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!

Books I Want to Read by 2020 // Blogmas #1

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! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

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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.

  1. The Merciless by Danielle Vega (YA Horror)
  2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (YA Sci-Fi)
  3. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (YA Western)
  4. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken (Middle Grade)
  5. Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner (Children’s Graphic Novel)

  6. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (YA Fantasy)
  7. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur (Poetry)
  8. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (YA Contemporary)
  9. Runaways Vol. 1 Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka (YA Comic)
  10. Sex Criminals Vol. 1 One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Comic)

 

 

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.

August 4

The Summer Book Tag

I created a tag back in the good old summer of 2014 (HOLY MOLY that was 5 years ago… I can’t believe how fast time has gone). And I recently have been trying to do it every summer now. So this year I did it once again! Here’s The Summer Book Tag!

Questions for The Summer Book Tag:

What book cover makes you think of summer?

What book has brightened your day?

Find a book cover with Yellow on it.

What is your favorite summer beach read?

What action book had you running for the ice cream man?

(Sunburn) What book has left you with a bad and/or painful ending?

(Sunset) What book gave you the happiest feelings when it ended?

What book cover reminds you of a sunset?

What is one book or series you hope to read this summer?

Book Review: Read This If You Want To Be Instagram Famous

Title/Author: Read This If You Want To Be Instagram Famous by Henry Carroll (Editor)31934724
Genre: Art/Photography, Non-Fiction
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 128
Rating: ★★ stars

Okay, after finish this book I didn’t realize I would have this much to actually say about it.

First things first the photographs were beautiful to look at and I really enjoyed the technical tangent sections. And that was it. I definitely thought this book would be a more of an insight with more tips and tricks and the only thing I really “learned” from this book is to be yourself (which I already do). It would have been interesting to see their very first photo and compare it to their most recent one because I felt like most of the book it was welp I’m an iPhone photographer turned professional photographer which made me feel unrelatable. I wished we also got more tips and tricks instead of learning just a paragraph about how the Instagrammer takes their specific photo. Also, we needed more CONTEXT. This book lacked so much when it came to the actual point of the book. I want to become Instagram famous not know the background on of a famous  Instagrammer I never heard of.

I’m sure there is a YouTube video out there that can provide you with more of a helpful insight look behind becoming Instagram famous in probably five minutes or less compared to this book. Overall, this book is a ⅖ stars for me. If you like a book with beautiful photographs with little to no context or information than this book is for you.