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#ShelfLove Discussion: Mid-Year Challenge Recap + Summer TBR Wipeout Update

I usually do a mid-year recap of my reading progress and/or resolutions for the year in my Monthly Inventory recaps but I liked the #ShelfLove’s Discussion topic for June/July to do a mid-year recap. For this post, I wanted to do an actual post to break things down and see where to go next.

I’ve also included by first update for my Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge as well since they were due at the same time!

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I started 2017 with a bang in terms of reading. I was meeting every challenge goal and even managed to get ahead for my Goodreads total. But once school finished and I entered the working world, I feel like a girl just keeping her head above water. Luckily, I’ve been able to take advantage of my days off and have finally reached a point where my reading is back on track but I still have some damage to repair in terms of my challenges.

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This one is all about reading those titles that have been sitting around before January 1, 2017. (Though truthfully, I include some titles I bought this year to finish series)

Goal 41 – 50 titles
Where I’m at as of July 17 37 of 50
Where I Should Be 28 of 50

I’m really happy that I’ve been able to pull this one back because March thru May was pretty brutal. It has definitely helped that I’ve thrown in some serial novella reads along the way (which are shorter than full novels), meaning I can power through them quicker.

Moving Forward: Just keep doing what I’m doing! Being smart about ARCs requests and library copies has really helped. Instead of searching the library or Netgalley for a title, I immediately go to my TBR jar and pull out a new title.

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This was a personal challenge I created for myself to get some of those “hotly anticipated” reads of the last 5 years off my TBR.

Goal 25 titles
Where I’m at as of July 17 8 of 25*
Where I Should Be 14 of 25
*I have DNF’d one of the 25 I have selected.

Those numbers are a little heartbreaking. I’m hoping that the Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge I am currently doing will help me decrease the number a bit. (See below for that!)

Moving Forward: Perhaps trying audiobook versions or not always choosing a Kobo or Kindle title when looking for something to read.

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The classic Goodreads challenge!

Goal 175 titles
Where I’m at as of July 17 139 of 175 titles
Where I Should Be 94 of 175 titles

 

Admittedly, I probably low balled the total of books for this year but when I made my goal in December, I wasn’t sure what my life would be like once school was finished and I started working. But, as I said above, I’ve taken advantage of my work breaks and days off to keep my reading at my usual levels–even if it doesn’t feel like that at the time.

Moving Forward: Make sure I’m picking titles to contribute to my reading challenges.


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You can read all about the titles I’ve selected to be a part of this challenge here!

My Reading Time Frame: July 8 – August 19, 2017

Tell us how your reading has been going so far.

It has not been a great week and half so far for my reading. I work shifts for my job and I was on nights when the challenge started and my reading always takes a nose-dive when I work this shift. I find my reading gets super dragged out because I’m only reading parts at a time. My shift this week is so much better for getting reading in so I’m hoping to make up some much needed ground.

What books have you read?

In Too Deep (Roommates Trilogy, #1) Everything, Everything Arcana Rising (The Arcana Chronicles, #4) Goliath (Leviathan, #3) Retrieval (The Retrieval Duet, #1)

Arcana Rising was on my list for sequels so it was nice to get that out of the way. Retrieval and In Too Deep are for my ongoing #ShelfLove Challenge so it was nice to add those. It was just a coincidence that my hold on Everything Everything came in (I had a great time reading that!). And Goliath was the finale for my second totally audiobook series. I also read one of the ARCs I had selected, Royal Replicas, before the challenge started so I didn’t include it here.

What’s next on your TBR?

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

The Shatter Me Trilogy (guess I can’t call it that now that there are going to be more books) is the series I plan on binge reading and I just got all three books from my library. I’ve started Shatter Me and I hope to get them all done by this time next week!

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

While I started this one before the challenge started, it really lost its momentum for me just past the 30% mark. It’s unnecessarily long (IMHO) and so I’m just reading bits at a time until I have to return it to the library. I really just want to finish this inaugural trilogy up. Though I will say, I enjoyed the last few chapters I read so maybe it’ll get better.

In Too Fast (Roommates Trilogy, #2) The Thirteenth Gate (Dominion Mysteries, #1) Endure (Need, #4)

These are the sequels I hope to start in the next week. The Thirteenth Gate is for a blog tour so it will get priority but the other two are on the shorter side so I should power through them quickly.

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I’m not sure if I will do Update #2 next week or not but we will see how it goes!


