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

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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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Self-Hosting: Why I Finally Made the Leap

So I finally did it! I made the jump to self-hosting and while it is too early to say if it was the right choice, it sure feels amazing! It took me a long time to get this point so I thought I would share a little bit of that with you because I’m sure there are others out there thinking about making the leap.

At this Time Last Year…

I contemplated making the move to self-hosting but opted to just buy my domain name instead. It was definitely cheaper and I wasn’t confident that I would still be blogging that much once school started in the Fall. I didn’t really want to pay for something that I would only be doing in passing. So I held it off and was really happy with that decision until…

About a Month Ago…

I got a reminder that my domain would be auto-renewing and I started to think…do I just want a domain name or do I want to make the leap to self-hosting?

I’ve always loved graphics/html/css. I love designing things in Photoshop and I really enjoyed coding my own webpage when I used to play Neopets years ago (anyone else play that?). So it killed me a little with all the limitations I had on WordPress.com and the appeal of WordPress.org and all its freedoms was super, super tempting.

My only hesitation was the cost but I had some Paypal money from Swagbucks saved so that would cut the price in half (the only crappy thing was most sites price in USD and the CAD is wayyy below par).

And so the search began…

Where to Start?

I wrote a mini-guide (soon to be posted!) to help point those looking to make the switch in the right direction, but I’ll share a bit about my “journey” here.

I had no idea where to start looking for a host, though I had a few leads. Nosegraze is a popular choice among book bloggers but the price wasn’t one I was comfortable with and I wanted more freedom when it came to designing and downloading plug-ins than it offered. Blue Hosting is recommended by WordPress.org but again, the price is a little steep (from what I could see; honestly their packages confused me :S ) and I heard mixed reviews on their services. Site Ground comes highly recommended and the price for the first year is fantastic (and on par for the 2nd year onwards) so it was a top contender.

Lucky for me, I participated in the Blog Hop Party Chat (#BHPChat) in January and I was able to ask some people who they hosted with and if they had any tips. Safe Shark Hosting was a name that came highly recommended from that chat, as were Nosegraze’s various guides on self-hosting and using WordPress.org.

And so, I was between Safe Shark Hosting and Site Ground. In the end, I went with Safe Shark Hosting because they have a great package and the pricing was comparable to what I would be paying elsewhere once everything was said and done. The domain was included in the pricing and I didn’t have to pay extra for ID protection OR migration to the new server. They also had great reviews when it came to customer service, took Paypal, and boasted fast speeds and little downtime. I also like the fact that they are a smaller company and not some larger one that worries more about profit at the end of the day than customer satisfaction.

Making the Switch

Because I owned my domain name already and wanted to transfer it over to my new host, I had to wait 5 days for the transfer to be accepted. A bit of a bummer because I was eager to get things started! But once a week had past, my site was able to transfer to my new host.

At first I thought I could handle the transfer myself but I didn’t really have the time nor did I want to screw something up and so I got my site transferred over by Adam, my domain host. It was a super easy and relatively painless on my end and I am so thankful for that.

Setting Up My Site

I’m still in the midst of getting my site up to the place I want it to be. There are so many cool themes out there and so many plug-ins. My blog will be revamped a lot over the next few weeks as I try to balance blogging and my school work while finding that perfect theme for my vision.

What Does the Future Have In-Store?

I really want to make my blog top notch. I always pictured my blog as more of a website resource than a blog but blogging really has a solid grasp on my heart and I love it so much. But with the options I now have available, I can make this site the best of two worlds: a resource for series reviews and an interactive blog. I am also contemplating offering a cheap graphics making service this summer for fellow bloggers who don’t have the time or desire to make their own graphics. I still have to plan out all the logistics but I’m really excited about the whole thing and think it would be a lot of fun.

Any Questions?

While I may not be an expert (TBH I did crash my site one night while editing my code…oops), I am more than willing to share my experience and be completely honest when it comes to any questions you may have. My mini-guide will be up sometime in the next few weeks so keep an eye out for that.

Feel free to leave a comment below, tweet or email me 🙂

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Throwdown Thursdays to Become Monthly Meme! Join the Fun!

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As some of you may or may not know, I used to have a monthly feature on my blog called Throwdown Thursdays. The idea was that once a month I would put two similar things together to see who would win after three rounds. I thought this year I might try to do it as a seasonal feature but then inspiration struck during a Blog Hop Party (BHPChat) on Twitter at the end of January.

