Quarterly Progress 2021: Q3 (July – September)

YEARLY GOAL

  • READING GOAL: 125 Books
    Woohoo! Smashed this goal!
    • Q1: 60 books
    • Q2: 51 books
    • Q3: 72 books

QUARTERLY GOAL

  • 2nd QUARTER GOAL: CATCH UP ON NETGALLEY BACKLOG
    Current NetGalley Ratio: 74%
    Hey! Look! It went up by a few peecentages! It will probably head back down soon. I reviewed 4 ARCs from my backlog. I am very happy because it means I’ll be able to request new ones! Ha! The life of a reader, right?! Looking for new books when there are still so many unread on the shelf.
  • 2nd QUARTER GOAL: READ JADE CITY & THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS
    So…I forgot about these because I was too wrapped up with other things and other books.

GOALS ACCOMPLISHED

Yearly

  • Blogging Goal: 51 Posts
  • Blogging Goal: 1 Year Milestone

Quarterly

  • Read Cinderella is Dead

FINAL ASSESSMENT: THREE out of THREE YEARLY GOALS HAVE BEEN SMASHED! WOOHOO!

  • readathons are more likely to be accomplished in the summer.
    I successfully completed all the prompts for Trope-ical Readathon: August 2021. It was as I suspected during March that I would be able to be productive with reading when it didn’t contend with work. I’ll still participate in the Spring round of it but will keep in mind that it’s okay to not complete all the prompts.
  • it’s good to venture into different subgenres when a slump is lurking.
    Romances are my comfort reads, but I generally stick to the same type of contemporary romances. When work and school got a little too much for me at the beginning of the semester, I turned to rereads. As some of the books started to feel dull, I dove into subgenres I normally do not read. I read a few military romance thrillers–something I wouldn’t have considered before– and it helped me get out of the slump. Of course, I kept wanting to turn to the last page to find out the ending.
  • scheduling and structure help me blog and plan ahead. Who knew?
    Obviously many of you did! (Those of you who plan ahead are friggin’ amazing! I don’t know how you do it!) I was just slow on the uptake (heh…) because I am such a mood everything, and I was still trying to figure out what worked for me. I finally found a schedule and structure that work for me with scheduled memes posted during the work week. Reviews alternate depending on when I’m able to write them. Because of this new found schedule, I’ve been able to plan a week or two ahead, although not all the time. While it’s not a lot of time, it gives me some wiggle room and I don’t feel as overwhelmed.

I’m still working on the review for this because I have a million things to say and I need to make it shorter. This was an amazing space opera. Ia Cocha is my new favorite hero. She is fantastic. I hope Milan will write more novels! (Review from A Myriad of Books; Quote: The girl slammed)


BROUGHT Me COMFORT

Around the end of August and September, I started heading into a slump because work and school got overwhelming. I turned to one of my favorite reads His Road Home (2014) and it helped a lot. It’s a short novella with a uplifting fake-fiance romance. (My Review)

INDUCeD A (BOOK) HANGOVER

I love Kennedy Ryan and her writing is superb! I both loved and hated this book because there’s a trigger here that I didn’t know about (cheating) when I picked it up. But…it’s Kennedy Ryan so I couldn’t not read it. This is an enemies-to-lovers romance that exudes so much emotion that you’ll feel drained but want to reread your favorite parts. I spent a few weeks reeling in both love and pain over the book. (Review from ReadingFrenzyBlog; Quotes: Odds don’t tell, What if)

EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATiONS

Despite attending an author event with Amber McBride, who is amazing by the way, where so many of the attendees loved her book, it was still completely unexpected when I burst into tears. I loved the book so much! It was a 5-star read for me. (My Review)

  • I will try to catch up on my backlog of ARCs. I have slowed down tremendously in requesting ARCs, although I just requested some a few days ago. I really need to complete a few I still have from Q1 (3 books) and Q2 (4 books)–I’m not including the ones for Q3 or else I might keel over…hahaha. I cannot believe this is the last quarter of the year! (Reindeer Readathon here I come!)
  • Let’s try this again…I will finally read:
    • Jade City (2017).
    • These Violent Delights (2020).

