25 Books I’m Reading in 2018

A couple years ago I lined up all the books I was going to read for a complete year in order on my bookshelf. I’m definitely a mood reader and I tried to predict my mood based on the season and the types of books I most recently read. For example, I tried to put a few light fluffy books to read in the summer after a classic heavy spring. Or after a five hundred page brick I put a shorter novel for a break.

I did surprisingly well; the point was the jumpstart back into reading after essentially reading only like three or four books a semester outside of my required reading for classes senior year. With that as my end-goal, I definitely fell back into a reading routine, but only got about halfway down the list.

This year I joined the Mount TBR Challenge and committed myself to reading two books a month I already own, to hopefully add up to 24 books by the end of the year. Clearly, I have a lot more than 24 unread books on my bookshelf, but in order to meet my six books a month quota I figured I’d divide it up like this:

  • 2 books off my bookshelf
  • 2 new books (Book of the Month subscription box and a new release)
  • 2 library books.

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Down the TBR Hole #06: Books 51-60

New Year, same old me!

This is my sixth installment of Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” and it makes me feel good to see my TBR shelf whittle down to dust. (That’s a lie. It sits at 1,401 books. I add books faster than I can remove them.) The concept of the challenge is to go through your oldest books on your “Want To Read” shelf and toss out the books you’re no longer interested in reading.

Seeing the first page of my to-read shelf on Goodreads consist solely of books I already own is extremely invigorating. When I go to pick up a new book, I’m focused on reading the ones that I’ve had sitting around for a while. Not only does it give me a chance to clean out (one of my favorite activities), it gives me motivation to read the books I’m eager about keeping.Read More »

Reading and Writing Resolutions for 2018

New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays. I love the energy that surrounds the frenzy of promising ourselves to be better (even if we lack the motivation to pursue it–it’s the thought that counts). It’s probably the same reason why I love the start of a new school year or new month, and and odd reason why I like Mondays as well.

This year I have a lot of ambitious goals, inside and outside of my literary life. They’re not ambitious in the sense that they’re lofty or unattainable–on the contrary I definitely can pull them off. I just have a track record of being lazy and unmotivated.

Ever since I finished finish NaNoWriMo with a whooping 37 page sprint on the last day to meet the 50k goal, I’ve felt an enormous sense of anticipation–I’m eager to sit down and try that again.

The problem with December is that I just barely had the time. My grandparents were visiting in the beginning of the month, I had a camping trip with my Girl Scout troop, my uncle and cousins were staying for a week, and then the month ended with my boyfriend here for the holidays. In between I was getting back into my yoga studio (and barely making it to enough classes to pay off the membership fee), holiday shopping, traveling around for work, and just keeping up with my daily life and what I already pushed aside in November.

It’s hard to make writing a priority, especially when I already have so little hours left of the day with a full-time job. I look back on how I managed to write so much in high school on top of AP classes and extracurriculars and read a book every few days and I honestly can’t fathom how I did that.

Moving into 2018, I’m eager to make writing a priority and less of a hobby. My full-time job is not necessarily something I’d like to pursue for the rest of my life, and eventually I’d love writing to turn my full-time job. I’m moving into the mindset where prioritizing my writing will mean treating it like a full-time job, and engaging myself in other hobbies to take the place of writing.

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December Reading Wrap-Up: Audiobooks, Splurges, and Beginnings

Books Bought

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu (ARC)
  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman (ARC)
  • Yoga Girl by Rachel Brathen
  • All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski
  • Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
  • The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
  • Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende

Books Read

  • The Last to See Me by M. Dressler
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Chasing Light by Amanda Lucidon

December was the month of starting a gazillion books at a time but still not finishing them!! Watch out for January because it’ll be chockfull of all the books I finished since December!

I love the fall, it’s one of my favorite seasons, but there is really no. room. to. breathe!!! How do people have time to sit down and read in between the months of November and December? HOW???

I’m going to be honest, I really don’t count anything I finished this month as reading (as a personal rule). The Last to See Me was more than halfway done before the month started, I listened to To Kill a Mockingbird on audiobook driving to work, and Chasing the Light is literally a coffee-table book (I picked it up from my grandmother’s coffee table and read it in a single sitting).

December wasn’t entirely up to my personal standards. I would’ve liked to read more. At the end of the month there were three books I was at least half-way through. I just honestly didn’t have any time to sit down and read. Read More »

Down the TBR Hole #05: Books 41-50

Back in September I stumbled across Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole”, and I’ve spent every spare moment procrastinating my life away by continuing to do this challenge.

This has been helpful for me to narrow down my Goodreads “to-read” shelf and also keeps me consistently conscious of the books I’m adding to the shelf. Often times I’ll come across a book recommendation online and instantly go to add it to my shelf without questioning it. Seeing how long some of these books have been causally chilling on the shelf gives me motivation to be a little stingy when it comes to adding more.

Right now, my “t0-read” shelf is sitting at 1,366books!!!

