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Monthly Inventory: June 2020

June 2020

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I’m always a proud Canadian but these last few months have shown me how great this country truly is. The acts of kindness and compassion I’ve witnessed just warms my heart. And while we may not be celebrating the way we usually do, I know it will be a great day.

My reading for June was pretty great! Between my Scribd free trial and my second “sequel only” month of the year, having a purpose when it came to my reading seemed to motivate me to get some books in!

July is somewhat bittersweet for me. As I write this, I should be abroad right now on my summer vacation. Obviously, my plans for the summer have changed like many other people’s. I’m disappointed but trying to make the best of it. I have quite the backlog of reviews to write, some library books I took out in March that I haven’t gotten to and the last month of my Scribd trial so I am hoping to shift my focus!

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Total for June 2020: 16 Books Read + 3 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 0 Books

Last June: 13 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read + 2 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)

Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard, #5)
Christina Lauren’s writing talents have come a long way from their Beautiful Bastard debut. I’m so glad that I saw the potential in this series and stuck with it! I loved this finale! It’s exactly what a romance series finale should be!

Biggest Let Down (★)

Best I've Ever Had (Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach, #3)
I felt like that last two books in this series built up for our hero’s here so maybe I put too much pressure on it to be something else? I’m not sure. All I know is that this is the second 1-star review in a row for Abbi’s work and I’m not sure if I’ve outgrown her or her work has just shifted into something I’m not a fan of.


While I’ve been meaning to sign up for Scribd for a little while (it’s one of the last subscription services I haven’t tried), I finally got around to it this month!

Want to try Scribd for FREE for 60 days? Click Here! (*referral link)

Like I always do when I sign up for subscriptions, 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.

  • Appealed by Emma Chase (audio)
  • Sidebarred by Emma Chase (audio)
  • The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare (audio)
  • Best I’ve Ever Had by Abbi Glines (eBook)
  • The Empress by S J Kincaid (audio)
  • Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren (audio)
  • House of Kings by Keary Taylor (eBook)
  • Beautiful by Christina Lauren (audio)
  • Man Card by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby (eBook)
  • Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby (eBook)
  • Big Shot by Kim Karr (audio)

A monthly subscription to Scribd costs $8.99 USD. Basically, if you read one audiobook title a month, you’ve doubled the value of your payment. Even reading one bestseller eBook covers your payment. For example, The Wallflower wager costs $9.99 CAD for the eBook and $26.99 for the audio. So I definitely got my money’s worth this month! Some titles I could get from my library but I didn’t have to wait or they had my preferred format on Scribd.

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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 | 15 of 31 Titles Read – On Track!
Goodreads Challenge: 19 books added | 107/155 Books – 31 books Ahead!
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 1 books added | 12/24 Books – On Track!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

Sequel Month #2!

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 84% of the books I read this month were sequels! You can see the breakdown of what I read below:

  • # of Sequels Read: 16 + 0 DNF + 1 in Progress
    1. Rainbows Ever After by J J McAvoy (Rainbows #2)
    2. Appealed by Emma Chase (The Legal Briefs #3)
    3. Sidebarred by Emma Chase (The Legal Briefs #3.5)
    4. The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare (Girl Meets Duke #3)
    5. Best I’ve Ever Had by Abbi Glines (Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach #3)
    6. The Empress by S J Kincaid (The Diabolic #2)
    7. Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard #4.5)
    8. House of Kings by Keary Taylor (House of Royals #3)
    9. Beautiful by Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard #5)
    10. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (Anna #2)
    11. Reckless by Stella Rhys (Irresistible #6)
    12. Man Card by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby (Man Hands #2)
    13. My Calamity Jane by Hand, Meadows & Ashton (The Ladies Janies #3)
    14. Boy Toy by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby (Man Hands #3)
    15. Big Shot by Kim Karr (Sexy Jerk World #2)
    16. A Love Song for Dreamers by Piper Lawson — In Progress
  • # of Series Finished: 6
    1. Rainbows
    2. The Legal Briefs
    3. Beautiful Bastard
    4. Anna
    5. Irresistible
    6. The Ladies Janies

What a great reading month for sequels! All but three books I read this month were sequels which is pretty impressive! I got quite a few outstanding series finished up and added some long overdue sequels for others so I consider this one a success!

