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Monthly Inventory: April 2015

April 2015

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

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

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

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

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*Note: just because I read a series/book this month doesn’t mean that the review was also published. Due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months!

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

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“Characters I’d Like to Check in With”

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

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

Previously posted reviews I updated this past month:

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

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

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

View my Progress Here!

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

This month’s final poll results:

Twilight Saga 4 | Vampire Diaries Series 2

Next Battle: Vampire Diaries Books vs Vampire Diaries TV Show

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

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

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

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

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Monthly Inventory: March 2015

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March 2015

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

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

Books Inventoried

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

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*Note: just because I read a series/book this month doesn’t mean that the review was also published. Due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming weeks/months!

Books Purchased

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

Posted Reviews

Posted Reviews Review of the Month

Series:

Standalones

Other

COVER

Most Viewed New Post

Updated Stocks

Reading Challenge Updates

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

Books

43/150 books!

65/150 books!
View Progress

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

Goal 1 Complete!
Goal 2

156/250 points!
View Progress

Books

0/5 books!

0/5 books!
View Progress

Books

1/5 books!

1/5 books!
View Progress

View Specifics:

YA Challenge Reviews

Sequel Challenge Reviews

Classic Challenge Reviews

Nonfiction Challenge Reviews

Throwdown Thursday Results

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

This month’s final poll results:

Hunger Games 11 | Divergent 1

Next Battle: Twilight Saga vs The Vampire Diaries

Site Updates

On Order for April

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

Music of the Month

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

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

Leave a comment below!

I wish you all SERIESously happy reading!

Monthly Inventory: February 2015

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February 2015

It’s a little late I suppose–but it took me a long time to decide if I wanted to do a monthly blog recap. As per my blog resolutions for 2015 I’ve been taking a look at other blogs in the community (which are all great by the way! There are some awesome blogs out there for sure!) and liked that some people did monthly recaps. Not that I think many people will read it, but it’s a good reflection tool for myself (we studied that last week in my inter-professional course at school and it’s kinda stuck on me :P) to keep a positive attitude and maintain good blogging habits.

Like most readers,¬†real-life gets in the way and you end up not reading as many books as you planned (guilty) or you never got around to reading a particular book (guilty) or you bought more books (guilty x2) or put more books on hold at the library (guilty x3) or… the list can go on and on. Yet¬†as I was composing this post, I realized that I accomplished a lot! And that I should be proud of that fact! In everything I do I focus wayyyyy too much on the negative and not the positive. Sure I had to return a few books to the library unread (the horror I know!) BUT I read some really awesome books last month and put a really, really good dent in some of my reading challenges for the year.

Who knew you could do so much in such a short month!?

Books Inventoried

  • 16 Books Read + 3 novellas
    • 1 nonfiction novel (Death of a King)
    • 3 standalones (Whatever Life Throws, DUFF, Forget You)
    • Started 4 new series (Trust Me, Waterfire Saga, Alienated, Worldwalker Trilogy)
    • Finished 1 series from start to end (Hopeless)
    • Read sequels for 4 previously started series (Wild Seasons, Tangled, Falling Away, Welcome to the Point)
 Favourite Read  Least Favourite
 Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)

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 Forget You

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*Note: just because I read a series/book this month doesn’t mean that the review was also published. Due to the nature of my blog (ie I review whole series) it often takes me a few weeks to publish a full review (pending book availability) so look forward to seeing some of these reviews in the upcoming months!

Posted Reviews

Updated Stocks

Reading Challenge Updates

I also created my own personal challenges: A Classics Challenge & a Nonfiction Challenge!

 Books

43/150 books!

43/150 books!

View Progress

 Books
‚úĒ Two YA books
‚úĖ Mini Challenge
View Progress
 

86/100 points!

86/100 points!
View Progress

 Books

0/5 books!

0/5 books!
View Progress

Books

1/5 books!

1/5 books!
View Progress

 View:

YA Challenge Reviews

Sequel Challenge Reviews

Classic Challenge Reviews

Nonfiction Challenge Reviews

Site Updates

On Order for March

  • I have some new features coming!
    • Memeful Moments – a NEW monthly feature where I write my thoughts about an internet meme
    • Throwdown Thursdays – a NEW ORIGINAL monthly feature where I compare two books/series/etc against each other
    • Top Ten Tuesdays – I plan to follow the weekly meme but on a monthly basis
  • Update the following:
    • review directories
    • Series Recaps for G-L
  • a TBR jar — honestly I’m embarrassed it took me so long to find this awesome idea!

Music in the Aisles

Just for fun I thought I would talk about what music I’ve been listening to lately. I’ve really been loving Nick Jonas’ latest album! His songs have been stuck in my head all week!

What were your biggest reading or personal accomplishments of the past month? Did you accomplish more or less because of the shorter month? Leave a comment below!

Thanks for reading this if you read it all the way through!

I wish you all SERIESously happy reading!