April, May, June 2018 Book Haul

In the second quarter of the year my husband lost his job. The budget has been significantly tightened. Somehow I still managed to purchase or receive 24 physical books. And I haven’t finished any of them yet, though I am in the middle of three. Not very good numbers here. At the beginning of this quarter I was already in the middle of way too many books and I just haven’t caught up yet to begin many new books. I always get stuck in a cycle where library books have to take priority because they are going to have to be returned. I hope to begin reading my newly acquired books soon.


This was my favorite find of the month. On our anniversary we husband and I went to a local bookshop to sip coffee and look at books. I ended up leaving with four books and he left with one. This book caught my eye quickly. It is Captain January by Laura E. Richards. It’s a small, pretty, blue, hardcover, copyright 1902. It has illustrations scattered throughout. And I immediately thought of the Shirley Temple movie by the same name. Shirley Temple was a favorite when I was little and I have a whole box of VHS to watch with my kiddo at some point. My initial thought was correct. The book is the basis for the movie! I can’t wait to read this one, but love to just look at it too. I paid just $4 for this book.


These are the other books I purchased on that shopping trip. How to Buy a Love of Reading by Tanya Egan Gibson, Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier, and That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam. All were chosen simply based on reading the back cover descriptions.

Of the Trio the one I’m most excited about is How to Buy a Love of Reading is about  parents who have a book written specifically for their 16 year old daughter who doesn’t like to read.


These three books are ones that caught my attention at Dollar Tree and I purchased them for only $1 each. I don’t know much about them besides what is on the back cover.  These three are The Mahé Circle by Georges Simenon, Stir by Jessica Fechtor, and The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips.


The next set of books is three parenting books. Love that Baby by Mildred E. Cawlfield was a gift from my father-in-law. I started reading this one, but haven’t only made it 30 pages in so far. The other two books, It’s OK NOT to Share by Heather Shumaker, and How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen by Joanna Faber & Julie King where both purchased after watching a video on the subject on Charly Troff’s Youtube Channel. It was a great video that I really enjoyed watching. I’ve begun reading It’s OK NOT to share, but have not yet started How to talk.

You can see the video here: https://youtu.be/S_B6HH0qIpA


These three books are Dear Mr. President by Jennifer Armstrong, a book my mother got for me because I love books that don’t follow a traditional novel format and this is filled with letters.

Come As You Are by Emily Nagostki, Ph. D. a book I’m enjoying so far.

And How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster. I purchased the latter because I was hoping it would give me some more insight on how to best annotate my books. I haven’t started it yet, but I hope to soon.


This picture is a set of books that I ordered from Discover Books. It was a Ten-Pack of Mass Market Paperbacks that I purchased for $6.80 after coupon. I don’t know that I would do it again, but it was a fun affordable surprise and there are at least a few that I can see myself reading at some point.


The last book I got this quarter is The Demon in the Trees by Ben Sanders. This book I won in a giveaway he was holding on his Youtube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC41rwV3Nv27UCnlsZ3FGeHg) I received this book and a candle that smells great! I was so excited to win, now I just have to make the time to read it. Soon!

These are the books I gained in the 2nd quarter. Lots of things I can’t wait to finish or start reading. I can’t wait to see what great books the 3rd quarter of 2018 brings my way.

Happy Reading!


June Reading Wrap Up

I finished 17 books in June. I’ve impressed myself considering I was working as much as possible. To be fair, 5 of them were started in previous months. Here’s what I read.

  1. Sleeping Giants by Sylvian Neuvel ✰2✰
  2. You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham ✰4✰
  3. Minecraft: The Island by Max Brooks ✰2✰
  4. Crystal the Snow Fairy by Daisy Meadows ✰3✰
  5. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking ✰2✰
  6. No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty ✰3✰
  7. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor ✰4✰
  8. Heat: Fated Mates by Wolf Specter ✰5✰
  9. Omega’s Fate by Wolf Specter ✰3✰
  10. Mad Passion by Naaju Rorrete ✰2✰
  11. Tonight by Karen Stivali ✰5✰
  12. Off Broadway by Sarah Kay Moll ✰5✰
  13. Swimmer Boy by Jay Argent ✰3✰
  14. When Fire Met Rain by Henry Reign ✰2✰
  15. Finding Finn by Kiki Burrelli ✰4✰
  16. Lexi the Firefly Fairy by Daisy Meadows ✰3✰
  17. And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard ✰2✰

This was no where near my normal reading month as far as subject matter. Two of the books were early chapter books I read to my three year old daughter. She liked them more than I did and that was the point really.

