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,
Jenn

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,
Jenn

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Entangled Teen; 2012
335 pages
Format: ebook
Genres: YA/paranormal/science fiction
I bought this book.

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Synopsis via Goodreads: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don't kill him first, that is.
 

My thoughts:

This is one of only a couple books about Aliens that I have read. (The other being The Host by Stephenie Meyer). Aliens aren’t really my “monster” of choice. No one really changes the basics of Aliens, unlike some have changed the basics of vampires. (See what I did there?)
But Obsidian is awesome! It’s been on my radar for awhile, but I probably wouldn’t have picked it up when I did if it hadn’t been chosen for The Little Book Club that I participate in. It was our September pick.

Some in the group compared it to Twilight, others just downright hated it, but I loved it! It’s like book crack. I couldn’t put it down and I plan to read the rest of the series soon. The major complaint in the book group was that the male main character/alien Daemon was an asshole. I don’t disagree, but I am more tolerant of sarcasm and snark than some. I love some sass. It’s like finding a kindred spirit.

The conspiracy/men in black aspects were so creepy, and the plot is way out there but I didn’t care. I just flew through this one. Yes, at times it was a bit predictable, but it was just so unlike anything I had read before that I couldn’t put it down. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure book.

Monday, January 5, 2015

#BoutofBooks 12.0 Mater Post





For those that don't know what Bout of Books is... here you go:
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, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I don't really have goals for this week other than to finish some of the books that I have already started. If I get through those I have a few library books that I will pick up. But usually during readathons, I abandon all plans and just pick up random books so we'll see what happens.

The books I hope to finish are:
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
Champion by Marie Lu (finished day 2)
Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
Across the Universe by Beth Revis (finished day 7)


Books on stand-by are:
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas




Monday
Number of books I've read today: 0
Total number of books I've read: 0
Pages read: 148

Total pages read: 148
Books read from: Champion by Marie Lu

Tuesday
Number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books I've read: 1

Pages read: 221
Total pages read: 369
Books read from: Champion by Marie Lu (finished)

Wednesday
Number of books I've read today:0
Total number of books I've read:1

Pages read: 0
Total pages read: 369
Books read from: none

Thursday
Number of books I've read today: o
Total number of books I've read: 1

Pages read: 53
Total pages read: 422
Books read from: Angels And Demons by Dan Brown, Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell.

Friday

Number of books I've read today:0
Total number of books I've read:1

Pages read: 0
Total pages read: 422

Books read from: none

Saturday

Number of books I've read today:0
Total number of books I've read:1

Pages read: 0
Total pages read: 422

Books read from: none

Sunday
Number of books I've read today: 1
Total number of books I've read: 2

Pages read: 265
Total pages read: 687
Books read from: Across The Universe (finished), and the first 30 pgs of Olive Kitteridge.

Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 End of Year Reading Stats and 2015 Goals including Bout of Books 12!



Source for gif: mashable.tumblr.com
The Wrap Up
I cannot believe that 2014 is over. I also cannot believe how much time I spent today doing math/stats for this post. Doing the pie charts was fun though. During the year I read a total of 80 books, thus exceeding my Goodreads goal for the year which was to read 60. I read a total of 21,294 pages (see weird fact #3 for a note on my page count.

Here are my weirdest stats:
1) There were two books that had two authors (Dash and Lily's Book of Dares and Argo) so my author total is 82.
2)All of the arcs I read were ebooks, so in chart, my book total seems to exceed 80 (but it didn't) and I have an extra chart for arcs vs ebooks.
3) I had 8 books that I did not finish (DNF), but I counted the number of pages read to before DNFing in my total pages.

If you want to see the complete list of books that I read in 2014, they are listed in the order I read them on the pages tab under my blog heading. :)

Let's do this, shall we?

Gender:                                                  
Male authors - 22
Female authors - 60

Paper - 45
Ebooks - 30
Arcs -  10
Audiobooks - 5

Ebook vs E-Arcs:
Arcs- 10
non ARCS-20


Where I got the books:
Library - 45
Author/publisher - 21
Mine - 9
Audible- 5

Loved vs. Hated
Never read before - 63
Rereads - 9
DNF - 8


Author Nationality:
US - 55
UK- 10
Canada- 2
China - 2
Australia- 1
Lebanon- 1
Serbia- 1
Japan- 1
Poland- 1
Iran - 1
Bosnia- 1
Pakistan- 1
Romania- 1



2015 Reading Goals:

  • Each year I plan on participating in a lot of challenges but always do far too many and complete very few (if any). So this year I am just going to participate in two. Jana is hosting a debut author challenge for middle grade/young adult/new adult books on her blog That Artsy Reader Girl. She has tons of info/resources already, and it is a very low-key challenge. You can find out more about her challenge on her blog here.
  • I am also going to be joining Adam of Roof Beam Reader's TBR Challenge. The goal is to read 12 books that have been on your tbr for over a year (and he checks publishing dates). You are also allowed two alternate titles in case you can't make it through one of the books you chose. I haven't picked all my books yet, but when I do there will be a new tab for the challenge under my blog header. You can find all the info on this challenge on Adam's blog here



  • I want to do more readathons.  (Bout of books 12 starts Monday, which I am so joining. Master post will be up Monday.) I don't just want to do official readathons, but my own mini ones at home when I need to get out of a slump or just feel inspired to read.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, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th 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 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team 

More info on BoutofBooks here.


  • I want to read more of the books I own. I have 100+ books on my shelves that I have never read, plus dozens of ebooks on my kindle that I just "had to buy" but still haven't read,  and in 2014, I read 9 of the unread books I own. 9. That is so unacceptable, so I am making that a huge goal. 



  • I want to try to tackle War and Peace by Tolstoy. I know. I've researched editions and I think I have the one that will suit me best, and I've heard that once you get past the first 200 pages it gets more interesting. I've started it several times before, but never finished it, never even made it to the 100 pg mark. I'm hoping 2015 will be the year. 


While it's not technically a reading goal, I hope to blog more in 2015. I really dropped the ball the last year and want to get back into it again.


Not only do I think that's everything. This may be the longest post I have ever done. What are all your goals for 2015. And before I forget, Happy New Year!!