2018 Monthly Status Update: August

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Ahhh August was crazy!! SO much going on, between reading challenges, the Fair, vacations, weddings, work, family and friends – I’m amazed I was able to find so much time for reading! I’m hoping to continue this trend for the rest of the year, though Fall is historically one of my busiest work seasons.. Anyways, here are some highlights from August for me:

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 12
# pages read this month: 4,042
# books read year-to-date: 76
# pages read year-to-date: 25,161

Favorite Books I Read this Month:

 

Good Luck With That by Kristan Higgins – 5.0 stars
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone – 5.0 stars

 

Other Posts this month:

ARC August 2018 – participated in this reading challenge, check out all my posts here!
Bout of Books 23 – participated in this one too! Check out all my posts here!
The Duke of Seduction RELEASE BLITZ!!
The Duke of Seduction RELEASE BLITZ!!
The Duke of Seduction BLOG TOUR!!
The Duke With the Dragon Tattoo BLOG TOUR!!

Next Month TBR List:

Next month I’m excited to actually have some time set aside for books I want to read! Around my birthday, I’ll be spending the middle two weeks reading whatever I want to – I’m not setting a schedule for that since that will be a whatever I want at the moment thing but I can Guarantee you it will include the new Sandra Brown book and at least one Kristan Higgins! But for my ARC’s for September, here is the list of September releases I need to read and review:

-Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
-One More Moment by Samantha Chase
-Lies by T.M. Logan
-The Exes Revenge by Jo Jakeman
-Intercepted by Alexa Martin
-A Rose in the Highlands by Heather McCollum

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Bout of Books 23 – Sign Up Post

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So for one of my goals this year to help me focus more on reading and having concentrated time for reading, I am participating in all 3 Bout of Books reading challenges / read-a-thons this year! The first one was in early January and I got a good amount of reading done. The next one was in May and between work and personal stuff I didn’t actually get a ton of reading done.

This one though is going to be a doozy. I’m also participating in ARC August this month, plus I have a huge event coming up next weekend, the Terryville Fair, where I’m working up at the Fairgrounds literally the whole weekend sun up to (well after) sun down. Hopefully I can still carve out a little reading time but I’m also going to try and be realistic about this.

For those of you who don’t really know much about Bout of Books, it is basically a week-long, no pressure read-a-thon that has been going strong since 2011! Here is a description directly from the Bout of Books blog:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender on a complete whim in August 2011. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence.

  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in.
  • It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required.
  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

I’ve been reading pretty close to on schedule lately and I’m hoping to continue that trend over the next week!

Time Devoted to Reading

I plan to read at least 2 hours each day during the week, with hopefully additional hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I’ll be working up at the Fair event all afternoon and evening Thursday and Friday and then all day Saturday and Sunday, but I might be able to take a couple short breaks for reading between shifts.

My Goals

My goals for this read-a-thon are that I’d like to participate in as much as I can: the daily posts plus reading every day. One of the reasons I’m especially excited about this read-a-thon is … I’M ON THE SCHEDULE! I submitted a couple daily challenge ideas and one of them was picked! I’m more excited than ever to participate, hopefully I don’t run too low on time.

Books to Read

List is a little shorter than some of my previous challenges, but I have to be realistic about my time constraints. I would’ve loved to take the whole week off and just read non-stop but work has been consistently busy since just about a year ago. Anyways, I’m really looking forward to this week-long reading challenge devoted to reading ! If you do want to join make sure to add yourself to the page’s Sign Up Post by Tuesday, August 21st at 11:59pm! Happy reading!

Bout of Books 21 Update – Day 4

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Thursday did not go well reading wise but was a fun day! I did not meet my reading goal and really I barely read at all, but I had a great time grabbing drinks with my best friend. So my Thursday’s progress is below:

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Thursday

Time spent reading: (Approximately) 20 minutes
Number of pages I’ve read today: 18 pages
Total number of pages I’ve read: 518 pages
Books read: Started The Safest Lies
Challenges: I did not participate in the daily post challenge for Thursday

Stay tuned for continued progress made in tomorrow’s post on my Friday update, hoping to find lots of time for reading tonight, and lots this weekend as well!!

