WRAP UP | January 2018

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I have to say that this month was so busy, I think I had a few things to do after work each week. It was nice because I got to see friends I have not seen in a while and met some new ones as well. But, with all that social stuff I did not read a whole ton. The books that I did read I absolutely loved!

Books I Finished

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

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This is the second poetry collection I have read by Rupi Kaur. While I did like this collection, for me personally I preferred her first one more. I think it just resinated with me more. If you did like her first one, I would suggest getting this one from the library or reading a few at the bookstore before picking it up yourself.

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

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This non-fiction account discussing the Salem witch trials is amazing. This non-fiction is filled with a lot of background information and discusses many accounts. But, it does it in a way that doesn’t make it feel like you are reading a textbook. It reads more like a narrative, you get to know the characters. You learn about their lives, their hardships, why they did the things they did, and what they did after the trials…if they lived. Not only does it talk about before and during the trials. There is also a discussion following it and its affects not only on Salem, Massachusetts but on the region. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys non-fiction or maybe has a new years resolution to read more non-fiction works.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

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This was a great thriller, I read it in a single day. I could not put this down. If you like creepy thrillers with some mystery and paranormal you will LOVE this. I have been telling so many of my friends to pick this book up. Not one has reported being disappointed.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King

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This is a very small Stephen King story. I think it is among my top five reads of his. I say this because it has all the elements I love in his writing. It is unexpected, it makes you think, and man is it creepy.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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This is the first mystery I have read by Agatha Christie and I will say without a doubt it will not be my last. This was fast pace, well written, and kept my attention the entire time. Once again I finished this book in a single day. The end was just amazing by the way. I wont ruin it, but I don’t think you will be expecting it.

I am Still Reading

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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I am still reading and loving The Secret History. Since I am reading this in a read-a-long I want to stick to the schedule because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anyone.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

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I started this a few days ago and so far I am liking it. It is a bit to early to say any definitive thoughts on the book, but I am very interested to see what happens next.


What was your favorite book you read this month?

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Book Haul | January 2018

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This month was a very book busy month. I had so many gift cards from the holidays and there were a ton of sales that I could not resist. So here we are, another book haul. I have to say this is one of the most exciting book hauls I have had in a while. I am not sure if it is the type of books or because I have had my eye on a few of these for some time and have been holding out. Either way I am so happy and excited to add these books to my TBR pile. Thankfully, this month I remembered to film this horizontally. =p


– The Books –

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

The Muse by Jessie Burton

Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

Christine by Stephen King

Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the Swedish Way by Anna Brones – From Publisher

Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood – From Publisher

Don’t Forget Me by Victoria Stevens – From Publisher

Idle Days by Thomas Desaulniers-Brousseau (Author),‎ Simon Leclerc (Illustrator) – From Publisher

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones – From Publisher


Have you read any of these or are they on your tbr? I am curious to know what you think about these books.

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Currently Reading | Jan. 2018

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Hello everyone, I wanted to write a quick blog post talking about some of the books I am currently reading since the month is about halfway through. I always like being nosy to see if people are actually sticking to their TBRs or not. I will admit, I rarely do since I am such a mood reader. But, that is the fun about reading. You can go on any adventure you want to, you don’t have to plan ahead. Anyway, without anymore rambling here is what I am currently reading!


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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I am currently on page 149 or somewhere very close to that. I have to say I am enjoying this books, but for some reason I am having a hard time actually going to pick it up. When I do pick it up I fly through 50 pages at least. Has this ever happened to you? You enjoy a book, but have a hard time picking it up? I find it so odd that I am having this “issue”. It has never happened to me before.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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I am currently on page 172. So far I am very much enjoying this story. Donna Tartt’s writing so beautiful, and man does she make characters with some serious flaws. For some reason I am enjoying not totally liking the characters in this book. That doesn’t usually happen, normally if I don’t like the characters personalities I don’t like the book. Donna Tartt has done the impossible and has made me like a book where I don’t like the characters. Additionally, it is great to be reading this with some awesome people.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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I am currently on page 58, which I read all of that in one sitting. So that means I read nearly a quarter of this book in one sitting. I have really been enjoying it and I find the writing very enjoyable. I think in the start it did take a few pages to get used to it though. Also, I am aware this is book 10 in a series, but not reading the pervious 9 has not really impacted my experience with this book. Bottom line is I am enjoying this book. I plan on finishing this book this weekend.


What are you currently reading?

