March 2021 Wrap Up

In March I finished 20 books, including 7 physicals books, 1 ebook, and 12 audiobooks. I honestly thought this number would be lower because despite my two weeks off for spring break I hit a bit of a slump this month, but my audiobooks always save me!


PHYSICAL BOOKS


Covet by Tracy Wolff ☆☆☆.5
Please See Us by Caitlin Mullen ☆☆☆
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust ☆☆☆☆☆
Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano ☆☆☆☆.5
The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace ☆☆☆☆☆
The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner ☆☆☆☆☆
Fangs by Sarah Andersen ☆☆☆☆☆

EBOOKS

Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker ☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade ☆☆☆☆
Act Your Age, Eve Brown [ALC] by Talia Hibbert ☆☆☆☆☆
Boyfriend Material [ALC] by Alexis Hall ☆☆☆☆.5
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong ☆☆☆☆
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston ☆☆☆☆☆
Raybearer [ALC] by Jordan Ifueko ☆☆☆☆☆
The Extraordinaries [ALC] by T.J. Klune ☆☆☆☆
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆
The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆
The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆
The Tower of Nero by Rick Riordan ☆☆☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2021 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 60/100

Finish 5 series in progress: 0/5 – Still need to get started on this goal…

Read 12 graphic novels: 3/12 – The Okay Witch + Fangs

Read 12 books of poetry/verse: 3/12 – the mermaid’s voice returns in this one

Read 6 nonfiction books: 1/6 – none this month

Read 3 classics: 0/3 – I AM going read a classic in April

Reread 10 books: 3/10 – no rereads this month

Host monthly backlist buddy reads: 3/12 – Girl, Serpent, Thorn


How did your month go? What was the best book you read in March?

February 2021 Wrap Up

In February I finished 21 books, including 4 physicals books, 7 ebooks, and 10 audiobooks. I have never read so many ebooks in one month, but since I spent two weeks at my parents’ house recovering from surgery, it was much easier to pack my kindle than a million books! (although I still packed too many books)


PHYSICAL BOOKS


Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia ☆☆☆☆
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover ☆☆☆☆
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco ☆☆☆☆
The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace ☆☆☆☆☆

EBOOKS

Air Awakens by Elise Kova ☆☆☆☆
Fire Falling by Elise Kova ☆☆☆☆☆
Earth’s End by Elise Kova ☆☆☆☆☆
Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova ☆☆☆☆☆
Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova ☆☆☆☆☆
A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
Gilded Serpent [ARC] by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole ☆☆☆
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria ☆☆☆☆
A Kindgom of Flesh and Fire [reread] by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆☆
Claire by Liz Sower ☆☆☆
Dark Shores [reread] by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆
Dark Skies [reread] by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆☆
Mother May I [ALC] by Joshilyn Jackson ☆☆☆☆
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur ☆☆☆☆☆
Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker ☆☆☆
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon ☆☆☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2021 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 40/100

Finish 5 series in progress: 0/5 – I did not finish any series that I started before 2021. However, by reading Gilded I am currently caught up with the published books in the Dark Shores series. This is a goal I need to prioritize in March!

Read 12 graphic novels: 1/12 – I didn’t get to one this month…but I’ll catch up!

Read 12 books of poetry/verse: 2/12 – the witch doesn’t burn in this one

Read 6 nonfiction books: 1/6 – none this month

Read 3 classics: 0/3 – planning to read one in March!

Reread 10 books: 3/10 – A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire; Dark Shores/Dark Skies (I decided to only count books in the same series once)

Host monthly backlist buddy reads: 2/12 – Kingdom of the Wicked


How did your month go? What was the best book you read in February?

January 2021 Wrap Up

In January I finished 19 books, including 7 physicals books, 2 ebooks, and 10 audiobooks. I also DNF 1 ebook. What a great way to start the year! My reading slowed down a bit the last couple weeks of January, but I am very happy with all the reading I did this month.


