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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”

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October ’19 Wrap Up

Okay, between being sick, family visiting, and a weird slump, last month I read the least amount of books in a long time…

Last month I read 22 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

This is half of what a have been reading and a third of what I was reading in the beginning of the year. While part of me keeps thinking this is bad–it isn’t! Doing other things is fantastic for my mental health haha.

Here are the top 5 books I read this month:

The Blacksmith Queen (The Scarred Earth Saga, #1)Grimoire NoirGideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts, #1)The Graveyard Book

  • The Blacksmith Queen¬†by G.A. Aiken
    Hilarious author and reading this made me start re-reading the Dragon Kin series.
  • Grimoire Noir¬†by Vera Greentea & Yana Bogatch
    While the storyline left much to desire, the artwork here is so, so beautiful I’d want to hang pictures on my wall.
  • Gideon the Ninth¬†by Tamsyn Muir
    Honestly this one might make my top list for the year.
  • The Girl With All the Gifts¬†by M.R. Carey
    I love out of the box zombie books and this one worked for me.
  • The Graveyard Book¬†by Neil Gaiman
    Love, love, LOVE this full cast audiobook.

Book Haul

Trick or Treat in New Jersey: A Halloween Adventure Through the Garden State

Of all things, this is the book my mom bought me when she came to visit. I think I mentioned how it is cute and I bought one for my library annndd so she bought it for me?


Reading Challenges/Goals Update

‚úĒ¬†Goodreads Reading Challenge¬†

Currently surpassed my goal by 100%… I read a ton of short books and have absolutely no life… I was trying to change this.

¬ĽPop Sugar Reading Challenge

38/52.
No progress. I need to decide if I’m going to push myself through, orrrr ignore it. I might just ignore since I’m having so much more fun mood reading.

¬ĽRead More Childrens/Middle Grade books

No progress this month….

¬ĽRead More Diverse Books

I actually feel decent about this one!!

¬ĽSeries TBR Takedown

Giving up on this one since I never feel like reading these books.

¬ĽTake Time to¬†NOT¬†Read

I visited with family, I started playing 3 mobile games, I started some anime shows — there were many days this month were I did not read. It felt stressful, but I also¬†want to read again which is nice.

¬ĽAdditional Monthly Goals‚Ķ.

I pretty much threw these goals out the window. Except, I did read more thrillers and horror books intentionally. It diversified my reading a bit which was nice…. even if I read like no ARCs :/

Final Thoughts

I need to take a break from requesting ARCs because I barely read them.

Not reading makes me want to read more — go figure.