Monthly Wrap-Up: May ’18

MonthlyWrap-UPI think I’m simply destined to read less books this year compared to last. No matter what I did in May, I just never had enough time to sit down and read. I finished a whopping three books, reread a graphic novel and picked up another. I’m taking this opportunity to officially announce that I am lowering my Goodreads goal from 65 books to 55. I’ve been playing with the idea for a couple of months now and I think it will take tremendous pressure off my shoulders. May was the start of the Summer 2018 Comment Challenge signups. If you missed signing up for June, I have good news for you. Tomorrow we will be posting our July signup post. We had such a good turn out for this first month, I’m really looking forward to this challenge this summer. Shout out to my partner for June: Elnade @ Confessions of a Serial Reader, can’t wait to visit your blog all month long!

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read this month was Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda. This is my favorite graphic novel and I just love how this world is dominated by women. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

I’m so disappointed with Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez. Can’t decide if I disliked the insta-love or the one-sided friendship between the lead and her cousin more.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Kernels of Nonsense: Five Books I Want to Check Out From My Library – I am on an unofficial library ban, but am so very much dying to check out these five books.

Summer 2018 Comment Challenge: June Sign-up & June Partners – This seasonal challenge is back. We pair bloggers together each month and challenge them to comment on each other’s blogs all month long.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Monday’s Not Coming – This is one of the few books I’ve preordered this year and can’t wait to get to it.

Can’t Wait Wednesday: From Twinkle, with Love – Loved Sandhya Menon’s first novel and am so excited for this one.

Top Ten Tuesday: The Lion Doesn’t Stand a Chance…Against My Friendship – There are so many great upcoming releases and these are ones I’m most looking forward to.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only participating in one reading challenge this year.

1. The 2018 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I read one debut novel, Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 5 books

June Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How was your May? Are you participating in any summer challenges? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

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FLYLēF’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration + Giveaway!

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Lonna @ FLYLēF is celebrating her 3rd blogiversary and I am so happy to be a part of her celebration tour. Lonna and I have been co-hosting the Comment Challenge since 2016 and I cannot express how grateful I am to have her as a partner. I feel like we’re a match made in heaven and that we play off one another really well. I cannot think of a better co-host to have. So, thank you, Lonna, for being an amazing blogger, co-host, and friend.

I’ve answered a fun Q&A for this tour, which you can check out below. Lonna is also graciously hosting a giveaway in celebration of her blogiversary. You can find all the info about said giveaway at the end of this post. But first, a little note from Lonna:

Greetings Lovely Visitors,

Welcome to my 3rd anniversary celebration! I’m thrilled, and quite honestly a bit shocked, that I have been able to follow my passion for this long. To celebrate, an amazing group of bloggers and I have planned fun discussion posts for you to enjoy, all centered around the theme…

BOOKS

Please make sure to visit them to read their unique perspectives on this theme.

XOXO,
~Lonna

PS. There is an treat for you at the end of this post. Enjoy!

  DISCUSSION  

Lonna has put together a fun Q&A surrounding the topic of books. I had so much fun answering these questions.

 What was the first book you remember reading/being read? 

This is where I wish I had a better memory, but the books I remember most clearly are the Goosebumps books and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Yes, I was that kid.

 What is your favorite book of all time? 

Why must this question be so hard? Like most bookworms, I would say that I don’t have one favorite book. I have a shelf on Goodreads entitled “Beloved Books” and it currently houses 100 titles. If pressed, I would probably name Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Anna-Marie McLemore’s When the Moon Was Ours, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s The Beautiful Ones, Leslye Walton’s The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes and on and on.

 Which book has left the most lasting impression on you? 

There have been so many books that have made a lasting impression on me. In the last year however, I’d have to mention Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X, and Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not.

 Which book have you read most frequently? 

I’ve read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice about half a dozen times, which is the most that I have for any other book.

 What books are on your bedside table at the moment? 

I like to keep my TBR books on separate shelves, so I don’t have a stack of books next to my bed. That’s probably best, it would probably fall on top of me if I had them stacked next to me.

 Name one book/author that you really can’t stand? 

