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August ’20 Wrap Up

Another great month! I’m getting a bit more consistent with writing reviews and I read more than half the books on my Monthly TBR. Seriously, I did good.

Last month I read 70 books*!
*counting novellas and many graphic novels

Here are the top 10 books I read this month:

Bookish and the Beast (Once Upon a Con, #3)Spy x Family, Vol. 2Beard with Me (Winston Brothers, #6)Engagement and Espionage (Solving for Pie: Cletus and Jenn Mysteries Series, #1)Storm Forged (Death Before Dragons #6)Demons Do It Better (Hidden Species #1)Be Not Far from MeOnly When It's Us (Bergman Brothers, #1)The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)

  • Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
    Perhaps my favorite out of the whole series???
  • Spy x Family, Vol. 2 by Tatsuya Endo
    This series is hilarious! Totally binge-worthy.
  • Beard With Me by Penny Reid¬†
    Fam, I did it. I made it through this sad as hell book. I’m well on my way with my Winston Brothers re-read now.
  • Engagement and Espionage by Penny Reid
    I do wish I had read this one after rereading book 4, but oh well. Fun and cozy. My next up in this reread is Beard With Me… I think.
  • Storm Forged by Lindsay Buroker
    Has this series been on my Top 10 list for the past 5 months??? Yes, yes it has.
  • Demons Do It Better by Louisa Masters
    Hilarious, supernatural, and altogether a hellava lot of fun. I am so excited that we are getting more from this series.
  • Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
    This audiobook… just wow. I was blown away. A thriller for sure and I was so invested, so worried.
  • Only When It’s Us by Chloe Liese
    A misunderstanding between a soccer player, who is the female for once, and a solid guy who is hard of hearing. Such a great read and the sequel is adorable too! Throwing tropes on their head and including diverse disabilities.
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
    Another book that has me going “WOW.” It is brutal, funny, and intense. I can’t wait to read on.
  • Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
    HARROW!!!~ UGH yes I was confused for 70% of the book, it had me writing notes, taking pictures, etc. and the last bit just blew everything up. I can’t wait for Alecto!

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July ’20 Wrap Up

Alright, y’all. I had a great month. This is one of the first times in a long while I wrote reviews and I kept a track of my Monthly TBR, so I knocked out a few of those books too! Let me tell you all about it~

Last month I read 66 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

Here are the top 10 books I read this month:

This was such a difficult decision this month… I almost did a top 15…¬†

Hands DownBefore GirlToilet-bound Hanako-kun, Vol. 1The Extraordinaries (The Extraordinaries, #1)Alone in the Wild (Rockton, #5)Love Me for Who I Am, Vol. 1The Quarry Master (Stolen by an Alien, #7)Check, Please!, Book 2: Sticks & SconesHow to Lure a Hunter (VRC: Vampire Related Crimes #3)The Fell of Dark

  • Hands Down¬†by Mariana Zapata¬†
    Honestly, one of my favorite Zapata couples. This book is magic. And I’m so glad Zach got a book.¬†
  • Before Girl¬†by Kate Canterbary
    Okay, this book is awesome! I can’t believe I got it free??? I also desperately need to read more by this author.¬†
  • Toilet-bound Hanako-kun¬†by AidaIro
    This is hilarious, fun, and with some good darkness to it. 
  • The Extraordinaries¬†by TJ Klune¬†
    So, so good!! UGH I’m dying for a sequel.¬†
  • Alone in the Wild¬†by Kelley Armstrong
    This series… never a bad book.¬†
  • Love me for who I am¬†by Kata Konayama
    So precious~
  • The Quarry Master¬†by Amanda Milo
    While this series started off hella dark, these recent additions have been super funny. This was super fun. 
  • Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks and Scones¬†by Ngozi Ukazu
    Funny, emotional, and it is over!!! Ugh I’m so sad to let them go.¬†
  • How to Lure a Hunter¬†by Alice Winters¬†
    A surprise publication this month and I started read without reading the synopsis. I screeched when I realized it was about different characters — different but hella love. I was so happy and can’t wait for more.¬†
  • The Fell of Dark¬†by Caleb Roehrig
    This didn’t go at all how I thought it would, but wow was it an intense ride.¬†

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June ’20 Wrap-up

We are now halfway through the year 0.0!! I read some interesting books in June, so let me give you the highlights. 

