31 May 2017

A Month in Review: May 2017

It has been one hell of a month and I say that in the kindest way possible. This has been my worst month of video making and blogging. Between work and my personal life it hasn't been the best month for me to do things that I want to do. Hopefully with things finally slowing down I'll have a chance to do what I enjoy most. I didn't read much this month, but overall I pretty much enjoyed everything. Keep reading to see what I enjoyed!

These were my favorites for the month. Keep reading to get a complete list of what I've read for the entire month.

  • Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Vol. 2, Cosmic Cooties 
  • The Vision,  Vol. 1: Little Worse Than A Man 
  • Archie Vs. Predator 
  • Royally Screwed 
  • Strawberry Shortcake Murder
  • Revival, Vol. 2: Live Like You Mean It
  • Twilight 
  • Oddly Normal, Vol. 1
  • Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine 
  • Chew, Vol. 7: Bad Apples
  • Masterminds
Okay I will be the first to admit that this month went horribly haha. I didn't read a wide variety of things nor did I reach the my goal of reading from authors outside of the United States. Every book I read this month was from an author that resided in the US. What was really good about this month is that I did enjoy most of the books that I read. This made me feel really good simply because I had a really tough month in general so at least I was reading things I enjoyed. I'm definitely going to have to do better in June. 

This month I read a total of 2,386 pages which is less than what I normally read; however, I think that next month will be a better month. 

I didn't post a lot on the blog this month but here is what I did post: 

17 May 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday #7, Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa over at WishfulEndings. She has taken on a similar meme to Jills Waiting on Wednesday over at Breaking the Spine. Since Jill hasn't posted in a while I'm going to join in on this meme. To participate all you have to do is spotlight upcoming publications you're eagerly anticipating. Keep reading to see what I have chosen for this week.

 Expected Publication: October 2017 

This book caught my attention for two reasons: it's a young black man writing letters to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and it's analysis of police brutality. I cannot even find the words to express how excited I am for this book. I think it's going to be epic and I'm itching to get my hands on it. 

Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for.

Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up. Way up. Much to the fury of the white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. And Justyce and Manny get caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack. The truth of what happened that night—some would kill to know. Justyce is dying to forget.

16 May 2017

Top 10 Tuesday: Mother's In Literature

Hey everybody! It's Tuesday so that means another Top 10 Tuesday for me hosted by the ladies over at the Broke and the Bookish! I've been on a brief hiatus taking a break from blogging; however, I'm back and and I'm happy to start my return with a Top 10 Tuesday! Mothers Day just passed so today I'll be looking at the top 10 mother's in literature. Sit back and enjoy.

1. Percy Jackson: Although his mother doesn't play a huge role in the "second set" of the series I really enjoyed the appearances that she did make originally. She was kind and compassionate. 2. Harry Potter: There's no way I could have made this list without including Mrs. Weasley. She was completed amazing and great to all of her kids including Harry and Hermione. 3. Persepolis: If you haven't read this you need to pick it up. All of the mothers in this book are hilarious and give the reader an interesting insight to Iranian culture.

4. TMI: Although I'm not a fan of these books or Clary, I really do enjoy and appreciate her mom. I think she is sweet, kind, and compassionate. 5. The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse: This one is a little interesting because you don't see a whole lot of the mother in  this book; however, in the parts where she is present she makes one hell of an impression. 6. The War That Saved My Life: It wasn't her mother, but her caretaker that took on the role of a mother that spoke to my heart.

7. Sailor Moon: Usagi's mom is probably just as funny as her. 8. The Hate U Give: First of all if you haven't read this book you're definitely missing out; however, the mother in this book was simply amazing. She was supportive and endearing. 9. Homegoing: Just the wathcing the process of the mothers in this book develop was very rewarding.

10. Aya: Aya's mom was incredibly strong especially during a time when a lot of men were still expecting women to take a back seat to them.

07 May 2017

Sunday Post #5

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers and readers. I am back with another Sunday post hosted by the lovely caffeinated book reviewer. I wish I was more consistent with these posts, alas, I am not haha. 

