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2015 Reading Challenge Stress!

From December 2013 to May of 2014 I was in a reading slump. It was the worst reading slump of my life, I wanted to read but nothing I picked up kept my attention for long. I went weeks without picking up a book and it was stressing me the hell out, why? Because of my stupid Goodreads reading challenge.

 

Every time I logged into Goodreads that stupid thing in the corner would constantly remind me that I was woefully behind in my challenge, and I hated it but I just couldn't read. Then when I finally came out of my slump I was on a mad dash to catch up to be ahead of my challenge, if it was on Goodreads I would read it. Watching that progress bar go up helped me breathe easier. I got so caught up in that challenge that I forgot, that my whole world wasn't going to end because I didn't read the 72 books I challenged myself to. 

 

I know all that stress I put myself under last year was totally and completely due to my competitive nature, and it was also my competitive nature that forced me to up my challenge this year to 95. On the last day of 2014, the challenge of 95 books felt good, felt like a great challenge now on January 28, 2015 it feels like a curse.

 

I was four books behind, and I could feel the pressure starting to build, so I knocked my challenge down to 50 books. Last year no matter how I struggled, no matter the stress I refused to lessen my challenge, which was stupid. Reading should always be fun, and I’m having fun reading so far this year. I’ve only read two books so far and for once I’m okay with that, I’m enjoying picking up random books and reading a couple of pages from them, I’m enjoying reading fanfiction, I’m ENJOYING READING and there’s no pressure with that. If I read 50 books this year that would be great, if I read only 10 books this year that’s also great. So now that I’ve eliminated the pressure my reading this year should be awesome!

Bout of Books Challenge #2: New Year’s Resolution

I made this list like a couple of days ago so its not technically for the challenge but oh well! So here are my 2015 Reading Resolutions!

 

1. Read 95 books

I read 72 last year so hopefully this won't be to hard to accomplish!

2. Continue to read books out of my comfort zone

Last year, I made it my mission to read books out of my comfort zone to try other books that wasn't just young adult books, and I did pretty well so this year I just want to expand on what I started in 2014!

3. Read at least 2 classics

For my English class last semester I read a couple of classics that I actually enjoyed, one I even consider to be one of my all time favorite now, so I want to read so more. 

4. Read less YA, and gives other genres a chance

This one is pretty much exactly like #2

5. FINISH A Game of Thrones

I started it at the end of 2013 made it about 25% in then put it down, it was great so I have no idea why I haven't finished it

6. Target large Ebook TBR

My Ebook TBR is so large, its a shame!! 

7. Do as many challenges as possible on the 2015 challenge

I found a list of 50 book challenges to do this year (I'll post it later) the goal is to do as many as possible & it will help me read so books out of my comfort zone. Hopefully.

8. Participate in bout of books and actually read!

LoL, When I fist tried to do Bout of Books last summer, I read fanfic! I think I read only two books on my TBR, I was a little disappointed in myself because I really wanted to participate and actually read the books, but fanfic is addicting so I wasn't that disappointed!

Bout of Books Challenge #1: Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

1. Find an author with the same initials as you

 

Sarah Rees Brennan My initials are SB!


2. Find a book with the color yellow on it

 

One Man Guy by Micheal Barakiva (one of my favorite books of 2014)


3. Find an author’s name with the letter “S” in it

 

a Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

 

 

 

 

4. Find a book with a female protagonist

 

Allyson from Just One Day by Gayle Forman


5. Find the longest book you own

 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 

 

 

 

6. Find a book with a map in it or on it

 

The map in Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo is STUNNING! 


7. Find a book with a face on it (photograph or illustrated)

 

Daylighters by Rachel Caine


Bonus: Find something on your shelf that isn't a book.

 

My small Funko Pop collection! Dean and Sam from Supernatural in the first two pictures, then the Joker dressed up as Batman in the last one!

 

 

 

Bout of Books 12.0

Let's try this again! During the summer I tried to do this read-a-thon but.... I got really, really distracted. So I'm doing it again and hopefully I actually read books and not fanficiton like last time! Wish me luck!

 

 

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit theBout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 

 

Bout of Books Book Spine Poetry!

 

He's gone

Out of reach.

we were once unbreakable

now,

we're unraveling

reckless jealousy

and

thoughtless betrayals

loss, rage, and shattered souls

this is

the catastrophic history of you and me

 

 

 

Bout of Books 11.0 - Day 1 Update!

Well I started of reading early in the morning I read about 10 pages of Saga Vol. 1 but then life came and knocked me on the ass so, I just curled up and read Fanfic for the rest of the day to make me feel better! Hopefully day two will be much more productive! I'm flailing and failing...Or so I tell myself. 

Bout of Books 11.0 Goals & TBR

As I mentioned I'm going to be participating in the Bout of Books Read-A-Thon and you can check the blog out for more information here. So here are my goals and TBR for my first bout of books!

Bout of Books

 

 

Time Devoted to Reading:

 

      Since I have this whole entire week off and I don't have to worry about school, at least not until next month, I want to devote at least five hours to reading.

 

MY Goals:

  • I want to finish all the books on my TBR
  • I want to read about 220 pages a day
  • I want to socialize and be really active on twitter!

 

My TBR: 

Saga Vol.1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples 

Batman Vol.1: The Court of Owls by Scott Synder 

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller 

(finish)Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins

(finish) Beautiful by Amy Reed

 

Optional Books

 

(finish) Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Night By Gayle Forman

(finish) Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

(finish) Being Sawyer Knight by Nicola Haken

Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

 

 

  • Bout of Books 11.0

    Its almost time for the Bout of Books read-a-thon and I will be participating! I'm a little nervous because I've never participated in a read-a-thon before. If you want to participate as well head over to the Bout of Books blog and sign up while there is still time!

     

     

    The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

     

    Sacred By Elana K. Arnold

    Sacred - Elana K. Arnold

    Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop."

    The boy—intense, beautiful—is Will Cohen, a newcomer to the island. For reasons he can't or won't explain, he's drawn to Scarlett and feels compelled to keep her safe. To keep her from wasting away. His meddling irritates Scarlett, though she can't deny her attraction to him. As their relationship blossoms into love, Scarlett's body slowly awakens at Will's touch. But just when her grief begins to ebb, she makes a startling discovery about Will, a discovery he's been grappling with himself. A discovery that threatens to force them apart. And if it does, Scarlett fears she will unravel all over again.

     

     

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    The Waking Dark - Robin Wasserman

    They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn't even know why she killed—or whether she'll do it again.

    Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander's, Kansas—something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself. Jule, the outsider at war with the world; West, the golden boy at war with himself; Daniel, desperate for a different life; Cass, who's not sure she deserves a life at all; and Ellie, who believes in sacrifice, fate, and in evil. Ellie, who always goes too far. They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town—and in themselves.

     

     

     

    Read an Excerpt Here

    I CAN'T STOP BUYING BOOOKS!!

    I seriously need to go on a book buying ban, but every time i try i find all these amazing deals for ebooks and i just can't resist, and i have over a hundred books that i have to read in both physical & ebook. I just don't know what to do!!

    The Spectacular Now - Tim Tharp

    This National Book Award Finalist is soon to be a major motion picture -- one of the most buzzed-about films at Sundance 2013, starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.

    SUTTER KEELY. HE’S the guy you want at your party. He’ll get everyone dancing. He’ ll get everyone in your parents’ pool. Okay, so he’s not exactly a shining academic star. He has no plans for college and will probably end up folding men’s shirts for a living. But there are plenty of ladies in town, and with the help of Dean Martin and Seagram’s V.O., life’s pretty fabuloso, actually.

