ARC August – the Finale

Well folks, I did a decent job for the ARC August challenge. I made a fairly lofty goal [click here for my book list to attempt and book challenge details] considering I’ve started a dozen novels this year and end up shelving them to finish at a later date. I’ve gone through numerous reading slumps all year long, with the exception of keeping up with comic book reads, so it’s been a bit rough.

  

But finishing three books and close to a quarter of the way done with my fourth isn’t too shabby. Again I haven’t been finishing much of anything lately but I’m hoping to keep the momentum going for the month of September. My original list included:

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
*indicating my attempt 😁

I had fun keeping up with the challenge, although the past two weeks my life has been turned upside down with our basement flooding so these weeks have been too busy to concentrate fully with reading time, but half a list is good enough for me! Sadly I haven’t kept up with more participants progression (sorry!) but hopefully everyone were burning holes in their ARC shelves reading everything!

Thank you for hosting Read.Sleep.Repeat! Don’t worry, I’ll be back next year for sure! There are always plenty of titles I’m behind on to use as my list haha👍

ARC August – update week 4

So in the midst of the worst week ever, I was actually able to finish a book! Woohoo! It’s pretty crazy because I’ve basically spent all summer not reading much so it’s nice to know this is starting to pay off–signing up for the reading challenge and whatnot👍

I liked this one, You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan–two gay high school classmates find themselves at a gay bar for Pride Week in San Francisco and develop a friendship overnight. I could’ve used more closure for Mark’s storyline rather than just “hey I’ll figure things out” but I enjoyed Kate and Mark’s guide to self-discovery in becoming who they’re meant to be and shedding what they wish could be. Sometimes friendships just click and I liked what these two characters established within the short time the audience gets to spend with them.

I’ve already started on my next read, And I Darken by Kiersten White…it’s my book club pick for August and I’m seriously cutting it close. I’m also trying to decide what to read for September since I’ve had a decent month reading for August! I’m not sure if the challenge somehow helped or not, but I’ll be writing down some titles that I’ve been looking forward to reading as well as finishing a few I’ve started ☺️ [yes Mindy and Game of Thrones, I’m looking at you both–we should so be done by now haha!]

ARC August – update week 3

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Happy week 3 of ARC August!! YAY! I read  books! Super pumped I was able to get some reading time in! P.S. I Like you was fabulous!! So cute and adorable and I’ve missed falling in love with Kasie West’s stories. A few in the past haven’t blown me away but P.S. I Like You was one book I couldn’t put down. Literally. Read this one in a day. 😳

With the momentum I have, I’m trying to keep it alive for the next few weeks! It just might be possible and I’d love to add to my Goodreads challenge for sure👌Next up I’m starting on You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan. This one sounds promising from the first twenty pages I’ve read. I love David’s work and I’m a newbie to Nina’s writing, so this should be good! Hopefully I can have another successful reading week!

How are the rest of you guys doing? Reading up a storm?!

 

ARC August – update week 1

Oh so we’re really into the swing of things aren’t we? Well I’m off to a bit of a rough start. It’s only been 39 pages of one of my book picks BUT . . . I did take this amazing photo of arcs that I hope to read. So, that’s some, um …. progress?

I kid but seriously I’ve gotta buckle down and promise to read at least one book this week. I’ve also picked And I Darken as my book club pick so I know that book I’ll most definitely be able to finish.

Onward and upward for week 2!

Last Minute Reads -Mini Review Roundup

We’re nearing the end of 2015, getting ready for a new year meaning things are coming to a close, and I’m desperately trying to tie all my reading- figuratively- loose ends. 

For 2015 I decided since I read beyond my last two challenges I figured I’ll be on track to deliver the same results so I should give myself a bigger goal. That was an adorable thought but I find myself, in this last month of the year, seriously scrambling to read a lot in a short amount of time. 😉 It’s just a small challenge, and no one but myself will care if I can or cannot surpass it. The fact is it really has been bothering me, haha, so I’m trying to do all of the reading! Big books, small books, comics and graphic novels of all kinds will help me just reach that 75 Reading Challenge goal.

