June Reading Challenge! (June 12th-18th)

Hey guys!

I thought I would give you an update on my June Reading Challenge progress! It was a busy week for me with work and other responsibilities occurring, so it was hard to crunch reading time into the week.

During Monday and Tuesday, I did well in crushing my way through Snow Like Ashes and Ice Like Fire. However, Wednesday through Saturday, I had to work my two jobs, which completely crushed my reading time. I was able to finish the Snow Like Ashes trilogy by reading Frost Like Night and made it about halfway through The Unexpected Everything by Sunday Night.

Although I am disappointed that I wasn’t able to complete the challenge of reading all five books in a week, I am happy that I made progress on my to-be-read pile and brought the count down from 30 to the high 20s!

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Here’s a quick overview of the summer reading challenge, if you are interested in joining in on it!

For this reading challenge, we want to read five books in one week (from Monday-Sunday). We kept the requirements basic for each week of the summer months! The challenge is this: to read one duology/triology/series, one contemporary, and one other book to fill up the five books for the week.

If you couldn’t join us for this round of the challenge, never fear! We still have two more weeks that we’ll be doing the reading challenge. These other weeks are:

July 24th-30th
August 14th-20th

We hope to see you in the final two weeks of the reading challenge if you’re able to join us! It’s a great way to make your way through a heavy to-be-read pile and spend your days doing something you love.

See you next time,
Nicole

Summer Reading Challenge: June!

Hey guys!

As many of you know, Michaela (Bookish Reviews and More) and I are hosting a summer reading challenge to help take the edge off of our ginormous to-be-read piles! Previously we did a reading challenge from the week of May 22nd-28th.  And tomorrow (June 12th) marks the beginning of the second week of our challenge! The reading challenge will run from June 12th through June 18th.

For this reading challenge, we want to read five books in one week (from Monday-Sunday). We kept the requirements basic for each week of the summer months! The challenge is this: to read one duology/triology/series, one contemporary, and one other book to fill up the five books for the week.

With this round of the challenge, I will be reading the Snow Like Ashes trilogy by Sara Raasch, The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, and I will be re-reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern!

If you can’t join us for this round of the challenge, never fear! We still have two more weeks that we’ll be doing the reading challenge. These other weeks are:

July 24th-30th
August 14th-20th

I hope you can join Michaela and me in our summer reading challenge!

See you next time,
Nicole

May Reading Challenge! (May 22nd-28th)

Hey guys!

Today I come to you with the exciting news that I successfully finished the May portion of my reading challenge with Micheala (Bookish Reviews and More). From May 22nd through May 28th, Michaela and two other friends of ours challenged ourselves to read five books in a week.

I haven’t read so many books in a week since my sophomore year of high school, and, I have to say, it was refreshing to get this feeling again. I was excited to see the numbers on my Goodreads and physical bookshelf shrinking as I worked my way through books that have been sitting on my shelf for longer than I care to admit.

However, this challenge did not come without its downsides. Because I wasn’t used to reading so much in such a short timespan, I got intimately reacquainted with headaches (nothing that some ibuprofen and sleep couldn’t take care of!) and wrist/hand pain. But, these pains made the entire affair even more fun. I enjoyed watching the pages slip past my fingers as my reading speed increased with each book that passed.

In the end, I was successful in reading all five books that I had planned for myself! I read the entirety of:

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
The Internment Chronicles by Lauren DeStefano
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

While I’ll admit to some of the books being on the shorter end of the page spectrum, it still felt good to finally move these novels to my read pile and get them off my huge stack of to-be-read books.

Now for the hard question: What do I read next?

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We still have three more weeks planned to continue on with this reading challenge. The weeks that remain are:

June 12th-18th
July 24th-30th
August 14th-20th

For more information on the nature of our challenge, please check out my post titled Summer Reading Challenge! We hope that more of you will be able to join us in the future!

See you next time,
Nicole

Summer 2017 Reading Challenge!

Hey guys!

Today I come to you with a fun blog. Michaela (Bookish Reviews and More) and I are hosting a summer reading challenge! We didn’t create anything fancy, but are undergoing this reading challenge in the name of lessening the weight of our to-be-read piles on our bookshelves. (Please tell me we aren’t alone in needing to do this.)

For this reading challenge, we want to read five books in one week (from Monday-Sunday). We kept the requirements basic for each week of the summer months! The challenge is this: to read one duology/triology/series, one contemporary, and one other book to fill up the five books for the week.

