July Wrap Up

July Wrap Up:
Challenges
Another good month for reading, I’m slowly getting caught up on reviews too! Man that week away in the sun was great for reading. How are your challenges going? Read anything great this month?
Women Author Challenge – COMPLETED
1. Pandora Hearts Volume 2 by Jun Mochizuki
2. The Archived (Sneak Peak) by Victoria Schwab [review]
3. Word and Breath by Susannah Noel
4. Princess by Courtney Cole [review]
5. Geek Girl by Holly Smale [review]
6. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire [review]
7. Dahlia by Christina Channelle [review]
8. Fallen Tears by Christina Channelle [review]
9. Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning
10. Demon Possession by Kiersten Fay
11. Imaginable by J. Meyers [review]
13. A Unique Rabbit by Red Tash
14. Pandora Hearts Volume 3 by Jun Mochizuki
15. Pandora Hearts Volume 4 by Jun Mochizuki
16. The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
17. Before the Moon Rises by Catherine Bybee
18. Marked by P.C. Cast
19. Death Dealer by Ashley Robertson [review]

Total: 19 / 10

1. Extras by Scott Westerfeld [review]
2. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion [review]
3. Word and Breath by Susannah Noel
4. Boarded Windows by Isaac Marion
5. Word War Z by Max Brooks

Total: 5 / 6

1. The Unwords by Unauthor [review]
2. Snow White Blood Red by Cameron Jace [review]
4. Beauty Never Dies by Cameron Jace [review]
5. Ladle Rat Rotten Hut by Cameron Jace [review]
6. Mary Mary Quite Contrary by Cameron Jace [review]
7. Blood Apples by Cameron Jace [review]
8. Once Beauty Twice Beast by Cameron Jace
9. Moon and Madly by Cameron Jace
10. Princess by Courtney Cole [review]
11. Word and Breath by Susannah Noel
12. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire [review]
13. Dahlia by Christina Channelle [review]
14. Fallen Tears by Christina Channelle [review]
15. Demon Possession by Kiersten Fay
16. Imaginable by J. Meyers [review]
17. Rowan by Christina Channelle [review]
18. A Unique Rabbit by Red Tash
19. Before the Moon Rises by Catherine Bybee*

Total: 19 / 16

*Please note: I’m unsure whether to count this book because she has been published before but this particular book was self-published so?
1. Extras by Scott Westerfeld [review]
2. Pandora Hearts Volume 2 by Jun Mochizuki
4. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley [review]
5. Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley [review]
6. Word and Breath by Susannah Noel
7. Princess by Courtney Cole [review]
8. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire [review]
9. Pandora Hearts Vol 3 by Jun Mochizuki
10. Pandora Hearts Vol 4 by Jun Mochizuki
12. A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin
13. World War Z by Max Brooks

Total: 13 / 20

(Ongoing) Millionaire Challenge:

21,821 (+ 7 unknown) pages down!

A-Z Book Challenge:

B – Beauty Never Dies 25.01
C – A Clash of Kings 17.07
D – Dahlia 25.03
E – Extras 08.01
G – Geek Girl 07.03
H – Hot Ticket 05.04
I – Imaginable 05.05
P – Pandora Hearts, #2 08.01
R – Rowan 14.06
U – The Unwords 03.01
W – Warm Bodies 12.01
X – xkcd 17.07

Total: 19 / 26

Shelf Stacking
I actually bought some ebooks this month thanks to humble bundle, it was only cheap and a percentage of the money went to charity too. But again most were free, won, gifts or for review.
Darlings of DecayThose Four Letter WordsLucinda's Secret (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #3)The Nixie's Song (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, #1)Just a GeekThe Last Unicorn: Deluxe EditionBoneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)Spin (Spin Saga, #1)Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)Little BrotherGoddess Legacy (Goddess Series, #1)King of Darkness (Chronicles of Yavn, #1)ImitationEndure (Endure, #1)The Companions (The Sundering, #1)The Godborn (The Sundering, #2)Gone GirlBy Blood (By Blood #1)Moon Child (By Blood #2)xkcd: volume 0Signal to NoiseThe Poison Eaters and Other StoriesMachine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will DieAwakening Foster KellyCatalystThe Wizard Tales Vol I-IIIBlur (Night Roamers, #1)Gargoyle Addiction (Otherworlds Summons, #1)Talented (Talented Saga, #1)

