November Goals

It’s that time for another goals post! I think my first goal should be to actually work on my goals throughout the month. I make these goals and then forget about them until I do these posts again, then reread them and think oh hey, those were really good goals and I should’ve worked harder to follow them.

October Goals

  • Read 6 books.      !!         I did this. And most of them were good!
  • Experiment more with journaling.      !!       I did this. I started a couple journals for other personal things, so I’m counting that.
  • Clean apartment once a week.      XX       I did not do this. I might have this be a goal again next month
  • Walk 8,000-10,000 steps at least 4x per week.        XX          I did not do this. This goal seems insurmountable.
  • Only have sugar 2x per week.        XX        I started doing this and then failed halfway through the month because SUGAR COOKIES WITH LOTS OF BUTTER. I just couldn’t resist. BUT I MUST.
  • Experiment more with cooking.       !!           I did this. I found a couple new recipes that I like. They’re really easy and not too exciting, but they are good and bringable for lunches at work.

 

November Goals

  • Make a goals page in my bullet journal and keep track of my goals. See above.
  • Read only when I feel like it. Since I’ve been feeling so slumpy, I don’t want to set a goal to read a certain number of books and then feel badly if I don’t meet it because I’m not in the mood to read. So, I’m going to only read when I feel like it.
  • Have one night of alone time per week. I really enjoyed participating in Dewey’s Readathon last month, and one of the reasons was because I unconsciously spent it alone. My boyfriend was still in the apartment obviously, but he was in another room for most of it because he had school work to do and papers to grade and I was watching TV whilst reading. I really liked my alone time and ended up feeling actually rested before going back to work after the weekend.
  • Come up with a morning and evening routine (or try a few of them). I do…not great without routines, and I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve been so bored lately. I feel better with structure in my life, so I’m going to try to add some.
  • Participate in NaNoWriMo. This is a very tentative goal because I don’t think I’d be able to do actual NaNo and write a full 50,000 words because I haven’t written in over a year. But I want to use the event to encourage myself to explore some of my creative ideas that I have for novels.
  • Clean apartment once a week. And keep track. In my bullet journal. With my other goals.
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october rewind \\ stuck in a rut

October was…okay, I guess? Nothing particularly bad happened. It went fine. There were no major disasters to report. I guess the only interesting thing that happened is that I applied to two other jobs. One didn’t work out because they hired on a rolling basis and were working toward hiring someone else right as they were going to interview me, which is disappointing because it was a really cool job, but it’s okay. The other is a collection development position for children’s at the library where I currently work, and I so so so so so hope I at least get a chance to interview because collection development (which is basically choosing what books the library purchases) is my passion and my favorite thing about librarianship, and I would love to read and choose children’s books. So, fingers crossed that they at least want to interview me.

Other than that, I’ve really been stuck in a rut with…basically everything. I’m not really enjoying anything I used to enjoy, and not letting myself enjoy things either, for some weird reason. I don’t even really enjoy reading at the moment. Every time I pick up a book, I force myself to slug through it but I don’t enjoy the process of reading. I don’t enjoy most other things I used to either, like playing my flute and violin or watching children’s and horror movies/shows back to back. I feel like my life has been sucked of all fun. I’m fine mental health wise, but I just feel so bored most of the time because none of the things I typically enjoy doing have been giving me enjoyment.

I’m tempted to not read for the entire month of November to give myself a break, but I can’t imagine just not reading for a long time again. I wish I could figure out why I’m not enjoying things as much, but I guess that’s what I have a therapist for.

 

What I Read

1. Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand
2. What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
3. We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
4. Wildcard – Marie Lu
5. Jonesy #1 – Sam Humphries
6. Jonesy #2 – Sam Humphries

I think my favorite books were WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, WHAT IF IT’S US, and WILDCARD. I didn’t love WILDCARD *as* much as I expected because I read it when I was still feeling slumpy and rut-y, but it did not disappoint at all. I ended up loving WHAT IF IT’S US even though I was apprehensive about it. I also adored WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE and want to hug Merricat and Jonas. I also did something weird for me and gave a graphic novel a try. JONESY is super cute and I will for sure be recommending it to teens. I wish I could be Jonesy.

