September 2018 Wrap-Up

September is over and can you believe we are staring down the end of the year? This month was filled with a lot of complicated emotions for me, much of which I tried to push down with books and art. Also me missing Japan, and the advent of autumn has me more morose than usual. To cheer myself up, I have been getting more into sharpening my art skills, which has been working until a point. Books are, however, my best solution, and instead of drowning myself all the time like in August, this time, I made an effort to keep my blog more active, too – for the most part, anyway, I had a consistent schedule. I also got most of the galleys releasing this month out of the way, so I am happy about that.

Anyway, coming my reading this month – now that I am not particularly under pressure by the Goodreads challenge, I just want to see how much more I can read until the end of year.

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
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Another awesome month for reading: a total of 33 books (same as last month)- 22 full-length novels, 6 graphic novels, 2 short stories and 3 novellas.

Ah-mazing!!!

A Winter's Promise by Christelle Dabos The Wicked Ones by Cassandra Clare Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Pretty good

Pride by Ibi Zoboi The Traitor Prince by C.J. Redwine The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire Skyward Volume 1 by Joe Henderson A Deeper Love by Cassandra Clare After the Fire by Will Hill Broken Things by Lauren Oliver Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand Garrison Girl by Rachel Aaron Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge

 Try it out maybe?

Freak 'N' Gorgeous by Sebastian J. Plata Take Your Medicine by Hannah Carmack Prism Stalker, Vol. 1 by Sloane Leong Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal Black Torch, Vol. 2 by Tsuyoshi Takaki Shortcake Cake, Vol. 2 by Suu Morishita Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner Xena by Meredith Finch Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell

Ugh NO

Nightingale by Amy Lukavics

Reread

For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison The Hundred by Kass Morgan Vicious by V.E. Schwab


Page Trackers Challenge

In the Page Trackers challenge, I read 9827 pages in August. [My main updates are on a Twitter thread]

Pages left: 40, 453

*sweating* How am I going to read this in 3 months?!


Beat the Backlist

Progress: 87/100 books published before 2018

First reads Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 1 Witches of Lychford (Lychford, #1)

Rereads The Hundred (The Hundred, #1) For a Few Demons More (The Hollows #5) Vicious (Villains, #1)


16150831Series to Finish 2018 challenge

Progress: 9/24 series

Umbertouched (Rosemarked, #2) Vengeful (Villains, #2)

Umbertouched is the sequel in the Rosemarked duology, and Vengeful is the sequel in The Villains duology (as of now, it is a duology)


Blogger Shame challenge

Goals: 11/24 old galleys

The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3) Take Your Medicine


2018 Debut Author challenge

Goals: 22/24 debut books of 2018

Freak 'N' Gorgeous Twice Dead (The Necromancer's Song, #1) The Deepest Roots The Sisters of the Winter Wood


Audiobook-Challenge--2018Audiobook challenge

Goals: 56/50 books

The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3) For a Few Demons More (The Hollows #5) Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day The Wicked Ones (Ghosts of the Shadow Market, #6) A Deeper Love (Ghosts of the Shadow Market Book 5) The Hundred (The Hundred, #1) Witches of Lychford (Lychford, #1) Vengeful (Villains, #2)


NG-EW-Sign-Up-Post-Pic.pngNetgalley & Edelweiss Reading challenge

Goals: 141/100 galleys

Pride The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3) Freak 'N' Gorgeous Take Your Medicine The Echo Room Prism Stalker, Vol. 1 Watch You Burn Umbertouched (Rosemarked, #2) Little White Lies Twice Dead (The Necromancer's Song, #1) The Deepest Roots Black Torch, Vol. 2 Shortcake Cake, Vol. 2 Nightingale Hearts Unbroken Skyward Volume 1: My Low-G Life A Winter's Promise (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, #1) Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 1 The Sisters of the Winter Wood After the Fire Broken Things Sawkill Girls Xena: Penance Garrison Girl Sugar Spells (The Spellwork Syndicate, #2)

With 25 galleys this month, I also crossed a milestone, having read 408 galleys overall.


2018ContempButton-300x300.jpgContemporary Romance reading challenge

Goals: 27/21+

Pride Take Your Medicine Hearts Unbroken


img_20170922_204343_001000.jpgAtoZ reading challenge

Goals: 22/26 books

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Xena: Penance Xena: Penance for X


2018 Witches & Witchcraft Reading ChallengeWitches & Witchcraft reading challenge

Goals: 19/16 books

For a Few Demons More (The Hollows #5) Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day Sugar Spells (The Spellwork Syndicate, #2) Witches of Lychford (Lychford, #1)

For a Few Demons More has witches living alongside other supernatural creatures and humans in a alternate version of Cincinnati; Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day has witches and ghosts living a sort of precarious relationship, in hiding in the human world; Sugar Spells is in an alternate version of the world where witches live in towns around magical vortexes, and the main character is a baking witch; Witches of Lychford has a small town on the crossroads of faerie paths, with witches who dabble in spells. CHALLENGE COMPLETE!


https://www.booksmoviesreviewsohmy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/CDChallengebadge2016-204x300.jpgCloak and Dagger challenge

Goals: 16/16 books

Watch You Burn Little White Lies Broken Things

Watch You Burn is a psychological thriller; in Little White Lies the protagonist is trying to uncover the identity of her biological father in her mother’s town, Broken Things has two friends uncovering the identity of the person who murdered their best friend 5 years ago. CHALLENGE COMPLETE!


