Small May 2020 Wrap Up

I’m preaching to the choir, but I really want this quarantine to be over.

I was slapped in the face by a reading slump in May. The first week and a half I deliberately took off from reading to focus on my final projects and finish grad school on a high note. Naturally, once I had the time to read, I wanted to do anything but.

At first, I rode out the slump, just like I always do. Except that got boring fast. Right now, I’m in the process of applying for jobs, while asking myself “why bother?” when libraries are still closed and places will be focused on bringing back their original workers over new hires. It was hard to stay focused on any other activity I tried—blogging, watching YouTube, Netflix, etc.

Near the middle of the month, I decided to try rereading old favorites, something I don’t do often when in a reading slump. Though I managed to read only three books this month, I’m slowly getting back into the groove of reading. Which means I’m getting excited about the pile of books on my desk instead of outright ignoring it. I just can’t pick a book to read yet.

It’s a start.

The books I read in May of 2020 were:

 

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead (library book)

4 stars

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The Indigo Spell is the third book in the Bloodlines series and, I’m sorry to say, might be the reason I fell into a reading slump. This book was weak compared to the first two. The same thing that happened with the Vampire Academy series; first two books were very good, then everything and nothing seemed to happen in books three and four.

The Indigo Spell seemed to focus more on the romantic drama between Adrian and Sydney than trying to figure out the Alchemist’s secrets or finding out who was killing local witches. While I understand the message of “take a chance,” did certain Moroi really think the Alchemists would not do anything to Sydney if she and Adrian took their relationship out in the open? I haven’t read The Fiery Heart yet, but I can already guess that is what’s going to happen. Regardless, The Indigo Spell was still fun with the little mystery surrounding the soul-sucking witch and what little there was to expose the Alchemists’ secrets.

 

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (reread)

4.5 stars

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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly was one of my all-time favorite books that I read back in 2015. I thought if there was any book to get me out of a reading slump, it would be this book. It worked, but I got more than what I bargained for.

To be frank, part of my reason for lowering my rating of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is related to the Facebook TV adaption from over a year ago. Unlike the book, all the characters besides Minnow, Angel, and Jude were more fleshed out. Dr. Wilson was given more complexity and you could see how Minnow changed him as both a psychiatrist and a person. We got more of the Prophet’s backstory, making him a more humanized villain. The ending of the TV adaption was more hopeful and complete, rather than open-ended like the book.

Back in 2015, I was on a serious reading streak that summer and prior to reading The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, I had never read a fictional novel about cults. I had high expectations going in, and I let those expectations influence my reading. While going from 5 stars to 4.5 stars seems like a harsh rating, it’s not. This book still provides good insights to society young adult readers should think about. Like deciding what they want to believe for themselves, and not let such decisions be influenced by the respective environments they grew up in. Nothing is quite black and white, including people. The book also did not shy away from the harsh reality of juvenile detention and how the justice system is not always fair to individuals of certain populations.

Lastly is a small nitpick I didn’t notice back in 2015. There was a lot of run-on sentences. Minnow also had a big vocabulary for someone that just started learning how to read. Plus, some characters seemed a little too philosophical, to a point where I thought, “No one talks like that.” Made me wonder if the author was a John Green fan….

But if you want to know: yes, I still recommend The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes.

 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (reread)

5 stars

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I first read A Monster Calls in January 2016. When I read it before, I gave it 4.5 stars. I don’t think I was as impressed or I read it too fast to get anything out of it. But given everything I went through since the previous read, I decided to see if I felt the same as I did before.

Since I stayed up until 1am to finish A Monster Calls and cried the whole time, you can say I feel differently about this book than I did four years ago. Because I understood the anger, hope, and other conflicting feelings Conor experienced, even though I was much older than him when I went through it. The painful part of finally acknowledging those feelings and accepting it does not make you a bad person. That’s only your brain telling you those feelings are wrong. Not to mention the intentional or unintentional self-isolation, thinking no one could possibly understand what you’re going through. Most people don’t, even if they mean well, but it doesn’t mean they don’t care. Other people might also not want to talk about it, because they do not want to lose hope or scare the person they care for. And these types of situations bring out the dark, vulnerable side of people that they try to keep hidden otherwise.

Needless to say, I loved A Monster Calls this time around.

