Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2019

Where has the time gone? The months are flying by too fast, I feel. Even though my long weekend plans shriveled up, I knew I wanted to set aside some free time for my posts and my books.

I’m excited and proud to say that Mom has just two more rounds of chemo left! She started back in March, and we never thought we’d reach this far. She’s gone through so much. Even though our lives are still hell, I cannot be prouder of what she’s done.

So let’s start off a new month with a wrap-up post! Have fun.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2019

 

Ah, another month has passed. I’m glad but somewhat sad to see it go. May is always a fantastic month for readers. So I’m happy to see my TBR list grow.

I’ve kept quiet on my personal life, but I have to say that even though I’m struggling, I know the book community is keeping me sane. So I want to thank everyone for all the support.

So while May is gone, I am eager to see what June will bring.

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Monthly Wrap-Up | April 2019

Morning, everyone!

Who else struggled with April? I honestly wanted to read more books and to buy them too. But I didn’t care if I did either. And since I had to dodge Avengers spoilers, I took some time away from my blog and my social media accounts. You don’t know how good it felt for not dealing with a self-imposed deadline.

Let me tell you that I cried, and I still feel hollowed out after watching that movie. But I’ve never been so proud to be a part of this franchise and family. #ILoveYou3000

Not let’s get back to blogging. This post is short (somewhat) and sweet (I hope). I hope you love it!

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Monthly Wrap-Up | March 2019

Morning, bloggers!

Have you ever had a month where your blog went great, but everything else in your life, particularly reading, just stalled? That’s how I explain my March.

Mom started her treatments, and my thrill in anything has kind of died. But I’m fighting to get back to where I was, even though it’s a daily battle. So life may have been a downer, but my blog kept me fighting. And I have to thank you all for the support. You don’t understand how much I need that right now.

So even though the month was slow, I’m glad I discovered fantastic reads. Hopefully, April is a better month for us all. Now let’s get to this post.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: February 2019

Hey book fam,

Phew! Another month has passed, and I can let out a well-deserved sigh of relief. February was rather slow and hard for me personally. We finally got the results of my Mom’s cancer. And she’s in the early stages, which I can’t believe.

I wanted to take some time away from my blog. But you all were the reason why I stayed. You kept me smiling and laughing. You kept the shadows away. And I cannot thank you enough for all of your support.

Even though blogging is stressful, it has given me purpose and drive to strive forward, even when I feel I can’t get off the ground. So although February was arduous, I found an escape through this community and some great books. Now, let’s get to the wrap-up, yes?

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Monthly Wrap-Up: January 2019

 

It feels as if January was a year, not a month. It was the most difficult, challenging, and emotionally draining one. And I just hope February turns out better.

On a personal level, I know I took a hit. A hard one. But on the blogging side, I couldn’t do better. I love all the support everyone has given me over the last year. And I can’t wait for you to see what I’ll be thinking up next for this little blog of mine. So let’s get to my fangirl-filled wrap-up!

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Monthly Wrap-Up | December 2018

Morning, book fam!

Who else feels drained from the holidays? I’ve been getting in some solid 10-hour nights, but I still feel exhausted. So I am glad I’m still on my work break, or I couldn’t function properly. Hopefully, for my new year’s resolution, I’ll get back into the blogging swing. I’ve missed talking with all of you.

But Christmas turned out great, and New Year’s Eve just set off a great new start to 2019. Is anyone freaking out over the number of books we need to buy and read this year?

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Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2018

Hi, book fam!

Okay, I’ll be straight with you all. November may be my worst month of 2018, and I may be so glad it’s over. But my thrill of December starting just makes me warm up. As some of you know, I struggled with some personal problems like family stress and someone stealing my identity. But I can’t let these negative sway my love of Christmas.

So for my monthly goal, I’m catching up on my blog and up my blogger friends, reach out like before, and be more involved in our great community. And frankly, I’m a little stoked for Blogmas (or some form of it, because blogging every day sounds daunting).

Who’s ready for another monthly wrap-up post? Let’s get to it then.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2018

Morning, bloggers!

I honestly wish October would last longer than 31 days. It breaks my black little heart it ends so quickly.

Beside December, October is my favourite month. And I absolutely loved all the Bloogoween and Blogtober posts! I participated in Blogoween, even though I didn’t finish it. But let’s get to the rest of the post, yes?

Why must this reading slump still plague me?! I thought I got rid of it in September, but it came back to bite me hard. I tackled only 3 books, and while I was let down by the first 2, I ended this spooktacular month with a bang.

