Sunday, September 1, 2019

August 2019 Challenge Update & September TBR

I cannot believe that August is already over! While it seems like it flew by, when I look back it also looks like it lasted forever with everything we squeezed into the month. I hope you all enjoyed this pirate filled month! I enjoyed reading all the books but I really feel like it is time to move on to a little more of a variety.  I am still doing pretty good on my challenges, I have fallen a little behind on a couple, mainly the Beat the Backlist challenge, if I had made it not just the books I owned I think I would be doing better, and I might open that up to backlist books I have borrowed, purchased and read this year. I also want to spend some time focusing on the books I have purchased this year and get that number of unread books down.  How are your challenges going?

Children's Books
30-40 books

Early Reader Books
30-40 books

Graphic Novel
25 books
Audio Book Challenge
50 books - (Caffinated Reader hosted)

Classic Books
5 books
1. Treasure Island

Big Books
10 books over 500 pages

RI Authors
20 books

Borrowed Books
30-40 books
15 books
9. Fire

Beat the Backlist
75 books - (Novelknight hosted) - only using books I already own
20. Five Years Gone
21. The Storm Crow (counting this because I received it last year)
22. The Storyteller
23. Treasure Island

The Never Ending Series
Warland Chronicles: Book1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4,

Requested Reviews
No more than 25 new acceptances (& catch up on old requests)
20. One Year Home ( Direct Request)
21. Don't Let the Beasties Escape this Book (Netgalley)
22. Red Dove, Listen to the Wind (Netgalley
23. The Book Charmer (Netgalley) - DNF
24. Girl the Sea Gave Back (Netgalley)

