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Monthly Inventory: March 2020

March 2020

Given the current state of the world right now it almost feels trivial to recap my reading for the month. But as someone who works in healthcare right now, it’s nice to have a distraction from everything right now.

Before my city declared a State of Emergency, they announced that the library would be closing for an indefinite amount of time. Of course, my hold for the newest Cassandra Clare novel came in so I made sure to grab it and the final Dark Artifices novel (the thickest books you can find) before the library shuttered its doors.

I think I can best sum up my month with a tweet I wrote:

I’m really struggling with reading right now. My mind begins to wander. Now, perhaps that is because I’m forcing myself to finish the final Throne of Glass novel by reading a bit at a time or if the books I’m picking just aren’t tickling my fancy or maybe it’s because of all that’s happening in the world and how I’ve had to change numerous plans that I have been anticipating for months. It’s hard to say. Basically: if it wasn’t an audiobook (which accounted for 64% of the titles I read this month), I took a really long time to finish it.

So wherever you are in the world, I hope you are safe and healthy or doing the best you can with your current situation. I hope that you are staying home if you can. And if you are one of the amazing essential workers out there–from grocery stores employees, to public transit, to factory workers to healthcare workers–thank you for everything you are doing to support your community in this unprecedented time. And to my fellow laboratory professionals: I see you when the world might not and I hope you know how valuable your work is in this time.

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Total for March 2020: 14 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 0 Books

Last March: 10 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read + 0 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)

American Royals
When Katharine McGee’s Thousandth Floor Trilogy ended I was super excited to see what she would write next. And she did not disappoint with this modern, American Royalty story! The audiobook was addicting!

Biggest Let Down (★★)

The Wright Boss
Although I had a mediocre start with the series, I was really looking forward to this story thanks to the inklings we got. But some stupid decisions by our leads really dampened my enjoyment of this novel.


Once again for Black Friday, Kindle had a promotion for new Kindle Unlimited Subscribers where you got 3 months of reading for only $0.99!!! I was hoping this deal would return after I had such a blast taking advantage of it last year.

Like I always do when I resubscribe, I wanted to see if I got my money’s worth and so I will be keeping track of all the books I read via the service. (Just like I did when completing the free trial.)

  • Rescue by Rachel Schurig – $5.25
  • Close to Me by Monica Murphy – $4.99
  • Ransome Brothers by Rachel Schurig – $6.45

Considering I only have the service for just the first week of the month, I got my money’s worth out of it. I didn’t renew my subscription this time around but I’m going to keep an eye out for any deals since I have a few more titles I didn’t get to. In the end, I read $75.27 worth of books (14 in total!) for only $1!

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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: 2+1 books added | 7 of 31 Titles Read – On Track!
Goodreads Challenge: 14 books added | #/155 Books –  1 book ahead!
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 1 books added | 2/24 Books – 4 books behind!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

My main mission for 2019 was bringing my “Want to Read” shelf (new to me books) on Goodreads to a number close to 400—and I was pretty darn close (422!)! I also set my “Sequel” shelf to be below 250 titles and I did do that (238)!

So this year, I’m aiming for a “Want to Read” shelf that is less than 400 titles. I’ve also set a goal to get my “Sequel” shelf below 200 titles.

Currently

December 31, 2019

Want to Read (New)

405

422

To Read (Sequels)

222

238

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Fractured

Pass

Louder Than Words

Pass

Tease

Pass

Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University, #1)

Keep

Every Soul (Every Soul, #1)

Pass

Lie Next to Me (A Millionaire's Love, #1)

Pass

Loving You Is Easy (Loving You, #1)

Pass

Jockblocked (Gridiron, #2)

Keep

East (History Interrupted #2)

Keep

Dignity (The Breaking Point, #2)

Keep

Pass: 6 | Keep: 4

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 14 | Keep: 16

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

While this is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books, I usually only update every quarter.

My Progress for January to March, 2020:

ARCs Read: 8 | ARCs Overdue: 2+1* | Upcoming: 1

*Titles given to me as a member of an author’s street team to read ASAP.

Going Forward:

I’m really only requesting ARCs for the 3 street/ARC teams that I am a part of. Now that my Kindle Unlimited subscription is finished, the focus is going to be on ARCs and reading books I already own.

The focus for April is on books I already own and cleaning up my overdue ARCs. I was going to subscribe to Scribd (if you have a referral link, leave a comment below and I will sign up with it!) but I think I will wait until May.

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: February 2020

February 2020

It might be the shortest month of the year, but I sure packed a lot of reading in this past month! It helped that my work schedule (and some snowy days) allowed me to stay home and curl up on the couch with my many books.

This is the last full month I have for my Kindle Unlimited Subscription before I cancel it again so I tried my best to fit in all the books I need to read that are a part of the program. That meant I had a few binge reading sessions–which is something I haven’t been able to do in a long time!

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Total for February 2020: 15 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read + 2 DNF’d

Last February: 14 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read + 0 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I actually had two 5 star reads this month but I opted for this series finale to be the standout read. While there was an aspect or two I wasn’t a fan of, I was totally absorbed into this audiobook. I’ve never been inclined to just sit and listen to an audiobook from start to finish, but I could have with this one!

