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SERIESous Discussion: Reading Formats for Series

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!

Are you a Format Loyalist? If you start the series in one format, do you stick with it until the very last novel?

I was inspired to write this post when I was looking at sequel novels in June 2019. One of my goals for 2019 is to complete some of the many series that I’ve started over the years and to do that, I decided to dedicate 4 months within the year exclusively to sequels.

Audiobooks are a relatively new thing to me. In the last two years, I’ve started listening to them on a (nearly) daily basis. So I always have one print book and one audiobook on the go.

Finding printed sequels to read for the month was easy. Between my physical public library; their eBook selections and my own eBook collection, I was never without a novel to read. But trying to find an audiobook to read during the month: that was the hard part. Why? I don’t have a lot of “unfinished” audiobook series because I binge-listen to all the sequels or they are newer series with sequels still to be published.

>>SERIESous Tips: 5 Ways to Get Into Audiobooks

If I was in this predicament last year, I probably would have looked at half of the books I read this past June and said “nope” to the audio version. I was adamant that if I started a series as an eBook one or as a hardcover, that’s how I was going to finish it.

But then this thought occurred to me: who cares?

Obviously, I do to some degree. I have some “golden rules” when it comes to my reading. I refuse to read any of Cassandra Clare’s novels as anything but the beautiful hardcovers. I have a few series that I’ve started as audiobooks (like The Diabolic and Dividing Eden) that I want to continue as audiobooks. So clearly I have a few holdouts because I feel like the format of the novel contributes to my overall reading experience.

But what about those sequel novels to series I haven’t touched in years? You know the ones where you barely remember anything but the main plotline and the characters mentioned in the synopsis? Why wouldn’t you pick up the audio version instead (or maybe the eBook)? Why not rejuvenate your experience with the series by trying it in a new way?

My thoughts exactly.

This year, I’ve been listening to the audio versions of sequels for quite a few series I originally read in print years ago–and I’m having tremendous success with it!

Obviously, I’m finishing series that have been on the back-burner for years, making room and time for new TBR items. And who doesn’t love cleaning up their TBR?

I also think that I’m enjoying these sequels more because they are audiobooks. If you’ve never read an audiobook before, they bring stories to life in a way that you just don’t get through a print version.

It’s not just audiobooks though that you can change to. Sometimes it just comes down to convenience and what format(s) is(are) available. When eReading was starting to become a thing, I made the switch from printed novels to eBooks because it was easier to get my hands on the copies. I know that for me, reading the novels back to back instead of waiting keeps my momentum and enjoyment going. So if I have to read Book #1 as a paperback, Book #2 as an eBook, so be it!

And sometimes, depending on the format, there are bonus features (like maps or glossaries or deleted scenes) available that can enhance your reading and you might not get those in a different format.

So I guess you can say that I learned that sometimes change is good.

What about you? Do you stick to one type of book format when you read a book series? Or do you jump around depending on the availability of your titles?

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Monthly Inventory: November 2019

November 2019

I have no idea where this month went! Honestly! I was feeling so good about my reading back in October and then this month just had to go and ruin that momentum.

But I did get a lot done even if it wasn’t as much as I wanted (though it is surprisingly better than last November). It’s taken me all year but I’ve come to terms with the decline in my reading stats and I don’t feel as much pressure to read as much as I did before. Even if the numbers aren’t like they used to be, I really enjoyed everything I read this month and the freedom I had to pick up whatever book I wanted and when. I haven’t been able to do that in a long time!

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Total for November 2019: 13 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 0

Last November: 12 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read + 1 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I was super duper scared but excited for the 4th Legend novel—and all my worries were for nothing. This is how you wrap up a series years after its original publication!

Biggest Let Down (★★★)


I was very excited for this playboy to fall in love and I just felt underwhelmed by his whole character arc, but especially the romance.

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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: 0 books added | 17 of 25 Titles Read – 3 Books Behind
Goodreads Challenge: 13 books added | 157/200 Books – 24 Books Behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: +5 books added | 24/24 Books – Completed in October!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Sequel Month #4!

