Monthly Wrap-Up: January ’18

MonthlyWrap-UPJanuary went by so quick. I felt so sluggish at the beginning of the month, but finally feel like I’ve gotten back into the swing of things. I actually found time to blog hop before the month was out. Can you believe it? This month I read five books. My goal this year is to actually spend more time reading books and as a result, I will be reading less. I’m still working on those DIY bookmarks I promised I’d have a giveaway for. I’m almost done, so look for a giveaway to come your way late February, early March. Ish.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s The Beautiful Ones was my favorite read in January. It was my first five-star read of the year and I fell in love immediately with it. Cover is linked to Goodreads. Gushing review coming soon.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No read 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:

2017 Fourth Quarter Book Haul: No Self-Control – I bought far too many books toward the end of the year and as a result, I’m going to try really hard not buy too many books this year. Yeah, I’m laughing at me too.

Kernels of Nonsense: Why I’m Reading Less in 2018 – A more in depth look at why I’m planning to read less this year.

Reading Challenges:

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

1. The 2018 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I read one debut book: By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell.

  • Challenge Goal: 12 books; Current Count: 1 book

February Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How is your 2018 going so far? Have you read a five-star read yet? 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: December ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPI cannot believe it is 2018. Where did the time go? There was a time where I was really pessimistic about the year, but I have to say that being a part of the bookish community really helped me get through 2017. So I just want to say thank you to everyone. This month I was really busy and only managed to read four books (this includes one graphic novel). I feel like this month went way too fast because I have been hastily putting posts together before the month is out. I would normally post my book haul post before the month ends, but like I said before, I’ve been really busy. Expect that one to go up this week however.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read this December was Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda. It’s my favorite graphic novel that I’ve picked up so far. The illustrations are so beautiful and the story compelling. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No December read earned less than three stars from me.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

End of the Year Book Survey – Annual bookish survey I always enjoy taking part in. I may or may not have mentioned Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty a lot.

Reading Challenges:

I did it! I completed both of my reading challenges. I’m so proud of myself because there were moments in 2017 when I wasn’t sure I was going to meet my goals.

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I read several debuts to close out the year: Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens, F.C. Lee’s The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood.

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

2. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Cherry. I actually can’t remember if I included graphic novels when counting these books, but I included one for December. I read An Enchantment of Ravens, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, The Hazel Wood and Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 21 books

January Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

Did you meet all your 2017 reading goals? What will be your first 2018 read? 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: November ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPI’m back from my hiatus! I took a two and a half week break in November and so this monthly wrap-up will be a little small. Not going to lie, I also took a sleeping pill last night and I think I’m still half asleep. Excuse anything I write here that might sound like nonsense. I didn’t read very much this past month, only finishing four books (I know, can you believe it?). I bought far too many books over the last couple of weeks and am eagerly awaiting all my packages. My final book haul post is going to be huge. Also, I changed my profile pic just in case you think someone else has taken over my blog.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite book in November was Anna-Marie McLemore’s Wild Beauty. I was so stoked for this book and it turned out to be more beautiful than I imagined. I did write a review for this one while I was away, but I need to transfer it, so look for a review this upcoming weekend. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

I’m in the minority for this one. I really wanted to enjoy this Pride & Prejudice inspired contemporary, but Emma Mill’s First & Then did not do it for me. I will have a mini-review of this one on the blog soon.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

FLYTIP: Font Fervor – Got fonts? I wish I had more experience with fonts. It’s something I’d like to be better at in the future.

Reading Challenges:

Whoops, I didn’t read very much toward my goals again this November. I only have one month to meet my Flights of Fantasy goal! Panicking a little.

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. No debuts picked up this month.

  • 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 Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 17 books

December Releases I’m Excited For:

Month in Review

How are you reading goals going now that we’re entering the final month of the year? Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving? 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: October ’17

MonthlyWrap-UPGoodbye, October! I’m really sad that this month has come to an end. My blog is no longer rocking a Halloween theme and it’s time to take down all my creepy decorations. I had so much fun with October Fright this year where I put together many spooktacular posts. This month I read six novels plus three graphic novels. No five-stars this month, but still a really good reading month. Though I’m not fond of Christmas decor in stores so early, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. I have an upcoming blog hiatus that is going to take me from the middle of November into December. I’m preparing for it now, so when I get back I don’t have a ton of blogging stuff on my plate.

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

Favorite Book This Month:

It was really hard to decide which four-star read was my favorite this month. I’m going with Kerri Maniscalco’s Hunting Prince Dracula. I loved the Gothic feel of this sequel and can’t wait for more.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

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

Reviews Posted This Month:

Read, Review Coming Soon:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

Graphic Novels Read This Month:

(These received four stars from me; covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

October Fright 2017 – As mentioned before, I put together Halloween-themed posts that you can check out. My favorite from the bunch was October Fright 2017: Your Guide to Avoiding the “Just Moved Into a Haunted House and Am Now the Lead in a Horror Movie” Trope. It’s a bit wordy, but I had so much fun with this advice post.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Long-Winded Titles That Aren’t Necessary But Are Undeniably Charming, Much Like This One — Long-Winded That Is, Maybe Not So Charming – Apparently I’m a fan of long-winded titles. Here I list some of my favorites.

FLYTIP: Make Your Mark – Got a chance to share some of my favorite bookmarks including some DIY ones. I am planning a giveaway in the future, but probably won’t announce anything until after my hiatus.

Reading Challenges:

My October reading TBR was devoted to creepy reads, so I made very little progress toward these challenges.

1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. No debuts picked up this month.

  • 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 Hillary Monahan’s The Hollow Girl.

  • Challenge Goal: 20 books; Current Count: 16 books

November Releases I’m Excited For:

 

Month in Review

Are you preparing yourself for the holiday season? How are your reading challenges going now that the end of the year is near? Favorite read in October? 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: 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

October 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.

 

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:

(covers linked to Goodreads)

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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.