Bi-weekly reading update

I know I said I was going to be back at weekly reading wrap-ups but I haven’t been reading a lot these last weeks. A lot has happened lately. Firstly, my grandma fell at the store and didn’t tell us until way later and she broke her nose and some bones in her hand. I’ve been going back and forth from her house and dr appointments trying to get her settled. Also, my sister, the 14-year-old, got surgery on her eye so we’ve been a little bit busy. It was a minor corrective surgery but still took a lot of energy out of her so It’d nice to be able to settle down and get back to business as usual.

Even though it was a rough couple of weeks I did manage to read some books

      

The last 2 weeks were actually really good reading weeks for me I rated two books 5 Stars on Goodreads! Those being Wolfsong and Spell on Wheels. and tried some books that are a little different than what I normally read!

A highlight for this week? We made this awesome cake we found on Youtube it was so decadent and good! It super sweet as you can expect from the recipe but totally worth it.

Cinnamon Roll Layer Cake

Also one of my most anticipated videos came out recently and I am obsessed with trying to come up with a  TBR for the #NEWTsreadathon2018 Since I passed all of my OWLS I am going to try to attempt all of my NEWTs which will equal 32 books in 31 days! I know I’m crazy but I think it will be fun to at least try right.?

The Announcement

Also, Dej over on Twitter made these awesome cards for the readathon and I can’t wait to come up with a TBR and get this party started.

The original tweet

I’m honestly bummed I have to wait until August to participate but that should give me plenty of time to get shit done so all I have to do is the basics (work, eat, and sleep) and hopefully write up some blog posts for the month so I’m not stressing like I am now!


How was your reading week?

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My latest Fangirl Obsession: Seriel Reader

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Welcome to my new feature! I wanted to have a place where I get to talk about things that I am really loving right now. So I decided to start this feature right here. For the first issue of this, I thought I would talk something bookish.

Today I want to talk about Serial Reader an app available on both IOS and Android.

 Serial reader isn’t a new app for me but it’s one that I’ve really enjoyed for a while now. If you haven’t heard of it before it is a free app available and it promotes reading the classics is little bite-sized pieces. Their tagline is classics in 20 minutes a day. Which pretty much explains what you get. The goal here is to make classics a little less intimidated by breaking them up into little chunks, about 20 minutes or less per day.

The 100% free version of the app is really nice! You can pick from 100+ of classics and get them sent to your phone at any time you pick. You get one section per day per story and they also have a streak counter to motivate you to keep going. They also have really good sorted categories my favorite is quick reads.

They also have a payable version that has some awesome features as well. I personally have not used this version so I can’t say if it’s worth it or not. Some of the features they include with this version are customizable text, the ability to pause books and save books to read in the future.

So far I’ve managed to read some books on here but I have a whole bunch I want to read in the future.  Some of the ones I ‘ve read on here include The art of War, Sleepy Hollow, The Yellow Wallpaper, and some Sherlock Holmes Stories.

There are also some really large classics like War and Peace, Les Miserables, and Crime and Punishment. I think if those types of books that intimidate you but you still want to give them a go this app could make it a little less intimidating!


What apps are you loving right now?

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Hardest Game of Would you rather :Bookish edition

I originally saw Jessiethereader do this on his channel on youtube a couple of months back. However, it looks like Thrice Read has done it as well on their blog, The original post is from Buzzfeed so I’ll link all three of them here Jessie, Thrice Read, and Buzzfeed


1. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A FRIEND WHO LOSES YOUR BOOKS, OR ONE WHO DOG-EARS THEM?

Dog-ear at least you get them back right?

2. WOULD YOU RATHER SECRETLY LOVE A BOOK EVERYONE ELSE HATES, OR SECRETLY HATE A BOOK EVERYONE ELSE LOVES?

Love a book that everyone else hates. I’m not ashamed of what I read so I can’t believe I would try to hide something I enjoyed.

