2019 Monthly Status Update: August

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August was another strong month for me. Back in late June I discovered the Fated Mates podcast, I am now deeply addicted to both the podcast and the Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. I’m trying to stick with my scheduled reading also as much as I can but at the same time I just want to read what I want! Everyone once in a while I start to chage against the schedule and I’m feeling like now is really that time. Luckily I only have 2 scheduled reads so far for September so there’s lots of room for reading whatever I want. So anyways, here are some highlights from August for me:

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 11
# pages read this month: 4,158
# books read year-to-date: 64
# pages read year-to-date: 22,239

Favorite Books I Read this Month:

I’ve been devouring Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series and have loved almost all those books so far (I’m reading #15 now). Other than that I also really enjoyed:

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The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins – 4.5 stars

Other Posts this month:

Lots of ARC August 2019 posts this past month, that was it for other posts!

Next Month TBR List:

Not many on the scheduled TBR list for next month, like I mentioned:

-29 Seconds by T.M. Logan
-Immortal Born by Lynsay Sands

Luckily this leaves lots of room for both more of Kresley Cole’s books and also catching up on my backlog reading from books I missed. September starts to get much more hectic for me at work but it’s also my birthday month (woot!) so I’ll be trying to block off some reading time for myself since that’s what I like to do! Looking forward to some crisp fall weather coming up and one of my favorite times of the year. Happy reading everyone!

2019 Monthly Status Update: July

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Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 16
# pages read this month: 5,923
# books read year-to-date: 53
# pages read year-to-date: 18,081

Favorite Books I Read this Month:

I’ve been devouring Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series and have loved almost all those books so far (on #11 now). Other than that I also enjoyed Helen Hoang’s The Kiss Quotient (4.5 stars), which I read on vacation, and Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham (4.5 stars).

Other Posts this month:

Summary Post – NERCA 2019
ARC August 2019 Reading Challenge Sign Up Post

Next Month TBR List:

Check out my ARC August 2019 Reading Challenge Sign Up Post which includes my reading list for August! Looking forward to a successful reading challenge this month!

2019 Monthly Status Update: April

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And I thought March was a crazy month, April was even crazier! Work really slammed me in April and I was trying to make sure I was still getting enough sleep so I didn’t read AT ALL for four weeks. Not my best time but I made it through. So anyways, here are some highlights from April for me:

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 1
# pages read this month: 515
# books read year-to-date: 22
# pages read year-to-date: 7,157

Favorite Books I Read this Month:

I only read one book but I can’t say I loved it so I’ll skip this for this month!

Other Posts this month:

Nothing for this month!

Next Month TBR List:

I didn’t really get to any of my April books so I’ll have to read those too but these are my upcoming to reads for May:

-Next Girl to Die by Dea Poirier
-The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
-The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
-Smitten by the Brit by Melanie Johnson
-The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey

Short list for next month but based on my track record so far I’m hoping to be able to read at least these! I’m also hoping I’ll have time to catch up on a couple I missed over the first months of the year since I do have some concentrated reading time coming up this month! Looking forward to participating in Bout of Books this month, some vacation time, and also my reading retreat at the end of the month!

2019 Monthly Status Update: January

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And here we begin on another year. The first month of 2019 is over and, while it wasn’t my strongest reading month, I did get a solid amount of reading done. I have a lot of reading coming up over the next month too, which I’m not sure I’ll 100% be able to keep up with due to my work schedule, but I’m going to do my best!  So anyways, here are some highlights from December for me:

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 7
# pages read this month: 2,117
# books read year-to-date: 7
# pages read year-to-date: 2,117

Favorite Books I Read this Month:

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Not only do I just LOVE this cover, I loved the book too! I rated it 5.0 stars, read my review here

Other Posts this month:

Bout of Books 24 Posts

Next Month TBR List:

-The Girls at 17 Swann by Yara Zgheib
-The Night Olivia Fell by Christine McDonald
-The Beast’s Heart by Leide Shallcross
-My Favorite Cowboy by Donna Grant
-Friends to Lovers series (boxed set) by Camilla Isley – there are 4 books in this series

Looking forward to the romantic month of February and being as productive both at home and at work as I possibly can! Happy reading!

 

2016 Monthly Status Update: July

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July was a crazy busy month. I feel like I’m barely keeping up this month just with work and house stuff so there has been pretty much no time for reading. I’ve been trying to keep up with deadlines but I’ve fallen WAY behind. Luckily I am participating in ARC August again this year so I can use this month to hopefully catch up a bit! Anyways, here’s my progress for July.

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 7
# pages read this month: 1,763
# books read year-to-date: 71
# pages read year-to-date: 22,253

Favorite Books I Read:

How The Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell – 4.0 stars
The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel – 4.0 stars

Books I Didn’t Particularly Enjoy: 

I didn’t really have any books in July that I didn’t enjoy. I had books that didn’t exactly thrill me but I still found them enjoyable for the most part.

Other Posts this month:

Author Interview! Tiffany McDaniel – Author of The Summer That Melted Everything
ARC August 2016 Reading Challenge Sign Up

Status of 2016 Reading Challenges:

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016 Checklist – 18/20 books read
Book Riot Read Harder Reading Challenge – 7/24 books read
Penguin Random House: Challenge Your Shelf A-Z Reading Challenge – 0/26 books read

August TBR list:

I have a rough TBR list on my ARC August Sign Up post that I’ll be working off of but other than that I don’t have a set TBR list for this month. My focus is more to get as many of the ARC’s on my back list read as I possibly can. I hate that I fell so behind and I’m hoping I can use August to catch up. I might end up straying off the list a little anyways depending on which new ARC’s pop up on my schedule. I’m very excited too for August since mid-month I’ll be going on vacation with my Dad to a house owned by his family off the southern coast of Maine. There is no electricity on the island and no wi-fi and very little cell signal. I can’t wait to unplug for a week and just read and relax and spend time with my family! Hope you all have a wonderful month as well!

