May & June in Review ~ 2019

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Faves

Book: The Merciful Crow

Movie: Detective Pikachu

TV Show: Good Omens

Listen: Happiness Begins by Jonas Brothers

Challenges

Goodreads: 84/150

Beat the Backlist: 32/20

Read Harder Challenge: 4/24

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge: 9

Sirens Reading Challenge: 9/25
(runs October 2018 to October 2019)

Life, Etc.

It’s been a while friends!!! I may have fallen off from blogging consistently for the past month and a bit but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading or keeping up on all things bookish. Work and life have kept me incredibly busy as I’ve taken on many new responsibilities at the library and am now the Assistant Manager of our branch. It’s an exciting and wild opportunity that I hope works out well to say the least.

As far as the blog goes I want to keep up with it as much as possible so I’m going to cut back from five days to three. That should give me enough freedom to post reviews and a few fun things from time to time. In terms of reading I’m trying to catch up on my ever growing TBR since it’s grown to massive proportions which is entirely my fault. Especially before the busy fall book season comes around.

How did May and June go for you? Any exciting news or adventures?

Let me know in the comments below!

April in Review ~ 2019

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Faves

Book: Love from A to Z

Movie: Avengers: Endgame

TV Show: She-Ra Season 2

Listen: Sucker by Jonas Brothers

Challenges

Goodreads: 59/150

Beat the Backlist: 26/20

Read Harder Challenge: 4/24

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge: 5

Sirens Reading Challenge: 9/25
(runs October 2018 to October 2019)

Life, Etc.

Honestly time is moving way to fast. I’m managing to keep up on the reading front despite adding a bunch of last minute book club pics and an unplanned romance binge, my TBR plan went out the window. With that being said I did read 17 titles so I’m not slowing down on that front. I also got to attend another author event featuring two debuts and host a murder mystery dinner for the library. On the screens front I binged She-Ra Season 2 and have seen Avengers: Endgame twice. I’m also keeping up with the final season of Jane the Virgin.

How was your April? Did you read or do anything exciting?

Let me know in the comments below!

March in Review ~ 2019

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Faves

Book: There’s Something About Sweetie

Movie: Captain Marvel

TV Show: The Good Place

Listen: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line

Challenges

Goodreads: 42/150

Beat the Backlist: 19/20

Read Harder Challenge: 2/24

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge: 4

Sirens Reading Challenge: 9/25
(runs October 2018 to October 2019)

Life, Etc.

Honestly I don’t have much to say for March. Not a lot going on besides work and reading. I did get to see Victoria Schwab in Columbus (check out Thursday’s post for more details) but other than that it’s been a balancing act between stress and relaxation. I’m still making my way through The Clone Wars on Netflix and hope to finish before it gets taken off April 7. Plus Jane the Virgin is back for it’s final season.

How did your March go? Do anything exciting or just holed up at home?

Let me know in the comments below!

January in Review ~ 2019

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Faves

Book: King of Scars & The Wicked King

Movie: The Greatest Showman

TV Show: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Music: Into the Spider-Verse Soundtrack

 Random: Hippeas White Cheddar Chickpea Puffs

Challenges

Goodreads: 13/150

Beat the Backlist: 6/20

Read Harder Challenge: 1/24

Sirens Reading Challenge: 7/25
(runs October 2018 to October 2019)

Life, Etc.

Well this year is just chugging along already. As you can see I’m trying a little something new with my month in review as I highlight faves from across multiple platforms. With the winter weather finally arriving and freezing temps set to break records, it’s been a very indoorsy couple of weeks. At least that means lots of reading time and boy was it a wonderful month with some exquisite new releases and surprise backlist titles. I’ve actually been able to squeeze in workout time everyday as well; doing daily yoga and hitting Planet Fitness three times a week. Work has been wild with renovation stuff wrapping up and we’ve finally got new furniture which looks amazing.  Here’s hoping February rocks just as much!

How has January played out for you? Any exciting events take place?

Let me know in the comments below!

End of Year Survey ~ 2018

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It’s time to recap 2018 in bookish style with The Perpetual Page-Turner’s End of Year Survey! Check out all my thoughts, favorites, and stats from last year.


2018 READING STATS

Number Of Books You Read: 175
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, Romance

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BEST IN BOOKS

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Dreamer by L.E. DeLano

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie M. Liu

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Series Started: Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Sequel: Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova
Series Ender: Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

Sarah MacLean
(two years in a row for romance authors)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Indranan War trilogy by K.B. Wagers

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Séverin Montagnet-Alarie from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

 Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

“The story of the ugly duckling was never about the cygnet discovering he is lovely. It is not a story about realizing you have become beautiful.

It is about the sudden understanding that you are something other than what you thought you were, and that what you are is more beautiful than what you once thought you had to be.”

~ Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Leave the Window Open by Victoria Schwab
Longest: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Felicity Faircloth & Devil from Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The Sisterhood in Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Rising Gold by Ava Jae

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Check, Please! Book One by Ngozi Ukazu

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Kai Arviso from Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Firestarter by Tara Sim

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
(RAGE)


MY BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

BerryBookPages

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

Ace of Shades Street Style

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018:?

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4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

Sirens Conference

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Meeting Anna-Marie McLemore at Sirens Con and witnessing her breathtaking and emotional keynote.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Getting inspired

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’ve Removed from My TBR

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Series Review: The Rules of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Novel Knight

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Well I completed my Goodreads goal and the Debut Author Challenge.


