Monthly Book Roundup for January (…and February… and March)

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Hello fellow bookworms! I realise I’ve been slacking and haven’t posted since January, um, I’ve just been a bit lazy I suppose… But today is a Sunday (the day of rest) so why not rest while writing a long awaited blog post? Nothing too strenuous requiring tons of brain power, but just an update on life and books. I’m really enjoying my work with Bloomsbury Publishing (I can’t believe I’ve been there almost 6 months!) and I’ve also been thinking about applying for my Masters degree and taking a few online courses in the meantime (because it’s not until I left education that I realised how much I missed learning new things and studying and filling my brain with loads of new stuff!) And, of course, alongside all that, I’ve also been reading lots of books, so no more blabbering on from me, check out the books I’ve read since the beginning of the year…

What books have I read so far this year?

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling (of course this is how I started the year)

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Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling

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A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G Drews (PaperFury wrote a book, go read it!!!)

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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The Night Stalker by Robert Bryndza

Average Rating: 4.5 (reading some decent books recently)

Number of total pages read: 3,963

Books read toward 2018 Book Challenge goal: 10/50 books (I’m on track… wow this is new)

What am I currently reading?

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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You by Caroline Kepnes

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? Have you read anything exciting so far this year? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy Spring and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂

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My 2019 Reading List and Bookish Goals

 

Hello fellow bookworms! It’s that time of year when I figure out what I want to read throughout 2019 (but let’s be completely honest, they’ll sit on my bookshelves for another year or so…) and set some bookish goals. I always feel like writing goals down seems to make them more concrete and actually helps me achieve them, and I’m hoping that making a list of books I definitely want to read will have the same effect! So here’s the ultimate list of books I plan to read, goals I want to meet, and a few new releases I’m anticipating in 2019…

 

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My 2019 Reading List

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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

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Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

 

2019 Anticipated Releases

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus – January 8th

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I was so excited when I saw Karen M. McManus was releasing a new book this year! I enjoyed One of Us is Lying so much when I read it, I loved the perfect mash up of mystery, crime/thriller and YA, and it looks like her new book will be a similar sort of thing!

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio – May 7th

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I love following Christine on YouTube and watching her videos makes me so motivated to read, and encourages me to try different genres (if it weren’t for her I don’t think I would have made it this far in the Shadowhunter Chronicles!) so I was thrilled when I found out she was writing a book! I’ve been watching all her Book Writing Chronicle videos and followed her journey from start to finish, and cannot wait to finally read the book when it comes out in May!

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare – November 19th

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NEW SHADOWHUNTER SERIES! How can one not be excited, especially when we’re going back to LONDON! The Infernal Devices is my favourite Shadowhunter series so far so to follow on the story with Will and Tessa’s children is so exciting; I always get excited for new Cassie Clare! Also, pretty, pretty cover!

 

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Bookish Goals of 2019

Read 50 books

I only managed a respectable 30 last year, but now I’m not at university and have more commuting time to read (and all the Harry Potters on audiobook) I am aiming to get back up to my usual standard. Also, my nan has joined me in this year’s reading challenge with a goal of 40 books, and I think she’ll be surprised at how many books she reads, so we’ll see who comes out on top at the end of the year!

Blog at least once a week

Over Christmas I had planned to write more blog posts, but alas I only managed one or two, but I really would like to get back into blogging a bit more, and I usually have a spare hour or so over the weekend, so I should probably start making my way through the post ideas I have had written down for the past year…

Read books I’ve owned for 2+ years

I was looking at my bookshelves this morning and I realised how many books I’ve owned/had on my TBR list for way too long, so I want to make it goal to read at least 5 of them. A lot are thrillers I bought when I was really into reading crime and mystery that I never picked up when my late obsession with YA and Fantasy kicked in. I love a good crime thriller novel, so I’m hoping to get some of those I’ve had for while read this year!

 

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So 2019 is well underway now, so lets see how well this goes… I’d love to know what your plans are for 2019, bookish or otherwise, so feel free to comment below or leave a link if you’ve done a similar post so I can come over your wonderful space on the internet and give it a read!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

What a Disaster… 2018 Book Roundup

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Hello fellow bookworms! Wow, what a year it’s been! I will happily say that 2018 has been the busiest but best year of my life. I will be eternally grateful for everyone who made my year so wonderful, and everything that came together to made my 2018 so special. I finished and graduated university with a first class degree, I won a design award, got some great work experience, got offered and started my job at one of the top publishing companies in the world, and best of all… I saw Hamilton… twice (yes I rate that experience very highly!). But despite all of these amazing things that I was blessed with, it wasn’t all smooth sailing this year, but this year has made me realise you really have to go through some hard times to truly appreciate the good in life, so I really have to say thanks to 2018, and I really hope you all had an equally fabulous year!