Progress Review: Part 2

Before I get down to the nitty gritty of this post, I would like to point out that I am currently sunning myself elsewhere in the world – and by sunning I mean cowering away in the shade with my nose in a book – so I will reply when I’m back and I hope you are all having a nice summer.
So in part one of this two part post I reflected on how I think I’ve progress on my personal book blogging resolutions, and over all I’ve not done too shabby. In this post I want to see my progress on the book challenges I signed up too – if you’ve seen my June Wrap Up post it’ll be pretty similar but I’m going to talk about books that I intend to read to complete the challenges I haven’t.

1. Women’s Author Challenge status: Completed
Books Read: 17 / 10
Books Reviewed: 6 / 17
I haven’t just completed my goal of “Level 2: Girls Power – read 6 to 10 books written by a female author” but I’ve also completed challenge, as the last level is “Level 4: Wonder Woman – read 16+ books written by a female author” so I no longer need to make this a priority of mine!

2. Indie-Fever Reading Challenge status: Completed
Books Read: 19 / 16
Books Reviewed: 12 / 19
Yet another challenge completed, or half way completed. As part of this challenge is to help promote indie authors more, reviewing the books read is also part of this challenge, as you can see I’m not too far behind on these and I’m purposefully holding two back due to a lack of cover *sigh*. The final level for this challenge is “Fanatic – choose to read & review 28+ indie books” ..I wonder if I’ll hit that? I’m currently sat in the Lover/Expert areas depending on which of the numbers you want to go by ;)

3. TBR Reading Challenge status: Ongoing
Books Read: 10 / 20
Books Reviewed: 2 / 10
*flails* oh okay I didn’t realise how little I’d done towards this challenge, I didn’t realise how I kept choosing eBooks to read that I’d only picked up this year. I’m sure I’ll be fine before the years over and this isn’t a worry to me, I mean half way through the year and half way through the challenge.
Books I hope to read for this challenge: 
A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin
World War Z by Max Brooks
Later With Myself by Sheryl Sorrentino
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The Fault in our Stars by John Green

4. Dystopia Reading Challenge status: Ongoing
Books Read: 3 / 6
Books Reviewed: 1 / 3
I purposefully chose a low amount for this challenge because no matter how much I love dystopia books I’m pretty sure I don’t own many and being on a book buying ban doesn’t help. I’m currently reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth so that’ll count and I intend to read World War Z too, as for my sixth I’m unsure but hopefully I’ll find something?

Progress Review: Part 1

Before I get down to the nitty gritty of this post, I would like to point out that I am currently sunning myself elsewhere in the world – and by sunning I mean cowering away in the shade with my nose in a book – so I will reply when I’m back and I hope you are all having a nice summer.

