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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

 

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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.

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:

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 🙁

posted reviews

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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Top Ten Tuesdays: Must Read Tropes in Books

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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 Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

I always mention my must-read tropes when I write reviews on books with the theme but I’ve never complied a list in one place. So I was excited for the chance to list them all together!

(In no particular order):

Forbidden Love

I LOVE stories where two people who shouldn’t be together can’t help but fall in love. The sexual tension is always brimming to the surface and the “will-they-won’t-they” moments get me every time.

Favourite:

Queen of Blood

Check out some of my other favourite forbidden love reads!

Fake Relationships

I’m one of those romance readers who likes her relationships to be based on a strong emotional connection in addition to passion and I find I get that 95% of the time in fake relationship stories. I find these leads talk more often than their lust-driven counterparts and so the relationship is easily established and obvious to me. Plus, you get some great sexual tension along the way!

Favourite:

One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend, #1)

Check out some of my favourite fake/arranged relationships reads!

Enemies to Lovers

I suppose you could associate this trope with forbidden love but I like to think of this as a subdivision of that trope. Often these two can’t even fathom a relationship and then something happens to change their minds. Again, I feel like the emotional connections are stronger as these characters learn more about each other. Through this, they see how similar they are then different and what great partners they would be.

Favourite:

Lace Up

Check out some of my other favourite enemies to lover (1) and/or hate to love you (2) reads!

Unorthodox Relationships

I’m not talking about forbidden love like teacher-student relationships; I’m talking about romances between characters who aren’t often the leads in romances. Like porn stars or falling for your mom’s younger boyfriend. I like that fiction is an outlet to explore these situations we don’t encounter in real life (and hopefully generate a discussion on why society feels the way it does about the topic).

Favourites:

Porn Star (P*rn Star, #1) and Forbidden

Check out some of my other favourite “taboo” reads!

In Love with Rockstars/Musicians

Musician bad boys are my kryptonite! Who doesn’t fantasize about your fave musician noticing you in the crowd and wanting to be yours forever? Swoon!

But another reason I love band-based stories is the fact that you follow a band! You follow a cast of characters as they pursue their dreams and fall in love. It’s so easy to get attached to the characters!

Favourite:

Mayhem (Mayhem, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite rocktar reads!

Love Games

I kept that heading a little broad because there are two love games I love: 1) trying to hurt the player and 2) trying to get someone else to notice you. Now both of these could be found in other tropes ( 1- players falling in love and 2- fake relationships) but I do think they are a separate category. Again, I enjoy the partnerships and unexpected connections these characters experience as they plot to achieve what they initial think is best for them.

Favourite:

Crushed (Redemption, #2)

Check out some of my other favourite love game reads!

Imperial Russia

This probably isn’t a trope, more of a setting, but it does have certain tropes associated with it like the supernatural elements and royalty. I adore the rich culture of Imperial Russia and I always enjoy the unique approaches author’s take when using this setting.

Favourite:

The Gathering Storm (Katerina, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite Imperial Russian reads!

Shakespeare

I’m a HUGE Shakespeare fan. (I’m one of those people who willingly took a Shakespeare elective in university). It’s a personal lifetime goal to try to read and see all of his plays before I die.

So naturally, I adore any retelling or story that alludes to his work. You can do so much with Shakespeare’s works and the interpretations of it and I love uncovering it.

Favourites:

Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange, #1) or Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite Shakespeare reads!

Faeries

There are a few things I like about faeries. I like that they have the “honesty” policy and how you can never trust them. I like the magic of them and their world (and how it is so unique from story to story). They usually have a lot of action and often have political intrigue too. Throw in some forbidden love and centuries of unrest and you have everything a story needs to be entertaining!

Favourite:

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)

Check out some of my other favourite faerie reads!

The Jackass Player Falls in Love

While I don’t enjoy like asshole dudes in real life, I have a huge soft spot for them in my romance reads. I think it’s their confidence that draws me in and seeing that confidence shatter when they meet the perfect girl that challenges them in a way they never expected. I just love seeing them put in their place!

Favourite:

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)


What tropes have you coming back for more?

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SERIESous Discussion: How “Adulting” Changed My Reading Habits

Since I started my blog in 2013, I’ve been an academic student. Whether it was as an undergrad degree or completing my post-graduate schooling, I’ve only ever talked about my experiences reading from the perspective of a student. And now that I am finally “adulting” and starting the career that I’ve worked so hard for over the last few years, I’ve noticed quite a few changes to how I read. Below, I’m going to talk a bit about what these changes are and how learned to adapt to them.