In an effort to reduce the number of book series I have on the go (123 and counting!), I’ve decided to dedicate 4 months of 2019 to sequels. Because December is dedicated to wrapping up my challenges, my last sequel month for 2019 is November.

Approximately 92% of the books (all but one!) I read this month were sequels! You can see the breakdown of what I read below:

  • # of Sequels Read: 12 + 2 in progress
    1. Dark Paradise by Winter Renshaw (Dark #1)
      • I actually read the sequel first 😉
    2. Bedwrecker by Kim Karr (Men of Laguna #2)
    3. One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr (Seven Black Diamonds #2)
    4. Hollywood Prince by Kim Karr (Men of Laguna #3)
    5. Rebel by Marie Lu (Legend #4)
    6. Vortex by Julie Cross (Tempest #2)
    7. Good Girl by Lauren Layne (Love Unexpectedly #2)
    8. More than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs (Chasing the Dream #2)
    9. Timestorm by Julie Cross (Tempest #3)
    10. Fallen Heir by Erin Watt (The Royals #4)
    11. Love Story by Lauren Layne (Love Unexpectedly #3)
    12. Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt (The Royals #5)
    13. Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely (Ballers and Babes #2)
    14. Royal Captives by Michael Pierce (Royal Replicas #2)
  • # of Series Finished: 6
    1. Dark
    2. Seven Black Diamonds
    3. Men of Laguna
    4. Legend
    5. Tempest
    6. The Royals

I definitely plan on bringing this approach back next year because I’ve seen a HUGE improvement when it comes to finishing series. And it reminded me so much why I love to binge read series which I feel like I haven’t done in a very long time. In turn, I was able to churn out a lot of reviews for the blog! I didn’t think I’d have enough content to schedule in the new year but these sequel months have helped get some of those dusty drafts out into the open.

Here are some of the grand totals for the year:

  • # of sequels read: 77 books! (~57% of titles read this year)
  • # of series finished: 30 series!

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Awakened (Anew #1)
Pass

Easy Virtue (Virtue, #1)
Keep

Easy Love (Boudreaux, #1)
Pass

The One You Want (The Original Heartbreakers, #0.5)
Pass

The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, #1)
Pass

That's a Promise (Promises, Promises, #1)
Pass

Sisters of Blood and Spirit (The Sisters of Blood and Spirit, #1)
Pass

Illicit Contact (Shatterproof #2)
Keep

Captured (The Torn Series Book 2)
Keep

Tender Dance (Lovers Dance, #4)
Keep

Pass: 6 | Keep: 4

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 28| Keep: 52

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

December is all about finishing up my reading goals. I work a lot this month because of the holidays so I don’t think I will be able to get as much reading in as a I dream. But the plan is to at least get my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge completed.

And thanks to Cyber Week, I’ve snagged some great deals for Kindle Unlimited and Audible so even more reading will be in store!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: October 2019

October 2019

For me, October was all about catching-up on books I’ve put off for too long. The first half of the month was dedicated to finishing up my last remaining ARCs; while the latter half was about finishing some sequels I had started in September (or had taken out from the library forever ago). Overall, It felt like a really productive month for me and it’s been a long time since I felt that way about my reading.

Clearly, I’m still really behind on my Goodreads Challenge for the year. I looked at my Monthly Inventory for October 2018 and in it, I had mentioned that I just completed my Goodreads Challenge for 2018. Right now, I’m about 23 books behind schedule (or ~60 books missing). I really don’t have high hopes that I will complete my goal this year, but I always knew that would be a possibility when I set it. (Hence the target; it was giving me something to aim for). Obviously, I’m going to try and pack in as many novels as I can by the year’s end, but with a larger focus on sequels and my Reading Challenge titles.

On a positive note, I officially crossed the 2000 total books read mark on Goodreads this past month!

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Total for October 2019: 16 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 3

Last October: 11 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read + 4 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I think I renewed this book about 3 times from the library before I finally found the time to read it. And I’m so glad I got around to it! This series is just getting better and better and I was totally captivated by this mystery.

Biggest Let Down (DNF)


Some mixed reviews had me going in cautiously but I was ready to give it the benefit of the doubt. But the first sign of trouble should have been when my Kindle informed me that it would take 18 hours to read an ~250 page book (something that should take me 4-5 hours). After I did some research and learned about why this author isn’t able to sell books on Amazon anymore, it was pretty easy to come to the decision to DNF this uber boring novel.

