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October Wrap Up and November Goals

What is it?Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com's linkup on the first day of the month!

Two different link ups one at Writes like a Girl called Small Goals, and another one at Stay Gold Autumn.

My Rating System:

Forgot to do it most days.

Somewhat met this goal (did at least 1/2 of the days.)

Mostly met this goal (did at least 2/3 of the days.)

Accomplished this goal.

October Goals:

Continue to sit down and review my week every Monday.
This habit helps me stay so much more organized.

Celebrate my birthday at the Chinese Buffet!
Absolutely! I had a great birthday, day with my man!

Log my meals for 1 week.
Yes! I managed to do about 10 days in a row last month.

Write Review for The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly and Mary Poppins.
I got the review for Mary Poppin finished and posted, but haven’t had time to finish the one for Minnow Bly.

At the Portland Retro Gaming Expo posing with my man Pip Boy from the Fallout series.
At the Portland Retro Gaming Expo posing with my man Pip Boy from the Fallout series.
2017 Pumpkins
Painting our pumpkins makes them last a lot longer…
2017 Pumpkins
… but they still glow thanks to glow-in-the-dark stickers!
Trunk or Treat 2017
This year was my very first Trunk or Treat. I choose a bathtime theme, complete with sounds track that included the Rubber Duckie song and Splish-Splash.

Reading Wrap Up:

Sea So Blue
Change Your Culture, Change Everything

What I’m reading now:  The Clockwork War, Shattered Worlds Read Along

Up Next:  More Shattered Worlds Read Along

Pocket App: Best Articles of the Month

November Goals:

Really November has already, been and will continue to be SUPER crazy busy. My goal for this month is to just make it through in one piece and still mentally sound 😉 .

And to continue to do my weekly review journal entry.

October 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate Reader

Every month I say that same thing, “I won’t get as many book this month. My TBR pile is already out of control.” And then completely ignore that and go out and get a whole bunch of books. I’ve kept myself from pre-ordering the two newest book collections Sirens and Scales and Heroines & Hellions, but I’m not sure I’ll make it through November without picking them up – because they look so amazing!

For Kindle:

Infinity: 1 Why I got it: When I placed an order with Amazon last month I got a credit for a digital graphic novel

Hansel (Gretel Book Three)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. When you have the first two books and the author offers you the sequel for free you take it.

The Chronicles of Koa Boxed Set Books 1-3
Why I got it: KN Lee offered boxed sets of her books to reviews who were on her mailing list and I snatched them up.

Dragon-Born: The Dragon-Born Saga Books 1-3
Why I got it: Same as above, a KN Lee boxed set offered for free to reviewers.

The Unremembered Girl: A Novel
Why I got it: My choice for Kindle First for October, and I can tell you I completely forgot about this one.

City of Shadows: Part One
Why I got it: Author Freebie. A trusted author who offered this stand alone book in his world of the Atomic Sea. I couldn’t turn it down, although this one looks like it will have a darker tone than some of his other books.

Pre-Orders:

Roar (Stormheart) Paperback
Why I got it: Have you seen the cover? Have you? It beautiful! This is one book you need to own a physical copy of. Unfortunately I will have to wait until June to get the paperback, meanwhile all those Kindle readers are tantalizing me with their reviews.

Where the Fire Falls: A Vintage National Parks Novel
Why I got it: The next book by my friend Karen Barnett. These vintage National Parks novels also have beautiful covers, but I know I can trust Karen to deliver a good story.

Kids Books:

Wee Sing Silly Songs
Why I got it: Any Wee Sing book is a must buy at a thrift store, I love them so much. I already have another version of this, but with songs books it’s okay to have extras.

Blueberries for Sal
Why I got it: A Caldecott winner, for 50 cents? It’s was a great pick up.

Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail
Why I got it: This one is right at Miss S’s reading level and was also on sale at the Thrift store. Plus Amelia Bedelia is hilarious.

Leif Likes to Play
Leif Likes to Count
Leif Needs a Bath
Why I got them: As a child I had a copy of Leif cleans his room, and I had no idea it was part of a series. These were at the thrift store and it blew my mind! Now we have a complete set.

