Honestly, this month was a blur!
I feel like I was just posting my Canada Day 150 post for my favourite Canadian Authors and here I am, listing everything I did since! And I did a lot! You can find out more below.
One of the major highlights was officially scheduling my first post for the new year! It’s a little scary that I’ve run out of dates to post in 2017 but that’s mostly due to the fact that I’ve read a lot of standalone novels this year. Once I finish When Dimple Met Rishi in a few days, I’m only going to be reading novels that are part of series.
ha! Starting to schedule posts for 2018 in JULY! ?
Once I finish When Dimple Met Rishi, I’ll be done with standalones for the rest of 2017! https://t.co/ZZyHtXfJKA
— Lauren (@SERIESousBooks) August 1, 2017
Also below, you will find my intro post to my first ever ARC August participation. While I told myself not to request a lot of ARCs this summer, I had a lot of opportunities for sequels and fav authors so I couldn’t resist. Oops
Total for July 2017: 20 Books Read + 4 Novellas Read
Last July: 17 Books Read
DNF’d: 3 Books
Standout Read (★★★★★)
I was so charmed by this book and this story. I devoured it in one sitting.
Biggest Let Down (★★)
If this wasn’t the last book in the story arc, I would have DNF’d it. I thought this was so, so boring. It just lacked the shine to it the previous installment had (admittedly, that one is hard to top since ACOMAF was epic) and seemed like lots of talking, not so much action.
I thought it would be fun to keep track of my reading progress on my Kobo every month (and compare it to last year’s numbers). While I do own a Kindle now, I mostly use my Kobo for everyday reading. As per my #ShelfLove Challenge, I really want to increase the Total % of Library Complete by the end of the year.
Unfortunately, with Kobo’s latest update they’ve changed the way they calculate statistics and it has drastically altered mine. It seems like they only count Kobo books now for total # of books finished (they used to include the eBooks from the library that I would add). But for some reason, that has changed my total % complete as well. At least my total # of hours seems to have stayed.
July 31, 2017
July 31, 2016
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Previously posted series reviews that got updates:
You can always get the full details on all my challenges on my dedicated page but here is a quick update:
5 Year 5 Book Challenge: 8 of 25 Titles Read — DNF’d 1 title
August’s 5Y5B picks: The Loop & Maid of Secrets
Goodreads Challenge: 24 books added
#ShelfLove Challenge: 6 TBR Items added
August’s #ShelfLove picks: Just Breathe & Legacy
Judge By the Cover Challenge: None
Classics Challenge: None
August’s pick: finish Jane Eyre
View my Challenge Progress Here!
In February, I brought back my Tackling the TBR feature and announced my plan to get my Goodreads TBR down to 500 books. Here are my current standings:
- Current TBR Shelf: 611 books
- TBR Shelf at end of June: 614 books
- Initial Number in February: 1205 books
You can still join in on these discussions:
Here are some of my favourite posts that I’ve come across the past month (I found a LOT!):
- Christina @ Girl in the Pages talks about finding the time for long books
- Analee @ Book Snacks tells us why more books should be set in Canada
- Lauren @ Bookmark Lit shares her thoughts on reading bad books on purpose
- Brittany @ A Book Addict’s Guide discusses falling out of love with a series and/or author
- Lauren @ My Paper Infinity explains why she never DNFs an ARC
- Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books lists some amazing parents in contemporary fiction
- Briana @ Pages Unbound shares what she likes in advice posts
- Michelle @ Tea and Titles talks about drifting from YA
- Jessica @ A Great Read compares Fairy Tales and Disney
- Alex @ Fiery Reads discusses the importance of reading diverse books when you are not marginalized
Make Me Read It: August 2017
There’s still time to vote for what books I should read for the upcoming readathon! My goal is to read 4 of the 10 books I’ve picked during the readathon (and the rest by the end of the year).
This will be my first time participating in the classic summer event hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat! I signed up for more ARCs than I should have but that’s what the summer is for right? I don’t have too many but I’d like to get the books slated for September release finished before September.
What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month?
Leave a comment below!
Looks like July was a good reading/blogging month for you! Good luck with both of your August challenges—I’m participating in #ARCAugust too!
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It was a great month! It flew by so it was nice to do the final tally and see that I was rather successful! Good luck with #ARCAugust! I’ve made a good dent already myself!
Thank you so much for the shout out! <3 Also, I have some serious envy going on that you already have posts scheduled out for next year!!! If I have post scheduled a week in advance I am happy with myself lol
Anytime <3 The only reason I schedule so far in advance is I try to only post standalone reviews every other week and I seemed to have read a lot this year!