Last month I read 65 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

Here are the top 10 books I read this month:

Challenge Accepted (Gamer Girls, #2)Not Your Idol, Vol. 1Lola & the Millionaires: Part OneBetween Jobs (The City Between, #1)Spy x Family, Vol. 1

When She Purrs: A Risdaverse TaleHeartstopper: Volume 1Emerald Blaze (Hidden Legacy, #5)Act-Age, Vol. 1False Security (Death Before Dragons #5)

  • Gamer Girls #2-4 by Auryn Hadley & Kitty Cox
    THIS SERIES IS AMAZING! Gamer girls dating gamer boys and dealing with trolls, sexist pricks, & all other types of problems. I love this series! 
  • Not Your Idol, Vol. 1¬†by Aoi Makino
    Idol Culture and a thriller~~ 
  • Lola & The Millionaires: Part One & Two¬†by Kathryn Moon
    I adore everything by this author. This series? Amazing. I devoured it and ended up in a book hangover. 
  • The City Between #1-6.5 by W.R. Gingell
    Okay, this series is a bit confusing, but I’m so glad I stuck with it. I love the characters with their sassy banter. I’m dying to know Pet’s name!
  • Spy x Family, Vol. 1 by Tatsuya Endo¬†
    I wasn’t expecting this one to be as funny as it is and I honestly feel the end for a re-read already so I can laugh at the jokes again.¬†
  • When She Purrs¬†by Ruby Dixon
    Ruby Dixon bringing light back into my mood again! She books always make me happy. 
  • Heartstopper, Vol. 1¬†by Alice Oseman
    Ridiculously cuuuuuttteee!
  • Emerald Blaze¬†by Ilona Andrews
    It is impossible for me to read a new book by this author and NOT have it appear on this list ‚̧¬†
  • Act-Age, Vol. 1¬†by Tatsuya Matsuki¬†
    Another one that ended up being funnier than expected. I really want to see where this one will go. 
  • False Security¬†by Lindsay Buroker¬†
    This release surprised me and made me so happy! I ran through reading it and once again was sad to catch up….¬†

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May ’20 Wrap Up

May has been an interesting month to say the least… I’ve had good reading and bad. And I read so, so much so I could de-stress and escape haha.¬†

So, let me give you some of the highlights…¬†

Last month I read 68 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

Here are the top 10 books I read this month:

Just Drop Out (Hannaford Prep #1)Angry God (All Saints High, #3)Date Me, Bryson KellerKing Of Flames (The Masks of Under #1)Clap When You LandOur Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare, Vol. 1 („Āó„Āĺ„Ā™„ĀŅŤ™į„ĀĚŚĹľ Shimanami Tasogare, #1)How to Howl at the Moon (Howl at the Moon #1)Dear CassiusMenace (Scarlet Scars, #1)Flawed (Gamer Girls, #1)

  • Hannaford Prep series by J. Bree¬†
    I binged this one so hard I probably ended up in a daze when I was finished haha
  • Angry God by L.J. Shen¬†
    Like father, like son — this book ended up being my favorite in the series.¬†
  • Date Me, Bryson Keller¬†by Kevin van Whye¬†
    I cannot stop talking about this adorable book. 
  • The Masks of Under series by Kathryn Ann Kingsley
    Another series I binged without stop. I will definitely be reading more by this author 
  • Clap When You Land¬†by Elizabeth Acevedo¬†
    Amazing audiobook
  • Our Dreams at Dusk, vol. 1 by Yuki Kamatani¬†
    I didn’t expect to feel so many emotions ‚̧¬†
  • Howl at the Moon series by Eli Easton
    I read this adorable series and honestly think it is the only one with dog shifters I’ve ever read…¬†
  • Dear Cassius¬†by Alice Winters
    I’m going to be so sad when I finally run out of Alice Winters books to read…
  • Scarlet Scars duet by J.M. Darhower
    So dark, but so funny. I’m glad I gave this author another chance!
  • Flawed¬†by Auryn Hadley & Kitty Cox¬†
    I love reading about gamers and while this one is so, so dark, it was heartbreaking and beautiful and I couldn’t help but love it.¬†

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Book Haul

Surprisingly… nothing this month 0.0!¬†

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Reading Challenges/Goals Highlights

Here are some of the highlights from challenges and goals I’m doing. 

