Monthly Summary: March 2014


in march…

I know I said this in February, but damn, I can’t believe March is over already! Time is passing much faster than I would like it to. I’m still not being too active online, because real life stuff is taking up a majority of my time/mental capacity. Here’s the real indicator of that: I’ve only read 14 books.

I’m in both a reading and a life slump. Lately when I go to read, I have trouble getting into anything. I have read a few fantastic books this month to help out with that, and I’m also going to read some chunky epic fantasy books so I have something to always be in the middle of. My current pick for that is THE MISTS OF AVALON by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

   

Reviews Posted:

Half Bad (Half Life #1) by Sally Green
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes #1) by Christopher Healy
Sous Chef by Michael Gibney
Night of the Hunter (Companions Codex #1) by R.A. Salvatore
Bracelet of Bones (Viking Sagas #1) by Kevin Crossley-Holland
The Reaver (The Sundering #4) by Richard Lee Byers
The Adversary (The Sundering #3) by Erin M. Evans
Knight Assassin by Rima Jean
The Winner’s Curse (Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski

Other Stuff:

Blog Tour: Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
The Reading Machine [1]
The Reading Machine [2]
The Reading Machine [3]
The Reading Machine [4]
Cover Reveal: Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Aaaand that’s about it! The theme of boring as usual continues around here :D

– leeanna

Monthly Summary: February 2014


in february…

Even though I know February is a short month, the end of it always catches me by surprise. Reading 22 books was really my big accomplishment.

I haven’t been too active in the blogosphere lately, nor have I been spending a ton of time on the computer. I’ve had a few personal things happen, so I haven’t felt very social. So sorry if I haven’t stopped by your blog lately!

   

Reviews Posted:

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen.
Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Super Villain by Richard Roberts.
The Boleyn Bride by Brandy Purdy.
Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki.
Black Dog (Black Dog #1) by Rachel Neumeier.
Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes.
Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy by Elizabeth Kiem.
Fighting for the Edge (Edge #3) by Jennifer Comeaux.
Night Owls (Night Owls #1) by Lauren M. Roy.
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer.
Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout.
The Seers (The Holders #2) by Julianna Scott.

Waiting on Wednesday:
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen.
The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke.

Other Stuff:
Discussion: Do You Use Facebook?
Author Interview: Rachel Neumeier.
Author Interview: Danielle L. Jensen.


in march…

Get ahead! I’m going to have some rough months coming up, so I want to be organized and get ahead. Although I said that last month… so we’ll see ;)

– leeanna

Monthly Summary: January 2014

IN JANUARY…

January’s been pretty uneventful, except for getting a lovely cold. Fortunately I’d scheduled a ton of reviews ahead of time, so my blog didn’t go silent for the week it hurt to look at a screen.

I read 20 books, wrote a ton of reviews, and did a couple of maintenance things on the blog. The big thing was renewing my hosting and domain name: www.leeanna.me is sticking around for at least 2 more years!

I intended to do a bit more at the end of the month, but I’ve been speeding through the Milkweed Triptych by Ian Tregillis. A friend had been wanting me to read the series forever, and now that I finally did… I don’t know why I kept putting it off! I read the books for fun, but now I’m toying with reviewing them. Do you ever read books for fun and then end up writing reviews anyway?

Onto what I read:

bracelet of bones branded diamonds & deceit freakboy
her dark curiosity independent study mistress of the wind night owls
relic salt secret lies stolen songbird
the companions the godborn witch born witch fall
witch song bitter seeds the coldest war hatshepsut's collar

Reviews Posted:

