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 … ★★☆☆☆
The Institute … 10/8/19 … ★★★★★
Pumpkinheads … 10/13/19 … ★★★★★
The Chestnut Man … 10/24/19 … ★★★★☆
Witches of East End … DNF … ☆☆☆☆☆

– 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
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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 … ★★★★☆
Well Met by Jen DeLuca … 9/14/19 … ★★★★☆
The Backstagers, Vol. I: Rebels Without Applause … 9/21/19 … ★★★★☆
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix … 9/29/19 … ★★★★★
The Whisper Man … 9/30/19 … ★★★★★

71832181_462512031029497_1066610146769108992_n– BOOKS HAULED –

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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 … ★★★★☆
The Kingdom … 7/7/19 … ★★★★☆
Hotel Dare … 7/9/19 … ★★★☆☆
Great Balls of Fury … 7/10/19 … ★★★★☆
The Silent Patient … 7/13/19 … ★★★★☆
Little Women … 7/16/19 … ★★★★☆
Dry … 7/27/19 … ★★★★☆
On The Come Up … 7/28/19 … ★★★★☆
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 was 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 be 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.
Definitely 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 is 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 between Children of Virtue and Vengeance and Ninth House.
5. Biggest disappointment.
Unpopular opinion but…The Bear and the Nightingale. That’s what really makes a  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 say 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 wrote Wicked Saints.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 in 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, from 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, 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 think 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 of King of Scars? I mean, come on.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Speaking of King of Scars, I really need to read the Six of Crows of duology (which I 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, Klo @Reader Voracious, 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. 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 …. ★★★☆☆
Mockingjay (reread) …. 6/10/19 …. ★★★★★
Hot Dog Girl …. 6/14/19 …. ★★★★☆
To Kill a Kingdom …. 6/21/19 …. ★★★★☆

– 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 has finally 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 … ★★★★★
The Sleeper and the Spindle … 5/19/19 … ★★★★☆
Opposite of Always … 5/19/19 … ★★★☆☆
Zombillenium … 5/22/19 … ★★★☆☆
Red, White & Royal Blue … 5/23/19 … ★★★★★
Girls With Sharp Sticks … 5/24/19 … ★★★★☆
The Raven’s Tale … 5/31/19 … ★★★☆☆

– 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:

Sadie … 4/2/19 … ★★★☆ –
Girl Wash Your Face
 4/6/19 … ★★★☆ –
Lumberjanes Vol 1. … 4/13/19 … ★★★★☆ –
An Anonymous Girl … 4/29/19 … ★★★☆☆-

– Book Haul –

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– Wicked Saints
– 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 am 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 …. ★★★★★
The Dreamers …. 2/18/19 …. ★
Dread Nation …. 2/23/19 …. ★★★★

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feb haulGodsgrave – signed! – by Jay Kristoff
Echo North 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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January Wrap-up

One month down, eleven months to go! I am pretty happy with my reading progress thus far this year. Its been a little different because I have been accomplishing more via audiobook due to just being busy! However, reading is reading and I’m fine with that. I’m planning a post with a little more thought on this later. But for now, how did I do in January?

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson … 1/4/19 … ★★★
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden … 1/9/19 … ★★★
Slayer by Kiersten White … 1/16/19 … ★★★★★
Honor Among Thieves … 1/27/19 …. ★★★★
Graphic Novels (2)
Nimona … 1/12/19 … ★★★★★
The Daughters of Salem: How We Sent Our Children to Their Deaths, Pt. 1 … 1/19/19 … ★★★
Hard Copies (1)
Miraculum … 1/23/19 … ★★★

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Five Feet Apart 
by Rachael Lippincott
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale
Analiese Rising by Brenda Drake
The Nirvana Thread by Rachel Tremblay
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

– Beacon Book Box (late arrival)
– Unplugged Book Box

So how much did you read in January? Haul anything super awesome? Tell me about it or share a link to your post with me! I’d love to see it!

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2018 – My Year In Books

YiB Hi everyone! Today I’m looking back at 2018 a little bit. I hope that your year was as good as mine was. I know its cliche to say, but its so true–it went by so fast. Last year, my little brother (not so little anymore) got married, I lost a job, I found a really great new job, I started my own small business, and I got married. Holy cow! On top of that, I read some amazing books across a variety of genres.

So below is my year in books. Considering all the “busy” and “hectic” in my life, I am darn proud of how much I did get read.

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I rated 18 books 5-star reads, 28 books as 4-star reads, 21 books as 2-star reads, and 6 as 1-star reads, making my average rating about 3.65. My overall goal was to read 75 books and I almost made it. Technically I made it by intentionally reading a few shorter books for a readathon at some point, but I mean really short books, like, picture books. But they were books! I don’t like to count children’s books though. So, like I said, I’m happy with what I did. I read for pleasure not for competition with myself or anyone else. I’d never beat myself up about not hitting a certain amount.

So how about you: Did you reach any reading goals in 2018? Read any great books worth recommending? I’d love to hear about them!

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