PHYSICAL BOOKS

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle ☆☆☆☆☆
House of El: The Shadow Threat by Claudia Gray ☆☆☆☆
The World Between Blinks [ARC] by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin ☆☆☆☆.5
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller ☆☆☆☆☆
The Knockout [ARC] by Sajni Patel ☆☆☆.5
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace ☆☆☆☆
The Frozen Crown by Greta Kelly

EBOOKS

Lore [ARC] by Alexandra Bracken ☆☆☆☆☆
Tarnished Empire [ARC] by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

The Wife Upstairs [ALC] by Rachel Hawkins ☆☆☆☆
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ☆☆☆☆☆
Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline ☆☆.5
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆☆
Hollywood Park by Mikel Jollett ☆☆☆☆☆
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys ☆☆☆☆
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆
Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆
Lilith by Liz Sower ☆☆☆☆☆

DNF

Of Wicked Blood [ARC] by Olivia Wildenstein and Katie Hayoz ☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2021 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 19/100

Finish 5 series in progress: 0/5 – I did not finish any series that I started before 2021. However, by reading Tarnished Empire I am currently caught up with the published books in the Dark Shores series.

Read 12 graphic novels: 1/12 – House of El

Read 12 books of poetry/verse: 1/12 – the princess saves herself in this one

Read 6 nonfiction books: 1/6 – Hollywood Park

Read 3 classics: 0/3

Reread 10 books: 2/10 – Ready Player One and From Blood and Ash

Host monthly backlist buddy reads: 1/12 – The Shadows Between Us! This book was so fun to read and discuss with friends! My February pick is Kingdom of the Wicked. Comment on this Instagram post if you would like to join!



I feel great about the start of 2021, and I am so excited to read many more amazing books this year!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in January?

2021 Reading Goals

I know that goal setting is not for everyone, but I find it incredibly motivating to reflect on my habits and set goals based on what I hope to accomplish. Tracking my 2020 Reading Goals each month held me accountable, so I will continue to track my goals this year in my monthly wrap up posts. Some of my goals for 2021 are habits I want to continue from 2020, while others are new!

Read 100 Books

At the beginning of 2020, I set my yearly reading goal at 75 books, although I secretly hoped to read 100. I ended up reading 203 books last year! The unique conditions of 2020 allowed me to read more than ever before. I don’t want to stress myself out trying to read 200 books again in 2021, but based on my current reading habits, I know that 100 books should be challenging yet attainable.

Read Diversely

I know that 2020 forced a lot of readers to take a hard look at their shelves and recognize a lack of BIPOC and Own Voices authors. I was no exception. Halfway through the year, I started making a conscious effort to read more books by authors from diverse backgrounds. I will not be tracking stats for this goal each month because my intentions for reading diversely are not to check off boxes or boast numbers, but this will be a consideration for my reading choices.

Finish 5 Series in Progress

Last year my goal was to finish more series with the intent to finish more series than I start. I did finish a lot of series in 2020, but I also started several new series. I can’t help it. I love series! In 2021 I’m not going to try to limit the number of new series I start, but I do plan to finish a few series I started before 2020 but didn’t get back to last year, and I think that putting a number on this goal will make it more meaningful.

Read 12 Graphic Novels

Last year one of my goals was to read one graphic novel each month. I reached that goal, and it’s a habit I would like to continue into 2021. My goal will always be to one per month, but this year I’ll be tracking the total number of comics and graphic novels I read if I read more than more within a month.

Read 12 Poetry Books

Poetry was a genre I was hoping to get back into last year, but I didn’t read nearly as much of it as I would’ve liked. In November I was reminded how good poetry is for the soul, so I decided to make it a goal for 2021 to read one poetry collection or novel in verse each month.

Read 6 Nonfiction Books

Nonfiction is another important genre I tend to ignore. My primary inspiration for reading is escapism, but last year I read a few nonfiction books that were incredibly moving and informative. I think reading one NF every other month is a good goal for me. One in particular that I hope to read is Stamped from the Beginning, which I didn’t get to in 2020.

Read 3 Classics

Last year my goal was to read 2 classics, so this year I’m bumping it up by one. One stipulation I’m setting for myself is that I must read at least book that was published pre-20th century. The two classics I read in 2020 were both modern classics (Agatha Christie and Shirley Jackson), and I felt a bit like I cheated. I’m planning to read Frankenstein around Spooky Season this year (since i didn’t get to it last year), so hopefully I have no problem reaching this goal.

Reread 10 Books

Another goal I’m carrying over from 2020. In 2019 I got very caught up in new releases and feeling like I didn’t have to reread books, but rereading an old favorite is magical. It reminds you why you love reading in the first place. I will be exploring plenty of new worlds in 2021, but I think it’s important to revisit some old favorites too.

