T10T: The Last Ten Books I Abandoned

There are few things that slingshot me straight into a reading slump than forcing myself to read a book I’m not enjoying. It puts me in the absolute worst mood to the point where I would much rather just set the book aside than trying to force myself to read it. Whether I return to the book later or just chuck it to the permanent did-not-finish pile where it’ll never be heard from again always remains to be seen, but abandoning books isn’t something I really beat myself up over terribly much.

Abandoning books has made me a better reader. It’s allowed me to really engage with work that I just don’t connect with and try and decipher why I don’t connect with it, and it’s given me more time on books that really compel me. So, whether it’s just me exploring different authors and genres or me trying to make a dent in my ever-growing reading pile (one of these days I’ll stick to a book buying ban, one of these days), reading is something I do for myself and abandoning books is just part of that process.

Anyway, I can’t tell you which books I’ve abandoned most recently, mostly because I just don’t really remember them all that much. There’s a couple that stand out–books I’ve either just forgotten about or started and stopped so many times it’s now a wonder as to whether I’ll ever finish them at all–and some that are just so recent that they’re still there at the top of my head.

I tend not to remember every book I’ve just set down, mainly because If I set it down or don’t finish it, I tend not to review it, so there’s really no catalog of books I’ve abandoned and this is pretty much just based off memory alone.

Here are five books I’ve abandoned for reasons I can actively remember.

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T10T: Bookish Discoveries In 2019

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about bookish discoveries I made in 2019. From authors to books to apps and blogs, I discovered so much when I became part of the bookish community last year and here are some of my favorites! Continue reading “T10T: Bookish Discoveries In 2019”

T10T: Anticipated 2020 Releases

Happy Tuesday, friends!

This Top Ten Tuesday is all about highly anticipated new releases for the first half of 2020, and while I made it a goal to be more mindful and careful about how much money I’m spending on books, I do have a few books I really am looking forward to in 2020.

Some of these are sequels to books I read in 2018 and 2019, while others are from authors I’ve read from before that I’m looking forward to reading more from. They’re in no particular order, but they’re all being released before the middle of July in 2020! Continue reading “T10T: Anticipated 2020 Releases”

#StartOnYourShelfathon Announcement

Hello friends!

A few months back, I put together a cute little TBR jar that sat right on my bookshelf and pretty much collected dust. My intent was to use the TBR jar to not only diversify what books I was choosing each month, but to also finally finish all the books on my bookshelf.

While I didn’t exactly accomplish this in 2019 (I’m pretty sure the number of books I haven’t read still outnumber the ones I have), it is something I want to start to focus on in 2020.

And that’s where the #StartOnYourShelfathon comes in.

In efforts to actually get things done and finally tackle my backlist/TBR, I’m participate the #StartOnYourShelfathon. Created by The Quiet Pond, the #StartOnYourShelfathon, the goal of the year-long readathon is to inspire readers to tackle their shelves, whittle down that ever-growing stack of books to be read, and read as many unread books as you can, all the while collecting stars to help Castor, the Star Collector.

The readathon lasts from Dec. 13, 2019 to Dec. 31, 2020, but I’m starting in January because it just worked out a little better for me. For more information on the readathon, including star maps, constellations and templates, head on over here!

Readathon Goals

One of the things I already really love about this readathon is how versatile and flexible it is. You can really set whatever goals you want to and go at your own pace. Whether it’s to read every book on your shelf before the end of the year or whatever feels right for you, the options are pretty much endless.

I, for one, know that I probably won’t be able to go the entire year without buying a single book, but I would like to be more mindful about the books I do buy and start to use other resources more often. So, for this year, I’m going to limit try and limit myself to one new purchase a month while utilizing the library as much as I can.

Aside from that, here are a few of my goals for the #StartOnYourShelfathon!

  • Redo, and actually use, my TBR Jar to pick out six to ten books to read each month.
  • Read at least five physical books off my TBR each month, and at least one audiobook and e-book a month
  • Do monthly updates and check ins with the star maps

 

What are some books you want to tackle this year? Are you planning on participating in the #StartOnYourShelfathon?

Thanks for reading!

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Boy Band-a-Thon Reading Goals

It’s a new year, a new readathon, but definitely not a new debate. It’s the Boy Band-a-Thon. Created by Val at JBreatheNBooks, Whitney at LifeWHITMe, Shantall at LaFlorDeJalisco and Lorryn at readingparent, the Boy Band-a-Thon sets out to settle the Backstreet Boy vs. NSync debate once and for all!

