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This Monstrous Weekend!

Hey guys! Sorry long time no post. As you know my life consists of hanging out with my husband in his AI lab and reading ALLL the books. This month I’ve done quite a bit of reading, but not a ton of reviewing… saving up for next month because I have a HUGE pile of books to review!

This past weekend was super bookish and super fun and basically ALL THE THINGS THAT I HAD HOPED FOR UPON RETURNING TO THE USA!!! I went to two book events and they were both AH-MAY-ZING.

First on Friday I took the day off from work and it was wondrous and I was lazy (okay so totally not) and ate lunch at my favorite cafe and cleaned my house and then went to pick up Melissa Giorgio from the train station!!! Melissa has been a friend of mine since high school but due to being out of the country we hadn’t seen each other since 2008, when she came to visit me in Tokyo. So yeah. Major reunion. She took the train up from NYC and got here around 3:00pm. We went back to Kendall Square, got her situated in her hotel room and then I took her on a tour of the MIT campus before we ate dinner and then went back to my place. She FINALLY met my husband and they chatted while I got ready for THIS MONSTROUS LAUNCH PARTY at Porter Square Books.

I’m sure you’ve all seen me tweeting about This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee. Mackenzi is a local friend and I was so excited that I could help support her new book. I’ve read the book (and reviewed it here) and I LOVE OLIVER SO MUCH OKAY. All last week I worked on what I dubbed THIS MONSTROUS SURPRISE which was…

TMT2This Monstrous Sign! (Omg I cannot stop with the puns! Not even sorry!) I drew it (first thing I’ve drawn IN YEARS) and I am SO pleased with how it turned out! I sat in the very front at her launch (it was PACKED!) and held it up when she first got up front and the expression on her face was priceless! I gave it to her as a present later on and I was so happy that she loved it! (as well as other people on social media! Woohoo!)

The launch was pretty awesome. Melissa Lee saved me a seat and me and my Melissas (Who will be Melissa Lee and Melissa G from here on) listened to Mackenzi wax poetically about Mary Shelly, Frankenstein and her awesome adventures in Europe. After Mackenzi was done reading and speaking everyone got in line to get their book signed. Thinking we’d wait out the rush Melissa Lee, Melissa G, and I went to do other things… which sadly was a shitty choice (another pun! if you’ve read the book.. read the book!) because we missed out on cookies and ended up waiting an hour in line!

But we did take some fun photos!

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It was not a late night because we had to all wake up early the next day for… BOSTON TEEN AUTHOR FEST!!!

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Saturday morning I woke up early to get ready. Melissa Lee was picking us up around 9, and I wanted to actually dress up since it seems like I NEVER get to dress fun anymore with work being a Professional Setting and weekends being super relaxed.

IMG_1958I was SO excited to wear my favorite black Murua shirt dress and this new pair of tights that I bought basically for the event. The text on them is very… interesting to say the least. I’m suspecting that they were made in Japan…

Melissa Lee came and got us and we arrived at the Cambridge Public Library a little bit before 10:00 AM, so we went to Starbucks where we ran into a horde of authors. We chatted with some of them in line and made friends with Adam Silvera (More Happy than Not) and Becky Albertalli (Simon Vs. the Homo-sapiens) who we then later kept running into (and Melissa Lee already knew them and had met a few times before).

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btaf1Selfie with Adam and Becky!

btaf3Selfie with Kendall Kulper (Salt & Storm and Drift and Dagger), Adam, Mackenzi and some girls we don’t know!

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btaf4They gave out free copies of The August 5 and I got my copies of Blood and Salt and Salt & Storm signed.

I also ran into a few other authors I knew (one of them being Lori Goldstein; author of Becoming Jinn) and some other blogger/book friends. It was really nice to see everyone! And after hours of standing in line for Leigh Bardugo to sign ALL the books…

btaf5(Leigh Bardugo, Melissa G, Nicole Moy, half my head and Melissa Lee not pictured because DRIVING)

We gave her a ride to Porter Square Books. MOST EPIC CAR RIDE EVER!

So yeah. Pretty much Best. Day. Ever.

Recent Bookish Adventures

Hello! Look at me update! And not take six months to do it! So last month (June) and this month (July) have been rather bookish! In July I read something like 18 books and I’m now 28 books ahead on my goodreads challenge (to read 100 books). Holy crazy wow. Also last month I attended two book events here in Boston.