 

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I won’t be posting a TBR for the month of June. Right now, I want to reread books, read the rest of the library books I still have, and start reading books I own in equal measure. I’m just going with my “mood” at this point. Maybe not being such a complete control freak with my reading will help get out of this slump I can’t seem to feel like I’m fully out of yet.

So, June 2020 will be a surprise. Who knows what I will be reading?

 

What’s a book you reread that had a different impact on you than it did the first time you read it?

 

What Do You Do When You’re in a Reading Slump? A Discussion Post

We all know that feeling—you want to read, but you can’t decide what you want to read next or nothing you pick up is holding your attention for long. Or—GASP!—you just don’t feel like reading.

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I am currently in a reading slump. It has been going on for the entire month of May. The first week was entirely focused on finishing graduate school. I didn’t want to read, mostly to stay focused on my deadlines. Also, frankly, I just did not feel like reading. It required more brain power than I had to give. Plus, there was a book I felt like caused the slump and none of my library books were holding my interest anymore.

When I am in a reading slump, I usually ride it out until I feel the urge to read again. Going a few days without reading is normal, to prevent myself from burning out. If I go for longer than a week, then I consider myself in a reading slump.

In my experience over the past couple of years, I usually get them twice a year. The first one is at the beginning of the summer, either in May or June. It is mostly because I have no idea what to do with all the sudden free time on my hands. The next reading slump happens in December. This is because I basically lose interest in every single book on my TBR as I become irrationally overwhelmed with all the books I want to read before the end of the year.

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Like I said, when I get stuck in a reading slump, I don’t force it. There’s a greater chance of me not liking a book I otherwise might have enjoyed. So, instead of reading, I do other things.

First, I watch TV shows on Netflix or movies on Disney +. Right now, I’m watching old episodes of Criminal Minds. I’ve watched Hotel Transylvania 3 at least four times already. I want to get back into Season 3 of Thirteen Reasons Why, which I was in the middle of when the new school year started. Now that I know Season 4 is coming out in June, I’ll wait to finish the season so I can binge. I also have a watchlist on Disney + of old Disney movies I want to watch, like The Black Cauldron, The Sword in the Stone, and Pinocchio. Not to mention the three re-watches of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

And, before anyone asks, we just finished The Tiger King Netflix miniseries. It was…fine.

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Another thing I do when I’m in a reading slump is I organize my TBR pile. Trying to get myself excited for reading again, I make lists of books still on my TBR. I arrange them by priority and my excitement level. This method is working right now, actually. Organizing all the books I want to read next in 2020 gives me something else to think about. Besides the quarantine and that libraries are still closed, so I can’t put my Master’s to use.

Next, when I’m in a reading slump, I attempt to work more on my blog. Right now, I have a backlog of ideas I meant to work on. Of course, since I am not reading as much, I can’t do the book reviews or recommendations I want. This is when I really have to get creative. I usually turn to BookTube, which both sparks my desire to read again as well as gives me a burst of ideas for creative content.

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When I finally feel like I want to get out of the reading slump, nine times out of ten, I will go to the library first. Most of the time I’m in a reading slump, I lose interest in the books I have at home. Instead, I go to the library and borrow a bunch of books. I read whatever I can get around to in between check out and renewal. Or, such as my current situation, I flat out lose interest in them, wanting to read my own books again.

From there, I pick a book off my TBR that I know I can get through quickly, like a graphic novel. Another type of book I might reach for is one low on my TBR pile, one I have minimal expectations going into, so there is no risk of me being disappointed by anything. I kill two birds with one stone: get out of my reading slump and take a book off my TBR that has gone unread for too long.

While this is my usual method, I’m trying something I don’t do very often. I’ve heard people rereading old favorites to get back into reading. I tried this at the start of 2020, rereading a book after a deep reading slump at the end of the previous year. It helped other times I felt a funk in my reading. Rereading books is something I want to do more of in general. I grabbed a whole bunch of my favorite books from over the past few years to reread until I feel like getting back to my regularly scheduled TBR pile.

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I don’t miss school. But in case you could not already tell, this quarantine is slowly driving me to insanity.

Thank God for books.

 

What do you do when you’re in a reading slump?

My Reading Plans for the Rest of 2020

I’m posting this here, so I can hold myself accountable. I want to stick to this plan.

At the end of May, I will officially be unemployed. When this COVID-19 quarantine began, my place of work (which happened to be a university) made it clear that people in my position may or may not have a job after May 28th. I will still be getting paid until then, but after that, it will be a while before I see another paycheck. Especially if businesses are not up and running again.

