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Site Update: 4th Blog Anniversary?!?!

OK, that’s a super cheesy quote but it totally works!

Blogging–while an individual task–is really all about the community. It’s a system of give and take and that’s what makes it such a beautiful thing.

I wouldn’t be here 4 years later if it wasn’t for you!

I’m pretty notorious for dropping my hobbies after a few months. But reading and blogging are two things that have been constants in my life in the last 6+ and 4 years respectively. And that is thanks to the awesome experiences I’ve had in the last 4 years.

So thank you for sticking by me!

As the quote says, it’s the little things that mean so much. Thank you for reading my blog, commenting on posts and tweets, and for always being awesome!

Some Fun Facts about my blog:

Any New Changes In Store?

I haven’t been very creative lately in posts (ie no new features) but I have a lot of great reviews on the way! I’m also planning on updating some of my old guides by summer’s end. Also be on the lookout for a new Kindle vs Kobo breakdown.

Any Giveaways?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to set up my own giveaway but I’m excited to share a giveaway for one my latest 5 star reads (I can’t recommend Ninja Girl enough!). You have a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Just click the cover below!

Thanks again everyone!

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Monthly Inventory: March 2017

March 2017

This month has been absolute BANANAS! So little reading, so little blogging and so much work!

See, I started my new job this month and even though I will only be working part-time, I have 6 weeks of full time training to complete. Add to that a 2 hour daily commute: it’s been quite the adjustment. In fact, I’ve drafted a post about the transition from student to adult to be posted in the next few weeks. But I have to say, it’s fantastic not to have to study anymore!

So March wasn’t a great month all around for my hobbies (though looking at my stats, I guess I did better than I think) but I’m hoping April will bring back some balance…and more reading!

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Total for March 2017: 16 Books Read + 3 Novellas Read

Last March: 16 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read
DNF’d: 5 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I had a BLAST listening to the audiobook! Seriously, I felt all the feels. One minute I was laughing, the next swooning and the next shedding a bit of a tear. Such a fantastic novel! It’s one of my all time favourite novels.

Biggest Let Down (DNF)


I was so excited to read this one because we see the start of this relationship begin in the inaugural novel. But I was 40% of the way through and nothing–and I mean nothing–was happening. Sigh.

kobostats

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:

March 31, 2017

March 31, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

20%

17%

Total # of Books Finished

542

452

Total # of Reading Hours

2289

1808

Fun Fact: In order for me to move 1% in my Kobo library, I have to finish 10 books!

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

SERIESous Spoilers: Midnight Star

Most Viewed Review

Series Review: Rixton Falls

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 Titles Read

Aprils’s Picks: The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare, #1) 5 to 1

Goodreads Challenge: 19 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 0 TBR Items

April’s Priority Picks: The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1)

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

April’s Classic Pick: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

View my Challenge Progress Here!

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You can still join in on these discussions:

The blogsophere is so big that it’s hard to catch everything that is happening so I wanted to share some posts that caught my eye in the last month.

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I didn’t really listen to any music this month…how sad is that?!

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

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Monthly Inventory: February 2017

February 2017

Last month, I decided to bring back this feature as a monthly post. I’ve updated a lot of what I used to put in these recaps so I hope you enjoy it!

February saw the end of my career as a Full-Time Student! It’s been 6.5 long years and I can’t wait to enjoy reading guilt free once I start my permanent job this month! A much deserved vacation at the end of the month ate into my reading time but I still feel like I had a great reading month overall.

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Total for February 2017: 13 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read

Last February: 15 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read
DNF’d: 2 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I don’t read many regency/historical romances anymore, but this one reminded my why I love the genre so much! Not only did I find a new fave couple (seriously, I had butterflies the entire time I was reading this), but I started a fabulous new series and found an author I have to read more of!

Biggest Let Down (★★★/DNF’d Series)


I got this serial as a freebie years ago and needed something to escape my boring studying. But it was just so silly (as in bad to read) that it was frustrating me more than my studying!

