A Week in Review | July 16th – July 22nd

a week in review

Hello everyone, here is an update on my reading! This week I focused on books I have been reading for what seems like a while. Not because I have been putting them off, but one is over 600 pages and the other over 1000. Once I finished those I ending up magically reading a ton more.  Without further delay, here is my update!
Books I Finished

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2

4stars

I finished my buddy read of NOS4A2 and I really enjoyed this novel. It was just the creepy book I needed. I also liked the nod to his father that was done in here. It was done in a way that actually made this book more credible because it played with your brain. Sadly, I cannot say how it did because it would spoil some pretty big things. But, I want to say it was not done in a way, at least in my eyes, as a way to gain attention in his book just because his dad is who is he. It added something and increased his own story.

Son of Hitler by Anthony Del Con

Son of Hitler

4starsThis graphic novel was beautifully illustrated and had a very interesting twist on WW2 history. I found it to be interesting and I loved the strong woman character as well as the level of spy business.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

3stars

I managed to finish this huge classic novel this week as well, I really don’t know how I managed to read so much this week. I did end up writing a review for this novel, if you want to see more of my thoughts on it you can read that here: REVIEW |Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Clock Dance

4stars

So, I picked this up mainly for the purpose of participating in the BN bookclub in August. While I participated in the last round, I didn’t really end up enjoying the book. I ended up unhauling it after the talk. This book on the other hand I ended up really enjoying. I felt like the character had a lot of internal battles and feelings that needed to be dealt with. I love seeing characters grow and the growth coming from finding people and opportunities that really make an individual happy and find themselves is even better.

 

Idle Days by Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau

Idle Days

4stars

This week I also was able to read a graphic novel, I have not read a one in what feels like a while so I was excited to finally get to this arc. I wrote an entire review which you can find here, REVIEW | Idle Days by Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau.

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I am Still ReadingRust & Stardust by T. Greenwood

Rust & Stardust

I am currently reading my eARC that I received via netgalley. This book comes out in August so my goal is to finish this sometime this month. So far I am really enjoying it, the opening chapter alone dragged me in.

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

I absolutely loved this as a movie when I was younger, so I think it is time I finally pick up the book and see how the movie and book compare to one another.

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REVIEW | Idle Days by Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau

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Idle Days
Description

Depressed and unmoored by his father’s violent death, and drafted into the Canadian military to serve in World War II, Jerome has fled, taking refuge in a cabin his grandfather owns in a remote part of the countryside.

But Jerome’s troubles are only beginning. A strange dread fills the woods, and rumors of murders and ghosts cast his refuge in a sinister light. As Jerome struggles to come to terms with his father’s death, he obsessively seeks to uncover the mystery of what, exactly, happened in his grandfather’s house.

Simon Leclerc’s haunting, expressionistic artwork brings to life a quiet, layered, and deeply literary story from writer Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau, in a graphic novel that explores with tenderness and insight the wounds opened with the loss of a loved one. goodreads.com

What I Liked

This graphic novel starts off very mysteriously. You are just dropped into a middle of a story and it takes off. You know something big is happening, but you aren’t quite sure what that is, you can feel the excitement.

Another thing I liked was the fact that this dealt with WWII in a different way than I have previously read about. While this part of the book would be classified as historical fiction it was interesting to get the point of view from someone who has fled serving in the military during such a period. It also lends to the tense feelings that fill this book from cover to cover. Not only did you follow this individual you hear updates on the progress of the war throughout the graphic novel and I though it made it very interesting  and tied this aspect of the storyline together instead of just using it as a plot point and then ignoring it completely.

Throughout this book there are feelings of something just lingering out of the frames. Something was happening, but you couldn’t figure out what was going to happen and if it would be a criminal or something not from this world.

What I Didn’t Like

The one thing I did not like about this graphic novel was the fact that I felt like it jumped around a lot. I would be getting into a plot point and then all of a sudden it would take you somewhere completely different. Now this could be the author trying to add another layer mystery, but for me it didn’t quite hit the mark.

