March Wrap-up & April Goals

Happy Friday, all! Another shelter-in-place week in the books. Did you survive? We are hanging in there. Still settling in to the work at home routine–my husband and I have our shared studio-cubicles all set up. I think it is driving our puppy crazier than anybody.

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Please don’t judge our mess!

The thing about working from home is that even though you’re still at home, you still have to put in the time and do the same amount of work. I still haven’t quite found my vibe to relax and get back into my reading yet and as a result, this month was DISMAL. I finished ONE book. I can’t even make a list. I have been stuck trying to get through the same rom-com since February. I have picked up and cast aside at least 2-3 books, at least one of them was an ARC (yes, I paid tribute to the author and publisher). And my concentration in general is just garbage. There has just been so much to do and so little time to focus–its all been toilet paper and germ-X and office set-up and is the family safe and are the bills paid and…you all know how it is. Complete flip side? I did haul a lot of books! Lots of deals taking place! both online for ebooks, for stores doing pickups or delivery, and even audiobook deals if you know where to find them.Β  So let’s take a look:

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Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren
The One by John Marrs
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Twisted Fate by Ace Grey
Never Never (Complete Series) by Colleen Hoover
Nocturna by Maya Motayna
Killing November by Adriana Mather
Wasted Words by Staci Hart
Fight or Flight byΒ  Samantha Young

Physical books:
* The Darkest Star & The Burning Shadow by Jennifer Armentrout
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young
When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry

My goal for April is obviously to get back on track with my reading. I am in the middle of three books right now and that will help set me on the right track (in my own mind, at least). From there I have at least 2 arc’s with deadlines to read this month. And, as always, social media and blogging maintenance. I have a couple of other lofty dreams, but I’m keeping them secret for now. I’m off to blog hop and see what accomplishments and goals everyone else has been up to. Drop your links or let me know below what you have been reading, or how you have been doing. I hope you are all safe and content as can be.

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Wrap-up’s so far…January & February 2020

Hi everyone! First off, let me just say that I hope your 2020 so far has been much better than mine. I had minor surgery on my back, we are currently uprooted from our living space due to flooding, and our puppy is still working on potty training. Work is work, but I am trying to fill my break times in with a new hobby: bullet journaling. So far it is coming along super slow, but if I can track my bills and books, I will be pretty happy. Aside from all of that, let’s wrap up my reading for January & February!

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– BOOKS READ –

πŸ“š Unspoken … 1/12/20 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
πŸ“ Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1 … 1/16/20 … β˜…β˜…
🎧 Ninth House … 1/24/20 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
πŸ“š Jeopardy in January … 1/25/20 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
πŸ“ The Tea Dragon Festival … 1/31/20 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
πŸ“ The Lightning Thief … 2/4/20 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
🎧 The Night Country (The Hazel Wood 2) … 2/11/20 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
🎧 A Constellation of Roses … 2/19/20 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
🎧 No Judgements … 2/29/20 … β˜…β˜…β˜…

– BOOKS HAULED –

(Gift – Hard Copy) The Beautiful by Renee Adieh
(Ebook – $1.99) Jeopardy in January by Camilla Chafer
(Special edition) Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw

I am so proud of myself for not going crazy buying books. That is one of my biggest goals for this year. So many great releases have dropped already this year and I was extremely tempted but I am continuing on with my goal of reading what I have on my shelves and reading books from my local library and grabbing only the best book deals as I see them. Another goal goes along with my new adventure of bullet journalling and that’s just that I need to create more. In January I finished three pages. In February I really have only practiced! Going forward I would like to work through at least 1 spread per month. As someone who is new to the bujo, this is a bit intimidating and I’m already ready to say “Maybe I should be making this for 2021??” because it truly is a big undertaking! More updates next time! Have a great month everyone!

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October Wrap-Up/November Goals

So this was definitely, definitely not my most successful October ever, unfortunately. I didn’t read and finish as many books as I had planned, I didn’t blog as many posts as I had hoped. I don’t know what happened but I just didn’t finish out the month quite where I wanted to. Let’s see what the results were….