The Mitten String
Why I got it: Was on sale for $2.50 at Safeway of all places. This is such a good story I would recommend that you look for it at your library. I would call it a diverse book because the characters are all Jewish and the character the story centers on is deaf. It’s just rich with multiple layers, and I would recommend reading it to your kids.

Portland Retro Gaming Expo:

Signed copy of 100 Greatest Console Video Games

The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987
Why I got it: The author was at the expo, and this is a book right up my husband’s alley.

Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection
Why I got it: One of the tables had this set for $10! It was almost too good of a bargain. I’ve been wanting to get this set for Miss S so that she could expand her game play, esp with Redstone.

Birthday Books:

Books I got for my birthday.

Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse
Why I got it: Cause my sister is awesome. 🙂 And Serenity/ Firefly is awesome. And this was the last of the Serenity graphic novels that I needed.

Star Wars Origami Characters
Star Wars Origami Spacecraft
Why I got it: I like doing origami, but my mother must think I’m a master at it because most of these designs are going to be soooo hard to do.

FoxTrot : En Masse
Why I got it: My husbands know I like a good laugh, and he keeps me supplied with the funnies. Although, this volume is obviously old because, um joke about Alf?!?

KidMin Academy:

KidMin Academy Books

Why I got them: I’m taking the year long KidMin Academy diploma program and this is the packet of books for the first term. Most are required reading but the Almight Bible and Missing were free extras.

The Almighty Bible: Genesis (First Book in Graphic Novel Series)

Pulse II: Pumping Life Into Your Kids Ministry

Kidmin Manifesto: The Values, Culture and Mandate of the Nation

Future Faith: Shaping Today’s Ministry for Tomorrow’s Opportunities

The Volunteer Code: How to Recruit and Care for Volunteers

Missing: An Urgent Call for the Church to Rescue Kids

Change Your Culture, Change Everything: The Leader’s Guide to Organizational Transformation

Misc:

Pray for Me
Why I got it: Our church is doing the Pray for Me campaign and we decided to participate. After all it’s a great idea to have adults in the church committed to praying for the kids in the church. They try to match up 3 adults for each teen or family.

September Wrap Up and October Goals

October Small GoalsWhat is it?Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com's linkup on the first day of the month!

Two different link ups one at Writes like a Girl called Small Goals, and another one at Stay Gold Autumn.

My Rating System:

Forgot to do it most days.

Somewhat met this goal (did at least 1/2 of the days.)

Mostly met this goal (did at least 2/3 of the days.)

Accomplished this goal.

 

September Goals:

Sit down and review my week every Monday. – I was able to do this every week! It really helps with the flow of my weeks, and being able to see what I accomplish (aka where all that time goes.)

Blog for The Shattered Worlds Read Along, and Read A Book/Buy A Book day Yes and yes, plus several other blog posts in Sept!

Log my meals for 1 week. – Big fail here. I never managed more than one day, and mostly I just have a log of what I ate for breakfast.

Sept 22nd is Hobbit Day. One of these days I’m going to celebrate by having a party under the party tree with cake and lights and fireworks. Maybe for my one hundrend and elevendy birthday.
Sept 29th is National Coffee day. I celebrate it each year by delivering flowers to the barista’s at my favorite coffee stand.

Reading Wrap Up:

99 Days (Red Proxy #2)
No One Else Like You
Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1)
Starbound
Slayer (Dragon Tamer 1)
Richard’s Story: A Numbers Game Short
The Scourge (Brilliant Darkness, #1)

What I’m reading now: Sea so Blue, Shattered Worlds Read Along

Up Next: Sound of Silence, Shattered Worlds Read Along

Pocket: Best Articles from the Pocket App

October Goals:

Continue to sit down and review my week every Monday.
Why? It just really helps. I’ve got to make a solid habit out of this.

Celebrate my birthday at the Chinese Buffet!
Why? Because it’s my favorite!

Log my meals for 1 week.
Why? I need to do this for my health. I’ve just got to figure out a way to make it work.

Write Review for The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly and Mary Poppins.
Why? Because I loved one and hated the other and both deserve a good review.

So that’s it for October. Do you have any goals or plans for the month? Let me know about it in the comments below.