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel. I thought both the historical and spooky elements were spot on. I felt like the art work and writing aided greatly in creating a definitive atmosphere that pulls you in. You, as the reader, want to know more and figure out what is just out of your reach and outside the frame. I will add that there is some talk of suicide in this book, for me I am comfortable with this topic, but I know not everyone is. I think that if you enjoy creepy books that leave you uncomfortable, that you should look into this graphic novel.

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Author Links

Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau
photo from macmillan website

 

website: THOMAS DESAULNIERS-BROUSSEAU

 

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Book Information

Publisher: First Second Books

Publication Date: August 14th 2018

List Price: $19.99

ISBN: 9781626724587

Pages: 272 pages

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* I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Recommendations | Classic Literature

Recs

So if you have seen my most recent Week in Review, A Week in Review | July 9th – July 15th, you will know that I have been reading, and enjoying, Anna Karenina. I have been wanting to read this large classic for what seems like years and I finally had enjoy guts to take on this 1000+ page Russian Classic. Now with reading this it had me thinking a lot about classics and why I like them. For me I find them more “domestic”, they talk more about home life or about individuals. There is less of a major plot element and it is character driven. Also, I love history and I love reading a book from another period because it really give you a look into the lives of those who live there. These are the books that were popular, this is what people read in their free time if they had any.

So I thought, hey why don’t I share some of my favorite classics? So here I am today to share my 5 favorite classics.

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A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet

I really do love any of the Sherlock novels and short stories I have read. I love how not only does this give a peak into the time period, but it also takes a bit of a look at human nature and really makes you think, “Wow, are we really this predictable?” Also, who is not down to read a murder mystery?


A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange

So, this book is a weird one. It is more of a modern classic and is so vile that it was actually outlawed in multiple countries. Trigger warnings: rape, violence, language, and more that I cannot remember. The reason why I like it is because it make you think about the fact that we see individuals who do these horrible things as monsters, but we cannot forget they are human. I feel that sometimes when we say someone is a monster that we also forget they are an evil human, we need to remember that someone of the same species is capable of doing this horrible things. In some way I feel saying someone is a monster allows us to compartmentalize this behavior as something that cannot happen in the human world, but it does. I hope that makes sense.


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women

Now back onto a more happy novel/series is Little Women, this is my all time favorite book and series. I loved this family since I was a young, young girl. It taught me that it was okay to love books and learning, it was also to do things that were “not lady like”. It also showed  me that war broke up families, but hope kept them together. It taught me about death in a respectful and unthreatening way. It is so odd to have a book that taught you so much, but at the time you don’t really notice it. At the time it was just me following a family through their lives.


The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White

I loved that this book seemed to be a ghost story, but also told a story of love and honesty. While this book is over 600 pages I few through this, but a fun way to read this is to read it like when it was originally published as a serialized book in a news paper. Due to this interesting way of publication there are many cliff hangers and a lot of action when though you are following someones live. I was gripped from the start of the book until the end.


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

This is a very short classic that not only teaches you about morals and perception, it is also a bit of a scary story. Since originally reading this I have read it a few times and each time I find more symbolism than the last. The writing is blunt, but beautiful.

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REVIEW |Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

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Acclaimed by many as the world’s greatest novel, Anna Kareninaprovides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in literature. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature – with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author’s own views and convictions.

Throughout, Tolstoy points no moral, merely inviting us not to judge but to watch. As Rosemary Edmonds comments, ‘He leaves the shifting patterns of the kaleidoscope to bring home the meaning of the brooding words following the title, ‘Vengeance is mine, and I will repay. –goodreads.com

What I Liked

I liked that the story followed not just one person or one couple, but a mixture of couples who were connected, but dealt internally with different worries and moral issues. I felt that even though this was written so long ago, a lot of the ways these characters felt were relatable. I can see who people still talk and discuss this novel and it has held up to the test at time.

Also, this translation of Anna Karenina was done wonderfully. It kept the air of being a classic and used a lot of words that remind me of the time period, but they made it readable. I was not reading at a very slow pace, but it was not fully modern. They found a great balance.

What I Didn’t Like

At times I felt that I would have rather have read this story individually instead of intertwined, but it in no way ruined the story for me. I would say going over the spark notes and getting a list of of names (DO NOT READ THE DESCRIPTION OF THE CHARACTERS THERE BECAUSE OF SPOILERS) because having a running list is helpful because they sometimes use their proper names and then nicknames that seem to have no relation in english, they might in the texts original language of Russian.

