End of the Month Wrap-Up: August 2017!

This month, the big news is that I finished the What We Need trilogy by releasing What We Need to Rebuild! I’ve also set up a book-for-review exchange–something I’d call an ARC Team, if only I’d known to do it before the books were released–and I’m still accepting review requests if you’re interested! (If you know someone who might be, feel free to refer them here.)

In reading news, I’m finally on track with my Mount TBR 2017 Reading Challenge, in which I set myself the (somewhat ridiculous) goal of reading 150 of my already-owned books this year. I’m at 103/150, with a third of the year left to go, so I’m just slightly ahead.

I am still acquiring new books, of course, but at a slower rate. My TBR, thanks to used books sales, has gotten wildly out of hand.

My quick catch-up is entirely thanks to August being #ReadRomance Month, so I pulled out my romance books on hand and dashed through a few on my Kindle as well, reading a total of 17 books. (It would have been more, if not for The Dark Tower taking me a whole week to finish! Blast!)

That being said, I do still have two other reading challenges to check in with: Beat the Backlist 2017 (27/40 down) and the PopSugar 2017 Reading Challenge (40/52 down). My immediate goal is to restructure my upcoming TBR to finish both of these as quickly as possible. I already have most of the books I need for PopSugar, and all the ones I need for BtB, since that’s another work-down-the-TBR challenge.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Beat the Backlist

  1. The Sandman, Vols. 7-10, Neil Gaiman
  2. The Sandman: Endless Nights, Neil Gaiman
  3. A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
  4. Blood of Elves, Andrzej Sapkowski
  5. Ruined, M.C. Frank
  6. The Outlander series, books 6-8, Diana Gabaldon


  1. A book by a person of color
  2. An espionage thriller
  3. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
  4. A book I’ve read before that never fails to make me smile
  5. A book I loved as a child
  6. A book with an unreliable narrator
  7. A book about an interesting woman
  8. A book I got on a trip
  9. A book with a family-member term in the title
  10. A book about an immigrant or refugee
  11. A book from a genre/subgenre I’ve never heard of before
  12. A book about a difficult topic

How is everyone else doing on their personal reading challenges? Is the end in sight already, or are you in the weeds?

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