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SERIESous Discussion: What is the Perfect Series Length?

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Besides money and marketing that is.

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

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

People love familiarity. It’s comforting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monthly Inventory: July 2017

July 2017

Honestly, this month was a blur!

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

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

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

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

Last July: 17 Books Read

DNF’d: 3 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Everything, Everything

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

Biggest Let Down (★★)

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

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

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

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

As of:

July 31, 2017

July 31, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

10%

18%

Total # of Books Finished

123

481

Total # of Reading Hours

2371

1951

 

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

-are getting married! (3)

Read-a-Thon: Make Me Read It Vote

Most Viewed Review

Single Sundays: Zenn Diagram

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

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

 

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

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 8 of 25 Titles Read — DNF’d 1 title

August’s 5Y5B picks: The LoopMaid of Secrets

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

August’s #ShelfLove picks: Just Breathe & Legacy

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: None

August’s pick: finish Jane Eyre

View my Challenge Progress Here!

 

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

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

 

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You can still join in on these discussions:

Here are some of my favourite posts that I’ve come across the past month (I found a LOT!):

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Make Me Read It: August 2017

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

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

Vote here!

ARC August

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

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

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SERIESous Discussion: How I Fell in Love with Audiobooks

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


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

It failed miserably.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So there went the romances…

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

And that’s when inspiration hit!

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

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

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

This was the perfect choice for a few reasons:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tag it Thursdays: How I Read Tag

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

This month’s tag:

How I Read Tag

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

How do you find out about new books to read?

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

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

How did you get into reading?

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

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

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

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

How often do you buy books?

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

How did you get into book reviewing?

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Please Tag Yourself and Link Back for me to read!

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Monthly Inventory: June 2017

June 2017

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

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

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

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

Last June: 15 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 4 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Review: The Dark Artifices Trilogy

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

Biggest Let Down (DNF’d)

Review: Mr Right Swipe

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

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.

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

As of:

June 30, 2017

July 3, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

10%

17%

Total # of Books Finished

114

472

Total # of Reading Hours

2309

1913

 

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Should Have Started by Now

Most Viewed Review

Blog Tour: Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

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

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

 

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

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 7 of 25 Titles Read

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

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

July’s #ShelfLove picks: The Opportunist & Retrieval

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics ChallengeNone

July’s pick:TBD

View my Challenge Progress Here!

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

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

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You can still join in on these discussions:

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

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

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

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

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Series I Should Have Started by Now

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

This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Series I Should Have Started by Now

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

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

(In no particular order):


Do we share any series?

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SERIESous Discussion: Reading Book Purchases ASAP


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

When I Purchased It: November 2012

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

Why I DNF’d It:

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

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

Undescribable (Undescribable, #1)

Case #2 – Undescribable by Melissa Darnell

When I Purchased It: March 2014

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

Why I DNF’d It:

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about you?

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

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Monthly Inventory: May 2017

May 2017

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

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

Last May: 18 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 3 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)

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

Biggest Let Down (★★)


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

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

As of:

May 31, 2017

May 31, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

21%

16%

Total # of Books Finished

558

434

Total # of Reading Hours

2271

1739

 

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

Site Update: 4th Year Anniversary!

Most Viewed Review

Blog Tour: Cry Wolf

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

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

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

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 7 of 25 Titles Read

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

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

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

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: None

June’s pick: Withering Heights

View my Challenge Progress Here!

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

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

 

Here’s to a better June!

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

The Plan for June:

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

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

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

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Tag it Thursdays: This or That

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

This month’s tag:

This or That Tag

I love tags that make me choose between a set of predetermined choices–less work for me…in theory. There are a few categories down here that I wish had a third option for.

This tag was originally created by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks and I was tagged by the awesome Jordan @ The Heart of a Book Blogger. Definitely check out her answers because she’s got some great ones.

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag (Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks).
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

1. Reading on the couch or in the bed?

I’m a bed reader. It’s how I wake up in the morning and how I go to sleep at night.

