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February Wrap-Up

FebWrapUpI cannot believe that we are heading into March already. This makes me a little sad because it means that my maternity leave is getting shorter and shorter, I can’t bear to think about leaving my Little P yet. I’m taking each day as it comes and thinking positive, also hoping to cut down my hours so that I only work 3 days per week when I do go back.

Books Read in February

I managed to read 7 books this month, which is great for me and I am really chuffed. I finished one right at the last minute – The Ship by Antonia Honeywell – my review will be on the blog in March.

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Vendetta by Catherine Doyle // The Apothecary by Maile Meloy // Poison by Sarah Pinborough
Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson // A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill // The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

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Book of the Month
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Reading Challenge 2015:

  • A book with a one-word title
  • A book with magic
  • A book by an author with the same initials
  • A book that made you cry
  • A book by a female author

British Books Challenge:

I linked up two reviews to this challenge during the month of January.

  1. Poison by Sarah Pinborough
  2. A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

 

Bought, Borrowed, Received:

I have done a couple of library hauls here, here and here. I also did one teeny, tiny book haul here. I’m still proud of myself for not going overboard.

What I’ve been watching and enjoying this month:

I loved watching The Jump, am loving The Great British Sewing Bee and the new series of The Walking Dead. I haven’t watched many films, there are a few I’d like to watch in March though.

Other things that happened on the blog in February:
I participated in the #LittleLoves linky hosted over at But Why Mummy Why. It has been lovely to reflect on my week and focus on the positives. I posted a mini review of the Literary Listography book here and cannot wait to start filling it in. I kept up with my Top Ten Tuesday posts and both reading challenges – British Books and the PopSugar 2015 reading challenge.

I also did a little update on Parker here, and a small charity shop haul.

Looking forward to March:
These are the things I want to achieve/have a go at in March.

  1. Continue with both of my reading challenges.
  2. Read some books off of my NetGalley TBR pile.
  3. Complete a series (or two).
  4. Go to a baby group!
  5. Take P swimming for the first time.
  6. Try out some new recipes and have a go at some baking!

 

I am so close to 250 followers on Twitter now, so I hope to do a giveaway when I reach that milestone. I have discovered some great new blogs this month, as well as some awesome new booktubers.

Thanks for all of your comments, I absolutely love reading every single one. Here’s to March!

 


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January Wrap-Up

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I have never done a wrap-up post before but thought it would be interesting to look back at the month. So , here goes..firstly, where did January go? I cannot believe we are heading into February, my Little P is getting bigger every minute it seems!

Books Read in January

I feel like I had quite a good reading month during January, considering I have a baby that needs my full attention. I am really loving reading again now that Parker is getting into more of a routine. I didn’t review one of the books because I didn’t feel like I had enough to say about it.

The Selection by Kiera Cass (Review)
Summer with my Sister by Lucy Diamond (Review)
The Enemy by Charlie Higson (Review)
Apocalypse Bow Wow by James Proimos III
The Fault in our Stars by John Green (Review)
Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell (Review)

                               The Selection SummerWithMySister  TheEnemy  FrozenCharlotte TFioS ApocalypseBowWow

Book of the Month:
Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell – I absolutely loved this book and totally gushed about it here. Really got me in the mood to read more YA horror  – recommendations welcome.

Reading Challenge 2015:

I read three books towards my 2015 reading challenge.

  1. A book turned into a movie
  2. A book that scared me
  3. A book by an author I’ve never read before

 

British Books Challenge:

I linked up three reviews to this challenge during the month of January.

  1. Summer with my Sister by Lucy Diamond
  2. The Enemy by Charlie Higson
  3. Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell

 

Bought, Borrowed, Received:
I have been so good this month and haven’t purchased ANY new books. GO ME! Although, I have reserved some books at the library and will be picking these up in the next few days. Look out for a library haul next month.

What I’ve been watching and enjoying this month:
I actually haven’t been watching a lot this month. I am loving Hollyoaks  – don’t hate me, it’s my guilty pleasure! I’ve also discovered Silent Witness, I had forgotten how much I love programmes like this. I am also looking for a new series – or two – to start. We have Amazon Prime, any recommendations? I’m liking the look of Under the Dome, Grimm and Revenge.

Other things that happened on the blog in January:
I hauled some clothes for Parker here and here – I have a slight problem with buying him things, I just cannot resist. I went to a local charity shop and got some great little items, I will share those next month. I also reviewed our Tranquil Turtle here. We love this product and highly recommend it. This was my first product review too.

Looking forward to February:
These are the things I want to achieve/have a go at in February.

  1. Start writing monthly posts about Parker and his development. These will be lovely to look back on in years to come.
  2. Improve photography – and take more photos!
  3. Use my library – reserving, browsing and baby groups!
  4. Go to some baby groups in the local area.

 

I have really enjoyed getting back into blogging this month and participating in challenges. I have quickly learnt to blog about what I want, when I want – not to worry about views, comments and stats so much. If you have any wrap-up posts please leave a comment with the link below – I love reading them!

Love,

Stacie and Grant