WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 97

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  2. “You can smell it, too. Death. Dying. Decay. The sky is falling, the sky is dying, the sky is dead.”
  3. Heck no! I’m pretty sure I’d die.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 96

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  2. “I was determined to be both pretty and fierce, as Mother had said I could be. Just because I was interested in a man’s job didn’t mean I had to give up being girly. Who defined those roles anyhow?”
  3. I’m not sure yet since I just started it.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 95

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Illustrated by Jim Kay.
  2. “That does it,’ said Uncle Vernon, trying to speak calmly but pulling great tufts out of his mustache at the same time. ‘I want you all back here in five minutes, ready to leave. We’re going away. Just pack some clothes. No arguments!”
  3. Yas! I would love to visit Hogwarts.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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Goodreads Challenge Q1 Check-in

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Hi book nerds! Today I wanted to do a quick check-in to let you know where I am at on my Goodreads challenge this year.  Now I know there are mixed feelings in the book community about the Goodreads challenge. Personally, it has never stressed me out or taken away from my reading experience. I find it to be a fun and useful way of tracking my reading on a yearly basis. Which is why I will continue to participate in this challenge regardless of its popularity. This year I decided I would share my progress on this challenge on a quarterly basis with you here on the blog.

Before I get into my breakdown of what I’ve read so far this year let me start by saying I don’t set a specific or hard set goal of how many books to read in a quarter. I’m a mood reader and I tend to binge book reading like some people binge Netflix shows. Reading is by far my primary form of relaxation and stress relief. Second preferred method would be playing games on my phone or Switch. That said I read a lot of things. I don’t stick to one genre and I read multiple books at once. I usually have an eBook, audio book, and physical book going at all times. I’m pretty sure that is why I tend to read as much as I do. I always have a book with me in one form or another and reading is a huge priority for me. I try to get in at the minimum 30 minutes of reading time everyday. It really does help with my stress and anxiety. All of that said, let’s get into my stats for the first quarter of 2018.

Total Books Read: 46 ( I am currently 22 books ahead of schedule)

5 Stars:

4 Stars:

3 Stars:

2 Stars:

1 Star:

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As you can see the majority of the books I read were either a 3 or 4 star rating so I would say I’ve had a pretty solid reading year so far. I’m looking forward to seeing how my stats will change after Q2. I’m hoping I will see the majority of the books I read shift towards 4 or 5 star reads. We shall see.

Let me know down below in the comments how your reading is going so far in 2018. Also, if you read any of the books in the post let’s chat about them down below.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 94

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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1. What’s the name of your current read? Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones
2. “Maybe everyone else is exactly the same, and he’s the one that’s been exchanged for another version of himself, one that’s attracted to guys, one that sees spirits and deals drugs to teenagers.”
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not? It is a contemporary fiction set in the modern world so I do live in it.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments ❤

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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Something Like Happy by Eva Woods | Book Review

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How did I get it? I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

Other books reviewed by the same author: N/A

Key Words: Mental illness, terminal illness, friendship, romance, contemporary fiction

Thoughts:

Something Like Happy by Eva Woods was an emotional rollercoaster of a read. It followed Annie Hebden, a thirty-five-year-old woman who had been stuck in a rut after she suffered a terrible loss. She doesn’t enjoy her job, her roommate was irritating and she wallowed in her self-pity. Then she met Polly Leonard. Polly, the friendly and lively woman that inserts herself into Annie’s life, determined to be friends. Despite Annie’s multiple attempts at giving Polly the cold-shoulder, Polly persisted and eventually gets Annie to agree to be friends. Polly proposes that Annie joins her in a 100 days of happiness project where they will do things, big or small, that will bring joy into their lives for 100 days. Annie was convinced this could not work but finally agreed to play along. The two women go on an emotional journey celebrating their accomplishments, learning to live in the moment and gain strength from one another. This was a story about love, friendship, grief, and learning to find joy in simplicity.

