Monthly Wrap-Ups

September 2018 Wrap-Up

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I say this every month, but September really went by in the blink of an eye.  I had another super busy month working my two jobs, and the fire behind my blogging inspiration has been a little dim in response to my crazy schedule.  I took a small break from reading ARC’s this month because I was feeling a little burnt out and just needed to escape with my reading, but now I am ready to tackle the rest of my list.  I got so many new and amazing books this month that I am unbelievably excited for (my wallet may disagree..) and can’t wait to talk about.  I have some very exciting things on the horizon in the next couple months and I am ready to take it all on!

Books Read:

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas 

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake 

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows 

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Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading: 34499221


Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 63 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 13 of 26… I’m sucking on this one

Classics Club Challenge: Still stuck at 4 of 50…


Broadway Book Chat: Jordana Grolnick

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September Reviews

The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan •

September Posts

• September Releases That I Can’t Wait For • Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #3 • Top 10 Tuesday: Hidden Gems • The Library Lover’s Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Books on My Fall TBR • Top 10 Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Haven’t Read Yet •

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August 2018 Wrap-Up

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This month went by way too fast! I can’t believe it’s already September.  And while I am so ready for my favorite season to begin, I can’t quite wrap my head around where this summer has gone (even though this NYC heat wave is going nowhere).  I’ve been keeping super busy between my two jobs, and had a couple of really important auditions this month- which caused me to have to take a week long blogging break.  I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things again for September.  I also participated in my first ARC August, and while I didn’t finish my entire TBR, I made a good dent in it.  I am really excited for September because there are so many new releases coming out that I have been waiting eagerly for!


Books Read:

 

Legendary by Stephanie Garber 

Strange Secrets by Mike Russell 

Full Circle by Regina Timothy 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling 

The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox 

The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin 

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy 

Save the Date by Morgan Matson 

The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich 

Queens of Fennbirn by Kendare Blake★★★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

ARC August: 6 of 11- I’m feeling pretty good about this!

Goodreads Challenge: 58 of 50!! I already hit it!! Now I just wanna see how many I can get done…

A to Z Challenge: 13 of 26- I didn’t make any progress on this one this month, unfortunately

Classics Club Challenge: Still at 4 of 50… I’ve really been slacking on this one


Broadway Book Chat: Blake Price

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August Reviews

• Strange Secrets by Mike Russell • Full Circle by Regina Timothy • The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin • The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox • The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy •

August Posts

My First ARC August Sign Up and TBR • Top 10 Tuesday: Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump •


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July 2018 Wrap-Up

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How is it already AUGUST!?  I can’t wrap my mind around it.  July was a busy month for me.  I started a new job at a fitness studio, which means I am now working two jobs, auditioning, and blogging.  The glamorous life of a NYC actress.  Because I have been so busy, this month went by SUPER fast.  I’m enjoying summer in the city (thank god for my air conditioning unit), and I am really excited for my TBR this month.  I have a lot of fun ARC’s that I am excited to get to on my new Kindle Paperwhite, as well as a bunch of back listed books that have been sitting in my room just staring at me for months 🙂


Books Read:

Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane 

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi 

Wrong in All the Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee 

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton 

The It Girls by Karen Harper 

The Daughter of the River Valley by Victoria Cornwall 

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 1 by Audrey Davis 

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 2 by Audrey Davis 

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 3 by Audrey Davis 


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:


Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 48 of 50 (SO CLOSE)

A to Z Challenge: 13 of 26 (S)

Classics Club Challenge: 4 of 50 (didn’t read any books for this one this month…)


Broadway Book Chat: Joey Simon

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July Reviews

Sorority by Genevieve Sly Crane • Fallen by Lauren Kate • Wrong in All the Right Ways by Tiffany Brownlee • Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton • The Daughter of the River Valley by Victoria Cornwall • The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part 3 by Audrey Davis •

July Posts

Cleaning Up My TBR- Down The TBR Hole #2 • Top 10 Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read in 2018 So Far • The Summer Reading TagTop 10 Tuesday: Books With Sensory Reading Memories • Top 10 Tuesday: Popular Books That Lived Up to the Hype •

 

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June 2018 Wrap-Up

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This was a fun and hectic month!  I turned 26, and celebrated at high tea with my boyfriend, followed by drinks with friends.  I also have two great friends who got married this month, including my best friend since I was born, who is getting married today!  We’ve had a lot building up to this moment and I am so excited to be a part of her special day 🙂  I also read some pretty great books, as well as some duds.


