#springintohorror wrap-up

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Hi book nerds! Spring Into Horror readathon hosted by Seasons of Reading was one of the month-long reading challenges I participated in April. I love this readathon because it is very laid back. There is only one challenge to be met and that is to read at least one scary book. Which is totally my jam. Horror, suspense-thrillers, psychological thrillers, etc. Ah, these are some of my favorite things. I love it when a book messes with my head and gets my blood pumping. So, of course, I killed it! I finished 17 books during this challenge.

Here are the books I read:

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Overall, I’m quite satisfied with how I did for this round of Spring Into Horror. I would have liked to complete at least one more book but I ran out of time. Many of the books I read during this round also doubled up for my challenges for the O.W.L.S. Readathon. I will be posting my wrapup for that challenge soon so keep an eye out for that.

Let’s chat down below. Did you participate in the Spring Into Horror? How many books did you get to read this month?

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

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Goods Want to Read List | Read it or Delete it #1

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Hey book nerds! I was inspired to start this project by Lala from BooksandLala on Booktube. Last year she tackled a year-long project of culling her closet of TBR books. I’m pretty happy with how my physical TBR stands though, so I am not looking to do that exactly. I would like to clean up my Want to Read list on Goodreads though so I figure I’d make that the goal of my project instead.

I have this tendency to just add books to my Want to Read list on Goodreads based on covers or hype here in the online bookish community. I don’t stop to really consider if it is a book I really am interested in reading. As a result, my list has gotten way out of hand. As of this post my Want to Read list is sitting at 1244 books. I’m never going to get to around to reading them all, especially since I am adding to this list on a daily basis.

In an effort to get my list somewhat under control I’ve decided every month I’m going to pick 6 books off my Want to Read list. I will give myself a month to read them. If I don’t manage to get them read then I will delete them from the list. I will give myself 1 save and if I’m in the middle of reading a book it stays since technically it has moved to my currently reading shelf.

So without further ado here are my picks for May.

  1. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – I actually have a bind up of the series on my physical TBR shelf. I purchased it during the VNSA sale in 2017. I will commit to reading the first book and see where I go from there. I have a feeling I will fall in love with this series. I hear wonderful things about it.
  2. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – I will be honest. I don’t know if I’ll get around to this one. It really isn’t calling to me at all. I don’t own this one. If I get it then I will need to borrow a copy from my library.
  3. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck – I own a copy of this book as well. It is on my physical TBR shelf since I purchased it in 2017. I keep meaning to pick it up but the size of it intimidates the hell out of me. I know weird for me to say after taking on The Stand by Stephen King. Maybe I’ll see if I can get a copy of the audiobook to listen to while I read it.
  4. Things We Know by Heart Jessi Kirby – I honestly don’t remember where I saw this book. I remember thinking the synopsis sounded like it would be one of those gut-wrenching, emotional roller coaster rides of a contemporary. I never picked up a copy though so I’ll have to see if my library has it.
  5. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider – I think I added this one after it was recommended to fans of TFIOS. Don’t judge, I went through a weepy contemporary phase. Ok, let’s be honest. I still have bouts of being in a weepy contemporary phase. I like books that make me cry dammit! I can’t help it. I hear mixed reviews on this one though, so who knows if I will like it. I’ll have to read it and let you know. Provided I can get a copy of it from my library of course.
  6. Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes  – I added this one to my list after seeing it on Stormi’s blog Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh, My! If you haven’t checked out her blog, then I highly recommend you do. She’s awesome and I envy her review game. Someday, Andie. Someday. Stormi’s review made me want to pick this one up and give it a go. I like mystery thrillers, even though the YA thrillers tend to be a hit or miss with me for some reason. I’ll have to see if my library has a copy and let you know what I think about it.

That’s it for my May picks. I don’t know how many of these I’ll manage to get through. I hope I can at least get to three of them. Have you read any of these books? Which would you recommend I start with? Let me know down below in the comments section.

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

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#ReadYourFaceOff Book Club | May

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Hi book nerds! I wanted to help spread the word about the #readyourfaceoff book club group read for May as well as share the dates for the 24 hour readathon for this month. The Read Your Face Off Book Club was created by my friend Riley (@rmfickfack). I will post her announcement video below so you can check it out as well as the link to the Goodreads group if you are interested in joining.

Goodreads Group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/545840-read-your-face-off-book-club

The votes are in and the group read for May is going to be:

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This is a such a great book. I read it back in March of 2017 and it had my FEELS all over the place. I will not be re-reading it, but I can’t wait to join in on the discussions and chat about the book during the live show. Ok, so I might skim through it to give myself a refresher if I can manage to get a copy from my library. This group read will run from May 1st – May 31st.

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We are also going to start our read-along of A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I’ve also read this one but it’s been at least two years. I need a refresher so I can discuss the book with the group. This read-along will run from May 1st – June 30th.

