February Recap | 2019

Well, they can’t all be winners.

I had such good momentum in January, but I totally lost it going into February. Work picked up the pace, and I found myself using my recreational time for activities other than reading, (mainly cross stitch and video games…)

There’s a few books that I am looking forward to reading in March, now that things have calmed down a little bit. Here’s a potential TBR:

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab
The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Hopefully this coming month turns out much better than February did, but I’m still well ahead on my challenge!

-Siobhan

January Recap | 2019

One month down! For blog posts written! And 15 books read! I started out the year by trying to get myself to read more in general. Having no set goal or TBR definitely helped, and even the books that I was interested in trying to get to this month I didn’t worry about finishing or stressing myself out.

I read nine graphic novels, and six standard books. My ratings ranged from three to five stars this month, which was a very promising way to start off of the year.

Saga Volume 1 by Bryan K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – January 7th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 2 – January 10th
★★★★☆

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire – January 9th – 10th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 3 – January 11th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 4 – January 11th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 5 – January 12th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 6 – January 12th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 7 – January 13th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 8 – January 14th
★★★★☆

Saga Volume 9 – January 14th
★★★★★

Final Girls by Riley Sager – January 18th – 19th
★★★☆☆

Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink – January 25th – 27th
★★★★☆

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple – January 27th – 28th
★★★★☆

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – January 28th – 29th
★★★★☆

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton- January 30th – 31st
★★★★★

I also wanted to include a few books that I’m eying for next month, so we’ll see if any of these make it to my final list for February.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Circe by Madeline Miller

As always, you can follow my progress outside of my weekly blog posts on Goodreads directly, the link for which is always at the bottom of the page.

-Siobhan

October Recap

The spookiest (and therefore best) year of the month has come and gone, and I had a better reading month than I did last month. Although I guess that isn’t saying much if I’m being honest. I read 1 book this month, including some of my most anticipated books of the year.

September Recap

Well, less the recap part, more the October TBR part.

If you read my last post, you’d know that I had a time in September trying to get through anything of note. Here are the books that I want to get through in October.

  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  • Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

I didn’t read any of the books on my September TBR, which included some of these as well as The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I recently purchased this on audiobook, so I’m going to try and get through the full 45.5 hours of the audiobook during this time, so that can count as another book.

At the time of writing this, I’m currently one book ahead on my Goodreads TBR. If I can get through these books then I’ll be in a good spot for the rest of the year.

I’m also looking at participating in the Spookathon, a readathon hosted by BooksandLaLa on Youtube. She has five challenges and the readathon goes from October 15th-21st. If I end up participating, you can expect a post at the beginning and end of the readathon, but keep an eye out for posts every Friday!

Happy reading, and happy October!

-Siobhan

August Recap

Look at me! Two whole months in a row of consistent content! I think I finally hit a groove, it just took me seven months to get to this point. Scheduling posts in advance and posting them every Friday at noon has given me a nice schedule. I’m going to try and continue this trend for the rest of the year, and maybe even branch out into additional content as we round out 2018 and head into the new year. We’ll see!

For now, let’s talk about the things that I read in August!

I read 9 books this month, keeping myself ahead of schedule and bringing my total so far to 39 books for the year. This month I took part (unofficially) in Booktubathon to kick off my month. I read a full series (which I have a review for) a dramatic, heart wrenching contemporary, a fluffier contemporary, and a young adult thriller. 

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley – August 1st
★★★★☆

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – August 1st – 2nd
★★★★☆

Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness – August 2nd
★★★★☆

Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together – August 2nd
★★★★☆

Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe – August 2nd
★★★★☆

Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour – August 2nd
★★★★☆

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – August 10th – 12th
★★★★☆

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus – August 13th
★★★★☆

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – August 28th – 29th
★★★★☆

I also wanted to include a little bit of the books that I want to try and get to during September. Making TBRs always feels really restrictive to me, because I feel like I can’t branch out and read whatever I’m in the mood for. I’m putting a full disclaimer on this TBR that I may not get to any of these, but I’m hoping to. We’ll see, a lot of them are books I’ve been trying to get to all year.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

To be completely honest, if I get through The Way of Kings I’ll be super impressed with myself. I’m far enough ahead that even if that’s the only book that I read this month I’ll still be okay.

I have a review coming out for one of these books next week, any guesses for what it might be?

-Siobhan

July Recap

Well, well, well. Haven’t done a recap in a while. Even though I’ve been reading more consistently since mid-June, I didn’t do a recap at the end of the month. So here we are! In the month of July, I read eleven books! Eleven! That’s bananas considering the terrible slump I was in for most of March, April and May.

To be fair, I did read five graphic novels, four of which were comic collections, but they were books and I’m counting it. I have reviews coming for a few of these, so keep an eye out for that.

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel – June 26th – July 3rd
★★★★☆

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman – July 7th – 12th
★★★★☆

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen – July 14th
★★★★☆

Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen – July 14th
★★★★☆

Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen – July 14th
★★★★☆

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – July 15th
★★★★☆

Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition by Julia Kaye – July 15th
★★★★☆

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – July 15th – 17th
★★★★☆

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara – July 18th – 20th
★★★★★

Yes Please by Amy Poehler – July 22nd – 27th
★★★★☆

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton – July 28th – 31st
★★★☆☆

I had such a great reading month and I’m happy to say that I’m back on track for my goal of 52 books by the end of the year. I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep up and read a lot this next month too!

-Siobhan