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September 2019 Wrap-Up

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September was a wacky month for me.  Since I finished Cats, I have spent this month readjusting to life in NYC and taking the time to recuperate from my injury.  I started getting back to auditioning, taking dance class, and catching up with all the friends that I have missed so much since I’ve been away.  I have also been able to read a ton (thank you subway) which has been really great!  I have a lot of fun things planned in the next coming months and I am so excited to see where life is going in this new chapter! 🙂

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Books Read:

The Exchange by M.F. Lorson ★★

The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy ★★★

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake ★★★★★

American Royals ★★★★★– BOOK HANGOVER

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston ★★★★★

Persuasion by Jane Austen ★★★★★

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


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:


Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 48 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 7 of 50 (YAY!! I FINALLY DID ONE!!!)


September Reviews

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams • The Exchange by M.F. Lorson • The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy •

September Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Liked That Are Outside My Comfort Zone • Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #15 • Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’m Avoiding On My TBR • The I Dare You Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR •


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August 2019 Wrap-Up

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This month sped by.  It was my last full month on tour with Cats and while I am super sad to be closing this amazing chapter of my life, I am excited to see what is next and to be home in NYC for my favorite season.  IT’S ALMOST FALL!  I’ve already had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte, I’ve got the fall candles lit, and I am ready for the temperature to drop so I can wear my sweaters and boots and cozy up with some blankets and my fall reads.  I am super excited for the new releases this month and to hopefully make some better headway on my reading challenges!

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Books Read:

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford ★★★★

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett ★★★★★

The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams ★★

The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter ★★★★

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo ★★★★

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han ★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Book Stores Visited:

Barbara’s Books– Chicago, IL

BAM!– Hershey, PA

Shakespeare & Co. -NYC


Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 41 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 6 of 50


Broadway Book Chat: Ben Bogen from Frozen

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ARC August Reviews

Crown of Coral and Pearl by Mara Rutherford • The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter • The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett •

August Posts

ARC August 2019 TBR • Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #14 • Top 10 Tuesday: Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With • The Anticipated Releases Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Books I’ve Read That I Want In My Personal Library •


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July 2019 Wrap-Up

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I can’t believe it’s August already.  Time really flies! This past month has been crazy for me, as my tour played my “hometown” stop of Chicago for most of it.  I have been insanely lucky to have so many friends and family come out to support me and see the show, but that has definitely taken away some of my blogging and reading time.  I still managed to read some really great books and only missed a couple posts (oops- thanks for bearing with me).

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Books Read:

 

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller ★★★★

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim★★★★

Finale by Stephanie Garber ★★★

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo★★★★★

Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard★★★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

 


Book Stores Visited:

Barnes and Noble- Kansas City, MO

Half-Priced Books- Kansas City, MO

Barnes and Noble- Chicago, IL

Unabridged Books- Chicago, IL


Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 35 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 6 of 50


Broadway Book Chat: Emily Jeanne Phillips

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July Reviews

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly FaderSpin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim Review • Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid •

July Posts

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag 2019 • Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Harry Potter CharactersCleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #13 • Top 10 Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors • I Have No Self Control: A Book Haul • Top 10 Tuesday: Settings I Want to See More Of •


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June 2019 Wrap-Up

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 Hello, lovelies! It’s finally Summer! This month my tour has visited Durham, NC, Cincinnati, OH, and we finish out this leg of the tour with two weeks in Philadelphia, PA, after which we all head home for a much needed week of rest.  We’re officially into the second half of 2019, and I am way behind on my reading goal for the year.  Whoops.  I’m hoping to be able to make up some ground with all of the amazing new books that are coming out soon, as well as some books that I’ve been wanting to read forever.

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Books Read:

 

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★★

Nancy Drew and The Haunted Showboat by Carolyn Keene 

Peter Green and the Unliving Academy by Angelina Allsop ★★

The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader ★★★★★

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Book Stores Visited:

Letters Bookshop- Durham, NC

Wentworth & Leggett Bookshop- Durham, NC

The Booksellers on Fountain Square- Cincinnati, OH

Shakespeare & Co.- Philadelphia, PA

Barnes and Noble- Philadelphia, PA


Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 30 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 6 of 50


Broadway Book Chat: Melody Rose from Finding Neverland

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June Reviews

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins ReidBright Burning Stars by A.K. Small Review • Review: Peter Green and the Unliving Academy by Angelina Allsop

June Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Books From My Favorite Genre • Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #12 • Top 10 Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish OpinionsThe Netflix Originals Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019 • The Fellowship of the Ring Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Summer TBR


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May 2019 Wrap-Up

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Hello fellow readers!  May has been an interesting month for me and it has both flown by and felt really long.  Our tour has performed in 6 different cities this month: Tuscon, AZ, where I got to spend time with both of my sisters, to the lovely Austin, TX, to the absolutely STUNNING Alto and Albuquerque, NM, on to a crazy, tornado-filled week in Oklahoma City, OK, and finishing it out with my birthday this weekend in Fayetteville, AK!  I’ve also been dealing with an injury, which has not been fun, but at least it has given me time to catch up on my reading.  I’ve seen some incredible book stores and bought more books than I have room for in my luggage.  As I come into my 27th year of life this Sunday, I am so excited to see what the 2nd half of 2019 brings! 🙂