My most disappointing read was unfortunately SAWKILL GIRLS, which I was hoping would be queer feminist horror perfection, but it was slow and weird and mostly slow. Even when they found a severed hand in the woods I was just…not moved. Am I heartless? Perhaps…

So it was a good reading month even if I wasn’t really enjoying reading too much by the end.

 

Blogging Things

I now have 226 followers! My following is growing slowly but steadily, and I am very pleased that within half a year of blogging I have almost as many followers as I got after five years the first time around. I continue to enjoy reading and responding to people’s comments on my blog and other people’s blogs. The current bookish community is just so kind and welcoming and I am really grateful for that.

 

Favorites

…why do I have this section? I always struggle to come up with answers for it. Maybe I’ll get rid of it next month…

  1. My new hair color! I changed my hair from cotton candy pink to a burgundy color that’s very heavy on the purple, and at first I wasn’t sure about it because I loved the pink so much, but now I really like it and think it’s perfect for fall. And probably most seasons.
  2. Tumblr. I am now a Tumblr addict once again. I have two blogs, one main and one side, and I enjoy browsing it immensely.
  3. Minimalist Art journals. I discovered a new journal brand that makes perfect bullet journals and they’re only about $11 on Amazon. I love the Leuchtrrum (I know I butchered that spelling) but those are $25 and I use multiple journals for multiple purposes, so I can’t drop $25 every time I need a new journal.
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october rewind \\ stuck in a rut

October was…okay, I guess? Nothing particularly bad happened. It went fine. There were no major disasters to report. I guess the only interesting thing that happened is that I applied to two other jobs. One didn’t work out because they hired on a rolling basis and were working toward hiring someone else right as they were going to interview me, which is disappointing because it was a really cool job, but it’s okay. The other is a collection development position for children’s at the library where I currently work, and I so so so so so hope I at least get a chance to interview because collection development (which is basically choosing what books the library purchases) is my passion and my favorite thing about librarianship, and I would love to read and choose children’s books. So, fingers crossed that they at least want to interview me.

Other than that, I’ve really been stuck in a rut with…basically everything. I’m not really enjoying anything I used to enjoy, and not letting myself enjoy things either, for some weird reason. I don’t even really enjoy reading at the moment. Every time I pick up a book, I force myself to slug through it but I don’t enjoy the process of reading. I don’t enjoy most other things I used to either, like playing my flute and violin or watching children’s and horror movies/shows back to back. I feel like my life has been sucked of all fun. I’m fine mental health wise, but I just feel so bored most of the time because none of the things I typically enjoy doing have been giving me enjoyment.

I’m tempted to not read for the entire month of November to give myself a break, but I can’t imagine just not reading for a long time again. I wish I could figure out why I’m not enjoying things as much, but I guess that’s what I have a therapist for.

 

What I Read

1. Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand
2. What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
3. We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
4. Wildcard – Marie Lu
5. Jonesy #1 – Sam Humphries
6. Jonesy #2 – Sam Humphries

I think my favorite books were WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, WHAT IF IT’S US, and WILDCARD. I didn’t love WILDCARD *as* much as I expected because I read it when I was still feeling slumpy and rut-y, but it did not disappoint at all. I ended up loving WHAT IF IT’S US even though I was apprehensive about it. I also adored WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE and want to hug Merricat and Jonas. I also did something weird for me and gave a graphic novel a try. JONESY is super cute and I will for sure be recommending it to teens. I wish I could be Jonesy.

My most disappointing read was unfortunately SAWKILL GIRLS, which I was hoping would be queer feminist horror perfection, but it was slow and weird and mostly slow. Even when they found a severed hand in the woods I was just…not moved. Am I heartless? Perhaps…

So it was a good reading month even if I wasn’t really enjoying reading too much by the end.

 

Blogging Things

I now have 226 followers! My following is growing slowly but steadily, and I am very pleased that within half a year of blogging I have almost as many followers as I got after five years the first time around. I continue to enjoy reading and responding to people’s comments on my blog and other people’s blogs. The current bookish community is just so kind and welcoming and I am really grateful for that.