Even though I will officially have my Master’s in Library and Information Science, that doesn’t mean I will find a job immediately. Plus, my exuberant book haul from April showed me a cold reality: I do not have a lot of room left on my bookshelves.

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Does that mean I’m going on another book buying ban? No, not necessarily. If anything, I am cutting back on book-buying and focusing on reading books I already own.

I typed up and printed out my reading list of priority TBR books. These are books I’ve owned far too long unread—series I started but never finished, completed series I have not started, and other books I was very excited for when I bought them. Once I’m done with all my library books, I’ll move right on to those books.

I want to get started on my priority books right now. Only I also still want to read all the library books I checked out prior to the quarantine. This is the first time where I have the opportunity to read the insane amount of books I borrowed in the first place.

Speaking of library books, I plan on cutting back on those as well for the rest of 2020. The longer I am unemployed, the chances are I will feel the need to get out of my house and the only place I would want to go is the local library. Except I want to not visit the library so much with all those unread books at home, but I know myself too much at this point to say that won’t happen.

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As for buying books, the only ones I am bringing in are what I get through Book of the Month. Under the rules of their subscription, I can pick up to three a month (the monthly selection plus two add-ons). Reasonable enough—I’m getting my fix while maintaining a budget for new books.

After my May pre-orders come in, the goal is to not buy any other books besides my selections for Book of the Month. Ideally, I’d like to keep it up until December and then blow all my Christmas and birthday money on books I want. But if I make it to at least September (and I have a full-time job), I will be happy.

At this point in time, I’m going back and forth between doing a post on my monthly selections from Book of the Month, or including them in the monthly wrap-up. I don’t want to prioritize new books over old ones, but I’d hate to leave my Book of the Month selections unread and unrated. Since they are the only books I am buying at the moment, it seems only right that I should just read them now rather than put them aside. It doesn’t help that Book of the Month app tempts you with a yearly challenge of their own.

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Apparently I have developed this new competitive streak with my reading. A few weeks ago, I increased my Goodreads reading goal to 80 books. By March, I had already beat my original goal of 50 books in 2020. Three weeks into the quarantine, I was not reading as much as I wanted to. The library books piled on my desk were a constant reminder that I was ignoring my primary method of self-care. I thought raising my goal on Goodreads would motivate me to pick up a book instead of watching YouTube videos or binging old Criminal Minds episodes on Netflix. It has, but still not as much as I wanted.

That’s why I plan to take full advantage of the free time I will have until the world turns itself right side up again. Reading and writing will be much more fun now that it’s not for school anymore. I want to take a hammer to my priority TBR. Possibly part of that priority TBR will be my Book of the Month selections; if they are the only books I buy, it seems I read them before they gather dust. We will see if that changes in a few months, particularly if I think I need to unsubscribe for the sake of money. (Even though Book of the Month is cheaper than most book subscription services.)

If you’re curious, here are some of the books I marked “priority” on my to be read pile:

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, and The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee

Escaping from Houdini and Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Now I Rise and Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

 

Unemployed and stuck at home, I am so, so tempted to see if I can make it to 100 books read. But I’m not going to test my luck.

At least, not yet.

The Finished Books Tag

What does one do when you are craving to write content for your long-suffering blog but your brain feels like a lump of meat? Reach into your book-tag emergency fund.

I first saw this tag, the Finished Books Tag, on Kristin Kraves Books a while ago. It looks like a lot of fun.

 

Do you keep a list of the books you have read?

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I use Goodreads to keep track of all the books I read in a year, as well as far back as I can remember, since I started my account in 2012. In addition to that, I use a notebook to keep track of all the books I read in a month, and the ratings I gave them. This is how I write my monthly TBRs and wrap-ups.

 

If you record statistics, what statistics do you record?

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Not much, besides what I rated them. Lately, I’ve been thinking more about page count. I didn’t read a lot of big books last year. So, I unofficially aimed for a higher overall page count this year. I only look hard at the statistics writing up the yearly reading survey, but even then it’s the bare minimum.

 

Do you give star ratings for books and if so, what do you score books out of and how do you come about this score?

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I use the Goodreads star ratings. If I consider a half-star rating, I simply write it in the review box. I base these ratings on how I feel about the writing style, the plot, the characters, and my overall enjoyment of the book.

 

Do you review books?

