Sunday, April 15, 2018

My TBR List: April Winner

My April TBR List Winner is .....

Maybe One Day had four votes and the other two only had two votes each. I'm excited to pick this book up. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The TBR Dare, Take Control of Your TBR, and Down the TBR Hole March 2018

Here is my TBR Dare Wrap Up. My goal is always to limit new releases as much as possible and reduce my goodreads TBR. This year I managed to read 13 books. I did read one new release during the challenge period. My goodreads TBR started at 394 and I'm ending the challenge at 398 books. I did manage to read some books that have been on the list for a long time such as If We Kiss, Catching Jordan, and Mercy. 

This month I decided to ignore all the library books I have checked out and just read books off my own shelf. I managed to complete 3 books from my shelves, which I think is the most I have ever read for this challenge. I'm currently reading another book from my shelf because this challenge got me super excited about books that I own. I have so many good books on my shelf and I totally want to get around to more of them this year. 

11, 12, 13 Perfect Math, Second Glance, and Keeping Faith by Jodi Picout- Same thing as last time. Jodi Picoult is my favorite author and I'm working my way through reading all of her books. I have almost read all of them. I believe I have 7 left to be caught up. 

14. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini- I have wanted to read this book since I was a senior in high school. I own the book, so I'm going to keep it on the list, but if I decide to unhaul the original book then this one will also get removed from the list. 

15, 16. Just Another Girl, and On This Day by Melody Carlson- I used to be a big Melody Carlson fan. I read a lot of her books while I was in high school, but since then I don't read her much anymore. These get to stay on the list because they are apart of my Deal Me In Challenge. If they are not finished by the time that challenge ends they will be removed from the list. I do catch up on her Christmas novels every couple of years. 

17. A Little House Sampler by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder- this is written by Laura and her daughter Rose, so I will get around to this one eventually. 

18. Already Home by Susan Mallery- This one almost got removed, but I got sucked in by the summary. I checked the book out from the library and I'm going to give it try hopefully sometime this month and then decide if I'm going to read it or delete it. 

19. Not Quite Dating by Catherine Bybee- my first true delete as part of this project. This sounds like a book I would have loved in high school, but I'm not thrilled about the summary anymore. 

20. Waiting for the Moon by Kristin Hannah- any Kristin Hannah book I have read I have loved, so just expect all her books will be keeps. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

March Wrap Up and April TBR

March went so much better than February. After a month of no 5 star reads I was up for some books that I would fall in love with. I started Lucky in Love by Kasie West in February, but didn't finish it until early March. I loved this one. It was really cute, at times unrealistic, and a really fun read. I loved On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah. It sucked me in and I was so invested in this story. I recieved The Dreaming Road by Elizabeth Moore for review and I'm so happy I accepted this review request. I don't think this would have been a book that I would have chosen to pick up otherwise, but I enjoyed it so much and I even wrote a full review you can read here.  The last book I finished in March was the 5th book in the Anne of Green Gables series. I love Anne, in this novel she finally gets married and has her first child. There is a lot of heartbreak as well as happy times in this novel.

I also took part in Take Control of Your TBR Pile this month and I read 2 books for the challenge. Focusing on books that I own opened me up to my TBR pile again and let me see how many amazing books I have sitting on my shelf. I started After You by Jojo Moyes during March, but didn't finish it until April. This was another book that I own that I picked up after The Dreaming Road. I'm excited to read many more books off my shelf this year. I also donated my copy of On Mystic Lake, 1225 Christmas Tree Lane, and Between Friends by Debbie Macomber to my college library when I went up to visit my friends towards the end of the month.

