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A Month in Review: January

A Month in Review: January

Waving goodbye to January, it was fun (and cold!)

What a month! It was my first in my 365 Books in 365 Days in 2013 Challenge and by some sort of miracle I actually managed to read one every day! It was a bit crazy but I had a blast. Now to break down the month of January!

Challenges

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge/365 Books in 365 Days in 2013 Challenge – 31/365 Books Read

Mount TBR Challenge – 26/150+/2013 TBR Pile 26/50 – I got a bunch of books off of my pile taken care of and can’t wait to do the same in February!

2013 Genre Reading Challenge – 16/30 – Already over halfway! I’ve really enjoyed diversifying the types of books I read and I know it will get even harder, and more fun, as I continue. A few of the genres: Paranormal, Dystopian, Romance, Epic Fantasy, Horror, Contemporary, Spy.

Seriously Series Reading Challenge – 14/44 – I made some solid headway on some of my series! A few of the series I made progress in: Pendragon, Iron Fey, Divergent, Attic Clowns, Dragoneer Saga, Spellbound.

Monthly Key Word Challenge – 1/12 – I can only do one month at a time so a book a month it is! My book for this challenge in January was Snow White, Blood Red.

Activities/Posts

Number of Posts – 33 – 31 reviews, one “2013 Challenges” post & one post for the Bout of Books Readathon!

Activities – Bout of Books Readathon – 7 books read for 1,809 total pages during that week!

Stats

Views – 339

Comments – 32

What I Learned/Changes For February

I will admit, I impressed myself by actually being able to do so many reviews in January and keeping up with my challenges. I tried to vary up my posts by changing up the review style to fit the book (Hobbit-sized, Top 5/Top 10, Rambling/Rant, Standard) but outside of my initial post of the year about my challenges and the Bout of Books Readathon, that’s all I did, reviews. Some people might be completely fine with that, others might not. You can certainly let me know by commenting on this and I, of course, would appreciate it. After speaking with one of my best bookish/bloggy friends Eileen from Singing and Reading in the Rain I decided that it would be good to try and mix in a couple memes again. It means more work for me as I will continue to do the book & review per day, but it would add some variety and hopefully keep the blog fresh and interesting for readers. Also pictures, I must try and use more pictures to make the reviews easier on the eyes, so I will be working on that too.

If you’d like you can make specific suggestions as well! Use pictures or don’t and what kind(s)? Which memes are your favorite to see and why? Let me know! I’m currently thinking Stacking the Shelves & Waiting on Wednesday, though I may do Sunday Post as well, it keeps me accountable and on track each week and might help organize my posts/books I read instead of every day wondering what book and how I’ll find the time.

Let me know what you think about the possible additions/changes and also update me on how you are doing on YOUR reading challenges/goals so far! I hope you are keeping up or are even ahead already, you can do it! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^


Sunday Post #5

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I post my books that I receive in my Saturday Stacking The Shelves post so for my part I focus on the recap/preview parts of Sunday Post.

Last Week

Random Read-A-Thon – Hosted by My Shelf Confessions, it was a blast!

22 on 22 Read-A-Thon – Hosted by Pages of Forbidden Love, went on all week!

Stitch by Samantha Durante – Review (5/5)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Review (4/5)

Waiting On Wednesday #4 – Fade to Black by Francis Knight

Ghosts of Books Half-Read – Haunted Week Post #1

Owlet by Emma Michaels – Review (2/5)

Bats in Your Book Pages – Haunted Week Post #2

Skeletons on My Bookshelf – Haunted Week Post #3

Stacking The Shelves #7 – This week’s haul!

Back From The Grave – Haunted Week Post #4

This Week (Planned but Subject to Change)

Today – It Came From the Web – Haunted Week Post #5

Monday – Review of Burn For Burn by Jenny Han & Tricked or Treated – Haunted Week Post #6

Tuesday – Written in the Tombstone – Haunted Week Post #7

Wednesday – Waiting On Wednesday #5 & Beware of Book Review – Haunted Week Post #8

Thursday – Crewel Review & NaNoWriMo Begins!

