October 2018 Wrap-Up

OCTOBER IS OCTOVER, FOLKS!

So, we are staring down at the end of the year, and things are still pretty rough. Honestly, at this moment, I am just hoping for 2019 to be a better year; 2018 is kinda  not salvageable now. Still, books always are a comfort and I know it is such an escapist thing to say, but some days fictional worlds are so much better.

Anyway, back to my reading this month – I forsee myself reaching the 300 book goal by the end of the year, since this is where I reached in October.

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
Ruthsic has
completed her goal of reading
200 books in
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I totally didn’t see how much I was reading and : a total of 37 books (whoop!)- 21 full-length novels, 9 graphic novels, 5 comic issues, 1 short story and 1 verse novel.

Ah-mazing!!!

Wildcard by Marie Lu A Place For Wolves by Kosoko Jackson Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

Pretty good

Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep Charmed by Katy Rex Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin Light Years by Kass Morgan Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 15 by Mizuho Kusanagi Fence Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat Fence #5 by C.S. Pacat  Fence #6 by C.S. PacatFence #7 by C.S. Pacat Fence #8 by C.S. Pacat Fence #9 by C.S. Pacat What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli Warm Up by V.E. Schwab Evenfall by Gaja J. Kos The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Empress Charlotte by Fabien Nury Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 8 by Rei Toma The Confectioner's Guild by Claire Luana Salt by Hannah Moskowitz The Black Bull of Norroway by Cat Seaton Jack of Hearts by Lev A.C. Rosen Beastly Bones by William Ritter The Last Star by Rick Yancey OtherEarth by Jason Segel What If? by Anna Russell かくりよの宿飯 あやかしお宿に嫁入りします。 1 [Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi: Ayakashi Oyado ni Yomeiri shimasu. 1] (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits [Manga], #1)

 Try it out maybe?

The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone Under My Skin by Lisa Unger Heart Break Club #1 by Nikki Asada This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender The Geography of You and Me

Ugh NO

When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

Reread

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare


Page Trackers Challenge

In the Page Trackers challenge, I read 9548 pages in October. [My main updates are on a Twitter thread]

Pages left: 30,905

*intense sweating*


Beat the Backlist

Progress: 93/100 books published before 2018

First reads The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3) Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby, #3) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown The Geography of You and Me

Rereads Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)


16150831Series to Finish 2018 challenge

Progress: 12/24 series

Wildcard (Warcross #2) The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)

Wildcard from Warcross duology, and The Last Star from The 5th Wave trilogy


Blogger Shame challenge

Goals: 11/24 old galleys

Nothing this month *weeps in shame*

 


2018 Debut Author challenge

Goals: 23/24 debut books of 2018

The Perfect Candidate


Audiobook-Challenge--2018Audiobook challenge

Goals: 60/50 books

Under My Skin Wildcard (Warcross #2) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)


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

Goals: 164/100 galleys

The Perfect Candidate When We Caught Fire Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1) Under My Skin Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 15 Light Years Charmed: The Manga Heart Break Club #1 What If It's Us Wildcard (Warcross #2) Evenfall (Shadowfire, #1) Empress of all Seasons The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 8 かくりよの宿飯 あやかしお宿に嫁入りします。 1 [Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi: Ayakashi Oyado ni Yomeiri shimasu. 1] (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits [Manga], #1) Empress Charlotte: The Princess and the Archduke The Confectioner's Guild (The Confectioner Chronicles Book 1) A Place For Wolves Salt The Black Bull of Norroway (Norroway, #1) Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) OtherEarth: Last Reality (Otherworld 2) This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story What If?

My Netgalley ratio is still pretty much the same *weeps in large backlist*


2018ContempButton-300x300.jpgContemporary Romance reading challenge

Goals: 31/21+

Heart Break Club #1 What If It's Us This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story The Geography of You and Me


img_20170922_204343_001000.jpgAtoZ reading challenge

Goals: 24/26 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

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) Jack of Hearts (& Other Parts) & Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1) Kill the Queen

Almost done and if I do November right, I will collect the last two, too!


2018 Witches & Witchcraft Reading ChallengeWitches & Witchcraft reading challenge

Goals: 22/16 books

Charmed: The Manga Evenfall (Shadowfire, #1) The Black Bull of Norroway (Norroway, #1)

Charmed: The Manga is a spin-off manga from the TV show; Evenfall has three kinds of magic systems, one of which is blood magic, another is object-based and the third is runic; The Black Bull of Norroway has witches in it.


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

Goals: 20/16 books

Under My Skin Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby, #3)

Under my Skin is a psychological thriller; while Jack of Hearts (and other Parts) is a contemporary mystery, Beastly Bones and Ghostly Echoes are in the Jackaby series which is a historical paranormal mystery.


