Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Monday, September 9, 2019

August Book Haul

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

Trying to keep my haul numbers down a little bit. This month since I didn't have any preordered books, I decided to get a few Kindle books that I was really wanting. I also found Fix Her Up for a steal at Kroger and purchased Restart for a book club at my kids' school that families get to participate in. It was already a book on my TBR, so score! I received one Netgalley book and got one audiobook from the library, which unfortunately I had to return before finishing, so I'm back on hold for it. Overall though, I'm okay with the amount of books that came in during August even if I only read 2 so my numbers are a little off balance - not like it's the first time that's happened ;)


PHYSICAL BOOKS
  1. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey - purchased paperback at Kroger for $8.99
  2. Restart by Gordon Korman - purchased paperback on Amazon for $4.59
KINDLE BOOKS
  1. Venom in the Veins by Jennifer Estep - purchased on Amazon for $1.99
  2. Kissing Tolstoy by Penny Reid - purchased on Amazon for $1.99
  3. The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre - purchased on Amazon for $2.99
  4. One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij - purchased on Amazon for $3.99
  5. Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz - gifted from Netgalley
LIBRARY BOOKS
  1. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor - borrowed audiobook from my local library

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


Monday, September 2, 2019

Books I Read in August


I read 2 books in August.

  • Save the Date by Morgan Matson (Kindle, 432 pages, 2018, YA Contemporary, Library) - 4 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads challenge
  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Paperback, 374 pages, 2013, YA Paranormal, Owned) - 4 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads challenge, series challenge
Pages read: 806
Pages DNF: 0



Sunday, September 1, 2019

September Monthly TBR & Challenge Updates

Sept Monthly TBR and Challenge Update | The post where I share what I plan to read and how badly I'm doing on my yearly reading challenges :)

As expected August was a very slow reading month because I was concentrating on college. I read 2 books. I managed to fit a term's worth of classes into one month. Only 5 classes remaining in my degree and I have 5 months to finish them and I think I can do it after doing 4 in one month. I don't think I'll be doing them all that quickly now, but I definitely would like to finish by Christmas at the latest. This month I would just like to finish the books I have started and see what happens from there! :)

My Tentative TBR for September:
  • The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Friday, August 23, 2019

Bout of Books 26 [Days 5-7 Progress + Finish Line]


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 5 PROGRESS]
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout - started at pg. 280, ended at 374 (96 pages)

DAILY TOTAL:  96 pages +  hr  min // 1 book finished
READATHON TOTAL:  315 pages +  1 hr  16 min // 1 book finished

READING UPDATE: 7AM I doubled my reading count yesterday, which was crazy with me studying for a test and being pretty busy. I ended up passing, so I can read more this weekend if I want. I would love to finish Origin today.
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[DAY 6 PROGRESS]
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout - started at 0%, ended at 2% (10 pages)

DAILY TOTAL:  10 pages //  0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL: 325 pages + 1 hr  16 min // 1 book finished

READING UPDATE: 9AM Today is going to be a little on the busy side with a plant swap, maybe GermanFest, and studying thrown in. Plus we're in Phase 2 of the Marvel Universe, so our movie for tonight is Iron Man 3. I'm hoping to get 40 pages read of one of my ebooks and then I should be able to listen to at least a half hour of my audiobook.
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[DAY 7 PROGRESS]
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor - started at 18%, ended at 27% (1 hr 38 min)
Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout - started at 2%, ended at 3% (5 pages)

DAILY TOTAL:  5 pages +  1 hr 38 min // 0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL:  330 pages + 2 hr 54 min // 1 book finished

READING UPDATE: 1PM Not sure how much reading will get done today because it's time to hit the school books hard. I didn't really spend any time on college yesterday and I haven't touched it yet today because it was meal planning time for September.
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[FINISH LINE]

TOTAL: 330 pages + 2 hr 54 min // 1 book finished


FINAL THOUGHTS: I met all my goals this readathon and I even was able to finish a book, which is awesome! I cannot wait until January when we get BOB 27. :)





Monday, August 19, 2019

Bout of Books 26 [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]
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout - started at pg. 86, ended at 102 (16 pages)
The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout - started at 3%, ended at 10% (25 pages)

DAILY TOTAL:  41 pages // 0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL:  41 pages // 0 books finished

