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2017 A Reading Year in Review

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I want to take the time to really sit down and evaluate my reading and posting of the past year and look at my goals for the new one.

So grab a cup of tea and start reading (warning this post may be long as at the moment I have entirely too much time on my hands) 🙂

 

In 2017, I had five separate goals set out for myself for the year.

As an annual tradition of mine, I brought back the POPSUGAR reading challenge (click here to see the 2018 challenge, where there are links to prior years).

If you are not familiar with this challenge, there are a set of goals to complete all relating to specific details, like book covers, genres, publication year,etc.

I completed 29/40 of these goals, minus the advanced ones, and I am quite satisfied with that. I always enjoy pairing my books to these challenges and they send me along to books I’d never have considered before.

Next, I hoped to complete the A-Z author and book title challenge, which prompts you to read a book by an author/book title (two separate challenges, not interchangeable) for each letter of the alphabet. The former challenge yielded a bit more success than the latter with 17/28 letters completed. Narrowly though, I was able to hit 16/28 with the book title challenge.  I’m mildly disappointed with this because I was really hoping to get more completed within those two challenges.

My third challenge was a self-created classics challenge which I decided to add because I wanted to touch upon more classics. My idea was to pre-select five classics to pick that I had to read this past year. Unfortunately, I didn’t read ANY of them.

LET ME REPEAT: I DID NOT COMPLETE THIS CHALLENGE.

I’m so salty about this, can you tell?

Finally, I wanted to as an overarching whole read 45 books. In this challenge, I completed 29 out of 45 books, which I am happy about because with college, I expected to accomplish less.

For 2018, I am going to be resurrecting all challenges and altering the classics challenge. I think I am going to cut my classics challenge instead to a goal of simply completing two classics this year and I will select them based on mood. I am also hoping to post at least twice a month on my blog 🙂

Thanks for reading until the end! What challenges did you complete last year? What was your favorite and least favorite book?

Love,

Kiss 4

 

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Take a Moment

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So finals week here at college is quickly approaching. Not only do I have the stress of my upcoming exams and papers that are due for my finals grades, but many of my teachers have been piling on work that they want to get in before the end of the marking period.

It is very easy to get extremely overwhelmed and falling into the stress trap that many people do and so I’m writing to just tell you this:

No matter what is going on in your life or what your are under pressure to complete or decide, allow yourself to take a moment of calm.

Easier said than done I know.

How I do this is by reading, watching videos or TV, or simply closing my eyes and appreciating the things that I have.

Recently, someone exposed me to the idea of savoring. This is basically when you take a mundane occurrence in your life that calms you down and appreciating it. For me, that is laying in bed and thinking about the first moment I am there and how relaxing it is to have no responsibilities other than to lay and sleep. For you, it could be taking off your shoes, breathing in fresh air, taking a shower, etc.

Whatever it is, make sure you take a moment to relax and I highly encourage you to try this technique I have found it very useful!

 

Love,

Kiss 4

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Thanksgiving Book Tag

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Thanksgiving here in America is fast approaching so naturally I searched a Thanksgiving book tag! I was not tagged in it, but it’s cool I’m still going to do it!!!!!!! Remember everyone to buy your food humanely 🙂

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Here are the Rules:

Rules:

1. Thank the person who tagged you!
2. Have fun filling in the answers with your favorite books!
3. Tag 5 blogs you’re thankful for to join in the fun!
This tag was created by Thrifty Bibliophile

 

Here are the questions:

History: Choose a book set in America.

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Thankful: What book are you thankful for?

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Thanksgiving Dinner: What book features a meal that makes you say “yum”?

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Pumpkin Pie: Choose a book you think is very sweet

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Food Coma: Choose a book that’s been on your TBR list forever that you really need to read.

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After Dinner Drinks: What book is your guilty pleasure?

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Drunk Uncle: Choose an unpopular book that you like.

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Black Friday Shopping: What was the last book you pre-ordered?

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That’s all for now! I tag anyone who wants to do it 🙂

Have a great weekend,

Kiss 4

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Current Halloween Read

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Halloween is getting closer and closer so I recently picked up a book in the hopes that it would get me in the Halloween spirit and I will say that it certainly has been an interesting read. This is a book I purchased on a whim from the Books-A-Million store in my local shopping mall as it was on sale and caught my eye.