  1. Ruined (The Eternal Balance #1) by Jus Accardo.
  2. Pretty When They Collide (Pretty When She Dies #0.5) by Rhiannon Frater.
  3. Mistress of the Wind by Michelle Diener.
  4. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.
  5. Salt (Salt #1) by Danielle Ellison.
  6. Gated (Gated #1) by Amy Christine Parker.
  7. Witch Song (Witch Song #1) by Amber Argyle.
  8. Witch Born (Witch Song #2) by Amber Argyle.
  9. Witch Fall (Witch Song #3) by Amber Argyle.
  10. The Companions (The Sundering #1) by R.A. Salvatore.
  11. The Testing (The Testing #1) by Joelle Charbonneau.
  12. Independent Study (The Testing #2) by Joelle Charbonneau.
  13. Diamonds & Deceit (At Somerton #2) by Leila Rasheed.
  14. The Godborn (The Sundering #2) by Paul S. Kemp.
  15. Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter #2) by Megan Shepherd.
  16. Relic (Books of Eva #1) by Heather Terrell.
  17. Secret Lies by Amy Dunne.
  18. Hatshepsut’s Collar (Artifact Hunters #2) by A.W. Exley.
  19. Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark.
  20. Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown.

Waiting on Wednesday:

The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons.

I’m going back to doing Waiting on Wednesday – it’s such an easy way to feature upcoming books I’m looking forward to, as well as an easy way to find more books to be excited about.

Blog Tours:

Blog Tour: Branded (Sinners #1) by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki.
Blog Tour: The Sorcery Code by Dima Zales.

Other Book Posts:

2013 Favorite Books of the Year.
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist.

 

IN FEBRUARY…

My big goal for February is to try and create a review posting schedule. I’d like to try and post reviews for upcoming books a week or two before the release or just after, since I think that’s the best time to post, if possible. So this will require some organization, because I’ve already got some reviews written for February/March books. Yay to being halfway organized!

– leeanna

Monthly Summary: December 2013

IN DECEMBER…

   

I read a lot in December! Goodreads puts my total for 2013 at 225, but that’s a tad inaccurate because Goodreads doesn’t count rereads. I should request that as a feature, since I reread a lot. When I finish the stats post for 2013, I’ll have a total count of all my reads.

Otherwise, I posted a ton of reviews in December, and two author interviews. Trying to come up with interview questions is always hard for me, because I don’t want to sound like an idiot. Oh well. The more I do, the better I’ll get, right?

Book Reviews Posted:
Six (Sundancer #1) by Rachel Robinson.
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi.
Arclight (Arclight #1) by Josin L. McQuein.
Cinders & Sapphires (At Somerton #1) by Leila Rasheed.
Brimstone Angels (Forgotten Realms) by Erin M. Evans.
Becoming Marie Antoinette (Marie Antoinette #1) by Juliet Grey.
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) by Veronica Rossi.
Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi.
Clan by Realm Lovejoy.
World of Ash (World of Ash #1) by Shauna Granger.
Shadows of Asphodel (Shadows of Asphodel #1) by Karen Kincy.
Phoenix Overture (Newsoul #2.5) by Jodi Meadows.
Kinslayer (The Lotus War #2) by Jay Kristoff.
Touch of Power (Healer #1) by Maria V. Snyder.
Without You (Stripped #1.5) by Brooklyn Skye.
Chasing the Star Garden (Airship Racing Chronicles #1) by Melanie Karsak.
In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl.
Shadowplay (Pantomime #2) by Laura Lam.
Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh (Kiya #1) by Katie Hamstead.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.
Scent of Magic (Healer #2) by Maria V. Snyder.
Black Spring by Alison Croggon.
Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry.

Fit Owl Tuesdays:
The Failure Edition.

Waiting on Wednesday:
The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard.

Other Stuff:
Author Interview With Brooklyn Skye.
Owl Post: What I Learned During NaNoWriMo.
End of the Year 2013 Readathon.
Author Interview With Rachel Robinson.

– leeanna

Monthly Summary: November 2013

IN NOVEMBER…

I read 20 books! I also wrote about ~25k words! (Official count coming in my NaNo wrapup post tomorrow.) So November was productive in some ways, not so in others. Mostly reading.

