January 2021 Mid-Month Wrap Up

I’ve decided to do wrap ups twice a month. Why, you ask? Well because I’ve always wanted to do monthly wrap ups, but every time I went to do them last year I read so many books that it became daunting. So to solve that problem – or at least an attempt to – I decided to do mid-monthly and monthly wrap ups. These may change depending on how well this works, but I’m really hoping this will be something I decide to stick with.

During the mid-month wrap up you’ll see all the books I’ve read before it’s posted (as close to the 15th as I can get it) and a link to the review post or I’ll give a quick (couple sentences) review along with a star rating. During the month wrap up, I’ll give stats and show off what I read after the mid-month wrap up.

So with all that out of the way, let’s take a look at what I read for the first half of January.

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Summary of 2020

Normally, I would have included a bunch of stats in a post like this, but for some reason my spreadsheet that tracks all of this has managed to go a bit wonky (probably because I kept adding different things throughout the year and maybe didn’t adjust it). So to not have this posted months after the fact, I decided to do more of a “Year in Books” with some other bits and bobs kind of post.

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Clear Your Shit: A Readathon – Weeks 7 Wrap Up

We’re nearing the end!!

For those who didn’t see my previous three wrap ups, Clear Your Shit is a 2 month long readathon hosted by Andee and El/Art, running from November 1 to December 27. Why? 1) it was cute and clearly designed (check out Twitter Page!!); 2) I NEED TO CLEAR OUT MY SHIT!!! I have way way way way way too many unread books that I own and these prompts just might help me along.

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Clear Your Shit: A Readathon – Weeks 5-6 Wrap Up

I ended up missing last week so figured I’d just combine two weeks for my update.

For those who didn’t see my previous three wrap ups, Clear Your Shit is a 2 month long readathon hosted by Andee and El/Art, running from November 1 to December 27. Why? 1) it was cute and clearly designed (check out Twitter Page!!); 2) I NEED TO CLEAR OUT MY SHIT!!! I have way way way way way too many unread books that I own and these prompts just might help me along.

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Clear Your Shit: A Readathon – Week 4 Wrap Up

Wow! I can’t believe we’re already half way through the Clear Your Shit: A Readathon! So what did I get up to this week?

For those who didn’t see my previous three wrap ups, Clear Your Shit is a 2 month long readathon hosted by Andee and El/Art, running from November 1 to December 27. Why? 1) it was cute and clearly designed (check out Twitter Page!!); 2) I NEED TO CLEAR OUT MY SHIT!!! I have way way way way way too many unread books that I own and these prompts just might help me along.

Character

Name: YoungatHeartReader
Fatal Flaw: Reads a new book before reading any of the books already owned
Top Strength: Audiobook Hero, Master of Headphones
Weapon of Choice: a book, which may be magical, or just glittery (see fun and cute) – how could I not pick a book that sparkles?!?!?!

Quest Log

To see what I completed Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 be sure to check out my previous wrap ups.

Wrap Up

So this week I didn’t complete as many as last week.

Intimidating Book: European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman

Free Choice: The Night Swim

I didn’t get to as many as I would have liked this week, but European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman was a huge book that intimidated me a lot (for size alone) and I’m so glad I read it! I instantly bought book 3 after finishing it.

How are you doing so far? How overwhelming is your currently owned TBR? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below.

Clear Your Shit: A Readathon – Week 3 Wrap Up

Ok I’m a little late at posting my wrap up for the Clear Your Shit: A Readathon.

For those who didn’t see my previous two wrap ups, Clear Your Shit is a 2 month long readathon hosted by Andee and El/Art, running from November 1 to December 27. Why? 1) it was cute and clearly designed (check out Twitter Page!!); 2) I NEED TO CLEAR OUT MY SHIT!!! I have way way way way way too many unread books that I own and these prompts just might help me along.

Character

Name: YoungatHeartReader
Fatal Flaw: Reads a new book before reading any of the books already owned
Top Strength: Audiobook Hero, Master of Headphones
Weapon of Choice: a book, which may be magical, or just glittery (see fun and cute) – how could I not pick a book that sparkles?!?!?!

Quest Log

To see what I completed Week 1 and Week 2, be sure to check out my previous wrap ups.

Wrap Up

Ok so what have I completed this week?

Shortest Book: Be Not Far From Here

With an Animal: The Boy, The Wolf, and the Stars

Most Expensive Book: Spoiler Alert

Mini Boss Battle: A Book Your Purchased This Year: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

The mini boss battle is based on your fatal flaw. Since I picked “Read a new book before books you own” my prompt was Read a book you purchased this year, preferably the oldest.

I’m happy with the amount I read last week! A lot of these books aren’t small and I’m working on a rather large one for this week. I’ve managed to clear 10 spaces and only have 14 left. I wish I had read more from my TBR instead of picking up more and more from the library. I think my goal for the rest of readathon is to pick solely from my own books (except for some buddy reads, which I will have to grab from the library).