¬ĽGoodreads Challenge: 299/325

yeeeeaaah, I’ll be done with this one by the end of the month… so much for me taking a breather from reading. There are too many good books out there!!¬†

¬ĽListen to 10 Audiobooks

I finished?! I listened to 4– FOUR– audiobooks this month. So, I’ve far surpassed my expectations.¬†

…let’s just go with these two this month, because I don’t have much to show for the other ones ūüėē¬†

How was your month?

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April ’20 Wrap Up

Being home pretty much 24/7 this month has led to a bit more reading time. Let me show you what I’ve been up to.¬†

Last month I read 67 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

I read quite a few shorter books this month and had only a few DNFs which led to me reading more ūüėĀ

Here are the top 12 books I read this month:

Green Lantern: LegacyWicked Bite (Night Rebel, #2)Tangled Truths (Death Before Dragons, #3)A Bad Day for Sunshine (Sunshine Vicram, #1)The E.T. Guy (Office Aliens, #1)Beth's Stable (Stolen by an Alien, #6)That Alien Feeling (Calluvia's Royalty, #1)My Lady Quicksilver (London Steampunk, #3)How to Vex a Vampire (VRC: Vampire Related Crimes, #1)Happy Endings (Demon Magic #1)A Destiny of Dragons (Tales From Verania, #2)All Boys Aren't Blue Continue reading “April ’20 Wrap Up”

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March ’20 Wrap Up

How the world can change in a month… and yet I still read on, because what else can I do? ūüėĀ

Last month I read 60 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

I read quite a few shorter books this month…

Here are the top 10 books I read this month:

Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1)Taming Demons for Beginners (The Guild Codex: Demonized #1)Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4)Sinister Magic (Death Before Dragons, #1)Blasphemy!

The Lightning-Struck Heart (Tales From Verania, #1)The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles, #1)The House in the Cerulean SeaThe Emperor's Edge (The Emperor's Edge, #1)Baking Me Crazy (Donner Bakery #1)

  • Guild Codex: Spellbound & Demonized by Annette Marie
    Loved these so much I already want to re-read them. Gimme gimme gimme! Honestly, these are ones I need to buy.
  • October Daye #4 & #5 by Seanan McGuire
    Glad I gave this series another chance. I’m enjoying it~
  • Sinister Magic¬†by Lauren Buroker
    This series? So, it is hilarious. I’m loving it.
  • Blasphemy¬†by TJ Klune
    It may be short but WOW it lit up my day. This will be a future re-read for sure.
  • The Lightning-Struck Heart by TJ Klune
    Hilarious — so funny I had to put it down and try calm breathing techniques in the breakroom so people didn’t think I was nuts.
  • The Bird and The Sword¬†by Amy Harmon
    Wow this one is beautifully written. I loved reading it.
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea¬†by TJ Klune
    Yes, another TJ Klune, I was on a roll this month. This was my favorite of the month.
  • The Emperor’s Edge¬†by Lindsay Buroker
    The dry humor here, the fun adventure with a family-type crew coming togrther– this was fun.
  • Baking Me Crazy¬†by Karla Sorenson
    So cute!!

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February ’20 Wrap Up

How is the first week of March already almost over and I haven’t even gotten to my end/beginning of the month posts??? Let’s get to it!!¬†

Last month I read 53 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

Getting onto a routine and finally getting back to normal has improved my reading ^_^

Here are the top 10 books I read this month:

The Jaguar King (The Wild Rites Saga #1)Sweep with Me (Innkeeper Chronicles, #4.5)Be Mine (Four for Love #1)Reese (Pack of Misfits #2)Summerland Stories: The Complete Collection (Summerland Series)

The Worst Best ManBEASTARS, Vol. 4Scarlett XOXOBitter Falls (Stillhouse Lake #4)The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 1

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January ’20 Wrap Up

I’m much later than usual in getting to this wrap up, but I’ve finally gotten time to write this up! ūüėĀ

Friends, what a month… Quit a job, started a new one, moved to a different state, and tried to join so many buddy reads haha. It’s been B U S Y!