Trope-ical Readathon: August 2021 Wrap Up

Start Date: August 01, 2021
End Date: August 31, 2021
Goal: Complete all prompts, including team reads
Completed: 16/16 (Woohoo!!)
Exchanged: 9/16

  • I’m pretty sure I tried avoiding work as much as possible because I read a lot more books this month than I normally would. I read a little over 30 books this month with a couple being novellas.
  • Kennedy Ryan led to drastic book hangovers as expected, so I had to move some books around. It also prompted me to do a few more rereads to serve as comfort reads to get me out of the hangovers. Thank goodness for the Time Loop/Reread prompt!
  • Highlight: Ignite the Stars and Eclipse the Skies were friggin’ awesome! I am still trying to finish my reviews for them.

Trope-ical Readathon August 2021

Dead Parents
Meaty Read
Published
2021
Has TV or Movie Adaptation
Reread
From the Past
Read in
24 hours
Challenge #1
Sports Romance
Found Family
Ebook
Multiple
POV
Challenge #2
Second Chance
Coming of Age
Fire on Cover
Genre don’t
usually read
Team Book

Congratulations to the winning team! Until next time

Quarterly Progress 2021: Q2 (April – June)

YEARLY GOAL

  • READING GOAL: 125 Books
    I am nearly there. I think I might hit this goal by the end of Q3 (July-September). I am just 14 books shy of 125 books. Woohoo! I’m hoping there won’t be a slump. Also, Trope-ical Readathon will commence in August for it’s second round of the year. It should help me stay on track, and possibly even help me exceed my goal.
    • Q1: 60 books
    • Q2: 51 Books
  • BLOGGING GOAL: 1 YEAR MILESTONE
    It’s July! I hit my one year on June 27. I’m ecstatic! I really didn’t think I’d make it a whole year and I did. I posted a blogiversary post too! Who woulda thunk that was gonna happen? Not me!

QUARTERLY GOAL

  • 2nd QUARTER GOAL: CATCH UP ON NETGALLEY BACKLOG
    Current NetGalley Ratio: 72%
    I’ve been working away at those with the latest publication dates but I need to pick up my pace with those published in in February/March. Surprisingly, I kept my distance from the request button for most of the quarter but then I went on a small spree in June.
  • 2nd QUARTER GOAL: READ CINDERELLA IS DEAD
    I read it all the way through! Woohoo! I’m ecstatic about this because I’ve been trying to read it since it first came out last year.

GOALS ACCOMPLISHED

  • Blogging Goal: 51 Posts

FINAL ASSESSMENT: ON TRACK. TWO out of THREE YEARLY GOALS HAVE BEEN SMASHED!

  • one of my favorite blog hopping activities is to search and read reviews of books I’ve read. Not only does it help me keep my TBR down since I’ve already read the book (hehehe), but it allows me to interact with more bloggers. On the other hand, this also means the amount of bookmarks of reviews has slightly increased since I like to bookmark reviews of books I’ll be reading soon so I can return to the blog post and comment.
  • memes and tags help me take a break from reviews, allowing my mind to reset if necessary. Memes are a great way to interact with the bookish community but it’s also a chance to let my mind relax from writing reviews. Sometimes I feel like I’m reading one book after the next without giving myself time to breathe, to fully contemplate and appreciate what I just read before I’m moving on to the next book. Meme creators are awesome! Music Monday, Six Degrees of Separation, First Line Fridays, and Let’s Talk Bookish are now part of the blog and I hope to add a few more.

