Monthly Wrap-Ups

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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Monthly Wrap-Ups

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! ❤

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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 •