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March Wrap Up and April TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, where did March go? Seriously. I am trying to figure out how we are 25% through 2018 already. Time is flying by so quickly now, and that is crazy to me.

Anyway, let’s just jump into what I read in the month of March. As always, if I have a review already posted on my blog, I will include the link to that post just in case you missed it or want to check it out. I’m working on clearing out my backlog of reviews so expect many more in the upcoming months.

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (4.5 stars)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (4 stars)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (4 stars)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (4 stars)

Vox Machina Origins Issue #5 by Matthew Colville, Matthew Mercer, Olivia Samson, and Chris Northrop (5 stars)

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (3 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 11 by Kohei Horikoshi (5 stars)

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz (5 stars)

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (5 stars)

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner (4.5 stars)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (5 stars)

Overall not a bad month, though I probably could have and should have read more Middle Grade novels.

All right. Well with the wrap up complete, it is time to move on to my March book haul. There were a lot of great releases in March, so obviously I ended up getting quite a few books, but overall I didn’t go overboard and have a massive haul, which is nice. This is the part where I share my book haul photos and then show off my monthly OwlCrate unboxing–and spoiler alert: I loved this month’s box.

Seriously, I managed to get through the month only buying a handful of books. That is pretty impressive.

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I’ve always wondered if I would like an infinity scarf or not, and now that I have one, I can honestly say that I rather like it. Oh, and this OwlCrate edition of Heart of Iron is so lovely. I mean, did you see the purple stained pages? So awesome. I got the Hanna Donnelly candle, but apparently there was a Kady Grant one as well. The mug is pretty great too; I’m excited to have another mug in the same size/style as the Harry Potter one from a couple months ago. Oh, and the book is actually signed this month, instead of just being a signed book plate. OwlCrate, you guys are doing wonderful things with your subscription box. I’m glad to be a subscriber. And I’m looking forward to the April box as well, because yet again the book is one on my highly anticipated list, which is excellent.

Finally, I suppose it is time to share my April TBR. Now I’ve done okay with my TBRs so far this year, reading typically around half or so of the books I mention, so I’m feeling decent about continuing to share the books I’d like to read in the month. Plus, the next session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon will be taking place on April 28th, so I’m thinking it should be a pretty good month of reading. But as usual, the readathon TBR will be up closer to the event, because I may change my mind on what I’m reading for the day. Actually I’m kind of hoping I can convince my fiance to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon with me.

Anyway, here is my tentative April TBR.

Of course the TBR can always change, grow, and/or shrink based on my reading mood. But there are a few of these that I really want to read, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to do it.

Then again, I’m also trying to get back into writing, so I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April as well. I’ve set a really low goal of writing 10,000 words on my novel over the course of the month, and hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish that while also keeping up with my reading.

I hope you all had wonderfully productive reading months in March. And if you feel like talking books with me in the comments, let me know what book you are most looking forward to reading in April.

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The Road So Far (2)

Hey all, Dani here.

Why mess with the tradition I started last year? I might as well keep using the awesome “Supernatural” reference for my retrospective over the last year. You can find my overview of 2016 here.

Today also happens to be my 2 year blogaversary. I started this blog in 2016 to help me cope with my paternal grandmother’s death. Well, technically that was the catalyst for starting it; I had been thinking of starting up a blog again for a while because I needed to talk about books with someone.

2017 was such a rollercoaster year for me, and yet, looking back I wouldn’t change any of the lows I went through. Not only because the highs really kept me afloat, but also because the lows allowed me to fully understand how great the highs were.

Anyway, in January I found out that I was approved for the vacation days from work that would allow me to go to Book Expo and BookCon. Though I knew I was going alone, I knew that I would have a fun time surrounded by other book lovers and getting to check out a bunch of upcoming releases.

Also in January, my parents separated after 30 years together, and started the process of getting a divorce. The drama and issues from this event would send shockwaves through roughly 2/3 of the year.

I lost myself in books, both reading them and buying them. I pushed myself to work more on my blog, and to start interacting more with other members of the book community. It was the start to me really feeling like a good book blogger. But in those early months it was also the way I had to cope with what was happening in my life. Well, my books and Dungeons & Dragons.