READING UPDATE: 8AM BOB 26 stuck up on me. I probably won't start reading until later on today. I am reading a physical book, audio book, and an ebook. Usually I read the most of the physical book and audio is my book on Tues, Thurs, Sat, and Sun. The ebook is what I read until I fall asleep, which usually means 1 page per day LOL. I will be running sprints today at 8pm ET on my Twitter that will lead into the first BOB chat :)
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[DAY 2 PROGRESS]
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout - started at pg. 102, ended at 150 (48 pages)
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor - started at 11%, ended at 18% (1 hr 16 min)

DAILY TOTAL:  48 pages +  1 hr  16 min //  0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL:  89 pages +  1 hr  16 min //  0 books finished

READING UPDATE: 8AM I joined in on the chat last night and it was super fun as always. Today my goal is to visit some blogs/Twitters/instas and say hello. And, of course, read a little. I should be able to read a little from each book.
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[DAY 3 PROGRESS]
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout - started at pg. 150, ended at 192 (42 pages)

DAILY TOTAL:  42 pages //  0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL:  131 pages + 1 hr 16 min //  0 books finished
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[DAY 4 PROGRESS]
Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout - started at pg. 192, ended at 280 (x pages)

DAILY TOTAL:  88 pages // 0 books finished
READATHON TOTAL:  219 pages +  1 hr  16 min // 0 books finished

READING UPDATE: 8AM I have been steadily doing 40 pages a day, so I guess that is my goal. I'm going to be listening to lectures all day today in preparation for my final exam tonight. If I pass, I may have a little extra time this weekend to read if I don't hit my next class at a dead run. :) Loving Origin so much. It's cheesy at times, but still good.



Bout of Books 26 [Goals + TBR]


It's time for BOB readathon once again. I am participating for the 23rd time! Bout of Books 26 runs Aug 19 to 25 and is hosted by Amanda and Kelly. I am going to try and update on Twitter and Goodreads. My goal (again) is to just read. I've been neglecting my books this month because I have started a new term of college and I'm hitting those books pretty hard instead.

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

[TENTATIVE TBR]
(Finish my current reads first)
**Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
**Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
**The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Interested? Sign up here!

I'm also an Expert again and will be trying to visit tons of blogs and tweets to encourage my fellow BOB-ers - as well as run some sprints on Twitter! First set run by me will be for sure at 8pm ET tonight right before the first chat!


Monday, August 12, 2019

July Book Haul

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

I hauled a lot of books this month however, I once again borrowed more than I purchased and read a lot of them. I only have the two books I purchased and one library book left to read. That's pretty awesome in my book. I just have to get that same momentum for my past hauled books because they definitely have piled up and instead of going on a haul ban so I can read the old books I have, I just keep hauling and reading new books. Oops.


PHYSICAL BOOKS
  1. Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston - purchased Hardcover on Amazon for $12.32
KINDLE BOOKS
  1. One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards - purchased Kindle edition on Amazon for $1.99
LIBRARY BOOKS
  1. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  2. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  3. Wicked by Sara Shepard - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  4. Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  5. There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  6. Everless by Sara Holland - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  7. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor - borrowed audiobook from my local library 
  8. Save the Date by Morgan Matson - borrowed Kindle edition from my local library
  9. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick - borrowed audiobook from my local library

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


Monday, August 5, 2019

Books I Read in July


I read 10 books in July and DNF'd 1.


  • Buzz Books 2019: Young Adult Fall/Winter by Publishers Lunch (Kindle, 144 pages, 2019, Compilation, Netgalley) - 3 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads challenge, Netgalley challenge
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Audio, 11 hr 43 min, 2019, YA Contemporary, Library) - 4.5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads challenge, Popsugar challenge 
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (Audio, 10 hr 30 min, 2018, YA Fantasy, Library) - 4.5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads challenge, Owlcrate, series challenge 
  • Wicked by Sara Shepard (Audio, 43 min, 2010, YA Thriller/Mystery, Library) - 1 star | DNF
  • Neanderthal Meets Human by Penny Reid (Kindle, 403 pages, 2016, Adult Contemporary, Purchased) - 4 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads challenge, series challenge 
  • 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (Kindle, 349 pages, 2019, Adult Contemporary, Purchased) - 3 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads challenge 
  • Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Audio, 9 hr 54 min, 2018, YA Mystery, Library/Netgalley) - 3 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, Netgalley challenge 
  • There's Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon (Audio, 11 hr 36 min, 2019, YA Contemporary, Library/Netgalley)  - 4.5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, Netgalley challenge, series challenge, Popsugar challenge
  • Everless by Sara Holland (Audio, 10 hr, 2018, YA Fantasy, Library/Fairyloot) - 5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, series challenge 
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (Audio, 15 hr 21 min, 2012, YA Fantasy, Library) - 4.5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, series challenge 
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (Audio, 6 hr, 2016, Adult Nonfiction, Library) - 4 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal
Pages read: 896
Pages listened to: 75 hr 4 min
Pages DNF: 43 min