The question was:

And my response was:

I always thought it would be cool if this feature become something other people joined in on, but I honestly never thought about doing anything about it. But the beautiful thing I have learned from the internet is: build it and they will may come.

So we’ll see how this goes!

My Vision:

What is it?

No matter what happens, similar things are always compared–Pepsi or Coke, limes or lemons– but EVERYONE has a preference and I want to know what yours is!

How does it Work?

Each month, there will be two pre-selected combatants of sorts who will have to battle it out. They will be general themes–like two books series or two blogging themes or two genres–but anything goes really. I give you the topic but you decide how a winner will be chosen through a series of 3 rounds to be determined by you. What those rounds are can be anything from characters to plot twists to how the books smell–anything goes! In short:

I pick the 2 Opponents prior to the posting date YOU pick the 3 Rounds and choose your winner

Post and Link back to my monthly post

If you are confused or need some inspiration, check out my previous posts. You can honestly set them up however you want to. I’ve also added some tips on my meme homepage here.

When is this?

I want this to be a MONTHLY meme. Weekly memes are so hard to keep up with I think and what I envision for this feature requires a lot more writing than putting a few covers together or the like. I think by giving everyone a month, they can create amazing posts and really have time to think about what they want to write. Posts would go up on the last Thursday of every month.

Where do I find out the topics and the posting dates?

I have dedicated a whole page to this feature so you can write your posts well in advance. You can find it here!

When is the first Posting?

Right now, I would love to have posts go live on Thursday, February 5th, 2016 for the topic: Paperbacks vs Hardcovers.

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Is this something you would be interested in? I would love for you to join in on the fun!

You can check out my blog page for future topics and for more information. I’d love to hear any comments/feedback/suggestions so please drop me a comment below!

Monthly Inventory: December 2015

December 2015

What a year! December was a great month for reading (I had SIX, yes SIX 5-star reads!) but this year was phenomenal! I read wayyyy more books than I expected (my Goodreads Challenge can attest to that!); started taking review requests and joined NetGalley; focused more on my TBR books; visited so many great blogs and felt more apart of this fabulous community than ever before! I think 2015 was my favourite blogging year yet, and I hope 2016 can live up to those expectations!

This feature is also going to become a Quarterly Feature in 2016 as well. It is very time consuming to format everything and I doubt very many people enjoy reading it 😛 It’s mostly for me anyways and since most of my new challenges don’t require constant updating (like last year’s), a recap every 3 months is just as fine as monthly 😉

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  • 18 Books Read + 2 novellas
    • 0 nonfiction novels
    • 3 standalones (including 0 ARCs)
    • 2 books from TBR Jar
    • Started 5 new series (including 2 ARC)
    • Finished 0 series from start to end
    • Finished 3 previously started series
    • Read sequels for 5 previously started series
Favourite Read Least Favourite Read
    Passenger (Passenger, #1) 
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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!

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Oblivion A Workplace Affair (Atlanta Affair, #1) Lush Rocks: The Complete Lush Rock Star series The Play (The Play, #1) Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)

Having a Kindle AND a Kobo is a dangerous thing…especially when Kindle has so many books on sale on a regular basis (and boxing day comes)!

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Most Viewed Post

New to Me Authors (2015)

Most Viewed Review

Single Sunday: Forbidden

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

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Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

 

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I had a great year participating in various book challenges. This was the first year I did something besides the GoodReads Challenge and I had a BLAST! I’ve signed up for some different challenges this year and you can read about those here.

View my Progress Here!

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In this previously monthly feature I pit two books or themes against each other to see who will be triumphant. I give my subjective opinion in the post, but I want to see who would win in your eyes via a poll. Thanks to those who participated!

This month’s final poll results:

BOOK SERIES VS STANDALONES

Book Series 5  |  Standalones 1  |  Depends on Genre 3

Next Battle: Science Fiction vs Dystopian

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My Goals for December were the same as my TBR Goals for November thanks to exams and holidays. I wasn’t too hard on myself but it definitely could have been a more productive Winter break!

  1. No requests/ARCs in December
    • Again, I didn’t do so well with this. But of the ones that were do in December, a lot of them I had previously committed to. I only requested one book on NetGalley but my Read-it-Review-It group had 3 great reads I couldn’t pass up and so I took a chance.
  2. No putting books on hold at the library in December
    • Besides the newest Ally Carter and Rosemary Beach novel, I didn’t put anything else on hold. Well, I did put Winner’s Kiss and Lady Midnight on Hold but they don’t come out until March so no harm no foul. I only have a total of  5 books on hold which was my TBR goal when I started this whole process.
  3. Read 5 TBR books in December
    • HAH! Lofty goals! But I did manage to start the Lunar Chronicles so I knocked off 2 TBR items.
  4. Generally: Not starting a new series by an author I already have an unfinished series/sequels for
    • One of my NetGalley invitations was for an author I have sitting on my Kobo but I couldn’t pass up the chance to read Laurelin Paige’s First Touch!

