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Hey bookworms! I know this may be a little early to write this as at this moment it’s only the 10th of December, but that’s what scheduling posts are for right? And if my ideas change I can edit before this goes live. Once it goes live, I have to commit, right? Well at least try my best to. I really want to get back into the community and get the hand of scheduling posts again, so this will be good practice! Anywho before this intro gets too off track, or reveals the resolutions before I get a chance to jot them in some semblance of order, lets get started!
As you guys can tell, 2017 was a little hectic and I’ve been more than a little absent, and too be honest I miss the community and support I’ve had from you in my life’s many ups and downs, both on here and through twitter. I want to come back to the community who kept me going for so long. So here are my goals to bring me back to you!
1. Post at least 2-3 times a month!
I know at this moment it seems impossible, and I’d be okay and not guilt myself if I’d only post once.
2. Write 4 Book Reviews
I know I’ve said I’d write more reviews before, but I really want to not only to become more brave, but to turn my analytical, creative, and critical thinking (basically the English Major) part (s) of my brain back on. The monotony of work is starting to make me feel dull.
3. Scheduling is key!
I want to to utilize the scheduling tool on here to post more, to take some of the stress and confusion of what to post. I think it will also force me to write my ideas down and not give up on them so easily.
4. Comment on More Blogs
Being apart of the community again doesn’t mean just sharing my voice it also means hearing so many of your great voices and thoughts.
5. Share More of My Media Thoughts
This means more movie and show posts, maybe a game post here and there. I really want grow to be more diverse with my blog.
6. Do Some Kind of Wrap-Ups
I feel like wrap-ups are some of the most productive posts. It also allows you to take a look back on progress you made and what’s touched you most, because even stuff that doesn’t end up being your favorite still leaves a mark
1. Read 90 Books
I hit my goal of 80 and that’s a lot lower when I was in school. I’m trying to tell myself that is a decent amount and to be proud of myself. I feel 90 would be even better. I’ve already read more than I thought I could.
2. Read More Mysteries
I am slowly breaking out of my scaredy cat shell and reading more stuff I normally wouldn’t. I would love to see how far I could push myself before the fear kicks back in. Plus I have a curious mind and most of the time I catch the plot twist before it’s revealed. I want to see if a mystery can get me before I get it.
3. Read More Biographies/Memoirs
This is another genre I want to dip my toes in a little more. It’s nice to hear peoples vioces as they tell the story of their lives
4. Do a Reading Challenge or at least attempt one
Honestly a few of these are way too out of my comfort zone to want to attempt but it will be fun to do some of these
5. Participate in a Readathon
This is another part of rejoining the community through social media. To get to know all you guys again. I would love to do RYBSAT or Dewey’s but we’ll see what happens.
6. Read 10 Paper Copies and 10 E-Books
I don’t know if you’re aware but my main source of reading this year has been audiobooks and I’ve missed other sources and writing notes to myself, tabbing good parts, etc.
7. Read a New Release
If I was more confident I’d put 3 but I’m so bad at keeping track of release dates, so if I get to the one I have my eye on I’ll be proud of myself.
8. Read a Book by an Author I’ve Never Read Before
Whether it’s a new author or just someone I’ve had my eye in. I want to get to know someone new.
9. Read a Classic
I feel like a bad english Major student for not reading more of these. I really want to pick up Jane Eyre, or more Dickens. We’ll see if this happens =P
10. Finish a Series
What series I have no clue, but I’d like to finish one. See characters grow from the beginning to end.
11. Knock 10 Books off my TBR
Honestly my TBR is getting a little intense, but I know myself and I know I’m not going to stop buying anytime soon. I know I don’t buy as frequently as I once did, but if I could knock some books off the ones I own when I treat myself I won’t be as bad. That and I still have a pile of free stuff from RT 16 that are calling my name
1. Write Weekly
Whether it’s a poem, quote, or a scene I want to set up a time at least once a week for me to get back into my calling
2. Use My Writing Prompt books
I bought 2 this year and I haven’t touched them. I don’t know if I want to write in them or use a separate notebook but I don’t want to let them go to waste!
4. Read a Book on Writing
I want my creativity to grow again and I think I need some help. I am okay with that as I can’t take classes at the moment
5. Watch TedxTalks on Writing
This will give me the feel of a class and even allow me to take notes. Plus it’d keep my attention and will allow me to pick multiple brains a day.
