6 Dec

More Challenges for 2017

I think my word of the year for 2017 might be Challenge, not because I think it will be a difficult year, but because I really want to challenge myself to try new things and grow as a person, blogger and reader. So maybe I should go with Growth instead, it’s more positive sounding. Anyway, I digress, another reason that this will be a “Challenge” year is that I am joining several different challenges and I want to share a couple more with you here.

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The 2017 Bookish Resolutions Challenge hosted by Because Reading and Trips Down Imagination Road

To see the full post, visit the challenge link above, but here are the rules:

  1. This is a yearlong Challenge it starts January 1st 2017 and ends December 31, 2017
  2. You have 4 Main goals to choose from; Blogging Goal, Reading Goal, Writing Goal or Personal Goal
  3. You must pick at least 2 Main goals and each main goal must have sub-goals
  4. Create a sign-up post and add it to the Linky (sign up before March 1st)
  5. On the 30th of every other month (and the 29th for February) create an update post about your goals and add the post to the Linky that will be on one of the hosts’ blog.
  6. This is a yearlong challenge once you do a sign up post you can add or take away goals as you would like BUT on Jan 1st you will no longer be able change the list.
  7. There will be one giveaway.
  8. You can delete and Tweak stuff at the halfway point
  9. Use the Hashtag #BookishResloutions.

And here are my resolutions:

Reading Goals:

  1. Complete 10 Reading Challenges in 2017.
  2. Participate in at least 2 Read-a-thons this year.
  3. Complete at least 5 series.
  4. Read at least 1 nonfiction book per month.

Blogging Goals:

  1. Post at least 1 review per week.
  2. Clean up my Bloglovin’ feed.
  3. Comment on at least 1 blog per day.

Writing Goals:

  1. Write everyday.
  2. Outline novel idea.
  3. Complete first draft.

Personal Goals:

  1. Move closer to work.
  2. Try at least 1 new thing every month.
  3. Join a club.

 

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The 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Because Reading and Fantasy is More Fun.

For full rules and to sign up, visit the challenge link above.

  • The 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2017. You may sign up anytime between now and July 1st.
  • You may only participate for the months AFTER you sign up (so if you sign up in February, January doesn’t count)
  • Commit to reading 1, 2, 3, or 4 books a month and MAKE A LIST of the SPECIFIC books you will read in 2017. This is the point of the challenge: you’re committing to reading a set list of books and a certain number of them each month. It’s your chance to finally hold yourself accountable for those books you keep promising you’ll read!
  • You may read any genre or any format (i.e., eBook, Audiobook, Paperback, Hardcover). But they must be published before January 1, 2017 and they must be at least 100 pages.
  • Pick a level and make your list. REMEMBER: you’re committing to not just those books, but that number of books a month. You CANNOT read them all in one month.
  • At the end of each month, cross off the book(s) you read. There will be a link-up each quarter (hosted by Michelle in April, Berls in July, Michelle in September, Berls in January 2018) for you to link your progress.
  • Tweet your progress to #2017HW.

I will be participating at Reader Level 1, which is 1 book per month. Here are my books:

Blue Dahlia (In The Garden, #1)    The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove     Show No Mercy (Black Ops, #1)     Come Away with Me (With Me in Seattle, #1)     Don't Look Now (Look Trilogy, #1)     Beyond Eden

The Book Thief     The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl     The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)     City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)     The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)     The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I am still on the look out for a few more challenges that I’ve seen in the past and want to participate in this year. Let me know if you see any good ones!

6 Dec

Top Ten Tuesday~ Authors I Discovered This Year

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is the top ten new-to-me authors of 2016.

Since this was the year that my reading really took off and I started exploring all kinds of different genres and authors, there are a lot of authors that were new to me this year. Here are 10 of my favorites in no particular order.