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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: 4 books added | 20 of 25 Titles Read – On track!
Goodreads Challenge: 20 books added | 144/200 Books – 23 Books Behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 4 books added | 26/24 Books – Challenge completed!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

A Long Goodbye (Southern Comfort, #1)
Pass

You Loved Me At My Darkest (You Loved Me, #1)
Pass

The Line Between (The Line Between, #1)
Pass

Fighting Hard (Fighting For Love, #1)
Pass

His  (Dark Romance, #1)
Keep

Never Never (Never Never, #1)
Keep

Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy, #1)
Keep

Renegade Red (The Light, #2)
Keep

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2)
Keep

Beyond What is Given (Flight & Glory, #3)
Keep

Pass: 4 | Keep: 6

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 22 | Keep: 48

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

Because I dedicate December to my last minute Reading Challenge reads, November will be my final “sequel” month of the year. I’m really looking forward to improving upon my previous progress and finishing up some long overdue series. I haven’t decided what series those will be–it’s up to the library availability and my mood–but I’m looking forward to returning to some great worlds!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: September 2019

September 2019

In my August Inventory, I mentioned that I kinda felt like I was in a bit of a crisis when it comes to reading and blogging. But September didn’t totally feel the same. Maybe having a purpose or direction (ie reading only sequels) helped me feel like I was getting stuff accomplished even if my numbers aren’t overly stellar (though they were pretty great compared to the last few months!).

Once again, I feel like the month just started yet here I am recapping it!

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Total for September 2019: 15 Books Read + 3 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 0

Last September: 13 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read + 5 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Consumed by Truths (Truth or Lies #6)
I’m so sad that this series is over but this finale was perfect! Even more perfect is the fact that a spin-off series is in the works!

Biggest Let Down (★★)

P.S. I Dare You (PS Series Book 3)
This book just felt rushed and underdeveloped. Not a great way to end that series.

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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: 0 books added | 16 of 25 Titles Read – 2 Books Behind
Goodreads Challenge: 18 books added | 124/200 Books – 25 Books Behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 5 books added | 20/24 Books – Ahead of Schedule!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Sequel Month #3!

In an effort to reduce the number of book series I have on the go (123 and counting!), I’ve decided to dedicate 4 months of 2019 to sequels. And I was inspired to do this because of the month of September! I always focus on sequels in September and this year, it’s no different. Approximately 89% of the books I read this month were sequels! You can see the breakdown of what I read below:

  • # of Sequels Read: 16 + 2 in progress
    1. Hate F*@k Part 3 by Ainsley Booth (Forbidden Bodyguards #1)
    2. PS I Miss You by Winter Renshaw (PS Series #2)
    3. Consumed by Truths by Ella Miles (Truth or Lies #6)
    4. Rebound by Noelle August (Boomerang #2)
    5. PS I Dare You by Winter Renshaw (PS Series #3)
    6. Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven (Masters of Love #2)
    7. Red at Night by Katie McGarry (Pushing the Limits #3.5)
    8. Until We Burn by Courtney Cole (Beautifully Broken #2.5)
    9. Bounce by Noelle August (Boomerang #3)
    10. Marian, Princess Thief by C K Brooke (Mythic Maidens #3)
    11. Once We Were by Kat Zhang (The Hybrid Chronicles #2)
    12. Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang (The Hybrid Chronicles #3)
    13. The Blood Spell by C J Redwine (Ravenspire Series #4)
    14. The Darkest Hour by Lauren Smith (Surrender Series #4)
    15. Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare (Castles Ever After #4, Spindle Cove #5)
    16. Bad Love by Piper Lawson (Modern Love #2)
    17. Nightblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga #3) — in progress
    18. Submerged by A M Deese (Dance of the Elements #2) — in progress
  • # of Series Finished: 6
    1. PS Series
    2. Truth or Lies
    3. Boomerang
    4. The Hybrid Chronicles
    5. Castles Ever After
    6. Spindle Cove

It was a good mix of continuing series and finishing series this past month. And I’m super excited that from of my efforts this month, some new review posts are going up in the next few months! For a little while, I was worried I wasn’t going to have enough content to keep up with my current posting schedule but this month has helped me schedule my reviews for nearly the first half of 2012.