1. Eat out only once a week
I know this will be my hardest goal, but I do want to do it. I want to save more money and this is a small way to do it
2. Put Money in my Savings at Least once a month
I want to start rebuilding my nest egg again which will not only allow me to move, but allow me to travel as well.
3. Find and Get a New Job
Honestly I need more of a challenge in life and a job where I feel I can grow. As much as I lobe my coworkers I feel it’s time to leave my first job and leave my mark on a new one
4. Travel to 3 Places
I was able to acheive this goal this year and it was one of the few things that helped keep me sane
5. Exercise 3 times a week
To be honest, I fell off this wagon a few times this year, but I want to keep it this year
6. Look into what it will take to move to Vancouver,Canada
I fell back in love this year and yes it’s scary, but it wasn’t just with a great guy, it was with a great city. I fell in love with a city. I felt my creativity want to sing again. Yes, LDR’s are hard. Second chances are risky, and even riskier is moving out of state, but I feel I can’t live my life wondering. So I am going to take the steps to get me closer to this plunge.
7. Audit a Class
Hopefully a new job will give me more time and energy to pursue this and I think I want to dive back into getting an AA in French, Business, or Hospitality. All 3 could help me towards a day job I could love. I miss school, and I honestly would adore having multiple degrees.
8. Look into Therapy
Although my depression hasn’t hit it can and that scares me. I do miss having a neutral party to speak to. I miss not feeling judged.
9. Not Feel Guilty about Treating Myself
I work hard and deal with a lot of stress and don’t want to feel bad for buying anything from a plane ticket to a new game or outfit. I’m not talking about a shopping spree just a small item every month or so.
10. Keep Positive
There is a lot going on in my family life and although it seems like the hardest thing to do. I don’t want to let it break me. I want to stay positive and bring it to the others in my life.
Well bookworms these are all the resolutions I have. They may be a lot, but it’s always good to aim high and feel proud of whatever I do accomplish. Do you have any resolutions? Do you think I’m crazy for having this many? Do you have any tips on how to accomplish them. Did you do a post on your resolutions or goals? Let me know in the comments below with links and help me start my goals off right. And as always happy reading and hope you all are having a good week!
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Hey Bookworms it’s time for a TBR! Now usually I try to do my Wrap-Up (which you can click and see) and TBR together, but I am trying to aim high with this one and read 20 books, so I didn’t want to overwhelm you guys with 34 books in one post. Hence the separate posts. Now some of these will be from my 20 Books of Summer Goal, some will be library books, that I need to read, and others will be what I am currently craving. I’ll start with the books I’m currently reading, and move to library books, and then so on! Now I may not describe them all in great detail, but as always the Goodreads links are in the title.
1. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking
I am only a bit in, but I am really liking it so far! I like trolls who knew?
2. When You’re Back by Abbi Glines
I’m half way through and I have a few feelings and a bit of confusion, but I will wait till the end of it to decide how to address them after aka a review.
3. Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot
Don’t love this new reader, but the audio books are quick and easy reads. Not my favorite read of the series so far, but still funny.
4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Yeah I didn’t do well in the readalong, but I want to finish it this month! I found the audio book on Scribd, so I’m hoping it helps.
5. Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
Now I don’t know if I will be able to finish this, but I hope to get the majority of it done in July.
6. There’s No Place Like Here by Cecelia Ahern
Another Cecelia Ahern audio book and I hope it is a good copy. My library ones have been a hit and miss.
7. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
The only Sparks movie I love besides A Walk to Remember. Got this as a library audio book as well, so we’ll see!
8. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
Reread for me from the library and I hope I find comfort in this couple once more!
9 Hotblooded by Nancy Holder and Debbie Veguie
Read the first book in the fall and I am eager to see what happens to these characters. It looks like I am the first to read this library book, so I am even more eager to read it
10. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Another Library book that I can’t wait to read! The synopsis makes me think of X-men so I am even more eager to read it!
11. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
I listened to the audiobook of the first. This book is huge and it’s a library book, so I must at least attempt to tackle it! I would rather listen to the audio book though since the reader is the same and I loved her.
12. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I am so sad that I had to cancel my Uppercase subscription for a bit (sucks being a broke college student), but in the meantime I plan to finish this in the meantime.
13. Tiger Lily by Jodi Anderson
Peter Pan retelling that I’ve had forever and haven’t read. I found the audiobook on scribd, so may half it or start it to get me going.
14. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I have had this since March and I’ve wanted to read it since the trailer. I waited for the hype to die down, so I am safe to not be influenced and ready to get it started!
15. Switched by Amanda Hocking
This is a reread for me, but I want to finish the series and I read this years ago! I am hoping Frostfire will spark me to finish the series!
16. Torn by Amanda Hocking
Book 2: Because binge reading can’t hurt right?
17. Ascend by Amanda Hocking
Book 3: Because I really want to finish a series this month!
18. Past My Defenses by Wendy Sparrow
I bought this books thanks to Judith at Bookdr3ams! It’s a werewolf book there needs to be nothing more to be said to get me to pick it up!
19. This Weakness for You by Wendy Sparrow
Sequel to the book above, so why not try and finish them both in one month.
20. Broken by Kelley Armstrong
I am determined to finish this book this month! For me summer is the perfect time to read Kelley Armstrong books maybe because it is when I read my first book by her.
That is all for now bookworms! I am not saying I will stick to it, but it will be awesome if I do! I will probably deviate from it because I am in a READ ALL THE BOOKS mood! Sadly I am not a speed reader, so that goal is probably not doable. What do you plan on reading? Do you feel your goals are too big some time? Have you read any of these? Share your feels, but no spoilers please! Happy Reading!
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Hey Bookworms! This is my second post of the day, so I hope you don’t mind. I found this on A World of Books blog and it intrigued me. This challenge is hosted by: 746 Books. With how I feel lately I am always looking for the extra push to read! Plus I am a broke college student who can’t afford to travel, so books will help me do so. This challenge goes from June 1st to September 4th. My Challenge will be starting today: June 24th. Now I won’t put much reason or info why I’m reading them and they are in no particular order, but as always the Goodreads Link will be in the title.
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
3. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
5. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
8. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
9. Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
10. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
11. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
12. Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot
13. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
14. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
15. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
16. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusack
18. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
19. Broken by Kelley Armstrong
20. The Diviners by Libba Bray
Now these aren’t all the books I plan to read for summer. I plan to read as much as I can! Now there may be some repeats from my Top Ten Tuesday Post for summer reads, but there are also some I didn’t list. I plan to do a wrap-up for this every 2 weeks. Now most of these books will be half or all listened to via audiobooks through my Scribd subscription. Are any of you doing this challenge? If so what books, are on your list? I would love to know! Happy reading!
Hey bookworms! Sorry I haven’t posted in forever, but I just started back up at school again, so I am learning how to juggle blogging, school work, reading, writing, and coming up with ideas! Anywho I wanted to just let you guys know how my reading went for January, My Yearly GoodReads Goal, and some of the books I plan on reading in February!
I am gonna start with my wrap-up for the 24 hour Read A Thon which did not go as planned! We ended up having some work done on our shower, so the construction noises were very distracting! (On the plus side I now have a shower with a knob I can turn off and on without help, and I adore it!) So I only got to read 4 books if you count my audiobook 3 if you only count physical reads which were:
1.Losing it by Cora Carmack
I saw her speak at the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival this year, and just her personality and perseverance as an author made me pick up the first one in the series. I related to the fear that Bliss has being in her final year of college and choosing a more of an art based degree like I have. So yea this book was definitely a book I needed entering my last 2 semesters of University
2.Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Narrated by Jim Dale
I absolutely adored it being read to me and got it on the Nook Audio App for free after my library copy was a bust! I could picture it and feel things more deeply hearing it. If you are worried about the slow pacing of the writing I definitely recommend the read this way. Again this book will always get a 5/5 stars from me but the audio book pushed it to a new level.
3. NANA Vol. 1 by Ai Yazawa
To be honest after the first part I skimmed it I was expecting something hidden, that wasn’t shown in the anime like I did with the Sailor Moon Mangas but it seemed to just be the same which made me a bit sad, but I did love the art style and since I do love the storyline overall this got a 5/5. If you’re not sure if you want to check out the anime I definitely recommend picking up the first volume.