2016 Status Update: April

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Well April was definitely a more productive month for me. Between tax season drawing to a close of my sleep budget being re-instated I was able to get a lot of reading done in the beginning and middle of the month. Unfortunately, even though I had the last week of the month off I was doing so much other fun stuff that I got almost no reading done. Still was a good month though!

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 12
# pages read this month: 3,832
# books read year-to-date: 39
# pages read year-to-date: 12,152

Favorite Books I Read:

The Winemakers by Jan Moran – 4.0 stars
Dead Distillers by Colin Spoelman and David Haskell – 4.0 stars
The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke – 4.25 stars

Books I Didn’t Particularly Enjoy: 

I didn’t particularly care for The Art of Not Breathing and I Know What I’m Doing and Other Lies I tell Myself.

Other Posts this month:

Best Laid Wedding Plans book giveaway (closed)
Book of the Month subscription

Status of 2016 Reading Challenges:

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2016 Checklist – 14/20 books read
Book Riot Read Harder Reading Challenge – 3/24 books read
Penguin Random House: Challenge Your Shelf A-Z Reading Challenge – 0/26 books read

May TBR list: 

-Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (The Reading Room) (rolled from April TBR – didn’t get to)
-Lake of Dreams by Linda Howard (NetGalley) (rolled from April TBR – didn’t get to)
-Behave by Andromeda Romano-Lax (NetGalley) (rolled from April TBR – didn’t get to)
-The Good Kind of Bad by Rita Brassington (NetGalley) (rolled from April TBR – didn’t get to)
-The Blue Bath by Mary Waters-Sayer (NetGalley)
-Kill or Be Kilt by Victoria Roberts (NetGalley)
-Every Bride Has Her Day by Lynnette Austin (NetGalley)
-Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman (Edelweiss)
-Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (NetGalley)
-The California Wife by Kristen Harnisch (Author)
-Troublemaker by Linda Howard (Edelweiss)
-Nobody But You by Jill Shalvis (The Reading Room)
-Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka (Fiction Lover’s Book Club)
-People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper (The Reading Room)
-Wicked Whispers by Tina Donohue (NetGalley)
-I Take You by Eliza Kennedy (The Reading Room)
-How the Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell (The Reading Room)
-Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt (purchased – need to read so can read next in series)
-Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt (NetGalley)
-The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood (NetGalley)
-Lana and the Laird by Sabrina York (NetGalley)
-His Wicked Wish by Olivia Drake (NetGalley)
-Frayed by Kara Terzis (NetGalley)

I’m just not even going to think about how daunting this list is. I’m just gonna read and hope for the best this month! I do have 3 days off during the second week in May because I am participating in the upcoming Bout of Books reading challengeBout of Books reading challenge and I am looking forward to having some days devoted to reading!

Happy reading everyone!

OwlCrate – February Subscription Box

Last year I decided to try the Book Riot Quarterly subscription box. That box is a quarterly subscription box for $50 and you get at least 2 books and various book related knick-knacks. I got three boxes last year under this subscription, though I think I only posted on the first one. While I really enjoyed this box and I was excited to be introduced to books I might not have read otherwise, I found out that there like a million other subscription book boxes out there and I wanted to try a few other ones to see which one I’d end up liking best and also to get more of a variety of books. I’ve seen a lot of the other book bloggers I follow that subscribe to this Owl Crate YA subscription box and to be honest the box that they did for September 2015 with the book Dumplin’ (HIGH on my list of books I’d like to read, not that I have the time to look at this list) and a Katniss Arrow necklace crafted by Crystal Compass Designs (very disappointed I don’t see the necklace listed on their site, would love to buy it!!!) was 100% up my alley. So anyways, I looked through all the past boxes and I liked a lot of the books that they had featured and the extra stuff that comes with it sounded good for most of the boxes too so I decided to try this one for a few months. It is $30 a month plus shipping so I paid about $105 I think for the 3 month subscription.I got my first box in the mail this past week and while some of you might have also gotten the box I thought I would share the contents on here for anyone who doesn’t receive it and might be interested!

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So this is the box! Woot! The theme for this box was Sci-Fi Love which eh I wasn’t super thrilled about but I figured it was my first box so I wanted to give it a try. I think the box usually only features one book but this box had two which I was happy about. Below are the contents of the box and some other details:

  • Lunar Chronicles  theme tote bag was specifically designed by the OwlCrate team for this month’s box. It lists all the couples in the various books in the Lunar Chronicles series.
  • A TARDIS brooch from the Doctor Who show, handmade by Vector Engraving
  • A bookmark from Rock Paper Books with a coupon for 15% off
  • Also from Rock Paper Books, their edition of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The main feature, The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry, along with a signed bookplate and a letter from the author

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Overall I was excited to try this subscription box but this one didn’t thrill me. I have 2 of the Lunar books but unfortunately haven’t read them yet, I probably would have been more excited about the tote if I had. And I don’t watch Doctor Who. The books I really liked though which I think is the point of this who book box subscription so I was pleased but not thrilled. I am looking forward to my next box though, it seems like they do a lot of nerdy/bookish jewelry which I don’t really have much of right now and would love to obtain!

Also just as a side note, I had mentioned the Book Riot Quarterly subscription box above and I really am so glad I signed up for it when I did because I learned about their Book Riot Live conference which I went to last year and had such a great time! I am hoping that the timing works out and I will be able to go again this coming year.

So do any of you do a monthly.quarterly subscription? Anyone have some great experiences they’d like to share? I’d love to learn about new boxes I could try in the future!