Cleaning Up My Goodreads Shelves:

My main mission for 2018 was bringing my “Want to Read” shelf (new to me books) on Goodreads to a number below 500—and I totally did that! So this year, I’m aiming for a “Want to Read” shelf that is less than 400 titles. I’ve also set a goal to get my “Sequel” shelf below 250 titles.

Currently

June 1, 2019

Want to Read (New)

439

468

To Read (Sequels)

246

247

I’m really excited that my sequels are keeping steady below 250. It would be nice if my New to Me TBR items were closer to 400 but I’ve dropped quite a bit since my last quarterly check.

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone, #1)
Pass

Because You're Mine (MINE, #1)
Pass

Rock Me Hard (The Rock Star's Seduction, #1)
Keep

Rushed (Rushed, #1)
Keep

Legendary (Legendary Saga, #1)
Pass

Beware (Beware, #1)
Pass

Blindsided (By His Game, #1)
Keep

Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard, #5)
Keep

The Bone Witch (The Witches of London Trilogy Book 3)
Keep

The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
Pass

Pass: 3 | Keep: 7

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 18 | Keep: 42

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

While this is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books, I usually only update every quarter.

My Progress for January to September, 2019:

ARCs Read: 35 | ARCs Overdue: 3+1* | Upcoming: 1

(June State: ARCs Read: 23 | ARCs Overdue: 1+1* | Upcoming: 1

*Titles given to me as a member of an author’s street team to read ASAP.

Going Forward:

I got a little request happy at the end of the month but I’ve been really good about limiting my ARC requests. I’m hoping to have most of the overdue novels finished in the upcoming weeks.

November is the last Sequel Month of the year for me so October will be about finishing my overdue ARCs, focusing on my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge as well as my Tackling the TBR Challenge.

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: August 2019

August 2019

Ummm, what happened to the month of August? I feel like it just arrived and now here I am writing up my (dismal) recap of the month.

If I thought July was bad for reading and blogging, August had nothing on it. Once again, if audiobooks weren’t an everyday staple for me, my reading numbers would be pathetic. I just don’t the the time (or energy) to read anymore it seems. And don’t get me started on the number of times (3?) I logged in to update the blog.

I feel like I’m going through a midlife crisis when it comes to reading. I don’t know how else to describe it–maybe a reading slump about reading as a whole. I think part of the problem is that I have a hard time accepting that I just can’t read like I used to. I have so many other responsibilities now that finding the time to read is hard to come by. I can maybe squeeze a chapter in before my eyes close at night. Gone are the days where I used to stay in bed for an hour or two in the morning and read my book.

So we will see what September brings. The focus will be on sequels but again, it’s a busy month so besides a couple days off at the start of the month, I’m not overly optimistic I’ll get much reading in.

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Total for August 2019: 8 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 3 Books

Last August: 18 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read + 4 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


Ella Miles rocks my socks and this series is quickly going down as my all-time favourite of hers. I’m dying for the grand finale!

Biggest Let Down (DNF)


If the synopsis didn’t tell me that this was a retelling of the Evil Queen, I wouldn’t have known. I like villain origin stories but this was just dull.

 posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

Author Fatigue

Most Viewed Review

Series Review

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: 2+1 books added | 16 of 25 Titles Read – On Track!
Goodreads Challenge: 12 books added | 105/200 Books – 26 Books Behind!
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 3 books added | 15/24 Books – On Track!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Married to the Bad Boy
Pass

Cartel (Cartel, #1)
Keep

Spark (Spark, #1)
Pass

Swan Song
Pass

One Night Stand (One Night Stand, #1)
Keep

Keep It Secret (KIS #1)
Pass

Semper Mine (Sons of War, #1)
Pass

Beyond What is Given (Flight & Glory, #3)
Keep

Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers, #2)
Pass

Echoes Beneath (The Truth Series #2)
Keep

Pass: 6 | Keep: 4

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 28 | Keep: 52

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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September is all about sequels! I have quite a few that I meant to read in August that I hope to get to in September. I’m have some time off work the first week of September so I’m hoping to fit some more books in to help get me on track for my 2019 reading goals.