    Until the morning he wakes up on a random front lawn, and he meets Aimee. Aimee’s clueless. Aimee is a social disaster. Aimee needs help, and it’s up to the Sutterman to show Aimee a splendiferous time and then let her go forth and prosper. But Aimee’s not like other girls, and before long he’s in way over his head. For the first time in his life, he has the power to make a difference in someone else’s life—or ruin it forever.

    Click Here to read chapter one

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    The Secret Ingredient - Stewart Lewis

    For fans of Sarah Dessen and Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Whycomes a journey of family, food, romance, and self-discovery as Olivia, a teen chef living in L.A., finds a vintage cookbook and begins a search for her birthmother that will change her life forever.

    Olivia doesn’t believe in psychics. But the summer before her senior year of high school, she meets one in an elevator.
       This summer will be pivotal, the psychic warns. Please remember—all your choices are connected.
       Olivia loves her life in Silverlake, Los Angeles, but lately, something’s been missing. And after getting this strange advice, her world begins to change. A new job leads Olivia to a gorgeous, mysterious boy named Theo. And as Olivia cooks the recipes from a vintage cookbook she stumbles upon, she begins to wonder if the mother she’s never known might be the secret ingredient she’s been lacking. 
       But sometimes the things we search for are the things we’ve had all along.

                                                     

     

    Click here for a chapter sampler!

    The Lost Sun - Tessa Gratton

    Fans of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Holly Black's The Curse Workers will embrace this richly drawn, Norse-mythology-infused alternate world: the United States of Asgard. 

    Seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the past. His father, a famed warrior, lost himself to the battle-frenzy and killed thirteen innocent people. Soren cannot deny that berserking is in his blood--the fevers, insomnia, and occasional feelings of uncontrollable rage haunt him. So he tries to remain calm and detached from everyone at Sanctus Sigurd's Academy. But that's hard to do when a popular, beautiful girl like Astrid Glyn tells Soren she dreams of him. That's not all Astrid dreams of--the daughter of a renowned prophetess, Astrid is coming into her own inherited abilities.

    When Baldur, son of Odin and one of the most popular gods in the country, goes missing, Astrid sees where he is and convinces Soren to join her on a road trip that will take them to find not only a lost god, but also who they are beyond the legacy of their parents and everything they've been told they have to be

     

                                                  

     

    And click here to hear an excerpt!

    TV Challenge

    Disclaimer: Sometimes when i'm bored i tend to things like this!(:

     

    Pick five of your favorite TV shows before reading the questions.

    Ghost whisperer

    New girl

    Supernatural

    Bones

    Teen Wolf

    1) Who is your favorite character in 5?

    Stiles

    2) Who is your least favorite character in 3?

    Dean

    3) What is your favorite episode of number 1?

    Episode 2

    4) What is your favorite season of number 4?

    8

    5) What is your favorite relationship in 2?

    Nick and Jess<33

    6) What is your least favorite relationship in 3?

    Ruby & Sam

    7) How long have you watched 5?

    Since season 1

    8) How did you become interested in 4?

    Needed a new show to watch on Netflix

    9) Who is your favorite actor in number 1?

    Jennifer Love-Hewitt

    10) Which show do you prefer more : 1, 2, or 5?

    New Girl

    11) Which show have you seen more episodes of: 1 or 4 ?

    Bones, I just started watching Ghost Whisperer like a week ago

    12) If you could be anyone from 3, who would it be ?

    Charlie

    13) How would you kill off your favorite character in 5 ?

    A world without stiles is a world I don’t want to live in

    14) Would a 3/4 crossover work ?

    I Would love to watch Brennan & Booth + Sam & Dean? That would be interesting!

    15) Pair two characters in 4 that would make an unlikely, but strangely okay couple.

    Idk pretty much every couple is unlikely but absolutely amazing!

    16) Give a random quote from 2.

    Do you know what comes out a night? WEREWOLVES!!- Winston