September 2017 Book Pick Ups

 

September 2017 book pick ups

I am trying to tame my TBR, I really am, but The Deliberate Readerman those Author freebies, and then sequels to the great books from the Shattered Worlds Read Along. There are a lot of really great sounding books here, and once the read along is over I’ll be tackling the Number Games Saga books, because I can’t wait to see where that idea takes things.

For Kindle:

Children of Avalon: The Traveller Series Book One 
Why I got it: Author Freebie. Multiverse, Arthurian story… is enough for me.

Numbers Game (Numbers Game Saga Book 1)
Why I got it: After reading Richard’s story as part of the Shattered World’s Read Along, I knew I wanted to read more of this series.

Chan’s Story: A Numbers Game ShortRuby’s Story: A Numbers Game Short
Why I got it: Author Freebie. During the Shattered Worlds Read Along for Richard’s story the author gave us a link to get these tow other stories.

The Red Queen (Wonderland University)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. I knew this one was coming out a while ago, and was pretty interested. I mean come on, “Iracebeth has one more year of sorcery training before she sits on the throne as the Red Queen of Wonderland. But, each day with her arch-nemesis, Alice proves to be more of a brutal eternity when her life starts to systematically fall apart. Did she have to steal her boyfriend, friends, and every hope for happiness?” And then it was offered for free to her newsletter subscribers (it otherwise $.99, so not likely to break the bank.)

Seeds of Discovery (Dusk Gate Chronicles Book 1)
Why I got it: It’s been on my Amazon list for awhile, and in Sept it was free!

Slumber (Beauty Never Dies Chronicles Book 1)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. Post-Apocalyptic retelling of Sleeping Beauty, I figured it was worth a try.

The Sea Queen (The Dark Queens Book 1)
Why I got it: Author Freebie. This series sounds really good. I really love Greek Mythology imaginings. “And when a dark queen gets an idea, nothing and no one can stand in her way…”

Kids Books:

I Will Not Read This Book
Why I got it: It was $4.99, repeat $4.99! What a steal for such a fun book. I plan on reading this one to Miss S’s 2nd grade class this year.

Cooking with the Grinch
Why I got it: Bought this book for #BuyABookDay, plus Miss S loves to read these books.

From The Library:

One-Pan Wonders

Why I got it: Sheila at The Deliberate Reader had it on her list last month.

Understanding Coding With Minecraft (Kids Can Code Series)
Why I got it:  Trying to take Miss S’s interest in Minecraft and turn it into an interest in coding.

Brave Batgirl
Why I got it: Miss S picked it out to read herself.

Summer Wrap Up and September Goals

What is it?Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com's linkup on the first day of the month!

Two different link ups one at Writes like a Girl called Small Goals, and another one at Stay Gold Autumn.

My Rating System:

Forgot to do it most days.

Somewhat met this goal (did at least 1/2 of the days.)

Mostly met this goal (did at least 2/3 of the days.)

Accomplished this goal.

July Goals

Finish Empty Threat (because my review is due before July 30th.)

Stay in the top 100 on Goodreads. Write an average of 3 reviews a day from here on out or 69 total reviews.

Continue creating new pages for my Bullet Journal at least one a week.

Sit down and review my week every Monday.

Summer Reading Wrap Up

What I read in July:
The Thirteenth Gate (Read my review)
Roger is Going Fishing (Read my review)
Empty Threat (Read my review)
The Devil’s Feast (Avery & Blake, #3)

Doctor Seuss Reading Challenge
Daisy-Head Mayzie
Hunches in Bunches
The Kings Stilts
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

What I read in August:
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Doctor Seuss Reading Challenge
I Want to Be Somebody New!
The Butter Battle Book
On beyond zebra
Scrambled eggs super!
I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew

What I’m reading now: 99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2)

Up Next:

Shattered World Read Along

Pocket:

I use the Pocket app to read internet articles and blogs (a lot, I use Pocket a lot.) So I thought that with my monthly wrap up I’d share a couple of the best articles I read in the last month.

