The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando (received finished copy from publisher at BEA14)
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. The above photo was taken and altered by me.
Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a freebie. That means that I can pick any topic I want. So I decided that today’s topic would be the top ten books on my backlist TBR list that I totally plan on reading in 2015.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. The above image was taken and altered by me.
It’s been quite some time I posted one of these. Seriously, I don’t even remember the last Top Ten Tuesday post I posted!
There were a lot of books I planned on reading in 2014. But unfortunately I never got around to reading them. Why? I’m not really certain why I didn’t get around to these 2014 releases. Maybe it was because I hit quite a few reading slumps. Maybe it was because I wasn’t in the mood to read that specific book. Or maybe it was because I didn’t read the book that was released before it.
Whatever the reason is, I’m hoping to read some, if not all, of these books in 2015.
It’s a new year! And you know what that means, right? Not only does it mean new books, but it also means a new reading challenge. Whether it’s a challenge you set up for yourself or a challenge hosted by an outside source, a challenge is a challenge.
And this year, there are quite a few challenges floating around. For instance, Goodreads (for those of you who don’t know Goodreads is a social networking site dedicated to books and all their readers) allows all users to deem how many books they are going to read and set their own challenge. Besides that, a lot of great bloggers are hosting their own reading challenges that you can join in on.
Beyond Goodreads, like mentioned above, there are blogs aplenty hosting challenges. Sara from What Sarah Read and Kate from Literary Kate are teaming up with Epic Reads and hosting their own challenge called the 365 Days of YA. Basically, Epic Reads created this nifty and very handy graphic detailing 365 great books! The graphic and challenge have been broken down by season, monthly, weekly, and even daily reads. But because of that, it makes this challenge all the more customizable to what you are the person partaking in the challenge wants!
Now if you are into fantasy you may be interested in the challenge that Alexa from Alexa Loves Books and Rachel from Hello, Chelly are hosting called Flights of Fantasy. Again, this is a challenge that is super customizable. It’s a year long challenge that dares it’s participants as many fantasy novels as you deem fit!
Besides these awesome challenges, there are other challenges out there to help you readers add more diverse reads into your reading world. Dive Into Diversity is a challenge hosted by two blogs – Reading Wishes and Rather Be Reading – which urges participants to, not only read diverse book through the year, but also to talk about these books.
All great challenges right?! So why am I not signing up for any of these?
Well the answer is quite simple. As the new year was rung in I sat back and thought about the last reading year. I read a lot of great books, but I hit a one too many reading bumps. Or rather, slumps. I put a lot of pressure on myself to read faster and to read more. But what I realized while I was trying to read faster and read more was that I was still putting off all the books I’ve wanted to read for a very long time.
So I set up my own challenge.
I challenged myself to not only put as much reading pressure on myself, but I promised myself I would get to as many backlist TBR books. And because of this, that is why I’ve committed myself to read four books per month, and with that, an array of books. If you wan to know more about that you can check out my post here.
Believe me readers, I really do want to participate in one of the many challenges out there. But what I want more, is to focus on the challenges I set for myself.
I want to wish all of you who are participating in reading challenges – whether their own or hosted by someone else – much success. With that, I hope you year ahead in books is a great one.
At the beginning of the month I shared with you my reading goals for the month of January. To recap I said I was going to read the following:
1. Read one New-ish Book: My True Love Gave to Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins
2. Read one ARC(Advanced Readers Copy): The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
3. Read one Audiobook: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
4. Read one backlist TBR Title: Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
Now that January is almost halfway over, I figured it was about time I give you guys an update.
Even though I am truly loving the collection of short stories that Stephanie Perkins edited, I have yet to finish it. At this point I have only 2 short stories left! So close, yet so far. You’re wondering why I haven’t finished this book yet?! I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I don’t do well with short story collections. And the reason why I don’t do will with them is because I tend to lose steam. Not interest, steam. And I think I lose steam simply because I am not a short story reader, therefore I am not used to them. Even though it’s taking some time I will finish My True Love Gave to Me! Not only because I’m determined, but because I’m absolutely loving it. It’s extremely difficult for me to tell you which story is my favorite, as they’ve all been great for different reasons. Even though I haven’t finished I can honestly say it’s going to be a holiday favorite for years and years to come!
I did start the audiobook edition of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Dream Thieves. But to be honest I started this one a few months back. The problem was I started and never finished. I know, that’s terrible. I just re-started this audiobook a few days ago, so I’m just a chapter two or so. And this time I fully intend on finishing it.