How are you doing so far? How overwhelming is your currently owned TBR? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments below.

Clear Your Shit: A Readathon – Week 2 Wrap Up

So I decided I wanted to participate in Clear Your Shit: A Readathon, a 2 month long readathon hosted by Andee and El/Art, running from November 1 to December 27. Why? 1) it was cute and clearly designed (check out Twitter Page!!); 2) I NEED TO CLEAR OUT MY SHIT!!! I have way way way way way too many unread books that I own and these prompts just might help me along.

Character

Name: YoungatHeartReader
Fatal Flaw: Reads a new book before reading any of the books already owned
Top Strength: Audiobook Hero, Master of Headphones
Weapon of Choice: a book, which may be magical, or just glittery (see fun and cute) – how could I not pick a book that sparkles?!?!?!

Quest Log

Last week I completed Book with a Map and Character you want to fight.

Wrap Up

Ok so what have I completed this week?

Found Family: Born at Dawn by Christina Davis

Book with Blue/Water theme: Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Free Space: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

That’s it for this week. I sadly had to use a free space – just couldn’t think of where else Obsidio would fit. Thankfully there are still more available. It looks like this week we’ll find out what the first mini boss battle will be – oddly excited!

Are you participating in Clear Your Shit: A Readathon? If you are, how have you been doing with it?

Clear Your Shit: A Readathon – Week 1 Wrap Up

So I decided I wanted to participate in Clear Your Shit: A Readathon, a 2 month long readathon hosted by Andee and El/Art, running from November 1 to December 27. Why? 1) it was cute and clearly designed (check out Twitter Page!!); 2) I NEED TO CLEAR OUT MY SHIT!!! I have way way way way way too many unread books that I own and these prompts just might help me along.

My plan (keyword: plan) is to update you all on my progress at the end of each week (Sunday) on how I’m doing – if I managed to finish any prompts and what books those were.

So first, my player….

Name: YoungatHeartReader
Fatal Flaw: Reads a new book before reading any of the books already owned
Top Strength: Audiobook Hero, Master of Headphones
Weapon of Choice: a book, which may be magical, or just glittery (see fun and cute) – how could I not pick a book that sparkles?!?!?!

Next, the prompts:

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Each week, when I update, I will put the books that I had completed the week before under their prompts (so next week you will see the books I’ve completed this week in their corresponding prompts). My strategy is to save the free choice prompts for emergencies, which means I may not put the book I read that week in until the end so I can see what I can fit into proper prompts (if that makes any sense to anyone besides me lol) but we shall see.

Wrap Up

Ok so what have I completed so far this week?

Book with a Map: Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

Character You Want to Fight: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

So that’s it for this week. Not off to a bad start I don’t think – although I did read 2 library books, so it could have been better. I’m curious what the Mini Battles will be!

Are you participating in Clear Your Shit: A Readathon? Are you now thinking about joining?

August TBR

This month I have a lot of books I would love to read! I don’t have many Readathons happening – just TBR and Beyond‘s Tropical Summer Camp Challenge (continuing from last month) and Rivalry Reply (Team Half-Blood!). So without further babbling, here’s what I hope to read.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (TBR and Beyond Group Read & Author Live Chat!!! on August 30 at 4pm EST)

Grown by Tiffany D Jackson

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

August Blog Tours

The following are books that I have to read this month because I am participating in the blog tours.

Shielded by KayLynn Flanders (TBR and Beyond Tours)

Ignite the Sun by Hanna Howard (TBR and Beyond Tours)

The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owens (reread) (TBR and Beyond Tours)

Dating Makes Perfect by Pintip Dunn (Hear Our Voices Book Tours)

Buddy Reads/Readalongs

Over on TBR and Beyond Book Club on Facebook, we’re having some unofficial readalongs that I’m participating in and hosting.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca (SwoonAlong)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Itty Bitty Book Committee)

Hopefuls

On top of the ones I have above, I also want to read these – if I have time.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Havenfall by Sara Holland

Komi Can’t Communicate Vol 6 by Tomohito Oda

Buffy the Vampire Slay Vol 1-2 by Jordie Bellaire

Look by Zan Romanoff

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune

Warm Blood Vol 1 by Josh Tierney

You Brought Me the Ocean by Alex Sanchez

Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir

What are you planning to read in August? Have you read any that I plan to read? Do you think there are any I should prioritize that I have in my Hopefuls?

July TBR

This month I play on participating in both TBR and Beyond‘s Tropical Summer Camp and Reading Rilvary with July being Pixar themed. I’m also hoping to participate in Becca’s Bookoplathon. With it, you can’t make a TBR ahead of time so I’m hoping to make a post during the readathon (July 11-12). This is what I’m hoping to read this month.

After this, I’ll likely mood read, but my goal was to focus on as many Black authors as possible. Do you have any that you think I should pick up this month? What do you plan on reading?