– BOOKS READ –

The Last to Die … 10/3/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
The Institute … 10/8/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Pumpkinheads … 10/13/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Chestnut Man … 10/24/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
Witches of East End … DNF … β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†

– BOOKS HAULED –

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Into the Crooked Place
by Alexandra Christo
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Swaps/Gifts
The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
BookOutlet Haul
Beware the Night by Jessika Fleck
Consumed by J.R. Ward
George and Lizzie by Nancy Perl
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Pearl
Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before boxed trilogy
Digital Snags
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

In my update last month, I mentioned that I was cleaning and rearranging my bookshelves a bit. Well I mostly did that. I haven’t gotten everything quite put back the way I’d like it yet–its still a work in progress but its close. It will happen soon enough. And so that will carry on into November. Also, since I didn’t get all of my posts finished and posted for the BookEnding Autumn event, a couple of those prompts just might carry over into this month as well. The ones that aren’t too spooky, that is. Just fall-ish ones. Plus I’m trying out the #thankfulathon on Instagram for the first time this year so I’m trying to reflect on books and habits and general life topics that I am thankful for.

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September Wrap-up & October Goals

My favorite month is here! It seems like everyone is so excited and motivated to read all the books this month. Ok, its me–I’m everyone! But seriously, I am seeing epic TBR’s and readathon’s around every corner and it is so fun. Between it being cozy fall time and Halloween coming up AND all of the awesome book drops there is a lot of reading to be done!! So let’s hop to the good part.

– BOOKS READ –

Job Interview: Prepare to Get Hired … 9/11/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
Well Met by Jen DeLuca … 9/14/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
The Backstagers, Vol. I: Rebels Without Applause … 9/21/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix … 9/29/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Whisper Man … 9/30/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

71832181_462512031029497_1066610146769108992_n– BOOKS HAULED –

Sub Boxes
Crown of Coral and Pearl
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Barnes & Noble/Amazon
The Bloody Chamber
A Taste for Monsters
Tunnel of Bones
Community Buys/Trades
The Haunting of Hill House
Gifts
Ignite Me
Sorcery of Thorns (digital)

And that was my month! As for goals I am trying participating in a couple of challenges both reading and blog-related. I started a clean-up of my shelves wherein I moved several of the books I’m not very interested in anymore into another room so that the books I have bought more recently can actually have a spot on a shelf. From here the next move is to re-organize my merch on my shelves so that I am incorporating new and old items and if there are things I don’t like or use, I have rotated them out. So that’s about it! Do you ever do this with your books and/or merch as you get new things? Do you keep books long after you read them, or do you pass them along?

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July Wrap-Up + August Goals

Hello, bibliophiles! Is it just me, or did August sneak up on us? I was on track and conscious at the beginning of July and then everything just started to blur. I have no idea what happened. Now all of a sudden its almost a week into August! Whaaa?? I must have done some reading though, because I have some things to share! Let me get to it…

– Books Read –

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue … 7/2/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
The Kingdom … 7/7/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
Hotel Dare … 7/9/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
Great Balls of Fury … 7/10/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
The Silent Patient … 7/13/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
Little Women … 7/16/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
Dry … 7/27/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
On The Come Up … 7/28/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
TOTAL = 8

– Books Hauled –

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Sorcery of Thorns
Spin the Dawn
Hello Girls
Barnes & Noble/Amazon
Wilder Girls
Community Buys/Trades
Shadow of the Fox
The Storm Crow
Digital Buys
Ink and Bone
Six of Crows
Sherwood
TOTAL = 9

So that was my July! I feel pretty good about basically reading and hauling the same number of books. Plus, 8-9 is a good number for me! I have been at about 6 books for the past few months so I’m up a bit! I’d like to keep it here. I’m getting back into writing in my book planner (slowly but surely) and I’m working on the Magical Readathon too! I will have my N.E.W.T. TBR post up really soon….hopefully this weekend!

How many books did you read last month? What did you haul in July?

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

All right, here it is. My rendition of the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! I know we’re past “mid-year” by now, but I have put a lot of (probably too much) thought into this. Better late than never, eh?

