Monthly Wrap-Ups

2018 Bookish Wrap-Up

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2018 was a great year for me!  I read more than I ever have and also had some incredible experiences that created life-long memories.  I finished out the year with one of my childhood dreams coming true, rehearsing and getting ready to leave for the National Tour of Cats the Musical in one of my dream roles.  I will be blogging for most of next year from the road, and will hopefully pick up even more amazing moments and stories to share.  I could not be more grateful for everything this year has brought me, and I am so excited for what 2019 has in store!

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Books Read: 79

Pages Read: 29,041


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1 Star Reads


Challenge Updates

Goodreads Challenge: 79 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 17 of 26

Classics Club Challenge: 5 of 50


 

Here’s to an amazing 2019! Happy reading bookworms! ❤

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November 2018 Wrap-Up

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I cannot believe how fast this month flew by.  It seems like just yesterday I was packing for my month away from the city, and now I’m back in my cozy apartment preparing for my next adventure.  This month started off in Sonoma, CA with my Bullets Over Broadway family, where we celebrated one of our own with the most beautiful wedding.  I also got to see my boyfriend, who is currently on tour, after a couple months apart.  After the wedding, I flew home to Wisconsin to spend the rest of the month and the Thanksgiving holiday with my family.  It was the first time all 5 of us have been together in a while, and it was so nice to have that quality time.  Since I was super busy this month, my reading was a bit slower, but I’m glad I used that time to be with my loved ones.

My December is about to start off with a bang, as I begin rehearsing for the National Tour of Cats on Monday! I am incredibly excited, and cannot wait to get started on this dream come true.  Since I will be deeply in the rehearsal process, my blogging is going to take a bit of a back seat.  I am going to try to keep up as much as I can, but bear with me as I try to balance it all.


Books Read:

The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee  ★★★★★

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins ★★★★★

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso ★★★★

The Diviners by Libba Bray ★★★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenges:

Goodreads Challenge: 74 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 17 of 26

Classics Club Challenge: Once again… 4 of 50.  No progress. Whoops.


Broadway Book Chat: Jeff Brooks

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November Reviews

When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins • The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso •

November Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Backlist Books I Want to Move Up the List • Down the TBR Hole #5 • Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Merchandise I’d Like to OwnNope! Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Thankful for Recommendations • Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Platonic Relationships in Books •


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October 2018 Wrap-Up

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I love October.  I had a really great month, and it finally started to feel like Fall in NYC.  My hectic schedule calmed down a bit, and my future plans were finalized.  I can finally announce that I will be going on tour around the US with the musical Cats next year!  I am so unbelievably excited and honored to be a part of this magical legacy, and I can’t wait to get started in December!  For the next month, I will be visiting and spending time with my family, training for rehearsal, and reading as much as possible.  I’m going to try to get ahead of the game with my blogging so that I can stay on schedule for the busy months of rehearsal and opening a show as well.

Books Read:

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo ★★★★

The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory ★★★★

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley Doyle ★★★★

The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest ★★★★

When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen ★★★★

Origin by Dan Brown ★★★ 


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenges:

Goodreads Challenge: 70 of 50

A to Z Challenge: 16 of 26

Classics Club Challenge: 4 of 50… I always have the intention of working on this one, but once again I have failed this month.  At least I have 5 years…


Broadway Book Chat: Hannah Cruz from Hamilton

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October Reviews

• Toil & Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe • The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-DoyleThe Iron Flower (The Black Witch Chronicles #2) by Laurie Forest •

October Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Authors I’d Love to MeetCleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #4 • Top 10 Tuesday: The Longest Books I’ve Ever ReadGet to Know You YA TagFall Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Villains


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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 

Toil & Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe 


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