It was Dungeons & Dragons that introduced me to the man who I would start dating in April. As it turns out this would be the event that helped me get through everything else. Admittedly, I know some people in my real life got annoyed with how much I gushed about my guy and how great things were. I can’t help it that my life started to feel like I was part of a romance story.

After my trip to NYC for Book Expo and BookCon, my blog really started to take off. I reached 100 followers, and later in the year 200. I’m not sure when follower 250 came around, but it might have been just before 2017 ended. So thank you to each and every one of you who has joined me in this process. You are all amazing.

Even with my work and my relationship, I somehow managed to still keep up with all of my reading and blogging, and actually I started having posts go up every single day, something I never would have thought I would be able to do.

I participated in quite a few readathons over the course of the year, from both sessions of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathons, to a few other assorted events. All in all I think those helped me connect with more of you, and to read a bunch more books. The 24 Hour events always seem much more successful to me than the week long events, but I still keep trying with them. Hey, any excuse to read more, right?

I rekindled my fondness for manga in 2017, and I can honestly say that I am devouring so many of them. My list of manga reviews waiting to be written up is getting decently long.

Oh, and my boyfriend and I were able to go to Indianapolis in August with another friend of ours for a one day pass to Gen Con, which is a gaming convention. There we were able to get a lot of books, dice, and games, as well as to meet the cast of Critical Role. It was a really fun day.

For the 12th time I participated in NaNoWriMo, and managed to earn my 12th win, but I realize that the novel that came out is mostly incoherent. With any luck I’ll be able to start from scratch and re-write the book in 2018. I’d actually love to be able to share it with the world. And it would be nice to really get back into writing (and possibly publishing) again.

And I managed to do a TBR purge and go through a list of well of 800 books on Goodreads, taking it down to just over 400 books. I imagine this will be something I’ll have to do again soon, but I still feel pretty good with where I’m at now.

But, the greatest event of 2017 was towards the end of December. On Friday, December 22nd, on a day when we thankfully had a shutdown day at work, my boyfriend and I went shopping at Barnes & Noble where he both bought more books than me and spent more money than me. You guys, that rarely happens. You’ve seen my typical book hauls. I usually get a heck of a lot of books.

After that shopping trip, we made our way to the zoo, where we walked around for a couple hours, looking at all of the animals and then also checking out the massive holiday light display they put up each year. And it was while sitting on a bench overlooking Conservation Lake at the zoo, that my wonderful boyfriend sank down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was honestly just like a scene out of a Hallmark channel holiday movie, and I so look forward to seeing what our future will be like.

I hope you all had some moments of 2017 that were really nice as well, and I hope that we all have a very nice 2018.

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Goals for 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

Well, here we are, a whole week into the new year already, and I am just now getting a post up where I talk about my goals for the year. Normally I would have had the post up already, but with the schedule I had figured out a month or so ago, this was the best I could do.

Last year I had a similar post, but I called it my 2017 Bookish Resolutions. So it seems fitting that I just continue that trend and talk about things I want to continue doing or improve on over the next twelve months.

First up: Reading. Obviously this is a big and important part of my life each and every year, which is probably why I list it first. Typically I started my reading goal at 75 books, but the past few years I have always increased the goal a couple times or so after reaching it with months left in the year. I still think this is a very doable goal, and I look forward to sharing my reading experiences with all of you. And part of sticking to this goal will be doing readathons. Right now I am already doing the Manga Madness Readathon, which is happening this week. I also plan to keep an eye out for 24 Hour Readathons from both Zoe Herdt (@readbyzoe on Twitter and YouTube), and @24Hourathon on Twitter. Then, of course, there is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in both April and October.

Second: Blogging. Another big part of my life the past couple of years is this blog. 2016 may not have been a super popular year for my blog, but I felt like I grew a lot in 2017 and I started posting a lot more and interacting even more than that. So I look forward to seeing what is to come in 2018. I’m working on creating a book tag, and I hope you will all enjoy that. Plus, I am continuing my weekly recommendation posts, and as always, throw out more suggestions for themes/topics/etc for these posts. Also, I have a nice backlog of book tags and other post ideas that I’m hoping to get to, so I’m hoping to continue having lots of nice content on here for all of you.