Host Monthly Backlist Buddy Reads

Last year one of my goals was to buy fewer books and focus on reading my shelves, but I love buying new books so I struggled with that. I still think it is important to read what I own, so in 2021 I’m founding the #CarolibraryBookClub on Instagram to focus on reading backlist fantasy books. Since I also had wanted to start hosting more buddy reads, this is a perfect goal to combine two things I want to accomplish and guide me in choosing my book club picks. I’m reading The Shadows Between Us in January, and there’s still room in my chat group if you want to join the buddy read!

Keep Up With Reviews

Last year I had a reading log journal where I recorded my thoughts about books right after I finished reading them. This helped a lot when I was ready to type my reviews for my blog posts. However, I filled up my journal about halfway through the year, and even though I ordered a new one, I stopped keeping up with it. Since I typically post reviews on my blog about a month after I read the book, this made it challenging to write reviews! I have a new journal for 2021, and I’m hoping to do a better job keeping up with it. I’m also hoping to decrease the turnaround time between reading and posting reviews, but I have some catching up to do first. I plan to post reviews on my blog almost every weekday and on Instagram at least 3 times per week.


What are your reading goals for 2021? Let me know in the comments!

December 2020 Wrap Up

In December I finished 23 books, including 5 physicals books, 4 ebooks, and 14 audiobooks. I also DNF 2 audiobooks. Even though I didn’t get to a few books I was hoping to read in 2020, I am so proud of all the reading I accomplished!


PHYSICAL BOOKS

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon ☆☆☆☆
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin ☆☆☆☆☆
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆
A Princess for Christmas by Jenny Holiday ☆☆☆☆

EBOOKS

The Comic Book History of Comics by Ryan Dunlavy and Fred Van Lente ☆☆☆☆
The Comic Book History of Comics: Comics for All by Ryan Dunlavy and Fred Van Lente ☆☆☆☆
Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shepherd ☆☆☆☆
Crown of Bones [ARC] by A.K. Wilder ☆☆☆.5

AUDIOBOOKS

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir ☆☆☆☆☆
Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆☆
Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆
Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆☆
NOS4ATU by Joe Hill ☆☆☆☆☆
Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler ☆☆☆
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer ☆☆☆☆☆
Supernova by Marissa Meyer ☆☆☆☆.5
Bloodlines by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆.5
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead ☆☆
The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead ☆☆

DNF

One Day in December by Josie Silver [no rating]
The Twelve Dates Christmas by Jenny Bayliss ☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 203/100! I can’t believe I doubled my reading goal for the year!

Read diverse authors and genres: While I read a ton of fantasy and paranormal books in December, I also mixed it up with holiday romances, horror, and history. I read a couple books by BIPOC authors, but not as many as I have in previous months.

Buy fewer books: I bought a couple ebooks on sale, but I got several new books this month as Christmas gifts.

Finish more series: I finished the Broken Earth trilogy, the Wicked trilogy, the Renegades trilogy, the Ember quartet, the ACOTAR series, and the Bloodlines series. Woo!

Reread more: ACOWAR and ACOFAS

Read at least two classics: 2/2 (goal met in October)

Read one graphic novel each month: The Comic Book History of Comics



I am so proud of myself for sticking to my reading goals. While there were some ups and downs with a few of my goals, the only goal I consistently didn’t stick to was my goal to buy fewer books. I am excited to share my 2021 reading goals soon. Some of these goals will carry over into the new year, but I have some new goals I would like to reach as well. Even though 2020 was full of challenges, it was my most successful reading year EVER. I can’t wait to see what I will read and accomplish in the new year!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in December?

November 2020 Wrap Up

In November I finished 21 books, including 6 physicals books, 1 ebook, and 14 audiobooks. I also had one DNF audiobook. I am ready to finish the year strong in December!


PHYSICAL BOOKS

Still Life by Louise Penny ☆☆☆
The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2) by Kazu Kibuishi ☆☆☆☆
The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin ☆☆☆☆☆
The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson ☆☆☆☆
At War with Star by R.R. Noall ☆☆☆☆☆
A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova ☆☆☆.5

EBOOKS

Layla by Colleen Hoover [ARC] ☆☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam ☆☆☆☆☆
Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons #3) by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu ☆☆☆.5
Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons #4) by Matt de la Pena ☆☆☆
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore ☆☆☆☆☆
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy #5) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead ☆☆☆
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren ☆☆☆☆
The Night Swim by Megan Goldin ☆☆☆☆
My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors ☆☆☆.5

DNF

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle ☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 180/100! Can I get through 20 books in December??