Friday – NaNoWriMo Update #1

Saturday – Stacking The Shelves #8 & NaNoWriMo Update #2

It has been an insane week here and I honestly don’t know how I managed to do it all, but it was a blast! I think I’ll be taking November off of read-a-thons so if there are any I hope those who participate have a blast but I won’t have the time for it this coming month. I hope you enjoyed all of the extra posts with Haunted Week (which will continue a bit longer) and my updates of how the 22 on 22 read-a-thon was going. I was honored last week to have been made a part of the Stitch Blog Tour and am glad that those who have read that particular review enjoyed it. ^.^

As for this week it is another really busy one! There are five more days of double posts not including today which is also one (if you include this post). Starting Thursday the insanity that is NaNoWriMo will begin! For those of you who don’t know you can find out more about it here. The quick summary of NaNoWriMo is it stands for National Novel Writing Month where the goal is to try and write a novel of 50,000 words or more in the month of November. Now you certainly don’t have to write that much but it is the benchmark for the event. It is designed to give people a reason to write as much as they can and to try and achieve their goals, this is for those who have written things of this length before as well as those who haven’t written anything besides what was assigned to them back in school, all levels are welcome! This will be my first NaNoWriMo and I am very excited to participate though I haven’t the foggiest idea how I will write ~1,667 words a day and blog every day as well but I’ll give it my best shot!

It will be another fun week here as we wrap up Haunted Week and participate in the usual memes. I’ll also be doing two book reviews this week. I hope you stop by throughout the week and check up on my NaNoWriMo progress as well as read my other posts! Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment on anything I’ve mentioned here and I will make sure to read and possibly reply as well, I do love to read them! Feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post or whatever other bookish meme you partake in over the weekend and I will be sure to stop by! Enjoy your Sunday. ^.^


Sunday Post #4

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I post my books that I receive in my Saturday Stacking The Shelves post so for my part I focus on the recap/preview parts of Sunday Post.

Last Week

Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer – Review (4/5)

The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman – Review (4/5)

Random Post about Reminiscing and Books – Check this one out if you haven’t already! Please?

Waiting On Wednesday #3 – The Racketeer by John Grisham

Here Lies Death by Harlan Vaughn – Review (4/5)

Feature and Follow #2 – Stepping out of the “usual” genre(s)

Halloween/October Events – Bonus post about what I’ll be doing in the next two weeks!

Stacking The Shelves #6 – This week’s haul!

This Week (Planned but Subject to Change)

Monday – Review of Stitch by Samantha Durante & Initial post about Read-a-thon

Tuesday – Review of The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater & 1st update post about Read-a-thon

Wednesday – Waiting On Wednesday #4, 2nd update post about Read-a-thon & Ghosts of Books Half-Read

Thursday – Review of Owlet: Society of Feathers #1 by Emma Michaels, 3rd update post about Read-a-thon & Bats in Your Book Pages

Friday – Feature and Follow #3, 4th update post about Read-a-thon & Skeletons on My Bookshelf

Saturday – Stacking The Shelves #7, 5th update post about Read-a-thon & Back From the Grave

As usual it has been a pretty fun week here! I finally got to read Dark Light of Day which I had been looking forward to for months and really enjoyed it. I also read both of the books I had received in exchange for reviews and hopefully Derek and Harlan were happy with them! 🙂 The usual memes were a blast this week and I received plenty of great books both in the mail and in eBook format so I’ll be diving into more of those soon too!

This week will have the usual combination of memes and reviews including my review of The Raven Boys which I received an eBook copy of last week and tore into like a madman…or hobbit. I wonder what a madhobbit would look like…maybe like Gollum? Anyway, I digress. So I made a bonus post (link above) on Friday about the two Halloween/October events I will be partaking in. As you can see from the schedule above, and as I am slowly starting to fully grasp, I’m going to be really busy…and updating a lot. I hope that is a good thing for you. o.o Seriously though, I think the next couple weeks will be really fun and I can’t wait to experience all the bookish awesomeness that I know will await me. I really encourage you to go check out that post and if either event seems interesting to you please do join up and have fun with us! You don’t have to be like me (in other words a total nut job) and do every single thing, just reading one book during the read-a-thon or posting on one of the Halloween events would be fantastic! Anyway, there should be something fun for you to read every day so make sure to stop by! ^.^

Thank you for reading! I would love it if you leave a comment either with your own Sunday Post or what you think about what I posted last week or what I will be doing this week! Oh, and how many of you have participated in a read-a-thon? If you have what is your favorite part and if you haven’t what has held you back? Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂


Sunday Post #3

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I post my books that I receive in my Saturday Stacking The Shelves post so for my part I focus on the recap/preview parts of Sunday Post.

