Books in June 2018

For 2018, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. This month I read ten! June was also Pride month so I made sure to include some LGBT+ books I’d already been wanting to read into my TBR.

 

New Favorite(s): She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, & The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang.

Least Liked: Endless Night by Richard Laymon

Childhood: The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

New Kid’s: And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

Group Reads: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb & Endless Night by Richard Laymon

PRIDE Reads: Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuireThey Both Die At the End by Adam Silvera, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn, And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, & The Prince and The Dressmaker by Jen Wang.

I mostly enjoyed everything I read this month.

 

My favorite book of June and one of my top 2018 reads. I also read this for Peter’s Book Club.

One of my new favorite graphic novels.

 

My new kid’s read was also a Pride Read and favorite for the month

 

Still loved my childhood read

 

Finally got around to one of my favorite Booktuber’s books (Peter Monn)

 

My least liked book of the month that I read for Peter’s Book Club.

 

So what did you read in June and what were your favorites? Have you read any of these? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

 

jnc

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Books in April 2018

Hey guys, I’m still not posting as much as I’d like but I do feel like I’m getting back into the groove a lot better than I was. Here are the books I read in April!

 

In April, I read seven books. Since the library stickers are pretty intrusive, I will also list the titles here: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, Speak: the Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll, The Bumper Book by Watty Piper, and Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle.

 

Favorite(s): Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann & Speak: the Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll

Classic: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Childhood: The Bumper Book by Watty Piper

New Kid’s: Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

NonFiction: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Group Read: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

 

I enjoyed everything I read this month.

 

My favorite book of April was Let’s Talk About Love. The story and main character were adorable and the writing cracked me up. Diverse read with a black romantic asexual main character, interracial romance, and other side characters of varying sexualities and races.

 

The novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson has been a favorite since I first read it. I was excited when I learned a graphic novel was coming out and it was perfect. I cannot wait to get my own copy of this. The illustrations fit the story.

 

My classic read for the month was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Once I managed to get through the prologue, I ended up enjoying it a lot even though I knew the general premise thanks to pop culture.

 

My first nonfiction pick of the year ended up being The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I mostly listened to the audiobook since Carrie narrated everything but the actual journals, which were done by her daughter, Billie Piper. She really brought her story to life in the audio and there were several times I laughed out loud. RIP.

 

I adored Eric Carle as a child but didn’t remember this one so I decided it would make a great pick for my new kid’s book. It was beautiful and fun.

 

The Bumper Book is a book from my childhood. Even though I feel like I liked the illustrations more than the stories themselves as a kid, it was still enjoyable. There was one story that rubbed me the wrong way but overall I liked the rest and the illustrations were still really nice to revisit.

 

What did you read in April and what were your favorites? Have you read any of these? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

EmojiThon 2018

This March I decided to participate in Emojithon, a read-a-thon hosted by four BookTubers in which you read books for emoji-themed challenges. You can find their Twitter page here. Emojithon happened during the entire month of March.

There were an entire list of emojis and their challenges, but I’m just going to cover the challenges and books that I completed since I’m behind.

 

The first book I completed was The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. I read this for the Audiobook challenge. 🎧 I ended up giving this one 4 stars.

 

Next I read Animorphs: The Suspicion by K.A. Applegate for the Sci-Fi challenge.👽 I gave this one 4 stars.

 

 

I read One Piece #7: The Crap-Geezer by Eiichirō Oda for the Freebie (any book you want) challenge. 📚 I gave this 2 stars.

 

 

I read Big Little Lies for my Buddy Read Challenge 👭 and for the Mystery/Thriller Challenge 🕵. I gave this 5 stars.

 

I read Gold Medal by various authors (published by Riverside Reading Program) for Read a book with your favorite color on the cover. My favorite color is Blue and the ribbon on the cover illustration is blue. 🎨 I gave this 5 stars.

 

I read Heidi by Johanna Sypri for the Book Older Than You Challenge 👵 and Book That Has Been Adapted Challenge 🎥. I gave this 3.5 stars.

 

I also read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson for the Fantasy Book Challenge . I gave it 5 stars.

 

So, all in all, I read 7 Books and completed 9 Book Challenges. I’m pretty happy overall with everything I read and had a great time.

 

If you participated, what did you read? Or have you read any of these?