After ignoring library books for the month of March I have a bunch to catch up on before their due dates. I'm currently reading They Both Die at the End and The Summer List (recieved from netgalley). I'm excited to get to all these books on my list. I'm ready to start reading some new releases since TBR Dare is over, so I've got three new releases on the list.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

How My Goodreads TBR has Grown and Changed April 2018

I wanted to update you guys quarterly this year on my mission to reduce my goodreads TBR. Historically my Goodreads TBR has increased every single year since I have been blogging. The most dramatic increase was in 2014 where I added over 100 books in the year. I started 2018 with 394 books and I have read some and added some more. My current goodreads TBR is 398. I'm going through my TBR slowly this year with Down the TBR hole and deleting books that I don't want to read anymore, so I'm hoping that this TBR is a lot less by the end of the year. 

Let's start with the books I added. Something different about this year is I have been more picky with the books that get added to the list. I want to get all the books that I own on the list, but I also use the list as a way to keep track of the books I keep hearing about and want to read. The last three are books I found at Barnes and Noble that I want to read.

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman (favorite author)
When My Heart Joins the Thousand by  AJ Steiger (sounds interesting)
Don't Forget Me by Victoria Stephens (sounds interesting)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (own, keep hearing about it)
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertelli (keep hearing about it)
The Innocent Traitor by Alison Wier (keep hearing about it)
My Plain Jane by the Lady Janies (favorite author)
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silveria (own)
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (own)
A List of Cages by Robin Roe (keep hearing about it)
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silveria (own)
This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Powcell (sounds interesting)
All the Was by Karen Rivers (sounds interesting)
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines (sounds interesting)

I have read 10 books off my goodreads TBR. I keep track of this in a spreadsheet, so it is really easy for me to see which books were on my goodreads TBR when I read them. Of these 10 books 3 are physical books I own. 7 books were off my deal me in challenge. Its fun to keep track of the stastics. The number on the book is what number it was on my TBR List. The higher the number the newer the book was. I got If We Kiss, Catching Jordan, and Mercy off the top 30 on the list.

If We Kiss by Rachel Vail
Catching Jordan by Miranda Keneally
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
Destiny Rewritten by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Mercy by Jodi Picoult
Lucky in Love by Kasie West
On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah
After You by Jojo Moyes

I also read 3 books off my shelf in March. I haven't finished After You as I'm writing this post, but it will be finished. I'm really proud of my progress this month with Take Control of Your TBR and reading some books I own this month. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018

April TBR List Let's Vote

Hosted by Because Reading
It is always a continual goal for me to read books on my goodreads TBR list. I started 2016 with 335 books on my TBR and I started 2017 with 368 books on my TBR list. I'm starting 2017 with 394 books on my TBR list. The list is endless as authors continue to write and there is a million good books out there. This year I'm doing the My To Be Read List differently. I'm always going to choose three books from my deal me in/fill in the gaps person challenge. I'm hoping this will help me to knock off more books for that challenge.

I'm interested to see which one you guys pick. I'm excited to read all of these books.

When Jason Marshall’s younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates—Mario, Jordie, and Chick—to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who’s not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick.

 Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold on to the friendships he has always relied on.

 A witty and emotionally moving tale of friendship, first love, and loss, Breakaway is Kat Spears at her finest.

Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form - a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother's new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama's kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince - and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love.

Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend. Even when she isn't sure what to say.

 Even when Olivia misses months of school.

 Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia's crush.

 The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.?

Thursday, March 22, 2018

COYER Winter Switch Wrap Up

Hosted by Michelle and Berls @ Because Reading

I'm a little late wrapping up Coyer Winter Switch. It ended a couple of weeks ago. I feel like I did so much better with my summer list. I stuck to it so much more than I did this one. I read 8 books off my summer list and 7 books off this list. The difference being I really only stuck to my list here in December and January. I have read books that weren't apart of the list since then. With the beginning of the new year my focus changed to reading books that will help me meet my challenge goals and the list just didn't fit my needs anymore. I read one book off my kindle, which was Bah Humbug. I was hoping for a few more, but it didn't end up happening. Here is my wrap up. I'm excited for COYER summer.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Book Review: The Dreaming Road by Elizabeth Moore (no spoilers)

Book: The Dreaming Road
Author: Elizabeth Moore
Publication: January 15, 2018
Source: Recieved for Review
Read: March 9-16, 2018
Summary (from Goodreads):
On a spring morning in early May, Diane wakes up to find her beautiful 16-year old daughter, Callie, lying dead on the floor of her bedroom. The police find a suicide note in Callie’s jewelry chest and Diane’s whole world, as she had previously known it, falls apart.

