Top 5 Bookish Habits

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at The Bionic Book Worm. Each week, participants are given a prompt and invited to answer. This week’s prompt is Top 5 Bookish Habits.

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  1. I read in bed every night before I go to sleep. Sometimes, I read for a hour, sometimes less, but unless I get home too late or have a migraine, it’s part of my nightly routine. Sometimes, I go to bed early just so I can read, even though I am perfectly capable of reading in my living room. There’s just something about being in bed with a good book that makes me very happy and cozy.
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2. I always carry a book with me everywhere I go. Even if I’m just running errands or going to get gas, I tend to slip my book or Kindle in my purse just in case. I don’t like leaving the house without a book.

stack of books near a coffee cup and a potted plant.

3. I am usually reading multiple books at one time. I’ve always been like this. I’ll have a bedroom book, a living room book, a Kindle book, etc. Now, I usually have an audio book that I’m reading, too. People always ask me how I keep the storylines straight, and I honestly don’t know how to answer that. It’s not like I’m reading them at the same moment. It’s like watching several different TV shows. You just… do. Right?

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4. It’s probably no surprise, but whenever I am at the doctor or dentist or any place with a waiting room, I am reading. I will read the book I’ve taken, magazines in the waiting room, flyers, etc. But, usually, it’s my book. It’s a wonderful time to catch up on reading and I’m in a waiting room quite a bit. One of my doctor’s is usually an hour to an hour and a half behind. I just take a good book and I’m golden.

Woman at Disney World in front of the Castle

5. Last, I always take a book when I got to Disney. When I was a kid, the Skyway broke down and the people on it were stuck for hours. Now, I was not at Disneyland that day, but I lived nearby and heard about it and it sounded… well, A) scary, because I’m afraid heights, but B) scary because what do you do when you’re stuck for that long? My solution? Bring a book! I take one when I’m with people, just in case, and when I’m alone because I can find a place to relax and read (I don’t do this as much anymore, since I don’t have a pass and don’t go as much, but it’s an option). I took one on my trip to Disney World and I will take one until I can no longer go. It’s just something I gotta do.

Those are my top 5 bookish habits. What are some of yours?

WWW Wednesday | January 29, 2020

Look at me, actually doing a WWW Wednesday! Things aren’t quite back on track, but they’re getting there. 🙂

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are asked to answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading:

My main book at the moment is A History of Madness by Rebecca Crunden. It’s a sequel to A Touch of Death, which I read a few months ago. I’m enjoying this book a lot, although I’m sad that while the last book left Kitty in feeling strong, this book has reversed that. It’s understandable, but it’s still sad.

I’m also reading The Chosen by Chaim Potok for my book club. It’s about two Jewish boys who are from different sects and different ways of showing their religion, who become friends. Oh, boy, did this take me a bit to get into. It starts with a baseball games between the two boys, and there was a lot of poor sportsmanship and general jerk-iness, which is kind of a trigger for me. But, once I got past that, it got better. I’m really enjoying it.

I’m listening to The morning Mind by Dr. Rob Carter III. I’m really fascinated by morning habits, morning routines, and how to start your day off right, and I thought this book would hit that itch. It is, but… well, the narrator is really salesman-y. He’s too polished and sounds very weird. It kind of reminds me of the narrators from the old Goofy or Donald Duck (I think it was Goofy) how-to shorts. Like this, only even grander and more pompous. But, I do like the content, so I keep listening.

Recently finished

I recently read Crashing UPwards by S.C. Wynne and then promptly forgot I’d read it. To the point when I saw it on my content calendar, due for a review, I had no idea what it was talking about. Then I remembered. It’s an M/M contemporary romance about a bike messenger, Harper, who gets hit by a car. The driver, Sam, is the son of a Republican senator, and he has a crush on Harper. He also has a good heart and he takes care of Harper while he’s recovering. It was a find read, but I only read it because it won the Lambda Award for best M/M romance of 2019 and I wanted to see how good it was. It was fine. It just wasn’t better than Red, White, and Royal Blue, which was the actual best M/M romance of last year.