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Books Read:

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi ★★★★

I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong ★★

Murder at Macbeth by Samantha Goodwin ★★★

Kingsbane by Claire Legrand ★★★

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ★★★★★

A Place Called Freedom by Ken Follett ★★★★★

Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small ★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Bookstores Visited:

Barnes and Noble- Tuscon, AZ

Half-Priced Books- Austin, TX

Book Woman- Austin, TX

Book People- Austin, TX

Books Etcetera- Alto, NM

Bookcase Used Books- Albuquerque, NM

Organic Books- Albuquerque, NM

Dickson Street Bookshop- Fayetteville, AK

Nightbird Books- Fayetteville, AK


Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 25 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 6 of 50


Broadway Book Chat: Kevin Clay from The Book of Mormon

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May Reviews

I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong • Murder at Macbeth by Samantha ArmstrongKingsbane by Claire Legrand •

May Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Book Characters That Remind Me of Myself • Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #11 • Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Book to Screen Adaptations • The Reader Problems Book Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Releases of the Last 10 Years •


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April 2019 Wrap-Up

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After a pretty solid March in one place, my tour has been on the move every week in a new city.  We played a bunch of cities in California (Sacramento, Costa Mesa, and San Diego), headed up to Denver, CO (where dancing a mile above sea level was no joke), and rounded out the month in Tuscon, AZ.  Because of this crazy schedule, my reading has been a little slower, but I did manage to read some gems.  I’m excited about the new releases coming out in May, and can’t wait to see what else this month has in store.

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Books Read:

 

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë ★★★★

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer★★★★★

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio ★★★★★

Fracture Me by Tahereh Mafi★★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 18 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 6 of 50 (I FINALLY read another one!)


April Reviews

• Lovestruck by Kate Watson • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë Review • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer Review • Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

April Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Outrageous Things I’ve Done for Books • Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #10 • Top 10 Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads • Game of Thrones Book TagTop 10 Tuesday: The First 10 Books I Reviewed •


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March 2019 Wrap-Up

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What a month! I spent most of March in Los Angeles, and spent the last week here in Seattle, which I have fallen in love with.  I have been to so many amazing book stores (and coffee shops) this month, and my heart is so happy.  Unfortunately, my suitcases have no more room for all the books I have acquired, so I will be putting myself on a book buying ban for April.  In terms of blogging, I have been slacking lately.  It really is a lot harder to blog consistently on tour than I had expected, but I’m doing my best.  April brings me to 5 new cities, and I can’t wait to explore while I read along the way.

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Books Read:

The Dating Game by Kiley Roache★★★

The Wicked King by Holly Black ★★★★★

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan ★★★

Lovestruck by Kate Watson ★★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Bookstores Visited:

The Last Book Store — Los Angeles, CA

BLMF Literary Saloon — Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

Lion Heart Book Store — Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

Lamplight Books — Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

The Elliott Bay Book Company — Seattle, WA

Barnes and Noble — Seattle, WA


Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 14 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 5 of 50


Broadway Book Chat: Liz Schmitz


March Reviews

• The Dating Game by Kiley RoacheThe Wicked King by Holly Black Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

March Posts

Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #9 • Top 10 Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need a Sequel • Last 10 Books Tag • Top 10 Tuesday: My Spring TBR •


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February 2019 Wrap-Up

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Hello everyone! It’s already March and that is crazy!! My tour has been chugging along, and we’re finally in Los Angeles for the next month.  It has been harder to blog on tour than I had expected, and I ended up taking a bit of an unexpected hiatus and missed a few more posts than I would have liked.  However, I have still been reading a good amount and trying to keep up as much as possible.

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Books Read:

The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick ★★★★

The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton★★★

The Third Angel by Alice Hoffman★★★★

P.S. I Still Love you by Jenny Han★★★★★

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han★★★★★

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins★★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenge Updates:

Goodreads Challenge: 10 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 4 of 50 (I suck… but I WILL read Wuthering Heights this month)


Broadway Book Chat: Keri Rene Fuller

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February Reviews:

• Furyborn by Claire LegrandARC-The Woman in the Lake by Nicola CornickARC-The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton 


February Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: New Releases I’m On The Fence About • Cleaning Up My TBR- Down the TBR Hole #8 • Top 10 Tuesday: My Favorite Book Couples from 2018 • Top 10 Tuesday: Hidden Gems With Less Than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings •


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January 2019 Wrap-Up

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January was a crazy whirl-wind of getting Cats up and running! I didn’t have much time to read or blog as I was in rehearsal non-stop and I missed a few posts, but the show is finally open and we have begun touring the country!  I managed to get in a few books while soaking my sore muscles in the bath, and found some amazing bookstores in our first city, Providence, RI.  I can’t wait to see the stores all over the country! 🙂

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Books Read:

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry★★★★

Furyborn by Claire Legrand★★★

Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway★★★

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han★★


Favorite Book of the Month:

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Currently Reading:

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Challenges:

Goodreads Challenge: 4 of 100

Classics Club Challenge: 4 of 50- I swear I WILL make progress on this one this year!


Broadway Book Chat: Kaylee Olson

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January Reviews

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann• ARC Review: Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry • ARC Review: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

January Posts

Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #7 • Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I Found in 2018 • Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2018 • Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List •

 

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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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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! ❤