Best Books of 2014

Best Books of 2014

Thinking And Thoughts

The 2014 *Book Shimmy* & Goodreads “Best Books 2014″  I wondered to both sites and realized with a big shock that I haven’t read ANYTHING that was published this year or even made it onto the awards on either websites. I now feel SUPER behind in what everyone else has read or is reading. But at the same time, I don’t feel bad about it. I’ve read some fantastic books this year. I’ve also gotten stuck in a horrible book reading slump like I had mentioned earlier. That sadly is still going on… I will beat it!! Or just start reading picture books in the library so I’d at least meet my reading goal. It’s still reading regardless.

Do you feel pressured to read Books that are coming out? Just cause they are new and talk about and all the buzz going around about them? Or do you hold off?  Continue reading

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

Top Ten Tuesday

 

This weekley post is hosted by The Broke & The Bookish. This weeks Top Ten is…

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2014.

1. cinder
This book Cinder by Marissa Meyer is full of awesome! See my review. I have the full series on my book case right now waiting for me to finish it. And I will. Soon.

2. If You Find Me

 

3. Easy by Tammar Webber

 

4. crewel

 

5.Attachments Rainbow Rowell

 

6. Face On The Milk Cartoon

Too many Books

Thinking And Thoughts
I’m pretty sure it’s very obvious by now that… I LOVE to read.

I don’t read very fast – So, therefore I don’t post review every week. Not saying that’s a bad thing either. I just have a busy life. I work full time  And I spend a good chunk of my doing other stuff. So, I try to read as often as I can. I also have other hobbies I like to do and sometimes the reading gets pushed to the side. My bookshelf can agree with that since it’s so stuffed with books I haven’t read yet. I mean, I have a TON of books. A LOT.

Someone said to me once that I needed to cut back on buying books because there was NO way I’d be able to read all those in my life time. I was offended to say the least. Yes, that person might be right on some level. But I do pass down my books to friends if I’m done with it and don’t plan on re-reading it or if it was a book I just didn’t enjoy. Besides, I can think of a lot more horrible addictions I could have instead of reading. Reading is how I get ‘away’ without having to leave my home. It’s how I can relax and process stuff that life throws at me instead of say, drinking or doing stuff that is less constructive.

Wouldn’t you be offended if someone insulted your hobby?

I would feel weird going into someones home and NOT seeing a bookcase or shelf or books – even cookbooks count in my world! Because all my friends like reading. Yes, some don’t do it a lot or often. But They do read…even if it was a book I didn’t like that they did. I’m not going to knock it. I might poke fun at it but that’s all it is. And at least if they read something I’ve read I can at least be like ‘Oh you liked this book, You might like this one.’ It doesn’t hurt to try it. You know?

Now that I think about it. I don’t think I could be friends with a non-reader…. and now that I think about it I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to read.

Are you friends with anyone who doesn’t like to read? How do you handle it?

Five Things For Christmas

These are Five Things EVERY Book Nerd Will want on their Christmas List… or well, at least I do!

1.) Personal Library Kit – $16. If I am to make my living room my library I’m going to need these!

2.)  Harry Potter Mugs – $15 dollars – There are a ton in the Esty store. But these were cute! And I love tea!

3.) Book Lover’s Tote Bag. So you have something to carry around your new lovelies with. £9.99 –  leave it to me to find a site that isn’t in the US! lol.

4.) A Novel Creation brings you an awesome purse! – $58 Dollars. – Yes, It’s expensive, but who doesn’t want a cool unique purse? Plus, I LOVE Edgar Allen Poe!

5.) Hermione Granger’s Scarf from the half blood prince – which by the way is NOT a bad price for how much effort goes into making this scarf. I’ve seen the pattern and it made my head hurt. When the movie first came out, I saw one for 1,000.00 dollars. INSANE!!!

 

And those are The Five Things To Get Readers For Christmas. I’m sure there are a TON more. And I will be making more posts about it. But this is a start.

Feature And Follow Friday

Feature, Follow
Hey, if your just joining in or are new here! HELLO!!! Welcome! Have a seat or pillow and here’s your tea! I’m participating in Parajunkee’s meme for this Friday for Feature & Follow!

This weeks Question:

Do you decide in advance what you read for the coming week or month? Why / why not?

No. I use to. I use to plan and plan and or schedule and put myself on a deadline and EVERYTHING. It wasn’t working for me. I’ve found I’m a mood reader. I read what I want to read when I want to read it. I found if I plan to read something for the coming week or month that I burn out and or don’t want to read that right then because of either being in a book hangover or it’s too similar to what I just read and I need to change it up.

