Stacking The Shelves #20 – June 3rd

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is 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!

I actually behaved pretty well and managed not to request any new Netgalley titles, but then Wednesday afternoon a very old Netgalley request came through that was originally published in February and was going to be archived the next day… So as you might have guessed I didn’t make that deadline haha. And then yesterday evening I saw a title I had been eying before was actually in the Read Now section and couldn’t resist that one. Oops?

I also ended up requesting three Reading Alley titles as part of a challenge that was about to end on their website, but I already finished two out of three so technically those don’t count right? And I was offered an e-copy of Halfway earlier this week as well, which is a sci-fi story that just sounded too good to ignore. I’m not sure when I will be able to get to it though… I’m basically burried under a huge pile of books right now. xD

# NETGALLEY ARC #

# READING ALLEY ARC #

# SENT BY AUTHOR #

 

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! ❤


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Month In Review: May 2017

It’s somehow June already and it’s been getting pretty cold down here in Argentina already… Looks like Autumn decided to leave the building and Winter came early this year. Did I mention how much I hate the cold weather before?! I’ve been bundled up inside for most of May and it shows in my reading numbers. Somehow I managed to read AND review no less than 21 books last month! Trust me, I can’t believe this number either. 😱 18 of them were actually ARCs, and even with this number my pile of pending ARCs has only increased. Oops? I’m really happy I’ve managed to keep up with my reviews for yet another month though and it’s such a great feeling not having pending reviews staring at me waiting to be written! 😁

As for the bookish numbers:

  • Number of books read in May: 21
  • Total number of books read this year: 89
  • Total number of pages read in May: 6.793
  • Total number of pages read this year: 29.518

May was a great month in general and I even managed to have another TWO new 5 star ratings as well. And only five books were three stars or below, so I’m not complaining.


5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
Flame In The Mist – by Renee Ahdieh // Room – by Emma Donoghue

4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Anything For Her – by Jack Jordan // Liar – by K.L. Slater // One Of Us Is Lying – by Karen M. McManus // Secrets Of The Dead – by Carol Wyer

4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!


The Darkest Lies – by Barbara Copperthwaite // Manipulated Lives – by H.A. Leuschel // Be My Killer – by Richard Parker // Words In Deep Blue – by Cath Crowley // Feel Me Fall – by James Morris // Sherlock Holmes And The Nine-Dragon Sigil – by Tim Symonds

3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!


Roses Of May – by Dot Hutchison // Stardust – by Neil Gaiman // The Last Valentine – by Felix Alexander // The Serial Killer’s Daughter – by Lesley Welsh

3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 


All The Good Things – by Clare Fisher // Enchanters – by K.F. Bradshaw

2.5 STARS: I give this one the benefit of the doubt. Nothing too exciting. 
Heartborn – by Terry Maggert

2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
The Murder Of An Angel – by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

1.5 STARS: The story wasn’t horrible, but there still isn’t another word to describe it but ‘bad’.


Aurabel – by Laura Dockrill


Somehow I have joined way more challenges than usual this year, but at least I’ve already made a lot of progress with most of them so far. I should really start working on both my Reading Through The Centuries and Beat The Backlist challenge again though!

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other goals…I managed to maintain my Netgalley ratio above 80% and complete another series, which I’m pretty happy about. I haven’t done anything about the other goals though and things are pretty hopeless when it comes to my TBR pile. I’m seriously considering doing a kindle clean out to get rid of some titles I would probably never read anyway…

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count) 1/5 (The Color Purple)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count) 3/5 (Shades Of Magic, The Dominion Trilogy, Confessions)
  • Reread at least 3 books 1/3 (The Perfect Stranger)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250 books 394/250
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages (maximum at 624 pages)
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish 0/2
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch 0/1
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80% currently at 82%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly
  • Reach 5km running! 2000m/5000m

Happy June and Happy Reading! 


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