SOS reading challenge

Goals: 35/40 challenges

  • A book with mixed GR reviews – Nightingale
  • Highest rated book on TBR – Vengeful
  • Originally written in a language you can’t speak – A Winter’s Promise (French)
  • Under 100 ratings on GR – Garrison Girl

 

Nightingale Vengeful (Villains, #2) A Winter's Promise (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, #1) Garrison Girl


PictureDiversity challenge

Goals: 96/31 diverse books

Pride The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3) Freak 'N' Gorgeous Take Your Medicine Prism Stalker, Vol. 1 Umbertouched (Rosemarked, #2) Black Torch, Vol. 2 Shortcake Cake, Vol. 2 Nightingale Hearts Unbroken Skyward Volume 1: My Low-G Life Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 1 The Sisters of the Winter Wood Broken Things Sawkill Girls

Black Torch, Shortcake Cake and Vampire Knight: Memories are manga by Japanese authors;
Pride is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice with black characters (ownvoices) and features an Afrolatinx family;
Freak N’ Gorgeous has a biracial protagonist;
Take Your Medicine has a gay main character and a sapphic romance;
Prism Stalker and Skyward both have WOC as main characters;
Umbertouched and The Traitor Prince have non-Western settings and mainly POC characters;
Nightingale has a bisexual MC;
Hearts Unbroken has a Native American main character (own voices);
The Sisters of the Winter Wood has Jewish main characters (own voices) and has themes of anti-Semitic persecution;
Broken Things has one lesbian protagonist, along with a pansexual fat WOC as a secondary character;
Sawkill Girls has a black asexual main character & two bisexual main characters in a sapphic romance


2018 New Release Challenge logoNew Release challenge

Progress: 131/101 books

Pride The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3) Freak 'N' Gorgeous Take Your Medicine The Echo Room Prism Stalker, Vol. 1 Watch You Burn Umbertouched (Rosemarked, #2) Little White Lies Twice Dead (The Necromancer's Song, #1) The Deepest Roots Black Torch, Vol. 2 Shortcake Cake, Vol. 2 Nightingale Hearts Unbroken Skyward Volume 1: My Low-G Life A Winter's Promise (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, #1) Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 1 The Sisters of the Winter Wood After the Fire Broken Things Sawkill Girls Xena: Penance Garrison Girl Sugar Spells (The Spellwork Syndicate, #2) Vengeful (Villains, #2)


Paranormal reading challenge

Progress: 67/24 books

Freak 'N' Gorgeous For a Few Demons More (The Hollows #5) The Deepest Roots Black Torch, Vol. 2 Nightingale Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day Vampire Knight: Memories, Vol. 1 The Sisters of the Winter Wood Sawkill Girls Sugar Spells (The Spellwork Syndicate, #2) Witches of Lychford (Lychford, #1) Vicious (Villains, #1) Vengeful (Villains, #2)

Freak N’ Gorgeous (wishes), Sawkill Girls (curses and demons), The Deepest Roots (gifted individulas), Black Torch (demons),  Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day (ghosts and witches), Vampire Knight (vampires, duh!), Witches of Lychford (witches and faeries), Vicious + Vengeful (superpowers)are urban fantasies,

while The Sisters of the Winter Wood (shape shifters), Nightingale (superpowers from aliens) are historical fantasies,

and For a Few Demons More (witches & other supernatural creatures) & Sugar Spells (witches & other supernatural creatures) are urban fantasies set in alternate versions of our world.


Gather Together and ReadBook to Movie reading challenge

Goals: 18/8 books

Nothing this month


What's In A Name 2018 logoWhat’s in a Name challenge

Goals: 1/7 challenges

Nothing new

 


F2F3B347-32FE-476E-A060-460BEA3A704CSwords and Stars Reading Challenge

Goals: 17/20 challenges

 11) Read a book with time travel in it – The Echo Room

The Echo Room


Besides these year-long challenges, I also had a two month-long reading challenges.

Sequel Septembersequel september

Read 8 sequels

The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3) Umbertouched (Rosemarked, #2) Shortcake Cake, Vol. 2 Black Torch, Vol. 2 A Deeper Love (Ghosts of the Shadow Market Book 5) The Wicked Ones (Ghosts of the Shadow Market, #6) Sugar Spells (The Spellwork Syndicate, #2) Vengeful (Villains, #2)

emojiathon

Got one line on bingo board and collected 17/25 emoji

Pride The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire, #3) Freak 'N' Gorgeous Take Your Medicine The Echo Room Little White Lies Nightingale A Winter's Promise (The Mirror Visitor Quartet, #1) A Deeper Love (Ghosts of the Shadow Market Book 5) Broken Things 


ICYMI

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTTT: Hidden Gems
  TTT: Books on my Fall 2018 TBR
  TTT: Books by my Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read!

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #14
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #15
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #16
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #17

Book Blogger Hop: Sep 7-13
Book Blogger Hop: Sep 14-20
Book Blogger Hop: Sep 21-27
Book Blogger Hop: Sep 28-Oct 4

Stacking the Shelves #26
Stacking the Shelves #27
Stacking the Shelves #28
Stacking the Shelves #29
Stacking the Shelves #30

Podcasts for Readers #3: King Falls AM
Podcasts for Readers #4: Girl in Space


Other news

  • This blog is now an Amazon, The Book Depository, and Wordery affliate!! This does not make any change with the content of the reviews, of course, but you will notice buy links now on reviews of books I rate 3 stars or more, as well. Buying through these links will give me a small percentage of the sale with no extra cost to you, so it is a great way of supporting this blog if you are going to buy the book anyway!
  • As I said before, I have been honing my art skills and if you want to follow my progress, as well as get to peek on my WIP, I have a new Instagram account – arthsic2. Follow me and give my art some love!
  • New fanart of Jetta from For A Muse of Fire is up! You can also find the August Flynn artwork on my fanart page! Both art prints are now on my Society6 page if you want to have your own copy!


How was your September? Tell me all about how the fall is over at your place!

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