 

Favorites

…why do I have this section? I always struggle to come up with answers for it. Maybe I’ll get rid of it next month…

  1. My new hair color! I changed my hair from cotton candy pink to a burgundy color that’s very heavy on the purple, and at first I wasn’t sure about it because I loved the pink so much, but now I really like it and think it’s perfect for fall. And probably most seasons.
  2. Tumblr. I am now a Tumblr addict once again. I have two blogs, one main and one side, and I enjoy browsing it immensely.
  3. Minimalist Art journals. I discovered a new journal brand that makes perfect bullet journals and they’re only about $11 on Amazon. I love the Leuchtrrum (I know I butchered that spelling) but those are $25 and I use multiple journals for multiple purposes, so I can’t drop $25 every time I need a new journal.
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books I’m nervous about reading

Many of us have probably downloaded or requested books that we are initially excited about, and then become unsure if we want to read. This can happen because of reviews, lack of or too much buzz around the book, our own personal misgivings, or any variety of reasons. Today, I’m going to be sharing 6 books that I am a bit nervous about reading even though I requested them out of interest initially.

 

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A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.


I know, I know: I should be thrilled to have been granted an eARC of this book. And I am! It’s probably the most anticipated book of 2019 thus far other than THE WICKED KING. Everyone wants this book. But that’s one of the reasons I’m so nervous about reading it! I now give into the hype monster fairly easily, but then I always put more pressure on myself to like those books. What if I don’t love this one?? Am I a bad bookworm? (No, but still!) Also, there’s not very much synopsis, so I don’t really know what I’m going into other than something about gods and monsters and war. So I feel like I’m going in blind.

 

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The sequel to THE BELLES.


I am definitely reading this one, but I am worried because I initially had very mixed feelings about THE BELLES. I liked the writing (sometimes) but some parts of the story were predictable to me and I wasn’t sure why she picked the narrator she did to narrate and not Edel, who seemed more interesting. Still, THE BELLES stayed with me a lot after finishing it, and I have ultimately decided to read this book. Hopefully I like it more than book one.

 

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After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods. Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray-a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect. Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know. The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities… before the Gray devours them all.


What I’m getting from this very involved synopsis is a mysterious death, a weird town, a monster, a weird place, and magic powers. I’m not sure if I’ll end up reading this one because I still honestly don’t understand what it’s even about?? If I’m losing my place just while reading the synopsis, that does not bode well for the book.

 

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The deeply secretive Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who hurt girls and women for years. And Thea has just received an invitation to join them. This is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to finally get justice for her cousin Natalie, whose killer went free.

Thea dives head first into the group, training every day with other girls whose stories rival hers. Together they carry out Balancings—acts of revenge guaranteed to teach a lesson. With every predator threatened, every blackmailer exposed, and every date rapist punished, Thea can feel herself getting closer to avenging Natalie’s death.

But then the Balancings begin to escalate in brutality, and Thea discovers that the Black Coats are not all they seem to be. Thea must confront just how far she’s willing to go for justice—and what kind of justice Natalie, and Thea herself, deserve. Because when the line between justice and revenge is razor thin, it’s hard not to get cut.


I’m not sure what to think about this one anymore. At first I was like VIGILANTE GIRL JUSTICE YESSS but now I think it sounds a bit simplistic and juvenile in a weird way, and am also worried that it will be upsetting to read about because it mentions date rape in just the summary, and I can’t do rape or sexual assault because of my PTSD. So this one may end up being knocked off my TBR pile. We’ll see.

 

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Three screws in her hip.
Two months until spring training.
One answer to all her problems.

Mickey Catalan is no stranger to the opioid epidemic in her small town. There are obituaries of classmates who “died suddenly” and stories of overdoses in gas station bathrooms—but none of that is her. No, Mickey is a star softball catcher—one part of a dynamic duo with her best friend and pitcher Carolina—about to start her senior season with hopes of college recruitment. Until a car accident shatters that plan, along with her hip and Carolina’s arm.

