ARC August – update week 2

Success!

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I have finished one book for this month’s ARC challenge! I’ll admit, there has been a struggle to get into a reading mindset these days. Real life has been busy, trying to nail down phone & in-person interviews for jobs I desperately need so trying to find time where I concentrate and read a story just seems like the last thing on my mind. But somehow I did it!

Really liked this title! What’s surprising is that This Savage Song is the first Victoria Schwab novel I’ve read. I own The Archived in paperback and am dying to read her Shades of Magic series! I was excited to learn there’s a sequel for TSS and can’t wait to see what happens next with August and Kate 😊

Since I’ve got one book under my belt for the #ARCAugust challenge, I’m going to keep myself on a roll and try for finishing a 1.5 books this week. Making a big goal but it’s possible.

 

Hope everyone is getting their arcs read!! Happy reading 😚

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ARC August . . . . you game?

Oh hello friends *cricket noises* well whoever sees this, maybe there’s one individual left? Hi 👋 It’s your old pal Linz, and I’ve been MIA for I don’t know how long but

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Besides my anti-social blogging behavior, I’ve decided August isn’t too late to start making some goals, right? Of course not! So in order to get my blogging/reading tail in gear I’m signing up for ARC August! I literally just found out about it’s existence a few days ago and am like “HOMG I have a million books from ALAMW (well the past three ALAMW’s shhh! don’t tell) that I’ve needed to read forever! Get to it Lindsey!” That’s where I’m at right now and it’s about time I start flying thru them and then post about them. The posting is where I tend to have trouble. LOL! Awesome way to book blog if you just read and then don’t post about it 😉 So, game plan–here are the titles I’ll be reading, not a lofty goal but fairly attainable. I’ll be excited if I get thru half of them:

– ARC Reading List –
*in no specific order*

This Savage Life – Victoria Schwab

The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner

P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

You Know Me Well – Nina LaCour & David Levithan

The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye

And I Darken – Kiersten White

🌟if I’m feeling super ambitious🌟

The Long Game – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Wanderlost – Jen Malone
What Happens Now – Jennifer Castle

Signups are until July 31st here if you’re interested! Meanwhile I’m all

Hopefully by the end of August I might have more of my life together but I literally say this lie almost every month so…cheers! HAPPY READING! I BETTER SEE YOU ALL READING YOUR ARCs!!

xo The Kid

Bout of Books Review Roundup

Bout of Books Roundup

Hi Guys! Lordy, I am SOOO behind on everything. I find I have this new aversion to using my computer for anything—I’m addicted to my phone. But if I want to post anything or email, I get tired of my small screen and want my laptop. So alas, sorry I just watched Pirates of the Caribbean and I’m channeling Jack Sparrow’s ole English, I have not posted in forever. And weirdly enough, the Bout of Books got me into a reading mood and since it ended, I’ve gone and finished reading the book I was midway through the readathon along with two others.

I had so much fun doing it! I felt like I had a purpose to read. I think because I had a deadline I wanted to try and reach my goal. Sadly I just didn’t update my blog as much as I could.

Final tally:
Books Read: 4 Novellas; 1.5 books
Pages Read: 604

I was actually really happy with my picks because they were great stories I had finally decided to read! After it’s all said and done, I most definitely will be on the lookout for the when the next one starts up again. I’ll be ready and will try to keep that lofty goal I had like this time. Practice makes perfect 🙂

 

My Thoughts on Bout of Books I Read:

The Last Good Knight: novellas 2-5

Tiffany Reisz once again tastefully tells the tales of the hidden world of the BDSM underground, yes people, this is a mega adult book, and no matter what Tiffany writes, she will own my soul because I’m so heavily invested in her characters and the world she’s created I might have to make a kickstarter to fund her if she ever gets tired of writing them!! Each novella’s part reminded us how torn Nora’s life can be, she wants her normal life but at the same time, the rough and hard world she’s now grown up with is where she feels most comfortable. It’s difficult for her to find a happy medium and Lance, new character in Nora’s life, has a real chance of giving her what she’s wanted. Of course there’s a catch, there usually is, so she gets the distraction and tries to work out what’s best for herself and her lifestyle. The lovin’ is always OH SO good and the mystery of who the perpetrator is throughout the Kinglsey’s underground once again keeps the reader on edge.

Maybe Someday:

I apparently I read a description of a different book than what was on the jacket cover of Maybe Someday because I thought this had to deal with a pilot. LOL! It definitely didn’t but that wasn’t a big deal at all, I just was too busy confusing myself, but this book was really good! Colleen did a fantastic job with this story–it’s unique because the MC’s friend and neighbor happens to have a hearing disability. The idea that you read books with perfectly healthy people gets old and finding new and creative ways for your characters to interact like when they’re deaf, in Ridge’s case the story becomes so refreshing. The fact that we as humans can take for granted things that we don’t even have to think about because they’re so natural is really cool. Another part of the story I liked was the chemistry between main character Sydney and Ridge. Their passion for music and lyric writing was a great bond and that bond grew into something more, something desirable and lovable.