Biggest Let Down (DNF)


I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and so when I got the ARC for the newest novel, I was so excited to jump in. But this was so boring and everything was so quick in terms of the romance that I just couldn’t get into it.


Once again for Black Friday, Kindle had a promotion for new Kindle Unlimited Subscribers where you got 3 months of reading for only $0.99!!! I was hoping this deal would return after I had such a blast taking advantage of it last year.

Like I always do when I resubscribe, I wanted to see if I got my money’s worth and so I will be keeping track of all the books I read via the service. (Just like I did when completing the free trial.)

  • Savage Royals by Callie Rose – $5.49
  • My Peace by Courtney Cole – $5.26
  • Defiant Princess by Callie Rose – $5.99
  • Dangerous Games by Dylan Heart – $3.94
  • Maelstrom by Catherine Jones Payne – $6.99
  • Relent by Rachel Schurig – $5.25
  • Daughter of the Rivers by Catherine Jones Payne – $2.99
  • Broken Empire by Callie Rose – $5.49

This was by far the best month I’ve had with KU this time around! I got so many books in and definitely would have made back my subscription fee. My subscription ends the first week of March so I’m going to hopefully fit in some more books! I was offered a deal for another 3 months for the price of 1 when I cancelled but I declined since I want to shift my focus back to titles I own.

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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: 2 books added | 5 of 31 Titles Read – On Track!
Goodreads Challenge: 16 books added | 25/155 Books – 1 book ahead!
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 1 books added | 1/24 Books – 3 books behind

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Sequel Month #1!

Like I did last year, I’ve decided to dedicate 4 months of 2020 to sequels! That means–with the exception of audiobooks and ARCs–every title I must read in that month needs to be a sequel for a previously started series! Approximately 69% of the books I read this month were sequels! You can see the breakdown of what I read below:

While it wasn’t my best showing in terms of the % read, I’m still really happy that I finished some long overdue series and made some headway on a few others. Prior commitments like ARCs, audiobooks and my Kindle Unlimited subscription really dampened the “sequels only” motto this time around but they also contributed as well.

Cleaning Up My Goodreads Shelves:

My main mission for 2019 was bringing my “Want to Read” shelf (new to me books) on Goodreads to a number close to 400—and I was pretty darn close (422!)! I also set my “Sequel” shelf to be below 250 titles and I did do that (238)!

So this year, I’m aiming for a “Want to Read” shelf that is less than 400 titles. I’ve also set a goal to get my “Sequel” shelf below 200 titles.

Currently

December 31, 2019

Want to Read (New)

409

422

To Read (Sequels)

225

238

GAH!! Do you see how close that “Want to Read Shelf” is!

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

This has been such a success for the last two years that I just had to bring it back for another year! The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Pass

Keep

Keep

Keep

Keep

Pass

Pass

Keep

Keep

Pass

Pass: 4 | Keep: 6

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 8 | Keep: 12

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

Once I finish up my last few Kindle Unlimited loans, I’m shifting the focus back to books I already own to help get me back on track with my Tackling the TBR Challenge.

And I’m also going to look at trying out Scribd for a month to see how it compares to other subscription services. There are a few audiobooks I want to read that are available on the service so it’s something I’ve been wanting to sign up for for awhile. If you want to refer me to the service, shoot me a message below!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: January 2020

January 2020

It’s the start of a new decade and new resolutions! I always start with the best intentions and things get put to the wayside. So I’m keeping it simple this year and keeping things both flexible and somewhat generalized.

January wasn’t totally the start I wanted for my reading. I got a little behind on ARCs and that put everything else behind. But I’m hoping February will right everything on course. As I write this in February, I’ve had a great few days and I’m optimistic going forward.

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Total for January 2020: 8 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read + 0 DNF’d

Last January: 10 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read + 0 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Me
Watching Rocketman got me super pumped for this book! I’m a huge Elton John fan (I’m finally going to see him in March after years of trying to get tickets!) and I immediately got sucked into his story. This is by far one of the best autobiographies I’ve ever read!

Biggest Let Down (★★)

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2)
I had some high hopes given the ending of the first book after a slow start. But I struggled to get into this and zoned out for most of it. Just a whole lotta blah for me.


Once again for Black Friday, Kindle had a promotion for new Kindle Unlimited Subscribers where you got 3 months of reading for only $0.99!!! I was hoping this deal would return after I had such a blast taking advantage of it last year.

Like I always do when I resubscribe, I wanted to see if I got my money’s worth and so I will be keeping track of all the books I read via the service. (Just like I did when completing the free trial.)

  • Transfer by Aly Martinez – $6.99
  • I Hate You by Winter Renshaw – $6.64

Despite only getting two books in, I definitely got my money’s worth!

kobostats

Every quarter I take a look at my Kobo stats to see how I’m doing. My Kobo is my main reading device, used for personal and library books. My Kindle is used for ARCs but it lacks the statistic features of my Kobo.

As of:

January 31, 2020

January 31, 2019

Total % of Library Complete

27%

25%

Total # of Books Finished

324

296

Total # of Reading Hours

2738

2598

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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: 3 books added | 3 of 31 Titles Read – On Track!
Goodreads Challenge: 8 books added | 8/155 Books – 4 books behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 0 books added | /24 Books – 2 books behind

View my Challenge Progress Here!

