2015 TBR Reading Challenge

 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

If you click the image it will direct you to the challenge sign up page. I believe I tried doing this last year. And obviously completely forgot about it. I don’t think I even updated that page – like EVER! Oopsy. I did read a bunch of books sitting on my kindle and my shelf and only one of them were new release so I don’t think I did too horrible. I read some really old ones that rocked me on an emotional level – like The Face On The Milk Carton. And ones from 2012 that had been on my kindle since I pre ordered it and I kicked myself for waiting so long to read it because Cinder was awesome!!

So this year, obviously my Goodreads TBR Goal is 15 books. That’s it. Because I need to focus on the quality not the quantity. I need to knock out some series that I’ve bought and haven’t finished and slime down my Bookshelf to make room for more new releases for this year. I always buy them, but generally don’t get around to them for another year. And this past year (2014) I actually haven’t been buying as many books as I use too. I’ve cut back so I can play catch up to the hundreds of books I do own. I’m pretty proud of myself for that.

I’m also going to try to update my twitter with the hash tag: #2015TBRPile  so I can check out what other people are reading.  This month I’m even doing the read-along. I wasn’t planning on doing it but since shockingly I’m reading the same book might as well, right?

How many books are you planning to read for this challenge?
1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children
I plan on reading 1- 10 – A Firm Handshake.
Those of you that are also doing it, please leave me a comment so I can follow along with your progress and that way you can also bug me to keep this post updated. ha ha! Thank you!

Bout of Books January

Bout of Books January!

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I’m at it again! Or at least hope to be! Yes, I’m a day late… sorry.

Bout of Books puts together an awesome challenge to help us reach our reading goals for goodreads or just because it’s fun (for me it is anyway) to see how much we can read in a week and push ourselves to read more. I’m excited! I think this is like my third time!

My Goal: To Read AND Finish Throne of Glass. Yes, you read that right. Instead of trying to tackle a bunch of books this week, I’m just going to tackle ONE. I’m going to attempt a few of the challenges because they are ALWAYS fun. And this will be the page I update for all the challenges and twitter chats and anything else I need to do on this post. Okay? Okay! Let’s get started:

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2014 End of Year Book Survey

Fifth Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2014 Edition!

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This survey was created by Jamie over at Perpetualpageturner. Her blog is pretty addictive if you ask me. It’s saved on my website tool bar! I’ve been doing it for awhile now (2013, Random Round Up,  2012) Needless to say I’ve been doing it for a couple of years.

2014 Reading Stats:

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Number of Books Read: 40.

Number of Pages: 8,962.

Number of Re-Reads: “Animalia” “A Boy Called Slow” “Humphrey The Lost Whale” “Out Of The Nursery, Into The Night”.

Genre You Read The Most From:  Children’s Books.

Best In Books

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  1. Best Book You Read In 2014?

Romance: Easy by Tammara Webber (Contours of the Heart #1)Easy by Tammar Webber

Fantasy: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Comics: Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion13223349

Children’s Horror: Goosebumps Night of the Living Dummy by R. L. StineGoose Bumps, Night Of The Living Dummy

Young Adult Contemporary: If You Find Me by Emily MurdochIf You Find Me

  1. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
    Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie. I had even written a blog post and my points of why I didn’t like it.
  2. Most Surprising (in a good way or bad way) Book you read in 2014?
    Good way – If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch. I loved her writing style and the emotions she evoked from me which is awesome considering, I’m an only child so I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to related to the characters or not.
  3. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They did) In 20 14? Well, I think it went in reverse this year. I had a lot of books pushed on me instead. I don’t mind it at all actually. Here are a few : If You Find Me, Attachments, The Face On The Milk Carton. And I loved them a lot. I did push Cinder on a few of my friends. One loved the whole series the other friend didn’t like it at all.
  4. Best Series you started in 2014? Best Squel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
    Well, considering I haven’t finished any of the series I started this year… The only one I plan on trying to finish in 2015 in is The Lunar Chronicles – Cinder is the first one I read and I own the other books and my friend Jess devoured them, so now I have too. Ha ha! I pushed the first book on her now she’s pushing the rest on me. I will finish them in 2015.
  5. Favorite New Author you discovered in 2014? – Bethany Griffin. I liked her Masque of the Red Death. I own The Fall and plan on reading that this year (2015)
  6. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone? Goosebumps Night of the Living Dummy by R. L. Stine – I hate those ventriloquist dummies. They are creepy and weird. Why would I do that to myself? Because it was Halloween and I like a good scare.
  7. Most Action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year? Cinder. Hands down. I read that in less than 48 hours.
  8. Book You Read in 2014 That You Are Most likely to Re-read Next Year? None really. I don’t do re-reads until I forget what the story is about.
  9. Favorite Cover of a Book You Read In 2014? Crewel by Gennifer Albin & Far From You by Tess Sharpe.
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  10. Most memorable Character of 2014? Carey from If You Find Me.
  11. Most beautifully written book of 2014? If You Find Me. It was awesome and heartwarming.
  12. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2014? The Face on the Milk Carton. It had me thinking what if that happened to me or someone I knew and grew up with? I’d be so lost…
  13. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to read? Cinder. It was published in 2012 and I had it sitting on my kindle FOREVER!!! I actually did the auto and read it on my kindle as the audio was reading it to me. It was a nice up to the point that I was getting so wrapped up in it I was reading faster than the audio, so I had the pause the audio.
  14. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read in 2014?

