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ARC August Week 1 Update

So I thought I thought I’d do updates every Friday I’d share an update of how far I’ve progressed in my #ARCAugust challenge. Here’s what I’ve knocked out so far from my list of ten.

  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (Release Date: October 3rd)
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy (Release Date: August 29th)
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu (Release Date: September 19th)
  • Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (Release Date: December 26th)
  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin (Release Date: September 26th)
  • These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips (Release Date: August 1st)
  • Lost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt (Release Date: August 22nd)
  • That Inevitable Victoria Thing by E.K Johnston (Release Date: October 3rd)
  • Berserker by Emmy Laybourne (Release Date: October 10th)
  • Top Ten by Katie Cotugno (Release Date: October 3rd)

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu: I LOVED Moxie and it’s easily in my top three for favourite books so far this year. I will have a review up closer to the release date, but you all know my insane obsession with Jennifer Mathieu’s books and this one is just amazing and needs to be read in every school across the world. ★★★★★

These Things I’ve Done by Rebecca Phillips: A review for this one went live already! Please go enjoy that review to get all of my thoughts! ★★★ 1/2

Other things I read this week:

Nobody Cries At Bingo by Dawn Dumont – Had to read this for work, and it’s a funny read with some very heartbreaking moments. Dumont talks about rez life in Canada, particularly growing up in the prairies. She talks about her family and their rituals, This book made me laugh, made me sad, left me thinking. Not every story won me over in the collection and the last story was kind of a big let down. The title story however? Amazing, amazing, amazing. It’s an interesting and eye-opening book about Canadian culture and its connection to First Nations people. ★★★ 1/2

Ghost by Jason Reynolds – I LOVED THE CRAP OUT OF THIS BOOK. A lot of my friends on Goodreads were reading this book and I kept seeing it come up. Walking the stacks at my work I grabbed it and started to read the first chapter and knew I had to take it home with me to be read and loved. This is my first Jason Reynolds book and it for sure won’t be last. I loved this story about a boy who is trying to find the reason he “runs,” and I love the friendship between him and his track mates Lu, Sunny and Patina. I also cannot wait for the next book in this series! ★★★★★

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick – I really enjoyed this book! There are some moments that feel a bit problematic, but I weirdly also appreciated Kendrick’s honesty. With her Daria-style sense of humor it is funny how easy it is to feel like you know who Anna Kendrick is. Plus her regard for sweatpants and hibernation? Can we be friends? Seriously. Also I ENCOURAGE folks to listen to this on audiobook because having her narrate the book gives such a nice added layer of entertainment and humour. This is seriously the best way to go! ★★★★

The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney – This was a surprise of a read! This book is about second-chances at a better life, and more specially about rescue dogs who are looking for a forever home but have perhaps done things in the past that make them “unwanted.” This book broke my heart! I own two dogs and I couldn’t be without either of them in my life, but this book reminds us that like people, dogs deserve to be loved and needed. They need to the right person to give them the compassion they need. You learn so much about the dogs in this story, their personalities and it makes me wish I could just adopt all the homeless dogs out there. ★★★★


Number of ARCs on the list read: 2/10

Number of ARCs Read: 2

Number of Non-ARCs Read: 4


Book Chat: #ShelfofShameJuly Challenge

June saw me slow down my reading a bit. Part of it is that I used to take the bus to work and that was prime reading time. Now I drive a car, which is crazy exciting, but it also cuts into my reading time more which is a bummer. Even though I read every day in June, I still feel like I didn’t read at my usual speed or even amount. I also read a lot of library books, which is always the problem when you work at the library.

The goal for July is to make a small change. I’ve suspended all my library holds (minus my comics) and my goal is to push towards reading stuff on my own shelves. I have so many ARCs I want to read, so many books I own I want to read. I need to get back into the habit of constantly reading and pushing myself towards clearing my TBR a bit more. I’ve been working through my TBR in different ways, such as my monthly reading challenges, my Goodreads Goal, Read-a-thons, and even doing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge as well.

July is going to be a rough month given I’ll be running RPGamer.com’s #JRPGJuly event where we play and try to complete a JRPG in a month. I also have friends from Minnesota visiting as well, so I really need to try and use my time wisely. Hopefully I can manage my time better in the month of July, because June just had so much going on to the point where I felt as though I couldn’t keep up with everything going on and then my reading suffered because of it.

So my goals for July are going to be:

  • Read 5 ARCs
  • Read one 500+ page book
  • Read 5 books from the Shelf of Shame

Hopefully there will be a read-a-thon or something going on in July to motivate me further. WISH ME LUCK!

Book-tube-a-thon TBR!

So the Book-tube-a-thon is happening from July 14th to July 20th, starting at midnight, wherever and whatever your timezone is! This event is hosted by Ariel and sponsored by the Book Depository! Ariel recently posted the list of challenges for the event, which you can check out  here:

All right, so I’m not really into Vlogging (I don’t think folks wanna look at my mug and listen to me ramble), but I am definitely doing the reading challenges and I’ll be sharing my progress every day next week. Here’s the challenges…

The Reading Challenges:
A book with pictures.
Start and finish a series.
A book with red on the cover.
A book someone else picks out for you.
A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
A book to movie adaptation
Read seven books.

This may look easyish, but it’s surprisingly difficult to get caught up in certain aspects, the book to movie adaptation one though me for a bit of a loop until my fiancée made a good suggestion. Here’s the books I plan on reading and the challenges associated with them!


A book with pictures. Momo by Michael Ende OR Codename Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi (or both!)
Start and finish a series. The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han
A book with red on the cover. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
A book someone else picks out for you. Golden by Jessi Kirby (selected by my co-blogger, River)
A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year. Genre least read: Non-fiction, book: Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein (crime! yakuza! memoir! Japan! Yay!)
A book to movie adaptation American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (which I got from the library)
Read seven books. My goal if I read the pile above will be 9. If I get 7, that rocks too.

So this is my TBR for the event, one which I hope I can complete in the week, but we’ll see what challenges I may face, because real life has magic powers to mess with reading fun timez.  If you end up participating in Book-tube-a-thon, let me know! I’d love to see your TBR or how you are approaching the challenges. At the end of the day, it’s all for fun and literacy, which are good reasons alone to participate.

Good luck, and have fun!