The third item on my list of goals is: Writing. This has been the hardest resolution or goal to stick to the past couple years. Yes, I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo and continued to win, but I know I could and should be doing more. There is a book inside of me that I’ve been wanting to get out for the past year, so I’m honestly hoping I can get a decent draft of it finished in 2018. I’ll keep you guys posted on how I’m doing though. And honestly, a little motivation could help me out too. So, if you think about it randomly throughout the year, ask how the writing is going for me in the comments. I used to do some of my most regular writing back when I posted it online chapter by chapter using fictionpress. And it goes without saying, though I will say it now anyway, that I will definitely be participating in NaNoWriMo again this year.

Finally: Bookstagram. I only posted to Instagram a handful of times in 2017, and I feel really bad about that. Taking photos, particularly of books, is something I have enjoyed, so I need to try and get back into that again. Though, I suppose part of that would include bringing some of my Bookstagram photo props to my apartment instead of abandoning them at my mom’s house. I will start to post more on there; I promise. You can find me @danielle.thamasa on Instagram.

Okay, okay, so I guess technically I have a fifth category and that is goals for my non-bookish life. Because, let’s be honest, 2017 was a pretty good year for me away from this blog as well. My guy and I met, started dating, and moved in together. Now we are making more and more plans for the future, and it is kind of awesome. Right now we are definitely planning to attend all four days of Gen Con in August 2018, so that will be fun (it will also be my 30th birthday weekend so yay!), and we may even be going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter this fall. We have to see if it will fit in the budget. So I am looking forward to a year of more board games, anime, video games, Dungeons & Dragons, and just cuddling up on the couch with my favorite guy.

I know there’s not a whole lot of concrete goals for this post. I’m not saying that I’m going to post a certain number of times each week, or that I’m going to write a certain number of words or for a certain length of time each day for my novels. I’ve been doing pretty good at having around 5 posts each week on the blog, but there could be times when work or life keep me from posting that much. At the very least I know that I will have a post or two up each week, but as much as possible I’m going to try and maintain my current posting schedule. Hopefully. And for my writing, I think it’s enough to say that I would like to have a whole draft finished for the book I’ve been wanting to write. It doesn’t set me up with a word count goal, but I still have a general idea of how much work I need to put in to achieve it.

What about you guys? What goals do you have for 2018? I would love to hear all about them in the comments, or even a link back to your own post (if you’ve already written one up).

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Readathon Wrap Ups

Hey all, Dani here.

Because of having two 24 hour readathons two weekends in a row, I thought it would be easiest to just do one wrap up post to cover everything. This is probably actually going to be slightly shorter than my normal posts, but that’s because I don’t have a lot to really talk about. But let’s just go ahead and get started.

Okay, first up, on October 14, I participated in Readathon by Zoe. I may have mentioned before that my plan originally was to read while my boyfriend went off to the regular Pathfinder session he has with his friends, but then the session was cancelled, and so the plans changed. Instead it was decided that we would go paintballing and then that evening we would have a D&D session.

So I picked up my first book shortly after I woke up, and that was Monstress, Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu. I figured graphic novels would be a good way to start the day. Well, between reading, eating breakfast, and cuddling up on the couch with my boyfriend, it took me a little longer to read than normal, but I finished my first read just before we had to leave to go paintballing. I have my review up for this read here.

On the way to paintball and then on the way home, I managed to read my second book of the day/readathon: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur. Again, this was one that I knew I could read quickly, which makes it perfect for a readathon. Plus, it had just been released. I already have a review up for it here.

So, of the 6 books I had selected for my Readathon by Zoe TBR, I only managed to read two during the day because of all the other activities I did. Still, I guess two books is pretty good.

Then, this past weekend, I once again participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. Originally I had thought I would do pretty well with reading, even with having work scheduled on Saturday. But then the mandatory Saturday was cancelled and it was decided that I would run a session of my D&D campaign. So I knew I would be once again limited in my reading. But I thought with D&D starting at 2pm that I would be able to read probably two books before the session, and then I thought we would play until around 8pm, and then I would still have several hours left to read.

That…did not happen the way I planned in my mind.

