Monthly Wrap-Up: March ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPMuch to my own astonishment, I picked up seven books this month. I say astonishment because I’ve been combating a bit of a reading slump these past couple of weeks. I could read, but I really had to make myself pick up a book. This month I participated in a readalong of Jane Austen’s Emma which I found so enjoyable. I’m planning on taking a little blogging hiatus in April, so you can look for that post around the 12th. I feel myself falling into a blogging/reading funk and I don’t want to continue to force myself into finishing posts/books. This month I also posted my book haul for the last three months and surprisingly, I wasn’t as out of control as I thought I was. Progress, people.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

If you’re breathing, you’ve probably heard of Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give. If this book isn’t on your TBR, it needs to be. Buy it. Request it. Read it.

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: Spring TBR List – I’ve stopped making TBR lists every month, but every once in a while I don’t mind taking a look forward and sharing what books I’m hoping to get to.

2017 First Quarter Book Haul – I bought some really amazing books these last three months. I’ve read quite a few and the rest are ones I’m really excited to pick up.

Reading Challenges:

I’m starting to fall behind on my Flights of Fantasy challenge. I’ve been meaning to pick up more fantasy books, but I just haven’t really found the time.

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I read two debuts: The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 8 books

2. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Cherry. This month I read The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 5 books

April Releases I’m Excited For:

   

Month in Review

Which March read was your favorite? What’s on your spring TBR? 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: February ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPDespite only reading six books this month, I still feel like I had a really good reading month. I wanted to get through more books, but the short month made that kind of impossible (why?!) and before I knew it, I was rushing to finish my final book of the month. I bought far too many books in February and may have to restrict myself for the next couple of months. I’ll have a book haul post up at the end of March, so you can see how out of control I’ve been (so much shame).

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

Favorite Book This Month:

I read a couple of five-star books this month, but I really want to highlight Tiffany D. Jackson’s Allegedly. I literally finished the book, closed it, and let out a “wow.” It is my favorite book I’ve read so far this year. If you haven’t read this one, please do!

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 Books I Wish Had More Relevant Female Characters – Would love it if authors put more energy into writing more than one strong female character in their books.

Top Ten Tuesday: Romance Tropes I Kind of Love – In honor of Valentine’s Day, I shared my favorite romance tropes.

Kernels of Nonsense: Are ARCs Worth it? – In which I discuss my thoughts on ARCs and my hiatus from requesting them.

The Aesthetically Pleasing Book Tag – Loved this tag so much. A look at some gorgeous book covers, back covers, and everything in between.

Reading Challenges:

Didn’t quite get a chance to pick up as many fantasy books as I would have liked, but still making progress…

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Once again, I read three debuts (I’m on fire, I know): Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson, and Heartstone by Elle Katharine White.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 6 books

2. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Cherry. I’m still sticking to a more rigid definition of fantasy, so even though I read a couple of books that could be considered both fantasy and science-fiction, I won’t be counting them. This month I read the following fantasy books: Elle Katharine White’s Heartstone and V.E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 4 books

March Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Month in Review

How was your February? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 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: January ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPI have very mixed feelings about January. There were some really good moments, but sometimes it feels like we’re living in the Twilight Zone in this country. It can be really disheartening and stressful. Unfortunately, reading and blogging can be hard during these times. This month I did read five books, reread another, listened to my first audio book, and picked up my first graphic novel. I’m so happy I decided to tackle audio books and graphic novels for the first time because I enjoyed both and will definitely be exploring both more in the future.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

I love it when a sequel is even better than the first book in a series. Susan Dennard’s Windwitch was amazing and I’m dying to get my hands on the third book.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

I am not having very much luck with ARCs lately. Gilded Cage by Vic James failed to draw me in, which leaves me very confused as most seem to have enjoyed this one. Review will go up next month. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Jane Austen Editions I Want – All the Jane Austen books I’m salivating over.

Winter 2017 Comment Challenge: February Sign-up – The Comment Challenge is back in business this Winter! If you’d like to join us for March, look for our sign-up post tomorrow.