All the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
Rick Riordan

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
Cassandra Claire

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
Deborah Harkness

Losing It (Losing It, #1)

Cora Carmack

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)

Graeme Simsion

The Sapphire Affair (Jewel, #1)

Lauren Blakely

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

Jay Kristoff

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Gayle Foreman

Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)

Christina Lauren

**All links to Goodreads

4 Dec

Preparing for the Challenge~ 2017

So I have been checking out the different challenges that have been posted for 2017 and choosing the ones that I want to participate in. I am sure that there are many more that I have not seen posted yet, but here are the ones I have chosen to participate in so far…

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The 2017 New Release Challenge hosted by (un)Conventional Book Views and Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2017.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2017 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2017, and sign-ups are open until February 15th 2017.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!
  • I will be participating in the New Release Newbie category of 1-30 books. I plan to read at least 12 new releases in 2017 (I have a LOT of backlist books in my TBR right now).

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The Full House Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Date

Challenge Guidelines:

  • Challenge will run from Jan 1st to December 31st 2017
  • Write and publish a post stating your intention to participate. In the post please include the Challenge graphic and a link back to the challenge post. Then link your intention post.  Make sure it is the actual post and not just a generic link to your blog.
  • Add your reviews back here on the link in this post. There will be a new linky then for the next quarter and so on to the end of December.
  • Reviews are not mandatory and if you prefer to keep a list of the books read and the category they cross off the card, then you can still enter for the completion of a Full House by linking to that list on the final linky or in a comment. The list could be kept on somewhere like Goodreads or in a Google doc.
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  • I don’t know that I have ever read a Western, so that category could be fun. I also don’t normally read mysteries. I love that this challenge will push me to try some books that aren’t normally on my TBR. And I’m looking forward to re-reading a book from my childhood… I just have to pick which one!

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The Backlist Reader Challenge hosted by The Bookwyrm’s Hoard

The rules are pretty simple. Only (1) and (2) are mandatory.

(1) To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2016 AND be on your TBR list or pile.

(2) Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog. Then link your sign-up post.

(3) Review the books you read, and post the links on the review linky. 

(4) On or after the end of the year, post a wrap-up post.

I have mostly backlist books on my TBR, so I’m planning to get through a minimum of 36 backlist books in 2017. I have several series I want to complete, so I will probably be starting with them, then moving on to others that have been on my shelf for years.

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And of course, the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge

They haven’t opened the 2017 challenge on Goodreads yet, but I am planning to join in again this year. My goal is nowhere near as ambitious as last year, considering I read almost all of my 120+ books before I started working again. I plan to set my goal at 60 books for 2017.

While overall I will be reading less books (most likely) in 2017 than I did in 2016, I would still like to find a couple more challenges to participate in… I’m looking additional challenges around new authors, series, and e-readers specifically, but am open to other reading challenges as well. If you’ve seen any you think I should check out, please let me know in the comments below!

4 Dec

Sunday Post~ 12/4/16

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

As you may have guessed, things have been crazy busy with me. For an update on what’s been happening, check out my last post. I haven’t been up to see Cheshire in a few weeks, but should be able to visit this week, weather permitting… We have snow in the forecast and the road to my brother’s house gets a bit tricky in the snow.

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I will now also be linking this post to Stacking the Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews and It’s Monday! What Are you Reading with The Book Date.

Last Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Holiday Gift Guide
It’s Been A While…

This Week on the Blog:

Top Ten Tuesday~ Authors I Discovered This Year
Review: Louder Than Words
Sunday Post

Currently Reading:

Cupcake Overload (Cupcakes, #2) Cupcake Overload

Recently Completed:

Fangirl Fangirl (audio)

Louder Than Words Louder Than Words

Up Next on TBR:

Finding Myself in Britain Finding Myself in Britain

New to the Shelves:

Finding It (Losing It, #3) Finding It (physical book purchased)

Seeking Her (Losing It, #3.5) Seeking Her (physical book purchased)

Beautiful Boss (Beautiful Bastard #4.5) Beautiful Boss (physical book purchased)

Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard, #4) Beautiful Secret (physical book purchased)

Beautiful Beloved (Beautiful Bastard, #3.6) Beautiful Beloved (ebook purchased)

Stormy Persuasion (Malory-Anderson Family, #11) Stormy Persuasion (physical book purchased)

