I’m beyond thrilled that the start of summer is finally here! After being cooped up in the house for the winter season and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m excited to soak up some sun and some awesome books. I’ve compiled a list of books that are being released this summer that I’m stoked for. My video below goes into more detail but a few titles I can mention are The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins and Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. Did any of my books make it on your list?
Grab your cutest mug, fill it up with your favorite coffee and let’s sit down and read a book!
Picks for March and future months
March: Lullabies by Lang Leav
April: SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson
May: Swimming Lessons by Lili Reinhart
It’s officially the new year, so that means new reading goals!
2020 Reading Goals
- Read 25 books
- Finish 4 series
- Read 10 graphic novels/comics
- Read 15 new to me authors
- Read 10,000 pages
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! 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. 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.