So I did wake up a little bit before my alarm clock and took a quick shower. Then I brewed myself a large mug of tea before taking a few prep photos to post on Instagram periodically.

My first read for the day was The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash. I made it about halfway through my book before my boyfriend was up and ready for breakfast. Not feeling like we wanted to cook, we made a quick trip to Taco Bell. Okay, and then we sat and watched some Netflix for an hour or so. I finished up my book and it was an okay read. I enjoyed the geeky references, but the whole unrequited romance pining did get a tiny bit annoying. I still give it 4/5 stars.

Next I picked up The Twenty Sided Sorceress, Vol 1: Level Grind by Annie Bellet. This is an omnibus collection of the first four stories in the series. I knew with the time I had remaining, I could maybe read the first story. And I did. It’s a solid geeky start to a paranormal romance/urban fantasy series. But it felt a bit short to me (spoiler alert: it was only 83 pages). So I gave it 4/5 stars as well.

I had hoped to either read another of the Twenty Sided Sorceress stories or pick up something else after D&D…but, D&D ended up going from 2pm until 2am, and by the time everyone left I was tired and ready for bed. I also knew that I would not wake up before the readathon ended for me at 8am Sunday morning, so I just called it quits at two books.

So, there you have it. Over the course of two weekends, I read 4 books. I plan to have a review up for Level Grind, but not until I read all four stories in the omnibus. So look for that in a few weeks.

Oh, also, I think I have all of my hardcovers up on my bookshelves, though there is still some reorganization to come. I still have a few more bookcases to assemble and then I can decide how I really want to organize the library. But I figured I could give you guys another photo update.

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Ten Times TBR Purge

Hey all, Dani here.

Okay, yes, I should have had this posted a couple hours ago. I wish I could say that I have an amazing excuse, but the truth is that I got distracted with prep work for the Dungeons & Dragons session I’ll be running this weekend. Writing down events and details for monsters and encounters and such can be quite time consuming.

Anyway, I’m back with another of these lovely TBR purge posts. I have the notes for these planned out for the rest of my TBR list, and I should be able to get all the way through my Goodreads to-read list by the end of the year.

Let’s just jump into today’s list of 30 books from my to-read list.

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers. I loved the first book in this trilogy, and I’m mad that I haven’t continued on with it yet. Obviously I have to keep this one.

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff. I enjoyed reading the first book to this trilogy, but never got around to reading book two. Of course, I can also say I’ve enjoyed the other books by Kristoff I’ve read, so this one is a keeper.

The Angel Stone by Juliet Dark. I loved the first book in this trilogy, but the second book was disappointing, so I just don’t really see me picking up this third book any time soon.

The Immortal Rules and The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa. When these books were first released I just wasn’t really in a vampire mood, though Julie Kagawa is an auto-buy author for me so I bought the books anyway. Since then my issues with this trilogy have stemmed from an inability to get matching covers for all three of them. That’s a weird reason to have not read them yet, I know, but I can’t help myself sometimes. I still want to read these books though.

Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre. I remember thinking that this one sounded interesting, which was why I bought it, but I just haven’t really thought of it since then. For now I’m just going to take it off the list, but that doesn’t mean I’ll never read it.

Blood Trade, Raven Cursed, and Death’s Rival by Faith Hunter. Well, I’m keeping all of the Jane Yellowrock books on my to-read list, so these ones are staying.

Magic Triumphs, Magic Rises, Magic Breaks, Magic Shifts, and Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews. Another urban fantasy series I just can’t get rid of. I flew through the first one and wanted to keep going, but got swamped with other books. I imagine in the future that I’ll just binge read through the series.

Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher. I guess I’m just not really in the mood for this one right now.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I think I had made it a few hundred pages into this one before other reading obligations distracted me and then I just never got back around to it. Nevertheless I adore Sanderson’s writing and world-building, so I’m definitely going to be reading this one.

Gifted Stone by Kelly Walker. I have read every book in this series except for this one, and this one is really just a story/novella collection, so it isn’t entirely necessary for my enjoyment of the series. Since I read them a while ago, I don’t see me turning back for this collection.

Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fifth Grave Past the Light, and Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones. I have no idea why the fourth book isn’t in this part of the reading list, but no matter what I will most likely get around to reading these at some point. I do own them in e-book. But for now I am taking them off the list until the mood strikes to binge read the series some more.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I’m just not really in the mood for this book right now, but maybe at some point in the future I’ll change my mind and add it to the list again.

The Winds of Winter, A Dream of Spring, and The Lands of Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin. Who knows when the last two ASOIAF books will be released, but I’m still going to keep them on this list. I will read the whole series eventually.

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. I loved reading Soulless, but haven’t read any of the other books in the series, nor any of the spinoff books/series. Until I catch up, I can safely remove this book from my reading list.

Crimson Frost, Spartan Frost, Midnight Frost, and Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep. To continue with this series, I would have to go back and reread the first book. That being said, I can take these off my reading list until I decide to read the first one again.

Tarnished Knight by Bec McMaster. I’ve only read two books in this series so far, but I really enjoyed them, so I’m keeping this one on the list. The next time I’m in the mood for a steampunk paranormal romance, I may pick this one up.


Okay, well that’s it for today. I managed to take another 13 books off of my reading list, which I think is pretty good.

Oh, and for those of you keeping up with my reading progress, work canceled the mandatory work day on Saturday, so now work won’t interfere with my participation in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. However, now my boyfriend and our friends are getting together for Dungeons & Dragons, the campaign I mentioned I was prepping for earlier. So that will probably take up the same amount of time work would have anyway. I’m still going to see how much reading I can get done. Expect a readathon wrap up post next week where I talk about both the Readathon by Zoe I did last weekend and the upcoming Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.

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The End of the Year Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

I have a whole section in my blogging notebook with book tags I have either been tagged in or that I just decided I wanted to do, but just haven’t had the time to get them all answered and posted. I suppose that’s why today’s tag is one that I actually saw a whole month ago on Sofii’s blog (A Book. A Thought.) and am just now getting around to posting it myself.

I’m going to try and be a bit better with getting these tags completed in a more timely manner. Especially with NaNoWriMo coming up, I want to try and get as many of my November posts prepped ahead of time so I can just focus on novel writing.

Anyway, this is a fairly short tag, but let’s go ahead and jump in.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

So many! My currently reading list on Goodreads has like 20 or so books on it, which is just ridiculous. But for a few answers to this, I really need to finish Windwitch by Susan Dennard, because I love the Witchlands and really enjoy the story, King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, which I’m honestly losing interest in but I’ve come this far in the series so I at least want to finish this book, and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, because I have this habit of not finishing series as I don’t want them to end, but it was announced that there would be more books in this world, so I think I can finish this now since there is more to come.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Usually around this time of year I like to settle in with more epic fantasy reads. As the cooler weather tends to keep me inside more, having lengthy books to enjoy is always great. But, to answer this question, I have heard that The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken is a sort of spooky Halloween-y type read.

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Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

Well there’s The Empress by S.J. Kincaid (Oct 31), Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines (Nov 7), and Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (Dec 12).

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and Bonfire by Krysten Ritter. Plus so many others, but this question asked for just three.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

Well, I had never heard of All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis a few months ago and now it ranks up there as one of my favorite books, so of course there could be a book in the last couple months of 2017 that rockets to the top of my favorites of the year list.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

Vague plans for now. I always start my Goodreads reading challenge at 75 books, even when I’ve had to increase it one or two times every year. I’m starting to make a 2018 book releases list, so some of my reading plans will be based on new books. And I’ll likely participate in the April and October sessions of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, plus who know what other readathons/reading challenges throughout the year.

Well, that’s about all for today. If you have not yet done this tag and you would like to, then consider yourself TAGGED!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

This will be my fourth time participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. I didn’t do that well back in April during the last session because where I work declared a mandatory work day for the day of the readathon. Well guess what folks? They did it again. Yep, I’m scheduled to work this Saturday, October 21st.

I’m still going to try and read some books though. We’ll see what happens.

What is nice (provided that I can actually focus on reading), is that from the time the readathon starts where I am until I have to go to work is a whopping 6 hours. That is the potential for finishing two or possibly three books. Of course, I also know that my boyfriend will be home as well, so it is more likely that I will only read one book, maybe two before work.