Yes, if you look at the last handful of books I’ve read, they’re mainly comics and they’re like the shortest ever 😉 but this year I’ve been in a huge slump so at least I’m still reading which is important. I’ll be doing a yearly recap towards the end of the month which I’ll address that diving into comics was on my list of things to read for 2015, so all the more reason why I have more listed within my challenge. With that, I give you my mini review update:

Mini Review #1:
The Hogwarts Library (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, The Tales of Beedle the Bard)
J.K. Rowling – Newt Scamander, Kennilworthy Whisp


J.K. Rowling, again, delivers such a treat for Harry Potter fans to read. She continues to deliver creative realms throughout her magical world that make you feel like you’re reading real history. Quidditch Through the Ages is so fun and is a sports history guide that you’d find for American baseball or English football which is fascinating. The revolution of the sport, the description of teams and regions where reigning champions are from will bring back Goblet of Fire memories. Tales of Beedle the Bard was really enjoyable to read as a magical Hans Christian Andersen’s lore of sorts. Obviously channeling Deathly Hallows, hearing Hermione’s voice as she narrated the Three Brothers tale which was a real treat to finally see on paper. What’s interesting is that Fantastic Beasts is the latest Harry Potter book to film and it was my least favorite. There wasn’t anything fun about some of the terrifying creatures I know from real life, reimagined worse than my actual, literal nightmares. I’ll still see the film, duh, and Newt’s journey will be exciting I just have to make sure I close my eyes if he finds every single creature. Although let’s be clear–I’m here for the Phoenixes, Hippogriffs, and Dragons. Yes please.

Mini Review #2:
Saga #31
Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)


As a new fan of this series AND as a reader who started with volumes–that they flew through reading– the individual issues are a bittersweet torture I’m bestowing upon my soul. I liked this issue, I saw on Goodreads it had some mixed reviews like “that’s it?!” but issues are small, there’s a certain amount of progression, so to me it’s understandable if nothing was extremely groundbreaking in the return of this story. Maybe in previous issues more went on but I still loved reading about Hazel and her journey and I’m back to panicking again about where the characters are in the series. Cannot wait for more!
PSA: IF YOU HAVEN’T READ SAGA WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???!!

Mini Review #3:
Truly, Madly, Famously (Famous in Love #2)
Rebecca Serle

We’re back in the Locked universe where the first film in the franchise seems to be a success but MC Paige is channeling her character’s August storyline in having feelings for both of her co-stars, Rainer and Jordan. It was a decent follow-up, quick read and the movie magic, or rather celebrity drama is always interesting to read. Behind-the-scenes continues and Paige is struggling to keep up with her work life, home life, and personal life while not to create unflattering headline news. I continue to be Team Jordan and got a few treats within the pages of Serle’s book two of the series. Can’t wait for the next!

Mini Review #4:
The Boy Most Likely To
Huntley Fitzpatrick

A companion of sorts to My Life Next Door, we’re back with the Garrett’s but this time we’re on a journey with Tim who was a fun, hot mess side character and friend of Sam from the original story. We’re seeing post-accident where Tim Mason is at, now that he’s trying to stay sober and out of the political realm. Alice Garrett, the eldest of the female Garrett siblings, is dealing with a lot of stress the family is now going through. The attraction at first seemed to come out of nowhere and developed into something deeper but Tim gets an unexpected surprise on his doorstep one day which in the long run helps him become the man he should have if he didn’t get mixed up in a crazy social life and an uncomfortable home life. I loved going back into this storyline though! The characters are all so fun to read, especially the Garrett kids, and in a way My Life Next Door carries on which is delightful to read!

Mini Review #5:
Paper Girls #3
Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matt Wilson (Illustrator)

The twists and turns in this new series from Vaughan and Chiang are really good–of course you’re always left at such a cliffhanger! The art continues to be awesome, you get some childhood throwbacks, and you have tons of drama! The group of girls continue to be badass and band together when most needed. Very interested to see where the story goes next.

 

If you want to catch up on more of what I’m reading, I’m on Goodreads! Feel free to add 😀

Bout of Books 12 – Progress Report

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, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th 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. 

