December 2019 is finally here! This past year has flown by so fast and I can’t believe we are here already. Since it’s December that can only mean one thing? BLOGMAS! Throughout my years on the internet, I used to watch a lot of videos on YouTube this time a year called Vlogmas where a person vlogs every single day up until Christmas. I’ve contemplated the idea the past few years and if I actually wanted to make that commitment. But I just don’t have that much of an exciting life. I wake up, go to work, come home, eat food, and just lay around until I do it all over again.
So this year I decided to do Blogmas! I will be attempting to blog every day up until Christmas! The first topic I want to cover in today’s blog, Books I Want to Read by 2020. So what books do I want to read in the next 31 days? I want to read two young adult novels, a poetry book, a comic collection, and a graphic novel.
What books are on your TBR or want to read list? Are you planning to participate in Blogmas this year? Let me know in the comment section down below! And I will be back tomorrow with a new blog post! 🙂
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.
After the Reading Rush (previously The Booktubeathon) ended I’ve been on this reading high. But there has been this thought that I had throughout all of July that I’m going to do in August. That thought has turned into a goal I am challenging myself for the month of August is… Reading for 30 minutes EVERY SINGLE DAY.
I did this a lot in grade school, middle, and even high school. I remember vividly we always had the first 20ish minutes or so to read in one of my language art classes one year in high school and the number of books that I finished was at an all-time high. Since then community college never did anything like that. My adult job and day to day life don’t make me do that. So I thought what the heck let’s bring this back and see what happens.
My focus is to read all the books I own! Maybe not all, but most. The fall release season is fast approaching and I need to get my butt in gear if I want to catch up on series or just read older books that have been on my bookshelves the longest before I can buy any more books.
At the end of each daily blog post, I will most likely end with a chart of my reading progress. This will track the number of pages that I have read so far for the month of August! I’m so excited to get back into truly loving reading and defeat my TBR pile once and for all!
Title/Author: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Genre: YA/ Fantasy/ Retelling
Publication Date: August 16th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Count: 402
Rating: ★★★★ stars
I’m not familiar with the 12 Dancing Princesses story, so I went absolutely blind into this book (other than the hype I received at ALA MidWinter Conference).
Annaleigh, her 11 sisters, father, and stepmother live in a manor right next to the sea. The 12 girls are princesses that sneak off in the night to go dancing and to get away from their town who thinks the family is cursed. One by one each individual girl slowly gets picked off and dies. As the tension grows and Annaleigh slowly becomes mad, is this all just a horrifying dream or reality?
The cover is beautiful. I love all the detail on it and it gives off a good feel to how I was picturing the book while reading it. I felt this story was a nice slow burning pace seeing how our main character slowly starts to go mad towards the end of the book. The end of the book was very interesting and the stepmother ended up giving me vibes of Melisandre from Game of Thrones.
However, I felt that there was this weird love triangle to be forced between Annaleigh and two other characters. Eventually, I grew tired of the dancing plot and was ready for the end of the book.
Overall this book was definitely interesting and is worth the hype. 4/5 stars. If you liked the Selection series by Kiera Cass I think you would enjoy this book.
I received an ARC from the publishing house at ALA MidWinter Conference.