Monthly Wrap-Up: September ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPI felt like such a productive blogger in September. I didn’t read a whole lot of books, but I posted more than usual throughout the month which made me really happy considering my lackluster August. I finished six books in September and spent a lot of time preparing for October. October might be my easiest blogging month because of all the preparation I did in September. I’m so glad that we’ve finally entered fall. I’m not a fan of the dry weather we’ve been experiencing as of late, but have hopes that we officially cool down soon. I have an official announcement for my October Fright posts later today, so look for that. My blog is about to undergo a Halloween themed makeover, so don’t be surprised if you visit today and things look a little different.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

Have you preordered Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns yet? It’s a must for anyone who likes a villain origin story. Cover linked to Goodreads. Review coming soon!

Least Favorite Book This Month:

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

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite ’17 Reads With PoC MCs – I’ve read a lot of amazing diverse reads this year and here share ten of my favorite 2017 books with PoC Mcs.

Summer 2017: Comment Challenge: Wrap Up + Newsletter Sign Up – Our summer challenge has come to an end and though we won’t be bringing this challenge back until next summer, we have created a newsletter for those who want to be emailed when we do bring it back. Click the link and sign up now.

Latinx Heritage Month, Part I: Favorite Books – September 15th marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and in celebration I made a couple of post to highlight Latinx authors. For this post I shared my favorite books by Latinx authors that I read over the last year.

Latinx Heritage Month, Part II: TBR Books – Because there are so many amazing books by Latinx authors out there, I shared some of the few book on my TBR that I’m dying to get to.

2017 Third Quarter Book Haul: A Moderate Haul – I wasn’t out of control when it came to my book buying over the last two month, but I also didn’t exhibit as much self-control as maybe should have.

FLYTIP: for the Love of Cartography – Had a blast putting this post together. If you think you can recognize a popular YA book based on their maps, take a peek at this post.

Reading Challenges:

Back to including my reading challenges progress with my monthly wrap-up.

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I picked up three debut books. Why are there so many tempting debuts this year? In September I read Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Janelle Milanes’s The Victoria in My Head, and Nic Stone’s Dear Martin.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 16 books

2. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Cherry. This month I read Julie C. Dao’s Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Emily Lloyd-Jones’s The Hearts We Sold. I’m so close to completing this challenge, can I do it?

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 15 books

September Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Month in Review

Did you enjoy the final days of summer? What book are you most looking forward to reading this fall? 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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Monthly Wrap-Up: August ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPAugust felt like a really blah month for me. After my incredibly productive July, I felt like I had no time to really do anything in August. I somehow managed to read six books though, so yay me, but I didn’t produce as many posts as I’m used to. I can’t believe summer is almost over. I feel excited about all the Halloween decorations appearing in stores, but the Christmas ones still seem too soon. This month marks the end of the Summer 2017 Comment Challenge that I cohost with Lonna @ FLYLēF. This challenge is one of my favorite parts about being a book blogger. We do have a special announcement for future challenges that will be posted on our blogs at the beginning of September, so look for that.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

I loved loved loved Kathryn Ormsbee’s Tash Hearts Tolstoy about an aspiring filmmaker who discovers the pitfalls of internet fame. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. The characters were so enjoyable. I can’t wait to share my full review with you. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

Earlier this year I took a break from ARCs, but have recently been approved for a few. This first one on my list was not a winner. Too bad because the cover is pretty lovely. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

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Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Recommendations for Those Who Want to Pick Up More Fantasy – Yes, I loved sharing some of my favorite fantasy novels with everyone.

Kernels of Nonsense: My Month of Mini-Reviews – I spent my July writing only mini-reviews and I wrote about the experience her.

Reading Challenges:

I will be making a separate post for my reading challenges this August, so look for an update post very soon.

September Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Month in Review

Did you enjoy your August? What book are you most looking forward to in September? 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.

Monthly Wrap-Up: July ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPI had a surprisingly productive July. I finished nine books this month and can’t remember when I read so much. How did I do it? I’ll be sharing a discussion post in August about how I managed to pick up so many books compared to what I usually average. I also read a lot of books toward the Summer 2017 Bookish Bingo, so I’m feeling really good about that one going into August. Speaking of August, the Summer 2017 Comment Challenge is entering its final month this year and I’ve had a blast cohosting this with Lonna @ FLYLēF. If you missed participating, we’ll be putting together a wrap-up post in which you can sign up for the newsletter to be informed when this challenge is coming back. Also, I think I’m over this hot weather. I’m fully prepared for winter. How long until then?

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

Favorite Book This Month:

This was a close one, but I’m going to go with Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown. I loved everything (the world-building, characters, magic) about this books and can’t believe it took me so long to pick it up.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

I’ve been putting off reading Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns because of the mixed reviews, but picked it up in July as part of the Summer 2017 Bookish Bingo challenge and it didn’t go as well as I hoped. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it this month. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Had Reviews for on My Blog – This meme has been on hiatus for the past month, but I decided to do a few past topics in the meantime.

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2017 – Loved putting together this post where I get to shout about all the amazing books I’ve read so far this year.

Kernels of Nonsense: Where Does Rereading Fit into a Blogger’s Life – I wrote a discussion post! I haven’t written one of these in about 84 years, but was able to sit down and write this one. Yay me!

Reading Challenges:

I will be making a separate post for my reading challenges this summer, so look for an update post very soon.

August Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Month in Review

Did you enjoy your July? Are you ready for summer to end like me? What book are you most looking forward to in August? 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.