If you know me, you know that I 100% believe that ghosts are real and am genuinely fascinated by the paranormal subject as well (sidenote if anyone wants me to do a paranormal favorite youtubers list or favorite paranormal sites and legends lmk in the comments). So when I saw that this book was all about ghosts I jumped on it!

Then waited about a year to finally read it…oops…

Upon further examination, I read that this book is considered a classic in the paranormal field and so what better novel to lead up to Halloween with?

 

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goodreads-synopsis

Fifty years before Paranormal State, Ghost Hunters, and Most Haunted, there was Hans Holzer—a man known as the “Father of the Paranormal.” Holzer pioneered ghost-hunting methods still used today, and brought ghosts and ghost hunting into popular culture in the second half of the twentieth century.

Ghost Hunter presented some of the first-ever case studies of haunting investigations, taken from Holzer’s own practice in the New York City area—ranging from Civil War-era spirits to the tormented ghosts of murder victims.

For devoted ghost-hunting aficionados curious about the practice’s history, there is no better place to start than the first book Hans Holzer wrote, Ghost Hunter.This is the 1963 book that launched his publishing career and gained him international fame.

 

 

 

What book are you reading to get into the Halloween spirit?

Kiss 4

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A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3)

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*May contain spoilers for the first two books.*

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Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: 5/2/2017

Rating:

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goodreads-synopsis

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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This book was a near perfect continuation of Feyre’s adventures. It provided beautifully descriptive detail and further character development. Feyre really became a strong, dominant personality in this book which I felt was an amazing transformation from the first two novels. I think this was the author’s intent and I personally really enjoyed it. I also felt as though the reader was able to explore the minor characters in more detail as well, which was not extraordinarily present in the other two stories.

I do think that the plot moved rather quickly, which was great from that standpoint. Yet, there was something missed in the relationship between Feyre and Rhysand. I think that there should have been more included about their relationship development, because most of the book was largely focused on their various tasks.

Overall, this book was fantastic and I cannot wait to read the next novel released! I would recommend this serious one hundred times over to ages 17/18 + as some of the content is a bit mature.

Love,

Kiss 4

 

 

 

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Finally Fall Book Tag

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So it’s officially-in my mind-pumpkin season! Why can’t I just say fall? Because I feel like for me fall is just pumpkin everything, which I love! I am going to be doing the Finally Fall Book Tag, which I first saw over at Reader Rayna, which links to the original post.

Let’s Boo-gin! (sorry, I had to)

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1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting!

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This book has so much detail embedded in the setting. The plot basically builds off the tiny details in the setting and is impossible to continue without examining the setting closely.

2. Nature is beautiful… but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

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This book is written so well. It is descriptive and creative while still maintaining elements of dystopia. It definitely address many underlying topics, which to me strengthens the novel for the reader.

3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

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I recently finished this book after loving the movie! I was not the biggest fan of the writing style, BUT I loved the subject and learned so much in the course of the book development.

4. In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you’d like to be a part of.

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I would LOVE to be part of the Camp Half Blood Crew!

5. The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: show us a pile of fall-colored spines!

I don’t have a good pic to upload! If you have one send it to me; I love to see them!

6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

 

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This book is super cool because it’s a physical version of the book in Fangirl. 

7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.

I don’t think I have actually ever read a legitimately scary book, so if you have suggestions send them my way!

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heartwarming read that could warm up somebody’s cold and rainy day.

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This book is less heartwarming and just funny, which I think is great for a cold day!

9. Fall returns every year: name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.

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Obviously!

10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favorite cozy reading “accessories”!

My mermaid blanket and some tea 🙂

11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!

Anyone that wants to do it!

Happy Fall,

Kiss 4

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Current Read (Yes I’m Somehow Managing This Feat in College)

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So I didn’t have time to write a super complex post so I thought I’d just do a quick current read update 🙂

Right now I’m reading:

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I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! I cannot say that enough; I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy and am loving this one so far.

Has anyone else read this? What did you think?

What are YOU reading right now and should I add it to my TBR list?

Love,

Kiss 4