Whatcha Reading: October 2015

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! The weekly meme formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below to participate:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

My Reading Progress

Currently Reading: Of course I still have Hausfrau and The Jane Austen Book Club on my currently reading shelf because I keep picking up other books to read instead of these. Oh the struggle. I just finished An Ember in the Ashes last night so I haven’t picked up a new book yet. I’m still processing. I think after I write a few reviews I can get moving onto the next read.

Recently Finished: Since my last www update I’ve finished another 6 books (wow! that’s a lot for me):

  • Landline, Rainbow Rowell. I love her writing style so much. Her books are a breeze to read and fun.
  • Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon. This book was really good. The reading experience while reading this was different, in a good way. Hard to explain.
  • Just Breathe, Heather Allen. I picked this up from the Kindle library because one of my best buds has the same name. This book was missing something for me to really like it.
  • Time Between Us, Tamara Ireland Stone. I have had Every Last Word on my tbr pile for awhile now but never pick it up. I found this instead and it really surprised me. Great read.
  • Twenty Boy Summer, Sarah Ockler. I thought I would like this more but didn’t. I’ll try another Ockler novel but will have lower expectations going in.
  • An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir. The hype surrounding this novel almost ruined it for me. I really loved this book but wasn’t “oohing and ahhing” over it like others have.

Up Next/Reading Challenges:

I will be focusing on my alphabet challenge until the end of the year (only two months left!?!?!) hoping to finish on time. I challenged myself to read 52 books on my Goodreads challenge and I’m currently 4 books ahead of schedule. I think I’ll finish that challenge before this A to Z challenge.

WHAT ARE YOU READING?


Thanks for stopping in and perusing my bookshelves. If you want to track more of my reading, find me on Goodreads. Happy reading!

Whatcha Reading: October 2015

Management

The past few months have been a bit chaotic, mentally. As each day goes by I get more unorganized and more scatterbrained. Today I sat down to tackle some issues I’ve been procrastinating.

  1. Email inbox.
    Besides the usual (deleting those pesky newsletters & junk) I am terrible at keeping my inbox clear. I also lack responding to emails in a timely fashion. Today I manged to reply to Busy, an email six weeks in the making, and deleted items from my social/promotion tabs.
    How do you manage your inbox?
  2. Scheduling posts. 
    I have used this feature off and on but today I’m looking into a more solid plan to use scheduling for my blog. Usually each day I carve out an hour of my time to write an update. The post feels lacking or rushed and not from the heart. In the future I’d like to improve my content and post thoughtful updates.
    Do you use the schedule feature?
  3. Bookshelves.
    I used to be organized and I realize this every time I open up Goodreads. Years ago I discovered GR and the OCD side of me rejoiced. Now I am working on getting my bookshelves more organized and labelled efficiently for easy perusing. This will also help with reading challenges in the future.
    Bookshelves, to organize or not to organize?
  4. Memories. I take leisure photos but rarely manage to upload, edit, or review a batch before taking on a new project. This is a big task I need to get under control and it will take time but I am going to try to spend a small amount of time every day to get this done.
    What daily routine helps keep you sane?

That may seem like a lot to some and not many things to others, for me it is just enough for now. Time management used to be a strength of mine so I plan to remedy my current situation.

Do you have any tips for managing life, time, reading, self, etc.?

Management

Goodnight Moon

I love a good challenge. Thank you to rosemawrites for tagging me for this book tag challenge. Check out her blog for great bookish fun. I probably won’t tag anyone (sorry) so if you feel like participating please feel free to do so. Onward…

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I have a hard time going to bed when a book gets its hooks into me. I suffer from ‘one more chapter’ syndrome. The last book that I can remember keeping me up all night reading was this one. I just had to know what happened next. After finishing the book it still kept me up because I was still thinking about it. Such a great read, if you haven’t yet–get on it! Pick up a Rowell novel now.

The Shining by Stephen King: The only book that comes to mind when I think of being scared is this one. It got under my skin when I read it, so much so that I actually threw the book across the room once. What was your experience like with a King novel?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: I read at night so it is easy for this to happen especially if I am already tired. Earlier in the year I tried to read this book but kept getting distracted and drowsy. I did fall asleep on a few occasions during reading. I moved the book back to my ‘to be read’ pile and will try again soon.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowlings: This has not happened to me since the days of Harry Potter book releases. I would stay up and attend a midnight release party to pick up the latest installment of the series. I was anxious during the day rather than tossing and turning all night. The last book in the series was one that left me most anxious during the wait. I still can’t believe the series is over.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: On my soon to read list. The ideal situation would be best friends first that fall in love. I haven’t read the Summer series yet but hear these books reflect this situation.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: Probably anything dealing with spiders, reptiles, or living the “off the grid” life. I’m a city girl and can’t imagine living without my comforts. I think I’d be one of the first to leave the games 😦

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: The blurb on Goodreads describes it best. A “funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be–and where the next great band is playing.”

