So I Finished a Book! … Now What?

So I Finished a Book! … Now What?

At the end of last year, I was having a pretty tough time with reading. I had been in on and off slumps since mid summer (what even goes ON, y’all?!?), and I didn’t post a single thing to my blog from the end of October to December. It was weird – I wanted to read, I wanted to blog, but I just couldn’t find the motivation. I wanted to talk to people about books, I wanted to share my opinions, I wanted to book flail and have epic twitter conversations and all the things that I used to do … but it was just the furthest thing from my mind (except for those times where it was at the forefront of my mind and making me absolutely sad eyed miserable). At the beginning of this year, I started to think about a lot of things: what I used my blog for, what I used Goodreads for, how my reviews could be most beneficial to the authors whose books I loved, what I wanted this year to look like with my books. And also what kind of memories I wanted to preserve about my late 20s/early 30s bookish life – Goodreads is all […]

2017 Reading Challenge Sign Ups

2017 Reading Challenge Sign Ups

Goodreads Reading Challenge My Goal: 52 Books Hosted By: Goodreads This is been my longest standing challenge, and I know how some people feel about it, but I love it. I really get a thrill out of challenging myself to read a certain number of books each year, and pushing to meet that goal. (This is also why you see, from previous years, my # go up and then back down…) I’ve said this numerous times to numerous people, but I stand by it – averaging one book a week a week for an entire year feels completely valid to me! Previous Participation: 2016: 52/52 books 2015: 53/52 books 2014: 72/70 books 2013: 88/85 books 2012: 50/50 books Flights of Fantasy My Goal: 20 books Hosted By: Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly Fantasy Adventure is one of my forever favorite genres, and I love pushing myself to read even more of this genre – especially with how many amazing YA Fantasy books have been published recently!! (PS: Am I the only one that prefers YA Fantasy to Adult Fantasy? Is this just because i haven’t found the right Adult Fantasy books/author?) Previous Participation: 2016: 18/20 books 2015: 21/20 books Historical […]

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I … Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I … Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly list making meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and it’s one of my favorite things about book blogging! Each week is a fun new topic for us all to flail over, and I love creating my own list just as much as I love perusing everyone else’s! I’ve found both amazing books to add to my TBR pile, and amazing people to add to my life! This week’s topic? Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read… But Didn’t Get To… (But TOTALLY plan to Read!) Starflight by Melissa Landers Published January 2016 I have heard SO. MANY. GOOD. THINGS. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys Published February 2016 Who doesn’t want to be destroyed by a Ruta Sepetys book? A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab Published February 2016 But okay – how is this still unread on my shelf? At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole Published May 2016 Another hist fic novel from the author of Letters From Skye? YES PLEASE. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, etc Published June 2016 So many good reviews. So much peer pressure. So much need to read this book already. […]

Blogger Collab: The Year of Recommended Reading

Blogger Collab: The Year of Recommended Reading

Last year I got to participate in a ridiculously fun blogger collaboration, Tracking Down Tunes, with a ridiculously awesome blogger, Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books. As 2016 came to a close, we were chatting about how much we wanted to do another feature together, and how this one should center around books somehow. We ended up coming up with The Year of Recommended Reads to solve a few conundrums: 1) Having books that we’re “going to get to someday” that just sit forever on our Goodreads TBRs 2) Wanting the other to read a book but not being able to find a suitable reason/form of coercion 😉 3) Finally finding a reason to FORCE EACH OTHER TO READ All the Light We Cannot See (no, seriously, we’ve been planning that buddy read going on 9 months. For real.) So what exactly does this mean?  Basically, it means this: We’ve already chosen a book for each month – we’ll each read it during that month, and at the end of the month we’ll post our reviews on the same day. Here’s an idea of what you’ll see in each post: The reason we wanted to read that book (or why we wanted […]

2016 End of Year Survey!

2016 End of Year Survey!

Number Of Books You Read: 52 Number of Re-Reads: 11 Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy 1. Best Book You Read In 2016? TOO DIFFICULT, WON’T CHOOSE AND YA CAN’T MAKE ME. Castle Auburn | Another Life | The Forgetting | War that Saved My Life | Hating Game | Unmade 2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t? The Memory Book I had really high hopes for this book (about a girl writing a diary as she attempts to cope with a genetic disorder that is slowly eroding both her memories and her health), but I just couldn’t connect with the MC at all. I know a lot of people that really loved it, but for me it just didn’t work.  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? The Princess Diaries This one is SO HARD TO ADMIT but I just …. well, um, I mean, I guess, I didn’t really like this book. *hides under the closest and biggest rock ever* I watched the movie first, and didn’t read this until I was in my very very late 20s – and the mindset […]

Holy Unplanned Hiatus, Batman!

Holy Unplanned Hiatus, Batman!

So about two months ago, something happened. Honestly, I don’t even know what it was. I’ve been crazy busy for basically the last 10 years of my life, so I don’t really know why the beginning of November 2016 was any different (maybe it was the appendectomy a month prior, and I just hadn’t really gotten back to 100% yet?) Maybe it was the election and all of the emotional turmoil of that month. Maybe it’s just 2016. Or maybe it’s the fact that I have three jobs and work about 60 hours a week. (I’m putting my money on the last one, to be honest.) But anyways, this thing happened – and the thing that happened was that I just stopped blogging. I’ve never been a perfect 5 posts a week 25 posts a month blogger (who is, amirite?) (ok, but some of you are awesome and really are that way, and just, well, TEACH ME YOUR WAYS). It’s been this nagging at the back of my mind thing for the last two months, because I LOVE this blog, I LOVE this community, and I LOVE sharing my thoughts and hopes and books and stories and lists with everyone. […]

If We Were Having Mexican & Margaritas … | Vol. 2

If We Were Having Mexican & Margaritas … | Vol. 2

Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner has these great posts on her blog called, “If We Were Having Coffee,” where she talks a little bit about the things going on in her life, the things behind the blogger. She got the inspiration from a life coach and has been doing them ever since 2013! I’ve loved every one I’ve read, and after seeing some other people do their take on this great idea (like Laura @ Scribbles & Wanderlust), I decided to do my own version. Except my version is “If we were having Mexican & Margaritas,” because I kid you not, some of the most important conversations of my life have happened at my local Mexican restaurant. (Also, I love tacos.) If we were having Mexican and Margaritas, I would tell you … that about a month ago, my appendix totally sabotaged me. I came home from work and was feeling pretty weird, and ended up cancelling plans with the beau for that evening. Fast forward two hours, I was calling him to take me to a Patient First. Fast forward another two hours, I’m at the ER. Slow forward (because believe me, it felt anything but fast) another 8 hours, and […]