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If I really want to talk about a book, I will write an individual review on my blog or on Goodreads. Otherwise, I write smaller reviews in my monthly reading wrap-ups.

 

Where do you put your finished books?

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Wherever they were in the first place. That is either their spot on my bookshelves or in the pile of finished library books to be returned.

 

Do you have any other rituals for when you have finished a book?

After finishing a book, I write down my rating in the notebook, then mark it as “read” on Goodreads. If I consider the book a new favorite, I draw a purple star next to the title in the notebook and then I add it to my favorites list on Goodreads. At the end of the month, I add my favorites I read from that month to my yearly favorites list on Goodreads.

I’m so grateful for the Internet. No one else in my life would care about this.

 

I tag:

Shanah

Rebecca

Grey  

The Stay Home Reading Tag

I had every intention of participating in the Stay Home Reading Rush Ariel Bissett on YouTube hosted last weekend. Thursday was a no-go because of homework, but I planned on bringing my A-game on Friday and read into Sunday. More on that in my April wrap-up.

Since I am ONE WEEK AWAY from finishing graduate school and my work is still closed, I will be doing a lot more reading at home in the foreseeable future. For the time being, this tag is still relevant.

 

How is your reading going while staying home?

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At first, when this whole quarantine started, not great. It wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. I had so much time on my hands to do homework, but it was hard to focus. Home has too many distractions. My brain is slowly turning to mush because of it. My dormant anxiety has been flaring up unexpectedly; I’m getting emotional and irritable over stupid little things. I feel lonely most days, if I am being honest. Sometimes, TV and YouTube help more than books. In the past couple of weeks, though, I’ve been getting better at reading regularly.

 

Where have you been reading at home?

Most of my reading has been on the sofa in the living room, either first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon.

 

Best book you’ve read during isolation?

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As of writing this, my favorite books I read during isolating are Bloodlines and The Golden Lily, the first two novels in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. Another contender for a favorite is The Winter King by C.L. Wilson.

 

What’s your favorite feel good book?

I’m not good about rereading books, even old favorites that could cheer me up during times of stress. If I really am in a bad mood, I don’t turn to reading. Instead, I watch movies on Disney + or TV shows on Netflix or videos on YouTube.

 

Book you wish you could buy or borrow from the library?

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Because we, thankfully, have the Internet, buying books (shamefully) has not been a major problem. I finally caved and subscribed to Book of the Month. You will see the first book I got from them in my upcoming April book haul. Although, I can’t lie…it’s nice to see commas in my checking account. Not buying a lot of (or any) books each month will certainly keep that going.

Books I wanted to borrow before the quarantine were The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz, This Boy by Lauren Myracle, and Straight on Till Morning by Liz Braswell. I also wanted to re-borrow books I had checked out a while ago, such as Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken and The Wicked and the Wise by Rebecca Podos.

 

Author you want to shout out during this time?

Richelle Mead, for writing such entertaining and binge able books, namely the Bloodlines series. I got way more addicted than I was expecting.

 

What is your Reading Rush TBR?

After failing at loosely participating in both the Reading Rush as well as the Off-the-Grid-a-thon, I managed to finish only one of the books on my TBR. That was Bloodlines by Richelle Mead, though, admittedly, I had already started it prior to either read-a-thon.

 

How has your reading been during this prolonged COVID-19 isolation?

Reading Habits I Think I Want to Take Up

When you’re stuck inside the house all day, practically every day, there is only so much homework you can do and books you can read before your mind starts to wander….Thankfully, there’s this blog!

I did a post on my reading habits a couple of weeks ago. It got me thinking of all the bookish things I do, but reading other people’s posts reminded me of reading habits I don’t do.

Surprisingly, there are not a lot of bookish habits I think I want to take up. To be honest, I’m someone who is pretty set in my ways, to a point where it’s extremely hard for me to break a habit. There is one I seriously want to do, though, but circumstances are currently a problem.

 

The TBR cart

If ONLY I had the space! I love the idea of the TBR carts (Google it if you are unfamiliar with it), which became a thing early in 2019, I think. My nightstand is small and I never fail to pile on more books than I should. It then spills over to my desk, especially once I check out library books. A TBR cart could no way fit all the unread books I own. But for the books I want to make priority at the moment, it could definitely be useful. I seriously want to buy one for myself, as a graduation present, but money and space are a problem right now. Once I get my own place, a TBR cart is one of the things I want to buy.