How has your yearly reading gone? Are you using the summer to catch-up?

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Tag it Thursdays: How I Read Tag

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Tag it Thursdays: I occasionally get tagged by fellow bloggers to complete various tags. Once a month I will post my response. Please, feel free to tag yourself if any of these tags interest you!

This month’s tag:

How I Read Tag

I found this tag last summer on two blogs: Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian and later, McKenzie @ Bookish Things and Tea’s blog. I wanted to do this particular tag because it asks some cool questions about reading and blogging–not just the typical/standard ones. Enjoy:

How do you find out about new books to read?

Definitely Goodreads! Their “Readers Also Enjoyed” side widget is deadly! Kobo also does a great job of recommending books to me as well since I do get so many from them.

And of course, all the other blogs out there! I’ve made it a point to make sure I note which books I find from others (because how many times do we comment that we will let someone know our thoughts and never follow up?) along the way.

How did you get into reading?

Both of my parents are active readers so reading has always been a part of my life from an early age. But I credit The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants for reigniting my regular reading habits. I devoured that book in a weekend and loved every minute of it. Afterwards, I wanted to get that feeling back and so I became an active library patron from then on. It also helped I had to commute 1 hour each way to my high school and so I had time to kill and reading was a great way to do that.

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How has your taste in books changed as you’ve gotten older?

When I was a teenager, I couldn’t get enough of YA paranormal reads. I pretty much picked up every title my library had. However, I’ve recently discovered I can’t stand them! All the petty problems are just not for me anymore. I find myself getting more annoyed by the character’s and their antics than I am enjoying them.

I’m also outgrowing certain authors as well. I adored Meg Cabot as a teen and as I get older, even her adult novels are loosing their appeal. Lots of authors have a formula that works for them and I find the more you read by them, the more you start to see it. It can make books rather boring.

How often do you buy books?

This year I’m on a bit of a self-imposed book buying ban while I try to clean up my eReader. So lately, I’ve been buying books sporadically whenever there is a very good sale. And that varies month by month so I would say that I buy 0-5 books on a monthly basis.

How did you get into book reviewing?

Because I read so many books in a year (150+), I wanted to help others decide what was worth their time. My friends always ask me about books and so it’s a role I’m comfortable in. I decided to focus on series in particular because I had just finished a series I had invested 3+ years in and it had the shittiest ending ever and I wish someone had told me the whole series wasn’t worth my time. (That series was Delirium BTW)

My other motivation was to have a place to remember how I felt about a particular book! I have a crappy memory and sometimes books get lost in the shuffle so it was great to have a place to keep track of everything.

How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?

This one is tough! Anger is the first thing that pops into my mind. If it’s a physical book, I probably close it a little too forcefully but since I mostly eRead, I don’t get to do that. Then I take some time and try to rationalize why the ending would be what it is before I compose my review.

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How often do you take a sneak peak at the ending to see if there is a happy ending?

NEVER! I hate spoilers with a passion and why reveal the biggest one of all!


Don’t forget to check out Krystianna’sMcKenzie’s answers! Thanks for bringing it to my attention <3

Please Tag Yourself and Link Back for me to read!

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Reading Challenge: Summer TBR Wipeout – Reading List

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Read my Sign-up Post Here

How it works:

You do not have to run a book blog or a website for that matter. All that I ask is that you create your posts on some sort of social media website, such as Instagram, Facebook or Tumblr, etc. You can also read backlist books, ARCs, new releases, audiobooks,  or anything else that has been beckoning you to read it. There will be 4 posts in total that you can link up to here on The Candid Cover.

My Reading Time Frame: July 8 – August 19, 2017

As I mentioned in my sign-up post, I used this challenge as a way to re-evaluate my reading progress mid-year. I left my sign-up post pretty general but now that I’m only a few days out, I thought I would update my reading list with the titles I plan to tackle.

My Plan & Selections:

No ARC requests!

I’m not picking up any more ARCs for the rest of the summer. I did get a little request happy in early June and do have some titles I need/should read in this time frame (a lot are sequels for previously reviewed series) but I hope to get a few out of the way before this one starts.

Leave The Night On Royal Replicas The Thirteenth Gate (Dominion Mysteries, #1) The Forbidden

Finish (at least) 3 Series I’ve Previously Started

The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3) Endure (Need, #4) The Morning Star (Katerina, #3)

Read Sequels for (at least) 2 Previously Started Series

Arcana Rising (The Arcana Chronicles, #4) Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)

Read 1 Classic Novel

Jane Eyre

Binge Read 1 Series from start to end!

