Book Blogger Hop: Jan 24 – 30

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

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If I saw a stranger reading a book that I had read and loved, I would have a full and in-depth conversation with them!

…In my head.

Though I can be a bit of a chatterbox, I tend to only be that way around people I know. I have to be comfortable before I really open up. And though I love talking about books and especially about books I love, I’m not brave enough to just dive into a conversation with a complete stranger.

Also, I absolutely HATE being interrupted while I’m reading and I can only imagine other readers are the same way.

Now, if the stranger is the one that initiates the conversation, then that’s a different story. Basically, as long as I don’t have to make the first move and I don’t feel like I’m interrupting, then I’m totally down for long book conversations with randos!

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Book Blogger Hop: Jan 17 – 23

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

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Book Blogger Hop: Jan 10 – 16

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

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My 2020 Reading Goals

2020 Main Reading Goal

It’s the end of December and the new year is knocking at the door. As happens every year, I’ve been reflecting about this past year and what I want to get out of next year. 2019 was the year that I really got back into reading. The year before, I could barely get through a book because my mind was just all over the place. In 2019, I actively decided that I wanted to rediscover my joy of reading and, I have to say, it has been a wonderful reading year! I read a lot of amazing books this year, I discovered the online bookish community, and I’m back to being excited by books!

Now that I’ve rekindled my love of the written word, I’ve decided to shift my focus for the next reading year. Our move this summer forced me to look through all my books and I realized just how many books I own that I haven’t even read. I filled an entire bookshelf with just unread books! And there’s still a box of books that I haven’t unpacked because one of bookcases was broken during the move, so there could be more unread books in there! Therefore, for 2020, I’ve decided my focus will be on digging into my owned TBR.

So what does this mean in practice? This means that I will only be reading books that I already own, whether that be physical books, e-books, or audiobooks. I will also be placing myself on a *dun dun DUN* book buying ban. The only way that I will be acquiring new books will be through Book of the Month club because I just can’t cancel my subscription, I love it too much! I will be limiting myself to limiting myself to picking one book and not getting add-ons which is gonna be freakin’ HARD, but I’m gonna try! The plan is that, by the end of the year, at least half of the books on my TBR bookshelf will no longer be unread. I want to make a significant dent in my owned TBR and I think I can do it!

Reading Challenges

Keeping in mind that I want to focus on reading books that I already own, I do want to attempt a couple of reading challenges, as well. First, I’m excited to do the PopSugar Reading Challenge again! I attempted this challenge in 2019 and did… okay? I finished quite a few of the prompts but kind of stopped keeping track so now I have no idea how many I actually finished, lol. But now ya girl has a blog where it will be much easier to track her challenges, so that shouldn’t be a problem *wink* The prompts can be seen below:

I’m also participating in the #StartOnYourShelfathon hosted by The Quiet Pond. It’s a readathon that is literally perfect for my 2020 reading goal! The purpose of the readathon is to focus on reading books that you already own. They can only be books you haven’t read before, though. No re-reads allowed! If you want to learn more about the #StartOnYourShelfathon, check out my post about it or head over to The Quiet Pond to get the real inside scoop.

I’m also planning on doing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge for 2020. I found out about this challenge when I was browsing reading journals on Amazon and came across the one made my Book Riot for the 2019 Read Harder Challenge. I, however, didn’t realize that it was for 2019 and bought it, so I suppose if I finish the prompts for 2020, I can attempt the 2019 prompts as well, lol. For a list of the prompts, click here. It will take you to the website were you can get a downloadable and editable PDF of all the challenge tasks!

2020 Side Goals

In addition to my main goal, I do have a couple of side goals I would like to focus on for next year. The first side goal I have is to focus on my ARCs and reading them in a timely fashion. I’ve gotten so behind and I really want to bring my Netgalley rating back up. Not to mention the fact that I feel so privileged for being able to receive these ARCs that I feel equally guilty when I don’t read and review as soon as I should. So I’m going to focus on finishing/reviewing ARCs before their release date or, barring that, at least within the month they are released.