2. Male main character or female main character?

I want to read more books where the lead is a male. I tend to stick to genres where female characters are more prevalent; though, duel POVs seems to be very popular in New Adult fiction…

3. Sweet snacks or salty snacks?

I have such a sweet tooth, it’s insane.

4. Trilogies or quartets?

Trilogies though I honestly prefer duologies. Trilogies have a more natural progression to me, even if they slump a bit in the middle. Quartets are hard to write plot-wise.

5. First person POV or third person POV?

Man, sometimes I wish these questions had a situation to give some context! I tried to answer this exact question in a Throwdown Thursday post earlier last year. Short answer: I prefer my romances to be first person but my mysteries and thrillers to be third person.

6. Reading at night or in the morning?

Damn, I do both. But I find the morning to be most productive in terms of reading more. I get up earlier than I have to in order to get a few chapters in before work/school.

7. Libraries or bookstores?

I am cheap but I also love to support my local library. I would say that 90% of the books I read are from the library though I’ve tried to read more of the books I own over the last year.

8. Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

Let’s go with cry. I usually read alone so no one can judge me as I shed a tear or fill a bucket. I prefer my movies to be humorous.

9. Black book covers or white book covers?

Are we talking the hard cover the dust jacket covers? In that case black because it shows less dirt.

If we are talking the cover itself, I like the clean contrast a white cover provides.

10. Character driven or plot driven stories?

I’m going with plot. I can hate the lead characters but still enjoy the plot of a novel; it just helps if I like them or if they have strong character development.


Thanks again Jordan!

Please Tag Yourself and Link Back for me to read!

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Monthly Inventory: April 2017

April 2017

For most of April, I’ll admit that I felt like I was running around with my head cut off. Adjusting to a life of shift work has been challenging to say the least (you can read about my voyage into the world of “adulting” here). I’m hoping things will mellow out in May and I can get that work-life-balance back.

As I was composing April’s inventory, I for sure thought my numbers were going to be pretty dismal. Honestly, this entire month I felt overwhelmed with all the reading I had to do. I felt like I wasn’t making any progress with my challenges or with my TBR. But as I gathered all my numbers for the month, I realized I actually had a better month than I anticipated! That feeling of accomplishment is why I brought this feature back as a monthly one and it really lifted up my spirits for the month of May.

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Total for April 2017: 18 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read

Last April: 13 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 1 Books

Standout Reads (★★★★★)


Havoc was easily one of my most anticipated sequels of this year (possibly EVER) and I was stoked to finally get my hands on this novel. And it did not disappoint!
Ninja Girl was just a great read. It has such a positive message about staying true to yourself while still maintaining such a fun atmosphere. Devoured this entirely in one sitting.

Biggest Let Down (★★★)


I’m a huge Claudia Gray fan and I was super excited to get an ARC copy of Defy the Stars. And while I enjoyed it,
it just didn’t have that spark of excitement that I wanted it to. That being said, the foundations are all there and I’m hoping the sequel can build upon that.

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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:

April 30, 2017

January 31, 2017*

Total % of Library Complete

21%

20%

Total # of Books Finished

548

531

Total # of Reading Hours

2459

2150

*Normally I do a year to date comparison but I couldn’t find my stats for April 2016 🙁

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Most Viewed Post

TTT: Must Read Tropes in Books

Most Viewed Review

Blog Tour: Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman

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: 6 of 25 Titles Read

May’s 5Y5B picks: A Thousand Nights (A Thousand Nights, #1) The Iron Wyrm Affair (Bannon & Clare, #1)

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

May’s #ShelfLove Priority picks: The Opportunist (Love Me with Lies, #1) The Truths about Dating and Mating (Riordan College, #1)

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: N/A

May’s pick: Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

View my Challenge Progress Here!

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

  • Current TBR Shelf: 612 books
    • Initial Number in February: 1205 books

So long as I keep an eye on what books I add every month, I should be able to read 100 books by the end of the year and get that number closer to 500.

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You can still join in on these discussions:

Here are some of my favourite posts that I’ve come across the past month. These ones in particular are ones I found during the #BHPChat on Twitter last Tuesday:

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I had this song on repeat all month!

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

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