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

Do you have any priority reads for the summer?

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Monthly Inventory: June 2017

June 2017

Was it just me or did June just fly by? I honestly don’t know where the month went!

Overall, June was a mixed bag. I more than likely signed myself up for more ARCs to read this summer than I should have (oops). All the library holds I had came in within 3 days of each other at the end of the month (Murphy’s Law). And I made very little progress on my various reading challenges (ugh). However, I read some of my most anticipated books, finished my first ever series solely through audiobooks and cleaned up my list of pending requests–so I can’t complain too much.

July is all about saving my 2017 reading goals. I’ve signed up for the Summer TBR Wipeout Challenge in the hopes I can focus on getting some of those titles I’ve procrastinated on. I’m also not putting a single book on hold at the library (unless I need it for the TBR challenge) which is a really big deal for me. I hope it pays off!

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Total for June 2017: 17 Books Read + 9 Novellas Read

Last June: 15 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 4 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Review: The Dark Artifices Trilogy

I’m not surprised this book is here. Damn, I was rivoted by this one. I just love this series so much. I’m devastated I have to wait 2 years for the finale. 🙁

Biggest Let Down (DNF’d)

Review: Mr Right Swipe

I absolutely loved the concept of this one: a 30 something single woman exploring the world of online dating. Unfortunately, the maturity was lacking and the humour just wasn’t for me.

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I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress on my Kobo every month (and compare it to last year’s numbers). While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. As per my #ShelfLove Challenge, I really want to increase the Total % of Library Complete by the end of the year.

Unfortunately, with Kobo’s latest update they’ve changed the way they calculate statistics and it has drastically altered mine. It seems like they only count Kobo books now for total # of books finished (they used to include the eBooks from the library that I would add). But for some reason, that has changed my total % complete as well. At least my total # of hours seems to have stayed.

As of:

June 30, 2017

July 3, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

10%

17%

Total # of Books Finished

114

472

Total # of Reading Hours

2309

1913

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Should Have Started by Now

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Blog Tour: Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

 

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You can always get the full details on all my challenges on my dedicated page but here is a quick update:

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 7 of 25 Titles Read

July’s 5Y5B picks: The Loop & The Iron Wyrm Affair

Goodreads Challenge: 26 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 15 TBR Items added

July’s #ShelfLove picks: The Opportunist & Retrieval

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics ChallengeNone

July’s pick:TBD

View my Challenge Progress Here!

In February, I brought back my Tackling the TBR feature and announced my plan to get my Goodreads TBR down to 500 books. Here are my current standings:

  • Current TBR Shelf: 614 books
  • TBR Shelf at end of May: 611 books
  • Initial Number in February: 1205 books

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You can still join in on these discussions:

Here are some of my favourite posts that I’ve come across the past month:

I guess I didn’t really blog hop last month! I will remedy that for July!

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July 1st was Canada’s 150th birthday and I thought I would pick a Canadian song for my song of the month for June. Everyone knows Chris Hadfield as the Canadian astronaut but he also does music too! This song is pretty Canadian if I do say so myself 😛

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
Leave a comment below!

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Riffle Lists: Canadian Authors

Riffle is an independent book site that keeps track of what books you are reading and want to read. It’s similar to GoodReads but it keeps things simple and is super easy to use. One of my favourite features is the ability to create and share lists! It is a great way to create your own list of books that have a certain theme for your own records AND a fantastic way to discover new books through other users’ lists!


As you may or may not know, 2017 is a big year for Canada, my home country. We’re celebrating our 150th anniversary of independence and general awesomeness.

We’ve been celebrating since January 1st truthfully, in some way or another. All our National Parks are free for ANYONE to visit in 2017 and boy, are they worth visiting! Canada is a beautiful country that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. So if you’ve ever wanted to come visit, now’s the time!

But today in particular is super special because July 1st is our national holiday to celebrate the “birth of our nation”. So I thought it would be fun to list some of my favourite Canadian authors to celebrate the occasion!

Read my reviews on their works:

Lesley Livingston  |  Kelley Armstrong  |  Piper Lawson  |  Kelly Bowen  |  Cindy Anstey  |  Elle Kennedy  |  J C Hannigan  |  Alyxandra Harvey  |  Elisabeth Grace  |  Adrienne Kress  |  Helena Hunting  |  K A Tucker  |  Jacqueline E Garlick


I could go on and on about my wonderful country but I’ll let these videos do my talking for me:

Do we share some favourites? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Series I Should Have Started by Now

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!

