Monday, September 3, 2018

August 2018 Monthly Wrap-Up

August 2018

August was a month of recovery for me.  I returned to work after surgery on August 2nd and found that it would take a while to get back to where I was before surgery.  By the end of the month, I was feeling much better with more minor complaints.

August was a month of milestones for my daughter.  She turned 18, registered to vote, started her senior year of high school, and led the marching band during the opening game of the year.  She has already applied to 5 colleges for next year and receive 5 acceptance letters and 2 scholarship offers.  I am helping her with getting everything together for a competitive scholarship that is due in early September.  This whole college thing is going to be a lot of work!

  I feel like my reading was way down for the month.  I did complete 15 titles but 1 was a short story, 1 was a novella, and the rest of the books that I tackled were really not very long.  I did listen to a lot of audiobooks which did boost my totals.  I have fallen way behind on review books (again) and am going to try to hold off on adding more until I can make a dent in my pile.

I am linking this post to the Monthly Wrap-Up at Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Reviews Posted 
(not necessarily read in August)
https://carolesrandomlife.blogspot.com/2018/08/review-watch-girls-by-jennifer-wolfe.html



Reading Stats
Books Read: 15 total
Audiobooks: 9
Digital Books:6

Book Source for Books Read in August
NetGalley: 6
Edelweiss: 2
Kindle Unlimited: 4
Direct from Publisher/Author/Publicist: 5
 Purchased/Free: 1
Re-reads:1
*Several books fall into more than 1 category this month.

Challenges
Goodreads: 127/100
Blogger Shame: 1 read towards the challenge in July / 15 total for the year

End of the Month NetGalley Stats
Feedback Ratio: 80%
508 Approved | 408 Feedback Sent

End of the Month Edelweiss Stats
13 books to review (13 unread)  | 79 downloaded

Favorites of the Month

Up Next

How was your month? Do you have any reading or blogging goals for September?

38 comments:

  1. It sounds like another busy year ahead for you with all the college decisions to be made by your daughter! Overall I think your book stats are looking really good so well done!

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    1. I do think that this will be a busy year. Maybe life will calm down when she actually goes away to college :)

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  2. with that busy hectic schedule you stil managed to read. Don't beat yourself up too much you did really well

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    1. I did get some books in but I hate to find myself falling behind with my review books.

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  3. Congratulations to your daughter! I don't even think mine had her apps in until December. I hope you get a great package and she is able to attend the school of her dreams. You EW ratio is so good. I am working on mine. I think I am near 70%. NG nags you with their emails and the percentage being in your face (currently 84% and climbing), but I always forget EW, and the books I have downloaded are far off too. Good job to you though!

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    1. We are trying to stay ahead. My daughter is taking so many AP classes that she is going to be very short on time so we are doing it now before life gets too busy. Congrats on getting to 84% on NetGalley. That was what I had planned to happen at the beginning of the year but I feel off the wagon.

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  4. It was definitely a milestone month with your daughter. Very exciting about her college prospects.
    You read some good ones this month with a nice spread of requests and personal ones. Yay for finishing GR challenge and one more off the Blogger Shame.
    I just read Phoenix Unbound and loved it. Hope you do, too.

    Have a great September, CArole!

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    1. I can't wait to see what all is offered for my daughter's college and finally make that decision on where to go. I can't wait to start Phoenix Unbound.

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  5. I’m glad you’re feeling better. Congrats to your daughter! It’s great that you’re helping her with the college stuff. I remember feeling completely overwhelmed by it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. The college stuff is a lot. I am sure there will be some overwhelming moments before everything is over!

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  6. I so want to read the ANdrews one!

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  7. Sounds like it's going to be a busy school year getting your daughter ready for college after this last year of high school! Kind of glad I don't have kids to worry about...lol.

    Hope you have a great week and happy reading!
    Stormi

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    1. I had thought that things would be easier in high school. I was wrong. Of course, next year it will just be me, my husband, and our 3 dogs at home.

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  8. I read my first Jill Shalvis book this week and the review will be coming soon. I really like her. 5 acceptance letter, wow that's awesome.

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    1. Yay for reading Shalvis! I lover her writing. These were not schools that are hard to get into but it is nice to get the letters.

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  9. Eeek Draven!!!

    COngrats to your daughter! Wow, that is great

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  10. Well I'm glad if you are feeling better and wow, your daughter has the world by the tail! You have some amazing books there. I loved Spectacle. I got denied for Diamond Fire; I'm so bummed. But Harlequin / Avon just doesn't always like me?? I'm reading Phoenix Unbound in a state of suspense right now. Here's to a better September. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. Spectacle was amazing. I listened to it for a re-read and liked it just as much the second time around. I am so sorry that you were denied for Diamond Fire. That sucks! Phoenix Unbound seems to be a popular book right now.

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  11. I'm glad you are starting to feel better! And oh wow, congrats to your daughter on all her acceptances and scholarships. That's fantastic news. :)

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  12. I am glad you are feeling better, Carole, and are feeling more back to normal. I can't believe your daughter is 18 already! I wish her (and you) all the best. I hope she gets that scholarship! I wish my slow month looked like your slow month. Haha. Seriously though, I hope you are able to get more read this next month and get more caught up on your review books. I hope you have a great week, Carole. Enjoy your new books!

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    1. I hope that she gets all the scholarships :) I will probably get some more reading time after Marching band season is over.

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  13. Huge congrats to your daughter - all acceptances and with a couple of scholarships is fantastic news!
    I'm glad your recovery is still progressing well too. Slow but sure

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    1. This is going to be a pretty exciting year, I think!

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  14. Wow! Congrats to your daughter on all her accomplishments! You must be a proud mama. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  15. That's a wonderful total and so glad you are feeling better. I know you are so proud of your daughter - she sounds awesome. Sorry I'm hopping by late but you are aware of the whole Booker T saga. Glad to say he's doing well though and I took off today to give him one more day of having us at home. Hope you have a wonderful September too!

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    1. I am glad that you were able to stay home with Mr. Booker for an extra day. He needs a little extra attention :)

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  16. Glad you're feeling better! Very exciting for the kiddo :)

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    1. The kid is definitely entering a pretty exciting point in her life.

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  17. I am happy you've been able to recover and starting to feel like yourself again! And wow, your daughter is really ticking off those milestones. Yay for acceptance letters and scholarship offers as well. The world is at her feet ^.^

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  18. Senior year for us was also full of college visits, scholarship apps, senior photos, planning for the grad party, and just flew by. Before I knew it we were saying goodbye out of state. Marching band was also so much fun--my daughter was drum major for the last two years and loved it. Good luck with all your senior year stuff!!

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    1. I have a feeling that this year will fly by for us as well. It is just so busy and then it is all over. This is my daughter's second year as drum major and she loves it!

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  19. I have the same problem with my review pile. I don't know why it is so hard to keep it in check. See what I read in August at Girl Who Reads

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