Problem #1: Bye-Bye Morning Reading Session

Solution: Workout Instead

I’m a morning person so getting up early has never been a problem. Part of the reason I was able to read so many books in the past is due to the fact that I would get up earlier than I needed to so I could devour some pages. Getting that extra 20-60 minutes really helped me read books faster.

But now, I’m more pressed for time in the morning and simply can’t afford to “just read one more chapter”. I need to be somewhere at a specific time and the time it takes to read one chapter can vary from book to book. So my solution was to find something that had a set time-frame and so I decided to do my workout routines instead. Now, when I get home, I don’t have to dread working out and can instead reward myself by reading.

Problem #2: A Total Commute of 2 Hours Every Day

Solution: Listen to Audiobooks!

Commuting longer than 10 minutes is quite the change for me. It would be different if I was taking public transit because I would just read but I have to drive myself 1 hour each way. So I can’t really read while I drive and my voice can’t take me singing for 2 hours every day either 😉

Before I started my job, I used to just listen to nonfiction audiobooks. I had never listened to a fiction audiobook and so I decided it was worth a shot. I’m really glad I did because it is a great way to pass the time and I actually feel like I did something productive while I drive.

Problem #3: I Moved Back Home

Solution: Set A Reading Time.

I’m really lucky that I am able to move back home for my job. It’s saving me a lot of money which is great. But it is also a big change because I’ve lived on my own for the last 3 years. It’s so easy when you live alone to just read a book all day and not feel guilty but now that I live with other people again, I have more of a social life!

Now I make sure that I go to bed at a set time (which is hard to do when you work shift-work), usually 30 minutes before I want to sleep, so I can read a few chapters before I fall asleep.


These definitely aren’t “problems”, they’re simply changes to my everyday habits that I’ve formed over the last 6 years. I always try to seize every opportunity when it comes to reading (you can see some of my tips here) and that’s what I have to do here as well. It’s just really hard to change your every day habits.

Anyone else struggle with transitioning from student to functioning adult?

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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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SERIESous Discussion: What Makes a Book Reread Worthy?

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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!


If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

~Oscar Wilde

Now who am I to disagree with the great Oscar Wilde?

(Well, I do. But I digress…for now.)

I was inspired to write this post after reading numerous other discussion posts on why people reread books. As someone who rarely rereads books, I have to admit that I was a little surprised by the number of people who do reread on a regular basis. If I do reread a book, it’s books simply to remember what happened in the previous novel, not just for the sake of revisiting a world.

Now, that isn’t to say that I don’t have some books I wouldn’t mind rereading. In the last two years, I’ve started to accumulate physical copies of my favourite series. Because I mostly eRead and/or borrow books from the library, if I do find a series I particularly love, I want it on hand. I want to be able to share it with friends and family…maybe even my future kids one day.

So what makes you want to pick up a book again?

For me, I have two main criteria: characters and the plot.

The series that I have on my shelf have some of my favourite characters ever. They made me laugh, they made me swoon and they probably made me cry. Basically, they made me feel a variety of emotions while I was reading. I love when that happens.  These characters feel like family to me and I couldn’t imagine my reading life without them.

Personal Examples: The Mortal Instruments  |  Vampire Academy

I think it goes without saying that when you reread books, you’ll probably catch things you missed the first time around. This is especially true in series that have intricate, overarching plots where things are constantly building as you read. I love books with complicated plots and I can’t wait to reread these bad boys again to appreciate their stellar writing.

Personal Examples: The Winner’s Trilogy  |  Rook

Now, I do have to give a special shout out to those books that just make you happy. These are the books that you go back to simply for the fact that they can cheer you up and make you smile.

Personal Examples: Victoria and the Rogue  |  Never Love a Highlander

To go back to the quote from Oscar Wilde, I have to say that I disagree. I may never read that book again, but if I enjoyed it, I don’t consider it a waste of time. It’s the same situation with movies and TV shows. You’ll develop your favourites that you will constantly return to. But in between those favourites, you’ll watch entertaining pieces that you will appreciate for what they are in that moment and there is nothing wrong with that.

So what makes a book reread worthy to you?

What are some of your go-to rereads?

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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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You can still join in on these discussions:

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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