My reading year, however, wasn’t as great, having the worst reading challenge in about 4 years! I read some great books, and I read some really bad books, so this is what we’re really here for. Let’s have a look at my bookish 2018…

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What I read in 2018

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5 stars
  • The Book of Tea by Kakuzō Okakura // 4 stars
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas // 3.5 stars
  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // 4.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling // 5 stars
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith // 3 stars
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // 5 stars
  • The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // 4.5 stars
  • The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin // 5 stars
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman // 5 stars
  • Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham // 5 stars
  • The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin // 3 stars
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins// 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling // 5 stars
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff // 4.5 stars
  • Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz // 4 stars
  • Daughter by Jane Schemilt // 3.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling // 5 stars
  • Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel // 3.5 stars
  • The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín // 3.5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon // 4 stars
  • The Dinner by Herman Koch // 3 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton // 4.5 stars
  • The Crimes of Grindelwald: Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling // 4 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // 4 stars
  • You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr // 5 stars
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry) // 5 stars
  • … currently reading A Queen of Air of Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Total books read: 30.5

Average Rating: 4.3 stars

Number of total pages read this year: 10,079 pages (8,663 less than last year… sad face)

Which brings me to a total of 30.5 books this year!! I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 50 books to start with, then lowered it to 40, and then to 35, and still didn’t quite manage that! In my defence, however, the first 5 months of the year where the final months of my uni course which were extremely busy, and 2018 in general has been such an incredibly hectic year, I’m surprised I managed 30 in the end (thank god for audiobooks!) I want a much better year in 2019, and therefore I am upping my target back to 50 books to try and match my previous standards, and I have plenty of books lined up to satisfy whatever cravings I have!

 

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Top 5 books of 2018 (from 5th-1st)

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

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Talking as Fast as I Can

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You Will Be Safe Here

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I’ve never read any Becky Albertalli books, but I’m so glad I picked this one up! I sped through it and my face hurt from smiling so much! I’m really looking forward to reading some more of Albertalli’s writing in 2019.

I did really struggle to out my top 5 books together, because Illuminae and the Mara Dyer series were very close to making the list…

 

Least Favourite 5 books (from 5th-1st)

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The Call

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The Becoming of Noah Shaw

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The Silkworm

I really hate to say it, but I’m not the biggest fan of J.K. Rowling writing crime novels. I feel like she is so used to a lot of detail in her fantastical world building of Harry Potter that just isn’t necessary in a crime thriller, and The Silkworm just dragged on a bit too much for me… too much unnecessary detail, not enough crime solving for me I’m afraid.

 

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So that was my 2018 year of books! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year, and here’s to another amazing and positively bookish 2019!

Happy New Year and Happy Blogging!

Until next year…

Jade 🙂

 

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas… Literary Book Gifts

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Hello fellow bookworms! It’s been a while, hasn’t it… Starting my new job has been a lot more tiring than I expected, and I just haven’t found the time to post recently, but with Christmas just around the corner, I thought it would be nice to have a look at what might be in store for us book lovers at this time of year!

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Literary Book Gifts is an online store full of bookish wonders for every bookworm in your life, even yourself. As their website describes…

High quality gifts for book lovers! All design work is done in house. Each product is printed professionally with care.

I’m lucky enough to be able to do a short Q&A post and review of the products today, and have a great promotion to offer you all at the end of this post! Today, I’m talking to Melissa, founder of Literary Book Gifts, to get an insight scoop on her company and the products she sells…

Where did you get the idea for Literary Book Gifts?

I love antiques, they carry so much history with them. Literature and books are something I love as well, in many cases they are much older than the antique furniture, paintings, and visual artwork. However, since books are words they retain their oldness without the wear and tear that real-life items get over the years. Literary Book Gifts is a collection of designs that are based on the visual representations of these titles. Showcasing the classic and vintage feel as an ode to how long ago they were published and what it was like during those times, just like antiques.

When did you first launch your online store, and how long did it take for everything to come together?

Longer than I would like to say. The ideas for some of the designs and the store in general had be swirling around in my head for quite a while before. I really had no idea of how to use websites or these type of graphic editing programs that would allow the images to display correctly when printed. There was a steep learning curve, but I’m really happy with how the store has turned out so far!

Why did you decide on t-shirts and tote bags?

Shirts were definitely the first thing I decided on, I love how you can seamlessly transition them in and out of your wardrobe. For those who don’t like wearing graphic tees it seemed natural to offer them an option and the tote bags are a great fit for that case.

Besides literature, what inspires your designs? Do you have a certain illustrative style you enjoy?

I have long been interested in art history. In particular artwork that surrounds impressionism, including post-impressionism. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is an artist whose work I very much admire.

Where do you get your creative streak from?

Sometimes I listen to audiobooks while designing, I think this really helps get the literary creative thoughts flowing.

What can customers expect from your products that stands out among other bookish gift companies?

The shirts are all or mostly cotton and are available in a great variety of sizes XS-3XL for women and S-5XL for men. There are color choices as well, and each shirt is available in multiple color options to suit different styles and tastes.

What gifts would you recommend from your store for book lovers this Christmas?