3. WOULD YOU RATHER BE STUCK ON A VERY LONG PLANE OR TRAIN RIDE WITHOUT A BOOK?

A train the scenery would be more interesting to me at least

4. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE DINNER WITH YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR OR YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER?

 character of course. I don’t have a favorite author anyways

5. WOULD YOU RATHER DATE A CHARACTER YOU HAVE A CRUSH ON OR YOUR CRUSH FROM REAL LIFE?

Real Life Crush

6. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TURNED INTO A MOVIE, OR YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE TURNED INTO A BOOK?

Favorite book turned into a movie. Even though I probably wouldn’t watch it without hearing tons of reviews first

7. WOULD YOU RATHER READ A BOOK WITH AN ANNOYING CLIFFHANGER, OR ONE WHERE YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER IS KILLED OFF?

Cliffhanger you leave my characters alone!

8. WOULD YOU RATHER LOSE THE ABILITY TO READ ANY NEW BOOKS, OR THE ABILITY TO REREAD BOOKS YOU’VE ALREADY READ?

Reread books it wouldn’t be a big challenge to me since I don’t often reread books

9. WOULD YOU RATHER LIVE IN A LIBRARY OR A BOOKSTORE?

Library! Fewer people and noise. Also, you can interloan books to your location from other libraries

10. WOULD YOU RATHER LOSE YOUR PLACE OR GET A PAPER CUT EVERY TIME YOU READ A BOOK?

Lose my place. paper cuts hurt 😦

11. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE TO ALWAYS READ IN THE DARK, OR ALWAYS READ BOOKS WITH TINY TEXT?

Tiny text.

12. WOULD YOU RATHER READ BY A FIREPLACE, OR ON THE BEACH?

By the fireplace. I don’t like the beach!



I didn’t find any of these questions to hard this time around. Except the crush one. I almost wanted to go the other way but changed my mind

What about you would you answer differently than me? I would love to know!

Weekly Wrap-up(May 28 to June 3rd)

Hello guys

This last week was a pretty chill week. I didn’t work a lot since it is summer we lose a lot of hours so I tend to work less hour in a week. I worked on a lot of chores this week including mowing grass at my house and my grandma’s, started some planting of flowers, and played a lot of StarDew Valley.

I read a lot this week and I am currently reading quite a few books that I hope to finish in the next week or so.

       

I read a total of 7 works over the week. Also for the first time in a really long time, I am ahead in my Goodreads challenge!

7 books

1,614 pages read

Next week I am working 7 days in a row so I am hoping I will have lots of time to read but I honestly don’t know how much I will get done in between shifts.


How was your reading week?

All about the Reading Tag

Hey guys time for another tag! I originally saw this tag over on youtube and as far as I can tell it comes from here  Why I Read | All About the Reading Tag by Books by Leynes. However, I saw Thrice read’s post of this tag so I thought I would give it a go as well.

 

1. What do you look for most when you pick up a book? A) A beautiful writing style B) A character driven story C) A plot driven story
I either look for B or C. I love books that focus on character’s development but also plot driven. My perfect book has a healthy balance of both. The writing style is typically last for  me.

2. What are your pet peeves in books?

Jenn at Thrice Reads mentioned one of my pet peeves in her post which was pregnancy as a conflict, like can you not please, I can always sense it coming to ugh.  Also the “I’m doing it for your own good/ safety” please no

3. If you could print one quote on your wall, which one would it be?

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not – André Gide

4. Which genre would you like to explore more?
Classics, Non-fiction, mystery/thrillers and Sci-fi. I’ve made an effort at least on the first 2 in the last year or so but the other 2 are pretty much new genres for me. Sci-fi makes me nervous but I honestly don’t know where to start with mysteries or thrillers.

5. Was there ever a movie adaptation you liked better than the book?
Huh yes I really love The Princess Bride movie more than the book. To be fair I watched the movie years before I read the book which might be why. The book did have different scenes but I loved the movie. Also, read the annotated version trust me on that!

