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Summer Reading Goals Update

Seeing as it is almost halfway through September already and I haven’t posted on my blog in a month, it is more than obvious that this post is WAY overdue. But seeing as I am a huge fan of the phrase “better late than never”, this post is finally happening despite how late it is.

Before we get into the bulk of this post, let me back track to the beginning of the summer and the very first post that I published here on my blog. If you would like to check out that post, you can click here but, essentially I began my book blog with a post about my summer reading goals and what I wanted to accomplish this summer before I started grad school.

For the summer I set two goals for myself, one of which I automatically achieved by posting my first post. The two goals were:

1. Start a book blog (which obviously has happened since this and 15 other blogposts exist on my blog )
2. Read 30 books


Unfortunately I wasn’t not able to read 30 books this summer BUT I managed to read 20 books (5 of them were graphic novels) which I think is pretty darn good. Of course like any bookworm, I would have loved to have been able to read 30 books but the fact that I read 20 is still impressive to me.

I am going to break down the reading that I did this summer into each month that way this is also like a cumulative monthly wrap-up which, in my book, is like killing two birds or in this case multiple birds with one stone as I had planned on doing monthly wrap-ups this summer but obviously those did not happen either lol. (There will be a sneak peek of the first book I read in September because my summer “officially”ended the first week in September when I started grad school)
Also, along with each book will be what I rated them out of five stars.

JUNE (there are only 2 books because my summer “officially” started in mid-June)
All Fall Down by Ally Carter – 4/5 stars
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks – 3.5/5 stars

JULY
Song of Summer by Laura Lee Anderson – 4.5 stars
Bad Reputation
by K.B. Nelson – 3.5/5 stars
Mystery of the Moss-Covered Mansion
by Carolyn Keene – 3/5 stars
Castle Hill
by Samantha Young – 5/5 stars
Heart and Sole
by Miranda Liasson – 4/5 stars
Saga Vol. 1
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – 4.5/5 stars
Saga Vol. 2 
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – 4.5/5 stars
Amulet Vol. 1 by Kazu Kibuishi – 3/5 stars
Nimona
by Noelle Stevenson – 5/5 stars
Nearly Gone
 by Elle Cosimano – 5/5 stars

AUGUST
This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki – 3.5/5 stars
Beautiful Bastard
by Christina Lauren – 3.5/5 stars
Beautiful Bitch 
by Christina Lauren – 4/5 stars
Beautiful Stranger 
by Christina Lauren – 4/5 stars
Nearly Found 
by Elle Cosimano – 5/5 stars
Beautiful Bombshell 
by Christina Lauren – 4/5 stars
Beautiful Player 
by Christina Lauren – 4.5/5 stars

SEPTEMBER (mini preview)
Beautiful Beginning by Christina Lauren – 4.5/5 stars

Total # of books: 20
Total # of pages: approx. 5,012

Looking at those stats, I am more than impressed with myself even if I didn’t reach my goal of 30 books. In terms of reviews for these books, I would love to be able to provide a review for all of them (another thing I was hoping to do this summer) but that is just unrealistic with the amount of work I have for grad school, my job, and all the wonderful things that will be happening on my blog in the next few months.

Instead, I invite anyone to comment down below if you liked any of these books, have read any of them, or would like to hear my thoughts on any of them.

Until next time… Happy Reading 🙂

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Booktube-A-Thon Wrap-up

So this post may be super late, but nonetheless here is my Booktube-A-Thon 2015 wrap-up.

My expectations for this read-a-thon did not match up with reality as this is my first post since my Booktube-A-Thon TBR and when I posted my TBR I talked about how I would be doing daily updates/progress blogposts throughout the read-a-thon. Obviously that did not happen, nor did it happen for my last read-a-thon but that is an entirely different issue. Even though my expectations in regards to posting on this blog fell flat, I still managed to read 3 books and complete 3 challenges for the Booktube-A-Thon which I am very satisfied with. I am always ambitious with my reading for read-a-thons so it really should come at no surprise that I wouldn’t get to all the books I planned on reading for Booktube-a-thon considering I was on vacation with my family but that is only going to make me try harder for the next read-a-thon.

Here are the challenges and the books I planned on reading for each. Let’s see how I did:

1. Read a book with blue on the cover. The Veil by Chloe Neill
2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano COMPLETED
3. Read someone else’s favourite book Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen (Bekah AwesomeBookNut‘s favorite book)
4. Read the last book you acquired Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren COMPLETED
5. Finish a book without letting go of it This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki COMPLETED
6. Read a book you really want to read Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
7. Read seven books Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren

Total pages read: 850 pages

I enjoyed the books that I read but only one of the books really stood out to me as one that will be going on my favorites list. Here are my ratings for each of the books:

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano – 4.5/5 stars
Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren – 3/5 stars
This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki – 3.5/5 stars

**Reviews for these books will be up ASAP**

If you would like to hear what I thought about any one of the books above let me know in the comments!

Overall, I enjoyed participating in the Booktube-A-Thon for the first time. I learned a lot of things that will help me when I participate in the next one, which of course I will be doing. Hope everyone else who participated had a good time as well!

If you did participate in the Booktube-A-Thon, leave a comment down below and tell me how you did, or what your favorite book was that you read. Mine was definitely Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano. I am already reading the second book in this dualogy, Nearly Found, that is how much I loved it.

Until next time…. Happy Reading 🙂