#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

Good Books & Cups of Tea

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Facts About Me

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Ten Facts About Me.

#1  I find it really hard to talk about myself. I don’t feel like there is a lot unusual about me or interesting about my life. This points to my lack of confidence and anxiety, something I have struggled with most of my life.

#2  (Because of #1) I recently decided to undertake a self-love project. Spanning the next 6-12 months I am focusing on self-love, balance and healing. I plan on doing a blog post all about it because I have noticed a lot of people in the book community struggling with the same things as myself. I believe supporting one another leads to a greater chance of success. Evelyn Skye, author of The Crowns Game is also doing something similar and we are using the hashtag #reclaimbalance. There are several parts to my project; exercise, counselling, taking ‘me’ time, and keeping a daily journal of happiness.

After all that heavy stuff let me tell you some lighter things. 

#3  I have a son, Theo, he just turned one and he is the light of my life. It’s just him and I, 20160217_110248which can be tough but I wouldn’t change a thing

#4  When people meet me they think I am about 7 years younger than I am. It drives me crazy because they often don’t take me seriously.

#5  Lately I cannot get enough smoothies! I bought a Nutri Ninja and perfected a few healthy delicious recipes that I enjoy daily.

#6  Audiobooks make up 60% of my monthly reads. At least.

#7  My favourite comic is Calvin and Hobbes 1381173609394

#8  When I write I do it all by hand in notebooks, it just feels right.

#9  I have a wiener dog named Gunner. He loves sunbeams and carrots

#10  I JUST got glasses that I have to wear daily and it is a weird transition phase, I also feel a little self conscious?

And a few extras for fun…

#11  I am a welder by trade, not sure if I will ever go backMexico 015 to it now that I have my son. I use to work in Northern Alberta in areas where you have to live in a camp. Not really a mommy type job.

#12 I love to read in my hammock

#13  I’m a runner. Asics are my jam. I also enjoy hiking and geocaching.

#14  I traveled solo to Mexico once and bungee jumped while I was there. I want to travel to so many more places.

#15  I’m addicted to tattoos only slightly less than books.