Okay let's start with my week in a complete recap. It's been a crazyyyyy week. My job is getting more and more intense. Not that I don't enjoy it but it does take a lot of my attention and time. I haven't been doing a lot of reading, but I am keeping up with my blog and Youtube channel. I also just got into grad school sooo I'm sure that's going to be taking a lot of my time as well. Hopefully I can make every thing work. 

I actually haven't bought any books this week. I have a bunch checked out from the library so I may do a separate post detailing exactly what I have currently have checked out. If you're interested let me know in the comment box below. 

  • BookishRealm Discussion: Re-reading Books
  • Top 10 Tuesday 
  • Can't Wait Wednesday 
  • Copper Sun Book Review
  • Friday #56 
  • Movie Review: Hidden Figures 

So I'm currently working on quite a few things; however, these are the three that I'm really focusing on. I'm listening to City of Lost Souls on audio and I'm reading Addicted After All in e-book format. Twilight is a re-read. I plan on reading this series this year. 

Okay guys that's it! Let me know what you've been reading and writing about this week. 

05 May 2017

Video Trailer Reveal | The Unforgiven by A. Katie Rose

Happy Friday guys! So I'm doing something a little different today and I'm working with Sylv's Book Tours to reveal the book trailer for The Unforgiven by A. Katie Rose. Keep reading to learn more about the book, the author, and watch the book trailer which is linked above!

When the moon and the sun
Are joined as one,
From tears of strife, from the bitter ashes,
From sorrow and from rage
That what was once parted
Shall again be one.

First Captain Vanyar: Disgraced. Outlawed. Haunted by the chilling murder of his own men, he is consumed by guilt and knows he can never find redemption for his crimes. The most talented Shape-Shifter ever born, only he can save Princess Iyumi from a Witch’s evil, and help her find the child of prophecy. But his Atani brothers, seeking justice for the slaying of Vanyar’s unit, plan his private execution against the King’s orders.

Princess Iyumi: She is the legendary “She Who Hears”, the voice of the gods, and the gods’ chosen tool. Only she knows where to find the child spoken of in the ancient prophecy, the child who will unite two feuding countries and protect the world of magic from obliteration. Caught between two warring men, only her love is hers to give, to offer to the only man she ever wanted.

Prince Flynn: Despised by his own people, cruelly abused by his father, he fights to hide his magical gifts from those who would slay him for possessing them. By blood and by fire, he gains a terrible power, and condemns his own soul. He must find Princess Iyumi and the child, and bring them to his father’s mistress, the Red Witch. Or the only people who ever mattered to him, his mother and his sister, will die.

A. Katie Rose is a workaholic living in San Antonio, Texas. With her day job as a photographer, she writes in what little remains of her spare time. She enjoys long walks, reading (when possible), watching movies, red wine, and drinking beer around a fire with friends. Among her extracurricular activities, she rides her horses and rescues cats.

A Colorado native, she earned her B.A. in literature and history at Western State College, in Gunnison, Colorado. Her first novel, In a Wolf’s Eyes, was published in April of 2012. Her second book, Catch a Wolf, was released in July, 2013. The third of the series, Prince Wolf, was released in May of 2014. The Unforgiven was published in March of 2015. Book Four, Under the Wolf’s Shadow was published in June of 2016. She is busy working on the fifth of the Saga of the Black Wolf series, The Kinslayer.

When the piles of deadwood reached halfway up the trunk, Cian stood up. He lifted my chain. “Van. It’s time.

I glanced at the sun. It hovered over the mountain peaks, its bright rays of gold, orange, pink and rose-blush streaking eastward as though yearning for the dawn. As you love me, your lordships, I prayed silently. As you love her, help me through this.

I offered no fight as Cian and Kado untied my hands only to retie them behind the stout, dried trunk of the old oak. Just more tinder to catch hold. I gazed down at the pile that shifted uneasily beneath my feet. I leaned my head back against the bark and shut my eyes. Focus, damn it. Focus.

Concentrating, I slowed my breathing, my heartbeat. I focused on my sword. If you’re there, I said, deep within my mind, I need you now. Slowly, too slowly, I sank deeper into a trance. Only by casting out all distractions might I call upon the sword’s power. As it lay outside my own, perhaps it was not constrained by the cold pewter collar around my neck.