So as we are over half way through the year I decided it was time to look back on how I have tackled my New Year Resolutions. Of course I did take a hiatus whilst finishing college but thankfully I do not think that has hindered me too much, but lets see! 
1. Keep scheduling – don’t let myself fall behind again
Bravo! I kept up with this, in fact its actually still June whilst I’m typing this post. Pretty good huh? So I’m basically always a month in advanced scheduled which I’m pretty pleased about, obviously there tends be last minute arranges here and there when I sign up to book tours.
2. Buy less books
Ding ding ding! I’ve bought a total of 5 books so far this year. Just 5, no more no less. That is a considerably smaller amount than last year, one of the books was a signed copy of Intangible and I was the first person outside the US to purchase a copy! The other 4 I got from a shop that was closing down so they were rather cheap too.
3. Read more of my to be read pile
I’m actually not doing too bad with this, as I’m not buying books (only hoarding the freebies). I’ll touch up on this in the second part of this post as it reflects one of the challenges I’m taking part in.
4. Blog hop more – I’m kind of super lazy when it comes to this and I rarely read others reviews
Okay, so I started off okay with this and when my hiatus hit I obviously didn’t hop at all but since coming back I’ve not been doing too badly at all. In fact I’m actually spending too much time blog hopping but its okay I’m sure I’ll find a middle ground, though when it comes to reading reviews I’m still very picky; I’ll read reviews of books I’ve read, the first of a series I’m considering, the sequel to a series I’m due to read and lastly the occasional few that I haven’t heard of and spike an interest. If they don’t fall into these categories I simply can’t bring myself to read them :c
5. Clean up your following list – this is my reason for lazy blog hopping, I’m following so many I don’t know where to start
Okay honestly I haven’t technically done this how I imagined I would, I did intend to unfollow a few to make things easier but then I found bloglovin and I’ve been able to slowly sort through the pile and organise them into categories which has made things a lot easier! So yes I’ve done this, well I’ve started… certainly not finished but started.
6. Use my Twitter and Facebook accounts more
*sigh* I’ve somewhat grown accustom to checking Twitter most days but definitely not with Facebook. Any advice here guys?

June Wrap Up

June Wrap Up:
Challenges
Yipee! I love having all this free time on my hands and actually being able to read again, I’ve been favouring a lot of shorter books lately as I’m reading A Clash of Kings too which is rather long, hehe, but as you can see I have a few reviews to catch up on now because of this but I have a few in process and queued up for July.

Total: 17 / 10
Total: 3 / 6
Total: 19 / 16
*Please note: I’m unsure whether to count this book because she has been published before but this particular book was self-published so?
Total: 10 / 20
(Ongoing) Millionaire Challenge:
19,813 (+ 7 unknown) pages down!

A-Z Book Challenge:
B – Beauty Never Dies 25.01
D – Dahlia 25.03
E – Extras 08.01
G – Geek Girl 07.03
H – Hot Ticket 05.04
I – Imaginable 05.05
L – Ladle Rat Rotten Hut 26.01
P – Pandora Hearts, #2 08.01
R – Rowan 14.06
U – The Unwords 03.01
W – Warm Bodies 12.01
Total: 17 / 26

Shelf Stacking
Again, only freebies and one review c:
When Smiles FadeA Dark Kiss of Rapture (Renegade Angels, #0.5)Marked (Soul Guardians, #1)Her Mad HatterHer Dark Angel (Her Angel #1)Everblue (Mer Tales, #1)Shattered Grace (Fallen from Grace, #1)Scary MaryBranded (Fall of Angels, #1)The War of the WorldsVampire Origins - The Strigoi Book 1 - Project IchorousGen 1Gen 2Gen 3Gen 4Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1)Frey (The Frey Saga, #1)Never Too Far

April & May Wrap Up

April & May Wrap Up:
Challenges
Well obviously being on hiatus and banning myself from read (and gaming) for 17 days has had a bit of a knock on effect of my reading habits, but needless to say with college almost over I’m getting back in the swing, I’m currently reading Rowan, A Clash of Kings and also rereading Mockingjay to a friend.

Total: 11 / 10
Total: 3 / 6
Total: 16 / 16

TBR Reading Challenge

Total: 8 / 20


(Ongoing) Millionaire Challenge:

19,459 pages down!

A-Z Book Challenge:
B – Beauty Never Dies 25.01
D – Dahlia 25.03
E – Extras 08.01
G – Geek Girl 07.03
H – Hot Ticket 05.04
I – Imaginable 05.05
P – Pandora Hearts, #2 08.01
U – The Unwords 03.01
W – Warm Bodies 12.01
Total: 11 / 26
Shelf Staking
I’m behaving, all these are freebies and one for review!

