Sum It Up Sunday – February ’18


Sum it up Sunday is a feature post we are going to trial for the closing Sundays of each month. In these posts we’ll detail various things that have excited or upset us over that month.
If you’d like to join us in our summing up, please feel free! Just please, provide a link back to our blog. Thank you.

Stats for the month:


Books Read: 4 (Technically 5 as I read one twice…)
Avg Rating: 4.5 Voodoos
Pages Read: 2,214
Books Bought / Received: 15!


Books Read : 1 (full)
Avg Rating : 3 Voodoos
Pages Read : 635
Books Bought / Received : 7

What are you reading right now?

Artemis by Andy Weir – Paused to read review books
City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – Listening to this one, I didn’t want another Hitchhikers Guide instalment until I reviewed 3…

Artemis the city of brass pride and prejucide audio

Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell
Burn Out by Ruthi Kight

Hero at the Fall polar explorers' burn out

What was your favourite book this month?

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda  by Becky Albertalli. I didn’t expect this to be my kind of book at all. Boy was I wrong! It was an adorable romance.

simon vs the homosapiens agenda

Strangely, King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, didn’t expect to be saying that (but my lack of reading has pushed this to the top)

kings cage

What was your least favourite book this month?

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
It had a good start and a good idea, but in the end it got a bit weird. Not good weird. Plus it was my only not-5-star review this month

The Hazel Wood

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
I didn’t even finish it. I found it all too fluffy – the romance was too fast and sickly.

the light we lost

What do you want to read next?

I’d like to read something with adventures and swords, but I need to read:
The Last Hour by Harry Sidebottom after The Brass City
I’d like to listen to Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan next too. I liked the show on Netflix.

the last hour altered carbon

Well I promised to read
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
for the #unreadshelfproject2018 or give it away so I will definitely be reading that this month…but I really want to get to
The Girl in the Window by A J Finn
and Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian as well

isla woman in the window ash princess

What books did you collect this month?

I used my Audible credits to get:
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
The Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman
The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman
The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
Previously ordered:
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard
Tempests and Slaughter  by Tamora Pierce
I got these via Netgalley:
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green
And I got these in my book boxes:
Outwalkers by Fiona Shaw
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
Blood and Sand by C V Wyk
The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

The Ruby in the Smoke The shadow in the north the tiger in the well the Bourne Identity altered carbon
simon vs the homosapiens agenda sightwitch tempests and slaughterthe truth about Alice ash princess
outwalkers The Hazel Wood blood and sand the smoke thieves


Woman in the Window by A J Finn
And I may have accidentally picked up a few at a Church Coffee Morning :
The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding by Carole Matthews
The Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett
Book Box Beauties :
Blood and Sand by C V Wyk
The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

woman in the window incident of a dog chocolate wedding fifteen lives
blood and sand Smoke and Thieves

What books are you hoping to collect next month?

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

the song rising

Nothing Planned

How are your challenges going?

Netgalley Challenge: 1 The Hazel Wood
Finishing the Series Challenge: 1! A Song of Ice and Fire!
Book Box Challenge: 1 apparently – The Hazel Wood haha
Reviews: uh, 2 behind…but I finished them both yesterday (1 audio and 1 ebook) and the internet was playing silly buggers. I made notes though! And technically the only thing I’ve started since is a re-read audiobook so I’m doing well!

Netgalley Challenge
: 0
Finishing the Series Challenge : 0 (I’m up to date with – 1)
Book Box Challenge: 0
The Unread Shelf Project 2018 :0 :
Reviews: 1 YAY!! Finally!!
I Bought It So I Must Read It: 0

Oh dear not very well then… March will be my month though… I can feel it!

Any rants or raves?
Anything to boast or even just chat about?

I was invited to read Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian! That was pretty exciting. Looking forward to that.
Actually I’ve received a lot of book emails this month, but it’s been a weird month, I haven’t been able to read my emails properly.
I hope to attend to them more fully next week.

Also it snowed here and I got snowed in and had 3 days off work! I loved it. The snow, not just the days off work, though they were an added bonus! I really should have managed to get masses of reading time out of it – but I kept trying to dig myself out in the spirit of showing willing and that takes a lot of time, especially when it snows overnight and you have to start again…I did burn through audio books though so that’s something.
I…need to go move more snow now…

Oh so much!!! Let’s see if I can remember everything!

1. Does anyone else get the Wordery emails? No, well maybe you should sign up, even if you don’t read them.
Someone has a wicked sense of humor in the advertising department because theyre email titles are hilarious!
They have been the highlight of some of my worst days. (I have returned to work and it’s been hard to say the least).
I will give you a couple of examples… one that made me smile… ‘Treat Yourshelf’
and on Valentines day I received ‘Is that a hardcover or are you happy to see me…’ pahhaha

2. The BBC are rebooting the Hitchhiker’s Guide Radio Series and actually bringing back the original cast!
(basically theyre adding Eoin colfer’s book and other unpublished material! Eeek!)
- Source – Book Riot

3. The BBC are also developing a six-part series based on Terry Pratchett’s The Watch! Soo excited to see that!
- Source – Book Riot

4. Titan Books and Twentieth Century Fox are publising some Firefly Books based on the TV series. Really excited about that one!
- Source – Book Riot again!

5. oh and Holly Black is visiting the UK for a book tour!! Just wish I could go :(
- Source – Holly Black’s Instagram Page

pam id pics paeinpam id pics andpam id pics ms4tune


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