Saturday, September 1, 2012

Month in Review | August 2012

Wow! This has been a busy month—at work and home, and reading has been no exception! Here's a quick glance of everything I've accomplished this month book and blog-wise. :)

Books Read [16]

Favorites This Month?
This has probably been the best reading month I've had in a long while. It seemed like every book I read was just so wonderful! So . . . there's no way I can choose a favorite. Not gonna do it! I gave 8 5-star ratings and 6 4-star ratings if that tells you anything! :) This month's 5-star books are: Love Finds You in Mackinac Island; Lethal Legacy; Coming Home; Always the Designer, Never the Bride; With Every Letter; Thunder and Rain; Proof; and Love's Reckoning.

Reviews Posted [15]
Blogside Chats
Thanks to the authors and publishers who sponsored these giveaways!
Update on Reading Challenges
  • 2012 Goodreads Challenge - 86 / 113 books
  • 100+ Books in a Year - 86 books
  • 2012 Ebook Challenge - 17 / 25 books
  • New Authors Challenge - 37 / 50 authors *Completed and increased goal in May*
  • 2nds Challenge 2012 - 24 / 20 books *Completed 2nd goal in August*
  • Just For Fun Reading Challenge 2012 - 6 / 12 months (8 books)
  • What Are You Reading? Challenge - 27 / 50 states
  • 50 States Challenge - 27 / 50 states
  • 2012 Christian Suspense Reading Challenge - 17 / 15 books *Completed in August
  • 2012 Christian Historical Fiction Reading Challenge - 35 / 24 books *Completed in May*
Other Noteworthy Posts / Happenings
  • I took on the Reading Copy Cleanup Challenge this month. I finished strong and will post my wrap-up tomorrow.
  • I also took part in the Bout of Books 5.0 Read-a-thon. This was my first read-a-thon, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I'll definitely do more in the future! (Here's my wrap-up post.)
  • Earlier this week I featured a new book that I'm super excited about: Love Thy Rival by Chad Gibbs. Be sure to check it out if you missed it!
  • I also hit 100 GFC followers. Thank you so much to all who follow. It means a lot to know that people are out there reading my little blog!
Next Month
I thought it might be a nice addition to this monthly update to give you a peek at what's coming up this month.
  • September is Blog Month for Compassion. I love this ministry and will be posting several times throughout the month! I posted my first post earlier today.
  • Book Blogger Appreciation Month is September 10-14. I've never taken part before but thought it would be fun!
  • I'm thinking about joining up for another read-a-thon this month, but no promises!
  • Jody Hedlund will be guest posting on September 12 as part of her blog tour to celebrate the release of Unending Devotion. :)
  • AND . . . I'm posting reviews for 7 blog tours during the month so keep an eye out for those reviews!!
Well . . . that's quite a bit! Doing the read-a-thon and the Review Copy Cleanup really boosted my reading for the month. And I enjoyed chatting with some other bloggers as well! What did you do last month? Anything fun going on this month?

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