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)

391

422

To Read (Sequels)

215

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:

When You Were Mine
Pass

Dare to Love (Dare to Love, #1)
Keep

Levitate
Keep

The Hit List
Pass

The Ghost Bride
Pass

Jack Hammer (The Stripped Duet, #1)
Pass

Because You'll Never Meet Me (Because You'll Never Meet Me, #1)
Keep

The Skylighter (The Keepers' Chronicles, #2)
Keep

Maid of Deception (Maids of Honor, #2)
Keep

The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight, #3)
Keep

Pass: 4 | Keep: 6

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 27 | Keep: 33

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, 2020:

ARCs Read: 18 | ARCs Overdue: 2* | Upcoming: 5

(March State: 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’ve put a hold on taking requests for the rest of the summer to concentrate on titles I already have committed too and some upcoming releases for the street teams I’m a part of of.

The focus for July is to finish up some ARCs and enjoy the last month of my Scribd trial!

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

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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: 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: 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: 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!

Image result for we the north

thoughts

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

Most Viewed Post

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!

thoughts

Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

thoughts

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?
Leave a comment below!

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Monthly Inventory: May 2019

May 2019

I made lots of changes when it comes to my reading and blogging this month…and it feels pretty great!

Here are some of the big changes I made:

  1. I am no longer participating in blog tours
    • I unsubscribed from (nearly) all my mailing lists — more in my State of the ARC section for the details!
  2. I am no longer updating my recap section of my blog
    • It’s much too time consuming and there are a lot of other sites that do it better than I do.
    • For now, the pages will remain on site for those I’ve already created and I’ll update those ongoing series. Otherwise, no new summaries from me!
      • You might have noticed I changed my blog header to reflect this 😉
  3. I’ve changed my blog posting schedule!
    • Because I’m not reading as much as I used to, I’ve reduced the number of posts I make in a month to help spread out my content.

Why the changes? I still enjoy blogging in my spare time so I didn’t want to take a hiatus but I definitely wanted to reduce some of the pressures I put on myself because of my blog. I needed to make some changes that reflect the changes in my reading life. So that includes eliminating promotional posts (like ARCs since they have deadlines); reducing the amount of stuff I do to create content (like recaps); and posting less to make my content last longer.

I’m not sure if this will be a permanent thing but I definitely want to try doing so until the end of the summer (especially the reduced ARCs).

All those changes were at the start of the month. As May ended, my reading time waned a little bit. I scrambled to finish some ARCs I had committed myself to (all the more reason for the above changes!). But in Canada, when nicer weather comes, you have to seize it, so every spare moment was spent outside getting my house ready for the summer!

thoughts

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

DNF’d: 0 Books

Last May: 15 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read + 1 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


This was everything I wanted in a spin-off sequel of one of my all time favourite YA series. It had the right amount of everything: nostalgia, romance, action, characters and it kept my full attention. I’m very excited to read the sequels and see where this series will go.

Biggest Let Down (★★)


While I loved the idea of this companion novel sequel, it just didn’t capture my attention.

thoughts

Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

thoughts

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: 1 books added | # of 25 Titles Read – 4 books behind schedule
Goodreads Challenge: 14 books added | 65/200 Books – 17 books behind schedule
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 2 books added | /24 Books – 3 books behind schedule

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:

Keep

Pass

Pass

Keep

Keep

Pass

Keep

Keep

Keep

Keep

Pass: 3 | Keep: 7

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 15 | Keep: 35

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. I’ve made a special exception for this month because I’ve made some major changes to my personal ARC reading.

This past month, I’ve decided to unsubscribe to the various blog tour groups I’m a part of. It was quite the shock to quit cold turkey but it also felt great–freeing even.

Lately, reading ARCs has felt a little bit like a chore to me. I find I’m always scrambling to get them finished on time (sometimes because I don’t get the ARC right away; sometimes because life gets in the way) and it puts a pressure on me that I don’t want to be reflected in my reading experience and subsequent review of the work.

So what’s the plan going forward?

