My Reading Goals (Sept 2017-Dec 2017)

So, I started out the year with some reading goals. They were just too over ambitious and I knew that going into it. But I decided to give up on those and created new ones that I think I can manage!


The first goal that I have for myself is that I would like to use my TBR Jar more often.

I have a jar that has all of the books I own and I have on my Kindle. I have had a habit of choosing the book and not reading it. So I want to get better about actually using that.



The next goal I have is that I want to read Game of Thrones. Just the first book in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin.

I’m currently 10% through and I have until the end of the year so I don’t see how I wouldn’t be able to.


I also would like to read an Agatha Christie book a month. I have read two of them and I would like to read more. So I’m going to set myself up to read at least one a month. I’m also going to try to read it in order.



Another series that I want to read is the Sookie Stackhouse series. Or the Southern Vampires or whatever books the True Blood show was based on.

I started reading these a while back and just never ended up finishing it. So I want to restart it and get around to actually finishing it. So a book a month is how I’m going to go about that also. I won’t have it done by the end of the year though.


I need to read a single Shakespeare play. I have a Shakespeare collection and I just want to start reading them. I think I’ll end up reading Romeo and Juliet since I’ve already read that once and it’ll be easy to get back into it.



Along those same lines, I would like to read one poetry collection. So recommend some of your favorites down below!


But then there’s my book buying ban. I’m currently on a book buying ban and I would like to make it last to the end of the year. We’ll see, though.


And the last goal that I have for myself is that I would like to read my ARCs two months ahead. I currently get books through NetGalley and I plan on continuing to do so. But I would like to try to stay 2 months ahead. Obviously, that won’t count for books I got after the two month mark but if I have it two months ahead, I’ll read them!


So that’s about it. This was just a quick little check in and you can go watch my video talking about my reading goals, here.


Happy Reading!

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New Releases: Aug 22-26

 

So before I get into this I would like to apologize for not posting in a little while! I started a BookTube and I just haven’t been in the mood to type stuff up. But I’m hopefully back. I want to get at least two posts done today so I’ll have today’s and Friday’s up. I can’t promise this will be up by noon (obviously it wasn’t if you’re seeing this after noon) but I’m going to try.


Movies

All Saints

Release Date: Aug 25
Rated PG
Genre: Drama
Starring: Cara Buono, John Corbett, Barry Corbin, David Keith
Director: Steve Gomer

Tulip Fever

Release Date: Aug 25
Rated R
Genre: Drama/Romance; Book/Movie Adaptation
Starring: Cara Delevigne, Dane Dehaan, Alicia Vikander, Zach Galifianakis
Director: Justin Chadwick

Beach Rats

Release Date: Aug 25
Rated R
Genre: Drama
Starring: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff
Director: Eliza Hittman

Gook

Release Date: Aug 25
Unrated
Genre: Drama
Starring: Simone Baker, Justin Chon, Curtiss Cook Jr, David So
Director: Justin Chon


Korean Dramas

Single Wife

Premiere Date: Aug 23
Channel: DramaX
Starring: Kwak Hee Sung, Uhm Hyun Kyung, Sung Hyuk
Episodes: 12
Days/Times: Wednesday & Thursday 21:00

Age of Youth 2

Premiere Date: Aug 25
Channel: JTBC
Starring: Han Ye Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Park Eun Bin, Ji Woo, Choi Ah Ra
Prequel: Age of Youth
Days/Times: Friday & Saturday 23:00


Books

The Rattled Bones by SM Parker

Release Date: Aug 22

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C Stevens

Release Date: Aug 22

The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember

Release Date: Aug 22
Series: Ashes of Gold
Book 1

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

Release Date: Aug 22


DVD/Blu-ray

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Aug 22

Purchase from Amazon here

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Let me know if you’re excited for any of these. I’m excited for Guardians to be released. And I’m excited for all of those books. I’m also very happy for David So. I haven’t been keeping up with him but I used to watch his videos back in the day and I’m proud of where he’s come.