LOOKING AHEAD

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will BF Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. Duh!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Where to start? Let’s go with Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan, We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, and The Mericful Crow by Margaret Owen.

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

Firestarter by Tara Sim

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

Actually read some nonfiction this year!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi


How did your 2018 pan out on the bookish front? Did you do an End of Year Survey?

Let me know in the comments below!

December in Review ~ 2018

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Top Pick

TheGildedWolves

Challenges

Goodreads: 175/120

Debut Author Challenge: 12/12

Read Harder Challenge: 12/24

Rock My TBR: 19

Life, Etc.

How is it possible that another year is almost gone? 2018 has felt both fast and long at the same time with lots of ups and downs personally as well as with the world. December though has been rather good with some time off to relax and work that has felt rewarding. The renovation is finally coming together and I’ve spent a lot of time shifting books into their final positions.

In terms of reading I’ve picked up a few highly anticipated titles as well as a back log of comics and holiday romances. For television I’ve watched all my fave holiday flicks as well as the final season of Voltron, finished the latest season of Call the Midwife on Netflix, and a lot of Doctor Who reruns. Christmas was a relaxing affair as always with just my mom and brothers for present opening and dinner.

How did your December pan out? Was it ridiculously busy or were you able to relax?

Let me know in the comments below!

Goals! Goals! Goals! ~ 2019

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With 2019 just around the corner it’s time to reevaluate my goals for blogging, reading, and life in general. 2018 was a year of ups and downs and I’m praying that the new year will be more focused and exciting in all ways. Check out what I’d like to accomplish below!

Blog Goals

Since my blog is very review heavy I need to focus on cross posting and spreading my thoughts to a wider audience.

  • Cross post my reviews every single month.
  • Catch up on my back log of reviews to cross post.
  • Share reviews on Instagram as well.
  • Respond to comments the day they are received.

Reading Goals

Reading is always a priority and hopefully I’ll diversify my TBR even more in 2019.

  • Read at least 150 books including comics and novellas.
  • Complete all reading challenges.
  • Read more non-fiction, at least 5 books.
  • Read at least 10 middle grade titles.

Life Goals

While I was definitely more engaged this year (taking trips, doing yoga, etc.), I want to take it even further in 2019 particularly on the finance and cooking fronts.

  • Save! Save! Save! Get my finances in order and control my spending on frivolous items.
  • Cook at least one meal every single week (try new recipes, use the air fryer and spiralizer), and eat at least two servings of vegetables each day.
  • Exercise 3 times a week (Continue Yoga, use Planet Fitness)
  • Be more active in life: take trips, spend time with friends, venture outside, etc.

Have you made your own for the goals for 2019? Do we have some in common?

Let me know in the comments below!

November in Review ~ 2018

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Top Pick

BlancayRoja

Challenges

Goodreads: 160/120

Debut Author Challenge: 12/12

Read Harder Challenge: 12/24

Rock My TBR: 19

Life, Etc.

As November wraps up I have to get my head around the fact that there’s only one month left in 2018. Part of me wants to say good riddance but who knows what’s in store for the new year. My reading once again was pretty solid but I still veered from my chosen TBR. Plus I plowed through a whole epic Sci-Fi trilogy so that was fun.

At work I got to host a Harry Potter escape room which was pretty darn cool and the adults/teens who participated definitely enjoyed it. Thankfully the Thanksgiving holiday was a nice little break and I’ve been prepping presents for #TBTBSanta as well as family and friends. Plus I’ve been able to watch Poldark, Crazy Rich Asians, and a few Netflix Christmas movies.

How was your November? Ready for the last month of the year?

Let me know in the comments below!

October in Review ~ 2018

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Top Pick

TheSpywiththeRedBalloon

Challenges

Goodreads: 150/120

Debut Author Challenge: 12/12

Read Harder Challenge: 12/24

Rock My TBR: 17

Life, Etc.

October was possibly the busiest month of the year for me with multiple trips and off days at work. Thankfully though it was probably the most fun I’ve had all year! It’s amazing what engaging with the world can do for my soul. Plus I managed to read twelve titles and I adored pretty much every single one. Blogging was the only thing that fell by the wayside but luckily most of renovation at home is over.

My two trips were wonderful adventures for different reasons. The first on was to Kansas City for my cousin’s wedding and it was just great to be around extended family. The second trip was to Colorado for Sirens Conference and the experience was incredible. I’ll have a post delving into more details of that week but it was pretty much phenomenal. The rest of the month has been me just soaking up the season.

How was October for you? Any exciting adventures?

Let me know in the comments below!

September in Review ~ 2018

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

Top Pick

TaketheLead

Challenges

Goodreads: 138/120

Debut Author Challenge: 11/12

Read Harder Challenge: 9/24

Rock My TBR: 17

Life, Etc.

September was a strange month. My excitement for Autumn was in full force but the wait of the world and work seemed to dampen my spirits. Also the home renovation is finally wrapping up. Over the past couple months, my reading has been slowing down and I keep picking up romances to keep me going. I’m hoping October will mark a turning point as it’s my favorite month of the year and I’ve got lots of things planned over the course of the next four weeks. Plus the fall book releases have been epic, my TBR is overflowing, and my reading flow has started to rejuvenate.

How was your September? Any exciting plans for the upcoming month?

Let me know in the comments below!