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Monthly Inventory: December 2015

December 2015

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

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

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  • 18 Books Read + 2 novellas
    • 0¬†nonfiction novels
    • 3¬†standalones (including 0¬†ARCs)
    • 2 books from TBR Jar
    • Started 5 new series (including 2 ARC)
    • Finished¬†0¬†series from start to end
    • Finished 3¬†previously started series
    • Read sequels for 5 previously started series
Favourite Read Least Favourite Read
    Passenger (Passenger, #1) 
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*Note: If the review is available, click on the cover! However, due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months if there is no link available!

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

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

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New to Me Authors (2015)

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Single Sunday: Forbidden

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Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

 

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

View my Progress Here!

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

This month’s final poll results:

BOOK SERIES VS STANDALONES

Book Series 5  |  Standalones 1  |  Depends on Genre 3

Next Battle: Science Fiction vs Dystopian

TBRupdate

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

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

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

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

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

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

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past year?
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Monthly Inventory: November 2015

November 2015

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

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

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  • 19 Books Read + 0¬†novellas
    • 1¬†nonfiction novels
    • 2¬†standalones (including 1¬†ARCs)
    • 5¬†of books from TBR Jar
    • Started 3 new series (including 1¬†ARCs)
    • Finished 0¬†series from start to end
    • Finished 2¬†previously started series
    • Read sequels for 8¬†previously started series
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*Note: If the review is available, click on the cover! However, due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months if there is no link available!

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

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Tackling the TBR: November 2015

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Series Review: Nevermore

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Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

 

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

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

View my Progress Here!

TBRupdate

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

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

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

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

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

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

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month? Can you believe it is already DeCember?!
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Monthly Inventory: October 2015

October 2015

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

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

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  • 12 Books Read + 2¬†novellas
    • 2¬†standalones (including¬†1¬†ARCs)
    • 0¬†of books from TBR Jar
    • 1¬†nonfiction audiobook
    • Started 3¬†new series (including 0¬†ARCs)
    • Finished 0¬†series from start to end
    • Finished 2¬†previously started series
    • Read sequels for 2¬†previously started series
Favourite Read Least Favourite Read
Dark Wild Night (Wild Seasons, #3) Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't
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*Note: If the review is available, click on the cover! However, due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months if there is no link available!

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

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

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Top Ten Tropes I Want to Go Extinct

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My Heart & Other Black Holes

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Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

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

View my Progress Here!

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

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

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: September 2015

september 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  • 10¬†Books Read + 2¬†novellas
    • 0¬†nonfiction novels
    • 3¬†standalones (including 2¬†ARCs)
    • 0¬†of books from TBR Jar
    • Started 3¬†new series (including 1¬†ARCs)
    • Finished 0¬†series from start to end
    • Finished 2¬†previously started series
    • Read sequels for 1¬†previously started series
Favourite Reads Least Favourite Reads
All Played Out (Rusk University, #3) The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)
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Oblivion (Nevermore, #3) The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)
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*Note: If the review is available, click on the cover! However, due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months if there is no link available!

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I bought myself the boxset of The Infernal Devices Trilogy as a “back to school” present to myself.

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TTT: Finished Series I Have Yet to Finish

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Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

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

View my Progress Here!

TBRupdate

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

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

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

This month’s final poll results:

Gossip Girl Books 3 | Gossip Girl TV Series 0

Next Battle: TV Adaptions vs Movie Adaptions*

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

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

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

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

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: August 2015

August 2015

GAH! The end of August means school is just around the corner! That means less reading time–well, in theory; rarely in practice. While I didn’t officially participate in ARC August, I did read a lot of ARCs and requests which was a lot of fun. I also did a great job with my Tackling the TBR Challenge for July and August. More details about that will be posted in a few weeks but I was really happy with where I ended things this month.

But enough about the month ahead! Let’s focus on the Awesome month that was August.