One of my new 2016 Challenges is Rock my TBR. I will still be doing my TBR updates but only for the challenge as I hope the challenge will naturally integrate my TBR books into my monthly reads.

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  • Throwdown Thursdays will now become a seasonal feature
  • Signed up for new Challenges for 2016
  • Monthly Inventory will become Quarter Inventory (once every 3 months)

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  • Trilogy Termination Blitz
  • Blogging & Reading Resolutions for 2016
  • Update the following:
    • review directories
    • Series Recaps for all pages

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I somehow managed to score Adele Tickets for next October so I am SUPER excited!

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

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Year’s Reads in Review – Top Picks for 2015

This year has been…very interesting to say the least when it comes to my reading habits. Never before have I focused so much on WHAT and am reading and WHEN! That was all thanks to the various challenges and TBR tackling I did to push myself to read smarter this year. All in all, I think it was a pretty successful 12 months of reading! I read more books than I expected and definitely crossed off some long TBR shelved series and books from my Kobo (I’m looking at you Grisha Trilogy).

Check out which books I read this past year HERE!

Like I did last year, I’ve decided to compile a list of my top picks from the various categories that I read this past year. Most categories deal with books published only this past year (2015) but there are some noted exceptions. Click on the cover to read my review of the book/series; though a good chunk of these reads will have reviews published in 2016 so no link is available!

Without further ado:

(Books are in no particular order; click on cover for review if available)

Top New New Adult Series
Series that were first published in 2015

 

Top New Adult Series
A series that I started in 2015, not based on its publishing date

 

Top New Adult Standalones
Novels that I read in 2015, not necessarily their publication year

 

Top Adult Contemporary Series
A series that I started in 2015, not based on its publishing date

 

Top New Young Adult Series
Series that were first published in 2015

Honourable Mention: Passenger (Passenger isn’t released until 2016, thus I felt like it wasn’t right to put on this list directly despite how much I enjoyed it!)

 

Top Young Adult Series
A series that I started in 2015, not based on its publishing date

 

Top Young Adult Standalone
Series that were first published in 2015

 

 

Best Continuing Series
A series that had a sequel book published in 2015

Sad to See Go Series
Series that ended in 2015

 

Best of Colleen Hoover
My Standout Author of this Year! I decided to give her her own category!

 

Best Standalone: Adult Fiction or Nonfiction
Books that I read in 2015, not necessarily their publication year

   

 

Biggest Disappointments
Novels that were first published in 2015

 

Biggest Disappointments
Novels/Series that I read in 2015

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1) 

 

Worst Reads
Novels that I read in 2015 that I gave 2 Stars to

 

Pleasant Surprises
Books I read in 2015 that I enjoyed more than I thought

 

Top Movie Adaptions
Books that were made into movies in 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday Lists
Specific to 2015

New to Me Authors of 2015

Authors I’ve Read the Most Of (As of Aug 2015)

Best Books I’ve Read So Far (Jan – Jun) In 2015

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What were your favourite reads of this past year?

Did you read more or less than you expected?

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Monthly Inventory: November 2015

November 2015

November was a busy, busy month! School just flew by and now finals are here! This is really exciting because this is my second last term of school (finally) and I only have one more term of classes because everything is clinical. Which is fantastic because I am SO sick of school!

Reading wise, November turned out to be better than I expected. Writing wise, not so much 🙁 I ended up being busier than I thought and I wasn’t really inspired to write…but you can catch my full update later on!

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  • 19 Books Read + 0 novellas
    • 1 nonfiction novels
    • 2 standalones (including 1 ARCs)
    • 5 of books from TBR Jar
    • Started 3 new series (including 1 ARCs)
    • Finished 0 series from start to end
    • Finished 2 previously started series
    • Read sequels for 8 previously started series
Favourite Read Least Favourite Read
 
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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!

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I also was able to buy a Kindle Paperwhite using my Swagbucks gift cards (so I got it for like $20!) and “Black Friday” deals so I am super excited!

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Tackling the TBR: November 2015

Most Viewed Review

Series Review: Nevermore

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

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Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

 

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I didn’t realize until now that I completed my personal nonfiction challenge last month until this very moment! Go me 😛 I actually surpassed it by one book which is fantastic!