The first event was a children’s lit trivia night. I went with the lovely Mackenzi Lee and some other authors and book friends and while we did not win, we did exceptionally well (and I think we got like 4th place). I knew like two answers but hey, it was fun to go out and meet some new people.

After that Mackenzi and I set up the first Boston Book Swap (okay I’m sure it’s not THE FIRST but whatever, it’s the first of more that we plan to have!) we got the idea from the popular #booksfortrade on twitter and first it was just going to be the two of us swapping books but then we thought hey! let’s invite more people! So we (she) contacted all the book people we know in Boston (I know like, five, but more now!) and set up the party. Everyone was allowed to bring 10 books to trade. Sadly the day of the party was very stormy and rainy and not that many people wanted to trek out to Mackenzi’s place, so we only ended up with six people. But it was a TON of fun and there were A LOT of books!

IMG_1265All the books that were brought!

How it worked was like this: we each drew a number and then went around in a circle. You were allowed to choose one book from the floor OR you could steal a book from another person. Each book was allowed to be stolen three times. It took awhile and there were some hilarious steals but we all went home with lots of books!

IMG_1270All the books I ended up with! (Two were BEA gifts from Nicole and a few were extra’s given to me by Mackenzi)

I feel like the book swap was a success and I hope that more people will go next time!

This month I’ve been reading a lot as well, probably not as much as in June, but I DID get a huge ARC package from HarperCollins so I have A LOT of stuff to read…

IMG_1484IMG_1487I’m still in shock at how generous Harper was to me this month. This is my third time getting ARCs from them and this is the most I’ve gotten so far. I’m SO excited to read all of these, and a few are books that I have been DYING to read one of them being…

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Again I cannot say how happy I am to be back in the USA where I can have the chance to participate in book events and make book friends and get physical ARCs. My bookish heart is filled and my bookish dreams are slowly being fulfilled.

For you to notice

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I am so sorry I disappeared.

Sammy, you are the best coblogger in the history of cobloggers and I am so sorry that I am the worst. sobs.

Sooooooooooo hey guys. What happened? Well, my husband and I were EXTREMELY unhappy with our housing situation and one thing lead to another and then things snowballed and People with Power were consulted with and fees were waived and documents signed and now we live in a new apartment closer to both our workplaces and the T and just… stuff. And it’s quite and the problems we were having are gone and we are HAPPY.

But it was a lot of work and I couldn’t do anything for a good long while because I was so busy. Things like reading, reviewing and blogging. I was able to tweet so some of you were privy to those crazy weeks.

Things do seem to be calming down and I’m able to read more (albeit not as much as I used to, but I don’t know if that’s ever going to happen again) and I even wrote my first review in a long time! I’m…. not even going to look at my bookish resolutions because I’m going to just cry at how optimistic and hopeful I was.

I am going to talk about how I basically threw my reading schedule out the window of a speeding bus and watched it get run over by a semi-truck. Because I am dubbin this READWHATIWANT2015 (at least that’s my goodreads shelf). Yes, I am going to give ARCs priority (esp if they’re physical) but I’m not going to forced myself to read EVERY SINGLE ARC that I can get. I did this for the past two years and I read A LOT of crap. So I’m going to read what I want! And if I don’t want to read an ARC then I’m not going to. And I’m going to tackle my physical TBR shelf because it’s full and I have SO many books that I want to read!

i have also sadly made the decision to leave my bookstore job for lots of personal reasons and I’m happy to say that I AM going to start working at MIT soon! I am BEYOND excited with my new position and so excited to join MIT as a staff member.

That said my new job is going to take some time to learn and adjust to and while I’m hoping to get back to reviewing I’m still not sure where I am with actual blogging. I’ve been doing a little more personal blogging over at Safe As Life but not a ton. I am on twitter so you can always chat with me there. But hopefully this summer (I feel like I ALWAYS say this) I can get back into things. WAIT FOR ME SAMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Until then keep loving Gansey’s fancy face and be nice to Sammy! ❤

River’s Musings

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Okay let’s give this a try. I find that a lot of the reason why I don’t post much is because I can’t post photos without a lot of work. My photos are all on my iPhone and by the time I’ve gotten them to my computer I’m just done. So here I am updating from my iPad.

