Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Monthly Recap: Where the Heck have I been for 3 Months?!?

Hiya everyone! I hope everyone is having a great year so far. I apologize for being gone for the last couple months. No personalized posts by me or anything. I had a difficult couple months. My school stuff was all due and it was just a very hectic time. I honestly was not feeling like myself. I didn't want to read or write or hang out with people. It was a very lonely time for me and I know my blog suffered because of that. Now that all my school stuff is finally turned in I can finally breathe. Also, my internet was cut out at the end of March and half way through April so I disappeared again. Hopefully, the rest of the year will be a bit easier because I won't have any looming assignments on my plate.

Nonbookish Stuff:
Celebrated my husband's 25th birthday with some friends. We went to dinner and played two rounds of pool that we lost.

I ate ice cream out of a donut because yum.

My sister and grandmother-in-law came to visit us and had some puppy time.


Song of the Month:


Bookish Stuff:
I went to a book signing and met Cinda Williams Chima. Super sweet. 

Favorite Book(s) of the Month(s)

Book(s) that Surprised Me
I loved Broken Beautiful Hearts so very much and not that I was surprised I liked it, but just surprised by how much I liked it.

Under Pressure was surprising since I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I started with the second book in the series and loved it so was a little let down when I got to the first one and felt meh.

Reading Challenge:
Challenges:
TBR: Read 20 books on my TBR pile list
Complete Series Challenge
Random Challenge
NetGalley: Read & Review 2 books a month
Read over 76,384 pages
Working on my writing

Where I'm at this Month:
TBR: 6 books read 12 books left
Complete Series Challenge: 4 series complete, 9 series left
Random: 0 books
NetGalley: Number currently 54%, read & reviewed 0 books
Pages to Read: 21,626 read with 55,227 pages left
Writing: Wrote none: half a notebook left

I started this meme to finally get some books off my TBR reading shelf. So at the beginning of the year, I made a list of all the books I had listed for this meme. I finished 6 books on this list so far. Very excited to finally be making some progress.

1. The Registry by Shannon Stoker
2. The Peculiars by Maureen Boyle McGuerry
3. Origin by Jessica Khoury
4. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan
5. Nameless by Lili St. Crow
6. I Am Malala By Malala Yousafzai
7. Pure by Julianna Baggott
8. Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Lazear
9. Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting
10. Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans
11. Scan (Scan #1) by Sarah Fine & Walter Jury
12. Playing Pretend by Juliana Haygert
13. Tethered (A Birthright Novel #1) by Brandi Leigh Hall
14. Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell
15. The Jewel (The Lone City #1) by Amy Ewing
16. Devada (Angels and Demons #1) by Tich Brewster
17. You Slay Me (Aisling Grey #1) by Katie MacAlister
18. Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano
19. Matched by Ally Condie
20.The Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May
21. The 5TH Wave (The 5th Wave #1) by Rick Yancey
22. Doomed by Tracy Deebs
23. The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors
24. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
25. Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter
26. Unforgiven (Fallen #5) by Lauren Kate
27. Tempest Rising (Tempest #1) by Tracy Deebs
28. Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca 
29. Quarterback Draw (Play by Play #9) by Jaci Burton
30. The Leopard King (Ars Numina #1) by Ann Aguirre
31. A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
32. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
33. Nuts (Hudson Valley #1) by Alice Clayton
34. No Limits (Unlimited #1) by Lori Foster
35. Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
36. Wicked In Your Arms by Sophie Jordan
37. Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray
38. Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout
39. Off the Rails by Jill Sorenson
40. Ruined by Amy Tintera
41. Monday (Timeless #1) by E.L. Todd
42. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I had a goal to binge read through authors and books a couple years ago. The idea was to a bunch of books together and binge read them like a Netflix show. Like same author or books that are going to be movies or books about werewolves.

I finished Amy Plum's Revenants Trilogy, The Damaged Trilogy, The Second Circle Tattoo series, and Lunar Chronicles.



Random pile: I have started Pure, but the book is so darn slow.


My goal was to get to 80% last year.  I started this year with 70% and am now at 57%. Definitely not the direction I wanted to go, but last year it seemed like I would get one book read and then sent 8 more at one time. It was insane and I really couldn't keep up. I have a plan for this year. I'm aiming to read 2 Netgalley books a month.

May:
I am really hoping to fix myself this year and get the Netgalley stuff up to date. I also want to finish two books in my random pile.
How was everyone's month so far?
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