Now Mickey is hurting. She can barely walk, much less crouch behind the plate. Yet a little white pill can make it better. After all, it is doctor prescribed. But when the prescription runs out, Mickey turns to an elderly woman who pushes hot meatloaf and a baggie full of oxy across the kitchen counter. It’s there Mickey makes new friends—other athletes in pain, others with just time to kill—and finds peaceful acceptance, a place where she can find words more easily than she ever has before. But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her desire for pills becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.


I REALLY liked Mindy McGinnis’ THIS DARKNESS MINE, and have been looking forward to another book by her for a while. However, I am not super into YA books about drugs because I find them preachy no matter what they do, and to be honest kind of boring. I’m not sure if I’ll end up reading this one or not.

 

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Hana isn’t supposed to exist. She’s grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simply gone—along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she’s certain her mother wouldn’t leave her there to die. And Hana isn’t ready to die yet. She’s never really had a chance to live.

Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercenaries are there to monitor Cyclo as she expires, and the payment for the suicide mission will mean Fenn’s sister is able to live. But when he meets Hana, he’s not sure how to save them both.

As Cyclo grows sicker by the day, they unearth more secrets about the ship and the crew. But the more time they spend together, the more Hana and Fenn realize that falling for each other is what could ultimately kill them both.


I have been looking forward to another Lydia Kang YA since reading THE NOVEMBER GIRL last year. However, sci-fi, ESPECIALLY space sci-fi, is really not my thing. I have hated every space YA book I’ve tried to read except the Lunar Chronicles. Still, I’m tempted because it’s by an author I liked before. Really, really not sure about reading this one at the moment though.

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should i do nanowrimo??

This is the question writers face every November: to NaNo or not to NaNo? NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, can be a time of great stress, since the idea is to write 50,000 words in just one month, but can also be a time of great productivity. I have done a couple NaNo events. I did Camp NaNo in April 2016 and met my word count goal of 25,000, and last year I did regular NaNo and wrote 25,000 words but gave up after that because I was so behind. Now it is getting down to time to decide if I’m doing NaNo again, so I am today going to dissect some pros and cons of doing NaNo.

I have multiple project ideas.

I actually?? Have ideas?? For once?? I have about 3 different ideas floating around in my head, including the one that I started last year. I could pick any one of them, or I guess do multiples if I wanted to be really crazy, though perhaps NaNo isn’t the time for that.

 

I don’t *have* to do 50,000 words.

I know that’s the goal of NaNo, but I could stop pressuring myself to do NaNo the “right” way and just use it as a time to plan out a novel or write a number of words I choose for myself. I don’t have to put immense amounts of pressure on myself like I do all the time and try to do it the “right” way, because nobody is going to put a gun to my head and demand that I write all 50,000 words for NaNo. I can do it however I want.

 

I recently dreamed up an idea that I feel very inspired by currently.

I literally had a dream about a writing idea, which honestly happens to me often, but this time I actually remembered it? And, as I have been thinking about it since then, it has gotten more and more fleshed out in my head.

 

I know I’ll put too much pressure on myself.

Recently, I’ve been doing this thing to myself where I put so much pressure on myself to do things perfectly that I end up not doing them because I know nothing can be perfect. This can be as simple as watching movies until late at night and reading and not doing it because I know my bedtime is earlier than it used to be because I have no energy anymore. For NaNo, I’m really worried and already stressed about not being able to do a full 50,000 words and still counting it as NaNo.

 

I could rewrite and finish my queer bookish WIP.

You know, that QUEENS OF GEEK x INKHEART story I’m always talking about on here that I haven’t actually written any of since last November? Yeah, that one. I could use NaNo to rewrite the first half because it’s a mess and work on that specific book, because I do think I’m meant to write that story.

 

I’m worried about making time for writing.

I know in my head I do have time I could make for writing, but I’m still worried about not getting to do other things, even though outside of work I honestly don’t do that much. However, since I always get up early, I know I could make time in the morning to write, since that is my preferred writing time anyway.

 

I’m worried about actually writing.

Like…what if I can’t do it anymore? Or don’t like it as much anymore? I know these things probably aren’t true, but I’ve psyched myself out of writing for so long (almost a year, to be exact) that I’m scared I’m just not a writer anymore. I mean, I already feel like I’m not a writer anymore because I feel like I’ve given up on writing at all since last November. I’m just worried I’m a fraud and I can’t really do it.

