Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

As I’ve stated recently, I went on a bit of an unintended hiatus last month, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. I missed last month’s recap, so this will be a recap for July and August.

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Book of the Month*

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The Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews – 5 stars

I’m still thinking about this series so I’m picking this series as my book of the month.

*based on books reviewed this month

July/August Reviews (Total-9)

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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 I have read 76 out of 100 books. (Read 22 books the past two months.)

Currently Reading

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Next on my TBR

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What I’m Watching

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I’m a proud member of #Bachelornation, so I was pumped for Bachelor in Paradise. But I’m not going to lie, this season is a bit of a let down so far.

What I’m writing

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I recently participated in #cpmatch on Twitter to try and match up with fellow writers in an effort to find a critique partner. It was hella nerve-wracking to put myself out there, but I’ve met some really cool people and I’m optimistic about how I can improve my writing while helping someone else.

What else…

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In September, I’m going to the Tower of Dawn book tour in Nashville to meet Sarah J. Maas! (*cue hyperventilating*) She’s my all-time favorite author so I’m sure there will be plenty of fangirling and trying not to bow in her presence while falling to emotional pieces at her feet.

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Also, in the next week, my home library will have custom shelves installed. This is a HUGE deal for me. I’ve been waiting to have the library of my dreams since I can remember and it’s finally here! Keep an eye out for a before and after library post in the near future.

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Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

June has been a whirlwind. I’ve been reading like there is no tomorrow and I got to go to Utopiacon 2017. I’m absolutely exhausted going into July.

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Book of the Month*

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The Queen of Traitors by Laura Thalassa – 5 stars!

It was hard to decide the book of the month this month, but I loved this series so much and I binge-read it. It deserves the top spot this month.

*based on books reviewed this month

June Reviews (Total-7)

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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 I have read 48 out of 100 books. (Read 7 books this month.)

Currently Reading

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Next on my TBR

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What I’m Watching

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I’m a sucker for Shadowhunters on Freeform. It makes me want to go back and finish reading The Mortal Instruments series. I never read the last book. The show deviates from the books, but it’s most definitely a guilty pleasure.

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Younger is BACK!!!!! I freaking love this show. If you haven’t been watching it, binge-watch now. It’s addicting and I wish they were longer than 30 minute episodes.

What I’m writing

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This is me trying to find beta readers for my novel. If you’re interested in reading a YA Paranormal Romance, hit me up. I’d love the feedback.

Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

May has come and gone. I’ve been yo-yoing between voracious reading and a book slump, where everything I read is meh, which makes it hard to write reviews.

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 Book of the Month*

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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – 5 Stars

FINALLY! It came. It conquered. I’m now utterly ruined for any other type of literature for the foreseeable future.

*based on books reviewed this month

April Reviews (Total-7)

The Chosen by J.R. Ward – 3 Stars

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – 2.5 Stars

Twist by Kylie Scott – 4 Stars

The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins – 5 Stars

Honor by Jay Crownover – 3 Stars

Sanguine Moon by Jennifer Foxcroft – 5 Stars

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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 I have read 43 out of 100 books. (Read 12 books this month.)

Currently Reading

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Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

I’m not really liking it so far…Hopefully it gets better.

Next on my TBR

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What I’m Watching

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It’s time!!!! I am a HUGE fan of The Bachelorette and proud member of #Bachelornation. My Monday nights consist of The Bachelorette, wine and yoga pants.

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I’ve also been watching the Amazon Original series Sneaky Pete. It’s wildly entertaining starring David Shore and Bryan Cranston. It’s great for fans of Breaking Bad.

What I’m writing

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I’m almost done with my current round of edits on my first work in progress. These last few chapters have been a huge hurdle because something isn’t right and I can’t figure out what it is. I just need to buckle down and figure it out.

 

 

Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

I can’t believe April is already over. I’ve been reading at an insatiable rate recently — a lot of good books and some bad books, but 90 percent of the time I have a book in my hand.

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 Book of the Month*

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The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer- 4.5 star review

I was surprised at how much I liked this one!

*based on books reviewed this month

April Reviews (Total-5)

Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

By Your Side by Kasie West

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

 

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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 I have read 25 out of 100 books. (Read 6 books this month.) I’m behind!! How can that be?

Currently Reading

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The Chosen by J.R. Ward

I’m loving it, but this has to be my least favorite cover of hers. It’s giving me an early 80s vibe.

Next on my TBR

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What I’m Watching

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I watched the first season on Netflix. It was hilarious but I found myself cringing more so than laughing.

What I’m writing

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I’m doing a major edit on my first WIP. It’s been beyond frustrating. I feel like I’m rewriting the entire novel, but at least I know it’ll be better in the end. I’m still blown away at how difficult it is to write a good story. It’s one thing to get the words down, it’s another to make it all make sense and be entertaining.

What else?

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I’m planning on going to Utopiacon in Nashville in June. I’ve been once before a few years ago and I’m excited to go again, only this time I’ll be going as an aspiring novelist not just a blogger. Are you going? If so, let me know! I’d love to meet up and hang out.

Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

I’m finally back into the swing of things since I’m got my new house mostly in order.

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 Book of the Month*

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Torn by Carian Cole- 5 star review

I love Carian Cole’s stories. I’m always hungry for more and I can’t wait until she puts out her next one.

*based on books reviewed this month

March Reviews (Total-6)

Rule by Jay Crownover

Bellevue Bullies series by Toni Aleo

Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood

The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

Fake Fiancee by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Other Posts

That time I crawled out from under a rock

 2017 Reading Challenge Progress

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I have read 19 out of 100 books. (Read 7 books this month.)

Currently Reading

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Frostblood by Elly Blake

I’m only past the first chapter and I’m hooked!

Next on my TBR

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I loved the first book in this trilogy, and the author is a friend of mine. Can’t wait to read this one!

What I’m Watching

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I just want to say that I cried like a baby during the final season finale. I’m going to miss this show.

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I got to see Beauty and the Beast this month and it was amazing! Totally worth going to see in theaters. I must confess that I cried during this movie as well. Is there anything more heart-breaking than people turning into inanimate objects?

What I’m Listening To

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I have eclectic taste in music, but I’ve been rocking out to I Prevail’s Lifelines album recently.

What I’m writing

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I’ve been super motivated lately and I’m on the home stretch on my second work in progress. Once I’m finished with that, I’ll go back to my first novel for a third round of edits. It’s a lot of work, but I’m feeling accomplished.

What else?

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Another writer friend released her debut novel this month and I’m so proud of her. I helped beta-read for her and I was honored (and ecstatic) to be mentioned in her acknowledgements page. I always hoped I’d make it there someday, so it was a bit surreal for me.

Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

In October, I read at a glacial pace even though I wanted to read at high speed.

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 Book of the Month*

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas- 5 star review

This shouldn’t surprise anyone! I love SJM. Her stories are the best.

*based on books reviewed this month

September Reviews (Total-3)

Stinger by Mia Sheridan

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

Anticipated Releases

Crimson Death by LKH

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Other Posts

5 Book Quotes That Help Me With Anxiety

 2016 Reading Challenge Progress

2016 Reading Challenge

I have read 98 out of 100 books. (Read 7 books this month.)

TWO BOOKS AWAY FROM MY GOODREADS GOAL!

Currently Reading

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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I love almost everything JLA writes. However, I was surprised how much I am digging this trilogy.

Next on my TBR

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I’m finally getting around to reading this one.

What I’m Watching

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Feel free to judge me because lord knows I judge myself. I recently completed my five season binge of Scandal and decided to check out The Vampire Diaries since I’m a huge fan of The Originals. Subsequently, I’m now obsessed and have seven seasons to catch up on, which leaves very little time for reading.

What I’m Writing

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IT’S TIME!!! National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is back to plague me as one of the only ways that motivates me to write. This year, I’m writing a New Adult Romance based on a real life event, where a guy tracked me down after meeting me at a bachelorette party by emailing the bride-to-be. Although flattered, it was a bit creepy not to mention that I was super married at the time. (Why don’t guys check for a wedding ring before pursuing women?) Either way, I appreciate his leap of faith because it will make for an awesome beginning to my novel.

Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

In September, I read at a leisurely pace while drinking tea (which I didn’t used to enjoy but now I do with a crap-ton of honey) and sipping with my pinky in the air (optional, of course).

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 Book of the Month*

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – 5 star review

This book blew my mind and I’ll be reading more from this author soon.

*based on books reviewed this month

September Reviews (Total-4)

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen

The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen

 Anticipated Releases

The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Upcoming Reviews

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Stinger by Mia Sheridan

 2016 Reading Challenge Progress

2016 Reading Challenge

I have read 90 out of 100 books. (Read 6 books this month.)

Currently Reading

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

This book has already made me laugh, cheer and cry at work on my lunch break. I feel a book hangover coming on. DAMN YOU, SARAH! WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME!

Next on my TBR

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I’m in a Young Adult Fantasy mood and this one looks awesome. I’m always down for a fight to the death.

What I’m Watching

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So if you’re like me and loved Downton Abbey, then you have a gaping hole in your life since it ended. It took me awhile to fill the void, and perhaps you are looking for something to fill yours. Look no further, because Poldark will do the trick. This PBS show is based on the novels by Winston Graham. It is a period piece filled with men both honorable and not, and uniquely relatable heroines. There is love and loss and drama, OH THE DRAMA! Season 2 just started so binge season one on Amazon Prime while you can.

What I’m Listening To

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I’m only a few chapters in, and this angst-filled novel has me sucked in with a bajillion questions. I’m very much intrigued. Plus, it’s narrated by two of my favorite voice actors, so it’s that much more enjoyable.

Current Bookish Obsession

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I’ve been trolling pinterest looking for badass quotes to hang in my library. Here’s a gem I found.