My Birth Month!

So, tomorrow starts the month of August. I’m convinced I slept through June and July, but I digress. August is my birth month! My birthday is August 15th! I’m trying to get better on being excited for my birthday. Enjoy the moment if you will. So here we are!

I thought of trying something fun. I don’t know how this is going to pan out. I’m excited for it though. I’m going to make a list of ten reading challenges. They can be completed anytime in the month of August. Anybody is welcome to participate. Please include #BirthdayBookChallenge2022 on your posts so that I have a chance to see them all!

Challenges:

  1. Read a book with a friend.
  2. Read a book recommended to you.
  3. Blindfold yourself and pick a book from your TBR.
  4. Read a graphic novel.
  5. Read a book with a purple cover.
  6. Read a book gifted to you.
  7. Read a book with your pet.
  8. Read a book with cake on the cover.
  9. Read an anthology story. (Or the whole thing!)
  10. Read a book from your favorite genre.

This is just completely for fun. Sadly I don’t have the funding to offer a giveaway or anything. I really would love if you joined in anyway. Challenges and readathons are two of my favorite things! It will be like you’re celebrating with me! Don’t forget #BirthdayBookChallenge2022

Reset Did Me Good

I did not intend to take a break as it were. At the end of the day, I’m glad I did. It has really done me well. I’ve been home for three days now. I was kind of in the background. For one, I was trying to finish a book. I just finished it a bit earlier today. For two, a bunch of people at the convention I went to tested positive for covid. Including my partner. So far, I haven’t shown any symptoms. Both tests I took came up negative. I’m still going to go in quarantine mode for the next two weeks to be on the safe side.

This time off has helped me reflect on myself so much. I think getting out of the house and away for a bit has helped as well. Also, I was at a book convention, so I also had some amazing retail therapy. As I do every year. I actually didn’t buy as much this year as I normally did. I wasn’t as impulsive. Here’s a video of my haul:

I do realize there’s still a lot there. My mom decided to gift me some books as well. I’m so thankful for her! I did do something really awesome (to me) when I got home. I sat down and made a list of blogs I want to write and a list of blogs I should write here soon. Here’s the blog topics I’ll be including in my blog currently:

Blog Tours
Cover Reveals
Release Blitzes
Book Reviews
Book Spotlights
TV Show Reviews (By the Season)
Movie Reviews
Any book-related topic I am inspired by
Author/Reader Interviews
Before the book speculations/guesses
Book Tags
Product Reviews
Quote Reactions
Book Rants

I’m pretty sure this list will be added to and edited to a lot as my blog goes on from here. Which is completely fine. The biggest thing I’m trying to do is get out of the rut of routine that I threw myself in. I want my blog to feel more authentic. More me. I’ll still do a post every day, but it will be randomly selected from either something above or anything that strikes my fancy. Some days, there might be more than one blog. It all depends. I do have an author interview coming soon. I sent her over questions and some things I’d like her to send back today. I’m really excited!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to read this. I sincerely hope that you enjoy the changes that you see here in the future.

Upcoming Events

I hope everybody is doing well! I’ve decided to take the rest of the week as a mental relaxation week. I’m also preparing for my trip next week. I can’t believe it snuck up so fast! For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been going to a convention every year since 2018. It’s called Literary Love of Savannah. I’m so excited!

I’m going to do my very best to post every day after the day is over to talk about the day. I do recognize that I am introverted. These kind of events are very draining on me. I’m at least going to try. Once I’m back, I’ll start posting the backlist reviews. I’ll post one a day until I’m caught up. I’ll also make a post every day. I feel inspired again and it feels amazing!

Before I conclude this blog with my reading updates, I wanted to give a special Happy Birthday to my sister, Tessla! She’s so amazing. She’s always been there for me. I love her very much!!!

So my reading plans. I downloaded some audiobooks to Apple Books on my devices and ebooks on my Kindle app on my tablet. I limited myself to a certain number. My goal is to read them all and then download more. Keep myself focused. I will also be reading paperbacks as well. I will have them close to me. I think it will do me good. Keep me organized if you will! I’m currently listening to Out of the Shadows by Jenn D. Young. I’m reading Royal Captive by Heather Frost, Avalon by Ceril N Domace, and The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich. I’m a mood reader and I’m buddy reading with my mom.

Thank you so much for reading! Tell me all about what you’re reading! What’s your latest favorite read that you couldn’t put down?

