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#ARCAugust Week Two Wrap Up!

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#ARCAugust is hosted by the amazing Octavia & Shelly @ Read. Sleep. Repeat and if you aren’t participating — you should be. Week 2 saw me completing only three more books for my challenge, though they were shorter reads, admittedly (and all of them were books releasing on September 6!). So far I can say happily that I’ve been enjoying the majority of what I’ve been reading. We will see if this trend continues.

  • The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Hwang Sun-mi (September 6)
  • This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (October 4)
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton (October 11)
  • Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin (September 6)
  • Girls Like Me by Lola St.Vil (October 4)
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 4)
  • Speed of Life by J.M Kelly (October 11)
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (September 6)
  • Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel (September 20)
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
    by Adam Gidwitz (September 27)
  • Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin (November 1)
  • Afterward by Jennifer Mathiu (September 20)
  • Write This Down by Claudia Mills (September 27, ebook)
  • The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (September 20)
  • Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands (September 6)

Total Read: 7/16

Favourite Read This Week: Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin. This book is adorbs. Seriously, adorbs.

And that is what I read this week. What did you accomplish this week for #ARCAugust? I’d love to know in the comments.

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#ARCAugust Week One Wrap Up!

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I love #ARCAugust. #ARCAugust is hosted by the amazing Octavia & Shelly @ Read. Sleep. Repeat and I swear they don’t know how much I love this little event that they run. I mentioned in a previous post that my TBR pile for this event was a tad over-ambitious, but honestly, after this first week I have made some awesome progress.

  • The Dog Who Dared to Dream by Hwang Sun-mi (September 6)
  • This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills (October 4)
  • The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton (October 11)
  • Missy Piggle-Wiggle and the Whatever Cure by Ann M. Martin (September 6)
  • Girls Like Me by Lola St.Vil (October 4)
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (October 4)
  • Speed of Life by J.M Kelly (October 11)
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (September 6)
  • Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel (September 20)
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
    by Adam Gidwitz (September 27)
  • Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin (November 1)
  • Afterward by Jennifer Mathiu (September 20)
  • Write This Down by Claudia Mills (September 27, ebook)
  • The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (September 20)
  • Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands (September 6)

Total Read: 4/16

Favourite Read This Week: Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu. This book, just, ugh, feelings.

You’ll notice two more items were added to this list. That is because @SimonTeenCA sent me a few September ARCs, and now I definitely need to make sure they get reviewed. Here’s a pick fo what they sent me!

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I am hoping to have as productive #ARCAugust, and we’ll see how I roll next week. Right now I am in the middle of Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova, which I am enjoying very much. It’s definitely got a very different paranormal vibe to it which is keeping me hooked. As for the books I’ve recently finished, expect to see reviews of them on the blog very soon!

If you are particpating in #ARCAugust, how did your first week go? I’d love to know in the comments!

End of the Month Round Up!

Every month in 2016, I’ve asked my co-blogger, River, to select a shelf from the TBR Shelf of Shame. I thought by having her select a random shelf for me every month, it would force me to start reading what I owned, as well as encourage me to try titles that may have been sitting on my shelf for awhile.

For the month of January, she selected my ARC shelf (purely by chance, might I add). Here’s how the shelf looked at the beginning of the month…

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And now for the after shot…

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Does it look like my pile has gone down? It’s kind of hard to say. What really matters is I managed to read quiet a few ARCs this month that were coming due. While I didn’t tackle as many ARCs during #TBRTakedown (which I’ll discuss in a moment), I did read nothing but during #RYBSAT (Read-Your-Book-Shelf-A-Thon) which happened from January 19th to the 23rd. Here’s a shot of my TBR for that event:

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I also participated in #TBRTakedown 3.0 at the beginning of January, and I managed to get through everything as shown, EXCEPT for my out of my comfort zone selection, which I didn’t make it to. I’m still proud of the amount I read,

One of my biggest distractions from me reading my own books is going to the public library. Scratch that — it’s working at the public library. Whenever I have a shift at my local library, I get completely distracted by new books we get in, as well as books that I’m searching for when doing reference requests for patrons. I love that I am an avid supporter of the public library, but the main issue is simply me not reading my own books. I still have about three books out from the library, but my ultimate goal in February is to borrow NO BOOKS FROM THE LIBRARY. I think I can manage this because my goal is to knock out at least ten books from my personal TBR that are NOT ARCs or library books. I want to start reading more of what I own, and if I don’t enjoy it, I’m going to get rid it. Shelf space is at a premium and I need it!