“May you be reborn in Paradise,” Cian called, safely returned to the ground with Kado in tow.

His voice broke my infant trance. Frantic to reclaim it, I felt it slip from my grasp. I heard a torch lit with a whoosh, scented its smoky flame. I knew someone, probably Yestin, handed it with devout ceremony to Cian.

Down, I thought, my mind fogged, sluggish. Down, deep and down.

The trance hovered at the threshold of my mind, calling to me.

At my feet, flames licked the dry wood and found it palatable. Heat rose to warm my body, and smoke teased my nostrils, burned my eyelids. Ignore it, my mind whispered. Ignore it and control thy fear. Fear is your enemy. Make it your ally.

Dropping deeper into a trance, I called to my own blood, captured deep within the sword. Hear me. Feel me. I am yours and you are mine.

I hear, the sword hissed in reply. I obey.

The flames rose higher, hungry, feeding on the dry wood. I needed no eyes to witness Cian fall back, shading his brow against the terrible heat. I saw within my mind his companions curse in dreadful fascination as they stumbled into one another, seizing arms, tripping over themselves in their haste to escape the licking fires of hell.

Sweat burst from my pores only to dry an instant later under the searing heat. The pain from my busted ribs felt as naught to the savage terror that filled my soul, my heart. The trance slid back, panic emerging, my throat raw and ready to scream. I’m going to die!

Not yet.

The sword’s power caught my mind, my heart. I saw through its empty eyes, felt its calm regard, listened to its silent voice. It knew me. I knew it. Like lovers reunited after a long absence, we rushed toward each other. We collided like twin moons in the aether, sparks and smoke erupting in showers. I now owned its absolute power, the kind of power the gods themselves outlawed eons ago.

Break it.

Hot, lethal flames surged upward, licking my knees, straining toward my thighs. Raging hot flame climbed up my body, burning, destroying. I knew, distantly, my boots had melted and only my feet smoldered, not quite burning.

Break it!

I sharpened my mind and focused my will. Now!

With the sound of six-inch thick ice breaking, the collar about my neck shattered. As though hit with a divine hammer, it dropped into hundreds of pieces, into the licking flames, gone. My power roared through me, restored, my birthright. The agony of my injuries receded as the new flood of adrenaline forced it to the sidelines.

In a blink, I was airborne. The ropes that once bound my hands dropped to the flames, consumed. My falcon’s small form rose high into the violent colors of the sunset, my screech of triumph breaking across the sound of crackling flames and the scent of burning wood. My wings forced the dark smoke into roiling behind my tail, coiling like deadly serpents before the light evening breeze set it adrift. I soared high and free, climbing into the dusk.

“No!” Cian screamed, his voice echoing through the mountains.

Finish it. The soft voice whispered in my ear.

Yes. Let’s finish it. If I don’t kill him now, I’ll never be free of him or his vengeance. It’s time he met the true Zeani.

Folding my wings, I dropped like a stone. Straight toward the hot fires he set, the death he planned for me, I aimed my raptor’s beak. The wind whistled past my ears, rustled through my tail feathers. My keen eyes saw him, far below, watching the skies for me, his mouth open in a howl of despair. His boys flanked him, watching the sky, the wood, the mountain, huddled together like sheep before the onset of a storm. They feared me. They were right to fear me.

I was always the best. I won every contest. I defeated every prior champion. I could change forms on a pinfeather and slay with the fangs of a tiger before my enemy knew what killed him. My enemies feared me. My friends wished they could be me. No one ever bested me in a fight. I didn’t intend to lose now.

A rod from the ground, I changed.

Striking the ground in my human shape, sword in hand, I charged. From the darkness I rose, unseen. They searched the skies as I dropped among them. My first strike took Kado across the face, splitting his mouth from ear to ear. He smiled as he pointed his arrow at my knee. Then let’s permit him to smile forevermore.

His scream of agony alerted the others and they broke apart in panic. Cian yelled and seized steel, bellowing orders his men didn’t heed. Darkness hadn’t yet fallen completely, and the firelight glinted off our bared blades. Only the first stars twinkled from the heavens, and I half-wondered if Zeani watched from afar and hoped her lover would win this bout.