Reviews Posted:
Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin.
Pantomime (Pantomime #1) by Laura Lam.
Burning by Elana K. Arnold.
Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis #1) by Kelsey Ketch.
Roses Have Thorns (Ladies in Waiting #3) by Sandra Byrd.
Born of Illusion (Born of Illusion #1) by Teri Brown.
The Silver Sea by Julia Golding.
Memory’s Wake (Memory’s Wake #1) by Selina Fenech.
Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera.
Silent Harmony (Vivienne Taylor #1) by Michele Scott.
Board Stiff (Xanth #38) by Piers Anthony.
The Lost Sun (The United States of Asgard #1) by Tessa Gratton.
Powered (Powered #1) by Cheyanne Young.
Run for the Roses by Rachel Schieffelbein.
The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed #1) by Page Morgan.

Fit Owl Tuesdays:
Nothing. I’m going to become a sloth at this rate.

Waiting on Wednesday:
Shadowplay by Laura Lam.

Other Things:
Why I Almost Quit Blogging, and Why I Didn’t. Probably one of the most honest posts I’ve ever written, and I haven’t looked at the comments yet. I’m a little scared :/
Owl Post: Writing What Scares You #NaNo. I’ll have more on my attempt at NaNo in another post, but what I’m amazed about here is that my first reaction, upon getting an idea that scared the heck out of me, was that I shouldn’t write it.

– leeanna

Monthly Summary: October 2013

IN OCTOBER 2013…

Grand total for October: 15 books. I’m SLACKING. Admittedly, October wasn’t the greatest month for me personally. Although at this point, I think I can just say 2013 sucked for me. Real life can shove it.

 

I am slowly getting caught up on lots of bloggy things, from cross-posting reviews to wading through my email to writing reviews. As I’ve said for the last couple monthly posts, I have more articles and such planned and drafted … but they’re mostly living in my head. I can write a whole blog post in my brain before I fall asleep, but damn if I remember it in the morning. I really need a USB port at the base of my skull.

As part of the insanity that is me, I am attempting NaNoWriMo again this year. I have a handy dandy NaNoWriMo 2013 Kickoff post if you’d like to join the fun with me. No guarantee if I’ll accomplish 50,000 this year, but my bigger goal is to quit self-editing and re-thinking in my head so much. I’ve always had a problem with this, but maybe more practice will help.

Reviews Posted: 10
In Harmony (Fenbrook Academy #2) by Helena Newbury.
Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller.
Into That Forest by Louis Nowra.
The End Games by T. Michael Martin.
The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy #1) by Laura Andersen.
Poison by Bridget Zinn
Dark Angel by T.J. Bennett.
Nothing But Blue by Lisa Jahn-Clough.
Wonderland by David-Matthew Barnes.
Made of Stars by Kelley York.

Fit Owl Tuesdays:
In Which I Make a Hashtag Pledge: #100DaysOfYoga. I’m failing at this so far, but at least I’m trying.

Other Stuff:
October 2013 Page Count Contest. My goal was 10,000; I read a measly 4k pages.
Fraterfest Readathon. I participated in this at the last minute, mainly to read PRETTY WHEN THEY COLLIDE, which had been on my TBR list forever.
Blog Tour: Garden of Eden by Kate Cowan: Excerpt and Giveaway.
Blog Tour: Realm Walker by Kathleen Collins: Spotlight and Giveaway.

 

NOVEMBER PLANS…

1. Not drive myself crazy with NaNo.
2. Read more books.
3. Write reviews faster.
4. Repeat 1-3.

– leeanna

Monthly Summary: September 2013

IN SEPTEMBER 2013…

Grand total for September: 18 books. Yes, I’m back to my old habit of rereading.

   

Again, I read a lot in September. That’s about all I accomplished. Although I wanted to get back into blogging and interacting with other bloggers, I had some major personal things that took up most of the month. There was a week where I was on my laptop only once. Seriously, I have no clue where September went. I’m shocked it’s October, and that it’s October 6 already, at that.