THE QUESTIONS:

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019.
Hands down, no questions asked, best book I have read so far wasΒ Red, White, and Royal Blue. I haven’t been quiet about this one since I read it and I probably won’t shut up about it for a while!
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.
Outside of graphic novels which I have been reading more or less in sequence together, I have only read two books in series and one was a re-read! Yikes! Maybe that is something I will look into more for the rest of the year. That being said, I really did enjoy the ‘sequel’ I did read…it was the final book in a 4-book series, and that would beΒ The Dire King from Jackaby by William Ritter. I loved this series, and if you haven’t read any of these books, I certainly recommend.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
DefinitelyΒ A Sorcery of Thorns! I am pretty sure I have this one coming in a sub box so I am trying to wait patiently but it isΒ really difficult because everyone is raving about this one!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
After all the good things that have come out so far this year, its amazing to believe we’re still getting epic releases throughout the rest of the year! What I am most looking forward to is betweenΒ Children of Virtue and Vengeance andΒ Ninth House.
5. Biggest disappointment.
Unpopular opinion but…The Bear and the Nightingale. That’s what really makes aΒ  disappointment, isn’t it? I had high hopes for this book and it let me down because so many people love this story! I can see why but it wasn’t for me. Maybe it was because I listened to the audiobook? Someday I’ll try the hard copy, or maybe I’ll try book 2 that way…we’ll see.
6. Biggest surprise.
I already mentioned Red, White, & Royal Blue, so for my final answer here I am going to sayΒ Slayer for this one. I am not really a Buffy fan, and I thought this book was going to be about Buffy herself but pretty much everything I had expected about this book was wrong and I gave this book 5 stars!
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
For this question I am going to choose Emily A Duncan, who wroteΒ Wicked Saints. IΒ loved this book and thought it was so well written! The fantasy structure was so well thought out, I absolutely cannot wait to read book 2!
8. Newest fictional crush.
The boys inΒ Wicked Saints were my latest heart thieves. I didn’t know who to like, who to sympathize with, who to distrust…as I mentioned, Emily wrote them so well, I just fell for them both. I can’t wait for the whole series to come out so I can have more of them!
9. Newest favourite character.
Klaus, aka Number 4, fromΒ The Umbrella Academy! I watched the show and read the comic books and of course, I ended up being a sucker for Klaus’ morbid temperament. Leave it to me to want the guy with contacts on the other side.
10. Book that made you cry.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. Not much contest there. If you haven’t read this book yet, what are you waiting for? Get to it. It was so good. 5 stars. Pick it up.
11. Book that made you happy.
Again,Β Red, White & Royal Blue made me laugh out loud countless times! I loved so many things about that book and now I am seeing merch rolling out–t-shirts, buttons, “royal” garb…I want it! It all just makes me so happy!
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I joined a buy/sell/trade group this year so I really have been adding a LOT of books to my shelves over the past several months! Plus I am a sucker for covers so its so hard to choose. I thinkΒ one of the most beautiful books I’ve gotten so far this year is Onyx & Ivory (I have always been a sucker for this cover). Also, how can you beat the cover ofΒ King of Scars? I mean, come on.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Speaking ofΒ King of Scars, I really need to read the Six of Crows of duology (which IΒ always say but I really, really mean it!!!) in order to earn my way to KoS! I really need to do it before the show starts on Netflix and before more books come out.
14. Favourite Book Community Member
This is probably the real reason it took me a while to finish this…looking up my buds. So the people I always look to for blog formatting, new releases, bookish opinions, really just anything and everything–whether they know it or not–are Destiny @howling libraries,Β Klo @Reader Voracious,Β and Austine @Novel Knight.

And that is that. Woo! So if you have not yet done this tag, I recommend taking a few minutes and reflecting on what you have read this year so far. Consider yourself…TAGGED!!

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June Wrap-up, July Goals

Holy guacamole, we’re over halfway through the year! So I have bought a ton of books but have read (according to my Goodreads counter) less than I should have by this point in time. I have also blogged a little less than I have wanted to.Β But, on the plus side, I have done pretty well with my book sleeve business and that has kept me busy. We have had a couple bulk orders come in and that has helped, and my husband and I have been “house hunting” so that has been taking up time in addition to working overtime all year so far. WOW!!! So that’s where life has been personally. Let’s get to the books!

– Books Read –

These Witches Don’t Burn …. 6/3/19 …. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
Mockingjay (reread) …. 6/10/19 …. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Hot Dog Girl …. 6/14/19 …. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
To Kill a Kingdom …. 6/21/19 …. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

– Books Hauled –

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We Hunt the Flame
Barnes & Noble:

The Princess and the Fangirl
The Beholder
Finale
Community Buys/Trades:
Carry On
Slayer
Digital Buys:
LIFEL1K3
A Curse So Dark and Lonely
Contagion
Sherwood

And that’s all, folks! I am hoping this month I can get back on track for blogging (get more reviews up and have more structure in general…and I’m jumping in on the BookEnding Summer event with some awesome people!) as well as maybe play a bit of catch up reading-wise. Overtime at work is almost over so maybe I’ll get some free time back! That would be amazing. All that’s left is finishing up my bulk orders! Until next time….happy reading y’all!