Haha, I feel like this is a trap question. There are a few…

 What type of books do you like reading most? 

As much as I love world-building, I love character-driven novels even more. I love getting into the mind-set of characters because I don’t want to just read a book, I want to experience it.

 If you were given the money to buy a book today, what book would you buy? 

I’ve been wanting to get my hands on Yesika Salgado’s Corazón. I almost bought it the other day when I was at Barnes & Noble.

 Where’s your favorite place to read? 

Anywhere that’s quiet and I’m alone.

 Which character in a book do you think is most like you? 

I don’t think I’ve ever come across a character that felt entirely like me, but there are a few characters that I see my younger self and current self in. These include Lara Jean from Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Nora from Meg Medina’s Burn Baby Burn, and Xiomara from Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X.

 Which character in a book would you most like to be? 

I’m not sure I’d like to be any characters, but I think it would be pretty interesting to at least spend a day in a character’s shoes. Perhaps I’d like to know what it would be like to be an assassin working out of a nunnery like Ismae from Robin LaFever’s Grave Mercy.

 What book do you plan to read next?

I will probably pick up Tiffany D. Jackson’s Monday’s Not Coming or Sandhya Menon’s From Twinkle, with Love.

 Which literary character would you most like to have a ‘significant relationship’ with?

I would love to be bffs with Dimple from Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi. I think she’s amazing and I would tease her incessantly about Rishi.

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❖ May 22nd – Lisa Loves Literature
❖ May 25th – Utopia State of Mind
❖ May 26th – On Honey Suckle Hill
❖ May 27th – Books of a Shy Girl
❖ May 30th – A Kernel of Nonsense

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Hello! Thank you for taking a moment to get to know me. I’m quite a closed book actually — shy and all things timid — except when it comes to…well, books of course!

I’m the creative mind behind FLYLēF (pronounced like flyleaf) who enjoys reading late into the night to satisfy my insatiable addiction to mostly young adult and adult novels: romance (contemporary and historical), fantasy, and paranormal (especially vampires). I believe in the magic of spellbinding words coming together to build breathtaking worlds in our minds’ eyes. Happiness is just a book away, find it with me.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: April ’18

MonthlyWrap-UPI…don’t know what happened in April. I felt that I started out the month strong reading-wise and then I just got super busy and found it really hard to make time to read. I somehow managed to read four books in April which is the least amount of books I’ve read in a month so far this year, but it still feels like it’s an accomplishment because I wasn’t sure I would get through two. I finally took steps to revamp on old feature (new posts for this will go up in May) and started working on the Summer 2018 Comment Challenge which will be open for signups starting tomorrow (so come back to the blog to find out more!) April just went by so fast for me and I don’t have much to say about it other than now that it’s over, I can’t believe it’s already May.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland was amazing. It might be my favorite read of the year so far. My review for this one goes up in a couple of days, so be sure to look for that. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book this month received less than three stars from me.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Kernels of Nonsense: Giving the Feature Both More and Less Direction – I’ve decided to modify this discussion feature on my blog and hopefully this means you will see it more often.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Undead Girl Gang – I actually got a chance to read this one a little early, so look for my review this upcoming week.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Way You Make Me Feel – I am so excited for Maurene Goo’s latest contemporary novel. I need it now!

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Wish Were More Popular – Shout out to all the authors that I think deserve more love in the community.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only participating in one reading challenge this year.

1. The 2018 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I read one debut book: To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 4 books

May Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How was your April? Which May release are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

2018 First Quarter Book Haul: A Moderate Haul

I should have posted this before going on hiatus, but I completely forgot that I needed to put it together. I had/have a 2018 resolution to buy less books this year, but I totally underestimate how hard such a simple thing can be. I find it really hard when there are really great deals out there (I totally folded when it came to B&N’s 3 for $30 YA sale, but managed to resist Book Outlet this time around). Technically I was supposed to be on a book buying ban in March through the middle of April, but I’ll confess here it lasted only a couple of days. I know! I am the worst. I am going to do my best to not buy any other books until the end of April though. Alright, let’s get to the good stuff. Titles linked to Goodreads.