2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges – Announcing challenges I’m taking part in this year.

Kernels of Nonsense: Preordering Debut Books – My first discussion post of the year, talking about how one decides if preordering debuts is worth it.

Reading Challenges:

It’s the first month for these challenges and I think I’m off to a wonderful start…

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I read three debuts this month: The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti, Gilded Cage by Vic James, and Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones.

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

2. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Cherry. I wasn’t sure if I’d include certain subgenres (magical realism, dystopian fantasy, would graphic novels count?) when it came to this challenge, but I think I’m going to restrict my count to books I’d just label fantasy. This month I picked up the following fantasy books: Susan Dennard’s Windwitch and S. Jae-Jones’s Wintersong.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 2 books

February Releases I’m Excited For (so many!!!):

Month in Review

How was your January? Any February releases you’re extra excited about? 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: December ’16

MonthlyWrap-UPThis wrap-up is going to be pretty quick. The beginning of December went as well as November, but getting a chance to spend time with family during Christmas was a really great way to end the month. I still feel like I’m shaking off that blogging and reading slump that crept up during the month, but I have high hopes for the new year. I got through five books which isn’t bad considering the slump and the holidays.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making was the final book I read in 2016. It’s a really charming MG novel and I’ll have much more to say in my review soon. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

Erin Summerill’s Ever the Hunted was so very disappointing. It’s a shame, because that cover is gorgeous.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books of 2016 – A look back at my favorite books I read in 2016

Winter 2017 Comment Challenge: January Sign-up – The Comment Challenge is back for Winter! If you’d like to join us for February, look for our sign-up post tomorrow.

2016 Fourth Quarter Book Haul – I really ought to buy less books.

End of the Year Book Survey – A look back on my year in reading.

Reading Challenges:

Final reading challenge update for 2016!

1. The 2016 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I read two debuts this December: Erin Summerill’s Ever the Hunted and Kerri Maniscalco’s Stalking Jack the Ripper.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Final Number: 12 books – Success!

2. The 2016 Read My Books Challenge is hosted by The Worn Bookmark. This month I read three of my own books: Rae Carson’s Like a River Glorious, Ruta Sepetys’s Salt to the Sea, and Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumvented…

  • Challenge Goal: 30 books; Final Number: 31 books – Success!

3. The 2016 Finishing the Series Challenge is hosted by Bea’s Book Nook. Nothing this month.

  • Challenge Goal: 7 series; Final Number: 8 – Success!

January Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How was your December? Did you enjoy the holidays? 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: November ’16

MonthlyWrap-UPYes, this wrap-up post is a little late and that’s because I had some expected and unexpected excitement happen at the beginning of December, but that’s for a different post. If I could describe November in one word, it would be stressful. I ended up taking a few days off earlier in the month and never really felt like I ever got back into the swing of things. I’m hoping to regain my blogging focus in December, doing more blogging ahead of schedule and tackling a couple of discussion posts. This month my reading took a big hit. I read only four books, well almost, I had a few pages left to finish up on the first. Honestly, now that I’ve met my Goodreads challenge goal, I don’t feel the need to read as many books.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

Loved Ryan Graudin’s follow-up to her Wolf By Wolf novel. Blood For Blood was everything I expected and this may go down as my favorite duology ever. Cover is linked to Goodreads, review will be posted soon.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

I only read four books this month and all of them received positive reviews.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Mini Reviews:

I’ve had mini-reviews for Meg Medina’s The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and Sharon Cameron’s The Forgetting in my drafts for about forever. I finally got an opportunity to post my thoughts on both, which you can check out here.

Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

Look for my reviews of Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also a Star and Mindy McGinnis’s The Female of the Species in December. I enjoyed both, though in entirely different ways. Covers linked to Goodreads.

Favorite Blog Meme Posts This Month:

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read if Your Book Club Likes Grey Characters was a really fun post to put together to start off November’s Top Ten Tuesday memes. I’m still looking for suggestions if you have a favorite book that features grey characters.

