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!

Event Recap: Double Debut Delight

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Today I’ve got some highlights from Emily A. Duncan and Christine Lynn Herman’s debut day author event in Columbus, OH. I was thankful to get PTO from my boss to drive down for the Tuesday night fun and I’m so glad I was able to make it and support two incredible books and authors.

The hour long chat and q & a was super laid back and it was obvious the two were close friends. They pitched their books, Wicked Saints and The Devouring Gray, and then pitched each others. Hogwarts house sorting occurred and there was much debate on who would win in a fight out of all of their characters. They also talked about dark magic and how it works within a contemporary vs. high fantasy. After the talk, I was able to get my books signed and share my enthusiasm for both titles which I had already had the pleasure of reading and loving.

Have you read either The Devouring Gray or Wicked Saints? Been to a debut author signing?

Let me know in the comments below!

Event Recap: Schwab & Shenanigans

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On March 20, my friend Katie and I took a little road trip down to Columbus for a day of shopping and Victoria Schwab. We dined at two wonderfully delicious restaurants (Molly Woo’s & Cantina Laredo) which is a bit of a rarity for me with my gluten allergy and then visited IKEA for the very first time. Some people may swear by IKEA and while I will acknowledge their furniture is pretty amazing (I picked up a couple of Billy Bookcases), that building is a horror and I felt my life essence draining from my body with each step I took. Honestly we had to recover in a Barnes & Noble afterwards.

That night we headed over to Villa Milano for the Schwab event hosted by Westerville Public Library. There was a line wrapped around the building when we arrived and the large banquet hall filled up pretty quickly. I actually ran into one of my fellow Sirens Con attendees while there and it was great to catch up. Victoria answered audience questions for about an hour about everything from character development to adaptations to upcoming works and more. After that the signing line started and with over 300 people in attendance it took some time. Victoria’s totally worth it though!

Are you a Victoria Schwab fan? Which author would you want to meet?

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!

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!

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!