Around the Web (#17)

Did you make your Goodreads reading challenge last year? You did great whether you did or didn’t. But if you didn’t and are wondering how to change that, Epic Reads has you covered! Check out their 5 Ways to Beat Your Goodreads Challenge.

I’m deep in a Harry Potter read! (This is my first time reading HP). And I have many opinions! (As of right now, Ron is still my fave!) But one of those opinions is that Slytherins aren’t  evil, I think they’re just misunderstood. Book Riot agrees with me.

Take a quiz to find out what book you should read based upon Disney princess fashions! (According to the quiz I should read Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls)

This past Monday (January 15th) we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here’s a list of picture books to keep the dream alive.

I just really enjoyed this post (it may have inspired me to write something similar … stay tuned)

Newest YouTube Channel I Started Watching: OhYeahTV

Newest Blog I Started Reading: Alex in Wonderland

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Resolutions And/Or Goals

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post. )

Hello Readers!

Today I will be sharing with you the top ten bookish resolution/goals that I have set for myself for this new year of 2018!

Before jumping in, let me just say this: some of these are definitely repeat resolutions/goals from previous years.

  • Be more organized, not only life and work wise, but also blog wise.
  • Start my beauty blog, Shimmer & Glimmer, once again.
  • Utilize GoodReads more/better.
  • Read at least 3 books per month
  • Read more adult books.
  • Read at least 30 minutes per day.
  • As a librarian, I have access to books .. all of which are free. I want to utilize my library more.
  • Join a book club.
  • Take better notes while reading to better help with writing reviews.
  • Read all the books I’ve been meaning to get around to but haven’t.

So readers, what are some of your bookish resolutions/goals? Please share in the comments below.

Stacking the Shelves

(Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.)

Hello Readers!

This week I’m back with another edition of Stacking the Shelves. And I’ll be sharing, not only the books I receive for Christmas, but also books I have purchased.

From Friends (Emma/Miss Print) and Family:

The Ravenous by Amy Lukavics
The Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Sailor Moon Box Set Vol. 1-6 by Naoko Takeuchi
Frau Faust by Kore Yamazaki
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Books I’ve Purchased:

Meet Cute edited by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Freebie Friday: 2017 Reading Stats

Hello Readers!

And a Happy and Healthy New Year to all of you! ::throws confetti::

Way back when 2017 first started, like I always do, I set a reading goal for myself. At the time, I thought it was a low goal, but I figured if I knew I would surpass it somewhere along the line, I would adjust accordingly.

I set my goal at one hundred and fifteen (115) books.

As the days, weeks, and months passed I started to think that I wouldn’t surpass my goal. I started think that I would have to adjust my goal, but instead of adding I would have to subtract.

And honestly …. that stressed me out. A LOT!

The more I thought about my reading goal, the more daunting the challenge became. There was a point where I actually considered giving up.

Let me explain why …

This pas year I felt like I hadn’t been reading as much as I had in the past. Life seemed busier with work, with my bestie’s wedding (and all the fun things that go along with being in a wedding), vacationing abroad, and well, life in general. As much as the fact that I wasn’t reading as I normally had saddened me, I had plenty to occupy my time. So much so, there were stretches of time (sometimes weeks) where I hadn’t picked up a book for fun.

I simply did not want to read. I hate to say I was in a reading rut, but for lack of a better term, I was in a reading run.

Because of my lack of reading I lost motivation and momentum to blog. I felt like I had nothing of quality to talk about.

At this point I was certain that I most definitely was NOT going to make my reading goal. But there was a nagging voice in the back of my mind that told me to keep my set goal. To not change it. To persevere. After all, this was a personal challenge. I resigned myself to stop worrying about this goal. Whether or not I made my goal would not make or break me – as a reader and a blogger.

Eventually, I picked up a book, and kind of re-discovered my love of reading.

With all that said, I bet you are wondering if I did or did not make my goal.

The answer is: YES!

Not only did I reach my set goal, but I surprisingly surpassed it. I read a total of one hundred and fifty-two books.

