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Book-tube-a-Thon Day #4 & 5 Update

Number of books completed: 7

Number of pages read: 2206

Currently Reading:  Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Cups of Tea Had: 1 / 1

Reading Challenges Completed: 5/7

A book with pictures.
Start and finish a series.
A book with red on the cover.
A book someone else picks out for you. (Selected by my co-blogger, River!)
A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
A book to movie adaptation (Read the book, now to grab the movie from the library!)
Read seven books.

Completed Books:

Golden by Jessi Kirby (Challenge Completed: A book someone else picks out for you.) – 277 pages.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Challenge Completed: A book with pictures) – 233 pages.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (Challenge Completed… Sorta: A book to movie adaptation) – 399 pages

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm – 40 pages

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Challenge Started: 2 out of 3 books completed for this series) – 276 pages.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (Challenge Completed: A book with red on the cover) – 417 pages

Codename: Sailor V, Vol. 1, by Naoko Takeuchi – 276 pages

It’s Not Summer Without You, by Jenny Han – 288 pages

Commentary:

Day 4: Completed Ruin & Rising! I am so so sad this series is over. It was one that took a bit to grow on me and once it sunk its teeth into me, I was hooked and in love. It’s also weird because I went from hating Alina and loving Mal, to by the end of the series appreciating Alina a bit more and finding Mal stale and unappealing. Genya was still my favourite character even by the end of the series, and this book continued to show what a great support character she was. Also Darkling. Yay Darkling (shhhh, River!)

Other than that, I played lots of Always Sometimes Monsters… which is an intriguing little game that if you own Steam, it’s worth checking out just for the moral debates it provides. Finished it too!

Day 5: CODE NAME SAILOR V! I got this as a gift at my library shower (along with book 2) and I loved it! I was so nostalgic reading it, and Minako isn’t even my favourite (Makoto is!) but still, such a fun and crazy romp. I forgot how lazy Minako is (no wonder why she’s Usagi’s twin in a lot of ways). Can’t wait to dive into volume 2!

I also finally watched American Psycho to complete the book to movie adaptation, and I think for me, the movie was better than the book. The ultra-violence in the film was stylized but not excessive (if that makes sense). Christian Bale really sold me on his performance though as Patrick Batman. So creepy! But overall, the movie removed a lot of what I disliked about the book and really just focused on Bateman’s growing insanity, which I appreciated (although the dog murder made me UNHAPPY).

And finally… I finished It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han and it was… lackluster. This particular instalment was a lot of moping about Conrad and not having the summer house and it went on for two hundred pages. Normally I’d be fine with this but these were the only focuses in this book and Belly just didn’t really develop much, and I am not a fan of Conrad or Mr. Fisher. Jeremiah is still cool though. He sings Brittany Spears.

Hopefully Day six is as productive!

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Book-tube-a-Thon Day #3 Update

Number of books completed: 5

Number of pages read: 1225

Currently Reading: Codename: Sailor V, Vol. 1, by Naoko Takeuchi & Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Cups of Tea Had: 2

Reading Challenges Completed: 3/7

A book with pictures.
Start and finish a series.
A book with red on the cover.
A book someone else picks out for you. (Selected by my co-blogger, River!)
A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
A book to movie adaptation (Read the book, now to grab the movie from the library!)
Read seven books.

Completed Books:

Golden by Jessi Kirby (Challenge Completed: A book someone else picks out for you.) – 277 pages.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Challenge Completed: A book with pictures) – 233 pages.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (Challenge Completed… Sorta: A book to movie adaptation) – 399 pages

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm – 40 pages

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Challenge Started: 1 out of 3 books completed for this series) – 276 pages.

Commentary:

I am exhausted from doing adult things today, so this will be a quick update. I finished The Summer I Turned Pretty and overall I liked it, but I have some mixed feelings about it. Haven’t been able to quite put it into words yet, I asked Twitter to pick my next read: Ruin and Rising won by a landslide, which means Tokyo Vice will probably be read towards the end of the event (it’s for the challenge of a genre I’ve read the least of this year, I picked non-fiction). Hopefully I will have a much more cheery update tomorrow, but blarg, I am pooped!

Book-tube-a-Thon Day #2 Update

Number of books completed: 4

Number of pages read: 949

Currently Reading: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Cups of Tea Had: 2

Reading Challenges Completed: 3/7

A book with pictures.
Start and finish a series.
A book with red on the cover.
A book someone else picks out for you. (Selected by my co-blogger, River!)
A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
A book to movie adaptation (Read the book, now to grab the movie from the library!)
Read seven books.

