Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up September 2014

Stacking the Shelves

Books I Bought:

Well. I truly fell off the wagon this month. Brace yourself, Book Geeks, because imma hauling!

September haul

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:

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:

Far From You CoverYou 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 TuesdayTop Ten Characters Who Would Have Sat At My Lunch TableTop Ten Underrated Books That Need More LoveTop 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!). 

About Rachel

Avid reader & #bookblogger. Lover of all things business. A fan of drinks & dancing. Ever optimistic. Feminist.

8 Responses

  1. 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 😀


  2. 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! 🙂


  3. 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.


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