How was your January? I read everything that was on my TBR for the month! Hooray! Actually, somehow I managed to read 27 books in January???!!!! All but 4 were audiobooks, so that definitely helped. I got a lot of cross stitching done while I listened to books, and I had a 5 day weekend in the middle of the month (thank you snow days!) where I listened to 2 books every day. Evenfall was one of the ebooks I read, and it was 1,427 pages, so it was a feat in itself just to get that finished in a month. I also read and reviewed 46 children’s books on NetGalley, but I don’t keep track of those on Goodreads.
I had a very ambitious November TBR planned, with 4 readathons and lots of books to read. I didn’t quite get to them all, but I’m happy with how I did, especially considering I had family in town for the entire week of Thanksgiving and got virtually no reading done then.
It’s been almost a year since I posted a monthly wrap up. I’ve read a lot of books this year, and already met my Goodreads goal this month, but I’ve been so bad about blogging regularly. I haven’t had the passion for it, and I didn’t want to force myself when I wasn’t feeling up to it. But I had a fantastic reading month and wanted to share the books with you all. I’m hoping to start posting more regularly again, even if I end up throwing in some non-bookish posts in here and there, like what music I’ve been into lately. I’m participating in quite a few readathons this month, so many that it covers virtually the entire month, so we’ll see if I stick to my big TBR or not!
Better late than never, right? Apparently I haven’t posted a wrap up since August, yikes! I had a great reading month in January and I have a lot of exciting books planned for this month too.
How was your January? What are you excited to read this month?
August was a really busy month because school started again, so I’m back at work full-time. I’m serving students in 14 buildings this year so my schedule is jam-packed and I’m exhausted when I come home most days. A little late with my wrap up, but I was participating in the ReadThemAllThon readathon until Sunday night and ran out of time to get my post up. Because of that readathon and #AYEARATHON (and 3 audiobooks), I got quite a bit of reading done in August. And I finally read Queen of Shadows and A Gathering of Shadows!
I can’t believe I haven’t written a wrap up post since April! I don’t have time to go back and recap May and June, so we’ll just pretend like they never happened and skip on to July.
1. The King’s Men (All for the Game #3) by Nora Sakavic ★★★★★
2. Signs by Anna Martin ★★★★☆
3. Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong (Sherlock Sam #1) by A.J. Low ★★★☆☆
4. Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning (Sherlock Sam #2) by A.J. Low ★★★☆☆
5. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin ★★★★☆
6. Crush by Caitlin Ricci ★★★★☆
7. Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee ★★★★☆
8. Wandering Son Vol. 1 by Takako Shimura ★★★☆☆
9. Ace of Hearts by Devyn Morgan ★★★☆☆
10. Edge of Glory (Friendship, Texas #1) by Magan Vernon ★★★★☆
11. Summer Days & Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins★★★★☆
12. The Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading ★★★★☆
13. The Lessons (Off-Limits #1) by Elizabeth Brown ★★★☆☆
1. People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges
by Jen Mann
2. This Savage Song
by Victoria Schwab
Anyone else watching BrainDead? It’s about alien bugs that crawl into politician’s ears and essentially take over their body. It’s really smart and super funny.
I’m typically not a big fan of reality tv, but Big Brother is one of those shows that I can’t seem to get enough of. Every season I say I’m not going to watch it again, and I inevitably get hooked.
I mean…you saw this coming, right? Everyone on the planet is obsessed with it and I’m no exception. I’m on Team Instinct and just hit trainer level 21 this week.
I can’t look at this meme without cracking up. The last frame KILLS me.
This is normally the space where I update my reading challenges but I’ll be honest, I haven’t been keeping track of them AT ALL. I signed up for way more than I could handle, which is what I was afraid of. I still want to continue with Commenting 365 and Six Squared but I may be throwing in the towel for the others. We shall see.
How was your month? What’s the best book you read in July?
Thanks in part to the Bookish Bingo Readathon, TBR Takedown, and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I ended up reading 20 books in April! It was also rainy most of the month and that kept me inside a lot more than I expected.
Full details of all my 2016 goals and challenges can be found here.
February additions are bolded.
Six Squared Challenge
Read six books from each of the six categories, for a total of 36 books by the end of 2016:
6 New Releases (Debut Authors)
1. Out of Bounds by A.R. Barley
6 New Releases (Loved Authors)
6 Books to Start a Series
1. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
2. Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
4. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater
6 Books to Complete a Series
6 Book to Movie Adaptations
1. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
2. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
6 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners or Nominees
1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
2. The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
9/36 total (+5 this month)