Divergent by Veronica RothOh geez. I am a cliffhanger appreciator, because when a story/series is good you can’t help but love everything about it, even the annoying parts like waiting. Most series could qualify as having a terrible cliffhanger but Divergent was the most recent for me. I read the series over a weekend so I’m glad I waited to start reading them until all the books were published. Roth did an excellent job with this series.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard: I broke my rule of reading the book before the movie/television show on this one. I started watching the TV show on Netflix one weekend and then picked up the first book a few days later. It was a combination of the show and book that spurred some dreams involving scheming and clue finding.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: ***SPOILER ALERT***(skip ahead if you haven’t read this yet and want some mystery to remain) I was surprised by this book and how much I enjoyed it. Amy isn’t your typical ‘monster’ but she is one person I would not want to cross or have lurking under my bed. An apt description of Amy from a friend of mine, “bitch be crazy”.


Thanks again for the tag.

If you read a lot, love books, or love to do these challenges, I choose YOU. Leave your link to your post in the comments so I can check out your answers. And as always, happy reading all!

Goodnight Moon

Whatcha Reading: September 2015

wwwWelcome to WWW Wednesday! The weekly meme (I am opting to do monthly but I forgot last month, oops) formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below to participate:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: I am currently reading Cress still, trying to finish but avoiding it all the same. I’ve also been juggling Hausfrau and The Jane Austen Book Club. Both are interesting but I’m usually not in the mood to read them. I also picked up Someone Like You and started it over the weekend.

Recently Finished: Scarlet and Cinder were my latest books I finished. The Lunar Chronicles sucked me in without much effort. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the books. If you’re curious what I read in August you could check out my month progress update here.

Up Next: I will be focusing on my alphabet challenge more but will sneak in a few “fun books” to keep my reading leisurely. I know I’m going to struggle with ‘q’ and ‘x’ authors/titles. Any suggestions?

What are you reading this month?


Thanks for stopping in and perusing my bookshelves. If you want to track more of my reading, find me on Goodreads. Happy reading!

Whatcha Reading: September 2015

Friday Reads, Dessen

Getting around to reading more Dessen. Today’s pick is Someone Like You.

Halley has always followed in the wake of her best friend, Scarlett. But when Scarlett learns that her boyfriend has been killed in a motorcycle accident, and that she’s carrying his baby, she was devastated. For the first time ever, Scarlett really needs Halley. Their friendship may bend under the weight, but it’ll never break–because a true friendship is a promise you keep forever.

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Have you read it? Are you a Dessen fan? What should I look for next?

Friday Reads, Dessen

A Not So Short Reading Survey

I grabbed this from Lauren because who doesn’t like a questionnaire now and then. Skim it, steal it, or skip it. Happy reading!

55 Questions for Readers

1. Favorite childhood book: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

2. What are you reading right nowJust Listen by Sarah Dessen. My first Dessen (I’m told the first of a soon to be quick obsession).

3. What books do you have on request at the library? Sadly none.

4. Bad book habit? I can’t think of one so I’ll tell you my book pet peeve: mistreatment of books (tearing, misuse, neglect, etc).

5. What do you currently have checked out at the library? Nothing.

6. Do you have an e-reader? I own a Kindle Fire. Best birthday gift and makes travel so much lighter.

7. Do you prefer to read one book at a time, or several at once? I read according to mood, so I usually juggle a few books at a time. I think the most I have juggled is four.

8. Have your reading habits changed since starting a blog? No, they are different hobbies.

9.Least favorite book you read this year: Probably Grey by E.L. James. I knew it would be terrible and it was. I used it as a book hangover shock treatment.

10. Favorite book I’ve read this year: This year I finally discovered Rainbow Rowell. I’ve read three of her books and loved them.

11. How often do you read out of your comfort zone? Not as often as I would like. I try to read different genres but sometimes I am in the mood for the tried and true.

12. What is your reading comfort zone? I am currently on a young adult spree or coming of age tales.

13. Can you read on the bus? I get motion sickness easily but it depends where I sit and for how long.

14. Favorite place to read: On the beach listening to the waves crash with my toes in the sand.

15. What’s your policy on book lending? I don’t normally, but I am willing.

16. Do you dog-ear your books? Not since I was twelve.

17. Do you write notes in the margins of your books? Not in physical books, sometimes I’ll make notes when reading eBooks because Kindle has that great highlight/note feature.

18. Do you break/crack the spine of your books? Try as I might to not, it tends to happen.

19. What is your favorite language to read? I don’t have a favorite, if I could read in another language I would.

20. What makes you love a book? After I finish reading it the story stays with me–days, weeks, even months later. You get so immersed in the world that the book has found a way under your skin.

21. What will inspire you to recommend a book? I try not to dissuade others from reading. We all read for different reasons. It is easy to recommend a book to a friend but harder to recommend one to strangers.