But if things go well then I think I should be able to read a book while I’m at work. Then after work I should still have about 10 hours left in the readathon.

No matter what though, I just want to finish reading at least two books. My best session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon was last October where I think I read like 9 books, which was insane.

Anyway, for those of you who are a bit confused, you can find out all the details for this readathon here. What is really fun is this October session of Dewey’s marks 10 years of holding the event, which I think is pretty spectacular. As with most readathons, the goal is to read as much as possible in one 24 Hour period. Where this one differs from many other 24 Hour events is that all around the world we start and stop at the same time. So for me in Ohio, USA, I start at 8am on October 21st, whereas someone in the UK would start at 1pm on October 21st, and somebody in California, USA, would start at 5am on October 21st.

There are all sorts of reading sprints and challenges throughout the event, so you can follow along all over social media. Just use the hashtag #readathon to keep up with all the news.

Okay, let’s just go ahead and get this TBR out of the way.

Is this super ambitious considering I’ll be working for 8 hours of the readathon? Why yes it is, but I’ll see how well I do. I mean, there is a middle grade novel, a novella bind-up, and a YA contemporary on the list, and those should all be fairly quick reads. I do know that Gentleman’s Guide and Last Magician are both longer reads, but I’ve heard great things about them both.

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September Wrap-Up and October TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

How are we already at the start of October? I think this is the fastest a year has gone by for me. It’s crazy to think that in just a couple months it will be time to start putting 2018 in the date instead of 2017.

This month was not as productive as other recent months when it comes to reading, but I still think I did all right. This is also a month where I was occupied with cleaning, packing, and moving from one apartment to another, so understandably I was a bit distracted. I hope to be able to read more in October. I’m sorry I didn’t have that many review posts and instead had to resort to numerous posts regarding my ongoing TBR purge.

Warcross by Marie Lu (4.5 stars)

Love and Other Things: Poetry and Prose by Michael Tavon (3.5 stars)

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren (5 stars)

Invictus by Ryan Graudin (4 stars)

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (5 stars)

Critical Role- Vox Machina: Origins, Issue #1 by Matthew Colville (5 stars)

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (4.5 stars)

Bitch Planet, Vol 1 by Kelly Sue Deconnick (4 stars)

A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess (5 stars)

Life is Like a Musical by Tim Federle (4 stars)

Next up is my September book haul. Now, September was a pretty good month for book releases, but I only allowed myself to get ones that I didn’t already have an ARC or e-galley of…well, mostly. I made an exception for All Rights Reserved. I’m trying to be picky about my book buying until I’m confident with the new budget. Living with my boyfriend means a higher rent than when I was still living with my mom. I have to make sure that I have all of my bills covered before I can splurge on books.

 

So all in all it was a pretty good month for books, and I think I might be able to mostly be on a book buying ban in October. I can only think of a few books that I might buy. The only absolute buy in October is A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne. So expect a shorter haul section next month (I hope). Let’s see if I can actually stick to a ban for once.

I’ll also toss my September OwlCrate unboxing photo up here as well. The theme was Mythical Creatures and I rather enjoyed the box, especially that bookmark. It’s just beautiful.

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Finally, I guess it is time to announce my October TBR. I’m going to go a bit conservative here with my reading plans, mostly because I plan to try and do two 24 Hour Readathons this month. The first is being hosted by Zoe Herdt (readbyzoe on YouTube and Twitter) and that will be October 14th, and then there is the next session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and that will be on October 21st. So, I will try and have tentative TBRs up for both of those events as we get a little closer to them.

 

 

 

Book Review, Books!, Reading Challenge, Signal Boost

April Wrap Up

Hey all, Dani here.

Okay, so normally I would have a separate post for my April Wrap Up and my Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap Up. However, since work scheduled readathon day as a work day, I knew I probably wouldn’t read as much as last time and could get away with combining them. That being said, I have decided not to include my April Book Haul or my May TBR in this post. So expect another post in the next day or two.

As I mentioned in my April Update post, this was an interesting month in the best way possible. My social life has definitely improved the past few months, and I imagine that trend will continue in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. But with my being moved to a different shift at work, I might actually have an increase in reading time for the next couple months, so I hope to get back to regular review posts.