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Operation Find A Hobby | Introduction

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So you know how everyone says, “New year, new me” in January? Well, this series is along those lines. In December I decided to take part in the Reddit Secret Santa and Holiday Card Exchange, it was so much fun! Well, if you are unfamiliar with this it is a gift exchange  through a website called reddit.com. If you have never looked into, I suggest you do. Anyway, to take part in this Secret Santa you need to fill out a questionnaire and about things you enjoy, organizations you like, and a question that asked about my hobbies.

This question took me such a long time because the only thing I could come up with is reading. I am not saying that reading is not a good hobby, I was just surprised I could not even come up with a second one. I ended up asking my boyfriend and my best friend for help. They too could not name anything other than reading. I’m not sure exactly why, but this really hit me.

I think it really bothered me because I realized I did not have time to try new things. I think it bothered me because I thought I was defined by more than just reading. I think it bothered me because I seemed so one dimensional. Now I want to be clear, there is nothing wrong with just having reading as a hobby, reading is a great hobby! I just realized I want to have more. I want to spend my time doing multiple things I love doing. I want to grow.

So, if you could not tell by the name this series is going to be about me trying a new hobby every month. I think it will be a lot of fun taking a month to learn something new and maybe even learn more about myself.

I know this is not book related, but I hope you will all join me on this little adventure. And, who knows maybe I can do some of these new hobbies while I listen to a good ol’ audiobook.


If you have any suggestions for hobbies, I would love to hear them.

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Lets Talk | Reading Formats

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Hello everyone, I wanted to start something a little new on my blog this year. I was thinking that maybe once a month I would introduce a bookish topic we could discuss. The first topic I want to talk about is reading formats. I have to admit, this is a topic I am always a but nosy about. I always like to find out what reading format someone prefers. I always want to know why they like one and don’t like another.

Paperback:

I can see the benefit of paperbacks, they are usually cheaper, smaller, and easy to get your hands on when a book has been out for a bit of time. They also make a nice sound if they are particularly floppy.

Hardbacks:

I can also see the benefit in loving a hard back. They usually have a dust jacket for protection, they hold up a bit better in a bag, and the spine does not break as a paperback.

Audiobook:

Audiobooks have a few benefits as well. You can listen while you are driving, cleaning, or  you are participating in another hobby like knitting, coloring, or embroidery. Another important benefit is the fact it is an assistive technology that allows the sight impaired to read.

Ebooks:

Ebooks have a few advantages as well. They are durable, unless you drop them in water. You can highlight make notes without “ruining a book” or using a pen. Another bonus is you can have 100s of books if not more right in the palm of your hand.


Now, I love to focus on the positive aspects of each, mainly because that is my personality. But, I know that each of these also have their disadvantages. I am curious, what do you think the disadvantages of each are? Are there any positives I overlooked or didn’t realize? Which do you prefer? I can’t wait to read your answers.

Also, I am adding a bit of a poll at the end of this post. I thought it would be fun to add the result in my next discussion post. If you click into the embedded poll it will allow you to scroll down to hit submit.


I hoped your enjoyed this little discussion post, if you liked it please let me know. If you have any ideas for future discussion posts, suggestions are always welcomed.

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TAG | The Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 4

TagTimel12:17Thank you so much Claire from Cup Of Books for the nominations, I had such fun answering these questions! Also, any of you who enjoy doing tags please tell me in the comments. I never know who to tag because I know some people do not enjoy doing them. Without further delay, lets get to the post!

Previous Editions:

THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

TAG | The Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 2

TAG | Sunshine Blogger Award Vol. 3

My Questions:

What do you love most about blogging?

I love that I can express my feelings about books and book related topics with others. Without this blog I wouldn’t have a lot of the great conversations I have had.

What’s your story behind your blog name?

My name plus bookish, nice and easy.

What’s one of your favourite quotes?

“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now…” -Amy March/Louisa May Alcott

Which book/series makes you happy?

Little Women series, there are actually four novels. Many people don’t know that.

What distracts you most from reading?

Youtube videos always distract me from reading.

What five things are you grateful for?

I am grateful for my life, health, family, friends, and the education I have received.

Which author would you ask to write your biography?

Louisa May Alcott, she writes so beautifully.

What is your favourite sound?

I love to listen to ASMR rooms over on Youtube. Her videos are amazing, they are ASMR revolving around Hogwarts and other locations in the Harry Potter series. She also does ones dealing with LOTR and Game of Thrones. Below you will find the entire Hogwarts playlist. I personally love the common room ones.

 

Which (if any) book series have you DNF’d?

All of Cassandra Clare’s , I feel like I have out grown them personally. They just aren’t the type of books I am into anymore.

Are there any movie adaptations you prefer more than the book?

