My first readathon of the year is officially over and I’m so happy that I participated in it! Bout of Books has been one of my favourite ways to start off the year. It’s low pressure and always motivates me to start the year off right. This time around it’s been even more special for me since I really haven’t read anything since August. I am so happy with my progress! I managed to read 3 books and get half-way through another. Fingers crossed that this is a good omen for the rest of the year. 🙂
You can check-out my daily updates and musings related to Bout of Books here on my Twitter.
What is Bout of Books?
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.
What I Read:
Books That I Didn’t Finish:
Did you participate in Bout of Books? How did you do?
So…2018 wasn’t my best year for reading. Through so many ups and downs I was able to read 45 books, which really isn’t too terrible. However, I’m used to reading a lot more! The majority of the book I read were absolutely AMAZING! Mirage and the Heart of Mist series are total standouts. I was also able to finally get to some books that have been on my TBR for ages (why did it take me so long to read To All the Boys I Loved Before?). If I was to sum up this year, I would say it’s the year where I rediscovered my love for fantasy and super adorable romances. I can’t wait to get back into reading in 2019! ❤
Did you read any of these? What did you think of them?
Summer has basically come to an end and that means that it’s time to wrap up my progress in the 20 Books of Summer challenge. This year, the challenge ran from June 1st to September 3rd and was hosted by Cathy at 746 Books. The goal of this challenge was to read 20 books throughout the summer.
What I Read:
So, I didn’t complete the challenge but 17 out of 20 books isn’t too bad! I think this is a pretty huge achievement since I gave birth at the end of July and had very little to no time to read throughout August. A lot of these books weren’t on my original TBR but were added due to blog tour commitments. I don’t even know why I create TBRs…I never stick to them! 😛
What I Had Left on My TBR:
I had three books left on my TBR for this challenge. I really wanted to read them but books that I received for review kind of took over my original list of books to read and these sadly were pushed aside. I do plan on reading them within the next few months.
Did you take part in the 20 Books of Summer challenge? What other challenges or read-a-thins did you participate in this summer?
Summer vacation (and maternity leave) has officially begun! There’s something so wonderful about waking up in the morning without an alarm, drinking coffee outside before the weather becomes unbearably warm and being able to take naps whenever I want. This time feels so special for me. My life is on the verge of changing forever and taking the time to reflect and care for myself has been precious.
As for the blog, I’m so happy that I’ve been able to keep things going. I’ve actually been able to schedule posts until mid-August and should have some more completed soon. That means that a break won’t be necessary when baby is born. I’m also trying to use this free time to comment more on other blogs. It’s something I’ve failed miserably at this past year. Throughout my commenting journey I’ve been able to stumble upon so many small and lovely blogs (perhaps a post in support of them is in order?). On that note, I also want to thank everyone for following and supporting Rattle the Stars. Your likes, tags and comments fill me with so much happiness. Have a fantastic July! ❤
The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember | ♥♥♥♥♥
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | ♥♥♥♥
Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert | ♥♥♥♥♥
Honeybee by Trista Mateer | ♥♥♥♥
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen | ♥♥♥
Soul Like Thunder by Sophia Elaine Hanson | ♥♥♥♥
My Name is Victoria · Ivy in Bloom
Tags, Blog Tours & Read-a-Thons:
Book Blitz: Dark Water · The ABC Book Challenge “A” · The ABC Book Challenge “C” · The ABC Book Challenge “B” · Book Blitz: Between the Sea and Stars · Book Blitz: Birth of Chaos · Blitz: Dating Rules · 20 Books of Summer 2018 TBR · Most Anticipated Reads: June Edition · Blog Tour: Burning Bright · Time’s 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time · Shelfie By Shelfie Book Tag · Blog Tour: Cinderella’s Inferno · Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag
Oh my gosh! I almost forgot to post my wrap-up for the Spring Fling Read-A-Thon. This read-a-thon began on May 15th and ended on June 15th. I had a lot of fun working on the various spring inspired prompts…and a lot of success as well! I ended up reading 7 out of the 10 books on my TBR, which is pretty awesome since I usually only read 3-4 books a months.
I will definitely participate in another read-a-thon by the lovely group of bloggers who hosted this one because it was very laid back. I didn’t feel pressured like I usually do during events like this and the prompts meant there was a nice variety of books to pick from. The TBR was limited to a specific type of book and I was able to mix in poetry, novellas and various genres.
These were the prompts for the read-a-thon:
What I Read:
What I Didn’t Read:
Did you participate in this read-a-thon? If so, how did you do? ❤
I’m almost done with work and then I’ll be on summer break/maternity leave. Only 2 more weeks left! I can’t wait to be able to nap whenever I want and to not have to wake up everyday at 5:00am. It also means I have more time for reading…so yay to that!
I’ve been reading a lot of books and actually writing posts, so that break that I previously spoke about isn’t happening. It’s funny how sometimes you feel so unmotivated and then saying it out loud changes everything. I’ve found a love for blogging and reading again. It feels wonderful!
