Thursday, September 1, 2011

August wrap up

And that's the end of August! August wasn't that great in terms of weather, so I mostly read inside.. Hopefully it'll be 'really' cold soon so I can grab a steamy mug of tea while reading!

I managed to read a fair amount of books this month; 13! This makes my total of this year 96 books read. According to my Goodreads Reading Challenge widget, I'm 30 books ahead of schedule and that's so cool! Also: I only have to read 4 more books to reach my goal of 100 books in 2011! That's INSANE! I didn't actually think I'd read this much in a year, but I even read more.. :D Some stats: I have read 96 books this year, which equals 32,748 pages read so far in 2011. That pagecount is rapidly going up! I'm thinking of making my goal reading 50,000 pages this year.. Not sure if I can read 15,000 more pages before 2012, though!

Here's this month's wrap up video :)

Read in August
1. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
2. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
3. Firebrand by Gillian Philip
4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
5. Slide by Jill Hathaway
6. A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
7. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
8. He's After Me by Chris Higgins
9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
10. The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
11. The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross
12. Eve by Anna Carey
13. Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Started but not yet finished
XVI by Julia Karr

I'm hoping to finish XVI later today (31st - but I'll add it to my September finished books). So far I'm not really into it - so I don't think I will get into it anymore because I have only 50 pages left or so. (Edited to add: I finished it and it got better towards the end - so I will be eagerly awaiting Truth!)

This month I read a couple of books that either weren't for me or where just disappointing. Partly that is because my expectations were so high, and partly because it was just lacking in the story in my opinion. My favorites of this month were This Lullaby, Slide and The Maze Runner. I really liked those and cannot wait for either the sequel (last two) or more of her books (This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen). Overall, I'd say I had a good month! Maybe not all awesome reads, but Firebrand for example was outside my comfort zone (aka outside the genres that I read most often) so I'm glad I experienced that :) 

Anyhow, that's it for my wrap up this month! What did you read this month? What book was your favorite? Did you have any disappointing titles? If you have recommendations, please let me know in the comments! :)


  1. I'm glad that you really like The Maze Runner! You're doing really well with your book challenge. Are you going to increase your goal? I'm on book #70, which is mind-blowing to me as I'd never read more than 50 in 12 months before (and even that was only once).

    The books I read:

    62. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
    63. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
    64. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
    65. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
    66. Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
    67. Those That Wake by Jesse Karp
    68. Tankborn by Karen Sandler
    69. A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

    My favourites were Dark Inside and Tankborn and my least favourites were Those That Wake and Ashes (only because of the second half).

  2. Also, do you have to update your Goodreads reading challenge widget manually?

  3. You really made me want to read Tankborn! I'm really looking forward to reading it, I actually moved it up my pile.. :)

    And yes I think I'm going to increase my goal! Small steps - But the way I'm going now I think I'll be able to read at least 120 (whoa, that's a lot..) I think you can just change it in your GR widget, but yes, that has to be done manually! Otherwise it'll just say "lvngbooks read 120 books toward her goal of 100 books (120%)" xD

    And you're doing amazing!! I think you're on a roll ;) Go you!! *cheers you on* think you will make it to 100 before 2012? :)

  4. Oh I really hope you like Tankborn then! I think you'll definitely get to at least 120.

    Sorry I meant whether you actually had to edit the HTML. Every time I read a book I have to go into my 'Widgets' section and change it from 66 to 67, 67 to 68, 68 to 69 etc about 5 times :/ I guess it must have something to do with WP not supporting Javascript, if you don't have to do that.

    I think I'll make it to 100!

  5. Huh, really? That's weird.. I don't have to do that, it automatically updates when I mark a book as read on Goodreads. Maybe it doesn't work on Wordpress? I don't know, I haven't heard about that problem! If WP doesn't support Javascript then that should be the problem.. (I wonder why they wouldn't support that, though)


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