22. Favorite genre: This is tough. Classics? Maybe fantasy.

23. Genre you rarely read (but wish you did): More nonfiction.

24. Favorite Biography: Laurie Notaro is my favorite humor/memoir/biography author. Her books make me laugh out loud.

25. Have you ever read a self-help book? (And, was it actually helpful?) I can’t recall.

26. Favorite Cookbook: I suck at cooking so any cookbook that is idiot proof.

27. Most inspirational book you’ve read this year (fiction or non-fiction): It wasn’t inspirational per se but creative nonetheless, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

28. Favorite reading snack: Iced coffee/latte

29. Name a case in which hype ruined your reading experience: Probably Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it and devoured that book, but I imagined it to be so much more.

30. How often do you agree with the critics about a book? I don’t usually check. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

31. How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews? I try to find one thing I really liked about the book and not focus on the negatives so much. I give honest reviews but relate the reasons I found the book bad/negative back to myself.

32. If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose? Any, all of them? Ha.

33. Most intimidating book I’ve read: In 2012, I read One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. I always find classics, like this novel, so difficult to read but once you finish the book all the trouble was worth it. This novel is amazing and so daunting.

34. Most intimidating book I’m too nervous to begin: I have tried and tried to start George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series but haven’t yet. Someday.

35. Favorite Poet: Emily Dickinson.

Wild Nights

Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury!
Futile the winds
To a heart in port,
Done with the compass,
Done with the chart.
Rowing in Eden!
Ah! the sea!
Might I but moor
To-night in thee!

36. How many books do you usually have checked out from the library at any given time? I usually only pick two, one for each week of check out. I don’t like to bogart the books from others.

37. How often do you return books to the library unread? I finish books, even when I dislike them. I always have. I hold out hope that the book will get better toward the end.

38. Favorite fictional character: This is too tough to answer. I like different characters for different reasons and I don’t think I have an ultimate favorite.

39. Favorite fictional villain: And yet this question requires little thought, Dolores Umbridge. She even freaks out Stephen King.

40. Books I’m most likely to bring on vacation: I just purchased my airline ticket last week to visit home (my version of a vacation this year) and I am already brainstorming what books to bring with me or purchase before leaving. Plus I’ll be picking up a few from home to make the return trip with me. I think a minimum of 4 is a good start plus two alternates.

41. The longest I’ve gone without reading: Like a roller coaster I go through ups and downs with reading. My big reading months are May to October which is weird because when I’m trapped inside during winter you’d think I would spend that time reading more.

42. Name a book you could/would not finish: I have given up on HRC, a biography about Hillary Clinton, for the time being. I’m interested in the subject matter but it is difficult to get into this book.

43. What distracts you easily when you’re reading? Myself. I’m so easily distracted. I try to listen to music while reading to help tune out other bothers.

44. Favorite film adaptation of a novel: Pride and Prejudice was good but the Bridget Jones films were excellent. I would rather watch the film than read the book (and I enjoyed the books).

45. Most disappointing film adaptationHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite HP book so I too high of expectations for the film. I hated it.

46. Most money I’ve ever spent in a bookstore at one time: I’m not a brand new book buyer, usually. So maybe $50.

47. How often do you skim a book before reading it? Rarely, that’s cheating.

48. What would cause you to stop reading a book? After multiple tries (double digit tries) I still can’t get into it.

49. Do you like to keep your books organized? Yes but right now it’s read and TBR.

50. Do you prefer to keep books or give them away once they been read? Truly depends on the book. I’m a big fan of buy, sell, trade at used bookstores.

51. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding? Any on my Goodreads TBR list. It seems like I read other books first.

52. Name a book that made you angry: Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas. I had issues with the main character.

53. Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)A book I didn’t expect to like but did: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. I have only read the first book but enjoyed it. I thought I might be a bit too old to enjoy a teen teen young adult but it’s more than just high school problems, the mystery got me hooked. I am now a big fan of the show as well.

54. A book I expected to like but didn’t: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I really enjoyed book 1 and 2 of Robert Langdon’s journey but the third book fell flat. I will probably read Inferno, next in the series, just because why not.

55. Favorite guilt-free guilty pleasure reading: Anything. All of the books I read are guilt free. I’m not ashamed to be caught reading, even if it is Twilight or Fifty Shades. We shouldn’t discourage readers because at least they are doing something we all love to do–read.


There you have it. I hope you enjoyed, now get offline and go read a book like I’m about to do.

A Not So Short Reading Survey

Reading A to Z, progress

I started out my year reading books alphabetically and alternating an author and title to fulfill each letter. That lasted 4 books in. Now I’m reading whatever I want and hoping it fits into the alphabet choices I have left. By the end of the year I imagine I’ll have to go back to reading books that fulfill the remaining letters I need. So far here is where I stand:

12 out of 26 Authors and 13 out of 26 Titles (with 3 bonus books).

2015

How is your reading challenge coming along?
Reading A to Z, progress