Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.


I read more new-to-me authors than I thought in 2018, but here are the ones that received very high ratings and I remembered as being some of my favorite reads of 2018.


Monday, January 14, 2019

December Book Haul

Book Haul | Check out the books I hauled this month #bookhaul


PHYSICAL BOOKS
  1. Amber and Dusk by Lyra Selene - received Hardcover in my December Owlcrate
  2. Saga, Volume 2 by Brian Vaughan - received Paperback for Christmas
  3. Saga, Volume 3 by Brian Vaughan - received Paperback for Christmas
  4. Saga, Volume 4 by Brian Vaughan - received Paperback for Christmas
  5. Saga, Volume 5 by Brian Vaughan - received Paperback for Christmas
  6. Saga, Volume 6 by Brian Vaughan - received Paperback for Christmas
KINDLE BOOKS
  1. The Vegas Diaries by Holly Madison - purchased on Amazon for $2.99
  2. Riley & Kane Bundle by Alexa Riley - purchased on Amazon for $0.99
  3. Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard - gifted an ebook from Netgalley
LIBRARY BOOKS
  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling - borrowed the audiobook
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling - borrowed the audiobook

What did you buy, borrow, or receive in December?
Have you read any of my books?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Bout of Books 24 [Days 5-7 Progress + Finish Line]


We're in the homestretch now. I'm doing well on my goals and hope to continue on through the weekend (where I normally slack). To see my TBR and goals for BOB, see my TBR and Goals post.

[DAY 5 PROGRESS]
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard - started at page 29, ended at page 34 (5 pages) 
My Plain Jane by The Lady Janies - started at page 13, ended at page 24 (11 pages)

TOTAL: 266 pages + 14 hr 34 min // 2 books finished

READING UPDATE:  I did read a chapter in Goodbye, Perfect while making dinner last night, so I accomplished that goal. I have a doctor appointment this morning and I plan on trying to read My Plain Jane while I'm in the waiting room.
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[DAY 6 PROGRESS]
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard - started at page 34, ended at page 76 (42 pages) 
My Plain Jane by The Lady Janies - started at page 24, ended at page 75 (51 pages)

TOTAL: 359 pages // 2 books finished

READING UPDATE: My goal for today is to try and read 100 pages total. Yesterday was super busy. Today I don't have plans.
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[DAY 7 PROGRESS]
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard - started at page 76, ended at page 78 (2 pages) 

TOTAL:  361 pages // 2 books finished

READING UPDATE: I almost hit 100 pages yesterday, just a few pages shy.I would also like to try once again to reach 100 pages. I'm also hoping to do a little cheerleading for the last day and visit some blogs to encourage a strong last day for my fellow BOB-ers!
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[FINISH LINE]

TOTAL: 361 pages // 2 books finished

FINAL THOUGHTS: Although I didn't meet my mini goals for the weekend, I feel like I had a great week. I met all my goals and I'm really proud of myself. What a great way to start the new year :) I hope everyone else had a wonderful week and this started you off on the right foot too!




Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.


  1. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | Small town, marching band, quiet guy - so basically I need this book asap. I loved Foolish Hearts and must read more Emma Mills this year. Publish date: January 19
  2. The Birds and the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh | A girl decides to act out against the abstinence-only sex education by handing out condoms and wisdom in the girls' bathroom. Publish date: January 22
  3. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Bridget Kemmerer | Beauty and the Beast retelling with a MC with cerebral palsy. Publish date: January 29
  4. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo | Honestly, I need to read book 2 and 3 in the Grisha trilogy and also read the Six of Crows duology but I'm so excited about this book. Publish date: January 29
  5. 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne | I adore(d) The Hating Game and will ready anything by Thorne. Publish date: January 29
  6. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas | After the success of T.H.U.G. and as topical as it was wonderful and well-written, I'm excited for her sophomore novel. That's a term, right? Publish date: February 5
  7. Warrior Wild by Trisha Levenseller | Okay, so DoaPK was one of my favorite reads of 2018. I need to read the sequel asap, as I preordered it and it's been sitting on my shelf ever since. But this is a Viking-inspired tale, so SIGN. ME. UP. SIS. Publish date: February 26
  8. Meet Me in Outer Space by Melinda Grace | An #Ownvoices novel about a college student with central auditory processing disorder. Really excited for this debut and to learn more about this disorder. Publish date: March 12
  9. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston | This is a separate novel in the Once Upon a Con series with Geekerella being book 1. It's a retelling of the Prince and the Pauper. Also it's Ashley Poston. I read two of her books last year and loved them both. Publish date: April 2
  10. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | It's a sci fi. It's Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. They could write the back of a cereal box and I would give it five stars and all the praise. SO READY. Publish Date: May 7

What are you excited for in the first half of 2019?


Monday, January 7, 2019

Bout of Books 24 [Days 1-4 Progress]


To sign up for Bout of Books, go here. It's a low pressure readathon and I love participating. I'm an expert once again, so I will be encouraging as many readers as I can :) To see my TBR and goals for BOB, see my TBR and Goals post.

[DAY 1 PROGRESS]
The Riley and Kane Bundle by Alexa Kane - started at 52%, ended at 100% (209 pages)
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard - started at page 1, ended at page 22 (22 pages)

TOTAL: 231 pages // 1 book finished

READING UPDATE: Good morning! My goal for today is to finish my current read and that should be attainable! :)
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[DAY 2 PROGRESS]
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling - listened to?

TOTAL: 231 pages // 1 book finished

READING UPDATE: It's a new day and I'll be making a trip out to the local used bookstore today, but not for me. We'll see if I manage to get out without buying anything for myself. I hope to get around to visiting some blogs today and read about 50 pages in total from my two books. Not each, just total.
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[DAY 3 PROGRESS]
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling - started at 14:02 left, ended at 7:18 left (listened to 7 hr 16 min)
My Plain Jane by The Lady Janies - started at page 1, ended at page 13 (12 pages)

TOTAL: 243 pages + 7 hr 16 min // 1 book finished

READING UPDATE: Yesterday ended up being super busy and I only listened to my HP audiobook while I was polishing a tarnished flute. But I also didn't pay attention to beginning or end time, so I'm not sure how much I listened to.
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[DAY 4 PROGRESS]
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling - started at 7:18 left, ended at 0:00 left (listened to 7 hr 18 min)
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard - started at page 22, ended at page 29 (7 pages)

TOTAL: 250 pages + 14 hr 34 min // 2 books finished

READING UPDATE: I listened to my audiobook once again and made quite a dent in it. Today's goal is to possibly finish it (if I can match yesterday's reading) and read a chapter in My Plain Jane or Goodbye, Perfect. // I finished HP, so that's half my day's goal done. Still hoping to read one of the other two books just a little bit today.