September Wrap Up and Haul

Woohoo. I literally just recieved the best news ever. (Okay, maybe not ever but it totally made my day anyway)

You see, I won a giveaway on instagram from sourcebooks. I was super surprised but quickly gave them my address so they could send me the book.

Except… Something went wrong. And instead of “The Rebel Heir”, I recieved this beauty:

booyah!

And I knew there must have been a mix up. As the good samaritan that I am, I wrote them and made them aware of this. They confirmed that a mistake had been made, and told me to enjoy this parcel while they sent me the book I had actually won.

I mean how awesome is that?!

I never get the cool swag because I can’t go to all the book conventions, so having not one, but three awesome (and useful) items that showcases an amazing book is a dream for me.

Of course, I haven’t read them. But they sound really good.

So THANK YOU SOURCEBOOKS! You’re a champ, and if I hadn’t already been in love with you guys since you published Ali Novak and Natasha Preston—then I certainly am now.

Enough about that… It’s that time of the month again.

The Wrap Up:

Thanks to my book bingo I read 18 books this month. Obviously, that bingoplate is the best thing since slices cheese.

I’ve reached my goal of 100 books read this year, so I’m going for 200. Wish me luck 🍀

The Haul:

Despite being on a self imposed book buying ban, I somehow managed to haul 43 books this month 🙈

In my defense, book box books doesn’t count into the book buying ban, and six of these are from book boxes.

And then there were the books that I recieved for free/review/gift. That was four books.

And obviously, I had to preorder Empire of Storms, so I grabbed a couple of others. That came up to 11 books. Plus, I technically ordered those on the last day of August, so I didn’t break the ban.

And the remaining 22 books? Actually I bid on them some months back. They include the entire Wheel of Time series, five Mortal Instruments books, and 3 books about Camelot.

So when it comes down to it, I didn’t break my ban, even though it was really hard.

How bookish were your September?

I am back! 

Surprise! I hope you’ve missed me, cause I sure missed you.

My apologies for the absence, but my—beautiful and lovely—cat accidentally broke the screen on my phone in the beginning of September.

I do EVERYTHING on my phone; pictures, blogging, socialising, instagram—you name it. So being without it severely hindered my online presence.

You might wonder why I didn’t just use my laptop, and that’s a valid point but… No hables logic. 😄

But, I am back now. And boy are you in for a treat. While I was gone I recieved a ton of beauties. Litcube, bookboxclub, Nerdybookwormbox, fairyloot and mybookishcrate are all waiting patiently to be photographed. And to top it off, I got some other awesome bookish mails, a couple reviews and a haul and wrap up to post ASAP. I hope you’re as excited as me!

Have you been well this last month? Read anything good?

TBR Book Bingo Update

My last post talked about my attempt with TBR Book Bingo.

And it’s going… Well… Great! 😃

After finishing “Across The Universe” by Beth Revis, I landed on the LGBTQA+ square. After some pondering I decided to go with “I’ll Give you the Sun” by Jandy Nelson.

My third book on my book bingo was “Aces Up” by Lauren Barnholdt.

And after finishing that one I landed on Sci-fi romance. Which means I can totally read the sequel to Across The Universe. 😆

Yay!

On my fourth book so far xD
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TBR Book Bingo

Since December 2015 I’ve somehow managed to buy over 500 books to my personal library. While that doesn’t bother me the least, I have to admit: my bank account isn’t overly thrilled.

Especially, since my TBR List alone fills up almost three bookcases alone.

In the bookish community on instagram, I keep seeing all these brave souls who has implemented a book buying ban.

I don’t know how they do it really, but my figurative wallet envies them.

So… What’s a good compromise for a bookish addict?

I mean… I love to read. But I am not reading enough right now to justify my book buying addiction. Something simply had to be done. Stat.

So I mulled it over and finally decided: I need to read more books. Which seems like an easy solution, except… I spend more time trying to find something to read than I do actually reading.

Which is why I’m introducing: TBR Book Bingo.

It’s a fairly simple concept: Get a bingo—buy books.

Basically, I have to read at least 8 books before I buy new ones. And since my reading speed is pretty fine, that shouldn’t be too hard.

When I told my parents about this, they suggested that I also use an eight sided dice to choose which square to get. This makes it even harder to get a bingo.

How did I make it?

In case you might be interested in doing your own version… I will gladly walk you through it.

What you need:

🔹 Paper—you choose the size. I used A3 sketching paper because it was what I had at hand.

🔹 Pens—whichever you prefer. You can go simple or be creative with it.

🔹 A smartphone—to download a free dice application in case you don’t have dices lying around.

CONFESSION TIME: I seriously suck at drawing lines. Even with a ruler they just weren’t even remotely the same size.

I did the easy way and folded the paper in half as many times as I could. It made for a sweet 8×8 chart.

I then drew the lines and voila: outline done.

Now to the challenging part…

One of the reasons I decided to do this was that the numerous book bingos and reading challenges I’ve found online all required me to read the book before I knew where it belonged.

Since my problem was with the indecision and the my helplessness when it came to chose one book—I needed to pick the books based on the challenge.

So I decided to go basic…

In the first vertical row, I’ve got color choices. If I get a 1 on my secon dice throw, this is the row I’ll be doing. They’re all based on the cover and limits my choices significantly.

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In the second row, I have genres.

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In the third, I’ve got types of romances.

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In the fourth, I’ve got beings/characters.

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In the fifth, I’m back to covers again, but thia time it’s the cover art instead of the color.

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Other than those, I’ve got:

A row with formats (i.e. Paperback vs hardcovers etc).

A row with where I got the books (i.e. Amazon, bookboxes, freebies, awesomebooks, friends etc.)

And a row with themes. (i.e. Diversity, mental health, LGBTQA+ etc.)

These prompts covers most—if not all my books in some way.

I have high hopes for this thing.

I “played” earlier, and the dice gave me 4 and 2. Starting in the top left corner, I went four down, and then two out.

Which landed me on “space sci-fi”.

And that was my choice. It was much easier to chose when I didn’t have to consider over 400 choices.

Would you do this? Have you participated in book bingos or reading challenges before?

Teach me your secret ways, master.

😉