My main mission for 2019 was bringing my “Want to Read” shelf (new to me books) on Goodreads to a number close to 400—and I was pretty darn close (422!)! I also set my “Sequel” shelf to be below 250 titles and I did do that (238)!

So this year, I’m aiming for a “Want to Read” shelf that is less than 400 titles. I’ve also set a goal to get my “Sequel” shelf below 200 titles.

Currently

December 31, 2019

Want to Read (New)

416

422

To Read (Sequels)

232

238

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

This has been such a success for the last two years that I just had to bring it back for another year! The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Beloved (Salvation, #1)
Pass

Undercover Love
Pass

The Fill-In Boyfriend
Keep

Love Garage (Love Brothers, #1)
Keep

This Much is True (Truth in Lies, #1)
Keep

Truth or Dare (Dare to Love, #1)
Pass

Robin in the Hood (Robbin' Hearts Series #1)
Pass

The Dark Calling (The Arcana Chronicles, #5)
Keep

Checkmate: This is Love (Travis & Viola, #2; Checkmate Duet, #2)
Keep

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)
Keep

Pass: 4 | Keep: 6

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 4 | Keep: 6

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

While this is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books, I usually only update every quarter.

My Progress for January to February 3, 2020:

ARCs Read: 2 | ARCs Overdue: 2+1* | Upcoming: 4

(September State: ARCs Read: 35 | ARCs Overdue: 3+1* | Upcoming: 1

*Titles given to me as a member of an author’s street team to read ASAP.

Going Forward:

It’s a part of my Reading Plan for 2020 to only read 2 ARCs a month. So far, I have a few more than I should on the go but I’m blaming my Kindle Unlimited Subscription and my desire to get those titles in for being slightly distracted.

February is going to be a mix of sequels (the first “sequel only” month of 2020), Kindle Unlimited Reads and some ARCs (which two are sequels!). I have a tall order for the shortest month of the year (though we do get an extra day this year!) so here’s hoping!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: December 2019

December 2019

What a year 2019 was! There were definitely some highs and lows when it comes to things personal and reading/blogging but overall, it was a year of growth as I shift my life priorities.

I reflected back on my monthly recaps for 2019 as I wrote up this summary and they were a little bleak. At the start of the year, I debated about keeping my blog as self-hosted or if I should move back to the regular WordPress.com model as my blogging has decreased. But shifting my posting schedule around and taking on fewer deadlines has allowed me to re-embracing blogging and how much I enjoy it.

Throughout the rest of the year, I spent most months lamenting about my dismal reading numbers and how I was perpetually behind on my various reading challenges. But I pulled up my socks by the end of the year and got some last minute reads in. I might have fallen short on my Goodreads Challenge (a first for me!) but as I look at my reading year as a whole, I truly enjoyed most books I read so I consider it a success.

Like I always do, I have a plan for 2020. It’s all about book series (when is it not around here?) and my goal to finish 31 series I have on the go. Of course, I hope to catch-up on some sequels for some other series and read the many books I own. It’s a lot less structured than it has been in the past and I’m making it a resolution of mine to keep up with it throughout the year.

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Total for December 2019: 13 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 0 Books

Last December 2018: 15 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read + 2 DNFs

Grand Totals for 2019:

59 Books + 41 ARCs + 55 Audiobooks + 22 Novellas + 8 DNFs = 183 Books

*Note some ARCs were audiobooks or novellas so they maybe have been counted twice

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
What an adorable read! I loved the chemistry these two had–which was so refreshing after some lacklustre romances in the last few months.

Biggest Let Down (★★)

Cross Crease (On the Edge, #3)
This was one of the titles I was looking forward to the most when I resubscribed to Kindle Unlimited…and it was a huge disappointment. The lack of maturity; the heavy focus on the heroine’s virginity and a slightly messy plot had me skimming to finish the book.


Once again for Black Friday, Kindle had a promotion for new Kindle Unlimited Subscribers where you got 3 months of reading for only $0.99!!! I was hoping this deal would return after I had such a blast taking advantage of it last year.

Like I always do when I resubscribe, I wanted to see if I got my money’s worth ($10/month) and so I will be keeping track of all the books I read via the service. (Just like I did when completing the free trial.)

  • A Hurt So Sweet: Volume 2 – $5.24
  • Cross Crease – $5.30
  • Top Secret – $6.99

I definitely got my money’s worth this month! I plan on using the service heavily in the next two month’s to finish up some series.

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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: 2 books added | 24 of 25 Titles Read – So Close!
Goodreads Challenge: 14 books added | 172/200 Books – Short 28 Books
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 2 books added | 33/24 Books – Completed!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Overall: For a little while, it didn’t look like I was going to get any of my challenges completed but I pulled through! Obviously, my Goodreads Challenge fell short this year but I did complete my Tackling the TBR challenge (and by a lot too! I had actually set my goal to 34 originally but changed it to 24 so I was so close!). And being just one book short of my 5Y5BC was great! Usually I don’t get to all the titles so having one title left is AMAZING!

2020 Reading Challenges:

For 2020 the idea is to focus on SERIES! Crazy, given the title of my blog 😉 But because of my blog’s premise, I have a ton of series on the go ( ??? specifically) and I find some just get pushed to the side. So my goal this year is to finish at least 30 series and if I can get a few more sequels in, I’ll be ecstatic.

