Slay That Series TBR

For information on the Slat That Series read-a-thon watch this video made by one of the creators, Sara.

The read-a-thon’s purpose is to essentially read books from series and “slay” them. You can read an entire series, catch up on multiple series, or start new a few new series if you want. As long as you are reading series installments and not stand-alone’s you’re doing this right!

I’m going to try to be realistic here with this TBR so here’s my plans.

  1. Finish Winter by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, #4), currently reading and I know I won’t be finished by the time this read-a-thon starts on Sunday!
  2. Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski (In the Company of Killers, #2)
  3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking, #1)

 

Those are my realistic goals, here’s some extra’s in case I am really slaying next week!

  • Fall with Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Wait for You, #4)
  • Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me, #1.5)
  • You by Caroline Kepnes (You, #1)

 

I will be posting updates and following the read-a-thon mainly on my twitter @PlanAndRead, also linked on this site. Expect an update at the end of the read-a-thon on here as well!

 

Who else is participating?

 

Let’s Discuss: Coming Back After a Break

I haven’t been keeping up on blogging or reading during about the past month and a half. I have talked about why, I moved out of my parent house and into a place with my boyfriend, and I have also switched from part-time to full-time at my job.

I don’t want to talk about why I was gone and make up excuses as much as I want to talk about what it’s like trying to get back into the swing of things in a new place and with a new schedule.

Whenever I take a break for reasons in my personal life or simply because I am in a reading slump, it feels strange coming back. I always feel like I missed something and like I’m out of my circles all of a sudden, which is never true. We all take breaks and everyone is usually just happy to see their blogging friends come back. I’m still going through that chunk of time where I’m trying to read blogs again and comment as much as I can!

The other thing I’m dealing with is I wasn’t reading a ton while I was gone therefore I don’t have a lot to discuss or post about for the time being even though I am back. I have been working my way through Winter by Marissa Meyer and I still have 600+ pages to go before I finish it! So while I am reading more now than I was when I was moving, it’s still going to be a hot minute before I wrap that one up and can get back to a normal finishing pace.

It’s tough coming to the realization that my goals I set at the beginning of the year and am still trying to reach for are going to be a real struggle to meet now. The setback has been getting my motivation down a little but I am determined to slowly catch up, majority of this catching up probably won’t be able to happen until the summer when my classes are over still.

Mostly I just want you guys to know that I am back, I am reading, and I am looking forward to talking about books again with this community!

 

If you want to follow more of my progress add me on Goodreads, Bailey Blicken, and follow me on Instagram @PlanAndRead. They are linked on my page if you need to find them!

See you soon, xoxo.

Want to Read: January 2016

I’ve put away TBR posts because I don’t want to feel like I have to read the books I include here. I am hoping to start the year strong! I set my Goodreads goal at 52 books, which would leave me hopefully finishing 5 books this month! So I am going to let you the top 5 books I’m most interested in reading this month.

This is such a manageable list that it makes me excited to exceed this!

Follow my progress this month, and all year, on my Goodreads page! You can also find me @PlanAndRead on Twitter & Instagram!

What book are you most looking forward to this month?

Top 10 Books of 2015!

2015 was a really weird reading year for me. My tastes have been changing and I went through a lot of trial and error with genre’s and books. I read a lot of books that I was disappointed in this year, but I also found some new favorites!

Making this list made me super excited for 2016 because I am starting to feel like I am happy with my reading again. I am excited for sequels for a lot of these, and i’m excited to read more in similar genre’s.

These are books I read in 2015, not necessarily published in 2015.They are listed in chronological order. #10 being a really really good book, and #1 being my absolute favorite book of the year. I rated all of these books 5/5 stars. They are ranked on personal enjoyment not really on any literary standards. They will all be linked to their respective Goodreads pages (add them they’re fabulous)

I had 21 books that I rated 5 stars throughout the year. Here are the 10 I narrowed it down to!

 

10. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. November 15th. I had no expectations going in to this book which actually allowed me to enjoy it. I think a lot of the people who are ending up not liking it built up what they thought it would be in their heads, and it’ different. I loved how it was a play on Harry Potter while also being original and this cast of characters blew me away!

9. Be with Me by J. Lynn (Wait for You, #2). July 21st. This year was my introduction to New Adult. I read the first 3 in this series and loved them, but this one was for sure my favorite of the 3. The most realistic pairing and I loved the whole dynamic. I plan on continuing this series in 2016!

8. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. December 7th. This book sat on my shelf for ages! Over a year (maybe two)! I read Since You’ve Been Gone and loved it, but I was still dreading this one a little. WHY???? When I finally got to it I absolutely loved it. The road trip itself was interesting even though real road trips seem to drag out. I loved the relationships in this book, family, romantic, friendships, all of it. It was less juvenile than I thought it would be. If you’ve been putting this off too, read it!

7. Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, #3). August 14th. This series gets better and better with each book. I love the way everything works together adding new characters each time and being able to follow a fairytale while also expanding on the existing story. I have yet to finish Fairest and Winter. Priorities for early in the coming year. Maybe they’ll get a spot on my 2016 list.

6. Undivided by Neal Shusterman (Unwind Dystology, #4). January 10th. This was the first new-to-me book I read in 2015. I reread the first 3 books in the series to lead up to this finale. This is one of the series that got me back into reading my sophomore year of high school so I hold it close to my heart, and I got to finish it finally!