 In the afterlife, Callie meets her great grandma, Ellie, who tells her that she’s in a part of heaven called Summer Wind and can never return home again. She wrestles with her abrupt and impulsive decision to take her own life and witnesses the impact that this event has on all who love her. Diane begins a desperate search for answers by tearing apart Callie’s bedroom looking for anything that might tell her what drove her daughter to suicide. She visits Joy, a spiritual healer, who tells her that she must learn to seek the gift in her experiences rather than remaining addicted to her guilt and pain. Diane struggles with letting-go of the daughter she once knew and all her hopes and dreams for the future.

 Desperate to reassure her mother that she’s okay, Callie attempts to communicate with her from beyond the veil. They both begin a heart-wrenching journey to find one another once again.

* I recieved The Dreaming Road free in exchange for an honest review. This no way effects my opinion all thoughts or feelings are my own.*

My Thoughts:

I have to say after I recieved the email to review The Dreaming Road I was instantly intrigued and automatically told the publisher that I would love to read this book. Then I read a series of sad books and I kept putting off reading The Dreaming Road because I wasn't ready for yet another sad book. Going into this book knowing it was about a mother grieving over her daughter's suicide made me think that I was going to be crying throughout the whole book. That didn't happen. I grew deeply attached to Diane and her journey, but I didn't cry at all while reading this book. I think the author did a great job writing about grief and life in heaven.

When I first started this book I was immediately interested in the story. Even though on the day I started this book I had a busy day  I took this book with me and I would find any spare moment I had to read The Dreaming Road. I was so interested in Callie's life in heaven and I was connected to Diane's story here on Earth.

I like the way the story moved slower the first year that Callie passed away because that was when Diane was feeling the most emotions, but years 3-5 she skipped parts because she wasn't feeling the intense grief she felt in the beginning. As with any suicide I was always searching for Callie's reason that she commited suicide. Like Diane it gave me peace just hearing her talk in the book through mediums.

I think Elizabeth Moore painted such a vivid picture of heaven and I thought of my experience reading Heaven Changes Everything by Todd Burpo many years ago where they said that they ancipate the day that they get to see heaven. I think about that myself again that I'm excited to go to heaven after I have lived my life here on Earth. I think Diane was incredibly brave to reach out and ask for help from professionals and other people experiencing grief. I think this was a very important part of her journey to find joy in her life.

I really enjoyed the ending of this book. It brought a lot of peace and it was nice to see that life does move forward after loss. Although I have not personally experienced suicide of a close family member I have had people in my life that have died unexpectatly and some chose to take their own life. Elizabeth Moore wrote this as an inspirational novel and I think that is exactly what it turned out to be. I will also mention that I do not believe in everything that happened in this novel, but I don't doubt anything she said completely. I will just have to wait until I go to heaven to really know if some of these things are true. Overall I highly recommend The Dreaming Road and I enjoyed my exprience reading this book.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My TBR List Review: On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah

On Mystic Lake was my to be read list pick for January 2018 and also is a part of my 5 year Deal Me In/ Fill in the Gaps Challenge.

Book: On Mystic Lake
Author: Kristin Hannah
Publication: March 1999
Source: Own
Read: March 3-8, 2018
Summary (from Goodreads):
Annie Colwater’s husband has just confessed that he’s in love with a younger woman. Devastated, Annie retreats to the small town where she grew up. There, she is reunited with her first love, Nick Delacroix, a recent widower who is unable to cope with his silent, emotionally scarred young daughter. Together, the three of them begin to heal. But just when Annie believes she’s been given a second chance at happiness, her world is turned upside down again, and she is forced to make a choice that no woman in love should ever have to make.

