Friday, July 1, 2016

June End of Month Wrap Up Post

Another crazy month!  When will it all slow down?  Even with my nice little vacation in Colorado last weekend, I'm still so far behind!  The crazy thing is that I think I want to create my own little read-a-thon this month for some scary books I've had for about a year now.  Kind of a "Halloween in July"?  Not sure. We'll see.  Let's look at my challenges.


I don't know if I necessarily kept everyone updated with my progress on this weekly, but I think that I did my goal.  My partner last month was Anne at My Head is Full of Books.  It was fun keeping up with a fellow high school librarian!  This month I intend to do better with keeping track of how much I comment, I think I did right about 11 comments, and my goal was the 11-20 level.  This month I'll be partnering with Peyton, at A Bookish Mess.  I'm excited to get to know her better as well!

http://misclisa.blogspot.com/2016/03/discussion-challenge-2016-sign-up-post.html

Well, I had mentioned last month that I had two ideas for discussion posts in June, but I ended just kind of doing one as a Top 10 this past week.  So really I'm still keeping up with my plan of one per month.  You can check out my June discussion post and chime in with your thoughts here:  Copy, Paste, Repeat - Or How Many Places Do You Post Your Reviews?  You can check out my sign up post for this by clicking on the button above.

http://misclisa.blogspot.com/2015/12/introducing-its-new-to-me-series_10.html

Well, not sure how great I'm doing with the one that is my own challenge.  Of course part of the issue right now is how far behind I am on my reviews, so I have to decide whether to list all the books I've read this month that would qualify, or just any that I've reviewed.  If you want to know more about the challenge, and even join in, click on the button above to go to the sign-up post.  I'm also debating if I should count the free e-books I've been downloading.  I'm going to list my books I reviewed this month in order to get this done quickly.  I'm counting some of the ones below because they are also new authors, which is one way I kind of changed this challenge.


http://misclisa.blogspot.com/2015/12/2016-tbr-pile-reading-challenge.html

I've linked my sign-up post to the button above if you want to see what I decided to do for this. This month I got two more from my pile.  Both are linked above in the Series Starter Challenge.  And both were on my original sign up post!

http://misclisa.blogspot.com/2016/01/january-end-of-month-challenge-wrap-up.html

So, I didn't do that great, once again.  Two of them were DNFs, so I can't link you to a review in the note below.  I have linked the button above to my sign-up post though.  My ratio is still at 70%.  However I am reading a couple right now that I will soon review and hopefully that will raise the ratio a little?

  • Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch
  • Gifted by H.A. Swain
http://misclisa.blogspot.com/2016/01/january-end-of-month-challenge-wrap-up.html

I just joined this challenge this past month.  You can check out my sign-up post by clicking on the button above. I have read 5 of the books on my list this month, although only 3 have been reviewed this month, so I will just link those for now below.  Also, 3 on my original list are DNFs, including the 2 above.  And a couple more on the list are ones that I am currently reading.

http://misclisa.blogspot.com/2016/01/happy-new-year-welcome-to-2016-and-two.html

I'll go through my goals one by one below, and you can click on the button above if you want to check the original goals out.

  • I'm continuing with not downloading from Edelweiss, and even Netgalley really.  Same as I mentioned last month, I'll write the egalleys down on my calendar, but not actually go download them until I am ready to read them.
  • I pretty much posted about every day, if not more than once on some days!  June has been pretty crazy, and so I'm still behind on reviews.
  • Again I haven't been as good at commenting as I wish I was, but I'm still doing what I want to for the basics, and the comment challenge has helped!
  • Once again with this I'm on top of my end of the month posts, although I did wait a little late to get this done.
  • Still been getting at least 2 reviews a week done.  And to save time and posts, I'm continuing to combine several free e-book mini-reviews at a time as one post.
  • Personal goals include still no money saved.  My next walking goal was to get to 3 times a week for June and July, and other than last week when I went out of town over the weekend, I was on top of it. But I'm working to get back on top of it this week.  I haven't really done a reward for last month's goal reached, but I kind of decided spending money on books for NOLA Story Con would be a good enough reward.  I also got some writing done on my little weekend vacation to Colorado.  So I've decided that I want to get more writing done.  I'm going to try to get more of that done this summer.  I haven't set a specific writing goal.  Maybe I should think about that.  A number of words to get written in July?

 Once again I've linked the button above to my original sign-up post.  I'd say I haven't done as great this month once again.  It's like I did begin a series and then also finish it, so I guess that can count.  And then I think this is the last book in the Lux series, so that should count.

Once again, so many challenges to wrap up!  I'm going to tell you again how many books I read, and how many reviews I finished, still no time for listing all the books.
  • # of books read:  30
  • # of full reviews posted on blog:  11
  • # of mini-reviews posted on blog:  14
 And that's it!  My June wrap-up.  I'd love to do a TBR for July, but no more time!  

20 comments:

  1. I am excited to get to know you as well! I had so much fun last month.. I am looking forward to this month as well :)

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    1. Last month was great! Hoping this month will be fun as well!

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  2. There must be something about this time of year. A lot of people seem to be talking about falling behind...myself included. It looks like you are making some great progress on your challenges. Have a happy July!

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    1. What's crazy is that normally June and July are months when I can get a lot done because school is out. Oh well, you only live once, right? So it'll be okay if not all the blogging gets done. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. OMG YOU READ 30 BOOKS?! That's a lot of books, Lisa! Again #readinggoals!

    You also joined a lot of challenges! I am one of those who can't seem to follow with my challenges but I'm planning to write an update of all the challenges I joined so let's see how I actually did! haha

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    1. To be fair, a lot of those were ebooks that are kind of short and easy reads. I don't always think about my challenges until it is time for my monthly wrap-up posts. I think I'm doing way too many this year. I need to probably keep myself from doing this many next year.

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  4. You did seem to have a full and interesting week. I enjoyed reading other's discussions of where they post their reviews. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. I love hearing what other people do. Even if it isn't something I'll end up doing, it might give me an idea of how to change something I need to work on. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I understand what you mean about feeling behind - that's how I've felt all summer long! It feels impossible to catch up sometimes, but I'm trying to have faith that it will happen - eventually. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Me too, just trying to feel okay with being behind. Thanks for visiting!

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  6. OmG, you read so much!!
    There's and ARC August coming up so I'm looking forward to that.
    70% ratio on Netgalley is not too bad, but I get you. My is lower, but I'm working on it (slowly). ;)

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    1. I saw that the other day and am thinking I might join into ARC August. It's so hard to do better on Netgalley when I keep finding books I want to read! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Sounds like a busy. busy month you ahd! It's good to hear you had a great little vacation in Colarado last weekend, I hope you enjoyed yourself. Also I love the idea of a scary books readathon!

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    1. It seems like July isn't going to be any slower either! Still debating on the readathon, need to figure out if I can fit it in or not! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Looking forward to seeing what you think of Black River Falls... It looks pretty interesting.

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    1. I actually ended up DNFing it. It wasn't bad, just wasn't keeping my attention. But I liked other books by the author, so I'm sure this one was probably just as good. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. From what i can tell just about everyone's June was a crazy month! SO much to do and so little time thus falling behind with literally everything! I hope your July has calmed down a bit!!

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    1. Yep, and July hasn't been much freer! Thanks for visiting!

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  10. I loved Throne of Glass!! Happy July!

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    1. I was very happy with it. Ready to read on though, and see where the story goes next! Thanks for stopping by!

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