 

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Weekly Wrap Up July 30-Aug 5

Hey Everyone!

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Let’s get right into this!


Korean Dramas

Ha. Yeah. I think we all know how that went.

I have watched nothing!

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TV Shows

I did watch Game of Thrones and I enjoyed the episode. It was good. I loved the final F you at the end. And the speech between Dany and Jon was great, imo.

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Writing

Yeah. Nothing.


Blogging

I got all my posts up except for a Saturday review. I finished Of Fire and Stars on Friday and I didn’t want to write a review Saturday. So I didn’t. Maybe I’ll write one today and get it up this Saturday. Let me know if you want to see that. It’ll be completely spoiler-free.


Books

And finally! The part that always has the most, what I read.

This week I kept track of my reading progress. I started on the 1st so I’ll share with you what I read and how many pages I read of each!

  • Tuesday (8/1): Of Fire and Stars – 96 pgs
  • Wednesday (8/2): Of Fire and Stars – 53 pgs
  • Thursday (8/3): Of Fire and Stars – 95 pgs
  • Friday (8/4): Of Fire and Stars – 87 pgs (Finished)
  • Friday (8/4): Full Metal Alchemist (Vols 1-3) – 247 pgs
  • Saturday (8/5): Full Metal Alchemist (Vols 1-3) – 284 pgs(Finished)
  • Saturday (8/5): Vassa in the Night – 40 pgs
  • Saturday (8/5): The Unexpected Everything – 23 pgs

Stats

  • Finished 2 books
  • Read a total of 925 pgs
  • Read 2 Fantasy, 1 Contemporary, 1 Science Fiction.

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I hope you enjoyed! I want to continue on with Full Metal Alchemist but I have so many other books to read this month! The struggle!

How did your week go?


Happy Reading, Writing, Watching!

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Weekly Goals Aug 6-12

Hey everyone!

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Korean Dramas

Nothing. Because of all the readathons, I’m going to focus on reading for now.


Tv Shows

I’ll be watching Game of Thrones but that’s about it.


Writing

Again, I’ll be focusing on reading mostly this week.


Books

This is where you’ll see the most activity.

  • I want to finish reading Vassa in the Night, The Unexpected Everything and Angels and Demons.
  • During this week, I will be participating in Readathin, Unhaulathon, and Tome Topple.

Blog

Here’s this week’s post schedule:

  • Sunday: Weekly Goals Aug 6-12
  • Monday: Weekly Wrap Up July 30-Aug 5
  • Tuesday: The Nope Book Tag
  • Wednesday: Top 5 Wednesday: Second Book is the Best
  • Thursday: New Releases Aug 13-19
  • Friday: July Book Haul; Middle Gradeathon TBR
  • Saturday: Book Review


That’s about it! Not too much going on this week outside of reading and blogging.

Happy Reading, Writing, Watching!

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July Wrap Up

Hi Bookies!

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This month has been a very productive month for me. I managed to read 15 books in July! I’ll list the books, some stats about them, then the overall stats.

I apologize, this posted for some reason long before it was meant to. So I took that down. It wasn’t completed and was supposed to be saved as a draft. I don’t know what happened. Here’s the full and updated one.

Let’s just get into this!


Through My Bedroom Window by Teagan Wells

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Genre: Erotica
Page Count:
26
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
June 2016
Form: eBook
Overall Rating:
5/5 
Review:
GoodReads

Coming Up For Air by Miranda Kenneally

*I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review*

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Genre: Contemporary
Series:
Hundred Oaks
Page Count:
320
Bought/Borrowed From:
Sent by NetGalley
Pub Month/Year:
July 4th, 2017
Form: eBook
Overall Rating:
3/5
Quote:
“If you spend all your time thinking about how someone is going to one-up you, you can’t put your best foot forward.”
Review: 
GoodReads

The Glass Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

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Genre: Fantasy
Series:
The Paper Magician Triology (Book 2)
Page Count:
224
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
Nov 2014
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3/5

The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

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Genre: Fantasy
Series:
The Paper Magician Trilogy (Book 3)
Page Count:
226
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
June 2015
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3.5/5