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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:

February 28, 2017

February 10, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

20%

16%

Total # of Books Finished

540

434

Total # of Reading Hours

2218

1739

Fun Fact: In order for me to move 1% in my Kobo library, I have to finish 10 books!

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

SERIESous Tips: So You Wanna Try New Adult?

Most Viewed Review

Series Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

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: 5 of 25 Titles Read

February’s 5Y5B reads: Smut The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1) The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

March’s Picks: The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare, #1) 5 to 1

Goodreads Challenge: 17 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 4 TBR Items

February’s #ShelfLove priority reads: In Harmony (Fenbrook Academy, #2) Eyes Turned Skyward (Flight & Glory, #2)

March’s Priority Picks: Pucked Up (Pucked, #2) The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1)

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (~60% finished)

March’s Classic Pick: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Earlier in February, I brought back my Tackling the TBR feature and announced my plan to get my Goodreads TBR down to 500 books.

  • Current TBR Shelf: 596 books
  • Total # of Books Removed: 315

When I made that post I had 911 books on my “want to read” and I was able to lose 319 books simply by removing any books that I hadn’t marked as high anticipation or didn’t have a copy for (that was older than 3 years). I didn’t keep track, but I also removed quite a few from my “to-read sequels” pile as well.

My goal was to remove 259 and since I did that, I don’t think I will be moving forward with my “Rule 2: remove 12 books at the end of the months” plan. But, I will be keeping a cap on the number of titles I add to my TBR moving forward.

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When looking at everyone’s wrap-up posts and deciding what I wanted to do for mine, I found I really loved the recaps where people shared other blogger’s interesting posts. The blogsophere is so big that it’s hard to catch everything that is happening so I wanted to bring it to my blog as well.

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

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Honestly, I Feel it Coming by The Weeknd was my jam! It was stuck in my head during my certification exam and kept me so calm! (Plus, it reminds me of a Michael Jackson song and I love that!)

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

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Monthly Inventory: January 2017

January 2017

It’s BACK! Last year, I tried doing quarterly recaps for the year instead of monthly, citing that monthly recaps took up a lot of my time to format (and I wasn’t sure if people enjoyed reading them). But this year, a lot of my posts have been scheduled months in advance and I miss the instant gratification that comes from writing and posting something immediately after. And so, I decided to bring this feature back but revamp it!

I’m still looking for feedback, so please let me know what you like to see in Monthly Recaps! What makes you read that post? I know this post looks like the old ones, but I was just scrambling to put something together. (Plus, I needed to remember what I liked adding and what was a pain!)

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Total for January 2017: 21 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read

Last January: 13 Books Read + 8 Novellas Read

Standout Read (★★★★★)

The Feeling of Forever (Love Unplugged, #2) It Ends with Us

I couldn’t pick just one! Both are just beautiful love stories!

Biggest Let Down (★★)

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)I had high anticipation for this new one by Roth, but it just fell a little flat 🙁


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Safe Bet (The Rules, #4) Checkmate: This is War (The Checkmate Duet, #1) Him (Him #1) Us (Him #2) Chandler (Fixed, #5) Blurred Lines (Love Unexpectedly, #1) Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly, #2) The Goal (Off-Campus, #4)

kobostats

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:

January 31, 2017

December 31, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

20%

20%

Total # of Books Finished

531

523

Total # of Reading Hours

2150

2107

 

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

TTT: 2016 Releases I Failed to Get my Hands On

Most Viewed Review

Come This Way

Single Sundays: Come This Way

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

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 2 of 25 Titles Read
Goodreads Challenge: 23 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 10 TBR Items
Judge By the Cover Challenge None
Classics ChallengePersuasion by Jane Austen

View my Progress Here!

discussions

You can still join in on these discussions:

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I’ve been in love with Ed Sheeran’s new singles. Seriously, Shape of my Heart gets played at least 5 times a day at my place!