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On Christmas Day my husband and I went for a walk around MIT’s campus. I never get tired of looking at it. I love it here. I do miss some things from Japan (food, the train, convenience stores, certain products that I used to get at the drug store that I can’t get here) but I’m really happy here.

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On our walk we found this outside one of the dorms. I took a few photos and this is by far one of the best photographs I’ve taken in my life.

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We rang in the new year with wine, the ball drop in Times Square (streaming live) and we shouted HAPPY NEW YEAR out the window. I even saw a few fireworks off in the distance. I started the year with my traditional re-read of THE RAVEN BOYS and set my reading goal to 100.

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I was so excited to have the chance to order a ton of books from Bookoutlet during their Boxing Day sale and finally got my books a few days ago. I am so excited to read them!

Lately I have been feeling a bit discouraged about blogging and reviewing. I feel that I’m at the point where I can reach out to publishers to make connections and I really, really want to review physical ARCs. I got my Kindle while I was in Japan for many reasons, one of them being that it was incredibly convenient for me. I also was able to review eARCs because of it. But now that my lifestyle has changed I actually am not able to use my kindle as much as I had in the past and that means that a lot of my eARCs are going unread and I feel like I’m REALLY missing out. So I started to reach out to publishers and I’ve gotten both positive and negative responses. (Negative mainly being ignored). But as I see books that I was crossing my fingers to get popping up in other people’s hands and my mailbox remaining empty I’m starting to feel discouraged. Do I keep trying? Do I give up and just let reviewing fall to the wayside? I’m not sure what to do. But I don’t want to give up this blog and I want to work harder at it and make it better. I want to be involved with the book blogging community.

River’s Reading Habits

I feel like I used to read A LOT more when I was in Japan. Now that I have some free time I’m reading about the same amount, but I think that my reading habits have changed a lot and this is leading to the feeling of ‘omggggggggggg I never get to read anymore!’

So I thought it would be fun to share my reading habits! in Japan I used to work 2pm-9:30pm. I had a 15 minute train ride, and a half hour wait FOR the train after work. So I used to read in the morning (usually from 8:30am – noon while doing housework and eating lunch) and then I’d read on the train, on my hour lunch break at work, and then while waiting for the train. I 100% read on my kindle on my commute and at work. At home I would sometimes read physical books, but it wasn’t very common since I didn’t have a lot with me (due to space and access to a bookstore with a decent English section). I also read a lot when I got home because my husband was either not home or busy doing stuff for work/ prepping for grad school. I also had zero friends during the last two years of Japan (where I lived, all of my friends were in Tokyo, which was two hours away from where were living).

NOW… I work from either 9-5 or 11-7. I don’t have time to read in the morning. I ride my bike to work so I don’t get to read during my commute. At work I have two 15 minutes breaks and a 30 minute lunch, which I do use to read, but it’s not like I can really get into anything. When I get home I cook dinner (husband and I used to eat separate due to our schedules), make our lunches for the next day, do the dishes (I feel like I do this 90% more than I did in Japan), take a shower and get ready for bed. This usually leaves me with 1-2 hours of reading time depending on if husband wants to hang out or play pool/ ping pong. He’s also home A LOT more which leads to us talking and generally hanging out more than we used to at home.  On weekends I’m usually at home but I have to do things like laundry and shopping (in Japan I would do that on my days off and spread it out over two days, now I do it all in one day), and husband and I try to get out and do stuff sometimes. I still have zero friends buuuuut I just moved here, so I’m giving myself a break.

So mainly my daily schedules and routines have changed A LOT which means that my old ‘reading time’ has shifted and become super broken up. The only time I can really get into a book and read for hours now is if husband is super into his work at night and stays up really late (I stay up with him) or on the weekend.

Also I’ve noticed HOW I read has changed a lot too. As I said, in Japan I read on my kindle almost exclusively. The only time I ever had physical books was when I either: won something and had my mom send it to me, made a trip to Tokyo and picked up a couple of things at Kinokuniya, or a friend sent me something. I LOVE my kindle and I’m pretty addicted to eARCs and kindle edeals, so there’s a lot of selection on my kindle. But now that I’m in the states, WORK AT A FREAKING BOOKSTORE (hellooooo discount!), and have space for books I’m reading A LOT more physical books.