 

Buying a Kindle, Nook, or other digital reading device and reading e-books

My dad tried to convince me to get a Kindle years ago, back when they first came out. I flat-out told him that if he bought me one, it would sit in my closet unused. Fortunately, my mom backed me up, arguing that it would be a waste of money. And, in all honesty, it would have been. Bratty as it was, I was adamant against the digitalization of books in high school. I was annoyed that phones were already taking away from books enough as it was. I have since calmed down my once overly passionate sentiment. I know now some people prefer to read e-books because it is more convenient and/or comfortable for them.

I go back and forth for this one. There are books that I want to read but are only available in digital format. Reading e-books in general is something I struggle with. Sitting in front of computer screens and phone screens for too long bothers my eyes. I’m so nearsighted and I’m trying not to ruin my eyesight any more than I already have. Lastly, I know they save space, especially if I end up in an apartment with roommates when I move out.

All these are valid points…but nothing can beat the smell of a book.

 

Listening to audiobooks

This is a reading habit I have been thinking about more and more lately. In the past year, I fell down the rabbit hole of scary story narrator videos on YouTube, namely Corpse Husband, Lazy Masquerade, and Mr. Nightmare. Thing is, those are the only channels I watch, because they have voices I like—deep, low male voices.

In grade school, teachers used to play audiobooks during reading class. I didn’t like any of those, save the one for The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. Audiobooks lost their appeal to me due to weak narrators, a common criticism I’ve heard of more avid audiobook readers. I don’t want to have an experience with a book ruined for me because of a narrator. But I can’t deny how much more books that can be read with audiobooks.

 

Do you do have any of these reading habits? What do you think of them? 

Reading Habits Book Tag

This unneeded quarantine has made me so crazy that I can’t remember if I have done this tag before….Although, my memory is bad anyway. So, never mind.

I saw this book tag on Ariel Bisset’s channel a few days ago. I like talking about bookish things that are not necessarily books. And I have more than ten bookish habits than I mentioned in a previous post. Now, I have another reason to talk about them.

To the tag!

 

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

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At home, I read mostly in my living room on the sofa. Sometimes, I read in my room at my desk or in my bed. Between all these, the sofa is usually the one I gravitate towards, as my bed makes me sleepy (naturally) and the desk isn’t the most comfortable after a few minutes.

 

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmarks—paper, magnetic, or metal. Depends on whichever looks better with my current book.

 

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

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I usually take a break from reading a book after a number of chapters, no more than five. Or ten, if the chapters are short. If something is going on around me or I lose focus, then I can just stop reading.

 

Do you eat or drink while reading?

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Only water and occasionally coffee. I would never eat while reading—too many of my books have been damaged that way.

 

Multitasking: music or TV while reading?

The only music I allow when reading is my white noise machine, if I happen to decide to read in my bedroom. As for television, I sometimes read during commercial breaks, with the volume muted. I can also read if someone else in my family is watching TV and I happen to be sitting on the sofa.

 

One book at a time or several at once?

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One at a time; if I try to read more than one, I favor one book over the others and they sit ignored until I get around to them.

 

Reading at home or everywhere?

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I bring a book with me to work or school, mostly as an incentive to take breaks during the day. I try to read on the bus into the city, but more often than not I end up falling asleep. It doesn’t always work, though. So, I do most of my reading at home.

 

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

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Silently in my head, since for me reading in a solitary activity.

 

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Yes and yes. Primarily to find out what happens next or to find out how many pages of a chapter/a book are left to read.

 

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

I am a heathen that breaks the spines of my books and I don’t feel bad about it.

 

Do you write in your books?

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I tag:

Shanah

Rebecca

Grey

Kristin

10 Year Challenge Book Tag

How is it not only the end of the year, but the end of a decade?

2009 seems so long ago. I was a sixteen-year-old freshman in high school struggling with math. In 2019, I am a graduate student getting my Master’s in Library and Information Science. The only thing that has not changed much is that I’m sleeping in the same bedroom.

I was going to do a post on how I have changed as a reader over the decade, except my memory is terrible. I saw this tag on Thoughts on Tomes YouTube channel, but she’s not the creator of the tag. All I know is that she made it look like fun.

To the tag!

 

What was your favorite book in 2009?

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Without a doubt, it had to be The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. I probably reread it that year, too, since the sequel, The Awakening, came out in either 2009 or 2010. 2009 was the year I broke away from the trashy Sweet Valley books to the broader young adult genre, particularly urban fantasy.