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

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Quarterly Review: Fall 2016 + 2016 Summary

October – December, 2016

The last quarter of 2016 was an interesting one:

  • I read more books than I anticipated but I DNF’d more books than ever before.
  • Contemplated whether or not I was going to keep my blog as self-hosted
    • which I am for another year at least
  • Changed my theme once again (and am SO happy I did!).
  • I become a Reading Advisory Expert on Riffle Books (check out their Book Expert personal recommendation system!)

By December I was ready for a fresh reading year. I started hunting for challenges in November and found some I’m excited to begin. I also started planning how I wanted to Tackle my TBR this year. I loved my reading plan for 2016 so I wanted to improve it and make sure it worked with my goals for 2017 (which you can find some of below).

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Total for Quarter: 63 of Books Read + 3 of Novellas Read

BREAKDOWN: October November December
Nonfiction  –  –  –
Standalones
(ARCs)
1 1 (ARCs) 2
1 (ARCs)
TBR Items  2 5 6
Audiobooks  – 3  –
New Series Started
(ARCs)
6 (ARCs) 1
2 (ARCs)
3
1 (ARCs)
Series Start to End 2 1 1 (ARCs)
Finished Previous Series  – 4 2
Sequels Read
(ARCs)
 5 4 3
DNF’d
(ARCs)
 – 1
1 (ARCs)
4
1 (ARCs)

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Favourite Reads

Masquerade (Games, #3) The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor, #1) The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc., #2) All The Ways You Saved Me (Love Unplugged, #1) Caraval The Wall of Winnipeg and Me The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2) Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) More Than Friends (Friends, #2) Ruined (Ruined, #1) Sacked (Gridiron, #1) Did I Mention I Miss You? Avoiding Commitment (Avoiding, #1) Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

★★★★★

Least Favourite Reads

Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3) Addicted to You (Port Lucia #1) Predestined (Existence Trilogy, #2) Heart & Soul (Lost & Found, #5)

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*Note: If the review is available, click on the cover! However, due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months if there is no link available!

Check out my favourite (and not so favourite) reads of 2016:

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Too many good deals to pass up! So I didn’t list all my purchases but my Christmas present to myself was the paperback boxset of The Mortal Instruments:

SO PRETTY!

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I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress from my Kobo this year. While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. One of my goals in 2016 was to increase the % of finished novels on my Kobo with my various challenges.

Normally I do a month by month comparison but I wanted to see what my totals were like at the end of the year to the start:

  • Stats as of February 10, 2016
    • % Of Library Complete: 16%
    • # of Books Finished: 434
    • # of Total Reading Hours: 1739
  • Stats as of January 1, 2017
    • Total % Of Library Complete: 20%
    • Total # of Books Finished: 523
    • Total # of Reading Hours: 2107

A jump of 4% might not seem like much in theory I do have close to 1000 books/documents on my Kobo so I did make a good dent in it. And, I do have a Kindle and have been taking out more physical books from my library so my reading isn’t exclusive to my Kobo.

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This is for the entire 2016 year:

Most Viewed 2016 Post

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Make Me Read It Readathon 2016

Most Viewed 2016 Review

 Nero (Made Men, #1)

Series Review: Made Men

Most Viewed Post

Throwdown Thursday: Crossfire vs Fifty Shades

Most Viewed Review

Release Me (Stark Trilogy, #1)

Stark Trilogy

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

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My 8 most recently updated posts:

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2016

The following is my year end totals for all my challenges:

365 Days of YA Challenge: 0/1 Seasonal; 0/2 Monthly;  2/4 Weekly; 3/10 Daily books
Goodreads Challenge: 260/175 books added
Rock My TBR Challenge: 8/12 months + 5/6 of Priority + 80/48 books
Book Blogger Organization Challenge: Completed all but 1 (Update Guides)
Commenting 365 Challenge: 129 Blogs visited

View my Progress Here!

2017

View my Challenge Announcement Post

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: to read select books from the last 5 years (view books)
#Shelflove Challenge: want to read 41-50 books from my TBR
Classics: hope is to read 1 per month
Judged by Cover: this is just to read random books from my library, no set goal

View my Progress Here!