In The Heir by Ruth Cardello

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
Westerly Billionaire (Book 1)
Page Count:
242
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
May 2017
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
4/5
Review:
GoodReads

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Genre: Fantasy/Magical Realism?
Series:
Caraval (Book 1)
Page Count:
407
Bought/Borrowed From:
OwlCrate
Pub Month/Year:
Jan 2017
Form: Hardcover
Overall Rating:
4/5
Review:
Yes

I buddy read this book with April! I’ll leave all of her links below!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy
Series:
Shadow and Bone Trilogy (Book 2)
Page Count:
435
Bought/Borrowed From:
Christmas Gift
Pub Month/Year:
June 2013
Form: Paperback
Overall Rating:
2.5/5
Review:
Series Review

I buddy read this with Melissa! I’ll link her stuff below!

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy
Series:
Shadow and Bone Trilogy (Book 3)
Page Count:
422
Bought/Borrowed From:
Christmas Gift
Pub Month/Year:
June 2014
Form: Paperback
Overall Rating:
3.5/5
Review:
Series Review (linked under Siege and Storm)

I also buddy read this with Melissa! Again, she’ll be linked below!

Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
The Bourbon Street Boys (Book 1)
Page Count:
341
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
Sept 2015
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3/5

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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Genre: Contemporary
Page Count:
288
Bought/Borrowed From:
Amazon
Pub Month/Year: March 2017
Form: Paperback
Overall Rating: 5/5
Quote: “That’s what we do. We walk a tightrope every day. Getting out the door is a tightrope. Going grocery shopping is a tightrope. Socializing is a tightrope. Things that most people consider normal, daily parts of life are the very things we fear and struggle with the most, and yet here we are, moving forward anyway. That’s not weak.”
Review:
 Yes

Wrong Place, Right Time by Elle Casey

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
The Bourbon Street Boys (Book 2)
Page Count:
330
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
May 2016
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
3/5

Love is Love by Mette Bach

*I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review*

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Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 176
Bought/Borrowed From: NetGalley
Pub Month/Year: May 2017
Form: eBook
Overall Rating: 2/5
Review: GoodReads

Sapphire by JA Low

*I received this book from NetGalley for my honest review*

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Genre: Adult Romance/Suspense
Series:
Bratva Jewels Series (Book 1)
Page Count:
???
Bought/Borrowed From: NetGalley
Pub Month/Year: July 30, 2016 (according to GoodReads), July 31, 2017 (according to NetGalley)
Form: eBook
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Review: Yes

Wrong Question, Right Answer by Elle Casey

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Genre: Adult Romance
Series:
The Bourbon Street Boys (Book 3)
Page Count:
335
Bought/Borrowed From:
Kindle Unlimited
Pub Month/Year:
Aug 2016
Form: Audiobook
Overall Rating:
2/5

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

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Genre: Contemporary (Hard-hitting)
Page Count:
320
Bought/Borrowed From: Amazon
Pub Month/Year: Jan 2017
Form: Hardcover
Overall Rating:
4/5
Quote: “Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.”
Review: Yes


Stats

On My July TBR: 14
Read in July: 15
Read From July TBR: 7

Total Pages Read: 4,092 (Not counting Sapphire)
Average Pages Read:
292 (Not counting Sapphire)
Average Pages Per Day:
132 (Not counting Sapphire)
Average Star Rating:
3.46

Genres:
Contemporary – 3
Erotica – 1
Fantasy – 5
Adult Romance – 5

Other Stats:
Series Started – 4
Series Finished – 2

Challenges:
2017 Reading Challenge – 1 (Book about someone who identifies as transgender)
Diversity Bingo – 1 (Neuro-Diverse MC)
A to Z Challenge – 3 (T, R, Q)


Send me all your recs for any of these challenges, let me know. I’ll put the link to the good doc below where you can comment on it!