I also finished listening to Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan, which is a memoir of an introvert’s year of acting like an extrovert. In it, Pan faces her fears of speaking to strangers, traveling alone, doing stand-up, and throwing a dinner party. It was a fun listen and it did make me think about how I really need to try and get out of my comfort zone, especially around strangers.

Reading Next

These are the two that I’m going to start next. Unless I break down and buy A Heart so Fierce and Broken. We’ll see.

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday – Jan. 8, 2020

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants are invited to answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

So, this week is bumping along for me. I’m back to work and back to my writing routine, which means I’m up at 4:30 so I can get my journaling and breakfast done and start writing for an hour at 5:30 and still get to work on time. Basically, it means I’m exhausted today. But that’s okay, because my coffee will wake me up and everything will be great. Really.

Onto the meme.

Currently reading:

I’m finally reading The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh, which I’ve been wanting to read forever. I’m not very far in yet, but I’m enjoying what I”m reading so far. I really like Celine and her spunk.

I’ve also started The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. It’s interesting, but kind of dry and not as readable as Atomic Habits and The Power of Habits were.

I’m listening to The Self-Care Solution by Dr. Jennifer Ashton, because I”m a sucker for books where someone does a series of month-long challenges. So far, it’s good. Dr. Ashton is narrating and she’s a lively narrator that keeps the pace flowing.

Recently finished:

I finished The Vampire Lestast on New Year’s day, which killed me because I really wanted to finish it last year. But, instead of staying home on New Year’s Eve and reading, I went to a party, which was only okay. The food was good, but some of the people were really crabby and I think I would have had more fun reading. Anyway, I really liked the book and can’t wait to read Queen of the Damned, which I got at a book sale for fifty cents.

I also finished reading Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown. It’s about a mother and daughter in 1935 who both find themselves pregnant at the same time, much to both their dismay. The book is how the deal with their problems and how they grow together while, at the same time, growing apart. It was very good, but sad.

Reading Next:

The only book I know for sure I’ll be reading next is The Chosen by Chaim Potok. It’s for my Jewish book club and as I didn’t read any of the books last year, I figure I should make more of an effort this year. (For the record… no one else read anything, either. It’s kind of a “book” club.)

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday | January 1, 2020

OMG, it’s a new year! Welcome to 2020 everyone! I have to say, overall 2019 treated me well. I got to go on my dream vacation, I kicked depression to the curb (for now), and I started this blog. So, go me!

Today, I’m doing WWW Wednesday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Participants are invited to answer 3 questions each week:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading?

I had so hoped to have finished The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice yesterday. It was totally doable, but instead of staying in to read, I went to a New Year’s Eve party. I kind of wish I hadn’t for various reasons, but the result is I did not finish one last book before the New Year. So, I’ll finish it today.

Recently finished?

I got Atomic Habits by James Clear the day after Christmas and tore through it. It was really well written and very actionable. Then, I finished On Writing by Steven King, which was a great book. Finally, I finished listening to Beyond the Grave by C.J. Archer, which started off by frustrating me, but ended with me being completely satisfied. Then, I found out there are three more books in the series and the library doesn’t own them, so I’m back to being frustrated.

Reading next?

First up, I’m going to read Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown, which I was supposed to start last week, but left at home when I went to my parents. Next, it’s The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh, because I’ll need more vampires. And, finally, I’ll start The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, because, as you might have noticed, I’m very interested in habits.

What are you reading this week?

WWW Wednesday

Merry Christmas everyone! And Happy Hanukkah, if you celebrate! It’s the most wondrous time of the year. It’s also Wednesday, which means it’s time for WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each weeks, participants answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

Recently finished:

Reading Next:

I’m supposed to start reading Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown, because my mom gave it to me a weeks ago and wants to discuss it with me. However, I forgot to bring it to my parents house when I came here, so I’ll probably end up starting something else. Maybe I Thought it was Just Me by Brene Brown, because my brother gave it to me for Christmas. Or, I’ll hit Barnes and Noble because I got a gift certificate for Hanukkah. So, I’ve got lots of possibilities. 🙂

What are you reading today? Any great bookish gifts? Let me know!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Each week, participants answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading: I’m continuing to say that I’m reading Interview with the Vampire, even though I haven’t touched it in weeks. I feel this is the week I’m going to be making progress on it, though.