Books Read:

War Storm by Victoria Aveyard 
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Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer 
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero 
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 
Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch 
Caraval by Stephanie Garber 

Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 38 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 12 of 26 (I kinda failed on this one this month)

Classics Club Challenge: 4 of 50


Broadway Book Chat: David Girolmo

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June Reviews

• Practicing Normal by Cara Sue AchterbergWar Storm by Victoria AveyardReview: Blackout (The Color Alchemist #3) by Nina Walker

June Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Decided to DNF (or Should Have) • The Spring Cleaning Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Awaken The Travel Bug In Me • Cleaning Up My TBR- Down the TBR Hole #1 • Top 10 Tuesday: Books to Read by the Pool — My Summer TBR • Mid-Year Freak Out Tag 2018 • Top 10 Tuesday: Series I Don’t Plan to Finish •

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Mid-Year Freak Out Tag 2018

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I did this tag last June (created by Ely and Chami at A Book So Fathomless), and have been seeing it pop up all over again.  I think it’s a great way to recap the first half of the year, so here we are! 🙂

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2018

It’s a tie right now between The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.  Both gave me such severe book hangovers that I was basically a zombie afterwords.


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2018

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I’m loving this series so much.  I can’t wait to get to the next one, because I know I have so much to look forward to! AHH!


New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

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I love The Devil Wear’s Prada series, and I cannot wait to read the third installment.  Especially because it’s about Emily and she’s my favorite 🙂


Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

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Ahhhh there are so many I am excited about, but Kate Morton has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait for her new release The Clockmaker’s Daughter in October!


Biggest Disappointment

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Don’t get me wrong, this is still a great book, and I liked it, however; I had such high hopes and there was so much anticipation for this release and finale, and I was underwhelmed by the ending.


Biggest Surprise

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On the surface, this does not seem like a book I would like… and I’m obsessed with it.  I love fantasy, but I’ve never been a huge sci-fi person.  This book is INSANE and I lived for every second of it.


Favorite New Author

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I fell in love with this book and her writing, and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us! 🙂


Newest Fictional Crush

Chaol from Throne of Glass


Newest Favorite Character

Leni Allbright from The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


Book That Made You Cry

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Blubbering MESS, per usual with Kristin Hannah.  LOVED this book.


Book That Made you Happy

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Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

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This series is incredible, and I love that it is expanding past the end of the book for the 2nd season.  Great writing and incredible acting. Way to go Hulu.


Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year So Far

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Book Characters I Would Love to Play in a Movie

I had so much fun with this one.


Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

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What Books You Need to Read by the End of the Year

I have too many to name.  I do know that I need to finish the rest of the Throne of Glass series before the new one comes out this fall!  I have my Current TBR up and I update it regularly, so whenever I see a must read soon book I’ll add it to that list.


I tag anyone who hasn’t done this one yet and wants to 😉


Hope everyone is having a great year so far! Do you agree with my answers? Have you read any of the same books as me? Have any recommendations for me to add to my list? Let me know in the comments! 🙂 ❤ Happy reading bookworms!

 

 

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May 2018 Wrap-Up

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And just like that, we’re half way through the year! It’s crazy!! May was a month of playing catch up for me and getting back into the swing of NYC life again.  Luckily, my new job gives me the opportunity to read a lot! This is my best month to date as far as reading goes (10 books), and I have had some amazing luck with these books.  So many great ones!  With my birthday approaching this weekend, I can only hope that the rest of the year is as good as the first half 🙂

Books Read:

 

 

 


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 31 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 12 of 26 (E and W)

Classics Club: 4 of 50


Broadway Book Chat: Elizabeth Dugas

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May Reviews

Emma by Jane AustenEverless by Sara Holland • Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza • We Other by Sue Bentley •

