Decluttering

Book Unhaul | November 2019

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Hello and welcome to my book unhaul. So, with the end of the year coming I really like to take the time to go through my owned TBR and read pile and decide if I really am going to read some of these books in the new year or reread them in the future.

If you are unfamiliar, I have a challenge of sorts when it comes to my owned tbr to help keep it in check and from getting completely out of hand again. My TBR used to be over 100 and now I sit around 35 most of the time. I do this by saying to myself if I don’t read it within a year of buying it, I need to unhaul it. At this time I actually read all the books I bought before January 2019, so I am doing very well with this. On the other hand my owned and read shelf is a little over the top and I am running out of room quick. So, I would like this time to reevaluate my shelves so I can donate books during the holiday season to libraries and other charities.

If you want to see my most up to date owned TBR list you can check that out here:Bookish Luna’s Owned TBR Shelf 


-Books I Unhauled-

All of the books in this pile I read and honestly some of these were not easy to unhaul such as A Very Large Expanse of Sea and the Teddy Roosevelt trilogy. But, if I am being honest with myself, I wont ever reread these. I do have one negative memory with Carry On, when it came out I was in the hospital for a decent chunk of time and I read it there, and quite honestly I can’t bring myself to reread it.

Here are a few classics that I read and enjoyed as well. Pet Sematary is going because I don’t like the edition and I want a better one. The others I wont ever reread personally and A Little Princess also has a bad association with it, so I don’t really want the reminder around.

I really enjoyed the books in this pile apart from A Delusion of Satan, I got it on vacation a few years ago when I went to Salem, LOVEE Salem would go again, but it was just awfully written. Also, same is true of the Salem’s Witch House. Once again it was hard to get rid of the Teddy books and also the Eleanor Roosevelt books because I have had them for so long. Washington Black, Stalin’s Daughter, and The Underground Railroad are only going because a good friend wants them. If they were not wanted, they would be staying with me.

So, the top is the original serialized edition of The Green Mile, which is a wonderful story.  I am only getting rid of them because they are falling apart and I would not be able to reread them. Doctor Who Fairy Tales were cute to read, but I have not reached for them for years. All of the books in this pile were once again really good, but I just wont reread them if I am honest with myself.

The same is true for this pile, apart from three book. a majority of these were read and loved, but I am not going to reread. The three books I just unhauled without reading were Wicked Saints, His Perfect Wife, and The Flight Portfolio because I never saw myself really wanted to read them even though they sound awesome.

61 books Unhauled!


Would you have kept any of these books?

What is the last book you unhauled?

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Lists & Recommendations

Lists | Top 5 Books I Want to Read Before 2020

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Hello everyone, today I wanted to take a moment to talk about the top 5 books I want to read before the end of 2019. We are officially into the last quarter of the year, which always goes by super quickly. It is a time to focus to meet my goals if I have not already. On top of that, there is one Beat my Backlist book that still needs to be read and I will have read all the books I bought before 2019. Anyway, on to the books!


The one I think I am most excited to get to would be The Institute by Stephen King. It is no secret that I really enjoy creepy/horror reads and I really enjoy King’s works. I am really excited to have my hands on his most recent release and I want to read it before the year is through. 

Next in line would be It Would Be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo & Translator Elizabeth Bryer. I am really excited to be reading a book set in South America. I don’t know about you, but it is not a setting I come across often in books and I would honestly like to read more. 

Now, The Overstory by Richard Powers is one I need to read for my Reading Goals | Reading a Shortlist 2019 challenge so I really need to get my butt in gear. I have two books left to go and for some reason this one is the one I have owned the longest, but have not felt the need or want to read. So, I am hoping putting it on this list will really put my butt in gear. At this one I have the other from the library and plan on starting it within the week. *Update* I have read this since prewriting this post, I am updating this to the final book on this list I need to read, The Long Take by Robin Robertson. This is what happens when I prewrite posts too darn early.

Then, we have Middlemarch by George Eliot. I picked up this classic it sounds so interesting. I decided that I would read it over the summer when I  was enjoying the weather outside… well. Summer is now over and I still have not read it. I would say that now my goal is to just read it before the year is finished. I feel like Classics are really good cold weather reads anyway. 