Physical books:

photo 1I am giddy beyond belief that I can do this. I am not a book snob and I am not going to disown you for having an ereader. I’m not going to preach about the feel/smell/texture/whathaveyou merits about physical books. But I do love books, I love to collect my favorites, and it makes me so happy that I can basically get whatever I want now (and not break my wallet).

So far I’ve been reading physical books at home. I don’t really want to haul them around with me because I have limited space in my bag (which is a small backpack now because it’s too much hassle to deal with a purse in a bike basket). I usually rotate between reading a physical book and then something on my kindle.

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photo 2Oh my old keyboard kindle. You have served me well. I love this thing and will cry when it finally dies on me and I have to switch to a touch screen. I love the side buttons! I used to read both ARCS and finished books on here, but now I mainly read eARCs. I do have a pile of finished books that I got through amazon eDeals on here, so I really should work on those someday too… hahaha. I used to keep this in my purse, but there’s no good way to keep this in my current bag without putting the screen in danger, so I’ve stopped carrying it around with me. I tried to read it at work, but it was too much hassle to go down to my locker, get it out, take it to the break room, read, and then return it all in my 15 minute break. So I leave it at home and read on it when I’m not reading a physical copy.

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photo (2)This is the biggest change to the way I read. Yes, I read on my iPhone. I didn’t want to, but as I said, getting my kindle out at work was just too much trouble and wasted my break (and lead to no reading time) so I decided to start reading on this (I keep it with me while I’m working, so I don’t have to waste time going and getting it/ putting it away). I 99% read eARCs on this (and 1% novellas). I generally try to read short things on here because I hate how it feels like it takes me FOREVER to get through something. I also read on it in short doses, so it doesn’t bother my eyes too much. (It’s also nice to grab and read on for a bit when I’m laying in bed waiting for husband and don’t want to get up and get my kindle). I know a lot of people could never imagine reading on their phone (and I’ve had a few coworkers ask me about it) but for me I’d rather READ than anything, and using this allows me to do just that.

So what do you think? Are my reading habits super weird? Are yours similar? I’d love to hear how YOU read (and I hope that Sam will post her own reading habits on here soon!)

 

Book Ban Check-in #3

Has it really been two weeks since the last book ban update? It might have been. I’m not going to lie, I bought more books, though the husband said anything I got from Word on the Street didn’t count (what a nice husband), plus I received lots of new ARCs and gifts from River and Melissa. Oh and there’s that Lauren Oliver book I bought and got signed, which you already saw. Needless to say, I gotta stop. Hopefully October will be a better month, though I will probably buy at least one book for sure because, HELLO! New Maggie Stiefvater book. I MUST HAVE IT. Even if I buy that one book, I’ve got to make up what I kinda, sorta got at the events I went to…

Here’s a picture of the physical books I read these last two weeks:

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Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King — Read this for Backseat Book Club and felt very indifferent towards it. I get that it’s supposed to be a fairy tale (it’s completely written this way) but holy crap, everyone was so STUPID in this book. It upset me too because I just didn’t like any of these characters (which makes sense because they are more cartoons than characters). I really liked the writing style of this one as it’s really different from his other books (yay!) and that’s I think ultimately kept me going. Also, very little dragons in this. THE TITLE LIED. 2.5/5 Stars,

Love is a Four-Letter Word by Vikki VanSickle — I wish Vikki’s books were more widely recognized. She writes some wonderfully realistic and totally awesome middler graders. I adore Clarissa, and I love her antics. I also love the new conflicts she faced in this story, especially with her mom and her new beau. Benji still hands down is my favourite character, but goodness Clarissa does a number on some of her friends and family in this one. I’ll probably talk about the three Clarissa books in a full post once I read the last one. 4/5 Stars.

Except the Dying, by Maureen Jennings — MUDOCH MYSTERIES! Admittedly, I haven’t had the chance to watch the show, but I love me a good mystery and the characters in this story were SO AWESOME (Crabtree <3). Plus, I love how Jennings weaves a mystery because she only gives tiny pieces — you really have to do a good chunk of the work. 4/5 Stars.