Summer Stuff

What a fun, crazy, busy, blessed summer we had! Here are just a few highlights:

Soccer Camp Crazy Hair Day.
Soccer Camp Crazy Hair Day.
My Grandmother and I both had quilts our Grandmother's made for us on display at the Brownsville Pioneer Picnic.
My Grandmother and I both had quilts our Grandmother’s made for us on display at the Brownsville Pioneer Picnic.
I had a great time leading crafts and science during Operation Arctic VBS.
I had a great time leading crafts and science during Operation Arctic VBS.
I volunteered for Mid Summer Arts, reading a story and doing yoga with kids at the Story Tree.
I volunteered for Mid Summer Arts, reading a story and doing yoga with kids at the Story Tree.
Little Bug Turned 7! We had a great Pokemon/ Pool party for her.
Little Bug Turned 7! We had a great Pokemon/ Pool party for her.
We went to the Opening Day at the new Carousel in town.
We went to the Opening Day at the new Carousel in town.
We were right in the totality for the Solar Eclipse!
We were right in the totality for the Solar Eclipse!
At the Oregon State Fair volunteering for Oregon Women for Agriculture.
At the Oregon State Fair volunteering for Oregon Women for Agriculture.

What an amazing summer! And that’s just the highlights. I hope you had an amazing summer too. Let me know the favorite thing you did this summer in the comments.

September Goals

Sit down and review my week every Monday.
Why? When I do this my weeks seem to go better and I get more accomplished (or at least I know what I accomplished.)

Blog for The Shattered Worlds Read Along, and Read A Book/Buy A Book day
Why? Over the summer I didn’t do a very good job of keeping up with my blog. Time to get back to work. Plus these are both great events to be celebrated in the reading world.

Log my meals for 1 week.
Why? I need to be doing this all the time, but it’s such a difficult habit to stay on top of. So my goal for this month is just to do it for 1 week, and then to build from there.

Do you have any goals for September? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!

August 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate Reader

My TBR is a little out of control thanks to author freebies, and these .99 collections that offer pre-order bonus books. The latest one is Fire and Fantasy, which of course I pre-ordered and then got a ton of extra books tacked on.

Two collections that I’ve been waiting on were released in August. Dominion Rising (which had a link in it for bonus swag) and Shattered Worlds. Shattered Worlds is having a huge read along later this month. I’ll be posting about that later, but if you want to see what’s happening check it out here.

For Kindle:

Muse (Tales of Silver Downs Book 1)
Why I got it:  Author freebie.  I’m really trying to cut down on these author freebies, but this one grabbed my attention with, “He’s a melancholy bard. She’s expecting to settle into a boring and predictable life. They’re the world’s only hope against a nightmare…”

Song of Edmon (The Fracture Worlds Book 1)
Why I got it: Kindle First selection for August. Sounded intriguing, and had good reviews. The idea of a planet divided by those who live in perpetual day or perpetual night sounds like a great backdrop for a sci-fi story.

Dominion Rising Bonus Swag
Why I got it: You had to know this was in the back of the book and go click on the link to it in the first week after release. Thankfully I follow a lot of authors and was given the heads up.

Fire and Fantasy Freebies:

Here are all the freebies that came for pre-ordering the collection.

Strain of Resistance by Michelle Bryan

Games of Fate by Kris Austen Radcliffe

Cloak of Echoes by CK Dawn

Fire and Fantasy Coloring Book

We Thought We Were Invincible by Michelle Lynn

Veona by Steve Turnbull

Rebel’s Blade by Frost Kay

Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades

Grave Mistake by Izzy Shows

A Coronation of Kings by Samuel Stokes

Kids Books:

Invisible Lizard
Why I got it: Kurt Cyrus is a local author, and had a table at the Oregon State Fair. They always have a section for Oregon Authors. The seven year old picked this one out, turns out it had only been released the week before. He had his illustrator already sign the books and then he signed it for us.

From The Library:

Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love
Why I got it: I like the whole idea of up-cycling and reusing objects for crafts. I’ve been doing this forever. I’m hoping this book will have some interesting and fresh ideas.

DK Readers L1: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: New Adventures
Why I got it: The seven year old picked this one out to read, because it has Rey on the cover and she loves Rey! Unfortunately DK Readers Level one is a little bit more difficult than we imagined and she abandoned it.

Dr Seuss Books – I Want to Be Somebody New!, The Butter Battle Book, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, Yertle the Turtle
Why I got them: We are working through the Doctor Seuss library this summer.

 

What I’m Reading Now:  99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2) by Keith Ward

 

July 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate Reader

Well I tried not to buy too many books this month, but well then I found out that for pre-ordering Shattered Worlds I could get some additional free books from the authors of the collection. And then there was Prime day and I had to pick up a couple of books.

