Sunday, January 29, 2017

TBR Takedown, 2017 #1

TBR Takedown

Phew! I cannot believe that I have already completed one TBR takedown this year. Check it out!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] A Game Of Thrones

a game of thrones graphic novel review

This one is a very short review, unfortunately. I wanted to discuss plots from Volumes 1-4, but I didn't take great notes when I had read the others... So doing a deeper review of Volume 4 now didn't make much sense to me. Instead, I will just give a short review of the series as a whole.


[Book Review] The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

the queen of the tearling by erika johansen book review

I am struggling a bit with this book. I ended up giving it a three star rating, but I feel like that is a bit generous. I didn't really enjoy this book, but I also don't regret taking the time to read it. I just had far too many issues with the storyline and the characters to really say that I enjoyed it.

National Library Shelfie Day

national library shelfie day jan 28th

January 28th is National Library Shelfie Day!

I rely on my local library so much! I am there at least once per week and I use the online database almost daily. I am so very thankful for everyone that works hard to keep libraries clean, organized, and running smoothly.

So of course, in honor of National Library Shelfie Day, I had to go in and snag a selfie (as well as a couple of books!).

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Favorite Underrated Books

top 5 wednesday favorite underrated books

I recently learned about Top 5 Wednesday after watching a YouTube video by Thoughts on Tomes. I was immediately interested and I am so excited to dive in! Though I may not complete every single Top 5 Wednesday, I am really looking forward to seeing the new prompts for February!

For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Graveyard Book Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman

the graveyard book graphic novel review

The Graveyard Book is one of my favorite stories. The first time I experienced it was when I grabbed the audiobook from my local library. I was a bit nervous when I saw that it was labeled "Children's Audio Book." But when I hit play, the opening totally caught me off guard. I had to pause and look back at the CD case. I still cannot believe that this was labeled for children! Needless to say, I was hooked right from the start.

So of course, when I saw that there was a graphic novel version, I had to get my hands on it right away!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

[Book Review] A List of Cages by Robin Roe

a list of cages book review

I very rarely find a book that truly hits me on an emotional level. This was one of those books.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline graphic novel review

I've been meaning to get to this graphic novel for quite a while now. So when I stumbled across it at my local library, I had to snag it!

Friday, January 20, 2017

My DNF Policy

my DNF policy

Before we dive in, I need to say that even though I call this my DNF “policy,” I really don’t take it seriously at all. It’s really more of a personal guideline that I am hoping will help me stop pushing myself to read books that I don't like.

Up until June of 2016, I had never DNFed a book. Like seriously, I was that kid in school that would read more than just the assigned chapters of a textbook just because I wanted to read the whole thing... How insane?!

I have always pushed myself to keep reading without really having a reason for it. After creating a shelf on Goodreads titled, "Books I Should Have DNFed," and seeing how many books I had added that I was mad at myself for pushing through, I decided something really needed to change.

One of my reading goals for 2017 is to stop being so stubborn about DNFing. To help with that, I created this policy.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

[Book Review] The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas book review

Phew. Now this is the type of YA that I need to read more of! I enjoyed this book so much. I went into it not really knowing anything about it. I just heard a number of people raving about how good it was. So if you haven't read the book yet, I'd recommend coming back to this post later on.  😀

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

[Book Tag] The Winter Wonderland Book Tag

the winter wonderland book tag

Oh, Winter...

Just a few days ago, it was 50 degrees and raining! Then last night, we got another snow storm. There's at least 6 inches out there... So before I head outside to shovel our cars out, I wanted to post this book tag.

Monday, January 16, 2017

[Book Review] Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye book review

When I first started reading Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye, I had a feeling that it could be a five-star quality. And sure enough, it was!

This book may very well be in my top five reads of 2017.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Favorite BookTube Channels

my favorite booktube channels

How amazing is the BookTube community?! I have to admit that I am still pretty new to the scene; having heard about it only year or so ago. Since then, I have watched various people do a number of lovely things with their channels.

For me personally, I like to be picky about who I choose to subscribe to. I like to make sure that they are the "right fit" with my reading personality, so when I watch their videos, I will find myself adding interesting books to my TBR. Some channels I liked at first, but soon lost interest, while others I had to stop watching immediately just because I didn't like the host's voice or personalty. I know, I know... That sounds wicked judgmental and harsh, but we're all human, we all have our own likes and dislikes.

One example that may make that a little easier to understand for anyone that thinks I'm just being ridiculous, was a channel featuring a teenage girl. This BookTuber had a very high pitched voice. She had lovely content that I wanted to watch! But her voice literally hurt my ears, so I had to stop watching. This isn't just the case with YouTube, I also cannot listen to a great number of female singers and some males singers, simply because of their pitch.

The following is not the full list of BookTube channels that I am subscribed to, but I wanted to talk about a few of my favorites.

So here we go!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

[Book Tag] A Series Of Unfortunate Events Book Tag

a series of unfortunate events book tag

Dear reader,

I am sorry to say that you have found your way to an extremely unpleasant book tag. It is based upon the unfortunate tale of the Baudelaire siblings. So if you are reading this, you may want to close your browser right now. Just click the little "X" at the top and go find a happy blog to read...

Ha! All joking aside...