Anywho, this is what I accomplished this month… on top of a pile of comics. Perhaps I should do another comics round up for you all (if it’s something you’ve found helpful) because I’ve read a lot of great stuff worth sharing recently. I hope February is as productive a reading month as January was!

Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge — Update #8 & Other Challenges

September was an insanely busy month and it officially started me working two library jobs. Craziness ensued, but thanks to my longish commute, I was able to read quite a bit this month. I did start The Count of Monte Cristo this month for my Book Riot Challenge, which is complete “A book published before 1850,” but since it’s over 1000 pages, it’s going to take me a bit. I did however complete…

#19: A book Originally Published in Another Language

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

If I’m being honest, I would call this book a page-turner. However, I actually didn’t enjoy the book! I found it just too ridiculous and out there for my tastes, and I am generally someone who loves a novel featuring time slips. The romance in this book felt so problematic (I don’t see the appeal of Gideon if I’m being frank, he was kind of a douche). Seriously, why is this series popular? I’m curious, but damn if I wasn’t disappointed by this first book. I kept turning the pages hoping it would grab me in a positive way, but I found it a fast, if problematic read at times. Cie la vie.


For the monthly husband challenge, let’s see how I did. The monthly husband challenge is my husband encouraging me to not just read my ARCs every month!

1. the September that never ended – read a book from 1993 — Here’s to You Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume (got this from the library and still need to read it as of this post!)
2. pre-chewed food is better than nothing – a work in translation — Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
3. all i got are these bitty hooves – catch up on a series
4. something something a flower was in the title..or maybe it was a tree? — Uprooted by Naomi Novik
5. new shiny – something that released in august – Slasher Girls & Monster Boys
 Edited by April Genevieve Tucholke 


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A readathon by Elena Reads and Sam @ Cold Tea Crumbs where you are encourage to read a bookish friend’s favourite books. It ran from September 7th to the 13th, and here’s what I managed to complete.

The Challenges
1) Choose three books and get your buddy to pick one from them for you to read. — What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
2) Buddy read a book with your buddy. — A Step Towards Falling by Cammie McGovern
3) Read a book with your buddy’s favourite colour on.  — A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis (River’s fave colour is blue!) 

4) Read a book your buddy gave 5 stars. — Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (which I also gave 5 stars to!)
5) Read a book that you want to… just because. — Americus
by M.K. Reed, Jonathan Hill 

 


CPMtIwYUwAAHkp3Read-Your-Book-Shelf-A-Thon (or #RYBSAT) happened on September 22nd through the 29th. The goal is to pick a part on your shelf, and then read the next book behind it throughout the week to see how much you complete. My goal was from Pike to Taylor, and I only managed three books. I finished Life After Theft (Pike), Miss Pergerine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Riggs) and The Winner’s Curse (Ruthoski). I’d say that was a success given the insanely busy week I had!


 

Not sure what next month is going to bring, but I will be updating you all soon on my shelf challenge as I was quite enjoying it, and I’d like to keep widdling this shelf Molly picked down some more. We’ll see how it goes since I also need to get through the last six books for my Book Riot Challenge within the next three months (and seriously, Count of Monte Cristo wants my soul). We’ll see what I have time for also given that I have a huge stack of ARCs that are demanding my attention!