My Thoughts: 

I never seem to be able to find the right words to describe my feelings after reading a Kristin Hannah novel. This novel had me intrigued quickly and had me actively involved with the characters from the very beginning. I fell in love with this novel and it was a book that was hard to put down. 

This story is about Annie Colwater who has what she thinks is the perfect life. She has a 17 year old daughter Natalie and her husband Blake, who is a well known laywer. She has spent her life loving Blake, and taking care of him and her daughter. She has been happy with the life she has led as a housewife and a mother. Natalie is off on a 3 month journey to London. After dropping her off at the airport Blake confesses that he is in love with somebody else and he wants to get a divorce. Annie is devestated and truly she didn't see this coming. She heads back to her hometown of Mystic, Washington to spend time with her dad and find herself. This is where she reunites with an old friend, Nick Delacroix, who has recently lost his wife and is struggling to find his way through his grief. 

I think Annie's progression in this novel seemed pretty natural. She started out completely lost with no idea how to be a single woman after 20 years of marriage. She also wasn't really sure she knew who she was when she didn't have somebody to take care of. I think her finding out about Kathy and finding Nick again was the main focus of this story and my favorite part of this entire book. Their first meeting it was hard to see where their story would go after that. Then Annie began to take care of Izzy and I fell in love with how caring she was for this little girl, who was so deeply broken and grieving after the loss of her mother and in some ways the father she knew also. Annie ended being such a healing force for both Izzy and Nick. She changed them in incredible ways. She brought them closer as a family. 

In this journey Annie found herself. She found the person she was meant to be. She found a way to be truly happy and she realized that in her previous life she was more worried about everybody else and never took anytime for herself. I loved Nick and Annie's realationship. I loved the time they spent together. I loved every second of watching Nick become the father he was meant to be and overcoming being an achololic. I think Nick has regrets in his life, but the choices that he made as a teenager were the choices he felt like he needed to make. In the end Nick told Annie that "Love matters. Maybe it's the only thing that does." Despite what happened later in the novel the love that Annie and Nick shared healed them both. 

Just when everything seemed to be settling in to place for Annie, it is time for Natalie to come home. Despite how much Annie wants to stay in Mystic. She promised her husband that they would make a decision when Natalie returned home, but Annie finds out some shocking news that makes her decision even more difficult to make. Natalie comes back and in Annie's words is more grown up than she has ever seen her and she is looking at her mom and dad's marriage differently. She figured out how much her dad doesn't know about her while she was away in London and it has given her new insight that she doesn't truly know her father because he is never home and when he is he has no idea how to talk to his daughter and no idea how to treat her mother. Annie is commited to being a family. That is all she has ever wanted is a family, but after he summer in Mystic she is realized that the man she truly loves doesn't live in Southern California. 

Annie realizes so many things about herself in the novel and for once in her life she decides to put herself first. I loved that the book ended on a happy note the way I wanted it to end, but I do wish that she would have given us just a few more pages about what Annie's new life looks like. I loved On Mystic Lake. I think it was a great book and I highly recommend this book as I do many Kristin Hannah books. 

My well loved copy of On Mystic Lake I bought at a library book sale. I have to say I like the new cover a lot better than this edition. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Down the TBR Hole (March 2018)

The idea behind this series is that you look at the books on your Goodreads TBR pile and chose to keep the books or delete the books.

I think it is going to help me look at my goodreads TBR and get rid of books I'm no longer interested in. Today I'm doing the first ten books on my TBR. Something that you will find out about the beginning of the list is that I'm really attached to this books despite the fact that I haven't read them. They have made it through countless purges of the TBR because I care about them. 

Here are my three categories for this. Keep, Delete, or Read by the End of 2019. 

