This year, I gave myself a 20 book goal for my Goodreads Reading Challenge and by early July, I had met my goal! I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. My page count isn’t outstanding because I have read several graphic novels, but I still count them, so I don’t mind that. Scheduling time to read has been a huge help for me. It’s something I’ve never had to do before, but a full time job makes time for hobbies a lot more difficult. Now, I read before bed and as much as possible on the weekends. I also only watch a few hours of television during the week and I usually turn off my phone around 8 at night. It has been a lot easier during the summer as I’m on break from work, but I’ll be going back to work full time in a few weeks, so I hope that I can continue reading about a book a week. I’m not going to give myself a new challenge on Goodreads, but I am hoping to read about 15 more books this year. Audiobooks will likely help me out there.
This is a bit of a short discussion post, but I was on vacation last week and the week before that I prepared about 7 posts in a few days, so I needed a it of a break! And I wanted to make a post about my current reading habits.
Do you schedule reading time for yourself? Do you make challenges for yourself or do you prefer to read with no pressure?
Camp NaNoWriMo is currently under way and, although I have been terrible at revising a story I started a couple of years ago, I saw this challenge on Life and Other Disasters and I wanted to do take part in it. I was reading some of my old stories last night and it inspired me to start writing again, so I am thinking I may start taking my revisions a little more seriously. To do the 777 Challenge, you share 7 lines from the 7th page of your WIP.
“I forgot I was sitting in a freezing theater for a while, even when the man behind me kept coughing on the back of my head.”
“I can open the door myself, you know,” she said lightly.
Colette laughed softly and shook her head. “You’re the one who wanted to get dressed up and have a fancy night out.”
The lights from the other cars on the street were starting to make her feel light headed.
“Sure you’re okay?” Daniel placed the cold, wet wash rag on her forehead and she nodded numbly.
He made a ‘hmm’ noise to let her know he was listening and flicked off the bathroom light.
She would complain about him not putting them in the right place tomorrow, but right now she was too tired to mention it.
There’s something about sharing even a little glimpse into original work that makes me a nervous, despite taking writing classes in college, and posting fan fiction for years. Do you ever feel that way or do you like to share your unfinished works with as many people as possible? This part of my WIP will likely be taken out, but writing it was good practice for establishing some things for this story. I’m proud of what I wrote at the time, but I think I may be able to figure out a different way to write it now.
It’s Independence Day here in the United States, so I recently went through some lists of notable American literature. I thought it would be interesting to see how much I’ve read from these lists. I can’t say that the books on these lists were all that surprising, and there are definitely some important books missing, but some of my favorites are considered American classics. This post consists of 6 books that I found to be deserving of their spot in classic American literature and 3 that I would like to read.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison The Awakening by Kate Chopin The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The one book that I didn’t expect to see is The Haunting of Hill House. It was also nice to see several female authors and books about women included in a lot of the lists. Several of these books I read in school, high school or college, and that makes me happy that there are some teachers who can choose good books for their students. Absalom, Absalom! is a book I read in my Southern Literature class. It’s a dense piece of literature and I never would have picked it up on my own.
Molly from Arhaus, a company that sells furniture, contacted me last week asking if I would be interested in making a post about my ideal reading space. This came at a good time as I recently mentioned that I was wanting to create an area specifically for reading in my bedroom. The pieces on the website are beautiful! There are a lot of things that appeal to my style, a bit traditional with some shabby chic and international inspirations. I chose a few items that, if I had an unlimited budget, I would love to have. The items are above my personal budget, but it was nice to look around for some inspiration.
I’ve been wanting to do a post like this for a long time, but it took me a while to figure out how exactly I wanted to do it. I did a little research by reading other blog posts to get some ideas and to see if there were any tags. There are some tags, but I decided a good old-fashioned list would be the best way to go because, hey, I love a list. And I thought starting off with some of my favorite female characters made sense seeing as most of the books I read are in the POV of a female character and the books I read are generally by female authors. Let’s start with 7 characters.
Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice – I’m not sure we’d have a list without Lizzie. Saying you love Pride and Prejudice is a cliche in many ways, but one that I don’t mind being part of at all. It’s one of my all-time favorite books and this character is so complex. I love her fight against societal norms in a time when that was extremely difficult for women. Her love for her family is also one of her best character traits, but being true to herself is the one that I admire the most. She grows a lot in the book as well.
Margaret Hale from North and South – I wasn’t sure if I should include Margaret because I haven’t read the book. I’ve only seen the 2004 BBC mini-series, but I loved that version of her. I’m interested in seeing how different the book is from the TV version, but I think I’ll love her in the book as well. It felt wrong not to include her. She’s a lot like Lizzie in the sense that she could have easily followed society’s expectations of women, but instead she decided to use her sense of right and wrong to help people who were technically below her social status.
Jessica Darling from the Jessica Darling/Jessica Darling’s IT List series – Jessica was one of my first “me” characters. I started these books in high school when I was dealing with some similar situations and I saw a lot of myself in Jessica and her personality. Even if I didn’t like some of her actions later on in the book series and I wasn’t into a sport like her, she was a real character and I’ll always appreciate that I kind of grew alongside her from my teen years to my twenties.Read More »
Happy Summer! I don’t usually set myself up like this, but my reading has been unfortunately slow lately. Considering I’m on vacation from work, you would think I would be reading all the time! I have caught up on Supernatural from being 2 and a half seasons behind and, yes, I have left my house quite a lot, but my reading has taken a bit of a hit. But with a trip coming up, I thought it would be a nice time to decide the books I’m going to bring with me and the ones I plan to read in the coming months.
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
I’m almost finished with this one! I have about 130 pages left and, as expected, I adore it. It ended up being a sadder book than I expected, but Sarah Dessen has a gift of also making it a cute book to read. Excited to finish it. It’s becoming one of my favorites from her.
Shopaholic to the Stars (Shopaholic, #7) by Sophie Kinsella Shopaholic to the Rescue (Shopaholic, #8) by Sophia Kinsella
It’s time to get some of my beach reading done while also catching up on a loved series. I started Shopaholic to the Stars after it was released and couldn’t get into at the time, but I’m hoping that reading it during my vacation may be a better experience. They’re not the shortest books, but with a 6-hour car ride to and from and downtime at the beach and pool, I’d like to finish at least 1 of them.Read More »
Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried my best to not get into too many book series. I’m always worried that I’m not reading enough variety when I do that, but I realized just how much I love series this year. It’s so nice to read a book where you already know the characters and understand their world without having to read 100 pages to get into the action. In my journey to read less series, I ended up leaving some of the ones I was reading behind when I used to marathon read them (for the most part). So, I thought it would be nice to make a post about the series that I’m currently reading. Maybe I will finish them or catch up with them in the next year or so.
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson – I’ve mentioned this one a few times because I’ve been behind for the last year or so, but I do plan on getting the latest volumes soon! Currently on Volume 3.
Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson – This is the first superhero graphic novel series that I’ve ever read, and there have been a few times that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep reading, but I love Kamala too much. She was my first Funko Pop! Currently on Volume 4.
The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman– I’m on Volume 3 of this one and I need to continue. There are so many!