April Wrap Up & May TBR | Sitting In The Clouds

Can someone explain to me how it’s May already? One month away from being half way through yet another year living in this world. However, being May also means it’s only a one month away from my birthday and apart from Christmas, my birthday is my favourite time of year.

April reading wise, however, really saw me experiment with my reading resources. I read my first ever library book (that I can remember) this month. I discovered the amazing world of Overdrive and signed up immediately. I’m really trying to step out of my comfort zone with reading, not with what genre I read but with books I haven’t heard of before. Books that haven’t been hyped on the internet and I know pretty much the entire synopsis before diving in. It’s been good. But my main reading goal for April, if you saw my March Wrap Up, was to reread one of my favourite series, The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole.

April Wrap Up

  • Poison Princess by Kresley Cole (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Endless Knight by Kresley Cole (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
  • Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
  • Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • …And A Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Although I loved being back in the Arcana Chronicle world and with the characters again, it wasn’t as good as I remember being it but I guess that’s the risk you take when rereading books, you may not love them as much as you used to, and I’m fine with that. Arcana Rising was a great addition to the series and I will continue with the next two books, when they are released, because I want some of my favourite characters…JACK!!! to have a good ending. I didn’t end up reading the novella, Day Zero as I was reading reviews, and apparently it doesn’t add anything to the story and is really just like a textbook with information about all the characters. I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

I LOVED the novella to the Spinster Girls trilogy by Holly Bourne though, …And A Happy New Year? It was only just under 200 pages and I read it within 24 hours. I loved being back with these girls, seeing how their futures were panning out and I was truly satisfied with leaving them there to live their lives.

Currently Reading

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  • History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I saw this on Overdrive and downloaded it before I could tell my brain not to. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. I’m about 70 pages (eBook format) into the story and I’m liking it so far but it hasn’t swept me off my feet just yet.

May TBR

I really don’t have anything in mind that I want to read this month. I think I will keep my eyes out for anything that peeks my interest on Overdrive. But since we are getting into summer, I think it will be mainly contemporaries for the next couple of months.


What did you read in April? What was your favourite read? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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March Wrap Up & April TBR | Sitting In The Clouds

As my reading goes, 2017 has been an amazing year for me so far. No books have been rated under 3 stars, my lowest being a 3.75 stars to My Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland and my reading pace, although not fast in the slightest, with uni and other things going on in my life right now, I’ve read a total 13 books so far and GoodReads says I’m one book ahead of schedule, which is awesome for me. With April quickly approaching I’m happy to say I’m pleased with my reading so far this year.

March was my best month for reading so far but it isn’t over yet, with four days left, I’m hoping to complete one final book, bringing my total up six books.

March Wrap Up

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) – second five star read of the year and easily the best book I read this month
  • The Pottermore Short Story Collection by JK Rowling
    Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (⭐️⭐️⭐️)
    Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
    Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • One Night In Italy by Lucy Diamond (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

I enjoyed all the books I’ve read this month with Caraval taking the lead as my favourite. I just adored this book, having heard a mix of reviews before reading it myself and hearing it be compared to The Night Circus, I was skeptical as I hated that book, but oh my!! Caraval was leaps and bounds better…unpopular opinion I know. I loved how you didn’t know what was real or fake and the whole atmosphere was amazing. I loved all the characters and I just can’t fault it.

I loved reentering the wizarding world and they were all good stories to keep me occupied on my commute to uni everyday. Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies was by far my favourite as we got to know more about Lupin, my favourite character.

I also really enjoyed One Night In Italy, it had been unread on my bookshelf for around two and a half years. I had picked it up once before but soon gave up as I wasn’t feeling it but second time round I devoured it.

DNF’ed

I did unfortunately DNF one book in March, which is my first DNF of the year. I’m not afraid of putting books down if I’m not feeling them and they are pulling me into a slump, which Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan was doing to me.

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I just didn’t get this book. I’m going to keep hold of it a while longer as Goodreads actually rates it quite well but this time round, I couldn’t get into it. I do truly believe that sometimes it is you and not the book.