4.Petals on the Wind by V.C. Andrews
The sequel to Flowers in the Attic I felt the need to start these controversial series after seeing the lifetime movie, well that I felt like one of the few who hadn’t at least read it. The second however didn’t keep me hooked in after the beginning I didn’t feel as much was at stake. It was okay compared to first, but because I am not one to quit a series if I liked the first. I hate being a quitter. Because of how this one dragged on I was only able to give it a 3/5 stars.
5. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
This book was the hardest book of January for me to read. I bought this book when it was on sale on my nook over break. It had been getting a lot of hype and all I knew was it was about two odd high school kids falling for each other, but when I watched a video on youtube with one of my favorite vloggers, Aprilius Maximus, and learned one of the main characters had Cerebral Palsy like me. I immediately went to the author’s website and stumbled on the UK reviews, and well some of them got me riled up to say the least. This was a really hard book for me to read because it reminded me of issues I’ve dealt with self-esteem wise, but it also misrepresented a lot for me. Needless to say I had a lot of feelings on it. As a reader with CP reading a book with a main character who has CP as well I feel the need to discuss this book further. There will be a discussion on my feelings on this book up this weekend, so if you have read the book and want to know my feelings on it keep an eye out. It may be draining on me, but I feel I need to. I gave this book a 3/5 stars
6. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
I love that this story is in the same world as the Women of the Otherworld Series it makes me want to visit the places in the book and makes me like the characters more. This is the second book and although I liked the first book better I am curious to see how the last book ends! 4/5 stars
7. Inspire by Cora Cormack
I saw this one out again, by Cormack and I loved the summary before it came out. I got it and fell even more with the premise. I loved how she used mythology and balanced it with the mortal. I cannot wait for book 2! This book got a 4/5 it really kept me in it.
8. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
I didn’t like the content of the book, but I did like how it was written. It made it a quick read, but I rated it a 3/5.
2. Zodiac by Romina Russell (Currently Reading)
3. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (Reread)
4. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (Cannot wait!!!)
5. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (For class)
6. Frostbite by Richelle Mead (Reread)
The last one is tentative, and of course any book that I feel calls my name! My overall goal each month is to finish 6 books a month to meet my 72 book goal this year What are you reading book worms? What did you read? Read any of the ones I have mentioned? If so please comment and let me know down below! My favorite thing to talk about is books!
Hey bookworms! I am back to make a quick announcement before I am hidden under my books! I am participating in the 2015 Winter 24 Hour Read A Thon that starts at Midnight! Eeep! It goes from Midnight of the 17th and finishes on Midnight of the 18th! I have been in a bit of a slump which is slightly annoying because I have been on winter break (that ends on Tuesday =/), so I am using this read a thon to put me ahead of my reading Goal before classes start. So here my bookworms, is a tentative TBR (to be read list) keep in mind not really in order except first book:
- Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (Which I am currently reading and will be having a discussion/review on when I get done with it since both the character and I have Cerebral Palsy)
- Petals on the Wind by V.C Andrews (currently reading)
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (Catching up on chapters for my buddy read)
- Pivot Point by Kasie West
- Inspire by Cora Carmack
- Echoes of Us By Khat Zhang
- The Goddess Test By Aimee Carter
- The Calling By Kelley Armstrong
- Frostbite By Richelle Mead
Sorry I didn’t include the covers this time, but since this post is last minute! I just wanted to let you guys know! I will be trying to do Twitter updates @CKReads with the hashtags:#readforestread, #justkeepreading, and #winterreadathon2k15, so if you all want to follow me or cheer me on I would appreciate it (or if you want to see what other crazy readers are doing this)! Let me know below if you are participating or just plain think I am crazy!