“I think we should all live as if we are dying too – because we are, make no mistake. We should live as if we’re dying at some unspecified but possibly quite soon time. We can’t expect every day to be happy, and there’ll always be sickness and heartache and sadness, but we should never put up with a sad or a boring or a depressing day, just for the sake of it. None of us have time for that, whether we have a hundred days left or a hundred thousand.”

I really enjoyed the friendship between Annie and Polly in this book. The two women developed a bond that was stronger than friendship, and through their bond, they gave each other motivation and strength. This benefited both women since Annie struggled with depression after a terrible loss and Polly had to come to terms with her diagnosis of terminal cancer.

I was not a fan of the romantic subplot centered around Annie’s relationship with Dr. Max. It felt forced and unrealistic. The chemistry just was not there in my opinion. Also, the plot was a bit too predictable which took away from my overall reading experience.

All in all, Something Like Happy was a heartfelt, and enjoyable read. A bit on the sappy side and somewhat unsurprising. There were some things that could have been improved as far as the writing goes, but it is a story that is filled with potential.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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GOOD-BYE MARCH | HELLO APRIL 2018

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Hi book nerds! Can you believe it is April already? Time is flying by me this year. I would love to say that things have calmed down enough for me to get my routine back in gear, but alas that hasn’t happened yet. I’m starting to wonder if it ever will, and maybe I should accept I will always be a hot mess. My reading is still going strong so…at least there is that. Of course, that means I’m beyond behind on posting my book reviews. Story of my life.

Let’s go ahead and move on with my March wrap-up.


March 2018

Books Read: 18

I participated in two month long reading challenges this month, Emojiathon and Middle grade March. Since I do not own very many middle grade books I ended up borrowing the majority of the books I read from the library.

DW 2019 Project Total: $40.00


 

Now let’s talk about my reading plans for April. There are two month long reading challenges that I will be participating in. You can find my TBRs here on the blog. I will be taking part in the Spring Into Horror and #OWLSReadathon2018. In addition to the month long reading challenges I will be joining in the #ReadYourFaceOff and Dewey’s 24 hour readathons.
Of course I will also be working on reading books from my Spring TBR since I did not complete any of them in March. I know, I’m the absolute worst with TBRs.

 

As for the channel and blog, I’m not sure what my blogging and filming schedule will be like in April. I haven’t had much of a chance to do any pre-filming or blogging in the last couple of weeks. I’m sorry, but there will be a high possibility I might be very sporadic this month. I do have a giveaway in April though since I will be celebrating my second anniversary on Booktube. Check out the giveaway here.

That’s it for my March wrap-up and April plans. Let me know down in the comments what your reading plans are for April. If you did a TBR post I’d love to check it out so please leave a link.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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The O.W.L.S READATHON TBR #OWLsReadathon2018

Hi book nerds! I’m beyond excited to announce that I will finally be able to take my O.W.L.S! Sort of, well as close as I will ever get to taking them. I am going to participate in the O.W.L.S READATHON TBR hosted by Book Roast. Click on the link to watch the announcement video and get all the details on this readathon. This will run from April 2nd – April 29th. There are twelve challenges and they are the following.

  1. Ancient Runes: Read a book with a symbol on the cover.
  2. Arithmacy: Read a book with a number on the cover
  3. Astronomy: Read a Sci-Fi book.
  4. Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book with a magical creature or has a magical creature on the cover.
  5. Charms: Read a Fantasy book.
  6. Defense Against the Dark Arts: Read a book with a secret club or society
  7. Divination: Read a book featuring prophecies
  8. Herbology: Read a book with a nature related word in the title
  9. History of Magic: Read a historical fiction book
  10. Muggle Studies: Read a non-fiction book
  11. Potions: Read a book about alchemy
  12. Transfiguration: Read a book that features transfiguration/shape-shifting or cat on the cover.

Books on my TBR:

Thank you to Riley for the report card she created for the participants of the readathon. I’m going to go ahead and share this here so you can see where the books on my TBR relate to the challenges.

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As you can see in true Hermione Granger fashion I am going to attempt to complete all of the O.W.L.S. Wish me luck!

Will you be participating in the readathon? If you put up a TBR let me know so I can check it out.

As always keep on reading and stay book nerdy my friends!

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