Monday, June 18, 2018

Plan With Me: Scribble Prints Co {May 2017 Mystery}


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Uniball Signo Gel


Music: Soho by Riot from the Youtube Audio Library

Monday, June 11, 2018

Plan With Me: Scribble Prints Co {Father's Day}


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Once More with Love: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OnceMoreWithLove





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Papermate Inkjoy Gel 0.7
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Music: Soho by Riot from the Youtube Audio Library

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

May Book Haul


Legit, I'm about to be on a book buying ban because I'm racking up books faster than I can read them. In June, I'm going to try and keep my haul 10 books or less. Wish me luck! It's the Amazon sales that kill me.

Monday, June 4, 2018

#AYearAThon [June TBR] + Relaxathon [TBR]

Each first full week of the month, a #AYearAThon readathon is held and there are themes and challenges for each month. In the month of June, the theme is CATCH UP/FINISH A SERIES with the challenge of reading a duology. It runs from June 4 to 10.

I am also participating in the Creating & Co readathon called the Relaxathon. It has a group book and four other challenges. Since I participating in two readathons at the same time, I tried to find at least one book that would go for both themes. So let's talk about the books I'm reading (and I will list the Relaxathon challenges).

  1. Group book: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
  2. Pool/Beach Read: Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West
  3. Something dealing with water: Daughter of the Siren Queen by Trisha Levenseller (will also count towards the theme and challenge of #AYearathon)
  4. Something less than 200 pages: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  5. Related to travel: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken 
Updated on 6/8: Surprisingly enough, I have already finished one book, Starry Eyes. A whopping 432 page book. It actually can count for 4 of the 5 challenges. So I'm relaxing a little and starting on my under 200 page book today :)
Updated on 6/11: I didn't end up reading a ton during the weekend but I'm happy with what I accomplished this week - especially with family in town and two appointments!

Total books finished: 1
Total pages read: 432 + 66 = 498

Plan With Me: Creating & Co {Relaxathon}


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Creating & Co: https://creatingandco.com/
The Coffee Monsterz Co: https://thecoffeemonsterzco.com/


MY PLANNER & ACCESSORIES: 
Erin Condren Colorful Vertical 12m - get $10 off your first order with my referral link: https://erincondren.com/referral/invi...
Pilot G2 0.7

Music: Soho by Riot from the Youtube Audio Library

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Books I Read in May



In May, I finished 7 books and DNF'd 1 book.
  • Mr 60% by Clete Barrett Smith (192 pages, 2017, Kindle, YA Contemporary) - 4 stars | My Review
  • Truth or Beard by Penny Reid (390 pages, 2015, Kindle, Adult Contemporary) - 5 stars | My Review 
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (324 pages, 1986, Kindle, Adult Dystopia) - 1 stars | My DNF Review - DNF @ 32 pages
  • Brave by Svetlana Chmakova (248 pages, 2017, Paperback, MG Contemporary) - 4.5 stars | My Review
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (16:58:45, 2017, Audio, YA Sci Fi) - 5 stars | My Review 
  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton (384 pages, 2011, Kindle, Adult Nonfiction) - 5 stars | My Review
  • Ship It by Britta Lundin (384 pages, 2018, Kindle, YA Contemporary) - 4 stars | My Review 
  • Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing with an Opinion on Everything (208 pages, 2018, Kindle, Adult Nonfiction) - 2.5 stars | My Review
Pages read: 1806 + 16:58:45
Pages DNF: 32
Average pages read per day: 68
Total pages: 1838 + 16:58:45

Friday, June 1, 2018

June Monthly TBR & Challenge Updates


Last month, I wanted to keep my TBR low because I was in the middle of reading 7 books. Well, all I did was add 1 more book to that list (despite finishing 7 books in May). So I'm now currently reading 8 books and who knows if I'll finish them this month with my TBR. The Relaxathon readathon and the #AYearAThon readathon take place in the same week in June, so I have one book that counts for both and then 4 other books I will be reading for the Relaxathon. Plus my Owlcrate book.

My Tentative TBR for June:
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett 
  • Love, Life, & the List by Kasie West
  • Daughter of the Siren Queen by Trisha Levenseller
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Monday, May 28, 2018

Plan With Me: Little Paper Prints {Mermaid in Training}


Emily of Pretty Planning: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsb5_pWhs3EV7DuGUriQkCQ

MENTIONED:
Little Paper Prints: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittlePaper...
Fox and Cactus: https://www.foxandcactus.com/
Once More with Love: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OnceMoreWit...


MY PLANNER & ACCESSORIES:
Erin Condren Colorful Vertical 12m - get $10 off your first order with my referral link: https://erincondren.com/referral/invi...
Papermate Inkjoy Gel 0.7
Uniball Signo Gel

Music: Soho by Riot from the Youtube Audio Library

Friday, May 25, 2018

My Most Anticipated Releases for June


Only a few sequels are on this list but I am definitely most excited about them. I have My Plain Jane preordered and it cannot come soon enough. I appreciate the softness of most of these covers too.

