Stacking the Shelves | June 2018

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Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Hey book nerds! I’m thinking I’m just going to do my monthly hauls here on the blog instead on my booktube channel. I don’t like to read the descriptions of my books before I read them so I don’t have much I can talk about the books in a haul video.  I figure this way I can still share my new books and link up the Goodreads pages in case you want more information.

Let’s get started! I will link to the Goodreads page for each book below as well in case you want to check them out.

Kindle Book Sales: 

None. I’m quite proud of myself for not buying any more Kindle books in June. I went a little crazy in May with the sales and I have so many books to read on my Kindle now. I’m determined to read some of them before I add more.

Physical Books:

The only physical books I hauled were part of my unboxing videos. You can check those out here:

If you are interested in BOTM I do have a referral link you can use if you like. You get a free book and so do I.

 

I also have a referral link for Page Habit if you are interested in signing up for that subscription box. If you use the referral link you get $10.00 off your first box. I would also get $10.00 credit towards my next box.

NetGalley/Edelweiss Review Galleys:

Vicious Rumer by Joshua Winning – This is a YA thriller that is set in London. The bright cover caught my eye on this one.

Down with Love (Love Wars #1) by Kate Meader  – I love Kate Meader’s contemporary romances. When I found out she was going to have a new series I just had to request this one.

A World in Blue by Danni Maxwell – I don’t know much about this one. Based on the description on Goodreads it looks like it is a heavy hitting YA contemporary.

Not for Me (The Windy City Chronicles #1) by Kat de Falla – This follows a literary agent and there was something mentioned about a Shakespearean actor that writes erotica. That’s honestly all I needed to know. It sounds hilarious.

Hot & Heavy (Lightning #2) by Tracy Wolff – This is a contemporary romance with a sport theme. I won’t lie. This is a cover pick. haha!

Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae – A romance between a romance author and a scientist. This should be interesting.

Consumed by J.R. Ward – What? Ward has a new series and it’s about firefighters? Sign me up please!

Good Little Girls (The Keepers #2) by Rita Herron – So apparently this is the second book in a suspense thriller series. Which means I now have to look up the first book. I wish the publisher would state this on NetGalley. Anyway, it looks like a good summer read.

Built to Last by Julie Ann Walker – This is the 12th book in Walker’s Black Knights Inc. series. I don’t follow many MC romance series but I really enjoy the suspense aspects in this one. This romances are eh okay I suppose. They have been hit or miss for me.

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter – Woohoo a new Karin Slaughter book! Oh my gosh so much excite! I can’t wait to see what twisted path she takes me on next.


That my friends is it for my June 2018 book haul. The majority of the books added to my TBR were review books. That isn’t that bad right? Of course, this does not include the large haul of library books I borrowed in June. Libby and Hoopla apps are my weakness.
Let’s chat down below in the comments! What books have you added to your tbr recently?

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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Blog Ahead | June ’18 Mini Challenge

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Blog Ahead is a blogging challenge hosted by Anna @herding cats and burning soup. The Mini Blog Ahead challenge is a great way to get ahead of your blogging by increasing your amount of scheduled posts by 15. You can find out more about the challenge by clicking on the link to Anna’s blog.

 

So I almost forgot to sign up for this challenge. I don’t know why I thought I had another week. I need to be better about keeping track of my days. Anyway here are my plans for this round.

My goal for the June round is to plan, prep, and schedule 15 blog posts. They will be a mix of book reviews, book chats, book recommendations, and tags. If you have any tags you would like to see me do here on the blog please let me know down below in the comments section.

Are you going to participate in Blog Ahead? If you are on the fence about it, I can’t recommend enough that you give it a try. Let me know down in the comments if you are, and we can motivate each other to the finish line!

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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Goodreads Want to Read List | Read it or Delete it #2

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Hey book nerds! I was inspired to start this project by Lala from BooksandLala on Booktube. Last year she tackled a year-long project of culling her closet of TBR books. I’m pretty happy with how my physical TBR stands though, so I am not looking to do that exactly. I would like to clean up my Want to Read list on Goodreads though so I figure I’d make that the goal of my project instead.

I’m so sorry I meant to post this at the beginning of the month but life happened. I did move forward with picking my books for June though so hopefully I’ll get that updated the first week of July for you. Before I share my picks for June though, let’s talk about how May went.


Here is a quick refresher of the books I picked for May. Check out the little blurbs following each title to see my results.

