July & August Wrap Up

July & August Wrap Up 2018

Hi everyone! Welcome to September. I don’t know about you all, but I’m so excited fall is almost here! Fall is my absolute favorite season and I can’t wait for the cooler weather and being able to wear sweaters and boots all the time!

I’m so sorry I haven’t been as active on my blog lately. I’m going to try to work harder at getting back into the swing of blogging. Fortunately, however, I was really in the reading mood these past two months! In July I was able to finish 6 books and a total of 2,166 pages (which includes the pages I read of the books I DNF’d and started but didn’t finish). And in August I was able to finish a whopping 10 books and a total of 3,825 pages (which includes the pages I read of the book I put on hold). I’m so pleasantly surprised that I was able to read that much!! Hopefully I’ll continue to read a lot in the months to come.


Books Read in July

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  • Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts – 4 stars
  • Pointe by Brandy Colbert – 3.5 stars
  • My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows – 4 stars

Book I DNF’d in July

Tradition

  • Tradition by Brendan Kiely – DNF at 44%

I DNF’d this book because I just couldn’t connect with it and I didn’t really have much interest in continuing it. I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad book – it just wasn’t for me.

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in July

Furyborn

I was only able to read 35 pages of this book before July ended because I started it on the last day of the month. But keep scrolling and you’ll see it featured below!


Books Read in August

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Book I Put On Hold in August

Unbroken (New Cover)

  • Unbroken edited by Marieke Nijkamp – Put on hold at 40%

I read just over 120 pages of this anthology but I wasn’t super invested in it so I decided to put it on hold. I definitely plan on picking it back up sometime in the near future!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books (COMPLETED IN AUGUST!)

Completed in July: 6 books

Completed in August: 10 books

Completed in 2018: 53 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in July: 3 books

Completed in August: 4 books

Completed in 2018: 30 books

3. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books (COMPLETED IN AUGUST!)

Completed in July: 5 books

Completed in August: 6 books

Completed in 2018: 41 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in July: 1 prompt

Completed in August: 1 prompt

Completed in 2018: 27 prompts

Prompts Completed:

  • Read a book that’s been on your shelves for 2+ years
  • Read a book you bought or received in 2018

Have you been able to read a lot in the last two months? Let me know down in the comments and/or link me to your wrap up post! I’d love to find out what you’ve read!

June Wrap Up

June Wrap Up 2018

Hi everyone! Welcome to another wrap up post. This post won’t be as lengthy as my last wrap up post because I read a lot less in June. I ended up finishing only 3 books and a total of 1,472 pages (which includes the pages of the books I either put on hold or started but didn’t finish.) I really hope I’m able to read more in July!


Books Read in June

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The first book I finished in June was the last book I started in May, Ace of Spades by Amanda Foody. I really enjoyed this book! It was definitely very interesting and exciting to read. The only disappointment is that I wish it had an asexual main character. I mean, it has “ace” in the title so there should definitely be an ace character in the book. However, there is a black bisexual MC so I guess I’ll take what I can get! Still, I really liked the magic system and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in the series!

The next book I read, They Both Die at the End, has been on my Goodreads TBR for a really long time. I had very mixed feelings about Adam Silvera’s first book, More Happy Than Not, but I still wanted to give his books another go. However, after reading this book, I’m not sure if he’s the author for me. Like last time, I was intrigued by the concept of the book but unable to 100% connect. I don’t know why. However, I did enjoy this book more than More Happy Than Not and I was definitely sad at the ending! I might give Adam Silvera another try sometime in the future but I’m not sure yet.

Lastly, I read my favorite book of the month and definitely a high contender for favorite of the year, Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro. This book was so beautifully and eloquently written and I quickly fell in love with it! The characters were wonderful and so diverse! They were all POC (mainly black and latinx) and most of them were queer. There were gay, lesbian, trans, non-binary, and ace/biromantic characters. It was so casually inclusive and very realistic to real life friend groups! Speaking of friends, Moss had an amazing group of friends. They were so, so supportive of one another and very close! Moss also has anxiety/panic attacks and I loved how well it was handled and how supportive and understanding Moss’s friends were! I loved this book so much and I will probably reread it at some point in the future. However, please keep these content warnings in mind before picking up the book: police brutality, racism, murder, death of a loved one, violence, riots, panic attacks, misgendering.

Book Put On Hold in June

My So-Called Bollywood Life

I put this book on hold after reading about 100 pages of it because it just wasn’t holding my interest at the time. I’ll definitely be picking it up back up sometime in the future though!