I think a great gift that would make for the perfect present for just about anyone is the Typewriter Tote Bag it’s not about a specific title so anyone who likes literature or writing can appreciate it. The color pallette is a neutral tan and black so it would go with a lot of outfits.

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Another great option is the Jane Austen T-Shirt it’s perfect for Austen fans but is also a great for anyone who likes antiques, period pieces, or writing in general.

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What is your favourite design in your store?

It’s so hard for me to pick a favourite! At the moment I am really loving the Frankenstein design. It was a challenge for me to design this one but I think the subtly of the graphic really brings out the spooky nature of the overall design.

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I love Melissa’s products and her unique product designs! There is such a variety in style and really is something for everyone who loves books, even if you’re not a fan of the classics. The fact that she uses a waterproof material for her tote bags is perfect, because as much as I love all my tote bags, the cotton ones are not great in the rain! The t-shirts have a very flattering shape for women and men, as well as being made from top quality material. The wide selection of colours means there really is no excuse not to buy one… which I can help you with today as well! Melissa has kindly given me a promo code to share with all my lovely readers and Instagram followers! Just enter BookMuffin20 when completing your purchase for 20% off anything in the store with no minimum spend (and no expiry date either!) So what are you waiting for? It is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year… to go shopping!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

What’s On My Autumn TBR?

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Books on my Autumn TBR.

 

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I have been really bad at posting recently, there’s been a lot for me to do in life at the moment, and I may not be blogging as much in the foreseeable future because I GOT A JOB!!

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I am so lucky to be starting work with Bloomsbury Publishing, one of my top companies to work for, next month, and I am incredibly excited (and also incredibly nervous as well!) It all seems very surreal! My commute to and from London will give me ample reading time each day too which is a plus! So, without getting too excited, here are my top ten books I will be reading in Autumn…

 

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Harry Potter (audiobooks 4-7) by J.K. Rowling

 

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G Drews

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

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That’s all the books for today, I’m really looking forward to diving into all of these and hopefully my upcoming train journeys a little more bearable! I’d love to know what you’re planning on reading this Autumn, and which of these books you recommend I read first, so feel free to link your posts down below!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Top Ten TV Shows/Movies Worth the Binge During a Reading Slump

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Hello fellow bookworms! Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this, a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is Top Ten Movies and/or TV Shows Worth the Binge. I’m not known for binge watching tv shows or movies, it isn’t something I do often. But when I do, I make sure I choose something which I know will have me hooked from start to finish, whether that’s one, five, or fifteen series/hours later. Today, I’ve made a list of 5 tv shows and 5 films/film series I have binge watched and would absolutely binge again…

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TV Shows

Friends

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Obviously, who can’t sit and watch re-runs of Friends, even after seeing the same episodes 20,000 times?

Gilmore Girls

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I’ve just finished rewatching this, I love Rory as a character is much, it’s so hard not to want to watch it over and over again!

Grey’s Anatomy

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I was very late to the Grey’s train, but I managed to catch up with 11 series worth in just over a month… that’s dedication! Want an emotional rollercoaster binge, here you go!

The Big Bang Theory

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Drawing to close now, this is the perfect time to rewatch all the episodes back to back, just as a reminder if you needed one!

The Great British Bake Off

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Who doesn’t want to spend hours on end watching people make cake and biscuits and pies?! I certainly do! with all series of Bake Off on Netflix (up until it’s move over to Channel 4), what are you waiting for?

 

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Movies

Harry Potter

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If you’re not one for weekend Harry Potter marathons, what are you doing?

Frozen

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Guilty pleasure, I could literally watch it over and over again…

Beauty and the Beast

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What is it with Disney producing such amazing films you just wanna rewatch all the time?

Mamma Mia (1 & 2)

Anything I can sing along to is a plus, I saw the 2nd movie twice in the space of a few days, I just couldn’t help it!

How To Train Your Dragon (1 & 2 and soon to be 3)

I love these films, and they remind me of a good time in my life (I also own a meowing Toothless… don’t ask, just watch the films!)

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That’s all for today, I hope you have discovered a few new things to watch during your next reading slump! If you have a list, please feel free to share a link to your post in the comments, I’d love to know if you have any other recommendations for me!

Until next time…

Jade 🙂

Monthly Book Roundup for August

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Hello fellow bookworms! I can’t believe it’s September already, where has this year gone? Now I’ve settled back into Hogwarts after a long journey yesterday, I have some time to update you all on what I’ve managed to read this month, so without further ado, here is my monthly roundup for August…

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What books have I read this month?

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Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

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Daughter by Jane Shemilt

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Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling

Average Rating: 4.4 stars

Number of total pages read: 1,066 pages

Books read toward 2018 Book Challenge goal: 18/40 books (I think I’ll just admit defeat now…)

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What am I currently reading?

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Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling (+ audiobook)

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Books I plan to read in September

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The Call by Peadar O’ Guilin

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Gemina (The Illuminae Files_02) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

What do you think of the books I’ve read this month? What about the ones I plan on reading? Leave your comments below, and book recommendations are always welcome!

Happy September and Happy Blogging!

Jade 🙂