Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August plus Bloodlines/Vampire Academy GN winner

How have we come to the end of another month?! August was a pretty good reading month for me, as I managed to get through 19 books. What's great about these books is that most all of them have been languishing on my TBR shelves unread for awhile.

I decided to turn October into a paranormal-themed month on the blog and this has made for an excellent excuse to ignore the other sent-for-review books and focus on reading some of my own books for a little while. I have to say, I've really been enjoying reading all of these paranormal YAs as well!

See the list below for titles of the books I read in August as well as how I came to acquire these books. Only 4 books read were sent for review from the publisher. And only four books were written by British authors that have been read as part of the British Books Challenge.

1. A Tangle of Magicks by Stephanie Burgis* (purchased)
2. Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur (sent for review)
3. POD by Stephen Wallenfels (sent for review)
4. Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr (purchased)
5. Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie* (purchased)
6. Lucas by Kevin Brooks* (purchased)
7. Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson (gift)
8. Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine (purchased)
9. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (purchased)
10. Abandon by Meg Cabot (sent for review)
11. The Dead of Night by John Marsden (purchased)
12. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (swapped)
13. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick (gift)
14. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (purchased)
15. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney* (gift)
16. The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (purchased)
17. Vampire Academy graphic novel by Richelle Mead (sent for review)
18. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (won)
19. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (swapped)

Plans for September? I'd really like to get caught up on some books for November's theme on the blog (British authors!) so here is just a small list of books I'd like to get through.

Divided City by Theresa Breslin
Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery by Keren David
Extreme Kissing by Luisa Plaja
Wasted by Nicola Morgan
Lottie Biggs Is Not Tragic by Hayley Long
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Kill All Enemies by Melvin Burgess
Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

And finally, I had 186 entries into my Bloodlines and Vampire Academy graphic novel giveaway (PHEW!) and according to, our winner is number 24... Kelsey from Enchanted Books. Congratulations Kelsey, I have sent you an email already! Thanks to all who entered, I'll be sure to host more giveaways, both UK and international very soon.

Bring on September!

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