Books in April 2018

Hey guys, I’m still not posting as much as I’d like but I do feel like I’m getting back into the groove a lot better than I was. Here are the books I read in April!

 

In April, I read seven books. Since the library stickers are pretty intrusive, I will also list the titles here: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, Speak: the Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll, The Bumper Book by Watty Piper, and Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle.

 

Favorite(s): Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann & Speak: the Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll

Classic: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Childhood: The Bumper Book by Watty Piper

New Kid’s: Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

NonFiction: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Group Read: Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

 

I enjoyed everything I read this month.

 

My favorite book of April was Let’s Talk About Love. The story and main character were adorable and the writing cracked me up. Diverse read with a black romantic asexual main character, interracial romance, and other side characters of varying sexualities and races.

 

The novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson has been a favorite since I first read it. I was excited when I learned a graphic novel was coming out and it was perfect. I cannot wait to get my own copy of this. The illustrations fit the story.

 

My classic read for the month was The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Once I managed to get through the prologue, I ended up enjoying it a lot even though I knew the general premise thanks to pop culture.

 

My first nonfiction pick of the year ended up being The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I mostly listened to the audiobook since Carrie narrated everything but the actual journals, which were done by her daughter, Billie Piper. She really brought her story to life in the audio and there were several times I laughed out loud. RIP.

 

I adored Eric Carle as a child but didn’t remember this one so I decided it would make a great pick for my new kid’s book. It was beautiful and fun.

 

The Bumper Book is a book from my childhood. Even though I feel like I liked the illustrations more than the stories themselves as a kid, it was still enjoyable. There was one story that rubbed me the wrong way but overall I liked the rest and the illustrations were still really nice to revisit.

 

What did you read in April and what were your favorites? Have you read any of these? Would love to hear from you in the comments!

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Books in January, February, & March 2018

Since I am so behind on the last three months, I decided I would just combine all three months into one post and keep it simple this time.

 

Books In January 2018

* I also read The New Year’s Party (Fear Street Super Chillers) by R.L. Stine but forgot to include it in the photo.

 

Favorite: Illustrated Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Childhood Book: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
New Children’s Book: Immi’s Gift by Karin Littlewood
Group Reads: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs
Re-Read: The New Year’s Party by R.L. Stine & Dawn by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman)
Least Liked: Conspiracy 365: January by Gabrielle Lord

 

I did not finish my classic for the month.

 

Aside from Conspiracy 365: January by Gabrielle Lord, I enjoyed everything. I also read half of Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenet and the City of Boulder by Lawrence Schiller.

 

So overall, I read 8.5 books.

 

 

Books In February 2018

 

Favorites: You by Caroline Kepnes & Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Childhood Book: Dive In by Riverside Reading Program (various authors)
New Children’s Book: Plenty of Love to Go Around by Emma Chichester Clark
ContemporaryAThon Books: You by Caroline Kepnes, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, & French Milk by Lucy Knisley
Re-Read: Secrets of the Morning by V.C. Andrews (Andrew Neiderman)
Classic: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Least Liked: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

 

For the most part, I enjoyed everything I read.

Overall, I read 8 books.

 

Books In March 2018

 

* I also listened to the audio book for The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn but was unable to find a physical copy for this picture.

Favorites: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty & Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Childhood Book: Gold Medal by Riverside Reading Program (various authors)
New Children’s Book: Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola
EmojiThon Books: Heidi by Johanna Spyri, One Piece #7: The Crap-Geezer by Eiichiro Oda , Animorphs #24: The Suspicion by K.A. Applegate, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, Gold Medal by Riverside Reading Program (various authors) & Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Classic: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
Least Liked: One Piece #7: The Crap-Geezer by Eiichiro Oda

 

For the most part, I enjoyed everything I read.

Overall, I read 8 books.

 

What are some of your favorite 2018 books so far? I’d love to hear what you’ve been enjoying!

 

Last Quarter Haul & 2017 UnHaul

 

I haven’t shared any of my book hauls since right after my birthday so I figured I would do that before I forget. Since 2017 was the year I began my journey toward de-cluttering and becoming more of a minimalist, I decided I would also share my book unhaul for the year on here as well.

Quarterly Haul

At the end of September, I went to a book signing for Stephanie Perkins since she wasn’t too far from me. I bought a copy of her newest release, There’s Someone Inside Your House, at the bookstore and got her to sign my paperback copy of Anna and the French Kiss. I read and loved There’s Someone Inside Your House in October.