Read diverse authors and genres: I think I read a nice variety in November, including my first poetry book in way too long

Buy fewer books: I don’t think I bought any new books…but I bought a lot of bookish merch on Black Friday lol

Finish more series: I finished DC Icons and Vampire Academy. I made progress on the Broken Earth trilogy and the Amulet graphic novel series.

Reread more: no rereads in November

Read at least two classics: 2/2 (finished last month)

Read one graphic novel each month: The Stonekeeper’s Curse



I am very proud of the progress I’ve made on my reading goals this year, and I am on track to complete all my goals next mont (except maybe buying fewer books, lol). I am already planning my new reading goals for 2021!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in November?

October 2020 Wrap Up

In October I read 7 physical books, 1 ebook, and 17 audiobooks(!!!!) for a total of 25 books! That is my highest monthly total ever, and I don’t see myself topping it this year. I can’t believe #SpookySeasonReading has come to an end, but I read so many incredible creepy and paranormal books!


PHYSICAL BOOKS

Crush (Crave #2) by Tracy Wolff ☆☆☆☆☆
The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin ☆☆☆☆☆
Cover Your Tracks [ARC] by Daco S. Auffenorde ☆☆☆1/2
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson ☆☆☆
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆☆
The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle ☆☆
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller ☆☆☆☆

EBOOKS

How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse (The Thorne Chronicles #1) by K. Eason ☆☆☆1/2

AUDIOBOOKS

Dead Voices (Small Spaces #2) by Katherine Arden ☆☆☆☆
Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake ☆☆
The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni ☆☆☆☆
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ☆☆☆
When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole ☆☆☆☆
Pet Sematary by Stephen King ☆☆☆☆☆
House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse #4) by Charlaine Harris ☆☆☆☆
Dead as a Doornail (Sookie Stackhouse #5) by Charlaine Harris ☆☆☆
Definitely Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #6) by Charlaine Harris ☆☆☆☆
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse #7) by Charlaine Harris ☆☆☆☆
From Dead to Worse (Sookie Stackhouse #8) by Charlaine Harris ☆☆☆
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse #9) by Charlaine Harris ☆☆☆
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse #10) by Charlaine Harris ☆☆☆
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris ☆☆☆☆
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris ☆☆☆
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris)


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 159/100! Do you think I could make it to 200 this year??

Read diverse authors and genres: While I focused on spooky thrillers and paranormal fantasy this month, I tried to include some authors with diverse backgrounds

Buy fewer books: It was my birthday month so I treated myself a few times!

Finish more series: I finished the Sookie Stackhouse series that I started last year, finished the Anna Dressed in Blood duology, and I caught up on Small Spaces and Blood and Ash. I started two series that I need to finish.

Reread more: Crescent City

Read at least two classics: 2/2 (Haunting of Hill House)

Read one graphic novel each month: The Dark Knight Rises



Fall break definitely helped me read more this month than in previous months, plus the Sookie Stackhouse audiobooks were ridiculously bingeable! I can’t believe there are only two months left in 2020… it’s been a tough year, but there’s so much more I want to read this year!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in October?

September 2020 Wrap Up

In September I read a total of 23 books (WHAT?!), including 6 physical books, 2 ebook, 15 audiobooks (!!!). I have significantly increased my audiobook listening lately and cut down on TV time. I listen to audiobooks on my commute to work, during my lunch break, while taking walks, and pretty much any time I’m at home doing things with my hands and can’t sit down and open up an actual book. I got a great start to my #SpookySeasonReading in September, and I can’t wait for even more spooky reads in October!


PHYSICAL BOOKS

Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin ☆☆☆1/2
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager ☆☆☆☆☆
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo ☆☆☆☆☆
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout ☆☆☆☆☆
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James ☆☆☆☆☆
Lumberjanes, Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Shannon Watters ☆☆☆

EBOOKS

Well Played [ARC] by Jen DeLuca ☆☆☆☆
The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark [ARC] by Various Authors ☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab ☆☆☆1/2
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab ☆☆☆☆
The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte ☆☆☆☆
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer ☆☆1/2
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune ☆☆☆☆1/2
Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall ☆☆☆☆
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir ☆☆☆☆☆
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier ☆☆☆☆
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd ☆☆☆
Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd ☆☆☆☆
A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd ☆☆☆
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara ☆☆☆
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir ☆☆☆☆
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake ☆☆☆1/2
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden ☆☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 134/100! I’m on track to reach 150!

