monthly wrap up: april//part 2

As promised, here is part 2 of the April monthly wrap up. This is where I will chat about my blog posts and how things have been going on that end. This will also include the goals I gave myself from the April tbr and goals post.

Click here to read part 1 of the April monthly wrap up.



the stats;

∇ posts written: 22

∇ #MomMondays: 1

∇ views: 617

∇ average per day: 21


favorite posts;

#MomMondays

Blood and Beauty book review

Reviews

The Raven Boys book review

Barbed Wire Heart book review

Cover Reveals

∇ The South Winds

Tags/Awards

The Make Up Essentials book tag

Blogger Recognition Award 2018


goals: did I complete them?

Blue means my comments on the goals.

∇ Get at least 6 hours of sleep a night. Sure, I suppose I did this for the most part.

∅ Hit diamond SR in Overwatch. I was so damn close. I hit about 2873 SR. Diamond is 3000 SR. I had a lag like none other the last night the competitive season so I wasn’t able to do it. 

∅ Be caught up on the GR reading challenge. HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA…no.

∅ Work on graphic and layout changes. I am not doing well on anything I set out to do.

∇ Finish owned books list by April 12. I did this! The total was 293!


discussion time;

This month was pretty interesting for me. I was still in a bit of a slump and wasn’t sure what I wanted to read or do on this blog. So I just started reading everything that was in front of me. And then I realized, I needed to read more Danielle Steel. She is my go to author for anything and everything. So I read a couple more of her books and BAM! Slump nearly gone. I’m still unsure of just what I wanted to read but it’s getting better and better. I’m actually pretty excited to read again.

I also started a new system where I blog hop Tuesdays and Thursday and every other Saturdays. I just recently changed it to every Month and Thursday and kept the every other Saturday. This has resulted in me having content to post just about everyday as it gives me plenty of time to read and work on posts. I no longer worry if I have enough time to do posts nor do I worry that I won’t be able to finish a book in time to make a post.

I went away for the weekend, which was just what I needed. You can read this posts here and here. I got too many books but that is okay with me! I also got to spend quality time with my mom and sister, which is always a plus.

Overall, this wasn’t a horrible month. It was stressful for me in terms of my personal life in the last week but it’s gotten a lot better. I’m ready to move on and keep up this wonderful thing I have going on.

 

fcd35ea6-0593-4b67-87b0-841a68ce976b_zpsdoav4mnb

Advertisements

monthly wrap up: april//part 1

If you guys remember my april tbr and goals, I made a lot of really ambitious plans to get a bunch of reading done, get a bunch of goals done and just overall be awesome.

Well I totally didn’t do that. But I’m not going to beat myself up to badly. I got a lot more reading down despite still being in a bit of a slump this month.

Anyway, let us move and I’ll give you the low down as to what all happened in April. This will be part one with just the books. I will do another post discussing my goals and what posts I did on my blog!


 


the books;

 

The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie: 4 stars, arc

→This book had such an interesting concept of knowing your death day but there were some inconsistencies.

 

The Young Queens by Kendare Blake: 5 stars

→ This novella answered all my questions about the world of Fennbirn and I have new found respect for Arsinoe and Mirabella.

 

Coming Out by Danielle Steel: 3 stars, owned

→ A classic DS novel with discussion on racism and anti semitism

 

 

 

Eternity’s Echoes by Evan Hirson: 3 stars, arc

→ A time travelling book with potential.

 

Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant: 3 stars, owned, #MomMondays

→ A tale of the Borgias, the Pope Alexander’s family.

 

The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka: 4 stars

→ A bisexual private investigator with sass. Roxane is the character I didn’t know I needed.

 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: 4 stars

→ An incredibly cool world with a surprisingly likable MC. And yes, the hype is well deserved.

 

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: 2 stars, owned

→ An overhyped book with horrible MCs (except for Adam Parrish)

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post: 3 stars, buddy read

→ A tale of one girl’s journey to discovering herself.

 

Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe: 4 stars, arc, owned

→TESS SHARPE OWNS MY HEART AND SOUL. Enough said.