My next side goal is to utilize my local library more often. When we lived in New Mexico, our library was a nice little place, but the selection was less than stellar. Though I still used the library, I started relying more on buying books to get to ones I really wanted to read. When we moved, one of the first things I did was go to our local library and get us a card. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I know my expectations were low. Thankfully, my expectations were blown out of the water! The selection at our new library is OUTRAGEOUS! And they are part of a larger library network so even if they don’t have a book, they have no problem getting it. It’s amazing! That being said, I want to utilize the library more for books that I would usually buy, especially new releases. I do plan on keeping a list of books that I really loved and buying once my self-imposed ban is lifted, but this will be a good way to stick to my goal, support my local library, and still read the new books I want to read. It’s a win-win-win!

And my last very, very, VERY side goal is to try and read at least one classic a month. I say it’s a very side goal because classics and I don’t tend to get along very well. I want to try and change that, but I also don’t want to throw myself into a rut by trying to force my way through a book just because it’s a “classic”. What I’m going to attempt to do is pick out classics that are recommended to me by people who’s tastes I trust. Maybe then I can avoid picking anything up that will bore me to tears. I also won’t be upset if I don’t meet this goal, but I definitely want to give it a try!

Alright, that’s all my goals for 2020! I think it’s just the right amount of ambitious and I’m really excited to start cutting down on my owned TBR. I see a bright reading year up ahead!

Do you have any reading goals for 2020? Let me know about them in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

Book Blogger Hop: Dec 27 – Jan 2

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Crazy-For-Books and is currently being hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. Every Friday, a new question is posted for book bloggers to answer in the coming week. The purpose of the hop is connection and community. You can discover new blogs to follow, new books to read, and you may end up with some new followers, as well!

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WWW Wednesday: Nov 27, 2019

It’s time for another WWW Wednesday! This is a bookish meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words where bloggers answer the 3 Ws:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Current Reads

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

So, I think I’m abandoning The Bone Ships, for now because I just… can’t with that book at the moment. I’ve decided to move on to another Netgalley book dealing with dragons and, so far, it is WAY better! I’m already hooked and I’ve just started! Hopefully this will get me out of my reading funk. And, bonus, I’ll check one more book off my Netgalley backlist.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

My library hold came in for the audiobook of Cinder. I’ve been wanting to check out this series for a long time, but it was always passed over for other books. I figured getting the audiobook from the library would be a good way to finally start reading the Lunar Chronicles. And then I’ll know if I want to continue!

Recently Finished

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I tore through this book and discovered that I am as much a fan of YA thrillers as adult ones! This kept me guessing until the very end!

What’s Next

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

This one got bumped up the list because on of my Goodreads groups chose this as the adult BOM and the group read starts December 2nd. So it’s time to dive into this dark and twisty tale! Not that I’m complaining.

I do still plan to start The Starless Sea and The Deep, but they will probably be read later in the month. And then, maybe… I’ll give The Bone Ships another shot. We shall see.

Anyways, have y’all read any of these books? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

And, as always, happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back in June 2010. It is currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and, as is stated on the blog, it was “born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

It’s time for the last TTT of the month. The theme for this week is a “Thankful Freebie”, which, with American Thanksgiving being this Thursday, is very topical. This is the time of year when I start reminiscing about my past year and thinking about all the things for which I am thankful. And, let me tell you, it’s a lot! I could probably ramble on for ages about it, so I’ve decided to focus on bookish things. With that being said, here is my list!

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End of the Year Book Tag 2019

While I was at work today, I realized that December is literally next week! I’m honestly shocked that this year (and this decade!) is almost over. It was a busy year so that probably contributed to the fact that it feels like everything flew by.

It’s been a busy reading year for me, too. That was a big change for me after a year where I barely read two books. I’m currently sitting at 70 books on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, which blows my goal of 50 out of the water! It’s been a great reading year, y’all, but it’s not quite over. It’s time to look at what I’ll be doing for the last month of this decade.

I was tagged by the lovely Nikki @The Night is Dark and Full of Books! Thank you so much for the tag! Y’all should check her out because her blog is fantastic. This was originally created by Ariel @ArielBisset.

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