Completed Books:

Golden by Jessi Kirby (Challenge Completed: A book someone else picks out for you.) – 277 pages.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Challenge Completed: A book with pictures) – 233 pages.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis (Challenge Completed… Sorta: A book to movie adaptation) – 399 pages

Sleepless Knight by James Sturm – 40 pages

Commentary:

Great day of reading. I was only about 100 pages into American Psycho yesterday, so it was great to finish it off (even though I absolutely hated it, though admittedly I can totally see why others would enjoy it). I also finished a graphic novel ARC I had on my iPad, Sleepless Knight, which doesn’t come out until 2015, but it is SO CUTE. I will definitely have a review of it soon! After that I started The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, the first of the Summer trilogy, and I’m liking it a lot. It’s an easy read to get sucked into, though I’m not sure how I feel about a lot of the characters yet. Hopefully, I have great progress tomorrow (though I have an insanely busy day in store!). What’s your #booktubeathon progress? Let me know in the comments!

Christmas Book-Tube-A-Thon & Bookish New Years Resolutions

Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well for the holidays. For those like River who are in Japan or other parts of the world: Merry Christmas! For Canadians and Americans, Happy Christmas’ Eve. I thought it’d be fun to take a break from the insane amount of reviews to share an update on Book-Tube-A-Thon and some of my Bookish New Years’s Resolutions.

First off, Book-Tube-A-Thon was a smash hit. They were running challenges from the 20th to the 22nd, and it ended at midnight. I ended up reading four books for the event:

  • The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate (5 stars)
  • Half-Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan (4 stars)
  • Daughter of the Forest, by Juliette Marillier (4 stars)
  • Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan (5 stars)

Overall, I had an amazing experience with the event. They were running book sprints, asking people to take pictures of favourite quotes, what they were reading, it was just such a great and relaxing event. You never felt pressured to read if you were tired. I’ll definitely be participating again sometime in the near future.

Bookish New Years Resolutions

BcQ63rzCYAA7nu7Meet “The Shelf of Shame” as my spouse calls it. He’s been teasing me for years about how I one day we’re going to live in a house overrun by books. We actually have over twelve book shelves in the house, but this one is specifically my pile of books that I have bought and have not read. This does not include the books my spouse and I share that I haven’t read (which is A LOT).

I want to work on a few bookish things for the new year, so here’s a few things that have been on my mind.

  • Read More, Spend Less: Although I read roughly 200 books a year, it’s funny how the Shelf of Shame doesn’t feel like it goes down. This is because I am the Queen of reading the new and shiny gems that end up in my hands. My goal is to try to buy less books and read what I have. Same goes with the Kindle backlog (which is bad as well).
  • Use the Library… even more: I love my local library. It has an amazing and very up to date selection of books. I’d love to even work at my local library if I could (finish library school first!). If there’s a series I am curious about or bought the first book and thought “eh that was okay,” I’ll just get the rest from the library and save my wallet a beating. Of course, I want to read more of what I own first, so we’ll see about how my dates at the library go. We may have to break up and make up a lot next year.
  • Donate/Purge: The reality is, I need to  stop keeping books I likely will never read, lean or save. I have tons of old books I need to donate, and if I read something my collection that makes me go “eh,” into the donation pile it goes so that way someone else can hopefully enjoy it. I donated over ten bags of books last year, hopefully I can donate a bit more.
  • Have At Least One Used Book Store Binge: Since my father passed away, I’ve made less trips downtown, so I haven’t done my annual “Used Bookstore Day” with some of my girlfriends. It pissed me off in fact, that I couldn’t get my act together to have that one day where I see how much I can get and for how cheap. In 2014, this is happening.
  • Go to Mable’s Fables and Re-Reading: Living in Toronto there are so many unique bookstores, and two I have my heart set on visiting are Mable’s Fables & Re; Reading. Hopefully I get to them at some point next year. 🙂
  • ARCs: I’m not going to lie, I love receiving ARCs. I feel like it’s Christmas when I get a physical one in the mail or Netgalley and Edelweiss tell me there’s new goodies for download. However, once I finish reading a lot of the physical ones, I never know what to do with them. So perhaps I shall host a few mystery box ARC giveaways throughout 2014? Yeah, I think you’d like that idea, readers. 😉 Also just more giveaways in general!
  • Practice Cataloguing More: As a library student, this is just something I’m going to have to practice more whether I like it or not. BANE OF MY EXISTENCE (except not really, I don’t mind it, there’s just lots to remember).
  • READ: 2013 has been probably the roughest year of my life. Well, that’s a lie, from 2011 to 2013 has been the toughest time in my life. Reading has helped me cope with a lot of the fears and anxieties I have faced and it’s my hobby that continues to always give me new worlds to explore and characters to all in love with. I hope to read at least another 200 books next year, but who knows where life will take me, eh?

And that’s it. Let me know in the comments what some of your reading resolutions are. I’d love to hear them. Also if you see any books in the Shelf of Shame picture that I should have read by now and haven’t, TELL ME. I’m always looking for suggestions on what to read that I already own. I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday and an Amazing New Year! 🙂