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Quarterly Inventory: Spring 2016

April – June 2016

Happy CANADA DAY my fellow Canucks!

School finally finished in April for me–well, the lecture component that this! I still have my clinical placement to complete but NO MORE LECTURES!

April was a poor month for reading. Exams took up most of my time and then I went away on vacation for a week and a half, which took away a lot of my reading time. But it was nice to disconnect from books and the internet for a bit and see more of the world 🙂

In contrast, May was a great month for reading even though I started in a bit of a slump! I tackled a ton TBR reads for my Rock My TBR Challenge, even if they weren’t technically the ones I picked from my jar (they still count!) and I managed to squeeze in two series for my 365 Days of YA personal challenge. Plus, the Toronto Raptors made it the furthest they ever have in the NBA playoffs so it was a great month to be a Raptors fan!

June was a smorgasbord of review copies and too many book series out from the library at once! I used my local library to its advantage to marathon through some series and get those much desired sequels. My Rock My TBR Challenge took a bit of a hit but it was worth it to get some of those series under my belt!

This recap is longer than usually but I wanted to do a mid-year review of my 2016 Resolutions and I’ve included that below!

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  • 44 Books Read + 2 novellas
    • 2 nonfiction novels (audiobooks)
    • 5 standalones (including 4 ARCs)
    • 7 books from my TBR Jar
    • Started 15 new series (including 11 ARCs)
    • Finished 3 series from start to end
    • Finished 8 previously started series
    • Read sequels for 6 previously started series

 ★★★★★  Favourite Reads  ★★★★★

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) Love, Lies and Spies Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2) The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3) The Broken Crown (Narrow Gate, #1) Red Rising (Red Rising, #1) Golden Son (Red Rising, #2) Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) Kick, Push (Kick Push, #1) Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends, #3)

 ★★  Least Favourite Reads  ★★

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #1) Infinite (Newsoul, #3) The Crown (The Selection, #5) She Laughs In Pink (Sheridan Hall #1)

DNF’d Reads

Falling into You (Falling, #1) Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) Death in Neverland (Neverland #1)

*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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Jake Undone (Jake, #1) Crashing Down (Stone Cliff, #1) Unbreak My Heart (Unbreak My Heart, #1) Pucked (Pucked, #1) Paper Princess (The Royals, #1) January (Calendar Girl, #1) RoomHate Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University, #1) The Hit List

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

  • Stats as of March 31, 2016
    • % Of Library Complete: 17%
    • # of Books Finished: 452
    • # of Total Reading Hours: 1808
  • Stats as of July 3, 2016
    • % Of Library Complete: 17%
    • # of Books Finished: 472
    • # of Total Reading Hours: 1913

I had hoped for a change in the % of my library completeness but I know I wasn’t the greatest at reading my TBR books in June 🙁

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-are getting married! (3)

#MakeMeRead It Readathon Vote

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The Broken Crown (Narrow Gate, #1)

Blog Tour: The Broken Crown

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

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My 8 most recently updated posts:


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You can get the full details on all my challenges on my dedicated pages but here is a quick update:
365 Days of YA Challenge: 1 Weekly; 1 Daily books added
Goodreads Challenge: 46 books added
Rock My TBR Challenge: 1 book + 0 of Priority
Book Blogger Organization Challenge: Updated Old Series Posts (April Goal); Recap Updates (June)
Commenting 365 Challenge: 71 Blogs visited to date

View my Progress Here!

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  • I thought I would give a mini-update on my 2016 Blog Resolutions:
    1. Clean up blog post tags
      • I’m still working on this! I’m about halfway through!
    2. Tweet at least 6 times a week (excluding post publishing tweets)
      • I was doing really well for this at the start of the year but my holidays really screwed this one up. I’m going to come up with a game plan!
    3. Update Series Recaps on monthly basis
      • Every time I write a new review, I add the recap immediately! I have some updates to do, but these are in much better shape than last year!
    4. Visit 365 Blogs and comment (see my Challenge page for 2016)
      • Update above but I’m definitely behind on this!
    5. Be more proactive about cross posting reviews to Goodreads/Riffle/etc
      • Thanks to Trello, I’m cross posting more often and quicker than ever before!
    6. Read 1 Netgalley book a month
      • Besides the month of June (where I exceeded it), I was definitely meeting this goal!
    7. Read more books from my TBR (see my Rock my TBR Challenge Page)
      • I feel like I am right on track for this one even if June was a bust!
    8. Publish my “Trilogy Termination Blitz” reviews
      • I’m hoping to dedicate August to this project
    9. Have no more than 5 books on hold at the library
      • Mission accomplished!
    10. Do not start a new series by an author I have unread novels from
      • I cheated on this goal 2X I think but I blame review opportunities for that 😉

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No longer a monthly meme!

