Month In Review: June 2016

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jazminnnnJune was probably my worst reading month in a long time… With the upcoming trip to The Netherlands and all the paperwork I need to get in order before August, I haven’t been having a lot of reading time. Add a very nasty flu and a fantasy reading slump, and I’m surprised I managed to actually finish 11 books (although a few were short reads). Finally signing up for Netgalley did help me get back on track though, and I have been reading more during the last days of June. And since it’s already freezing outside here, I’m hoping to get more reading done in July before I leave for my trip. Preferably with a hot beverage and my cat Jazmin closeby. 😉

  • Number of books read in June: 11
  • Total number of books read this year: 93 (+1 reread)
  • Total number of pages read in June: 3.270
  • Total number of pages read this year: 29.009

June was a pretty good month when it comes to ratings with one new 5 star rating and four other titles with 4 stars or more. Sure, three books really disappointed me, but the good reads definitely made up for it!


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5 STARS: Absolutely and entirely mind blowing! I suggest you to pick up a copy now. 
All The Missing Girls – by Megan Miranda

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4.5 STARS: This one was almost perfect. Surely fantastic! 
Tell Me Three Things – by Julie Buxbaum

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4 STARS: Wow, this was really good. Close to amazing!
A Study In Charlotte – by Brittany Cavallaro // The Munich Girl – by Phyllis Edgerly Ring // The Ex – by Alafair Burke

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3.5 STARS: Great read. Really entertaining!
The Opposite Of Loneliness – by Marina Keegan // Seven Ways We Lie – by Riley Redgate

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3 STARS: It was a nice read, but not fantastic. 
More Happy Than Not – by Adam Silvera

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2 STARS: It was ok. But mostly ‘meh’.
We Awaken –  by Calista Lynne

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1.5 STARS: The story wasn’t horrible, but there still isn’t another word to describe it but ‘bad’.
Heart Of Tin – by Danielle Paige // Hitman Anders And The Meaning Of It All – by Jonas Jonasson


In 2016 I decided to join in total four yearly challenges. So far I’m right on track with most of them, so I’m not really worried yet.

# CHALLENGES #

As for my other blogging goals…Basically, I haven’t made any progress since last month, and my TBR pile has even increased. Oops! I don’t think I will be able to do much in July either, but hopefully I will be able to at least control my TBR pile better. And running. I’m keeping my fingers crossed my knee won’t be bothering me again when I will try to start running again next week.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count): 3/5
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count): 3/5 (the murder complex/never never/veronica mars)
  • Reread at least 3 books: 2/3 (red queen, harry potter y la piedra filosofal)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 200 books: 350/200
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages: 0/1 (longest book 608 pages)
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 2/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet: 4/10
  • Update older reviews to new format: 4/14
  • Reach 5km running! 2300m/5000m

Happy July and Happy Reading!

Month In Review: June 2015

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Wait, it’s July already?! The last 30 days have just vaporated and I guess it’s time to start the second half of 2015… It’s officially winter down here in Argentina and I can’t go outside without freezing my butt off. I’m still frazada3working on my knitted multicolor bedspread which I hope to finish before the winter ends so I can actually use it. 😉 I love the colors so far! To the left you can see the pattern and on the right my progress so far. My cat Sienna demanded to be in the photo as well. 😀  I’m making steady progress with my reading goals, although I haven’t been able to read as much as I would have liked. Knitting this blanket is sure a lot more work than I anticipated! Still, 12 books and 5 novellas isn’t a bad number…

  • Number of books read in June: 17
  • Total number of books read this year: 80
  • Total number of pages read in June: 4.417
  • Total number of pages read this year: 27.227

Although I wasn’t able to read as much as in previous months, I still managed to read 17 titles. Five of them were novellas though and it shows in the page count, but I guess I’m far ahead on most challenges anyway. Like last month, I wasn’t as lucky with my reading choices and I have quite a few titles that received a rating of 3 stars or less… But I had some great reads as well. Hopefully next month will be better! I’m seriously behind on my reviews with 6! still pending, but hopefully I will be able to have most of them up before the end of next week.

bookishbingoprogressThis year I’m doing things slightly different and I’m including an update for the different challenges I’m participating in as well. That way I won’t be having a dozen update posts wandering around. 😉 In June I was able to finish the Bookish Bingo: Ready For Spring Challenge! One less challenge to worry about… I’ve made progress with all the other challenges as well so it looks like I will finish most of them well before the deadline. 😀

# CHALLENGES #

bookishbingoreadyforspringBINGOGoodreads Reading Challenge: FINISHED!!
Updated Goodreads Reading Challenge: 80/90
The Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge: 8/10
Dusting Of The Shelf Reading Challenge: 8/10
Bookish Bingo 2015: 37/45
2015 When Are You Reading? Challenge8/12
Reading Through The Centuries Challenge: FINISHED!!
Bookish Bingo Ready For Spring: FINISHED!!

Of course I have managed to neglect the other reading and blogging goals for yet another month… I cannot say I’m surprised haha. I guess procrastination is still my middle name. 😉 I think I will just forget about my TBR pile goal because the number has only increased since I first set that goal… And I really should start finishing series and read a book or two in Spanish. If I start Outlander this month I will at least finish the goal of a book with over 800 pages… And maybe. MAYBE. I will finally sit down and finish more of those older reviews.

# OTHER READING/BLOGGING GOALS #

  • Read at least 5 classics
  • Finish rereading the Harry Potter series 
  • Complete at least 5 series: 3/5 (The Infernal Devices Trilogy/ Divergent Trilogy/The Grisha Trilogy)
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 150 books: 222/150
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages: 0/1 (highest amount: 796 pages)
  • Read at least 5 books in Spanish: 0/5
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Finish older reviews that haven’t been posted yet: 0/10
  • Update older reviews to new format: 16/32

 

Happy July and Happy Reading! 😀