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November Reading Wrap Up: Books, Books, Books

Books Bought:

  • Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
  • Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
  • Crossing Over (Camp Rolling Hills #2) by Stacy Davidowitz
  • The Last to See Me by M Dressler
  • Straying by Molly McCloskey (ARC)
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee
  • The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky
  • Tumbleweeds by Leila Meachan
  • Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss
  • Wonder by RJ Palacio
  • An Unnecessary Woman by Rabin Alameddine
  • Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
  • Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  • Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Grit by Angela Duckworth
  • The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Books Read:

  • Spinning by Tillie Walden
  • Crossing Over by Stacy Davidowitz

Ya girl was supposed to post this the first week of December, but as you can tell from the two lists above, my life is currently unbalanced so instead I’m posting on a Saturday!! (??).

November was one of the most hectic months I’ve had in a long while. I drove down to North Carolina for a weekend, my grandparents were visiting for four weeks, and as always, Thanksgiving and NaNoWriMo wiped me clean.

I’m not surprised–or disappointed–I only finished two books this month (one of which is a graphic novel and the other is a middle grade novel). I picked up a lot of books and just couldn’t settle down into one. I had a pile of half started books stacked up on my nightstand, I renewed my library books until I reached my renewal limit, and I could never concentrate long enough to read more than a few pages at once. It’s fitting that the only two books I finished this month were books I could finish in two or three sittings.Read More »

NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge 2001

[This was written like, three weeks ago but silly me forgot to schedule it so it never posted!!!!]

If you’d like to catch up with my shenanigans, you can read my guidelines in this post.

For my October books, I chose to read The Deep End of the Ocean, Conversations with God, The Poisonwood Bible, and The Art of Happiness. I ended up DNFing The Deep End of the Ocean about 125 pages into it. It took me almost the whole month to read that much, and I realized it just wasn’t interesting to me. I felt like I was required to read it for the challenge (even though I DNFed a book last month), but also it slowed down reading other books because I felt I had to read the books in chronological order. Because I felt like I had to read them chronologically, it also meant I didn’t finish the other three books by the time the month ended. Moving forward, I’d still like to read them in chronological order, but I’m not going to waste three weeks of my time forcing myself to finish a book I’m not enjoying. Therefore, I had to revamp my original plan.

Originally, I wanted to get through the years 1993-2018 before my birthday, ultimately ending with reading a 2018 my birthday week. If that happens, I’ll be psyched. However at this point in time, it’s a little unrealistic.Read More »

Down the TBR Hole #04: Books 31-40

Confession: I’m addicted to Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole.” It’s my favorite way to procrastinate because I feel like I’m being productive at the same time! I love cleaning out my life.

The gist is to clean out your probably overgrown Goodreads “to-read” shelf. Order the books in ascending order, and go through the oldest ones first to decide if they’re going to stay or go. It makes me happy to see that my whole first page of “t0-read” books are actually books that I want to read!

This is my fourth attempt, and I’ve passed up on 11 out of 30 books–almost half! Right now, I have 1,235 books on that shelf, which have been accumulating since 2012. That number just sounds overwhelming and sometimes I wish I could just wipe it clean but that makes me ~nervous~Read More »

October Reading Wrap-Up: Employment, Manga, and Slumps

Books Bought:

  • Worn in New York by Emily Spivak
  • Lumberjanes Vol. 1-3 by* Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Faith Erin Hicks, Brittney Williams, Felicia Choo
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce (ARC)
  • Orange: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 by Ichigo Takano
  • The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth (ARC)
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  • Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

*There are a lot of different contributors to the Lumberjanes series, so I listed the authors and illustrators in the order the appear; however across the three different volumes I purchased, each contributor has a different level of involvement (i.e.: some are guest illustrators, etc).

Books Read:

Throughout the month, I had a terrible time reading, for reasons I’ll soon delve into. This was partially due to outside factors, and also partially due to my own lack of motivation.

In early October, I accepted my first full-time job! However, this quickly meant I needed to refocus my reading habits; my reading (and writing) hours were drastically reduced, and often times I found myself crashing in bed at like 8pm.

A few times I tried to read during my lunch break, but the lunchroom was always too noisy and I felt rude reading a book sitting at a table surrounded by my fellow co-workers (whereas at Barnes and Noble, almost every read during their meal breaks). The few times I sat by myself in an empty room eating so I could read, my boss would always magically walk in and make me feel guilty for eating alone! (I’m not sure how she consistently knows where I am at all times it’s actually kind of freaky.)Read More »

Down the TBR Hole #03: Books 21-30

Well this is my third attempt at Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole.” It’s simple, quick, and forces you to really become intuitive with your gut reactions! I love it.

The gist is this:

  • Open up your “to-read” shelf on Goodreads
  • Order the books with the date ascending (oldest books first)
  • Go through each book and decide if it stays on or if you’re moving on to bigger and better things

My TBR is more of a mountain. I have literal stacks of books piled up on the floor because my bookshelf is overflowing. I just love books. I just want to read everything!

My last two tries at this have gone so-so. I’ve dumped a total of 6 out of 20 books, which isn’t bad. I’m excited to go more in-depth in my quest to flush out my life.

At the end of my last trial, I had 1,156 of books on my “to-read” shelf. Currently I have 1,168, so I’ve added about a dozen. I’m not overwhelmed 😅Read More »