I read this in April and have not forgotten about it since I first read it. This is my favorite read of the second quarter. It’s a second chance romance but the massive amount of groveling swayed me to root for the couple. MacLean’s writing was also beautiful. There were so many quotes I loved from it. (Review)


MADe ME CRY

Nicole Lespearce throughly pierced me with Eli’s longing for her mother. I ugly cried heading into the end, and also missed my mom dearly. My partner also happened to find me in my sad state, wanted to record it for viewing later, and was immediately kicked out of the room so I could cry in peace. This was a memorable read for multiple reasons. Hahaha…(Review)

DESERVES MORE ATTENTiON

Please read books by Anela Deen! After reading In the Jaded Grove, I picked up more of her earlier novels to read and I’m excited to get started on them. (Review)

EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATiONS

I promised this book would show up again. I tend to gravitate toward emotional reads, which often ends up being slower paced as well. I was not expecting to like Before I Saw You as much as I did. It mostly took place in a single hospital room and yet I didn’t get bored. Most of the time we’re in Alfie’s and Alice’s heads and the bond that forms between them is lovely and sigh-inducing. It is such a lovely read. (Review)

  • I will try to catch up on my backlog of ARCs. This is likely the goal for the foreseeable future. My NetGalley ratio keeps fluctuating up and down. A book I requested long before the publication date was finally declined…a month after it was already published. Hmm… I promise I will try to keep my requests to a minimum while I play catch up. Keyword is TRY.
  • I will finally read
    • Jade City (2017). A friend recommended it and then I tried participating in a Jade City readathon, but still came up empty. I need to finish this especially with the final book coming out soon.
    • These Violent Delights (2020). I tried reading this for the Trope-ical Readathon and then for the Asian Readathon but was unable to complete it. I need to finish this because it’s companion is also going to be coming out soon.

Quarterly Progress 2021: Q1 (January – March)

Wrap Ups are some of my favorite blog posts to read when I go blog hopping. Try as I may, I can never never get my own monthly wrap ups completed so I decided quarterly reports might be the most practical way to go.

  • READING GOAL: 125 Books
    This doesn’t really include all the rereads. My end of the year goal was to complete 125 books. If I keep up the momentum, it looks like I’ll be on the way to completing my goal ahead of schedule. I’m excited! I’ve already read 60 books from January through March.
  • BLOGGING GOAL: 51 Posts
    Woohoo! I not only met but surpassed this goal. I really didn’t think I’d be posting very much at all but I guess having a plan and being organized helps. Since the beginning of the year, I written more than 60 posts.
  • BLOGGING GOAL: 1 YEAR MILESTONE
    If I continue to blog consistently, I will hit my 1 year milestone in June. I’m excited. When I started, I wasn’t even sure how this would all go. Now, it’s been nearly a year. Where has the time gone?! Is it too early for me to start planning a post for it? Heh…

FINAL ASSESSMENT: ON TRACK

  • participating in readathons when school is in session is hard. I had a difficult time trying to read all the prompts for Tropeical Readathon, and I also didn’t keep track as well as I would have liked. I’m pretty sure I didn’t track the books that were not challenges very well.
  • I am more likely to finish a book when I feel obligated or there seems a publication date is in sight. My turnover for books on my TBR was surprisingly not too bad, completing 10 of the original books on the Tropeical Readathon TBR and only exchanging out 4 book. I also read other things.

I liked it immensely when I first read this in January. Since then, I’ve already reread it at least once and skimmed my favorite parts multiple times. It still makes me fluttery inside. It’s safe to say this is probably my favorite book of this quarter. It keeps getting better the more I read it, becoming a comfort read. (My Review)


I ENJOYeD FROM A FAVORITE AUTHOR

The writing is a different from what I’m used to from Loring but I still found it be wonderfully written. According to reviews on Goodreads I’m definitely in the minority on this (65% rate it 4 stars or lower; average rating is 4.98). It’s not overly funny like most of Loring’s novels, and it’s more complicated than most of her other books. The leads are with other people while they’re also in a strictly platonic marriage of convenience. While each was looking for something more, they both also understood their intentions when they got married so there were no unexpected expectations. The characters felt raw and more prone to making mistakes. I stayed in a book coma long after I finished it.