Lastly, we have Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb. I am really interested in this series, but I always out it off because it is digital. While I do enjoy reading on my kindle, I always find myself only really using it for library books not for my owned TBR books. I need to change this ASAP and read this. Also, it is the oldest owned book on my owned TBR. So, it is really time to get my butt into gear. 


What 5 books do you want to read before the year is up?

Which one do you think I should read first?

Who things I will actually read all of these before the year is up? 😂

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Decluttering

Down the TBR Hole | #2

declutterHello everyone and welcome to the second installment of my journey in decluttering my goodreads TBR shelf. I am excited to give this another go and I am hoping to get rid of quite a lot this go. Fingers crossed and onto the sorting!


-The Rules-

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  •  Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

-The Books-

Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin

Added on Dec 22, 2017. While this fairy tale graphic novel looks very adorable and it seems to have the possibility of going dark like a traditional fairytale, I am not feeling this one anymore so I am going to be removing this book from my TBR.

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes

Added on Dec 28, 2017. At the time I was really looking into weight-loss books, right now I am not really interested in this topic so I am going to be removing it from my TBR, but if you are interested in this topic I have heard good things about it.

The Girl Who Cried Wolf by Bella James

Added on Jan 03, 2018. This novel looks like it is a very powerful story the revolves around a young women who may have realized a huge life lesson too late. While this does sound interesting and I may in the future look back on this post and re-add it to my TBR, but right now I am going to be removing it because I have not been in the mood for stories such as these.

The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis

Added on Jan 03, 2018. After reading the desciption for this book, I can say that I am very interested in finding out what the line “he shows no fear or hesitation. Even if it means getting a little blood on her hands” means (source). I am going to be keeping this on my TBR.

Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict

Added on Jan 03, 2018. While this does seem interesting, I am not really drawn to reading about how a women going missing turned a man around. I am going to be removing it from my TBR.

Crooked House by Agatha Christie

Added on Jan 03, 2018. Alright, I am just going to make this simple for myself. This was written by Agatha Christie, so I am keeping it. I love her work.

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben

Added on Jan 07, 2018. The first thing I saw when I opened this goodreads page was that this was a series. I will be honest I am not in the mood to start a series so I am going ot be removing this from my TBR.

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Added on Jan 31, 2018. This description seems like it might be a mix of a thriller and maybe magical realism? At this point in time I am not interested in reading this book due to the fact that I really was not make me feel like I needed to read it ASAP. I am going to be removing it from my TBR.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Added on Feb 03, 2018. I actually have this in my shopping cart waiting for me to buy this. While it is a trilogy I am really in the mood to read this because it would be perfect to read once the weather turns cold. I am going to be keeping this book on my TBR.

Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World by Mackenzi Lee and Petra Eriksson

Added on Feb 08, 2018. While this book sounds amazing. I know I am not going to be reading this book or picking it up. The main reason being is I already have a book that is very similar to this and I do not want to buy a book that shares a lot of its content with one I already own. I am sad to say I will be removing this book at this time, but it sounds amazing!


-Outcome-

Keep: 3

Toss: 7

Total Tossed: 11

Total: 149


Have you read any of these books?

Were there any you would have kept that I tossed?

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Goals

Challenges | Reading 64 Pages a Day

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Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share a little challenge with you that I came across when I fell down the booktube hole instead of being a good bookworm and reading. I started reading Books and Lala’s video where she read the same number of pages each day, based upon her average for the previous month or so. If you would like to watch her video, you can find that here: reading 116 pages every day for a month. If you don’t know her channel, you are missing out she is one of the most creative youtubers I know of. Anyway, I really loved the idea and wanted to give it a try and see if this helps to keep my stress levels down while my life gets more chaotic.

Anyway, I did not want to just steal her number of pages a day, so I decided to do what she did. I looked at the previous month at the time of planning this, July 2019, and saw that I read a total of 1984 pages (hello George Orwell!) then divided it by 31 days, the number of days in that particular month. This simple little equation gave me 64 pages a day. So, I am planning on reading 64 pages a day for the first half of September! I am happy with this number, it is neither too much or too little.


