Sunday, April 6, 2014

Monthly Wrap Up + The Sunday Post + Stacking the Shelves

Best of the Bunch is a monthly blog hop at the end of each month hosted by Always Lost in Stories, where we can share which books we have read or reviewed in that month, decide on our personal favourite and give that book our Best of the Bunch award.

To join in simply write your blog post telling us which books you have read or reviewed over the month, (and which book gets your Best of the Bunch award for that month), and then stop back here to add your link to the Mr. Linky. Visit the other blogs in the links to get some awesome new book recommendations.

Loving the Language of Literacy Lookout and Lookback

-I have reached ONE HUNDRED Bloglovin followers. I remember less than four months ago when I had just started Loving the Langauge of Literacy and look how far I have come since then. Thank you so much everyone that has followed me and I appreciate every single one of you Bloglovin, GFC, and  Feedly  followers.

-I have a TON of new ideas and discussion posts that are in the process of being drafted. You may have seen my first out of six Divergent Trilogy Series posts. The movie review was first, and my review of Allegiant is coming your way tomorrow. I also have a 4+ post series planned for the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg that I can't wait to share with you.

-I have discovered aCal, IFTTT, Evernote, Tweetdeck, and Posts. Yes, I am aware that these apps have been in existence for a long time but I recently downloaded them and am loving it. I swear, I downloaded 7 calendar apps until I found a one with multiple color coding and aCal was the one. IFTTT lets me back up posts and numerous recipes. Evernote lets me back up posts, organize my frazzled self, and records all of my Amazon purchases....which may not be a good thing. Tweetdeck let me follow the #Bloggiesta twitter chats. Posts lets me edit, schedule, past HTML and everything else that Blogger doesn't.

-I participated in Spring #Bloggiesta and got actual goals accomplished which felt awesome.

-I've gotten accepted for a lot of ARCs via Netgalley which could either be a good or bad thing, so expect to see a lot of ARC Reviews in the coming months because there are some phenomenal books.

-I'm part of the Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose Street Team. So for the next four weeks, there will be plenty of posts and tweets for this astounding novel.

-I'm going to the Los Angeles Festival of Books! :) There will be two recap posts for this.

-I am doing my best with the whole scheduling posts ahead of time thing, but all of the teachers are dumping project after project on their students because Open House is next month. That means I won't have nearly as much time to read and write posts, but I promise I will try my very hardest.

Books Read in March:

House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4): Rick Riordan

The Distance Between Us: Kasies West

Colonization: Aubrie Dionne

Six Months Later: Natalie D. Richards

Reconaissance: Aubrie Dionne

Alliance: Aubrie Dionne

Allegiant: Veronica Roth

Me Since You: Laura Wiess

Breaking Free: The True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery: Abby Sher

The Cellar: Natasha Preston

March Posts:

Music Mondays (2) + It's Monday! What Are You Reading (1) 

Monday Memes 

Popular Authors I've Never Read: Top Ten Tuesday (6)

All Time Favorite Middle Grade Books: Top Ten Tuesday (7)

Books On My Spring 2014 TBR List: Top 10 Tuesday (8)

WWW Wednesdays (2) 

Feature and Follow Friday (2) 

Stacking the Shelves (8)~ Powells Addition 

Best of the Bunch Montly Wrap-Up+Sunday Memes

{ARC Review} Moon at Nine: Deborah Ellis

House of Hades: Rick Riorda

{ARC Review} Me Since You: Laura Wiess 

The Cellar: Natasha Preston 

{Blog Tour+Giveaway+Review} Journey to Landaran: Judy Goodwin

{Blog Tour+Giveaway+Review} Alliance (Paradise Reclaimed #3) Aubrie Dionne 

{Blog Tour+Giveaway+Review} The Making of Nebraska Brown: Louise Caoila 

{Blog Tour+Giveaway} The Prophecy: S.P. Cervantes 

March Challenges & Readathons Goals/Updates/Results

Spring 2014 Challenges 

Spring 2014 Bloggiesta

Ides of March Challenges

#COYER Mini-Challenges

The Book Vs. The Movie~ Divergent Trilogy Series Part 1 of6 

{Book Blast+Giveaway} Final Stand: Rose Garcia 

April 2014 Goals:

I usually don't like to put my goals for followers because you honestly can't choose who follows you, and there's no magic recipe for someone to follow you. The numbers I have here are merely projections on past experience and I am not trying to say I'm entitled to those followers I wish to have.

35 Posts

13 Reviews

4 Lean In Series Posts

4 Divergent Trilogy Series Posts

Parts 1 & 2 of the Los Angeles Festival of Books Recap

Post Everyday

150 Bloglovin Followers

25 GFC Followers

15 Linky Followers

10 RSS Followers

700 Twitter Followers

15 Books Read

5 Blog Tour Books Read

4 Netgalley Books Read

4 Review Request Books Read

Challenge Updates:

COYER: 3 Technically 7 including blog tour books

March Madness Reads: 13

Take Control of Your TBR Pile 12

Ebooks 18/25 

Dystopia 9 /20

Library 17/50

Mad Reviewer 27/104

Standalone  13/

Women 30/25 COMPLETED

First Reads 21/

Chunksters 3/10

Real Books 15/

Netgalley 6/21

New Author 21/50

February Best of the Bunch:

I know having three books completely defeats the purpose of a 'Best of the Bunch' but to be fair, I did read 14, so 3 isn't even a 4th of all the books I read. I recently (as in two days ago) reviewed Obsidian Eyes by A. W. Exley for a blog tour. House of Hades was a portal back to my childhood and a wonderful read. Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls who Escaped Modern Slavery was a life-changing read and my only regret is that I cannot review this book for another month.  

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on the blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.



4/7 {Divergent Trilogy Series 2/6} Allegiant: Veronica Roth
4/8 What I've Learned.......My 4 Month Blogoversary
4/8 Race Recap: Reader's Workouts (2)
4/9 Lean In: Sheryl Sandberg
4/10 {Promo Post + Trailer Reveal} Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose 
4/11 The False Prince: Jennifer A. Nilesen 
4/12 {Divergent Series 3/6} The Hunger Games VS. The Divergent Trilogy
4/13 The Sunday Post + Stacking the Shelves. 

"Stacking the Shelves" is a meme when you list the books you've added to your shelves, virtual, physical, or whatever shape or form you get them. I am now combining "Stacking the Shelves" with the "Sunday Post" because it is so much a personal preference about when and what you post "Stacking the Shelves" with. I am doing this meme once a week, so you will probably see nothing but library books because originally, I only did "Stacking the Shelves" as an every-time-I-go-to-the-library thing. As people may know, “Stacking the Shelves” posts are hosted by “Tynga's Reviews”  

{Disclaimer: I am in no means trying to brag about what I got, and merely shared this post for the benefit of my followers seeing what I so generously received, and as a favor to the lovely people that sent me things}

Two weeks ago, I did a SIXTEEN book Stacking the Shelves post. I am sad to admit, but happy to have four more additions to my hard copy collection. Meanwhile, my eBook additions are.....lengthy to say the least.

Netgalley & Blog Tour & Review Oppurtunity eBooks

Hard Copy Book Orders & eBook Giveaway Wins

I want to thank Scholastic, Flux, Entangled Publishing, James Lorimer & Company, Macmilan Children's Publishing Group, Sourcebooks Fire, Dundurn, Bold Strokes Books, Inc.

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