2016 RESOLUTIONS:

This was a Top Ten Tuesday post I did last year. I tried my best to get as many of these done and had some mild success.

  1. Clean up blog post tags  –> WIN
  2. Tweet at least 6 times a week (excluding post publishing tweets) –> FAIL
  3. Update Series Recaps on monthly basis –> WIN
  4. Visit 365 Blogs and comment (see my Challenge page for 2016) –> FAIL
  5. Be more proactive about cross posting reviews to Goodreads/Riffle/etc –> WIN
  6. Read 1 Netgalley book a month –> WIN
  7. Read more books from my TBR (see my Rock my TBR Challenge Page) –> WIN
  8. Publish my “Trilogy Termination Blitz” reviews –> FAIL (but progress made!)
  9. Have no more than 5 books on hold at the library –> BIG WIN
  10. Do not start a new series by an author I have unread novels from –> WIN (I think)

I also have a few bucket list items:

  1. Participate in 2 Readathons –> Just One
  2. Participate in 3 Twitter Chats –> WIN
  3. Read 2 Classic Novels –> FAIL

My only resolution for 2017 is to reduce the # of books I purchase in a year. Only if they are on sale will I get the books.

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  • Brand new theme!
  • Updated old reviews with current format

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  • Updating old Guides
  • Kobo vs Kindle eReaders

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I suppose Bruno Mars 24K Magic was my holiday jam.

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

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SERIESous Discussion: Let Fiction be Fiction

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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!


It’s no secret that I read a lot of New Adult Contemporary novels. I cycle through them like good candy.

So that means I come across a lot of reviews for NA works and a common comment I see is “it wasn’t realistic”. I’m sure I’ve said it in my own reviews before as well.

And I get why people (myself included) say that. When you read a contemporary novel, you expect a certain amount of truth. I mean, I basically equate “contemporary” with “everyday life”. It’s a novel that doesn’t take place in some mythical world or has lead characters that are not human. If the character goes through a particularly hard time like moving away from home or the grief of losing a loved one, you might even label it as “realistic”.

But at the end of the day, it’s still fiction.

That means you can have over the top scenarios and situations a regular, everyday person wouldn’t face. Like a vindictive ex-girlfriend who hatches some elaborate scheme to get the boyfriend back. Sure, they kinda suck when they get to be soap opera-y but it’s still fiction. It’s not supposed to be real.

fic·tion
ˈfikSH(ə)n/
noun
 1. literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people.

Which is why it grinds my gears when people get upset at novels like Fifty Shades of Grey and the like for being “unrealistic” or pushing boundaries.

Yes, Fifty Shades is not your everyday romance. It romanticizes a relationship that many see as abusive and because of that, it often gets slapped with a “unrealistic” label.

But let me remind you that it is sold in the fiction section of the book store.

Meaning it is an “imaginary” story and to a certain extent, it can have some artistic license in what it can do. It can create over the top drama because it isn’t supposed to be real. It’s a fantasy that is supposed to appeal to the reader.

Now this isn’t a conversation about Fifty Shades or the themes presented. It’s just an example that most people seem to be familiar with regardless of whether or not they have actually read the book. I could have picked any TV drama to prove my point.

And my point is, I agree with people when they are concerned with how culture integrates art (like books and TV) into their lives. When something is presented as normal and is done so in many ways (and gains notable attention for it), people start to think it is OK to have in everyday life. Like the idea that violence in video games breeds violence in real life (though that has been disproved in many studies). If you appropriate a certain attitude in society, it becomes the norm.

But where I differ is: why can’t people let fiction be fiction?

I tend to see novels as conversation starters. They open discussions about topics that society would usually shy away from. Look at the number of discussions that started regarding sexuality and romantic partnerships after Fifty Shades was released. It created a national dialogue that got people thinking and talking.

I just don’t understand why people look past the fiction label. It’s a fictional story meant to entertain its readers. And so long as the reader knows that, I don’t see any problem with it. But what we need to do as readers is make sure people do understand that. That they know when fiction is being fiction and not simply life imitating art.