Book Bingo–Canadian: 0 books added
Everything YA Challenge: ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 17 books added
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ✔ “Dark”
Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +42 points added
SERIESous’ Personal Classics Challenge: 0 books added
SERIESous’ Personal Nonfiction Challenge: 1 books added (6/5!)

View my Progress Here!

TBRupdate

I only set TBR Goals for November in the hopes I could get back on track. Here’s how I did:

  1. No requests/ARCs in November
    • I didn’t do so how with this. I ended up requesting 2 books from Netgalley and another series from the Read 2 Review program I am a part of. But, I was able to fit everything in plus some!
  2. No putting books on hold at the library in November
    • I only made exceptions for two of my favourite-st authors: Richelle Mead and Colleen Hoover. Other than that, I don’t think I put anything else on hold besides ones that I already had on hold and forgot to download.
  3. Read 5 TBR books in November
    • I did manage to do this! I actually managed to read 7 TBR books!
  4. Generally: Not starting a new series by an author I already have an unfinished series/sequels for
    • I broke this one with my Read 2 Review request and technically one of my Netgalley invitations but I’m ok with it.

My plan from December is pretty much the exact same thing but with a greater focus on TBR items and finishing some series I have outstanding conclusions to read.

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  • Throwdown Thursday will become a Seasonal feature 2016 in order to publish more book reviews on a monthly basis
  • My NaNoWriMo was a bit of a bust. I only managed 5000 words which is definitely lower than my target (50,000) and my personal expectations. However, I really love my game plan for my novel so I hope to get back to it once this school term is over.

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  • Deciding what challenges to join for next year!
    • do you have any suggestions? I’d love to hear them!
  • Create my Reads in Review for the Year
  • Update the following:
    • review directories
    • Series Recaps

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I’ve been OBSESSED with Marianas Trench’s latest album. One Love and Wildfire have been my jams!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month? Can you believe it is already DeCember?!
Leave a comment below!

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Monthly Inventory: October 2015

October 2015

I’m going to be blunt: school has been kicking my ass! It has steadily been decreasing my reading and blogging time–which totally sucks! Midterms are over so hopefully I’ll be able to get more done in November but finals are just around the corner…

October was also a tense month because the Toronto Blue Jays made the MLB play-offs for the first time in over 20 years! I live in Toronto so it was a lot of fun to see the support the Jays had in their home city. Unfortuately, they didn’t make it to the World Series but it was a hard fought battle. On the bright side, they really brought Canada together and heightened baseball fever here (usually hockey is our thing). Plus, they inspired some great book-spine poetry as the Toronto Public Library and the Kansas City Library had a friendly twitter feud. One of my highlights of that series for sure! Here’s my favourite:

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  • 12 Books Read + 2 novellas
    • 2 standalones (including 1 ARCs)
    • 0 of books from TBR Jar
    • 1 nonfiction audiobook
    • Started 3 new series (including 0 ARCs)
    • Finished 0 series from start to end
    • Finished 2 previously started series
    • Read sequels for 2 previously started series
Favourite Read Least Favourite Read
Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons, #3) Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't
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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!

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Fair Game (The Rules, #1) Easy Love (Boudreaux, #1) Always Been You (Unforgettable You, #3) Heart and Soul (Lost and Found, #5) Losers Weepers (Lost and Found, #4) Tempt Me Like This (The Morrisons, #2)

I blame Kobo and their awesome 50% off promo for the end of the month…

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COVER

Top Ten Tropes I Want to Go Extinct

Most Viewed Review

My Heart & Other Black Holes

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

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Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

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Book Bingo–Canadian: 0 books added
Everything YA Challenge: ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 13 books added
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ✔ “Number”
Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +32 points added
SERIESous’ Personal Classics Challenge: 0 books added
SERIESous’ Personal Nonfiction Challenge: 1 books added

View my Progress Here!

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  • I updated my Standalone & Series Review Directory
  • I am not taking any review requests for the month of November
    • This means I will not be accepting requests from Authors or Publishers who would like a review to be posted in November or December. I plan to reopen this in December if all goes well with school.
      • If you are a reader who has a series that they think I would like or want me to review, please feel free to contact me via the form on my Contact page. I might not get to it right away, but I will definitely add it to my TBR and I am always looking for great recommendations!