Always Room for Cupcakes (Cupcakes, #1)Always Room for Cupcakes (ebook purchased)

 

**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

 

1 Dec

It’s Been A While…

It’s been a little crazy the last couple of weeks and I haven’t been able to post anything other than previously scheduled posts (which I have pretty much run out of now). Work has been busy with the kick-off of the holiday season and I was sick for a few days, which means I’ve pretty much just been falling into bed when I get home. Thankfully, things are evening out right now, so I will hopefully get more blogging (and READING) time now. I just wanted to catch everyone up to date on where things are with me right now.

Work:
I love my job! I work for an amazing company (Build-a-Bear) and have put together a really great team. We get to have fun while working every day, we’re right in the middle of the mall, and we’re literally right next door to Santa. We are super busy every day, so my days go by pretty fast. As the store manager, I have a lot on my plate (especially since it’s a brand new location), but it’s still so much fun! I’ve worked in the retail industry for a long time and never had a job I’ve loved as much as this one.

Move:
I am on schedule to move mid-February, though I may push that back to the end of February since that’s another busy time for work. I haven’t looked at any places in person, but am looking at both apartments and houses for rent in the area. It will be really nice to not have the 2 1/2 hour round trip commute.

Reading:
I am embarrassed to say that I have only completed one book (Fangirl on audio) since my last update. I just haven’t made reading a priority lately, but I am working on it. I have gotten several new books though and am expecting to receive some books in my exchanges. I am reassessing things now that we are in December and want to recommit to reading more.

Blogging:
I am committing to 3 posts per week right now. My goal is to do a Top Ten Tuesday, a Sunday Post and one other post each week in December. I will re-evaluate at the start of the year to see if I want to change that up a bit or keep it as is. I am so behind on my review commitments, that I will be focusing on those books for reading right now, and will not be requesting any additional ARCs until I am caught up again. I’m also looking at the challenges I want to set/participate in for 2017.

29 Nov

Top Ten Tuesday~ Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is a Holiday Gift Guide freebie. I decided to feature bookish gifts from my wish list that any book lover would want to receive.

A Bookish Subscription Box~ There are so many different subscription boxes out there now for book lovers, so there is sure to be one that is perfect for the bookish person in your life. You could get them a gift box or a gift subscription. Some notables:

Owl Crate//Uppercase Box//Lit Joy Crate//Novel Tea Club//Fairyloot//Nerdy Bookworm Box//Bookish Box

Decorative Bookends

A Bookish Mug

I Didn't Choose The Book Life, The Book Life Chose Me

A Bookish Pillow

Bookish Art

Dictionary Art Print - I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie - Printed on Recycled Vintage Dictionary Paper - 8"x11" - Mixed Media Poster on Vintage Dictionary Page

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A Favored Classic Book

A Popular New Book

A Gift Card to a Bookstore~ some favorites:

Amazon//Barnes & Noble//The Book Outlet

Bookish Jewelry

Library Book Necklace, Librarian Pendant, Bibliophile, Classic Literature, Book Quote, Literary, Literacy, Gift Idea, Book Lovers, Read (8)

**All  product photos link to Amazon {affiliate}

24 Nov

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Under the Wide and Starry Sky

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Welcome to Thirsty Thursday and Hungry Hearts, an original weekly meme hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews. The idea of this feature is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not.

This week I am featuring Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan {pg. 256}. In this scene, Fanny is married to Robert Louis Stevenson and they are entertaining his friend, Henry James.

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“Fanny took pleasure in pampering Henry James. He loved American foods; corn on the cob dripping with butter was his favorite. The fact that it came straight out of her garden struck him as a miracle. Veal loaf with mashed potatoes brought the man close to tears. ‘A working fellow needs proper belly timber,’ Fanny assured him when he accepted second servings.”

What author would you like to dine with?

22 Nov

Top Ten Tuesday~ Giving Thanks

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is a Thanksgiving freebie. I decided to feature the 10 things I am most thankful for.