I’ve decided to make this a seasonal feature for my blog. The participation was zilch and it was a lot of work!

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  • Fix old tags!
  • SERIESous Tips: Kindle vs Kobo–my personal take on owning both!
  • My Lady Midnight Review (& spoilers chat) will be published!
  • SERIESous Discussion: When an Author Switches Genres

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I’m finally seeing Panic! at the Disco this week so I’m super, super excited. But to keep in the Canada Day spirit, the song that was constantly in my head was Hedley’s Lose Control 😛

How was your Spring reading?
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Quarter Inventory: Winter 2016

January – March 2016

Last year, I decided to make my Monthly Inventory into a Quarterly Inventory. It’s a lot of formatting for a monthly post and honestly, nothing that exciting happens…usually.

Winter 2016 has been a monumental few months! Not only did I publish my 500th post but I also made the leap to self-hosting at the end of February. It was more than a little overwhelming but I think I have a handle on everything now. I still need to update some things on the site due to the change in themes and formatting but I’m really happy with everything and glad I made the decision to switch.

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  • 42 Books Read + 14 novellas
    • 4 nonfiction novels
    • 3 standalones (including 3 ARCs)
    • 14 of books from my TBR Jar
    • Started 12 new series (including 5 ARCs)
      • DNF’d 2 Series
    • Finished 2 series from start to end
    • Finished 7 previously started series
    • Read sequels for 4 previously started series
Favourite Reads Least Favourite Reads
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) Schooled Built (Saints of Denver, #1) Bossypants Blackhearts (Blackhearts, #1) The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)
★★★★★

In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3) Memphis Black (The Rockers of Steel, #1) Love Is An Action
★★

*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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Amber Smoke (The Escaped #1) Changing His Game (The Reynolds Brothers, #1) Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1) Bad Romance Melt With You (A Totally 80's Romance)

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

  • Stats as of February 10, 2016
    • % Of Library Complete: 16%
    • # of Books Finished: 434
    • # of Total Reading Hours: 1739
  • Stats as of March 31, 2016
    • % Of Library Complete: 17%
    • # of Books Finished: 452
    • # of Total Reading Hours: 1808

While 1% increase may not seem like a lot, considering I have ~300+ books on my Kobo, it’s a great feeling!

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TTT: Bookes I Found From Other Blogs

Most Viewed Review

Play Me

Single Sundays: Play Me by Katie McCoy

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My 8 most recently updated posts:

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

365 Days of YA Challenge: 0 Seasonal; 0 Monthly; 1 Weekly; 1 Daily books added
Goodreads Challenge56 books added
Rock My TBR Challenge: 14/12 + 1 of Priority
Book Blogger Organization Challenge: Updated Series Recaps (1/3)
Commenting 365 Challenge: Blogs visited 50/365

View my Progress Here!

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You can still join in on these discussions:

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  • Update old posts
  • Update Archives
  • Fix Broken Links
  • SERIESous Tips Feature
  • Updated Kindle vs Kobo Guide

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Goodness! I rotated through a lot of artists this season including: Marianas Trench, The Killers and Panic! at the Disco.

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments this past winter?
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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 😛 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 😉

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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

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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 🙁 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
Favourite Read Least Favourite Read
 
★★★★★

 
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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 😛 I actually surpassed it by one book which is fantastic!

Book Bingo–Canadian: 0 books added
Everything YA Challenge: ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 17 books added
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ✔ “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!

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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: ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 13 books added
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ✔ “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 😉

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)
★★★★★

Oblivion (Nevermore, #3) The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight, #1)
★★★

*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: Mini Challenge + ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 12 books added 
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ✔ “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!

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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 😉

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 
★★★★★

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: Mini Challenge + ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 22 books added
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ✔ “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

readathons

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 😛

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
★★★★★

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)
★★★

*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 🙂 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!

View this month’s archives for more posts & reviews!

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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: Mini Challenge + ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 18 books added (I’m 96% complete! I totally underestimated…)
Monthly Key Word Challenge:  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 😉

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?
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Monthly Inventory: June 2015

june 2015

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 🙂

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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)

★★★★

Aflame (Fall Away, #4)

★★★

*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 🙁 Hopefully I can rectify that next month:

Book Bingo–Canadian: 2 books added
Bookish Bingo–Ready for Spring: 1 books added
Everything YA Challenge: Mini Challenge + ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 16 books added (I’m more than 52 books ahead of schedule!)
Monthly Key Word Challenge:  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 😉
  • 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?
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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)
★★★★★

Avenge Me (Fifth Avenue Trilogy #1)
★★

*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: ✖ Mini Challenge + ✔ 2 YA reads
Goodreads Challenge: 18 books added (I’m more than 72% complete! YIKES!)
Monthly Key Word Challenge: ✔ “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 😉
    • 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 😉 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 😉
  • 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 😉
  • 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?
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