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Readathon: Summer TBR Wipeout & Make Me Read Wrap Ups

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

My main goal for the Summer TBR Wipeout was to get back on track with my reading. I find by mid-year, I’ve lost some of the momentum and am scrambling to keep up.

In general my goals for this challenge were:

No ARC Requests

Result: Slight Fail

Leave The Night On  The Thirteenth Gate (Dominion Mysteries, #1) The Forbidden When the Scoundrel Sins (Capturing the Carlisles, #2) An Earl by Any Other Name (Sins and Scandals #1)

I ended up getting ARCs for a lot of sequels for series I had already started so I picked up books I shouldn’t have in theory. I don’t regret them though! I really enjoyed all of these!

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

Result: 4 Series completed

Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire, #3) The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3) A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Wayfarer (Passenger, #2)

My Make Me Read It Readathon helped with this a lot since I purposely chose sequel novels I needed to read. The Rising was the only one I had listed as a priority for this challenge so I’m happy I got it finished.

Read Sequels for (at least) 2 Previously Started Series

Result: 3 Sequels Read

In Too Fast (Roommates Trilogy, #2) Arcana Rising (The Arcana Chronicles, #4) Phoenix (Black City, #2)

I suppose In Too Fast shouldn’t really count since I had just read the first novel a week or two before, but I’m glad I picked it up sooner than later! And it was nice to return to the Arcana world nearly a year later. Phoenix was a Make Me Read It pick that I should have read YEARS ago but I absolutely adored it!

Read 1 Classic Novel

Result: I only started Jane Eyre

Work really kicked my ass on this one. I felt like I was scrambling to read my other books so this one soon became forgotten.

Binge Read 1 Series from start to end!

Result: Finished the Shatter Me Series!

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

I’m so glad I finally picked this series up! I really, really enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next set of books in this fantastic world to be released!

Summer TBR Wipeout Wrap-Up:

I had a great experience with this challenge. I managed to read a lot of books during this timeframe (29 to be exact!) that didn’t necessarily meet my above criteria so I consider it a success. I’ve decided to do my own “Sequel September” self-challenge to help tackle some of those sequels I didn’t get to this month.


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My Reading Time Frame: August 6 – August 13, 2017

My Goal: 4 Books

First, a big thank-you to everyone who voted! I know that I don’t always pick books that everyone knows but you still make such a great effort to vote!

The Results of the Vote:

Shadows in the Silence | This So Isn’t Happening | Phoenix | Across a Star-Swept Sea | Hitched | The Savage Blue | Trust in Me | Caught Up in Us | Derailed | The Bet

What I Read:

Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire, #3) Hitched: Volume One (Imperfect Love, #1) Phoenix (Black City, #2)

Ok, so I know the point of this challenge is to read the books in the order of most votes but I needed a lighter read to counteract the teenaged angst of Shadows in the Silence. It’s the curse of being a mood reader and I usually break up my YA reads with a romance novel. That’s why I read Hitched second instead of fifth like I was supposed to (according to the poll results). I only got about halfway through Phoenix as well (but finished it the next day!).

Unfortunately, I also wasn’t able to get my library’s copy of This So Isn’t Happening in time for the challenge (it literally came in the last day of the readathon) but I will read it as soon as I can!

So I didn’t meet my goal of 4 books but hey, I got some long overdue novels off my TBR!

What about the rest?

For me, the Make Me Read It Readathon doesn’t end until everything on the list is read. As I said above, September is going to be all about the sequels and as most of the books are sequels, they are top of the list!


Did you participate in these challenges? Are you participating in anything right now?

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SERIESous Discussion: What is the Perfect Series Length?

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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!


I think it’s pretty obvious that I enjoy book series.

And since I started my blog nearly 4 years ago, I’ve read lots of series with varying sequel lengths. For me, a series is anything with at least 2 books set in the same universe. Now, some authors write books within the same world but don’t classify them as the same series (like Until It’s Right by Jamie Howard or Everything Between Us by Mila Ferrera), leaving each to be a standalone. Basically, I go with whatever Goodreads tells me unless I’ve investigated further on the author’s webpage.

But I’ve started to wonder: is there a perfect length for a series?

When I first got serious about my reading 10 years ago, it seemed like a lot of series were 4 books in length (like the Hush, Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick or the Fallen Series by Lauren Kate). But then I read the Vampire Academy Series, which is 6 books, and decided that was the perfect number…

Until I read the Immortals Series by Alyson Noel and decided I could have done without 2 books in that 6 book series.

In the last two years, duologies have become my new favourite thing. From Hopeless by Colleen Hoover to The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows and The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel–I was totally onboard with these condensed and rich story lines.

So then I came to the conclusion: maybe it depends on the story trying to be told.

I’ve talked about what I call the “Book Two Slump of a Trilogy”. I wish I had a flashier name for it but I’m going to keep it simple. As per my Review Guide:

Book Two Slump of a Trilogy – where the sequel novel isn’t as exciting as the first book but is needed to progress the plot enough to set up the finale book of the series”

Basically, these books are needed to progress the story, but they can be absolute bores to read.

So could you remove that middle book and still have a positive outcome?

