Hey there! We have finally decided to start doing wrap ups again! These monthly posts will just be a little summary of what has been going on for us and the blog, our last one appearing to be in May of 2013, which is frightening in and of itself because it’s so long ago. This also reminds me, Bec has been with me for almost two years now! We also just welcomed Rachel on board too.
- Review: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta ★★★★
- Review: Of Scars and Stardust – Andrea Hannah ★★½
- Review: Valiant by Holly Black ★★★★
- Review: Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor ★★★★
- Review: The First Third by Will Kostakis ★★★
- ARC Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard ★★★
- Review: Heart of the Dragon’s Realm by Karalynn Lee ★★★
- Review: Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones ★★★★½
- Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman ★★½
Do you guys ever think about how there will never be another today in your lives? Like how there will never be another January 2015 that you will get to live? That thought kind of freaks me out, although it is a reminder to live every day to the fullest. (Obviously I have been awake too long) On a less serious note, this month was pretty good. I went back to college
which isn’t fun but it’s not so bad yet. At this point in my major it’s just kind of like:
For once we are ahead in scheduling things for the blog. I think I’m doing okay with my New Year’s Resolutions, which I’m really happy about. I’ve also been making progress on my Goodreads challenge, definitely more than I expected, almost 30/200! Now for the fun part:
So I finally caved and went on Edelweiss, the last time I requested something was 3/28/2014! I went through everything and just had to request these beauties, I’ve read three of them so far and they are pretty good!
– None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
– Paperweight by Meg Haston
– Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
– Illusionarium by Heather Dixon
– Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
– Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
– Little Peach by Peggy Kern
– Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby
Other than getting really behind on blog reading and commenting because I’ve been obsessed with the Ace Attorney games, I haven’t really done much this month. Uni supplies have been acquired, I went horse riding, I thought upon the upcoming state election with dread, and I read a few books.
I have two main goals when it comes to books and reading this year, and I joined a challenge that suits both these goals. First goal is to read as many books on my TBR as I can because there’s a lot of books on there (I made a specific Goodreads shelf to keep track and there’s 148 total at the moment) . As I write this, I’ve read 6 books (and am currently making my way through a 7th). This does not include a couple of ARCs I received this year and have already read.
The other goal was not to request or buy any books. Guess what I did in the first two weeks in January.
I do have some excuses to offer. Bookfest was on. Bookfest is a big second hand booksale put on by Lifeline, a charity, once or twice a year. I was prepared to walk for hours and not buy anything, but then I saw the Phantom Stallion books. These books were my childhood, but I only owned two of the series. When I saw some of them there, nice and cheap on the tables, I picked them up straight away. Then I went to another table and there were more! And more and more! And I came home with almost the entire series because who can say no to your childhood?!
I also bought WILDWOOD DANCING and a pretty hardcover of BLACK BEAUTY. These don’t count as breaking a ban either because I’ve already read both *cough* and THE EARTHSEA QUARTET is four books in one so not so bad, not so bad.
These additions to the TBR are not from my own pocket! REV GIRL and JUMP GIRL were sent to my for the author for review. UNWANTED is a debut YA novel by an Australian author sent to me from Penguin. ELEANOR AND PARK I won in a Booktopia giveaway. I also won a $10 Amazon giftcard from my prowess in the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers Book Club Challenge last year (I came second) which I used to buy SNOW LIKE ASHES by Sara Raasch and THE BODY ELECTRIC by Beth Revis.
I also broke my requesting ban by going on Netgalley at the start of the month but SHADOW STUDY by Maria V Snyder was on there and how could I resist?! THE NOVICE by Taran Matharu was also staring at me forlornly so I had to request that too.
For an entire month I had been fooling myself that I hadn’t been too bad in terms of recieving books this month. Seeing them all in one place though and being able to count them… I got 30 books this month.
I WILL DO BETTER NEXT MONTH I SWEAR.
Between actually doing 80% of my homework (that’s not a normal thing for me but it is January and the teachers actually check), juggling the three sports that I spontaneously acquired, and writing on an insane fake deadline for absolutely no reason besides whimsy and peer pressure, I haven’t done too much reading this month. I believe that I read 8 books in total, but only three of them were actually blog-able material. Apparently it is possible to procrastinate on reading books by reading books. Go figure.
– The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
– Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
– The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
– The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
– The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
– Fairest by Marissa Meyer
– The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
– Exposure by Kathy Reichs
What have you been up to this month?
Have you read any of these books?
What’s your most anticipated Spring 2015 release?
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