As Yestin and Tris reached Kado to succor his injury, Cian and I met. Our swords rang against one another, slithering in a shiver of sparks as I fought to kill him and he fought not to die. His fear worked against him just as my rage worked for me. I parried his amateur stroke and feinted a blow to his left. When he swung to block it, I lunged in, under his blade, to his right. The tip of my sword cut his thigh near the groin. Not close to his femoral, but enough that his leg buckled under him. I feinted again, striking close to his head. He ducked, parried and responded with a quick cut to my belly.

I jumped back easily, avoiding his blade and slashed downward and sideways. His sword swung hard left, harmless, leaving his right shoulder exposed. I cut backward, slicing through tough muscle and tendon.

His sword clanged to the ground as he staggered, blood gushing from two wounds. As desperate as he was, I expected him to change, to shift into a new body. His favorite form was the fox: swift, clever, and nimble. As a quick predator, he might escape my blade and my wrath. Instead, Cian cried aloud, screaming names, calling for reinforcements. “Broc! Yestin! Help me! Help!”

Finish it.

I swung my blade hard, from left to right, across his throat. Blood fountained high, spattering into the growing darkness. He stood still, his eyes wide and staring. What the hell? I know I killed him. Still he stood, gaping at me in astonishment. His mouth worked. His eyes bulged in his head. The scar across his cheek paled to a dim pink as the blood drained from his flesh. Damn it, why aren’t you dead? I tilted my head sideways, considering. A swift glance downward showed me a clean blade glinting in the bright firelight.

Uh, did I kill him or didn’t I?

“Van,” he mumbled, his lips moving slowly. “For–forgive me.”

Oh, bloody unlikely. I lowered my sword and watched in casual amusement as his head slowly, like a mountain collapsing, tilted sideways. Only a thin thread of flesh that my sword missed kept his head on his neck. Then it split, torn, as Cian’s head fell to the tundra and rolled, over and over, bumping his nose, to rest near my bare feet.

His body slumped to the stony soil, bleeding out from his empty neck, pooling in thick clots amid the thin grass and fallen pine needles. I swallowed the lump that formed in my throat. I killed a member of my own family. He was my kin, a Clansman, after all. But he sent my girl into the hands of a murdering prince with all the thought of ordering his next round of ale. For that, I kicked his head into the rushing river.

“You killed him,” Tris said, his tone low with awe and disbelief.

Broc, Yestin and Drust slowly rose from a still groaning Kado and stepped on light, cautious feet toward me. Zorn ran in, nocking an arrow to his bowstring, raising it, aiming. Their bared swords gleamed in the firelight as they circled me round, their eyes glowing redly. Spinning my sword in a tight circle, I raised my free hand toward them, grinning faintly.

I lowered my face and spat on Cian’s still twitching corpse. “I reckon you boys want to join your master, eh? C’mon, then. Let’s dance.”

Drust rushed me first, yelling for all he was worth, his sword raised. I lifted mine, braced to meet him head on. Instead, something from the near darkness seized him by the shoulders and yanked him high. His despairing scream of agony and terror trailed down to me at the same instant his sword clanked to the ground at my feet.

What the–

Zorn’s arrow whistled past my head as Drust’s flayed body, his skull crushed beyond recognition, fell to the ground behind me. I whirled to defend my rear. I saw nothing to defend against, yet the hairs on the back of my neck stood at attention. Blood poured from the myriad cuts and slices to his body, his neck half severed. His slowly glazing eyes stared at me, accusing. You did this.
No, I swear, I didn’t.

Tris rushed me, his eyes bugging with not just fear but outright terror. His sword swung so wildly, all I needed do to avoid it was step aside. I never bothered to raise my own. He staggered past me–and screamed. Something huge and darkly shadowed lifted him from the ground and hugged him close. I heard his bones snap as his ribs and spine gave in, his last breaths of life broken with bubbles of blood.

Thudding hooves warned me in time.

