Friday, September 11, 2015

R.eaders I.nbibing P.eril X


I love the RIP challenge. Sometimes, I'm not so great at accomplishing it, but I can feel that this year will be a success. For those of you don't know what the RIP challenge is, the goal is starting Sept 1 (I'm a tad late) to read/watch books/films/tv shows that fall under mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, gothic, etc. You can find full details, including the levels of peril here:

I will be doing Peril the First and reading 4 (but more than likely more) novels. I am nearly done my first one. But more on that in a later post. But for those who like hints, I'm really into Edwardian/Victorian thrillers. 

I am also participating in Peril on the Screen. I have a love a fair with Tim Burton films and British mystery shows. Plus, I am trying my damnedest to catch up on The Vampire Diaries and Sleepy Hollow. 

It will be fun either way. I love this time of year. Now I am off to make a lovely cup of tea and tuck into my creepy reads. 

Anyone else joining? 

Happy reading, 


Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bout of Books 14 Master Post

Bout of Books

I love Bout of Books. I have no idea how many I have actually participated in, but more than half for sure. If you don't know what Bout of Books is, here is the blurb from their website:
"The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog." - From the Bout of Books team

There are also a couple twitter chats during the week, which are my personal favorite thing about the event. 

In addition to annoying the hell out of my twitter followers, (sorry in advance...kind of). I have a lot to read. I am in the middle of 6 books because all of my holds came in at once. So I hope to make a dent in that pile Ideally, I'd like to finish them all, but I usually aim low to avoid pressuring myself. I'm currently reading:

Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox (Finished 8/17)
S by JJ Abrams
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
The Young Elites by Marie Lu (Finished 8/19)
Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw (dnf on Sunday, 66 pages in)
School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
Rook by Sharon Cameron

I also have a couple books on standby, because sometimes you just need something different. On that pile I have:
What Angels Fear by CS Harris
The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morias

  • Finish 3 books
  • Read a little bit every day
  • Participate in at least one twitter chat
Is anyone else participating?

Happy reading,

Edit: I've decided to make this post a masterlist for my progress during BoB rather than small mostly identical posts. Scroll down for my daily wrap-ups.

Monday 8/17
Books read from: 2. Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox, The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Books finished: 1. Lucky Man
Total books finished: 1
Pages read: 203 (130ish of Lucky Man, 73 of The Young Elites)
Total pages read: 203

Tuesday 8/18
Books read from: 1, The Young Elites
Books finished: 0
Total books finished: 1
Pages read: 177
Total pages read: 380

Wednesday 8/19
Books read from: 1. The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I got a bit too emotionally invested in this one.
Books finished: 1. See above
Total books finished: 2
Pages read: 151
Total pages read: 531

Thursday 8/20
Books read from: Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw
Books finished: 0
Total books finished: 2
Pages read: 4
Total pages read: 535

Friday 8/21
Books read from: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Books finished: 0
Total books finished: 2
Pages read: 26
Total pages read: 561

Saturday 8/22
Books read from: The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Books finished: 0
Total books finished: 2
Pages read: 27
Total pages read: 588

Sunday 8/23
Books read from: Shadowcry
Books finished: 0 (but dnf'd)
Total books finished: 2
Pages read: 67
Total pages read: 655

Saturday, August 8, 2015

End of Summer Wrap Up Post: Week of August 2, 2015

The summer reading programs are finally finished at work!! I love the kiddos and my co-workers but it's a long, stressful, couple of months. It seems that summer is the time life slows down for most people, but for me it gets very chaotic. So I'm excited for things to get back to normal. (And have more time to read, and write posts).

Next month we start our book clubs up again and I am beyond excited to expand my reading horizons and have some adult conversations. 

Since my last update in June (eek!) I have read 13 books, ie books 43-55 for the year. (Technically, I have less than 100 pages left in book 55 and I plan to finish it later this afternoon).  I have read:

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen 
Breathe by Sarah Crossan (reread)
Resist by Sarah Crossan
Son by Lois Lowery
Terrorist by Henrik Rehr
Daisy Miller by Henry James
Crossed by Ally Condie
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Ladies of Liberty bt Cokie Roberts (audiobook)
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (reread)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (second chance read)*

*In a future post I am going to talk about my personal experience of being a mood reader and "second chance reads." 

I have a few young adult novels out from work still, but with the end of summer my reading is starting to shift from lighter reads to darker fair, longer novels, and branching into adult fiction. Though there is no way I could ever completely give up my beloved ya. I'm also going to try to take out less from the library (oh the horror!) and read more of my personal books that have been sitting on my shelf for ages. 

I always have stuff on hold at the library, so I have no idea how successful that will be, but I'm going to try. 

I am not sure what book I am going to start next, but I am most excited to reread Game of Thrones, and start Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw, and A School For Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin. 

Until my next post, happy reading!


Friday, June 12, 2015

Insomnia Is The Worst or the Week of June 7, 2015


I haven't been sleeping well this week. While I've been up at night, I've done some short spurts of reading, then working on a project. Today I was up around 330am and watched the first episode of Orange Is The New Black. I am definitely in the minority because I don't get it. I don't dislike it but just feel kind of meh about it. Maybe it's because I'm more of a book person than a tv person (unless it's a documentary or historical drama, in which case, I am all over that.) Maybe I should try the OITNB book instead. Anyone read it?

I haven’t been reading as much this week as I have been the last few, because I’ve had a fun work project. I’ve been knitting bookmarks that look like Harry Potter house scarves for part of the summer program. They are coming out well. I’ll post a pic when they are finished. I’m well on track to finish them on time, but I’ve been having stress dreams about not finishing them on time.