My Goodreads Goal this year is 155 Books.

This is a drastic change from year’s past but given this year’s results, I feel like this is a great number to strive for.

5 Year 5 Book Challenge 2020 Edition!

My 25 books (plus a bonus 5 more) for this challenge are all series finales from the last 5 years that I never got around to (well, there is an exception or two).

>> View the titles I’ve selected here!

Tackling the TBR – The 2020 Challenge

I’m following the same guidelines as always by only counting titles that I owned prior to 2019. The minimum goal is 24 titles in 2019. Titles from my 5Y5BC will count towards this challenge (unlike last year).

My main mission for 2019 was bringing my “Want to Read” shelf (new to me books) on Goodreads to a number close to 400—and I was pretty darn close when I finished the year with 422! I also set my “Sequel” shelf to be below 250 titles and I did do that and more with a total of 238!

So this year, I’m aiming for a “Want to Read” shelf that is less than 400 titles. I’ve also set a goal to get my “Sequel” shelf below 200 titles.

Currently

December 31, 2018

Want to Read (New)

422

472

To Read (Sequels)

238

263

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

What Once Was Perfect (Wardham, #1)
Pass

Finding Allie (Breaking Away, #1)
Pass

The Billionaire's Counterfeit Girlfriend (The Pryce Family, #1)
Pass

Someday Girl (Someday, #1)
Pass

The Shadow Society  (The Shadow Society #1)
Keep

Less Than Nothing (Less Than Nothing, #1)
Pass

All that Jazz (Butler Cove, #3)
Pass

Dangerous Rush (Furious Rush, #2)
Keep

Fall (VIP, #3)
Keep

Dirty Red (Love Me with Lies, #2)
Keep

Pass: 6 | Keep: 4

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 34 | Keep: 56

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

While this is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books, I usually only update every quarter.

My Progress for January to December, 2019:

ARCs Read: 41 | ARCs Overdue: 1+1* | Upcoming: 2

(September State: ARCs Read: 11 | ARCs Overdue: 3+1* | Upcoming: 1

*Titles given to me as a member of an author’s street team to read ASAP.

Going Forward:

I say that I am going to limit myself every year when it comes to ARCs but 2019 was probably the first year where I actually did that. It took me a while to wane myself off but the effects were immediate. Not being consumed by deadlines helped to get me out of this dark cloud that seemed to be hanging over my reading.

I still love to read ARCs but I don’t want to be only reading ARCs. So I will be sticking hard to my limit of 2 a month for 2020 so I can focus on finishing series and reading books I already own.

Most of my “to-reads” this month consist of Kindle Unlimited titles for my challenges as well as finishing some books I started back in December.

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: November 2019

November 2019

I have no idea where this month went! Honestly! I was feeling so good about my reading back in October and then this month just had to go and ruin that momentum.

But I did get a lot done even if it wasn’t as much as I wanted (though it is surprisingly better than last November). It’s taken me all year but I’ve come to terms with the decline in my reading stats and I don’t feel as much pressure to read as much as I did before. Even if the numbers aren’t like they used to be, I really enjoyed everything I read this month and the freedom I had to pick up whatever book I wanted and when. I haven’t been able to do that in a long time!

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Total for November 2019: 13 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 0

Last November: 12 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read + 1 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I was super duper scared but excited for the 4th Legend novel—and all my worries were for nothing. This is how you wrap up a series years after its original publication!

Biggest Let Down (★★★)


I was very excited for this playboy to fall in love and I just felt underwhelmed by his whole character arc, but especially the romance.

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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 books added | 17 of 25 Titles Read – 3 Books Behind
Goodreads Challenge: 13 books added | 157/200 Books – 24 Books Behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: +5 books added | 24/24 Books – Completed in October!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Sequel Month #4!

In an effort to reduce the number of book series I have on the go (123 and counting!), I’ve decided to dedicate 4 months of 2019 to sequels. Because December is dedicated to wrapping up my challenges, my last sequel month for 2019 is November.

Approximately 92% of the books (all but one!) I read this month were sequels! You can see the breakdown of what I read below:

  • # of Sequels Read: 12 + 2 in progress
    1. Dark Paradise by Winter Renshaw (Dark #1)
      • I actually read the sequel first 😉
    2. Bedwrecker by Kim Karr (Men of Laguna #2)
    3. One Blood Ruby by Melissa Marr (Seven Black Diamonds #2)
    4. Hollywood Prince by Kim Karr (Men of Laguna #3)
    5. Rebel by Marie Lu (Legend #4)
    6. Vortex by Julie Cross (Tempest #2)
    7. Good Girl by Lauren Layne (Love Unexpectedly #2)
    8. More than Comics by Elizabeth Briggs (Chasing the Dream #2)
    9. Timestorm by Julie Cross (Tempest #3)
    10. Fallen Heir by Erin Watt (The Royals #4)
    11. Love Story by Lauren Layne (Love Unexpectedly #3)
    12. Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt (The Royals #5)
    13. Most Likely to Score by Lauren Blakely (Ballers and Babes #2)
    14. Royal Captives by Michael Pierce (Royal Replicas #2)
  • # of Series Finished: 6
    1. Dark
    2. Seven Black Diamonds
    3. Men of Laguna
    4. Legend
    5. Tempest
    6. The Royals

I definitely plan on bringing this approach back next year because I’ve seen a HUGE improvement when it comes to finishing series. And it reminded me so much why I love to binge read series which I feel like I haven’t done in a very long time. In turn, I was able to churn out a lot of reviews for the blog! I didn’t think I’d have enough content to schedule in the new year but these sequel months have helped get some of those dusty drafts out into the open.

