Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June wrap-up

AHHHHHH. It's now the last day of June and I am in DENIAL. Surely not.  I've had an interesting month.  It's been GREAT in terms of reading but TERRIBLE in terms of blogging. I've really given up the blogging lately and I feel really bad about it. Hopefully that will return slowly throughout the month of July? I'm not hopeful, but we'll see.  Here's how I did in June...


Books read in June:


1. My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend by Eleanor Wood (4 stars)
2. Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine (5 stars)
3. End Game by Alan Gibbons (3 stars)
4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (5 stars)
5. Remix by Non Pratt (5 stars)
6. In Another Life by Laura Jarratt (4 stars)
7. The Baby by Lisa Drakeford (4 stars)
8. In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll (4 stars)
9. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (3 stars)
10. House of Windows by Alexia Casale (5 stars)
11. One by Sarah Crossan (4 stars)
12. The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell (4 stars)
13. The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson (4 stars)
14. Being A Girl by Hayley Long (4 stars)
15. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (4 stars)
16. The Next Together by Lauren James (4 stars)
17. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (5 stars)
18. Deep Water by Lu Hersey (3 stars)
19. Only We Know by Simon Packham (2 stars)

Total read in June: 19

Total in 2015: 89

I decided at the end of May to only read books by British authors during the month of June and I did (with the exception of The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle who is an Irish author living in Ireland, but so many people count her as being British that I decided to sneak it in) It has been an absolutely incredible month of reading for me. So many five star or amazing books: Remix by Non Pratt, The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness, House of Windows by Alexia Casale, Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine, The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson which I finally read! So many.

Too many amazing books read this month that I cannot bring myself to choose my favourite of the month!




British Books Challenge and UKYA in 2015:





Celebrating British Bloggers


Thank you to both Caragh and Samina for taking part in Celebrating British Bloggers this past month.  I have one interview that will go up in July but nothing planned afterwards so I think that'll possibly be it for the near future. It's been a fun run though, hasn't it?


Books reviewed in June:

The Stars Don't Rise by Rachel Vincent
Moonlight on Nightingale Way by Samantha Young
My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend by Eleanor Wood
Mini reviews: Two Boys Kissing, How They Met and Every Day by David Levithan
Jessica's Ghost by Andrew Norriss
Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Finding Jennifer Jones by Anne Cassidy
When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway
The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson
The Baby by Lisa Drakeford

Considering my review-writing-slump that I'm in now I think this is an amazing collection of reviews to be published in June! I've quite surprised myself.


Other posts in June:


Diversity Matters: Being Mixed Race as a Teenager
Favourite Fictional Redheads
Cover Reveal: Inferno by Catherine Doyle
Diversity Matters: Economic Differences
Interview with Catherine Johnson, author of The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo
The Baby by Lisa Drakeford Extract Blog Tour

What I've Been Watching Lately

I've been quite enjoying writing this series of posts 'Diversity Matters' only I'd quite like it to have its own blog button/graphic and I don't know where to start. Any ideas or suggestions?


Booktube videos in June:

May Book Haul
British Books Challenge | May
Reading Outside My Comfort Zone
LGBT YA Round-Up 1
British Books Challenge | June Part 1
My Life In Books Tag
Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt | Review


May Book Club: Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman and When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan
Michelle's Bookish Wishes

Lots of booktube videos this month! It's getting to the point where I don't quite know what to film or talk about now. So if you have any requests for future videos, I'd love to hear from you!


Progress in my reading challenges in June



LGBT Challenge in 2015:

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Remix by Non Pratt
The Baby by Lisa Drakeford
The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Only We Know by Simon Packham

Total for June: 6

Total for 2015: 20

Not bad on the LGBT reading this month. Most of these books featured secondary LGBT characters except for The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson.





British Books Challenge 2015:

My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend by Eleanor Wood
Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine
End Game by Alan Gibbons
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Remix by Non Pratt
In Another Life by Laura Jarratt
The Baby by Lisa Drakeford
In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
House of Windows by Alexia Casale
One by Sarah Crossan
The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson
Being A Girl by Hayley Long
The Next Together by Lauren James
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Deep Water by Lu Hersey
Only We Know by Simon Packham

Total for June: 18

Today for 2015: 50

Obviously quite a lot this month for the British Books Challenge! It really has been an amazing reading month for me.  Again favourites include Fire Colour One, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Remix, House of Windows, and The Art of Being Normal!



What was your favourite book(s) read in June?

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