Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up July 2017

Stacking the Shelves Book Haul and Wrappin It Up Confessions of a Book Geek

Running a tad late with this month’s wrap up, but here we are! Just 7 weeks until I jet off for Ibiza, and 20 weeks until Christmas (sorry, not sorry!). I’ve been kept pretty busy with work and my own little side-projects, but I still have high hopes of getting stuck back into some serious blogging… as always!

I’m in the middle of my blog makeover – just going through all my older posts and updating them to the new format. It really does take a while, but I’m getting there! What do you think of the new look?

In other news, I’m taking part in this round of OTSP Secret Sister. I’ve done it twice before (see the goodies and joy given and received in my first round and second round), so I’m looking forward to my third experience.

I did my last BIG exam last month, and it went much better than I was expecting. The course has a less than 30% pass rate, so I don’t know if I got lucky with an easier exam paper, or if I’m still going to fail after getting my hopes up. Either way, my results come out right when I’ll be in the middle of the Balearic Islands, so I’ll be in the perfect place to celebrate or commiserate! What have you been up to? Tell me in the comments!

The Books:

Book Haul July 2017

  • The Secret Library:  This image does not do the gorgeousness of this book justice! I needed to add a book for a couple of pounds to qualify for free shipping (am I the only one who uses that excuse?!) when I was picking up a couple of Christmas pressies (yes, I am that organised) and this was it.
  • Essential NLP: I love psychology, and language, and the science of motivation and persuasion, so the next thing on my hit-list is a little something called Neuro-Linguistic Programming. It’s fascinating, and if you can get good at it, it’s an incredibly useful skill to have…
  • A King’s Obsession: I received the first book in this series (The True Queen) from the publisher for review, but haven’t gotten around to it just yet. When I spotted the second book, in hardcover, for an amazing price. Of course I picked it up. It helps that these books are beautiful too.

I’ve been pretty active on #booksfortradeuk lately, and here’s what I’ve gotten:

Book Haul July 2017 2

  • 1984: Everything about this book means that technically, I should love it.
  • In Cold Blood: I’ve never read any Capote, but this one caught my eye, so why not?
  • Nothing Tastes As Good: From memory, Hennessy was involved in a little drama not too long ago (responding to negative reviews, maybe?). The idea for this book is super intriguing.
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret: I’ve seen this on BookTube and never considered picking it up until it popped up on #booksfortradeuk. The illustrations are gorgeous.
  • Lock In: A couple of BookTubers have talked about this one, and it sounds pretty amazing!

Movies and TV Shows:

I feel like I haven’t been watching many movies or TV shows lately, because when I do get time to myself I either want to read or blog. Because of this, I now have a considerable list of movies I’d like to watch soon, including Logan and Wonder Woman. One thing I did see this month was The Circle (I read the book first) and I have mixed feelings on both. I’m thinking of doing a joint review…

Wrappin’ It Up!

In Case You Missed It:

Truth or Dare Book CoverThis month I reviewed Eleanor & Park (3/5*) by Rainbow Rowell and Truth or Dare (3.5/5*) by Non Pratt.

I also did the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag, and although I technically wrote this in August, I’m going to include it here as this wrap-up ran late – I shared my personal experience with depression and anxiety, as well as my views on the TV show, 13 Reasons Why, in my post 13 Problems With 13 Reasons Why.

13 Problems with 13 Reasons Why

My most popular post in July was What Is the Point of Preordering?, and my most popular review in July was Truth or Dare  

What have you been up to lately? What are you hauling and reading? What do you think of my re-design?? Let me know in the comments!

About Rachel

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

12 Responses

  1. Oooh I’ve been thinking of watching The Circle because I love Emma Watson, but I haven’t read the book yet. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them!

    Thank so much for mentioning me! ❤


  2. Brandie

    I’m glad your big exam went well – congrats!! And I love the new blog look!

    I’m not ready for Christmas…let’s not talk about it yet. 😉 xo


  3. I’d never heard of the trading hashtag thing. Must have a look!

    I keep hearing people saying Claire was in some drama but I still haven’t managed/bothered to read up on it. Nothing Tastes as Good is absolutely one of my favourite books though.

    And thanks for mentioning me! Genuinely chuffed right now, haha.


  4. You’ve just terrified me with that Christmas countdown. And how are you buying presents already? I will start shopping maybe in October but probably in November and that is organised enough for me. You’re just putting the rest of us to shame. Glad you’ve got your big exams out the way at least and really, being away is the best time to find out your results. At least you’ll be somewhere nice either way.

    I’ve heard some not so great things about The Circle (the film) but I saw the trailer and thought it looked interesting. I know it’s on Netflix so I’m kind of planning on giving it a chance. I’ve seen you’ve done a review so I’ll check that out and see if I’m willing to give either the book or the film a chance.


  5. Thanks so much for mentioning my posts! 🙂
    I really hope you enjoy those Alison Weir books! I’ve read The True Queen and absolutely loved it, so I’m really looking forward to reading the Anne Boleyn one.
    And the blog makeover looks great by the way! I recently redid mine, and still haven’t finished updating all my old posts. It just takes so long doesn’t it?


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