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SISTERHOOD OF THE WORLD BLOGGERS AWARD
Hey bookworms! I am very excited to say I was nominated by Read&Survive for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award. I feel very humbled being a new blogger I was completely in shock that my little blog got nominated to do this. I hope you enjoy my answers, questions, and if I tag you and you’ve already been tagged just consider it as I really love your blog! So here are the rules and the post bookworms!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site
- Put the award logo on your blog
- Answer the ten questions they’ve set you
- Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer
- Nominate ten people
Read & Survive’s questions:
1. If you were a character in a book, what kind of a book would it be? Who are you? How would the book end?
It’s a bit funny to be asked this because I’m writing something currently for my creative writing class (before the class starts) reworking a character I very much consider an alter ego of myself. The reworking of her character is she was born to be an experiment to place the soul of the original version of herself along with the rest of her siblings. It is a bit of a story about reincarnation and being on the run from her “creators” that would love to use her for the wrong reasons. When I am creating a character they are often active, on the run, fighting, and doing physical feat that I can’t do. The book ends with taking control and not being the soldier she was created for, bringing down the “creators”, reawakening herself, and finding the others like her. Books give us the power to be people we cannot normally be. They free us of our physical limits. In writing and reading my CP does not hold me back.
2. Do you only read books or do you also read comics, manga, magazines, newspapers? Which ones?
I read manga when I have the money as well as graphic novels. The ones I have been read lately are 3 of the Sailor Moon manga which I find really interesting because it definitely has different plot twists from the anime. As I’ve said in my Top Ten of 2014 I am really into the graphic novel series Saga. I also read Cosmo from time to time because I get a month subscription on my nook.
3. What was most memorable experience for you in 2014?
My 2 most memorable experiences of 2014 were having my boyfriend here for my birthday. 2. Going to Vancouver, Canada with my best friend to visit my bf. Experiencing and falling in love with the creativity of the city! I was also very happy and nervous to meet his family in person.
Examples of said creativity the Shutdown a street and there was chalk murals and a street artist!
4.What are your hobbies?
I love to read; write whether it’s roleplaying, poems, short quotes, or stories (My goal for 2015 is to finish writing a story); I love going to or watching movies. I do like video games such as Sims or any roleplay or time management games. I am a pretty laid back person and have too much of a short attention span for crafts.
5.What’s your favorite animal (mythological creatures are absolutely counted in)? Why?
I have always loved wolves and from that as well came a love of werewolves. Their sense of loyalty and the pack mentality when it comes to protecting the ones you love and what’s yours. Their strength, speed, and even their singing and how they use it to work together. My favorite thing about them though is the fact that they mate for life. They know when they have found their one.
6.What country are you from?
USA but hoping one day to see the world!
7. What do you want to do in 2015?
Here is my long list of goals:1.Graduate from University 2. Get a job (my life has been mostly focused on school, so no work experience) 3. Try and write 15 reviews 4. Meet another blogger in person/ Become friends with more bloggers 5. As mentioned above finish writing a story. 6. Go on 2 vacations 7. Read 72 books as well as read more adult fiction and a biography
8.Your book boyfriends? Crushes? Why them?
My Answers in Order:
1. Adrian from the Vampire Academy series his eyes physically as well as his attitude. He is weighed down by a lot, but he never let’s it show.
2. Kishan from the Tigers Curse series he is slightly cocky, but he is playful and fun. Just the description of him in the book! can you say yummy?
3. Ren Laroche from the Nightshade Series just how sure he is of himself and how he feels for Calla
9.Do you have some songs you listen to when you read? What about songs that match that book?
Yea if I am in bed reading it’s Disney music on pandora because it keeps me up. If I’m out and about it’s usually what’s on my mp3. I will change the songs on the second option if I feel it does not fit what I am reading.
10. Who’s your favorite villain?
Captain Hook from Peter Pan and any adaption really!
My Questions to my nominees:
- Do you remember what age or grade you fell in love with reading? If so what age or grade?
- What was your first favorite book? (Besides Harry Potter because we all know JK Rowling is for most readers our queen!)
- Do you read one book at a time, or are you a book polygamist?
- What does your reading environment have to be like? EX: Quiet or background noise required
- Any show addictions?
- Do you collect anything?
- E-Readers or paper books?
- What is your dream city to live in?
- What author would you love to spend a day with dead or alive?
- What book has recently have lifted you out of a bad mood?
- The Paige Turner Blog
- She Reads She Blogs
- Girl in the Pages
- Heir of Ravenclaw
- April’s BookWorld (Also one my favorite youtubers)
- PriceIsWong (Also one of my favorite youtubers)
- 52 Letters in the Alphabet
- A Page of Heaven
- Bookmark Lit
- Book Revels
Those are my questions fellow bookworms hope you enjoyed this post! I am really am going to try to be a more active blogger this year now that I can post freely, so there should be a new post soon!