TOP 5

5. Another Day by David Levithan (Every Day, #2). September 6th. This is a sequel that follows the same events as the first book from another character’s perspective. Usually I’m not the biggest fan of books like that but Every Day held the spot for my #1 book of 2014. I held off rereading Every Day so my memory of the book was a little faded which allowed me to enjoy this new installment more. It didn’t make my #1 of 2015, but both making my top 10 lists has to count for something!

4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, #0.1 – #0.5). June 26th. A bind-up of novellas made my list! (They were that good.) I finished these in 2015. I had read the first 3 novellas previously and reread and finally completed all of them this year. These are 100% necessary for the Throne of Glass series. They give so much backstory for things that are hinted at in the rest of the books. Read them anytime after Throne of Glass, but for sure before Heir of Fire.

3. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. May 28th. This was my first New Adult book, and my first Colleen Hoover. Maybe that hinders my opinion because now I’m in love with the genre but this book blew me away. I am 18 so this book applied to my age range and I loved the relationship even though I can acknowledge that it was problematic. If you are interested in this genre I would also recommend starting here as I did!

2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. June 2nd. Another book I have owned for ages and was dreading a little. I ended up reading this book in one day, and it’s not the smallest thing. This is put here purely on enjoyment because I was sucked into this while reading it.

1.The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre (Deanna Madden, #1). September 28th. An erotic thriller stole my #1 spot?! This book completely blew me away. It was an erotic novel without being relationship based, she is a cam girl so all sexual acts are essentially over a computer. The plot of this book had me completely gripped. If you are 17+ check this out. It won’t disappoint!!

 

What was your favorite book of the year? Have opinions about the books I talked about? Let me know! Positive or negative!

 

My Top 5 of the Year (So Far) – posted late June

Link to my Goodreads page

Find me on Twitter & Instagram @PlanAndRead

August Book Haul

I have decided to do my hauls monthly instead of weekly because my reading, and therefore my buying will be slowing down a bit. I always try to buy less than I read because I am trying to get my TBR down to a lower number at this point in time. I read 10 books in August and I only bought 8. I am also trying to focus on finishing series, which resulted in all of these books being sequels.

Here’s what I got!

  • Frostbite by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #2)
  • Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #3)
  • Blood Promise by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #4)
  • Be with Me by J. Lynn (Wait for You #2)
  • The Walking Dead, Vol. 8: Made to Suffer by Robert Kirkman
  • Another Day by David Levithan (Every Day #2)
  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #4)
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss #3)

I have already read half of the books I bought last month (Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, Be with Me, The Walking Dead Vol. 8: Made to Suffer) so I am feeling really good about this list. Hopefully next month’s haul will be even shorter than this one so I can keep on track with my goals. If your interested in pictures of these books I post book hauls on my Instagram on (most) Monday’s. You can find me @PlanAndRead. I also stay pretty active on my Twitter, also @PlanAndRead.

September 2015 TBR

September is right around the corner, but along with September comes school. I am going into my first semester of college starting on Monday, August 31st. I am taking the majority of my classes online, so my schedule will be a little more open than if I had to go to campus every day.

That being said, I really have no clue how much time I will have for reading in the coming month. I am going to stick with setting my TBR at 8 books. I finished (projected because there is still a couple days left) 10 books in August, so I think 8 is a reasonable goal.

The books I am planning on reading are:

This TBR is stacked with books that I know are well loved, along with some very anticipated new releases. I am so excited to get to all of them. City of Bones is a reread for me. The first time I read it I didn’t like it at all and never continued with the series. I am going to reread it so that I can give the rest of the series a chance because I heard it gets better!

Let me know in the comments if I am reading one of your favorite books this month!

Follow my progress throughout the month on my Goodreads! I also post frequently on both my Twitter and Instagram accounts (both @PlanAndRead)!

My August Wrap Up will be posted within the next couple of days!

Bout Of Books 14!

This is my official announcement post that I will be participating in Bout of Books again this time around!

If you haven’t heard of Bout of Books before, your time is now. To me, this is one of the most classic read-a-thon’s in the community. It is something I have been participating in since I first got involved in the book community in 2013. You can sign up for Bout of Books until Tuesday at 11:59pm CST.

This round is happening from Monday the 17th until Sunday the 23rd. There is a schedule posted with information for the challenges each day and also information about Twitter happenings and even upcoming read-a-thons.

For me, this is a very laid back read-a-thon. It is just a fun time reading with some fun people! I will be participating the most on my Twitter account @PlanAndRead. I have never participated in any of the challenges before because I didn’t have a blog, or anywhere to really post my responses. I may be doing some this time around, we’ll see how my week plays out.

I will be continuing my planned reading for the month, which is some pretty chunky novels. That being said, my wish is to finish 2 books.

-Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

-The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I really hope that if you are reading this and have never participated in this read-a-thon to try it out! I’d love to see you all around for some Twitter sprints and to see your challenge posts!

Bout of Books Homepage Link

Bout of Books Twitter

Starting Out

I have contemplated starting a blog for years now. I’m someone who has always used social media to discuss my passions, but I want to get better at talking about them in a formal writing fashion.

I am a reader, I read mostly YA fiction but am slowly starting to branch out into more New Adult and Adult fiction as I am getting older. I am also a planner, I currently use a Plum Paper Planner from PlumPaperDesigns on Etsy, and an Erin Condren Life Planner from ErinCondren.com.

As of now, my most used social media platform is my Instagram. You can find me @PlanAndRead. I want this platform on WordPress to be a place for more discussions and reviews regarding both books and planner supplies. I am hoping to keep up with this blog for myself and for something for me to look back on and I would love if other people have interest they would follow along with my passions with me.