6. If one of your favorite books would be adapted or get a new adaptation, which book would it be and which role would you like to play?

I don’t watch book to movie adaptions I tend not to like them the last one I watched was Harry Potter. So pass!

7. A hyped book you wouldn’t recommend at all?

Uhmm The Hunger Games or Shatter Me

8. A book that highly influenced your life and way of thinking?

Harry Potter of course but I am also going to say Quiet by Susan Cain. It completely made me reevaluate who I am as an introvert and my “place” in a world that isn’t built for people like me.

9. Are you a fan of re-reading books, do you do it often?

No, I tend to remember the plots of the books I read and when I go back to read them again I’m bored since I already know all of the twists. I do think if I read more thrillers or mysteries going back would be really interesting to see if I could find the clues I missed.

10. Which book title could easily be the title of your life?

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

11. Which book should be required reading for everyone?

Required reading can be hit or miss for everyone. I still resent being forced to read books like the one listed above in question 10 and Romeo and Juliet. Honestly, I hated the discussion for that but same difference. I do think some books discuss important topics like The Hate U Give, Quiet, and Simon Vs.


This tag was really fun a lot of the questions were really new and different than what I have seen in other bookish tags!

Borrowathon round 4 wrap-up

Woosh another week flew by! This week wasn’t to bad. I worked the weekend but it didn’t seem to slow me down.

Borrowathon was created by one of my favorite booktubers Riley @ rmfickfack

It was also hosted by Alyssa – @_booksandcats , Andie – @andie_reads ,Megan- @Lightening_Boot , Izzy – @PunkRockGirlPA, Lisa – @LadyBookDragon, and Becky – @BecksnBooks this round

With the great goal of getting through books that we’ve borrowing. It also has side challenges each round this time they were

  1. Book award nominee/winner
  2. Features a library
  3. Initials on the cover
  4. Book everyone has read
  5. Someone’s favorite book
  6. From favorite genre

I went to the library on the first day and picked out a whole bunch of books to read and hoped to somehow meet some of the challenges by the end of the week.

On the first day, I had a great start and read 2 books!

 

Sex or Ice Cream? I read on a whim and I didn’t count it towards any challenge but I did really enjoy it. I also found Artemis Fowl the graphic novel and read that for the award-nominated challenge.

On day 2 I read and I counted Quiet Kind of Thunder as my favorite genre since I’ve been in a really big contemporary romance mood.

I headed back to work on day 3 and had a long shift so I didn’t do much reading, however, I did manage to read princess princess ever after and counted it as someone’s favorite book!

I spent the next couple days reading from a few different books but finished Indigo by Beverly Jenkins and I LOVED this so much! This is also around the time that I realized I haven’t been paying attention to the challenges.

So I’ve officially made myself anxious since I’m not reading for all of the challenges so I, of course, pick up a book that doesn’t fit any of the challenges. However, I really loved this book and I can’t wait to purchase my own copy!

I spent the next day looking for a book that had my initials in it. I ended up finding a book that fit but I didn’t get very far in it.

 

So the last day hits and I realize I have a total of 3 challenges left and me being me I, of course, try to read a book for each challenge. I spent my free time listening to my audiobook of The Vile Village(book with a library) and read the complete book Spark Joy(everyone has read).

I then spent the rest of the night trying to read the book with my initials but I didn’t manage to finish it. 😦 Even though I didn’t meet every challenge I had one of the best reading weeks I’ve had in a really long time.

This Week I read 8 books

1,569 pages


How was your week?

TBR Additions #1

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Hello and welcome to a new series here on my blog!

I’ve seen a lot of people doing series on their blog trying to decrease their TBR and realized I’m in the exact opposite position. At the beginning of the year I did a big purge of my Goodreads page TBR and now my TBR is sitting way below what I would like it to be.

