2018 Bookish Bucket List | May Update

Here goes year 4 doing this! And I think this is going to be the year I actually complete my bookish bucket list! I really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world, the past few years have been a little tough to get the reading done and last year I set high goals, but came up short. 

♠ Read at least 75 books.
[I have brought my read count up to 23 this past month. Not where I want to be going into the 6th month of the year, but I am accepting that life has been crazy and I do not always have time for reading.]

♠ Read and Complete 10 Series.
[ I have completed 1 series so far! I am working on quite a few though! ]

♠ Read at least 6 BIG books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.)
[This has not happened yet, but it will, hopefully]

♠ Read 50 books from my TBR (#beatthebacklist)
[ So this is like a double because not all the books I read for #beatthebacklist are from my TBR. ]

TBR: 12   #Beatthebacklist: 21

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books.
[I have such a long list of nonfiction books I want to read I just need to start it or I never will]

♠ Post 3 Reviews a Month.
[ I have fallen really behind on this. I have been trying to focus more time on reading with the free time I have and just write reviews for books I have a lot of thoughts on or I am reviewing.] 

♠ Create or Join A Book Club.
[ I am joining Crone Blogger Book Club online, but have not been able to read a book with them yet!]

♠ Create my Own Read-A-Thon.  I want to create something that will become a yearly thing and go along with my blogiversary!
[ That happened in Feb! Check out the announcement post for my Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge| Alice in Wonderland themed Read-A-Thon]

 

What are some of your 2018 goals/resolutions? How are you doing on them?

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2018 Bookish Bucket List | April Update

Here goes year 4 doing this! And I think this is going to be the year I actually complete my bookish bucket list! I really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world, the past few years have been a little tough to get the reading done and last year I set high goals, but came up short. 

♠ Read at least 75 books.
[I have been so crazy busy with work I haven’t done as much reading as I hoped to and I am only at 18 books read.]

♠ Read and Complete 10 Series.
[ I have completed 1 series so far! ]

♠ Read at least 6 BIG books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.)
[This has not happened yet, but it will]

♠ Read 50 books from my TBR (#beatthebacklist)
[ So this is like a double because not all the books I read for #beatthebacklist are from my TBR. ]

TBR: 9   #Beatthebacklist: 16

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books.
[This has also not happened yet, but I have so many I want to get to this year and hoping that next month will be that start of incorporating in nonfiction]

♠ Post 3 Reviews a Month.
[ I have fallen really behind on this. I have been trying to focus more time on reading with the free time I have and just write reviews for books I have a lot of thoughts on or I am reviewing.] 

♠ Create or Join A Book Club.
[ I am joining Crone Blogger Book Club online, but have not been able to read a book with them yet!]

♠ Create my Own Read-A-Thon.  I want to create something that will become a yearly thing and go along with my blogiversary!
[ That happened in Feb! Check out the announcement post for my Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge| Alice in Wonderland themed Read-A-Thon]

 

What are some of your 2018 goals/resolutions? How are you doing on them?

April 2018 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

 

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan 
“Lost in the shadows of the shelves, I almost fall off the ladder.”

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
“I shouldn’t have come to this party.”

The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak
“Gemma hurried through the tunnels of Under, avoiding piles that might be rubbish and could be worse.”

Halfway To The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
“I stiffened at the red and blue lights flashing behind me, because there was no way I could explain what was in the back of my truck.”

The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
“Undressing is an everday occurrence.”

2018 Bookish Bucket List | February Update

Here goes year 4 doing this! And I think this is going to be the year I actually complete my bookish bucket list! I really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world, the past few years have been a little tough to get the reading done and last year I set high goals, but came up short. 

♠ Read at least 75 books.
[I hit a bit of a slip up this past month and didnt do as well as I wanted but I have finished 11 so far!]

♠ Read and Complete 10 Series.
[ I have not completed any yet but have made some serious progress on some!]

♠ Read at least 6 BIG books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.)
[This has not happened yet, but it will]

♠ Read 50 books from my TBR (#beatthebacklist)
[ So this is like a double because not all the books I read for #beatthebacklist are from my TBR. ]

TBR: 5    #Beatthebacklist: 11

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books.
[This has also not happened yet, but I have so many I want to get to this year]

♠ Post 3 Reviews a Month.
[ I was able to accomplish this in January, but this month things were so crazy and I was unable to keep up. I am hoping this next month I can do better. 

♠ Create or Join A Book Club.
[ I am joining Crone Blogger Book Club online!]

♠ Create my Own Read-A-Thon.  I want to create something that will become a yearly thing and go along with my blogiversary!
[ That happened in Feb! Check out the announcement post for my Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge| Alice in Wonderland themed Read-A-Thon]

 

What are some of your 2018 goals/resolutions? How are you doing on them?

February 2018 Reads | First Lines

 

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout
“My blood, red as a freshly picked rose, bubbled up from the center of my palm like my hand was some kind of volcano of freaking doom.”

The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken
” The tea? Cinnamon. The coffee shop? Secluded. Dark. Inviting. The girl? Late.”

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
“Look, I didn’t want to be a half-blood”

2018 Bookish Bucket List | January Update

Here goes year 4 doing this! And I think this is going to be the year I actually complete my bookish bucket list! I really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world, the past few years have been a little tough to get the reading done and last year I set high goals, but came up short. 

♠ Read at least 75 books.
[I have been off to a great start having completed 8 books so far!]

♠ Read and Complete 10 Series.
[ I have not completed any yet but have made some serious progress on some!]