I also started Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco, which I’m really liking. I had no idea what it was going to be about and was completely taken by surprise in a good way. I can’t wait to read more. Audrey Rose continues to be the best, and I love her relationship with Thomas. I love all the characters, actually; they’d just wonderfully done. Also, the cover is so gorgeous. I wish it was my book so I could put it on display somewhere. Alas, it belongs to my sister and I shall have to return it when I’m done.

I’m also continuing with Stephen King’s On Writing. I’d gotten through the part about his background and am now on the next part, which I believe is called “What Writing is” or something to that effect. It’s a very good book and I stayed up much later than I meant to reading it the other night. I love when that happens.

I’m also listening to Beyond the Grave by C.J. Archer, which is the third in the Ministry of Curiosities books. I’m a little annoyed because last book was all “will they or won’t they” and then it seemed to be resolved, but now we’re back to that game again. But the plot is good and I love the narrator, so I’m happy.

Just Finished:

I finished Finale by Stephanie Garber a few days ago and absolutely loved it. I wished that there’d been some more time devoted to Scarlett, but overall, I was very satisfied.

Last night, I finished The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner, which is an ARC I got from NetGalley. I loved this book. I was so sweet and gentle and a lot of fun. The characters were wonderful, the plot interesting, and it made me want to reread all teh Jane Austen books right now.

Reading Next:

Gosh I don’t know. I have so much to read that it’s hard to choose. I have a bag of books that I bought home from Thanksgiving and I think I’ll just reach inside and pull the first one I touch.

What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Top 5 Tuesday – Dear Santa, I’d Like These 5 Books!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, participants are given a topic and invited to respond. This week’s topic is “Dear Santa, I’d like these 5 books!”

To be perfectly honest, I want all three books in the Arc of the Scythe, but if I can only have one, I want The Toll by Neal Shusterman. I am so excited to read it. I have a massive TBR pile, but if Santa brought me this book, I’d drop everything to devour this one.

I meant to buy The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan when it came out, but it somehow passed me buy and now, here I am, months later, without it in my possession. So, please, Santa? Make a girl happy?

This might be cheating, because I have the Kindle version of The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles, but the physical book is so pretty and I love this book so much, that I’d love to own it. Once again, I’d like to own all three, but even just this one would be great.

When I first read Legend by Marie Lu, I was blown away. I loved the world of June and Day and the the trilogy ripped my heart apart and stomped all over it. So, I was super excited when a fourth book came out. But, once again, I never was able to buy it because of that pesky thing called money. Maybe Santa can help.

I greatly enjoyed Renegades by Marissa Meyer, but, for whatever reason, the library never got Arch Enemies. Oh, wait; it did. In Spanish. So, it sadly didn’t do me much good. So, Santa, if you could tuck this into my stocking, I’d appreciate it. 🙂

What’s a book you’re hoping Santa will bring you?

WWW Wednesday

Okay, I’ve made three days this week. I can do two more. Then, I’ll be on vacation. I can make it!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Participants are invited to answer three questions each week:

What are you currently reading?

What did you just finish reading?

What are you planning on reading next?

Currently Reading:

So, here me out on Interview with the Vampire: I haven’t touched it since Thanksgiving but I’m totally going to finish it next week when I’m on vacation. It’s my goal. I’ve been dithering around too much with it and just want to get through.

I’m about halfway through Finale by Stephanie Garber, and I’m really liking it. I’ve just been so tired before bed at night, I’m not getting through as much as I thought I would.

Beyond the Grave by C.J. Archer is the third Ministry of Curiosities books and, while I’m not very far into it, I’m still enjoying it. I’m just getting a little frustrated by the romance. I want it to progress and it’s regressing before my eyes.

I started On Writing by Stephen King last night. So far, it’s pretty interesting. I’m impressed by his dedication to writing at an early age. I spent every day of my life from childhood to earlier this year insisting I would never, ever be a full time writer. Now, that’s all I want to be.