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in June

Undead Girl Gang

I started reading this book during the last few days of June so I wasn’t able to finish it before the month ended. I did end up reading about 135 pages of it though. I’m still reading it now and I’ll probably be able to finish it in the next day or two. It’s been pretty enjoyable so far and I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

Completed in June: 3 books

Completed in 2018: 37 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in June: 1 book

Completed in 2018: 23 books

3. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books

Completed in June: 3 books

Completed in 2018: 30 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in June: 1 prompt

Completed in 2018: 25 prompts

Prompts Completed in May:

  • Read a book set in a different world

Was June a good or bad reading month for you? How many books did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

May Wrap Up

May Wrap Up 2018

Hi everyone! Welcome to June! I can’t believe we’re already 6 months into the year. It’s wild how fast 2018 is flying by! May was a pretty good reading month for me. I ended up reading 8 books and a total of 2,864 pages (including the pages of the books I either put on hold or started but didn’t finish.) I hope June is also a great reading month as well!


Books Read in May

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The first book I picked up in May was Chainbreaker, the sequel to Timekeeper, which I had just reread in April. I really, really enjoyed Chainbreaker! It definitely had a different feel to it than Timekeeper, but it still included a lot of things that really captivated me in the first book. For example, I loved getting to know more about the clock towers and especially getting to see how things were in this alternate world but in a different country than just England (where the entirety of the first novel took place). Chainbreaker ended on a HUGE cliffhanger though and I’m dying to see what happens in the final book of the trilogy. January can’t come soon enough!!

Apparently I was in a rereading-a-past-favorite-before-reading-its-sequel kind of mood because the next two books I picked up were Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. Before this reading, I had already read Simon vs. twice – once in 2015 and once in 2016. I was dying to read Leah on the Offbeat but I wanted to refresh my memory of the characters and events of Simon vs. so that’s why I reread it. As expected, I loved it a lot! I can see myself rereading it again in the future.

As for Leah on the Offbeat, I really enjoyed it as well! It was fun being inside Leah’s head and also seeing all the characters I loved from the first book. There were so, so many scenes that I enjoyed in this book! The only thing that bothered me – and the reason why I wasn’t able to give any higher than a 4 star rating – was that there was an instance where Leah told someone they couldn’t identify their sexuality the way they were. That’s really not okay to tell someone how they should identify. It was never addressed at all and Leah never apologized for what she did. (Marianne talks more about this scene in her Goodreads review if you want to know more.)

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The next book I read, Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now, ended up being my least favorite book I read in May (and probably of the year so far as well). I really liked the main character, Tiffany, and I loved the anxiety & OCD rep, but that’s it. I felt like so many of the interactions Tiffany had with the people in her life seemed very unrealistic. The conversations were so awkward and nothing like anything anyone would actually say. The only ones that sounded like real conversations were the ones with her friend from home and one of Marcus’s moms (I can’t remember her name, oops). Also, I absolutely hated Tiffany’s new dad, Anthony. He did and said so many horrible things including: mistreating his autistic 2 year old daughter, taking away Tiffany’s medication that she needs for her mental illnesses (because he didn’t believe in psychiatric medication – even though he’s a doctor!!), and forbidding his children to talk to the neighbors across the street just because they were gay. Towards the end of the book he apologized for some things but I don’t forgive him and I don’t get why others did. As you can probably tell, he’s a big part of why I only rated this book 2 stars.

Next, I picked up The Steep & Thorny Way, which I really enjoyed! I liked the writing, the main character, Hanalee, and her platonic relationship with Joe, and the plot (even though it was very tough to read at times). I had no expectations going into the book but I’m so glad I ended up enjoying it! Here are some content warnings to keep in mind though if you’re planning to read this book: racism, homomisia, death of a loved one, lynching, violence.

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After that, I needed to read some contemporary fun so I picked up The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo. I loved Goo’s previous book, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, so I was super excited to read more by her. While I didn’t love The Way You Make Me Feel as much as I Believe in a Thing Called Love, I still really enjoyed it! I loved how interesting and complex all the characters were and I especially loved the main character’s relationship with her father. I would definitely recommend this book!

The next book I picked up was The Beauty That Remains which had 3 different point of views of people who had recently lost a loved one (best friend, ex-boyfriend, and twin sister). The novel mainly focused on the grief the characters feel after their loved ones die and their processes of dealing with and working through their grief. I wasn’t absolutely in love with this book but I definitely liked it! It featured a lot of diverse characters including black, Korean-American, and gay main characters and black, Latinx, and queer side characters. I loved all the diversity and wish it was in every book!