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Wrapping up May, Moving into June!

The snow hasΒ finallyΒ stopped (knock on wood). We have said goodbye to Game of Thrones–the main vein, at least. And summer (aka book convention season) is in full swing! So let us pause to take a look at the month of May and how fareth the book shelf!

– Books Read –

Five Feet Apart … 5/4/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Sleeper and the Spindle … 5/19/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
Opposite of Always … 5/19/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
Zombillenium … 5/22/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
Red, White & Royal Blue … 5/23/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Girls With Sharp Sticks … 5/24/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
The Raven’s Tale … 5/31/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

– Books Hauled –

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Every Moment After
We Hunt the Flame
Barnes & Noble Orders:
The Near Witch
Aurora Rising
Community Buys/Trades:
The Sea Witch (Signed)
Last of Her Name
Digital Book Purchases:
The Priory of the Orange Tree

And that, my friends, was my month! After my slump in April, I feel I did pretty darn good in May so I am happy with how things went. My goals for May are to keep it up and to hopefully exceed the seven I read from before. According to Goodreads, I’m three books behind on reaching my goal so I am pretty confident that I can catch up to that. Summer is a great time for reading. Let’s do this!

What was the best book you read last month? Any dunces?
Share in the comments!

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April 2019 Wrap-Up

Hi everyone! So! How about that month of April, eh? It was pretty crazy here! They say that March is the month that comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb but no, that was April here. Or maybe it was in like a lamb and out like a lion? Or lions in and out and a lamb in the middle? I don’t know, but it was a whirlwind. And that’s just the weather. Don’t even get me started on my worklife (mandatory overtime) or small business life (1-year anniversary happening) or pop culture whatever (OMG, Game of Thrones you guys!)….

– Books Read –

But the point of this post is my April wrap-up. More specifically, my haul and my accomplishments. So once again, I don’t feel that it was one of my best months but I did get some variety in! Here’s what I added to my ‘finished’ list this month:

SadieΒ … 4/2/19 …Β β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† –
Girl Wash Your Face
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Lumberjanes Vol 1.Β … 4/13/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† –
An Anonymous GirlΒ … 4/29/19 … β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†-

– Book Haul –

image1 (4)From subscription boxes:
–Β Wicked Saints
–Β Sky Without Stars
Book Outlet haul:
The Light We Lost
The Problem With Forever
Baby Teeth
The Traitor’s Ruin
Strange Grace
A Stranger Kind of Fate
Love Letters to the Dead
The Girls
This Mortal Coil
Daughter of the Siren Queen
Barnes and Noble trips:
Once and Future
Community Buys/Trades:
We Set the Dark on Fire

So that was my April! As you can tell, I had a huge haul from Book Outlet owing to a Groupon I purchased, on top of a sale they had going on! So that was pretty awesome! And I hadn’t bought from Book Outlet in a long time so it was perfect for stocking up!

What was the best book you read in April? Did you haul any good books?

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February Wrap-up

Hi everyone! February was insane and I amΒ so happy its a short month! My posting was pretty sporadic due to my work imposing mandatory overtime, my dog having puppies, the midwest deciding we are going to try out arctic temperatures and weather patterns, and of course, my business is running and I’m trying to maintain my sanity all the while. So that’s that! I have been doing my best to post and read and keep up but…like I said, its crazy! Hopefully March will be better. My fingers are crossed.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo …. 2/6/19 …. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
The Dreamers …. 2/18/19 …. β˜…
Dread Nation …. 2/23/19 …. β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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feb haulGodsgrave – signed! – by Jay Kristoff
Echo NorthΒ by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
The Cerulean by Amy Ewing
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

And that, my friends, was my February! I had a severe case of I-can’t-decide-what-to-read-itis so I started and stopped a couple of different books. And I’m super-mad because the book I’m reading now didn’t quite meet the February reading cut-off. I didn’t quite finish it in time to count it for February. Oh well. I have a good TBR line-up for March with some awesome ARCs to read that are releasing in April and I am really looking forward to them. How was your February? Did you read or haul anything really great? Any flops? Let me know!

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