I mentioned in my August summary that I had a post in the works about blogging motivation. I have that post mostly written, and have for the past month. But I’m having a hard time finishing and actually posting it because … well, it’s hard to admit that I almost quit blogging. But I guess now that I’ve mentioned it, I’ll have to finish the post and explain.

Short story: I’ve decided NOT to quit, but that means I have a LOT of things to catch up on. I owe lots of emails, tweets, comment replies, and apologies. Time to figure out a schedule so I can get caught up.

Even crazier? I’m thinking about trying NaNo again in November. I shouldn’t even let the thought into my head, because it’s inevitable that I’ll sign up. It’s also inevitable that I won’t finish. I haven’t won a NaNo yet, but then, I haven’t really seriously tried, either. I do what lots of people do: get excited, write something for the first few days, and then run out of steam. This year I want to avoid that. Between now and November 1, I’m going to do some thinking about how I’d like to try to tackle NaNo this year, get some ideas organized, and whatever else.

Reviews Posted:
Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans #3) by Suzanne Johnson.
The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce.
Antigoddess (Goddess War #1) by Kendare Blake.
All the Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry.
Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey.
A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow #1) by Liesel Schwarz.
A Clockwork Heart (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow #2) by Lisel Schwarz.
Escape From Eden by Elisa Nader.
Her Ladyship’s Curse (Disenchanted & Co. #1) by Lynn Viehl.
In Harmony (Fenbrook Academy #2) by Helena Newbury.

Other Stuff:
Tackle Your TBR Readathon
Blog Tour: Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe: Guest Post
Blog Tour: 15 Minutes by Jill Cooper: Excerpt
Blog Tour: The Magistrate by Keira Michelle Telford: Excerpt
Blog Tour: Hero by Alethea Kontis: Guest Post

 

OCTOBER 2013 PLANS…

Get caught up! I mean it this time.

Prepare for NaNo. (Yeah, I meant it when I said it was inevitable that I’d sign up.)

– leeanna

Monthly Summary: August 2013

IN AUGUST 2013…

Look! I read a lot of books in August!

 

And that’s about all I accomplished. 19 books, which puts me at … I’m not sure for the year. I haven’t been updating my Goodreads lately. That’s just one thing on the to do list for September.

So, I had a sort of unexpected blogging hiatus in August. Almost the only posts that went up were scheduled tour reviews. If I have any readers anymore :D , let’s say that won’t be happening again. I have a post that I’m working on that will explain why I checked out, also with tips on how to keep blogging motivation, so look for that this weekend.

Otherwise, I’m happy August is over, even if that means summer is almost gone. I’m already dreading winter, since I spend October to April being cold. Maybe that’s a reason I like to read in bed so much — it’s always nice and warm!

Reviews Written:
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo.
Love, Technically by Lynne Silver.
Roadkill by Alexandra Allred.
Unteachable by Leah Raeder.
The Outside by Laura Bickle.
Circle of Shadows by Imogen Robertson.
Eden’s Root by Rachel E. Fisher.
Seeds of War by Rachel E. Fisher.
Emergence by Rachel E. Fisher.
Asunder by Jodi Meadows.

Other Stuff:
Blog Tour: Blood Entangled by Amber Belldene: Character Spotlight.
Blog Tour: The Howling Heart by April Bostic: Excerpt and Giveaway!

Goal Progress:
How did I do on my Blogging Resolutions?

Not even going to think about that this month!

 

SEPTEMBER PLANS…

Get back on track! This includes:

Update Amazon
Update Goodreads
Update site
Too many other things to list. LOL.

– leeanna

Monthly Summary: July 2013

IN JULY 2013…

July was a fun month. I spent about two weeks down with a nasty summer cold. Getting sick in the summer is fun … not. I did read 16 books, and while I think I’ve kicked my reading slump, I haven’t kicked my reviewing block. I either need to quit wanting to review every book I read, or get better about finishing reviews right after I finish the book. I have started taking notes while reading, which seems to help. And yes, I know I don’t have to review every book, but I am a completist. One of the reasons I review is because I reread a lot, and it’s always interesting for me to see if my thoughts on a book change or not.