Overall Thoughts

Overall I felt that this was a very wonderful book and it was very thought provoking. If you are interested in a soap opera type of book with deceit , betrayal, and scorned individuals this is a book for you. This is a wonderful and timeless novel, that is a commitment. I am very glad that I finally read this novel.

3stars

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Book Information

Publisher: Vintage Classics

Publication Date: January 5th 2017, originally published in 1878

List Price: $18.95

ISBN: 9781784871956

Pages: 963 pages

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Tag | The Liebster Award #3

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I want to thank Whitney for nominating me for this award, you should all check out her blog it is wonderful and she is very kind. Since this is my 3rd nomination I will link to my two previous ones incase you would like to read my answers from those previous times. It is always interesting how people change and their opinions change over time and as we grow.

The Liebster Award | 2018

TAG|The Liebster Award #2

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Rules for The Liebster Award:

• Thank your nominator and provide a link to their blog

• Answer your nominator’s 11 questions

• Create 11 questions of your own

• Nominate 11 blogs

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Whitney’s Questions:

  1. What standalone book do you wish had a sequel?
    • Oh this is an awesome question, I think I would love if Sleeping Beauties by Septhen and Owen King has a sequel. Since I finished the book I always wondered how the world would have changed after then end of that book.
  2. What is your favorite bookish object purchase?
    • My favorite bookish object I have purchased would have to be any bookmark. I feel like out of all the things I have bought, that is the thing I maintain my use of and continue to use.
  3. Who is your favorite romantic pairing in a novel?
    • Easy, Jo March and Professor Friedrich Bhaer from the Little Women series, yes it is a four book series.
  4. How do you choose what to read next?
    • It is totally mood based or if I have a deadline coming up.
  5. Do you like to see the movie adaptation of a book first, or read the book first?
    • I honestly don’t have a preference, I tend to see these as two separate entities.
  6. What is your favorite bookstore? (online or physical)
    • I love Indie Bound and Books a Million
  7. What is your favorite and least favorite genre?
    • I love thrillers and non-fiction, I have recently realized that I do not like science-fiction and I am VERY picky about fantasy.
  8. How long do you normally take to finish a book?
    • I can take me a day or months, there is no rhyme or reason for it.
  9. What character would you choose to be your companion on an adventure?
    • Bilbo Baggins or the Weasley Twins, you need some fun and smart people to help keep you alive and your spirits up.
  10. What is your Hogwarts house/do you feel that it is accurate?
    • Hufflepuff and I feel that it is very accurate!
  11. Who would comprise your ultimate girl squad?
    • Oh this is too difficult! Um, I would have to pick Eleanor Roosevelt, Jo March, Hermonie Granger, and Professor Minerva McGonagall.

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My Questions

  1. What books has the most sentimental value for you?
  2. What does your dream bookshelf or library look like?
  3. Have you had a pet that you gave a bookish name? If not, if you did get a pet what bookish name would you give them?
  4. Have you ever DNF’ed a book? What book was it and why?
  5. Do you reread books? Please explain because I am very curious.
  6. What is your reading routine?
  7. What was the first book you remember reading?
  8. What format do you usually read?
  9. How many books are currently in your TBR?
  10. What book are you most excited about reading this year?

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Jess & Teagan

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Sammy 

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Megan @ Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

Jacquie (Rattle the Stars)

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A Week in Review | July 9th – July 15th

a week in reviewSo this past week I got to thinking of how to best share my reading. Sometimes on twitter and goodreads I update way too much, but I cannot stop myself from inputting my progress into goodreads someone because I love seeing the percentage going up. So I decided to put a poll on twitter so see what you all thought was the best way to share.

It turned out the majority of my followers preferred a weekly update, with a close second in updating only when a book is finished. So I think I am going to put a detailed update here on my blog and on Sunday I will be putting a short list of books I finished that week if I finished any at all. I figured that would be a good happy medium. When I was looking for a format for this I remembered a format I saw over on Ashley Rae’s blog, check her out and asked her permission to kind of use that as a guide, Thanks Ashley! Without more explanations, here is my Week in Review.

