2018 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

The first quarter of the year has just ended and my reading is off on a good start. I messed around and read 21 books this quarter, completing approximately half of my Goodreads Reading Goal of 45 books.

I didn’t expect this to happen and certainly didn’t plan for it. But I tend to read more when worried or upset and this quarter had a lot of frustrating ups and downs in my personal life, so maybe that’s why I completed so many books. But anyway, I’m glad the quarter ended on this positive note. Here are the stats:

Books | Audio Books | Comics

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What’s on Your Nightstand: March 2018

What’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.

March had its ups and downs but overall, it was a good month. I had a very low-key celebration of my birthday (actually, it wasn’t a celebration, but I enjoyed what I did) and started planning for a vacation that I’m really looking forward to later in the year. I also went to see Black Panther a second time and enjoyed it almost as much as I did the first time (the jokes weren’t as fresh the second time).

The most exciting thing I did this month was attend the NoVa Teen Book Festival, which, though I’m no longer a teen, I thoroughly enjoyed. I grabbed a copy of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone as soon as I arrived and attended a panel session where Adeyemi spoke alongside Susan Dennard, Audrey Coulhurst, and A.C. Gaughen about a variety of topics. By the end of the session, I wanted all their books, but since I had placed myself on a tight budget for the event, I just jotted down the authors’ names so I’ll remember to get their books from the library (and reminded myself to read my copy of Truthwitch).

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Top Ten Tuesday #33: Spring 2018 TBR

It’s TBR time!!! 😀 😀 😀

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Books on My Spring TBR

I love creating TBRs, so I’m excited to do this post. Before we get started, guess how many books I read from my Winter TBR???

**Hint** It’s slightly more than the amount I usually read from my TBRs.

Highlight here =>>   2  <<= for the answer. 😛

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What’s on Your Nightstand: February 2018

What’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.

February was a busy month that seemed longer than its 28 days, but looking back, it’s hard to recall all that I did. Part of the reason is that I spent the month so worried about certain financial goals that I didn’t pay attention to much else. Taking a look at my journal would have helped me to remember, if I’d stuck with my goal to jot down journal entries at the end of every week. I keep forgetting to do that. But the one awesome thing I did and remembered is that I SAW BLACK PANTHER AND IT WAS AWESOME!!! 😀 😀 😀

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What’s on Your Nightstand: January 2018

What’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.

OMG! A month has already gone. My year got off at a run. I was so busy in January that it’s been a while since I’ve had a full weekend at home. But it’s all good. I’m enjoying the year so far despite one drawback in my personal life and am hoping my major goal for the year will be fulfilled. I’d be so happy with myself if I meet that goal.

Reading-wise, January was a great month. I read 4 books, 1 of which was a reread by audio book but for the most part, I enjoyed them all. Blogging was also good. I started scheduling my posts last year and I think I’ll continue to do so this year. It makes my life easier. I also drummed up the courage to finally be able to host my first GIVEAWAY!!

!ENTER TO WIN HERE!

— if you haven’t already so. 🙂

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2018 Reading Plans

With those reflection posts out the way, it’s time to make plans for the new year. My hope is that it’ll be a thrifty year, reading-wise, because my plan is to mainly read more of the books I own and to buy less books. I’d like to cut the amount I spent on books last year by more than half.

Surprisingly to me, I did pretty well on my reading goals in 2017 and managed to complete 4 of the many reading challenges I participated in. Usually, I’d only successfully complete 1 or none. I’ve also been debating whether or not it makes sense for me to participate in reading challenges since I’m never an active participant in them. I do not create separate posts for updates or follow up on the hosts’ blog to state my progress or engage in conversations on Twitter about what I’m reading for the challenge and how well it’s all going. I basically just state that I’m participating then go off and do it all on my own (or not do it, which is usually the case) like the loner I am.

However, I do find it fun to state that I’m participating and make TBRs (though I never follow them) so….I’ll continue with my mad process. Speaking of which, here are the reading challenges I’ll participate in this year and the books I’ll read for them:

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Reflecting on 2017: Reading

And yet, another reflection post on the previous year. It might not look like it, but I’m taking it easy with these reflection posts. Last year, I wrote them back to back and was burnt out by the end of the first week in January and didn’t want to look at my blog or read a book. As my mom always says, “everything in moderation,” so I’m moderating how much I write in a day.

Feeling burnt out, I set a manageable Goodreads reading goal for myself in 2017 at just 40 books. I thought I wouldn’t be much interested in reading and would feel pressured by a high reading goal. But I surprised myself later in the year when I passed my reading goal and read 74 books. I was tempted then to increase my goal, but reading pressure-free was so wonderful that I left the goal as is. Inspired by that, at the beginning of 2018 I again set a manageable Goodreads reading goal for myself at just 45 books.

Overall, this wasn’t a spectacular year in reading. I read some great books, but they were few compared to 2016 when I had a hard time deciding on my best reads of the year. However, I was very generous with my star ratings again in 2017 and gave many books 5 stars, which I don’t mind much but as time passes and I reflect on some books, I realize that I no longer think they are 5-star reads. For example, Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy, which is wonderful and thought-provoking, but is over worked in some areas making reading feel like a chore. The more I think about those books, the more I feel like dropping a star. But, whatever. It’s still a good read that I highly recommend.

Below, I’ve selected the top books for the year for each category I usually include in my quarterly reading wrap-ups. Again, this is unneeded, especially since I’ve already done a favorite books of 2017 post, but I had so much fun doing this last year that I had to do it again this year. I’ve only included up to 5 books in each category and afterward I list some stats on my reading and mention my progress in the reading challenges I participated in. It’s basically a quick overall wrap-up for the year that’s similar to my quarterly wrap-ups. All books/items, depending on their categories, are listed from absolute best to acceptable, or from least liked to acceptable. Rereads are not often consider for the “favorites” and “least liked” lists.

If you’re curious about how I managed to track all this crap, check out Brock’s YouTube video to learn more about the reading stats spreadsheet he creates every year. (He recently posted a link to an updated version on his Twitter.)

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