DESERVES MORE ATTENTiON

I’d highly recommend Mercurial; it book deserves so much more buzz than it has received. The magic system is unique. Two of the three characters are kickass females. It explores faith, redemption, and love. It’s fast-paced and kept me guessing how it would end. (My Review)

EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATiONS

Ninth House just blew me away. I went in not expecting to like it very much because the beginning dragged a bit but then different pieces started falling into place. I’m still trying to write my review for this. It deserves a review. I understand why so many individuals praise Bardugo. I have all of the books Grishaverse books on my TBR and cannot wait to get started on them.

  • I will try to catch up on my backlog of ARCs. I was doing really well and reading them ahead of their publication dates but I had to switch my attention to work because of an impending meeting, which also led to a bit of blogging slump. That week ended up toppling what little progress I was making at bringing up my ratio NetGalley. I am trying to stay hopeful here but darn it if more great books aren’t already coming out!
  • I will finally read Cinderella is Dead (2020). Completing this book has remained elusive for some reason. Okay…let’s be honest. I’m a total mood reader so I keep jumping on new books instead. I need to jump on this book though.

Trope-ical Readathon: March 2021 Wrap Up

Start Date: March 01, 2021
End Date: March 31, 2021
Completed: 14/16 Prompts
Switched: 4/14 Books
Points: I forgot to keep track

Alas, Trope-ical Readathon has come to an end. I only got to participate in a few sprints on Twitter because my schedule didn’t always align and then I’d forget as well. The sprints are helpful and allow interaction between participants. The madlibs were fun to partake in as well. I’m thankful to all the hosts for taking their time to help participants in obtaining their reading goals! I know they helped me complete a few of the books on here.

What I Hoped vs. How It Went

  • I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to complete all the prompts, but I learned that a readathon during the school year is harder than it looks. I’m surprised I completed as many as I did.
  • I’ve been trying to read Cinderella is Dead for the longest time, and it has continued to evade me! Argh!!
  • I was really excited about my buddy/group read. So what actually happened?
    No one was really motivated to read it so luckily another friend reached out during the beginning of the month. He invited me to attend a virtual book club, and I’m so glad he did because I friggin’ loved Ninth House. I’m still trying to complete the review so I can gush about how I much I enjoyed it.
  • We Free the Stars was a tome. It was wonderful! I’m still trying to put into words how much I liked it. When I finished it, I had to hug it and sigh multiple times.
  • I read additional books and did some rereads, but they didn’t fit the prompts. I hit a reading slump in the beginning/middle of the month due to work and other things, so rereading was helpful.

Final Trope-ical Readathon TBR March 2021

Dead Parents
Dystopia
N/A
Buddy
read
Has TV or Movie Adaptation
Weapon
Before 2000
Enemies to
Lovers
Challenge #1
Celebrity
Romance

One world title
Mixed Media
Multiple POC Characters
Challenge #2
Paranormal
Romance

N/A
Coming of Age
Ebook
Genre don’t usually read
Team Book

I had so much fun and am already looking forward to August! If you participated in the readathon, I’d love to hear about your experience. Or, if you know there are some more interesting readathons out there, let me know about them too! I’d love to participate in some more.

Reindeer Readathon 2020: Wrap Up

Started: December 1, 2020
Ended: December 31, 2020
Exchange: 8/10
Total points: 130/225

I started off strong, beginning my first book, The Impossible Girl, as soon as it hit midnight in my time zone. I was optimistic. I knew I was going to get this done! I was going to commit to my TBR. Unfortunately, I only kept to my TBR for that one day because I found Sleeper, and it spiraled from there. Do I have regrets? NEVER!!! (hahaha).

