What’s On Your Nightstand: August 2017

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.

August was good to me 🙂 . I got so much reading done in August because of the 3 readathons I was participating in: Tome Topple, the Reading Quest, and Bout of Books. Not only did I read loads of books, I also consumed lots of articles. But that’s because I was bored at work and thought it best to use my lack of nothing to do to get through the many newsletters I’m subscribed to. I discovered some great articles in them.

Because of all the reading done in August and because I have lots to highlight in the things I read, this will be a very long post. I don’t expect anyone to read everything here, but I urge you all to check out the Articles and Podcasts sections below because there are some great thought-pieces listed in them.

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What’s On Your Nightstand: July 2017

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.

I’m now convinced that the year sped up in the summer. Didn’t summer just start and already we’re in August reeling toward its end. All my plans for summer, which boils down to lots of time spent outside reading, has yet to come to fruition. July was mainly spent developing professionally and doing a bit of travel for work, which was fun until I realized I was close to Disney World but couldn’t visit. I’ve always wanted to go there. It was an even busier month than June and it went by in the blink of an eye. Hopefully, August will be a little slower.

Weirdly, I got a lot of reading done in July despite being busy (the traveling helped); but I didn’t blog as much because there was no time to write posts. Even now I find it hard to find time to write stuff, so I have to create my posts whenever the time presents itself and schedule them to publish. That scheduling tool is so helpful! I also fell behind on visiting blogs but hopefully that will be rectified in August. August will be all about reading.

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Weekend Reads #74: Hooked on Comics

Weekend Reads is a weekly post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I plan to read on the weekend. This weekend’s topic:

Comic books

I love comic books and graphic novels. Though I used to read the Archie comics as a kid and read Art Spiegelman’s Maus in middle school, it wasn’t until 2015 that I developed a love for this form of storytelling and started to add them to my book collection.

How it all began

My thanks goes to the online book community because it’s reviews by bloggers and vloggers that sparked my interest in comics. I didn’t know much about comics and didn’t understand some of the industry jargon, like distinguishing between what’s considered a comic book or a graphic novel and figuring out what “trades” refer to, but over time, after watching bookish videos and reading blog posts and articles (like “Graphic Novels 101” in issue #23 of the Diamond Bookshelf magazine), I learned and picked up some tips. Visiting my favorite comic bookshop also helped. The employees were always helpful in explaining things to me and recommending comics and MAKING ME BUY THEM!! (I can only visit when I have money because they always tell me about something I’ll like.)

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2017

And it’s another edition of the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! I’ve decided to do this every year around this time.

I don’t think I was tagged by anyone (totally apologize if I’ve forgotten I was), but this tag was created by ReadLikeWildFire (a booktuber) and Ely Jayne (a blogger).

Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

Of course, that would be The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. I’m so happy to have finally tried a book by her and I’m glad it was this one, which (for me) puts a spin on fantasy novels by giving me an older protagonist. I also like how it’s written and how things wrap up at the end. It was a great reading experience.

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What’s On Your Nightstand: June 2017

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.

It’s weird, but I feel as if I’ve forgotten everything that happened in June. It went by so fast! And I did so much but sometimes when I look back on the month, it seems that I didn’t do much at all. Major life highlights for this month include changing jobs, making new friends, planning an adventure with my family for later this year, finally seeing a play, and realizing that maybe I should get serious about keeping a journal because it’s too hard to remember everything. But overall, June was a great month for my personal life.

Unfortunately, my reading kind of suffered along the way. This month was spent making progress in books I’m in the middle of rather than completing books. As such, June has less completed books than last month. I also didn’t blog as much and many posts I planned to get out weren’t completed or published. I guess I’ll spend July making up for what was missed in June.

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2017 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

My reading has picked up! 😀 I’m glad for this because at the beginning of the year I was very indecisive about what books to read and sometimes wasn’t in the mood for the activity, which is okay, but I’m glad that I’ve found stories that held my interest and propelled me to try others.

The spring quarter was good to me, though I was sick for most of it because of allergies, and I found myself consuming less audio books and trying more nonfiction, mainly memoirs and autobiographies. Here are the stats:

Books | Audio books | Comics

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Top Ten Tuesday #27: Best Books So Far in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2017

I was surprised, upon completing this list, to find that I have given exactly 10 books high ratings of 4.5 or 5 stars so far this year. The books are listed below, followed by two comic books that also received high ratings. Rereads were not included.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

★★★★★

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