#RYBSAT Wrap Up

I really pushed myself at the end of this read-a-thon finishing practically an entire book in one day!

I didn’t technically follow the guidelines of the read-a-thon because I skipped a book. I went straight from I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak to The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre, skipping Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I did this so that my TBR’s would still work with the overlapping days of #RYBSAT and SlayThatSeries.

I continued listening to The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan so I added those pages to my overall page count.

Pages read: 853

Books completed: 2

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September Book Haul 2015

My book buying was a little crazy this month. While not really my buying because most of these were gifts, but my book acquiring. I acquired 11 books, but I only have 10 to talk about today because I already DNF’d and got rid of one.

Here’s what I got!

  • Stay with Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn
  • Selp-Helf by Miranda Sings
  • Fall with Me (Wait for You #4) by J. Lynn
  • Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
  • Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cora Carmack
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslie Walton
  • Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness
  • Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) by Jamie McGuire

I have only read one of these so far! I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me to get my TBR back down. That being said I am completed excited for all of these! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what you’ve thought. I’m hoping to get to at least a few of them within the next month.

Here’s to having a small haul in October!

September Planner Update!

The time has finally come! If you’ve been around here for awhile you’ll know that I use to post planner updates way more often and talk about my planning a lot more. Since school has started my planning has really changed and it’s all pretty streamlined.

This is how I set my weeks up now that school is in session.

September 2015 Week 1

I like to keep the very top section for school. This is usually reserved completely for my to-do list. The majority of my classes are online so this is a really good way for me to keep track of everything I need to do during the week! The rest of the day is more like one running “today” section now.

In terms of stickers I’ve been using. The majority of my stickers are still from ScribblePrintsCo. My headers that say “school” and “today” are from PlannerKate1.

Other shops you’ll find a few sticker from in my planner include GingerlyDoneLibbieandCo, and OneOrangeSnowflake. My book stickers are from OneOrangeSnowflake.

Here’s a few more of my recent spreads with this set up!

September 2015 Week 2

September 2015 Week 3

I actually really enjoyed the muted colors this month and will be sad to see them go next week. I can roll with the orange and brown though!

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#SlayThatSeries TBR

There’s another read-a-thon starting in the middle of #RYBSAT! I found Slay That Series on SarahWithoutAnH‘s channel, who is one of the creators.

The point of this read-a-thon is to read series that you’re in the middle of or really need to get to. Basically, read series.

Since it’s starting during another read-a-thon my TBR’s are going to overlap a little. So the first book I plan on reading is The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre, which is the first book in a series I’ve been dying to start!

I then plan on starting Black City by Elizabeth Richards, which is the first book in a series but it is also a reread for me so that I can refresh my mind before continuing the series.

I will also be continuing to listen to The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan on audiobooks. This is the second book in the series.

What series do you need to get to?

#RYBSAT Update!

I’m sure most of you didn’t notice but I didn’t post yesterday. There is very good reasoning for this! It was Christopher and I’s one year anniversary! We took a little trip to the cities he spoiled me with some book shopping. We also went to the casino because that’s what he wanted to do. I got my first ever Pop! figure, can you guess which one I got? Look forward to my haul this month because it is going to be a good one!

You may have seen on Twitter I posted “I have a pretty big book budget today so there goes #0by16”. In reality I am still reaching for my goal of under 10 books by the end of the year. Yesterday did really set my back though.

Now for my #RYBSAT update! 

My main reading days are actually just starting now. I tend to read the most on Friday – Monday because of how my schedule works. That means I’ve barely had time to read up to this point.

I am on page 103 of I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I have also been listening to a little bit of The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan which doesn’t really apply to my TBR but it is pages read this week!

My goals are still the same and I’d consider myself on track considering that I don’t usually read on Tuesday – Thursdays. I am going to try to finish up I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak today, then continue on to Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and catch up with you in my wrap up hopefully getting started into The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre.

Pages read: 133

Books completed: 0

T5W: Title Fonts

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey over at gingerreadslainey. This week’s topic is your top 5 favorite title fonts. I realized while doing this that most of my books have really lame fonts. Here’s the gems I found!

5) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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This is the 3rd book in the Throne of Glass series and I really love all of these covers. I picked this one because green is my favorite. I love how the boxy letter are metallic and raised slightly. These are just so pleasing to look at.

4) Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien

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I don’t think a lot of people have read these books but I read them back in early high school. I love how the letters are all intertwined.

3) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Very enchanting font. The covers tie in very well with the books and the magical fonts fit perfectly!

2) Yes Please by Amy Poehler

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I love how they put this cover together. The lights are simple but I really like it.

1) Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

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I was looking at my precious Harry Potter series when I was going through my books but I picked this one instead! Beautiful cursive and a simple cover.

5 Stars. What Does It Mean?

I have rated 24 books 5 stars so far this year. These books include young adult fantasy, young adult dystopian, young adult contemporary, graphic novels, a speech, and new adult romance.

