TBR Thursday

I have a huge TBR list. Well, actually it’s books on books scattered all around my house, and I keep adding more. To combat the endless stream of books coming into my life, I’m going to resolve to read a book I buy every month, to put those purchases to good use. Here’s what I’m planning on reading in the next week, while I heal from my outpatient .tooth extraction to combat the raging infection.

  1. Unearthed: My mother bought this for me yesterday so that I would stress out less about my upcoming surgery. Not looking forward to being cut open, but I am excited to open this book! I got it from the campus bookstore at 30% off because it’s a bestseller–WIN.

amie kaufman, meagan spooner, illuminae, gemina

  1. Once Upon a Time: Regina Rising: I bought Red’s Tale in this series and read it a few years ago during Black Friday. LOVED IT. While it wasn’t a work of art, it was entertaining and well worth the read. I’m going to read this book. Once Upon A Time: Regina Rising, Toliver Wendy, fairytale retelling, fairy tail retelling, snow white
  2. Otherworld: A book I bought during Black Friday (the best time of the flilppin’ year) by judging it by its cover. Here’s to hoping it’s as good as it looks!

Otherworld, Jason Segel, science fiction, scifi, YA, young adult scifi

 

Bookish Resolutions 2018

2018, woo hoo! Hopefully this year will be better than the last two. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is “Bookish Goals/Resolution” which I am psyched about. I try to do these every year but I didn’t do it yet so when I saw this subject I was SO excited. Following are my bookish Goals/Resolutions for 2018″ in no particular order.

  1. Meet my (realistic) Goodreads goal of 50 books read this year. Follow my progress on the right sidebar. I’ve met my goal a few years and when I shot for 75 books in 2016 I realized that there are just times when that won’t do.
  2. I’m going to read as many books that have been on my shelf for a long time, as the ones that I buy this year. I collect books faster than I can read them but this is the year that I’ll read the books I already have.
  3. Go to all the author events that I can manage this year @ Kepler’s, BN, Books Inc., and Hicklebees. Oh, and get them books signed. Can’t forget that. While I can’t get each authors book each time, I do have enough books already that I can dig up something of theirs for the signing.
  4. Read more than I watch TV. This is a hard one. While I cook I watch TV; when I relax after work, I watch TV; while I clean my room, the house, and the reptiles tanks, I watch TV. Watching that much TV actually does affect my health. Instead, I’m going to listen to the multitude of audiobooks I have from audible and the library on my Amazon Echo. Gotta put Alexa to work!
  5. Learn how better to booktalk. A librarian friend of mine is going to teach me how to do that properly. I don’t know if I still want to be a librarian but I’m on my fifth library, probably not my last, so I need to learn to do that. Especially since I talk to people in the teen section of Barnes and Noble and give unsolicited recommendations.
  6. I won’t buy more than one book every two months at full price. Coupons? Sure. Gift Card? Yep, acceptable. Used Bookstores? Def ideal but library book sales are the way to go.
  7. Listen to one audiobook every month; ones that I own or ones that I’ve collected through the library
  8. Find a way to channel my bookish energy; especially when I have the overwhelming urge to buy a book full price. Make bookmarks or some other bookish craft, blog or just read and write reviews here, Goodreads, and Amazon; Booktubing is also a fun thing to do.
  9. Read and review my books for review as well as Tarot cards.
  10. Bring my Netgalley score up to 80% and keep it there.
  11. Booktube!
  12. Read print books as well as Kindle books.
  13. Rebuild Twitter following.
  14. Gain more bookish friends.
  15. Join a book club.

I’m not going to stop with these eleven. I want to improve my bookish life and will be adding to this collection of resolutions.

Happy reading!

I Love You, Black Friday

Since Black Friday I’ve kinda been going book crazy. Nothing new about that except that I’m buying new books….from a new book-bookstore: Barnes and Noble. Duh, only the best bookstore to ever exist.

I’ve never bought so many new books before but the coupons

I have haven’t given me a choice not to buy these books. I’m going to attempt to BookTube again (I totally FAILED last time I tried) so that I can do a book haul. Now, I have two more coupons left which means I may acquire a 14th and 15th book since Black Friday. Oops. I’ve also been frequenting library book sales and have several hardcover books in MINT condition.

The following is a working list of the books I’ve gathered so far:

  1. The Book of Dust
  2. The Fallen Kingdom
  3. Otherworld
  4. Warcross
  5. This Mortal Coil
  6. Diary of a Haunting: Book of Shadows
  7. Royal Bastards
  8. Dividing Eden 
  9. The Siren
  10. School of Good and Evil
  11. Dazzling Heights
  12. The Empress
  13. Renegades
  14. All the Crooked Saints  (Cheating a bit with this one, I bought it a while ago at Kepler’s at an author’s signing.)
  15. Wonder Woman

Whew! That’s a lot of books to acquire when I already have so many books that I cannot fit them all in my house (a bookcase in my garage houses all my comic books and some odd books that I’m no longer interested in).

My Body Hates Me

In the past four months I was diagnosed with the most severe case of TMJ Dysfunction that my dentist has ever dealt with and Spondylolisthesis; both of which cause extreme pain at times and leaves me in a perpetual state of discomfort. I found out that I have growths on both of my optic nerves, a possible retinal detachment and there is fluid leaking in the back of my eye. And, currently, I have a tooth infection that is visible from the outside.