2019 ends my 5 year Deal Me in Challenge and most of the books that were on that challenge list that do not get read by the end of the 5 years will end up getting deleted off my goodreads TBR. I will be setting that as a deadline for some books that I like, but if I don't read them then they will be deleted then. 

1. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner- I have checked this book out from the library several times with no real sucess. It is on my Deal Me In list so I would like to read it for that challenge. 

2. Home Front by Kristin Hannah- I'm reading a Kristin Hannah book currently and she is one of my favorite authors, but I don't read her a whole lot. When I do pick up a Kristin Hannah book I always enjoy it, so I'm excited to read Home Front.

3,9,10. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors. I love reading her books and I'm almost caught up with her backlist books. I think I will ge to these someday. I host readalongs with my goodreads group every so often, which does push me to read another Jodi Picoult book. 

4, 5, 6. Anybody that knows me know that I'm a big Little House fan, but I'm a little bit wiery of these three since they weren't written by Laura. All the reviews are really good and I think the authors did their research, so I would like to try to read these, but if I don't they will be deleted in 2019. 

7. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks- I deleted a bunch of Nicholas Sparks books I haven't read earlier this year. I kept this one because I read the 1st book, but that was several years ago. I'm going to give myself another year and then this book needs to go. 

8. Who Loves You Best by Tess Stimson- The summary in this book is very interesting to me that I keep looking at deleting this book, but I keep it because I like the summary. I'm myself a little more time to read it, but a deadline, so it doesn't sit on my TBR forever. 

There are my reasons. I'm going to try to do this monthly. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

February Wrap Up and March TBR

February was a meh month for reading. I didn't have any 5 star books and it is really hard to pick out a favorite for the month. None of these will end up being end of the year favorites.

Destiny Rewritten was a middle grade book about Katherine trying to find her distiny as she wants and not how her mom wants her destiny to be. There was a lot of poetry references in the book since the main character was named after Emily Dickenson. This was a quick read, since it was middle grade, but I just expected to like it better.

Princess Academy is a middle grade book also. I just expected this to be different than it actually was. I expected it to be more like Jessica Day George's Princess of the Midnight Ball. It was totally not the princess book I expected. Miri isn't even technically a princess in this book and it just didn't have the fairy tale feel I was looking for. I will end up continuing the series because I did enjoy it for the most part.

Mercy was a part of a readalong I hosted with the Jodi Picoult goodreads group. I read this book fast because I was hoping to finish a couple more books in the month, but that did not end up happening. I had some issues with Mercy, but I did end up enjoying it.

Panis was my worst read of the month. I listened to it on audiobook and I just never got into the book. I watched Jessethe reader's review and I probably got more out of that review than I did out of Panic itself. I thought this book was really bad, the characters had no personality, and they did some really stupid things. I just never felt a connection to the characters throughout the book.

I read 2/5 books from my TBR last month, so hopefully I can read a few more this month.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Take Control of Your TBR Pile Sign Up

I'm in for another month of reading books that I own. I have done this in year's past and it has been helpful in reducing my physical TBR.

Here is the four books I want to read this month. I think I should be able to complete all of them as long as I ignore the library books I still have checked out.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Small Great Things Paperback Giveaway


I'm so excited to announce that I'm hosting another giveaway for Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things. It was just released on paperback and the publisher was kind enough to give away three books to my lucky blog readers and members of the Jodi Picoult goodreads group.

All Tasks will be verified that you completed them and this giveaway is open to US residents only.

I read Small Great Things when it was originally released and I loved this book. I think it was such an eye opener for me. I think that this is a book that everybody should read to see that racism is still a very real thing in the US. I highly recommend it.

I will say that I will allow you to enter this giveaway if you have read the book, but do not own a copy, but if you already own a copy of Small Great Things please refrain from entering the giveaway and let people that haven't read this book a higher chance of winning.

The giveaway will end on March 4th at Midnight and I will pick winners the following day. They will be announced here on the blog. 

