Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Monthly Recap: August



I can't even sum up this month in words. This about sums it up:


It's funny because it's true. 

August

I read 8 books.
I bought 14 books.

My spending in July was a little crazy when it came to books. I bought 14, but I didn't include the books I was bought by others and the ones I won. That pushes it past 20. Then I only read 8 books. That surprises me because I did feel like I had read a lot more than that. My problem has been that I have worked almost every single day in August, only 5 days off and those weren't spent reading. So, actually, I think I should be proud of the fact that I managed to read 8 books, do 61 hours extra time, keep up with blog posts and comments and even schedule a few posts ahead. 

Reviewed on blog:

The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas: 5/5 Review
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson: 2/5 Review
Boomerang by Noelle August: 4/5 Review
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas: 4/5 Review
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover: 4.5/5 Review
Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini: 4.5/5 Review
Magnolia by Kristi Cook: 3.5/5 Review
The Jewel by Amy Ewing: 2.5/5 Review
I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson: 3/5 Review

I managed to post 9 reviews in August, which I am pretty pleased with. I had a really big mix, some I really loved and then ones I absolutely hated. The Jewel was the biggest disappointment because it started off so strong and then went really down hill with the introduction of insta-love.

Other Posts

Top Ten Tuesday:



Films for Thoughts on Thursday:


Five Friday Favourites:



Book Hauls:

Discussions:



Challenges

TBR Pile Challenge

My goal: 50+ books

Have read so far: 18 books

I added 0 books this month.


Falling For YA
Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

My goal: 50 books

Read so far: 46 books

I added five more to this challenge this month, so I am very close to completing it. I read Magnolia, I'll Give You the Sun, The Jewel and Red Rising.



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Series Challenge

My goal is to complete between 7-11 series this year.

Series finished: 5 series

1. The Program & The Treatment by Suzanne Young
3. Starters & Enders by Lissa Price
4. Nantucket Blue & Nantucket Red by Leila Howland
5. Pivot Point & Split Second by Kasie West

I am hoping that this is the end of the Pivot Point series, I don't think it needs any more books.



First In A Series Challenge

My goal is to start 20 series this year. 

So far I have started 26 series.

This month I started the Worldwalker, Lone City, Red Rising and If I Stay series. I have technically already read If I Stay and Where She Went, but I reread for the movie. 






This is the part where I share the love for other posts I saw over the month and loved.

Amanda @ Book Badger: talked about how patient she is when it comes to waiting for new releases.
Cait @ Notebook Sisters: reviewed Dangerous Boys and summed up my feels perfectly.
Allie @ Little Birdie Books: realised she no longer liked some books.
Stephanie Faris @ Stephanie Faris Author: looked at the body image problems you didn't even know you had.
Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight: had me in stitches when she shared her reviewing process!
Tori @ Bookish Affairs: explained why she doesn't use star ratings.
Jazmen @ This Girl Reads A Lot: wondered if there should be a cut off age with YA.
Amanda @ Book Badger: has a whole new perspective on book blogging.
Nobody @ The Story Goes: reviewed the Divergent movie.
Amy @ Ode to Jo and Katniss: revealed what makes a character a favourite to her.
Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books: shared her thoughts on love triangles.
Cait @ Notebook Sisters: did some more hilarious Honest YA covers.
Allie @ Little Birdie Books: did some brilliant mini-reviews for the Throne of Glass series.
Jazmen @ This Girl Reads A Lot: looked at the 5 stages of grief when book shopping.


Awesome on the Internet






16 comments:

  1. I think considering you worked so much you deserves cupcakes for having read 8 books! I think I would have been too exhausted to do anything other than eat and sleep.

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    1. Thanks! I did do a lot of extra time, so I am pretty proud of myself. I need some time off now though.

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  2. Whoa, you had a crazy busy month!! Good for you for fitting some reading time in and having fun too. It can be hard to balance sometimes :) I'm so stoked to read Trial by Fire! I'm not going to read Jewel. Heard too many bad things, and I wasn't too interested in it to begin with. Great job othe series challenge too!

    -Dee @ Dee's Reads

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    1. It's so hard to balance it. I've been struggling with scheduling and keeping up with comments.

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  3. Wow, you should definitely be proud! Sounds like you had a VERY busy and hectic month. Good job! :)

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  4. Bahaha! That Hunger Games with cats was hilarious and cute!! XD Did they stick the cats heads through holes in the cardboard there? Hehe. xD

    Anyway, I've missed a lot of your posts because I've been a) away and b) quite slack reading blogs lately. *sigh* I read 14 books this month. Which isn't bad, but it feels kind of slack when I read 20+ last month! STILL. Whatever works. I was very bad at posting reviews. ;) So you did good! I've just got The Jewel for review and ohhhh, SO worried now! Insta-love kind of annoys me, just because I feel like it's cheating and not bothering to develop either character well. But we'll see. Maaaaybe I might like it?! *whispers* I also have Trial By Fire because you liked it so much so WHY NOT. I'm so excited for that one! ^-^

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    1. I think they might have. Or they did it once on like a green screen and then put the heads over the cardboard pics. I can't quite work it out.

      I've been a little slack on reading blogs too. Not on purpose, I have just been working so much and haven't really had the time. Finally commented and visited people back today and it's taken up my WHOLE afternoon off.

      They definitely don't really bother to develop either character. I never feel like I properly got to know Ash.

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  5. I love monthly recaps because you can see, in retrospect, all the events laid out right in front of you! I totally agree with you on Pivot Point--that series does not need another book!

    Jess @ MyReadingDress

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  6. Bearing in mind what you said about feeling demotivated to read, you read 8 books this month! Super congrats, C. I really want to read Maas books (I've put her books off for a least a year and a half), but I promised myself I wouldn't buy any more books this year, so unless they have her stuff at the library...

    I'm also putting off my own haul post, because thinking of all those books I bought just makes me ( -_- ) I don't even feel excited anymore, just exhausted in ANTICIPATION of reading them.

    You're doing great at the reading challenge! AND with four months to spare. =] Oh, by the way, I love the Blogger Love section, what a good idea. I must remember to check out those posts.
    Okay, Ciao now. <3

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    1. I hope you get to read Throne of Glass soon, it's a really brilliant series and I absolutely loved it.

      Haha, I buy so many and then never get around to reading them all. It's pretty terrible of me.

      Thanks! I am hoping to work a bit harder and get some of these challenges completed way before the end of the year.

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  7. Oh my gosh that is a crazy lot of work in one month! Whew! I'd say you were doing pretty dang good getting that many read! Hope Sept is a little easier :)

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    1. Me too! I want to be able to find more time to blog and write posts and read and just relax.

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  8. It's amazing you read as many books as you did! I can't seem to stop buying and getting books from the library and then getting more and more books from NetGalley and I'm starting to feel like I'm getting behind. Oh well! If my main problem is having too many books to read, I'm living a good life. ~Pam

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    1. Haha, that's how I feel. I buy far too many, borrow far too many and request far too many. I know this, I really do. But I can't stop myself from doing it.

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