#ARCAugust Update

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Hello Readers!

As you know we are seven days into August. That means that I am seven days into Read.Sleep.Repeat’s ARCAugust challenge. In case you missed my original post, you can check it out and catch up here. For those who are following along on my challenge I thought  that today would be a great day to give you all an update.

Last week I started Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige. I’m about 120 pages in – and yes, even though I’m still weary, I am still enjoying it.  I hoped to be a bit further along than I am, but sadly I’m not. Due to a busy work week and feeling very tired once I get home from worked I just haven’t had the time or energy to pick it up.

Like I mentioned I’ve been super tired lately. And the past few nights I’ve slept terrible. So, because I didn’t want to turn on any lights in the wee hours of the (too) early morning, I started reading an e-arc on my phone (while not the most convenient,  it was what was at arms reach).  Sleepless night one (Friday into Saturday) I read about 15 percent of the book. And sleepless night two (Saturday into Sunday) I read the remaining 85 percent.  I wasn’t aware of how heart-wrenching this book was going to be. It was such a good book … but such a sad one.

It’s a week into the ARCAugust  and while I had hoped to make a bit more progress, I’m still happy that I’ve read a book and a half in a week. It’s like some kind of record (for me at least)!

Stay tuned for another ARCAugust update next week!

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June Reading Tracker

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Hello Readers!

I know last month (May) I fell off the wagon with my reading tracker. Well, let’s not say fell off the wagon, let’s say I took a break. I knew I needed a break because May was going to be a busy month — what with life, work, and of course Book Expo America (BEA16).

Besides a TON of picture books that I read during May (mostly work related reading), I read Ghosts by Raina Telegemeir, 27 Magic Words by Sharelle Byars Moranville, and a good chunk of Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins.

But May has quickly come and gone, and with it were books read. And now it is June. And June brings a new reading list to conquer.

During the month of June, I’m hoping to read at minimum three books. I’m planning on reading an upcoming ARC that I picked up at BEA16, an already published book that since picking up at BEA16 I’ve been excited to read, and an e-ARC.

Upcoming ARC: The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (truth be told, I started reading this at the very end of May and it’s carrying over to June’s reading list). Finished reading: June 2, 2016

Already Published Book I’m Excited About: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

e-ARC: The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

I have some other books on deck, but these are the top three that I am truly hoping to get to during the month of June. What books are on your June TBR list readers? Please share!

March Recap

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At the beginning of the month (March) I challenged myself to read a total of five books. Those five books were:

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

Honestly, March started off with a BANG! I read three books within the first two weeks or so. I kicked off March by reading an e-galley of Drive Me Crazy, a middle grade debut written by YA author Terra Elan McVoy. I don’t want to say much, but I will say this: I literally read this in one sitting!

From there I moved onto a debut I was really looking forward to. The plot sounded original, the cover is beautiful, and it felt like a book suited to escape the cold snap that New Jersey was experiencing. Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel was a book I was super excited to read. But after reading my excitement unfortunately faded. I did have some issues with this book, but they are issues I’m saving for my upcoming review … so stay tuned.

After Between Us and the Moon I moved on to a book I knew would have all the feels — Jessi Kirby’s upcoming Things We Know By Heart. Seriously, I think I had tears in my eyes by page two!

By week three my reading had slowed. I meant to start Emery Lord’s The Start of Me and You, bu I decided that I wanted to read After the Kiss before jumping into this highly anticipated second novel. Turns out I never really got to either of them. Instead I read a middle grade graphic, Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.

It’s a graphic novel all about roller derby. Not something I have ever participated in but something I have a high interest in. I really enjoyed this one. And am excited to share my thoughts/feelings about it soon!

So I didn’t read the five books I had challenged myself to. But I did read a total of four books, which I’m quite happy with. All were books that I have taken something away from, and all were books that left some sort of impression on me.