Christopher and His Kind, I enjoyed the book, but I felt the movie was better. Also, The Imitation Game had a better move than a book. The book was bogged down with to many facts and the narrative of his life was kinda lost.

If your life, as it is up to this point, was made into a film what song would be playing during the end credits?

Oh, gosh. I honestly have no idea.

 


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January TBR | 2018

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Hello January! I love setting my TBR for the first month out of the year. I feel like it is going to set the tone for the following months. I am excited about each and every one of these books. If you have read any of these books let me know what you thoughts. Without anymore delay here is my January TBR!

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King

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Lisey Landon lost her husband Scott two years ago, after a twenty-five-year marriage of profound, sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was a celebrated, award-winning, novelist. And a complex man. Lisey knew there was a dark place where her husband ventured to face his demons. Boo’ya Moon is what Scott called it; a realm that both terrified and healed him, that could eat him alive or give him the ideas he needed to write and live. Now, it’s Lisey’s turn to face her husband’s demons. And what begins as a widow’s effort to sort through her husband’s effects, becomes a perilous journey into the heart of darkness

Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo

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In 1942, one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist. While she was there, she began to understand the fate that awaited the Jewish families who were unable to leave. Soon she reached out to the trapped families, going from door to door and asking them to trust her with their young children. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of a network of local tradesmen, ghetto residents, and her star-crossed lover in the Jewish resistance, Irena ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis. She made dangerous trips through the city’s sewers, hid children in coffins, snuck them under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through secret passages in abandoned buildings.

But Irena did something even more astonishing at immense personal risk: she kept a secret list buried in bottles under an old apple tree in a friend’s back garden. On it were the names and true identities of these Jewish children, recorded so their families could find them after the war. She could not know that more than ninety percent of their families would perish.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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I am participating in a buddy read of The Secret History by Donna Tartt with Amy from Tomes with Tea, Regina from Bookish in Bed and last but not least Jenna from J.K. I’m Exploring!  Check them out, they are so kind and have awesome blogs.

Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.


I know my TBR is a bit short, but I wanted to keep the pressure off and leave room for myself to pick books based upon my mood. I have learned over the past year or so that sticking to longer TBRs are just not for me. I do better with small goals where I can always go above and beyond if I feel like it.


What are you reading this month?

Do you use a TBR or a mood reader?

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January 2018 | Books I Am Excited About

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

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Release Date: January 16th, 2018

In the industrial 1860s at the dawn of the Carnegie empire, Irish immigrant Clara Kelly finds herself in desperate circumstances. Looking for a way out, she seeks employment as a lady’s maid in the home of the prominent businessman Andrew Carnegie. Soon, the bond between Clara and her employer deepens into love. But when Clara goes missing, Carnegie’s search for her unearths secrets and revelations that lay the foundation for his lasting legacy. With captivating insight and stunning heart, Carnegie’s Maid tells the story of one lost woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist.

The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer

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Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

December 1348. What if you had just six days to save your soul?

With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and suffer in the afterlife. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world, or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries – living each one of their remaining days ninety-nine years after the last.

John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on around them. The year 1546 brings no more comfort, and 1645 challenges them in further unexpected ways. It is not just that technology is changing: things they have taken for granted all their lives prove to be short-lived.

As they find themselves in stranger and stranger times, the reader travels with them, seeing the world through their eyes as it shifts through disease, progress, enlightenment, and war. But their time is running out—can they do something to redeem themselves before the six days are up?

Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black by Catherine Kerrison

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Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

My Review: REVIEW | Jefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison

Thomas Jefferson fathered three girls: two white and free, one black and a slave. This book about Martha, Maria, and Harriet tells the fascinating story of their very different lives at Monticello and beyond, as daughters of one of our most brilliant and complicated Founding Fathers.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Release Date: January 30th, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.


What books are you looking forward to?

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Reading Goals | 2018

Reading Goals

A new year and a few new goals for my blog, my reading, and myself. I don’t know about you, but I love setting goals for myself. I find it motivating and I am always excited to see if I hit them at the end of the year. For now I am going to share the goals I have for my blog and reading in the new year.

  1. Update my blog post headers
    • I loved designing so I want to introduce a few new headers and give myself that time to be creative.
  2. Read 50 books
    • Every year I set my reading goal at 50. It is an average of a book in little over a week and I tend to not stress out about it.
  3. Read 30,000 pages
    • I though this page goal would be fun.
  4. Try new things
    • This year I want to experiment a little outside of what I normally post, spice things up a little bit.
  5. Complete the 2018 POPSUGAR reading challenge

2018 Reading Challenge


What goals do you  have for yourself this year?

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