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Cramathon Wrap Up!

So Cramathon happened back from June 10th to the 17th, and despite all the crazy in my life, I decided I wanted to participate. Of the seven challenges, I completed five! I thought that was pretty good given it was happening during a very busy and crazy work period. Since the read-a-thon ended I am still working on the last two challenges, which are finishing Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now (which I am enjoying a lot!) and staring Dear Martin.

 Predicted 5 Star Read – Sadie by Courtney Summers – It was, in fact, a five star read and definitely what I needed to be reading in my life. I am going to have a review coming closer towards the date, as well as another post discussing Sadie a bit more loosely in weeks to come. Let’s just say if you love a thriller, you need this book. 5/5 Stars.

Book Out of Your Comfort Zone – Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi – This book was so WEIRD, but so beautifully written that I couldn’t take my eyes off the page. It’s a difficult book to describe, but one if you’re interested in works by Nigerian writers. 4/5 Stars.

A Book That Has Been On Your TBR A Long Time – The Dust Devils by Sean Williams – I finished the first book in this series earlier in the year and enjoyed it. I decided to check out the sequels, Dust Devils and The Scarecrow and for me this series just didn’t do it for me. It was an okay fantasy series, but I just never truly felt invested. 2/5 Stars.

LGBTQIA+ Ownvoices Book – Wide Awake by David Levithan – This book was weirdly uplifting, kind of utopian, and a very interesting take on if the world wasn’t filled with discrimination. Not the most realistic book, but definitely one I loved just because I loved how hopeful it was throughout. 4/5 Stars.

Something That is Not a Standard Novel – Dear Martin by Nic Stone – INCOMPLETE

Book With Your Favourite Colour on it – Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis – INCOMPLETE.

Read Seven Books – Flor and Miranda Steal the Show by Jennifer Torres – Yes, yell at me! I decided that this was my freebie book for the read-a-thon since I already had it started and had finished on the first day. You can read my review here. 4/5 Stars.

Five out of seven challenges isn’t too bad. The next read-a-thon I am hoping to participate in is #TomeTopple which starts on June 29th. I will be so happy if I complete two 500+ page books (well one comic, one book). We shall see. Let me know if you participated and whether or not you completed the challenges! 🙂

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September Wrap Up and October Goals ~

I don’t feel like I read a lot of my own books in September. In fact, unless it was comics related, I only read books I got from my work instead. Here’s the small pile of books I managed to read from my own collection in the month of September.

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This seems like a sad amount given the Shelf of Shame still hasn’t shrunk enough in my eyes. One of the other issues I am facing is the amount of sequels that have sat unread on my shelf. This needs to change! I have a lot of fantasy sequels I’ve neglected over the month, so my goal is to try and read as many as I can. Here’s a few sequels I have outstanding that I could read:

  • Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (Which doesn’t release until November)
  • Catalyst by Lydia Kang (which Molly got me forever ago and I still haven;t read. I SUCK MOLLY)
  • Invasion of the Freaks by Sean Williams (4th and final book to his Fixers series)
  • Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire (5th book in her InCryptid series)
  • Once Broken Faith (10th boon in her October Daye series)
  • Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (6th book in the Clockwork Century series)
  • The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano (2nd book in the Pram series)
  • The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (6th book in the Mistborn series)
  • Staked by Kevin Herne (8th book in the Iron Druid series)

So these are a few books I am considering reading in October. Let’s try to play sequel catch up, shall we?

June Wrap Up and July Reading Goals~

June was a mostly productive reading month. I read a lot of books both from my own physical TBR, as well as books I borrowed from the library. I kinda of have this problem where when I am at work, I bring new books home. Let’s see the physical pile I finished!

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My favourite read out of the pile is a toss up between Winter by Marissa Meyer and How it Ends by Catherine Lo. I thought both books were absolutely fabulous, but I do think How It Ends edges Winter out just slightly.

I also participated in #TBRTakedown this month and I managed to finish ALL the books I selected for the event. Here’s a recap of what I read for that event:

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1. TBR over a year [longest] – The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
2. Sequel – Thanatos by Karen Dales (Book Three of the Chosen Chronicles)
3. First book in a series – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
4. Out of comfort zone [whatever that means for you] – Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty (Non-Fiction)
5. Most Recent Book Haul – How It Ends by Catherine Lo

And lastly, I had folks on Twitter craft me a challenge for the month of June. I… almost completed it. Here’s my results:

  1. Read an Adult Fantasy novel (Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish)
  2. A one-word title. (Tangled by Carolyn Mackler)
  3. A book that is has purple on the cover. (Sex Criminals Vol 3: Three the Hard Way Criminals by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky)
  4. A must-read Molly recommendation! (Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi)
  5. An LGBTQIA+ read (The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson)
  6. Read This Savage Song by V.E Schwab
  7. Something by a Canadian author. (Thanatos by Karen Dales)
  8. A book with a dog in it or as the main character.
  9. Something sci-fi. (Winter by Marissa Meyer)
  10. Read something that has blue on the cover. (The History of Love by Nicole Krauss)

So I managed to get to everything but challenge nine, and honestly I think I did well!

My goals for July are simple: No library books (haha this is going to be funny) and work some more at the Shelf of Shame. I am going to allow myself whatever library books I already have out, but the goal will be to read at least fifteen of my own books from my collection. It’s summertime, I have a long commute to and from work, so I think this is do-able. We shall see!

What are some if your reading goals this month? Let us know down below!

Bout of Books 12.0 Read-a-thon! – Completion!

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So I have to admit, I think Dragon Age: Inquisition beat out my last week of holidays, though I’m proud of the small dent I made during the Bout of Books 12.0 Read-a-thon.  I didn’t do daily updates (I find that always a bit overwhelming), but I figure I’d share my stats for the event because I did manage to read a fair bit, even if I didn’t entirely get to that TBR I made (I got to some of the books, not all).

Here’s what I completed:

1) My Heart And Other Black Holes – 320 pages (ARC, Review coming soon!)

2) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – 384 pages (ARC, Reviewed!)

3) The Day the Dead Came to Show and Tell by Mira Grant – 84 pages (e-Novella)

4) The Baby-Sitters Club: Claudia and Mean Janine (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #4)
by Raina Telgemeier  & Ann M. Martin – 176 pages (Graphic Novel)

5) El-Deafo by Cece Bell – 233 pages (Graphic Novel)

6) Batwoman, Vol. 3: World’s Finest (Batwoman Vol. II #3) by J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman – 168 pages (Graphic Novel)

7) Amulet, Vol. 4: The Last Council (Amulet #4) by Kazu Kibuishi – 209 pages (Graphic Novel)

8) Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1 (Adventure Chef #1) by Eric Colossal – 128 pages (Graphic Novel ARC, Review coming soon!)

So in total I read 8 books (2 books, 1 novella, 5 graphic novels) and my page count was 1702 pages. Not too shabby considering I’m getting ready for my LAST SEMESTER EVER and playing a lot of DA:I and writing articles. I wish I had read less graphic novels, except for the part where I’m not because I adore graphic novels and tend to binge on them. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can finish one more book before the read-a-thon is over (I’m about 79% into Inked by Eric Smith for review, and it’s okay…).

Also related by unrelated, remember how I said I was doing the Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge? Well, I’m 3/24 books read for it. I’ll try to post a bit of my progress at the end of the month so I can show you guys where I’m at with that. Any who, here’s hoping to more productive reading and less Dragon Age! (Oh who am I kidding, there’s never less Dragon Age.)

ARC August Challenge Wrap Up

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  • 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.