Bout of Books

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Monday, 1/5
Books Read Today: 0
Completed: none
In-Progress: 1 book, The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 10% of Book 1
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 2% (gotta Kindle look-up)

Tuesday, 1/6
Books Read Today: 0
Completed: 23% read
In-Progress: 1 book, The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 25% read
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: ? again i forgot to do the kindle conversion

Wednesday, 1/7
Books Read Today: 0
Completed: 15% read, started Stolen
In-Progress: 40% read, The Girl With All the Gifts, started Stolen
Challenge: 55% or better with first book
Total Books Read:0
Total Pages Read: 

Thursday, 1/8
Books Read Today:0
Completed:0
In-Progress:40%, The Girl With All the Gifts, 120 pages Stolen
Challenge: 148 pages in Stolen, 10% more in The Girl With All the Gifts
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 

Friday, 1/9
Books Read Today:0
Completed:0
In-Progress: 150 pages, Stolen, 40% in The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 175 pages in Stolen
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 

Saturday, 1/10
Books Read Today: 0
Completed:0
In-Progress:165 pages Stolen, 40% in The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: 220 pages in Stolen
Total Books Read: 0
Total Pages Read: 

Sunday, 1/11
Books Read Today: 1 
Completed:1
In-Progress:40%, The Girl With All the Gifts
Challenge: finish Stolen and start back with The Girl With All the Gifts
Total Books Read: 1
Total Pages Read: ? 525 …guestimate of Kindle and physical pages

Books that I’m aiming to read for Bout of Books 12 Challenge are (in no specific order):

Bout of Books Goals:

  1. Read as much as I can. . . . . this is always a goal of mine but it’s still necessary to list
  2. Get off to a good start in 2015! . . . . . can’ slack off already
  3. Tackle my shelves. . . . . . . I have so many that I need to read but they hang out on my shelves. Not anymore.

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging, or otherwise!

December 30: Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

What shall the New Year bring for The Kid? Well, I’m not quite sure but I’m going to try my hardest making some good goals! 2015 could bring a world of endless bookish possibilities!

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Reading Challenge…

Let’s do even better than 2014. Since I started challenging myself in 2013, I’ve out-read myself and each year go a little higher. While the year isn’t quite over JUST yet, I’m probably done for official reading and what a success it’s been! Going over 35 books in 2013, I’ve gone over my 50 books challenge for 2014. 2015 I’m going to try for 75.

Don’t ignore…

My habit is terrible that when I get excited for a book I buy it, and then by the time I get it, a new book is my highly anticipated pushing back the previous one. It’s a cycle that’s never ending and I want to be excited for a book, get my hands on it, and go for it! No dusty shelves.

Be careful…

I’ve gotten the lecture a hundred, no thousands of times! Because I’m not a hardcore blogger, I get my hands on only a few ARCs so I end up purchasing some titles which…whoops, bank account, how did you end up empty? I need to save and spend wisely. This will probably go right out the window, but maybe try this for at least 6 months if not the whole year. Or maybe one month at a time.

Get ready…

I’ve debated on trying to go to BEA for the last few years and it’s on my list again of conferences I’d love to attend! But again I need to save. And I have to find roomies, but it’s entirely possible to try this upcoming year.

Purge my shelves…

There are a bunch of books that I’ve read that I’m okay with parting with so it’s probably time I reorganize and donate to those who really could benefit from a good book. Pass it along

Conquer the running path…

I’ve paid for my half-marathon at the end of March as well as my 15K a week later in April so I NEED to get myself to running heaven! The most I’m at (when I was in decently peak-performance) was running 9.1 miles…I need to be ready for 13.1 and I have the drive but I can’t let frustration get at me.

Be kind to one’s self…

In order to deal with Real Life Goal 1, Real Life Goal 2 is pretty vital. When running one needs discipline and I have it, I just have a habit of obtaining it and then throwing it away. Then my frustration sets in and it’s the worst. I have to follow through and push forward.

Carry On…

Life goals of simply getting a job that I see myself liking more, better pay, and moving out are always at the top of my list. But at 28, I really REALLY need to get the ball rolling.

Patience…

I lack it. I get so easily annoyed. Maybe that’s part of the reason why I have so many setbacks that I deal with I bring it on myself.


Move On…

I have several friends, real life and online, that we either don’t keep in touch, things are just falling apart, and I don’t want to be caught up in that. Drama is lame and if you don’t have the guts to treat me with respect, I’m going to drop you. You shouldn’t be offended because we created this. We both played a part in losing who we were to each other and I’m coming to terms with, we just have different priorities. You need to be okay with that too.

GOAL FOR ALWAYS???? BLOG WAY MORE AND GET AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!! KEEP READING AND KEEP UPDATING!