In honor of A Series of Unfortunate Events being released on Netflix tomorrow, I wanted to create a fun little book tag! This tag has thirteen prompts, but they don't necessarily represent each of the thirteen books. Instead, I tried to create fun prompts based on themes, characters, and other elements of the book series.

If you are reading this, I challenge you to complete the tag!

So here we go!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

My Fandom Identification Card

my fandom identification card

I have a confession; I am a total sucker for personality quizzes. 

You see them floating around social media all the time. And BuzzFeed is the worst offender! I mean, how could I resist quizzes with titles like; "What Kind Of Bread Are You Based On Your Zodiac Sign?" (Croissant) or "What Percent Book-Obsessed Are You?" (91%). They are always ridiculous, but I always have so much fun with them.

So of course when I saw the Universal Fandom Quiz, I had to try it. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[Book Review] Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the homo sapiens agenda book review

I have to begin by saying that it took me a while to get into this book.

Partially because I had just read another YA book, and for some reason reading YA genres back to back has started to really bother me. And partially because when I first started reading this, it was like I was transported right back to high school...which is a time that I really don't care to reflect upon.

I mentioned to my reading buddy that I may have to DNF this book, but she convinced me otherwise. And I am pretty happy that she did!

Monday, January 9, 2017

My Favorite Hot Teas

my favorite hot teas

Say what?! Hot tea has a month?

Weird? Sure... Awesome? OH YES!

As you can probably assume from my blog’s main image, I’m totally a tea person. I start and end my days with a cup of tea- caffeinated black in the morning, and herbal at night. And of course I drink various kinds throughout the day.

So in honor of “Hot Tea Month” I thought I would put together a post about the different teas that I enjoy.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

[Book Review] This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

this savage song by victoria schwab book review

It finally happened... I read This Savage Song! I have been very anxiously waiting until I was able to get my hands on this book, and I am so happy that it did not disappoint. I will be adding this book to my purchase wish list immediately after finishing this review!

Friday, January 6, 2017

[Book Review] Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar

rocks fall everyone dies book review

Here we finally have it! My first book review of 2017.

Note: Please read my WHOLE review! Very important here since the beginning is quite negative and I don't want to sway anyone away from this book!

[Book Tag] The TBR Book Tag

TBR book tag

I promise that I will be posting an actual book review soon! I'm very slowly making my way through my first book of 2017. It's taking awhile because the main point of the book is really bothering me. However, I am liking the storyline just enough to complete it. I'm hoping to finish it tonight, so I will have the review up tonight or tomorrow.

So as I'm sure you can see, I'm a bit obsessed with book tags. 😀 I saw this book tag floating around on Books Amino, but unfortunately I haven't seen a post that gives the creator any credit. So if you know who created this tag, please let me know!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

My Bookish Christmas Haul

2016 Christmas book haul

Every year, I am absolutely blown away by the generosity of my friends and family.

So firstly, I would like to give them all another thank you shout out: You all mean so much to me, I cannot thank you enough for everything you do every day of the year, let alone during the holidays!

Now that I've finished my gift exchange with friends, I wanted to make a quick post. As you can see, it's pretty simple haul post.

So here we go!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My Current Shelfies

my current shelfies

As I said in 25 Bookish Facts About Me, I dream of owning beautiful bookshelves someday. They don’t have to be super fancy or anything, just some decent shelves from IKEA would do. I just can't wait to have my books all in one area rather than scattered around. 

The last time my books were on bookshelves that sat side by side was in elementary school when I had the “secret” library. Since then, my books had been scattered around a bedroom stacked up on any empty surface that I could find, they’ve been shoved under beds or in closets in dorm rooms, they’ve even been left in storage while I moved to a different state. 

Unfortunately, my boyfriend and I just don’t have the space for shelving right now. So we’re making due the best we can.

Monday, January 2, 2017

My Favorite Bookish Mobile Apps

my favorite bookish mobile apps

Let's talk about bookish mobile apps!

Over the years, I have tried a number of apps. Some I used for a few days but ended up deleting rather quickly, while others have have stuck around. I know the app store can be a bit daunting, so I wanted to discuss my four favorite bookish mobile apps that I would highly recommend to any reader.*

Sunday, January 1, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery

rat queens vol 1 review

After reading Lumberjanes Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan, I jumped right into reading the first volume in the Rat Queens series. Ohmygoodness, I cannot believe how long it took me to finally read this! I've had multiple people suggest that I read it, but for some reason I was just slow to pick it up.

[Graphic Novel Review] Lumberjanes Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan

Lumberjanes Vol. 3 Review

To start 2017 off on the right foot, I read Lumberjanes Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters.

2017 Reading Goals

2017 reading goals

For the past two years, I have done reading challenges that I either found online or created with a friend (2016 Restricted Section Reading Challenge). Now, don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved these challenges! I love that they get me reading all kinds of genres from authors I may not have found otherwise. And I would love to do more challenges sometime in the future.

However, I'm a major to-do list kind of person. When I make a to-do list, I always rush to complete it. So having a list of reading prompts sitting there made me a bit anxious... I found that I was rushing to complete the list and I was pushing through books just because they fit the prompt rather than really enjoying them.

So this year I am taking a break from the specific prompt challenges and doing something a little different.