How do you feel about fiction imitating life?

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Quarterly Inventory: Summer 2016

July-September 2016

I was eagerly awaiting this summer for two reasons: travelling vacations + reading…lots and lots of reading!

I got through a LOT of books in July and August thanks to the Make Me Read It Readathon and my free trial of Kindle Unlimited. Couple that with two separate road trips and zero moments of car-sickness, I was breezing through the books like no one’s business! I even finished my Goodreads Challenge for the year in early September!

I said goodbye to a lot of my favourite series this past summer, returned to some old favourites and found some new ones. It was a great summer for reading.

And how could I forget the Olympics! I was glued to my TV for two weeks cheering on my fellow Canadians as they did an amazing job representing our country. I apologize (it’s the Canadian in me) for everyone who follows me on Twitter for all the retweets and cheers I made during those two weeks. Besides getting my fill of sports, I also did some serious blog maintenance while watching–so all was not lost.

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  • 86 Books Read + 1 novellas
    • 2 nonfiction audiobooks
    • 11 standalones (including 4 ARCs)
    • 35 of books from TBR Jar
    • Started 12 new series (including 6 ARCs)
    • Finished 6 series from start to end
    • Finished 10 previously started series
    • Read sequels for 5 previously started series

★★★★★ Favourite Reads ★★★★★

PLAY Shadow of a Girl Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) Dirty English (English, #1) Beautiful Broken Promises (Broken Series Book 3) United as One (Lorien Legacies, #7) Porn Star No Pants Required Memories of a Broken Girl (Memories Series Book 1) April (Calendar Girl, #4) Till I Kissed You (Cottonbloom, #3) A Duke to Remember (Season for Scandal, #2) The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles, #4) Duke of My Heart (Season for Scandal, #1) Then He Kissed Me (Cottonbloom, #2) A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

★★ Least Favourite Reads ★★

Anything but Minor (Balls in Play, #1) Completely Consumed (Addicted to You, #8) Bad Romance Gambit (The Prodigy Chronicles, #1)

*Note: If the review is available, click on the cover! However, due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months if there is no link available!

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The Rule Book (The Rule Breakers, #1) Elastic Hearts (Hearts, #3) Paper Hearts (Hearts, #2) One Condition (The Lust List: Kaidan Stone #1) Book Boyfriend Unbreak My Heart (Fostering Love, #1) The Truths about Dating and Mating (Riordan College, #1) Hitched: Volume One (Imperfect Love, #1) No Kissing Allowed

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I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress from my Kobo this year. While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. One of my goals this year is to increase the % of finished novels on my Kobo with my various challenges.

These stats are from the screenshots I take from my Kobo on the last day of the month:

  • Stats as of July 31, 2016
    • Total % Of Library Complete: 18%
    • Total # of Books Finished: 481
    • Total # of Reading Hours: 1951
  • Stats as of September 30, 2016
    • Total % Of Library Complete: 19%
    • Total # of Books Finished: 506
    • Total # of Reading Hours: 2040

These are the stats that Kobo sends me for each Quarter:

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At first, I was shocked that I read less this summer than in the winter/spring! But then I realized, I was reading a lot of review copies which I use my Kindle for so I have a lot of hours unaccounted for.

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

Service Review: Kindle Unlimited

Most Viewed Review

Fresh Fridays: Memories

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My most recently updated posts:

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

365 Days of YA Challenge: 0 books added
Goodreads Challenge: 87 books added

Officially completed as of September 6 with Finding Us by Megan Smith!

Rock My TBR Challenge: 6/12 + 0 of Priority

I’ve officially reached my goal of 48 books though novella serials helped reach that goal.

Book Blogger Organization Challenge: I’m all caught up now with the exception of June’s task
Commenting 365 Challenge: 129 blogs visited

View my Progress Here!

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I haven’t done any other readathons this year but I was really excited to participate in the 2nd Annual Make Me Read It Readathon! With this one, YOU get to chose what books I read from a list of 10 books I had randomly chosen from my TBR Jar. You can view the choices & resaults here.