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Release Blitz: I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Release Blitz: I Hate You by Ilsa Madden-Mills


Ever since I met Charisma in The Hook Up Series, I’ve been DYING for her novel. I love her personality–and the situtation she finds herself in with a particular wide receiver.

Catch my review of the series so far here!

Below you will find the synopsis as well as some more info on one of my favourite New Adult authors around!


Title: I Hate You

Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Published: August 17, 2019
Find it: Goodreads // Amazon

I want you . . . even when I hate you.

Blaze Townsend: I hate you.
Charisma Rossi: I hate you more.

She’s been expecting this ever since their latest showdown. She had good reason.

Hottest guy she’s ever seen.
Former fling.
Dumped her in front of all her friends.
At her own party.

So no, she’s not about to forgive and forget just because he sits next to her in class. He thinks all he has to do is turn on those baby blues, and she’ll melt right back into his arms. Please.She’d be crazy to let this cocky player affect her again. (Tell that to her body.)

Charisma Rossi.
Brainy girl with a dash of bad.
The one who got under his skin.
The one he cut loose.

Blaze knows she’s the riskiest prospect at Waylon University, but none of the interchangeable girls he hooks up with have ever made him feel the way she did. There’s absolutely no way he can have the girl and the game.

So why can’t he stop trying to win her back?

Can this wide receiver score the girl or will he make the biggest fumble of his life?

Add: Goodreads // Buy: Amazon


Ilsa Madden-Mills

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She’s addicted to dystopian books and all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she’s a Gemini), and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education.

When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets and paints old furniture.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

What about you? Are you excited?

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SERIESous Discussion: Author Fatigue

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!

Have you ever found yourself getting tired of your favourite author?

In April 2019, I was starting to reflect on my reading and blogging habits and trying to figure out what I wanted to change to get back to where I wanted to be. One of the things that I quickly decided to do was stop doing Blog Tours. The main reason is that I just don’t want as many deadlines as I did in the past because my reading is becoming more and more sporadic as the year progresses.

>>SERIESous Discussion: Lessons Learned from Blog Tours

But one thing I really noticed when I was thinking back on the blog tours I’ve done in the last 2 years is that I always seem to choose tours for the same set of authors. Now, that isn’t a bad thing! Obviously as bloggers we have the opportunities to help spread the word about our favourite authors and I believe we should embrace that whenever we can.

>>SERIESous Tips: A List of Review Opportunity Groups

However, I noticed when I was reading and reviewing a book for one of my “must read authors”, I wasn’t overly impressed with it. That sounds a little rude and I’m struggling to articulate what I mean so bear with me. See, it was a great book but compared to the last title I read by the same author, it just didn’t measure up to my standards. And when I thought about it, I had read a lot of books by that author in the year and started to notice a downward trend.

Sure, the author’s style might have changed or maybe those last few novels weren’t at the same calibre. But then I started to wonder if I was getting author fatigue.

What the hell is author fatigue?

For me, it’s when I start to get bored with an author that I once loved. I start to notice it when I’m reading and not totally loving their work or I rate a book a little lower than I probably would have had someone else written it.

How does that happen?

I think there are a few ways that author fatigue can happen.

1. You read too many of that author’s books within a short time

Inevitably, you just start comparing the books to each other and because you remember the last one so well you can’t help but nit pick. Sometimes, that might work in your favour (for a more positive experience) but other times…

2. You start to discover the author’s formula

I wrote a discussion post nearly 3 years ago about what your expectations are when an author you love changes genres. And in that post, I touched a little bit on the idea that most authors have a formula or basic foundation that is present in all their books and you know what to expect because of it. For me, there are certain authors that seem to follow the same type of twists in their works and it causes it to loose some of the suspense.

3. Perhaps you’ve outgrown their primary genre

Meg Cabot wrote some of my all time favourite YA novels when I was a teen, but I find her novels have a younger feel to them that doesn’t necessarily relate to my 20-something self and I’m not a huge fan of her adult works either. So, I tend to not reach for her titles anymore.