This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Series I Should Have Started by Now

When your blog is focused on review book series, you amass quite the collection of series to read. I’ve made it a mission this year to reduce my TBR on Goodreads to 500 titles, but that’s a hard thing to do when there are so many great novels out there.

These novels are combination of titles everyone raves about and the ones I’ve been hotly anticipating to start. Though I did make a consious note not to add any of the series that I’ve put on my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge.

(In no particular order):


Do we share any series?

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SERIESous Discussion: Reading Book Purchases ASAP


SERIESous Discussions: Every once and awhile I will post my random ramblings about a bookish or blogging topic. Feel free to join in by making a comment below or linking back!


If all the books on my Kobo eReader were physically brought to life, my room would surely look like this:

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I’ll be the first to say that I am terrible at reading books I buy; especially those that I buy for my Kobo because they are out of sight and out of mind. That’s why I’ve made it my mission over the last year to read more of the books I own with various reading challenges and by limiting the number of books I read from the library and for review.

Earlier this year, I started to read some books I pulled from my TBR jar…and promptly DNF’d them. Which was a hard thing to do because I hate leaving books unfinished on my eReader (I like my “% of library complete” stat to be as high as possible)–especially ones I’ve spent money on– and I just loathe DNFing books in general.

I know it is impossible to like every book you read, but I try to buy books that I know I’ll like–obviously. I mark all the books I buy on Goodreads and give a little ranking for how excited I am to read them when I first come across them or buy them to give myself an idea of my expectations when I do pick up to read.

So I was a little surprised when 2 of the books I DNF’d were marked “high anticipation”–meaning I was really, really excited to read them. This called for an investigation.

Covet (The Clann, #2)Case #1Covet by Melissa Darnell

When I Purchased It: November 2012

Why I Picked It Up: It’s a sequel to a book I read in 2012

Why I DNF’d It:

It’s been so long since I read the inaugural book (August 2012) in the series and despite my wonderful notes, I struggled to get back into the story.

I’ve also realized, I don’t particularly care for the common tropes in YA paranormal romances at this point in my life. They come across as petty and simple and I just want more out of my paranormal reads.

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Case #2 – Undescribable by Melissa Darnell

When I Purchased It: March 2014

Why I Picked It Up: I like the “playboy” finds love trope

Why I DNF’d It:

This book didn’t grab my attention right away. It was so slow and dwelled on unnecessary aspects for too long.

I also didn’t like the one-dimensional leads. I’ve come to realize I like my leads to have a little more depth to them; especially if they have 3 books focusing on their relationship.

The lesson: my reading preferences definitely change as the years go by.

I have no doubts that if I had tried to read these books when I bought them all those years ago, I would have finished them. I might not have given them super high ratings, but they would be marked as “read”. And I kind-of regret not doing that because I feel bad that I didn’t enjoy these novels as much as I wanted to.

And it worries me going forward that the 29 standalones/series I bought before 2015 are going to be books I’m going to end up DNFing because the interest just isn’t there…

So if anything, this reaffirmed my book buying ban. The idea that I shouldn’t go out of my way to buy more books and that I should focus on reading the books that I already own. In a dream world, I’ll be at the point where I can buy books and read them soon after purchasing them because I’ve read everything else in my personal library.

What about you?

How backlogged is your personal TBR? Ever read a book and went, “I would have loved this 3 years ago?!”

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Release Blitz: Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone

Laurelin Paige is one of my auto-buy authors–I devour her books every chance I get. And I absolutely adored her novel with Sierra Simone last year, Porn Star. It was one of the smartest, sexiest contemporary reads I’ve ever read and I couldn’t wait to see what these two would do next!

Learn more about this release, these fabulous authors and read an excerpt below:


Title: Hot Cop

Author: Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone
June 13, 2017
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon

You have the right to remain sexy.

Anything you say can and will be used to get you in my bed.

You have the right to use my body to give yourself a delirious, life-changing orgasm.

If you have trouble…don’t worry, I’m a bit of an expert in that department.

There’s nothing ‘thin’ about my blue line, if you catch my drift, and trust me, I know how to put those handcuffs to good use.