Here are some of the grand totals for the year:

  • # of sequels read: 77 books! (~57% of titles read this year)
  • # of series finished: 30 series!
Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Awakened (Anew #1)
Pass

Easy Virtue (Virtue, #1)
Keep

Easy Love (Boudreaux, #1)
Pass

The One You Want (The Original Heartbreakers, #0.5)
Pass

The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell (The MacGregors: Highland Heirs, #1)
Pass

That's a Promise (Promises, Promises, #1)
Pass

Sisters of Blood and Spirit (The Sisters of Blood and Spirit, #1)
Pass

Illicit Contact (Shatterproof #2)
Keep

Captured (The Torn Series Book 2)
Keep

Tender Dance (Lovers Dance, #4)
Keep

Pass: 6 | Keep: 4

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 28| Keep: 52

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

December is all about finishing up my reading goals. I work a lot this month because of the holidays so I don’t think I will be able to get as much reading in as a I dream. But the plan is to at least get my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge completed.

And thanks to Cyber Week, I’ve snagged some great deals for Kindle Unlimited and Audible so even more reading will be in store!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: October 2019

October 2019

For me, October was all about catching-up on books I’ve put off for too long. The first half of the month was dedicated to finishing up my last remaining ARCs; while the latter half was about finishing some sequels I had started in September (or had taken out from the library forever ago). Overall, It felt like a really productive month for me and it’s been a long time since I felt that way about my reading.

Clearly, I’m still really behind on my Goodreads Challenge for the year. I looked at my Monthly Inventory for October 2018 and in it, I had mentioned that I just completed my Goodreads Challenge for 2018. Right now, I’m about 23 books behind schedule (or ~60 books missing). I really don’t have high hopes that I will complete my goal this year, but I always knew that would be a possibility when I set it. (Hence the target; it was giving me something to aim for). Obviously, I’m going to try and pack in as many novels as I can by the year’s end, but with a larger focus on sequels and my Reading Challenge titles.

On a positive note, I officially crossed the 2000 total books read mark on Goodreads this past month!

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Total for October 2019: 16 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 3

Last October: 11 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read + 4 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I think I renewed this book about 3 times from the library before I finally found the time to read it. And I’m so glad I got around to it! This series is just getting better and better and I was totally captivated by this mystery.

Biggest Let Down (DNF)


Some mixed reviews had me going in cautiously but I was ready to give it the benefit of the doubt. But the first sign of trouble should have been when my Kindle informed me that it would take 18 hours to read an ~250 page book (something that should take me 4-5 hours). After I did some research and learned about why this author isn’t able to sell books on Amazon anymore, it was pretty easy to come to the decision to DNF this uber boring novel.

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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: 4 books added | 20 of 25 Titles Read – On track!
Goodreads Challenge: 20 books added | 144/200 Books – 23 Books Behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 4 books added | 26/24 Books – Challenge completed!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

A Long Goodbye (Southern Comfort, #1)
Pass

You Loved Me At My Darkest (You Loved Me, #1)
Pass

The Line Between (The Line Between, #1)
Pass

Fighting Hard (Fighting For Love, #1)
Pass

His  (Dark Romance, #1)
Keep

Never Never (Never Never, #1)
Keep

Very Bad Things (Briarcrest Academy, #1)
Keep

Renegade Red (The Light, #2)
Keep

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2)
Keep

Beyond What is Given (Flight & Glory, #3)
Keep

Pass: 4 | Keep: 6

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 22 | Keep: 48

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

Because I dedicate December to my last minute Reading Challenge reads, November will be my final “sequel” month of the year. I’m really looking forward to improving upon my previous progress and finishing up some long overdue series. I haven’t decided what series those will be–it’s up to the library availability and my mood–but I’m looking forward to returning to some great worlds!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: September 2019

September 2019

In my August Inventory, I mentioned that I kinda felt like I was in a bit of a crisis when it comes to reading and blogging. But September didn’t totally feel the same. Maybe having a purpose or direction (ie reading only sequels) helped me feel like I was getting stuff accomplished even if my numbers aren’t overly stellar (though they were pretty great compared to the last few months!).

Once again, I feel like the month just started yet here I am recapping it!

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Total for September 2019: 15 Books Read + 3 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 0

Last September: 13 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read + 5 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Consumed by Truths (Truth or Lies #6)
I’m so sad that this series is over but this finale was perfect! Even more perfect is the fact that a spin-off series is in the works!

Biggest Let Down (★★)

P.S. I Dare You (PS Series Book 3)
This book just felt rushed and underdeveloped. Not a great way to end that series.

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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 books added | 16 of 25 Titles Read – 2 Books Behind
Goodreads Challenge: 18 books added | 124/200 Books – 25 Books Behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 5 books added | 20/24 Books – Ahead of Schedule!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Sequel Month #3!

