August / Review Copy Cleanup wrap-up


Just like the summer holidays and August itself, Review Copy Cleanup came to an end last weekend. I was struggling with a bit of a reading/ blogging slump and there were times when I wasn’t feeling well, but all in all it was a success. My goal was to read and review 6 books which I managed to complete! I ended up reading different books than I though I’d pick up and I had to take a week off and read my own books to avoid getting into an even greater slump, but I completed my goal all the same.

All in all, I read 6 review books and 3 of my own books – 2615 pages total, out of which 1668 pages belong to review books. :) The review books I managed to read this month are the following (just click on the book covers to read the synopsis and my review):

Torn by David Massey
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Call Down Thunder by Daniel Finn
Carnage by Maxime Chattam
To Turn Full Circle by Linda Mitchelmore
Debutantes by Cora Harrison

If I had to pick a favourite, I’d say it was Cora Harrison’s Debutantes. It’s a huge surprise because I’ve never been a fan of historical fiction but I loved this one. It’s like the young-adult version of Downton Abbey – a show I absolutely adore – and I ended up loving it! As for the non-review books, I read these three last month:

In The Woods by Tana French
Watermelon by Marian Keyes
Mammy Walsh’s A-Z of the Walsh Family by Marian Keyes

Marian’s new book, The Mystery of Mercy Close is coming out on September 13, so I decided to re-read the previous four books in the Walsh family “series” before I order that one, hence Watermelon. In the meantime her ebook short (Mammy Walsh’s book) was released which, again, meant that I decided to put my review books aside. :) Tana French was a pleasant surprise and she soon became my newest favourite author – In The Woods was brilliant and I can’t wait to read book #2!

Thank you so much to everyone who signed up for RCCleanup and took part in our event – I hope you did great and managed to reach your goals! Feel free to link me to your own wrap-up post (be it RCCleanup related or not) so that I can check out what everyone’s been up to in August! And here’s to a successful and stress-free September :) See you soon!

20 Responses to “August / Review Copy Cleanup wrap-up”

  1. Beckie says:

    Thank you Vicky! I had a fun time once again with this event. I did pretty good too. ;)

    I so want to read Debutantes. Love the cover.

    Here is my final wrap up:

    – Beckie
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  2. Alexia561 says:

    Thank you for hosting this! Gave me the needed incentive to work on my review TBR pile, which was getting out of control! I managed to read & review 7 books from the pile, which is pretty good for me. :)

  3. SweetMarie83 says:

    Way to go, rock star! You did amazing. :-)
    I keep seeing Debutantes around and I really want to read it. I actually just saw last night that it was being compared to Downton Abbey, and I got really excited because that’s one of my favourite shows. I just hope the library hurries up and gets it so I can read it!
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  4. Way to go Vicky. You did awesome.
    Glad you liked Debutantes. It just wasn’t my kind of thing unfortunately. I found it kind of boring :(

    My RCCleanUp Wrap-Up Post:
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  5. Farah says:

    Niceee! lucky you! Got to squeeze in a bit of your non review books! haha! Great job love!
    – Farah @MajiBookshelf
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  6. I only managed to read half of what I wanted to read (4 out of 8 books) so I know I must be better each month from here on out since my backlog scares me. I will be setting a goal each month for myself.

    • Vicky says:

      4 is great, though! And I feel the same way – but I know I’ll feel a lot better when I manage to catch up and review all these books. Setting a goal for each month is a great plan!

  7. I read 5 review books for this clean up challenge and I was excited to say I actually finished the challenge! Check it out!
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  8. Celine says:

    You did great Vicky! (: Six books for review is a great total. Debutantes sounds like a very interesting book, I love historical books, I’ll check it out ^^
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  9. I really want to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Debutantes. Way to go on your goal. :D
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  10. Great job! :) I thought Debutantes looked super good … I love the cover! And I’m a fan of historical fiction.

    Way to go!
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  11. Melissa says:

    Congrats on getting to much read and fitting in some of your own reads too!
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  12. Erika says:

    Great job getting 6 of your review books read last month! The cover for Debutantes is one of my favourites so I’m curious to see if the story is any good.
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