    “The night we met—I’m not like that guy.” His jaw was rigid. “I know tha—” He placed a finger over my lips, his expression softening. “So I don’t want you to feel pressured. Or overpowered. But I do, absolutely, want to kiss you right now. Badly.” ― Tammara Webber, Easy

  15. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014? Longest Book happens to be my Art Through the Ages Text Book from college with an astounding 1,150 pages. Yes, I actually read that one and it was dry and boring but I can’t knock it too bad considering I got a 3.9 GPA out of it. But if you count ‘fun’ books it would be Cinder with 390 pages. That also happens to be one of my favorite books of 2014. Shortest is a Children’s book I briefly read while packing books to move to my new house. It was a beautifully short 32 pages.
  16. Book That Shocked You The Most? Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls. I don’t read comics very often but I have a horrible obsession with Batman. I mean, I own the trilogy on DVD and own all the games. I just thought I’d enjoy a few Batman Comics here and there and I wasn’t wrong. I have more on my kindle I plan on reading in 2015.
  17. OTP of the Year (OTP = One True Pairing if you aren’t familiar): Um, I’m not sure… I do like the couple in Easy.
  18. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of The Year? Carey and her younger sister Jenessa. SUCH a fantastic relationship between two sisters from If You Find Me.
  19. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You Have Read Previously? L. Stine’s Goosebumps The Night of the living Dummy. The only one I’ve previously read when I was a lot younger.
  20. Best Book You Read in 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY ON a Recommendation from Somebody Else/Peer Pressure: Vampire Academy that my Epic Recs Partner pushed on me. It surprised me that I liked it – I liked it even more then the stupid movie. The movie just didn’t do it justice to me.
  21. Newest Fictional Crush from a Book You Read In 2014? Lucas from Easy I suppose… I haven’t read a lot of romances last year like I was supposed too. Oops.
  22. Best 2014 Debut You Read? If You Find Me by Emily Murdoh.
  23. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year? Crewel by Gennifer Albin. It was different and I really enjoyed it.
  24. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN to read? The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers. It was stinking cute!!
  25. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014? The Face On The Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney. It blew me away and made me an emotional wrack after reading it. Worst Book Hanover EVER!
  26. Hidden Gem Of The Year? Crewel. I thought it was so different from anything I’ve read and I’m shocked to see that not a lot of other people have read it yet. The cover alone!!!
  27. Book That Crushed Your Soul? Again, Face On The Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney.
  28. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014? I have to say Crewel. It was different and sadly under rated.
  29. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it): Cinder. But not in a bad way, it was Cinders step mom that made me mad. I wanted her to get bent and go take a long hike off a short peer.

(I’m skipping parts of the survey because I didn’t do anything bookish or fun this year that was out of the normal.) But I am going to share with you my 2014 Blogging Year Link instead.

Looking Ahead

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  1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
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    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I’m reading it right now actually and it seems very promising!
  2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)? That is an awesome question! I have no idea actually… I guess the rest of the Lunar Chronicles series? Since I’m behind in those. Ha ha!
  3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
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    The Red Queen and The Winner’s Curse – both of which I just ordered through the BAM bookstore website thanks to their awesome coupon!
  4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015? Lunar Chronicle series I need to finish.
  5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015? I am not setting my reading goal list very high that way I can focus on AMAZING reads and not a number I NEED to read. You know?
  6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone: I don’t get ARC. I feel like I’d never get time to read them and it wouldn’t be fair to other people who want them and have time to read them.

Merry Christmas!

I just wanted to wish Everyone a Merry Christmas!Merry Christmas

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

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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?

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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