March Reading Challenge Update

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Hello Readers,

I realized I haven’t posted an update about this month’s reading challenge. At the beginning of the month I challenged myself to read a total of five books. And those five books I wanted to read were:

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

To date, I read three of the five above mentioned titles. And honestly, I kind of can’t believe I read three books so far this month … and the month isn’t even over?!

I read Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy in one sitting. I wouldn’t say I binge read this book, I read steadily because I was so absorbed in the story. Drive Me Crazy is a debut middle grade for this young adult author, and I wasn’t only pleasantly surprised, I was overwhelmingly in love with this book. And for me, a reader who struggles with middle grade fiction, is saying a lot.

From Drive Me Crazy I moved onto a book I was really looking forward to – Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel. Even though I wasn’t sure what to expect from this debut I was excited. But that excitement faded about somewhere midway through the book. I don’t want to get into why my excitement faded, because I will be reviewing this title, but I will say this: there was a lot I genuinely liked, but there was a lot I disliked.

After reading Between Us and the Moon I wanted a book that I held high expectations for – Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby.

Last year I read Golden by Jessi Kirby and there was something about the writing that I just really, not only loved, but also felt some connection with. So I had a funny feeling I would love Things We Know by Heart even if it wrecked me emotionally.

Things We Know By Heart not only lived up to my expectations, it exceeded them. Seriously I can write paragraph after paragraph gushing about this book, but I won’t. Not yet at least – that’s what reviews are for, right?! I will say this: this book had ALL THE FEELS!

After reading Things We Know By Heart I had every intention to read Emery Lord’s upcoming novel The Start of Me and You. But I took a bit detour. I’ve been hearing a lot about this book called Mosquitoland written by David Arnold. It’s a book I didn’t know I wanted to read until I saw it in my library and had to scoop it up before anyone else could. So I checked it out and started reading Mosquitoland instead of The Start of Me and You.

I am enjoying Mosquitoland. But I’m only 71 pages into it so I have no concrete feelings just yet.

So it looks like, even though I may not get to read all the books I intended to read this month, that by that end of March I will have read four very solid books! And I’m happy about that.

So readers, what have you been reading and enjoying?

March Reading Challenge

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Hello Readers!

For the past two months I’ve been challenging myself to read a total of four books. Each month I’ve been picking a new-ish book (a book that has been published within the past year), an arc (an advanced readers copy), an audiobook, and a backlisted TBR (a book that has been on my to be read list for … forever).

In January I didn’t get to finish my challenge because I was selected to be a Cybils judge and had some serious reading commitments. I had to put my own reading wants aside and read the five titles that were nominated. So even though I technically did not complete my challenge, in a way I did. I didn’t finish reading the books I chose for myself, but I did read a total of five books in January.

In February I was still reading for the Cybils. I was reading for the Cybils up until February 10th or so. So I started my February challenge a bit later than I normally would. In February I did read the arc I challenged myself to read – Kissing in America by Margo Rabb. And I also finished the new-ish book, The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. And not only did I finish reading my backlisted TBR, The Keys to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson, I also started and finished an e-arc of Terra Elan McVoy’s debut middle grade, Drive Me Crazy.

You counted right! I read a total of four books in the short month of February.

With that said, I did not finish the audiobook, however. And I’m realizing that as much as I love a good audiobook, I have a difficult time listening because of the fact that I only really listen on my commute to and from work. And my commute isn’t very long. So because of that, it feels like it takes me forever to finish an audiobook.

Because of that going forward, for now, I’m not going to include an audiobook. If I get to listen to one, great! If not, that’s okay too. Instead I think I’m going to try to read a middle grade instead.

For the month of March though, I decided to switch things up a little bit. I’m going to be reading all ARCs this month. Why? Well, honestly I have a lot of ARCs/e-ARCs that will be publishing soon, and I’d like to have them read and reviewed before (or around) publication. I am also hoping to squeeze in a backlisted TBR book.

The books I’m hoping to get to this month are:

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy (middle grade)

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (backlisted TBR)

To keep everyone updated, I actually read and finished (quite fast) Terra Elan McVoy’s Drive Me Crazy. So that takes care of the middle grade book.