May Posts

• Top 10 Tuesday: Books With My Favorite Color on the Cover • Inspired by The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho • Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Disliked but Am Glad I Read • The Netflix Book Tag • Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Worlds I’d Want/Never Want to Live In •

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April 2018 Wrap-Up

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April was a month of traveling for me! I was gone every weekend on a different trip.  I went to see my boyfriend perform in the Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder national tour in New Jersey, then we went to a wedding in Delaware the next weekend.  I got to go to my best friend’s bachelorette party in Florida and got to fly to Arizona to see my sister perform in her dance concerts at the University of Arizona.  I feel so lucky to have been able to experience all of these wonderful things, and all of the traveling gave me the opportunity to read a lot!


Books Read:


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 21 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 10 of 26 (B,D)

Classics Club: 4 of 50 (Emma- Review Post to come)


Broadway Book Chat: Gabriella Perez

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April Reviews

Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha ChristieThe Black Witch by Laurie ForestDaisy Jones by Mack Mama ARC

April Posts:

Top 10 Tuesday: Characters I Liked in Books I Didn’tUnique Blogger AwardTop 10 Tuesday: Books I Loved But Will Never Re-ReadDo Re Mi Book Character TagMy New Book Buying BanTop 10 Tuesday: 10 Book Characters I Would Love to Play in a MovieDisney Song Book Tag

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March 2018 Wrap-Up

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What a great month!  I was lucky enough to be performing and working in Guys and Dolls for the entire month with an absolutely incredible cast of people.  I’m so sad to say goodbye to this show and these lovely humans, but I’m excited to get back to NYC and find out what’s next!

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Books Read:


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 15 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 7 of 26 (C, G)

Classics Club: 3 of 50 (Murder on the Orient Express– Review Post to come)


Broadway Book Chat: Mallory King

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March Reviews

 • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah •

March Posts

Blog Tour: The Torcian Chronicles: Defiance Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Favorite Book QuotesCurrently Reading TagTop 10 Tuesday: Books That Surprised MeBook Blogger Insider TagTop 10 Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBRA-Z Bookish Survey TagTop 10 Tuesday: Books That Take Place in Another Country •

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February 2018 Wrap-Up

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February was a crazy month for me! I started rehearsals for Guys and Dolls at the Fulton Theatre in Pennsylvania! Due to the fact that I’ve been super busy learning a new show and bonding with my amazing new cast mates, my reading and blogging has slowed down a bit.  I still managed to read a few books, and only missed one Saturday post!

Books Read:

 


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 11 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 5 of 26 (O, N)

Classics Club: 2 of 50 (Once again failed to read anything for this one…)


Broadway Book Chat: Synthia Link from Frozen on Broadway

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February Reviews

 • The Oathing Stone by J.Z.N. McCauley • The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill • Nature of the Witch by Helen T. Noorwood Blog Tour •

February Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Have Been on my TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t ReadDreams Do Come True-Meeting My Favorite Author • Top 10 Tuesday: Literary Couples I Love to Love • Superlatives Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’m No Longer Interested in Reading • Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Could Re-read Forever •

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January 2018 Wrap-Up

And just like that, the first month of 2018 is over!  It was a super busy month for me.  Audition season is already in full swing, and I am preparing to leave for my next show in two weeks! I had an amazing reading month too.  I read 7 books (my goal was 4), and read two of my new favorite books!  Here’s to keeping this going in February!

Books Read:


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 7 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 3 of 26 (F, H, P)

The Classics Club: 2 of 50 (I didn’t read any for this challenge this month… oops)


Broadway Book Chat: Mychal Phillips

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January Reviews

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard The Hazel Wood by Melissa AlbertFracture by Nina WalkerPractical Magic by Alice Hoffman


January Posts

•  Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 New to Me Authors I Read in 2017Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2017 •  Top 10 Tuesday: My 2018 Bookish Goals/Resolutions •  Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Liked but Can’t Remember Much About •  Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Can’t Believe I Read 2017 Bookish Overview2018 A to Z Challenge Not All Tag