I tried my utmost to complete The Burning God and We Hunt The Flame. I successfully completed We Hunt the Flame but was unable to complete The Burning God and opted for a different book. Being on West Coast time, I completely forgot to turn in my points for Comet! ACK! I was unable to complete The Christmas Star (500+ pages), thus unable to get the extra points with Sleighing It despite reading Break Me with the hope that I’d complete all the prompts so that I’d be able to get points for it.

I had fun doing this and participated in the card exchange. The chat on Twitter was great! Participants were super supportive of one another and that helped me get through the prompts. Although I didn’t stick to my TBR, I read some good books.

THE FINAL LIST

Dasher – 15
*Comet*
Dancer – 10
Cupid – 10
Rudolph – 20

Prancer – 15
Donner – 15
*Sleighing It*
Vixen – 25
Blitzen – 20

Congratulations to the winning team!
I look forward to participating in Reindeer Readathon 2021. It will be here before I know it!

Trope-ical Readathon: August 2020 Wrap Up

I participated in my first readathon, Trope-ical Readathon. The organizers JenJenReviews and Rob did such an awesome job. The bar has been set high and I look forward to more readathons in the future. It was fun to feel part of a community and reading together especially because my IRL communities do not read very much.

In total, I read a whopping 38 books…and a half. I didn’t think I would make the 16 for the readathon and then I created a reading log…Needless to say, I was surprised. Don’t even get me started on the half because my friends decided it would be fun to reconnect just as I was trying to finish the other half (I love them…but why….) and then the clock struck 12.

I CONFIRMED I WAS A MOOD READER.
I knew I was a mood reader but this confirmed it. I always joke that I am afraid of commitment. To an extent, I guess that’s true. I was set on reading all the books on my list but I couldn’t do it because it depended on how I felt at that particular moment. Of the original 16 books I planned to read, I switched out 9. Down to My Soul (trope: part of series) was moved to fulfill a different challenge (trope: strange names). What does this mean? I have a commitment rating of 43.8%, but if Down to My Soul is not counted, my rating would be 50%. Not bad for reading but relationships…well, I’d even be scared of me. (HAHAHA)

I won’t go into detail for each book except for a few.
My ratings are below.

500+ Pages
Part of Series
New Kid in
Town
Forbidden Love
Dead Parent(s)
Mixed Media
Recommended
Read
Fake Dating
Strange Name
Ebook
Enemies to
Lovers
Anonymous Text
Blast from Past
Retelling
Forgot on
TBR
Team Read

Today Tonight Tomorrow
I knew it was going to be good but it was even better than I expected. I’m still trying to finish my review on this one because I loved it so much.

My Soul to Keep
Kennedy Ryan is heading into favorite authors territory. After I finished reading, I kept rereading parts of it because I was still trying to come to terms with the feelings it stirred up. It was by no means perfect but it was close. And, to feel a love like that…sigh.

The Sun is Also a Star
I’m a serial rereader but I think this is a book where the first time will always be the best. I’m not even sure if I will be able to reread this. I’m trying to put my review for this one together too. I have to admit that I spent a few minutes bawling after I finished it.

Waiting for Tom Hanks
I enjoyed it but it was not as good as I hoped it would be. I connected with the main character and her love for the holy trinity (When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail). Mine is more of a dynamic duo because I leave out When Harry Met Sally but I was annoyed by her as well. I wonder if it was because I saw myself in her…that would mean I’m annoying…hahaha

SEPTEMBER EXPECTATIONS
I’m probably slowing down a bit in September since school has started and grading will take up more time. With school fully online, it also seems like meetings are lined up nearly every few days so, again, less time to read for fun. With what time I do have, I might concentrate on bringing my Netgalley ratio up since I was approved for a few more books. I am also committing myself to reading The Poppy War (September) and The Dragon Republic (October) to get ready for The Burning God (November). I joined a Discord group so I hope that will motivate me to read it.