Spinning, my sword high and my body low, my narrowed vision watched as a huge dark creature galloped into the firelight. The red-orange flames glistened off black hair, black hide, a rayed star high above with gold gleaming around his throat. Moon and fire licked off a raised sword, but the creature’s face dropped my sword’s tip to the dirt. Oh, no way, this isn’t right, this isn’t happening–

04 May 2017

The Tudors Season #1 Review

Season 1

Director: Michael Hirst

  • Henry VIII, King of England: Johnathan Rhys Meyers
  • Catherine of Aragon: Maria Doyle Kennedy
  • Anne Boleyn: Natalie Dorm
  • Princess Mary: Balthnaid McKeown
  • Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk: Henry Cavill
  • Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex: James Frain
  • Sir Thomas More: Jeremy Northam
  • Cardinal Thomas Wolsey: Sam Neill
  • Margaret Tudor: Gabrielle Anwar
  • Francis I of France: Emmanuel Leconte
  • Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor: Sebastian Armesto
Genre: Historical Fiction/Drama

Rating: Mature Audiences

Brief Plot Analysis: The Tudors is a modern day adaptation of the reign of King Henry the VIII. While it does focus on his six marriages, there is also a heavy analysis of the king's court, foreign relations, and political climate. Season one solely focuses on Henry's marriage to Queen Catherine of
Aragon and arranging the marriage of his daughter Mary to the dauphin of France. During the later half of the season, the audience will become introduced to Anne Boleyn as she acquires Henry's affections and he begins to seek out a divorce from the Catholic Church. In the background of this struggle, the audience is also privy to the relationship that Henry has with Cromwell, More, and Wolsey who are all fighting to establish themselves as prominent figures of the Catholic Church as well as the king's court. Other characters such as Margaret Tudor and Charles Brandon get their own story line as they attempt to navigate through the hardships of being a part of Henry's court.

Film Features: I'm a junkie for historical films and their settings so of course I absolutely loved the features of this first season. The costumes and the locations were clearly well planned and thought of and the viewer gets the perception that they are being transported back into 16th century Europe. The part I think I enjoyed most was seeing and understanding how lavishly royalty lived in comparison to their counterparts that lived in the cities or the country. I mean these people had money from their clothing down to the banquet halls that served the food. It made me even more interested to take a look at the social consequences of living such a wealthy life when individuals in your country suffered so badly.

Characters: It took a while to get into the characters. Some I truly adored and some I truly despised. Two of my most favorite characters include Charles Brandon and Catherine of Aragon. Charles Brandon isn't the most upstanding guy in the show; however, I really resonated with his personality. He was fun to watch and for that reason I feel as though he was able to keep Henry more balanced. My appreciation for Catherine of Aragon solely comes from the fact that she was a truly
compassionate woman and even after finding that her husband wanted to divorce her, tried to maintain her faith and the validity of her relationship. Honestly, Henry, towards the end of the season, treated her without much respect. I understood that in that time women were not granted much in terms of being able to speak the minds and opinions; however, Catherine really did not deserve the treatment she acquired as a result of Henry longing for another woman. In terms of least favorite characters I would have to say that I mainly had one and it was Cromwell. Everything about him rubbed me the wrong way. Granted I am writing these having knowledge of 3 additional seasons; however, from the first time he was introduced on screen he appeared to have his own agenda.

Overall Thoughts/Feelings: I really enjoyed the first season of this series. It isn't the most historically accurate show and the director/writer did take liberties with how certain things were
depicted; however, for the most part I loved everything about it and I must say I learned a few things that I didn't know even after majoring in history as an undergraduate. What I really appreciated was the fact that the show was made/designed to reach a wide audience. It isn't too historically driven to drive away those who find history boring and it wasn't too risque to drive away those that love shows that focus on facts. To me the show had a great balance. The acting was great, the set and costume designs were well planned, and I really think it had enough historically accurate information to draw viewers. I have already watched seasons 2&3 and I'm halfway through 4 so I'll be doing a review of those very soon.

03 May 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday #6, A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa over at WishfulEndings. She has taken on a similar meme to Jills Waiting on Wednesday over at Breaking the Spine. Since Jill hasn't posted in a while I'm going to join in on this meme. To participate all you have to do is spotlight upcoming publications you're eagerly anticipating. Keep reading to see what I have chosen for this week.

