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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

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Top Ten Tuesday is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader! Interesting, right?

I haven’t done a TTT in a loooong time, but I thought it’d be a great way to start off book blogging for 2018, especially considering this week’s topic.

I don’t have ten goals for reading, but I do have a few. First of all, I don’t do New Years resolutions. I think they’re just setting yourself up for failure. Rather, I do life goals. At the end of 2017, I sat down and listed things that I wanted to accomplish, change, continue, or just do better for 2018. Then, I created a bingo layout in my bullet journal so that I will get mini rewards for each box I complete and then a larger reward if I actually get a bingo. I did this last year too but fell off with tracking it and didn’t actually reward myself with anything or complete any bingos, lol. One of my goals for this year is to be more intentional with my life, so hopefully, that goal will enable me to complete other goals, which include the following reading/bookish goals that are on my bingo board.

  1. Book blog at least once a week for at least 40 weeks this year. Being more regular with blogging has been a goal of mine since I first started blogging in 2004. I fail regularly at this, heheh. This will be my year!! (We’re not going to talk about how this is the 3rd week of the year and I’m just getting started.)
  2. Participate in at least one season of the Goodreads Seasonal Challenge. I’m doing this in my own way. I’ve created a spreadsheet for myself to keep track of the tasks and how I’m meeting the goals. I’m following the rules as set down for the challenge, but I’m not posting my completed tasks to the group. This is just for me. So far, I’ve scored 215 points for Winter and I’ve completed this goal.
  3. Read five books per season for the Goodreads Seasonal Challenge. This will take me all year, but I’ve read 16 books for winter (Dec 1 to Feb 28) so far.
  4. Organize my Goodreads shelves. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time. Years, really. I’m trying to remain positive about it.
  5. Read and review 12 ARCS. This should be easy enough. It breaks down to just one a month and will help me complete my first goal too.
  6. Create a household Goodreads account. This is, by far, my most challenging bookish goal that I’ve set for myself but will be highly rewarding once completed. We’re a family of readers and our interests overlap. This has resulted in us buying books that we already own on several occasions because one person doesn’t realize that another has already bought the same book. Also, I’m extremely curious as to how many books we actually own.
  7. Read six nonfiction books. Seems simple enough, but the nonfiction books I gravitate towards are historical tomes that take me weeks to finish. We’ll see how it goes.
  8. Successfully track all the books that I read in 2018 in my bullet journal. Yes, I know I have Goodreads, but I track things in my bujo that I don’t on GR. For example, I keep track of author’s nationality, whether they’re male or female, and whether or not I’ve reviewed a book and where I’ve reviewed it. I started out strong last year, then switched journals and fell completely off the track.
  9. Lastly, my Goodreads book goal for 2018 is 65 books. This is the same as it was last year and I finished 2017 at 75. I’m not too worried about reaching this goal. 🙂 I’m already at ten books for 2018.

So, what are your bookish/reading goals for 2018? Do you bother with yearly goals at all, or just figure they’re a waste of time?

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Harry Potter Spells Book Tag

I was tagged by Duskangelreads to participate in a Harry Potter book tag. Who can resist Harry Potter?? I can’t! This tag was originally created by kimberlyfayereads and the scroll images belong to the creator. Here we go!

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1. An upcoming release you wish you could get your hands on right now

Dark in Death

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2. Favorite Series Starter

one for the money

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3. A book that gave you all the warm fuzzies

everything everything

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4. The book that made you ugly cry

eleanor and park

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5. Bookish hero & heroine you want around to protect you in real life

books and braun

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6. A book you intentionally spoiled for yourself

Who does this?!?!?!? And why???

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7. A book you wish you could make everyone read because you loved it so much.

See answers 2, 3, & 4.

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8. A book or series you wish never ended.

Harry Potter

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9. A book with an uplifting ending or message

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10. A book you wish you could forget you ever read

girl on the train

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11. An author whose books always get you out of a slump

J.D. Robb or J.K. Rowling.

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12. A swoon-worthy hero or heroine

outlander

Jamie Fraser

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13. A book that caused you to stop doing all other things until you finished it.

Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Everything, Everything, and The Sun is Also a Star

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14. A book that was painful to read (for whatever reason) or broke you

Any of the Outlander series. They are wonderfully written but some of the scenes are hard to get through because of the subject matter. When I reread them, I skim over those parts and on the TV series, I fastforward, lol.

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15. A book that had you laughing out loud

The Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. I laugh so hard at those books that I can’t read them in bed because I wake up my husband, who has slept through an earthquake before, btw.

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16. A book that made you want to send it (or your eReader) flying

See answer #10. That book was beyond awful.

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17. A bookish world you wish you could visit

Marie Antoinette

I’d want to try and save Marie, Louis, and their children.

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18. A book with a shocking twist or ending

I couldn’t come up with an answer to this one.

