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May 2022 Wrap Up: hectic!!!

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How many books that I planned did I read?

In my May TBR post, I plotted out 6 books to definitely read, but I had 10 actually on my list to try to get through. Of those ten, I read 7, so not bad! And I also read 7 totally other random books for a total of a mind-boggling fourteen books that I somehow read in May. 🤯

The Plan:

A few of these were in the list to be finished — Around the World in 80 Plants and Dune in particular — with a few new releases / ARCs rounding out the rest (You’ve Changed, Queen of the Tiles, A Hundred Silent Ways, The Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting, The Olympus Trinity).

The Result:

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Yo, let me address Dune right away. I threw that one OUT of my LIFE, and I feel so good about it! That damn book has been HAUNTING me for literally years now! I recently gave myself (and anyone else!) permission to give up on this book, which I don’t usually have an issue doing, but this one stuck to me. Marking it as Attempted/Abandoned was extremely liberating, and I think I went on an absolute tear of reading after in a mixture of a rush of freedom and trying to escape it. 😂

I have since finished Pachinko by Min Jin Lee which was also a slog of a book. That combined with Dune was a tough mix. I dove into some mysticism to escape the monotony with Dragon’s Mage and Dragon’s Protector by Ava Richardson, which yes, are part of a series. ABOUT DRAGONS AND MAGIC! It was just what I needed!

I also squirreled away into some swoony romances with The Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin (LOOK FOR THIS ONE ON JULY 12, IT WAS EXCELLENT) which is absolutely one of my new favorites. 😍 Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee (also a July pub for the 26th) was a big-city-goes-small-town second chance romance with lawyers, books, and beer. An eclectic mix that worked so well.

And then I wrapped up the month by combining mysticism with swoony romance and went for Lady and the Vamp by C.C. Wood, which is about a Valkyrie and Vampire who meet on a dating app for non-humans. It’s a short read that was extremely fun and I can’t wait to meet the other characters in the world. ^.^

Posted Reviews:

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A NEW SECTION THIS MONTH! I put an unnecessary amount of time into creating my own charts and graphs and such of my reading tracker, on top of all the wonderful charts and graphs and data that Storygraph tracks for me. So to showcase that a bit, here’s a little section for all the data people like me out there to drool over. 😍

  • My reading was 21% Nonfiction this month (and the remaining 79% fiction).
  • My top genres were Romance and Fantasy with 5 books each.
  • I mostly read books that were emotional, reflective, or adventurous.
  • My average rating was 3.9 stars out of 5. I read a total of 4,584 pages in May.
  • I traveled to Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, and Los Angeles, USA through my books (plus one that went global!).
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April 2022 Wrap Up: From Sh*t to Shine

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How many books that I planned did I read?

I planned out 6 books for April, and I read 4 of them (and partially read one). I added a few others to the list, for a total of 11 books — wow eleven?? seriously?? WHEN?? — for the month.

The Plan:

I had planned on books that were a mix of books I owned but hadn’t yet read, and books I wanted to read and had from the library.

The Result:

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March 2022 Wrap Up: 🤷‍♀️

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How many books that I planned did I read?

Well evidently I just gave up on doing a published TBR list for March, but I had planned 5. Of those 5, I read 3 and DNFd too, plus finished 3 others for a total of 6 finished.

The Plan:

  • 1 – BOTM book
  • 1 – book gifted to me
  • 2 – Amazon First Read books
  • 1 – ARC

The Result:

I had a couple of stinkers this month, and both were from Amazon First Reads, so I’m kind of turned off from them this month. The Paid Bridesmaid was shallow and dull, and Like Me was gross for the sake of being shocking, I guess? It didn’t feel like it had a point.

On the positive side, I read a new release I got from Book of the Month Club that I enjoyed in Peach Blossom Spring! Finally, a BOTM that didn’t disappoint. An Ember in the Ashes was a Christmas gift that I finally got around to, and it was enjoyable but not mind-blowing. Two Fast Forward Friday titles were checked off the list with Loveboat, Taipei and You Truly Assumed and both were again decent but not mind-blowing. And finally, A Court of Mist and Fury… which led me to the actually mind-blowing realization that maybe I just don’t like Sarah J Maas anymore. 🤯

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February 2022 Wrap Up: BIG CHANGES!!!

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How many books that I planned did I read?

I planned 4, and read 3 of those 4, but finished 8 total books.

The Plan:

I really only planned about 4 books. Three of the four I expected to be slower reads for me, either due to length or complexity. I was like half accurate with that. xD

I didn’t plan on much, really…

The Result:

I read 3 of my 4 books, but I ended up reading a whoooole lot more. Turns out The City of Brass is exactly the kind of book I love wildly, and I immediately purchased and read the next two books in the series in the same month, for a total of over 1500 pages just from those 3 books. xD I think I also actually binged a webcomic series or two, but for whatever reason I didn’t add those in. Ah well.

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December 2021 Wrap Up

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How many books that I planned did I read?

For December I had planned 7, all Fast Forward Friday titles from the year. And I read all seven!! It was so luxurious to give time to these anticipated titles and for the most part, they did not disappoint. 🙂

The Plan:

The Result:

Heart AND Seoul. But I’m not going to redo the picture again.

