I think this Top Ten Tuesday topic is perfect for this week, month, and season. I typically don’t eat or drink things because I don’t want greasy fingers on my pages or have the chance of accidentally spilling something on my books. BUT the fall season is the perfect season for me to drink while reading. Here are my top 5 favorite things to drink while reading.
- Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee
- Apple Cider
- Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher from Starbucks
- Caramel Iced Coffee
- Sweet Tea
See everyone next week for another Top Ten Tuesday post! 🙂
Over the many years since I started tracking the books that I have read, I’ve always been a huge YA Dystopic and Thriller fan. But once I started branching out from those topics, I discovered the books below that made me appreciate and love reading other genres. This is my Top Ten Tuesday list: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone.
- The Merciless by Danielle Vega (YA Horror)
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA Sci-Fi)
- Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (YA Western)
- The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (Middle Grade)
- Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner (Children’s Graphic Novel)
- Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (YA Fantasy)
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (Poetry)
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (YA Contemporary)
- Runaways Vol. 1 Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (YA Comic)
- Sex Criminals Vol. 1 One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Comic)
A spooky TBR for the month of September? SIGN ME UP!
Honestly, over the years I didn’t think my reading tastes would involve me liking “spooky” books. When I was little my cousins came over to babysit and they happened to watch a goosebumps or horror movie that had ventriloquist dolls coming out of the sewers. Ever since then I have been terrified of spooky and horror movies. However, throughout recent years I have come to devour YA horror novels (still can’t watch scary movies or I will have nightmares for a week straight). My first YA horror novel was The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Since reading that book I have the need to read all the YA horror novels.
With the spooky season coming up and me wanting to read more horror and spooky books I decided that “Spooky September” should be my TBR theme for the month. Listed below are the books that I plan to read in September.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Contagion by Erin Bowman, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, and The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken.
As I’m sitting here typing this I realized I absolutely failed at the NEWTS readathon this month and that’s okay. I thought this month would be full speed ahead and a straight shot to the end of the reading race, but instead there were a few detours along the way. I was sick for a week, had a death in the family, work was insane and I was watching copious amounts of Netflix and movies with my boyfriend Sam. But you know what? I honestly don’t care that I didn’t reach my reading goal.
I think the biggest realization that has come to me this year and specifically this summer is that everyone has a different reading pace and that’s okay. It’s okay for me to read 2 books for one month and 10 the next month. But being a Booktuber the pressure is on to continue to read all the books and quite frankly, I don’t feel that pressure anymore and it’s amazing. Did I fail at reading every day and the NEWTs readathon I was *attempting this month, yes, but that’s okay.
All I can do is try. Try my hardest to read. To make time to read. And I’m excited to say I’ll be continually trying to read for 30 minutes for every day in September and documenting it. There are so many spooky books that I NEED to get to this fall and I couldn’t be more excited to continue to strive towards my goals. I can’t wait to see where my fall reading adventures take me.
Ugh. I’ve been sick. I’ve had allergies. But AT LAST, I finally feel better. And it’s wonderful to not have a Kleenex shoved up my nose 24/7. Last week I did not get a lot of reading done due to being sick and sleeping. Then over the weekend, I went to the Iowa State Fair for the first time ever which was a fun weekend adventure to get away from everything. I saw the cutest baby cow (pictured below), ate a bunch of fried food, and saw lots of animals. But now that my body is under control, I finally got to sit down and read for a half-hour tonight. And man did it feel refreshing. I got sucked back into Magnus Chase, which I’m enjoying at the moment. According to Goodreads, I’m only 34% complete with this book. This is a frustrating spot where I don’t want to be in for this month since it is the NEWTS readathon and I’m trying to get a lot of reading accomplished. But my plan for the rest of the week is to take care of myself, cook lots of homemade meals, exercise, and read to stay healthy and not fall back into a week of misery again! Below is the progress so far for this month.
And then I got sick. Bleh. Since Tuesday the 6th, I have been coming home from work taking a nap, being awake enough to eat dinner, and go back to sleep for the rest of the night in prep for the next day. After a few days, I’m finally getting back to feeling a bit better and more like myself. Right now my body doesn’t feel completely exhausted but now I have this wonderful cough and sore throat. 😦 But on the bright side, I should be back to reading today! I am feeling a bit better, I no longer have a headache, and I’m starting to clean to make sure whatever I have doesn’t spread to anyone else or my boyfriend. Expect a reading update later today for today’s progress before the weekend begins!
August 4th. I’m basically failing at this point of my goal. I spent most of Sunday spending some quality time with my mom and shopping for most of the day. It’s actually quite rare that she shops and enjoys it. While we sweated our butts off at a warehouse sale, I didn’t get much reading done. Once we had our day trip wrapped up, I came home and made fish tacos (for the first time) and cleaned my apartment. By 10ish I was ready for sleep and I went to bed. While I read barely anything… on the positive side, I actually READ 7 PAGES! I can’t beat myself up over not meeting my reading goal, but I still have to remain positive! 7 pages is better than none! Hopefully, later in the week, I can get back on track.