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June 2015: Recap & Wrap-Up!

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NO REALLY where did June go!?! I was honestly on Twitter, seeing people saying things about how they loved monthly recaps and I was like, “Oh that’s nice but it’s not even time yet…” NOPE, it was July 1st. June flew by even quicker than previous months and I feel like I did a whole lot of nothing… But I guess the reading wasn’t so bad!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read: 7 — For some reason I had a hard time reading print this month! I just got REALLY into audiobooks and naturally, those take more time!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “books like divergent” and “books like if I stay” // “brandon sanderson hero of ages” // “otsp secret sister” // “lunar chronicles quiz”
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “books mentioned in boy meets world” (no, but let’s hear the answer to that!)  // “young adult books inspired by disney movies” (Yes!) // “blog niches for book addicts” // and something else super raunchy that I didn’t even want to list it. How did THAT lead to my blog!? Eeeeek.
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): Perpetual Page Turner, Rather Be ReadingAndi’s ABCs
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media)Books Take You Places, Andi’s ABCs, Tripping Over Books

Popularposts

 EMMY & OLIVER       DEVOTED

Other Reviews Posted

Goodreads Reading Progress

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Other Features & Discussions

Events

  • I went to the Boldly Bookish tour! Thanks to Bloomsbury for inviting me to hang out with the authors beforehand and for bringing a fantastic group of ladies to town!



 

June’s Top Instagrams





What’s in store for July?

  • A bunch more authors will be featured on Book and a Beverage!
  • The third round of On the Same Page Secret Sister is open for sign-ups on 7/12! Be sure to check out our FAQ page + all the info you could need before sign-ups open!
  • Some… umm… reviews? I don’t really have many plans for July!!! Ernest Cline is coming to Naperville so I may go to that event!

 

 

May 2015: Recap & Wrap-Up!

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Once again, the month flew by. With BEA (and friend-visit) preparations, I totally forgot that May was actually ending… oops. So my May recap is here but a bit late! I’ve mostly just been trying to catch up on some reading here  and there with no huge goals in sight. The TBR pile is, of course, never-ending so I’ve been aiming at making a dent in a few ARCs and so far, it’s gone well!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read: 9 — a pretty good month for making it through books!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “books like divergent” and “books like if I stay” // “lunar chronicles character quiz” // “books about best friends falling in love” // “anna and the french kiss”
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “i loved this book. what is like it?” (I’m confused?)  // “young adult books inspired by disney movies” (Yes!) // “today is the day your sister is coming and your’e over much excited” (I don’t even know what this means!)
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): Perpetual Page Turner, Rather Be Reading, Oh, the Books!
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media)Books Take You Places, Andi’s ABCs, Tripping Over Books

Popularposts

 FILL IN BOYFRIEND       SUMMER OF CHASING MERMAIDS

Other Reviews Posted

  • I really enjoyed Trish Doller’s latest book, THE DEVIL YOU KNOW. It hit my mystery/thriller sweet spot!
  • LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE by Gina Ciocca sounded like a total “me” book… But I didn’t QUITE connect with it.
  • I just fell head over heels for THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve already started the second book and I’m so in love!
  • I read the second book in Lynne Matson’s Nil series and NIL UNLOCKED was just so much fun!
  • Sadly, I had a few DNFs this month (some months in the making) and I added one mini-review to the mix in a quick wrap-up of mini-reviews/reports!
  • Sometimes I have a hard time with full reviews so I came up with a new review style for some mini reviews called “10 Things I Felt About…” The first one was for PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS!

Goodreads Reading Progress

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Featured on Book and a Beverage

Other Features & Discussions

Events

  • I went to BEA again this year! You can catch my full recap here: BEA 2015 Recap!

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May’s Top Instagrams


 

 


What’s in store for June?

  • Lots of blog tours again! Check out posts for PROOF OF FOREVER, FINDING AUDREY, and DEVOTED!
  • Excited to post reviews for two more excellent reads for me this year — RESONANCE by Erica O’Rourke and EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway!
  • I’m heading to the Boldly Bookish tour at Anderson’s on 6/11. Will I see you there??

 

Book Blogger Organization Challenge: May 2015


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Welcome to the Book Blogger Organization Challenge!

If you haven’t heard of this challenge and are interested in finding out more, check out the intro post! But basically the concept is simple: Whether you want to dedicate a lot of time to this challenge or a little, I’m here to help you get organized and work on blog maintenance in 2015! Everything is broken down month-by-month so you only have to focus on ONE idea at a time. January seemed to kick us off GREAT! Let’s get ready for May!

MAY 2015 ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE
Spring cleaning!

Okay, let’s talk spring cleaning for May! I actually happened to tackle a bunch of this stuff in April simply because my blogoversary was last month and the giveaways helped clean off my shelves. But May is spring cleaning of all sorts! Books, catching up on things, reading borrowed/gifted books… Now’s the time!