In an effort to reduce the number of book series I have on the go (123 and counting!), I’ve decided to dedicate 4 months of 2019 to sequels. And I was inspired to do this because of the month of September! I always focus on sequels in September and this year, it’s no different. Approximately 89% of the books I read this month were sequels! You can see the breakdown of what I read below:

  • # of Sequels Read: 16 + 2 in progress
    1. Hate F*@k Part 3 by Ainsley Booth (Forbidden Bodyguards #1)
    2. PS I Miss You by Winter Renshaw (PS Series #2)
    3. Consumed by Truths by Ella Miles (Truth or Lies #6)
    4. Rebound by Noelle August (Boomerang #2)
    5. PS I Dare You by Winter Renshaw (PS Series #3)
    6. Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven (Masters of Love #2)
    7. Red at Night by Katie McGarry (Pushing the Limits #3.5)
    8. Until We Burn by Courtney Cole (Beautifully Broken #2.5)
    9. Bounce by Noelle August (Boomerang #3)
    10. Marian, Princess Thief by C K Brooke (Mythic Maidens #3)
    11. Once We Were by Kat Zhang (The Hybrid Chronicles #2)
    12. Echoes of Us by Kat Zhang (The Hybrid Chronicles #3)
    13. The Blood Spell by C J Redwine (Ravenspire Series #4)
    14. The Darkest Hour by Lauren Smith (Surrender Series #4)
    15. Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare (Castles Ever After #4, Spindle Cove #5)
    16. Bad Love by Piper Lawson (Modern Love #2)
    17. Nightblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga #3) — in progress
    18. Submerged by A M Deese (Dance of the Elements #2) — in progress
  • # of Series Finished: 6
    1. PS Series
    2. Truth or Lies
    3. Boomerang
    4. The Hybrid Chronicles
    5. Castles Ever After
    6. Spindle Cove

It was a good mix of continuing series and finishing series this past month. And I’m super excited that from of my efforts this month, some new review posts are going up in the next few months! For a little while, I was worried I wasn’t going to have enough content to keep up with my current posting schedule but this month has helped me schedule my reviews for nearly the first half of 2012.

Cleaning Up My Goodreads Shelves:

My main mission for 2018 was bringing my “Want to Read” shelf (new to me books) on Goodreads to a number below 500—and I totally did that! So this year, I’m aiming for a “Want to Read” shelf that is less than 400 titles. I’ve also set a goal to get my “Sequel” shelf below 250 titles.

Currently

June 1, 2019

Want to Read (New)

439

468

To Read (Sequels)

246

247

I’m really excited that my sequels are keeping steady below 250. It would be nice if my New to Me TBR items were closer to 400 but I’ve dropped quite a bit since my last quarterly check.

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

No Prince Charming (Secrets of Stone, #1)
Pass

Because You're Mine (MINE, #1)
Pass

Rock Me Hard (The Rock Star's Seduction, #1)
Keep

Rushed (Rushed, #1)
Keep

Legendary (Legendary Saga, #1)
Pass

Beware (Beware, #1)
Pass

Blindsided (By His Game, #1)
Keep

Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard, #5)
Keep

The Bone Witch (The Witches of London Trilogy Book 3)
Keep

The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
Pass

Pass: 3 | Keep: 7

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 18 | Keep: 42

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

While this is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books, I usually only update every quarter.

My Progress for January to September, 2019:

ARCs Read: 35 | ARCs Overdue: 3+1* | Upcoming: 1

(June State: ARCs Read: 23 | ARCs Overdue: 1+1* | Upcoming: 1

*Titles given to me as a member of an author’s street team to read ASAP.

Going Forward:

I got a little request happy at the end of the month but I’ve been really good about limiting my ARC requests. I’m hoping to have most of the overdue novels finished in the upcoming weeks.

November is the last Sequel Month of the year for me so October will be about finishing my overdue ARCs, focusing on my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge as well as my Tackling the TBR Challenge.

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: August 2019

August 2019

Ummm, what happened to the month of August? I feel like it just arrived and now here I am writing up my (dismal) recap of the month.

If I thought July was bad for reading and blogging, August had nothing on it. Once again, if audiobooks weren’t an everyday staple for me, my reading numbers would be pathetic. I just don’t the the time (or energy) to read anymore it seems. And don’t get me started on the number of times (3?) I logged in to update the blog.

I feel like I’m going through a midlife crisis when it comes to reading. I don’t know how else to describe it–maybe a reading slump about reading as a whole. I think part of the problem is that I have a hard time accepting that I just can’t read like I used to. I have so many other responsibilities now that finding the time to read is hard to come by. I can maybe squeeze a chapter in before my eyes close at night. Gone are the days where I used to stay in bed for an hour or two in the morning and read my book.

So we will see what September brings. The focus will be on sequels but again, it’s a busy month so besides a couple days off at the start of the month, I’m not overly optimistic I’ll get much reading in.

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Total for August 2019: 8 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 3 Books

Last August: 18 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read + 4 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


Ella Miles rocks my socks and this series is quickly going down as my all-time favourite of hers. I’m dying for the grand finale!

