The month is almost up and for those of you that don't know I have been participating in the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Kim at Caffeinated Book Reviews.
This is a month long challenge that is all about your TBR pile. Those books, series and authors you have been putting on hold and neglecting.
As some of you may know I had originally made a post about what I was hoping to read over the next few weeks, you can find the post HERE.
I am happy to say I have done very well with my challenge so far and have even been able to read more than I thought I would , even if I did change up some of the ones I wanted to read for others instead.
So what exactly have I read?
Believe it or not, all three in the Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins.
Sadly not all of my reviews have been posted for these since I try to plan my blog a few weeks out each month but eventually they will all be posted here sometime during the rest of March and parts of April so be on the look out for them.
Next up, all the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. I freaking LOVE this series.
So darn funny and lovable.
I had previously read the first book so I read books two through five.
I am dying to get my hands on book six. Thankfully it comes out soon.
A few stand alone books that I finally got to as well:
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae
I did read The Book Thief too which was originally on my list of books I wanted to read but I actually got to it before the challenge started so I'm not really counting this one in my numbers.
Others that are firsts or seconds in series or trilogies that I have been dying to read/start or have been neglecting:
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Divergent by Veronica Roth (yes I finally got around to this one!)
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep
Evade by Jenna Russo
A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock
So yeah, not a bad start at all and I still have over a week left to get some more books read, plus I had to sneak in a few review books along the way so all in all not too shabby.
I still want to finish off the Heven and Hell series by Cambria Herbert and try the Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi so we will see what I end up being able to accomplish over the next week or so.
And I have to admit, reading all these books that I have been dying to read for so long, really makes me want to extend this a month longer and dig in and really make a dent out of my TBR pile.
I love ARCs, I really do but you know what? I love all these series I'm finally making time for and I am starting to see what what I have been missing out on by reading so many ARCs, doing so many blog tours and taking on so many author requests.
Don't get me wrong, I won't be stopping any of these things for good (they are too hard to resist, darn that request button!) but I just might slow down on them and really remember why I started this blog in the first place, to share all those great books I have discovered and hopefully to encourage others to pick them up as well. To really remember why I read in the first place. It's nice not always having deadline for when something has to be read, reviewed and posted.
It is nice just reading for enjoyment again (even though I do enjoy most books I am given or have requested), but there is just something so simple and pure about reading something simply because I can and want to,not because I committed to it.
Kim may have created a monster in hosting this challenge. I guess only time will tell. ;)