For Kindle:


Coilhunter – A Science Fiction Western Adventure
Why I got it:  Author freebie. Dean F. Wilson is an author I follow because he write really interesting stuff. So since he offered his newsletter subscribers this one for free I jumped at the chance to get my hands on it.

Bright Minds Empty Souls
Why I got it: Each year I try to fit in at least one poetry book. This sounded interesting so I borrowed it from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

City of Skies (THE VIKING ASSASSIN SERIES Book 1)
Why I got it: Author freebie. A dystopian series with Vikings!?! Well I have to at least check that out.

Dying for a Living
Why I got it: Author freebie. I’ve been pretty upfront about the fact that Urban Fantasy isn’t really my cup of tea, but this book with it’s twist (and zero mention of vampires, sexy or not) caught my attention.

A Beautiful Poison
Why I got it: Kindle First Selection for July. I like the setting of the Gilded age right after WWI, and throwing in the Spanish Influenza really caught my attention too. Flu or Poison is the question and I enjoy historical fiction that includes emerging science.

Shattered Worlds Authors:

Possession by Elana Johnson

Hinges of Broams Eld by Jennifer Cano

Delicate Thorns by Miranda Hardy

Descendant by Nichole Giles

Fairy Eyeglasses by Emily Martha Sorensen

Gifted, A Donovan Circus Novel by Liz Long

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae

Ruby’s Story by Rebecca Rode

Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey

Solstice by Jane Redd

Sound of Sirens (Tales Of Skylge, #1) by Jen Minkman

Such a Secret Place by Cortney Pearson

The Keeper: A Brilliant Darkness Story by A.G. Henley

The Last Gatekeeper by Katy Haye

The Golden Dragon by J. A. Culican (An exclusive? Amazon doesn’t seem to have this one.)

WHITE RAVEN: The Raven Series, Book 1 by J. L. Weil

Watched by Cindy M. Hogan

The Reapers by Ali Winters

Kids Books:

Wake Up, Sun!
Why I got it: I bought several cute kids books during Prime Day. This one is right at the stage our 6 year old is reading, and new material is always good.

The Berenstain Bears’ Bedtime Battle
Why I got it: Another one I got during Prime Day. The ending on this one is almost too good, and it certainly made me smile.

From The Library:

Dr Seuss – Please try to remember the first of Octember!,  And to think that I saw it on Mulberry street, The 500 hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Hunches in bunches,  Daisy-head Mayzie, The king’s stilts, On beyond zebra, Scrambled eggs super!, I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew
Why I got them: We are working through the Doctor Seuss library this summer. I will have to say that so far Gerald McBoing Boing has been the big hit.

The Devil’s feast
Why I got it: It’s the next book in the Blake and Avery series. While I’m not real into serial mysteries, these ones are not half bad.

Crooked kingdom
Why I got it: I plan on reading this book right after I finish The Wise Man’s Fear. I loved Six of Crow’s so much and I just can’t stand to leave Inej hanging any longer.

The big fat surprise : why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet
Why I got it: I’m tired of all the buzz of the latest -CleanEating-Whole30-Paleo-Atkins fad diet is going to get. Plus I’m tired of all the looking down their nose and poo-pooing the vegan do. So I heard of this book and it seems to be the furthest thing from veganism and fad diets there is.

June Wrap Up and July Goals

What is it?Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com's linkup on the first day of the month!

Two different link ups one at Writes like a Girl called Small Goals, and another one at Stay Gold Autumn.

My Rating System:

Forgot to do it most days.

Somewhat met this goal (did at least 1/2 of the days.)

Mostly met this goal (did at least 2/3 of the days.)

Accomplished this goal.

June Goals

Finish June still in the top 100 on Goodreads.

Create one new page in my bullet journal a week.

2 sets of Sit ups a day.

Finish Six of Crows, Empty Threat, and Wise Mans Fear, and start the Dark Frigate if there is time.

June Wrap Up

What I read in June:
Six of Crows
How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury (audio)
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?
Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book
Gerald McBoing Boing
Hooper Humperdink … ? Not Him!
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!