Going into this month’s reading challenge I took a look at my shelves and my Kindle bookshelf and seriously thought. I thought about what book has been lingering on my TBR list for quite a while. I decided that Stealing Heaven written by author Elizabeth Scott was the winner. I read this one on my Kindle, and I read it in only a few short days. I really enjoyed this one – enjoyed it more than I had expected to. It made me wonder exactly why I waited so long to read it. It was extremely readable, the plot, though admittedly a wee bit predictable, was unique and refreshing, and the characters were memorable. But that’s all I’m going to say because a review is coming.
So that leaves the ARC of Holly Black’s upcoming The Darkest Part of the Forest. I had real intentions to read this book this month. Why? Because Holly Black is doing a few appearances in my area and I fully intend on being in the audience. But I’m not going to get to this one this month. And there’s a legit reason why. But I’m not one hundred percent certain I can share that reason here on the blog … just yet (stay tuned). The bottom line is I’m going to have to push this one back…sadly 😦
So that’s all I have for you readers. Have you met any of your monthly goals yet? If so, please share! And Happy Reading!
Tag! I’m it!
Yes, fellow blogger and in real life BFF Miss Print tagged me in the I Mustache You Some Questions meme. So before you get to know me, I just want to say THANKS to Miss Print for tagging me. And if you want to check out Emma’s post, you can do so by clicking … here!
Four names that people call me (other than my real name:
3. Miss Nicole
4. Key (don’t ask)
Four jobs I have had:
1. Sales associate at Duane Read
2. Member Service Representative at a financial institution.
4. I wasn’t paid for this … but I ran my own indie/diy music zine! It was a job I took very seriously … seriously.
Four Movies I Would/Have watched more than once:
1. You’ve Got Mail
2. Alice In Wonderland
3. The Sound of Music
4. Forest Gump
Four Books I’d Recommend:
1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2. Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando
3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Four places I have lived:
1. New Jersey
3. New Jersey
4. New Jersey
Four places I have been:
Four places I would rather be right now:
I’m content exactly where I am.
Four things I don’t eat:
1. Red Meat
2. Brussel Sprouts
3. Cherry Pie
4. Raw Fish (I’m not even that fond of cooked fish)
Four of my favorite foods:
1. Potatoes (of any kind)
2. Chicken Noodle Soup
4. My grandma’s chocolate cake
Four TV shows I watch:
1. Big Bang Theory
2. Modern Family
4. Repeats of The Golden Girls
Four things I am looking forward to this year:
1. My birthday in March
3. My friends wedding(!!!)
4. Trip to Italy
Four things I’m always saying:
1. You get what you get, and you don’t get upset.
2. Is there any mail for me?
Four people I tag:
And Happy New Year!
A new year means a new reading challenge. This year, my goal is to read a total of 130 books – that a whopping 5 more books than my 2014 challenge! With that, each month I’m going to be posting the four books I plan to read during the course of that month.
There are no hard and fast rules, simply to decide (which may be the hardest part of these monthly challenges) what books I’m going to read, read them, and track my progress here on the blog. Each month I’m going to read one new-ish book (a book that was published within a year or so), one ARC (advanced readers copy — since I have a lot hanging around), one audiobook (I need something to fill those drives to work), and one book that’s on my to be read list forever!
This month, these are the books I’m planning on reading:
1. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins (new-ish book)
2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (ARC)
3. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Audiobook)
4. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott (Backlist TBR)
It is only January 2nd, but I figured even though I haven’t gotten into the nitty-gritty I figured I’d post a brief update.
First up, My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins. I’m almost halfway done with this collection of holiday stories. Going into this I knew two things: I’m terrible when it comes to reading short stories and that this collection would be different from past collections I’ve read. I am thoroughly enjoying it. Though, it’s too early to tell exactly which short story is my fave.
Secondly, I’m about a quarter of the way done with my backlist TBR book Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott. This book has been on my radar for some time … and it’s been on my kindle waiting to be read for even longer. So, during the early hours of New Year’s Day morning, when I couldn’t sleep (and didn’t want to turn on any lights as not to wake my parents) I decided to take out my kindle and read. I settled on Stealing Heaven. All I can say at this point is that, besides enjoying it, it’s extremely readable. I have a feeling that this is going to be a quick read.
Not a bad start for the new year!
What are your reading hopes/goals for this month or for this new year, readers?
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.