Currently Reading

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  • Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

April TBR

  • Endless Knight by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #2)
  • Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #3)
  • Day Zero by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #3.5)
  • Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole (Arcana Chronicles #4)

If you couldn’t tell I want to conquer this series in April. As I’m currently reading Poison Princess, the first book, I want to just dive into each of the books one another another this month. I read the first three books back in 2015, Poison Princess, Endless Knight and Dead of Winter but I want to refresh my mind before reading the novella and book number four. I can remember loving this series and it being one of my favourites, it’s on my favourites shelf on GoodReads anyway, so I’m excited to see if I still feel the same as well as what happens next as Dead of Winter left on the biggest cliffhanger.


If I read those four books and knock that series off my TBR I’ll be happy.

How was March reading wise for you? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned today? Let’s chat in the comments.

I also have more of my thoughts on all of the books read this month on my GoodReads page, linked below.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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Welcome Back!!! One day left in February and I know I won’t finish the book I’m currently reading before March hits us so it’s time for my monthly wrap up. In February I managed to complete 3 books but one of them I was already in the midst of when February rolled around.

February Wrap Up

  • Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland (⭐️⭐️⭐️.75)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer (#3 Lunar Chronicles) (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

I really enjoyed all the books I finished this month but Cress and Anna stand out the most for me. I’m a lover of contemporaries so usually any romance I read I love but there was something about this book that just made me fall in love with it, like most people. I throughly enjoyed the third instalment of the Lunar Chronicles, Cress but I did find it a bit slow (SPOILER) when all the characters go spilt up from one another, hence the knock of the star. It’s definitely not my favourite book of the series so far, Cinder is still my favourite book and character but I’m still loving this series and can’t wait to read Winter. Which leads me onto my….

March TBR

  • Winter by Marissa Meyer
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

I want to jump straight into Winter when I’ve finished my current read and I think the reason my enjoyment of Cress suffered was because I waited too long between Scarlet and Cress. And plus, Cress left on an awesome cliffhanger so I want to know what happens. However, Winter is one BIG book so I’m not sure I’ll get round to reading the other two but I want to try.

Currently Reading

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  • Wonder by RJ Palacio – I’m enjoying it but I’m really not that fussed on it as of yet. The subject of the story is really interesting, I’m just not attached to any of the characters and that’s a major thing for me when reading. I have to feel a connection to really enjoy the story.

Overall I’m pleased with what I read in February, the books weren’t bad ratings nor were they amazing 5 star reads for me. I’m a little disappointed that I only read 2 books cover to cover but life got in the way, especially with uni picking back up.

What did you read in February? Have you read any the books that are on my March TBR? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel

 

January Wrap-Up & February TBR | 2017 | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! The first month of 2017 is already over and I’m pleased to announced that with everything that went on in January I read a total of 3 books. Now that may not seem like a lot but when Crooked Kingdom is one of the reads and it was over 500 pages and it being taller than your average book as well as having ridiculously small font, I’m happy with 3. None of them received lower than 4 stars which is an awesome start to my reading year.

January Wrap Up:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Screenplay by JK Rowling (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

To be honest I can’t pick a favourite book I read this month, they were all awesome in their own ways. Of course Fantastic Beasts was epic. It was amazing to reenter the wizarding world and because I had already seen the film before reading the screenplay, as I was turning the pages the film was replaying in my head. Amazing, recommend to all Potterheads. I can also totally understand why there is so much hype around the Six of Crows duology, I loved it. The characters, the plot, the writing was just amazing but I defiantly preferred the first book. I found the second dragged in places and Six of Crows just had action and plot twists on every page.

February TBR:

I’m not really sure what I want to read in this upcoming month. February is only 28 days the year so I don’t want to make my TBR too ambitious. However I am off uni for the majority of it so I’m hoping to get quite a bit done, but I’m having trouble picking out any specific books so I’m going to let my mood decide.

Currently Reading:

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  • Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland – I’m not very far into this book at all as I’m writing this but it’s intriguing me and I’m interested to see where the plot takes me.

I’m so happy with how my reading year is turning out so far. GoodReads is telling me I’m currently on track to finish 50 books by the end of the year which is good. How did the first month of 2017 go for you reading wise? Let’s chat in the comments. Did we read any of the same books? What are your thoughts?