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19. A character death that destroyed you

I couldn’t come up with an answer for this one either. I tend to stay away from books about death or dying or books that would make me want to curl up in a ball and cry.

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20. Best series conclusion

I feel like it’s kinda cliche and an easy answer, but it’s true nonetheless, Harry Potter.

I’m going to take a page out of duskangelreads’ book (haha) and tag the 2 people who have followed me recently (sorta recently).

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A Book. A Thought.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mid-Week Update Dec 21, 2016

I don’t know about you all, but I barely can find the time to read. I’ve been so busy trying to get ready for Christmas. I can already tell, this is going to be one of those years when I’m up until 2 am wrapping presents on Christmas Eve, lol. Thankfully, my fabulous step mother sent us a care package this year including three boxes of baked holiday goodies so I’m using that as an excuse not to bake this year. Honestly, I hate baking. I like the measuring and mixing stage but I don’t like dropping the dough on cookie sheets or cutting shapes out of dough, or rolling dough, or dipping stuff in chocolate, and I really HATE the cleanup stage of baking, heheh. So yeah. I get to skip all that this year.

On to the show!

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays hosted by It’s a Reading Thing.

Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

  1. I am currently reading Shift by Hugh Howey. It is the second book in the Silo trilogy.
  2. At page 34 we have, “The lone guard on duty looked up from something he was reading and nodded in greeting. Troy placed his palm on a screen that had grown hazy from use. There was no chit-chat, no small talk, no expectation of forming a lasting relationship.”
  3. I would definitely not like to live in the world of the Silo trilogy. No, no, no. If you’re not familiar with these books, some sort of global disaster has happened that has caused what’s left of the living to reside beneath the earth in silos. Not only would I not want to live on earth after such a disaster, but I cannot imagine living underground without natural sunlight or weather or in such a confined area.

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Next, we’ll take a look at Shelf Control hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. The rules for this meme:  Write a blog post about a book you already own but haven’t read yet. Include when and where you got it.

I just bought Ready Player One by Ernest Cline at Barnes and Noble last week. I actually wanted to get this as an audio book because I’ve seen so many rave reviews for the audio version. Plus, Wil Wheaton is the narrator and I’m a fan. However, I have a hard time with audio books. I’ve only listened to two audio books EVER but I couldn’t tell you what either book was about. I don’t retain information when I hear it. I’m not that kind of learner. Also, I have a hard time only doing one thing at a time. For instance, when I’m watching TV, I’m also fiddling around on my iPad or my phone. So, I know that if I were listening or should I say “listening” to an audio book, I’d be itching to do something else at the same time, which means I wouldn’t be paying 100% of my attention to the book. Wow. Talk about getting side-tracked.

Anyway, the reason I haven’t read this yet is because I just got it and I’m focused on the Silo trilogy right now. I’m really looking forward to Ready Player One though. From what I’ve heard, there’s a lot of 80s pop culture references and I find books, movies, and TV shows that revisit this decade to be fun and endlessly entertaining (cough::Stranger Things::cough).

So, tell me. Are either of this books on your reading lists? TBR? Have read? Suckage? Loved it? Share!

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Get to Know You Tag

I saw this tag over on An Historian About Town and thought I’d play. If I’m remembering correctly, I haven’t done a tag like this one before on this blog. I reserve the right to be forgetful and wrong though.

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BASICS

  • Name: Trisha
  • Age: 39. I’m not shy about it
  • Height: 5 feet 4 3/4 inches. I hold onto that 3/4 inches.
  • Zodiac Sign: Cancer
  • Tattoos/Piercings: I have the regular ear piercings, one in each lobe, but I hardly ever wear earrings because they irritate my ears. No matter what material they’re made out of.

MY FAVOURITES

  • Colour: The green familiy
  • Season: Summer. Actually, that probably isn’t accurate. I like the warm weeks right before Memorial Day and directly following Labor Day. Where I live in Florida, both the weather and the Gulf of Mexico are still warm enough to go to the beach but there are way fewer tourists.
  • Shop: Ulta, Michael’s/Hobby Lobby
  • Song: These Days by Foo Fighters. You should give it a listen and really pay attention to the lyrics.
  • Music Artist: Dave Grohl, Jack Johnson, Dierks Bentley, Eric Clapton
  • Bands: Foo Fighters, Phantogram, Banners, Chvrches, Joywave, MS MR, Of Monsters and Men, The Lumineers, Vance Joy, Cage the Elephant
  • TV Show: Friends, TBBT, Shameless (UK & US versions), The Walking Dead (that show is walking a fine line though, no pun intended.)
  • Film: I couldn’t think of one and didn’t want to steal Funny Face from the Historian.
  • Actor/Actress: Audrey Hepburn
  • Book: I could never pick just one. Or twenty.
  • Food:  Mexican food but more, Baja Mexican food.
  • Beverage: Wine. Red:  Cabernet Sauvignon. White:  Riesling or Viogner or Gewurztraminer (Had to spell check that but impressed myself with how close I got, lol.) I much more a red wine person.