I also got a copy of Knee-High Lies by Dawn Ford from a Goodreads Giveaway at the end of the month. I read and enjoyed that in November.

 

I was very good in October–I didn’t buy any books! A friend did send me Bazaar of Bad Dreams, though. In November, I could’t help but get The Conspiracy of Us and The Secret Circle: The Hunt when I found both at Dollar Tree. I bought The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde because my library didn’t have a good version of it and I needed it for my November classic.

December is where I got in trouble (as usual). First I ordered this Jaws book that has been on my Amazon wishlist forever as an early Christmas present to myself since it was almost out of stock. I do not regret this purchase at all! I also plan to read it in 2018.

 

While I was Christmas shopping at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, I found a treasure cove in the Books section and couldn’t help myself–I nabbed The Diabolic, Rebel of the Sands, & Alex Approximately. I ordered Daughter of Smoke and Bone from AbeBooks because I really wanted that edition and it was for a great price.

I needed Alice Through the Looking Glass for my December classic read because my library didn’t have a copy so I ordered that, A Million Christmas Cats: Festive Felines to Color, and Torn Away from BookOutlet.

I found The Couple Next Door at my library’s outlet store. Quidditch Through the Ages came from Amazon because I had plans to read it in December. Sadly that didn’t happen but I had good intentions! I plan to try to get to most of these in 2018.

 

I returned to Ollie’s about a week later for some drinks and they’d gotten more books. Yep. I got this lovely edition of The Borrowers, Amber House, The Glittering Court, and Girl on the Train for steals. There was a sale for When Dimple Met Rishi on Amazon so I went ahead and ordered that as well. I plan to get to some of these in 2018.

For Christmas, my husband got me this beautiful illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I plan on reading this soon.

I assumed that would be it but no, there’s two more books! I ordered The Library of Souls because I follow the author on Booktube and want to get to his book in 2018. My friend sent me her extra copy of Truth or Dare.

So overall, I acquired 24 books over the last quarter.   I’ve read/used 5 of them so far and plan to read at least 9 of the rest for sure in 2018.

 

2017 UnHaul

For the next part, I decided to go back and see just how many books I’ve acquired this year and compare it with how many books I have decided to declutter. Some books have already been hauled off but there are a few bags in my car and apartment waiting to be taken off to be donated or exchanged for used book credit.

 

In 2017, I acquired 106 books. That may seem like a lot but it is still a lot less than last year. I’m proud of myself for mostly buying books that I would read immediately or in the near future. While I still failed with that for some books, I am going to strive to read more from my own collection and the library for 2018.

 

So, onto the unhaul. These are from the beginning of the year to the end. I have always gotten rid of books that I didn’t enjoy, but this year I decided there was no use in holding onto books that I liked but didn’t love and/or would never re-read. Here’s all of the books that I decluttered:

 

So not counting a couple of books that were being replaced for better editions, I decluttered 90 books! There might even be a few more that I forgot to take photos of. So even through I brought a ton of books in, I am proud at how many I was able to part with.

Hopefully I can continue to do this moving forward. I still have trouble parting with books that I haven’t read yet, even if they have been sitting there for years. The only way I have been able to declutter unread books is if I lose interest or they are part of a series I have no intention on finishing (such as those Private books). But as I plan to read more from my collection in 2018, hopefully that means more will be decluttered as well.

 

Let me know if you enjoyed the unhaul segment or not. I have been loving them on Booktube and they help keep me accountable and inspire me to declutter one of the hardest areas of my life so I hope that mine will help inspire one of you.

 

There is one more 2017 post coming up (Book Pics) and then I promise to you that everything will be moving forward. Happy 2018!

 

2017 Classics & Series Ranked

I thought it might be fun to rank the classics and series that I planned to read in 2017. Was somewhat surprised by the results at the end. The numbers are ranked from best to worst.

 

Classics

1. Dracula by Bram Stoker
2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
3. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
4. The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
7. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
8. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
9. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
10. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
11. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
12. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

 

Series

1. Casteel series by V.C. Andrews (re-read)

2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (re-read)

3. The Jasper Dent trilogy by Barry Lyga

4. The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood

5. The Selection series by Kiera Cass

6. The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard

Since I still have one book to go in the Dust Land trilogy by Moira Young, I decided not to count it. The Jasper Dent series was my favorite new series for 2017!