Last Week

Fraterfest: My Thoughts & Results – Recap of what happened during the amazing Fraterfest!

The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain – Review (DNF)

Waiting On Wednesday #2 – Masquerade by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Feature and Follow #1 – Jeremy C. Shipp’s Attic Clowns books

Stacking The Shelves #5 – This week’s haul including an impressive amount of print books!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon – A Read-A-Thon held in honor of Dewey, still ongoing!

This Week (Planned but Subject to Change)

Today – Review of Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer

Monday – Review of The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman

Tuesday – Random Post about Reminiscing and Books

Wednesday – Waiting On Wednesday #3

Thursday – Review of Here Lies Death by Harlan Vaughn

Friday – Feature and Follow #2

Saturday – Stacking The Shelves #6

If you have followed me long enough to have read my Sunday Post from last week you would know I had planned to post both the review of Dark Light of Day and The Reanimation of Edward Schuett last week. I am so sorry, I’m a bad blogger I know, try to forgive me! 😦 If I had slept enough lately I could explain exactly why I was unable to post them on-time but alas. I believe it was a combination of adding Feature and Follow to my growing list of memes I participate in (now at 4!), the discovery of Dewey’s Read-A-Thon and my attempt at visiting all of the WoW & FF posts to interact with other bloggers that just had me crazy busy and exhausted. I will bounce back this week though I swear!

As you can see it is another packed week here as I will be participating in my usual array of memes and I’ll also post three reviews including Dark Light of Day which will be posted sometime this afternoon/night. Participating in this Read-A-Thon has allowed me to finish all three of the books I’ll be posting reviews of which has been insanely helpful and MAYBE will even let me get ahead a bit so I’m not staying up for 48 hours and then crashing for ten repeatedly. ^.^

My blog does have “Randomness” in the title and I have thus far included very little of that spontaneity which will change with Tuesday’s post! I won’t give too much away but suffice it to say it will include a CRAZY large amount of books, so big that I chose not to even include them in my Stacking The Shelves posts, they needed their own day! So be excited for that! You can see I am excited for it too, look at all of those exclamation points. 😀

That’s all from me for this post. As I am typing this I am still participating in the Read-A-Thon so I will be mostly reading for another 8.5 hours including Burn For Burn which is my treat to myself for reading my books I got in exchange for reviews. ^.^ I hope this week’s schedule peaks your interest and if you would like to subscribe in any way that would be amazing! Oh, don’t forget to comment! I love each and every one of them, they seriously make my day! Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂


Sunday Post

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Since I already post the books I’ve received in the last week in my Stacking The Shelves post I will use the Sunday Post as a way to give you readers a heads up as to what is coming this week and a recap of what has been posted in the previous one.

Last Week

Mirrors of Anguish by R.P. Kraul – Review (2/5)

Thief by Sarah-Jane Lehoux – Review (5/5)

Sparkles and Lightning 1000 Followers Giveaway

Stacking The Shelves – Book Haul

This Week (Planned but subject to change)

Conner by Miranda Stork  – Review

Space Battles courtesy of Flying Pen Press – Review

Shades of War by Sarah-Jane Lehoux – Review

Attic Clowns: Volume Two by Jeremy C. Shipp – Review

Stacking The Shelves – Book Haul

I may be participating in a couple more memes this week (think Waiting on Wednesday and the like) if I have the time but I can’t promise anything as I still need to read quite a bit in order to do this week’s reviews. 🙂 Oh and if you don’t follow me on twitter (@1FantasyFanatic if you’d like to change that :p) the review for Conner will be a bit different than my usual ones. I won’t give too much away but look for that either tonight or early tomorrow. Thank you so much for stopping by, if you like what you saw feel free to subscribe via email, networked blogs or linky followers! If you leave links to your Sunday Posts (whether in this meme or not) I do stop by every one! Have a great Sunday and happy reading!