What I’m reading now:
The Thirteenth Gate

Up Next:
Empty Threat
The Devil’s Feast

The first part of the month was great, I was able to be really on task with my goals. Then life took several unexpected twists and all my goal planning fell apart. I did manage to finish Six of Crows before everything went wacky on us, I also technically ended the month in the top 100 but barely (at #92 in the USA) and I did manage to create my bullet journal pages.

But well the goal of small goals is to take it one step at a time.

A Goodreads review tracker for my BuJo.
My book page for Six of Crows.
My Sit-Up Tracker, unfortunately so far in July I have done exactly 0 sit ups.

July Goals

Finish Empty Threat (because my review is due before July 30th.)

Stay in the top 100 on Goodreads. Write an average of 3 reviews a day from here on out or 69 total reviews.

Continue creating new pages for my Bullet Journal at least one a week.

Sit down and review my week every Monday.

June 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate ReaderOnce again I got WAAAY too many books this month. I’ve really got to stop opening up book deal emails and emails from authors. My Kindle is over flowing.

Plus a book by my friend Karen Barnett came out in June, and our local independent book store had a sale.

Also over summer break we are trying to read all of the Dr. Seuss books on this checklist (as many as we can get our hands on.)

For Kindle:

The Pearl of Wisdom Saga: Two Book Bundle
Why I got it: Author freebie. The description for this fantasy series starts, “Kings. Queens. Treachery.” That was enough to get me interested plus the title of the first book “Two Heads Two Spikes” sounds intriguing, and then the cover for book 3 sealed it. Yeah this is a series that I want to check out.

Whispers From Another World: Whitney Powers Paranormal Adventure #1
Why I got it: Won it from an Amazon giveaway. It’s by the same author as the Pearls of Wisdom saga. While I’m not a fan of “medium heat romance” or urban fantasy, winning is always nice ;).

The Man of Legends
Why I got it: My Kindle First Selection for June. To tell you the truth I didn’t really scrutinize the list this month, and just picked out the science fiction selection.

Cage of Deceit: Reign of Secrets, Book 1
Why I got it: Author freebie. A princess by day, vigilante by night is a pretty unique twist on the princess troupe. You know the one where she’s a political pawn, but feels in her heart she’s something more, and then boom! turns out only she has the special whatever to save her kingdom. I am hoping this one turns that on its head.

99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2)
Why I got it: Author freebie. “Kertram is a contented man with a simple life. He likes the dangerous, but rewarding work of shepherding baby dragons… His wife is murdered and his babies kidnapped. He knows his newborns will be ritually sacrificed on the 99th day of their lives to satisfy the monstrous appetites of others — unless he can get there first.” Wow! I totally want to know what happens.

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow Book 1)
Why I got it: Author freebie. Ok the cover, I’ll admit it, one look at the cover and I was in. I’m not as into Fae stories as some, but it does sound interesting, and this books is a A 2014 Readers’ Favorite GOLD MEDAL WINNER in YA Fantasy.

Conan: Broadsword Legacy Collection
Why I got it: Instafreebie had this collection listed in a email I received from them. It’s EVERY Conan story in the preferred reading order. Now I can read Conan without having to wonder “what order do I tackle these in?”

Redemption: A Malvers War Story
Why I got it: Author freebie. This one didn’t actually sound too fascinating to me, but the others in the series did, Ancient Enemies and Ancient Allies. Monsters and humans in a never ending war, dark prophecy, and warrior women in an epic fantasy tale.  This story is still available on Instafreebie.

Seventh Mark (part 1 & 2)
Why I got it: Author freebie. This is one of the reason I’ve got to learn that not every freebie is worth it. Shifters, love triangles and romance… well I probably won’t be getting to this any time soon.

Salted
Why I got it: Author freebie. The author was intrigued when his mother challenged him to write a “mermaid” book that would appeal to boys. So what we get is an under the sea tale about Selkie’s, action and adventure. I’m am definitely excited to dive in this one.

eARC:

The Thirteenth Gate: Dominion Mysteries #2
Why I got it: New Kat Ross novel!!! **Dances in the streets** I am so hooked on Kat Ross, some of the best new fantasy I’ve read in the past couple of years. And if my enthusiasm isn’t enough here is a bite sized description, “Winter 1888. At an asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night.”