What are some of your reading goals for October? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge — Update #6 & Read-a-thon Outcomes

In the month of July I managed to knock out two more Book Riot Read Harder Challenges. Let’s see what I tackled, shall we?

#6: A Book by a Person Whose Gender is Different From Your Own

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Momo by Michael Ende

Oh my goodness this book, did it make me cry. Seriously, what a smart, charming little book from the author of The Neverending Story. So I want to say thank you to my childhood best friend for giving me this book last year as a wedding shower present. I finally had the chance to sit down and read it, and it was such a beautiful, emotionally rich story. The inscription in the book made me cry (but I cry easy), and I understood the parallel that was made in it between myself and Momo. I think this book is much better than The Neverending Story, I feel like it’s a classic no one talks about, and yet it’s just such a gentle, slow, thoughtful book that doesn’t ask a lot of the reader other than to listen, and listen closely.

#7: A Book That Takes Place in Asia

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Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
by Jake Adelstein

I’ve had this book on my shelf for awhile, as it was a birthday gift from my husband, and I’m struggling to figure out why I had put it off for so long. This is a work of investigative journalism, focusing on Adelstein’s career as a new reporter for one of the largest newspapers in Japan, and the focus of his work was mainly doing the crime beat. What’s fascinating about this read is the way in which the author explores issues of prostitution, human trafficking, and the way in which the laws in Japan are fairly strict yet problematic in these situations. There’s also a large focus on the yakuza and loan-sharks, which is a topic that’s always interested me. A really dark and rough read, but it provides some unique insight into Japanese law-enforcement and why the seedy underbelly is the way it is. I highly recommend this piece of non-fiction, especially if you’re interested in organized crime or tougher issues.

And with these two books read, I am at 16/24 challenges completed, which means I only have seven challenges to go, and five months left to go. I think I’ll be able to complete this, though I am worried about the book I selected for one of the challenges because it’s over 800 pages. I supposed I should get on that, huh?


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#CRAMATHON happened from July 10th to the 12th and was hosted by Whitney @ WhittyNovels. Basically the goal of this readathon was to try and read as many tiny books on your shelf. I don’t own any novels in verse or any novellas, so I am skipping those challenges and did all the other ones. Challenges to be completed were:

1. Read a children’s book – The Book of Deares for Lost Friends by Jane Kelly
2. Read a hardback – Fariest by Marissa Meyer
3. Read 2 books in 24 hours – The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow & Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles
4. Read a graphic novel – Codename: Sailor V Vol. 2 by Naoko Takeuchi
5. Read 5 books total – DID IT!

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tbrtakedown#TBRTakedown 2.0 is hosted by the amazing Shannon @leaninglights and this one was held on July 25th-31st. There were also challenges to be completed and they were…

1. First Book in a series – Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
2. Sequel Book in a series – Storm by Amanda Sun
3. Out of your comfort zone (genre, author, reviews, etc) – Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein (non-fiction) 
4. On your shelf over a year (or the longest) – Momo by Michael Ende
5. Most recently hauled book – Wind / PInball by Haruki Murakami

I am so proud of myself! The last time I did #TBRTakedown I didn’t finish the challenges, but this time around I managed to read all five books I selected and I did it before the time was up. If I had to choose a favourite, I’d say Momo by Michael Ende. It was such a surprise and joy to read, and it left me feeling quite emotional. An easy book to recommend, and it’s a great classic too!


My husband also gave me another monthly challenge to read diversely through my shelves. Here were the challenges and what I read to correspond with it.

1. I don’t know what it’s called but the cover is red — A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

2. Boo! haunted house (read a horror novel) – Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire (ghost stories!)

3. ‘For Asgard! For Albuquerque!’ read a superhero team-up — Hawkeye vs. Deadpool by Gerry Duggan  & Matteo Lolli 
4. Free Space (anything I want) – Don’t Fail me Now by Una LaMarche
 
5. Something funny. – Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
So unlike the last time my husband gave me a challenge, I completed this one on time! Mind you, this time around I didn’t have to read a 500+ page novel (that turned out to BE AWESOME). It was just to just try to find books to fit his silly challenges, and I appreciate when he tries to get me to read larger books or other things than YA and Middle Grade. With that, these are all the challenges and read-a-thons I took part in during the month of July. I hope you guys will participate in ARC August and Book-tube-a-thon! (Or at least cheer me on!)

Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge — Update #5 & Read-a-thon Outcomes

Hello! It’s another end of the month, which means it’s time for an update on my Book Riot 2015 challenge. Here’s a reminder of the books I am reading for this year long challenge! June saw me accomplish only two books, which was unexpected and better than I was expecting! So far I have read 14/24 books for this challenge.  (A Reminder of all the 2015 BR Reader Harder Categories!)

#18 A Book Someone Else Has Recommended To You

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The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

So for this Book Riot Challenge I let River make the selection, and she loved this book last year. I actually have had this book even before it released (it was an ARC I won from Epic Reads) and I just adored the characters in the story. I loved Ezra and his struggles, I loved that the romance didn’t actually follow through and over all Schneider does a great job in exploring how relationships form and fall apart. I high recommend this book! I read it in two sittings!

#9: A book that is by or about someone of an Indigenous Culture 

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The Back of the Turtle
by Thomas King

Those of you who know me quite well, know I adore Thomas King’s works. I’ve read a large chunk of them and they are always filled with charm, humor, with an over-arching plotline usually related either to environmentalism, native issues, or a combination of the two. The Back of the Turtle is a chunker of a book, but reading it never felt that way. I always love reading about books that take place in the city I live in, and King’s imagery and uses of magical realism are quite wonderful. The characters are wonderful and quirky, and I feel like they will have the staying power of the ones from Green Grass, Running Water (which I always encourage folks to read because it’s hilarious). But yeah, I’m glad I got the chance for my challenge to read another one of his books!


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At the beginning of the month I participated in the #TBRTakedown hosting by @leaninglights on Twitter, and that was such a fun readathon. In it, she offered a variety of challenges, and I read ten books! However, I actually did fail the challenges as I did not get to “Stone in the Sky” which would have completed the challenge “Read a sequel to a series you’ve started.” I read a lot of graphic novels that week, but even though I didn’t finish the one challenge, I am still insanely proud of myself! I hope that @leaninglights does this readathon again because I’d be so in again.


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So the #rainbowthon occurred from June 15th to the 22nd, and this was my TBR for that week. I managed to read everything by A Court of Thorns and Roses, which I didn’t get around to, but I will be starting soon because Melissa has been telling me through Twitter that she needs someone to fangirl this book with. I WILL GET TO IT, MELISSA!

But I did like the three books I managed to get to. Fin & Lady was an interesting histoical novel that looks at human relationships in the 1960’s. I spent much of the novel yelling at Lady’s poor choices, but I so absorbed in the story. Like it Never Happened I ended up reviewing and quite enjoyed!


 CITCVFWWsAAVnjXAnd then on June 26th I participated in the 24 hour #crushyourtbr readathon, and I managed to read five books. This picture was of my tentative TBR, and I did read quite a chunk of this pile. I compleyed the following:

  • The Divine, by Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, Boaz Lavie
  • The Color of Water, by Kim Dong Hwa
  • Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata by Colin Odell & Michelle Le Blanc
  • Hold Me Closer by David Levithan
  • East of West Vol. 1: The Promise by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Dragotta (not featured, read digitally)

So I have to say, I’m proud of myself for tackling five books from my TBR. My goal is to keep working through my own personal collection, which is why in July I am putting myself on a library book ban (I will read what I recently took out, but no more after that for awhile), and I am going to try and cut back on the graphic novel reading because omg I love graphic novels, but I’m not working on my larger TBR. Especially want to keep working on my Book Riot 2015 Challenge and my Month By Month one (which I am super failing at the moment). So we’ll see?

Wha have you read or participated in for the month of June?