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Week-long hiatus

As much as it pains me to say I will not be posting anything this week.  This week is just too crazy and I need to step back and take care of myself some. All is well I have just started too many things and now need to get things sorted out. I usually build my posts the week before and finish them on the weekends and that did not happen last week and I am only going to drive myself crazy trying to catch up and get ahead. So I feel this is the most sensible thing I can do.

I will be back next week!

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Why I am not going to continue with the O.W.L. Readathon

Good Saturday Morning,

First and foremost I do not think that this is a bad readathon.  I am just not the right kind of person to do a month-long readathon with rules.  I found that I am putting way to much pressure on myself and I am not allowing myself to read things that I really want to just because they are not on my list.

The problem is not the readathon the problem is me.

So this is what I am going to do. I am going to tell you what I have accomplished and then at the end of the month, we will see what I read and where those fit in and if they do that is great. If they don’t well that’s going to be okay too.

So this is what I have accomplished as of today:

Care of Magical Creatures (Land animal on the cover)
Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling

Herbology (Plant on the cover)
Alphas and Airships by Melanie Karsak

History of Magic (Published at least 10 years ago)
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Potions (Sequel)
Heartless by Gail Carriger

Transfiguration (Sprayed edges or red cover)
Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide by J.K. Rowling

There is only one more that I know I will be adding to this list and that is the book that I am currently listening to and enjoying.

Sorry guys to back out but I am going to make myself not enjoy reading and the stress I am putting on myself really isn’t worth it.

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5 Disappointing Reads of 2018

As I was trying to figure out what posts I should do I saw that a lot of people have been doing the best books that they read and their biggest disappointments for 2018. So that looked like a good idea to me.  I picked the top 5 that stood out to me when I looked back over what I read last year. and here are the 5 most disappointing books that I read in no particular order. Sadly these are not the only books that I was disappointed in this year but the 5 that stood out the most when I looked back on what I read.

beneath the sugar sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire | Goodreads

untamed

Untamed by A.G. Howard | Goodreads

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Goodreads

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi | Goodreads

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz | Goodreads

Did you read any of these books? What did you think?

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5 Best Books I read in of 2018

As I was trying to figure out what posts I should do I saw that a lot of people have been doing the best books that they read and their biggest disappointments for 2018. So that looked like a good idea to me.  I picked the top 5 that stood out to me when I looked back over what I read last year. and here are the 5 best books that I read in no particular order.Soulless (Illustrated Edition)

Soulless by Gail Carriger | Goodreads

Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman | Goodreads

The strange case of the Alchemists daughter

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss | Goodreads

Monstress, Vol. 1 and 2 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda | Goodreads

A Holiday by Gaslight

A Holiday by Gaslight: A Victorian Christmas Novella by Mimi Matthews | Goodreads

It was not easy to pick just 5 so I took the ones that stood out to me the most.

Did you read any of these books?

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2019 Goals

Hello Everyone!

I thought I would put together a post for my 2019 goals. I have decided to do this for two reasons, first so that I can hold myself accountable and second so that I can see what I accomplished once we get to the end of the year. This year I will be starting a new job and I am not sure what all will be coming my way so I am not sure how much reading I will get done.  I read more in 2018 than I ever have in one year but I am hoping to do half as well this year.

I learned a few things this past year regarding my reading first I do not have to purchase all the new releases and read them to be relevant. Some of the books that I was most disappointed about this year I only picked them up because they were popular. I also realized that big hardback books scare me if they are in paperback it does not bother me as much. Crazy I know but I’m working on it.

Goodreads Goal
I am setting my Goodreads goal to 15 books. I find this is a good number because there is no stress to hit it and I mostly just like being able to go back and see the list of books that I read throughout the year.

Physical TBR
I started this year with a physical TBR of 236 I really want to get this number down to at least 175. I really want to get my backlist of books down.

My 2019 10 Books I want to read
Setting up TBR’s is not generally a good thing for me because I am such a mood reader. So what I have done is I picked out 10 books that I am excited about but they keep getting pushed down my pile because of other books. The plan is to help keep these books on the top of my pile of books.

