Books in May 2018

For 2018, I have challenged myself to read 80 books. In May, I read nine! May was also Asian-Pacific Heritage Month so I decided to read some books for it.

 

 

New Favorite(s): The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang & Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Sadly I did not get to my classic (Madame Bovary) but I’m going to try and finish it before my Paris trip!

Childhood: The First Dog by Jan Brett

New Kid’s: The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

True Crime: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Group Reads: Heaven by V.C. Andrews, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

I enjoyed everything I read this month!

 

My favorite read for the month.

 

One of my new favorites for the month (I also finished the trilogy this year!)

My favorite re-read & for Peter Monn’s Book Club.

 

 

Another Peter Monn Book Club pick and also counted toward my quarterly true crime. I liked this one a lot better than my first one this year.

 

Read this for my friend’s book club and it was really fun! Can’t wait for the movie.

 

I thought it was only fair that my dog, Traveler,
be the one to pose for my childhood read.

 

 

So what did you read in May 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 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!

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!