 

So…still not sure if I should do NaNo. I kinda want to do it, am kinda stressed about it already, but also kinda want to use it to just explore some of my writing ideas and see which ones are viable. I’m mostly worried that I’m a fraud who won’t be able to write anymore after so long, and that my ideas are stupid. So you may see a post soon of some of my ideas for NaNo asking if they are stupid because apparently I need validation. Anyway. –end ramble post–

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what’s going down at the library

As you all are probably aware by now, I am a librarian at a big, urban library in the US. I’ve been in this job for about 8 months, and have been learning a lot throughout my days here. One of the reasons I started this blog was to have an outlet for myself to write about my experiences in librarianship, but that has not been much of a focus on this blog in reality. Still, I like to post the occasional library update, so here’s another one!

  • Fewer problems with teens. For a couple months at the end of summer, we started having a couple groups of teens come in who were a huge problem, and often got kicked out for cussing constantly and generally being disrespectful of us and the teen space in the library. Kicking teens out of the library is my least favorite part of my job. I don’t like feeling like a bad guy, and I’d way rather the kids be in the library than out in the neighborhood, because we are in a very rough area of the city. However, it was getting to the point where we were having conflicts with teens basically every day. It escalated to the point where one day, they dropped one of our huge chairs and I got super pissed and yelled at them (though I can’t really yell so my version is just being extremely stern), and since then they have either not come back or been slightly better.
  • Working on Ceasefire programs. The city does an event called Ceasefire, which is essentially encouraging people not to commit any murders for a 48-hour period. The library is hosting a variety of events to encourage it throughout the city. The one I am most excited about happened last Friday, and was a live jazz event featuring one of my best friends from college, who very generously (although to be fair he was paid) agreed to come play at the library! I was very excited to hear him play again and people seemed to enjoy it.
  • Planning November displays. Displays are one of my favorite things to do at my job because it involves collection development, which is my main library passion, to some extent. I am doing a display about National Novel Writing Month.
  • People really like to grab things off the desk. That are ours and not for patron use. Without asking us. People are getting way too cozy and acting like the library is their house. And staying here all day every day. Probably because they are unemployed, which is not great, but if you stay here all day every day then you will get annoyed by things we do and we will get annoyed by things you do because you’re here all the freaking time. End rant.
  • All teens want to do is play the same game. Survive IO, I think? Every. Single. Day. For hours. And it’s nearly impossible to get them to get off the computers to do something else.

 

That is basically it. Overall things are going better, and I am getting less sensitive when people are assholes to me and yell at me or cuss at me or are generally rude, which happens more often some weeks than others. But that is about it for library happenings since my last update.

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www wednesday // 10-24-2018

WWW Wednesday is a book blog meme hosted by Taking On A World of Words where book bloggers answer these questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What are you reading next?
  • What did you just finish reading?

 

Just Finished

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I actually did something weird last week and checked out a graphic novel?? I’m not saying graphic novels are weird; plenty of people like them; they are just not really my thing generally so I don’t check them out for fun. However, we just processed a bunch of new graphic novels at my library job and this series, JONESY, looked really cute. It’s a diverse graphic novel about a girl who has the power to make people fall in love with anyone or anything, but her powers don’t work on herself. She has a dorky dad who runs a donut shop and writes a zine about her favorite pop star named Stuff. This was a very cute story that I might actually read more of. I’d love to see this as a TV show. It would be so cute!

 

Currently Reading

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I’m finally reading LADY’S GUIDE!!! I have been so excited for this book but have put it off as I tend to do with most anticipated books because I’m nervous about reading it. It’s pretty good so far though it is very different from GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE and I sometimes find Felicity abrasive. I’m only about a quarter of the way through but it has the setup for a great adventure, there are female friendships galore and badass ladies everywhere, so hopefully it will live up to my super high expectations.

 

Reading Next

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This remains a mystery. I’ve been feeling a bit reading slump-y again and just not in the mood to read, but I can’t not read so I’m forcing myself to read anyway. I might give SHADOW OF THE FOX a try because I got it in a book subscription box recently, or whatever the book is in Unicorn Crate, which should arrive TOMORROW!!!!!!!! I’ve also been debating reading DEAR EVAN HANSEN because I’ve been listening to the soundtrack and am now curious even though I wasn’t initially since I haven’t seen the show.