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Number of Books I Read Per Month 2013-2017

If you love stats this is the post for you. I got this idea from Lauren @ BookmarkLit who got the idea for Christina @ Girl in the Pages. I'm comparing my stats over the past 5 years that I have been blogging. I'm comparing the number of books I read by month and the release dates that I read by year. I'm super excited to share this post and analyze all the stats.

A lot of things have changed since I started blogging in 2013. In 2013 for the first half of the year I was a high school senior and I read a lot of books in my last 5 months of high school, but I slowed down throughout the rest of the year especially as I started college and finding a reading routine during my first year of college.
Total Read: 66

This was easily my best year of reading. I read a lot of novellas and some shorter books. I read a lot of 2014 releases, but also caught up on 2013 releases during this year. I read a lot of books throuhgout 2014.
Total Read: 71

This year was my worst year out of the 5. I was in a reading slump for most of the year and I just didn't read a lot overall this year. I wasn't motivated to read, but I did read a few books I really loved during 2015.
Total Read: 38

2016 was a good year of reading. I was pretty consistent throughout 2016. I did have some months where I read more and some where I read less, but overall I really enjoyed my reading year in 2016. I started student teaching in fall of 2016.
Total Read: 46

I finished up student teaching in May of 2017 and started my teaching job in August of 2017. My reading took a nose dive at the beginning of the school year, but it is picking up now that it is January. 2017 was a great year of reading and I read so many amazing books.
Total Read: 52

Most Read:
The three months where I read the most are June 2013, April 2014, and May 2014
June 2013:
I don't really remember why I read so many books this month. I know it was the month before I started my summer classes that I was taking in 4 weeks on campus, so I probably was trying to sneak in as much reading as I could. I ended up reading 11 books

April and May 2014:
April 2014 was my third Dewey's readathon and I had a chance to just read all day and really just enjoy the readathon. I think that kind of put me on a reading high that carried right over into May 2014. I end up reading 11 books both months.

January Over the years seems to be pretty consistent where I read 6-7 books and my reading usually picks up at the beginning of the year.

April always seems to be a good month for me and I think that is because of Dewey's readathon.

September-November are usually the months where I read the least. I usually only finish 2-3 books during those months. September 2016 broke this tread and I would have to give this to a team challenge I was involved in called WOBBLE. This challenge really motivated me to keep reading even when the school year started.

December usually picks up my reading a little bit since I'm reading Christmas books which are usually short and I can get a few done.

Overall I think it is so much fun to compare how many books I read over a year. There are not a whole lot of treads in my reading, but there are some consistencies over the years.

Overall I don't read many books published before 2000, but I do usually read a few every year. The number of pre-2010 reads has decreased as those books have got older.

As of right now 2013 is my most read release date with 49 books, 2014 I read 37, 2015 I have read 19, 2016 I have read 16, and 2017 I have read 10.

There isn't as much to analysis with this one. 2014 was a high year for new releases. I focused a lot on 2013 and 2014 releases that year. It is more evenly split with 5-10 books for each year from 2010-2017 the rest of the years.

I hope you enjoyed this post. I so enjoyed making it and seeing my stats over the past 5 years.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

My To Be Read: February Winner

And the winner is... Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. I'm excited to start this series. 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

January Wrap Up and February TBR

January was a great start to my reading year. I read four books for my Deal me In Challenge. I'm super proud to start the year out strong. I continued on with the Anne of Green Gables series, and I loved the latest book in the series. Otherworld took my least favorite for the month. It wasn't my type of book I usually read. Catching Jordan was my favorite of the month. I love Miranda Kenneally's writing. I also did a great job with my TBR. I read 5/6 books I put on my list as I'm writing this post because I finished Destiny Rewritten in February it won't make it on here until next month. 