10 QUESTIONS (I looked up the original post tag and it only had 9 questions. Not sure about that.)

1. What’s the story behind your blog name? 

I have a thing with the 1920s. Also, I wanted it to be “bookish” so that I could include things about libraries, publishing, etc., and not just book reviews.

2. What are your three best and three worst personality traits?

Best: Honest, Intelligent, Loyal

Worst: Honest, Critical, too much of a realist

3. Favourite subject in school?

High school:  Sociology. Undergrad:  Vampires in Myth and Culture. Grad School:  Rare Books

4. What are your fears?

My friends and loved ones getting sick and/or dying. Rushing water (hard to explain this one). Being lost, physically not metaphorically.

5. What is the last thing that made you cry?

When Churchill cried in The Crown.

6. What countries have you been to?

United States, Mexico, Bahamas, England, Germany

7. What was your dream career when you were little? Has it changed?

I wanted to be a teacher when I was really little. Then I realized I don’t like other people’s kids and I’m working on my MLIS.

8. How would you describe your fashion sense?

I have none. I wear what I like, what fits, and what’s comfortable. I am trying to get rid of my t-shirts in favor of more adult’ish type shirts that don’t look so frumpy.

9. If you could be any animal, what would you be?

My dog. Milo is much beloved and spoiled rotten. He has a great life.

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Mid-Week Update: 11/9/16

This is going to be a very quick post. I need to leave to drive to the Mobile airport in about five minutes from now, heheh.

Now for What Are You Reading Wednesdays hosted by It’s a Reading Thing.

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Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

  1. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco.
  2. At 34% we have:  “I have a blunt personality, more likely to say what I mean instead of sparing someone’s feelings.” This passage and the fact that I found it at 34% is uncanny. Chupeco could’ve been talking about me when she wrote it.
  3. I’m actually 41% into this book so I’m somewhat familiar with the world. It’s fantasy and at this point, the main character is going through her witch’s training. So far, it’s been an entertaining read. I don’t think I’d mind living in this world so long as I could be a witch too, lol. I don’t think I’d want to be a bone witch though as they are feared and ostracized.

On a side note, I put this book down to read The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon yesterday. It was a one sitting, can’t put it down book and I loved it. I am feeling the need to talk about it so look for a review in the next couple of days. Till then…

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Dewey’s Readathon: Opening Meme

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I completely forgot to look online for hour Zero’s mini-challenge. I was too busy worrying about comfy clothes and getting my daughter out the door for her ACT this morning. Be prepared for more #readathon posts today. I’m going to be better about them, heheh.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am reading from my living room situated in my house, which is located in Navarre, Florida, USA. It’s a beautiful day here, if a bit chilly.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1, which I already read this morning. It was so freaking funny. I wish I had the next volume to read today.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Nothing. I’m doing a Whole 30 challenge. It’s day one of week two and I’m already tired of my selection of snacks.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Well, let’s see. I’m a 30 something SAHM, grad student, and wife to a retired Marine. We have one dog, Milo who is my love, three cats, Leo, Winnie, and NillaBean, and a salt water fish tank. We live next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. I’m an avid reader, INTJ, I enjoy wine, I love my bullet journal, and I’m learning to hand letter and doodle.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my second year and I really can’t think of anything I’ll be doing differently this year than last other than the snack thing. I had a great time last year.

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Mid-Week Update 10-12-16

I’m prepping for Dewey’s Read-a-Thon right now. I’m trying to pick out a variety of books, both in length and genre. So far, I have one novel, two Net Galley books, and eight graphic novels (if I’m remembering correctly) picked out. My daughter also has the first four Attack of the Titan books and I might give those a try for Dewey’s too. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to read all of those in one day so I should be good to go. If not, I have a couple of nonfiction history books on Napoleon that I’ve been wanting to read for backup. Are you participating in the read-a-thon this year? Is it your first time? This will be my second year and I’m really looking forward to it.

Now for What Are You Reading Wednesdays hosted by It’s a Reading Thing.

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Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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Currently, I’m reading Timekeeper by Tara Sim. At 34% we have:

The clock chimed five. It sounded almost celebratory as they stood there, hands clasped between them like the meeting of continents. Colton’s mouth was soft and warm, sunlight on silk. Danny was swallowing light. It dived down inside of him until he imagined it bursting out of every pore. When he pulled back, he was light-headed and breathless. ‘You know, before I met you, I’d never kissed a clock spirit.’ Colton smiled, ‘First time for everything.’

The book’s synopsis:

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

I’m not far enough into this book to say whether or not I’d like to live in this world. It sounds interesting but dangerous at the same time. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more.