  • Finish out the blog tour hosting dates I’ve signed up for
  • Only review books from Street Teams or from author’s who I have worked with in the past
  • Unsubscribe from all blog tour email lists
  • I’m still a part of Netgalley and other review opportunity groups
    • Why? I find that they are much more flexible with their posting dates and I can likely get the book ahead of the publishing date

While I say this won’t be a permanent thing, I think it will be. Since I’ve made the decision, I feel like a weight has been lifted. And that weight extends to reading in general. I don’t always find the time to read every day but because I lack those deadlines, I don’t feel bad about it. It’s a very freeing feeling.

My Progress for January to May, 2019:

ARCs Read: 20 | ARCs Overdue: 2+1* | Upcoming: 1

(March State: ARCs Read: 10 | ARCs Overdue: 1+1* | Upcoming: 3)

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

discussions

You can still join in on these discussions:

May was originally the month I chose for sequels (I have 4 months in a year where I only read sequels) but I switched it to June. For the month of June, I’m only reading sequels (with the exception of some pending ARCs).

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month? Do you still read ARCs? Have you ever made major changes to the content of your blog?
Leave a comment below!

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Monthly Inventory: March 2019

March 2019

I’m only 3 months in, but I can tell 2019 is going to be a different sort of year for me.

Get ready for a long, reflective post 😛

Compared to previous years, I find I visit my blog only a handful of times during the week to write new posts and do upkeep. And that probably goes hand in hand with the fact that I seem to be reading less than ever before. I’ve read significantly less books in these first 3 months of the year when compared to last year (there’s like a 10 book difference!). This is the first time in years where I’ve been severely behind in my Goodreads challenge.

I do my best to remind myself that there are a lot of external factors that have impacted my reading in 2019. I recently moved and getting settled takes up every spare moment I have. Plus, my responsibilities have changed as a result of my move (and just the fact that I’m getting older). My work schedule is insane–which is why every spare moment has been going towards my house chores because if I’m not living at work, I’m trying to get my actual living space in order. And because I moved closer to work, I’m listening to less audiobooks in a month and I think that has drastically impacted my monthly reading stats.

>> SERIESous Discussion: Reading Formats by Month

I’m optimistic about the next few months though. I’ve almost finished everything I want to do to my new place, so I’m hoping to get more time to read as a result. My work schedule is also going to change in May and I have a nice vacation scheduled for April so I should see some improvements there.

But I think the biggest factor is that I’m getting more and more comfortable with this shift to my reading habits. I always knew that as I got older, the number of books I would read in a year would dwindle as my responsibilities and interests changed. And when it comes to what I read, I find myself craving flexibility. I want to just pick up a book on a whim because it sounds good not because I need to read it by a certain date.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love doing ARCs and review requests–and I will continue to do them. But I think in the months to come, I’m really going to start to limit the number I do in a month so I can have the option to read that eBook that has been sitting on my eReader for 2 years untouched; or pull that sequel from the library shelves I’ve been avoiding for months. So what’s in store? I’ve outlined what I’m going to do going forward in my “State of the ARC” and “On Order” sections of this post.

 

thoughts

Total for March 2019: 10 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 0 Books

Last March: 27 Books Read + 3 Novellas Read + 1 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★)


I’m so happy to return to the world of Briar U!!! While this one took me a few chapters to get into, I had a hard time putting it down by the end. I just loved the slow burn!

Biggest Let Down (★★)


While I think we can all agree that Chaol needed a serious reboot as a character, I found that the vast majority of this novel was filler. You could have easily accomplished everything this 600 page novel did in 150 pages.

 


For Black Friday this year, Kindle had a promotion for new Kindle Unlimited Subscribers where you got 3 months of reading for only $0.99!!! Usually, we don’t get these deals in Canada so I made sure I locked in ASAP. I started my subscription at the start of December and it ended within the first week of March. I wanted to keep track of what books I read to see if what I read is worth the monthly fee just like I did when completing the free trial a few years ago.

  • Aced $3.91
  • Spiked $3.95
  • Pan $5.30
  • MVP $1.31

I made these books a priority and it paid off. I’m adding a total of $14.47 to my $25.78 total since December for a grand total of $40.25. Pretty good for a $1 purchase!

