Monthly Roundup

Monthly Roundup: January 2017

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Every first Wednesday of the month, I’ll be posting a roundup of the month just gone, including discussing books read that month, challenge progress, and a summary of all posts for the month.

Last month I read a total of fifteen books: The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner, The Girls by Emma Cline, The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3) by J.K. Rowling, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, 1Q84 (1Q84 #3) by Haruki Murakami, The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry, After the Silence (Amsterdam Quartet #1) by Jake Woodhouse, The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling, Saga Volume 1 (Saga #1) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling, The Dead Men Stood Together by Chris Priestley and Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen by Elizabeth Weir.

January was a month of unemployment, and therefore left me a lot of time for reading… yet still I fell into a bit of a slump. Not so much a general reading slump, as I still managed 15 books, but I lost interest in a lot of the SFF on my shelves and all the books I’d borrowed from the library, and felt like reading something a bit different. I aimed to get through quite a few of my Netgalley books and managed to cross quite a few off the list. I also started re-reading the Harry Potter series (because why not?), and finally read the first volume of the Saga graphic novels, which was excellent. I also re-read Amy Poehler’s autobiography, Yes Please, because I love her. The Girls was a bit of a disappointment after all that hype, and I finally finished the Maze Runner series!

 

Challenge progress:

  • Mpauli is not hosting the DC vs. Marvel Challenge this year, instead the Justice League vs. Teen Titans Challenge is being hosted by the wonderful Wayland, who is also the newest moderator of Dragons & Jetpacks. I won’t be keeping track of this on the blog, just on the book group, as I don’t plan on being quite so dedicated this year. Although I felt really proud that I managed to complete the challenge 100% in 2016, it did dictate quite a bit of my reading so I’m going for a more relaxed approach in 2017.
  • I have currently read fifteen books towards my Goodreads goal.

 

Currently reading:

How was January for you?

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Past Features

Weekly Roundup #18

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My ‘Weekly Roundup’ is where I share the books I have received in the past week, whether bought, gifted, borrowed etc.
 
A day late this week, but at least I’ve actually gotten round to posting it! This, ladies and gentlemen, is why charity shops are bad for me:
 
£4.10 for all of these.
 

Bought

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – so I already have this on the Kindle but I prefer real books. And it’s a cool cover!
  • Death of Kings (The Saxon Stories #6) by Bernard Cornwell – apparently this is the sixth in the series but nevermind! I always need more historical fiction. Anglo-Saxon England has always fascinated me – I did my A Level History coursework on it – but I just don’t know loads about it.
  • Nightrise (The Power of Five #3) by Anthony Horowitz – I’ve wanted to read this series for a while, and have the first two books so bought this one too. I think the fourth one is currently only in hardback?
  • The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry – because he is awesome. That is all.
  • Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore – I picked this up because it looked pretty, and then I realised it’s a sequel to a book that I want to read (Graceling). I know I haven’t yet read the first two in the series, but I plan to, and since this was only 50p I grabbed it!
 
As for other book related news since my last post: I finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and sobbed. A lot. I also read The Great Gatsby today, as I plan on watching the new film adaptation, and I like to read the book first.
 
 

What new reads have you acquired this week? Have you read any of my new purchases, and if so what did you think of them?