What’s On Your Nightstand: January 2017

What's On Your NightstandWhat’s on Your Nightstand, is a monthly meme hosted by 5 Minutes for Books on the last Tuesday of every month that summarizes what you’ve read for the month, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan to read next. For my posts, I also include articles, music, art, TV shows, and whatever else I did in the month.

January was rough for me. After all the wrap-ups and reflections and look-ahead posts, I was drained and wasn’t in the mood to read or blog. I instead spent much of my time watching movies and TV shows and now have so many TV shows I want to keep up with that I’ll have to make a schedule for them. I also read a couple interesting articles because of the divisive administration currently in power in the U.S., but I didn’t keep track of them so unfortunately, I won’t be able to share much in that section. But, enough of my rambling. Here’s what I did in January.

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Reading Update: Horror Reading Challenge

Actually, this is just a general reading update.

First of all, I’m in a funky reading mood. I don’t think it’s a reading slump though. It started with me not knowing what to read next after completing my last book of last year, Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling. It then progressed to me feeling lethargic whenever I try to read the books I currently have on the go, The Witches by Stacy Schiff and Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, and now it has made me indecisive about what I should read.

I can’t tell if I’m just not in the mood to read, or if the books I’m reading aren’t very interesting.

I kind of suspect that the book format I’m using may be to blame: e-books. The Witches is a nonfiction book and though it’s easy to read, it requires a lot of focus to keep the facts and people straight, which is difficult for me to do when reading an e-book. I spend so much time staring at screens throughout my day that when I try to read after a long day in the office or working at home, the last thing I want to do is experience a dense read on a device that strains my eyes. I guess that’s why I keep dozing off whenever I attempt to read either The Witches or Tiny Beautiful Things despite my interest in their content.

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2017 Reading Plans

Now that I’m done with my reflection pieces, it’s time to look forward to new adventures in the new year. Well, new bookish adventures in the new year. For a rebel like myself, making plans and TBR lists is pointless because I never follow them. My 2016 reading reflection is evidence of this because I hardly read the books I assigned myself for that year. However, I do like to make these lists, pointless as they may be, and I plan to make a few for 2017 in this post. (We’ll see how well I do by year’s end.)

Also, like last year, I’ll assign myself books I must read by year’s end. These are books that I’m really interested in reading and I hope I will do so and not procrastinate and forget about them.

Goodreads reading goal

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Last year my goal was to read 60 books/comics and I surpassed that by reading 88 books/comics but not without some trepidation in the early months of the year. So to make my reading experience less stressful for the entire year, I plan to read 40 books/comics by year’s end.

I’ll keep track of my reading and purchases by using this spreadsheet designed for booklovers who are too interested in their reading stats, like me. 🙂

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Reflecting on 2016: Reading

Y’all probably tired of me by now because I’m here again with another 2016 reflection piece, one that I don’t need to do after the crazy long Reading Survey, but one I’ll do regardless because I want to. 😀 I like rereading these reflection posts, especially the reading ones, to see what I thought of the previous year. I often do that toward a year’s end.

The theme for 2016 was Perspective, and boy did I need to remember that when it came to reading. Being in the online book community sometimes make me feel as if I need to read more and more books to keep up with everyone who read mountains of books throughout the year. Unfortunately, I’m unable to do so without cutting corners, like reading short books just to stuff in more in a month, but good thing I caught myself at it and changed what I was doing. If I’d continued on that route, reading for pleasure would no longer be pleasurable.

For 2016, I initially set my Goodreads goal to 60 books. For some reason, I started to freak out in late January/early February thinking I wouldn’t be able to complete 60 books in the year so I started cutting corners by reading a short book, George R.R. Martin’s illustrated children’s book The Ice Dragon. I reprimanded myself for that and dropped my goal to 35 books. But later I realized that I did pretty well when not paying attention to my Goodreads goal and had made such great progress that I bumped my goal back up to 60. I’m glad to report that I surpassed that goal by reading a total of 88 books, comics, and picture books. Yes, the comics and picture books are shorter but I count them anyway and except for the Martin book, I didn’t read them to cut corners.

I read no magazines this year, despite purchasing some, however, I read lots of articles and I’m glad for that. They were great substitutes for the magazines and perfect stand-ins for books when there was a lull in my reading. At this point, I usually do a long review of all the books I read in the past year, but I’ll omit that this year because 1. I read a lot, 2. I’m lazy, and 3. I think I’m tired (though I just got up). I’ll do a bunch of stats instead so I hope future me who loves to read these at the end of the year won’t be too upset at getting just stats instead. 😛

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2016 End of Year Book Survey

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The End of Year Book Survey is a pretty sweet post created by The Perpetual Page-Turner. I did it last year and thought I’d do it again this year.

The survey is pretty long though I’ve omitted a few questions.

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Number of books read: 88

Books: 40

Audio books: 8

E-books: 14

Comics/graphic novels: 23

Mangas: 3

Number of books reread: 14

Number of books I didn’t finish: 5

Genre I read the most: Fantasy

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ZeZee’s Favorite Reads of 2016

Everyone’s doing these favorites posts and I want to do it too. I look forward to these posts at the end of the year because they are great sources for book recommendations. Often the books included in these end-of-year favorites lists are ones that have great staying power. They are ones that readers often reminisce on throughout the year and might even consider rereading, which, to me, means they are good reads.

I was unable to shorten my list to the usual 10, so instead I have 16 favorites of 2016! (I did not plan that.)

I’ve broken the list into the following sections: novels, which includes picture books and audio books; comics, which includes mangas; and other, which is a mish-mash of nonfiction and poetry.

Novels

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2016 Reading Wrap-Up: Fourth Quarter

Here’s the second of many wrap-ups that will be posted on this blog over the next few days. The following is a quick summary of the books and comics I read in the last quarter of 2016. I finished the year pretty strong by reading 24 things, but many of them were quite short or were audio books, so I got through them very quickly.

I started the year intending to read 60 books, but was discouraged in the early months and dropped my reading goal to 30 books. However by the end of the second quarter, I was doing so well that I bumped it back up to 60 and now, at the end of the year, I’m able to end with a strong 88 books read, which includes comics and audio books. I’m a pretty happy booknerd at the moment. 😀

Books | Comics | Mangas | Audiobooks

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