Lastly, I read Girl Made of Stars, which was one of my favorite books so far this year. It centered on a very heavy topic of rape but it was handled very carefully and with respect. It was very moving and the writing was so beautiful! I absolutely loved this book! However, there are many content warnings I would give for this book so please keep them in mind before reading. The content warnings are: rape, child molestation/pedophilia (on page & graphic), victim-blaming, misogyny, slut-shaming, biphobia, panic attacks, dysphoria, arophobia/amatonormativity (use of “just friends” and “more than friends”), ableist language

Book I Put On Hold in May

Children of Blood and Bone

I was unfortunately only able to read 78 pages of this book before it was due back at the library (I was planning on renewing it but somebody put it on hold!). However, I enjoyed what I did read of the book and I will definitely be continuing it when I’m in the mood for epic fantasy!

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in May

Ace of Shades

I started Ace of Shades around the same time as Girl Made of Stars but I wasn’t able to finish it before the end of the month. I only read 68 pages in May. Look for my thoughts on this book in next month’s wrap up!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

Completed in May: 8 books

Completed in 2018: 34 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in May: 2 books

Completed in 2018: 22 books

3. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books

Completed in May: 8 books

Completed in 2018: 27 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in May: 4 prompts

Completed in 2018: 24 prompts

Prompts Completed in May:

  • Read a favorite author’s newest book
  • Read a book that can be categorized as more than one genre
  • Read a book set in the past
  • Read a book that features more than one queer person

Was May a good or bad reading month for you? How many books did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

March & April Wrap Up

March & April Wrap Up 2018

Hi everyone and welcome to May! I’m so sorry that I haven’t been posting many blog posts recently. I’m still struggling with personal issues, mostly my chronic pain. I hope to keep up with blogging more in the coming months. In this post, I’m going to be sharing the books I read in the months of March and April. In March, I finished 7 books and a total of 3,273 pages (which includes the pages of the books I DNF’d). In April, I only finished 4 books with a total of 1,510 pages. I hope I’m able to read even more this month!


Books Read in March

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  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (reread) – 5 stars
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (reread) – 5 stars
  • Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – 4.5 stars

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Books I DNF’d in March

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I decided to DNF Nice Try, Jane Sinner at 39% because I wasn’t connecting with the characters and I really didn’t like the writing style. Others might enjoy this book but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. As for Meet Cute, I decided to DNF it pretty quickly. It’s an anthology and I read the first few stories but wasn’t absolutely loving it so I DNF’d.


Books Read in April

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Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

Completed in March: 7 books

Completed in April: 4 books

Completed in 2018: 26 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in March: 3 books

Completed in April: 3 books

Completed in 2018: 20 books

3. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books

Completed in March: 4 books

Completed in April: 4 books

Completed in 2018: 19 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in March: 5 prompts

Completed in April: 3 prompts

Completed in 2018: 20 prompts

Prompts Completed in March & April:

  • Read a book with more than 600 pages
  • Finish a series you started before 2018
  • Read a book with a pretty cover
  • Reread a past favorite
  • Read a middle grade novel
  • Read a book with a mentally ill main character
  • Start a new series
  • Reread a book to refresh your memory before reading its sequel

Were March and April good or bad reading months for you? How many books did you end up reading? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

February Wrap Up

February Wrap Up 2018

Hi everyone! I want to quickly apologize for the lack of posts this past month. I’ve been having a lot going on with both my physical and mental health so it’s been hard for me to keep up with blogging. I hope to do better this month! February was a pretty decent reading month for me. I finished 7 books and a total of  2,287 pages. Not too bad!


Books Read in February

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Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

Completed in February: 7 books

Completed in 2018: 15 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books

Completed in February: 6 books

Completed in 2018: 14 books

3. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books

Completed in February: 6 books

Completed in 2018: 11 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in February: 5 prompts

Completed in 2018: 12 prompts

Prompts Completed in February:

  • Read a book published in 2018
  • Read a book with a main character that is very different than you
  • Read an adult novel
  • Read a debut novel
  • Read a SFF book with an asexual main character

Was February a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

January Wrap Up

January Wrap Up 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to my first monthly wrap up of 2018! For some reason, January seemed like it went by pretty slowly. Was this just me or did it seem like that to you as well? Anyway, January was a pretty good reading month for me! I finished 8 books and a total of 2,792 pages, which includes the pages I read of the books I either DNF’d or started but didn’t finish in January. I’m very excited that I was able to read all that I did and I hope I’m able to read just as much (or more) in February!