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I went to see Ricky Martin on his One World Tour which was a lot of fun! His song La Mordidita has been in my head all month! I’ve also been listening to The Weeknd in preparation for his concert in November! AND, best of all, my favourite band ever Marianas Trench released their newest album (Astoria) so I’ve been enjoying all their new music 😉

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

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Site: National Novel Writing Month Announcement

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Since I was a little kid, I’ve always enjoyed creating stories but I haven’t been really good at writing them. I always start with the best intentions in the world, but I can never seem to reach that finish line.

This past summer, I was going to sign up for Wattpad in order to give myself some motivation to finish some of the many stories I’ve had brewing for the past few years. But that didn’t happen thanks to a busy work schedule and life getting in the way.

So, when I saw that November was National Novel Writing Month, I was intrigued. In terms of school, November isn’t too heavy exam wise. Plus, if I can find the time to write a 500 word blog post on a semi-daily basis, I think I can find the time to write that many words for a novel; especially when all my posts for November are already written and scheduled.

The Mission:

As per the National Novel Writing Month Website:

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. 

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.

My plan:

Ultimately, I want to reach that 50,000 word count and I think I can do it with my one story idea. In fact, I know I can because I had tentatively finished that book years ago. However, I have some major changes I want to add to it and so I want to restart from scratch. But I also have a few other ideas that I might find more inspiring to go with. I’ll be spending this week coming up with some game-plans before I make my ultimate decision.

I have to be realistic and I know that school and my extra-curricular actives can readily derail my intentions. If I write every day in November, I will need to write 1667 words a day. Totally doable in theory but probably not so much in practice and so I need to be aware of that.

In summary:

I’m really excited to start this! Even if I don’t reach that 50,000 word page, I’m hoping it will inspire me to write again.

If you are participating, I would love to see your progress! You can find me as SERIESous and feel free to add me!

SERIESously Happy Writing to All!

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Monthly Inventory: September 2015

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I accidentally scheduled this post to be published on October 1 but it was still in the draft phase. Sorry for those who read it an were super confused! Now, it is fully finished!

September was an interesting month for sure! Between school, extra-curricular commitments, TIFF (I saw so many movies and stars!) and the return of some of my favourite TV shows, reading and blogging got shafted to the back-burner of my mind! Getting back into the groove of everything (ie studying and assignments) after a four month break has been difficult for me. I’m struggling to find the balance between school, my social life and not-so-social life (aka reading/blogging) and it is exhausting!

Thankfully, I had a very productive summer and most of my posts for the rest of the year have already been scheduled. I’ve been so productive when it comes to standalone novels that I’ve already had to start scheduling them into 2016 :O

Which in turn, reiterated the fact that I’ve been slacking on my actual series reviews! You know, the whole concept of my blog! Now that I’ve got a handle on my library situation, I hope to get some more series reviews out there and update my previously posted reviews for the rest of the fall!

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You can tell school has started! I read only half the number of books I read last month!

  • 10 Books Read + 2 novellas
    • 0 nonfiction novels
    • 3 standalones (including 2 ARCs)
    • 0 of books from TBR Jar
    • Started 3 new series (including 1 ARCs)
    • Finished 0 series from start to end
    • Finished 2 previously started series
    • Read sequels for 1 previously started series
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All Played Out (Rusk University, #3) The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)
★★★★★

Oblivion (Nevermore, #3) The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #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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I bought myself the boxset of The Infernal Devices Trilogy as a “back to school” present to myself.

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TTT: Finished Series I Have Yet to Finish

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Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

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Book Bingo–Canadian: 0 books added
Everything YA Challenge: Mini Challenge + ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 12 books added 
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ✔ “Colour”
Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +28 points added
SERIESous’ Personal Classics Challenge: 0 books added
SERIESous’ Personal Nonfiction Challenge: 0 books added

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You can read my Summer Update here but I thought I would give a little update since my post.

I’ve decided not to put any new books on hold at the library for October…at all! I really want to get my Trilogy Termination idea off the ground and I want to actually read some books I purchased.

I’m also not going to request any ARCs from Netgalley for the month of October. I have a bit of a backlog happening right now, especially with school starting. The first three weeks have been tame school work wise but they’ve already taken a toll on my reading so I want to focus more on books I own, that don’t have time constraints because it is taking me 2-3x longer to read the average book.
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In this monthly feature I pit two books or themes against each other to see who will be triumphant. I give my subjective opinion in the post, but I want to see who would win in your eyes via a poll. Thanks to those who participated!

This month’s final poll results:

Gossip Girl Books 3 | Gossip Girl TV Series 0

Next Battle: TV Adaptions vs Movie Adaptions*

*Note: this feature will be taking a brief hiatus in October due to post scheduling. You can catch the next battle in November!

