Beyond the Blurb | Why Goodreads Reading Challenge Doesn’t Work for Me

Morning, readers!

Ever since I started blogging full-time, I always pledged fifty books to my annual Goodreads Reading Challenge. For two years straight, I countlessly set my challenge high. Sure, reading fifty books a year isn’t a lot to some people who read more than a hundred. But since I signed up for Goodreads, I completed each annual challenge.

But last year, I realized something. I don’t want to pledge fifty books anymore. Instead, I want to pledge lower. Yes, you read that right. Even though I’m a full-time blogger and reader, I cannot set my challenge high. For my next discussion post, I want to talk about the reasons why I’ve decided to set my Goodreads challenge at thirty, not fifty.

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Sunshine Blogger Award (8)

I have fallen behind on so many posts. So I thought I’d do an award tag. I want to thank Brittany from Perfectly Tolerable for nominating me!

I absolutely love her blog, and you should too. So please visit it.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Winter TBR

Happy Tuesday, bloggers!

I hope your morning is turning out well. I’m counting down the days to the big day. And I can’t wrap my head around the fact that we’re sliding right into a new era. I’m not okay with that.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next prompt is Winter TBR of 2019/2020!

I hope you love the post.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Holiday Reads

Happy Tuesday, bloggers,

Okay, who else is excited about the fact we’re in December? Now, who’s also freaking out because we are in December? I thought so. I’m both.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. December’s first prompt is holiday reads. I don’t typically have a holiday TBR, but here are some books I might read during the holidays:

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Beyond the Blurb | Why I’m on a Bookish Box Ban!

Morning, everyone!

For months, I have tried to ignore the growing bookish stuff I’ve collected. I thought I’d be proud of this collection. But instead, I feel like a bookish hoarder with nowhere else to go but to part with some items I know I shouldn’t have purchased.

But how did I get here? Frankly, I don’t know. I don’t understand how I went from wanting a few boxes or candles to collecting more items than I can handle. So I decided to organize what I’ve accumulated. And it wasn’t easy. Yes, some of the candles are on my new shelf. But I still have boxes leftover from Wick and Fable, Flick the Wick, Owlcrate, Shelflove Crate, Fae Crate, and even Lit Joy Crate. And I still feel as if I haven’t hit the entire collection.

So what do I do? Well, I’ve put myself on a book box ban. Yes, you’ve heard me. I’m on a ban. I’d rather spend my money on shelves and books than these boxes. But why am I on a ban though? Let’s break down the reasons why:

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Top Ten Tuesday | Favourite Bookmarks

Happy Tuesday!

Well, it snowed last night. I’m in a sea of white stuff, and it’s not even winter yet. I shouldn’t complain though. It does look pretty from afar. 😂

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The next prompt is favourite bookmarks! I don’t use many since I usually stick with a few and go from there. But I thought I’d make a list of all the bookmarks I’ve used over the years.

Enjoy the post!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Spooky Reads

Happy Tuesday, ghouls and goblins!

We have two more days. I repeat, we have two more days until Halloween! Who is ready? HA. I’m attending a party and don’t know what I’ll dress up as.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. October’s final prompt is a Halloween freebie! What does that mean? Well, I get to gush about spooky reads.

Have a great read and a Happy Halloween, everyone!

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The Sunshine Blogger Award (8)

Morning, bloggers!

I’m back! I took needed a much-needed hiatus from the online world and my blog. I didn’t want to spread myself too thin with everything going on, so I took some time off.

I want to thank Misty from Misty’s Book Space for nominating me! Please give her some love, yes?

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

Misty’s Questions

What was the last book you strongly disliked?

The Girl the Sea Gave Back didn’t sit well with me. I wanted to love it. And while I enjoyed it, I think my expectations were a tad too high for what I read.

How does your star rating system work for your reviews (if you use one)?

5 star: Loved it

4: Liked it a lot, but had a few issues

3: Liked it, but had several issues

2: Didn’t like since it had many problems

1: Hated it

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Pepperoni, onions, red and green peppers, and sausage! Sometimes, I enjoy some pineapple (fight me)

Would you rather read a great plot with mediocre characters, or a boring plot with amazing characters?

Oh no, not this question. Okay, I’ll pick amazing characters.

How many books are you currently reading, and which one is your favorite so far?

I’m currently reading one e-ARC. But my last favourite is Broken Wings! I love me some dark high school romance.

What was the last book review you posted?

HAHA. I’ve been in a review slump since August. But the last one is DEV1AT3.

Do you prefer MG, YA, NA, or adult books?

I’m starting to prefer NA and adult more than anything lately. But I adore YA though.

Is there a popular author you’re NOT interested in reading anything by? (Elaborate if you’re comfortable doing so!)

Tomi Adeyemi and Justina Ireland are at the top of my list. Tomi attacked Nora Roberts, and Justina attacked Asian women. Need I say more?

What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?

I would love more mental illness rep. Unfortunately, I don’t see a lot of it though. But it needs to be done properly though. Making fun of mental health or not representing it correctly will hurt readers.

Do you listen to music while reading?

No, I cannot. If I do, I’ll find myself humming to the song, not reading the book.

Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?

Bookstagram, which I’m not involved in. Book Twitter is a bit too…psychotic.


My Questions

  1. What was the last book that made you cozy warm?
  2. What marginalized rep would you most strongly like to see more of in books?
  3. What was the last book you couldn’t finish?
  4. Who’s your new favourite character?
  5. Do you like spooky books?
  6. What’s your most recent scary read?
  7. What are you planning to be for Halloween?
  8. What is your favourite age category (MG, YA, NA, etc.)
  9. What most recently published book are you worried in reading?
  10. What’s your guilty reading pleasures?
  11. Do you prefer book twitter or bookstagram?

I Nominate

Hâf | Amy | Elysa | Emer | Destiny | Kitty Marie | Kristi | Sam | Katrina | Diana | Danielle