Books Read in January

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The first book I picked up in the new year, The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed, ended up being my first 5 star rating of the year! I was absolutely blown away by this book!! For more of my thoughts, see my mini review on Goodreads linked above.

The next book I read, The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke, I really enjoyed as well! It had a very unique take on time traveling which included cool magical balloons! I really liked that the main character was Jewish (which was #ownvoices) especially since the book discusses (and visits) important times in Jewish history. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

Next I picked up What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler. This book was really, really tough to read at times, but it discussed important topics and brought attention to horrible things that happen in the real world. Trigger/content warnings for this book include rape, victim blaming, misogyny, and homomisic and sexist slurs.

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Because I needed some positivity after reading the heartbreaking What We Saw, I picked up Because I Was A Girl – a feminist anthology edited by Melissa de la Cruz. This book featured short sections written by a whole slew of women and girls. It was very inspiring to read about how these women succeeded, even when times were hard!

…And then I went right back to another heartbreaking book. This time it was Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed – a book I’ve been wanting to read for quite a long time. This book, like What We Saw, was incredibly difficult to read. The main character goes through so much and I really, really felt for her. Check out this amazing #ownvoices review if you would like to learn more about the book!

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After all that heartbreak, I needed a fun book to lift my spirits. I had heard so many great things about Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn so I decided to pick it up! While I definitely enjoyed some aspects of this book, there were others that I just didn’t care for. I might pick up the sequel but I’m not quite sure yet.

Next, I read Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, which had been on my TBR for literally forever (aka 2014). Going in, I didn’t expect to love it but I thought I would at least like it. Unfortunately, I didn’t end up feeling that way. It was just pretty mediocre and not really my cup of tea. I probably won’t be reading the rest of the series.

Lastly, in January I finished Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett that I definitely enjoyed! My best friend had read this book in the past and I’d also seen some people on Goodreads enjoying it so I’m glad that I liked it too!

Book I DNF’d in January

Golden Boy

  • Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin – DNF at 10%

This book started off with a very graphic sexual assault scene that caught me off guard and upset me. I tried to read a little more of the book, but I just couldn’t. So, I decided to DNF it about 30 pages in.

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in January

I Am Malala

I started I Am Malala towards the end of January and was unfortunately only able to read 115 pages before the month ended. As I’m writing this post now, however, I have already finished the book and I enjoyed it! Look out for more of my thoughts on this book in February’s wrap up post in a few weeks!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in four reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share monthly progress updates with you all. That being said, each monthly wrap up post will include updates on my progress in the four reading challenges I signed up for. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge

My Goal: Read 50 books

Completed in January: 8 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 18 backlist books

Completed in January: 8 books

3. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 36 library books

Completed in January: 5 books

4. Brooke’s Books Reading Challenge

Brooke's Books Reading Challenge

My Goal: Complete all 30 prompts

Completed in January: 7 prompts

Prompts Completed:

  • Read an anthology
  • Read a book about time travel
  • Read an adult novel
  • Read a book you’ve been meaning to read for a long time
  • Read a book that was co-written
  • Read a book that was recommended to you
  • Read a book about feminism

Was January a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

2017 Reading Challenges Wrap Up

2017 Reading Challenges Wrap Up

In 2017 I signed up for 5 different reading challenges, which I announced in this post. Throughout the year I’ve been working hard to complete these 5 challenges and I’m happy to report that I did in fact complete them all!! I’m so, so thrilled about this! Last year I didn’t complete any of my challenges so I’m super ecstatic that I did A LOT better this year.


1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 70 books (originally 75)

Number of Books Completed: 78 books (111%)

Not only did I complete this challenge but I surpassed my goal by 8 books! I most definitely count that as a huge win. Partway through the year I decided to lower my goal from 75 to 70 because I was really behind and I’m glad I did. It took some of the pressure off of me. I think next year I might make my goal even lower so that I don’t feel pressured again. I’m not sure yet what my exact goal will be though.

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Number of Books Completed: 26 books (104%)

Whew! I just barely completed this one! I read SO many 2017 releases this year which is the opposite of what I should have been doing for this reading challenge. (Over 50% of the books I read this year were 2017 releases.) Still, I made it! I’m not sure if I’m going to do this challenge next year or not. If I do, I’ll probably lower my goal a little.

