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Monthly Inventory: September 2017

September 2017

This was a weird month.

In terms of reading: This wasn’t a very good month, but I always knew that would be the case. I spent half of the month on a much deserved vacation that had me reading only a couple pages every few days. I made up for some of that time on my many flights but it was nice just to see the world and not worry about getting books finished. However, I did pledge to only read sequels for the Month of September and in that respect, I did succeed. AND, I completed my Goodreads goal for the year which means the rest of the year is just a bonus for me.

In terms of blogging: While on vacation, my blog went down and I didn’t even know it! It seem to be a problem with my host who was moving servers so my site was down for a couple of days. I did have some scheduled posts though so be sure to check out my blog feed to see if you missed one!

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Total for September 2017: 10 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read

Last September: 23 Books Read + 3 Novellas

September 2017’s DNFs: 0 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Black City Trilogy

I’m embarrassed that it took me this long to finish this series! What a phenomenal series (I gave every book a 5/5 which is quite the achievement!). This series always delivered and the finale was no different.

Biggest Let Down (★★ )

A Wicked Thing #2

I should have DNF’d this novel way before the 30% mark but my curiosity got the better of me. One of the slowest novels I have ever had to endure. I swear, 90% of this book was just rehashing things we had already discussed in the previous novel OR, even worse, in the previous chapter.

kobostats

I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress on my Kobo every month. 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:

October 9, 2017

August 31, 2017

Total % of Library Complete

10%

19%

Total # of Books Finished

120

124

Total # of Reading Hours

2445

2418

Don’t ask me how I lost 4 finished books in the last month. This new Kobo update is really killing my stats!


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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: Took September off

October’s 5Y5B picks: The LoopMaid of Secrets

Goodreads Challenge: Completed as of September 6
#ShelfLove Challenge: 0 TBR Items added

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: None

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
  • TBR Shelf at end of August: 606 books
  • Initial Number in February: 1205 books

 

November is Catch-Up!

I’ve really let my personal challenges fall to they wayside. But with my hours at work being reduced and no other commitments, I’m really going to use November to catch-up on series and novels I’ve let fall through the cracks. I really want my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge to be complete (or mostly complete) by 2018 and I would love to see a change in the percentage of my Kobo library that is finished. And it would be a fantastic bonus if I could get my TBR on Goodreads to be much closer to the 500 mark that I so desire.


What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: August 2017

August 2017

Where has the summer gone?

Normally at this time of year I’d be preparing to head back to school for the umpteenth time like many of you probably are. However, I’ve finally finished school (!) and am a productive member of society and it feels great.

Well, most of the time.

This August I really felt the struggle to keep up blogging and reading. There were days where I didn’t look at my blog and my reading was simply one chapter before I fell asleep. I felt like I was getting nothing done. Thankfully, I’ve got a great blogging schedule and had my posts for the summer scheduled wayyyy in advance so it looked like fresh content was always on the horizon.

So maybe I bit off more than I could chew for the month of August but I had a great time with the various readathons I participated in and blog hopping when I could.

September is going to be an interesting month. First, I’m taking 2 weeks of much deserved vacation at the end of the month (though I foresee very little reading time besides the flight). And second, I’ve decided to only read sequels for the month. More details on that below!

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Total for July 2017: 17 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read

Last August: 17 Books Read + 27 Novellas

August 2017’s DNFs: 2 Books

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Leave the Night On

When I learned that there would be a new books to the Cottonbloom Series, my summer was made! This series has everything I love in a solid adult romance and Trentham did not disappoint with this new sequel!

Biggest Let Down (★★ & DNF)

The Changeling

I think my 2 star rating is very generous considering I didn’t enjoy a single thing about this book. Have you ever read the synopsis and thought you were getting one story but when you started you get something else instead? The synopsis for this one was grossly misleading and the book itself was terribly dull. It’s a shame because the idea is really interesting–but who knew you could make it so boring?

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:

August 31, 2017

August 31, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

10%

19%

Total # of Books Finished

124

500

Total # of Reading Hours

2418

2007

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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

September’s 5Y5B picks: The LoopMaid of Secrets

Goodreads Challenge: 21 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 5 TBR Items added

September’s #ShelfLove picks:  & Legacy

Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: None

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

 

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You can still join in on these discussions:

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Make Me Read It: August 2017

I didn’t meet my goal this year of reading 4 books but I really enjoyed the ones I did get to! The ones that are sequels are on my list for my Sequel September plan.

Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire, #3) Phoenix (Black City, #2) Hitched: Volume One (Imperfect Love, #1)

ARC August

This was my first time participating in the classic summer event hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat and I really enjoyed it! I powered through these at the start of the month and only have two left for September so I call that a success! Here’s what I read:

Leave The Night On (Cottonbloom, #4) Zero Repeat Forever (The Nahx Invasions #1) His Ex's Little Sister (Insta-Love on the Run Book 1) The Thirteenth Gate (Dominion Mysteries, #1)

Sequels for September!

When your blog is dedicated to book series, you keep an extra eye on what ones you have to finish and which ones need a little more attention. And lately, I’ve noticed I need to get some sequels under my belt! This summer, I’ve been really good at starting new series but not so great at finishing them. I’ve got quite a few series reviews in my draft folder just waiting to be finished and I have lots of Fresh Friday posts that need some updating.

So for the month of September, I’m only going to be reading sequel novels for series I have already started. Now, there are a few exceptions. I do have a standalone ARC I need to read this month and I will likely have to start a new series for audiobooks so I can entertain myself on the way to work. Otherwise, I’ll be taking a break from my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge so I can focus on getting those sequels read!


What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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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.

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:

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

 

discussions

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?
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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

discussions

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?
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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.

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:

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!

thoughts

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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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.

discussions

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?
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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!

thoughts

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!

discussions

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.

thoughts

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?
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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

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SERIESous Tips: So You Wanna Try New Adult?

Most Viewed Review

Series Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

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

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 5 of 25 Titles Read

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

View my Challenge Progress Here!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: January 2017

January 2017

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

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

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

Last January: 13 Books Read + 8 Novellas Read

Standout Read (★★★★★)

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

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

Biggest Let Down (★★)

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


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

kobostats

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

As of:

January 31, 2017

December 31, 2016

Total % of Library Complete

20%

20%

Total # of Books Finished

531

523

Total # of Reading Hours

2150

2107

 

posted reviews

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TTT: 2016 Releases I Failed to Get my Hands On

Most Viewed Review

Come This Way

Single Sundays: Come This Way

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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

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

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

View my Progress Here!

discussions

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

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Quarterly Review: Fall 2016 + 2016 Summary

October – December, 2016

The last quarter of 2016 was an interesting one:

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

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

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

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

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Favourite Reads

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

★★★★★

Least Favourite Reads

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

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

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

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

SO PRETTY!

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

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

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

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

posted reviews

This is for the entire 2016 year:

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Make Me Read It Readathon 2016

Most Viewed 2016 Review

 Nero (Made Men, #1)

Series Review: Made Men

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Throwdown Thursday: Crossfire vs Fifty Shades

Most Viewed Review

Release Me (Stark Trilogy, #1)

Stark Trilogy

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My 8 most recently updated posts:

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2016

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

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

View my Progress Here!

2017

View my Challenge Announcement Post

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

View my Progress Here!

2016 RESOLUTIONS:

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

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

I also have a few bucket list items:

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

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

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

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  • Updating old Guides
  • Kobo vs Kindle eReaders

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

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past year?
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