My goal was to read 4 books and so I read the 4 books with the most votes:

Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1) The Girl with the Iron Touch (Steampunk Chronicles, #3) Kaleidoscope Hearts (Hearts, #1)

Mission accomplished! I still plan on reading the other 6 books on my list (I’ve already read three!) by the end of the year for my Rock My TBR Challenge.

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Soul Finder (The Immortal Gene, #2) Play    

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  • Completely new look for Series Recaps!
  • Fixed tags for posts
  • Brand New Self-Hosting Guide!
  • My 600th post was the Series Review for Newsoul Trilogy
  • My 1200th “read” book on Goodreads was Until We Break by Jamie Howard!
    • My 1300th “read” book on Goodreads was Beautiful Broken Promises by Kimberly Lauren
  • Eliminated 251 books from my Goodreads TBR (a reduction of 21%!)

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  • Add recap buttons to previous posts
  • Update old reviews
  • Finish book series!

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So everyone has a song for the summer and I just have to give my input. I think Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling was the song for me (perhaps it was released too early to be “summer” worthy though). I also adore the Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez duet We Don’t Talk Anymore.

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

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Quarter Inventory: Spring 2016

? April – June 2016 ?

Happy CANADA DAY my fellow Canucks!

School finally finished in April for me–well, the lecture component that this! I still have my clinical placement to complete but NO MORE LECTURES!

April was a poor month for reading. Exams took up most of my time and then I went away on vacation for a week and a half, which took away a lot of my reading time. But it was nice to disconnect from books and the internet for a bit and see more of the world 🙂

In contrast, May was a great month for reading even though I started in a bit of a slump! I tackled a ton TBR reads for my Rock My TBR Challenge, even if they weren’t technically the ones I picked from my jar (they still count!) and I managed to squeeze in two series for my 365 Days of YA personal challenge. Plus, the Toronto Raptors made it the furthest they ever have in the NBA playoffs so it was a great month to be a Raptors fan!

June was a smorgasbord of review copies and too many book series out from the library at once! I used my local library to its advantage to marathon through some series and get those much desired sequels. My Rock My TBR Challenge took a bit of a hit but it was worth it to get some of those series under my belt!

This recap is longer than usually but I wanted to do a mid-year review of my 2016 Resolutions and I’ve included that below!

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  • 44 Books Read + 2 novellas
    • 2 nonfiction novels (audiobooks)
    • 5 standalones (including 4 ARCs)
    • 7 books from my TBR Jar
    • Started6 15 new series (including 11 ARCs)
    • Finished 3 series from start to end
    • Finished 8 previously started series
    • Read sequels for 6 previously started series

 ★★★★★  Favourite Reads  ★★★★★

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) Love, Lies and Spies Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2) The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3) The Broken Crown (Narrow Gate, #1) Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) Golden Son (Red Rising, #2) Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) Kick, Push (Kick Push, #1) Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends, #3)

 ★★  Least Favourite Reads  ★★

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1) Infinite (Newsoul, #3) The Crown (The Selection, #5) She Laughs In Pink (Sheridan Hall #1)

DNF’d Reads

Falling into You (Falling, #1) Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) Death in Neverland (Neverland #1)

*Note: If the review is available, click on the cover! However, due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months if there is no link available!

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Jake Undone (Jake, #1) Crashing Down (Stone Cliff, #1) Unbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart, #1) Pucked (Pucked, #1) Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) January (Calendar Girl, #1) RoomHate Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University, #1) The Hit List

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I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress from my Kobo this year. While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. One of my goals this year is to increase the % of finished novels on my Kobo with my various challenges.