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books

Number of Books Completed: 33 books (132%)

I definitely set a good goal number for this challenge! Last year I set a goal of 40 books thinking I’d easily reach it. However, I was only able to read 27 fantasy books. So I lowered my goal this year and it really paid off! I’ll probably do this challenge again next year with the same goal.

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books

Number of Books Completed: 41 books (342%)

Wow, I kicked this challenge’s ass!! Since I didn’t come close to completing this challenge last year, I decided to shoot for the lowest goal level of 12 books. Well, I definitely achieved my goal and then some! I’ve definitely been utilizing my local library a lot this year since I didn’t have lots of extra money to spend on books. If I do this challenge next year (which I probably will), I’ll definitely go for one of the higher goal levels – maybe 24 or 36 books. So unless I win the lottery, I’ll probably be able to hit that goal!

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet

Number of Letters Completed: 26 letters (100%)

I’m SO happy I completed this challenge!! I came super close to completing it last year (I think I was like 3 letters off) so it’s super satisfying being able to complete it this year. I only had to slightly cheat with one letter, X, because I couldn’t find a book I was interested in that started with that letter. So instead, I read Moxie which has X in the title – just not as the starting letter. Oh well. I’m still counting it as a win!


If you participated in any 2017 reading challenges, how did you do? Did you complete them all, come close to completing them, or completely miss the mark (like I did last year)? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your wrap up post!

December Wrap Up

December Wrap Up 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to my final wrap up of the year! I can’t believe 2017 is already coming to a close! I feel like the year went by really fast. This month was an alright reading month for me. It was a busy month for me and my family so I didn’t get tons of reading done. Still, I was able to read 6 books and a total of 2,075 pages. I’m pretty happy with that!


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The first book I finished this month was Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, which I started towards the end of last month. This book had FANTASTIC ace rep. I think it’s the best I’ve ever read! I can’t speak to the biromantic rep but I’ve heard several biromantic ace people have really, really liked and related to it. Definitely check it out if you’re looking to read about an awesome biromantic ace main character (which you should be!).

A few days later, I picked up Diviners by Libbra Bray, which has been on my bookshelf for quite some time now. It was a very, very slow-paced book that could – and should – have been shortened. While I enjoyed some aspects of the book, like the setting and the mystery aspect, I didn’t completely enjoy it overall. Also, there were several instances of animal abuse that came without warning and really upset me.

While trying to finish one of the reading challenges I’m participating in, the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, I looked at my bookshelf and tried to find the missing letters that I needed to read. “K” was one of those letters. So, I decided to read Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen, which I had actually already read probably 8-10 years ago. It was a pretty decent book but not one of my all-time favorite Dessen novels.

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  • More Than This by Patrick Ness – 4.25 stars
  • Zodiac by Romina Russell – 3.75 stars
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu – 4 stars

To get the next letter I needed to complete the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, “M,” I read More Than This by Patrick Ness, which was also a reread for me. I first read it in January 2015 and, at the time, I absolutely loved it. This time around, I still really, really enjoyed it, but I wasn’t quite as head over heels for it like I was in 2015. I definitely enjoyed rereading it though!

At the same time I was reading More Than This, I also picked up Zodiac by Romina Russell to complete the letter “Z.” It took me quite awhile to read both Zodiac and More Than This but only because I had a lot going on in my personal life. I did (obviously) finish Zodiac and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would! It was an interesting start to a sci-fi series and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel soon.

Lastly, I read Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. I was already interested in reading it when I realized it had an “x” in the title, which was the last letter I needed to complete the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge. I know I’m technically cheating because the letter is supposed to be the starting letter of the word, but I got a little desperate since I couldn’t find another book that started with the letter X that I was interested in reading. Anyway, I enjoyed Moxie quite a lot! The only complaint I have is that I wish the feminism displayed in the book was more intersectional. I talked more about it briefly on Goodreads if you want to hear more of my thoughts.


Reading Challenge Progress

CLICK HERE to find out how I did with all my reading challenges this year in my 2017 Reading Challenges Wrap Up post.


How was your reading month in December? Were you able to finish all the books you wanted to before the end of the year? Let me know down in the comments below and/or link me to your December Wrap Up post!

November Wrap Up

November Wrap Up 2017

Hello everyone! Welcome (back) for another monthly wrap up. I can’t believe this is the second to last wrap up of the year! I feel like 2017 has gone by really, really fast. Before we get started with the wrap up, I wanted to apologize for not posting very frequently in November. I hit another rough patch with my mental health and it really affected my reading/blogging in a negative way. For a couple weeks, I had no interest at all in reading or writing blog posts. So, the only content I ended up posting was scheduled posts. I’m really sorry about that. I’m still working my way out of my slump, but I’m hoping it’s going to end soon!