Biggest Let Down (DNF)


If the synopsis didn’t tell me that this was a retelling of the Evil Queen, I wouldn’t have known. I like villain origin stories but this was just dull.

 posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

Author Fatigue

Most Viewed Review

Series Review

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: 2+1 books added | 16 of 25 Titles Read – On Track!
Goodreads Challenge: 12 books added | 105/200 Books – 26 Books Behind!
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 3 books added | 15/24 Books – On Track!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Married to the Bad Boy
Pass

Cartel (Cartel, #1)
Keep

Spark (Spark, #1)
Pass

Swan Song
Pass

One Night Stand (One Night Stand, #1)
Keep

Keep It Secret (KIS #1)
Pass

Semper Mine (Sons of War, #1)
Pass

Beyond What is Given (Flight & Glory, #3)
Keep

Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers, #2)
Pass

Echoes Beneath (The Truth Series #2)
Keep

Pass: 6 | Keep: 4

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 28 | Keep: 52

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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September is all about sequels! I have quite a few that I meant to read in August that I hope to get to in September. I’m have some time off work the first week of September so I’m hoping to fit some more books in to help get me on track for my 2019 reading goals.

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: July 2019

July 2019

Yesterday at work we were talking about the year is just flying by and WOW, is it ever!

This was a weird month for me. I tried to focus on my 5 Year 5 Book Reading Challenge and while I had some success, I also DNF’d three of my selections. That–of course–led to a bit of a reading slump but one great audiobook got me back in the swing of things…when I could find the time to read!

Usually July and August are great reading months for me but this past July was awful. I read half as many books as I normally do! And if I wasn’t reading audiobooks, I’d have only read a quarter of what I normally do!

And I think I set a record low for the number of times I actually logged onto my blog. I was doing pretty well as the start of the month but life just got in the way and my priorities shifted elsewhere.

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Total for July 2019: 11 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 3 Books

Last July: 21 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read + 2 DNFs

WHOA–what a difference! Just goes to show what happens when life evolves.

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Mister Romance (Masters of Love, #1)
I had one other 5 star read in July (Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry) but this was the audiobook that got me out of my reading slump. Just a great contemporary romance!

Biggest Let Down (★★)

The Pact
While I did DNF a few novels, this one was a huge disappointment (and one I probably should have added to the DNF pile). I really wanted to love this book–I’ve intentionally avoided it because I’ve been so eager to read it for the right moment. But it just fell terribly flat and pushed me into a slump.

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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: 3+3 books added | 13 of 25 Titles – 1 Book Behind
Goodreads Challenge: 12 books added | 94/200 Books – 22 Books Behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 1 book added | 12/24 Books – 2 Books Behind

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Relativity
Pass

Always Beautiful
Pass

Scared of Beautiful (Scared #1)
Pass

'Til Death: Volume One ('Til Death, #1)
Keep

Something Reckless (Reckless & Real, #1)
Keep

VIP (Rock & Release, Act #1)
Keep

Welcome to Sugartown (Sugartown, #1)
Keep

Renegade Red (The Light, #2)
Keep

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2)
Keep

Never Too Late (Willow Creek, #2)
Pass

Pass: 4 | Keep: 6

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 22 | Keep: 48

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

Each month I have a list of 11 books I’ve selected to read for that particular month. These books include review copies and reading challenge picks.

While July was all about my 5 Year 5 Book Reading Challenge (which is mostly owned titles), I want to dedicate the month of August to books I already own. There are a few exceptions (like audiobook titles since I get those from the library; and some sequels & ARCs I didn’t get to in July) but this month is all about books sitting on my Kindle and Kobo!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: June 2019

June 2019

In May, I made a lot of changes when it came to my reading and blogging and June was the first month of trying out this new approach…and it was pretty great!

I had a two main tasks I wanted to get done this past month. One: I finished all the ARCs I had signed up for (and resisted the urges to sign up for multiple review copies). Two: I only read sequels (with the exception of ARCs) of series I had already started. Both went really well!

And since we are halfway through the year, I thought it would be fun to do the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag (originally created by Ely and Chami) like I did last year:

Mid Year Freak Out Tag

Best Book Read So Far

Taken by Lies (Truth or Lies Book 1)

Best Sequel Read So FarThe Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) New Release TBRTop Secret

Can’t Wait for Its Release

Rebel (Legend, #4)

Biggest DisappointmentTower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

Biggest Surprise

Paper Princess (The Royals, #1)

Need to Read by Year End

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3)

New Fictional CrushTaken by Lies (Truth or Lies Book 1)Enzo

New Fave Character

Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn, #1)

Kopano

Tear Jerker

The Way of Lessons

Made Me HappyThe Chase (Briar U, #1) Fave Review WrittenTower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

The other highlight of June was watching the Toronto Raptors (finally) win the NBA Championship!!! I have such a soft spot for this team ever since I lived in TO during their playoff run a few years ago. It’s been a long time coming so it was great to watch them get to the end (and seal the deal!). And I loved how it brought our country and communities together. What a ride!

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Total for June 2019: 11 Books Read + 5 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 2 Book (my first ones this year!)

Last June: 14 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read + 3 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I’ve been DYING for Celia’s story and this certainly didn’t disappoint! I need the sequel right now…the fall is too far away.

Biggest Let Down (DNF)


This the first book I DNF’d this year. This just wasn’t the book for me. There was too much dialogue and I couldn’t feel the chemistry between the leads.

kobostats

Every quarter I take a look at my Kobo stats to see how I’m doing. My Kobo is my main reading device, used for personal and library books. My Kindle is used for ARCs but it lacks the statistic features of my Kobo.

