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Let’s Chat: Keeping Books We Don’t Like or Don’t Want to Finish

Hey Everyone,

So I have been going back and forth on whether or not I wanted to write this post.  I finally decided to do it because I can’t be the only person that has ever felt this way. I started thinking about this hard earlier this month when I finished a series (Yay me!) but the last book was so disappointing that it ruined the series for me and put me in a two-week reading slump.

As I was putting the books back on my shelf I really starting looking at the books that I have and I realized that there are a few series that I have kept that I did not like the last book I read enough to continue on with them.

I have limited shelf space so why am I keeping books I will never read again? Why am I keeping series that I stopped reading and now feel that I need to go back to the beginning because I must have missed something? Yes, I’m looking at you Throne of Glass.

Answer: Some part of me felt like I had to.

Yes, I know how crazy this sounds. It’s like there is some standard that says you have to have certain books to taken seriously, or you have to read certain books to be considered legit. One it feels great and free to remove those books and tell myself that I don’t have to keep them, but I don’t know where these expectations I placed on myself came from.

In the end, I am going to be able to fit by books on my shelf’s better now after I finish purging. And I will not feel anxious about the books that I feel forced to read and keep.

Also, writing this post has just made me feel so much better.  I guess in its own way I am admitting my issue and I feel better about it.

Does anyone else feel unreasonable expectations in their reading life or beyond?

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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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