  • Stats as of March 31, 2016
    • % Of Library Complete: 17%
    • # of Books Finished: 452
    • # of Total Reading Hours: 1808
  • Stats as of July 3, 2016
    • % Of Library Complete: 17%
    • # of Books Finished: 472
    • # of Total Reading Hours: 1913

I had hoped for a change in the % of my library completeness but I know I wasn’t the greatest at reading my TBR books in June 🙁

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-are getting married! (3)

#MakeMeRead It Readathon Vote

Most Viewed Review

The Broken Crown (Narrow Gate, #1)

Blog Tour: The Broken Crown

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

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My 8 most recently updated posts:


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You can get the full details on all my challenges on my dedicated pages but here is a quick update:
365 Days of YA Challenge: 1 Weekly; 1 Daily books added
Goodreads Challenge: 46 books added
Rock My TBR Challenge: 1 book + 0 of Priority
Book Blogger Organization Challenge: Updated Old Series Posts (April Goal); Recap Updates (June)
Commenting 365 Challenge: 71 Blogs visited to date

View my Progress Here!

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  • I thought I would give a mini-update on my 2016 Blog Resolutions:
    1. Clean up blog post tags
      • I’m still working on this! I’m about halfway through!
    2. Tweet at least 6 times a week (excluding post publishing tweets)
      • I was doing really well for this at the start of the year but my holidays really screwed this one up. I’m going to come up with a game plan!
    3. Update Series Recaps on monthly basis
      • Every time I write a new review, I add the recap immediately! I have some updates to do, but these are in much better shape than last year!
    4. Visit 365 Blogs and comment (see my Challenge page for 2016)
      • Update above but I’m definitely behind on this!
    5. Be more proactive about cross posting reviews to Goodreads/Riffle/etc
      • Thanks to Trello, I’m cross posting more often and quicker than ever before!
    6. Read 1 Netgalley book a month
      • Besides the month of June (where I exceeded it), I was definitely meeting this goal!
    7. Read more books from my TBR (see my Rock my TBR Challenge Page)
      • I feel like I am right on track for this one even if June was a bust!
    8. Publish my “Trilogy Termination Blitz” reviews
      • I’m hoping to dedicate August to this project
    9. Have no more than 5 books on hold at the library
      • Mission accomplished!
    10. Do not start a new series by an author I have unread novels from
      • I cheated on this goal 2X I think but I blame review opportunities for that 😉

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No longer a monthly meme!

I’ve decided to make this a seasonal feature for my blog. The participation was zilch and it was a lot of work!

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  • Fix old tags!
  • SERIESous Tips: Kindle vs Kobo–my personal take on owning both!
  • My Lady Midnight Review (& spoilers chat) will be published!
  • SERIESous Discussion: When an Author Switches Genres

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I’m finally seeing Panic! at the Disco this week so I’m super, super excited. But to keep in the Canada Day spirit, the song that was constantly in my head was Hedley’s Lose Control 😛

How was your Spring reading?
Leave a comment below!

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Site Update: 3 Year Anniversary!

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been at this whole “blogging” thing for 3 years!

I remember I made the very quick leap from signing up for Goodreads to hosting my own blog. I’m someone who goes on impulses and as soon as the idea to start a blog popped into my head, I just had to do it.

A lot has happened in 3 years.

Even last year alone had some great milestones: I started to review request copies last winter; joined Twitter last summer and moved to self-hosting this past February. That was probably my scariest endeavor to date and one that has definitely had its ups and downs for sure (such a learning curve at times!).

So thank you for sticking by me!

I want to thank everyone for reading my blog, commenting on my posts and tweets, and for always being awesome! I admit, I spent most of my first year of blogging in isolation, waiting for the people to come to me and I didn’t enjoy it all that much. I really tried to change that last year and made it a goal to get more involved–to visit more blogs and make more comments and generally see what is out there. Over the last year, I’ve really come to see what is so great about this book blogging community and I’m really excited to see what is in store in the year(s) to come!

Some Fun Facts about my blog:

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Any New Changes In Store?

At the moment, I don’t really have anything new considering all my major changes happened in the Winter. I will be publishing my guide/tips to migrating to a self-hosting site as well as a few tips posts for other things (like Audible, Kindle vs Kobo and Organization). In general, I plan on having a few more discussion posts than normal–mostly SERIESous Spoilers type of posts–later this Spring.