Links

2017 Reading Challenges Google Doc

April (April’s Book Nook)

Instagram

Melissa (TheWrittenAdventure)

Instagram
Blog
Twitter

Books

*BookOutlet links worked as of 7/30 but they may not any longer*

Through My Bedroom Window

GoodReads
Amazon

Coming Up For Air

GoodReads
Amazon
Book Depository

The Glass Magician

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

The Master Magician

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

In the Heir

GoodReads
Amazon

Caraval

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Siege and Storm

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository
BookOutlet

Ruin and Rising

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Wrong Number Right Guy

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Queens of Geek

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Wrong Place, Right Time

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Love is Love

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

Sapphire

GoodReads
Amazon

Wrong Question, Right Answer

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository

A List of Cages

GoodReads
Amazon
BookDepository


Happy Reading!

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New Releases: Aug 6-12

Movies

Annabelle: Creation

August 11
Rated R
Horror/Mystery/Thriller
Starring: Stephanie Sigman (Spectre), Miranda Otto (War of the Worlds, Lord of the Rings), Talitha Bateman (The 5th Wave, Simon vs the Homosapien’s Agenda), Alicia Vela-Bailey (Lights Out)
Director: David F Sandberg

The Glass Castle

August 11
Rated PG-13
Biography/Drama
Starring: Brie Larson (Room, 21 Jump Street, Kong: Skull Island), Woody Harrelson (No Country For Old Men, Zombieland, Now You See Me), Naomi Watts (King King (2005), The Ring (2002)), Sarah Snook (Predestination, Steve Jobs)
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

The Only Living Boy in New York

August 11
Rated R
Drama
Starring: Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, Iron Man, Tron: Legacy), Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)), Debi Mazar (Goodfellas, Batman Forever (1995))
Director: Marc Webb


TV Shows

Man vs Food

August 7th
Travel Channel
Mondays
Season 5

Difficult People

August 8
Hulu
Season 3

Carpool Karaoke: The Series

August 8
Apple Music
New

The Story of Diana

August 9
ABC
New Mini-series


Korean Dramas

Manhole

August 9th
KBS2
Weds and Thurs 10:00pm

Deserving of the Name

August 12
tvN
Sat and Sun 9:00pm


Books

Reunited by Colleen Houck

August 8
Reawakened Series
Book 3

GoodReads

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

August 8

GoodReads

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Llyod-Jones

August 8

GoodReads

This is Not the End by Chandler Baker

August 8

GoodReads

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

August 8

GoodReads

In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

August 8

GoodReads


What new release are you most excited for this week?

I think next week I’ll add in DVD releases also!


Happy Reading and Watching!

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Top 5 Wednesdays: Book Covers You’d Love To Live In

Top 5 Wednesdays was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey and is moderated by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You can check out the GoodReads group here!

This week’s topic is book covers you’d like to be transported to. Now I’m taking this as not counting the story on the inside. So I’m going to go through my shelves and decide which I’d like for this!

Now, I’m writing this the morning of this post going up and I’d like to notify you guys that I’m not going to be doing T5W on the 16th. It’s a topic that I don’t want to do and probably couldn’t come up with enough answers for so I’m going to be talking about something else!

I’d also like to let you guys know that I’m not going to be linking anything besides the links above. I am going to be working a last minute 12hr shift so I’m going to need to go to sleep soon. And I want to finish Of Fire and Stars tonight.


1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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This book cover has dogs and ice cream. What else would I need in my life?

2. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

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Alone on an island? Sign me up.

3. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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Morgan Matson just knows how to get to my heart with these covers. I don’t like swimming but I wouldn’t mind sitting on a dock, the sunset in the background, reading a nice book.

4. Effortless With You by Lizzy Charles

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Because I can’t get through any list/tag without mentioning Lizzy Charles. And because I would adore being alone, surrounded by a field. But my anxiety wouldn’t enjoy that and I’d freak at every noise.

5. Shoot Down the Wendy Bird by Julie Zantopoulos

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The beauty of this. Could you imagine sitting on a porch swing, looking out at that view? Ugh. I need this in my life.


What are some covers you’d like to live in?


Happy Reading

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