June Wrap Up and July TBR

This is the first month that I’ve actually followed my monthly TRB and I managed to read over 3,300 pages which is epic! Recently I’ve re-disovered my love for reading and I’m flying through books, I’m even running out of room on my bookshelf (we’ve had to start double stacking) so I think next month I’m going to invest in a new set of bookshelves! I’m currently craving all things fantasy and new adult, so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

Here in the UK, we’ve been having some really beautiful weather (which is very rare for us) and it’s kickstarted all these creative juices! I’ve been spending more time writing flash fiction, blog posts, possible story ideas and I’ve even thought about creating a bookstagram account or re-designing my blog layout! I don’t want to burn myself out but I’ve found a new routine that involves me writing in the garden with my headphones in and an iced coffee at the ready; life is bliss!

Last year I made a new Goodreads account (my old one was an unorganised embarrassment) so I’ve been making a real effort to post and update on all my reading goals and habits! I always enjoy discovering new reads and seeing what other people are reading and I particularly enjoying looking at different peoples reading challenges! I would love it if you could leave your Goodread’s account in the comments below so I finally start playing a more active role in the bookish community!

My Goodreads – Amy (A Fangirls Opinion)

Anyway, here is my June Wrap Up and my TBR for July!

June Wrap Up

  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – I’m currently in the process of writing my review for this epic conclusion but it’s all a bit emotional. This series and its characters have been a huge part of my life and it was heart-breaking saying goodbye to them!
  • Out of Love by Hazel Hayes – Another emotional read that I absolutely adored, I’ll leave a link to my review here! If you’re looking for an easy (and emotional) read then this one should definitely be on your TBR. Hazel has such a unique ability and voice with her writing and the way she writes about love and heartbreak is truly magical.
  • Crescent City by Sarah J Maas – I love Sarah J Maas so much that I had to dive into another one of her series after finishing Kingdom of Ash! Crescent City was everything I expected and more, it’s fairly obvious that I’ve once again fallen utterly head over heels for this world and its wonderful characters. Again I’ll leave a link to my review here so please go check it out!
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – I hate to say it but I was a little disappointed by this book, I think I had high expectations after reading the first book! I’m waiting to finish the entire series before I post my review so keep your eyes peeled for that soon!
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater – Like I’ve mentioned previously I didn’t love the second book in the series, but this book certainly redeemed my thoughts and expectations; I loved it!
  • Warlight by Michael Ondaatje – This was our June book for my Reading Between the Wines book club and it was another surprising read. Ondaatje has been on my radar for a while now so I’m glad that I finally had the opportunity to pick up one of his books.

July TBR

  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – I’m so excited to read the final book in this series, especially after everything that happened in the punnltiment book in the series.
  • Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard – I keep mentioning this series but this will be the month that I finally finish it! I’m still deciding if I’m going to re-read the entire series or to just re-read the last book I read!
  • The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – I wanted to read something a little light-hearted and fun this month, and by the looks of things this book is just that! I don’t want to overwhelm myself by reading too much fantasy and inevitably fall back into a reading slump so I thought it would be good to have a balance and change of pace now and then.
  • Dune by Frank Herbert –  I’ve mentioned this book a lot recently and its only because I am hugely excited for it as its got all the elements that make a brilliant adaption and sci-fi franchise. I recently purchased the book so hopefully next month I’ll have the opportunity to witness the wonder and adventure first hand.

May Wrap Up and June TBR

It’s official, she’s back! These past couple of weeks have been chaos and it’s only now that I’m beginning to adjust and understand this new state of normal. When I’m not at work, you’ll find my tucked up in bed with a good book or binge watching The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (it’s my guilty pleasure). All this time has helped me re-disover what I truly love about reading, it’s sounds cliche but I’ve become so invested in these stories and have created a lifelong bonds with these characters that I’m suffering from some major book hangovers. I’m going to stop now before I get too emotional but it’s hard saying goodbye; some of these series have played a huge part in my life and this entire blogging journey and for that I am endlessly grateful.

Anyway I read over 3,000 pages in May, which is insane so hopefully all this reading motivation continues!

May Wrap Up

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – It’s taken me two years but I finally decided to finish this series. I was a little bit hesitant to read the second book, because of my undying love and high exceptions from the first book, but Sanderson is a master at crafting intricate and heart stopping adventures that transport you away from reality. You’re all probably fed up of me going on about this series but I can’t praise it enough and if you’re looking for an intense and epic fantasy then this is the series for you.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – I don’t think I’ll ever be emotionally prepared to discuss this book, but let’s just say that it shattered my heart and left me with the worlds greatest book hangover. Brandon Sanderson, you have a gift and it has been a privilege to share this journey with you, so thank you.

Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield – This was our Reading Between the Wines book of the month for May, and it surprised me. Who would have thought a musical memoir would be a instant page turner for me? Everything about it was so raw and real, plus the unique playlists for each chapter were a fabulous addition.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas – Another series that I want to finish soon and as I’m fed up of avoiding spoilers and I want to be able to gush about this series with other fans. This is another series that means the world to me and I never want it to end.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas – Chaol has always been one of my favourites (he was one of my first fictional crushes) so having a book centred around him was everything I needed.

June TBR

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – I’m already half way through and I’m in love. But again I not ready to say goodbye to these characters. I swear if they don’t get the happy ending they ALL deserve then it’s going to kick off!