 

 

 

 

 

ContemporaryAThon TBR & Rules

 

Hey guys, February is still being a hectic month but I’m going to attempt a read-a-thon anyway. This will be my first read-a-thon for 2018! ContemporaryAThon is hosted by Chelsea Dolling,  Julie at Pages and Pens, and Natasha at My Reading is Odd.

 

ContemporaryAThon is a week-long read-a-thon that is going on from Monday, February 12th until Sunday, February 18th.  There will also be a Live Drunk Show on Feb 17th on Julie’s Channel. Details are here.

 

Here are the Challenges:

1. Newly acquired contemporary

2. Contemporary book with pink on the cover

3. Read a hyped contemporary

4. Read a diverse contemporary

5. Read a dark or taboo contemporary

6. Read a contemporary graphic novel

7. Read a contemporary that was recommended to you

 

And here is my TBR!

 

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

There’s mixed reviews on this one on BookTube but the Love, Simon movie looks pretty cute so I want to read it before seeing that. This one is on hold at my local library but I did manage to get the audio version. If I’m able to get a physical copy during next week, I’ll read what I haven’t listened to. This meets the challenges of #1, #3, and #4.

 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I read this one last year but didn’t get to the other two books. This year my goal is to finish the trilogy so I can do that. I do remember most of the plot and characters but I find trilogies and series more enjoyable when I read them within the same year. So this will be a re-read for me. This one was also not available at the library but I have the audio. If it becomes available, I will also read the physical copy. This book meets the challenges of #2, #3,  and #4.

 

YOU by Caroline Kepnes

This is a thriller contemporary that I’ve been wanting to read since last year. I own a physical copy but also have the audio on Overdrive in case I want to listen to some of it. This book meets the challenges of #5 and #7 (several BookTubers have recommended this).

 

French Milk by Lucy Knisley

The graphic novel challenge was very difficult because my library doesn’t have a lot of selection in this department and I couldn’t purchase anything new at the moment. Anything people had recommended me was either already checked out or not available at all so this was the closest I could find.

Even though this is autobiographical, it looked to have taken place not too long ago. I’m also supposed to go to France later on this year so it sounded like something I might want to read. This meets the challenge of #6.

 

So these are the four books I am attempting for ContemporaryAThon. Are you participating and if so, what books are you reading? I’d love to know!

 

2017 Reading Goals Wrap-Up

At the beginning of the year, I made a list of reading goals that I wanted to accomplish. Let’s see how I did.

 

Goodreads Challenge: 80 Books

Total Read: 86 Books!

 

Books from 2016:

  1. Afterparty
  2. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  3. Crank
  4. Smashed
  5. Red Queen
  6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get to all of the books left over from last year but half isn’t terrible. I enjoyed the three I read. Hopefully I can get to the others at a later date.

 

 

12 Classics in 2017:

  1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  2. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
  7. The Twin Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
  8.  The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  9.  Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  10.  Dracula by Bram Stoker
  11.  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  12.  Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

I finished all of my classics!

 

7 Series to Read/Finish in 2017:

1) Harry Potter by/inspired by J.K. Rowling (First two illustrated editions, Books 3-7, and the guidebooks, plus the Fantastic Beasts Screenplay).

I read the original series, the Fantastic Beasts guidebook and screenplay, the Unofficial Cookbook (though I only made ONE recipe overall), and The Tales of Beedle and the Bard. I did not get to Harry, A History, or Quidditch Through the Ages. But I feel I accomplished the goal of reading the original series. Hopefully I can finish the other two inspired books and the Pottermore additions in 2018!

2) Casteel series by V.C. Andrews (A re-read)

I re-read this series and really enjoyed the experience. I also had a blast doing the recaps and will definitely be doing those again in the future.

3) The Selection series by Kiera Cass (The short story collections as well as the two companion novels).

 

4) The Dust Lands by Moira Young

Sadly I did not complete this trilogy, though I did come close–I only have the last book to go. I will probably read that one shortly before I forget too much.

 

5) Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga

I did finish this trilogy and also one of the shorts. I’d like to continue to read the rest of the shorts in 2018 because I was not ready for this trilogy to come to an end.

 

6) Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard (I have three more of the actual novels plus one of the spin-offs)

I was so happy to mark this one off my list! Though I enjoyed finishing it up and felt the conclusion did the series justice, it felt way too dragged out as a whole.

 

7) Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood.

I finished the last two books in this trilogy.

 

Overall, I read 6/7 of the series I planned on.

 

 

I’d hoped to get to more of the Animorphs books but I’m not sure I got to any of them. I will definitely be putting more of a priority on that in 2018. I’d also wanted to read more of the OnePiece mangas and I did manage to squeeze in a few of those.