I suppose you could say author fatigue is just a fancier way of saying you’re in a reading slump with a particular author. And I find the easiest way for me to get over a reading slump is to mix it up and try something new.

That’s the plan for the rest of this year. I hope that by decreasing the amount of ARC requests I do in a month, I’ll be able to relieve the pressure on me and give some of my favourite authors a break before I dive back into their works with a fresh mind.

Have you ever experienced author fatigue? Are there any authors you’ve had to take a break from reading?

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Monthly Inventory: July 2019

July 2019

Yesterday at work we were talking about the year is just flying by and WOW, is it ever!

This was a weird month for me. I tried to focus on my 5 Year 5 Book Reading Challenge and while I had some success, I also DNF’d three of my selections. That–of course–led to a bit of a reading slump but one great audiobook got me back in the swing of things…when I could find the time to read!

Usually July and August are great reading months for me but this past July was awful. I read half as many books as I normally do! And if I wasn’t reading audiobooks, I’d have only read a quarter of what I normally do!

And I think I set a record low for the number of times I actually logged onto my blog. I was doing pretty well as the start of the month but life just got in the way and my priorities shifted elsewhere.

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Total for July 2019: 11 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 3 Books

Last July: 21 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read + 2 DNFs

WHOA–what a difference! Just goes to show what happens when life evolves.

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Mister Romance (Masters of Love, #1)
I had one other 5 star read in July (Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry) but this was the audiobook that got me out of my reading slump. Just a great contemporary romance!

Biggest Let Down (★★)

The Pact
While I did DNF a few novels, this one was a huge disappointment (and one I probably should have added to the DNF pile). I really wanted to love this book–I’ve intentionally avoided it because I’ve been so eager to read it for the right moment. But it just fell terribly flat and pushed me into a slump.

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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: 3+3 books added | 13 of 25 Titles – 1 Book Behind
Goodreads Challenge: 12 books added | 94/200 Books – 22 Books Behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 1 book added | 12/24 Books – 2 Books Behind

View my Challenge Progress Here!

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I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Relativity
Pass

Always Beautiful
Pass

Scared of Beautiful (Scared #1)
Pass

'Til Death: Volume One ('Til Death, #1)
Keep

Something Reckless (Reckless & Real, #1)
Keep

VIP (Rock & Release, Act #1)
Keep

Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown, #1)
Keep

Renegade Red (The Light, #2)
Keep

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2)
Keep

Never Too Late (Willow Creek, #2)
Pass

Pass: 4 | Keep: 6

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 22 | Keep: 48

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

Each month I have a list of 11 books I’ve selected to read for that particular month. These books include review copies and reading challenge picks.

While July was all about my 5 Year 5 Book Reading Challenge (which is mostly owned titles), I want to dedicate the month of August to books I already own. There are a few exceptions (like audiobook titles since I get those from the library; and some sequels & ARCs I didn’t get to in July) but this month is all about books sitting on my Kindle and Kobo!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Blog Tour: Cruel Legacy (Cruel #3) by K A Linde

Synopsis for Cruel Legacy (from Goodreads):

Darkness swept in.

Smothering everything in its inky black.

I have turned into their worst nightmares.

And I will not rest until they pay.

For everything.

Other books in the series:

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SERIESous’ Top Picks: Must Read Author
Series: Cruel

Crosses over with the Wright Series

Author: K A Linde
# of Books: 3 (Full Reading Order Here)

There is a FREE prequel novella: #0.5 One Cruel Night

Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes, Spin-off novel in works titled The Lying Season
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Heat Rating: Hot
Point of View: First Person, Alternating
Publication Date: January 22, 2019 – July 16, 2019
Source & Format: Wildfire Marketing Solutions–eARC

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Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:

I had no idea what to expect for this finale but I knew I wanted some great twists, fireworks and perhaps a happy ending? I was excited for the ride.

The Plot:

Again, this story had a slow build to it but the climb is worth the climax. There’s this air of unknown happening throughout the novel and it kept me hooked as I read. Natalie’s story is intriguing and she’s had some great growth so it was interesting to see it all come together in this finale.