The 24 hour #readyourfaceoff readathon will take place this weekend from Saturday, May 5th – Sunday, May 6th. Don’t forget to include #readyourfaceoff when sharing your TBRs and updates. I will be traveling this weekend to L.A. so I won’t be able to participate during this round of the readathon. I’ll happily cheer you all on when I get a chance to check in throughout the weekend.

That’s all the information I had to share with you today. I hope you decide to join in on the fun.

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

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW 98

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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. A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
  2. “Have you ever looked a starving beggar in the eye and thought that the privileges you enjoy are nothing more than a whim of the cosmos?”
  3. I would love to jump into this book and meet Veronica Speedwell. She is a riot. I wouldn’t want to live there though because I love my modern technology too much.

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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GOOD-BYE APRIL | HELLO MAY 2018

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Hi book nerds! Somehow April disappeared and it is now May 1st. I still can’t believe how fast this year is going. I feel like I’m never going to catch up. April was a highly stressful and busy month for me. There were a lot of things that were still in transition for me but I do see a little light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve managed to sit down and organize my thoughts to actually plan some things out in my bujo so I feel a little less of a mess. That’s a start, right?

Let’s dig into the April wrap-up and then we can go into some of my plans for May.


April 2018

Books Read: 17

I participated in two month long reading challenges this month, Spring Into Horror and the O.W.L.S. Readathon. My wrap-up posts for both readathons will be going up here on the blog this week.

DW 2019 Project Total: $64.00

I am happy that for the most part I read books that I already own. Now if I could just stick to my quarterly TBRs then I could give myself bonus money. That didn’t really happen this month but there’s always May.


So what are my reading plans looking like for May? I haven’t really talked about it much here or on the channel but I have set a personal goal to read for at least 30 minutes everyday. I’ve missed a couple of days here and there, but for the most part I’m sticking with it. I’m going to continue this goal for May. I’m hoping if I successfully make this a daily habit that I can make a dent in my TBR.
Speaking of TBRs, I will be trying to get some more of my Spring TBR completed. I only managed to check off one of my Spring TBR books in April. I will be starting my Summer TBR in June so I need to try and complete as many off the list as possible this month. If you want to check out my Spring TBR you can watch the video below.

 

I am also co-hosting round 4 of BorrowAthon this month. You can check out my announcement video below for more information. I will have a separate TBR for BorrowAthon going up on the channel closer to the week of the readathon.

 

As for the channel and blog, I’ve been outlining and planning things. I did some brainstorming for blog and video ideas. Since things have settle down a bit at home I’m planning on going back to my filming and blogging routine. That means I will actually have content going up this month. What? I know, I’m excited too.

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I went ahead and extended the giveaway from April. I didn’t have time to promote it so I wanted to allow a bit more time for everyone to enter if interested. Check out the giveaway here.

That’s it for my April wrap-up and May plans. Let me know down in the comments what your reading plans are for May. Will you be joining us for round 4 of BorrowAthon?  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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Task it Tuesday | Setting up my #bujo May spread #taskittues

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Task it Tuesday was created by the fabulous Geeky Blogger and adopted first by Because Reading and now by Bloggiesta!

What is Task it Tuesday? Task it Tuesday is a weekly meme dedicated to the list makers of the blogging world 🙂 It’s all about being productive and organized – on your blog and in real life (if you so chose). By sharing our lists we get instant accountability partners and also get ideas of things to add to our lists (or sometimes ways to tackle tasks more efficiently). We hope you’ll join us!

It’s a new month. You know what that means. Time to set up a new monthly spread in my bujo, write up wrap-ups and set my monthly goals. Busy busy busy. I already set up my goals on a monthly and weekly basis in my bujo, but I decided to share them here with you. I’m hoping someone will be like “Psst Andie how’s that to-do list going?”. I need some motivation please! 🙂

I created my May monthly spread last night and set up my weekly and daily spreads for the first two weeks in May. Now I just need to fill in my goals and pre-schedule some posts. This is a very busy time of the year at work so unless I pre-schedule something there will not be any content on my blog or channel. So this week is all about brainstorming, planning, and scheduling. Also, I’m traveling this weekend so it all my tasks for this week have to be completed by Friday. No problem, right?

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I’m not worried. Why are you worried? I got my bujo and pretty colored pens. I got this!

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Here’s what I hope to get done this week. Please help keep me motivated or send caffeine. Caffeine is always welcome!

★ Pick 2-3 readathons for May and create bujo spreads for each

★ Prep posts for book review back log

★ Schedule 7 blog posts for May

★ Pre-film and schedule 5 videos for May

★ Share blog and booktube channel posts on social media

It’s a pretty ambitious list, I know. I’m so behind on everything though that I feel overwhelmed. I need to catch up and I’m hoping if I pull this off that I will make a dent in my backlog.

What tasks/goals did you set up for yourself this week? Let’s chat down below in the comments.

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

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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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