ARC:

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Muscle Cars In Detail No. 4
Why I got it: My husband and I enjoy classic muscle cars, so I took a chance with this book.

Kids Books:

Tangled: Kingdom of Color
Why I got it: My weakness for cheap thrift store books and Disney Princesses strikes again.

The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter
Why I got it: IT WAS FIFTY CENTS! Seriously, that’s all to add another Berenstain BEars book to our collection.

Great Buildings
Why I got it: My husband picked this out at the thrift store.

Serendipity
Why I got them: Two reasons 1. I love Serendipity and endeavor to own them all. 2. Our local book store Browser’s Book had a 25% off sale one weekend in June and I found they had recently received a whole huge collection of Serendipity books. Thank you Dottie (name plate inside the books), whoever you are for passing on your books, we will make sure to enjoy them all.

PS: I’m personal friends with the owner, and when I told him what I had bought during the sale (at really reasonable prices I might add,) he told me, “I know I could put them on Ebay and get more for them there, but I want them in the hands of children.” Bingo! The Little Bug loves them and yep they are certainly going to be read not just shelved in a collection.

Other:

The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel
Why I got it: This is the latest novel by my friend Karen Barnett. I had it on pre-order since day one. It’s a historical fiction novel set in the early days of Mount Rainier National Park.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Why I got it: The online book fair for Little Bug’s school had this as one of the weekly deals, so I got a copy for $1. I may finally get into this YA series that everyone raves about. And really since I’m a big fan of Greek Mythology and retelling you’d have thought I would have already read this.

From The Library:

Six of Crows
Why I got it: The June choice for the Date A Book Club on Goodreads. It’s been a while since I’ve been involved with a book club and another book blogger I know was going to be doing it, so I jumped in. And I devoured this book. I can’t believe that I have never read a Leigh Bardugo book before.

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury (Audio)
Why I got it: June is Audiobook Month, so I thought I’d give audio books another shot, and besides this one was read by David Tennant. However the library sticker prevented me from seeing that this was book 12. Way to start at the end **head slap**.

Dr Seuss – Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book, Gerald McBoing Boing, Hooper Humperdink … ? Not Him!, I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!
Why I got them: We are working through the Doctor Seuss library this summer. I will have to say that so far Gerald McBoing Boing has been the big hit.

May Wrap Up and June Small Goals

What is it?

Like to post about your goals? Link up with any goal post in staygoldautumn.com's linkup on the first day of the month!Writes like a Girl has a linkup called Small Goals. Each month you post a short list of small goals you intend to work on plus your progress towards your goals from the previous month.

Stay Gold Autumn has another goal linkup with the rules:

  1. Add your goal posts to the linkup: it could be your goals for the year, 101 in 1001 goals, monthly goals, or just a post that talks about a goal you have completed!
  2. Display the button on your blog or post (button + code is available on my sidebar)
  3. Comment on 3 other blog posts that are linked up!

My Rating System:

I decided to use a emoji rating system for my goal like I use for my books.

Forgot to do it most days.

Somewhat met this goal (did at least 1/2 of the days.)

Mostly met this goal (did at least 2/3 of the days.)

Accomplished this goal.

May Goals

3 Sets of Sit-ups.

Read for 15 Minutes.

Finish one book a week.

Create one new page in my bullet journal a week.

May Wrap Up

May was a crazy month, I was sick most of it and could barely concentrate half of the time because of being on tons of decongestants and stuff. So I had lots of time to read, but sit-ups um… nope. I also spent quiet a bit of time putting my backlog of reviews up on Goodreads, which got me into the Top 100 Reviewers.

I’ll be posting my May pickups later this week, but I also got a ton of new Kindle books, and added a whole bunch to my TBR list.

I started doing a bullet journal/ art journal page for each book I finish. (Thanks to Bec at Readers Wonderland for the idea.) Here are my first two pages:

The Waterfall Traveler (read my review)

Ticker (read my review)

June Goals

Finish June still in the top 100 on Goodreads.

Create one new page in my bullet journal a week.

2 sets of Sit ups a day.

Finish Six of Crows, Empty Threat, and Wise Mans Fear, and start the Dark Frigate if there is time.

 

That’s it for my June Small Goals. Do you have any goals you’d like to accomplish this month?