My Thoughts and Intentions for this Blog

As promised, here is my follow up to my post about how social media has affected my reading. This one, as the title states, is about how I intend to blog.

First I want to state that I am not a blogger by nature. I really feel like I actually suck at it. I don’t make time like I should and no matter how many times I sit and plan a calendar of posts, I don’t ever follow through with it. With that being said, I am going to provide a disclaimer that I will not be posting regularly. Some weeks I might post everyday and some weeks I might hash out a quick post on Saturday night….and I am 100% okay with this. It is my blog and no matter how many sites or people say “to have a successful blog you need to post consistently multiple times a week” I won’t do it.

Now that my matter of posting is cleared up, I am  doing this for pure enjoyment. I just want a space to spill all of my book related (and sometimes not) thoughts. The moment I stop getting enjoyment out of this, I hereby give myself full permission to cease posting.

My posting intentions are going to range anywhere from a tag, a weekly meme…that I may or may not do every week, or a “review”. I used the quotes around review because I honestly don’t think I am very good at it. I usually just end up ranting or raving about how I liked or disliked a book. Whether I am able to actually able to coherently convey the reasons behind my likes and dislikes have yet to be known to me, but I’ll keep trying. Maybe that part is just something that comes with time and practice.

Basically, what I have figured out is that this is going to become my online book journal. I will post my thoughts and feelings and anything else I feel like. Then one day I can go back and see my thoughts. While I am incredibly appreciative of you reading…because, let’s face it, who would want to read what I have to say…I am doing this for me.

Thank you for reading and I hope you like what you find!

xoxo

Down the TBR Hole #4

Hello all! Thanks for coming to see what books I may or may not keep on my TBR!

This was started by Lia from Lost In A Story and instructions are:

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I (you?) will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

 

My TBR Selections for this week are…

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Partials by Dan Wells
Honestly, I feel like I have read this before and I don’t see myself picking it up over some others.

Final Verdict: It goes

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Aberrant by Ruth Silver
This sounds very similar to Delirium by Lauren Oliver, which I really enjoyed but I am not sure I want to read it again.

Final Verdict: It goes

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Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
I am just not sure about this one. It sounds like the plot line could be similar to that of the Falling Kingdoms series. However, my library has this on the audio book app so I will leave it and give it a shot one day.

Final Verdict: It stays

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1984 by George Orwell
I have read listened to most of this book. I own a copy and have full intentions of finishing it. I suppose until I do finish it, it will stay on my list.

Final Verdict: It stays

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I know I should be ashamed I haven’t read this yet. But in all fairness, most people read it in school and my classes just didn’t. I have a copy on my shelf and have all intentions of reading it.

Final Verdict: It stays

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
I have never read anything quite like this and I think one day I will reach for it…it just might take a specific mood.

Final Verdict: It stays

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I know this has been made into a series and I have no intentions of watching it. I am interested in the book because it was recommended by a friend that I trust.

Final Verdict: It stays

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Judging strictly by the summary, I think this has potential to make me view life differently. I want to give it a try.

Final Verdict: It stays

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Perfume by Patrick Suskind
I am just not sure this one is for me. While I don’t mind killing and murders in the midst of other things, I don’t know if I am ready for a book all about it. I am going to take this off the list, but keep it in the back of my mind in case I one day I want to try a murder book.

Final Verdict: It goes. 

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Serena by Ron Rash
I am on the fence about this one. I really am intrigued by power hungry, ruthless female characters. BUT the reviews mention cruelty to animals and I am not sure I would be able to handle that. I tried to read Traveller by Richard Adams once and I couldn’t get past the first few pages because of the suffering for the horse. I guess I will leave it. I can always stop reading if I can’t handle it.

Final Verdict: It stays. 

 

Let me know your thoughts if you have read any of these!

xoxo

Down the TBR Hole #3

And here’s to another day of tackling my TBR!