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Books I Finished

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Pet Sematary

5stars

This book was so much better than I remember the movie being when I was younger. I actually got angry and was yelling at the main character a few times, I was that invested. It was very raw and really drew on some aspects of human nature that I feel many of us truly fear and maybe worry about. Even though I thought this was going to take my sometime to get through I ended up ging through a majority of it in a single day.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War

2stars

So, I hate to have an unpopular opinion here, but I did not like The Poppy War. If you saw my goodreads review I made it clear that I do not think this is a bad book in anyway, but it was just not for me. I am not interested in a single individual taking on an Empire/Society. I used to love books in this genre, but not so much anymore. I also read this in a buddy read and a few of us agree that if you like the first part you may not like the rest of the book, or if you find the first part undesirable, you will like the rest of the book more. I also felt that things moved so quick sometimes that things seemed too easy or parts were missing from the story.

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I am Still Reading

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2

I have about two more weeks in this buddy read and I am really liking this book a lot. I cannot wait to get to the end of it. It is taking a lot of self control to not rush ahead of the reading schedule. I am currently 59% through this book.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

I am slowly making my way through this Russian classic, I am currently at 19%. I am really surprised at how timeless the story plot really is. It also is very easy to read, the translator did an amazing job! Divider
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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Clock Dance

I just picked this book up on Tuesday and I am very excited to read it. This novel is this seasons pick for the #bnbookclub, I had so much fun participating in the bookclub the last round that I decided to do it again. Click the title if you would like to learn more about this book.

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Reading Goals | 2018 | 2nd Quarter Review

Reading Goals

Well, in my last quarterly update, Reading Goals | 2018 | 1st Quarter Review,  I was already able to check a few of my goals off of my list, but a few I still needed to work on. I just wanted to do a quick little check in to share my progress as well as keep myself accountable. Here is how I am doing on my 2018 goals for my reading and my blog.

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Update my blog post headers – Check!

Read 50 books- Check! As of right now I have read 54 books, I am so excited!

 

Read 30,000 pages

As of right now I have read a total of 18,412 pages, so I am more than halfway to my goal of reading 30,000 pages. This makes me very happy since I was a bit worried the last check in.

Try new things

As I stated in my 1st quarter update I have started a few new series on my blog, these include Operation Find a Hobby,  ________ Picks my Books, and Discussion posts. I always shied from discussion posts due to fear of many people not being interested, but I am so glad I started to incorporate them into my blog.  They are a ton of fun. Below I have linked the series for you if you are interested in reading.

Operation Find a Hobby

Operation Find A Hobby | Introduction

Operation Find A Hobby | Embroidery

Operation Find A Hobby | Puzzle

Operation Find A Hobby | Scrapbooking

Operation Find A Hobby | Jewelry Making

_____ Picks My Books

Haul | Bookseller Picks My Books

Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books

Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books

Revisiting| _____ Picks My Books

Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books Vol. 2

Lets Talk

Lets Talk | Reading Formats

Lets Talk | Big Books

Lets Talk | Preordering Books

Lets Talk | Buddy Reading vs Book Club

Lets Talk | My Read 5, Buy 1 Challenge

 

Complete the 2018 POPSUGAR reading challenge

I currently have 24 challenges of the 40, so I am more than halfway through the prompts!

 

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Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books Vol. 3

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Hello everyone, today I am here with another ______ Picks My Books post. This month I had a very good friend Reg from Bookish in Bed pick out a few books for my to add to my TBR. Reg and I have been book buddies for months at this point, I even got to meet up with her at bookcon and it was a ton of fun. Since I have known and talked to Reg pretty regularly I was very confident in letter her pick whatever books she wanted to add to my TBR.

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Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books Vol. 2

Revisiting| _____ Picks My Books

Haul | Book Buddy Picks My Books

Haul | Bookseller Picks My Books

Haul | Boyfriend Picks My Books

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This month is a bit different then previous installments since I am currently doing my Read 5, Buy 1 Challenge, I am actually picking the books up from the library. If you want more information on this challenge I did a whole post you can see here: Lets Talk | My Read 5, Buy 1 Challenge.