What about you?

If you’d like to follow my blog, you can follow me on twitter or bloglovin. Or however you want too. I’m not picky.

Christmas Reading List For Adults

I was going to title this “Books To Read To Get You In The Spirit Of Christmas” But DANG if that title isn’t long!! And I’ve only read one of the books I’m suggesting – sad, I know! So Let me present this one to you first! This is the only adult Christmas book I’ve read. My best friend’s mom suggested it years ago – yes that’s how long ago I read it. I loved it! Perfect read in my opinion to get you in the Christmas Spirit. Did I mention some of these books are NOT Young Adult? I know most of the books I read are Young Adult – but before this awesome phase, I read what was suggested to me and I enjoyed a good deal of them. But this one is still stuck in my mind as a holiday favorite. Continue reading

November Recommendations Continued

Dear Sam,

I warned you I’d be trying to play catch up! And I’m actually doing it! YAY!!!

I’m not sure how much more catching up to do for November since I don’t have a lot of time left in November… but I can keep playing catch up in December, right? ha ha! ! Continue reading

Thankful Reader #2

THANKFULREADER: Being thankful for the simple things

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Over at Greads! Hopefully, I got it right this time.

Anywho, I wondered on to their delightful blog and thought I’d do something similar.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I thought I’d do a few post about things I’m thankful for.

This next Post will be me Thanking People IN my life that have helped me in small and BIG ways. This list could get rather long.

 

In No particular order:

 

Kathy & Larry – You have been so helpful and awesome in helping us move into our first home. I don’t know how I will ever re-pay you both! You have raised a wonderful son!

Lethia – Thanks for putting up with my random text messages and bookish rants! And thank you so much for stopping by and for being awesome! I can’t wait for you to see the new house!

Erin – Thank you for introducing me to John Green and all those other wonderful books! I miss your blog a lot actually.

Mrs. Smith – Thank you for being such an amazing English Teacher! I’m so happy you are now a librarian and you get to influence young kids to read! That makes me so happy!

Jerry – Thanks for the many dinner and movie nights and helping me move! I really appreciate it! We need more double dates with that beautiful Girl friend of yours!

Heather & Aaron – you guys rock! Heather, I’m so glad you liked Fault In Our Stars! J And thanks for working so hard when you were helping me move! And I love your random text about your heart being ripped out of your chest by yet another author. And thank you for introducing me to Milly!

Milly & Sam – Thanks for helping me move! I can see this friendship is going to EPIC! And Milly my library is always open – well when I’m home that is. Ha ha!!!

Jeremy – thanks for trying to type poop repeatedly in this post. Made me giggle. I also want to thank you for putting up with me and my weird out bursts. And also thank you for taking out the trash. And letting me make the living room my library!

Mrs. Wendi, Kasey, Mr. Mark, Courtney, Aaron (the whole Blevin’s Family) for just being awesome! I can’t wait to see your new house!! Next year, Thanksgiving is at my place! I miss you guys! But soon you will live closer to us! YAY!!!

I’m pretty sure I’m missing people in this post – and I’m sorry! I have soo much to be thankful for this year!

#FF Feature And Follow Friday

This weeks Meme from ParaJunkee  is to create your own wanted Ad for a Book Blogger…

Here is mine:

wanted

 

If you care to follow me, It can be via bloglovin, or twitter or however you’d like to. I’m not picky. ha ha!!!

My Reading Slump

My reading slump is still going strong.

I don’t know if it’s because I have way too much going on right now outside of reading that I can’t focus… or I just hit a rut. I’m not sure. I’ve done ALL my own suggestions and nothing has work. I pick up a book and read the back and be like, ‘eh’.

This is bad guys. Very bad. I haven’t hit a slump like this in years. College doesn’t count because I’m proud to say I held a 3.9 GPA. Ha ha! It was worth not reading (if you don’t count text books) for two years.

But I’m still very sad about it.

I just don’t know what to do! Is it the pressure from my goal and how close it is? I’m like 10 books behind as it stands right now. I’m not sure if I can recover quick enough to get it done. You know?

Or is it because I’ve just moved errr. Kinda still moving. And all I want is my living room to be like this….

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And right now it looks like this…

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It’s just driving me nuts!!!

 

Any Suggestions out there to help beat this reading slump?