Expected Publication: May 16, 2017 

I heard about Emily Henry's Love that Split the World and I must admit that I didn't have any interest in it; however, this time around I really think I may enjoy this book. It has a Romeo and Juliet type of synopsis to it and that is my favorite play by Shakespeare. Hopefully it turns out to be as good as it sounds. 

Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry's brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations. 

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O'Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.

Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn't need a better reason than that. She's an O'Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O'Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.

But when Saul Angert, the son of June's father's mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can't seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn't exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.

Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it's finally time for her—and all of the O'Donnells before her—to let go.

02 May 2017

A Month in Review: April 2017

It's May and that means the hot weather is here to stay. I'm currently in my apartment typing this at almost 2 in the morning miserable because of the heat haha. This month wasn't the best reading month for me simply because of the fact that I was on vacation part of the month and got absolutely no reading done. I did enjoy what I did read this month. Keep reading to see what I enjoy and maybe what I didn't enjoy.

These were some of my favorites for the month. Keep reading to get a complete list of everything I've read this past month.

  • Westminster Abby 
  • Nana Vol. 8 
  • Yellow Brick War 
  • Emma Vol. 1
  • Blankets 
  • How Dare the Sun Rise 
  • Food Wars Vol. 16
  • Food Wars Vol. 17 
  • Clockwork Prince
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
  • Komomo Confiserie Vol. 1

Guys I finally did it! I read more books from authors outside the US then inside. I'm so happy to see that. Hopefully I can keep that up in the next couple of months. I didn't read as much as I usually do simply because I did go on vacation this month. Overall it was a good reading month with me catching up on and starting some new manga series. As far as the ratings are concerned, I did have two books that received two stars simply because I didn't enjoy them or the writing style. One was a part of a series that I was look forward to, but it really let me down. 

This month I read a total of 3,271 pages which is clearly less than last month; however, it's still good considering how little I read this month. 

Here's what I posted on the blog this month: 

01 May 2017

April Challenge Check-In

Hey Guys! It's about that time again and I'm here to do my challenge check-in/wrap up for the month. Keep reading to see how I've been doing with my challenges!

#NetflixsandBook Challenge

So the Netflix & Book Challenge is hosted by Novel Ink and Bookmark It and in order to track my progress for this challenge they actually have a point system. Ok so this month I didn't do much watching or reading to be honest. I was on vacation for over a week and then work has been extremely crazy. Hopefully going into May I can do a whole lot better.  

Here are the shows & books I have completed as I am writing this post: 

  • Grey's Anatomy Season 3 - 20 points 
  • Tudors Season 1- 20 points
  • Tudors Season 2-20 points 
  • Tudors Season 3-20 points 
  • Sailor Moon Season 1 - 10 points
  • Bonus: Matchup for watching season 1 of Sailor Moon & reading vol. 1 - 25 points
So this month (April) I earned 115 points for a yearly total of 515 points. 

This once again is a challenge that I'm doing really well with. I didn't read Challenger Deep as planned, but I have completed four out of the 12 challenges which keeps me right on track. 
Total: 4/12

Pop Sugar Challenge

The Pop Sugar Challenge is probably the most difficult challenge I'll be participating in this year. There are a lot of different categories and quite a few of them are outside of my comfort zone. I haven't completed any books for this challenge this month. If I want to finish my the end of the year I definitely need to pick it up on this challenge. 

Total for Jan -April:  8/63

This is probably the challenge that I will easily finish before we even get halfway through 2017. I went for 52 books, but I think that was a little to easy for me. Keep reading to see what I have accomplished. 
  • Archie Vol. 1
  • Nana Vol. 8
  • Blankets
  • Emma Vol. 1
  • Food Wars Vol. 16 
  • Food Wars Vol. 17
  • Komomo Confiserie Vol. 1
Total Jan-April: 31 

Once again I didn't read anything for this challenge. Yea I just wasn't in the picture reading mood; therefore, it didn't happen. I'm hoping that once things calm down at work I'll be able to get back into reading more of these. 

Okay guys so once again this wasn't my month for challenges haha. I have to do better in the upcoming months if I want to make any dents or complete anything by the end of the year. Let me know what challenges you're participating in and how they're going.