Anyway, when I asked Reg to pick my books I gave her the same parameters I gave everyone else, pick 2 books, any books you want me to read at some point in the near future. Reg started thinking about all of the options she had. I have to admit, my side of the deal is pretty easy, I try the books people suggest to me. To be the one picking is a lot of pressure. I know for my I would hate it if someone did not like a book I picked for them, but this is all in the name of fun and I hope you didn’t feel too much pressure Reg!

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Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.” -goodreads.com

Little Children by Tom Perrotta

“Tom Perrotta’s thirtyish parents of young children are a varied and surprising bunch. There’s Todd, the handsome stay-at-home dad dubbed “The Prom King” by the moms at the playground, and his wife, Kathy, a documentary filmmaker envious of the connection Todd has forged with their toddler son. And there’s Sarah, a lapsed feminist surprised to find she’s become a typical wife in a traditional marriage, and her husband, Richard, who is becoming more and more involved with an internet fantasy life than with his own wife and child. And then there’s Mary Ann, who has life all figured out, down to a scheduled roll in the hay with her husband every Tuesday at nine P.M. They all raise their kids in the kind of quiet suburb where nothing ever seems to happen – until one eventful summer, when a convicted child molester moves back to town, and two parents begin an affair that goes further than either of them could ever have imagined.”  -goodreads.com

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First and foremost, I have no idea how I have never read a Gillian Flynn book. I love thrillers, you would have thought I would have read at least one book by her. I mean Flynns name comes up so frequently in the book sphere in general, but to be someone who loves thriller and have not read her, I really am not sure of how this happened. So I am so happy that Reg picked this book for me to read. I cannot wait to get it from the library and dive in.

The second book, Little Children I have never heard of before. I don’t know about you, but I get very excited when people recommend books I have never heard of before. I think because there is less of a hype and I don’t need to “fear” being let down after 24124902359 people post about how much they loved it. When I looked up this book, I was pretty much instantly intrigued. What affair? What happens with the new guy in town? How will this change affect the children? How will this change the social scape of this small town? I had so many questions instantly. If you couldn’t tell I was also very excited about this recommendation as well.

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Have you read either of these books? What do you think of them?

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Tag |What’s In My Bookshelf

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Hello, I am here with a way overdue tag. I was tagged by the amazing Misty over at Misty’s Book Space to do the What’s in My Bookshelf tag. As soon as I saw her post I was so excited to be tagged for it. I love learning about the bookshelves of others and sharing information on my ever changing shelves.

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The Rules

  • Link back to me so I can see everyone’s answers! (Naty’s Bookshelf)
  • Also link back to the person who tagged you!
  • Name one book for each category; try not to repeat books to make this more fun!
  • Tag at least 5 people

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A Library Book

I currently have two books from the library, I have American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Songs of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

American Values: Lessons I Learned from My FamilyThe Song of Achilles

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Over the years I have gotten many editions of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, which is my favorite book of all time. P.S. you may not realize that this book is actually a series.

Little Women

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 The first book to pop into my head when I think about my childhood is Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Fritz Siebel. These were my absolute favorite books as a small child.
Amelia Bedelia  (Amelia Bedelia #1)

 

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Harry Potter, the entire series. It is magical, do I really need to say more? I am picturing my favorite of the series. If you want to know my ranking order please see my post Tag | Ranking Harry Potter Books & Characters.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)

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The first “romantic” book I saw on the shelf is The Seafarer’s Kissby Julia Ember. It a wonderful F/F retelling of The Little Mermaid, apparently there is a second one coming out that I am very excited about.

The Seafarer's Kiss (The Seafarer's Kiss #1)

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I have none, sorry. I don’t often read classic “romance” or “steamy” books anymore. If you asked this question 5 years ago I would have a list read for you.

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The oldest book I own is A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. I cannot find my edition on goodreads, so I linked to a different edition. Here is a picture I took of it over on instagram nearly a year ago.

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The funniest book I own is Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen. It is hilarious and I actually made an entire review on it. REVIEW | Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen.

Herding Cats (Sarah's Scribbles, #3)

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Even though this is non-fiction The Witches by Stacy Schiff, what that town went though and the story of the individuals that should not have lost their lives. It was heart breaking, it made me very angry. One of the best non-fictions books I have ever read.