Pre-orders:

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1. Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza – I really enjoyed Empress of a Thousand Skies and though I haven’t yet gotten to the sequel, I’m still really stoked about it.

2. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – If there’s one preorder that I’m frustrated I haven’t gotten to yet it’s this one. Soon. Soon!

3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This one was so amazing. My review is going up tomorrow!

4. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – I cannot wait to read this one (but yet I can as I haven’t read it yet). Maybe my next read? Ugh, why are there so many amazing books and just not enough time to read them?

B&N Deal:

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5. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I did not expect to enjoy this one as much as I did, but when I saw B&N’s YA deal, I had to include it. Can I have the sequel now?

6. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – I have been meaning to read this one for ages and after reading a sample, I knew I had to have it.

7. American Panda by Gloria Chao – I’ve heard nothing but amazing and funny things about this one and decided to go ahead and buy it. Now I must find time to read it.

I Just Couldn’t Resist:

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8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I waited ages for this one to be in stock again. Now I can finally reread it!

9. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – Coupons are dangerous! Had one, saw this and the rest is history. But how can I resist killer sirens?

10. The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin – I wasn’t planning on buying the sequel to The Fifth Season so soon after finishing it, but sometimes I am weak.

Giveaways:

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11. & 12. Want by Cindy Pon & The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes – I won both of these through giveaways hosted by Rich in Color. The former is one I’ve been dying to read and the latter was such a cute debut. I’m glad I’ve got a copy of it now.

13. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed – I won Cristina @ Girl in the Pages blogiversary giveaway and selected this debut. I haven’t read it yet, but am really looking forward to doing so.

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Have you read any of these books? Which book from my haul should I read next? What’s your favorite book purchase so far this year? Let me know in the comment and if you have a recent book haul post, include the link in the comments!

Monthly Wrap-Up: March ’18

MonthlyWrap-UPI feel like a ton of things were going on with my reading and blogging life in March even though I spent a week out of the month away from the blog. I took a two-week hiatus and am officially back with this wrap-up. At the beginning of the month, I did a buddy read of N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season with Annemieke @ A Dance With Books. I did a guest post for Lili @ Utopia State of Mind‘s blogiversary which you can check out here.  All the guest bloggers were fantastic, so I urge you to check them out. I hosted a bookmark giveaway earlier in March as well. I do have a book haul post that will go up this upcoming week (I completely forgot about this before I went on hiatus), so be on the lookout. I have an ARC review (Jenn Bennet’s Starry Eyes) that should have been posted a week ago, but I was on hiatus, so I let myself off the hook. This will go up tomorrow if my plan to edit it does today does not go up in flames. In March, I read six books which included a reread (These Vicious Masks). April plans include preparing for the Comment Challenge this summer and revamping an original feature on the blog. Stay tuned!

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read in March was Tomi Adeyem’s Children of Blood and Bone. I know we all had exceedingly high expectations for this debut and I just thought this entire story and its world was nothing short of epic. I did manage to write a review of this one while on hiatus, so hopefully I will edit and post it in the next week or so. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book this month received less than three stars from me.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Dread Nation – I officially have this one in my possession. *does happy dance* This might be my next read. I’m feeling kind of slumpy and I don’t want that to affect how I read this one, so I’m just waiting for the ehhness to pass.

Top Ten Tuesday: Give Me These 2018 Spring Releases Now – My enthusiasm for these upcoming titles knows no bounds.

Reading Challenges:

Aside from the Goodreads challenge, I’m only participating in one reading challenge this year.

1. The 2018 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I read one debut book: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 3 books

April Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How was your March? How are your reading challenges going so far this year? Let me know in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

Spring Hiatus Announcement!

I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of starting to think that I’m getting really good at hiatuses. I’m not necessarily feeling the need for a hiatus, but I know that I probably won’t get a chance to take a break in the next few months because of some previous obligations. Therefore, I am making myself take a two week break. I will be away from the blog starting tomorrow (March 24th) through April 6th. I should be back some time on Saturday, April 7th with a wrap-up post for March. I don’t have any particularly big plans for this break. I might still hang around Twitter and maybe comment on blogs, but I won’t be working on or responding to comment on the blog. See you all soon!