With the emergence of duologies, I’ve started to wonder if some trilogies really need to be trilogies. And I think the short answer is, no, not everything needs to be a trilogy. Of course, there are some really strong trilogies out there like The Red Rising Trilogy or The Winner’s Trilogy. Nevertheless, some stories could definitely be told in two books; maybe even one! There’s no need to spread it out over multiple sequels…

Besides money and marketing that is.

I get it though. I’m sure it’s easier to market a trilogy (or more sequels) to readers. You want to get the fan base that will go gaga whenever the next book is released. Because if you get people attached to the characters, they’ll come back for more and tell everyone about their love for this series.

I mean look at the slate of Pixar sequels to come in the next 3 years.

People love familiarity. It’s comforting.

But in the same breath, it also gets old real fast. And I think to a certain degree, it takes away from what it was before; especially if the newest editions are not of the same quality (like Syliva Day’s Crossfire Trilogy Series — talk about a series that didn’t need more than 3 books!).

I guess my point is: not everything needs to have multiple sequels for it to be successful.

Yeah, it would have been great if the Orphan Queen Series continued on for 5 more books in theory, but (IMHO) it would have really dampened the story. I think the Mythos Academy Series is a good example of that where the subsequent sequels started losing their excitement. Or even any of Sarah J Maas’ stories were the popularity has driven more sequels than original conceived and I think the series has suffered because of it.

My Conclusion: Strongly written stories last a lot longer than stretched out sagas that never seem to get to the point.

I’m looking at you Pretty Little Liars TV Series.

What do you think? What’s your perfect series length? Do you agree with me?

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Monthly Inventory: July 2017

July 2017

Honestly, this month was a blur!

I feel like I was just posting my Canada Day 150 post for my favourite Canadian Authors and here I am, listing everything I did since! And I did a lot! You can find out more below.

One of the major highlights was officially scheduling my first post for the new year! It’s a little scary that I’ve run out of dates to post in 2017 but that’s mostly due to the fact that I’ve read a lot of standalone novels this year. Once I finish When Dimple Met Rishi in a few days, I’m only going to be reading novels that are part of series.

Also below, you will find my intro post to my first ever ARC August participation. While I told myself not to request a lot of ARCs this summer, I had a lot of opportunities for sequels and fav authors so I couldn’t resist. Oops

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Total for July 2017: 20 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read

Last July: 17 Books Read

DNF’d: 3 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Everything, Everything

I was so charmed by this book and this story. I devoured it in one sitting.

Biggest Let Down (★★)

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

If this wasn’t the last book in the story arc, I would have DNF’d it. I thought this was so, so boring. It just lacked the shine to it the previous installment had (admittedly, that one is hard to top since ACOMAF was epic) and seemed like lots of talking, not so much action.

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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:

July 31, 2017

July 31, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

10%

18%

Total # of Books Finished

123

481

Total # of Reading Hours

2371

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Read-a-Thon: Make Me Read It Vote

Most Viewed Review

Single Sundays: Zenn Diagram

View this year’s archives for more posts and reviews!

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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: 8 of 25 Titles Read — DNF’d 1 title

August’s 5Y5B picks: The LoopMaid of Secrets

Goodreads Challenge: 24 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 6 TBR Items added

August’s #ShelfLove picks: Just Breathe & Legacy

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: None

August’s pick: finish Jane Eyre

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 June: 614 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 found a LOT!):

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Make Me Read It: August 2017

There’s still time to vote for what books I should read for the upcoming readathon! My goal is to read 4 of the 10 books I’ve picked during the readathon (and the rest by the end of the year).

This Is So Not Happening (He's So/She's So, #3) The Savage Blue (The Vicious Deep #2) Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire, #3) Phoenix (Black City, #2) Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2) Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5) Hitched: Volume One (Imperfect Love, #1) Derailed (Clayton Falls, #1) The Bet (The Bet, #1) Caught Up in Us (Caught Up in Love, #1)

Vote here!

ARC August

This will be my first time participating in the classic summer event hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat! I signed up for more ARCs than I should have but that’s what the summer is for right? I don’t have too many but I’d like to get the books slated for September release finished before September.

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

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SERIESous Discussion: How I Fell in Love with Audiobooks

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!


My first venture into audiobooks didn’t happen in 2017 nor 2016. I had actually tried to listen to audiobooks nearly 7 years ago when I had to commute to my summer job.

It failed miserably.

When I started my new job this year–and subsequently a 1 hour driving commute each way–I wanted to make the drive productive and decided audiobooks were the best way. If I couldn’t physically read my book, why not listen to it instead?

After my failed attempt in the summer of 2011 to listen to YA fiction, I knew that I had to start with a different genre. Last year, I did start to listen to nonfiction audiobooks, specifically celebrity memoirs, and had great success. But I never breached the fiction world.

See, nonfiction worked for me for quite a few reasons:

  1. I could miss a few lines here and there and not miss out entirely on the plot
  2. It helped conditioned me to the listening/narrating aspect of books
  3. The narrators were (usually) people I was familiar with and liked as entertainers

But there are only so many nonfiction and celebrity memoirs that a girl can be interested in. I wanted to make the jump into fiction so that I could get some of those TBR titles off my never ending list. (Also, it would keep me distraction free while driving. I cannot stand listening to commercials on the radio and am constantly scanning for songs).