17 Books in 2017:

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  3. This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston
  4. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  5. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves
  6. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  7. Rooms by Lauren Oliver
  8. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
  9. Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts
  10. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  11. Meg by Steve Alten
  12. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  13. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  14. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
  15. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  16. Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young
  17. Vicious by V. E. Schwab

Overall, I read 15/17 off this list.

 

In summary:

86/80 Total Books

3/6 from 2016

12/12 Classics

6/7 Series

15/17 in 2017

 

 

Overall, I feel I did pretty well with this year’s reading goals. While I felt less rushed on the total amount of books, I did a more structured TBR and at times felt frustrated with it. Some books on my goals list didn’t get read because something new was released or I came across another book that I wanted to read more. For 2018, I want to have a more relaxed year regarding reading.

 

Stay tuned for my reading goals for 2018. Did you have any reading goals this year? If so, what were they and how did you do with them? Are you ready for 2018?

 

October Writing & Reading Goals Check (November Goals)

Last month I decided to do a post with a list of goals I wanted to accomplish in the coming month. Let’s see how I did.

GOALS FOR OCTOBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read Dracula for my classic book
✓ Work on The Birthday Bash edit/re-write
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts screenplay
✓ Read Vicious (PLL)
✓ Read Hotel Ruby
✓ Read I Hunt Killers
✓ Read Rage Within or Rooms
✓ Participate in #Goosebumps-along
✓ Participate in #Spookathon
Do Book Pics

 

October ended up being pretty hectic so I’m proud of the goals I managed to get accomplished. I am disappointed that I didn’t get a Harry Potter read in but I guess I’ll just have to do two next month or for December!

 

Here’s my goals for next month:

GOALS FOR NOVEMBER

✓ Read at least 6 books
✓ Read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for my classic book
✓ Write So Much Rage for NaNoWriMo
✓ Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay
✓ Read Sister’s Fate
✓ Read Rage Within
✓ Read The Dead House
✓ Read Knee-High Lies for review
✓ Read Game
Do Book Pics

Wish me luck! Did you have any goals for October? If so, how did they go?

 

jnc

 

 

Spook-A-Thon 2017 Results

Last week I participated in Spook-a-thon, a week-long readathon featuring spooky books. It was a pretty busy week for me due to work and being out of town over the weekend, but I’m still happy with my results for my first readathon. It’s more than I typically read so that is always good.

Here’s a reminder of my original TBR

 

DAY 1: MON, OCT 16

For my first day, I read 170 pages of Vicious by Sara Shepard. Nerds were my snack of choice throughout the readathon.

 

DAY 2: TUES, OCT 17

On the second day, I read another 168 pages of Vicious and finished the book for my Read A Thriller challenge. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars. With it, I finally finished the Pretty Little Liars series. The conclusion was satisfying. Will be interesting to see how the show ends (I’m on season 5 of that).

I also started Goosebumps: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine and read the first two chapters (twelve pages). So I read a total of 180 pages for Day 2.

 

DAY 3: WEDS, OCT 18

I read 107 pages of Goosebumps: Ghost Beach and completed it for my Childhood Fear challenge. I rated it 5 stars. I also completed this for my third book for Goosebumpsalong.

 

 I also started I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga and read 40 pages of it. So I read 147 pages total.

DAY 4: THURS, OCT 19

I read 80 pages of I Hunt Killers, putting me at a third of the way through.

DAY 5: FRI, OCT 20

This was my husband’s birthday and we had plans to go to a haunted theme park attraction right after I got off work so I only read 49 pages of I Hunt Killers.

DAY 6: SAT, OCT 21

My in-laws and husband took me to our State Fair and we went by train so I got some reading done on it. Read 175 pages of I Hunt Killers.

DAY 7: SUN, OCT 22

I read 17 pages of I Hunt Killers and finished it for my Spooky Word in the Title Challenge! Hunt, Killers. It was a re-read for me but I ended up liking it even better this time around so I rated it 4.5 stars.
I felt super unmotivated to read by this point (wanted to catch up on American Horror Story) but I started Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young and read the first chapter (23 pages). So I read a total of 40 pages.

Overall, I finished 3 Books, completed 3 Challenges, and read 841 pages!

 

I’m happy with my results for my first readathon and can’t wait to attempt another one. If you did Spook-a-thon, how did you do?

 

jnc