October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch

October 31, 2017 Best of the Bunch, Monthly Recap 21

My Goings On in October:

  • I watched Season 7 of The Walking Dead (while doing the elliptical) and now I’ve moved on to finally catching up with Game of Thrones (I’m at the beginning of Season 3). I’m also watching iZombie with my husband and mom and we watched all of the current episodes of Ozark.
  • My daughter had her first swim meet of the season.
  • I finished editing Orion by Raeah Wilding (AKA Allie Juliette Mousseau).
  • I went to the Adam Silvera/Lauren Oliver event at Anderson’s Bookshop.

Instagram:

Features & Discussions:

October Discussion Challenge Link-Up & Giveaway
Quick Recap of the Adam Silvera/Lauren Oliver Author Event
September Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway (with a Make Me Read It Twist)
Realistic Depiction of Mental Health in YA: Let’s Discuss.
My Unpopular Opinion About Banned Books Week: Let’s Discuss!
October Wrap-Up Round-Up Link-Up

My 2017 Reading Progress:

I’m now one behind on my Goodreads goal, but I’m hoping I’ll make that up easily enough. I haven’t read as many shorter things this year (manga, novellas, etc.), so I feel like that number is pretty good, actually.

October 2017 Reviews

  • Invictus by Ryan Graudin | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • The Knowing by Sharon Cameron | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • The 16th Academy by Spencer Yacos | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Brooding YA Hero by Carrie DiRisio | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko | Review | Rating: 4/5
  • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Seize Today by Pintip Dunn | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds | Review | Rating: 5/5
  • Nyxia by Scott Reintgen | Review | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Hanna Who Fell from the Sky by Christopher Meades | Review | Rating: 3.5/5
  • My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga | Review | Rating: 4.5/5

October Best of the Bunch:

(Best of the Bunch is hosted over at Cocoon of Books. We link up our favorite reads of the month!)

I loved The Knowing, but I had to go with this incredibly unique read…


2017 Reading Challenges Progress:

Status: 24/41 Discussions Posted

I posted two discussions again in October.

Realistic Depiction of Mental Health in YA
My Unpopular Opinion About Banned Books Week
What Constitutes a Blogging Slump?

I Wrote in a Book and I Liked It. Gasp!
Book Title Tag
Do You Follow Authors You Haven’t Read?
The YA “Perfection” Trope & Today’s Pressures on Teens
This or That Bookish Edition
The Disorganized Blogger’s Guide to Book Conferences (AKA an Example You Should NOT Follow)
What You Need to Know Before You Open a NetGalley Account
Do You Ever Add to Your Posts After You’ve Published Them?
Meet a #BroodyBFF! My Foray Into Street Teams
Why Rating Middle Grade (and Sometimes YA) Is So Darn Hard for Me!
Why Everything I’ve Ever Told You About Book Blogging Is Wrong (and Also Right)
Graphs Make Me Happy!
Two (Free) Tools that Have Transformed My Replying and Commenting Back
Is There Such a Thing as a “Quick Post”?
My Haphazard Reading Habits.
Watching Bloggers Come and Go.
A Book Blogger’s Guide to Acronyms, Terms and Slang
Am I the Only One Without an OTP? 
Why Does Technology Scare Me So?

Special Niche Genres
Seeing the Book Blogging World Through Rose-Colored Glasses

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts at Midnight


Status: 57/50 Books Read
CHALLENGE GOAL ACHIEVED!

I reviewed six fantasies this month (again, a few are more paranormal or sci-fi dystopian, but I’m counting them since it looks like the people who run the challenge count these types of books).

Still haven’t read any more of Alexa and Rachel’s favorites: I’m keeping the others here to remind me: Throne of Glass, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Six of Crows, Graceling.

 

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Hello, Chelly & Alexa Loves Books


ShelfLove-Challenge-2016

Status: 20/21-30 Books
One book from off my shelf this month:

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Chapter Break & Second Run Reviews


Status: 12/5-10 Series
CHALLENGE GOAL ACHIEVED!

Seize Today is the final book in the Forget Tomorrow Trilogy

Here are some of the other series I’m hoping to finish this year (as a reminder to myself):

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love


Status: 92/61-100 books read
CHALLENGE GOAL ACHIEVED!

Here are the ones I read this month:

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – (un)Conventional Book Views &  Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! 


Status: 21/15-20 Books Listened To
CHALLENGE GOAL ACHIEVED!