So I read a lot in December with the holiday time off, but several of those were also graphic novels that read a bit quicker than text-only novels. Side note, I’ve never differentiated something as a “text-only novel” and it was an odd moment as I figured out what to call it.

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November wrap up: I read a lot

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How many books that I planned did I read?

I planned nine-ish with an expectation that I would get through about 7 of them. I ended up reading 11, and as expected, half of those unplanned. 😁

The Plan:

I had a few ARCs, and few BOTMs, a few library loans, a few recent purchases on this list. That basically is the list, actually.

The Result:

HOOOOO BOY. I think the last day of October, I had barely started a book I found on Booksirens called Fire Within and I was like yeah I’ll give it a go. And then I LOVED it, and proceeded to read book 2, book 3, and book 4 in the series voraciously. The only reason I haven’t immediately started number 5 yet is because once I finish it, I’ll have to wait for more (if there are more?) and I don’t want that. 😭

I did finish three ARCs as well, and one was surprisingly good and one was surprisingly not great. What about the third, you ask? Beasts of a Little Land was as good as I had hoped (pub 12/7!). 😍 I was also torn on my BOTM pick, Keeper of the Night, where I absolutely loved it for most of the way through and then the way it ended seemed to hint at a direction I have ZERO interest in for the continuation in book two. 😐

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October Wrap Up: finally some fun!

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How many books that I planned did I read?

I read 4 of the 7 books I planned, and 10 total. Can you tell I got mood-reader-swayed this month a little bit? Plus time on vacation had very little reading time!

The Plan:

Three of these were what I consider “obligatory reads” where I am trying to read them as part of a challenge, or because I got it from a book box, or something else where it’s not entirely just because I want to. Golden Boys Beware is secretly Foul is Fair, with a new name and cover. And yes, I bought this edition too. This might be my favorite book. As in, the #1 spot, THE favorite. So it’s yearly read must, and fits October perfectly!

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September Wrap Up: I guess that month happened

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How many books that I planned did I read?

I didn’t plan too many for September: a modest five. And I guess I should stick to that habit because I read 4 of those 5! Plus another… whole bunch!

The Plan:

Hello (From Here) was one I was waiting on as an advanced copy, but it ended up taking a while so I got it just after the publish date. I still read it right away, so there was no surprise with that one! Bad Luck Bridesmaid was a surprise ARC that I had to grab because it sounded so perfectly wonderful, and happily, it was even better than I had hoped. 😍 Keep an eye out for that review & publish date early next year!

The Result:

The Never Tilting World is going to get read… eventually. But for now it’s pushed out to the October tbr (and to be honest… probably will continue to be pushed out haha).

I ended up reading a BUNCH more books. One fast forward friday title that was actually pretty disappointing; one k-pop read that was also kind of disappointing; one romance book club pick that I ADORED; and two graphic novels that perfectly suited my taste for Titans universe material right now. 😍

Rock Paper Scissors has also been a very slow-going read for me. If it weren’t a BOTM that I paid for I’d be ditching this one. 😪

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August Wrap Up: oh, hi there

Hey y’all! It’s been a little bit, but here’s a small update about how things are going. 🙂

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How many books that I planned did I read?

I planned 8 books and read 5 of those, plus one other that I added during the month.

The Plan:

The Result:

The book that I attempted was one I found, tried, and quickly hated. That’s all I’ll say, because it’s not worth any more time.

The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina didn’t really pull me in because it seems to be told in the perspective of about thirty different people, and that is REALLY not what I wanted any time recently. So I might go back to this, but at the moment I’m just reading a chapter here and there. The Land of Big Numbers was similarly vignette-ish, so same story: even though they were interesting and compelling, that’s probably a later thing.

I *did* however finally finish Skyhunter a year after I learned that I had won it from Goodreads! For real, I got the memory reminder this week. I just made it. 😂

~life

Still some health stuff keeping things limited in August, but getting better. On top of that, work was pretty hectic so there were some long days in there.

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I didn’t do a whole lot of posting myself, but I did read some fabulous ones from other folks! Take a look and check them out. 😊

Here are some of my favorite posts I worked on this month, in case you missed them!

And here are some of my favorite posts by other bloggers!

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July Wrap Up (I might have skipped June)

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How many books that I planned did I read?

I planned six and I read five of those, plus four others I picked up during the month

The Plan:

The Result:

For the Wolf is one I’ve just kind of hit a wall with. I don’t know why I’m not that into it, I’m just… not. So it’s kind of in limbo right now. I read some every now and then, but usually opt for something else instead. I’ll probably finish it… eventually.

I had been waiting on The Complete List of Jericho for a while and was so excited when it finally arrived! I’m glad it lived up to my hopes, and indeed, exceeded them! Tokyo Ever After on the other hand.. well, I was pretty disappointed with that one. It didn’t feel like it brought anything new to the kind of story it was, and overall I’m pretty meh about it all. I did have one more unexpected hit to round it out though, because 56 Days was WAY better than I expected!

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