One thing I really want to focus on this Spring is my Trilogy Termination Posting Blitz. I’ve been saying it for over a year now because I have never managed to get the job done. I have at least 10 series that I haven’t finished the very last book for in the trilogy that I want to finish. I hope to read at least 7 of these finale books and write reviews for the entire series and post in a blitz-like fashion. I also want to do a “Purchase Purge” and only read books that I have bought and do a review blitz on them. Now that school has died down, I will definitely have more time and freedom to read so I’m really hoping this will be the year!

It’s nothing to do with my blog, but I do plan on writing more this summer. I kinda failed with NaNoWriMo in November but my prep work for it helped me get my story in a better place and I don’t want to waste that.

Any Giveaways?

These are not being hosted (I have, like, no money) by me but I thought I would share them with you:

The first is a giveaway for The Recipient, a novel I will be reviewing tomorrow! Review Spoiler Alert: It’s a great thriller book you will likely want to pick-up! You can win a copy of the book, a $25 gift-card AND a donation of $10 will be made to Amnesty International in your name by entering below (open internationally):

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The second is a giveaway for a printed copy (US/CAN only) of Love, Lies and Spies. I was a tour host for this fabulous book earlier in the week! You can enter and check out my review here!

Thank you again!

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Quarter Inventory: Winter 2016

January – March 2016

Last year, I decided to make my Monthly Inventory into a Quarterly Inventory. It’s a lot of formatting for a monthly post and honestly, nothing that exciting happens…usually.

Winter 2016 has been a monumental few months! Not only did I publish my 500th post but I also made the leap to self-hosting at the end of February. It was more than a little overwhelming but I think I have a handle on everything now. I still need to update some things on the site due to the change in themes and formatting but I’m really happy with everything and glad I made the decision to switch.

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  • 42 Books Read + 14 novellas
    • 4 nonfiction novels
    • 3 standalones (including 3 ARCs)
    • 14 of books from my TBR Jar
    • Started 12 new series (including 5 ARCs)
      • DNF’d 2 Series
    • Finished 2 series from start to end
    • Finished 7 previously started series
    • Read sequels for 4 previously started series
Favourite Reads Least Favourite Reads
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) Schooled Built (Saints of Denver, #1) Bossypants Blackhearts (Blackhearts, #1) The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)
★★★★★

In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3) Memphis Black (The Rockers of Steel, #1) Love Is An Action
★★

*Note: If the review is available, click on the cover! However, due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months if there is no link available!

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Amber Smoke (The Escaped #1) Changing His Game (The Reynolds Brothers, #1) Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1) Bad Romance Melt With You (A Totally 80's Romance)

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I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress from my Kobo this year. While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. One of my goals this year is to increase the % of finished novels on my Kobo with my various challenges.

  • Stats as of February 10, 2016
    • % Of Library Complete: 16%
    • # of Books Finished: 434
    • # of Total Reading Hours: 1739
  • Stats as of March 31, 2016
    • % Of Library Complete: 17%
    • # of Books Finished: 452
    • # of Total Reading Hours: 1808

While 1% increase may not seem like a lot, considering I have ~300+ books on my Kobo, it’s a great feeling!

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TTT: Bookes I Found From Other Blogs

Most Viewed Review

Play Me

Single Sundays: Play Me by Katie McCoy

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

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My 8 most recently updated posts:

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

365 Days of YA Challenge: 0 Seasonal; 0 Monthly; 1 Weekly; 1 Daily books added
Goodreads Challenge56 books added
Rock My TBR Challenge: 14/12 + 1 of Priority
Book Blogger Organization Challenge: Updated Series Recaps (1/3)
Commenting 365 Challenge: Blogs visited 50/365

View my Progress Here!

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You can still join in on these discussions:

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  • Update old posts
  • Update Archives
  • Fix Broken Links
  • SERIESous Tips Feature
  • Updated Kindle vs Kobo Guide

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Goodness! I rotated through a lot of artists this season including: Marianas Trench, The Killers and Panic! at the Disco.

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments this past winter?
Leave a comment below!

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