 

Thankfully I didn’t hate any of these–all were at least 3 stars. Did you enjoy any of these books? Did you not? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

Books in October 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In October, I read ten.

 

New Favorites: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King; There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Classic: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Least Liked: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Goosebumps: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine

I enjoyed everything else that I read this month. I read three Goosebumps books (Phantom in the Auditorium, Welcome to Camp Nightmare, & Ghost Beach) for the Goosebumps-along and while I have read them all before, I liked this even more this time around.

I also re-read I Hunt Killers and liked it even more than before. Dracula is my favorite classic for the year so far. Pretty Little Liars: Vicious was fun and wrapped up the series well (finally).

Hotel Ruby was super disappointing. I almost DNFed it but it started getting more interesting halfway. I ended up getting pretty annoyed with it because it had such promise but poor execution and characters. I finally read the Rabbit in Red book that came in my Horror Block ages ago (RIP Horror Block) and I really enjoyed it. If you like horror movies and Ready Player One, you will probably enjoy it as well.

 

 

My new favorite read for October. I shared this on Twitter and look what happened!

Another favorite.

 

My classic read for the month. My favorite for the year so far.

 

My favorite re-read.

 

 

Sadly I didn’t get to any Harry Potter related reads this month but can hopefully do two for November or December. I did finish a Harry Potter themed cookbook but as I’ve only completed one recipe, I didn’t want to review it until I tried a few more. I will probably add that one at the end of the year.

 

 

So what did you read in October and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017? How’s your progress going?

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My Spook-A-Thon 2017 TBR

This year I have decided to join Spook-a-thon, a read-a-thon that lasts a week. This will be my first time doing a week long read-a-thon and I am excited to see how much I can read in a week. There is still time to plan so if this sounds fun to you, here is the announcement video!

Spook-a-thon 2017 is being held from October 16th–22nd. There are five challenges that you can attempt and also a photo challenge on Instagram. I have decided to attempt all five challenges.

My TBR:

1. Read A Thriller: Vicious (Pretty Little Liars #16?) by Sara Shepard. I was planning to read this anyway so this it perfect. I am so happy to finally be about done with this series. The books are fun but there are seriously way too many books!

2. Read A Book With A Spooky Word in The Title: I’m going to re-read I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga so I can finish the trilogy this year.

3. Read A Book That Deals With A Childhood Fear: Ghost Beach by R.L. Stine. I’m also reading this for Richard’s Goosebumps-a-long! I used to live in a house that I am pretty sure had some kind of ghost activity in it and the idea of ghosts used to freak me out as a kid.

4. Read A Book With A Spooky Setting: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young is supposed to take place in a haunted hotel so that seems pretty spooky to me. Someone once compared my book, Evil in the Walls, to this so I am intrigued to read it. Haunted hotels are usually a win for me.

5. Read A Book With Orange On The Cover: Dracula by Bram Stoker. I planned to read this for my classic anyway and maybe it’s hard to tell from this picture, but the front cover has some yellow-orange on it.

 

So there’s my Spook-a-thon TBR! I am excited for my first read-a-thon. Halloween is my favorite and I celebrate all month long so I am here for the spooky reads! If you are participating, what are you planning to read?

 

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The Book VS the Movie: The Princess and the Goblin

Book written by George MacDonald, 1872
Movie directed by József Gémes, 1991

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Princess Irene lives in a castle in a wild and lonely mountainous region. One day she discovers a steep and winding stairway leading to a bewildering labyrinth of unused passages with closed doors – and a further stairway. What lies at the top? Can the ring the princess is given protect her against the lurking menace of the boglins from under the mountain?

 

VS

Which I Viewed First: The movie, as a child.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The movie, slightly.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 3.5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3.75 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: For such an old book, I feel it was still pretty enjoyable for this day and age. The story was also solid and more interesting.

Things the Movie Did Better:  The characters seemed a bit more developed/likable. Songs also work better in movies for me than they do in books, even though Curdie’s song tended to get stuck in my head.

Verdict?: Movie, slightly. Enjoyed both about the same though.

Should the movie be re-made?: A live action version could be interesting but I feel the animated movie does a pretty good job.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

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