The Characters:

I have to give some major props to K A Linde’s ability to ground all the characters in this story. I’ve compared it to Gossip Girl in the past but there is something distinctly different about this series and I think it’s the humanity of the characters. Yes, they live in this life of privilege and excess but somehow Linde has been able to make them seem like everyday people by grounding them through their actions and monologues. It isn’t only Natalie who has evolved as a character but its the entire Crew that has as well.

I AM HOPING SO HARD that Katherine will get her own book. Her character fascinated me throughout the series and we get some interesting developments in her story that have me hoping she will get one. I am excited for the spin-off The Lying Season even if it isn’t Katherine who is the focus.

The Romance:

It’s hard to say too much without spoilers but I was satisfied with this for sure.

Series Review:

>> See my review of the entire Cruel Series here!

My Rating: 3/5

[One Cruel Night 4/5] | Cruel Money 3.5/5 | Cruel Fortune 3.5/5 | Cruel Legacy 3/5

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This is perfect for fans of Cruel Intentions romance reads!

Read if You Like: Cruel Intentions, the Upper East Side
Avoid if You: dislike angsty, billionaire romances

similarreads

  • Little Black Book by Tabatha Vargo (Little Black Book Series #1)
  • I Bet You by Isla Madden-Mills (The Hook-Up Series #2)
  • Fair Game by Monica Murphy (The Rules Series #1)

K A Linde

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of the Avoiding Series, Wrights, and more than thirty other novels. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, traveling, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super-adorable puppies.

Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

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Monthly Inventory: June 2019

June 2019

In May, I made a lot of changes when it came to my reading and blogging and June was the first month of trying out this new approach…and it was pretty great!

I had a two main tasks I wanted to get done this past month. One: I finished all the ARCs I had signed up for (and resisted the urges to sign up for multiple review copies). Two: I only read sequels (with the exception of ARCs) of series I had already started. Both went really well!

And since we are halfway through the year, I thought it would be fun to do the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag (originally created by Ely and Chami) like I did last year:

Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Best Book Read So Far

Taken by Lies (Truth or Lies Book 1)

Best Sequel Read So FarThe Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) New Release TBRTop Secret

Can’t Wait for Its Release

Rebel (Legend, #4)

Biggest DisappointmentTower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

Biggest Surprise

Paper Princess (The Royals, #1)

Need to Read by Year End

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3)

New Fictional CrushTaken by Lies (Truth or Lies Book 1)Enzo

New Fave Character

Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn, #1)

Kopano

Tear Jerker

The Way of Lessons

Made Me HappyThe Chase (Briar U, #1) Fave Review WrittenTower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

The other highlight of June was watching the Toronto Raptors (finally) win the NBA Championship!!! I have such a soft spot for this team ever since I lived in TO during their playoff run a few years ago. It’s been a long time coming so it was great to watch them get to the end (and seal the deal!). And I loved how it brought our country and communities together. What a ride!

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Total for June 2019: 11 Books Read + 5 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 2 Book (my first ones this year!)

Last June: 14 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read + 3 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I’ve been DYING for Celia’s story and this certainly didn’t disappoint! I need the sequel right now…the fall is too far away.

Biggest Let Down (DNF)


This the first book I DNF’d this year. This just wasn’t the book for me. There was too much dialogue and I couldn’t feel the chemistry between the leads.

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Every quarter I take a look at my Kobo stats to see how I’m doing. My Kobo is my main reading device, used for personal and library books. My Kindle is used for ARCs but it lacks the statistic features of my Kobo.

As of:

July 1, 2019

June 30, 2018

Total % of Library Complete

25%

23%

Total # of Books Finished

304

280

Total # of Reading Hours

2656

2511

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SERIESous Tips: How I Read 200+ Books a Year!

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Blog Tour: Slayed by Laurelin Paige

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: 0 books added | 7 of 25 Titles Read – 5 Books Behind
Goodreads Challenge: 16 books added | 81/200 Books – 18 Books Behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 4 books added | 11/24 Books – On Track!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Sequel Month #2!