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Livia Ward wants a baby before she’s thirty.  And even though Officer Chase Kelly is exactly the kind of cocky jerk this librarian has sworn off, he is undeniably hot.  Both of them think they can give each other what they want–a few nights of fun for Officer Kelly, a no-strings baby for Livia–but this hot cop is about to learn that sex, babies, and love don’t always play by the rules.

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I’m at the steakhouse fifteen minutes early, which is on time in Chase Kelly’s book.  I’ve never been late for work or a date a single time in my life; in fact, I’ve always been early, which is a point of pride for me.  And Livia walks in at seven on the dot, something that endears me to her immensely, although the moment I register that I, Officer Kelly, am charmed, my mind goes blank.

Just blank.

There is nothing but her.

She walks in on heels that make her legs a mile long, her long hair down in a tumult of soft waves.  The maître d’ helps her take off her checkered wool coat, and then I.

Am.

Speechless.

My heart hammers up in my throat as the blood pools deep in my groin.  She’s wearing a bright red dress—so fucking short that I’d be able to finger her easily if we were in a booth, which we tragically aren’t.  The red sets off the warm undertones of her bronze skin, highlights the deep brown of her eyes.  The lines of it hug the delectable curves of her tits, which are just small enough that she can get away without wearing a bra.

My cock thickens as she begins walking toward me, and I can verify that she is definitely not wearing a bra.  Oh God, what if she’s not wearing panties either?

I bite back a groan and push back my chair to greet her as she comes to our table, tugging the hem of my sweater down in one smooth move as I unfold myself to help disguise the effect her presence has on me.

As I step forward to greet her, I notice the color high in her cheeks and the way her teeth dig into the soft coral of her bottom lip.  

She looks nervous.

That gives me pause.  I don’t mind a woman meeting me cold or shy or overly eager, I don’t even mind a case of the first date jitters—since first dates are pretty much all I go on, I see a lot of those.

But nervous—truly nervous—that bothers me a little.  Do I make her feel unsafe?  Is it my size?  My job?

In a split second, I change gears.  I can be patient when it comes to the Kelly Trio, and I find that the idea of wooing my nervous little librarian on date after date doesn’t sound tiresome at all…it sounds delightful, actually.  A challenge.  A test to see if I’m worthy enough to remove all traces of trepidation from her face and fill her expression with eagerness and surrender instead.

And get more time with this fierce, sweet bookworm all to myself.

I lean in to kiss her cheek, careful to angle our bodies so that I don’t press against her with six feet, two hundred pounds of hungry cop.  Instead, I anchor her with a firm hand at her elbow, pleased to feel the goose bumps that spread underneath my touch.  And then I brush my lips against her cheek, making sure she can feel them, making sure she gets just the tiniest brush of my scruff as I accidentally-on-purpose slide my jaw against hers as I pull away.

She shivers.

I look down into her eyes as I straighten up, and I’m suddenly aware that I’m supporting a lot of weight in my hand, as if her knees are weak from my kiss.

Well done, Officer Good Times!

Her eyes are wide, the pupils so blown and her irises so dark that her eyes are just huge liquid wells of want, and I feel a familiar tug in my groin knowing that I put that look there.

“I forget how big you are,” she murmurs, her head tilted up to look into my face.

I give her my biggest grin and open my mouth, but she cuts me off before I can say it, shaking her head.  “I know, I know.  I walked right into that one.”

But the ghost of a smile flits across her lips as I help her into her seat and push in her chair.

When I sit across from her and we start looking at our menus, I notice the smile has vanished and the nervous look is back, along with a determined set to her shoulders.  The combination of uneasiness and backbone intrigues and worries me at the same time.

“I don’t know what Megan told you,” I say, “but I don’t bite.”

She looks up from the menu, her teeth back to digging into the plump flesh of her bottom lip.

“Well,” I amend, staring at her mouth, “sometimes I do bite.  But only when I really, really want to.”

Laurelin Paige

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | TwitterAmazon

 

Sierra Simone

Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

I am so excited to start this!

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Monthly Inventory: May 2017

May 2017

While I’m reading more books than I anticipated, I still feel constantly behind. I think it is because I’m not reading all the books I should be reading. I’ve been a little bogged down by impulsive library borrowing and taking on more review opportunities than I should. But I’m hoping to get back on track come July thanks to the Summer TBR Wipeout and some strict rules about borrowing and requesting.

