Bookish Resolutions

Happy new year!! This last year has been crazy and quite possibly the most eventful year of my life. I really hope to have a great year next year, and since reading is a key part of me, I thought I would record my resolutions.

Goodreads Goal
I completed and went way past my goal of 60 books for this year, so I think I will make my goal 75 for the coming year. School is getting harder and more stressful, though, so we’ll see how that goes.

Reading Variation
I have always tried my best to read from a wide variety of genres, but I have found myself often turning to YA. Because I’m so busy all the time, I usually just choose the easiest book I can find. This year, I hope to read at least 75% of the non-YA books on my shelves.

Time Spent Reading
Since I am quite lazy, I often choose Netflix over a book. While I do feel bad about this every time I do it, I never just end up picking up a book. This has put me into the most massive reading slump of all time. This year, I hope to dedicate 45 minutes every day to reading. I want to include a time for reading into my busy schedule so that I don’t feel guilty for not reading or for reading when I should be studying.

Blogging Goals
I have been so bad about blogging recently. I hope to post at least once a week. This may not seem like a lot to many of you, but I find it very challenging. I might decide to start doing one of the popular weekly memes or start my own feature. Not sure yet. I’m open to suggestions.

And those are my resolutions for this year! Let me know what you think! I wish everyone a happy and productive year.

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Awards Compilation!!

I realize that I did the Liebster Award not that long ago, but I really haven’t posted in a while, and I’m really happy to have been nominated for these awards.

Starting off with the One Lovely Blog Award!

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The Rules

1.Thank the person who nominated you
2. List the rules and display the award
3. Add seven facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers
5. Display the award logo and follow the blog that nominated you

Thank you to Holly, Poignant Paperbacks, books over people, and Molly Mortensen for nominating me!!

Now for the facts!! I feel like I’ve basically told you most of the interesting things about me… I am so bad at this!!

1. My birthday was on October 1st!! I mention this for 2 reasons. First of all, I can’t think of much else to say. Also, I will be doing a birthday book haul soon, but I haven’t gotten everything yet.

2. I have the worst reading habits of all time. You have no idea how terrible it is. Especially during the school year.

3. I attend an arts high school. I think you probably know I play the violin, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned the high school part. But yeah. It’s not even a magnet school. It’s a full on art school. That’s why I’m always busy.

4. I’m an office supply maniac. I have hundreds of dollars worth of really cool stuff, mainly from Japan because their stationery is so innovative and awesome. I bring two completely full pencil cases to school every day. Yeah it’s a problem.

5. I really wish I could blog more often. I also suffer from blogging slumps where I want to blog but I don’t want to. You know what I’m saying?

6. I’m addicted to Netflix. It stops me from reading and I hate it but I love it.

7. I play Mario Kart Wii way too often, even if I have too much homework to do anything. It’s my way of blowing off steam.

The Liebster Award!!
This is the third time I’ve done it… But the questions are different each time, so it’s cool.

The Rules:

1. Link the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you
3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

the Questions
1. What are 3 of your favourite books?
I’ve ready mentioned some of them, so for the sake of variety, I’m gonna go with It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini which I read a little while ago and just got a hard copy of, coming up in my book haul soon!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

2. What’s a book you love to hate?
Twilight? I guess. I don’t know if I’ve shared this link with you, but any of the books on this list: Dealbreakers

3. What are you currently reading?
Several Things. I just finished City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. Oh wait I actually meant City of Fallen Angels. I get so confused.

4. What are two book covers you love?
In the spirit of mentioning a variety of books, I’m gonna show these two. They are really simple backgrounds with nice typography. Typography is great. I love it.

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5. In what language do you read most of your books?

English…yeah.

6. Who is your favorite book character?

Don’t have one. Maybe Hermione Granger? She’s really awesome.

7. What is your least favourite book? Why?

Any of the books on the aforementioned goodreads list.

8. What is your favourite classic book?

Farenheit 451. I guess. I LOVE THAT BOOK.