Otherwise, I’m still trying to find a replacement I like for Google Reader. I’ve tried Bloglovin, but I don’t like it for reading. I’ve also tried The Old Reader, and it’s okay. I know I should have found a new reader before Google Reader went away, but I was using it up until the last day.

Reviews Written:
Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle.
Stripped by Brooklyn Skye.
Sniper Elite by Scott McEwen.
Blood Oranges by Kathleen Tierney.
Texts From Dog by October Jones.
The Ugly One by Leanne Statland Ellis.
Immortal Eclipse by Sherry Soule.
The Pirate’s Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke.

Waiting on Wednesday:
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay.
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Inheritance by Malinda Lo.
Star Wars: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells.

Inside the Nest:
Inside the Nest #6: The Sick Edition.

Other Stuff:
July 1st Readathon
Author Interview: Gina Conkle, author of Norse Jewel
Blog Tour: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols
Blog Tour: Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Kindle Worlds, or Why I Love Fanfic

Goal Progress:
How did I do on my Blogging Resolutions?
01: Post 2-3 reviews a week Check.
02: Keep Amazon/Goodreads updated Mostly. I’m going to be redoing all old reviews (gradually), so they use my new plugin, and I’ll also check to make sure they’re on Amazon/Goodreads when I do that.
03: Make 1 vlog a month
04: Post 1 personal update a week
05: Use Facebook I’ve been trying.
06: Learn about SEO
07: Be more active on Twitter I’ve started using HootSuite to schedule tweets, and I love it!

 

AUGUST 2013…

I just have one plan for August — write a review as soon as I finish a book.

– leeanna

2013 Edition: Goodbye June, Hello July

IN JUNE…

June was a pretty slow month for me. As you can see, I only read 13 books :( After five months of averaging 20 books or so, I guess I’m allowed a slow month! Some of my reading time went to fanfic… I read a couple novel-length stories.

I read one book, NEFERTITI, twice this month. I read THE HERETIC QUEEN 1.5 times. I did this last month, too. It’s a weird habit of mine, rereading books right after finishing them. I have a post in the works about weird reading habits, so if you’ve got any and don’t mind me quoting you, leave a comment!

Reviews Written:
Sparks by Laura Bickle.
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle.
Otherborn by Anna Silver.
Crystal Bones by C. Aubrey Hall.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers.
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon.
The Program by Suzanne Young.
The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke.
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson.

Waiting on Wednesday:
Infinite by Jodi Meadows.
I’ve decided to do this meme again, since it’s one of the best way to find out about new releases, and I missed doing it.

Other Stuff:
Blog Tour: Bound by Prophecy by Melissa Wright.
Author Interview: Laura Bickle
Blog Tour: Fiery Edge of Steel by Jill Archer
The Summer Solstice Blog Tour: Character Spotlight

Goal Progress:
How did I do on my Blogging Resolutions?
01: Post 2-3 reviews a week Check.
02: Keep Amazon/Goodreads updated So so.
03: Make 1 vlog a month Yeah, 1 vlog a year at this rate.
04: Post 1 personal update a week I just haven’t had much interesting going on!
05: Use Facebook I’m working on this one. I’ve posted a couple of random things to the site’s page.
06: Learn about SEO
07: Be more active on Twitter I didn’t tweet much in June. I have begun using HootSuite, and scheduling tweets, which might help me be more active. I hope, anyway!

 

JULY PLANS…

I’m adding a new section to book reviews, to try and get people to comment. It’s going to be a question or discussion topic. I know how hard it is to comment on book reviews, so I think that will give readers something to say other than “Good review.”

I think Camp NaNo is back for July, which I may or may not attempt. I always decide these things at the last minute! I do have some writing projects I need to finish during July, so having a word count goal might help with those.

Aaaand that’s it for now!

– leeanna