Read diverse authors and genres: While I focused on spooky thrillers and paranormal fantasy this month, I tried to include some authors with diverse backgrounds

Buy fewer books: I think I only purchased 2-3 books in September

Finish more series: I caught up on An Ember in the Ashes, Serpent & Dove, and Cassidy Blake; read The Madman’s Daughter trilogy; and started a few new series

Reread more: no rereads this month

Read at least two classics: 1/2 (none this month…but I have a few on my list for October)

Read one graphic novel each month: Lumberjanes


I don’t know how I managed to read so much in September, but I am so proud of the progress I made after a couple of slumpy months. I have a two-week fall break in October, so I’m hoping to get through even more books in October!

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in September?

August 2020 Wrap Up

In August I read a total of 13 books, including 5 physical books, 1 ebook, 5 audiobooks, and 2 education books I started MONTHS ago and finally finished since school started again! August had a really rough beginning for me with a lot of sadness and uncertainty that put me into a reading slump, but in the past couple weeks I have started to improve my mental health and get back into my reading habit.


PHYSICAL BOOKS

Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer ☆☆☆
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia ☆☆☆☆1/2
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson ☆☆☆
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett ☆☆☆☆
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer ☆☆☆

The Growth Mindset Coach by Annie Brock & Heather Hundley
The Writing Revolution by Judith C. Hochman & Natalie Wexler

EBOOKS

The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night ☆☆☆

AUDIOBOOKS

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir ☆☆☆☆☆
He Started It by Samantha Downing ☆☆☆☆☆
This Is My America [ALC] by Kim Johnson ☆☆☆☆☆
Athena’s Choice by Adam Boostrom ☆☆☆☆
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars [ALC] by Christopher Paolini ☆☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 111/100! I met my increased goal for the year!

Read diverse authors and genres: Mexican Gothic, The Vanishing Half, A Torch Against the Night, This Is My America

Buy fewer books: I’ve pretty much given up on this goal. I needed some retail therapy to get ready for spooky season!

Finish more series: I finished my Twilight reread and made progress on the ember series

Reread more: Breaking Dawn

Read at least two classics: 1/2 (none this month…but I’m planning to read one in September/October!)

Read one graphic novel each month: Lumberjanes


I’m excited that I finally passed 100 books for the year after increasing my goal from 75! I am choosing not to increase my goal again, and instead just enjoy reading as much as I can for the rest of the year without worrying about numbers.

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in August?

July 2020 Wrap Up

In July I read a total of 12 books, including 7 physical books and 5 audiobooks. The month started off strong and I had a ton of books I hoped to get through before my summer break ended, but exactly halfway through July I experienced a very unexpected life change and I could no longer focus on reading. Here’s hoping that August turns out better.


PHYSICAL BOOKS

Beach Read by Emily Henry ☆☆☆☆☆
Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer ☆☆☆☆
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix ☆☆
New Moon (Twilight #2) by Stephenie Meyer ☆☆☆
Eclipse (Twilight #3) by Stephenie Meyer ☆☆☆
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North & Erica Henderson ☆☆☆☆.5

AUDIOBOOKS

Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West ☆☆☆
Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters #2) by Talia Hibbert ☆☆☆☆
The Bridge Kingdom (The Bridge Kingdom #1) by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆☆
The Traitor Queen (The Bridge Kingdom #2) by Danielle L. Jensen ☆☆☆☆☆
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir ☆☆☆☆☆


2020 READING GOAL PROGRESS

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2020 reading goals. When I post my wrap up at the end of each month, I also want to reflect on the progress I’m making toward reaching my goals.

Read 100 books: 98/100

Explore more genres: horror & literary fiction

Buy fewer books: I think I only bought one new series set

Finish more series: I finally finished Throne of Glass!!! And I almost made it through the whole Twilight series.

Reread more: Twilight series & An Ember in the Ashes (I haven’t read the rest of the series yet)

Read at least two classics: 1/2 (none this month)

Read one graphic novel each month: Squirrel Girl


I really thought I would surpass my goal of reading 100 books in July, but it just didn’t happen for me. I read a ton of books in the first half of the month, but there were quite a few other books I expected to get through in July, and now I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by my TBR and ARCs. However, I am doing the best I can right now, and that’s all that I can do.

How did your month go? What was the best book you read in July?