9. What books did you read last month?
Not very many, sadly. Here is my goodreads link if you’re curious.

10. What book did you last read?
The fourth book in the Mortal Instruments.

11. What is the first book you remember reading?
Some picture book about basket weavers I think. Or maybe a fairytale collection. I really can’t be sure.

I’m so grateful for all of your nominations. I honestly can’t believe that many people at least remotely enjoy reading my blog, so thank you! I nominate anyone who hasn’t been tagged yet. Sorry, I feel like everyone has already done this, but if you haven’t, you totally deserve to do it.

Liebster Award Again!!

I’m really happy to have been nominated to do this award again, this time by craftypalooza! I originally was not planning on actually redoing it, but why not, right?

The Rules:

Link and thank the person who nominated your blog.

Answer the questions they asked you.

Pick eleven bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate.

Ask them eleven questions.

Let them know by commenting on one of their posts.

1. Why did you start your blog?

I wanted to get more involved with my reading and interact with other people. I also thought it’d be a great way to boost my self esteem and learn more about the professional world by interacting with publishers and stuff.

2. Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Both, but mostly fiction.

3. Book you’ve read so many times the spine has been broken multiple times?

My copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is split into two because the spine completely broke apart.

4. How many books did you read this summer? List them.

Really? This seems excessive… Ok. So according to my goodreads, I read 39 books this summer.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by Analee Newitz

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Rush by Eve Silver

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

Killer Instinct by SE Green

We Need New Names by NoViolrt Bulawayo

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Every Day by David Levithan

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Branded by Abi Ketner

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

The Young World by Chris Weitz

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Queen of Someday by Sherry D Ficklin

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

The Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Stephen Graham Jones

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Drawing Amanda by Stephanie Feuer

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare

Zac and Mia by AJ Betts

Heads up Philosophy by DK Publishing

5. Author you read every work of and loved?

Not really sure what this means… I don’t love every book I read.

6. Do you read graphic novels?

Yeah, sometimes. I wish I read more of them, but they’re pretty expensive. I own two unread ones, and I’m planning on buying two more around my birthday, so yeah. You’ll see more coming soon.

7. Do do use a bookmark or just a random piece of paper or do you *GASP* dogear?

I often use no bookmark, but I do use my library’s bookmarks a lot. Each month they feature someone’s drawing on them and give them away at the checkout counter. I usually take like ten. Hehe.

8. What are your top 10 favorite books/series?

In no particular order:

Harry Potter

LOTR

The Hunger Games

Chronicles of Narnia

A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Mysterious Benedict Society

A Song of Ice and Fire (although I haven’t even finished it)

The Percy Jackson Series?? I’m not sure. These are just the first series that came to mind.

The Shadowhunter Chronicles

The Ender’s Shadow and Ender’s Game quartets (also unfinished)

9. What sequel was a big letdown?

The second two books in the Divergent series. Also the second two in the Matched and Maze Runner trilogies.

10. How old were you when you got a library card?

Probably 2 or three. I used to go there with my brother and parents and check out books all the time.

11. What book could you not finish, if any?

Too many. Not listing..

So I already did this a while ago and kind of nominated most of the blogs I wanted to already, so here are just a few more:

FictionFan

Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

Yvo

HOLLY

Milliebot

alwaysopinionatedgirl

wordweheart

Here are my questions:

1. List all of your fandoms.

2. What are your top 5 fave books? 10 if you can’t decide.

3. How much do you care about the physical appearance/condition of your books?

4. Buy books or borrow them?

5. Do you lend your books to people? Why or why not?

6. List some of your bookish pet peeves.

7. How often do you get in reading slumps? How do you get yourself out of them?

8. What’s your main motivation for blogging?

9. How long have you been blogging?

10. What are your 2 favorite and least favorite genres?

11. What is your outlook on book to movie adaptations?

Once again, thank you for nominating me! I hope all of you do this award, as I am quite proud of my questions, and I would like to see your responses, even if I didn’t tag you.

A Tale for the Time Being Wrap-Up

Hey! So I totally realize how long it’s been since I’ve posted, but I’ve just had so much to do with school and all that. So yeah. I might be even busier as the year goes on, but I will post sporadically. Please don’t forget about me! I love the blogging community! Wow. I’m really off-topic.

