Books I Bought:
Well. I truly fell off the wagon this month. Brace yourself, Book Geeks, because imma hauling!
Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas. I finally took the plunge with this series because you guys picked Throne of Glass for me in my Top Ten Tuesday – Books People Tell Me I Have To Read poll, and I LOVED it. In fact, I loved it so much that I went online and ordered the rest of the (released) books in the series! My review of Throne of Glass.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I’ve taken the plunge with this series (d’you get it??) and bought the first book, if I enjoy it I can get my hands on the next two pretty quickly, unlike the loooong wait ahead of us for the rest of the Throne of Glass series 😥
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I’ve never read anything by Riordan, and I see this series all over the blogging community and BookTube community, so I thought it was finally time to see what all the fuss is about!
The Summer I Turned Pretty (bind-up) by Jenny Han. I’ve obviously heard a lot about this author, and a lot about To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, but I spotted this bind-up for £4.99 and couldn’t say no…
The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness. After much debate, and encouragement from Joey and Asti, I finally picked this series up for just £6.99, and while I was on a Ness kick (having never read him before), I also picked up A Monster Calls for £2.99 (in hardback!).
The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory. I’ve been looking forward to this final installment since forever ago! I planned to read it as soon as I got it, but it’s been quite a while since I read the first five, so now I’m debating doing a reread around Christmas time. I picked this up in hardback, on its release day, for just £4.99!
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. I needed a filler to qualify for free shipping and picked this up because the premise sounds so interesting, and it was on my wish-list. What if a 24 hour day grew longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day became night and night became day?
I think I did quite well this month! 😀 I bought all of these through The Book People, in case anyone is interested because of the low prices! Of course, after I placed my order I spotted The Maze Runner trilogy for just £4.99 too, but when I phoned they’d already picked and packed my books for delivery so I couldn’t add it on. Next time…
Books for Review:
None! I haven’t requested any new ones, and I hope to keep these to a minimum until the new year so I can clear my outstanding NetGalleys!
Movies and TV Shows:
Gossip Girl – Every now and then I like to re-watch a series that I’ve loved, even if I’ve already seen them all before. This isn’t good because of the number of new series’ I’d love to watch, but re-watching old favourites is just too much fun.
The X Factor – It’s baaaaack! And this year the competition is fierce! I have so many favourites already, and spend most of my Saturday night shouting at the TV screen because of the judges’ bad decisions! I ❤ Jake!
Wrappin’ It Up!
Posts I Bookmarked:
Another great month of great posts! I’ve linked up some of my favourites below:
- Amanda @ Book Badger takes us through the six steps of dealing with the end of a series
- Cait @ Notebook Sisters gives us 28 Reasons Why Being A Bookworm Actually Sucks (uh, can I add one? Why are we referred to as worms??)
- Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner tells us what distracts her when she’s trying to read
- Nuzaifa @ Say It With Books hosts a guest post about blogger guilt – I could definitely relate!
- Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat takes the Staples Reading Speed Test
- Allie @ Little Birdie Books asks what is your favourite way to organise your books? There are more options than I realised!
- Rinn @ Rinn Reads shares her thoughts on not having time to read
- @ Mostly YA Book Obsessed shares her feelings on author interaction
- Ashley @ Nose Graze gives us great tips on how to correctly tag your posts
- Ginger @ GReads! did a great post on reading road blocks (not the same thing as a slump!).
- Kelley @ Oh, The Books! discusses her experience with synesthesia
- Nikki @ There Were Books Involved asks how do we write our reviews?
- Kayla @ The Thousand Lives wrote about the 5 stages of DNFing a book
- Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense talks about girl-on-girl hate
- Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner tells us why life’s too short for “guilty pleasures”!
- Trish @ Between My Lines is spreading some blogging feel-good feels!
- Mel @ A Bit of Mel Time has posted about a fantastic scheme called Post Pals, so under-privileged children can still have a great Christmas. Please take the time to check it out and sign-up if you can!
These are some of my favourites from September, but as always I’ll link up the latest Oh, The Books! weekly recap post so you can find more amazing things to read!
In Case You Missed It:
You can check out my reviews of Louder Than Words (3.5/5) – Throne of Glass (5/5) – If I Stay (4/5), Far From You (4.5/5), We Were Liars (4/5) and my joint review with Brandie for Come Back To Me (4/5). I had a great reading month ratings-wise!
Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Characters Who Would Have Sat At My Lunch Table – Top Ten Underrated Books That Need More Love – Top Ten Authors I’ve Only Read One Book By, And Need More! and Top Ten Books On My Autumn To Be Read Pile
This month’s features included: Mine and Joey’s second (S)He Said Discussion – The Birds and The Bees (about sex in YA fiction), a list of popular Banned and Challenged Books, I shared more Bloggy Love #3 and wrote about Why I Believe In The Freedom To Read.
I was nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award, shared an excerpt from Katie McGarry’s new book, Take Me On (with a giveaway), I’m currently hosting a “thank you” giveaway for my followers to be in with the chance of winning a Kindle Fire HDX (US) or $229 Amazon Gift Card/Paypal Cash (INT), I hosted a Banned Books Giveaway (that was super successful, and thanks to everyone for taking part!). I also shared an excerpt from Undertow, and revealed the cover of Kristen Kehoe’s new book, The Light of Day.
My most popular post in September (apart from TTT posts) was What Do You Do While Listening To An Audiobook?? I don’t know, I haven’t figured it out yet either! 🙂
These past few weeks have been hectic with work and my course starting up again, and I’m finding it harder to post when I want to (I passed my two exams by the way!). I need a day to catch-up on scheduling and commenting, and I’m debating cutting back from 5/6 posts per week for a little while until things ease up again. Really looking forward to getting stuck in to the rest of the Throne of Glass series (while simultaneously not wanting it to end!).
Mara Dyer is suck a mind fuckery book, I have no idea what’s going on and I love it. I feel like re-watching Gossip Girl, I really loved the first few seasons.
I’m so excited for Mara!! I thought the ending was a tad disappointing but I love watching it, oh to have the good life! Lol
You’re going to love the Percy Jackson series! They’re such fun books-kind of like the Harry Potter series, but unique in its own way.
Found your blog through the Between My Lines blog love link up 😀
I’ve heard fans of HP like Percy Jackson, looking forward to it.
Thanks for commenting! R x
Phew, what a busy week. 🙂 I hope you’ll hit that good balance between your work, course, and blogging of course. I’ll be checking out some of the blog posts you bookmarked. Really interesting topics. 🙂 Here’s to a great October, Rachel! 🙂
Oh, no, that was a whole month for me! I do monthly wrap ups rather than weekly 🙂 I’m balancing it ok so far, of course I’d love more reading time but I’ll make do. Though my Gossip Girl obsession has rolled into October too and it’s a time drain! As I’ve already watched it before I’m going to put it on in the background when I’m studying. Two birds with one stone and all that jazz! R x
Nice haul this week. So happy to see that you have gotten into the Throne of Glass series and plan to continue it. The wait for the next book is KILLING me! I really want to read A Monster Calls, I have heard so many amazing things about that one. Although I am so scared that it’s going to end up making me cry.
Hey, thanks for commenting 🙂 I got into it in a major way, but took a small break to read the Delirium series, then I’ll read the novellas. I plan to savour them slowly rather than devouring them, if I can! lol I haven’t gotten to A Monster Calls yet, but it seems a pretty short read, and I don’t think it’s going to be what I was expecting at all! R x