August reading wrap up | 2019

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Hi all,

The past few weeks have really been getting away from me, but I’m back today to share all the books that I read in August, and how I felt about them.

Last month, I read a total of nine books, which is pretty average for me.

There was definitely some books I really enjoyed, and some that I wasn’t a fan of this month, so a bit across the board reading-wise, which is a shame but what can you do.

Here’s what I read:

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The Reading Rush TBR | 2019

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Hello!

I know my last post was sharing my TBR for the upcoming N.E.W.T.s magical readathon, but I decided last minute to take part in this year’s The Reading Rush, which was formerly known as Booktubeathon.

It has seven different challenges, each with a prompt to read a specific book.

I’ve tried to pick relatively short books, because otherwise I’ll never be able to get them all read in a week! Not that I think I’ll be able to get them all done anyway.

There’s also a dedicated website where you can track all your pages, which I’m super excited to use!

For anyone else interested in taking part, it begins today and runs until Sunday.

I probably will only get through one or two of these, but I’ve created an entire TBR in case i’m feeling particularly productive!

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N.E.W.T.s magical readathon tbr | 2019

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Hello!

I’m taking part in this year’s magical readathon, hosted by G over at Book Roast on Youtube. It’s a month-long readathon organised for August, which follows on from April’s O.W.L.s readathon. After completing all my books for that one, I thought I’d carry on with next month’s challenge.

I thought I’d actually be organised unlike I was for the O.W.L.s, and plan out my books for the month, and share them with you all!

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Mid year reading wrap up + statistics | 2019

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Hello! As always I am infinitely surprised that we have now officially passed six full months of the year.

However, that does mean it’s time to look at my statistics, how much I’ve been reading, when, and what I’ve been picking up.

I don’t normally do statistics in my wrap ups, but I always find them really interesting to see, so hopefully you feel the same way.

My reading goal for the year was 52, which I’ve already met, so I’m now informally aiming for 100.

A full list of all the books I’ve read and what I’ve rated them can be found on my Goodreads, which is linked in the sidebar to the right.

Let’s get mathematical.

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I tried out three bookish subscription boxes

Hello! I’ve always been quite intrigued by subscription boxes, it’s a bit like receiving a present, except that you’ve bought it for yourself and don’t remember what it is.

I’ve tried out a few beauty ones before, and a couple of book boxes in the past, but I’ve never really stuck to them.

So I decided to test out three different ones at relatively the same price point, all under £20, to see which I liked the best, and if I thought they were good value.

I ordered them all on the same day, in late February so that I would get the March box. I’ve chosen to share a few months late, so that I don’t spoil anyone, but you still get my views on each of the boxes!

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O.W.L.s magical readathon results | 2019

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Hello! I ended up being super disorganised and took a fair bit off from writing this blog again, to plan but now I’m back after a significant amount of planning, and I wanted to share what I got up to for the O.W.L.s magical readathon.

It was created by the lovely G at Book Roast on Youtube, a channel I’ve been watching for a while now, and ran for the whole of April. Yes, it’s June now. Yes I’m very late to the party, but my N.E.W.T.S posts won’t make sense later on in the year if I don’t put this up so please forgive me.

Instead of aiming to read as many of the O.W.L.s prompts as I could, I looked at the wizarding careers to determine which I would like to do, and which books I had to read for them, because I was feeling a bit like a cheat when I decided to take part.

The one that I decided to go with was curse breaker, which required six books to pass your O.W.Ls.

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April reading wrap up | 2019

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Hello! I’ve had a bit of an extended break but now I’m back. With a reading wrap up, on time for once!

I had a bit of a struggle with my reading last month, I wasn’t sure that I would actually be able to make my target of eight books for the month.

I also decided to participate in the O.W.L.s readathon, a month-long readathon during April, for which I finished my last book on April 30. Master procrastinator in action there. I’ll do an entirely separate post for that, which should be up shortly.

This month, I’ve got some stats for you, as my six month wrap up with charts was quite popular and I’d like to put more effort into the stats I’m giving you each month.

There’ll be a list and mini reviews under the stats, scroll down if (like me) you aren’t into maths!

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Five star book predictions

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Hello! I’m late to the party for doing this, but I’ve seen quite a few people’s videos, and I thought it would be interesting to show all the books I think I’m going to absolutely love!

Some of these are because I’ve read other books by the authors which got four or five stars, so I’m optimistic about the ones I haven’t read, others I’ve been told I’ll love, and there’s a few which I think i’m going to enjoy based on similar novels.

I’ve only given a brief synopsis of each, because with the genre or theme of most of these, I’d rather go into them a bit blind.

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February wrap up 2019

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Happy March! This year already feels like it’s flying away at lightning speed, but by some miracle I’ve managed to get through a fair few books so, actually relatively on time for once, I’m here to share with you what I got through.

In February, I read a total of eight books! That brings my final total for the year so far up to 16.

I had a very e-book heavy month in February, my Kindle has barely been out of my hands since the start of the month, but I do want to make a conscious effort to pick up more of my physical books so hopefully that will change a bit for the future.

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My unread book shame | March reading plans

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I’ve always known that my to be read pile – or more accurately, shelf – is getting way out of hand.

Recently I watched a heap of videos by Drinking by my Shelf on Youtube, where she has to balance the number of books on her TBR, so that the numbers always have to be the same, or -5.

In a bid to try and get my physical list down, I thought I’d take some inspiration from this and count the number of unread books on my own shelves, to make sure that my goal for the year was to get the total number down. I won’t be getting rid of a certain number of books every month, but I do hope to get the number on my TBR down.

At the time of writing this (which is a little bit in advance of it going up because I fancy myself organised), I have 112.

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