I have found that since my TBR was so small that I wasn’t actively using it. I tend to just browse and pick up things that are appealing to me and never get to the books that I have marked as books I want to pick up because the list wasn’t inclusive enough for my taste because I was so obsessed with having a small TBR because that was what everyone else was doing.

Which brings us to why I am making this series. In these posts, I’m going to share some recent additions to my TBR, the blurb and why it made it on my tbr.

Shadow of the Fox

Once Every Thousand Years…
Every millennium, one age ends and another age dawns…and whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers holds the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish. The time is near…and the missing pieces of the scroll will be sought throughout the land of Iwagoto. The holder of the first piece is a humble, unknown peasant girl with a dangerous secret.
Demons have burned the temple Yumeko was raised in to the ground, killing everyone within, including the master who trained her to both use and hide her kitsune shapeshifting powers. Yumeko escapes with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll. Fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan. Yumeko knows he seeks what she has…and is under orders to kill anything and anyone who stands between him and the scroll.
A wish will be granted and a new age will dawn.
 

I really liked the Blood of Eden series by Julia and her Talon series is also on my TBR. All of her books really sound amazing and I am so excited to get the chance to read this book. I recently received an ARC of this book.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen

A vibrant, food-themed memoir from beloved indie cartoonist Lucy Knisley.
Lucy Knisley loves food. The daughter of a chef and a gourmet, this talented young cartoonist comes by her obsession honestly. In her forthright, thoughtful, and funny memoir, Lucy traces key episodes in her life thus far, framed by what she was eating at the time and lessons learned about food, cooking, and life. Each chapter is bookended with an illustrated recipe—many of them treasured family dishes, and a few of them Lucy’s original inventions.
A welcome read for anyone who ever felt more passion for a sandwich than is strictly speaking proper, Relish is a book for our time: it invites the reader to celebrate food as a connection to our bodies and a connection to the earth, rather than an enemy, a compulsion, or a consumer product.

Lucy Knisley is quickly becoming a favorite author for me. I picked up one of her graphic memoirs at the library and then another as soon as I finished that one. This one is the original memoir I believe and the most popular I am really excited to finally get to this one.

Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he’s always dreamed of—one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the façade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything . . . and the price seems worth paying.

Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won’t risk her heart for him. As soon as she’s saved enough money from her cooking, she’ll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or itmight ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden

Historical fiction is a hit or miss genre for me but I’ve recently seen quite a few people I follow talking about this book/series lately and it sounds really interesting. The cover is a little cringy but I hear the story is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to read this one.

As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan’s Underground railroad, offering other runaways a chance at the freedom she has learned to love. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn’t hesitate even after she is told about the price on his head. The man in question is the great conductor known as the “Black Daniel” a vital member of the North’s Underground railroad network, but Hester finds him so rude and arrogant, she begins to question her vow to hide him.

When the injured and beaten Galen Vachon, aka, the Black Daniel awakens in Hester’s cellar, he is unprepared for the feisty young conductor providing his care. As a member of one of the wealthiest free Black families in New Orleans, Galen has turned his back on the lavish living he is accustomed to in order to provide freedom to those enslaved in the south. However, as he heals he cannot turn his back on Hester Wyatt. Her innocence fills him like a breath of fresh air and he is determined to make her his, but traitors have to be found, slave catchers have to be routed and Hester’s refusal to trust her own heart have to be overcome before she and Galen can find the freedom only love can bring.

When I was looking for Forbidden on Goodreads I discovered this also amazing book from Mrs. Jenkins. I love the trope of an injured love interest no matter how big or small the plotline is. I also love that it features the underground railroad and some awesome conductors. This one was also available from library immediately so I have it currently checked out.


For this first post of books added to my tbr. I went with all of the books I recently added in the last few weeks. It’s not a lot but I am just starting to add books to my TBR again. I don’t know how frequent this series is going to be but I am super excited to be sharing with you guys what I want to pixk uo.