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June Wrap Up and July Reading Goals

Another month has come to a close and I am definitely NOT READY for June to be over! This month has been jam-packed with book events, gigs, catching up with friends, and trying to reorganise my room for the new bookshelves I’ve bought (and half built) – and when you include the roasting hot weather we’ve been having here in London recently, you get a very very tired Helen.

I popped into Foyles this month (I was very well behaved and didn’t cave and buy any books!) to see if I could finally meet Chloe Coles, author of the brilliant The Bookshop Girl. Luckily Chloe was in that day and we had a little chat and she signed my proof! Thank you Chloe for letting me interrupt your day.

I only managed to read 3 books this month – I know, that is an all time low (heh) for me – but they were all absolute stonkers of books so I can’t complain at all!

(Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to blame TfL for my low reading number – the number of train disruptions and alternative routes I’ve had to take to work has resulted in less reading time for me. Thanks a bunch, trains.)

Books read in June:

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May Wrap Up and June Reading Goals

June is here already which means that we’re nearly half way through 2018 – is it too much for me to request a pause button, please?! As I’m sure you’re well aware, I have become pretty bad at updating this lil blog, and so will be trying extra hard this month to make sure I get at least one other post published (she says, hurrying off to schedule some posts).

I read 7 books this month, which feels a little low after last month’s 11, but life has been fairly manic recently (with work and book events and trying to see friends and sleep well and all that), so 7 is an okay number with me!

Books read in May:

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April Wrap Up and May Reading Goals

Oh hiiiii May… Let’s be honest, I completely failed at blogging this April, but for once I didn’t feel horribly guilty about it – success! This doesn’t mean I’m not going to update my blog (I still love it here, and am hoarding lots of finished drafts that are waiting to be freed), but simply that I seem to have finally found a happy balance. Who wants to bet on how long that’ll last…?

Regardless, I definitely got a lot of reading done this month, with a huuuuge total of 11 books. First double figure total of the year!

I was also properly unwell for the first time this year which a) was not fun, and b) made me miss out on several bookish events, including the one with Kiran Millwood Hargrave. I was very sad, as I’m sure you can imagine. However, I did manage to make it to 2 of the Lush Book Clubs (for Katherine Arden and Laura Dockrill), and they were both really, really good. Hearing Laura read from Big Bones made me want to re-read it again already!

I also managed to reach one of my blog goals for this year already: I now have over 200 followers!

Books read in April:

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March Wrap Up and April Reading Goals

Another month has come to an end, and holy moly what a busy month March was. I attended 8 book related events (which meant I got to meet all these authors: Patrick Ness, Clare Mackintosh, Matt Killeen, Neal Schusterman, Samantha Shannon, V. E. Schwab, Holly Black, Sebastien De Castell, Alexandra Christo, and Angie Thomas, as well as attend my first blogger events – thank you Andersen and Hot Key!), a bookish quiz (we didn’t come last! Rejoice!), another Love, Simon screening, a trip to a board game cafe with work, and a visit to the theatre. And as if that wasn’t enough, this month featured the hugely exciting moment of SEEING MY NAME IN A BOOK. Yes! It is true, I feature as a cameo character in Susin Nielsen’s next book, No Fixed Address, thanks to the #AuthorsForGrenfell auction.

In terms of books read, I managed 7, which I am very pleased with! (Even if I did completely fail in my buddy read of Crooked Kingdom with Julia. Oh well…)

Books read in March:

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February Wrap Up and March Reading Goals

As I’m sure you noticed, I didn’t post much in February. After starting the year so well (post-wise) in January, I was suddenly knocked sideways by a strong dose of anxiety (thanks, brain), and that oh so wonderful feeling of being overwhelmed that had plagued me for months at the end of last year, resulting in only 2 posts going up. As frustrated as I am that I wasn’t able to stick to my ‘one post a week’ schedule, it was also a reminder that I can give myself breaks as and when I need them, and the world won’t stop turning. A huuuge thank you to those who left kind messages on here, instagram, and twitter for me. Your words mean a lot.

Also, I was pretty busy last month, including going to 2 exhibitions (Winnie the Pooh at the V&A, and Harry Potter: a History of Magic at the British Library), a cinema* trip to see an early preview of the upcoming Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda adaptation, Love, Simon (oh, my HEART), as well as a couple of book events, and, y’know, my birthday. Throw in general work and book club and attempting to be somewhat social — and 7 books feels like quite a respectable number!

Books read in February:


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January Wrap Up and February Reading Goals

Aaaand just like that, January is over, and we are into month 2 of 2018! For the first time ever, I actually didn’t hate January. (I know, it’s a shocker of a sentence.) This may have something to do with eradicating an event that happens every Jan, which I’ve been involved with for the past 10 years, it could be because I’m trying to be more organised and had lots of fun events squeezed in between work days, or it could be a combination of all of those factors, and many more.

But regardless, I read 8 books (which is what I’m aiming for each month, as part of my new ‘non pressurised reading’ scheme).

Books read in January:

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December Wrap Up and January/2018 Reading Goals

Happy New Year! As ever, I am running slightly behind in posting this,  but as I like to believe, better late than never. Ahem. Crashing on!

I ended up with an extremely busy December (I mean, its not like anyone would’ve guessed that a bookshop would be extra busy pre-Christmas…), and managed 7 books.

Books read in December:


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November Wrap Up and December Reading Goals

Hello! Yes, this blog is still alive, I just haven’t been very good at updating it this month (which I feel bad about, but sometimes these things just happen). In what has been possibly the busiest month of the year so far, I only managed to read 5 books. FIVE. But I did have a week away, which resulted in the creation of a new logo for this blog! Sound the trumpets!

Books read in November:


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October Wrap Up and November Reading Goals

Well. It’s safe to say that I majorly failed at updating my blog this month. Whereas last month I had no finished posts and felt guilty, this month I finished said posts… and then didn’t post them (therefore maintaining the guilt). GOOD JOB, ME.

October has been a bit of a weird month – I’ve found myself thinking “it’s been a funny old day…” every day (yes, in full on Open All Hours style, only not whilst dismantling the outside display of a corner shop. Wow, I’ve just thrown a lot of readers…), and has been a mix of intensely busy (work, events, and two weekends away) and low-key anxiety filled days – to the point where I can’t really remember the start of the month, and I’m convinced it didn’t actually occur.

Rambling sentence aside, I’ve read a total of 8 books this month (/half a month, if the conspiracy theories are indeed true), with about a 75% enjoyment rate (yes, I just did some maths to figure that out. See kids, you do use maths as an adult… *cough*), which I count to be a success.

Books read in October:


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September Wrap Up and October Reading Goals

Another month gone by, another blog post to write. September ended up being incredibly busy (lol @August-me), and I didn’t even get 10 books read! Oh, woe is me. Saying that, I did read 8 books, and considering there was a week or so in the middle of the month where I was here, there, and everywhere, I guess it’s not surprising that I didn’t fit any more books in. 8 is still a good number to have read. September also featured the third meeting of Bears Books (we have a twitter now. How exciting!), and I attended the Lush Book Club, which was Anna James in conversation with Kiran Millwood Hargrave, aka one of my Favourite Authors Ever (see here for my review of her second book, and here for a few photos from the event), plus there were many book launches, book purchases (*ahem*) and even a publishing conference. No wonder I’m knackered…!


Books read in September:

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