Because of this lack of interest in reading, I was only able to finish 4 books and a total of 1,626 pages (which includes the pages I read of the books I either put on hold or started but didn’t finish). However, on a more positive note, I did end up completing my Goodreads challenge this month!!


Books Read in November

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The first book I started this month was actually not one of the four I ended up completing. I read 100 pages of it one day and then my reading/blogging slump began. I don’t think it was the book that caused the slump – it was just the mood I was in. After not reading for about a week, I picked up Hamilton: The Revolution to try to get back in the reading mood. I had been wanting to read this book for quite awhile and I ended up really enjoying it! I loved learning more about the making of Hamilton and all the fun facts. Even though I really liked the book, it unfortunately wasn’t enough to break me out of my reading slump.

After going another week without reading a page, I randomly picked up Starfish late one night before bed. I was planning on only reading a few pages to see if I liked it, but before I knew it, it was 2 am and I was 75% through the book! I ended up staying up to finish it and I really, really enjoyed it!! Starfish was wonderfully written and super diverse. At times it was heartbreaking, but overall it was a joy to read! It’s no wonder I completely flew through the book in about 3-4 hours!

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To try to keep the whole reading thing going, the very next day I picked up Ramona Blue, which was due back to the library the soonest. This was another book that was very diverse and well written! I liked how there was a huge focus on how sexuality can be fluid and how it’s okay to not know your sexual orientation. I feel like this is a very important message that would help out a lot of people! I also really enjoyed the characters in Ramona Blue! They felt very well-rounded and realistic.

Immediately after finishing Ramona Blue, I picked up what would be the last book I finished in November – Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee. Earlier this year, I read and fell in love with Kathryn’s other book, Tash Hearts Tolstoy, and knew I had to read another book by the author. While I didn’t love Lucky Few as much as I did Tash, I still enjoyed reading it! I liked that the main character, Stevie, was homeschooled. I don’t think I’ve ever read a YA book with a homeschooled MC. I was homeschooled myself during my high school years – except instead of being taught by a parent (like Stevie was), I was enrolled in an online school that I logged into from home. I liked how in Lucky Few, they showed different types of homeschoolers and dismantled the stereotypes associated with them. The only reason I gave this book a 3.75 rating instead of a 4 was because I thought the ending was way too abrupt. I feel like there should have been another chapter or even an epilogue to wrap everything up!

Book I Put On Hold in November

Empress of a Thousand Skies

Like I mentioned earlier, I read 100 pages of this book in one day and then ended up putting it down for a couple weeks. I just wasn’t in the mood for a sci-fi book at the time, but I definitely want to give it another go in the future!

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in November

Let's Talk About Love

I started reading Let’s Talk About Love a few days before the end of November, but I unfortunately didn’t get very far into it. Thanks to this weird slump I’m still kinda in, I was only able to read 125 pages of the book. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far though and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of it! (Psst: this book features a black biromantic asexual main character AND the words “biromantic” and “asexual” are used on page!)


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 70 books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in November: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 72 books

 

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in November: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 22 books

 

 

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in November: 0 books

Completed in 2017: 32 books

 

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in November: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 40 books

 

 

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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Goal: Read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in November: 0 letters

Completed in 2017: 22 letters


Was November a better reading month for you than it was for me? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

October Wrap Up

October Wrap Up 2017

Hi everyone and Happy Halloween! Here we are at the end of another month and for some reason, this month seemed like it went by both fast and slow. How is that even possible? Anyway, October was an amazing reading month for me! I ended up finishing 11 books and a total of 3,596 pages (which includes the pages I read of the book I put on hold). I can’t believe I was able to read that many books this month!! It’s the most I’ve read all year! I’m so proud of myself. It also helps that 9 out of the 11 books I read were contemporary which are always quick reads for me.


Books Read in October

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Book I Put On Hold in October

Invictus

  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin – Put on hold at 135 pages

I decided to put this book on hold because (as you can see) I was really in the mood for contemporary books this month. I definitely want to pick Invictus back up once I’m in the mood for it!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 70 books (lowered from original goal of 75)

Completed in October: 11 books

Completed in 2017: 68 books

 

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in October: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 20 books

 

 

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in October: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 32 books

 

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in October: 8 books

Completed in 2017: 36 books

 

 

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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Goal: Read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in October: 1 letter

Completed in 2017: 22 letters


Was October a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!