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readathon rewind

Today’s post is just a summary of what I did/read for Dewey’s 24-hr Readathon. First of all, I am very proud of myself for doing the readathon at all; I haven’t been able to do the past few readathons both because I work during them and also because I put so much pressure on myself that I have to do them perfectly otherwise they’re not worth doing. I didn’t stay up the full 24 hours as I intended to do, but I did stay up pretty late and read a lot, which is really the point of the readathon.

Here’s what I read:

 

I also started LADY’S GUIDE, which I am enjoying thus far even though it is very different from GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE. Also, I really want to cuddle Percy and Monty, please.

I did try to start PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi, however, I was not a huge fan of it. The writing was good and different, but I wasn’t feeling the romance and the protagonist hating the Darcy character felt very forced and not natural, so I wasn’t feeling it and decided to DNF it for now.

Anyway…overall, I had a successful readathon. I didn’t pressure myself as much to do it perfectly, let myself take a nap, and read two books. Most importantly, I had FUN, which is also another huge point of the readathon. I haven’t been having much fun in my life lately because I don’t have the time or energy (okay, mostly the energy; I could make time if I had the energy to do so), and doing it reminded me that I like sitting around reading and watching cute movies, and a night of staying up late won’t kill my sleep schedule or my work abilities.

 

Did you participate in the readathon? How did you do?

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dewey’s readathon // hour 10 update

Hello again and happy readathon day! I just wanted to do a post to give a quick update about how I’m doing because it’s hour 10, almost halfway through, woohoo!

Here’s how my day has been going so far:

Got up for 8:00am, the official start time, but went out to get groceries so I could make breakfast. After breakfast, I started reading for the ‘thon with WILDCARD, which I started yesterday. I read for 2-3 hours and had lunch, then napped after finishing WILDCARD.

I was…not as impressed with WILDCARD as WARCROSS? I think in part I was anxious to finish a book for the readathon so I started skimming a bit near the end. I also really wanted to know what happened and wasn’t reading fast enough for my own liking. However, it was still enjoyable, and I thought the romance was much more fleshed out in this book, which was the one qualm I had about WARCROSS. I now ship Emika and Hideo forever. Also all the plot twists were so good and I didn’t guess any of them, which hardly ever happens to me with YA anymore!! So that is good. Also, no spoilers, but…poor Sasuke :””'((((((

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After napping, I went to get my OWLCRATE BOXXXXXXXX!!!!!!!! This month’s box has 2 WHOLE BOOKS OMG. I wasn’t interested in either of them initially, but I might give them a try, since that is the point of trying a subscription box, to try something you might not have otherwise.

I also read a graphic novel called JONESY, about a Latinx TEEN girl who writes zines and can make people fall in love with anyone or anything. It was very cute and I might read more of them, because I feel like I really need to give graphic novels a shot because those and manga are the two types of books that move the most in the teen section at my library.

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The next book I’m going to try is PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi, a “remix” of PRIDE & PREJUDICE set in modern-day Brooklyn.

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dewey’s 24-hr readathon // intro!

Hello and happy day of Dewey’s 24-hr Readathon!! Dewey’s Readathon is a 24-hr event that is happening TODAY from 8:00am-8:00pm EST. So, I’m going to be spamming you all with the mini-challenges today whenever I need a break. For hour 0, here’s a little intro post.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Baltimore, MD, USA!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m starting out finishing WILDCARD by Marie Lu, so I’m pretty excited about that. I’m also going to try to read at least some of LADY’S GUIDE.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to drinking tea and also my blackberry cucumber La Croix, which I’ve recently gotten into.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Um…I have two cats, Willow and Cedar, and I love them dearly. I really like cats.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I haven’t been able to participate in a readathon in a while because I’m somehow always scheduled to work on readathon days, so participating at all is the main thing I’ll be doing differently! I also want to try to stay up as late as possible and not psyche myself out or put too much pressure on myself and just enjoy the ‘thon!

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