Obviously, I was happy. But more than that, I was shocked. Seriously, how did I read that many books?

I attribute a lot of my reading to “work related” reading. I do at least four story times per week, and with that comes a lot of preparation. Not only craft preparation, but finding the perfect books to share with my audience.

Another thing I attribute my reading challenge success to is the fact that 2017 proved to be the year that I stepped out of my (reading) comfort zone. I’ve wanted to read more graphic novels for some time, but they scared me. Admittedly it’s because I sometimes have a hard time following the boxes.

Not only did I pick up more graphic novels than I normally would have, I took a giant step outside of my comfort zone and read several volumes of manga. Seriously, I devoured the first eight volumes of a now fave manga series in under two months. This is a feat in my book.
Because I was so excited about reaching my reading goal, I decided to take a good look at the numbers. This year, I did something I never ever do, and I am sharing it with you!

I came up with a set of statistics, that I’m happy to share with you today.

Why am I sharing? Because, even though I normally do not post things like this, I thought it would be fun (and possibly interesting) to share with you guys.

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Goal Set: 115 Books
Start Date: January 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2017
Total Books Read: 152 Books

Book Breakdowns:

Picture Books: 87 Books
Middle Grade Books: 20 Books
Young Adult Books: 20 Books
Adult Books: 0 Books
Graphic Novels: 25 Books

(I could have not included graphic novels, and just have included them within the Middle Grade, YA, and Adult categories, but because I really, really dove into graphic novels this year, I wanted to give them a category all their own)

Star Ratings:

1 Star Books: 2 Books
2 Star Books: 32 Books
3 Star Books: 55 Books
4 Star Books: 49 Books
5 Star Books: 14 Books

(Looking at my star ratings, I realize now that I’m a lot tougher on rating books than I thought I was. In the past, I thought I dished out five star ratings all the time, but I guess. I was wrong about that)

Books Marked as DNF: 3 Books
Books With Female Main Characters: 46 Books had Female Main Characters
Books With Male Main Characters: 20 Books had Male Main Characters

(I bet you are wondering how I came up with these numbers. After looking at the list of books that I read in 2017, I calculated which books had a female main character and which had a male main character. Any book that had two (or more) main characters (of either gender) were accounted for. And still, if I read a series with the same occurring main character(s), those characters were only counted one time. I feel like I’m not explaining that well, but there it is.)

Genres Read:

Horror: 5
Realistic: 21
Fantasy: 9
Sci-Fi: 2
Romance: 1
Classics: 0
Historical: 0
Humor: 3
Action/Adventure: 2
Mystery: 3

So there you have it! Those are my 2017 reading statistics. If you liked this post, and would like to see something similar to this in regards to this here blog, please let me know in the comments. And I’d love for you to share your own reading goals/challenges in the comments!

Around the Web (#16)

Fan of YA books? Ever wonder if your life was fit for one? Take this quiz and find out!

Get me out of this (reading) slump!

he Hate U Give left a lasting impression on me … a hole in my heart. If you feel the same way, check out this article about books that can possibly fill the void.
Think a book buying bad is a good idea? Think again!
Congrats to author Jacqueline Woodson!
Wonder what the most searched for GoodReads book(s) was? Hello Giggles has you covered!
Newest YouTube Channel I Started Watching:  A Dash of Ash
Newest Blog I Started Reading: The Battered Suitcase

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017, But Oops! But Didn’t

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

Every year I say I’m going to read a bunch of books. Books that I have had taking up precious shelf space, books that I’ve been dying to read but just haven’t gotten around to them for some reason or another.

And this year. I’m going to, once again, share with you the books I was meaning to read in 2017 and just never got around to.

Let’s keep all of our fingers crossed that 2018 is the year I get those books read!

The Dream Thieves (and the rest of the books in The Raven Cycle) by Maggie Stiefvater.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bargudo: Since seeing Wonder Woman I’ve been obsessed with Diana and all things Wonder Woman. Obviously I need to read this.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard: I’ve owned this book since it came out. I haven’t read it, even though I know I am going to love it.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black: Truth be told, I’ve read most of this book. But I stopped because I was fearful something terrible was going to happen to one of the characters whom I developed an attachment to. But I really have to finish it!