 

Hotel Vendome by Danielle Steel: 3 stars, owned

→A run of the mill DS novel with a bratty child.



the stats;

∇11 books read

∇3.45 average star rating

∇3 ars read

∇5 owned books read

 

fcd35ea6-0593-4b67-87b0-841a68ce976b_zpsdoav4mnb

march wrap up part 2: the blog

I have decided to split my wrap up into 2 (two parts). I did this because I did not want my wraps up to be this one big huge long ordeal. I certainly don’t care for constant scrolling while reading a wrap. I prefer them short sweet and to the point.

(Also, if you do the long wraps up, ignore my criticisms. You keep doing you!)

With this wrap up, I would like to point out some blogs posts that I am proud of and just give a nice general overview of the posts in case you missed any of them. If this new layout works for you guys, let me know and I’ll keep it up!


the stats;

∇  posts written: 27

∇ Mom Mondays posts: 2

∇ views: 770

∇ average views per day: 25


favorite posts;

Mom Mondays:

∇The Cage book review

∇Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil movie review

Reviews:

∇The Black Witch book review

∇Far From the Tree book review

Cover Reveals:

∇Project Prometheus

Tags:

∇20 Most Popular Books in my TBR

∇The Rising Author Tag

 

fcd35ea6-0593-4b67-87b0-841a68ce976b_zpsdoav4mnb

march wrap up part 1: the books

March was a slow month up until the end of it. I was still in the throes of a reading slump and wasn’t feeling a lot of the books I was reading. But despite that I managed to find a few favorites and was able to pull myself out of the slump.

Alright. Enough yammering on. Here is my march wrap up!


 

Legend by Marie Lu: 5 stars, favorite, own

→I won’t have this review up until tomorrow but I’ll link my GR review. But this book was AMAZING! Everything I loved in a dystopian was in this book.

The Royal Art of Poison by Eleanor Herman: 4 stars, eARC

→This book was absolutely disgusting and I loved every minute of it. Well, almost every minute.

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket: 4 stars, own

→I have been meaning to start this series for ever and I’m so glad I did!


Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch: 3 stars, eARC

→ An interesting contemporary dystopian.

The Cage by Ruth Minsky Sender: 3 stars, own, Mom Mondays

→ A gut wrenching true story of a Polish Holocaust survivor

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas: 4 stars, own

→ A surprisingly great start to a series that I’m sure will have several ruined ships.


Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray: 3 stars

→A pretty decent continuation of a good series.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway: 5 stars, favorite

→ SOMEONE HOLD ME BECAUSE THIS BOOK BROKE ME.

Bring Me Back by B A Paris

→ A creepy thriller with a lot of twists and turns.


Against All Odds by Danielle Steel: 4 stars, own

→ A classic DS novel.

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest: 3 stars

→A pretty okay book that got a rap it didn’t deserve.

Phoenix Fire by S.D Grimm: 4 stars, eARC

→ A very cool take on phoenixes.

 


stats;

∇ books read: 12

∇ average rating: 3.83 stars

∇ e/arcs read: 4

∇ favorites: 2

february wrap up//

February wasn’t a good month for me. I hit a bit of a slump in terms of reading and in terms of blogging. The first week or so was super great and I was on top of everything. And then…..nothing. I am so disappointed by how many books I read.

But I think I am back now. I feel incredibly accomplished to have finally finished a series! So hopefully this feeling stays with me but if I’m still not 100%, well I know you guys will be here when I do get back.

arrow-design-clipart-1

 

arrow-design-clipart-1

stats;

total; 9 books

average rating; 3.9 stars

arcs read; 2 books

arrow-design-clipart-1

ratings and reviews;

→break the line; 4 stars, arc (review to come march 9)

∇ a story about fishing and grief with couples that ACTUALLY COMMUNICATED.

〈blog tour coming soon!〉

 

midnight in the garden of good and evil; 4 stars

∇ a mom mondays pick about savannah georgia, my home away from home.

 

the gender war; 4 stars

∇ a continuation of the gender game series.

 

the gender fall; 4 stars

∇ a slow decline of meh with the gender game series.

 

the gender plan; 3 stars

∇ more of the gender game series and me wishing it would just end.

 

the gender end; 4 stars

∇ the gender game series has finally ended.

 

the female brain; 5 stars, favorite

∇ a mom mondays pick. this book changed my entire world.