Reading Challenges:

Once again I’m including my reading challenge progress in this month’s wrap-up post. I feel like I’m really good shape when it comes to accomplishing all of these before the year is out. I hope.

1. The 2016 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I did not have the pleasure of picking up any debut novels this month.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Overall Progress: 10 books

2. The 2016 Read My Books Challenge is hosted by The Worn Bookmark. This month I read Ryan Graudin’s Blood For Blood, Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s All In from my shelves.

  • Challenge Goal: 30 books; Overall Progress: 28 books

3. The 2016 Finishing the Series Challenge is hosted by Bea’s Book Nook. This month I finished Ryan Graudin’s duology Wolf By Wolf.

  • Challenge Goal: 7 series; Overall Progress: 8

Books I’m Planning to Read in December:

Month in Review

How was your November? Did you enjoy Thanksgiving? Are you reading more or less as the year comes to an end? 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.

Special note: The Comment Challenge is back. If you had the pleasure of joining us for our Summer 2016 Comment Challenge where we paired bloggers and encouraged them to comment on each other’s blogs throughout the month, we’d love to have you join us again. And if you aren’t familiar with the challenge, we’d love to have you as well. Sign-ups for January will be open through December 26th. Click on the image to the left for all the info.

Monthly Wrap-Up: October ’16

MonthlyWrap-UPYes, October, the month of scares and cooler weather (not). I love so many things about this time of year and while I really enjoyed all the Halloween-themed posts I put together, I ended up going through a bit of a slump in the middle of the month. I was still able to get through six books this month (five of which were on my October TBR). Not a terrible number, but nothing to write home about either. Hoping this slumpiness doesn’t continue into November when I actually expect the weather to cool.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

Why did I wait so long to read Mindy McGinnis’s A Madness So Discreet? It was so good and I think I’m in love with McGinnis’s writing. I’m off to preorder and request her other novels from the library. Click on the cover and read my review now!

Least Favorite Book This Month:

Last October I read a few books that received less than stellar reviews from me, but this year I was lucky enough to read all 3+ star books. Yay me!

Other Reviews Posted This Month:

 

Mini Reviews:

I wrote a couple of mini-reviews this month. My first was for One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards. It was a decent thriller, but didn’t really wow me. I also did a mini-review of Adriana Marther’s How to Hang a Witch. I really expected more from this one because of the reviews, so I was a little disappointed in it.

Read But Not Reviewed Yet:

Marie Lu’s The Midnight Star sort of fell into my lap at the end of the month. I really hadn’t planned to read it until November, but how could I pass up the opportunity? Look for a review of this one soon. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Favorite October Fright Posts:

This month I put together a few Halloween-themed posts, if you are interested in taking a look, you can find them here. My favorite October Fright post was How to Survive a Horror Story, where I listed a few of the dos and don’ts if you ever find yourself stuck in a horror story.

Favorite Blog Meme Posts This Month:

Because it was October, Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Reads seems like an appropriate meme to feature. Sometimes you want a scary read and sometimes a weird one will do. In this post I feature plenty of both.

Reading Challenges:

Once again I’m including my reading challenge progress in this month’s wrap-up post. I feel like I’m really good shape when it comes to accomplishing all of these before the year is out. I hope.

1. The 2016 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather was the only debut novel I read this month.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Overall Progress: 10 books

2. The 2016 Read My Books Challenge is hosted by The Worn Bookmark. This month I picked up The Dead House, The Cellar, and How to Hang a Witch from my own shelves.

  • Challenge Goal: 30 books; Overall Progress: 26 books

3. The 2016 Finishing the Series Challenge is hosted by Bea’s Book Nook. I ended up finished Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series this month, so as of October, I have accomplished this challenge.

  • Challenge Goal: 7 series; Overall Progress: 7

Books I’m Looking Forward to in November:

Month in Review

Did you enjoy your October? How was Halloween? Any books you’re looking forward to reading in November? 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.