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.

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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.

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.