Also, we chose four different weeks across the months of May, June, July, and August, in which to go after this challenge! The weeks that we are doing are:

May 22nd-28th
June 12th-18th
July 24th-30th
August 14th-20th

We hope that some of you can join in as well. If you would like to join, feel free to leave a comment below or tweet at us!

Happy reading,
Nicole

5.14.17 Welcome Back!

Hey guys!

Long time, no read! (Okay, okay, I’m sorry for that one, but I had to. I just had to.)

My semester has finally ended and summer break has begun, which is something that I need desperately. I’m looking forward to having the chance to make some progress on my to-be-read pile (38 books, last time I checked). I also can’t wait to get some more blogs on this website – I’ve missed having the chance to write them! While I am going to have to learn to balance two jobs with reading, writing, and gaming, I’m looking forward to the challenge and cannot wait to have a rewarding summer break.

Otherwise, I have a few housekeeping announcements for all of you!

Michaela (Bookish Reviews and More) and I are planning on doing a monthly reading challenge during our break! It’s a basic challenge, and I’ll try to notify you all when they are occurring, in case you want to join in. For one week each month (Monday-Sunday during May, June, July, and August), we are challenging each other to read 5 books in a week. For ourselves, we chose to read one duology/trilogy/series (mainly because we have many of those that we want to marathon), one contemporary, and one other book. Feel free to create your own combination and join in!

Also, I was meandering through my blog the other week and have noticed the imbalanced post types that I have on here. My goal is to try to try to add more posts to the other categories as well this summer, so if you have any content that you would like to see, please comment below or contact me!

I think that wraps up this announcement. I’m excited to add more to my website and I can’t wait to interact with more of you!

See you on the other side of the screen,
Nicole

2.5.17 IMPORTANT BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey guys!

As you all have probably noticed, I have returned to my bad habit of not posting regularly anymore. I believe the last review I posted was for Tales from Shadowhunter Academy, if I’m not mistaken. I just want to take a moment to apologize for that. There are 51 of you following me – the fact that I even have 51 followers amazes me, especially since I’m almost to my 1st anniversary of running this blog! – and I feel bad that I haven’t been able to post more. But I do have reasoning behind it!

I returned for my spring semester on January 17th and since then I have barely been able to make free time for myself. I’m taking three English classes, a sociology class, and a level 300 gened based in the humanities (so, basically three English classes). Because of that, when I do find free time, I discover that I would much rather be watching a show or playing video games versus reading or writing. It pains me to say that, but it’s the sad truth that I have been living with for the past month.

(You might have noticed that I have many books on my Goodreads shelf – most of those are my current textbooks and I don’t plan on writing reviews on them.)

Because of my college circumstances, this blog is probably going to be a little dead for a few months until summer time, when I will be home and have more time on my hands to be reading and writing again.

Thank you for understanding, and I hope to post something soon!

Nicole

10.5.16 IMPORTANT BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey guys!

It’s… It’s been a while since I was last on here. Honestly, I feel awful about having no time to be keeping up with all of you wonderful people! Not to mention the fact that I really miss having the time to read, write, and to be producing new content for this blog.

I’m about a month into college and it’s been busy! I’ve been struggling to find free time to read and write, which is really disappointing, considering that’s a central part to my major as it is. However, this past week I was able to finish reading two books and started a third.

Which is weird.

And probably won’t happen again for a while.

But, you know, I’m just kind of going with it!

With that being said, I’m hoping to starting posting once a week on Sunday’s and I no longer will be posting on Wednesday’s until my semester and/or school year is over. It’s difficult to get two postings a week going, but hopefully I can make once a week a more regular thing!

As always, thank you all for reading and following my blog, and I hope to be posting more again soon!

-Nicole

8.31.16 IMPORTANT BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey guys!

One week from now, I will have finished my first day of my second year of college. That is both surreal to think about and exciting at the same time. However, this also means many different things for the website as a whole.

I am a full time college student, and an English major to boot,  which means that the time I have to blog is going to shrink considerably. Not to mention the fact, I’ll have two jobs to work as well, so free time is going to be rather hard to come by.

Due to those facts, I am going to take the time to apologize beforehand about lack of posts right now. I am hopeful that I will still be able to post at least once a week (most likely on Sunday night), but I am unsure at this moment in time. Once I return to school and figure out how to balance my work load, I will know when and how often I will be able to blog!

Thank you so much for your understanding, and I hope to get more blogs up again soon!

-Nicole