As predicted, all my holds came in at once. Despite that, I kind of feel like I have nothing to read. But really I have so many things to read, I don’t know where to start when I finish a new book. Since my update last Wednesday I reread:

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen.

I’m still working on The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. I’ve read a little less than half but I am loving it, and am so glad that I gave it another go, after putting it down the first time a couple years ago. I googled the second book and may have minorly spoiled myself on The Bone Season. But I will definitely keep up with this series. It’s this weird mix of dystopian/paranormal/sci-fi and that’s what I’ve really been loving lately.

I am also reading:
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

My current holds are:
The Selection Stories by Kiera Cass (My library just added a ton of new ebooks to the collection so my wishlist is a bit out of control.

I have the newest Sarah Dessen out from work, Saint Anything, but I still have to read her previous book The Moon and More. If I finish my 3 current reads, tackling those will be my goal. Once I finish my work knitting project I am going to be reading a lot. The summer reading program is almost upon us, and I challenged a couple of the teens to see who could read the most. (We are counting pages this year) and I am VERY competitive, but so are the girls. It will be a close race.

What did you read this week?

Happy reading,

Thursday, June 4, 2015

2015 Recap (so far)

I have been reading up a storm this year so far. My goal was to read 50 books for the year and I am 11 books from that goal. I was aiming low this year, but am doing much better than I planned, obviously. Below is the list of books I have read so far. (* indicates a reread) I'm trying to catch up on a lot of series this year. I am also rereading all of Sarah Dessen's novels in order of publication.

1. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
3.  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
4. My True Love Gave To Me by Stephanie Perkins (and 11 others)
5. Champion by Marie Lu
6. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
7. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
8. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
9.  Scribbler Tales Volume 3 by Mary Ann Bernal
10. Free Four by Veronica Roth
11. Four by Veronica Roth
12. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
13. This Life Is In Your Hands by Melissa Coleman
14. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass
15. The Witness Wore Red by Rebecca Musser
16. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
17. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowery
18. Mystery on Macomber Hill by John Balser
19. Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
20. Cress by Marissa Meyer
21. And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
22. Messenger by Lois Lowery
23. Shadow by Amanda Sun
24. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
25. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
26. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
27. When We Were the Kennedys by Monica Wood
28. Matched by Ally Condie
29. House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
30. Across the Universe by Beth Revis*
31. Divergent by Veronica Roth*
32. A Million Suns by Beth Revis
33. Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
34. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers*
35. That Summer by Sarah Dessen*
36. Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
37. Rush by Eve Silver*
38. Push by Eve Silver
What's currently on my Holds list: 
Breathe by Sarah Crossan*
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen*
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen*
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

My current reads: 
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (I started this last year, but am giving it another go)
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen.*

What are your reading plans for the week?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The New Booksessed


As those of you who regularly read this blog can tell, I have tried numerous times to get back into blogging, only to let months go by without touching the blog. I just felt so uninspired, like blogging was just another thing that I had to do, rather than wanted to do. 

I'd read a great book, but honestly, the idea of writing a review just felt so overwhelming that I could put it off "until tomorrow" until so many days would go by that it no longer felt relevant. And Booksessed would stay dormant. 

I feel inspired about what I feel will be my new blogging journey. While reviews will still (occasionally) appear, my new focus on the blog will be my reading journey. I set myself goal number of books to read each year and thought that it would be fun to track those books here. Let's face it, popular book sites that host book reading goals do not factor in rereadings of books and I love to reread. So at the end of the year, my number on those sites doesn't truly reflect what I've read for the year. It's frustrating to see a number that vastly differs. 

Thus my new idea. I am going to (try) to post once a week about what I am reading that week, and talk a little bit about what I am reading and what I plan to read next. It will be fun to talk about what I'm reading for book clubs, rereading to catch up on a series, or rereading for fun. 

Sometimes I may even put up a poll to help me decide what to read next. I did the math: between what's unread on my bookshelves and my kindle, based on how much reading I do i an average year, it would take me at least 3 years to read everything...provided I didn't buy any new books, participate in book club, or borrow anything from the library.  I can't be the only one who has that many books. 

Tomorrow I will post what I have read so far this year, what I am currently reading, and officially start this journey for the blog. For those of you who have stuck with me, THANK YOU. I hope you enjoy this journey as much as I do.

See you tomorrow.

Happy Reading!!

Jenn Jenn

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monthly TBR February 2015

I can't believe it is February already, but at the same time that makes me happy because we are getting closer to Spring. I'm usually a fan of winter but we are on storm number 3 in a week equaling more than 3 feet in my part of Maine. I need a dose of sunshine.

January was a slow reading month for me. I only read 4 books and made very sluggish progress with 4 others. So I'm hoping February goes a bit better, especially since I have a some deadline reading.

In January I read:
My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins (and 11 others I'm too lazy to type out).
Champion by Marie Lu
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

In February I am aiming high, I hope to read:
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews*
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown*
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas*
A Million Suns by Beth Revis*
Divergent by Veronica Roth (book club)
This Life Is In Your Hands by Melissa Coleman (book club)
War and Peace (read along that goes into April hosted by Booking In Heels)
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
*currently reading

I'm less than 50 pages in almost all of my current reads, I just passed 100 pgs in Throne of Glass so I have to get out of my reading rut. I really just need to FINISH something.

What are you all planning to read this month?

Happy reading,