I'm hoping I can stick to my TBR this month and do a great job on my TBR once again. I added some Kasie West books I'm excited to read and I love all of these authors. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

To Be Read List Let's Vote February

Hosted by Because Reading
It is always a continual goal for me to read books on my goodreads TBR list. I started 2016 with 335 books on my TBR and I started 2017 with 368 books on my TBR list. I'm starting 2017 with 394 books on my TBR list. The list is endless as authors continue to write and there is a million good books out there. This year I'm doing the My To Be Read List differently. I'm always going to choose three books from my deal me in/fill in the gaps person challenge. I'm hoping this will help me to knock off more books for that challenge.

I'm interested to see which one you guys pick. I'm excited to read all of these books.

A warm June evening, a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. What begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny's boyfriend, Jake, and her friend Demeter, are physically unhurt--but the emotional damage is overwhelming. Questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.

 As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents--secrets kept, promises broken, hearts betrayed. Elin Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family, and honesty, and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow new love can take flight.

"Blessed" or "cursed" with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she's known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn't hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and inhabited by a silent staff of servants. Only a grueling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth: the bear is really a prince who's been enchanted by a troll queen, and the Lass must come up with a way to free him before he's forced to marry a troll princess.

It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

 When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

 The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past—and hers?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 Spreads to Track Books in My Bullet Journal

I have been bullet journaling for a little over a year now. I started in November 2016. I was so excited to set up my spreads for 2017 and now I have had a year to try out those yearly spreads and I have figured out what works and what I wanted to change for the New Year. Let's face it there just isn't enough bookish bullet journal spreads on the internet. I'm always making new spreads throughout the year. I will try to do another bullet journal post further on in the year.

Here's one of my first posts. Every year I take a picture of all the books I own. I post the picture in my bullet journal to look at throughout the year and see which books I have read. 

This is one of my favorite spreads. I found it on pinterest. It is all the series I'm in the middle of. I just make a box for each book in the series and then cross off the books as I read them. I love how simple this page is and I left enough room to add new series that I start. 

The next few pages are dedicated to a reading challenge I join through goodreads. This is a repeat spread because it worked last year to complete the tasks for the challenge. What I do is when I finish a book and log it I go check if there are any tasks in the challenge it can qualify for. 
I absolutely love how this page turned out. If you are a long time follower of my blog you would know that I have been doing my personal deal me in challenge since 2015. I have 2 years left of the challenge, so I really need to buckle down and read these books. I have the list sorted and wrote on a deck of cards. I was just going to write down all the hearts, but then I decided to color code it, so I shuffled the deck and wrote down the cards in a random order based on the color code. I love how it turned out. The only problem is I don't want to cross books off, which is the point of the page. I haven't got it in my heart yet and I may have to start another page for the books I read. 

This page is simple just a list of books I read from the library. I did decide I needed two pages this year since I rand out of room on my list last year. 

Owned books is also just a list of books I have read that I own. I also include the date I bought them and the date I read them. My challenge key is very important to how I log books. I make a list of all the challenges I'm participating in and then come up with a symbol for each challenge to use on my log. 

This page is probably the most useful and the most used. This is all the stats I want to keep about the books I read. As you can see I have already filled out a couple books for the start of the year. Since it is in a linear fashion it makes it really easy to do stats at the end of the year. This also where those challenge symbols come into play because I don't have to rewrite the name of the challenge over and over again. I just put the symbol for each challenge. This year I color coded, so this is a pink page and I always like to make a design at the top. My first page is summer theme and the second one is a winter theme. I left a page blank if I need to make another books read page. 

Here is my last yearly spread I want to show you. If you have been a long time blog follower you know that every January I do an update to the releases I missed from the previous year. I made a spread in my bullet journal to have a place to cross off those books and like everything else this year I color coded it. The bottom of the page with 2017 I'm either planning to put the 2018 books I want to read or the 2018 releases I have read. I haven't decided yet, so I left it blank for now. 

Overall my Bullet Journal makes my list heart happy and  I make a lot of lists in my bullet journal. I'm super excited for all of these spreads. I hope these give you some new ideas for your bullet journal and I will try to share more bookish spreads as I create them throughout the year.