ContemporaryAThon TBR & Rules


Hey guys, February is still being a hectic month but I’m going to attempt a read-a-thon anyway. This will be my first read-a-thon for 2018! ContemporaryAThon is hosted by Chelsea Dolling,  Julie at Pages and Pens, and Natasha at My Reading is Odd.


ContemporaryAThon is a week-long read-a-thon that is going on from Monday, February 12th until Sunday, February 18th.  There will also be a Live Drunk Show on Feb 17th on Julie’s Channel. Details are here.


Here are the Challenges:

1. Newly acquired contemporary

2. Contemporary book with pink on the cover

3. Read a hyped contemporary

4. Read a diverse contemporary

5. Read a dark or taboo contemporary

6. Read a contemporary graphic novel

7. Read a contemporary that was recommended to you


And here is my TBR!


Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

There’s mixed reviews on this one on BookTube but the Love, Simon movie looks pretty cute so I want to read it before seeing that. This one is on hold at my local library but I did manage to get the audio version. If I’m able to get a physical copy during next week, I’ll read what I haven’t listened to. This meets the challenges of #1, #3, and #4.


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I read this one last year but didn’t get to the other two books. This year my goal is to finish the trilogy so I can do that. I do remember most of the plot and characters but I find trilogies and series more enjoyable when I read them within the same year. So this will be a re-read for me. This one was also not available at the library but I have the audio. If it becomes available, I will also read the physical copy. This book meets the challenges of #2, #3,  and #4.


YOU by Caroline Kepnes

This is a thriller contemporary that I’ve been wanting to read since last year. I own a physical copy but also have the audio on Overdrive in case I want to listen to some of it. This book meets the challenges of #5 and #7 (several BookTubers have recommended this).


French Milk by Lucy Knisley

The graphic novel challenge was very difficult because my library doesn’t have a lot of selection in this department and I couldn’t purchase anything new at the moment. Anything people had recommended me was either already checked out or not available at all so this was the closest I could find.

Even though this is autobiographical, it looked to have taken place not too long ago. I’m also supposed to go to France later on this year so it sounded like something I might want to read. This meets the challenge of #6.


So these are the four books I am attempting for ContemporaryAThon. Are you participating and if so, what books are you reading? I’d love to know!



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!


NaNoWriMo 2017

Happy NaNoWriMo! I really wanted to do this post sooner but it’s been crazy around here. I am super excited for my story idea this year and cannot wait to see how it turns out.

Title: So Much Rage

Genre: YA Horror/Thriller

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old London Harris struggles to deal with the aftermath of her siblings murders and how their mother was responsible.

This idea is loosely based on the Darla Routier case, which I first heard about on Forensic Files.

As usual, I will be posting weekly updates of my progress.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?? If so, what is your story about? Best of luck!


Birthday Book Haul 2017

Apologies for the hiatus. It’s been a bit of a crazy month. My birthday was this month so I obviously bought myself some books.

I got The Chemist from my library’s outlet store. The top four books were from Book Outlet. Tiny Pretty Things, The Merciless 2, Get Even, & Partials. The rest came from my local used book store–all of these were about $4 because I took in some old books for store credit.  Two Animorphs, Just After Sunset, Dead White, The Unwelcomed Child, The Snow, Surrogate Child, A Gift of Magic, and Summer of Fear (which I already had a copy of but I liked this cover better and am planning to send the other to someone).


I got the Goosebumps book from Ebay so I can do the Goosebumps-along that Richard @ Richard’s Book Nook is hosting again this year. Join us! This Star Won’t Go Out, All the Light That We Cannot See, and Dumplin’ came from my local Goodwill.

So that’s a total of 18 books for my birthday, which is perfect since it landed on the 18th! Complete coincidence!


I took in about 15 books for store credit so at least I got rid of some of my collection. I probably won’t read any of these this year except for the Goosebumps book. Still, I feel like I’ve done better with book buying this year than I did in 2016.


What books have you bought lately?


Camp NaNo July 2017 Announcement

In April, I used Camp NaNo to finally finish my novel, Creeper, which had previously been two short stories with a conclusion in mind. Since I did pretty well with that, I thought I would try it again since I’m having trouble getting motivated on my own.

The last time I did both sessions of Camp NaNo, it was disastrous but I feel like I can swing both if I keep my goals smaller. I’m thinking I will do 30K with this one as well. It also helps that I have a week off in July.

So for July Camp NaNo, I will be re-writing Whispertown with a goal of 30K. I have been wanting to work on this and I hope it will motivate me to do so next month. I’m excited to see how the story I love hopefully become even better. I feel like Whispertown is an important and relevant story, especially as of late.