I found out all of this shortly after my neighbor sexually assaulted me b/c the stress from the sexual assault aggravated the symptoms I’d already had.

I can’t tell you guys how difficult it is to stay positive now. My body is failing this 26-year-old self of mine but there are three things that have kept me going:

  • Animals
  • Books
  • Tea

I go through phases where I want to give up, but I don’t know what that would look like. I’m tired all the time but not in a sleepy-way. I’m just exhausted by life. But I keep going. I make lists of all the books I want to read, have collected in 2017, ones that I got on Black Friday the past two years; I make lists of things that make me happy and lists of ways to make myself happy when I’m feeling down.

Those three things have keep me going.

Although I’m swamped with medical bills and I will always have them flying at me, I still buy the occasional new book, which is ill-advised, it just makes me so happy. I love touching books and browsing; feeling the covers and flipping through the pages, imagining the world within. I get a thrill out of purchasing a book but eventually I’ll feel the effect it took of my paycheck. It’s a way to help me feel happy. It’s something to look forward to, a book every few weekends, but I can’t keep this up, I know.

I still volunteer with the senior German Shepard’s that desperately need my help and I snuggle my Beardie and play with my turtles. I found out that I qualify for a service dog. I absolutely plan on getting one one day when I’m more financially stable.

On the weekend, I reward myself with 2 oz of loose-leaf tea from Teavana to celebrate the two drinks from Starbucks I did not buy. I love tea that just doesn’t make sense (margarita tea? Lavender white chocolate?) or, as my friend calls them, “white people tea.” Yes, I am that white.

I’ve found ways to keep myself going through all of this. It’s just scary not knowing what’s going to be next or how these illnesses will progress. For now, though, I have my animals, books, and tea.

In the meantime, I’ll be right over there, reading.

Happy Harry Potter Halloween

As I have for the last ten eleven years or so, this gal is Harry Potter (from the Half Blood Prince, my favorite book in the series). I can’t tell you how excited I get for Halloween. As an adult, I can no longer wear my Harry Potter robes around so Halloween is the time of year where I bring my Potterhead out and prance around as a Hogwarts student.

Happy Harry Halloween!

Ten Books I Can’t Wait to Own

aI’m making my own top ten list today because I’m overwhelmed with how many books I want to own. One day this will happen, and it’s going to be EPIC when I fulfill my list. The plan: Marry rich.

  1. Battlemage by Taran Mathuru. This book came out last weekend and I MUST have it one of these days. I was not granted an ARC, I’d had one for The Inquisition, so I have yet to read it.
  2. The Traitors Kiss by Erin Beaty. I saw this wonderful woman speak with Taran and I passed up her book, like I did Taran’s, because they were hardcover and I cannot afford da hardcover books right now. Once these two wonderful authors’ books come out in apaperback, THEY’RE MINE ALL MINE
  3. Nevernight by Kristoff Jay. Along with Aime Kaufman, he wrote Illuminae, one of my favorite books. I lent it to a friend and I never got it back, almost a year later 🙁
  4. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge. I love love LOVE the cover. I saw iton Black Friday 2016. I was hoping for an ARC but I’ll just go with a finished copy 😀
  5. Poison or Protect, by Gail Carriger, the woman who got me into Steampunk and kept my interest going. She is by far the best Steampunk author I’ve read, and I’ve read quite a few! I almost have her The Finishing School series, The Parasol Proctorate, and Prudence. I need to finish the last two series!
  6. Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. I know nothing about this book but I know people like it so I’m all for it. Plus, the cover. Sometimes it’s fun not to know too much about a book so every little detail is new and surprising. 😀
  7. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I mean, doesn’t the title say enough?
  8. This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab. I talk to her on Twitter but have yet to read, let alone own this series.
  9. The Prey by  Tom Isbell. It’s the cover that drew me to it.
  10. Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus  Sedgwick. The cover is so beautiful.
  11. Also, House of Furies. It look terrifying, right up my alley.

If I didn’t like it, would I stay away?

If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?
This has happened plenty of times before. As long as I don’t have an ethical problem with the author, then I’d try again. For instance, I read a book recently that I didn’t love but I went ahead and bought the second because I wanted to find out what happens. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked it up again yet, and I’m not sure I will.
I like to give everyone a fair shot at reading, and I know that what I don’t like may be something other people like. For instance, Twilight by Meyers, was such an awful book to me. It portrayed a weak female lead, and I worried about younger girls reading that series and thinking that that’s a proper way for a young woman to behave. Ladies, we’re stronger than Meyers wants us to believe. I think a book like that can be very damaging to younger readers.
Because she doesn’t believe in strong female characters, I’m staying away from her books. I read the whole series in order to see how Bella developed but I was disappointing to find out that the only change in her character happened near the end of the book.
The same goes for Fifty Shades of Grey. I hated the first book, but I’m going to finish the series because I don’t want to judge a book based on what I’ve heard, because, as a book blogger, I want my readers to be able to trust me, and judging a book based on what I’ve heard isn’t ethical.
I want to write a whole post about BDSM erotica in Fifty Shades of Grey and but that’ll come later, once I figure out how to protect it from younger readers who may not be ready for that.
So, the answer to this question is that it depends on both the author and the story, and how I want to represent myself as a blogger.
Happy reading!