Wildcard by Marie Lu

⭐️⭐️⭐️½

I’ve waited months to get my hand on this hotly anticipated sequel. So you know I set my expectations high. Maybe too high. Wildcard starts off from the explosive ending of Warcross. The beginning of this book is the strongest, but at the halfway mark, the storyline turns into a muddied mishmash of storylines. I wanted Emika to grow as a character, but she’s more interested in her feelings for Hideo.

 

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

⭐️⭐️⭐️

I have read 4-star and 5-star reviews from many trusted bloggers. Unfortunately, I couldn’t connect with most of the characters or the story itself. I came for the diversity, which I was wanting so desperately, but I left with disappointment. I never thought the main character could be so naive.

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Victoria is one author who knows how to get me out of a reading slump. Coming into this book, I wasn’t sure if I’d love it. I know some readers aren’t accustomed to middle grade books, so my expectations weren’t set above the norm. But Cassidy, the main character who sees ghosts, is adorable, sweet, and sarcastic. Victoria’s writing is refreshing from all the disappointments I’ve had from the previous books.


Not many new titles sparked my interest. So last month, I didn’t bring in a big haul. The first book snuck up on me. Just look at the cover. But the last title is bittersweet. Even though I may have two more TOG books to read before I tackle this behemoth, I am not ready for the heartache and torture. But I’m so excited to get this exclusive edition!


So this part may seem a little new to you. For months, I wanted to highlight some posts from my favourite bloggers. So here are my top 3 picks:

💜 My girl Kathy from Books and Munches talks about the peer pressure our book community faces. More importantly, she brings up how we bloggers pressure each other and ourselves. Throughout the post, I nodded my head the entire time. She also announced her baby boy, who I have affectionately named Spaghetti, is safe and healthy, AND I CAN’T WAIT TO MEET HIM. I’m so happy for you!

 

💜 Charleigh from Charleigh Writes lists 10 blogging lessons she’s learned. She addresses many issues I’ve brought up in the past and mentioned new ones. I highly recommend taking a look!

 

💜 My two favourite bloggers Teagan and Jess from Fiction No Chaser created the YA Playlist Tag. And I can’t wait to do it! I love finding new tags. And they made me cackle with their first answer. 😂

 

So how did October turn out for you? Did you find your favourite scary read, did the dreaded reading slump hit like it did me, or did you finally get your hands on your most anticipated read of the month? Let’s chat!

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2018

 

Morning, everyone!

How is it the first week of October?! I’m trying to wrap my mind around that. But then again, I’m excited for Halloween to come, so I don’t care. 😂

The first half of September went great. I thought I’d breeze through my TBR pile, and then the dreaded reading slump hit me quicker than I thought was possible. I’m surprised I could finish three books. Don’t you hate when it comes out of nowhere? I just hope Wildcard gets me out of it.

Anyways, let’s get to the post, yes?

Remind me how to complete an actual reading challenge. I failed horribly with my attempt to do Kathy’s Sequel September. 😅 In addition to these ones, I wanted to read three more books, but I couldn’t do it.

Lifel1ke by Jay Kristoff

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Please don’t judge me. Lifel1k3 is the first book from Kristoff I’ve ever read. AND I REGRET EVERYTHING. Now, I’m a follower. I’ll sacrifice my life’s blood to get more of his books. I don’t care.

Imagine Romeo and Juliet set in a post-apocalyptic world where androids show more humanity than some humans. Well, some androids. It wouldn’t be a Kristoff book without mass murder by androids. It’s one of my favourite reads of this year!

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Let me remind everyone that I am Catwoman trash. Okay, I’m also Maas trash as well, so this book works out quite well for me. The DC Icons series is getting better with each addition. I love how Maas brings a human touch to the always tough Catwoman and shows us her weaknesses along the way. If you’re looking for some Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn action, I highly recommend.

 

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

⭐️⭐️⭐️¾

I wanted to love this prequel. I did. But I struggled hard with it. It took me two weeks to finish reading it. And while I enjoyed it, I didn’t fall in love with it. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mindset. But the Sam and Celaena scenes will haunt me to my dying days. Review will come shortly!


Naturally, I do better buying books than reading them. Indigo Teen sent me over Tracy Banghart’s Grace and Fury. Thank you, Indigo! Finally, I got some hotly anticipated sequels I’ve been wanting to get my hands onto! I need to catch up on my TBR list. I cannot wait to get to this beauties!

 

So how was your month? Have you completed any reading challenges? What was your must-have book for September? Let’s chat. I’d love to catch up!