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  • 21¬†Books Read + 1¬†novellas
    • 2¬†nonfiction novels
    • 7¬†standalones (including 2¬†ARCs)
    • 1¬†book from TBR Jar
    • Started 5¬†new series (including 3¬†ARCs)
    • Finished 1¬†series from start to end
    • Finished 2¬†previously started series
    • Read sequels for 4¬†previously started series
    • Read 1 anthology
    • Marked 2¬†Books as DNF
Favourite Reads Least Favourite Read
Crushed (Redemption, #2) The Heartbreakers (The Heartbreak Chronicles) Broken Juliet (Starcrossed, #2) Rook 
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The Treatment (The Program, #2)
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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 currently available!

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I was a bad, bad girl this month! I bought books :O But in my defence, they all cost $1 (except 3 but I got them for 50% off!) and most¬†were to complete series I already had. I’ve promised myself no more next month!

Unlit Star Break Away Breakdown Velvet Kisses (3:AM Kisses #6) Destined to Fall Unlike Any Other (Unexpected, #1) Chasing Me (Sex on the Beach) Finding You (Sex on the Beach) Losing Us (Sex on the Beach) Becoming Rain (Burying Water, #2) Beautiful Illusions (Beautiful Oblivion, #2) Hate F*@k: The Complete Story (The Horus Group, #1-3) More Than Music (Chasing The Dream, #1) The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles, #4) Breaking Noah

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Top Ten Author’s I’ve Read the Most Of

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Previously posted series reviews I updated this past month:

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The big news is I finished my Goodreads Challenge. YIKES! Guess I seriously underestimated my reading time this year! And after a two month hiatus, I finally got a few keywords in for my Monthly Keyword Challenge! Now my focus is on Tackling my TBR and reading more Canadian Authors. A classic or two wouldn’t hurt either.

Book Bingo–Canadian: 0 books added
Everything YA Challenge: ‚úĖ Mini Challenge + ‚úĒ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 22 books added
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ‚úĒ “Heart”
Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +47 points added
SERIESous’ Personal Classics Challenge: 0 books added
SERIESous’ Personal Nonfiction Challenge: 2¬†books added!

View my Progress Here!

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

This month’s final poll results:

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The Infernal Devices 3 | The Mortal Instruments 2

Next Battle: Gossip Girl Book Series vs Gossip Girl TV Series

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I participated in my second readathon, the You’re Excused to Read Readathon. My goal was to read 7 books in the span of a week. And I’m happy to say that I did! They weren’t the books I had initially selected but, hey, it’s 7 books! Full details here.

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  • Nothing really happened this month…oops
  • I suppose that I’ve decided to post my updated book reviews to Goodreads is news
    • normally I just post my review of the first book of a series with a link on Goodreads but from now on I’m going to post my review of books I read in ongoing/personally incomplete series to Goodreads since they are basically individual reviews of that book and not the series.

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  • Update the following:
    • review directories
    • Series Recaps for¬†S-Z
      • adding the recap button to previously posted reviews
  • I’m thinking about offering to do graphics for other blogs as a side hobby
    • I would have some logistic kinks to work out but I love graphics design and think it would give me something else to do when I’m not in class, reading or blogging. Stay tuned for more info!
  • Trilogy Termination novels will be read — more details to come!
  • Blogging 101 guide – have the basics out, now to actually write it!

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Last September I went to see The Weeknd on a whim and I have to say, I am loving his latest singles! I Can’t Feel my Face and The Hills have been playing nonstop at my place! I also saw 5 Seconds of Summer in concert so She’s Kinda Hot has been my jam these last few weeks ūüėõ

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
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Monthly Inventory: July 2015

July 2015

July was a busy month! As you may or may not know, the Pan American Games were held in my native country, Canada and more specifically they were near my hometown so I just had to partake in the events! They were a lot of fun to attend and I was able to cross off some items on my bucket list (like attend a major sporting event, watch diving live and attend a Team Canada Women’s Soccer Game). When I wasn’t at the Games, I was blogging and watching highlights on the the TV (as limited as they were). I’m a huge Team Canada fan and I was so proud of all our athletes <3

But I also participated in my first readathon, #MakeMeRead It as well as a second one, Excuse to Readathon! They were/are (as the Excuse to Read is still going on) a lot of fun and I will definitely be participating in more in the future! Especially now that I have Twitter!