I hope you all have a fantastic June! Thanks for all of your continued love and support. ❤
Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi | ♥♥♥♥♥
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo | ♥♥♥♥♥
Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud | ♥♥♥♥
Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager | ♥♥♥♥
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | ♥♥♥♥
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran | ♥♥♥♥
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith | ♥♥♥♥
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed | ♥♥♥♥♥
Waiting on a Bright Moon by J.Y. Yang | ♥♥♥♥
The Jewel · True Storm · Spies, Lies and Allies · Night of Cake & Puppets · Song of Blood & Stone · The White Rose · Sisters’ Entrance
Tags & Read-a-Thons:
Bout of Books Sign-Up & TBR · Amazon 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime Tag · My Blog’s Name in Books · Spring Fling Read-A-Thon · Love & Luck Guest Post · Bout of Books Wrap-Up · Extraordinary Means Book Tag · Blitz: Moonlight And Midtown · Blitz: Cinderella’s Inferno
The latest round of the read-a-thon Bout of Books has just ended. I’m extremely pleased with myself. I was actually able to read almost all of the books on my TBR and even wrote reviews for them (which will be posted soon)!
What is Bout of Books?
The Bout of Books is read-a-thon organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It began on Monday, May 14th and ended on Sunday, May 20th. Bout of Books is a low-pressure read-a-thon. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.
What I Read:
- Sister’s Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud: This poetry collection was an emotional rollercoaster. It tackles some very tough topics such as genocide, war, racism and prejudice in a very honest and brutal manner. While it was difficult to read at times, I’m glad that I did. I look forward to seeing more from this author.
- Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi: This collection of short stories was beyond beautiful. I love everything that Chokshi writes! It was magical, romantic, heartbreaking and exceeded all of my expectations. A must read for fans of the full-length novels The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes.
- Waiting on a Bright Moon by J.Y. Yang: I’ve been meaning to read this short story for a long time. It’s completely unique and unlike anything that I’ve read before. I’m always amazed at how people can fit so many complex ideas into less than 50 or so pages and have it all completely click into place. I’ve added a bunch of the author’s other short stories to my TBR. I’m completely intrigued by their ideas.
I also started Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed but ran out of time to finish it. I’m on page 193 and hope to have time to read the rest of it in the next few days. So far, I am really enjoying it. It completely deserves all of the positive reviews that its been receiving. 🙂
Did you participate in Bout of Books? What did you read?
Wow! This is the first time that I’ve posted a wrap up since June of last year!! I just can’t believe that. I’m trying to post more regularly now and I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has continued to support the blog. It’s been two years since I started it and I’m still filled with joy every time someone likes a post or leaves a comment. You are all amazing!!!
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler | ♥♥♥
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace | ♥♥♥♥♥
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman | ♥♥♥♥
Monstress, Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda| ♥♥♥♥♥
Nocturne by Kat Ross | ♥♥♥♥½
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One · Between the Blade and the Heart · 27 Hours
Top Ten Tuesday
Currently Reading Book Tag · Book Titles Tag · Must Have Books
It’s summer timeeeeee!!! Long flights and time away from work as given me much needed time to read. It feels wonderful! I’ve also had time to write reviews which is a miracle in itself. And guess what?! I’ve actually enjoyed writing them! Whoa! So, look forward to more book reviews. I can’t believe that I only published two this month. It’s such a relief to enjoy blogging again. It’s been a bit up and down the past couple of months.
I hope everyone has a wonderful July. Enjoy the holidays, sunny weather and hopefully some much deserved time off ❤
The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones | ♥♥♥♥♥
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller | ♥♥♥♥
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi | ♥♥♥♥
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart | ♥♥♥
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | ♥♥♥♥♥
The Haunted House Project by Tricia Clasen | ♥♥♥♥
The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero | ♥♥♥♥
The Daemoniac by Kat Ross | ♥♥♥♥
Microbiota and the Masses: A Love Story by S.B. Divya | ♥♥♥
Odd & True by Cat Winters | ♥♥♥♥
The King of Bourbon Street by Thea de Salle | ♥♥♥♥
Now I Rise · Mr. Rochester
Top Ten Tuesday · Waiting On Wednesday · Down the TBR Hole
20 Books of Summer · Bookish Bingo · The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag · The Narnia Tag
I almost forgot about my wrap up for May! I’m going to keep this very brief because while summer vacation is right around the corner, tons of work needs to be done at school. Exams, grading, parent meetings, packing up my classroom, etc. I do hope to get a lot more reading done this month. My slump has been greatly impacted by my lack of time to read. Fingers crossed that I can turn it around. Anyway, have a wonderful June everyone ❤
The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman | ♥♥♥♥♥
Lusus Naturae: A Lord Carlston Story by Alison Goodman | ♥♥♥♥
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee | ♥♥♥♥
Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan | ♥♥♥♥♥
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West | ♥♥♥♥
It Started with Goodbye · Complicating Factors · The Seafarer’s Kiss · Letters to the Lost · Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately
Top Ten Tuesday · Waiting On Wednesday · Down the TBR Hole