Out of Love by Hazel Hayes – I’ve been on this journey with Hazel from the very beginning and now I’m patiently waiting for my copy to arrive, so I can finally dive into this emotionally heartbreaking and wonderfully raw story. Hazel’s Time of the Month series on Youtube and her incredible creativity is what made me fall in love with her and I highly recommend that you check her out on YouTube.

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje – This is our June book of the month for Reading Between the Wines book club and I’m so excited to read it. I’ve heard nothing about good things about Michael Ondaatje’s writing!

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – I started this book way back in April but since then I’ve been distracted by other series, whoops! I loved the first book and I need more from these characters.

Christmas Cracker Book Tag – 12 Days of Blogmas

 

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I thought I’d attempt Blogmas again this year as I haven’t posted much recently and I wanted something to keep me busy for when I go back home for Christmas! Plus one of my new year’s resolutions is to post something at least every week next year, so hopefully, this will encourage me to post more! I’m going to be doing 12 days of Blogmas which means from now until the 24th December I will be posting something whether it be a book/film review, book tag or a feature of some sort every day till then! So what better way is there to start Blogmas than with a Christmassy book tag! Let me know in the comments if you’ve done this tag, I always love reading other people’s answers!

Pick a book with a wintry cover

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch has such a gorgeous wintry cover with snow and everything! Although its not a Christmassy novel it is a really fun fantasy read that I started a couple of years ago and want to finish! I remember it having an interesting bunch of characters, some good fight scenes and that it was a quick and easy read. I’ve left far too many series unread so another aim next year is to get them all completed before I start any new ones.

Pick a book you’re likely to buy as a present

This is one of those cases when I’ll buy a book for my sister but in reality, it’s really a book for me! Both of us love Cassandra Clare especially her Lady Midnight series and even went to her signing in Birmingham a couple of years ago together. So, I’d probably buy her new book Queen of Air and Darkness but I can already see us fighting over who would read it first!

Pick a festive themed book

One of my favourites to read at this time of year is Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. This is such an adorable and festive read that will certainly warm your heart! I can totally relate to Lily and the joy she finds out of the festive season and the fact that it’s set in New York at Christmas makes this book even better! This is the perfect easy read to pick up and curl up on the sofa with on a cold winters day!

Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace

One of my favourite reads of the year was the Night Circus, I just fell absolutely in love with the entire storyline and the circus itself! This book is filled with so much magic, romance, and adventure, and I can’t stop recommending it to everyone.

Pick a book you want to read over the festive period

Again not really a festive book but Kingdom of Ash as I still haven’t read it, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to avoid spoilers. I really hope this book doesn’t ruin my Christmas like the final episode of the BBC show Merlin did (if you’ve watched the show then you know what I mean). Plus I love these characters so much and they all deserve a happy ending!

Pick a book that’s so good it gives you chills

This summer I started reading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, and I’m well and truly hooked! I love everything about this series, and it definitely earned a place in my top 5 favourite series ever.

Pick a book going on your Christmas wishlist

I already know Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas is under our Christmas tree with my name on it but I’ve also asked for the Crimes of Grindlewald Screenplay. I haven’t seen the film yet and knowing my luck it won’t be in cinema’s when I finally have time to see it, so I thought I’d read the screenplay instead! Plus that cover is just stunning!

My December TBR 2018

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Guess who’s back, back again! Amy’s back, tell a friend! This is my attempt to try and jump back into the blogging community as if I haven’t got enough work to balance already! I keep reading other blog posts and I’m really starting to miss writing my own! It’s going to take baby steps as I get back into blogging as I’m currently in my third year of university and also applying for a masters, so I’m a very busy bee! Anyway, let’s start this jump back into blogging with a good old TBR!

I’m trying not to make this TBR too ambitious and to have a nice balance between books for university and books for personal enjoyment!

The Handmaids Tale by Marget Attwood – I’m so lucky to have this book on my university reading list as it means I can finally schedule time into reading it as well as being able to study it in depth for my fashioning fiction module. The TV show is also on my TBW list (along with hundreds of other shos) but I want to read the book first as I’m interested to see how they’ve adapted it!

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – Another book on my university reading list and one which I really excited yet worried about reading. From studying English Literature I’ve been able to read so many books by authors I’d never read before, and Virginia Woolf has quickly become one of my favorites.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – As a hardcore Sarah J Maas fan, I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read this or Tower of Dawn yet! I’m trying to avoid so many spoilers and am also desperate to find out what happens to some of my favorites characters. If they don’t all get a happy ending, then Sarah you’re in trouble!

Crimes of Grindlewald by J.K. Rowling – I know for a fact that this book is on my Christmas list and I’m gutted that I haven’t seen the film yet! Even if I don’t read this book I know it’s going to look stunning on my shelf!

Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve – I keep seeing the trailer for this film and it looks incredible! It’s directed by Peter Jackson who adapted The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so I know that the film itself will be beyond amazing! So before I go and see the film I really want to read the book, as the concept is really interesting and by the looks of things it’s not that long either only 300 pages! If you’ve read the book please let me know what you think and if it is worth reading!

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – A book that I’m already halfway through and loving! I have to thank the trailer for its upcoming adaptation which encouraged me to finally pick it up and so far I’m absolutely loving all its wonderful goodness! The film premieres on Netflix on the 7th December and I am beyond excited. Fingers crossed its as successful as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, and nothing like Sierra Burgess is a Loser!