As of:

July 1, 2019

June 30, 2018

Total % of Library Complete

25%

23%

Total # of Books Finished

304

280

Total # of Reading Hours

2656

2511

posted reviews

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SERIESous Tips: How I Read 200+ Books a Year!

Most Viewed Review

Blog Tour: Slayed by Laurelin Paige

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 books added | 7 of 25 Titles Read – 5 Books Behind
Goodreads Challenge: 16 books added | 81/200 Books – 18 Books Behind
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 4 books added | 11/24 Books – On Track!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Sequel Month #2!

In an effort to reduce the number of book series I have on the go (123 and counting!), I’ve decided to dedicate 4 months of 2019 to sequels. I had great results in February for the first month (approximately 78% of my books read were sequels). You can see the breakdown of what I read below:

  • # of Sequels Read: 15+2
    1. The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (The Glittering Court #3)
    2. We Can be Mended by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3.5)
    3. Fugitive Six by Pittacus Lore (Lorien Legacies Reborn #2)
    4. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #1.5)
    5. DNF The Game Changer by Jacqueline Snowe (Cleat Chasers #2)
    6. Fearless by Shae Ross (Pretty Smart Girls #2)
    7. Avenged by Amy Tintera (Ruined Trilogy #2)
    8. Five Days Until You by Monica Murphy (One Week Girlfriend #4.5)
    9. Revealed by H M Ward (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott #5)
    10. A Gathering Tempest by Catherine Payne Jones (Broken Tides #0.5)
    11. Crosscurrent by Catherine Payne Jones (Broken Tides #2)
    12. Allied by Amy Tintera (Ruined Trilogy #3)
    13. DNF Professor With Benefits by Hazel Kelly (Beta Brothers #3)
    14. The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor #3)
    15. Fireblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga #2)
    16. Stolen by Truths by Ella Miles (Truth or Lies #4)
    17. Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist #2)
    18. In Progress – At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey (At Any Price #3)
    19. In Progress – Someday by David Levithan (Every Day #3)
  • # of Series Finished: 6+(1)
    1. The Glittering Court
    2. (Cleat Chasers)
    3. Pretty Smart Girls
    4. One Week Girlfriend
    5. Ruined Trilogy
    6. The Thousandth Floor
    7. Flame in the Mist

I’m SUPER happy with how many series I got to this past month! I finished up a few that have been in limbo for some years and it was nice to return to those worlds.

Cleaning Up My Goodreads Shelves:

My main mission for 2018 was bringing my “Want to Read” shelf (new to me books) on Goodreads to a number below 500—and I totally did that! So this year, I’m aiming for a “Want to Read” shelf that is less than 400 titles. I’ve also set a goal to get my “Sequel” shelf below 250 titles.

Currently

April 1, 2019

Want to Read (New)

468

465

To Read (Sequels)

247

261

While these numbers aren’t vastly different, I’m very happy that I have stayed the course. As you can see about, I got through a lot of sequels this past month which was FABULOUS! Now that the nice weather has arrived here in Canada, I hope to spend the rest of the summer reading outside and getting those numbers a little lower.

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I used to do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and had great success last year doing this on a monthly basis. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. My 10 titles consist of 7 “new to me” titles and 3 “previously started series” titles.

This month:

Corrupted (The Manipulation Trilogy, #1)
Keep

Stepbrother Dearest
Keep

Filthy Beautiful Lies (Filthy Beautiful Lies, #1)
Pass

Inspire (The Muse, #1)
Pass

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)
Keep

Degradation (The Kane Trilogy, #1)
Keep

The Story of Awkward
Keep

Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard, #5)
Keep

The Bone Witch (The Witches of London Trilogy Book 3)
Keep

The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
Pass

Pass: 3 | Keep: 7

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 18 | Keep: 42

Did I give up on any too soon? Let me know in the comments below!

While this is a monthly meme hosted by Avalinah’s Books, I usually only update every quarter.

My Progress for January to June, 2019:

ARCs Read: 23 | ARCs Overdue: 1+1* | Upcoming: 1

(May State: ARCs Read: 20 | ARCs Overdue: 2+1* | Upcoming: 1

*Titles given to me as a member of an author’s street team to read ASAP.

Going Forward:

DO YOU SEE THOSE NUMBERS!?! I’ve come a long way and I’m so proud of myself! I know I have a few street team reads to read later this summer and the upcoming ARC is a sequel for a series I’ve done blog tour stops for in the past. But otherwise, I’m commitment free for the rest of the summer so I’m hoping I can concentrate on bringing up my reading challenges (and getting those last 2 ARCs finished).

discussions

You can still join in on these discussions:

Each month I have a list of 11 books I’ve selected to read for that particular month. These books include review copies and reading challenge picks. The focus for July is reading some of my 5 Year 5 Book Challenge picks. Here are some of the books I have ready to go for July:

The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen, #1) Love Me Never (Lovely Vicious, #1) More Than Music (Chasing The Dream, #1)

I think I’m going to dedicate August to reading only owned novels so I can make a bigger dent in those numbers. Most of my reading challenge picks for July are books I own but I do have a couple of library reads I want to get in as well.

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