2018 Monthly Status Update: January

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And so ends the first month of the New Year! This month flew by for me between work, reading, and lots of fun activities with family and friends. I’m excited to say that it was a pretty productive month, I impressed myself with how much I got done considering I was at work until 11pm some nights. Anyways, here are some highlights from January for me:

Monthly Stats:
# books read this month: 11
# pages read this month: 3,444
# books read year-to-date: 11
# pages read year-to-date: 3,444

Favorite Books I Read this Month:

 

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – 4.75 stars
The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen – 4.5 stars

Other Posts this month:

The Crown Prince’s Bride RELEASE DAY BLITZ!!

I participated in the Bout of Books challenge this month which was great and really helped me get a jump start this year on my reading. I’m not going to list the individual posts because there were many but here is a link for all my posts for the challenge.

I decided to use this reading challenge to help me decide which books to read from my backlog whenever I get the chance to do so – Bookish 2018 Reading Challenge

Next Month TBR List:

Next month I only have a few titles scheduled

-Christmas Glitter by Ann B. Harrison
-By The Book by Julia Sonneborn
-You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston
-Maybe This Time by Nicole McLaughlin

Other than these titles I will be trying to catch up on the January titles that I missed (had like 15 to read and I was still behind from December too – there was no way) and also hopefully fit in a couple more from the Backlog list (from 2017 and 2016)!

Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day and a wonderful February!

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Bout of Books 21 Wrap 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 decided to participate in all 3 Bout of Books reading challenges / read-a-thons this year! The first one was luckily scheduled for this past week which is before my busy season at work officially starts.

Below were the goals that I had set for the week and my assessment with how I did on them.

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.
Things didn’t go quite according to plan – Goal Day for Saturday got moved because of a family function and due to prep work and chores I barely got to read at all Saturday. Plus a couple social functions kept me away from reading during the week. Overall I ended up reading close to 16 hours this week though which I’ll call a success. 

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.

I did participate in 3 out of the 7 daily challenges and I did read every day. 

Books to Read

 

Overall this was a great week of concentrated reading for me and I am glad I was able to get so much accomplished! Looking forward to the next one in May!

 

Bout of Books 21 Update – Day 6

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Saturday did not go ok reading wise. I was able to read a little in the morning but then grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and parties took up the entire rest of my day! So my Saturday’s progress is below:

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Saturday

Time spent reading: (Approximately) Probably just about 1 hour, didn’t really track it exactly
Number of pages I’ve read today:  63 pages
Total number of pages I’ve read: 699 pages
Books read: Continued The Safest Lies
Challenges: I did not participate in the daily post challenge for Saturday, I wanted to but ran out of time

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on my Sunday update and my wrap up of the challenge overall, hoping for a day full of reading today!!

Bout of Books 21 Update – Day 5

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Friday went ok, I was able to read for awhile at night but I could barely keep my eyes open! So my Friday’s progress is below:

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Friday

Time spent reading: (Approximately) Probably around 2-2.5 hours, didn’t really track it exactly
Number of pages I’ve read today:  118 pages
Total number of pages I’ve read: 636 pages
Books read: Continued The Safest Lies
Challenges: I did not participate in the daily post challenge for Friday

Stay tuned for continued progress made in tomorrow’s post on my Saturday update, hoping for a day full of reading today!!

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 2

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Tuesday wasn’t a great day for the challenge for me, between work and a meeting I had at night I didn’t have any time to read other than bed time, only ended up reading just over an hour before I fell asleep. So anyways my Tuesday’s progress is below:

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Tuesday

Time spent reading: (Approximately) 1.25 hours
Number of pages I’ve read today: 105 pages
Total number of pages I’ve read: 323 pages
Books read: Started Like Broken China
Challenges: I did the 2018 Goals post prompt for Tuesday, posted it on Twitter here

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

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