-Reading/Page Log-

♣ = Completed on time,  > = Read more,  =Read Less

  • ♣1: 1-64 of Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  • ♣2: 65-128 of Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  • ♣3:129-192 of Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  • ♣4: 192-224 of Tin Man by Sarah Winman, 1-32 of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • ♣5: 33-96 of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • ♣6: 1-64 of The Tea Dragon Society byKatie O’Neill 
  • ♣7: 97- 160 of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • ♣8: 161- 224 of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
  • ♣9: 225-270 of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, 1-18 of Coffey’s Hands (The Green Mile #3) by Stephen King 
  • ♣10: 19-82 Coffey’s Hands (Green Mile Part 3) by Stephen King 
  • ♣11:83-90 Coffey’s Hands (Green Mile Part 3) by Stephen King, 1-56 of The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix (The Green Mile #4) by Stephen King
  • >12: 1-96…oops I went over my 64 pages a day limit gah! Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill
  • 13:(34) 57- 90 of The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix (The Green Mile #4) by Stephen King, (30) 1-30 of Night Journey(The Green Mile #5) by Stephen King
  • 14: (60) 31-90 Night Journey(The Green Mile #5) by Stephen King,  (4) 1-4 of Coffey on the Mile (The Green Mile #6) by Stephen King
  • 15: (64) 5-68 of Coffey on the Mile (The Green Mile #6) by Stephen King

-Reflection- 

Okay, even though I only did this challenge for half of the month, I feel like I have some interesting things I realized. Some of these were more of an impact than others, but they all were notable things. Some had to do with my sleep, productivity, and readalongs/buddyreads.

The first one was, some nights I had things I needed to get done so reading had to take a back seat. Sadly, this meant I ended up staying up late to do my required reading and I was not happy when I had to wake up early the next morning.  Sometimes I don’t read for a day or so because life gets in the way and even though 64 pages isn’t a ton it feels like it when you start reading at 10 at night.

The second thing that this really affected was my buddy reads. I really had a hard time planning my reading ahead of time so I could read what I wanted to read, but also make sure I was prepared for my discussions and such. So, I kinda got stressed I was not going to be able to fit everything in, but also not read it to far in advance where I would forget everything.

Lastly, I would say it made me feel very productive. It was nice to check something off my check list all day that was a challenge, but kinda easy and very enjoyable at the same time.

I don’t think I would ever read like this again, but it was really interesting to see how I would do with reading my average every day.


Do you ever take part in a reading challenge?

What youtuber or book blogger inspires you?

Would you try a challenge like this?

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Hauls

Read 5, Buy 1 | August 2019

Read 5 Buy 1

Hello all and welcome to another month and the continuation of my Read 5, Buy 1 challenge. This month I will admit I did not fully stick to my Read 5, Buy 1 because I went away on vacation and what does a bookworm do when they are away on vacation? They visit awesome new bookstores and bookshops and buy books! Well, at least that is what I did/do. So there are a few extra books I am adding to this haul.

I want this journey to be honest, so I am not hiding the fact that I have some extra books on here. Plus, I want to share the awesome books I have come across and thought so highly of I felt the need to get them right away. Anyway, here are the books I have read and the books I have added to my TBR. I will say at one point I was under 30 books on my owned TBR and it felt great, hopefully I can get there again soon!


Read 2

 


Books Added 2

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon (a reread copy purchased)

-Book Boxes-

The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin by Mark Twain

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

-Vacation Books-

Cujo by Stephen King

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Ghosts of Acadia by Marcus LiBrizzi

 


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33 Books!


What’s the last book you added to your TBR?

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Writing and More

Bullet Journal | September 2019

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Hello everyone! Today I am going to be sharing my bullet journal spreads for the month of September. I am so excited and pumped about this month because I am trying more new spreads and I am in love with my theme. This year I went on vacation to Maine and I fell in love with the state, it is so beautiful and wonderful. I decided I wanted to hold on to those memories and feelings by making Septembers theme Maine!


This has not changed, it really works for me to have a little mini calendar for quick reference at the front of the month. I also decided to doodle a lighthouse that I took a picture of when I was in Maine. I have not drawn in a while so excuse the wonkiness, but I love it!