  1. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – I ran out of time and didn’t get to this one. I am making this my save since I do own the bind up.
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Did not read it and I am deleting it.
  3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – I found out after searching my shelves that I actually own a different Steinbeck so I didn’t get around to reading this one. I will go ahead and delete it off the list. If I decide to pick it up again I’ll just add it to my currently reading shelf when I read it.
  4. Things We Know by Heart Jessi Kirby – I read this one! This is a heavy hitting YA contemporary that follows 18 year old Quinn Sullivan that is grieving the loss of her first love. She decides to work through her grief by meeting all the organ recipients of her deceased boyfriend. All but one of the donor recipients agree to meet her; the boy that got her boyfriend’s heart. Instead of respecting the boy’s wishes, Quinn takes it upon herself to find out the identity of the boy, stalk him online and then eventually insert herself into his life. The two meet and then romance ensues. Ahhh I had issues with this one. I thought it was an emotional read but I’m not on board with romances that start out with stalker behavior. I get why she did it, but I wish the story hadn’t gone that route. I rated it ★★.
  5. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider – I started it and DNF’d it about 18% through because I was bored. Deleting it off the list.
  6. Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes – I started it and DNF’d it about 15% into it because I got distracted by other things. Deleting it off the list.

Let’s move on to the June picks!

  1. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch – This is the second book in a YA fantasy series. Funnily enough I had already planned on picking up this book as soon as my hold for the audio book came in from the library. I just received my hold through my Libby app so this is kind of perfect.
  2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I’ve had this book on my TBR shelf since it was first released. I loved Prodigy by Marie Lu and I knew I wanted to read more by her but for one reason or another I have not picked up The Young Elites. Hopefully this will be my motivation to do so.
  3. Shattered Blue (The Light #1) by Lauren Bird Horowitz – I honestly don’t remember what this book is about but I did receive it for review last year. It is one of the books on my ARC backlog that I need to get around to. Maybe for COYER?
  4. How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras – Same with this one. I think this is a YA contemporary.
  5. Don’t Get Me Wrong by Marianne Kavanagh – This is women’s fiction, I think. I saw it being recommended for fans of JoJo Moyes on Goodreads so that doesn’t bode well. This is another book off of my ARC backlog.
  6. Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith – This is a YA sci-fi/fantasy set in the dreamworld, I think. I don’t remember much, but I love the cover. Whether I get to this one will depend on whether I can get it from my library.

That’s it for my June picks. I don’t know how many of these I’ll manage to get through. I hope I can at least get to three of them. Have you read any of these books? Which would you recommend I start with? Let me know down below in the comments section.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 104

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
  2. “Adele was struck by how often women undervalued their own efforts while being endlessly impressed by those of their peers.”
  3. I would love to visit London. I don’t think I’d want to live there though because I prefer warmer temperatures.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 103

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
2. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
3. No, because I’m pretty sure I’d die.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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GOOD-BYE MAY | HELLO JUNE 2018

Hi book nerds! Can you believe it is June already? I don’t know if I’m ready for the summer heat here in AZ. I might just melt away. I’m doing my best to stay indoors and stay hydrated. Enough about the weather though, let’s chat about how May went and my plans for June.

Let’s go ahead and dive into my May wrap up first.


May 2018

Books DNF’d: 3

 

Books Read: 10

 

I participated in two readathons in May; Bout of Books, and Borrowathon. I returned as a co-host for BorrowAthon round 4. I had so much fun with the Twitter sprints. You can check out my wrap-ups for each readathon on my booktube channel.

Many of the books I read this month were borrowed audio books I checked out from my library either through my Libby or Hoopla apps. I did manage to get some of my owned books read though, so here is my updated total for the DW Project.

DW 2019 Project Total: $50.00


Now let’s talk about my reading plans for June. I am hoping to get at least 2 books read off of my Summer TBR. You can check out my Summer TBR video below.
I’m also planning on participating in this summer round of #COYER. You can find my sign up post here. The only other readathon I have planned to join in at this time is the #ReadYourFaceOff 24 readathon for June. I will post a TBR for that readathon on my Instagram. I have not decided whether I will do a vlog yet.
Speaking of, the #ReadYourFaceOff group reads for June have been announced. You can check out my blog post here for all the information needed to join us.

I have been doing quite a bit of pre-planning for both the blog and channel over the last month or so. I have quite a few scheduled posts already under my belt so keep an eye out. I’m trying to avoid having long gaps between posts like I have had in the last few months. Life gets busy but I want both my blog and my Youtube channel to have a more consistent posting schedule starting in June.

That’s it for my May wrap-up and June plans. Let me know down in the comments what your reading plans are for June. If you did a TBR post I’d love to check it out so please leave a link.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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