My family– I would have been lost without my family over the past year. My parents have given me a place to stay, my brother has boarded my cats and helped me financially {he pays for my storage unit and covers Cheshire’s expenses}, plus has chauffeured me to job interviews, my sister-in-law took care of my blogging fees for the year {and is constantly offering to feed me}. When Disney crossed the rainbow bridge earlier this year, my brother took care of everything {including a beautiful marker for her grave}. Seriously, there are no words to express just how thankful I am for my family.

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Cheshire and my neph-cats– Cats are truly amazing. They are sources of unconditional love, but they also have attitudes which just endear them to me so much! Cheshire is my heart, he is my everything. Losing Disney was very hard on both of us, but I think it only increased the bond he and I share. Then there’s his cousins, my neph-cats {my brother’s 3 boys}. I love them just as I would human nephews. All of the cats have their own quirks and personalities and it is so much fun watching them interact with us and with each other.

Libraries– access to more books when you have no money.

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Books– I don’t think I really need to explain this one. Books are friends and worlds unto themselves, always there for me whenever I need them.

The Book Blogger Community– because you guys are all awesome!

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The state of Oregon– not only is this a beautiful state, but there’s no sales tax and they so kindly agreed to help support me with a food supplement and free health care while unemployed.

The Cat Blogger Community– While Cheshire does not currently have his own blog {we’ve talked about him getting one once we’re settled in our own place}, we do spend a lot of time interacting with the cat blogging community. They are so incredibly supportive of one another it is truly inspiring to see.

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My Computer– because blogging is much easier with a full monitor.

Music– I always have music on in the background to keep me company. I actually kind of tune it out when I’m reading or working intensely on a project, but still like to have it there.

My giant stuffed Eeyore– perfect for snuggling when I’m feeling down. And just plain adorable all the time.

**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon

15 Nov

Top Ten Tuesday~ Favorite Adaptations

Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the amazing team at The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is a movie freebie. I went back and forth between my favorite movie adaptations and books that I would like to see as movies. I finally decided on my favorite adaptations, those that I felt best represented the books they were based on.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower The Perks of Being a Wallflower The Perks of Being a Wallflower Poster DVD

The Silver Linings PlaybookThe Silver Linings Playbook Silver Linings Playbook Poster DVD

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) The Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Poster DVD

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) The Hunger Games series The Hunger Games Poster DVD

The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars The Fault in Our Stars Poster DVD

Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog Marley and Me Marley & Me Poster DVD

One Day One Day One Day Poster DVD

The Help The Help The Help Poster DVD

Eat, Pray, Love Eat Pray Love Eat Pray Love Poster DVD

Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility Poster DVD

**All covers link to Goodreads, all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}, all movie covers link to IMDB

 

13 Nov

Sunday Post~ 11/13/16

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Life Happenings:

A lot has gone on this week! I don’t discuss politics, and don’t intend to here, so we’ll leave that alone.
I did get to visit Cheshire this week, but just for a brief time. I arrived in the late evening, spent the night and morning with him, and then had to leave. Any time is better than nothing, but I keep reminding myself {and him} that we will be together again permanently soon!
I’m also trying to get a bunch of people hired for seasonal help at work. Thanksgiving is so close and I need 6 quality, energetic people hired before then. Other than that, business is booming and we are having a lot of fun.

Last Week on the Blog:

Sunday Post~ 11/6/16
Monday Update~ 11/7/16
Top Ten Tuesday~ New to the TBR
Exchanges and Swaps
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts~ Faking It
The Friday 56~ Every Day
Stacking the Shelves ~ 11/12/16

This Week on the Blog:

Monday Update
Top Ten Tuesday
Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts
The Friday 56
Stacking the Shelves

Last Week’s Goals:

I’m struggling to keep on track with goals right now. My reading time has shrunk to just a couple of hours per week from several hours a day and I’m still having a hard time with that {and with reading my fellow blogger’s posts}.

This Week’s Goals:

I’m not going to stress about goals over the rest of the holiday season, I’m just going to do my best to balance work, family, blogging and reading.