So, this month I decided to try a new type of habit tracker inspired by journalby.amber on instagram. I really liked how simple and clean it looked and it wasn’t a huge rectangle that took up the whole page. I like how each habit has its own little home. On the other page, which is kinda a little peak into something I am giving a go, you will see a page tracker. This was inspired by BooksandLala on youtube a long time ago. The doodles for these two pages are lobster and buoys. I was tempted to color these in, but I decided to leave this month without color, I don’t want to steal someone else’s color! If you didn’t know the color scheme on a buoy is unique to each fisher.

This month I decided to give my TBR a little bit of a makeover inspired by bookshelves and paperbacks. I loved that she had a bit of an area to check off her progress. I edited them a bit to fit my needs more, but I put S- started, R-read, P-placed. All are pretty self explanatory, but placed means that I placed the mini review in my middle mark or wrap up and marked it in my bujo tbr list. This illustration is of a mountainside. The area in Maine I was in a lot of it was made of granite . So the beaches are all rock and have a lot of steep drops. It is really beautiful to see the pink granite everywhere you look.

The last spread I added was 50 miles in September, which was inspired by The Petite Planner on instagram. If you were not aware this summer I did 2 5Ks and really enjoyed myself and I want to keep up being active. So looking through the internet I found this challenge of sorts and I really wanted to do it. I also loved that it had a spot built in to write my way ins. I kinda hate having to flip to more pages than I need to.

This month my weekly spreads are the same as they were in August, the only difference is I added some doodles since I was feeling inspired. I added a hook because fishing is such a staple in Maine, Blueberries because everyone had a famous blueberry pie or blueberry infused food item, a whale because they are everywhere, and lastly a huge pine tree because I loved the trees by where I was staying so much. They were so tall and sturdy.


Where is your favorite place to visit?

Do you use a habit tracker? What kind of format is it?

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Goals

Luna’s Weekly Book Photo Challenge | September 2019

#lunaseptember19

So, if you could not tell from the title of this post. I wanted to try something new and fun. One thing I always enjoy watching and trying to participate in are book photo challenges.  As I said, I try to, but I am horrible at sticking to them on a daily basis so I thought I would create my own that better fit me. Thus, the birth of Luna’s Weekly Book Photo Challenge!

I decided that I can commit to a weekly photo to post on twitter as well as instagram and I hope some of you could join me by using #lunaseptember19 on both of these platforms. I would really love to see what everyone comes up with.

To help everyone out I decided to make a handy little image you could save on your computer or phone so you could reference it throughout the month. I placed the date, prompt, and the hashtag so it is all together in one handy spot.

Anyway, thanks for reading this not so normal post from me and I hope you will join me!


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Lets Talk

Let’s Talk | My 5 Least Favorite Books I Have Read So Far This Year

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Welcome  to part two of my continuation of my mid-year check in! Earlier I did a whole post talking about my top 5 books I have read so far this  year. Now, it is time to talk about the bottom 5 books I have read this year. If you would like to see my top 5 you. can find that. here:Let’s Talk | Top 5 Books I Have Read So Far This Year. Anyway, I don’t want to do too much. of an introduction, but the books I mentioned just didn’t do. it. for me personally for one reason or another. That doesn’t mean they are a bad book or that you can’t like them. I just didn’t and thankfully most of these were library books.


-The Books-

1star

There is only a single “book” I gave so far this year and that would be a work by Shakespeare. Since I first read some of his works back in high school, I did not enjoy them in the slightest. I thought that this feeling was mainly due to teachers in the past making me read a bunch of them. Turns out, I still don’t like the plays all that much. Maybe it would be different if I saw one of them preformed, but I just thought it was WAY too dramatic.

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare


2stars

So far there is only one book I have given two stars and this would be The Woman in the Dark. I was just bored by it and I don’t really think it has anything to do with the book. I just read a lot of thrillers and this one never really surprised me or kept my interest. I think It was just predictable because I read so many of them. The writing itself was good and the author is talented, just the plot of me was meh.

The Woman in the Dark by Vanessa Savage


3stars

The fact that I need to list any three star reads is great in my eyes. That means I have not read a lot of books that I didn’t enjoy. I am finally getting better at finding books I am more  likely to enjoy. But, while these books are not bad at all, they are at the lower end of my rating scale.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

While this was an enjoyable book, I was not wowed by it. It was just something I read and moved on. It was not notable for me personally.