I reviewed two audiobooks this month:

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Hot Listens & Caffeinated Book Reviewer


Status: 62/76 Possible Gameboard Spaces

If you’re interested in which books I read for each category or in seeing a bigger version of the updated gameboard, then go to my 2017 Bookopoly Progress page. The image above has been updated to reflect my newest reads. (I used 3 of the books I read in September for the challenge.)

HOST/SIGN-UP LINK – Broc’s Bookcase


Wrap-Up Round-Up!

Don’t forget to link your October wrap-up posts up to the Monthly Wrap-Up Round-Up! And check out the giveaway, which will be posted here on Feed Your Fiction Addiction right around the 7th!

 

21 Responses to “October Wrap-Up & Best of the Bunch”

  1. Cee Arr

    How on earth do you manage to get so much done?! *tries to stomp down jealousy*

    I’m 40+ books behind on my Goodreads* challenge. I have the organisational skills of a confused gnat. (Yay!)

    *My Goodreads is private, before you ask!

    Cee Arr recently posted: 3 Lessons From 3 Years of Blogging
  2. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Wow, your really had a great reading month. Only two books lower than 4 stars. Nice!
    I’ve already met my GoodReads goal for the year (thank you audiobooks!) but I need to step it up for the Shelf Love Challenge. I had my head turned by too many arcs over the summer and that threw me off my game. I need to find out where I stand and see if I can still meet my goal.

  3. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I hope you’re loving Game of Thrones. I’m kinda obsessed with that show. Also, I’m envious that you got to meet Adam Silvera. I follow him on Twitter, and he seems really cool. Have a great November!

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I seriously need to catch up on iZombie, I’m about a season behind and I did really enjoy it so I don’t know why I’m slacking. Really, seeing the shows you’ve been watching as a whole I feel like I need to play catch up. And seeing your books, especially those you’ve reviewed has reminded me I have a few of these on my shelf unread still. Basically, this entire post has acted as a reminder. Hopefully, November will be a good month for you.

  5. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Wowww you had an amazing book reading month! All 3.5 stars and above! AND I am impressed that you have rated almost all of your Goodreads books. I’d say I rate, at most, half? Which isn’t great, but alas. Also, SWIM MEET. This is exciting! What events does she swim!? Look at this, your children bringing us closer together 😉

    Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight recently posted: Dual Review: Sequel Edition
    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      I actually have a compulsion where I HAVE to rate all of the books I’ve read on Goodreads before I put up my monthly post and show this chart. The ONLY books that you’ll see in my list without a rating are books that I’ve edited (I don’t rate those because it feels like a conflict of interest).

      Danielle swims all events, though the Free is definitely her best. Since she started swimming A LOT later than most of the other kids, she’s not super competitive, but she enjoys it anyway. Her main goal at this point is just to beat her own times.

  6. Charlie

    You’ve done so great with your challenges! I am just going to scrape by on my Goodreads, and I know I won’t finish my NetGalley or Alphabet Soup challenges. That’s my plan for next year! I hope you have a great November, too!

  7. Annemieke

    Yeay for great reading months. Reading 165 books so far is just a great amount, especially seeing as you say there have been no shorter ones. You can be proud of that.

    I really need to read Invictus and Nyxia sounds so good!

    Annemieke recently posted: Dancing out of October 2017
  8. Evelina

    I’m late to the wrapup party as usual 😀 you have so many good books! I’m so jealous about all those print copies, especially sci-fi. Have fun!

  9. Jen

    I love that you watch tv on the epileptic too! I’m almost done with Sex and the City (I have to keep taking breaks from it because Carrie makes the worst life choices at times 😡). I was thinking of starting Sons of Anarchy next, I’ve never seen it before. Have you?

    Ohhh I need to read The Iron Warrior too! It’s sitting on my Kindle, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to re-read the previous books because it’s really murky. Can’t wait to see your thoughts on that book!

    • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

      I haven’t read Sons of Anarchy. Might have to try that one. The thing about the shows I watch on the elliptical is that it’s best if the show is fast-paced and makes me really want to see the next one—I need that extra motivation to work out!

  10. danielle hammelef

    I always enjoy reading your posts–it’s like talking to a friend. You have so many posts and discussions going and still manage to have work and family to take care of, plus your own writing. You are amazing. I finished reading Greetings From Witness Protection! and this middle grade debut was exceptionally well written and so much fun to read.

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