I also read 7 romances which I haven’t read since I was 16 and working at summer camp. I ended up really enjoying the first one I picked up for free on kindle and then continued down a rabbit hole of reading another one as soon as I finished one. I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it.

Overall a great reading month for me. And in the spirit of obscenely long currently reading lists I’m in the middle of 19 books. Down from 22. Progress is the important thing I suppose. When I do a midmonth check in I will include what books I am currently reading. Hopefully I can whittle the list down a bit before then.

Happy Reading!

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

I’ve been seeing this all around booktube and blogs. I wasn’t tagged in this but wanted to give it a try anyway. First, as far as reading goals, the only one I had for the year was to read 52 books. So far I’ve read 66 books. I’m tentatively raising my goal to 100 books this year now. And I believe I’m still ahead of schedule even if that is the case. Now on to the tag questions.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018

For this one I’m going to choose Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I re-read Illumina for the 3rd time and also read Gemina and Obsidio for the first time directly afterwards and I loved them all. I gave all of them 5 stars. I love the stories, I love the kickass women, I love AIDAN, and most of all I love the format.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018

Going to have to go with Obsidio again for this one.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this book. It’s not usually a genre I’m drawn too, but I have to read this one soon.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I didn’t have an answer for this so I looked at lists of books still to be released this year and I spotted People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins. I adore her books and had no idea a new one was coming out. Officially so excited to read it. Not excited about the subject matter though 😦

5. Biggest disappointment

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I just could not read the book. I tried several times and couldn’t get more than a few pages in to the book. The language grated on me really fast. I hope to give it another try at some point as it is so loved, but I’m really not sure about it.

6. Biggest surprise

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. I was worried about the subject matter of this one and the format. But it was written in such beautiful language and it was so atmospheric I couldn’t put it down and read nearly all of it in one sitting.

7. Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

Seanan McGuire! This year I read the three books currently out in the Wayward Children series. I can’t wait for the fourth to come out next year. I love the characters. I love the world. I need more.

8. Newest fictional crush

I don’t usually have crushes on characters, but I suppose I would choose Finn from Finding Finn by Kiki Burrelli. Or maybe Luke from the same book.

9. Newest favorite character

Binti from The Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor. I am loving this series. I have read the first two books so far this year and am currently in the middle of the final book. She is so strong and brave and I am hoping to find out how her story ends over the course of this weekend.

10. Book that made you cry

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It’s a story about an old man that is so sad he just wants to die. Of course it made me cry. But it also made me laugh and believe in the power of people that love you. I loved this book.

11. Book that made you happy

Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun. A quick, cute, and quirky story that I need to read again and again and again and again.

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

The only book to film adaptation I saw this year was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. My husband and I both love the book so we saw the movie in 3d for our anniversary. It was nothing like the book at all, but it was still a really great and fun movie.

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year.

This particular post is the closest to a review I’ve written.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

For this I’ll choose Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph. D. I’m currently reading this book. I’m in love with the colors on the cover.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

At least everything that I’m currently in the middle of. 19 books. For sure Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor. Also my re-read of She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. One of my top two favorite books of all time.


It’s been a pretty great reading year so far. Here’s hoping the rest of the year is as wonderful.


Happy Reading!

Overwhelming Amount of Books to be Currently Reading

I love reading. Reading a book and drinking coffee is what I would choose to do every moment if I had the choice. Unfortunately, the house needs cleaning, work needs done, and the kiddo and hubby demand to be fed multiple times a day.


My bigger problem is that my list of books that I want to read is so big I couldn’t possibly read them all in my lifetime. Books I own that I haven’t read yet is probably a couple of hundred at least and that’s not even considering the thousands of books I don’t own yet.


I read 63 books in 2017. That’s a number I very happy with considering the amount of time that is spent doing everything else in my life. But at that rate, just reading the books I already own will take more than 3 years to complete. And that’s if I don’t buy any new books. Clearly that is not happening considering I went on a book buying spree with Book Outlet last month and bought 39 new books. The three years also doesn’t take in to account books I read from the library. Currently between my husband, daughter, and I we have 90 books checked out.


I think about all the books I want to read and decide that I have to try and read as many as possible. And it has to be right now. In this free minute or half an hour that I have while my daughter is napping. If I don’t read it now I won’t get a chance to. So I pick up a book, one of the many on my to be read list. I read a few pages and then she wakes up. The next nap time I end up starting another book. And another one. and so on.


