Monday, 2 July 2012

June 2012 Recap & a Quick Housing Update!


I thought it would be good to start this post with a quick update. A lot of you already know about my ongoing housing saga since the sewage leak I had in September 2011. For those who missed the drama it's a long story but basically I've spent the last 10 months living in temporary accommodation because the house I rent has no usable kitchen and is still full of sewage. The landlord's insurance company is STILL dragging their heels and haven't started work to fix my house so I've been stuck in a flat with no internet access and no TV (which has given me the added bonus of lots of reading time even if I have been suffering with Twitter withdrawal symptoms lol). 

Anyway, the saga has been very long and drawn out and has been slowly driving me insane but I have good news. Another house down my road has become available so the landlord has offered me a permanent move to there so I can finally get settled back in and feel at home. It's all happened very quickly so the next few weeks are going to be more than a little manic as I try to move my belongings from both the temporary flat and my old house across to the new one. I'm very excited about the whole thing (and I'll have internet access again in a couple of weeks WOOHOO!!) but I'm not going to be about much while I'm mid move. I've got quite a few posts scheduled so hopefully you won't notice much of a difference here on the blog but it will probably take me longer than usual to reply to comments and emails (that is something I've been very slow with at the moment anyway due to having no internet at home so I can't wait to get everything back to normal after the move!).

My daft kitty Cassie

Even better I can finally have my cat back home with me! Luckily she has been able to stay with my Dad while this whole sorry mess has been going on but I've missed having her at home. She's going to have to learn how to use a cat flap though because every downstairs room in the new house has one. That should save me the trouble of keep getting up to let her in and out of the house lol.

A little sneak peak at my new front room (including handy cat flap!)

So I hope you'll keep your fingers crossed that the move goes smoothly and bear with me if you can't get hold of me. I'll be sure to post an update when I've settled in (I'm sure there will be a few pics too!) and I can't wait to be able to spend more time visiting everyone's blogs and have a proper catch up with you all on Twitter!

Books read in May but reviewed in June:
(Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. Insignia - S.J. Kincaid (Read in April, review will be posted in July)
    2. Witchblood - Emma Mills (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    3. Burn Mark - Laura Powell (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    4. About Last Night - Ruthie Knox (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    5. Chosen Ones - Tiffany Truitt (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    6. Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    7. Bared To You - Sylvia Day (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    8. Unbroken - Rachel Caine (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    9. Until I Die - Amy Plum (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    10. Her Forbidden Hero - Laura Kaye (Novella) (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    11. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord - Sarah J Maas (Novella) (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    12. Fury of Ice - Coreene Callahan (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    13. Clarity - Kim Harrington (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    14. The Assassin and the Desert - Sarah J Maas (Novella) (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    15. The Assassin and the Underworld - Sarah J Maas (Novella) (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    16. Let Me In - Callie Croix (Novella) (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    17. Throne of Glass - Sarah J Maas (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    18. The Third Day, The Frost - John Marsden (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    19. Sin Undone - Larissa Ione (Read in May, reviewed in June)
    Books read in June:
    (Links will take you to my reviews)
    1. The Goddess Test - Aimee Carter
    2. Shadow's Edge - J.T. Geissinger
    3. Poison Princess - Kresley Cole (Review coming nearer to the release date)
    4. No One to Trust - Katie Reus (Novella)
    5. Blood Moon & Lost Girls - Alyxandra Harvey (Review coming soon)
    6. Danger Next Door - Katie Reus (Novella)
    7. Dead Radiance - T.G. Ayer
    8. Redemption - Susannah Sandlin
    9. The Darkest Day - Britt Bury (Review coming soon)
    10. Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles (Review coming soon)
    11. Master of Sin - Maggie Robinson (Review coming soon)
    12. Try Me - Diane Alberts (Novella)
    13. Invincible - Sherrilyn Kenyon
    14. Lethal Rider - Larissa Ione
    15. White Witch - Trish Milburn
    16. Secret of the Wolf - Cynthia Garner (Review coming soon)
    17. Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake (Review coming soon)
    18. Simply Irresistible - Jill Shalvis (Review coming soon)
    19. Infamous - Sherrilyn Kenyon
    20. The Sweetest Thing - Jill Shalvis (Review coming soon)
    21. Bane - Trish Milburn
    22. Fated - Benedict Jacka (Review coming soon)
    23. Archer's Lady - Moira Rogers (Novella) (Review coming soon)
    24. Otherkin - Nina Berry (Review coming soon)
    25. Finding Magic - Stacia Kane (Novella) (Review coming soon)
    26. Never to Sleep - Rachel Vincent (Novella) (Review coming soon)
    27. Hearts of Fire - Kira Brady (Novella) (Review coming soon)
    28. Head Over Heels - Jill Shalvis (Review coming soon)
    29. A Night of Southern Comfort - Robin Covington (Review coming soon)
    30. Before I Wake - Rachel Vincent (Review coming soon)
    31. Sharing Hailey - Samantha Ann King (Review coming soon)
    32. Seraphina - Rachel Hartman (Review coming soon)
      June Guest Reviews:
      1. ??????????????????? (Reviewed by Poppy)
      June Books of the Month:
      (Choices are made from books reviewed this month and the links will take you to my reviews)

      My top YA reads in June:

      Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer (read my review here)

      I have to give a special mention to The Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, I won't be posting my review for this until nearer the October release date but this was one of my favourite YA reads in a long time!

      My top adult reads in June:

      Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning (read my review here)
      Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione (read my review here)

      Publisher Spotlight:

      Publisher Spotlight is a feature here on Feeling Fictional where I'm highlighting upcoming books from different publishers.  Check out the following posts and let me know which books you'll be adding to your wish list!
      Challenge Updates:

      These are the 2012 challenges I'm taking part in, I'll update my progress every month but so far so good!

      2012 Debut Author Challenge - Read 29/50
      2012 Sookie Stackhouse Read-A-Long - Read 2/12 - I have decided to quit this challenge, I didn't enjoy either of the first 2 books so it seems silly to force myself to carry on reading them!


      1. Loving that wallpaper! So fun! ;)
        Good luck with moving!

      2. So happy for you - you're new place looks fab I hope you'll be extremely happy

      3. Good to hear you and Cassie can read together again :)



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