Monthly Wrap-Up: June ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPWhy, June, why did you end so quickly? I can’t believe that half the year is already gone. I read less than I thought I would this month. I can’t entirely explain it, but I just found it hard to start a new book once I finished the last. I finished five books in June, coming close to six, but not quite. I’ve got some major reading plans for July however and am really excited to get started. The Summer 2017 Comment Challenge is currently underway. I really enjoy cohosting this challenge & love seeing the new connections bloggers make through their partnership.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

Maurene Goo’s I Believe in a Thing Called Love was so unbelievably cute. If you’re looking for a fun contemporary for the summer, pick this one up. Review for this one coming soon. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

I really wanted to like Brittany Cavallaro’s A Study in Charlotte, but in the end, there were too many things about it that I didn’t enjoy. Review coming soon. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Reads of 2017 So Far – Loved sharing my favorite reads so far this year. I’ve picked up some amazing titles and can’t wait for the second half of 2017.

Summer 2017 Comment Challenge: July Sign-up – The Summer 2017 Comment Challenge is happening now. Partners for July have already been assigned, but if you’d like to join us for August, our sign-up post will go up on the 3rd.

Armchair Book Expo – I had so much fun participating in this online book conference. Unfortunately, this is going to be the last Armchair Book Expo and while I am incredibly sad, I’m so thankful for all the hosts’ hard work.

2017 Second Quarter Book Haul: I Feel a Book-Buying Ban Coming On – My latest book haul post in which I failed to restrain my book buying. Whoops.

Reading Challenges:

I will be making a separate post for my reading challenges this summer, so look for an update post very soon.

July Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Month in Review

How was the first half of your year? Any July releases you’re really 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.

Monthly Wrap-Up: May ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPWho else felt that May was really busy? I feel like there was always something going on and it was almost impossible to give my full attention to reading or blogging. This month I somehow managed to finish four novels and two graphic novels. I read less than I usually do, but it was simply because I really could not find the time. I should have finished one more book this month, but this past holiday weekend was so busy, I had very little time to read. In other news, the Comment Challenge is back for the summer. If you’re interested in joining this challenge for July, a sign-up post will go up on the 3rd.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite book this month is hands down Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes. I loved the setting, the writing, and the characters. I loved the world-building, the story, and the character development. Basically, I loved everything about this novel and it is officially my favorite read so far this year.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

All the books I read this month received a positive rating from me.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Wishlist for Female Characters – Yes, this post was my favorite TTT topic for May. It gave me a chance to talk about all my wants for female characters.

Summer 2017 Comment Challenge: June Sign-up – As I mentioned in the intro, the Comment Challenge is back for the summer. June signups are closed, but our July sign-up post goes up on June 3rd. We’d love for you to join us!

FLYLēF 2nd Anniversary: Friendship Tour & Giveaway – Always great to celebrate your fellow bloggers’ blogiversaries. Lonna, who is my partner in crime for the Comment Challenge, is celebrating her blogiversary with a friendship tour and giveaway. If you haven’t entered, be sure to do so!

FLYTIP: Dog-Ear-Me-Not – This was a really fun post to put together where I share some of the ways I save my place while reading.

Reading Challenges:

One of these months, I’m going to read an absurd number of fantasy novels…

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I didn’t finish any debut novels.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 9 books

2. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Cherry. This month I read two fantasy novels for this challenge: Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes and N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 8 books

June Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Month in Review

Was your May as busy as mine? Did you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend? What’s your favorite 2017 read so far? Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

Monthly Wrap-Up: April ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPThis wrap-up is a little late. I already feel like my May is going to be way busier than my April. Speaking of April, one of the defining moments from last month in terms of blogging was the week and a half I took off from blogging. I went on a blogging (and unexpected Twitter break) hiatus in the middle of the month because I had been feeling all kinds of slumpy. The break did a lot of good as I really missed being a part of this community and I feel like I’ve shaken off both my blogging and reading slumps. Despite said reading slump, I managed to read four books, reread another, and picked up two graphic novels in April. I’ve also been working on a lot of bookish spring cleaning and am hoping to continue this in May.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

I have a mini review for Vol. 1 & 2 of Ms. Marvel which should be up later this month. This is only the second graphic novel that I’ve picked up and it was such a lifesaver when I was not feeling in the mood to read any kind of novel.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

All the books I read this month received a positive rating from me.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want (or Not Want) to Read a Book – This was a really fun post to put together of some of my bookish turn-ons and turn-offs.

Spring Cleaning: Bookworm Edition – I have so much bookish organizing that I need to do. TBR books I need to delete, bookshelf organizing, book unhauls. So I thought it would be fun to put together a list of the various ways I am cleaning up my bookish life over the next couple of months.

Reading Challenges:

I might need to accept the fact that I may not meet my Flights of Fantasy goal this year. Yes, it’s still early, but I’m just not picking up a lot of fantasy so far this year.

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I read one debut: American Street by Ibi Zoboi. Pretty sure I’m going to meet this challenge before the first six months of the year is out.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 9 books

2. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Cherry. This month I read only one fantasy novel: The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 6 books

May Releases I’m Dying to Read:

 

Month in Review

Which April release was your favorite? Do you have any spring cleaning in mind this season? Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit.

If you haven’t already, be sure to enter the giveaway on my blog. I’m taking part in the May Book of Choice Giveaway Hop which ends the 15th of this month. It’s open to the US and INT, so be sure to get on that. Click on the image on the left to enter and be sure to check out all the other participants’ giveaways.