I do finish books. I sometimes read one book straight through without even glancing at another book I want to read. But, more often than not, I have about three books going at once. One on my Kindle that I read when I’m trying to get my kiddo to sleep. One fiction that I own or is borrowed from the library. And one non-fiction book. Three is my limit. Three is what I can comfortably handle reading at a time and not get overwhelmed with choices.


Any more than three books and I find myself stymied on reading any of them. So how every few months, when I get overwhelmed thinking about the amount of books I’ll never have time to read, do I end up in the position I find myself in now. I have 15 on going books. 15 books I’ve started reading. I’ve read only the a chapter of some and am nearly at the end on others.


15 books at once is simply too many choices for me at one time. I know this. Eventually I’ll choose a book. Either the one with the fewest pages left to read. One that is due back to the library soonest. Or the one I started first. Then I’ll read only that book until it is finished. I’ll choose another and finish that one. And I’ll keep going until I get down to two or three books and I’ll be relieved and excited to finally start another new book.


Looking down from the mountain of 15 books to finish before I can start a shiny new release makes me feel dizzy and like I might never get there. But I will. It just might take some time.


Maybe this is the time that I’ll learn my lesson and I’ll never find myself in the middle of 15 books at once again. Maybe.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

One of our local libraries started a new program two weeks ago called “1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” They handed out trees with apples to color in. Three double sided sheets have the first 300 apples for the project. We took them home and set them in a place I would remember to color the apples in.

In truth I thought it was a silly program for someone like my daughter who requests stories to be read to her all the time. We will sometimes read the same story a dozen times in a row. I laughed and thought how ridiculous the program was. We would be done with the first tree in a week I thought to myself.

Here we are two weeks later and we have 54 apples filled in. I’m not sure if that’s because I just can’t remember to color in the apple after a story, if I’m underestimating how many books we’ve read when I get back to my desk after a long reading session, or if we really have only read 54 books in the past two weeks. I’m not saying that’s bad by any means, just that it’s less than I expected.

Reading 1000 books to your child can sound like a lot if you don’t read often, or even if you do, but it is a challenge that is completely worth tackling. If your child is one day old, read to your child. If your child is a screaming three year old that only wants to read books about dump trucks or sword fights, read to your child. Even if your child starts kindergarten in a week and there is no chance you will finish the challenge in time, read to your child. If your child is twelve and willing to listen to you read out loud to them, read to your child. Reading to your child is never amiss.

Hearing us, as parents or caregivers, read out loud to them and seeing us reading for our own pleasure are great ways to show children that reading is fun and what child doesn’t want to do something fun.

Are you going to take on the challenge with your toddler?

My Current To Be Read Pile

My Current To Be Read Pile

Reading is always something I’ve loved to do. I had been an avid reader from the time I learned how at about age three until I had my daughter nearly two and a half years ago. After becoming a mother I found myself never having the time, the brain power, or the quiet I now found myself needing in order to focus on the words.

I missed reading terribly. So at the beginning of this year I set myself a goal to read 17 books in 2017. So far I’ve finished eight this year. I think that’s more than I managed to read in all of 2016.

My to be read pile is always larger than I can possibly finish in a reasonable amount of time. Especially because most of the time the books are from the library and I have a three week time limit before I have to return them, sometimes it can be expanded to six weeks if no one is waiting for it.

I am pretty certain I won’t finish every book on my current stack, but these are what I am hoping to read soon.

Currently I am reading ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s a book I’ve read before and loved. My library recently purchased the sequel, ‘Gemina,’ and I couldn’t wait to read it. But I decided that I would need a refresher on the first book before I could dive in to the second. What was going to be a skim through became a full read. I’m hoping to finish both of these books before they have to be returned and everything else I want to read is falling behind those two.

Two other books on my list have been on my list for a while. They are ‘The Miracle Morning’ by Hal Elrod and ‘Getting Things Done’ by David Allen. These two have been on my list nearly since I started bullet journaling over a year ago. Those two I purchased and am excited to read.

The last three books on my to be read pile are ‘Everything, Everything’ by Nicola Yoon discovered through a commercial that showed before a video on Youtube; ‘Everything Leads to You’ by Nina LaCour I believe was recommended in a Youtube book review I watched; and “The You I’ve Never Known’ by Ellen Hopkins I found while  browsing the library. Ellen Hopkins is a long time favorite author. I love the format of her books and the stories always grab me deeply. She is the one author my husband always dreads for me to read because I always end up sobbing uncontrollably at the end.

I positive I won’t get to all of these books before they are due to be returned, but I am making the effort to squeeze in some ‘me time’ and get back to reading something that is just for me.