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:

March 31, 2019

March 31, 2018

Total % of Library Complete

%

23%

Total # of Books Finished

#

284

Total # of Reading Hours

#

2511

 

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

TTT: Standalone Novels that Should Have Sequels

Most Viewed Review

ARC Review: Friends with Benefits

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

 

thoughts

Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

 

thoughts

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 | 3 of 25 Titles Read – Behind!
Goodreads Challenge: 11 books added | 11/200 Books – 11 Books Behind!
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 0 books added | 4/24 Books – Slightly Behind

View my Challenge Progress Here!

 

Every quarter, I check the status of my Goodreads shelves to see if I’m reducing (or increasing) the number of items on my TBR. My goals for 2019 are to reduce my “New to Me” TBR to ~400 as well as my “Sequel” shelf to less than 250.

Currently

December 31, 2018

Want to Read (New)

465

472

To Read (Sequels)

261

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:

Beautiful Oblivion (Beautiful Oblivion, #1)
Pass

Losing Control (Kerr Chronicles, #1)
Keep

More Than Music (Chasing The Dream, #1)
Keep

Full Steam Ahead (Sea Swept, #1)
Keep

Solo
Pass

Crossing the Line (World Apart, 1)
Keep

The Hook Up (Game On, #1)
Keep

All Closed Off (Rusk University, #4)
Keep

Unhinge (Fairfax, #2)
Keep

Beautiful Boss (Beautiful Bastard, #4.5)
Keep

Pass: 2 | Keep: 8

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 8 | Keep: 22

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 only update every quarter.

My Progress for March 2019:

ARCs Read: 10 | ARCs Overdue: 1+1* | Upcoming: 3

(January State: ARCs Read: 5 | ARCs Overdue: 1+2* | Upcoming: 3)

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

Going Forward:

While I already have a limit of no more than 2 ARCs per month (and I’ve been doing a pretty great job sticking to it!), I plan on accepting less ARCs on a monthly basis in the coming months. As per my 2019 Reading Plan, I allow myself to request 2 ARCs (blog tours, Netgalley, review opportunities, requests) every month. However, I didn’t book myself for any ARCs this past month in an effort to play catch-up…and I really loved it.

It’s a little hard to explain but I’ll try. See, it used to take me 2-3 days to read a book but now it’s taking me an average of 5 because I don’t always have the time to read everyday. I try not to read multiple books at a time because my reading time is already sparse (though I do often overlap) and so I don’t always get to my ARCs as soon as I should. And then I feel pressed to read them by the deadline and that dampens my enjoyment.

So what’s my new plan? I’m going to further limit my ARCs until I can get a better grasp on reading and life. How am I going to do it?

  • Only look at review opportunities every other month
    • delete emails from review opportunity groups without reading them
      • ex. In the month of April I won’t be signing up for any tours for future dates regardless of if those dates fall outside of the month of April
  • Only read books from Street Teams I’m truly interested in
  • Start reading ARCs ASAP once received!

 

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month? Have you broken any resolutions yet?
Leave a comment below!

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Monthly Inventory: January 2019

January 2019

Well, what a start to the new year! I’m not sure everything went to plan for me in January but I had a lot of changes this past month and it’s no surprise that my read reflects that.

I recently moved closer to work–which has been fantastic with the weather of late (I shovelled more snow in 5 days than I did all of last year). But with a shorter drive, that means I don’t listen to as many audiobooks anymore. Audiobooks really maintained my reading numbers last year because I could listen to 2+ hours a day with my drive. I still listen to them (because I really do love audiobooks!) but only a little bit at a time so they take me longer to finish.

The other reason my reading is so abysmal is that I’ve been so busy readying my new place while working full time that I can only manage a chapter (if I’m lucky) of my book before sleep calls my name. I’m nearly there putting the finishing touches on my new place so I’m hoping I can churn out a few more books this month.

 

thoughts

Total for January 2019: 10 Books Read + 1 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 0 Books

Last January: 25 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read + 3 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★)


I love thrillers/suspsense novels but I’ve never had a great experience with romantic suspense–until I started K A Tucker’s Burying Water Series. This was a fantastic follow-up to the first novel!