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  • Updated the following:
    • Series Recaps for S-Z
  • Participated in the BBCP Project
    • My team created the new Feature: Reading Rendezvous!
      • this will be a monthly feature on my blog starting in Oct/Nov

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  • I’ve had a few requests to read and review The Uglies so I hope to get that up by the end of the year
  • Update the following:
    • review directories
    • Series Recaps for A-G
  • Trilogy Termination

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I bought a ticket to see The Weeknd in November and I am soooooooo excited to see him! I saw him last year in the pouring rain and really enjoyed his show. But now I am super excited because I’m in love with his latest album and can’t wait to hear it all live. I haven’t been able to get Angel out of my head all month 😉

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

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Awards: Blogger Recognition

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I was nominated a longggg time ago by Sydney @ Books and Stuff. Thank you very much for the nomination! I have a ton of  fun reading your blog and talking to you about so many different things over the last few months! And I was nominated more recently by meena @ Tattooed Pages.  Thank you very much meena! She has a fantastic blog complete with a great explaination of how she rates her books (that *facepalm* one slays me!). Check both of these lovely ladies out when you get a chance!

The original award was created by Eve @ Edge of Night. It was created to celebrate bloggers in the blogosphere and to spread the love!

How did seriesous reviews start?

I can vividly remember the moment I finished Requiem by Lauren Oliver and how severely disappointed I was in the finale. I had been following the series since it started (approximately 3 years) and felt like I had wasted so much time on a series that ultimately let me down.

Around this time, I was also thinking about writing reviews for all the books I was reading. I thought about just reviewing things on Goodreads but I’ve always loved HTML design and graphics and thought it would be fun to do that on my own website.

Most blogs have a niche and I’m a pretty versatile reader if I do say so myself, so I wasn’t sure what my “niche” should be. But finishing Requiem on such a bad note got me thinking, what if people reviewed all the books in a series and told you if the entire series was worth reading in the first place. Before you picked up that first book and dedicated your time to reading all the books in the series. Of course, this works well for series that have had all the books (or at least most of them) published but not so much for the brand new series. And what about standalone books? I read those too!

And so I had my blog breakdown: Single Sundays (standalone reviews), Series Reviews, and Fresh Fridays (brand new series reviews). Add to it Movie Mondays (book adaptations) and Toonie Tuesday (an homage to the $2 coin in Canada) and I had a whole wack of reviews to write!

My Advice to New Bloggers?

Try a little bit of everything! Don’t be afraid to try out new features and don’t be afraid to stop them when you aren’t inspired by them any more! I think lots of people get stuck into a rut where they feel compelled to continue a feature despite finding it to be tedious to do.

Don’t worry about your blog stats! Easier said than done, I know, but as long as you enjoy doing what you are doing, the statistics you want will come in time.

Comment on other people’s blogs and respond to comments on your own! I was really bad at this when my blog first started and I feel like I did myself (and my blog) a disservice by not connecting with all these really cool people. If you want comments on your own blog, you need to show interest in others. The blogosphere is a really nice place and the people love to talk books, etc. and are more than willing to comment on your own blog when you comment on theirs.

You need to follow others in order to get followers on your own blog. It might seem intuitive but sometimes I think we just expect people to pop up out of nowhere just because we hit a publish button. Again, I didn’t follow many any blogs during my first year of blogging and I feel like know I missed out on making great connections with so many amazing people.

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My Nominees:

I have to do a MASSIVE award tagging in the near future so be prepared folks!

But I also want to nominate anyone who reads this! It truly means a lot when you read my posts, even if it isn’t a review or something that doesn’t have a discussion.

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Final Award?

I have decided to make my blog Award Free starting now. I’m not really good at tagging people due to a lack of time (school has officially started back up again) and I don’t want to be that person who kills the spreading of blogger lover and appreciation. I’m going to be tagging people over the next few weeks for the various awards I have to catch up on.

I thank you all for the consideration with your nominations and send you all the love back in the world.

 Rules:
  1. Select 15 other blogs to give the award to. You might have to do some searching, but you can find those blogs. You can’t nominate yourself or the person who nominated you.
  2. Make a post to show off your award! Talk about how your blog got started and give some advice to the other bloggers out there. And share the fancy picture!
  3. Comment on each blog to let the blogger know that you have nominated them.
  4. Link to the original post at Edge of Night that way anyway can find the original guidelines and such.

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