Deciding on that first title to read was a big step for me. It had to be the right novel. I didn’t want something overly complicated in plot nor one with too much detail where I would zone out and miss that vital plot piece.

So that ruled out fantasies or dystopian novels for the time being…

I then decided that a contemporary novel would be a good idea. I love romances but the idea of someone narrating a sex scene to me in my car made me feel iky.

So there went the romances…

At the time I started my job, adult mystery/thrillers were my current obsession and so I thought that would be good approach. They’re suspenseful, they often lack complicated world building and rarely have detailed sex scenes.

And that’s when inspiration hit!

One of the reasons I loved my nonfiction books was the celebrity narrator. Knowing the narrator and their style helped get me acquainted with the narration. For example, as a fan of The Colbert Report, it was super easy for me to enjoy Stephen Colbert’s America Again and understand the humour.

When it came to fiction, I knew that sometimes actors and other celebrities narrated fiction novels. And that’s when I thought about the Veronica Mars novels.

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1)

This was the perfect choice for a few reasons:

  1. These books were set in a world I was already familiar with
  2. Featured characters I loved
  3. Were based around a mystery
  4. And the best part: the first novel is narrated by Kristen Bell!

You can read my full review of the series here but I’ll just say that I absolutely loved every minute!

Listening to this series helped me to get used to the delivery of fiction audiobooks.

For example: only having one narrator doing the voices for all the character dialogue. One of the reasons I failed all those years ago was that I couldn’t keep myself from laughing during the audiobook version of Uncommon Criminals, where the female narrator tried to do Hal’s voice. It just sounded so ridiculous to me. It also helped me adjust to following multiple plot lines by simply hearing the plot developments as opposed to reading the words with my own eyes.

I sometimes struggle with written humour in novels. The greatest example of that is with Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. I DNF’d the actual novel because I didn’t find it funny; but when I listened to the audiobook (that Mindy herself narrates), it became a 5 star read. Sometimes, I need the audio delivery of the sarcasm and wit to get the humour.

Which is why my next audiobook experience was AMAZING! I honestly believe I enjoyed Simon vs the Homo Sapian Agenda way more by listening to it than I would have by just reading it. The narrator’s dictation was perfection and something I think I would have failed to capture just by reading the text myself.

So after these three novels, I was in love with the audiobook experience! Not only do they make my drive go faster, but they also help me enjoy books in a way I was completely missing out on before.

And the best part is that I’ve started integrating them into my everyday reading habits. If you’re my friend on Goodreads (add me here!), you’ll see I always have (at least) 3 books in my “Currently Reading” section. Now, one of those books is the audiobook I’m listening to. I’ve even started listening to whole series through audio versions and love it!

It makes me wish that I was successful 7 years ago. Imagine the series I would have finished by now!

Do you read audiobooks? Any tips? Share your experience below!

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Read-a-thon: Make Me Read It (August 2017) Vote!

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Better late than never! I was so worried this wasn’t going to happen this year but I’m SO HAPPY that it is! This is one of the only readathons I take part in annually just because it is so much fun! I am SUPER excited that this readathon is back for another year!

Last year, my goal was to read the Top 4 of 10 books and I definitely did that! I eventually went on to read all the books I had selected by the end of 2016 as well.

This one is hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ Tea and Titles.

The Challenge Details:

  • When is it? August 6th until August 13th, 2017
  • Tag? #MakeMeRead
  • How does it work? Make a list of books you want to read and then have your friends vote! You will then read the books in order of highest to lowest votes.
  • My Goal: Read 4 of the below books!
  • Why I need your help? I need your help voting for what books I should read!

The Selections:

For the last two years, I’ve always picked items from my TBR jar (aka books I own) for my candidates. Two reasons for this: 1) I didn’t have to depend on the library to have the books when I needed them and 2) I didn’t read my “owned” books enough. This year, according to my mid-year reading challenge recap, I’m doing a great job reading those books I own (yay!).

So this year, I’m changing it up a bit. I’ve still included some TBR jar items (I still have an August #Shelflove goal) but I’ve also thrown in some sequels I’ve been neglecting. In fact, I’ve gone 50:50!

Here are the books:

This Is So Not Happening (He's So/She's So, #3) The Savage Blue (The Vicious Deep #2) Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire, #3) Phoenix (Black City, #2) Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2)

Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5) Hitched: Volume One (Imperfect Love, #1) Derailed (Clayton Falls, #1) The Bet (The Bet, #1) Caught Up in Us (Caught Up in Love, #1)

The Vote:

Even if you have never heard of some of these books, please vote! Pick your fave cover or title!

Poll has Ended! Thank you to everyone who voted! Here are the results:

If you are doing this challenge, leave a link to your post and I will gladly vote for your picks!

Thank you in advance for you vote! I really appreciate it!

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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; however, 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

 

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Should Have Started by Now

Most Viewed Review

Blog Tour: Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

View this year’s archives for more posts and reviews!

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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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