  1. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman | Add to Goodreads
  2. Timekeeper by Tara Sim | Add to Goodreads
  3. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | Add to Goodreads
  4. The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen | Add to Goodreads
  5. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey | Add to Goodreads
  6. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo | Add to Goodreads
  7. Witchfall by Victoria Lamb | Add to Goodreads
  8. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton | Add to Goodreads
  9. The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl | Add to Goodreads
  10. Now I Rise by Kiersten White | Add to Goodreads

More Specific Reading Goals
I want to either finish or catch up on at least 3 series.
I want to read at least 3 tomes (books over 500 pages).
Purchase less books.

What are some of your goals for this year?

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2019 Bullet Journal

Good Morning All.

So I have debated on doing this post because I was not sure if anyone would care about what my Bullet Journal looked like. But I was asked by one person to do this so to me that is enough 🙂

This is my Bullet Journal for the beginning of 2019 so I have the first section as general year pages.  My first pages are what I would love to be my routine and a 2019 calendar at a glance.

BUJU 2019 Routine and Year

I then have the goals I have yearly goals and I am trying to break some down to also be quarterly goals so they are easier to obtain.

BUJU 2019 Goals

Next, we have a birthday chart and my Wishlist. The birthday cart had the first letter of each month across the top so that I add the person’s name go to the column of the month and put in the date of their birthday. This seemed the easiest because I don’t have to worry about the order I add people to the list. One of my goals for 2019 is to purchase fewer books so I am hoping to add them to my wishlist and then coming back and seeing if I still want them. I am hoping this will help me with impulse buying.

BUJU 2019 Birthday and Wishlist

Okay, I cannot do monthly TBR’s due to being such a mood reader. These next pages are for my Read Along and my 2019 TBR. Now the Read-Along is going through all of Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse books. This is my master list of the Read-Along and when the reviews need to be posted. Now the TBR is 10 books that I would like to read before the end of the year. These are books that I really want to read and for some reason keep getting pushed down my TBR. So I am hoping that by putting them on this list I will move them back to the top.

BUJU 2019 Read Along and TBR

Then lastly for my year pages, I have a page to list e-books that I have and I want to read.  I am hoping to pick up more e-books this year even though I read them so much slower than physical books. The opposite page is my January 2019 cover page. It’s nothing special.

BUJU 2019 E Books and BUJU Jan 2019 Cover

We are now to my January pages. So for each month, I have two calendars and this is why I started a bullet journal due to my need for two calendars. The first calendar is for everything life-related and the second is for my blog. This helps me schedule out posts when I actually get ahead.

Next, I have my monthly overview and my projects for the month. The monthly overview has a habit tracker, specific goals for the month and important dates that I don’t want to forget. The projects page is set up so that I cannot have more than four projects going on in one month. This helps me stay organized because I can write in all the steps I need to complete for each project and with only four boxes I can’t overwhelm myself with too many ongoing projects.

BUJU Jan 2019 Overview and Projects

Bills and spending. I think this explains itself.

BUJU Jan 2019 Bills and Spending

Now the weekly pages. I set them all up the same way. Yes, I’m boring but I like the structure and I don’t have to stress about coming up with *new* ways to do it each time. So I just have one picture.

BUJU Jan 2019 Weekly Spread

After a pay week I have a grocery list. This allows me to add things as we see we need them and I like the list broken up by type it makes going to the store so much easier for me.

BUJU Jan 2019 Grocery List

So onto the bookish pages, I start with What I have read this month. Now please do not judge the bookcase. It is going to drive me crazy all month.

BUJU Jan 2019 What I read

Next pages are what books I added to my TBR and posts that I need to do this month.  Whenever I am tagged in a post I add it to this list and who tagged me. I also add in any that I want to do so when I sit down to do some posts I have a list to choose from.

BUJU Jan 2019 Added to TBR and Posts to do

Notes pages are a must!

BUJU Jan 2019 Notes

Lastly, I have a Stats page. I am hoping to combine all of these at the end of the year to get a good look into what I have accomplished over the year.

BUJU Jan 2019 Stats

Well that I the start of my 2019 Bullet Journal. I hope you made it to the end of this post.

If you have any questions or comments please talk to me in the comments below.

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