Crossroads (Crossroads Academy, #1)Before The Moon Rises (Ritter Werewolves, #1)To Kill A Warlock (Dulcie O'Neil, #1)EternityThe Iron Butterfly (Iron Butterfly, #1)Chosen (Guardians of the Word, #1)Dealing With It (Two Short Stories)Rowan (Blood Crave, #2)


March Wrap Up

March Wrap Up:
Challenges
I know I’m still on somewhat of a hiatus  well I am bar two book reviews for book tours that have been posted but I’ve slowly been typing up my reviews too and they may end up getting posted when I feel like it. I think when I do come back I’m going to drop my Wishlist Wednesday posts and just focus on reviews and book hauls for a while, maybe a few tours here and there. Anyway I didn’t do too bad this month either regardless of all the poop I was dealing with. 
Total: 8 / 10
Total: 3 / 6
Total: 14 / 16
TBR Reading Challenge
1. Extras by Scott Westerfeld [review]
2. Pandora Hearts Volume 2 by Jun Mochizuki
3. Vampires Werewolves Zomvies Compendium Monstrum by Bruce Waldman
4. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
5. Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley [review]
6. Word and Breath by Susannah Noel
7. Princess by Courtney Cole
8. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Total: 8 / 20

(Ongoing) Millionaire Challenge:
18,100 pages down!

A-Z Book Challenge:
A – Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder 25.01
B – Beauty Never Dies 25.01
D – Dahlia 25.03
E – Extras 08.01F – Fallen Tears: A Blood Crave Novella 28.03
G – Geek Girl 07.03
L – Ladle Rat Rotten Hut 26.01
M – Mary Mary Quite Contrary 28.01
O – Once Beauty Twice Beast 04.02
P – Pandora Hearts, #2 08.01
S – Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life 13.01
U – The Unwords 03.01
V – Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies Compendium Monstrum: From the Papers of Herr Doktor Max Sturm & Baron Ludwig Von Drang 09.01
W – Warm Bodies 12.01
Total: 11 / 26

I’m leaving my shelf stacking out for now cause I know I didn’t get many books so I’ll share them next month when I’m back properly! 

February Wrap Up

February Wrap Up:
Challenges
I’ve been in a reading slump for most of February which has been pretty upsetting but I did read a few books, and I’ve had three out of four of my university interviews so hopefully I can get back into the roll of blogging more frequently once the last one is out of the way. I’ve posted for a lot of tours this month though to make up for my lack of willingness to write reviews whilst I get my university stuff out of the way. My aim is to catch up on reviews throughout the next month.

Total: 4 / 10
Total: 3 / 6
Total: 11 / 16
TBR Reading Challenge
1. Extras by Scott Westerfeld [review]
2. Pandora Hearts Volume 2 by Jun Mochizuki
3. Vampires Werewolves Zomvies Compendium Monstrum by Bruce Waldman
4. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
5. Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley [review]
6. Word and Breath by Susannah Noel
7. Princess by Courtney Cole
Total: 7 / 20

(Ongoing) Millionaire Challenge:
16,865 pages down!

A-Z Book Challenge:
A – Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder 25.01
B – Beauty Never Dies 25.01
E – Extras 08.01
L – Ladle Rat Rotten Hut 26.01
M – Mary Mary Quite Contrary 28.01
O – Once Beauty Twice Beast 04.02
P – Pandora Hearts, #2 08.01
S – Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life 13.01
U – The Unwords 03.01
V – Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies Compendium Monstrum: From the Papers of Herr Doktor Max Sturm & Baron Ludwig Von Drang 09.01
W – Warm Bodies 12.01
Total: 11 / 26


Shelf Stacking
Grabbed a much smaller amount of books this month.