Monday, 3 September 2012

August Round Up!

Monthly Feature- rounds up all the books I've read, progress on challenges and reviews my blogging!
It is kind of an expansion (?) of my favourite memes hosted by the lovely Shelia over at Book Journey!

August in numbers!
Total posts= 14
Book read= 11
Reviews Posted= 4
Meme Posts= 5
Other Posts= 5
Total Posts- 13 (unlucky!)

What I read in August!

The Future of Us by Kahlen Aymes.
The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley.

What I Reviewed!
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
The Selection by Kiera Cass
Going Under by Georgia Cates

Weaker review month than July!
However this is because I stock piled reviews for my September holiday so the blog isn't abandoned while I'm gone!
I read two more books than July and I have reviewed over half of August's books all scheduled for Thursday onwards, not too bad!

What I Posted!
Discussion post- I'm really proud of this post- it took me awhile to write and post as it was my very first discussion post so I'm happy it's been well received! Just need to decided on the next subject!
Favourtie Books Post- Check out what books have been my favourite since starting this blog!
Update post- Technically a meme update but it evaluates which of the books I anticipated I'd read over summer and the result!

Did I achieve my blog goals?
Post at least one review and one book non meme post a week.
Didn't think this one through. Before August I had written very few non meme/review posts so I set the bar way to high for August! I am hoping to spend some time coming up with a good amount of ideas for these posts for October.
Make strong progress on my challenges.
Whoops! I kind of went on a YA contemporary spree- unfortunately I'm not taking part in a contemporary challenge!
Take part in more 'activities' like readthons and read alongs.
Yay- I did this one! I took part in the Summer Wrap-Up Readathon (4th August to 12th August) and Bout of Books (13th August to 19th August). I really enjoyed this goal and I hope that next time I can take part in the social aspect of readathons as well!
Beat my total monthly posts of 17!
I totally forgot to factor in the Olympics! All my friends and family caught Olympic fever so I neglected my blog- whoops. At least it's only every four years!

What I hope to achieve in September blog wise!
  • To post 15 posts- This one is more achievable than last month as already have a lot of scheduled posts ready and I've factored in outside life! I am also hoping to post at least 8 reviews.
  • To improve the standard of this blog- I have updated and posted a clear Review Policy. I am launching a ratings system today to help differentiate between reviews. I would love suggestions on how else to improve!
  • To learn more about blog design. - I really want to change up my blog but my knowledge of blog design is so limited. If anyone has any tips or hints please let me know!!
I really enjoyed August as a blog month, I am disappointed I didn't achieve my goals but I have set more realistic ones for this month!
I will be posting my Autumn TBR list tomorrow so stop by to see what I plan on reading!  

How was your August? Did you succumb to Olympic fever too?
Much Love


  1. I love how you post your goals and whether or not you met them :) I'll have to check out your review policy, I haven't posted one yet and I know I *should*. Another thing I have yet to do is to come up with a rating system. I don't know why, lol, guess I like to do willy nilly reviews ;) On blog design: ugh. I've found a few good sites with clear instructions. If I still have them in my favorites I'll forward them on to you :)

    1. Thank you!
      I was inspired by a Confident Reads post on it broken down the review policy components!
      I'm hoping the rating system will differentiate between my reviews!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

    2. I'm going to go check that site out :) Thanks Lettie

  2. I should have goals like these, unfortunately I spend most of my time just keeping up rather than getting ahead

    Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

    1. I fell behind so it's easier to get ahead if that makes sense!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Oh wow, you've been very busy with all your bookish and blogging goals. It's always great to have that kind of clear-sightedness when it comes to your book journeys, and I'm glad to see that you've accomplished so much! Have fun with all your reading and blog-designing. :)

    1. Thank you! I think the goals keep me organised! Fingers crossed I accomplish my new ones!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. You've read some amazing books! I loved Glow and Under the Never Sky. I've heard great things about Easy and can't wait to read it.
    And I think the Olympics are a good reason to neglect your blog a bit ;).

    Helene @ Helene's World of Books

    1. Easy lives up to expectations! I had a really good reading month!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  5. I feel like I am always behind - I keep saying I am going to write reviews and schedule them for the upcoming weeks and end up doing them as I post them. Oh well...maybe one day I will get there.

    Have a great week!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

    1. I'm usually behind to but I'm trying hard to get ahead!
      I'm sure we'll both get there one day!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. I love how you're posting you goals. I too want to do more with my blog, but think that mini goals might be a good place to start. Thanks for the idea! Also, I love how this a recap of all your various bookish/blog activities--a great idea for someone who might not visit your site as frequently. Have a great reading week!


    1. You're welcome! It keeps me on track!
      I'm glad you like it- that's exactly what I was hoping for!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  7. Hey I read Sam Cruz too! (:
    I joined a readalong as well. It's to read the three books in the His Dark Materials (Golden Compass). There were discussion points too but I worry mine won't be received well...
    Come check out my It's Monday!:

    1. Yay! I loved it!
      Ooo that sounds like it could be cool- I'm sure they will!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. I have Easy on order at my library - REALLY looking forward to reading it :) Tons of good reviews out there, can't wait to get my hands on it :)

    The Brunette Librarian's Blog

    1. It is awesome! I loved it- it was different than I expected but brilliant :)
      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. 13 is lucky :) No worries.

    Thank you for linking up and happy reading :)

    -Kellee (


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