♠ Read at least 6 BIG books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.)
[This has not happened yet, but it will]

♠ Read 50 books from my TBR (#beatthebacklist)
[ So this is like a double because not all the books I read for #beatthebacklist are from my TBR. ]

TBR: 3    #Beatthebacklist: 8

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books.
[This has also not happened yet, but I have so many I want to get to this year]

♠ Post 3 Reviews a Month.
[ I was able to accomplish this goal this month! So 1 down 11more months to go!
]

♠ Create or Join A Book Club.
[ I am joining Crone Blogger Book Club online!]

♠ Create my Own Read-A-Thon.  I want to create something that will become a yearly thing and go along with my blogiversary!
[ That is happening in Feb! Check out the announcement post for my Down The Read-A-Thon Hole Challenge| Alice in Wonderland themed Read-A-Thon]

 

What are some of your 2018 goals/resolutions? How are you doing on them?

January 2018 Reads | First Lines

I decided that it would be fun to start a new feature to add the the wrap up of books I read every month. For me most of the time I pick up and look at books in the store it is the first lines that capture my attention and draw me in. It has always been intriguing to me the amount of thought that must go into those first words the author decides to but as the introduction to their work. The first lines are your first impression of the book.

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
“Each year, at the end of March, a great fair was held in Cría, the capital of Galla.”

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
“This is how I kill someone.”

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
” The sounds of laughter and music were dying down on the thousandth floor, the party breaking up by bits and pieces as even the rowdiest guests finally stumbled into the elevators and down to their homes.”

Final Girls by Riley Sager
“The forest had claws and teeth.”

Dear Martin by Nic Stone
“From where he’s standing across the street, Justyce can see her: Melo Taylor, ex-girlfriend, slumped over beside her Benz on the damp concrete of the FarmFresh parking lot.”

Wolf-Speaker by Tamora Pierce
“The wolves of the Long Lake Pack, gorged on a careless mountain sheep, slept as they digested their meal.”

The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee
“It would be several hours before the girl’s body was found.”

Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Sweat dotted my brow. Tendrils of red hair clung to my neck. My legs fel like I’d been sitting in a sauna. I was pretty sure there was a waterfall of sweat coursing between my breast, and that alone put my mood somewhere between slapping someone and pushing them in front of a trolley.”

2018 Bookish Bucket List

Here goes year 4 doing this! And I think this is going to be the year I actually complete my bookish bucket list! I really want to throw myself back into the book community and blogging world, the past few years have been a little tough to get the reading done and last year I set high goals, but came up short. 

♠ Read at least 75 books.

♠ Read and Complete 10 Series. 

♠ Read at least 6 BIG books. This is a repeat from last year.I feel like I am always so intrigued and interested in the huge books, but never get around to reading them because they are intimidating. (I am counting this as over 500 pages.)

♠ Read 50 books from my TBR (#beatthebacklist) 

♠ Read at least 5 Non-Fiction Books. 

♠ Post 3 Reviews a Month.

♠ Create or Join A Book Club.

♠ Create my Own Read-A-Thon.  I want to create something that will become a yearly thing and go along with my blogiversary!

 

I feel like this list will have more added to it within the next week or so but for now this is it!

 

What are some of your 2018 goals/resolutions?

January 2018 | TBR

Well it is officially the New Year! I have a lot of goals for the new year both bookish and personal. I think 2018 is going to be a big year for my blog and for me bookish! I am excited for starting the #beatthebacklist challenge and my 5year blogiversary next month.  I am also excited to start my first read of the year. You can also check out my Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Hunting Ground by Patricia Briggs

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett (because it has been on my tbr for the past 6 months)

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

What are you planning on reading this month?

First Read of 2018 | Discussion Post

I am sitting on my bed staring at my bookshelves trying to decide what should be my first read of the new year. For some reason after everything that happened in the last year I feel like choosing this first book is such a big deal. I need to set up my year for success and positivity, both in my personal and blogging life and goals. It may seem silly, but that is just the way my brain is working right now. It has always been books that have saved me from the downs of life and I want 2018 to be full of the ups and the good things! So I decided to share my thoughts and process for how I am going about picking which book will be my first read of the New Year!

I feel like if I start with the wrong book it can cause a massive book slump because I have been reading so much lately and want to keep up with it since I have so many books I want to read and get to some books I have waited to long to read. So here are my requirements for the book I choose.

⇒ Must be around 300 pages
[ I feel like 300 pages is an average length book and a god place to start. If I start with one that is too short I will get too fast of a start and it could lead to a book slump if the next book takes too long to read. And if it is too long it will drag out and make me feel like I am off to a bad/slow start]

⇒ Must be the 1st in a series/part of a series
[ I feel like if it is in a series it will cause me to want to keep reading and continue on with the next books. One of my goals is to read/complete more series and if I start of with a standalone I feel like that is what i will continue to pick up.]

⇒ Must be a backlist book
[This is another one that is partly because it will count for one of the challenges I am participating in so I will be able to check off a box and that will keep me wanting to continue. I am such a sucker for making list to be able to cross things off and makes me feel like I am making progress. It is also because if it is an older book there will be more reviews for it and you will have a better idea if you will like it or not. There is nothing worse then starting the year off with a book that you don’t like very much]

⇒ Must be a YA
[ I read YA a lot faster and think that it is a good place to start the year.]

⇒ Needs to be fantasy
[ I have been avoiding fantasy like the plague for some reason this past year. It is one of my favorite genres and I need to read more fantasy. So I thought if my first read of the year was a fantasy it would help me with reading more fantasy in 2018. ]

⇒ Must be an author I have read before
[Again this goes with the whole knowing I will enjoy the book because I have read the author before!]

So those are my thoughts on the qualities I need in the first book I pick to read in 2018! I will let you know once I decide which one it is. I have a couple choices that fit into these categories, but still not 100% sure which one it will be.

Let me know how you are going to decide what to read as your first book of 2018 or which book you have already decided will be the first one!