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  • 19¬†Books Read + 0¬†novellas
  • 0¬†nonfiction novels
  • 5¬†standalones (including 1¬†ARCs)
  • 5¬†of books from TBR Jar
  • Started 4¬†new series (including¬†2¬†ARCs)
  • Finished 0¬†series from start to end
  • Finished 1¬†previously started series
  • Read sequels for 7¬†previously started series
Favourite Reads Biggest Disappointment
Vengeance Road Empire of Night (Age of Legends, #2) Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
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Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)
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*Note: just because I read a series/book this month doesn’t mean that the review was also published. 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!

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I didn’t purchase any NEW books as per my Tackling the TBR goals. Though I really should have bought that Cora Carmack book (Inspire) when it was on sale!

I did win some giveaways–for once!–though so I added a few books to my shelves ūüôā Many thanks Simon & Schuster Canada & Lola @Hit or Miss Books

Chasing River (Burying Water, #3) Vengeance Road The Cage (The Cage, #1) Brutal Youth A Bedtime Story (The BTS Trilogy, #1)

And, I had some book series that I needed to complete so I also bought these books when I discovered Bookoutlet.com! (A bad thing to discover I think)

The Unfailing Light (Katerina, #2) The Morning Star (Katerina, #3) Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #10) Then He Ate My Boy Entrancers (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #6)

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My Introduction Post to the Make Me Read It Readathon!

Thanks to everyone who voted! My results are further below!

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Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

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I’m getting closer to my Goodreads goal a LOT faster than I expected! I thought with my new school program that I would have less time to read this year but apparently that isn’t the case. I honestly should have known better given last year’s 180%¬†completion rate but I really didn’t think I would have a chance to read so much! But hey, reading too much is rarely a bad thing.

Though for someone who reads so much, I’m not doing an excellent job of completing my various challenges…

Book Bingo–Canadian: 1¬†books added
Everything YA Challenge: ‚úĖ Mini Challenge + ‚úĒ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 18 books added (I’m 96% complete! I totally underestimated…)
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ‚úĖ¬†No words added
Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +30 points added (Goal 2 surpassed; new goal set!)
SERIESous’ Personal Classics Challenge: 0 books added (Currently 0/5)
SERIESous’ Personal Nonfiction Challenge: 0 books added (Currently 2/5)

View my Progress Here!

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I participated in this readathon from July 20th – July 27th. It was my very first readathon and I had so much fun that I decided to do another one immediately after (The Excuse to Read–see below!)!

My Goal with this one was to read 5 of the 10 books you all voted for. I’m happy to say that I was able to do that: sneaking in a book within the last few hours to get 6/10. These were all TBRs I had on my Kobo (plus one on my Kindle) so I was really satisfied with this result!

Love, Rosie Lady Thief (Scarlet, #2) Before You (Sex on the Beach) Near and Far (Lost and Found, #2) The Mad Tatter Torrent (Condemned, #1)

Thank you to everyone who voted for those books! You did good ūüėČ

My second readathon is the You’re Excused to Read Readathon. It worked out perfectly that this one started when the previous one ended PLUS I have a long weekend coming up, thus giving me an excuse to not do anything but sit outside and read. Details can be seen here but my goal is to read 7 books and so far I’ve read 2!

TBRupdate

This is going to be a brief update considering I had a post dedicated to this topic earlier this month¬†and I’ll be doing a full summary in September.

BUT I just had to share the awesome news that I only have 8 book on hold at the library! Now that may seem like a lot to some people but prior to my self-imposed restrictions in May, I had more than 30 books on hold at the library! So this is great news and means I am right on track with my Tackling the TBR goals! I feel so accomplished!

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The idea behind the feature is to pit two books (or other themes) that are always compared to each other in a battle of three rounds to see who the winner is. Of course it is completely subjective to my own opinions so I added a poll feature to get your take on everything. Thanks to those who participated!

This month’s final poll results:

eBooks 2 | Physical Books 4  | Either 3

Next Battle: The Infernal Devices vs The Mortal Instruments

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  • I’m now on Twitter! Follow me and I will Follow YOU!
  • I updated Recaps for A-F; G-L & M-R (Part of my Be a Better Blog CYOC goal).
    • I also now have a button on reviews for series that have a recap available (& a tag)
    • Anchored links now work on all pages and for all browsers!
  • Series Reviews will now have an overall series rating plus a breakdown of its individual book ratings (this might not appear until late August for some post types).
  • I’ve also started adding my social media links to the end of my reviews

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  • My new seasonal feature The Perfect Match¬†returns for its Summer 2015 edition!
  • Update the following:
    • review directories
    • Series Recaps for¬†S-Z
  • A blogroll page
  • A Blogging 101 Guide – your typical tips/advice guide but with a greater focus on social media

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I went to see Weird Al in concert this month which was fantastic! So I’ve decided to pick two of my favourites: Word Crimes¬†and Smells Like Nirvana.

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

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Monthly Inventory: June 2015

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June just flew by! I can’t believe it’s over! I’ve been busy with work, seeing plays and the ballet, catching up with friends and reading outside when the weather has cooperated. I suppose I didn’t read as much as I had hoped, but I did pick up some great reads though nothing blew me away!

June also marked the first full month of my personal Tackling the TBR challenge. I’ll be posting an full update and my next steps early next week but I’ll just say here that I say that I’m happy with how things progressed ūüôā

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  • 15¬†Books Read + 0¬†novellas
    • 1¬†nonfiction novels
    • 3¬†standalones (including 0¬†ARCs)
    • 2¬†of books from TBR Jar
    • Started 4¬†new series (including 2¬†ARCs)
    • Finished 0¬†series from start to end
    • Finished 4¬†previously started series
    • Read sequels for 2¬†previously started series
Favourite Read Least Favourite Read
Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dreams, #1)

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Aflame (Fall Away, #4)

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*Note: just because I read a series/book this month doesn’t mean that the review was also published. 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!

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I didn’t buy any books this month as per my Tackling the TBR May/June Challenge!

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Crossfire vs Fifty Shades of Grey

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  • Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

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I wasn’t really on point with my reading challenges this month ūüôĀ Hopefully I can rectify that next month:

Book Bingo–Canadian:¬†2¬†books added
Bookish Bingo–Ready for Spring:¬†1 books added
Everything YA Challenge: ‚úĒ¬†Mini Challenge + ‚úĒ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge:¬†16¬†books added (I’m more than 52 books ahead of schedule!)
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ‚úĖ¬†no key words added
Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +54 points added (just 1 off from my 2nd goal!)
SERIESous’ Personal Classics Challenge: 0 books added
SERIESous’ Personal Nonfiction Challenge:¬†1¬†books added

View my Progress Here!

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The idea behind the feature is to pit two books (or other themes) that are always compared to each other in a battle of three rounds to see who the winner is.

I didn’t have a poll option for this month’s throwdown which was Crossfire Saga vs Fifty Shades Trilogy.

Next Battle: eBooks vs Physical Copies

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  • I did a lot of playing around with my side bar options for when you are reading a post:
    • Added a Series of the Month Widget to spotlight a previously reviewed series
    • Added a Recent Comment Section
    • Listed my Recent Posts
    • Added a Widget for Throwdown Thursdays
    • Added a popular tags cloud
  • I’ve started to post my reviews to Amazon.ca as well as Kobo.ca
    • these are more condensed, single novel reviews
  • Updated my review directories

Giveaway

Just a quick reminder that Montlake Romance is hosting a giveaway of their latest release until mid-July. You can read my review of the book here!