SOS reading challenge

Goals: 36/40 challenges

  • Latinx author – What If It’s Us

What If It's Us


PictureDiversity challenge

Goals: 127/31 diverse books

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 15 Light Years Heavy Vinyl Heart Break Club #1 What If It's Us Wildcard (Warcross #2) かくりよの宿飯 あやかしお宿に嫁入りします。 1 [Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi: Ayakashi Oyado ni Yomeiri shimasu. 1] (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits [Manga], #1) Empress of all Seasons The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 8 A Place For Wolves Salt The Black Bull of Norroway (Norroway, #1) Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story What If?

Yona of the Dawn, Heartbreak Club, Kakuriyo, The Water Dragon’s Bride are manga by Japanese authors;
Light Years has a queer MC and protagonists of color, and a secondary character with prosthetics;
Heavy Vinyl has a lesbian protagonist and a sapphic couple;
What If it’s Us has an OwnVoices m/m romance;
Wildcard has an OwnVoices Asian protagonist and a m/m couple (one is a MOC) among its secondary characters;
Empress of All Seasons has a non-Western setting (Japanese) and is OwnVoices, also has a couple of wlw secondary characters;
A Place for Wolves has a queer POC couple (black and Latinx);
Salt has a bisexual protagonist and POC secondary characters;
The Black Bull of Norroway has mostly POC characters, among whom there is a non-binary character and a character with a prosthetic (both are a couple);
Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is OwnVoices for its gay protagonist and has gay and bisexual secondary characters;
This is Kind of an Epic Love Story has characters that could be bi/pan, and a m/m main couple (both MOC), and several of the secondary characters are POC;
What If has a main character with OCD, and a black secondary character.


2018 New Release Challenge logoNew Release challenge

Progress: 153/101 books

The Perfect Candidate When We Caught Fire Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1) Under My Skin Heavy Vinyl Light Years Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 15 Charmed: The Manga Heart Break Club #1 Fence Vol. 1 What If It's Us Wildcard (Warcross #2) Evenfall (Shadowfire, #1) Empress of all Seasons Empress Charlotte: The Princess and the Archduke The Confectioner's Guild (The Confectioner Chronicles Book 1) The Black Bull of Norroway (Norroway, #1) Salt Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) OtherEarth: Last Reality (Otherworld 2) This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story What If?


Paranormal reading challenge

Progress: 73/24 books

Charmed: The Manga The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3) Salt Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby, #3)

Charmed (witches and demons), The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (vampires) & Salt (demons)  are urban fantasies,

while The Clockwork Princess (werewolves, vampires, warlocks, fae, demons), and Beastly Bones & Ghostly Echoes (supernatural creatures) are historical fantasies,


Gather Together and ReadBook to Movie reading challenge

Goals: 18/8 books

Nothing this month either


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: 18/20 challenges

 Nothing this month


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

owntober

Read 2/5 books from physical TBR The Coldest Girl in Coldtown The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)

Magical readathon (charms extra credit)

Completed 4/5 challenges Wildcard (Warcross #2)What If It's Us Evenfall (Shadowfire, #1) The Coldest Girl in Coldtown


ICYMI

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTTT: Dream Author Collabs
TTT: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read
TTT: Libraries on my Travel Wishlist
TTT: Heroes Who Could’ve Been Villains
  TTT: Creepy Books I Loved

Diversity Spotlight Thursday #18
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #19
Diversity Spotlight Thursday #20

Book Blogger Hop: Oct 5 – 11
Book Blogger Hop: Oct 12 – 18
Book Blogger Hop: Oct 19 – 25
Book Blogger Hop: Oct 26 – Nov 1

Stacking the Shelves #31
Stacking the Shelves #32
Stacking the Shelves #33

Podcasts for Readers #3: Alice Isn’t Dead


Other news

  • I attempted Inktober this year (well, attempt is the key word here) and I did in a digital format (yeah, I know it isn’t the rules but I am a rebel and also I wanted to devote some time for daily practice to get good, okay?). I didn’t have any particular theme in mind, just the idea to do something different each day in terms of method, or style or technique.
  • My Society6 store has more products added to it now (including some of the pieces above)! Go check it out, and support this artist (moi)!Clock spirits Stationery Cards Tranquility Clear iPhone Case Tattooed orca Sticker
  • I’m still catching up on my podcast queue, so expect the On the Pod posts to be not so regular in November. I will try to post Podcasts for Readers posts, though, so look out for them.
  • Finally, I have a question for ya’ll. If I open art commissions, would you be interested?

How was your October? Any plans for the end of the year?

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