Last month I read 46 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

A good solid amount considering how busy I was…. seriously, I’m surprised.¬†

Here are the top 10 books I read this month:

Sin & Chocolate (Demigod of San Francisco, #1)The (Alien) Nanny for ChristmasLoser (Hillcrest University #1)Off the Ice  (Hat Trick, #1)We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)Love According to ScienceThe Weight of the StarsNerdgasm (Naughty Nerds)

  • Demi-God of San Francisco by K.F. Breene [Re-read]
    I re-read 1-3 and read #4. These were my first books of 2020 and I loved visiting this world again.
  • The (Alien) Nanny for Christmas¬†by Amanda Milo¬†[Re-read]
    Another re-read. I wanted to read something funny to deal with the stress of leaving my job and all that. So funnyР100% recommend. 
  • Hillcrest University by Candace Wondrak¬†[Buddy Read]
    I read 1-5 and wow what a wild ride. I can’t wait to read the last book.¬†
  • Feralsong¬†by TJ Klune
    Not showing the image since it is super long. But wow, way to break my heart… Can’t wait for the last book.¬†
  • Off the Ice¬†by Avon Gale & Piper Vaughn
    This was so good! I don’t know why I love reading hockey romances, but I’m not questioning it when I get to read such great books like this one.¬†
  • We Hunt the Flame¬†by Hafash Faizal¬†
    Such a fun journey. 
  • Dark Lover¬†by J.R. Ward¬†[Re-read/Buddy Read]
    I’ve been hesitant to return to this world, but it is such a great book. Not a favorite, but so easy and fun to get through.¬†
  • Love According to Science¬†by Claire Kingsley¬†
    I re-read the two pre-quels and loved them, but thought I’d show the new book off which features adorable nerds.¬†
  • The Weight of the Sky¬†by K. Ancrum¬†
    It seems to be a trend now that I read a K. Ancrum book in January and wow… the written style just brigns me in.¬†
  • Nerdgasm¬†by Kimberly Reese
    Short, cute, and lovely. I’m looking forward to the next couples’ books ūüôā¬†

Book Haul

We Own Tonight (Second Time Around #1)Before Girl

We Own Tonight I was able to grab for free — the audiobook version even so I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, after listening for 45 minutes I was not a fan and DNF’d it.¬†

Before Girl I nabbed for free from Claire Kingsley’s newsletter. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but it looks cute.¬†

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Reading Challenges/Goals Highlights

Last year I went over every single challenge, this year I’ll make this section shorter and include the ones I’m more excited about/want to talk about and do quarterly (maybe) updates on everything.¬†

¬ĽGoodreads Challenge 46/325

We are off to a good start!

¬ĽListen to 10 Audiobooks

This is where I’m rocking things. I listened to 2 audiobooks completed and DNF’d 1. This is thanks to the road trip. I also am currently listening to another one, so I’m happy about this.¬†

¬ĽPopSugar & Read Harder Challenges

Popsugar I’ve completed 24 out of 52 challenges — Almost halfway through!! Without even trying so this is great.¬†

Read Harder is a little more difficult and I’m halfway through it (8/16). I’m feeling so good about these.¬†

¬ĽBlogging

Look, I’ve been busy and stressed… I’m trying, but ugh. I’m hoping February is better for me here.¬†

¬ĽLife

Does the road trip count for anything??? We went out and I’m trying to do at least one productive thing a day even if it is just making dinner, cleaning dishes, etc. In February I’ll start keeping track of this.¬†
Exercise etc, I’ve just been so tired… again, once I’m hoping that once I’m completely moved in I’ll get into this.¬†

Final Thoughts

So much happened in January. I’m glad with the progress I’ve made and hope this keeps up for next month!

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December ’19 Wrap Up

My last¬†monthly¬†wrap up of 2019 — my wrap up of the year will be coming soon! For now though, this is how I ended my year!

Last month I read 44 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

Not the least amount I’ve read in a month… but it is the second to last amount. I’m not sad though– I still like this amount!¬†

Here are the top 10 books I read this month:

Back to having a hard time picking a top 10– I read some AWESOME books in December! I decided not to include any re-reads in the running for top 10 this month.

Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires, #1)Cosmoknights (Cosmoknights, #1)Him (Him, #1)Beastars, Vol. 1Pumpkinheads

Heartsong (Green Creek, #3)Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow, #1)Baby & the Late Night HowlersThe Lost and the Chosen (The Lost Sentinel, #1)

  • Seven Blades in Black¬†by Sam Sykes
    Only a three star rating, but this is one I do think about on occasion and I see myself recommending. It made the list, by continuing to catch my attention.
  • Cosmoknights¬†by Hannah Templer
    A graphic novel I found randomly on Hoopla. Beautiful art and amazing story. I can’t wait to read more!¬†
  • Him¬†by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy¬†
    I’m a sucker for hockey romances, especially ones this cute.¬†
  • Beastars, vol. 1&2 by Paru Itagaki¬†
    I borrowed these volumes from a coworker and LOVED reading it! 
  • Pumpkinheads¬†by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks
    Probably the cutest book I read last month. 
  • Heartsong by TJ Klune¬†
    I think every book of this series has made my monthly top 10 lists…¬†
  • Aurora Rising¬†by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
    So fun, but also my heart is still in such pain…¬†
  • The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owens¬†
    This was a ton of fun! I can’t wait to see what happens next.¬†
  • Baby + The Late Night Howlers¬†by Kathryn Moon¬†
    Just… UGH I loved every minute of reading this one. I just wish it was longer so it didn’t have to end.¬†
  • The Lost and The Chosen¬†by Ivy Asher
    Wow, this book took me by surprise! I’ll be continuing it ASAP.¬†

Book Haul

I actually hauled quite a lot (for me) this month. And some gooooood stuff ^_^

Christmas in the CityThe Coldest Girl in ColdtownDeath Knell (Foundling, #3)Good Boy (WAGs, #1)Stay (WAGs, #2)

Christmas in the City¬†was my only free book of the month AND the only one I read. It was a great pick and I’m pretty sure I’ll re-read it next year.¬†
Google Play gave me a $5 credit for an eAudiobook! I couldn’t pass up using it, so I picked up¬†The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, a book I’ve considered re-reading.¬†
Then I grabbed a $3 credit from Google Play and picked up Death Knell.
Last up, I noticed Good Boy and¬†Stay¬†had been withdrawn from the library, so I grabbed both at the booksale for $1! Having the spin-off of¬†Him means I’ll have to buy that series eventually ūüėĀ

Reading Challenges/Goals Update

–I’ll be going over this in my 2019 Wrap-up so I’ll skip this portion, except for…¬†

¬ĽAdditional Monthly Goals‚Ķ.

Read 10 ARCs¬†— I read 11!!! I’ve never read so many in one month before. Sure, a few of these were DNFs, but STILL! This is such progress. I’m so happy.¬†
….now I just need to review them.¬†

October reviews done & ARCs reviewed — I reviewed all my books through November ūüíÉūüŹĽūüéČ, but I still have so, so many ARCs that need reviews. I’ll count this as a half win.¬†

I wanted to get more resumes out into the world — instead I accepted a job offer!
I wanted to keep up in the shows I’ve previous started… I did watch more Supernatural and I crocheted A TON! But, I picked up Bob’s Burgers. Which… I’m okay with. This has been a nice change.

Final Thoughts

What a great way to end the year. I read so many great books and I got sh*t done! I’m proud of myself ^_^¬†

I’m ready to start 2020!!

Look forward to my 2019 wrap up coming soon! 

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November ’19 Wrap Up

What a month. I did SO MUCH READING! I’m quite surprised with myself especially since I also did a few other things and I was so stressed. Honestly, I’m still shocked that November is over.¬†

Last month I read 53 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

Back to my usual range~

Here are the top 10 books I read this month:

Cardinal Caged (The Cardinal, #2)For Fox Sake (The Chaos of Foxes, #1)Broken Destiny (Hidden Academy #1)Ravensong (Green Creek, #2)The Secret Girl (Adamson All-Boys Academy #1)

Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles, #4)In the Middle of Somewhere (Middle of Somewhere, #1)Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters, #1)Chase the Dark (Steel & Stone, #1)Red Winter (Red Winter Trilogy, #1) Continue reading “November ’19 Wrap Up”