Reading Goals For August & Challenge Updates

July flew by much like June! I did not accomplish quite as much reading due to several factors but did make significant progress on my reading challenge. I will be keeping my TBR on the smaller side again, as we have a small trip to Vegas coming up and August promises to be busier. I’ve got stuff and things to do.

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I did not finish last month’s TBR. I am still working on The Forest Queen. I am not sure why I have not finished it. I am enjoying it, just slowly. I did complete 14 titles, several of which included nonfiction. So it was a good month!

August’s TBR

Bloody RoseBloody Rose (The Band #2)
By Nicholas Eames
Source: ARC – Publisher


Live fast, die young.

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown.

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It’s adventure she wants – and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death.

It’s time to take a walk on the wyld side.

the people's reublicThe People’s Republic of Everything
By Nick Mamatas
Source: Egalley – Publisher


Welcome to the People’s Republic of Everything—of course, you’ve been here for a long time already. Make yourself at home alongside a hitman who always tells the truth, no matter how reality has to twist itself to suit; electric matchstick girls who have teamed up with Friedrich Engels; a telepathic boy and his father’s homemade nuclear bomb; a very bad date that births an unforgettable meme; and a dog who simply won’t stop howling on social media.

The People’s Republic of Everything features a decade’s worth of crimes, fantasies, original fiction, and the author’s preferred text of the acclaimed short novel Under My Roof.

By Christina Dalcher
Source: ARC – Publisher


Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end. 

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge Updates

It is finally looking like I may actually complete this!

Total Completed: 39
In Progress: 1
Remaining (If I go for Advanced): 10

Book of the Month


Read my full review here.

July was felt brief but was still a great month for reading! What books stood out for you this past month?

Happy Reading,


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Sunday Sum~Up

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Happy Sunday! I hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend ❤ We are struggling a bit here as our air has been out for a few days and it is nearing 100°. So I am admittedly sluggish. My symptoms and heat do not mix well. I will be keeping this brief and returning to melting on the couch under the fan now circulating hot air.


My next newsletter will be out this coming week if the heat does not slow me down. You can always sign up here if interested. It is still once a month at this time. I am not sure what else will happen on the blog this coming week as I am seriously behind and headed into a reading slump. I may have to set aside my current reads and reach outside of the box for some inspiration 😉

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i am still aliveI Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

What I Am Reading This Week

Ok, so I am mood reading and cannot settle on a title. But I really need to start Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. If anyone has an ARC and would be interested in a buddy read, please DM me on Twitter or Instagram. Or you can email me 🙂

By Natalie C. Parker


After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

thedramateacherThe Drama Teacher
By Koren Zailckas


Gracie Mueller is a proud mother of two and devoted wife, living with her husband Randy in upstate New York, her life complicated by the usual stressors and tedium—young children, marriage, money—and she’s settled down comfortably enough. But Gracie, underneath all that’s marked her life as average, has a lot to hide about where she’s from, who she is, and who she’s been. And when Randy’s failing career as a real estate agent makes finances tight, their home goes into foreclosure, and Gracie feels she has no choice but to return to the creatively illegal and high-stakes lifestyle of her past in order to keep all that she’s worked so hard to have.

Gracie learned from her manipulatively charming father how to steal identities in order to survive, and she eases back into her routine of lying and cheating with a wicked skillset and gritty resolve. Things begin to slip out of her control, though, when her web of deceit lands her a job as a private school drama teacher–a role that demands emotional honesty–and soon more questions about the truth of her past are raised, including all the ones she never meant to, or even knew to, ask.

Written with the style, energy, and penetrating insight that made her memoir Smashed a bestselling phenomenon, Koren Zailckas’s next novel confirms her growing reputation as a psychological novelist that can stand up to the best of them.

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Other Happenings

I watched nothing this week, which seems to be the current trend. My days were spent with plenty of thunderstorm and ocean sounds playing as I attempted to drown out some tinnitus and gain focus.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” 
~Groucho Marx

What are you reading this week? Do you have a go-to genre for beating reading slumps?

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Rereading Books That Missed The Mark

I realize that rereading is not for everyone. Particularly if that includes tackling books that missed the mark the first time around. We tend to reserve rereading for those few lucky favorites. I personally like to pick up The Hobbit and Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland each year, and it is a rewarding process where I always discover something new. Over the past few years my tastes have evolved incredibly. I still attribute most of this to blogging in a large part. It’s through constant discussion and comparison that my own thoughts and experiences are continually challenged and expanded on. I truly enjoy this aspect of the book community. Since I feel I have changed as a reader, I felt that it would be fun to revisit some books and see how I feel now. And I have to admit, I am thoroughly enjoying this decision so far!


What I Have Re-Read So Far

Caraval (Caraval #1)

By Stephanie Garber

My Original Rating: 3/5

This was a miss for me originally due to multiple hangups. I struggled with Garber’s color association and my failure to connect with the characters. You can read my full thoughts here.

However, I recently completed this as a buddy read with Debby at Always Booking and found myself more inclined to just enjoy the “show” and my overall experience was significantly improved! Which has me feeling positive about the decision to reread a few of these books. New review soon.

Coming Up

the bone witchThe Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1)

Rin Chupeco

My Original Rating: 3/5

This is a heated discussion with many friends. I understand the love for this book. However, had it not been for an amazing concept and some beautiful prose, I would have DNF’d this. I struggled tremendously with the constant need to describe everything down to the smallest detail. I am hoping that my tastes have changed enough now, that I will appreciate this, in the same manner, everyone else seems to. My original review can be found here.

By Esther Dalseno

My original rating: 3/5

Drown was a truly mixed read for me, and since fairy tale retellings are my favorite, I am looking forward to revisiting this twisted take. It has been a while since I read this darker and more dismal approach to the classic story, but I will enjoy seeing how it compares now to some more current retellings.  Here are my first thoughts.



Strange the DreamerStrange The Dream (Strange the Dreamer #1)
By Laini Taylor

My Original Rating: 2/5

With Muse of Nightmares soon upon us, I have planned on a rereading for some time. Strange the Dreamer was the rare case of failing to hit the mark but providing just enough to let me know I should pick up the sequel. It is also a book that the more I reflect on it, the more I feel maybe I did not dislike it as much as I initially felt. You can read my buddy review here.

Your Thoughts

Do you reread books? And if so, is this something you reserve only for titles you enjoy? I plan to continue with this list and expand on it, but I will not force it. If I find any of the books I am attempting to reapproach are still not to my liking, I will put them down again. How do you handle rereading?

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