 

the woman in the window; 4 stars

∇ a BOTM pick. a thriller with accurate rep for anxiety.

 

making the monster; 3 stars, arc

∇ an interesting backstory of Mary Shelley and the making of Frankenstein

 

fcd35ea6-0593-4b67-87b0-841a68ce976b_zpsdoav4mnb

 

january wrap up//

Aaaaaand just like that, January is over! Before we know it, 2019 will be upon us. And then 2020 and 2021….

Alright I’ll stop.

Anyway. This was a pretty decent month for me, if I do say so myself. You’ll see all the stats in the next part but I did manage to read 15 books. Considering that January was a bit of stressful month, I’m surprised I managed to do that much.

Look for my next post about my february tbr and what I plan to do coming up in the next months.

Alright, I have yammered on long enough. Here are the 15 books I read this month along with stats and I’m going to be trying something a little different in the ratings and reviews section. Let me know if you guys like it!

arrow-design-clipart-1

arrow-design-clipart-1

stats;

books read; 15 books

average rating; 3.73 stars

arcs read; 12 books

arrow-design-clipart-1

ratings and reviews;

mistakes of the past; 4 stars

∇an angel and demon contemporary that more people should know about.

 

the burial society; 5 stars, favorite book, arc

∇ one of the best thrillers I have read to date and became my favorite 2 (two) pages in.

 

how to work for an idiot boss; 3 stars

∇ a mom monday book. gave excellent advice on how to deal with a boss.

 

→road to eugenica; 4 stars, arc, review to come february 1 

∇ a beautiful story with grief and an awesome dad/daughter relationship

 

margaret tudor, queen of scots; 2 stars, arc

∇ a mediocre story of king henry the eighth’s  sister.

 

the extraordinary life of sam hell; 4 stars, favorite book, arc

∇ a timeless story of a bullied child growing up and finding his way in life.

 

zombie abbey; 3 stars, arc

∇ a zombie classic retelling that missed the mark for me.

 

love between enemies; 3 stars, arc

∇ a friends to lovers trope that was alright.

 

wicked charm; 3 stars, arc

∇ a murder mystery that had too much romance but excellent commentary on grief.

 

lions, tigers and boys; 4 stars, arc

∇a Wizard of Oz supernatural retelling.

 

the vanishing spark of dust; 4 stars, arc

∇ a dystopian alien romance.

 

the english wife; 4 stars, arc (through Book of the Month)

∇ a murder mystery with Shakespeare’s play quotes thrown in.

 

the spring girls; 4 stars, arc

∇ an amazing Little Women retelling.

〈click here for the blog tour〉

 

pretty dead girls; 5 stars, favorite book, arc

∇ a Scream Queens meets Pretty Little Liars mystery.

〈click here for 10 fun facts and a playlist〉

 

 

fcd35ea6-0593-4b67-87b0-841a68ce976b_zpsdoav4mnb

december wrap up

Talk about waiting until the last minute to do this. I was just chilling on twitter and thinking about all the fun and wonderful posts I was going to do for 2018. Then I see a tweet asking about how many books did you read in 2018.

Panic ensued.

I had completely forgotten to do my December wrap up.

Needless to say, I hastened to write out the wrap up and struggle to figure out the averages.

But have no fear, friends. I have your wrap up. The last one of 2017.



the stats;

books read: 12

average rating: 3.92 stars

arcs: the heartbreak cure, sea of strangers, afflicted, the unclaimed victim, broken mirror, the lost season of of love and snow, breaking the ice

favorites: under rose-tainted skies, the lost season of love and snow


reviews and ratings;

cleopatra’s daughter– 3 stars

off the page– 3 stars

the heartbreak cure– 4 stars

sea of strangers– 4 stars

the alchemyst– 4 stars

the afflicted– 4 stars

the unclaimed victim– 4 stars

broken mirror– 4 stars

the lost season of love and snow– 4 stars

the testing– 4 stars

breaking the ice– 4 stars

under rose-tainted skies– 5 stars


I know I know. I didn’t read as much as I normally do. I decided to stop reading the last week in December and refresh my brain. I caught up on YouTube videos and prepped for 2018. I think it’s going to be a really awesome and great year!

 

fcd35ea6-0593-4b67-87b0-841a68ce976b_zpsdoav4mnb