The Haunting of Heck House by Lesley Livingston & Jonathan Llyr — Not going to say much about this one since the review is going live, TOMORROW. Only hint I will give you: just as fun as the first book.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver — I am the biggest sucker for Lauren Oliver’s stories. Even with some of the novel’s flaws I find myself so deeply invested with her characters and the situations they end up in. I think if you are a very patient reader, there’s a lot to love her. Everything about this book is a slow burn (no pun intended) and that’s part of the joy that comes with the story. Everything is gradual, slow, methodical, and if you are the type of person who can’t settle into that type of pacing, I’d avoid this book. Otherwise, it’s wonderfully spooky with some really wonderful characters. 4/5 Stars,

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll — HOLY CREEPY FACTOR BATMAN. The artwork coupled with the beautiful writing? Great, creepy stuff here. A perfect Halloween read. 4.5/5 Stars,

Ebooks Read:

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas — Mini-Review

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry — Review

The Good Sister by Julie Kain — Review to go live 09/08. (This is a good one guys).

Number of books bought on the ban: 9 (AHHHHHH NOT GOOD! BUT WORD ON THE STREET DOESN’T…oh who am I kidding, yes it does. >>;)

Number of (owned) books read on the ban: 19 (Uhhh… slightly better?)


 

Note to self: STOP BUYING BOOKS… unless it’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue. That’s allowed, right?

An Evening With Lauren Oliver (Author of Rooms & the Delirium Trilogy)

talkingYesterday, I had the chance to meet Lauren Oliver, who famous for her YA novels Panic, the Delirium Trilogy, Before I Fall, but did you all know she put an adult novel recently? Well, interestingly, Lauren had an amazing talk with the fans about the labels of publishing and how bogus they somewhat are.

Lauren stated that many authors don’t just outright say “this is an adult novel or this is a teen novel.” Sometimes the idea of audience is there, but the reality is that until you have a finished product, you don’t really know who the book might actual be for! And this is ultimately how Rooms came into existence. It was interesting to listen to Lauren Oliver discuss her writing practices, but more importantly how ideas can be salvaged and transformed, even if you may not entirely know where the story is taking you. It’s about feeling your way around the voices and seeing what kind of a story they are leading you towards, and it’s interesting how true that sounds for most.signing

She also read from Rooms and she’s a fantastic reader. One aspect I loved about Lauren reading the novel is that she had a distinct way in which the characters would sound, and it made me all the more eager to start reading the book (which happened, it became the new bus book because I finished Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings). I loved learning about the process in which Rooms took its form, and just from the sixty pages I’ve read, I can see how challenging of book this must have been to write given the setting, characters, circumstances, and the constriction of the house itself within the story. It’s very much alive and a character within the story. Every room in the house has its own distinct personality and traits, and it’s something I appreciate as someone who loves descriptive writing. Mind you, Lauren Oliver should write an eight hundred page book describing trees and I would probably read it.

samlaurenLauren Oliver is also a lovely and vibrant person to chat with. She was discussing all her own going projects and she was very personable with her fans. I told her about how Liesl & Po has destroyed me (the inscription in that book is much more personal) and how I felt so connected to those characters and that world. Since Kiki was with me, we also discussed what it means to be a book pusher. BOOK PUSHER!

Honestly, Lauren Oliver was such a fun author to meet and I know if she ever ends up visiting Toronto again, I will totally be there with bells on (Okay, not literally unless someone holds me to it). Seriously though, if she’s in your neck of the woods and you love her work, she is an awesome speaker worth seeing!

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omg she signed mah book. (Not pictured: Liesl & Po because that is back on the favourites shelf)

Book Ban Check-in #1 + Extra Life Info!

So I declared the months of September and October to be book buying ban month because I spend too much money on books. I love them, I can’t help it, But it’s becoming a problem when your backlog is pushing 500+ books. Let’s face it, it’s a problem! So the goal is to cut back for two months and see if I can keep it up. The punishment for buying books these next two months? I am donating money to Extra Life, which I’m also participating in.

Before I get to what I read for the first week of the ban, I want to briefly talk about Extra Life, which is a charity event that raises money to help children’s hospitals all over the world get the funding they need for research, provide treatments for patients, etc. I’ll be playing video games for 24 hours straight on October 25th, and I could use the support. Feel free to donate any amount you want as ALL PROCEEDS go to children’s hospitals. I’ll be playing for SickKids Hospital here in Toronto, and I could use all the support possible to make sure I reach my goal (or even go over my goal!) to help kids out. Please consider supporting me in this endeavour! DONATE! PLEASE!