I think I am going to bump up my selections to 10. My Goodreads TBR is currently at 184 and while that is tiny compared to other’s…I think I can get it down rather quickly to where I could realistically read everything! I feel like a TBR should be a list of books you actually intend to read, not just every book that looks interesting. I am the type of person where I will get overwhelmed if my TBR is outrageous…but that is just me.

This was started by Lia from Lost In A Story and instructions are:

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I (you?) will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

 

My TBR Selections for this week are…

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Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
After rereading this description of this, I am not really sure this is what I originally thought it was going to be. I am just not sure I will actually pick this up any time soon.

Final Verdict: It goes. 

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All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
I am not really sure I understand exactly how this book is supposed to work. But the last time I thought that, I really enjoyed the book. Also, it is a stand alone and I don’t have a tone of those.

Final Verdict: It Stays! 

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Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank
The blurb was so vague, so I resorted to reading some of the reviews. It turns out that it is a student/teacher novel…not my thing.

Final Verdict: It goes

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Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
Part of me feels like I have read something like this before, but part of me doesn’t. I haven’t read any books about trolls.

Final Verdict: It stays (for now)

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The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
This sounds so intriguing. And the fact that the first line of the blurb has “dark” in it has me sold. I am a sucker for darker stories. I think I might have to give this one a try.

Final Verdict: It Stays

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
I’ve never read a time traveling book and I’m a little apprehensive about them. The reviews say that this one is more on the immature side, so I think I am going to have to pass.

Final Verdict: It goes

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Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry
Another student/teacher romance novel…not my thing.

Final Verdict: It goes

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Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett
Ehh….I just feel like there are other retellings that I might like better and I honestly don’t know if I will ever really read it.

Final Verdict: It goes. 

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Wool by Hugh Howey
A coworker of mine told me about this and I trust her.

Final Verdict: It stays

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The V Girl by Mya Robarts
I think this one could be really interesting. It has such a different twist on the usual post-apocalyptic stories I’ve read.

Final Verdict: It stays

 

That is a wrap for this post and I removed 5 books from my TBR.

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

Social Media & My Reading (and what I am going to do about it)

I’ve been thinking a lot about how social media (Goodreads, bookstagram, booktube, etc.) has changed the way I look at reading. I feel like since I have immersed myself in more book related social media, I have fallen into some bad habits.

Seeing all of the different books people are reading and seeing a specific book that a bunch of people are reading makes me feel rather self-conscious that I am not reading the “right” things. Or I am not reading enough. (Some people can read 20 books a month….30 days….wtf…that’s a book every 1.5 days! Who has that much time!)

But in reality, reading is such a personal thing. No one person reads the same book. 

I really want to make an effort to start focusing more on myself and my reading rather than what everyone else is reading. While I still want to look to others for recommendations, I want to keep in mind that I can read whatever I want and nobody is going to judge me for it, because…let’s face it…at least I read and that is more than the average American.

I think I am going to take a hiatus from Goodreads, booktube, bookstagram, and bookblr. I will keep up with my blog and reading other blogs because I follow a variety of blogs and I feel like they are diverse enough that I won’t get caught up in one or just a few books.

I know there will always be the popular books that it seems like EVERYONE and their brother is reading and I can make a decision on whether that sounds like something I want to read or not as each come up. But my goal is to stop letting other people dictate how I feel about my reading.

If I read something that I found randomly in a bookstore and haven’t seen a single person talk about, GREAT! If I only read 3 books a month or 1 enormous monster of a book, GREAT! At least I am reading!

Tell me your thoughts! Do you get caught up in the social media aspect of reading and forget that it is all about you? Do you have any tips in keeping yourself focus on what you want to read and not worrying about what or how much other’s are reading? Let me know! 

xoxo

PS – I plan on doing a follow up post on how I feel about my blog and where I want it to head…so look out! 🙂

 

T5W – Books as Event Themes

Yay! Today’s is all about books that would make awesome event themes. How fun!

