I am not dead! I started back at college so blogging had to take a step back while I figured out my schedule. I did receive this nifty little reading planner from Owl Crate though during my first week of classes.
I wanted this planner since I saw videos of it floating around so when Owl Crate announced they were going to release it as a separate thing I knew I had to have it.
The gist of this planner is so you can plan out books you want to read each month, fill in your favorite reads of the year, skip a month if you need to, plan out new releases, and etc. This planner has everything you could want in a reading planner and it can double as a daily planner. I want to use the planner for a weeks to give you guys a full review, but I do like the concept of it so far.
If you want to purchase the planner the link is here! Do you have this planner or another reading planner you enjoy?
I have seen quite a few of my fellow book bloggers on here and on twitter mention this reading challenge. I originally was going to avoid reading challenges because I never finished them. This one actually supports my need to read more of the books I actually own on my shelves.
I don’t want to make a set TBR simply because I know that I probably will not follow it. I decided that I would make a general goal list based from the bingo sheets.
- I know that I want to finish more series on my shelves next year since I have complete series…and never finished them. That includes Illuminae trilogy, The Mortal Instruments, and more.
- #ownvoices is something I really want to focus on for the new year. I want to read outside of my usual genres as well.
- Tackle what is on my TBR or donate the books I know I am never going to read. This is something that I haven’t done in a bit because I am so convinced I’ll read everything.
Are you guys taking part in Beat the Backlist? What house are you reading for?
Well what a way to ring in the new year with a book review. That is something that I haven’t done in ages because well I haven’t really finished any books over the past few months. I don’t really know where to begin with Sabriel. The beginning of this book kind of tosses you into an unknown world. Something that leaves you confused for a hot minutes. You eventually meet Sabriel after the prologue as a young adult. Things hit the fan from there because she’s thrust into this world she hasn’t been in since she was a child.
I had a love hate relationship with the main character because at times I felt like she was going to get herself killed. She was being reckless and wasn’t thinking straight. She actually grows as a character as the story progresses which allowed me to enjoy it. Sabriel focuses on world building for a good portion of the book, but there is character growth throughout the novel.
Overall, I actually really enjoyed Sabriel. I can’t wait to progress forward with the rest of the series. I’m interested to see how everything ties in together. This book is for people who love fantasy, but want something that will keep them engaged.
“Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?”
Rating: 5/5 | Read: December 24 – 30
Goodreads Link | Pages: 496 | Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Since childhood, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who refuse to stay dead. But now her father, the Charter-Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world. With Mogget, whose feline form hides a powerful, perhaps malevolent spirit, and Touchstone, a young Charter Mage, Sabriel travels deep into the Old Kingdom. There she confronts an evil that threatens much more than her life–and comes face-to-face with her own hidden destiny
I mentioned in my 2019 resolutions post that I wanted to read more in the year of 2019 which is true. I only read 18 (soon to be 19) things in the year of 2018. Majority of those things were graphic novels or short stories. I didn’t really read much in terms of full length novels. I decided to put together a small list of goals I would like to achieve throughout the year of 2019.
- Read 20 books – I made it so close in 2017 reading 48/50 books but only reading 18 books in 2018. I needed to find a middle ground which for me is 20 books. I would be happy just reaching that though I do plan to read more than just 20.
- Read Diversely – I don’t just mean read books by authors of color (though that’s a part of it). I need to read outside of genres that I am comfortable with which tends to be Fantasy. You can give me a fantasy book and I’m happy. I need to branch out of authors, genres, and formats.
- Two Series – Okay, I hoard book series because I know that I’ll want to binge them the moment I start it. The problem is…I have several finished series on my bookshelves that I haven’t read. My goal is to at least finish two of those series so I can justify having those books on my shelf.
- Buddy Reads – I realized recently that I really enjoy buddy reading books with other people. It motivates me to continue on with the book. I have been in a reading slump all year until my friend urged me to read Sabriel with her. It was the best decision ever because it’s been so much fun. I would like to at least do two buddy reads in 2019.
- Book Server – I finally decided to make my own book server which has been a bit of a trial and error. I would really appreciate it if you guys would join if you are interested! The link is here!
What are your reading goals for 2019? Do you want to join me in a buddy read?
This is the first time in months that I have picked up something to read. I will say that it is all thanks to my buddy read partner. It’s much more exciting and motivating to read a book with someone else. It has motivated me quite a bit to read over the holidays. I wanted to share the three books I have either started or plan to start soon!
- Sabriel by Garth Nix – This is the book that kind of sparked it all for me. It is a book that means a lot to someone that is dear to me. I find it really special to read books that were favorites for others. I am also buddy reading this book with the same person. I’m currently 20% and boy this book is a wild ride.
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab – I am actually at the same point in Vicious as I am in Sabriel. I started Vicious a while ago so I definitely need to skim through the first 70+ pages or so to refresh my memory. I am excited to pick this up simply because I love the concept of it so much.
- The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – It’s the only one that I haven’t started quite yet though it’s on my list. The synopsis really intrigues me so I am hoping to start it soon.
What are you guys currently reading? Have you read anything that I am currently reading?
I didn’t ask for any books for christmas mostly because I knew that I haven’t really been in the scene of new releases for 2018. I have strayed away from goodreads, booktube, and etc. I know that I will receive money for christmas so these are the books I may pick up after the holidays. It’s okay if you go through phases in your reading career. I went for a long time without wanting to read or buy anything.
- The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – I really wantto get my hands on this book since it’s for a book club I’m taking part in for January. The concept of this honestly sounds amazing.
- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – Okay, I have been trying to read Brandon Sanderson books for ages. I think this is the first one that truly appeals to me. I am hoping this can sort of push me into the realm of Brandon Sanderson books.
- Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – I have actually seen a lot of good reviews of this book recently on my goodreads feed. It definitely appeals to me!
- The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang – This looks way too cute to not include on my list! I’m such a sucker for cute things like this okay?
Have you guys read any of these? What is on your bookish wishlist?
Okay, I was originally going to stray away from readathons because in all honesty do I really have time to do them while in college? I realized that perhaps readathons would be the best way to push me to read more while in college. I noticed that when I do read more that I feel happier. That was something that I struggled with during my fall semester at my new university. I felt like I never had me time which in turn made me feel awful. Caz’ video on youtube is what inspired me to make a list of readathons I am interested in doing for the new year.
- Off The Grid Readathon – I actually saw the post for this before I watched Caz’ video so perhaps it was a sign for me to actually include more readathons in my life. I like the aspect of going off the grid for a weekend to focus solely on reading. I know that I spend far too much time on my phone when I should be reading. I don’t know if I’ll do all the dates for this readathon, but I am aiming for the January dates.
- 24in48 Readathon – Another readathon in January? I must have some high ambitions. I think it’s also because some readathons haven’t confirmed their dates for mid/late 2019. This is another readathon that falls on a weekend which works with my school schedule.
These are the two that I am most looking forward to in early 2019! I will come back around mid year to update you guys on any other ones. Do you have any to recommend?