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But that’s totally ok, because this book was kind of like that. I felt it covered so many themes and ideas in such a short period of time, and it was full of culture and philosophy and science and magical realism. I really think the author did a good job of neatly incorporating so many different things into the book and managing to make an interesting story. There was also a lot of emotional depth to the story, and I really enjoyed it. Overall, it was quite a thought-provoking book. 

 

I realize I took a really long time to read it, and I have reasons, although I am questioning their legitimacy. This is the section in which I try to make excuses for taking so long. First of all, I’ve been in a HUGE reading slump for the longest time. It’s still going on, and I am seriously ashamed of myself. I have to strain my brain all day with challenging classes, and I just kind of deflate when I get home. Also, I just feel like this is the kind of book you should read little by little. It’s rich in culture and philosophy, and I just think that digesting it incrementally is more enjoyable. I’ve really felt super guilty about not finishing it sooner, but I really just could not bring myself to read it or any other book, really. 

 

This concludes the buddy read! It kind of fell apart because of my trip to Japan, so I’m really sorry about that! As you can see in my sidebar widget thing, I am reading 5 books, 4 of which are ARCs. I am focusing on finishing The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare and Zac and Mia by AJ Betts, so you can look forward to those reviews. 

 

Until next time, which is hopefully really soon!

Celebration!

I’ve reached 100 followers! This is my obligatory celebration post. I’m really excited, but I’m not sure what to do to celebrate this momentous occasion, so I’m willing to take suggestions for some sort of huge post or blog event (idk). My lack of eloquence is due to the fact that I am astounded by my blog’s success in the month or so that I’ve been on this site.

I’ll probably end up finally fully documenting and updating the My Bookshelf page, which will probably take me a few hours.

Thoughts on NetGalley

As a relatively new blogger, I have joined several sites that provide electronic and physical review copies of books to bloggers. One of the biggest of these organizations is NetGalley. I feel like this is the perfect site for beginning bloggers like me for several reasons.
The Pros
1. It is very easy to use and navigate. I had no trouble requesting and accessing books.
2. It introduces new bloggers to publishing companies and vice versa. For those like me who are too new and/or shy to directly contact the publisher, NetGalley acts as the messenger. All you have to do is fill out your profile and click a button to request books.
3. Free books, especially when not yet available to the public, are AWESOME! Getting ARCs honestly does boost my self-esteem and encourages me to pursue success further.
4. Publicity works both ways. Bloggers who are able to review a highly-anticipated book will most likely gain viewership, and the book will get more attention.

Cons
1. The uncertainty of being approved. I think part of the reason some people, including me, go crazy while requesting books is because a) we don’t know if we will get approved and b) publishers can take as much time as they want to approve books. It’s just so disorganized.
2. Cover inconsistency. I don’t think most people have this issue, but when I send books to my kindle, most of them have no cover. A few of them don’t even list the name of the book or the author. I also just generally like looking at the cover of the book I’m reading.
3. There is no way to un-request a book. There have been several times where I request a book by accident and then I get accepted to review. My ratio is absolutely awful. I think I have 22 books and 1 feedback so far, which brings me to the next segment of this post.

My Personal Review-a-Thon!

I will be spending the next two months reviewing as many NetGalley, Blogging for Books, and LibraryThing books as possible in order to clear my name. I encourage you all to do so as well. I hope to feel the satisfaction of cleansing myself of all reviewing obligation. Since i have 40-something review books in total, I will try to write shorter reviews with several books per post so I don’t spam you guys with random books. Wish me luck!

Can you relate to any of these points? I’d love to hear some of your experiences with these programs! Help me keep strong and remind me to hold back on book requesting!

Rating System

Please check out my updated book reviewing system and tell me what you think! Is it too complicated? I would like to be as detailed and accurate as I can, and I personally think that this helps me do so while still being flexible and organized.

Click here!

Thank you! I love you all! I really appreciate all those who take the time to read my blog and leave nice comments.