Whispertown is about a teenage girl named Cassie who finds herself pregnant after being sexually assaulted by her boyfriend, who also happens to be the local pastor’s son. Not quite sure how to handle the situation in her small, conservative town, she battles with whether to stay and face the judgments of others or leave town.
Here’s the updated cover, which I created in Adobe Illustrator:
Are you participating in Camp NaNo? If so, what is your story about? Best of luck!

March & April Book Haul

My goal for 2017 is to try and buy less books overall and to try to buy more that I will read this year. Here’s how I did this month.

I plan on reading The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers around July. I had a few credits on BookMooch so this was basically free.

Booktuber and YA author Maggie Ann Martin sent me Hotel Ruby for a giveaway I entered. I plan to read this one around Halloween. It sounds similar to Evil in the Walls so I am curious about it.

I got The Daughter of the Pirate King with my March Owlcrate box. If I have time this summer, I definitely want to squeeze it in. I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel that focused on pirates.

All of the wonderful bookish goodies in my Owlcrate.

I plan to read Rise of Empire next month. I also hope to squeeze the 6th One Piece manga in for this month. I may read Proven Guilty later on this year if I have time. I saw the Irish Fairy and Folk Tales and had to get it. These were bought used on eBay and Amazon.

James Alexander released a new sweary coloring book called Road Rage. It is hilarious. I sat on my patio and laughed until I cried as I flipped through the pages. Unfortunately he is having some issues with Amazon and CreateSpace refusing to stock his work. I am really glad I grabbed it when I did and hope they will re-instate his books.

I didn’t care for any of the library editions for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn so I decided to get this adorable Puffin edition off eBay. I plan to read this for my classic next month.

I found Illuminae at my local Ollie’s Discount store for $6 so I found it hard to resist. If I don’t get to it this year, I would like to make it a goal to read it next year. Sci-Fi is a genre I rarely read from and this one actually interests me.

James May’s Toy Stories was at my library’s outlet store. I scored it for a couple of bucks and will probably gift it to my Father-in-law, who enjoys James May and these sort of books.

I got Suite Scarlett with BookMooch points.

I also got Vampirella, a comic, and Shark Movie Mania in March’s Horror Block. I definitely want to try to get to both of these this year since I am obsessed with sharks and would like to read more comics.

I have been hearing great things about You and I found a brand new hardcover of it at Dollar Tree. Definitely going to get to it soon.

This isn’t a book but since it’s book related, I thought I would add it. I found this at Target.

I also found these adorable Harry Potter magnetic book clips at Target!


I acquired 15 books during these months and plan to read 9-10 of them this year. Not bad!


Books in January 2017

For 2017, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In January, I read seven.


New Favorite: FrostBlood by Elly Blake

Least Liked: 5th One Piece (For Whom the Bells Toll) by Eiichirō Oda

Classic: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Old Favorites (Re-Reads): Heaven by V.C. Andrews, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

I loved Harry Potter as much as I always have and reading the new illustrated version was a wonderful way to re-read the book.

I also loved Red Queen. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was inspiring. The 5th OnePiece manga was decent, but far from my favorite. Overall, I had a great reading month!

Also, if you recognize this background, that’s because you saw it in my book pictures last January–only there was snow then. I decided to revisit this place (the inside of a large bush at my apartment complex of all places) because I think it’s a beautiful backdrop.







My “new” favorite read for January 2017. This happened to be a review book, too.


My classic read for the month.


This year I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series. My husband got me this beautiful special illustrated edition of the Philosopher’s Stone to begin. The illustrations are wonderful!


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo has been a huge inspiration to me de-cluttering my life. So far I am more than halfway through my apartment and parting with clutter as well as re-organizing my life has helped so much. Being surrounded only by things I love, need, and use is so much better than hanging onto things I didn’t truly love. Highly recommend if you are looking for a positive change in your life.


I also decided that I would re-read the Casteel series by V.C. Andrews as well as her original stand-alone, My Sweet Audrina, and the new sequel to MSA. Since VCA died in 1986, only a few books under her name were actually written by her. Heaven was one of the ones she did and I somehow loved it even more now than I did when I first read it at 14 or 15.

Heaven Leigh Casteel will always be one of my favorite fictional characters of all time and while this series is tragic, I am also always there to root for her and her dreams. If you want a book that will touch you, disgust you by the cruelty of the world, and make you want the main character to succeed no matter what, I highly recommend this one. I will be reading the next one in Feburary!

So what did you read in January and what were your favorites? How many books are you tackling for 2017?