Sunday 1 July 2012

My Month in Books: May (and a bit of April...)

I decided rather than do a weekly IMM I wanted to create a monthly post that combines the books I receive with a look back on the month. A post to talk about everything that has happened book wise - so any books I receive for review or buy, any bookish events I attend, what I've read, reviewed and so on.

So this is My Month in Books for May (and a little bit of April...)

Read in May:

May was a really good month reading wise and I read some great books! I actually (gasp!) read some adults books too! You can see (if you so desire) what I read here.

Reading highlights for the month include:

The Body Finder Series by Kimberley Derting.  I read these back to back and really enjoyed them.  LOVE Jay!

7 Clues to Winning You by Kristin Walker.  I really need to get my review written for this - it is soooo funny! 

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson.  ABSOLUTELY LOVED this one!  My review will be posted soon but it's definitely up there as one of my favourite books.

And I have rediscovered my love for adult books!!!  I blame Sarah from Feeling Fictional for this and her insistence that I read the Fifty Shades Trilogy (which I am ashamed to say I really enjoyed..)  New authors I've discovered are Chloe Neill and Jeaniene Frost.  Love both their series!

Reviewed in May:

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Hunt by Andrew Fukada
Endure by Carrie Jones
New Girl by Paige Harbison (includes Q&A)
Geekhood by Andy Robb (and you can read an interview with Andy here.  Plus there a chance to win a signed copy of Geekhood here.


Simon & Schuster organised a Ghost Walk in London with Michelle Harrison to celebrate the release of her new novel Unrest.  It was a really fun event and I enjoyed hearing about all the different ghost stories!  I'd recommend going on a ghost walk if you are ever near London!  For more info about the event check out Sarah's event report over at Feeling Fictional

Thanks to Simon & Schuster for organising the event and to Michelle Harrison for being great company and for signing my copy of Unrest :D

I also went to Foyles Creative Voices (with Cat Clarke, Kimberly Derting, James Dawson & Tanya Byrne)  It was such a great event.  We got to hear how the authors got started, ask questions and they all did a reading from their novels.

After the Foyles event some of us went for afternoon tea with Kimberly Derting.  This was organised by Headline and was at the lovely Drink Shop Do.  Lots of great teas and the most gorgeous scones!  Plus we got to chat with Kimberly Derting (I tried very hard to get info on Jay and Rafe...) It was a fab afternoon - a massive thanks to Headline for organising it :)

Photographs were taken by the lovely Sarah at Feeling Fictional.  Her event report for Creative Voices and Afternoon tea is here.

And last, but not least, here are the books.  This also includes the last week of April:


Pop by Catherine Bruton
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Destined by Aprilynne Pike
Changeling by Philippa Gregory
The Spook's Blood by Joseph Delaney
Shift by Kim Curran
Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
Wintercraft: Legacy by Jenna Burtonshaw
1.4 by Mike Lancaster
New Girl by Paige Harbison
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
Dissing You Already by Kate Kingsley
Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready
Posion Princess by Kresley Cole
Deadly Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock
Monster High: Back and Deader Than Ever by Lisi Harrison
Goddess Girls: Athena The Brain by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Goddess Girls: Persephone The Phony by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams
Dads, Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks by Ellie Phillips
Adorkable by Sarra Manning
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Alchemy by K J Wignall
Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
Shattered Dreams by Ellie James
My Family and Other Freaks by Carol Midgley
MetaWars by Jeff Norton
Serpent's Kiss by Melissa De La Cruz

Massive thanks to all the publishers who sent books for review:)


I appear to have gone overboard with the book buying again this month! But they all look sooooo good so it's really hard to resist...

Plus it was my birthday in April and I had some birthday money to spend (well that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it...:D)

The Princesses of Iowa by M Molly Backes
In Honor by Jessi Kirby
Vanish by Sophie Jordon
Underworld by Meg Cabot
So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland
Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers
Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday
Shift by Em Bailey
7 Clues To Winning You by Kristin Walker
Taken at Dusk by C C Hunter
The Anti Prom by Abby MacDonald
We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
The Temptation by Alisa Valdes
Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout
Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Broken Illusions by Ellie James
Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams
Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Emma Hearts LA by Keris Stainton
Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielson
Awkward by Marni Bates
You Are Here by Jennifer E Smith
One Perfect Summer by Paige Toon
Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
At Graves End by Jeaniene Frost
Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost
This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh
Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill
Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill
Drink Deep by Chloe Neill
Grave Witch by Kalayna Price
Grave Dance by Kalayna Price
Fifty Shades Darker by E L James
Fifty Shades Freed by E L James
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

...and yes, I did bankrupt myself...

Hope you had a great month for books:D


iffath said...

So many books!!! I got Second Chance Summer this week and I'm SO excited to read it! Yay for you loving it :)

Sarah said...

Bwahahahahaha I love that you've blamed me for your new addiction to adult books :o) I like to spread the bookish joy!!

You bought some fab books - I didn't realise that Last Right was out already, I need to read Original Sin first though. I bought Obsidian the other day on my kindle and have heard really good things about that one. I also can't wait to read Vanish - I love the US covers for that series (not very keen on the new UK ones). I read the first Frost book by Jennifer Estep so that's another series I need to catch up with! Gah too many books and not enough time to read them all!!!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Wow, so many books! Though I'm not really surprised anymore :)

I'm dying to read In Honor. Looking forward to reading your review!

Samantha (A Dream of Books) said...

Wow! So many amazing new books. I bet your bookshelves are overflowing :)

Nina said...

Many books, so many good ones. Yay! I can't wait to read your reviews for them. :)

Tales of Whimsy said...

A ghost walk? Seriously? How cool is that. I'm so envious. The UK bloggers seem like such a cool small tight-knit group.


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