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!

February in Review ~ 2019

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Welcome to my Month in Review!

Books I Read

 

Faves

Book: Red, White & Royal Blue

Movie: The Hate U Give

TV Show: Medici

Listen: Spell Check D&D Podcast

 Random: Evolution Fresh Organic Strawberry Lemonade

Challenges

Goodreads: 26/150

Beat the Backlist: 14/20

Read Harder Challenge: 2/24

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge: 3

Sirens Reading Challenge: 8/25
(runs October 2018 to October 2019)

Life, Etc.

When will the madness end?

February felt more stressful than normal with lots of ongoing stuff at work coming to a head. With programming for summer reading needed on the calendar already to the build up to the open house and culmination of this long renovation; needless to say it’s been a lot. There are promising things on the horizon though and lots of fun programs to look forward to.

Reading (and Reese’s) are what have kept me going and I was able to finish another 13 titles for February. It was an odd assortment but I ended up loving most of them. In terms of television, I’ve been watching The Good Place and Medici on Netflix as well as binge watching Season 2 of The Dragon Prince. I’m also keeping up with This Is Us.

How was your February? What do you think March will have in store for us?

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!

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

Goals, Goals, Goals

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!