For now, let’s just jump into the books I read in the month of April.

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Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward (5 stars)

Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward (5 stars)

Mind the Gap, Vol. 1: Intimate Strangers by Jim McCann (4 stars)

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (5 stars)

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer (5 stars)

No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista (4 stars)

It started off as a slow month, but my boyfriend loves the Black Dagger Brotherhood books and now I’m getting completely hooked on them–though, honestly, I need to take a small break from them for a bit. So I decided to pick up a couple cutesy contemporary books, which I typically like to do in late spring/early summer. They are nice quick reads and just so adorable.

Then it’s on to my wrap up for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon. This was my third time participating and it might have been my most challenging session because of needing to work for 8.5 hours of the day, and then going to the boyfriend’s for the remainder of the weekend. Still, I think I did all right for my reading total.

For me the readathon began at 8:00am. After not getting a good full night’s rest, I know this might be a bit of a challenge when it comes to focusing, but I’m ready to dive in and see what happens. Or not…I seriously fell asleep because it was raining and that makes me sleepy. So, I’m finally starting with my first book: Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer, and it’s actually 10:30am.

I couldn’t seem to stay focused, too busy thinking about seeing my boyfriend after work. I finally finished my first book at 4:30pm. Overall I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Then I immediately jumped into my second book of the day…a book that I randomly picked up and brought to work with me. It wasn’t on my tentative TBR. My second read for the day is Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I’m hoping this will be a fairly quick read as it is only 169 pages long.

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Okay, yeah, so it was a pretty quick read, but I was interrupted numerous times for work. And by the time I finished with my second read of the day–which I gave a 4 star rating–I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it through any other books before my shift ended.

So that’s it for my Dewey’s 24 Hour Wrap Up. I read two books which ended up being fewer than 400 pages. Hopefully October will prove to be a better readathon for me.

Books!, NaNoWriMo, Reading Challenge, Writing

April Update

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, I have been absolutely awful about writing up blog posts this month. I am so sorry. All I can say is that real life got in the way, but not in the normal “oh, something bad or sad happened and now I’m wallowing so I can’t do anything.” No, this time life interfered in the “I am completely blissfully happy and just enjoying living in the real world” kind of way.

Basically it all boils down to my new boyfriend. I have been spending a lot of time with him and doing nerdy things (D&D, board games, movie marathons, etc). It has been quite some time since I’ve dated, and this particular relationship is like no other one I’ve had before. I feel like I am living in a romance novel, and it’s wonderful.

So, I haven’t been reading as much as normal. I think I’ve read about two books or so this month, which is a somewhat low number for me, but due to changes in my work schedule, I think I’ll be able to increase that total by the time I write up my April Wrap-Up.

Speaking of changes in work schedule, my job has declared that Saturday, April 29th will be a mandatory work day. What sucks is that I had planned on participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon that day. I WILL still be reading, just not as much as I originally planned. The job I’m on right now gives me a decent amount of reading time. So you’ll still be able to follow my reading progress by following my Instagram, or you can wait until my Readathon Wrap Up post on Monday May 1.

I guess that also leads into the other activity for the month of April that I have majorly slacked on…Camp NaNoWriMo. My creative drive is coming back, and a lot of that really has to do with the boyfriend too. He inspires me, and listening to him talk about how he wants to try to get back into writing is really helping me want to sit down and write some more as well.

So, as of right now, my Camp NaNoWriMo word count is at roughly 5,000 words…out of my goal of 25,000 words. Clearly I’m a bit behind where I need to be since we’re in the final third of the month. But it will be okay. I was mainly using this month to try and wake up my creativity and that is certainly happening.

Basically I just need to figure out a new work/life/relationship balance. I will need to create a schedule for reading time, writing time, and of course boyfriend time. It will take a little bit of an adjustment, but I’ll get there. So, I thank you for your patience and understanding.

I am currently reading a couple of ARCs thanks to NetGalley, and should have those reviews up next week. For now I may be scaling back to one blog post a week, but whenever possible I’ll try to get a second post up.

I hope you all are having a lovely April. I’m going to get back to reading, at least until the boyfriend finishes with his gym time for the day.