Book Talk: Bookish Goals for the Year!

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Hey bookworms I know I am about a month late for goals, but I guess you can say I am taking the time to really think about them. I don’t want to put any pressure on life goals this year, just want to put positive energy and thoughts out there and chase. Talking always at least holds me accountable (well at least that I have it in print)

I actually need a distraction today as the wind is wailing and my bones are aching. So I am gonna sit here talk to you, and get my mind off of everything, get comfy and let’s chat.

2020 Book Goals

1. Read More Print/Ebooks

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Now this is not a crack against my audio books at all because I love them and they are my saviors on commutes, but I need to pull myself back into the written. I want to write down quotes, inspire myself to write them down, and maybe write my own.

2. Read More Nonfiction/Memoirs

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I read one this year and I like hearing people’s voices in a whole new way and relating to things that actually happened. They are more easy to make you laugh out loud because you feel like you’re talking to a friend. A lot of time they make you feel less alone, plus the good ones have other books recommended in them.

3. Read More Graphic Novels/Comics/Manga

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I feel like I didn’t read that many last year and I really want to get lost in images, find an art style I love. These are the type of things I missed getting hooked on and just binging the heck out of them.

4. Read More Books from an Animals Perspective

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These were the books I enjoyed most over the last few years. I love the honesty of their perspectives and I hope I can find more of them, if anybody knows more please drop them in the comments.

5. More Magical Realism

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This is one of my FAVORITE genres EVER! I love the books that make me question what is true reality, or believing that magic can happen in every day life. I need more of these wonders in my life, whether it be YA or adult fiction.

6. Historical Fiction

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I am so very happy that I have fallen back in love with this genre. The few books I have read this year have taught me about wars or eras I didn’t know/ remember much about. I hope I even find different periods I didn’t even pick up.

7. Read Books Set in Somewhere other than the US

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There is a big wide world out there and even more to explore, and while I can’t afford to fly everywhere I wanna go, the library will let me travel for free.

9. Read More Books in Letter Format

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I find books in that format are the most authentic format, as it allows character to be the most raw.  This is where I find most authors thrive at making you feel the feels.

10. Read More Adaptations

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I know 20%-25% of what I read last year I read were adaptations, but I want to read more. Get to know deeper characters or a story line more. I have a few more on my goodreads TBR list that I want to see if the library has.

11. Read More Books of the Books I Already Own

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I know this is probably on a lot of people’s goals this year, but I want to read more of what covers my shelves. I also want to try and get braver in my review writing in both books and movies.

12. Read 85+ books

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Now I am probably going to increase how much I am reading later on in the year,  since I don’t know where the year will take me. I am hoping I can read at least 85 as that’s what I put on Goodreads. My goal and longing is more than 100 books! We’ll see what I get up to though.

Well that’s all for now bookworms, what are your goals? Please share them or any recommendations in the comments below. I hope you have a good reading year, good books to keep you company, and are stay warm! Happy Reading!

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Book Talk: Hitting a Plateau

Hey bookworms! I hope you’re having a good and rested Memorial Day Weekend. I know I’ve been AWOL but I am trying to get better at this. I am getting glasses soon, so it may get easier to post more … Continue reading

Resolutions for 2018: For Blogging, Reading, Writing, and Life!

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!

Blogging

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

Reading Goals

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

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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

Writing

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.

 

Life

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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It’s My Blogaversary: I Made It A Whole Year!!!

Hey bookwoorms!!! Guess what?! It is my blogaversary!!! *starts humming a song a tune similar to happy birthday* It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already (by the way counting this from my first post). That I have 200 … Continue reading

The Readathon I’m Joining this Month: RYBSAT Round 6 TBR!

Hey bookworms! I know this TBR is a day late, but better late than never, right? This round takes place the 22nd to the 29th of this month. I’ve figured it’s the perfect way to cram some books in before the end … Continue reading

TBR Takedown Update: It’s Already Almost Over?!

Hey bookworms! How is your week going? It is half way through already! God School is going to be back around before we know it. Although it is halfway through the week, it is more than halfway through the readathon … Continue reading

My Ambitious July TBR: I Aim High

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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.

July TBR

1. Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Book 2: Because binge reading can’t hurt right?

17. Ascend by Amanda Hocking

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Book 3: Because I really want to finish a series this month!

18. Past My Defenses by Wendy Sparrow

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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

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Sequel to the book above, so why not try and finish them both in one month.

20. Broken by Kelley Armstrong

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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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20 Books of Summer: Another Challenge I Hope will Push Me Out of Any Slumps

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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

A Court of Thorns and Roses

2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes

3.  A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings

4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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5. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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6. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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8. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess

9. Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern

Thanks for the Memories

10. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

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11. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

The Shock of the Fall

12. Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot

Princess in Waiting

13. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

Exquisite Captive

14. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

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15. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

16. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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17. The Book Thief by Markus Zusack

The Book Theif

18. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Curse

19. Broken by Kelley Armstrong

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20. The Diviners by Libba Bray

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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!

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January Wrap Up and February TBR

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

February TBR

1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (Buddy Read with: The Paige-Turner)

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2. Zodiac by Romina Russell (Currently Reading)

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3. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (Reread)

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4. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (Cannot wait!!!)

The Ruby Circle

5. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (For class)

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6. Frostbite by Richelle Mead (Reread)

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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!

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Winter 24 Hour Read-A-Thon!!! (Feeling Like I Might Be Insane to do This)

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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:

  1. 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)
  2. Petals on the Wind by V.C Andrews (currently reading)
  3. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (Catching up on chapters for my buddy read)
  4. Pivot Point by Kasie West
  5. Inspire by Cora Carmack
  6. Echoes of Us By Khat Zhang
  7. The Goddess Test By Aimee Carter
  8. The Calling By Kelley Armstrong
  9. 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!

(Banner and Signature made by my mate JD Fenney)

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