I’m truly hoping that I get to these four books during the month of March. And I’m certain I can so long as I keep focused and keep my reading cap on!

How about you, dear readers? What books are you planning to read (and why) this month?

February Reading Challenge

Hello Readers!

Due to some unforeseen circumstances and some new-found (reading) responsibilities, I wasn’t able to follow through on my intended January reading challenge. Now that I’ve taken care of all those responsibilities, it’s time I get back on track and tell all of you about my February reading challenge.

As I mentioned in my first, January challenge post, every month I’ll be reading four books. Or at least I will be trying to. In case you don’t remember, let me give you a brief recap: I’ll be reading one new-ish book (a book that was published within the last year), one audiobook, one ARC (advanced readers copy – since I have a lot hanging around), and one book that has been on my TBR list forever.

For the month of February I plan on reading:

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (New-ish)

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Audiobook)

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb (ARC)

The Keys to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson (Backlist TBR)

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I know two of these books were on last month’s reading challenge list, but I didn’t get to them, so I figured I’d add them to this month’s challenge.

As of right now, I just started reading book one of my February reading challenge. Yesterday, I started reading Kissing in America by Margo Rabb. I was lucky enough to get an e-ARC of it from Edelweiss.  At this point, I am only fifty pages in. And to tell you the truth, I really am enjoying it. My favorite thing, so far, about it is Eva’s voice. It’s so honest and real.

I’ll be posting updates throughout the month of February, so make sure to stay tuned!

 

Reading Challenge Update: January Edition

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Hello Readers!

At the beginning of the month I shared with you my reading goals for the month of January. To recap I said I was going to read the following:

1. Read one New-ish Book: My True Love Gave to Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins

2. Read one ARC(Advanced Readers Copy): The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

3. Read one Audiobook: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

4. Read one backlist TBR Title: Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott

Now that January is almost halfway over, I figured it was about time I give you guys an update.

Even though I am truly loving the collection of short stories that Stephanie Perkins edited, I have yet to finish it. At this point I have only 2 short stories left! So close, yet so far. You’re wondering why I haven’t finished this book yet?! I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I don’t do well with short story collections. And the reason why I don’t do will with them is because I tend to lose steam. Not interest, steam. And I think I lose steam simply because I am not a short story reader, therefore I am not used to them. Even though it’s taking some time I will finish My True Love Gave to Me! Not only because I’m determined, but because I’m absolutely loving it. It’s extremely difficult for me to tell you which story is my favorite, as they’ve all been great for different reasons. Even though I haven’t finished I can honestly say it’s going to be a holiday favorite for years and years to come!

I did start the audiobook edition of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Dream Thieves. But to be honest I started this one a few months back. The problem was I started and never finished. I know, that’s terrible. I just re-started this audiobook a few days ago, so I’m just a chapter two or so. And this time I fully intend on finishing it.

Going into this month’s reading challenge I took a look at my shelves and my Kindle bookshelf and seriously thought. I thought about what book has been lingering on my TBR list for quite a while. I decided that Stealing Heaven written by author Elizabeth Scott was the winner. I read this one on my Kindle, and I read it in only a few short days. I really enjoyed this one  – enjoyed it more than I had expected to. It made me wonder exactly why I waited so long to read it. It was extremely readable, the plot, though admittedly a wee bit predictable, was unique and refreshing, and the characters were memorable. But that’s all I’m going to say because a review is coming.

So that leaves the ARC of Holly Black’s upcoming The Darkest Part of the Forest. I had real intentions to read this book this month. Why? Because Holly Black is doing a few appearances in my area and I fully intend on being in the audience. But I’m not going to get to this one this month. And there’s a legit reason why. But I’m not one hundred percent certain I can share that reason here on the blog … just yet (stay tuned). The bottom line is I’m going to have to push this one back…sadly 😦

So that’s all I have for you readers. Have you met any of your monthly goals yet? If so, please share! And Happy Reading!