My End of the Year TBR!

Reading Stack

Whoops I kinda of fell of the blogging wagon lately but I’m back and I really missed you guys! The last few months of the year are really busy for me and I actually forgot to schedule posts in advance. However I am back and I’m really excited to continue blogging.

At the time that I am writing this post I am only 5 books to my Goodreads reading goal of 200 books! So I have a little bit to go before the year closes out!

I participated in one reading challange for the year that being Diversity Bingo 2017 and to get a complete blackout on my bingo board before the year is up I need to finish a few books

Hijabi Main Does My Head Look big in this? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

West Asian Setting- Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios  (mythology set in West Asia)

Contemporary World Arranged Marriage- When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’m really surprised and happy by how little books I have left for this challenge but I don’t want to wait until the last minute to read all of these. Honestly I am really excited to read all 3 of thes since they have been on my TBR for a really long time.

Besides these I really would like to read a few seasonal books like these listed below. I mostly likely won’t get to all of them but I would love to get to at least these 2 these before the year is over!

 A Christmas Carol 

And of course I have some miscellaneous books that I am really excited about and hope to get to before the end of the year

   

And that’s it all of the books I hope to get to before the new year. It is completely ambitious but I am really hoping I get through as many as I can.


What are you hoping to get through before the year ends?

Arya

 

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Library Haul

Reading Stack

Hey guys! I recently wen to the library and picked up some books. A new library was opened in the town over about a month a go and it was so amazing inside! IT was really cool to visit a new library versus the one I’ve always gone to.  Anyways on to the books!

The Physical Books

      

The Ebooks

      

I’m really excited about the books I have out right now and I’m really excited to finally get my hold in for When Dimple Met Rishi I’ve been on hold for a couple of months now!


Havee you read any of the books I listed above? I would love to hear your thought!

Arya

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much Nika @ Bookster for nominating me for this awesome award I really appreciate it!


Rules:

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.

2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.

3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

Hopefully in a job that I love and a more stable life( financially). I enjoy the work I do now but I really hope to be in a better position in the future,

Do you have any pets? If so, say something about them. If not, do you want a pet and why?

My family are big animal lovers and we currently have 1 dog named Hunter, 4 cats named Rainbow, Momma, Little Girl, and Fluffum. Also my baby is my ferret Atari. ,<3

Describe your love life in 10 words. No more, no less.

Simple uncomplicated long term relationship was best friends to dating

Who is your all-time favorite fictional crush?

I’m not much of a crusher but one of my first fictional crushes was Ash Ketchum from Pokemon I still have a special place for him in my heart 😛

If you could get rid of one habit, which one would you get rid of?

Procrastinating things I actually enjoy doing!I’m not even talking about that paper I’ve been avoiding for a week. I mean things like blogging or reading that book I’ve been super excited about for months and still haven’t read.

Movies or TV shows?

T.V. Shows all the way. I rarely watch movies. I prefer television because you get longer time with the characters and you actually get to know and care about them more at least for me anyways.

Do you like audiobooks?

I’ve been trying to listen to more audiobooks  lately but I have a hard time actually listening to them if they are short I can usually listen to it all the way but I find that I read faster than the audiobook reads!

What is one superpower you really don’t want to have?

Mind Reading! The last thing I would like is to hear people’s thoughts. Imagine all the creepy things you would here. All the insults and mean things no thank you!

What’s the weirdest or most unusual thing you’ve ever received as a gift?

Huh I can’t say I have received a weird gift my family is more likely to give you cash or a gift card than an actual present.

What do you love the most about your favorite person in the world (friend, family member, partner or someone else you love)?

I love that my favorite person is so confident in who they are and their believes. I’m still bumbling around trying to find who I am and what I believe in. So I really love seeing them so passionate and proud of their beliefs and in theirselves.

What is your one wish you know will never come true?

Marrying someone so rich that I never have to work another day in my life and can pursue all of my hobbies and and passions without a care in the world! Also very handsome and totally in love with him ( totally not a total gold digger!) 😉
P.s. I don’t think I would like not working I love making my own money and not depending on any one else.

 

I don’t think I am going to  tag any one for this tag since I responded to it so late and I ‘m not sure who has done this tag before or not. However if you haven’t done this tag before and would like to consider yourself tagged! and feel free to use the questions from Nika they were a lot of fun to answer!

The Art of War Review

 The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Conflict is an inevitable part of life, according to this ancient Chinese classic of strategy, but everything necessary to deal with conflict wisely, honorably, victoriously, is already present within us. Compiled more than two thousand years ago by a mysterious warrior-philosopher, The Art of War is still perhaps the most prestigious and influential book of strategy in the world, as eagerly studied in Asia by modern politicians and executives as it has been by military leaders since ancient times. As a study of the anatomy of organizations in conflict, The Art of War applies to competition and conflict in general, on every level from the interpersonal to the international. Its aim is invincibility, victory without battle, and unassailable strength through understanding the physics, politics, and psychology of conflict.