Biggest Let Down (★★)


In theory, this novel should have been a knock out of the park for me but boy, did it sure not work for me. It took me nearly two months to finish (a sign I should have DNF’d it ages ago).


For Black Friday this year, Kindle had a promotion for new Kindle Unlimited Subscribers where you got 3 months of reading for only $0.99!!! Usually, we don’t get these deals in Canada so I made sure I locked in ASAP. I started my subscription at the start of December and it will end the first week of March. I wanted to keep track of what books I read to see if what I read is worth the monthly fee just like I did when completing the free trial.

  • NONE

Despite stocking my Kindle with many books, I didn’t get to any! This month is all about the sequels so I hope to get a few in before my subscription stops.

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, 2019

January 31, 2018

Total % of Library Complete

25%

23%

Total # of Books Finished

296

270

Total # of Reading Hours

2598

2511

 

posted reviews

Most Viewed Post

Reading Plan 2019

Most Viewed Review

Blog Tour: Between the Sea and Stars

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

 

thoughts

Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

 

thoughts

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: 1 book added | 1 of 25 Titles Read – Slightly Behind!
Goodreads Challenge: 11 books added | 11/200 Books – 5 Books Behind!
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 3 books added | /36 Books – On Track!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

 

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

December 31, 2018

Want to Read (New)

473

472

To Read (Sequels)

267

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:

The Lost Sisterhood
Keep

Tall, Tatted and Tempting (The Reed Brothers, #1)
Keep

Uncovered
Keep

Debt Inheritance (Indebted, #1)
Keep

Never Been Kissed (Never Been, #1)
Keep

V-Card (Sharing Spaces, #1)
Pass

A Risk Worth Taking (Grayson County, #1)
Pass

Keep

Keep

Keep

Pass: 2 | Keep: 8

Grand Total YTD: Pass: 2 | Keep: 8

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 2019:

ARCs Read: 5 | ARCs Overdue: 1+2* | Upcoming: 3

(December State: ARCs Overdue: 2+1* | Upcoming: 4)

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

Going Forward:

I probably bit off more than I could chew for January all things considered but I made do. I’ve decided not to do any promotional reads in March so I can catch up and start fresh in April.

 

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Each month I have a list of 6 books I’ve selected to read for that particular month. These books include review copies and reading challenge picks. This year, I’ve decided to make 4 months throughout the year sequel only months (excluding ARCs and 5Y5BC picks). Here are some of the books I have ready to go for February:

Chasing River (Burying Water, #3) Five Days Until You (One Week Girlfriend, #4.5) East (History Interrupted #2) Mister Romance (Masters of Love, #1)

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month? Have you broken any resolutions yet?
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Monthly Inventory: September 2018

September 2018

September got off to a very rough start. I nearly DNF’d more books in the first 2 weeks than I did in all of August. So understandably, I felt myself getting into a bit of a reading slump by mid-month. Not fun. Was my crazy work schedule to blame? Was it my plan to only read sequels for the month of September? I’m not sure but it has been a long time since I’ve gone through what I consider to be a major reading slump so it was an unwelcome feeling.

>> SERIESous Discussion: 5 Reasons Why Novellas Stop Reading Slumps

But my mid-month, I seemed to be back on track. Like last September, I decided to make this past month all about reading sequels. Overall, with the exception of a few audiobooks and a reading challenge title, I did a pretty good job. Out of the 15 books I started and finished within this month, 10 were sequels. That’s means 67% of the titles I read this month were sequels! And while I didn’t read near as many books as I wanted to (or any of the ones I had actually listed to read), I’m still really happy that I was able to finish some pending series reviews and make a dent in my 52 Sequels Challenge.

In other news, I discovered that my new default audiobook speed is now 1.5X! When I first started listening to audiobooks, I kept the speed at 1X but I found that some narrators were talking too slowly so I sped it up to 1.25X in the last few months. But lately,even that’s too slow too! It’s crazy to me because even last year that would have been wayyy to fast to listen to. It’s been a great change though because (obviously) the books don’t take as long as to finish so I’m able to get through more in a month. Which I think is improving my overall enjoyment of the novels because they don’t seem as dragged out as they would otherwise.

