Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up May 2015

Stacking the Shelves

So, I was hoping for great bloggy things in May – it was a slight improvement on April, but I’m still not blogging how I want to, as often as I want to. It seems at the minute, life is determined to get in the way! I’m going to roll with it, fighting it or getting worked up about it seems futile. Let’s see how I got on this month.

The Books:

As predicted there were some Bank Holiday sales last month, and I finished my dissertation and got it handed in, which equalled celebratory book-buying. Obviously.

Book Haul May 2015

My celebratory book haul included:

I picked all of these up for just £25 including delivery. My conscience is clear!

I called into my local Cancer Research UK charity shop to pick up a t-shirt for the Pretty Muddy 5K run, and ended up leaving with some great books. I should really call into charity shops more often, there were brand new books in there, and it’s basically guilt-free book shopping because the money is going to a good cause. This could be bad for my TBR… I picked up The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, The Amber Spyglass and The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (I did own these, but I’m pretty sure I culled them a long time ago), Look Who It Is!: My Story by Alan Carr, The Beach by Alex Garland, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris. All for just £8!

Finally this month I did a #booksfortradeUK deal with Becky from A Fool’s Ingenuity, I traded my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series for The Devil Wears Prada and Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, Started Early, Took My Dog and When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson, The Road by Cormac McCarthy and The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella.

Movies and TV Shows:

Netflix has been a saviour this month – I watched all of the Netflix original series Grace and Frankie, after seeing Jean @ Jean’s Bookish Thoughts recommending it – I totally adored it. Then I moved on to Once Upon A Time, and I’m hooked. Though I looked it up and I can’t believe it’s 5 seasons long already. It’s going to kill me. Really looking forward to season 3 of Orange is the New Black in June. I think I’m on a TV Show kick.

Wrappin’ It Up!

As always, I’m linking to the latest Oh, The Books! weekly recap post so you can find more amazing things to read!

In Case You Missed It:

To Kill A Mockingbird Book CoverMy reading has kind of picked up a little this month, but blogging and reviewing is still behind where I’d like it to be. I’m getting there… Check out my review for The Good Psychopath’s Guide To Success (4/5), To Kill A Mockingbird (5/5) and A Girl Undone (4/5).

Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Books I’ll Never Read – Top Ten Authors I Want To Meet – Top Ten Books I’d Rather Be Reading Right Now – Top Ten Books For My Beach Bag

This month I also shared links for all of the titles in the SYNC Free Audiobooks for Summer promotion, was featured on Inside Out over on Bookmark Lit, and shared a new release by Mila Gray/Sarah Alderson! I took a burst of inspiration to take part in Armchair BEA (Armchair BEA Post 2) and also posted about the #booksfortrade phenomenon sweeping Twitter. Look out for lots of exciting things on the blog in June, not only do I plan on putting up lots of reviews, but there should be some exciting news *cough* new feature *cough*!

My most popular posts in May (except for TTT posts) were my review for All The Light We Cannot See and Bloomsbury New Harry Potter Covers and Artist Interview!

Here is to a very productive June, Book Geeks! Wish me luck!

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About Rachel

Avid reader & book blogger. Lover of Business. A fan of drinks & dancing. Ever optimistic. Feminist.

8 Responses

  1. Ohh new feature, I’m curious! And lovely haul! I loved The Secret Dream World of a Shopaholic but it’s years since I read it. And I need more Diane Chamberlain books, I’ve read 3 now and loved them all.
    I’ve cancelled my Netflix for the summer as I wasn’t watching it but when I get it back later in the year, I’ll look up Once Upon a Time as I think I’d like that one.

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  2. Wow you’ve had a busy month, look at all those books! I can’t believe you got them so cheap. And I would agree and say going in charity shops for books is a great idea but I’ve had to stop myself going to them because that’s how my bookshelves start overflowing. I always feel a bit like I’m missing out on a good deal, but I know how stupid I can get with my book buying so I try and visit them once a month if that. If only I could do the same with supermarkets and my bookish impulse buys there.

    I haven’t seen Grace and Frankie, yet, it has some of my favourite actors in and looks like it should be really good. I’m thinking about binging on it one weekend, but we shall see.

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