JUNE 5

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Top Ten Best Female Character Names

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


Pretty self explanatory here, but I'm sharing my favorite bookish female character names today! Top three are my all-time favorites and the rest are recent favorites.
  1. Karou (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) - this is my all-time favorite name ever. This is my Kindle's name...when I play Sims or Skyrim, this is my character's name. I don't know why I became so attached to it, but I loved the book and the character...and I LOVE this name.
  2. Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird) - from the very moment I fell in love with the book, I fell in love with the name, Scout. I loved that it was boyish but it was a little girl. I was a tomboy growing up and hated my name and loved Scout's. It was just perfect.
  3. Hermione (Harry Potter) - I can't think of another character with a more recognizable name. She, of course, is my favorite character in Harry Potter, but also..I had never heard her name prior to the books and haven't heard her name after - in reference to another character. Hermione is Hermione. There is only one (in my mind) :)
  4. Emika (Warcross) - I just love how this name sounds. It's feminine, but kind of badass too.
  5. Citra (Scythe) - I also really like this name and I'm not sure why. It's pretty unique.
  6. Alosa (Daughter of the Pirate King) - Another name I just love! It's the perfect name for a strong pirate lady. I love how it flows.
  7. Wilhelmina/Wil (The Glass Spare) - Another kind of boyish name. I really enjoy "boy" names for girls.
  8. Valor (Prisoner of Ice and Snow) - I like when words are turned into names and Valor is the perfect name for the main character of this book. She is incredibly brave. It's SUCH a fitting name.
  9. Penelope (Awkward) - This name always makes baby name lists for me but alas I am done having kids. This means I will probably end up with a cat named Penelope.
  10. Amaranthine/Mare (Of Fire and Stars) - I couldn't NOT love this after reading the following:
    “For the love of the Six, don't call me that. Just Mare. Yes, like a horse. Stupid, I know, but I can't stand Amaranthine. What a ridiculously overlong and pretentious collections of syllables.”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Plan With Me: Whimsical Plans {Moon and Stars}



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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018

Bout of Books 22 [Days 5-7 Progress + Finish Line]


Only three days left for Bout of Books 22! Say it isn't so! :( I always dread the end of this week because it means it'll be forever until the next BOB.

In the first four days, I've read Renegades, Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, Ace of Shades, and Ship It. I have finished 2 books, started 1 new book (Ship It), and read a total of 242 pages and listened to 17 hr and 51 min of audio book.



[DAY 5 PROGRESS]
Ship It by Britta Lundin - started at 15%, ended at 20% (19 pages)

TOTAL: 19 pages // 0 books finished

READING UPDATE: I ran some Twitter sprints last night and will probably try to do some today at some point. I am loving both books, but especially Ship It. It's like Fangirl meets Geekerella.
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[DAY 6 PROGRESS]
Ship It by Britta Lundin - started at 20%, ended at 21% (3 pages)

TOTAL: 3 pages //  0 books finished

READING UPDATE: I got distracted yesterday by the interwebs, so I'm hoping to be a little more on task today and read! :) I would like to at least get to 75% of Ace of Shades by the end of this readathon.
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[DAY 7 PROGRESS]
Ship It by Britta Lundin - started at 21%, ended at 43% (84 pages)

TOTAL:  84 pages //  0 books finished

READING UPDATE: I did that thing again where I got distracted by social media and internets LOL. I plan to finish STRONGLY today.
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[FINISH LINE]

TOTAL: 384 pages + 17 hr 51 min // 2 books finished

FINAL THOUGHTS: I finished 2 books this readathon and I'm so happy with that. I was hoping to get further into Ace of Shades but didn't get there. That's OKAY THOUGH. I have 10 more days to read in May and I'll be trying to finish it along with some of the other books I've started. Ship It will probably be the next book I finish because I am hooked on it. :) Hope everyone else had a great reading week! How many days until the next Bout of Books?!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Plan With Me: Creating & Co {Rose Garden}



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Bout of Books 22 [Days 1-4 Progress]


I can't believe it's time for another BOB readathon!?! I am (once again) splitting my progress posts into two posts. I'm looking forward to meeting my goals and hope that everything I read is wonderful. I also hope that everyone else has a great reading week with AMAZING books all-around! I am going to be an expert again (I dunno how many times this is for that) because I just love being a cheerleader for my fellow readathoners :)


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Top Ten Books with Purple Covers

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



I love these purple covers so much - purple is my favorite color, so it wasn't hard to find some beautiful purple covers on my Goodreads shelves. I've read Geekerella and the second row. I'm looking forward to reading the first four :)

Brave Enough // Brightly Burning // Smoke in the Sun // Say You'll Remember Me // Geekerella
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland // Glitch // Strings // The Wizards of Once // Frostbite

Monday, May 7, 2018

Plan With Me: Scribble Prints Co {March 2018 Mystery}



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#AYearAThon [May TBR]

Each first full week of the month, a #AYearAThon readathon is held and there are themes and challenges for each month. In the month of May, the theme is REREADS with the challenge of reading graphic novels. It runs from May 7 to 13.




Updated on 5/14: This readathon didn't go too terribly even though we were crazy busy during the week. Cami was diagnosed with strep on Monday and we had school events on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. I read a few pages of Harry Potter, all of Brave, and, although not for the readathon, read some of Imperfect Justice by Jeff Ashton.

Total books finished:1
Total pages read: 7 + 248 + 194 = 449

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bout of Books 22 [Goals + TBR]


It's time for BOB readathon once again. I am participating for the 19th time - yep, 19! Bout of Books 22 runs May 14 to 20 and is hosted by Amanda and Kelly. I am going to try and update on Twitter and Goodreads. My goal is to finish any books that I had leftover in April and any leftover from last week's #AYearAThon. As always, my goals are small and attainable because I want BOB to be a success!

[GOALS]
**Read a little every day
**Finish one book
**Participate in one Twitter chat
**Be a cheerleader!

[TENTATIVE TBR]
**Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
**Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
**Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Interested? Sign up here!

Friday, May 4, 2018

April Book Haul

April Book Haul #bookhaul #haul #books

Here I am just trying to keep my hauls low and not succeeding at all. I picked up 16 books in the month of April, which is 1 less than last month. I have read 2 of them. Only 3 of the books were physical copies. Of the 13 non-physical copies, 3 were audio books from the library, 4 were Netgalley books gifted for review, 1 is a Kindle First book, and 5 were purchased on Amazon.

Thursday, May 3, 2018