2020 Goals!

It’s officially the new year, so that means new reading goals!

2020 Reading Goals

  1. Read 25 books
  2. Finish 4 series
  3. Read 10 graphic novels/comics
  4. Read 15 new to me authors
  5. Read 10,000 pages

November Wrap Up *Blogmas #3*

It’s my favorite time of the month; wrap up time! I ended up reading a total of 3 books for the month of November. A few statistics include…

  • Number of pages read: 590
  • Average rating: 4.2 stars
  • Favorite book: Fake Blood 5/5 stars
  • Least favorite book: The Good Egg 3/5 stars

Check out my wrap up video below to find out more thoughts, feels and opinions! 🙂

2019 Stats (So Far) // Blogmas #2

Hello and welcome back to Blogmas Day #2! 🙂 Today I will be talking about my stats so far for 2019.

So first stats that are up, pages. So far this year I have read the 3rd most amount of pages since I first started tracking my reading in 2012. When I first came into this year and started my new (and current) job, I didn’t know how much time I would have for reading. I ended up having more time than I thought I would and I exceeded my goal of 24 books.

2019 Page Count

Next up I have the shortest and longest books. I read Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins. This was not only the shortest book I have read this year but possibly the worst. And the complete opposite for the longest book. Obsidio was one of my favorite reads and a great wrap up to the trilogy. The average length of pages per book is down from previous years since I have been reading more children’s, graphic novels, and comic books. 2019-page.jpg

Last but not least the most and least popular books I read this year. It does not surprise me that a Rick Riordan book would make the most popular list, but sad to see an Archie comic is the least popular. Which maybe explains why they haven’t released any more Archie comics in that series. And the average rating and highest rated on Goodreads also does not surprise me for 2019. Looking back so far I’ve had an amazing reading year compared to others.

2019 Pop

Check back in 2020 for updated stats and wrap-ups for 2019! What is your longest and shortest books of 2019 so far? I’ll check back in tomorrow with a brand new topic and post!

Spooky September

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.

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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.

 

August 29th: I Failed at NEWTS and That’s OK

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.

 

August 13th: Ready To Be Back

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. IMG_2990But 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. August 13

August 4th: Hot Mess

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.

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