Recently Added to Shelves
Limited purchases (must total less than 200) and read soon
1. Dragon of Ash & Stars - (Jan./ Jan.) DNF
2. The Snow Gypsy (Jan./ ) - UNHAUL
3. Book Nerds & Boyfriends (Jan./Feb. ) *
4. WarDance (Jan/ )
5. Warsong (Jan./ )
6. The Only Harmless Great Thing (Jan/Jan.)
8. Lost Boy (Jan/July)
9. Year One (Jan/ )
10. Girl Who Drank the Moon (Jan/ )
11. King of Scars (Jan/ )
12. Dactyl Hill Squad (Feb./)
13. The Darkdeep  (Feb./)
14. Voices (Feb./Feb.) 
15. Wicked King (Feb./March) 
16. Lord of the Fading Lands (Feb./)
17. Crown of Feathers (Feb./)
18. Argos: The Story of Odysseus as told by his Loyal Dog (Feb./)
19. 100 Hugs (Feb./ Feb.) 
20. Binti 2: Home (Feb./March)
23. Binti 3: Night Masquerade (Feb./March) 
24. Artificial Condition (Feb./March)
25. Rogue Protocol (Feb./March)
26. Trial of Lightening  (Feb./ May) 
27. The Last (Endling) (Feb./March)
28. Aquicorn Cove (Feb./Feb.) 
29. Thick as Thieves (Feb./ Feb.)
30. Aru Shah and the End of Time (March/) - DNF
31. Foundryside (March/ April)
32. Wundersmith (March/) - UNHAUL 
33. City of Ghosts (March/March) 
34. Saga Vol. 8 (March/ April)
35. Saga Vol. 9 (March/April)
36. Warrior of the Wild (March/March)
37. Book Love (March/March)
38. Queen's Shadow (March/March) 
39. A Curse So Dark and Lonely (March/May) 
40. Shadow of Doubt (March/)
41. Gates of Stone (March/)
42. In Her Sights (March/April)
43. Nevermoor (March/May)  
44. A Conspiracy of Truths 
45. The Wild Robot (March/March)  
46. The Resurrectionist (March/) 
47. Viper (April/)
48. Vortex Visions (April/) 
49. Through the White Wood (April/)
50. Descendant of the Crane (April/)
51. The Princess and the Fangirl (April/April)
52. Holy Sister (April/)
53. Rhapsodic (April/May) 
54. A Strange Hymn (April/May) 
55. The Emperor of Evening Stars (April/June)
56. Dark Harmony (April/)
57. The Black Bull of Norroway (April/May) 
58. We Rule the Night (April/) - UNHAUL
59. The Unbound Empire (April/)
60. The Opposite of Always (May/) - UNHAUL
61. The Sea Queen(May/)
62. The Mountain of Kept Memory(May/)
63. Metamorphica (May/)
64. Misfits of Avalon Vol. 1 (May/)
65. Misfits of Avalon Vol. 2 (May/)
66. The Sea King (May/)
67. Ride Hard (May/)
68. Ride Rough (May/)
69. Ride Wild (May/)
70. Irresistible Force (May/June)
71. Force of Attraction (May/)
72. Primal Force (May/)
73. Rival Forces (May/)
74. A Rogue by Any Other Name (May/)
75. A Scot in the Dark (May/)
76. The Day of the Duchess (May/)
77. The Pirate Bride (May/)
78. Pirate Stories (May/July) 
79. Man Made Boy (May/)
80. This Monstrous Thing (May/)
82. Dear Santa (May/)
83. An Endless Christmas (May/)
84. Christmas Magic (May/)
85. Falling Softly (May/)
86. Christmas Town (May/)
87. The Christmas Star (May/) 
88. Crazy Rich Asians (May/June) 
89 Once and Future (May/June)
90. Highland Crown (May/) - DNF/UNHAUL
91. Her Royal Highness (May/May) 
93. Seal's Honor (May/May) 
94. Gris Grimly's Frankenstein (June/)
95. The Case of the Counterfeit Criminals (June/) - UNHAUL
96. The Case of the Perilous Palace (June/) - UNHAUL
97. The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter (June/)
98. The Beholder (June/) - UNHAUL
99. Lovestruck (June/) - UNHAUL
100. We Hunt the Flame (June/)
101. Romanov (June/)
102. Dark Shores (June/ June)
103. Dreaming the Bear (June/)
104. A New Hope (June/)
105. The Trial of Joan of Arc (June/) - DNF
106. Midsummer's Mayhem (June/July)
107. Monsters (June/)
108. The Monsters We Deserve (June/)
109. Strange Star (June/)
110. Hephaistos: God of Fire (June/July)
111. Ghostly Tales from the Lost Summer of 1816 (June/)
112. Till There was You (June/July)
113. Sea Sirens (June/June)
114. The Bride Test (June/August)
115. The Kingdom (June/July)
116. Storm and Fury (July/)
117. Queen of Ruin (July/July)
118. Stepsister (July/August) *
119. The Lost Vintage (July/) - UNHAUL
120. Becoming the Dark Prince (July/July)
121. Kingdom of Exiles (July/)
122. The Beckoning Shadow (July/) - UNHAUL
123. The Thankful Unicorn (July/)
124. Star Wars: Pirate Price (July/August)
125. Spin the Dawn (July/July)
126. Clue by Clue (August/August)
127. Honeybees and Frenemies (August/)
128 The Sticky Rice Caper (August/August)
129. Lando's Luck (August/August) 
130. Turning Darkness into Light (August/)
131. A Monster Calls (August/)
132. Master & Apprentice (August/) 
134. The Chosen (August/)
135. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (August/)
136. Mortal Engines (August/)
137. Evvie Drake Starts Over (August/)
138. Merciful Crow (August/)
139. The Bridge Kingdom (August/)
140. Girl From the Other Side Vol. 2 (August/)

January Reading Stats:
I read a total of 29 books this month
4,271 pages read and 2 days, 3 hours and 28 minute of listening

Resolutions Check in:
1. Borrow More Books: Almost half of the books I read this month were library books so  - Big CHECK
2. Purchase Less Books: Last July I only purchased 9 books and this year I purchased 14.- :(
3. Read Big Books: I managed to read one big book this month, with plans for some longer/chunkier books over the next couple of months - CHECK
4. Re-Read More: I did re-read one of my favorites this month, I took my time and savored it slowly and it was a nice treat at the end of each night. - CHECK
5. Put Less Pressure and Stress on Myself: I did really push a bit this month because I really wanted to share all these pirate books all month but I did let a couple of days slide. I am looking forward to a little bit of a easier schedule next month. - :(


Now that Arrg-ust is behind me, my TBR can be just about anything! With that said there are some extremely exciting releases coming out this month that I really want to make sure I make the time for (I expect there will be spoilers all over the book world).

For fun
Holy Sister * Currently Reading
Misfits of Avalon Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Strange Star
Turning Darkness into Light
Phoenix Empress
Evvie Drake Starts Over
A Monster Calls
Capturing the Devil
Dark Harmony
The Girl From the Other Side Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Secret Hunger and Secret Need

and for requested reviews
The Truth About Cowboys
A Hero Born
Dragons In the Clouds
The Thankful Unicorn

So how are your challenges going? Are you behind on a few like me? Or are you right on track or even a little ahead of the game?

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