May Book Haul

Well hello friends!

I moved again, and plunged into a pretty back reading slump because of it, hence the long absence.

Kinda hard to be in a reading mood when your books look like this

Bookshelves or no my book buying has not let up in the slightest. Book buying is stress relief. Book buying is adventuring. I refuse to stop. You can’t make me. Fight me.

1. Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth: This is the memoir of Jenny Worth, a midwife in London’s East End during the 1960’s. I impulse bought this from Book Depository early in the month after I binge watched the BBC adaptation not realizing it had been based off of a book.

2. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood: This should be obvious, the show is blowing up all of my feeds everywhere and I want in. This was also a part of that Book Depository haul; funnily enough they were the last ones I received last night.

3.Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: I have been wanting to read this book since it came out, and since The Sun is Also a Star has been popular it’s been more like a need. For one reason or another I just haven’t picked it up until I found it the other day at a local record shop. Shop small and all that.

4. Just Like a Caucasian by Odera O’Gonuwe: This was an impulse buy that i stumble upon on Instagram. You can find the author and her book here. I like to support an indie author so ‘m super excited to read and review this one!

5. Infant Massage by Vimala McClure: I found this in the Little Free Library. I’m studying a variety of birth work and infant care so I figured I’d check this out and see what’s up; i haven’t looked up any reviews on it yet so I don’t know if it’s a good resource or not.

6. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois: Also a Little Free Library find that I’ve always kind of wanted to check out and have in my library.

 

Only six books but that’s six times as many books as I’ve started in the last two months :/ I WILL finish this anthology though, and then I will chip away at this stack of new reads ❤

 

2016 Wrap-Up

Am I the only one who thinks 2016 is a sentient entity that derives pleasure from our continued cried for mercy? Because I would put money on that being the case.

Regardless of the shit show the last 12 months have been for everyone all across the world this year, in my little corner of reality goals have been met and I’m proud of myself. I met my reading goal, won NaNoWriMo, and finally jumped on the Bookstagram bandwagon. This is going to be a quick wrap up of my reading year. That means numbers so I made graphs! Fun fact: I fucking live graphs.

In 2016 I read:

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My ratings:

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Genres I read:

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As for my writing; this year I won Nanowrimo and am about 80% of the way through the first draft of my novel as of this writing!

Goals for next year:

  • Read 75 books or short stories
  • Complete a “polished” draft of/finish my novel
  • Begin posting to YouTube again
  • Read Harry Potter and LotR
  • Do a month TBR jar reading challenge
  • Do a weekly short story writing challenge

That list is way more confident than it should be. Wish me luck and happy end of 2016!!

November Wrap-Up

November was a hell of a month wasn’t it? At least for me; Nanowrimo, 3 jobs, looking for a new place to live, trying to read 10 books! I over estimate my abilities sometimes! In terms of bookish accomplishments I “won” Nanowrimo, and read 7 books. I count this as an accomplishment even though 1 of those “books” was a Ray Bradbury short, I think it evens out since 2 of the books were counted as 1. Anyway. Onwards and forwards!

MY HAUL!
I hauled a good but in November though a lot of those are gifts for my nephews for myself I snagged 9 books! This doesn’t include books I ordered in November and won’t get until December.

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Island of The Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell: I had a fully illustrated hardcover of this growing up and I have no idea what became of it. I bit the bullet and snagged another!

Little Free Library scores:

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
A Hive for the Honeybee by Soinbhe Lally

The Book Escape Haul!

Ophelia by Lisa Klein
Fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen
Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow by Ann Turner
Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine by Kristiana Gregory

WHAT I READ!
In total I read 8 stories but 7 books in November. Alice was a twofer.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell 5/5
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron 5/5
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen 5/5
The City at the Center of Forever by James T. Witten 4/5
It’s Not Me, It’s You by Jon Richardson 3/5
Dark They Were and Golden Eyed by Ray Bradbury 5/5
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll 5/5

Lots of 5 stars! Mostly because 4/7 were some of my favorite rereads and Alias Hook was a touching retelling of Peter Pan.

How was your November?