 

thoughts

Total for September 2018: 13 Books Read + 2 Novellas Read

DNF’d: 5 Books

Last September: 10 Books Read + 0 Novellas Read + 0 DNFs

Standout Read (★★★★★)


I had an absolute blast listening to the audiobook! This was such a charming contemporary story and exactly what I wanted–and needed–it to be!

Biggest Let Down (DNF)


This book had all the right checks for me–Canadian Author, Fantasy, Competition–but it fell terribly flat. I don’t think it helped that I had a mediocre reading month either. This book just couldn’t hold my attention with its stiff writing and insta-love romance.

 

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:

October 2, 2018

October 9, 2017

Total % of Library Complete

25%

10%

Total # of Books Finished

288

120

Total # of Reading Hours

2551

2445

 

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Tips: List of Blog Tour & Review Groups

Most Viewed Review

Standalone Review: Rush

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

 

thoughts

Previously posted series reviews that got updates:

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

5 Year 5 Book Challenge: DNF’d 1 Selection & 2 Sequels | 16 of 25 Titles Read – Behind!
Goodreads Challenge: 15 books added | 185/190 Books – Ahead!
52 Sequel Challenge: 7 titles added | 39/52 Sequels – Behind!
Tackling the TBR Challenge: 2 books added | 24/36 Books – Behind!

View my Challenge Progress Here!

In February 2017, I created a challenge for myself to bring my Want to Read Goodreads Shelf to 500 books. By the end of December 2017, I had brought the shelf down from 1205 to 511 books! The ultimate goal for 2018 is to get that number lower than 500 and also bring down my “sequel” shelf as well. I’ve decided that every quarter I will check my stats to see how I’m doing when it comes to cleaning up my TBR

Currently

December 31, 2017

Want to Read (New)

490

511

To Read (Sequels)

302

301

I feel really good about my numbers as they stand. I’ve been consistently under 500 for my “new” TBR items for the last few months so I’m optimistic I can meet my goal of less than 500 by the end of the year. It would be nice to see my “sequel” reads decrease a little more by the end of the year. I think some of those numbers are inflated (I haven’t been the most proactive in removing sequels from series I’ve decided to pass on from that list) but in some ways, it’s expected that when I read books from my “new” shelf, the sequels will be added to my “sequels” shelf.

 

Created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

I’ve seen this meme floating around and thought it was a great idea to help me tackle my TBR list and reach that less than 500 goal. The idea is to go through 5-10 books on your Goodreads TBR list chronologically and decide if they should stay or go. I usually do a big Goodreads Purge twice a year but I like the idea of doing a little bit at a time and have decided to do this on a monthly basis.

This month (7 new to me series + 3 previously started series):

See Me (See Me, #1)
Pass

Nearly Broken (Nearly, #1)
Keep

Weekends Required (Danvers, #1)
Pass

Beautiful Chances (Beautiful, #1)
Pass

Breaking Nova (Nova, #1)
Pass

Beneath Your Beautiful (Beautiful, #1)
Pass

Fall into Forever
Keep

Star Struck (Lights, Camera, #2)
Keep

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
Keep

Playing with Her Heart (Caught Up in Love #5)
Keep

Pass: 5 | Keep: 5

Grand Totals YTD — Pass: 31 | Keep: 39

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. However, since I participated in ARC August, I decided to do an update last month to see if the challenge had an impact on my ARC review status and I wanted to continue with my quarterly tradition by doing one for the month of September.

My Progress for January to September, 2018:

ARCs Read: 71  |   ARCs Overdue: 2+2*  |  Upcoming: 3

(August’s State: ARCs Read: 66  |   ARCs Overdue: 1*  |  Upcoming: 4+1(u))

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

Going Forward:

ARC August helped A LOT in getting my ARC list under control. This is definitely a much more manageable TBR list. So far, I’m right on track when it comes to sticking to my 2018 Reading Plan of limiting my ARCs on a monthly basis to 3. I’ve really gotten better at not signing myself up for every blog tour that peaks my interest and I haven’t been browsing Netgalley for titles either. I have a silly work schedule for October and a vacation planned where I won’t be reading much so that really helped me stick to my limits.

 

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