The Witches: Salem, 1692

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I got rid of every book I did not like the ending of, so there are none of my shelf. I think the one that I can remember was the second book in the Lara Jean Duology, I was not happy with who she ended up with.

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Honestly, I wish all books were required to have some images in them that were approved by the author. That was I can really see what the author envisioned. I think that would be fun, but if I had to pick one I would go with Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent. It is no shock that I love her writing and I would love to see how she pictured each of the narrators. If you wanna see all my thoughts on this book you can see my review, REVIEW | Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent.

Lying in Wait

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Any book is perfect for a rainy day! But, once again if I had to pick one genre for a rainy day it would have to be a thriller. I mean, creepy weather mixed with a suspense filled read would be perfect!

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Lets Talk | My Read 5, Buy 1 Challenge

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So years ago I had an owned TBR that was totally out of control. I had over 100 and something unread books and it stressed me out like you may or may not be able to imagine. I felt guilty about reading newer books and buying any book, I even told people not to buy me anymore books because I felt like I was not appreciating their present enough because it took me way to long to read. This was years ago, maybe 5 years ago? I can’t remember off the top of my head, but it was around this time I tried everything to help my TBR shrink.

I tried buying bans, I tried setting monthly book goals, and I tried unhauling a ton as well. But, that just didn’t work for me. Buying bans are not realistic for me, I like adding new books to my owned TBR. I watch booktude and run a bookblog, How am I never going to buy a new book until I read all of my old ones? It is unrealistic, so it failed.

I tried saying I must read x amount of books a month to get to 0 by this date…. Yeah, that was way to much pressure for me and I ended up reading less than I ever had. On top of that I felt pressured and just donated a ton of books. That didn’t work as well because I did really want to read them so I ended up buying them again anyway. All the “typical” getting your TBR lower didn’t work for me.

So one day on tumblr, yes I started on tumblr and I am proud of that, I saw someone say “I need to read 5 books!” I wish I remembered who because I would send them so many thank you notes constantly. This simple phrase led me into figuring out a system that worked for my personality and my TBR.

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What is Read 5, Buy 1?

Well, Read 5, Buy 1 is something I used to get my TBR down to 30 earlier this year. It is now nearly at 60 thanks to bookcon, which I am okay with. This is a very straight forward system that is easy to track. You read 5 books, any books, old or new, just read any 5 books. Then you are able to go to the store and buy 1 without any guilt.

I have used this “Challenge” to get from over 150 books down to normally 30 book on and off for years. I recently started it again on April 23rd, 2018. Now, you may have been read Amy’s post New Goal: Reducing My TBR and crediting me, but I think that was just because I kept talking about it so much. One thing that makes this work so well for me is I need to find ways to make myself accountable. I tell people, I make lists, chat, and annoy people with it. You can even see it in my bullet journal posts, Bullet Journal | June 2018. The more people know you are doing it the less likely you will want to disappoint them. Also, Amy if you are reading this YOU CAN DO IT!

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My Current Read 5, Buy 1 Update

  • Irena’s Children
  • Fingerprints of Previous Owners
  • Circe
  • Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde
  • The Female Persuasion
    • The Nest
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • My Lady’s Choosing
  • The Storm of the Century
  • When Dimple Met Rishi
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
    • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  • The Pieces
  • Sleeping Beauties
  • And Then There Were None
  • Every Exquisite Thing
  • Cleopatra
    • All The Ugly and Wonderful Things
  • Of Mice and Men
  • End of Watch
  • The Red Pony
  • West
  • The Nest
    • NOS4A2
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway
  • Your Soul is a River
  • Perdy Vol. 1
  • The Universe Has Your Back
  • The Little Princess
    • The Poppy War
  • Lying in Wait
  • In the Days of Rain
  • The Pillars of Earth
  • The Invisible Man
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As you can see from this challenge I read 29 books, but I only added 5 books to my collection through buying. I am not counting that books I picked up at bookcon, because that would defeat the purpose of bookcon. But, you can see I was able to remove 29 books from my TBR and not miss out on books everyone has been talking about. That is why this is the best method for me personally.

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Would you consider this challenge?

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