August Wrap-Up

I typically don’t do a wrap-up at the end of each month. I don’t tend to get a lot of books from month to month, so really no hauls to show you. And some months I hardly read a thing, so there is no reason for me to call it a wrap up when I am just reviewing the book and urging you to read it.

This month, however, I was hosting the #EOSChallenge on instagram with some fabulous people from the Book Blogger Creativity Project. Together with the other awesome ladies on The Rose Team, we came up with some fun prompts for every day in August to show off and really try to get us all into bookstagraming. This was definitely a challenge for me. I, for one, am not a bookstagram-er. I like to take pictures of what I am reading from time to time, but otherwise I really don’t do it. I love seeing how creative people get and the different types of pictures they can take, but it’s just not something I have really taken a huge part of. Enter the #EOSChallenge (if you forgot all about the project here is the original post).

I started the month off pretty strong I think. But the further into August we went the harder it was for me to remember to get that taken care of AND take care of whatever else I had going on that day. I think I only missed 1 day without making up for it, but there were definitely a few close calls. It was really fun to dive further into this type of social media and to try to come up with different ways to fulfill each day’s challenge.

Here are a few of the pictures that I took this month that I really like.

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So, after this challenge am I a bookstagram-er? Honestly…probably not. I think it’s really cool that people put so much time and effort into it. They have all kinds of props and take their time to get good lighting and everything. I don’t really have the patience for all of that. So I think that I will continue on doing my occasional book pictures, but otherwise I will be keeping my instagram account the way that it was before.

So, as for my August TBR…..

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I read…2 books. Yep, only 2 of those. I knew that 5 was asking a lot. Especially with me, someone who cannot commit to a TBR to save her life. I am happy to say that I did finish (and LOVED) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows and Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson (which also counts for RockMyTBR!!). I am still working on The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows, but I have been so easily distracted by everything.

Not pictured (and not on my TBR) books that I finished…Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Crown by Keira Cass. 4 total books is not bad at all for me in a month. I mean I have done better, but I have also done way worse.

Other updates…I started blogging for My Trending Stories! Look me up on there and discover a wide variety of posts by so many other awesome people.

How was your August book-wise?

#RockMyTBR 2016 Reading Challenge

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So if you know me you know that I am the most distracted reader EVER! I tend to go with my mood, which definitely leaves a large stack of books sitting in my house that I swear I will get to but…well, later. Because of this I tend to not do any challenges really because I just can never stick to them. I would love to do challenges that have me read a book from a particular genre or whatever, but I am not the right person for that. It’s cool. I can deal with it. Distracted reader RIGHT HERE!

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I saw this challenge floating around twitter and decided to do some digging. It just sounded interesting and like a possible challenge that I could totally take on. After reading the intro post over at The YA Book Traveler I knew this was for me!

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So basically I pick books that I already own and plan to read them over the next year. I have to try to read AT LEAST 1 book a month from this list. Judging by how many books I have read during 2015 (I think I’m at 42 right now, which will probably still go up before the end of the month) I decided to make for 1-2 books from this list a month. I hope to at least read 12 of these books, but maybe I’ll read more. WHO KNOWS!? I just know that there are books coming out in 2016 that I will definitely be wanting to read. So, here’s my list…

  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
  3. Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
  4. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
  7. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  8. Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
  9. The Rose Society by Marie Lu
  10. The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson *currently reading
  11. Empire by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard
  12. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
  13. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  14. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  15. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
  16. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  17. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  18. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  19. Dreadnought by Cherie Priest 
  20. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
  21. Valiant by Sarah McGuire
  22. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
  23. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

I think I can handle this guys! Right? HA, I hope so..

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Have you read any of these books? Because I would love to know what I should prioritize (the list was made based off of what came to me at the moment and in no particular order at all).

Are you hoping to read any of these in 2016?