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#Readthemallthon TBR

 

readthemallthonI’m a little late joining the challenge but I’ve wanted to sign up for weeks. I’ve been in a blogging slump, a bit of a reading slump, and sort of a life slump lately. First it was visiting family that kept me busy and now I’m just burnt out from all the activity and all the hot summer days. I’m already participating in #arcaugust so why not at another challenge?? Plus, I can’t refuse a Pokemon related challenge! The #readthemallthon is hosted by Read At Midnight, and runs from August 14th to September 4th. For more information about the challenge click here #readthemallthon. For each badge I have to read one book and each book gains CP for my Pokemon.

 The Pokemon I chose is… Noibat! 
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Books by Badge

readthemallthon-badge01-boulder (1)This aligns with my #arcaugust challenge as well. I’ll be reading Paladin by Sally Slater.
386 Pages.readthemallthon-badge02-cascaderFor this challenge I will read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

readthemallthon-badge03-thunderReading the third book in a series with thunderous hype, Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater
391 Pagesreadthemallthon-badge04-rainbowI’m stuck on this one so if you have a suggestion let me know! I might read The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoonreadthemallthon-badge05-soulEpic Romance (Thats going to rip my hear out)! Finally going to finish The Assassins Blade by reading The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J Maas  94 Pages

readthemallthon-badge06-marshFor this challenge I’m going to read Cress by Marissa Meyer
560 Pages

readthemallthon-badge07-flameIt isn’t completely red but it has red elements. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
416 Pages

readthemallthon-badge08-earthAnother book from my #arcaugust challenge, my current read and a new favourite is Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
352 Pages

 

 

July Wrap Up

July Wrap Up!

At times this month flew by and at others it dragged on painfully. I didn’t think I had read that much this month but as it turns out it was a good reading month for me. And this weekend I’m going camping so I can’t wait to enjoy some ARCs on the beach! Everything I read this month was at least 3 Stars and I am still recovering from ACOMAF (will I ever?) the hype was well deserved for this one. Walk on Earth A Stranger was my next favourite and not comparable as they are worlds apart. I can’t wait with the sequels to both of these.

What I was Going to Read

 

What I Actually Read

 

Recent Reviews

I am so behind, please don’t judge me!!

Challenge Update

Around the Year in 52 Books   28/52
Flights of Fantasy   19/16
Finishing the Series   2/16
RockmyTBR   13/35
Backlist Books  20/16

Post I Enjoyed Writing

Reflecting on 2016 So Far…

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Facts About Me

Posts I Enjoyed Reading

Book Challenge: Bookish Heart by Jennifer Santucci

On The Slow Pursuit Of Overnight Success by Victoria Schwab

Pokemon Go Book Tag by Read At Midnight

Best YA Books Of 2016 by Paper Fury

The Sailor Scouts Book Tag by The Novel Hermit 

My August TBR

This month I will be reading ALL THE ARCs! I’m participating in #arcaugust and the list is 15 books long! Yikes!
The ones I really hope to get to are:

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#arcaugust 2016 TBR

This will be my first time participating in a month-long ARC reading challenge. I’m thankful for it though because I have a shameful amount of old approvals from Netgalley. All the eARCs I will be reading have since released and my ratio on Netgalley is looking pretty bad because of it. (I have since learnt not to be so request button happy). I will also be reading to physical books I have for review. Will YOU be participating in #arcaugust? What are you reading? Have you read any of the books on my TBR? I would love to know!

Physical Books:

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NetGalley:

The Dragon Round by Stephen S Power
Gambit by C L Denault
Into Aether by L M Fry
The Girl And The Gargoyle by Pauline Gruber
Marked by Sue Tingey
Link by Summer Wier
Blood Ink And Fire by Ashley Mansour
Scent by Juliet Madison
The Secrets of Blood and Bone by Rebecca Alexander
The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Houle
The Shadows Curse by Amy McCulloch
Paladin by Sally Slater
Ameythest Rising by LA Hendricks
Dragon Trials by Ava Richardson

 

-Wish me luck! I think I’m going to need it!-

 

 

Reflecting On 2016 So Far…

We have reach the ‘Wednesday’ of the year, the mid-way point, the ‘holy cow its July already?’ moment. As such I wanted to look back on my resolutions and see if I still feel the same way I did six months ago and what progress I’ve made. You can see my original post from January here Top Ten Tuesday: Resolutions

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Resolution #1 – Read My Own Books
Of the 46 books I have read so far, 17 of those are books I owned at the beginning of the year. If you asked me before I checked Goodreads and added them up I honestly thought I had done better. I was hoping half of the books I read in 2016 would be books I already owned but there is still 6 months to change that!

Resolution #2 –  Keep A Reading Journal
Yeah… I quickly lost interest in this one. I am terrible for keeping notes while I read and just write reviews by the seat of my pants so I can say that this resolution is a fail!

Resolution #3 – Change Things Up aka Read Outside My Comfort Zone
This I can proudly say I have accomplished. I would still like to read some non-fiction this year though.

Resolution #4 Wrap Things Up aka Finish Previously Started Series
Well – I finished one?… That would be The Abhorsen Trilogy, which was really good. I was aiming to finish 7+ series this year so I guess I know what the second half of 2016 will be dedicated to, which is good because that mostly ties in with #1

Resolution #5Learn 
I wanted to learn more about blogging and ask more questions. I’m not sure that I did this very much but what I need do was find myself comfortable with my blog; it’s appearance and it’s content. I’m happy with that.

Resolution #6Map The Books
So here was a little project that I thought would be amazing to unveil at the end of the year. I admit I have not started it but I have been collecting maps from each book and fully intend to fulfill this resolution.

Resolution #7Attend Yallwest/fest
I DID! And it was amazing. Beyond my expectations! If you haven’t read it, check out my blog post all about the experience. The #Yallwest Experience

Resolution #8Nanowrimo
There have been Nanowrimo camps I could have participated in but I was really aiming for November which we havent come to yet so this one isnt a success or a fail – yet

Resolution #9Return To Running
…okay so I didn’t. However, please refer to #10 and know that I JUST unpacked the last box that was piled on top of my treadmill.

Resolution #10Buy A House
I couldn’t buy a house because I chose to return to work after Maternity leave on an on-call basis. Instead I found a lovely 3 bedroom for my dog, my son and I to rent and we are settling in nicely. I think this is roughly our two month anniversary in our new place. (YAY!) And I just got new bookshelves so I would say this resolution is a huge success.

 

giphy (1)So… I can’t say that there are great big check marks on this 2016 to-do list but I am very happy with how far I’ve
come this year and with the direction I am taking. I really want to know how all of you are doing with your goals and/or plans for the year. So please fill me in, and thanks for reading.

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Page 394 is an original meme that began here at Novelcravings. The meme is simple, turn to page 394 in your current read or a favourite book, find a passage you love and share it with us! Everyone is welcome to join. Please remember to link back to this page and share the link to your blog post in the comments below. The meme happens on the 14th of every month.

This week I will be quoting This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

  “August rose, shaking, to his feet. Darkness curled around his body and drifted like steam from his limbs. The tally marks across his skin were fading one by one.
  I am not a monster

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Are Schwab’s words not poetic? Seriously, she writes about monsters who use magic to steal people’s souls but her words have stolen mine.

What is on your Page 394?

Check out these other blogs participating in the meme:

Beth @ Betwixt the Pages

MC @ Blame it on the Pages

Emma @ emdoesbookreviews

hermionefowl @ addlepatesandbooknerds

Yasmin @ thewildreaders

Kirstie @ Upside-Down Books

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