Two Boys Kissing:

My favorite of the bunch that I had read. David Levithan is easily my favorite male author. He writes so incredibly. So beautifully. He makes being different seem so normal–which is ironic because we’re a society that needs normality. We need to be alike because when you stray from the norm, there’s clearly got to be something wrong with you. David’s idea to have the story told from the eyes and minds of generations of gays past who were persecuted and struggled with the world’s views. The narrators were so inspiring, to read them watch from afar as current gays struggle to be accepted and live life to their fullest. The story lines that intersect with the two boys who are trying to record the world’s longest kiss are so similar yet so unique and I love how David writes them. I laughed. I cried. I was devastated reading how people’s behavior can be so awful and hateful. I wanted to weep for characters that don’t exist but I know very well that these people exist in others that are living right now, I just don’t know their names. I don’t know their stories. But the fact that David brings to the table yet another book on a person trying to be themselves and dealing with the struggles is such a treat to read.

 

I have a few more reviews I want to post soon so they’re coming along but I’m so happy Bout of Books is over and that it kickstarted my reading again!

Linz xx

Rainbow Book Challenge

So excited to post some of my library titles/covers in rainbow form!

A photo challenge for the Bout of Books readathon, hosted by Neon Yeti Reads 🙂 This challenge was posted on Friday, originally, but I finally had some time this weekend to organize and post. Better late than never I suppose!

I couldn’t decide between my photos, so voilá!

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Less artsy this time

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And look! A real rainbow that just happened a few weeks ago:

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Its been an awesome challenge so far! Thanks everyone & hope you’re all reading as much as you can!

Linz xx

Bout of Books read-a-thon Challenge

So I’ve seen the buzz all on my Twitter feed and last year I was intrigued to sign up but this year, I’m up to the challenge!


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Now that I’ve provided with the blurb about the challenge I’ve gladly accepted, I’d like to introduce the VERY insane number of books I’m aiming to read. A total of 4 novellas and 4 novels. Oh dear God, I’m not quite sure why I’m making the numbers so steep, but I’ll try it out. And if I’m being honest, the novellas will fly by when I read because it’s a fantastic naughty storyline that I won’t begrudgingly trudge through reading.

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Novellas 1-4:
All titles by Tiffany Reisz… I also previously read The Last Good Knight Part 1. Now these novellas are on my Kindle and if you can’t tell from the cover art you should know these books are of the adult nature aka erotica. PS, they’re so good! I’m in the midst of writing up a post on her latest release so stay tuned to read more about the series’ she writes soon!

Part Two: Sore Spots
Part Three: The Games Destiny Plays
Part Four: Fit to Be Tied
Part Five: The Last Good Night

Novels 1-4:
Typical YA/New Adult reads. I’m leaving the last as UTNS. It’s part of a series and I do not own the second installment so I’m saving it for last, should I become addicted I need time to purchase it, haha!

Every Day by David Levithan
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Bout of Books Goals:
º The novellas will be a breeze to read through but I would like to get caught up in Tiffany Reisz’s world! It’s so much fun to read. In the inappropriate appropriate way 😉
º Dusting some books off my shelves that I have been wanting to read but never make time for
º Recent purchase that I’ve been excited to dive into
º Another dystopian series…I’ve been skeptical on series lately, but this comes extremely recommended, so I’ll give it a go
º Also trying to keep up with updating my progress and using Twitter to discuss all the bookish things that come along with the challenge!

The book choices I’m confident in. My standard is around 2 books per week, so this is definitely going to stretch my limits!

Are you ready Bout of Books challenge?! Because it’s ON!

**Also thank you to Sharon of The Book Barbies for helping out a Bout of Books newbie like myself 🙂 She’s super awesome! Check out her blog too!

Linz xx

Updates

Monday, 5/12
Books Read Today: 0
Completed: none
In-Progress: none
Challenge: 4 novellas 4 novels
Total Books Read: none
Total Pages Read: none

Tuesday, 5/13
Books Read Today:
Completed: 4
In-Progress: 1
Challenge: 4 novellas to read
Total Books Read: 4
Total Pages Read: …ummm idk, they’re kindle novellas. A bunch 😉 maybe 120 pages? around 30 pages each…guessing

Wednesday, 5/14
Books Read Today:
Completed: 0
In-Progress: 1
Challenge: Read at least half
Total Books Read: 4 novellas
Total Pages Read: 229

Thursday, 5/15
Books Read Today:
Completed: 1 book
In-Progress: 1
Challenge: halfway to book 2
Total Books Read: 4 novellas, 1 book
Total Pages Read: 329

Friday, 5/16
Books Read Today:
Completed: 59 pages
In-Progress: 1 book
Challenge: halfway thru book 1
Total Books Read: 4 novellas, 1 book
Total Pages Read: 388

Saturday, 5/17
Books Read Today: …
Completed: 101 pages
In-Progress: 1 book
Challenge: 100 pages
Total Books Read: 4 novellas, 1 book
Total Pages Read: 489

Sunday, 5/18
Books Read Today: .5
Completed: halfway thru book 2
In-Progress: 115 pages on second book
Challenge: finish book 2
Total Books Read: 1.5, 4 novellas
Total Pages Read: 604