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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Welcome Back!!! December only saw me read two books which I’m not at all surprised by seeing as December was one hectic month. My first semester of university was coming to an end, it was CHRISTMAS and New Years so no wonder reading took a back seat. And although I would have loved to have read more to end the year on a high reading wise you can’t have everything so I’ll try and make January a great reading month to kick off the new year as I mean to go on.


December Wrap Up:

  • Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Out of the two books I did manage to read in December, Girl Online: On Tour was by far my favourite. I read it within a couple of days and couldn’t put it down. Although I read the first book in Zoe Suggs trilogy, Girl Online, in 2015, I don’t remember it being as good as the second book, which I think is quite rare in a series. What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne is definitely not my favourite book out of the “Spinster Girl” series by Holly. I enjoyed it but compared to the first two, it defiantly didn’t live up to my expectations.

January TBR: 

  • Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Screenplay by J.K.Rowling

I got all three of these books for Christmas and I think it would be a great start to the year to get my TBR down already by reading the books I got. And also I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about all three of these, especially the Six of Crows duology so I have a feeling it will be a great start to my reading year rating wise as well.


How did 2016 go for you reading wise? How are you planning on kicking off the new year? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel 

P.S. It’s only the 3rd of January and I’ve finished my first book of the year, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Screenplay. Let’s start as we mean to go on. I’m about to start Six of Crows and I’m super excited.


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Welcome Back!!! I’ve read a total of 42 books this year and although I didn’t reach my goal of 55 books that doesn’t matter to me anymore as I read some fantastic books this year, new as well as rereads and as long as I enjoy reading and love the books I do read, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter about the number. I see people who read over 100 books in a year and I think to myself, do they really actually enjoy the reads if they are reading them so quickly? So although I didn’t reach my goal, I loved so many books I read this year, it was hard to narrow down a list.

(These are in no particular order because it was hard enough narrowing down the list, let alone ranking them from best to worst.)


My Top 5: the following books each received a 5/5 rating…

  • Fat Dad Fat Kid by Shay & Gavin Butler – I’ve been watching the Shaytards on Youtube for about 5/6 years now and seen two of their kids be born, I just adore their family so when I heard the father and son were releasing a “weight loss” book I had to get my hands on it. But the thing is, it’s not just a weight loss book, it’s a book about their life, a motivation book and just a all round fantastic book. It taught me so many lessons and because I read it right at the beginning of 2016, it was the perfect read to help me start off the year right. I definitely want to reread this book in 2017. 
  • Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu – I also read this trilogy near the beginning of the year and I still remember key events that happened. I might not remember the entire story clearly but I know enough for this whole trilogy to reach my top books of 2016 and I can’t wait to read more of Marie Lu’s writing. 
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo – I LOVE the West End play of this story so I thought that 2016 was finally the year I was going to read the book. I just didn’t know how much it was going to effect me reading it rather than watching it. The story is slightly different but that’s understandable as they are told on two completely different platforms but each telling of the story got to me and it’s one of the very few books to make me cry. 
  • The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson – the first read of 2016 and my first ever read about LGBT characters and I still think about this book 12 months on. This book isn’t just one of favourites of 2016 but one of my all time favourite books. 
  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne – I can’t get over how good this book was. Mental illness, friendship, feminism, fantastic characters, brilliant writing, just an amazing book and if you only decide to read one of these books that I’ve mentioned today, let it be this one. 

Honourable Mentions: books that didn’t quite reach that five star rating but I enjoyed so much I couldn’t not mention them… 

  • Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg – I read Girl Online, the first book, in 2015 and enjoyed it but I wasn’t overly bothered on reading on. However, one day I was in the mood to buy a new book and this book was only £3.75 in Tescos so I decided to buy it. It then sat on my bookshelf was months. Only this past month did I pick it up and it took me by surprise. I actually gave this book 5 stars because I loved it so much. The only reason it didn’t reach my “top 5” was because I wasn’t a massive fan of the first book. 
  • How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne – after finishing “Am I Normal Yet?” I had to continue on with this series and I loved this book. It follows a different main character and I really ended up loving where this story went but I don’t think anything can bet the first book in this series and how Holly spoke and wrote about mental illness. 
  • The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins – I haven’t really read many mystery thriller books, apart from Gone Girl and I ended up really enjoying this read. I never guessed the killer and it kept me on my seat for the entire read. It took a while to get into the action but after about 50 pages, I couldn’t put the book down. 
  • Just One Night by Gayle Foreman – I read Just One Day in 2014 and soon after picked up the sequel, Just One Year but I left it on my shelf for so long that when I picked it up I couldn’t get back into the story. However, in 2016 I decided to reread Just One Day and follow straight on with Just One Year. It was the best decision I made because I fell in love with the story and characters all over again and jumped right into the novella, Just One Night and I loved it even more than Just One Year because it just wrapped up everything so nicely. I don’t think I’ve ever read a better novella. 
  • Always With Love by Giovanna Fletcher – Giovanna Fletcher is an auto-buy author for me and I’ve been following her writing career since her very first book, Billy and Me. Always With Love is the sequel to her first book and Billy and Me is one of my favourite of hers so I had to pick up the sequel. I really enjoyed it but it wasn’t as good as Billy and Me. 

So that’s it. Another year of reading is done and dusted and I’ve just looked over my reading stats for 2016 and none of my reads this year was rated below a 3 stars which just shows what an incredible year of reading I had. I can’t wait to see what 2017 bring me and my reading.

What were some of your favourite books of 2016? Do we have any of the same? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel 


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Welcome Back!!! I’m pretty pleased with the amount I’ve read this month as I didn’t think I would manage four books seeing as uni has been really full on. However,  I truly feel the reason I read the amount I did in November was thanks to how much I was commuting into London for uni so eBooks came in super handy. I read a lot of my phone this past month so I was able to read on the train more easily than an actual book. I even read standing up on the tube which is something I would have never done with a physical book and I found it even more helpful to switch my reading view to “scrolling” so I didn’t even have to fake turn pages. So what did I read this month?


I finished 4 books this month and I’m currently in the middle of two, which I was hoping to get done by the end of November but it hasn’t happened. However, the books I did finish, I really enjoyed.

  • Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)
  • Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief by Rick Roirdan (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)
  • How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

I can’t get over how good Am I Normal Yet? was!! It’s easily reached my top books of 2016 list. It was just amazing. I loved the topics it hit and how well Holly Bourne wrote about them in a funny yet serious way. I loved all the characters and it was just incredible. Easily one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Favourites:

  • Favourite Book: Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
  • Favourite Cover: None really that really take my fancy. And because I read all bar one on my phone, it doesn’t really matter to me.
  • Favourite Character: Grover from Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief. A little upset he isn’t in Sea of Monsters as much. I also LOVE Whinnie from How Hard Can Love Be? And that leads in on to the next question….
  • Favourite Book Quote: Favourite book quote this month is something that Whinnie said about Winnie the Pooh….”Pooh lives in the moment. He doesn’t fret about the past, or freak about the future. He’s an expert in mindfulness.”

Honourable mention to Kyle from How Hard Can Love Be? for saying…”Failure is never getting hurt. Because that means you’ve not done anything you cared about.”

Currently Reading:

  • Did I Mention I Miss You? by Estelle Maskame
  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

I’m almost done with DIMIMY and I’m enjoying it. It’s a quick, fun, light read that’s perfect for the commute as I don’t have to think about it too much. I’m about 100 pages from the end so I’m hoping to finish it this weekend. Sea of Monsters I’m finding okay. I’m defiantly not enjoying it as much as Lighting Thief. However, I’m only about 100 pages in so I have the whole adventure to go yet.

December TBR:

Nothings screaming at me to pick them up this month so I’m not really sure what will be on the TBR or what I plan on reading in December. All I hope is that they will be great reads on end the year on. I’m annoyed at myself for only completing two books from Novembers TBR (click here), and I even DNF’ed Order of the Phoenix because I wasn’t feeling it so my goal for rereading Harry Potter this year is looking unlikely.


What did you read in the month of November? Did we read any of the same books? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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