In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken: I’ve read the first two books, and with the announcement of the newest book in this series, I really need to read the last one. And possibly re-read the first two.

Warcross by Marie Lu: For some reason I’ve been almost fascinated with this book. And I have had an ARC of it since BEA and haven’t picked it up. I don’t know what is wrong with me.

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy: I realize that I am a Julie Murphy fan through and through so why I haven’t I read her debut novel yet? I should also add Ramona Blue to this.

Harry Potter Books 3 through 7 by J.K. Rowling: I’ve avoided the HP books for years and years. And you have to understand, I was much older when Harry came into our lives. I honestly never thought I would read these books, but as of late I feel like it’s time. It’s time I see what all the hype is about, it’s time I enter this wizarding world.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty: The Exorcist is hands down one of my most favorite horror movies … of all times. So much so that when I visited DC last summer, I visited the famed steps. I’ve wanted to read this book since forever, but a part of me fears it will actually terrify me. A part of me is ready for a good scare, another part of me isn’t.

Re-Read the Fear Street Novels by R.L. Stine: Growing up I’ve read a lot, if not most of the Fear Street novels written by the legend R.L. Stine. But unfortunately, they are only vague memories. Every Halloween season I want to do a feature and a re-read and I never do. Maybe this year will be the year I make Fear Street Fridays a real life blog feature – stay tuned!

There you have it readers! The top ten books I wanted to read last year, but never got around to. I am going to try my hardest, but I make no promises that some of these books may not be on next years list!

What books did you want to read in 2017 but just didn’t? Please share in the comments!

(All cover images from GoodReads)

 

Middle Grade Monday: New Year, New Books! The Middle Grade Books I’m Excited About

Hello Readers!

As a reader, I tend to stick within my reading comfort zone. But last year, I took a baby step outside of it, and It paid off. This year I want to take another baby step further outside my already established comfort zone and dive deeper into the world of Middle Grade fiction!

Last year, I read some MG books – some I really liked, and others just missed the mark on me. But a lot of what I read was was mainly in preparation of school visits, and other work related things.

This year, I want to simply read some MG books because I actually want to – not because I feel like I should or because I have to.

With that said, I started a (mental) list of MG books that I really want to read. Since I don’t have a great memory, I figured I post out it here, figuring that maybe you too, dear readers, would enjoy some of these upcoming MG releases.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani.


A few weeks ago an advanced copy of this book made its way to my library. When no one scooped it up, I quickly did. I do not know why, but upon reading the summary, I felt this book would be like no other book I’ve read before. While I haven’t read it yet, I have read the first ten pages or so, and what I read was …. Good, very good! And it only made me MORE excited to read this book.

She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by Ann Hood


I just recently heard of this book. And to be honest, I know little (to almoner nothing) about this book. All I know is that it’s about music, and it has something to do with The Beatles. And that was enough of a sell for me.

The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta


I was sent an advanced copy of this. That cover and the fact that it’s about a kick butt girl had me adding it to my to read list immediately.

Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Barnes

(NO COVER)

I’m a librarian, and a book about books and the people who love them just sounds like a great read to me.

A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano


Day of the Dead celebration and witches … do I need to say more?

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow


Even though I haven’t read many MG books about tween girls “coming of age” but this one I feel, after reading the summary, will not only be a realistic read, but also a heartfelt one. I also love how, judging from the summary, that the main character finds herself with the help of music.

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes


Recently, I’ve become borderline obsessed with artist Frida Kahlo. I know nothing about art, but I know that there was something special, not only about her artwork, but about her as an artist. Frida Kahlo paired with a group of mystery solving kids sounds like a recipe for fun!

So … there you have it! Those are the MG novels that are on my radar, and are on my TBR list!

(All cover images from GoodReads)