Bookish Chatter: Readathons

Topic: Readathons

For those of you who know me, I’m completely obsessed with readathons. Lately, I haven’t been fully successful with them. I keep trying though. I will continue to keep on trying as well. They are especially helpful in reading slumps. Some are a day. Some are a weekend long. Some last a week. Some are even a month long.

I actually host a readathon once a month. It’s called a TBR Jar readathon. It’s held in the Facebook group The Introverted Readathoner. The goal behind the readathon is to take some books and put them in a jar or spreadsheet. Whatever the person chooses. When it’s time to pick a read, you pick at random. However, treating it like a normal readathon is okay too. I just find it more fun to do it the at random way.

That’s all I can really think about on this topic. I’d really love to participate in readathons. Please feel free to comment any readathons that you enjoy. If I’m not familiar with them, I will definitely be checking them out! Especially if there are some upcoming!!!

Times are hard. If you would consider helping me out by the links below, I’d really appreciate it.

Bookish Chatter: Book Fairies

Topic: Book Fairies

For those of you who don’t know, book fairies are people who go to another person’s wishlist and send them a book as a gift. I’ve gotten two or three book fairy gifts. I’ve sent quite a few as well. There’s just something amazing about both getting and giving books. I wish I had the money to send more. It would be nice to get more as well. Just saying! LOL!

I really think book fairying is a great way to connect with other readers and share books that you love or that you think they will love. I also recognize there will probably be some negative aspects too. I am sure there are people who beg for people to fairy them and have no intention of passing it on. It happens in many different areas. Not just the book world.

What are your thoughts on book fairying? Do you book fairy? Do you get fairied? Tell me your story!

Got a book topic you want my opinion on? Let me know!

Bookish Chatter: 2022 Book Reviews

I’ve been really lazy with reviews this year. There was a time when I was starting to see writing reviews as a chore. I’ve been writing them up though. I have set up a OneNote for reviews. I have a tab for each month. It’s been really inspiring.

My plans are to write up two reviews a day (if time permits) until I’ve gotten caught up on all reviews. Once I’m caught up, I’ll do my best to write reviews right when I’m done with the book. Also, starting Monday, I’ll be posting a review every day until they are all posted. Once they are all posted, I will post them as I finish books.

I am seriously hoping that writing all of this out and posting it will hold me accountable. We shall see! I’ve been debating in also posting a video review every day as well, but I’m really not sure about that. I’ll put some thought into it!

How are you doing on reviews? Is anybody else slogging through them? What are some tricks you’d give to make reviews less of a dread?

Books I Read In April

I had a pretty decent month for reading in April. I manage to read fourteen books. Being that I had some struggles through the months with getting into reading, I think that’s pretty amazing. Any reading progress is good though.

Books I read:

  1. As Old as Time by Liz Braswell
  2. Wake’s Claim by Michelle Dare
  3. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
  4. Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
  5. Learn to Love Yourself by Leah Gail
  6. Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson
  7. Cataclysm by Brandon Sanderson
  8. The Ash Moon by Michelle Dare
  9. The Somber Call by Michelle Dare
  10. The Crucial Shift by Michelle Dare
  11. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  12. Wake’s Claim by Michelle Dare
  13. Zelia by Zora Marie
  14. A Forgery of Roses by Jessica S. Olson

I’m behind on reviews, but I have a goal of writing two reviews a day. Hopefully, I’ll have them all written in no time. I’ll try to spread out posting them as much as I can. What are some books you read in April?

Book Chat: Paranormals of Avynwood

I just recently read this trilogy. I read all three books in like four days. I love it so much. I’m not going to lie, I read the spin-off series before I read this. This may sound weird, but I actually enjoyed the trilogy even more because of that. I got excited when being introduced to the characters that I already know and love from the series. I now feel like I have to read the entire series over again!

This series. I’m forever grateful for Audiobook Obsession for introducing me to this world. If they hadn’t, I wouldn’t have known all these amazing characters. I wouldn’t have a new favorite author in Michelle Dare. I wouldn’t have books to listen to to help me get to sleep. This is definitely a series that I will reread many more times in my life. I need to get all of the series and trilogy in paperback! If you’re looking for a book world that will absolutely suck you in and make you want to stay forever, this is the perfect world for you!

This author is definitely on my instant buy list. Just saying. If you’ve read these books, please let me know! I need somebody to talk to about these with!