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August Monthly TBR & Challenge Updates

Aug Monthly TBR and Challenge Update | The post where I share what I plan to read and how badly I'm doing on my yearly reading challenges :)

I had a very successful reading month in July - the best of the year so far. I read 10 books and DNF'd 1 book (my first DNF of the year). I don't think it will continue, only because I have a new term of college starting and I am going to have a fire lit under my tush to get it done in the next 6 months. So no slacking and probably less reading.

I'm going a different route for August and I'm going to attempt to read a lot of my backlisted Jennifer L. Armentrout books and therefore am dubbing it Armentrout August. Below I have listed my options. All of these are books I own. At the top of my list is the two books left in the Lux series I want to finish and The Darkest Star, which I have to review for Netgalley. The rest are in publication order because I believe there are a few that may be spin offs, but I will cross that bridge when I get there. The reason I decided to go with Armentrout is because I have always found her books very easy to digest and I think that will be perfect for the month where I'm hoping to also finish at least 2 if not 3 classes.

My List of Options for August:
  • Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Wait for You by J. Lynn
  • Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Monday, July 15, 2019

June Book Haul

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

I am so proud of myself because I hauled very few books in June. The library books were books I already owned but wanted to listen to on audiobook and I did that during the month. My physical book is one that I had preordered AND I actually also have it on Kindle via Netgalley. So really the other three are basically Netgalley books :) I'm hoping to read them all this year, so we'll see how that goes.


PHYSICAL BOOKS
  1. Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa - purchased Hardcover on Amazon for $13.51
KINDLE BOOKS
  1. The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young - gifted from Netgalley
  2. Buzz Books 2019: YA Fall/Winter by Publishers Lunch - gifted from Netgalley
LIBRARY BOOKS
  1. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi - borrowed audiobook from my local library
  2. The Sword of Summer by Magnus Chase - borrowed audiobook from my local library

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

Monday, July 8, 2019

Books I Read in June


I read 8 books in June.


  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara (Kindle, 340 pages, 2018, Adult Nonfiction, Library) - 3.5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, Popsugar challenge
  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer (Audio, 8 hr 1 min, 2016, Adult Nonfiction, Library) - 4 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal 
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi (Audio, 6 hr 44 min, 2018, YA Contemporary, Library) - 5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, Popsugar challenge 
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (Hardcover, 406 pages, 2016, MG Fantasy, Purchased) - 4 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, Popsugar challenge, series challenge **Bonus: This is the book that hit my yearly Goodreads goal. It's all smooth sailing from here on out!
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe (Kindle, 384 pages, 2019, YA Contemporary, Library) - 4 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal 
  • The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (Kindle, 357 pages, 2016, YA Thriller, Purchased) - 3.5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, Popsugar challenge
  • Pines by Blake Crouch (Kindle, 315 pages, 2002, Adult Thriller, Purchased) - 3 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal 
  • The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Audio, 15 hr 26 min, 2015, YA Fantasy, Borrowed) - 5 stars | My Review - Counted towards Goodreads goal, series challenge
Pages read: 1802 + 30 hr 11 min
Pages DNF: 0

Monday, July 1, 2019

July Monthly TBR & Challenge Updates

Jul Monthly TBR and Challenge Update | The post where I share what I plan to read and how badly I'm doing on my yearly reading challenges :)

I'm so happy with my progress last month. I can't believe in the month I was doing probably the hardest class of my degree, I read EIGHT books. Half were listened to on audio, but I read the other half and I still don't know how I fit in that many books. My plan, at least for the near future, is to NOT make monthly TBRs until I can catch up on some of the books that I have put on TBRs in the past. So y'all will have to deal my anti-TBR TBR posts :)