In an effort to reduce the number of book series I have on the go (123 and counting!), I’ve decided to dedicate 4 months of 2019 to sequels. I had great results in February for the first month (approximately 78% of my books read were sequels). You can see the breakdown of what I read below:

  • # of Sequels Read: 15+2
    1. The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (The Glittering Court #3)
    2. We Can be Mended by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3.5)
    3. Fugitive Six by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies Reborn #2)
    4. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #1.5)
    5. DNF The Game Changer by Jacqueline Snowe (Cleat Chasers #2)
    6. Fearless by Shae Ross (Pretty Smart Girls #2)
    7. Avenged by Amy Tintera (Ruined Trilogy #2)
    8. Five Days Until You by Monica Murphy (One Week Girlfriend #4.5)
    9. Revealed by H M Ward (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #5)
    10. A Gathering Tempest by Catherine Payne Jones (Broken Tides #0.5)
    11. Crosscurrent by Catherine Payne Jones (Broken Tides #2)
    12. Allied by Amy Tintera (Ruined Trilogy #3)
    13. DNF Professor With Benefits by Hazel Kelly (Beta Brothers #3)
    14. The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor #3)
    15. Fireblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga #2)
    16. Stolen by Truths by Ella Miles (Truth or Lies #4)
    17. Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist #2)
    18. In Progress – At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey (At Any Price #3)
    19. In Progress – Someday by David Levithan (Every Day #3)
  • # of Series Finished: 6+(1)
    1. The Glittering Court
    2. (Cleat Chasers)
    3. Pretty Smart Girls
    4. One Week Girlfriend
    5. Ruined Trilogy
    6. The Thousandth Floor
    7. Flame in the Mist

I’m SUPER happy with how many series I got to this past month! I finished up a few that have been in limbo for some years and it was nice to return to those worlds.

Cleaning Up My Goodreads Shelves:

My main mission for 2018 was bringing my “Want to Read” shelf (new to me books) on Goodreads to a number below 500—and I totally did that! So this year, I’m aiming for a “Want to Read” shelf that is less than 400 titles. I’ve also set a goal to get my “Sequel” shelf below 250 titles.

Currently

April 1, 2019

Want to Read (New)

468

465

To Read (Sequels)

247

261

While these numbers aren’t vastly different, I’m very happy that I have stayed the course. As you can see about, I got through a lot of sequels this past month which was FABULOUS! Now that the nice weather has arrived here in Canada, I hope to spend the rest of the summer reading outside and getting those numbers a little lower.

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I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Corrupted (The Manipulation Trilogy, #1)
Keep

Stepbrother Dearest
Keep

Filthy Beautiful Lies (Filthy Beautiful Lies, #1)
Pass

Inspire (The Muse, #1)
Pass

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
Keep

Degradation (The Kane Trilogy, #1)
Keep

The Story of Awkward
Keep

Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard, #5)
Keep

The Bone Witch (The Witches of London Trilogy Book 3)
Keep

The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
Pass

Pass: 3 | Keep: 7

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 18 | Keep: 42

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

While this is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books, I usually only update every quarter.

My Progress for January to June, 2019:

ARCs Read: 23 | ARCs Overdue: 1+1* | Upcoming: 1

(May State: ARCs Read: 20 | ARCs Overdue: 2+1* | Upcoming: 1

*Titles given to me as a member of an author’s street team to read ASAP.

Going Forward:

DO YOU SEE THOSE NUMBERS!?! I’ve come a long way and I’m so proud of myself! I know I have a few street team reads to read later this summer and the upcoming ARC is a sequel for a series I’ve done blog tour stops for in the past. But otherwise, I’m commitment free for the rest of the summer so I’m hoping I can concentrate on bringing up my reading challenges (and getting those last 2 ARCs finished).

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You can still join in on these discussions:

Each month I have a list of 11 books I’ve selected to read for that particular month. These books include review copies and reading challenge picks. The focus for July is reading some of my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge picks. Here are some of the books I have ready to go for July:

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious, #1) More Than Music (Chasing The Dream, #1)

I think I’m going to dedicate August to reading only owned novels so I can make a bigger dent in those numbers. Most of my reading challenge picks for July are books I own but I do have a couple of library reads I want to get in as well.

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

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