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 »

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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 »

Review: Orange, The Complete Collection Volume 1 by Ichigo Takano

General Information

orange: The Complete Collection 1
Page Count: 384 pages
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Goodreads: Orange, The Complete Collection Volume 1

TW: suicide, depression

 

Official Summary

“A Plea From the Future

On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she recieves a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?” (Source)Read More »

Interrupting Your Usual Programming for a Brief Life Update

So I dropped off the face of the planet there for a minute.

A brief, non-reading non-writing related update on my life:

  • I started my first ever full-time job (yay!!!)
  • I’ve had no time to do basically any reading or writing (boo)
  • I took a mini long-weekend vacation to Michigan (yay!!!)
  • Which meant a weekend full of reading/writing was off-limits (boo)

I’ve also been having so mad trouble sleeping (this has been an ongoing issue since at least May, maybe earlier but it’s been progressively worse) so around 2pm and then again around 8pm I hit a wall and can barely concentrate on anything for longer than two minutes at a time.

I managed to adapt my reading habits to fit into a full-time schedule that I haven’t really figured out a routine for yet. I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels (which you can read about in my monthly wrap-up next Monday) in order to bulk up on my Goodreads reading challenge. I used to read a ton of graphic novels as a teenager, so I’m enjoying catching up on some titles I’ve seen floating around but haven’t really read yet.

I’ve written unfortunately very little (blog wise and fiction wise). I cranked out about three upcoming blog posts today which I’m happy about. One morning at 4am when I couldn’t sleep I wrote a whole chapter. Aside from that, it’s been a slow month.

I still don’t have characters names picked out for NaNoWriMo. Which starts in approximately two days. I’m pretending I’m okay with it.

I planned out a writing routine for November including how many words to write each day to get to 50,000 words. There’s a few weekends and weeknights coming up where it’s unrealistic for me to make time for writing, so I’m trying to plan around it. Hopefully, I can stay awake until midnight on Tuesday night and just start writing right away and crank out at least a few scenes (lol I still don’t have any resemblance of an outline).

I’ll be updating my NaNoWriMo progress (most likely freak-outs) every Friday starting on November 10, to give myself a few days to get somewhere.

NaNoWriMo Prep #2: Help Me I’m Lost ft. Link Round-Up

So originally I had a whole blog post planned out about what steps we should be taking now in order to gear up for NaNoWriMo (a continuation of my first post here) but I realized that I haven’t done any prep work myself! I’m not in the mood to be hypocritical today. 👋✌️

Instead of doling out instructions and advice I’d figure I’m just going to ramble on about NaNoWriMo and I’m hoping some people can give me some instruction and advice. I’ve been scouring the Internet (aka Pinterest) looking up some really great writing advice articles blog posts videos etc and there are definitely some great ideas out there but there’s a point where taking in too much information just isn’t helpful.

All right, so, here’s what I’m struggling with:

1. Everything.

Tee hee. This isn’t a lie. Or a joke. My nano idea is large and messy and sloppy and I don’t even know where to begin to start fleshing it out. I feel like I’m about to tackle cleaning out my attic. It’s filled with winter clothes and holiday decorations and fancy china and old vinyl records and some camping gear and toys from my youth but how to you to decide what section to clean first! What if I get so caught up looking through old baby photos that I loose track of time!Read More »

Review: Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

General Information

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love StoriesPage Count: 388 pages
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Library
Goodreads: Summer Days and Summer Nights

 

Official Summary

“Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.” (Source)

Review

[I’m setting up this review a little differently than previous ones. I’m going to start by reviewing the collection as a whole, then move onto mini reviews for each piece.]Read More »

Movies I’ve Seen But Haven’t Read the Book

Confession: My movie knowledge repertoire is shallow. I don’t watch a ton a movies (or tv shows) and when I do get around to watching something, I generally am very picky about what I enjoy, and all of these have surprised me. Typically I refuse to go see a movie without reading the book first, but these sneaky ones have crept in under my radar.

Obviously, I’m sure there are tons more movies out there I’ve seen that have a book tied to it that I haven’t read. These are my top five movies I’ve seen and enjoyed and that have inspired me to consider reading the book that goes along with it.

I dread the day I get tired of watching this movie. What a CLASSIC. Bridget Jones is one of the best rom-com heroines and I really feel like I’m missing out by not reading the books. I’m already a huge fan of the movies (I recently watched the third and newest one and was BLOWN AWAY by how good it was. I was literally cracking up.) so I imagine the books have to hold some weight as well, especially since typically speaking, books are usually better than the movies.Read More »

Down the TBR Hole #02: Books 11-20

This is my second attempt at Lost in a Story’s “Down the TBR Hole,” which makes you question your most intimate life decisions from the past four years.

Actually, it just makes you set your Goodreads “to-read” shelf with the oldest books first, and then go through about ten books a time and decide if you’re going to keep it or not. But like, it basically the same thing. We’re cleaning out of hopes and dreams from the past few years.

I’m being dramatic, but it’s justified. At the end of my last attempt I had an even 1,100 books on my “to-read” shelf. Currently, I have 1158. I’ve added a few 😐 Books are being produced faster than I can read!! Slow down!!

I cheated and skimmed ahead at these ten books and idk these are going to be h a r d to narrow down. They’re all classics that I feel more or less obligated to read at some point in my life. It’ll be an emotional adventure. I’m just gonna write off the record here we go.Read More »

Review: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

General Information

Page Count: 245 pages
Publication Date: October 1st, 1995
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Library
Goodreads: Like Water for Chocolate

 

Official Summary

“Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother’s womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with listeners throughout the story. The Spanish language edition of the best-selling “Like Water For Chocolate” is a remarkable success in its own right.” (Source)Read More »