workmen, and everything was kicking off at work. On top of all of that, the beginning of the month saw me really struggling to get into anything I was reading. I DNF-ed two books – TWO! – in the space of a week. I normally DNF two a year, if that. I also had my first 1-star read of the year – I would usually DNF if I think it’s going to be a just 1 star, but this one was short and I had nothing else with me to read at the time so I finished it. However, I made up for these with one of my FAVOURITE reads of 2019 in the form of The Other Half of Augusta Hope, and two more excellent 5-star reads: Ask Again, Yes and The Truants.
This month I’ve added a YA book – an unusual pick for me – with a fat black queer protagonist, a debut novella about sex and obsession, a thrilling sequel to one of my favourite May reads, and another debut about a feminist cult.
Can you believe we’re in July already?! As we’re halfway through 2019, I’ve seen a lot of people doing ‘Mid-Year’ posts, mostly the ‘Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag’, created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books. I will be doing the tag sometime soon but first, I decided to check in with my reading goals. I want to see if I’m on track to achieve the targets I set myself at the beginning of the year, and also take a look at any trends that seem to have emerged so far! I haven’t included anything I’ve read the past week or so, so these stats are for exactly the first six months of the year: January 1st to June 30th.
June has felt like a really busy month for me, yet it’s still gone past almost painfully slowly. I managed to read eight books this month though; three non-fiction, four fiction, and one poetry collection.
Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, Stacking the Shelves is a regular feature where I share everything I’ve added to my TBR list recently. I’m trying to work through my TBR list without growing it too much, so I’m being a lot more selective with the books I choose to add this year. Yet, they still keep piling up… This month has found me adding a few fantasy books, poetry, a hugely hyped-up bestseller, and more!