 

What is your favorite book of 2019?

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I don’t know if I have a specific favorite book this year. Like last year, I did not give out much 5-star ratings and not a lot stuck with me. For the sake of this question, I will say it is a tie between The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin.

 

What was your least favorite book in 2009?

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Anything I read by L.J. Smith, mainly The Awakening, which was the first book of the Vampire Diaries series. I only read the first one, and I never made it beyond 50 pages. And this was at the height of the vampire craze, post-Twilight.

 

What was your least favorite book in 2019?

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It is slightly unfair, since I went into this book knowing nothing about it beyond the synopsis, but the graphic novel Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer. I found this one while browsing my local library. This had no plot to speak of and it had too many POVs than was necessary.

 

What is a book published in 2009 that you still want to read?

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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, which follows two best friends, one deceased, struggling with eating disorders.

 

What is a book published in 2019 you want to get to before 2020?

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I had originally checked out Marley by Jon Clinch from the library, which I think was a 2019 release, only I returned it last week. As in previous years, I got hit with a reading slump a few days before Christmas. I lost interest in all the books I checked out from the library. I grabbed a bunch of graphic novels I owned that I want to read by New Year’s, only none of them were published in 2019.

 

What is a genre you used to read a lot of that you don’t read as much anymore?

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In early high school until maybe my freshman year of college, I was really into adult mysteries and thrillers, as well as women’s fiction, primarily Meg Cabot. Urban fantasy and paranormal romance was my obsession until sophomore year of undergraduate. I was obsessed with Meg Cabot, who wrote predominantly in the latter genre. At that time, I was heavy into crime TV shows, too, so this played into my love for reading books in that genre.

 

What is a new genre you’ve discovered since 2009?

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In high school and college, I only read nonfiction for school. I still mostly read nonfiction for school. But now I am looking into picking up nonfiction for my own recreational reading. The same goes for science fiction. Most of the subjects in science fiction go right over my head, which was why I rarely felt drawn to it. Now, after picking up a few gems like Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, I am more apt to reading science fiction.

 

What is a reading or book habit you are hoping to leave behind in this decade?

There are a few small, annoying habits I want to leave behind. The first book habit is to not check out more books from the library than I can read. It’s not a major problem, but it is a minor annoyance I would like to remedy, since I do currently live in a rather small space.

A reading habit I would like to leave behind is not always prioritizing reading. During down times throughout the day, I take out my phone even though I bring a book with me. At night, I’ve been watching YouTube when I could be reading. Recently I realized that I sometimes do not always have the energy or focus to read books. I’m hoping this is adulting getting the better of me, and not anything else. Like losing an interest in reading.

Lastly, I would like to leave behind the habit not having a set budget for buying books. Book buying bans sometimes work, but only when I legitimately do not have the extra funds. At this point in my life, I have the privilege of not having to pay rent. But I hope to move out of my dad’s house by the end of 2020, so better late than never to practice before I am basically forced to. Although, I wonder if that might be a better option for me….

 

What is a new reading goal or habit you want to create in the upcoming decade?

One reading habit I would like to create, or rather focus on, is sticking to reading lists yet remembering to be flexible. I would not call myself a “mood reader” by any means. For the longest time, I thought I was. It was not until last summer, when I tried to challenge myself to randomly pick books, did I realize I like having structure in my reading. On the flip side to that, when I tried to be a stickler with the reading lists, I sometimes had lost interest in the books I had selected to read next. So, I want to leave a little wiggle room in my reading lists for change if I want to read something else than what I previously selected off my TBR.

A habit I want to create, or rather get back into, is reading before bed instead of going on my laptop. I used to read before bed. Then, I read a few books that made me anxious or scared or angry and I had a hard time falling asleep after. While listening to YouTube videos does help me feel drowsy, I fall asleep next to my laptop in bed. I wake up a few hours later with all my bedroom lights on and voices coming from my computer, disturbing my family members trying to sleep.

Another reading goal I want to maintain the next decade is read between 50 to 80 books a year. Like I have said in another post, reading is a big part of my life and plays into writing. Also, it one of my main forms of entertainment, something I genuinely enjoy doing. Since 2016, I read between 50 to 80 books to a year, so it seems like a reasonable goal to set. Plus, technology 24/7 is no good for me.

 

What is a reading habit you want to create in the upcoming decade?

 

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Grey

Kristin

Rebecca

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