CULLING

  • Epic book culling! Okay, maybe it’s not epic, but maybe your shelves need a bit of spring cleaning. Maybe you have some books on your shelves that you bought/won/requested and you know that you won’t read. Ponder what you want to do with them this month! Hannah from So Obsessed With wrote a great post on culling & a handy set of questions to ask yourself to decide if you want to keep those books or pass on them!
  • What can I do with the books I don’t want? Not everyone can afford to do a giveaway for the books they don’t want to keep (honestly. I went to the PO the other day and it was lots o’ money) but you don’t have to! Aside from hosting a giveaway you can:
    • Sell them to a used book store
    • Donate them to Goodwill/charity
    • See if your library is accepting donations
    • Post them on the YA Book Exchange
    • See if anyone using Have You Seen This needs something you have and wants to trade
    • Ask your friends if they want any
    • See if local schools are in need
    • Peruse other swap sites like Paperback Swap or Book Mooch
    • Put them up for sale on Half.com (But don’t sell your ARCs!!! (of course))
  • Culling doesn’t have to stop at physical shelves either… Did you participate in a previous month where you cleaned up your Goodreads shelves? Is it time to go through your TBR and part with a few? I know I need to go back and delete some series that I had added, books I just lost interest in, or things I had added on whim that I knew I would really read. I’m sure a smaller TBR will make you feel better too!

CATCHING UP ON BOOKS THAT YOU DIDN’T BUY/REQUEST

  • Books Received As Gifts: If you have amazing bookish BFFs or family who knows you very well, chances are you get books as gifts… a LOT. So how many of those books have you read? How many gifted books sit unread on your shelves? I’m not saying read them ALL right away, but maybe pick a couple to try to work on! It’ll make your gifters so happy too!
  • ARC catch-up: Story of our lives, right? But hey, always time to work on some ARC catch up! Take May to consider what you’ll really read — whether before pub date or maybe even at all. If you think you won’t read it soon, pass them along!
  • Borrowed Books: If you’re [a terrible person] like me, you still have books that you borrowed from your friends (*cough*years ago*cough*) and haven’t read them yet. I’m going to make a valid attempt to return these books (damn you friends who keep saying “hold onto them until you read them”) or you know… actually read them. NOW’S THE TIME! Or maybe a time to attempt reading some or at least making plans to get to them soon!

MORE UPDATING AND CROSS-POSTING

  • Do you have more reviews to update? More reviews to cross-post? It’s a VERY daunting task (I just finished after hard work for MONTHS)! Take May to work on those a little bit more. Maybe just one a day and then you have 31 more done! Right? Right!

Resources Mentioned: YA Book Exchange // Have You Seen This // Paperback Swap // Book Mooch // Half.com // Post on Culling (So Obsessed With)

Don’t forget to share what you’re accomplishing this month with the hashtag #BlogOrganization!

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NEXT MONTH: Freebie month!

June is the month to pick anything you need to work on — choose from anything we’ve already worked on, tie up some loose ends, and generally finish some updates!

May 2014: Recap & Wrap-Up!

May is already over. You know my feelings on this. Time. It flies! But lots of things happening this month and given the fact that I just came back from BEA, my brain is total mush so let’s just hop to the recap!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read In May: 12! Not too shabby!
  • Popular Search Terms:  “which lunar chronicles character are you” and “lunar chronicles quiz” (leads you back to my Lunar Chronicles quiz!) // “we were liars spoilers” (no no no, I said NO spoilers!) // “http://www.bookaddictsguide.com/” Hellooooooo! That’s me!
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “rochelle mead suntrust mortgage” (Don’t think we were talking about the same person here…) // “i’m fall in love with book character” (happens to us all…) // “sherlok holms irony” (Was the irony the spelling?)
  • Most Referrals (non-social media): The Perpetual Page Turner, YA Crush, Oh, Chrys!
  • Where My Blog Most Often Leads You (non-internal/social media)Crazy Red Pen, Books Take You Places, Say It With Books

Popularposts

PopularReviews

  We Were Liars  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Other Reviews Posted

Goodreads Reading Progress

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Bloggers featured on Book and a Beverage

Other Features & Discussions

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR JUNE?

  • At some point in time, I’ll be able to get a BEA recap post up!
  • We’ll be posting new ARC tours with On the Same Page!!
  • I’m doing a re-read of Shadow and Bone and Siege and Storm before Ruin and Rising comes out in June!
  • I’m on the blog tour for My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal and The Body in the Woods by April Henry

That wraps up May and wow, how the time has FLOWN. I have so many things to catch up on now so be expecting a lot of updates soon!

Top Ten Tuesday – March 18, 2014: Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List

It’s been a while since I’ve done Top Ten Tuesday but I am BACK and ready to talk about my most-anticipated spring releases! Since I don’t really plan a reading schedule, I’m going to go with books releasing this spring!

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REVIEWS TO COME

    

There you have it! My most anticipated reads of this spring! LOTS of series enders. Four of them, actually! Looks like my heart may be breaking this spring…