So where does Extra Life and punishment fall into things? Well, if I buy books, I have to donate $5 for each book I bought to my husband’s Extra Life page (since we’re doing it together). So he will want you guys to get me to buy books! SO TEMPT ME! (No, please don’t!) But yes, please consider helping this blogger out. I know it’s not bookish, buuuuuut… help a gal out?


 

Okay, so let’s talk about the books I read during the ban.

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This week I managed to complete three books (no eBooks this week it seems, but for sure next time). Here’s the books!

Sparkers by Eleanor Glewwe — You’ll see a review for this closer to the date, but this was a great middle grade read, though a few flaws kept it from being amazing for me. Really strong characters in this book, lovely prose. Worth checking out if you love fantasy that focuses on social issues. 3.5/5 Stars.

Wildwood by Fiona Wood — AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. OMGAMAZING. Review coming VERY soon, but check this one out when it releases if you love contemporary books with tough issues. ❤  5/5 Stars.

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott — I wanted to love this more than I did. The historical information in this book is fascinating and fantastic, but the characters in this book were horrible and had no layers or dimensions to them. I needed more to work with, and this just didn’t do it for me. 2/5 Stars.

Expect lots of reviews this week, because September seems to have all the releases. River and I are doing our best to keep up, so who knows how many we’ll get through. There’s a blog tour also showing up this week for The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston, and if you love contemporary, that is a book you need to check out ASAP when it releases. Fantastic book!

ARC August Challenge Wrap Up

ARC-August-2015ARC August Challenge! This Challenge was Hosted by Octavia over at Read. Sleep. Repeat 

  • The Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope (Release Date: September 30th)
  • I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (Release Date: September 16th)
  • Sparkers by Eleanor Glewwe (Release Date: September 30th)
  • Spirit’s Key by Edith Cohn (Release Date: September 9th)
  • The Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane (Release Date: September 16th)
  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (Release Date: September 9th)
  • The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry (Release Date: September 23rd)
  • Firebug by Lish McBride (Release Date: September 23rd)
  • 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith (Release Date: September 2nd)
  • Feral by Holly Schindler (Release Date: August 26th)
  • 21 Days by Kass Morgan (Release Date: September 9th)

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Progress Report: I did pretty poor on this ARC August Challenge. Admittedly life was crazy busy, I got married, had visitors for over a week, and just getting myself ready to start library classes again, doesn’t make up for my attempt at this. I could have done better! If it’s any consolation, I am reading an ARC right now, which is Sparkers, and what ARCs I didn’t finish this month I will for sure be carrying into September.

Truthfully, I read graphic novels more than anything else. They are quick, take less time, and it was ultimately what I was craving in the end. I decided since I’m doing another book ban challenge, I’m reading whatever I want in those two months since I’m going to be swamped with school work. You’ll likely see reviews from me, but as to how many? Only time will tell.

How did you do on the ARC August Challenge? Let me know in the comments.

The September & October Book Ban Challenge!

All right, so I had amazing lucky back in April and May with not buying an books. As soon as my book buying ban was up, I went a little crazy with the book buying. In that two  month span I read fifteen physical books (and that was not counting the ARCs that I read). So I’ve decided to do another two months of no book buying! Why? Because sometimes it’s good to widdle the backlog down so more.

However, there is going to be a catch. For starters, I will allow you readers of the blog to select from my TBR what I should read during the challenge. However, keep in mind: you can only pick one book, and if I do not own it, you need to select a different one. If the book is labelled ‘to-find’ it means I don’t have it! So check out my TBR on Goodreads and select ONE book from it that I should read during the ban. Leave your picks for me in the comments! 🙂

The second challenge is, I’m going to try and work in a few Stack of Fives here and there, but I’m not sure how that will work yet. It may be a case of as I feel like it, I’ll toss up onto twitter five books and the one with the most votes will be read in the challenge.

I’ve also decided I am not limiting this challenge to physical books, so ARCs, eBooks, audiobooks, anything that’s in my backlog is free game. My goal is simply to see how much I can read without buying more books. It’s going to be a bumpy road, but I think I can manage it. If YOU want to join in the fun, let me know and we’ll see if we can’t make an event out of it.