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind her eyes has a similar reason as The Woman in the Dark apart from the ending being surprising. I was just not totally feeling into the story as I read, but I liked it enough to finish it.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

 War and Peace was good, just I was not that drawn into the lives of the people I was reading about. These stories are very character driven in my opinion and if you are not feeling the characters you most likely wont enjoy it very much.


What is your least favorite read so far?

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Lets Talk

Let’s Talk | Top 5 Books I Have Read So Far This Year

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I was watching youtube, as one does and I recently subscribed to a booktuber called Katie Wismer. Her newest video, at the time of writing this, popped up into my feed and I loved this little addition to a midyear check in. Last month I went over all of my goal. updates and such in my post called Reading & Blog Goals | 2019 Mid-Year Check In, but after watching her video I thought it would be fun to share my favorite and least favorite reads so far this year. I am going to start with  a gush fest, I hope you don’t mind!


-The Books-

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

I mainly read this because I was hearing so many great things. Then after I picked it up my boyfriend happened to watch the first episode of the Prime series and said I would really liked it. So, I decided to read this and it has easily become a favorite for me. I read this in two days. If I didn’t have work it would have been a single day.

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This was such a well planned out and very well organized thriller it was able to surprise me so many times along the way. The description I think sells it sort because the plot is so much more. I don’t want to say too much, but wow. I have to say I am really lucky to have been given an ARC for a book that ended up being 5 stars. It is wonderful when that happens.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell

This was such a cute LGBTQ+ graphic novel. I actually read a free sample from the publisher on their website and I read the sample then walked into the library because I needed to know what happened next. The artwork and the words were both beautiful. Sadly not pictured because it was from the library.

Elevation by Stephen King

This is a wonderfully weird novella from King. It was not horror, but more science fiction and I loved that! Even with its short size I became connected to the characters and felt for them. I will admit I teared up at a particular point. This was a very unique story and I will reread it again.

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Now, there is not much to say about this high fantasy novel/series that has yet to be said. I am started a reread of this series and I am enjoying the adventure so much. I can’t  wait to continue and maybe implement a hobbit style eating habit along the way. The world, the language, and the songs created by JRR Tolkien are all amazing and so detailed it feels so real.


What has been your favorite read of 2019 so far?

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Reviews

REVIEW | Women Talking by Miriam Toews

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* I received this book from publisher via netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.*  

Women Talking
Description:

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women—all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in—have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they’ve ever known or should they dare to escape?

Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women’s all-female symposium, Toews’s masterful novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.

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What I Liked

The main reason I wanted to read this book was because it was based upon real events. I enjoy reading non-ficiton and historical fiction and I felt like this book would be enjoyable. This book tackles dark events dealing with an established religious group and how the women must either come to terms with the status quo or make changes. As you can see from the description the status quo is not something I think many of us would want to endure.

I really enjoyed that the author did put this struggle into words and I feel like it could be applied to many other situations. While this story very dark and very extreme in its content, if you are triggered by rape or the discussion of it please do not read it boils down to women in a very bad situation determining if it is worth living with the devil you know, or chancing it with the devil you don’t know in a world you don’t understand. In other words,  you can either endure traumatic treatment and stay with what you know and fear, or go off and try to get away for your hope of a safe situation in a world you have no idea how to navigate. On top of that the fear of what might happen if you are not successful. Obviously, every situation is different and each needs to be thought of on its own merits, but I can appreciate that this author was willing to have a discussion about this.


What I Didn’t Like

I didn’t like how slow paced this book was. I kind of had to push myself through it. I am not sure if this is because I was expecting a lot to happen based upon the description, but I felt that for the size of the book it was a slow mover. At times I felt it was rambling and I would grow bored.


Overall Thoughts

I feel like this was a good topic to discuss and should continue to be discussed. The topic was interesting for sure. I just don’t know if the topic was enough for me to fully enjoy this book. For me personally I do not enjoy slow moving books that are more talk than action. So, I feel like if you enjoy that type of writing style, you would easily like this book more than I did. 3stars

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Author Links

Miriam Toews

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Book Information

Publication Date: April 2nd 2019

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

List Price: $24.99

ISBN: 9781635572582

Pages: 216 pages

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