Bout of Books 21 Update – Day 3

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Wednesday went well! I was able to find a little time to read during the day and then a little more before bed, so I ended up just meeting my 2 hour goal plus I finished a book. So my Wednesday’s progress is below:

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Wednesday

Time spent reading: (Approximately) 2 hours
Number of pages I’ve read today: 177 pages
Total number of pages I’ve read: 500 pages
Books read: Finished Like Broken China (Review to be posted later today)
Challenges: I did not participate in the daily post challenge for Wednesday

Stay tuned for continued progress made in tomorrow’s post on my Thursday update and check back later for my review on Like Broken China!!

Bout of Books 21 Update – Day 1

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Started out strong yesterday for the first day of the read-a-thon! I met my goal of reading 2 hours and I got through a good chunk of reading! I’m trying to balance my work schedule this week so that I can spend more time reading, I have a meeting tonight though so I might be distracted today. So anyways my Monday’s progress is below:

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Monday

Time spent reading: (Approximately) 3.5 hours
Number of pages I’ve read today: 218 pages
Total number of pages I’ve read: 218 pages (Day one! Ha)
Books read: Finished The Girl in the Tower (see my review here) AND The Crown Prince’s Bride (review to be posted later today)
Challenges: I did the introduce yourself in six words challenge for Monday, posted it on Twitter here

Stay tuned for continued progress made in tomorrow’s post on my Tuesday update!!

Bout of Books 21 – Sign Up Post

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So for one of my goals this year to help me focus more on reading and having concentrated time for reading, I am participating in all 3 Bout of Books reading challenges / read-a-thons this year! The first one is next week (luckily its before my busy season at work officially starts).

For those of you who don’t really know much about Bout of Books, it is basically a week-long, no pressure read-a-thon that has been going strong since 2011! Here is a description directly from the Bout of Books blog:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender on a complete whim in August 2011. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence.

  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in.
  • It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required.
  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

Since I’m so behind in my reading schedule, this will be a great week to devote to reading and catch up!

Time Devoted to Reading

I plan to read at least 2 hours each day during the week, with hopefully additional hours on Friday. Also the Saturday during Bout of Books I have Goal Day planned but then I have other family plans in the evening so I’m hoping for a good 4 hours of solid reading. And then Sunday I don’t have anything planned other than house work so hopefully a solid 4 hours that day as well.

My Goals

My goals for this read-a-thon are that I’d like to participate in as much as I can: the daily posts plus reading every day.

Books to Read

 

Hopefully I’m actually able to get through all (or at least a few)of those, if so I could at least catch up with one week of books which would be great. I have a long list of backlog books that I have to catch up with still from 2016 and 2017, but hopefully those will happen over the rest of the year. I’m really looking forward to this week-long reading challenge devoted to reading ! If you do want to join make sure to add yourself to the page’s Sign Up Post by Tuesday, January 9th at 11:59pm! Happy reading!

2017 Monthly Status Update: December

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Well I did not exactly finish strong this year. December was a rough month between work, trying to get ready for the holidays and attending all our family functions and parties. I was able to take some time off after Christmas and I read for a day. But other than that I a m pretty delinquent on my schedule. I’ll be posting on this later today but I’m hoping to catch up on my backlog items during the next year (2018!). So below is my progress for December:

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 1
# pages read this month: 262
# books read year-to-date: 97
# pages read year-to-date: 28,921

Other Posts this month:

The Duke of Ice BLOG TOUR!!

Status of 2017 Reading Challenges:

  1. Finish 2016 ARC’s from NetGalley that I missed – Still have 26 more to go, plus going to have another 30ish from 2017.
  2. Participate in 2 reading challenges – During May I participated in the Bout of Books challenge and during August I participated in ARC August so this Goal is checked!
  3. Other goals:
    1. Write shorter reviews – I think I’m doing better at this, next year I’ll be trying something different with this next year too.
    2. Continue establishing relationships – I think I did a good job this year cultivating some relationships

Next Month TBR List:

I have a few that are on my hit list to definitely get to and then I’ll be filling in the list from my backlog as (or if) I have any additional time:

-The Dry by Jane Harper
-The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
-The Crown Prince’s Bride by Donna Alward
-In a Cottage In a Wood by Cass Green
-The Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky