Bookworm Quirks: 2016 PopSugar Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge

During 2015, I competed against my sister in the 2015 PopSugar Reading Challenge, and it was so much fun! The loser had to buy the winner a book, so it was a great incentive. I had tons more time to read then, so I finished pretty quickly. We allowed each other to use one book for multiple categories (Ethan Frome, for example, was my choice for a book I should have read in high school, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a book I could finish in a day). I finished in March with 28 books, which ended up being most of the reading I did last year. Boo!

So this year I’m finishing the challenge alone because evidently new moms have less time? That’s cool too I guess. Here are the books I’m planning on using, though they will probably change by the time I finish.

Based on a fairy tale: Cinder

National Book Award winner: Challenger Deep 

YA best seller: Eleanor and Park

Haven’t read since high school: Book Thief

Set in home state: Isaac’s Storm

Translated to English: Anna Karenina 

Set in future: Fahrenheit 451

Under 150 pages: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

NYT Best Seller: Eleanor and Park

Becoming a movie this year: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Recommended by someone just met: TBD

Self-Improvement book: Skankology

Can finish in a day:  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Written by a celebrity: Why Not Me?

Political Memoir: Why Not Me?

At least 100 years older than me: Anna Karenina

600+ pages: A Song of Ice and Fire

Oprah’s book club: Anna Karenina

Sci-Fi: Fahrenheit 451

Recommended by family member: TBD

Graphic Novel: Sorcerers and Secretaries, Vol 2

Published in 2016: The Siren

Protagonist with your occupation: The Wedding Planner’s Daughter

Takes place during summer: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Book and its prequel: Second Position/Turning Pointe 

Murder Mystery: Dear Killer

Written by a comedian: Why Not Me?

Dystopian: Cinder

Blue cover: Challenger Deep

Poetry: Chasers of the Light

First book seen in a bookstore: TBD

20th century classic: Fahrenheit 451

Book from library: Anna Karenina or Challenger Deep

Autobiography: Why Not Me?

Road trip: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Culture unfamiliar to me: Why Not Me? or Anna Karenina

Satire: Skankology

Island setting: Bright Young Things

Guaranteed to bring you joy: TBD

Some of these are a bit of a stretch, like Skankology being a self-help book, or Bright Young Things being an ‘island setting’. Manhattan counts, right?

Sound off in the comments: Are you doing this challenge? What books are you using? Do you have any suggestions for me? Let me know!

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Review Roundup: The Little Prince, Elephant’s Graveyard

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Welcome to another Review Roundup! This is where I talk about books that I didn’t have enough to say to justify an entire review. This time, we’ll be talking about The Little Prince, Elephant’s Graveyard, and The Infinite Moment of Us.

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This is one of those books that you’re surprised you’ve never read it because it seems everyone else has. I really enjoyed it, and the narrative reminded me of A.A. Milne in that it sounded like an adult’s inner child was speaking. This was a really charming yet heartbreaking book, and I can tell it’s going to be one I start collecting. I don’t want to say too much because I think it’s a story you need to read without much background. Five stars!

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This was read to knock of ‘a play’ and ‘recommended by a friend’ on my reading challenge last year. It’s based on a true story, of the town that hanged an elephant in 1916. This was absolutely chilling, and I really want to see a production of it. I tore through this script and no matter how much research I do on the story, I still have a hard time believing it really happened. Five stars for this play.

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I got this book at NTTBF last year and was really excited about it. But it was one of those books that I had an immediate visceral reaction to, and really questioned it after the last page was turned. I related pretty heavily to the emotions felt by the characters, but not all of the situations. It was not feminist by any standard, and Lauren Myracle really struggle with that. She also heavily romanticized condom-less sex, which makes me really mad since she’s a YA author! She knows teens will read this and will get ideas from it. Ugh. I reallllly hated Starrla, and the side-characters could have been fleshed way out. But I don’t really expect great quality from Myracle? I gave it three stars.

Sound off: Have you read any of these? What were your thoughts on them? What would you recommend to fans of these books? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books Recently Added to My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the bookish beauties at
The Broke and The Bookish. Thank you!

Because Christmas can be a great time for bookworms, our TBR gets even longer in just a few days. Here are a few books I’ve added to my shelves recently and I can’t wait to read them!

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Sound off in the comments: What did you recently add? Do we have any in common? Let me know!

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Bookworm Quirks: Summary Keywords, or, How to Get Me to Read Your Book (in Ten Words or Less)

Summary Keywords

We all have those certain words that catch our eye when skimming a synopsis. Chances are, the moment you see these key words, your chances of buying/reading that book go up at least double. Here are a few of mine:

Tudor/Anne Boleyn/Henry VIII/court

I love these, you guys. I have so many books about this time period and I will NEVER HAVE ENOUGH. So fascinating!!

Coffee shop/Library/Bookstore

If a significant part of your book takes place in any of these locations, sign me up right now. These are also my favorite fanfic AUs, by the way. Obviously.

Perspectives

I LOVE BOOKS WITH DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES. Tease was from the bully’s POV, A Little Something Different was from FOURTEEN different viewpoints, none of which were the actual couple. Almost every Ellen Hopkins book has multiple perspectives. I love these so much!

Artist/Writer/Creative occupations or hobbies

I love seeing characters that pursue their dreams! A Mad, Wicked Folly followed a young female artist that just wanted to learn, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares featured two people that loved words, and don’t even get me started on characters that act. I love seeing this because it inspires me to do the things I love and these characters foster creativity in younger minds.

Pirate

I LOVE PIRATES. Captain Hook is one of those characters I will always want to read adaptations of, and I need more YA with female pirates. GET ON IT, AUTHORS!!

Adaptations of Pride and Prejudice or Peter Pan

Who doesn’t want to read new versions of their favorite stories?

Sound off in the comments: What are your keywords? Do we have any in common? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions

 

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by the gorgeous gals over at the Broke and the Bookish.

I didn’t do too well with my resolutions this year, so I’m starting over and making them a bit more manageable.

2016 Resolutions

Read books I already own. 
We all struggle with adding to our TBR without making much headway first. I want to read twenty books for every one that I buy until I’ve read every book I own.

Read one book a week.
I’m hoping this will be a minimum rather than a maximum, and I’ll end up reading 3-4 books a week. But I’m not going to push myself into reading just to hit a number.

Do the PopSugar reading challenge again.
I loved doing this challenge last year and I’m really looking forward to doing it again. It was around half of the reading I did last year and I finished it by March. I won’t be racing against my sister this time, but I think I’ll still finish it pretty quickly.

Reread the Harry Potter series.
It’s been so long, y’all.

Be more consistent here on the blog.
It was not a good blogging year, as you know. It was a busy year full of changes, but I’m going to make this a higher priority since I really like doing it.

Organize my books.
This is less of a physical thing and more of a list thing. I want to have a binder  or journal of book lists pertaining to my library. Books about Anne Boleyn, Road Trip Books, Issue Books, etc. So when I’m in a particular mood or someone wants recommendations on what to borrow, I can just pull that out and voila!

Read a chapter of the Bible every day.
I want to get closer to God and what better way than to start each day by reading His Word?

Write more.
I want to do something creative each day as an outlet, and I want to get back to writing. Whether it’s poetry, novels, or fan fiction, I just want to write.

Start a Booktube
Who doesn’t want to do this?! But I need a better webcam, a nice setup, editing skills, etc. So I’m going to work towards this goal this year.

Improve my bookstagram
I haven’t posted since this summer and quality photos are hard when your ipod only has a selfie camera. So I’m going to work on that too.