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Total for May 2017: 16 Books Read + 6 Novellas Read

Last May: 18 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 3 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)

While I hate the BFF in love with the other BFF love triangle trope, I do love a BFFs falling in love story. (Did I confuse you yet?) Anyways, this was a super sweet romance and one that developed perfectly. Plus, it was my only 5 star read of the month!

Biggest Let Down (★★)


I ended up DNFing this book at the 75% mark. Yeah, I couldn’t even finish the last quarter of the book. That’s how much I detested it by the end. Look out for my rant filled review in the next few months.

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I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress on my Kobo every month (and compare it to last year’s numbers). While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. As per my #ShelfLove Challenge, I really want to increase the Total % of Library Complete by the end of the year.

As of:

May 31, 2017

May 31, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

21%

16%

Total # of Books Finished

558

434

Total # of Reading Hours

2271

1739

 

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Site Update: 4th Year Anniversary!

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Blog Tour: Cry Wolf

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

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You can always get the full details on all my challenges on my dedicated page but here is a quick update:

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 7 of 25 Titles Read

June’s 5Y5B picks: The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare, #1) Loop (Loop #1)

Goodreads Challenge: 22 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 2 TBR Items Added

June’s #ShelfLove picks: The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1) Undone (Disclosure, #1)

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: None

June’s pick: Withering Heights

View my Challenge Progress Here!

In February, I brought back my Tackling the TBR feature and announced my plan to get my Goodreads TBR down to 500 books. Here are my current standings:

  • Current TBR Shelf: 611 books
  • TBR Shelf at end of April : 612 books
  • Initial Number in February: 1205 books

 

Here’s to a better June!

Statistically speaking, I’m doing ok with my reading this year. I’m reading lots of books (listening to audiobooks has definitely helped) but I always feel like I’m just getting by. (I’ve marked The Opportunist and The Iron Wyrm Affair as my challenge picks for the last 2 months and still haven’t read them). I’m really hoping I can get a better balance for the month of June. Like I said in my intro, I have a plan for July but I need to fix up my current system.

The Plan for June:

  • No more requests/ARCs/blog tours
  • Stop impulsively checking out library books
  • Read more outside!

I’m hoping that these three guidelines can keep me focused on the task at hand and finally tackle some of my TBR!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
Leave a comment below!

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Reading Challenge: Summer TBR Wipeout

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Like most Book Bloggers, I do yearly challenges but I don’t often do time-limited challenges or very many readathons throughout the year.

When I saw this challenge on the Candid Cover, I thought this was a great idea! Sometimes, I need that little kick in the butt to get those titles down and having a plan/goal works well for me. I can’t wait to get some things done!

How it works:

You do not have to run a book blog or a website for that matter. All that I ask is that you create your posts on some sort of social media website, such as Instagram, Facebook or Tumblr, etc. You can also read backlist books, ARCs, new releases, audiobooks,  or anything else that has been beckoning you to read it. There will be 4 posts in total that you can link up to here on The Candid Cover.

My Reading Time Frame: July 8 – August 19, 2017

Thanks to this event, I was able to do a bit of a midterm review of how my reading is going so far. While I’m knocking my Goodreads challenge out of the park (meaning I’m reading wayyyy more books than I expected to this year so yay!), I feel like I’m not always reading the titles I should be. I’ve been a little swept into some request/ARC madness and been a little too “checkout now” happy when browsing my library’s eBook section. I want to get back to reading those titles that have been sitting on my Kobo for months and reading some of those “much anticipated” sequels I couldn’t wait to release last year.

I’m going to keep my plan for this TBR Wipeout a little general so I can have some flexibility. I try to do the Make Me Read It Readathon every July (hopefully it’s happening this year!) and that’s when I get title specific. So for this, I’m going to create some general goals and highlight some priority titles for each category.

My Plan:

  • No ARC requests!
    • I’ve closed requests until September so I can focus on those TBR titles
      • That means I’m limiting my hosting and review copy sign-ups as well!
  • Finish (at least) 3 Series
    • Hopefully I can knock off some oldies but goodies this summer!
  • Read Sequels for (at least) 2 Previously Started Series
    • Waiting a 1+ for the sequel is not something I’m good at remembering!
  • Read 1 Classic Novel
    • I was doing so well at the start of the year but flopped once my new job started
  • Binge Read 1 Series from start to end!
    • I feel like I don’t get to do this anymore!

Priority Reads:

Endure (Need, #4) The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3) Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

What plans are you making for your Summer TBR?

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