What makes a book deserve 5 stars? How does Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover compare to something like Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples or The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.

Not all of the books I rate 5 stars have the best writing, or the best world, or are the most realistic thing I’ve ever read. I like to take book for what they are. I rate my books based on whether the purpose I am reading them for was fulfilled.

If I’m reading a new adult romance I’m reading it for entertainment.

If I’m reading young adult fantasy I want good world building.

If I’m reading a graphic novel the artwork is important.

If I rate a book 5 stars it is because it accomplished what I needed it to at that time. I’m not going into a fantasy book for the romance, and I’m not going into a romance book for the writing style.

So maybe that book I rated 4 stars is written way better, and is way more acclaimed, but I really liked that cheesy young adult contemporary I just read more.

RYBSAT Round 6 TBR!

I feel silly doing this right now with how much I’ve been talking about not setting monthly TBR’s for myself anymore. This read-a-thon does require a little pre-planning though so I’m going to share mine with you!

Read Your Book Shelf A Thon was created by Miranda at BooKss101 on YouTube! Watch her announcement video! 

The point of this read-a-thon is to pick a spot on your shelf and then read you books onward in order. If you come up to a series you only have to read one of the books in the series and then you can move on. If you don’t have your read and unread books separate if you come up on a book you have already read you can skip that as well.

This round is going from Tuesday, September 22 until Tuesday, September 29. 

I posted my TBR on my Instagram and Twitter about a week ago and I am still sticking to that, sort of. Here’s the photo I posted.

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Originally I was going to start with City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, which would have been a reread. I’ve decided that I don’t want to reread that one before continuing on with that series. So now I’m starting with I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. I plan on getting through 2 books and at least starting a third. Which would put me at getting through not only I am the Messenger, but also Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and then starting The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre.

I won’t be posting daily updates simply because I’m not going to be getting through enough content to have that much to say. I will have a mid-week update and then my wrap up when all is said and done.

Are you participating? Tell me what you’ll be reading! Let’s keep each other motivated!

Twitter Reviews

I am calling these “Twitter Reviews” because I will be summarizing my feelings in 140 characters or less. I’m not the best at writing reviews for things I am reading so this is a good way for me to get my thoughts out there. I plan on having 5 books in each of these so here’s my start!

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

I bought this because the book glows in the dark. It was one of the most strange things I’ve ever read. Technology is a great new thing.

Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this, but this series just got 100% better for me. I’m loving the art & the story. Political conflict!!

Cress by Marissa Meyer

This series keeps getting better. The characters are perfectly intertwined. So intrigued. Best books I’ve read in awhile. I need Winter now!

The Walking Dead, Vol 7: The Calm Before by Robert Kirkman

I don’t feel like much really happened in this volume. One of my least favorite’s so far but I’m fully invested in the series already.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Most instant love I’ve ever read. Juliette’s senses are intense. Where could this possibly be going? Why do so many people ship Warner?

I’m So Busy. How Am I Reading?

This is a real thing I’m asking myself. Since school has started especially I have been beyond busy. Yet I’m still finishing books.

I have school every day, yes every day, because I take a lot of online classes as well as on campus classes. I work 3 days a week. And I’m also in a relationship, which takes time!

Here’s how I’ve been finding time to read. Maybe I’ll throw a couple tips in for you as well!

I bring a book with me everywhere I go. There is more time in your day when you’re just sitting and waiting for something than you would think. I get a lot of reading done just waiting for my classes to start.

Audiobooks! Now I know audiobooks aren’t for everyone. They aren’t really for me either. It’s hard for me to focus on a story with a lot of details if it’s on audiobook. I’ve discovered which genre tend to work for me on audiobook. I primarily listen to memoirs and middle grade. There is also way more time in your day for audiobooks than you would think. I have a 40 minute drive to and from campus when I have class which is a big chunk of time for me to listen. Also anytime you’re walking somewhere just throw your ear buds in. Listen while you get ready in the morning. This can be really helpful if you’re falling behind on your Goodreads goal too.

I make reading part of my schedule and I set apart special time for it. Example:

8am – Wake Up

8:30 – Drive (Audiobooks)

9:30 – Class (Read while waiting)

11 – Drive (Audiobook)

12 – Homework/Online Classes (Don’t read here, probably get your work done)

2 – Read

3:30 – Get ready for work (audiobook)

4 – Work

That’s actually a pretty good representation of how my normal day goes when Chris isn’t coming over. I squeeze in my reading when I can, but I also hold myself accountable for the time slot specifically for reading.

One last thing, read things you are enjoying. Stop reading things that you aren’t enjoying. I will gladly DNF a book if it means I don’t waste an entire week slowly trudging through it. Maybe I’ll pick it up when I have more time, maybe I won’t.

Even during the school year when you have more things going on there is a lot of time you can create for reading. Maybe you won’t be able to keep up your pace from the summer, but you can definitely keep kicking!