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  • Update posts for Spring Bingo and Tackling the TBR
  • Update the following:
    • review directories
    • Series Recaps for G-L….I will get these done even if it hurts me!
  • Possibly a Blogging Guide about social media? I haven’t decided
  • Twitter Account will be created…once I come up with a great first tweet ūüėČ
  • A blogroll widget

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Jason’s Derulo’s Want to Want Me has been in my head constantly!

To my fellow Canadians, I hope you have a great holiday!

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

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Monthly Inventory: May 2015

May 2015

May was a busy-busy month for me! I moved back home for the summer, went on vacation, and started my summer job. So it’s been a lot of adjusting and sadly, not as much reading as I had hoped. But that’s all good! I have a big plan set in motion to tackle my TBR this summer¬†plus some to-dos with my blog and I really hope I can pull it off!

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  • 15 Books Read + 3¬†novellas
    • 0¬†nonfiction novels
    • 1¬†standalones
    • Started 8¬†new series
    • Finished 0¬†series from start to end
    • Finished 1¬†previously started series
    • Read sequels for 4¬†previously started series
    • Dropped 1 series
Favourite Read(s) Least Favourite Read
Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1) Riot (Mayhem, #2)
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Avenge Me (Fifth Avenue Trilogy #1)
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*Note: just because I read a series/book this month doesn’t mean that the review was also published. 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!

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Levitate Just Say When Discovering Us (True Love, #1) Finding Us (True Love, #2) Finally Us (True Love, #3) A Risk Worth Taking A Beautiful Mess (Beautiful Mess, #1) A Tragic Wreck (Beautiful Mess, #2) Gorgeous Chaos (Beautiful Mess, #3)

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Throwdown Thursday: Vampire Diaries Show vs Books

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Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

Series Review: Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole

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Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

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This month wasn’t as successful as I had hoped considering school is over. But I started my summer job, caught up with friends and had to do some serious purging of my room so I really didn’t have much time to sit down and read! But, I managed to read some books I had been dying to read: like Rogue and The Court of Thorns and Roses.

Book Bingo–Canadian:¬†0 books added
Bookish Bingo–Ready for Spring:¬†2 books added
Everything YA Challenge:¬†‚úĖ¬†Mini Challenge + ‚úĒ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge:¬†18¬†books added (I’m more than 72% complete! YIKES!)
Monthly Key Word Challenge:¬†‚úĒ¬†“Ash”, “Road” & “Prince”
Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +25 points added
SERIESous’ Personal Classics Challenge: 0 books added
SERIESous’ Personal Nonfiction Challenge:¬†0 books added

View my Reading Challenge Progress Here!

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The idea behind the feature is to pit two books (or other themes) that are always compared to each other in a battle of three rounds to see who the winner is. Of course it is completely subjective to my own opinions so I added a poll feature to get your take on everything. Thanks to those who participated!

This month’s final poll results:

Vampire Diaries: The TV Show 5 | Vampire Diaries: Book Series 0

Next Battle: Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy vs Crossfire Series

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Just a brief update on my crusade to tackle my TBR list this summer. You can find part 1 of my plan in my original post here, but the basic idea is to read some of the books I’ve purchased over the years. For the months of May and June, I created four¬†rules that I hope will get me to¬†a place where I can read mostly purchased novels. Here’s how I’m doing in the week since I created the post:

  1. No more putting books on hold at the library!
    • I was actually really successful at this! I only put one book on hold, but it’s Katie McGarry’s latest (Nowhere But Here) and I’ve been dying to read it so I let myself cheat on that one ūüėČ
    • I also staggered my suspended holds so that they don’t all come in at once.
    • I kinda goofed with putting the Grisha Trilogy on hold at my local library this month because they became available much quicker than I expected–however, this has been on my TBR for YEARS so I’m not going to make it a negative thing rather a positive
  2. No more buying books!
    • The books above that I listed as May purchases were made earlier in the month so they don’t really count ūüėČ I’ve thought about buying a book here or there because they were only $1 but I haven’t pressed the purchased button yet!
    • No joke, as soon as I posted my plan, Kobo came out with another contest period which means promo codes for discounts! I don’t plan on buying anything unless I get a really great promo code (30%+) and so far I’ve only got one 30% so it doesn’t look like it’s going to be so bad!
  3. No grabbing freebies!
    • I’ve been pretty good though I definitely picked up one today. I’ve stopped browsing the bestseller list and have just been going by my book sale email subscriptions so it seems to be working! But I’m definitely going to pay more attention to this in the coming weeks!
  4. Read at least one book from my TBR Jar a week!
    • That definitely didn’t happen this past week! Work and catching up with friends and family took priority so I really didn’t have a chance.
    • I also have a ton of eBooks out from the library that need to be read before they expire next week so I don’t think I will be meeting this goal for another two weeks.

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  • Recently updated reviews will be noted on the side menu. If you hover over the cover you can see what date the review was updated
    • I’ve decided to add Conclusion cards to older reviews when they are updated.
  • I haven’t posted a Toonie Tuesday post in forever, so I think that feature/review theme¬†is on the kaputs! It’s so hard to find books for $2 (most I get are because of a coupon & prices are always fluctuating)
    • Plus, I’ve been doing the Top Ten Tuesday Memes and I think that’s a great feature to continue ūüėČ
  • I’m contemplating getting Twitter and/or Tumblr for my blog
  • Posted my first Netgalley reviews! I’m loving this review outlet so far!
  • Non-review features will be limited to 1 type per week (in most cases)
    • It can become so overwhelming to do each meme feature every week and I felt like they were slightly taking away from the purpose of my blog

 

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  • I think I’m going to create a book discussion feature that will be more of a seasonal/whenever I feel like it type of post. It’s going to be a bit of a rant driven post about an individual book ūüėČ
  • Update the following:
    • review directories
    • Series Recaps for G-L — I SWEAR it’s going to get done!
  • Possibly Twitter or Tumblr
  • Participate in Booking Through Thursdays meme
  • Finish some blogger tags and award tags (thanks everyone!)

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Gah! I really didn’t listen to music very much this month–really just whatever was on the radio when I was driving to work (which is like 5 minutes away). BUT I did listen to some Ed Sheeran because I am seeing his concert in 4 days! I’m also in love with Marianas Trench’s latest single, Here’s to the Zeros <3

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

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Monthly Inventory: April 2015

April 2015

April 30 was the 2 Year Anniversary of my blog (you can read all about it here!) so that was really exciting! I hope everyone likes the new theme and the new review format I will be unveiling over the next few weeks ūüôā

I also finished exams a week ago so I have been basking in the glory of guilt-free reading. I can’t wait to tackle my TBR list and use the jar I made a month ago for the first time!

I’ve shortened this inventory post considerably from what I used to do because it’s just so much work and I don’t think a lot of what I put in it interested people. So I’m going to try this format and see how it goes…

  • 23¬†Books Read + 2¬†novellas
    • 0¬†nonfiction novels
    • 7¬†standalones
    • Started¬†9¬†new series
    • Finished 1¬†series from start to end
    • Finished 1¬†previously started series
    • Read sequels for 7¬†previously started series
Favourite Reads Least Favourite Read
Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1) Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
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Unleashed (Uninvited, #2)

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*Note: just because I read a series/book this month doesn’t mean that the review was also published. 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!

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The Mad Tatter Unbroken (Disclosure, #2) Never Forget (Memories, #1) Holding On (Memories, #1.5) Always Remember (Memories, #2) Rock Candy Kisses (3:AM Kisses, #5) Loving You Is Easy (Loving You, #1) Undeclared (Woodlands, #1) Undressed (Woodlands, #1.5) Unraveled (Woodlands, #3) Hard Knox (The Outsider Chronicles, #1) Nero (Made Men, #1) Vincent (Made Men, #2) The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)

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“Characters I’d Like to Check in With”

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With the new site theme, I’ve changed my home page. I will now be posting what reviews have been updated on my side bar by their covers instead of a sticky post. Hopefully this makes things easier for everyone and of course you can still find these updated reviews using the “Updated Reviews” category.

Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

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I thought this was a bit of overkill considering I have pages that I update on a regular basis (plus the tables didn’t format¬†well when reading on an app). You can view my specific progress by visiting¬†my dedicated Reading Challenge Page here.

Because I am finished school, I decided to try a Spring Bingo Challenge and signed up for Great Imagination’s Ready for Spring 2015 Bingo. I also decided to sign up for Bookmark to Blog’s Monthly Word Challenge and added a Canadian Bingo Card (from Retreat by Random House) for the rest of the year!

Book Bingo–Canadian:¬†0 books added
Bookish Bingo–Ready for Spring:¬†4 books added
Everything YA Challenge:¬†‚úĒ Mini Challenge + ‚úĒ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 25 books added
Monthly Key Word Challenge:¬†‚úĒ¬†“The” & “Prince”
Prequel & Sequel Challenge: +13 points added
SERIESous’ Personal Classics Challenge: 0 books added
SERIESous’ Personal Nonfiction Challenge:¬†0 books added

View my Progress Here!

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The idea behind the feature is to pit two books (or other themes) that are always compared to each other in a battle of three rounds to see who the winner is. Of course it is completely subjective to my own opinions so I added a poll feature to get your take on everything. Thanks to those who participated!

This month’s final poll results:

Twilight Saga 4 | Vampire Diaries Series 2

Next Battle: Vampire Diaries Books vs Vampire Diaries TV Show

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  • NEW DOMAIN! seriesousbookreviews.com can now be used; however, seriesousbookreviews.wordpress.com still works!
  • New homepage now features the intro to the blog and has a separate blog feed page
  • Updated Series Reviews are¬†now a sidebar widget!
  • New Theme and colour scheme added!
    • Changed the main menu options at the top
    • Moved sidebar options around (have footer menus now!)
  • Also added headers to reviews (subheadings will launch next month)
  • changed the features of my monthly review
  • added social media links
    • Joined Riffle (it’s a book cataloguing system like GoodReads but allows you to create individual lists and generally recommend books). I mostly use it for lists.
    • Also joined Bloglovin’!
  • Signed up for Netgalley!

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  • Review subheadings will make an appearance
    • I had already written some of the reviews for May before I decided to add Subheadings and didn’t feel the need to change all of them.¬†So some posts will have them but not all will
  • Update the following:
    • review directories
    • Series Recaps for G-L (I swear I am going to get around to this!)
  • A new SEASONAL feature
    • I am also going to cut down on the number of non-review posts to one a week
  • This May I’m going a Purchase Purge where I’m only reading books that I’ve bought (ie no books from the library) and I hope to do a review blitz sometime this summer with those reviews
    • I’m also going to do a Trilogy Termination Blitz sometime this summer where I finish some trilogies I started years ago but never got around to finishing.
    • I also want to try and NOT put any more books on hold at the library.

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At the start of the month I was rotating through Lady Gaga, Maroon 5 (saw them in concert in March!) and the 50 Shades of Grey Soundtrack (say what you will about the movie, the music is FANTASTIC!). Exams are¬†always a tricky time and I normally find my new music obsession. This time around it was Rixton, specifically Hotel Ceiling¬†(watch the crazy video!) and Ed Sheeran (who I’m seeing in June!). But my study jam (I can’t have music playing with words or else I do karaoke by myself) is Tchaikovsky ūüėČ

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

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Monthly Inventory: March 2015

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March 2015

Monthly Inventory: A recap of things that happened on my blog over the last month.