While I loved both bands growing up, I’m participating in the Boy Band-a-Thon with Team BSB.

Though there are prompts for this readathon, any book read this month counts toward my team! Which is super exciting, because the majority of my TBR is centered around books I’m reading for my Finishing What I Started post. I wasn’t going to post a readathon for that post, mainly because I didn’t know which ones I was actually going to be able to get to and didn’t want to set myself up for trying to accomplish something and then being let down, but I figure if I post one TBR that has books from both lists, it’ll encourage me to actually finish them. Continue reading “Boy Band-a-Thon Reading Goals”

Finishing What I Started: January Reading Goals

Happy January! It’s the first of the year, which means it’s time for my first monthly reading list of the new year!

Though I’m still toying with how I want to build my monthly reading lists for the new year, I knew that I wanted to focus on actually beating my backlist like I said I was going to last year, and making some headway in beating Stephen King’s bibliography. While this list won’t have any of Stephen King’s works on it, it’ll absolutely have a whole bunch of books from my backlist.

Aside from beating my backlist and chipping away at an intimidating bibliography, I have another goal I really wanted to tackle this year: finishing series I started in January.

This is something I’ve been meaning to do lately, ever since I realized that while I had started several series in 2019 (the answer may shock you), I hadn’t actually finished…any of them. Not a single one. Exactly how many, you may ask?

Eleven. That I can count. That I remember starting and have marked as read this year on Goodreads. So there may be some wiggle room on that number.

But, regardless, I endeavored to make my first reading list of the month about finishing series, or at least making some headway. There will probably be well over 10 books on this list, so I’m going to focus on the ones I have immediately on my shelf  before I start looking at getting books from the library. Right now, the list is organized by series I’m currently most excited to get to, but it’s definitely not a written-in-stone commitment.

With that, here’s the list! Continue reading “Finishing What I Started: January Reading Goals”

Weekly Wrap Up | Dec. 1 – Dec. 8

I’m pretty sure that somewhere I promised to do a weekly reading update, and lo and behold, here we are. I had two main goals this month: read the thrillers nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards and complete the Winter Magical Readathon.

So, this will be a very short update because I have made precious little headway in either of those things. Continue reading “Weekly Wrap Up | Dec. 1 – Dec. 8”

End of the Year Book Tag

Hello friends!

Is this post a few minutes late for Blogmas Day Two? Mayhaps. Are we going to pretend it wasn’t and just carry on like it’s on time? Potentially. The point is that I wrote most of this before midnight, so I’m gonna go ahead and count it.

Anyway, I was looking for some fun book tags to do and saw this tag floating around on the book community, so I wanted to give it a go. I did some digging, and I believe it was created by Ariel Bisset. It sounded like a really fun, short tag so let’s give it a whirl! Continue reading “End of the Year Book Tag”

December Reading Plans

So, apparently the last time I posted a legitimate TBR was in July…whoops.

If there are two things I find I struggle with, it’s keeping to TBRs and keeping to readathons. Which is probably why the readathons I find I’m most successful at are the ones where the prompts are flexible and I don’t have to stick to a set list. They have just enough structure where I can still keep myself motivated to read and just enough flexibility where I’m not stressing out too much.

I found a readathon in November that let me do just that with the Skinsathon. I ended up reading 13 books last month and had a great time. Skinsathon was a month-long readathon lasting the month of November that was based around the Skins (UK) TV show. It was a lot of fun and had I loved the prompts and the challenges.

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Skins-a-thon Gen 2 Prompt

Hello friends! This November, I’ve been participating in the Skins-a-thon hosted by the bookswhitme. While I’m on team Gen 1, I was unfortunately unable to do the 24 hour readathon, but really loved this prompt of recommending five books based on a favorite TV show.

As I sat at my desk, wondering which series I would pick for it, there was one that seemed pretty obvious the more I thought about it. So, without further ado, here are some books I would recommend based off of Containment.

Now, if you don’t remember Containment, I wouldn’t blame you.  It was a limited series released on The CW in 2016, but I didn’t find it until it was released on Netflix. Containment follows the aftermath of a mysterious epidemic breaking out in Atlanta, leaving residents to fight for their lives while local and federal agencies work toward finding a cure. It should still be on there, if anybody’s interested.

I love a good disaster thriller film, and I don’t know why, but an added endemic/epidemic/pandemic theme just kind of elevates that sense of suspense I really enjoy in thrillers. So, a lot of these books, if not all of them, revolve around that same element: a plague/disease-based apocalyptic thriller. Continue reading “Skins-a-thon Gen 2 Prompt”