This meme was created by Lainey from Ginger Reads Lainey and Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You can visit the Goodreads group here.

Here is my book themed event wishlist!

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
This is a classic and a would make an amazing party. Decorate the venue like the great hall with “floating” candles and lots of food and Butterbeer! So fun!

The Selection by Kiera Cass
With this event, the girls could get dressed up in fancy dresses and have an elegant soiree. Lots of wine and champagne. Fancy finger foods. I would love to attend something like this.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Seriously! Who wouldn’t want to go to a 20’s themed party with all the stops! I would kill to go to a party dressed in a fringed flapper dress!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
For an ACOTAR party, I imagine an ethereal masquerade. A little morbid considering the reason there was a masquerade to begin with, but still fun nonetheless.

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
And last but not least…a fun pirate themed event inspired by Daughter of the Pirate King. Need I say more…

 

And those are my top 5 books that I think would make fun events!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo

TAG TUESDAY: New Book Blogger Tag!

I think I am going to start doing a new thing… TAG TUESDAY! I apologize in advance if this has already been created (I am assuming it has been because I am not very creative). So on the second Tuesday of each month, I will do a tag post! I think it sounds like a lot of fun and I am excited! Comment below and let me know your favorite bookish tags!

Now without further ado…my first TAG TUESDAY…

Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog because I don’t have a lot friends that share my love of books or enjoy the genre of books I like. I wanted a place to rant, rave, scream, cry, vent, and just freak out about my favorite books!

What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?
I don’t know. I really haven’t gotten that far. I hope that I can just make some friends and share my favorite books. Maybe people will try something new or find their next favorite book by one of my posts!

What are you most excited about for this new blog?
Making friends and being able to talk about books! People in my life just don’t understand…

Why do you love reading?
Reading is my adventure. I can visit different worlds, live, perspectives. Live vicariously through characters. Anything is possible in books.

What book or series got you into reading?
I know there is a lot of controversy and I know there are many negative comments on it, but Twilight is the series that got me reading. I remember when I got the first book. It was at a school book fair and I was so excited! That series will always have a special place in my heart!

What questions would you ask your favorite book bloggers?
My questions would probably revolve around finding time to read, have a life, and keep up with posts. And how to find unique post ideas. Right now I have a few post ideas, but I am sure I will run out one day!

What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?
The only think that worries me (aside from my previous concerns of running out of content) is finding time to write posts. They are rather time consuming and I feel torn between reading and writing. But I suppose once I find a schedule that will work itself out!

So there you have it! My very first TAG TUESDAY post!

Comment below with any tips you have for me as a new blogger!

xoxo

Down the TBR Hole #2

It is week number two for the Down the TBR Hole and I am very excited to go through my TBR again. I really am hoping to get this to a realistic, manageable number…I know, funny…but a girl can dream right?!

This was started by Lia from Lost In A Story and instructions are:

Anyway, it works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The fact that I (you?) will be repeating this process every week means that I have to keep track of where I ended and where I’m going to continue. E.g. in week one I do book 1 – 5, in week two book 6 – 10, and so on, until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

 

My TBR Selections for this week are…

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Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
I have owned this book for as long as I can remember. I bought it at a book fair at school and then my brother gave me the next two in the series for Christmas that year. I feel like I have to read this. Maybe I will make it my read for the “a read that has been on your TBR for way to long” on the 2017 Reading Challenge. Verdict: it stays.

 

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Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
Like I said before, this and Pretties were gifts to me from my brother and I’ve had these books on my shelf for a very long time. I have full intentions of reading them. It stays.

 

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Specials by Scott Westerfeld
See above…it stays

 

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Liar Temptress Spy by Karen Abbot
While this sounds interesting, I don’t see myself reading it anytime soon. It goes.

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Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale
This sounds so interesting. A story of two girls in their early twenties told through emails. I feel like I can learn to see things in a different light. I think this one should stay! 

 

And that’s all for this round. This week, one is getting the boot!

Until next time!

xoxo