The Art of War is the first book I picked up for my Classic Club Project and I also read it using the serial app over 5 days. Honestly I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book I only knew that it was a rather  short one and I was curious to see why it has survived this long as classic work. Also it was constantly brought up in the movie “Bring it On” and as a kid I always wanted to know more about it because of that reference.

This book was divided up for me in 5 serial issues and it was a really interesting experience for me to read it in these small chunks. Normally when a book is this small I would read it cover to cover not instead I had the opportunity to read and think about each section before moving on to the next and I really think that added to the reading experience.

The book in itself was a lot more interesting than I originally pegged it as. I mean a book literally about war and war tactics could of been really dry. However I was really surprised by how invested I was in this book. I mean the form and means of battle are clearly dated but the theory and terms are still applicable today. I had a lot of fun trying to apply the terms to wars and battles that have been fought today and it was so amazing seeing the different types of war.

I surprisingly really liked this book though it won’t be a favorite I can totally see why it has stood the test of time and I am really happy that I finally got around to it. It was a quick and fascinating read.

Some quote worthy moments

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected .”

 

House Cup Reading Challenge Progress

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I’m really excited about this readathon and thought it would be really interesting to keep track of my reading and see how my reading differs from what I initially thought I would read.  I’m going to keep a running list of what I am accomplishing.

Daily Updates

10/15: Readathon started and I read very little. I started Down Among the Sticks and Bones but didn’t get very far. 

10/16 : Started and finished my first book for the 1st year challenge!   – 20 points  I really enjoyed this book and was unable to put it down! 

 10/17 -10/23 was slump central honestly I wasn’t doing much of anything during these days. 😅

10/24 jumped back into reading by finishing not one but two books 


First Year:  A Note A Day

Second Year: The Subtle art of not giving a fuck

Third Year: 

Fourth Year: 

Fifth Year: 

Sixth Year:

Seventh Year: 

Bonus Challanges:

Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine

Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship

Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery

Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world

Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space

Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature The Fire Within

Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition

Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers

Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain

Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel

Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past

Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series

Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

Weekly Wrap Up- 10/14

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This week was really nice I only worked a few days and had a 3 day weekend. However my reading time wasn’t great. I had a lot of other things I was doing including making and delivering a wedding cake over the weekend. Also I finally bought a dot grid notebook to start my Bullet Journal and I am obsessed! I’m having a lot of fun setting up my BUJO!

On to the reading….

  

Total Books read : 3

Page count:  477

Even though I didn’t read a lot I still feel like I had a good week. I read a book for my classic club and started some manga series. Also a readathon officially starts at the beginning of next week so hopefully my reading will pick up again. Also to make my reading goal I am only 19 books away and I’m really hoping to make it there really soon.


How was your reading week?

Arya

 

The House Cup Reading Challenge

Alright so I kinda promised myself not to do any more readathons this month/year and that was completely thrown out of the window when I saw the announcement for this on twitter. I mean come on a Harry Potter themed readathon I can;t ignore that.

House Cup Reading Challenge is being hosted by

Lauren of Live Love Read Ya,

Alex of Book Daisy Reviews,

Kelsey of Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf,

and Erica of Escape Under the Cover. 

WHAT IS THE HOUSE CUP READING CHALLENGE?

The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. You can find more information about that on the bloggers’ sites.
Be sure to sign up by October 14th to join in the reading fun!

Ok after hearing about this readathon I had a big issue. I don’t have a house! Ok before you ask I have a major identity crisis when it comes to hogwart houses I typically announce myself as a slytherdor so I had to decide what how I was going to to compete as and I decided to go with with…

HOGWARTS STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Name: Arya
Hogwarts House: Slytherin
Wand Type: Acaicia wood with a unicorn tail hair core 11 ½” and Surprisingly swishy
Pet: Owl
Favorite Subject: Potions
Favorite Professor: Professor Severus Snape

MAIN CHALLENGE:

My TBR is mostly likely going to change since I am such a mood reader but here is what I am thinking at this time.

First Year:  Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Second Year: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Third Year: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Fourth Year: Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mattewson
Fifth Year: When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Sixth Year: Lick by Kylie Scott
Seventh Year: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Bonus Challanges:

I’m leaving this intentionally blank and will pick up books as I go!

Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine
Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship
Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature
Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain
Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

Are you joining in this readathon? What are you reading?

Arya