Surprisingly, the first half of March wasn’t that busy of a school month for me, so I managed to sit down and read books for more than an hour at a time! The result is that I was able to schedule a lot of reviews for the upcoming months which is perfect for exam season¬†right around the corner! That also meant I had lots of time to update/tweak some formatting of my blog–including a new theme design for my 2 year anniversary next month! So stay tuned for a new look in May! I also created a TBR Jar that sits on my desk by my computer, tempting me to pull out a book title. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to actually use the jar this month–so many of the books I had on hold at the library became available at once (Murphy’s Law at its finest!)–but I plan to use it¬†once my school term is done next month!

Books Inventoried

  • 19¬†Books Read + 4¬†novellas
    • 0¬†nonfiction novels
    • 1¬†standalones (Guy, Langman, Crime Scene Procrastinator)
    • Started 5¬†new series (The Arcana Chronicles, The Conspiracy of Us, Stripped, The Winner’s Curse, Starcrossed)
    • Finished 1¬†series from start to end (Stripped)
    • Finished 6 previously started series (Slammed, Bloodlines, Tangled, Alienated, Beau Rivage, Spellcaster)
    • Read sequels for 5¬†previously started series (Slammed,¬†Arcana Chronciles, Real, Castles Ever After, The Winner’s Curse)
Favourite Read Least Favourite Read
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
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Stripped (Stripped, #1)

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*Note: just because I read a series/book this month doesn’t mean that the review was also published. 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!

Books Purchased

Ten Below Zero Falling for My Best Friend's Brother Unspeakable Truths Pulse - Part One (Pulse, #1) The Body Electric All the Pretty Poses (Pretty, #2) All Things Pretty, Part Two (Pretty, #3.5) See Me Spiral Sugar Kisses (3:AM Kisses, #3) Crossing the Line (World Apart, 1) Towing the Line (World Apart, #2) Blurring the Line (World Apart, #3) Beloved (Belonging, #1) Freefall (Custom Culture, #1) Maybe This Time (Maybe, #1)

Posted Reviews

Posted Reviews Review of the Month

Series:

Standalones

Other

COVER

Most Viewed New Post

Updated Stocks

Reading Challenge Updates

At the beginning of March I was excited to learn that I completed my goal for the 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge! I wanted to reach 100+ and by March 6th I had reached 104 points! I was shocked that I managed to read so many in just 2 months but when I looked at the breakdown I just got really lucky that a lot of the series I had been following had their grand finale books out so I really benefited from the 10 point bonus for finishing a series. I’ve set a new goal that I think will take me a little longer to finish but if it doesn’t, I’ll just set a new one!

Books

43/150 books!

65/150 books!
View Progress

Books
‚úĒ Two YA books
‚úĒ¬†Mini Challenge
View Progress

Goal 1 Complete!
Goal 2

156/250 points!
View Progress

Books

0/5 books!

0/5 books!
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Books

1/5 books!

1/5 books!
View Progress

View Specifics:

YA Challenge Reviews

Sequel Challenge Reviews

Classic Challenge Reviews

Nonfiction Challenge Reviews

Throwdown Thursday Results

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This month I introduced my new monthly feature, Throwdown Thursdays. The idea behind the feature is to pit two books (or other themes) that are always compared to each other in a battle of three rounds to see who the winner is. Of course it is completely subjective to my own opinions so I added a poll feature to get your take on everything. Thanks to those who participated!

This month’s final poll results:

Hunger Games 11 | Divergent 1

Next Battle: Twilight Saga vs The Vampire Diaries

Site Updates

On Order for April

  • New theme design!!! Coming up on two years, I thought it was a time for a colour change!
    • this includes a different review format as well
  • Update the following:
    • Review Directories
    • Series Recaps for G-L
  • Exploring social media options, like Tumblr and Instagram

Music of the Month

I really like music from the U.K. and this past month I listened to a lot of Olly Murs–specifically the songs Up (with Demi Lovato) and Wrapped Up (with Travie McCoy).

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

Leave a comment below!

I wish you all SERIESously happy reading!