Just Finish Reading:

I finished The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg over the weekend and thought it was interesting. It had some great explanations on how habits form and how we can exert control over changing them.

Her Majesty’s Necromancer by C.J. Archer was very good. I thought the the falling action of the book went on a little long. It didn’t have as exciting as climax as the first book, bu the ending made it all worthwhile.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman was okay. I’m not really into contemporary fiction, especially adult contemporary fiction, but this was cute enough. I’m just not sure if I agree with the message. Or, at least, what the book club questions at the end are implying the message is. I have no idea of Waxman intended it to be read the way I’m reading it, but, yeah. My review will be up next week.

What I’m reading next

I plan to read ALL THE BOOKS next. I borrowed a literal ton of books from my sister at Thanksgiving and bought a few more from Thrift Books. But, I think the winner will be:

It’s in my possession, it’s supposed to be good, and I’m going to devour it.

What are you reading this week?

Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2019

Today is Tuesday and I’m doing Top 5 Tuesday. This is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2019

I really wanted to read The Toll by Neal Shusterman this year, but I didn’t get around to it. Part of it is because I want to buy all three books in the Arc of the Sythe series, and I just don’t have the money. I need to hit the library and see if it’s there, because it’s torture not getting to read it.

I very much enjoyed Carry On and looked forward to reading Wayward Son, but I never got around to picking it up. Soon.

Rebel by Marie Lu is another that I intended to read when it first came out, and then I just never bought it. Once again, I hope it’s at the library or someone bought it for me for Christmas/Hanukkah, because I’m desperate to read it.

This has been on my TBR for weeks, ever since I bought the dang book, and I just never opened it up. It’s sitting right next to me, now, but I doubt I’ll get to it before the new year.

I am now in possession of a borrowed copy of Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco, but I also borrowed about eight other books from my sister and doubt I’ll read them all before the new year. But, this one will be near the top of my list for 2020

What are some books you never got to this year? Drop a comment below and let me know!

Let’s Talk Bookish – How has reading shaped your life?

It’s Friday and time for another Let’s Talk Bookish. This is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky at Eternity Books where participants are invited to discuss a topic. This week’s topic is “How has reading shaped/changed your life?”

I have always been a reader. My parents read to me from an early age, and I grew up with a great love of books and reading. Some of my earliest memories are going to the library and checking out stacks of books to take home and devour. I participated in the library summer reading program and tore through books, wanting to read the most (I never did, though). Reading has always been a huge part of my life.

When I was in fourth grade, I transferred schools. It was an incredibly difficult transition and the girls at the new school could be incredibly cruel to me. They teased and bullied me, sometimes physically. I took solace in books. I’d always had an active imagination, and having that escape really helped. It didn’t matter that I didn’t live near any of the few friends I had; I had friends in my mind. Stories and books became a solace and a refuge. If the girls were being too mean, I could take a book out to recess and escape or even just walk away and imagine myself into another world.

In high school, I met another girl who loved to read as much as me. We initially bonded over Star Trek, but quickly found we had so much more in common. We would spend hours at the bookstores, pouring over books. We lent and recommended books to each other all the time. We never ran out of things to say to one another.

Reading has also shaped my writing life. Although I was always adamant about not wanting to be a writer (a stance I’ve since reversed), I’ve always been writing because I was influenced by reading. My earliest scribblings were poems. In fourth grade, I wrote a sequel to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM as a gift for my teacher who read it to us. I wrote Star Wars fanfiction in high school, then graduated to pirate romances after I started reading romances. I started writing vampires after Interview with the Vampire and the Anita Blake books by Laurel K. Hamilton. I realized I could connect all my writing into a shared universe from Cassandra Clare, which led to me writing two books this year. Reading has guided and directed my writing from the beginning.

My identity as a reader has always been important to me. I’ve always been proud of it and excited to share my love. Without reading, I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I honestly can’t imagine who I’d be without it.

How has reading shaped or changed your life? Drop a comment below and let me know!