Timehopathon TBR

I heard about the this readathon on a booktube channel called Book Your Imagination, and it sounds fun!

The timehopathon runs between February 19th through the 25th, and there are 3 challenges. Challenge 1: Read a book set in the past; Challenge 2: Read a book published in 2017 or 2018; Challenge 3: Read a book set in the future.

I doubt I’ll get to all 3 books but my next read is already a book set in the future, so I thought I might try. Here’s my TBR:

Book 1 – Past:
Book 2 – Present:
Book 3 – Future: Ignite Me, by Tahereh Mafi

At this moment, I need to go find the other 2 books I could read. haha

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2018 TBR … kind of

I am inspired by a couple booktubers to read books from my old book hauls! They are more cutthroat though… BooksandLala started it, with her Closet Unhauls, and others have taken after her, where they find books from old book hauls, and either read them, or unhaul them!

I don’t think I can be that determined. I do want to read the books I have, though I may still unhaul some…but I hauled 80 books in just the first 6 months of booktube (July-December 2014) and I don’t even read that many a year!

But, I do need to start reading these books that have been on my shelves for YEARS, so I’m starting from the beginning, but taking a bit at a time. So starting with this list of 10 books:

– Destined (Wings #4), by Aprilynne Pike
– Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chboski
– Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
– Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
– The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
– Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick
– Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion
– Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
– Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead
– The Photograph, by Penelope Lively

I don’t know if I have the guts to simply unhaul if I don’t complete them, though. LOL Cause like I said, I do want to read the books that are currently on my shelves. I did a lot of unhauling before we moved. And I still have TONS of books, way more than I’ll be able to read in a year, per year bought. It’s kind of bad. haha I’ll link to my book haul analysis video, where I talk about all the books I bought over 3 years of booktube. Even I was shocked.

But hopefully choosing some specific books, posting this list, and pulling them out available and where I can see them will help motivate me to get some things read!

Book Review: The Lauras

32969152Title: The Lauras

Author: Sara Taylor

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Pages: 304

My Rating: 2.5 stars

Synopsis: A teenager is woken by a mother in the middle of the night, and they set off on a trek across the country. Alex’s mother takes them to places across the States from her past seeing old friends, finishing old business, and fulfilling old promises.

My thoughts: Meh. I liked the road trip aspect of this story, but I don’t like the not knowing anything…the who, the where, the why. I don’t really understand why the title is The Lauras. I feel like the story is about most everything else, with just mentions of multiple people who all happen to be named Laura, or even not. Some were important, some not as much…still not any really mentioned enough to warrant the title of the book, I don’t think. *shrugs* I don’t know, wasn’t thrilled with it anyways, I’m not sure why. I don’t like the non-gender thing…you’re a boy or a girl, pretty simple. But the writing was a very easy flow and engaging to read.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

My New Library!

So, I happened to get a hankering yesterday to start working on my library!

We moved into this house about 6 months ago, and as we unpacked I had tons of boxes and stuff in my library/craft room that didn’t belong. I also had unpacked books and just threw them on the shelves whichever way they landed. If you saw my goals post for 2018, organizing the room and the books is one of my goals. I got all the boxes out, yesterday, that didn’t belong, and started working on the books!

This is the cleaned up room, library / craft room. You can see how many of the shelves are double layered with books, as well as some in the black shelving unit. I started by taking off all the books, and moving the actual shelf pieces around, and sorting the books into read and unread piles. (Harry Potter gets its own section, hence them already starting off the shelves.)

I then had to decide how to organize the books onto the shelves. I started with a classics shelf, and then a couple favorites shelves, below the HP shelf. I’ve always just kept my books sorted into read and unread. But I decided to break that down a bit more. So from the top left down, and across, I went with standalones I’ve read, then full series that I’ve read, then series that I have all the books, but have only partially read, then standalones that I have not read. Those books filled the shelves!

So now, I have about…oh I don’t know, 80(?) books left that are all parts of series, that I haven’t read yet. These series are ones that either I know there’s more books coming out, still, or I just do not own all the books of the series.

I am not quite sure what to do with them!! I know they will not all fit into the open spaces of the black shelving unit. And right now, I can’t remove the craft stuff either, as I have nowhere else to put it. I may be having my husband build a shelf, maybe 2, above the black unit, to hold more books.

But I am looovving these shelves!!!!

2017 Review / 2018 Projection

Heeeeeeey. Long time, no blog! And no read…hence, the no blog.

I don’t think I mentioned it, but we moved…like, about 6 months ago. I have read very little since then. I think I’ve read 3.5 books since mid June….meaning, I read half of a book before we moved, the rest after we moved, plus 3 more. I’m certain they only happened because I was *SO CLOSE* to my Goodreads goal of 50 books, and I couldn’t just not make it. I read 51 books…the extra one only because it’s a book I’d read to my kids for school! haha

Anyways, thought I’d tell how my goals went this year (*spoiler* not so well), and what I plan to TRY and do for 2018.

My 2017 Goal Page ended up looking like this:

READING
– Read 50 books | 51/50 *COMPLETED 7/28* 

– Complete 8 series (I actually completed a goal!!)
1 – Girl Online (1/3)
2 – Giver Quartet (4/4)
3 – Locke & Key (6/6)
4 – Just One Day (3/3)
5 – Lara Jean/To All the Boys (3/3)
6 – Double S Ranch (2/3)

– Book-to-Movie Challenge: Read 1 book/movie adaptation per month | 4/12
January     A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
F
ebruary     The Giver, by Lois Lowry
March
April
May
June     13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher
July
August
September
October     Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater
November
December

– Read from my TBR Jar, at least 6 books: Draw 3 titles and do poll for which title to read that month:     One     Two     Three     Four     Five     Six    (…crash and burned…)

– Read new releases as they come out. One a month, “Newly Released” within the last 3 months.  (I did good…until close to moving time. Once I packed up my books, I didn’t buy new books, anymore.)
January    Home On the Range, by Ruth Logan Herne / Collapse, by RJ Infantino
February     Girl Online Going Solo, by Zoey Sugg
March      Caraval, by Stephanie Garber
April     The Roanoke Girls, by Amy Engel
May     Always and Forever Lara Jean, by Jenny Han / Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire / Peace in the Valley, by Ruth Logan Herne / Geekerella, by Ashley Poston
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

TBR
– Do not buy more than 5 books per month. (FAILED the first 5 months…but I think I’ve only bought about 6-8 books, total, since moving, so it may actually have averaged out. But I don’t have a count at the  moment.)
– Unhaul 35 books by August (initial goal, may be changed to 20 by end of April) (??? No idea if this evenpanned out or not…)

MISCELLANEOUS
– Host the Big Winner Challenge
– Participate in 6 buddy reads. (Another crash and burn…)

So let’s see…I did complete 2 of 9 challenges I set for myself in 2017. For sure, failed 5, and I don’t know the results of the last 2, which isn’t a win, necessarily. haha

NEXT YEAR, for 2018, I’m gonna keep it simple. Gonna continue sticking with my Goodreads goal of 50 books (I may not reach it this year…). I’m not sure I’m going to add any other challenges…I think simply just reading is going to be a challenge in itself. I have an almost 2 year old, very independent and demanding toddler, and this is our first year homeschooling 4 older kids, which takes up a lot of my time, nowadays. I don’t even know if I’ll continue my Booktube channel right now (I haven’t posted anything there, either, since we moved…). So my only other goal is going to be keeping up here. I will be posting something over on my goal’s page to help keep me accountable. Maybe I’ll try making a *short* list of specific books I’d like to read this year, like I did in 2016.

If you’re still around, and still reading, I appreciate it!

Book Review: Peace in the Valley

SS3Title: Peace in the Valley

Author: Ruth Logan Herne

Release Date: May 2, 2017

Book in Series: 3 of 3

Pages: 337

My Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis:
Trey Walker is a famous country musician. He seems to have everything he could want, but yet, he is somehow still not completely satisfied. When his adopted father falls seriously ill, he is willing to sacrifice everything to help him, by giving him a life worth living, the same way his father did for him as a child. Being back home on the ranch and in his small hometown settles his discontent a little bit, but what he doesn’t realize is that this whole situation may only be a stepping stone, that chance meetings, brought from this situation, may actually fulfill all his dreams.

My Thoughts:
First off, I am disappointed that the publisher only released this book as a mass market sized paperback, versus a trade paperback, which the first 2 books in the series were published with. Maybe a bit petty, but now my 3 books do not match in size! 😦

This last one was just okay. I felt it dragged on a bit. It was the longest book in the series, but I felt it had the least going on. Lots of details about the workings of fixing up a house/property, more than anything else. I understand that’s part of the love story, but it took up most of the book, before we get to the climax…which didn’t happen until the last quarter, and then quickly resolved.

Even in the resolving of the climax, there was a small twist, but with very little details. It simply resolved itself in order to complete the book.

There was a lot of talk about what was to happen in the climax, and talk about the characters feelings regarding that. So I felt is slightly repetitive, as they were discussed multiple times with generally the same ideas. So this book was a bit slower going for me, and lower rated.

I still enjoyed the book, especially that the romance wasn’t quickly rushed, as it slightly seemed in the first 2 books.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

Book Review: Nora & Kettle

NKTitle: Nora & Kettle

Author: Lauren Nicholle Taylor

Release Date: February 29, 2016

Book in Series: 1 of 2

Pages: 355

My Rating: 2 stars

Synopsis:
A teenage girl fights for life against an abusive father. A teenage boy fights for his life on the streets. What they do not realize is that they are more alike than they think.

My Thoughts:
I didn’t really care for this, and I am slightly disappointed by that. I felt the first quarter/third was a bit slow, I felt it lingered in the same spot, showing us the same things, telling us the same ideas. Until the 2 characters finally met, and things finally continued. I wish we had had just a little bit more, at the end, to confirm the outcome of one more character. I did like how all these characters unknowingly intermingled before their paths finally converged, it kept me reading to find out how they would finally come together.

I will not be reading the 2nd book of this series.