ARC August Update

Hello, everyone! Its about halfway through August, so I am figuring that now is a good time to officially declare my goals and update my status for the ARC August event. So here is what I am working with:

Physical ARCs:

  • The Best Kind of Magic ✔
  • Little & Lion
  • The Spellbook of Lost and Found
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass
  • First We Were IV ✔

eARCs

  • Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined – in progress
  • Assaulted Caramel
  • Grave Errors
  • Meddling Kids – in progress
  • A Conspiracy in Belgravia

 

The ten on my list are the ten being published the soonest, or whose dates have just passed and I need to get my reviews in to the publishers/Netgalley (oops!). Basically the ones that I need to catch up and keep up on. Finishing all ten would be a dream, but if I finish half of them I’ll be pretty happy. As always, the more the merrier.

Are you participating in ARC August? What are your goals? How is your progress?

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Upcoming Challenges & Readathons

All right, friends, I am charging ahead at full speed with my reading. I found myself some more mischief to get into (wink-wink). I’ll start small and get big.

20616344_992337268009_763503611_oSo first off, for this week, I am participating in the #Alphabethon . This is the third year for the event, which was created by @banterbooks. This round’s “theme” revolves around the letter C so all books should be connected to the letter C somehow. Author, character, title, setting, cover item, etc. There are seven challenges going on throughout the week as well as sprints being hosted through Twitter and overall it seems fun! I have already posted my TBR and completed one challenge (read a book in a location that begins with ‘C’ other than a couch for an hour…I read in my car).

For the first two weeks in August, I am participating in the #Unhaulathon . Since I am on a buying ban for this month, this is a great time for me to participate in a challenge and readathon like this. Basically, the goal of the readathon is to read books that have been on my TBR for over a year. The hosts encourage readers to then “unhaul” (give away, sell, trade, etc.) books once we finish them or decide we just won’t get around to reading them…but I doubt I will be going that far. I recently went through a culling of my shelves so I’m in a pretty good place. However, I do have plenty of books on my shelves to choose from and I do not need to buy more right now as much as all of the new releases (and old releases and just all books in general) I see are tempting. So that’s that. I have not come up with an “official” TBR for this readathon yet, though I plan to within the next couple of days.

The final event I am signed up for (so far) is ARC August. As the title suggests, this runs all month. I will dedicate a full post to this within the next few days as I round up the ARCs that I have that are “due” in August and early September that I will be prioritizing. I have a couple that I am really excited about. I will aim a little high, knowing that I probably won’t hit them all.

And there you have it, folks. That’s how August is rolling in! Let’s keep it strong, shall we? Game on!

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EpicReads Author Signing

swagToday was amazing! I was SO jealous of seeing all the buzz from bookcon in NYC over last weekend. All the swag, all the meetups with fellow bloggers and bookstagrammers, all the epic author signings….JEALOUS!!! Well, get a load of THIS you crazy New Yorkers. I got to meet up with authors Julie Murphy (Dumplin’ and Ramona Blue), Evelyn Skye (The Crown’s Game and The Crown’s Fate), Joelle Charbonneau (The Testing and Dividing Eden), and Kim McCreight (Reconstructing Amelia and The Outliers).

authorsHighlights of my little Epic Reads adventure included: talking opera with Joelle Charbonneau!! Plus she’s also from Chicagoland so she went to school around here so it was really easy to talk to her about local music and it was so fun. She is really quirky and silly…absolutely a singer. Next time we meet, we’re going to since. We are both Lyric Soprano’s, just in case anyone was wondering. Next, I got to talk to real life people about books. Not just my screen or myself because I don’t get to talk to my fiance or my friends really or anything. So that was so refreshing!! And finally, all of the swag pictured above! I love swag and new books and autographs and all around good stuff. The event was held at Anderson’s Bookstore, which has locations in Naperville, LaGrange, and Downer’s Grove. This shop is really neat–it has not only an awesome stock of book, but a great selection of gifts (I bought a Father’s Day gift, and an early Birthday present for my mom too).

I highly recommend looking up and reading these books if you’ve ever even considered any of them. These authors are great people and their books deserve your attention.

Listening to: “No Vacancy” by One Republic

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