Posted in TBR Highs & Lows

TBR Lows & Highs #61

It’s Friday! Time for my favorite post of the week!! 

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

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Posted in Anticipated Reads, Once A Month Posts

November ’19 Anticipated Reads

I want to share the books from the upcoming month that I’m super excited about being released. These are DEFINITELY on my TBR list although I may not be able to read them this month. I also want to share the books I’ve designated “absolutely to be read this month!” Continue reading “November ’19 Anticipated Reads”

Posted in Monthly Wrap-up, Once A Month Posts

October ’19 Wrap Up

Okay, between being sick, family visiting, and a weird slump, last month I read the least amount of books in a long time…

Last month I read 22 books*!
*counting novellas and graphic novels

This is half of what a have been reading and a third of what I was reading in the beginning of the year. While part of me keeps thinking this is bad–it isn’t! Doing other things is fantastic for my mental health haha.

Here are the top 5 books I read this month:

The Blacksmith Queen (The Scarred Earth Saga, #1)Grimoire NoirGideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)The Girl With All the Gifts (The Girl With All the Gifts, #1)The Graveyard Book

  • The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken
    Hilarious author and reading this made me start re-reading the Dragon Kin series.
  • Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea & Yana Bogatch
    While the storyline left much to desire, the artwork here is so, so beautiful I’d want to hang pictures on my wall.
  • Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
    Honestly this one might make my top list for the year.
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
    I love out of the box zombie books and this one worked for me.
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
    Love, love, LOVE this full cast audiobook.

Book Haul

Trick or Treat in New Jersey: A Halloween Adventure Through the Garden State

Of all things, this is the book my mom bought me when she came to visit. I think I mentioned how it is cute and I bought one for my library annndd so she bought it for me?


Reading Challenges/Goals Update

✔ Goodreads Reading Challenge 

Currently surpassed my goal by 100%… I read a ton of short books and have absolutely no life… I was trying to change this.

»Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

38/52.
No progress. I need to decide if I’m going to push myself through, orrrr ignore it. I might just ignore since I’m having so much more fun mood reading.

»Read More Childrens/Middle Grade books

No progress this month….

»Read More Diverse Books

I actually feel decent about this one!!

»Series TBR Takedown

Giving up on this one since I never feel like reading these books.

»Take Time to NOT Read

I visited with family, I started playing 3 mobile games, I started some anime shows — there were many days this month were I did not read. It felt stressful, but I also want to read again which is nice.

»Additional Monthly Goals….

I pretty much threw these goals out the window. Except, I did read more thrillers and horror books intentionally. It diversified my reading a bit which was nice…. even if I read like no ARCs :/

Final Thoughts

I need to take a break from requesting ARCs because I barely read them.

Not reading makes me want to read more — go figure.

 

Posted in Sunday Post

Sunday Post 11/3/19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blogs.

Another slow reading week for me because I’ve been playing mobile games. I’m still super into A3!, although I’ve been going at Dragalia Lost a bit slower– I think I made myself over frustrated with my lack of progress with the last event. I know I’m not a great gamer or strategist, so once I stop being butthurt, I’ll get back to it.

The thing is, I play games for the stories, so even though I’ve been away from books I haven’t left stories behind. Just something I’ve been thinking about as I devour chapters of A3! which is so, so funny. Spring took me a while to get into, but I’m in Autumn now. I’m waiting to continue the story until I have enough to binge haha, reading 2-3 chapters at a time isn’t working for me. I need more of these guys. #MasumiStan. 

Besides gaming, my fiance has started with watching TV in the bedroom at night which is another distraction from reading…. grrrrr, but also kind of nice since I can’t get so stuck in a book I forget the time. 

To be completely honest, yesterday is the first day in a long while I’ve been excited to get back into reading. I made a to-do list to work on the books I have borrowed from the library and I’m just jazzed. So, breaks are important, even for your hobbies. Do what you gotta do to get your groove back. 

NOW ON TO THE BOOKS!

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Posted in TBR Highs & Lows

TBR Lows & Highs #60

It’s Friday! Time for my favorite post of the week!! 

Rules:

  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

Continue reading “TBR Lows & Highs #60”

Posted in Sunday Post

Sunday Post 10/27/19

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blogs.

Image result for dragalia lost posterI’ve continued on this week with playing games. This does mean less reading, but that is one of my year goals… I have to remember that when I read non-stop I’m only hurting myself since I burn out. 
So what have I been playing? Well, I’ve continued on with Dragalia Lost which I’m having a lot of fun with, but have mostly been doing the side events and dailies.

Image result for A3! gameI also started A3! two days ago. It is entertaining and costs nothing to read the story– lol yes, I’m still reading a lot, but I’m also trying to take time to listen to the japanese and remember what I’ve lost. 

 

On top of the gaming, with the cold weather finally setting in, my fiance has asked that I crochet him 2 more slouchie beanies. Soooo last night I started on that. I went back in forth between A3! and The Great British Bake Off while crocheting. What I NEED  to do to listen to audiobooks while reading. Hopefully I’ll get into that habit this coming week. 

Phew~ That is a lot of non-bookish news! Let’s get onto the books!

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Posted in Book review

Book Review: Cursed by Thomas Wheeler and Frank Miller

Cursed*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Title: Cursed
Author: Thomas Wheeler

Illustrator: Frank Miller
ISBN: 1534425330 (ISBN13: 9781534425330)

Genre: Fantasy, Retelling
Recommended Age: Young Adult
Series: No

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  Oct. 1st 2019 (416 pages)

★★☆☆☆

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