Mini Update: Rebranding?

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything on this blog. I realized that I don’t want my blog to only focus on books. I want something much more interactive. This blog will still focus on books so fear not the bookish content isn’t going away. I am just going to try and integrate more than just bookish content. I hope you all are okay with that!

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Beat The Backlist 2018

I told you guys I was coming back to the blogging universe after the first of the year. I’m starting it off with a short but sweet blog post. I am planning on taking part in the beat the backlist challenge for this year. I was split between Popsugar’s reading challenge and this one for a bit. I noticed that all of my friends were doing this one so I figured I would hop on the bandwagon. You can find out more information about what Beat the Backlist is here because they explain it way better than I can.


My Goals
  • I want to read at least 15 books off of my physical TBR pile since most of my TBR pile consists of books released in 2017 and back.
  • Post reviews for each book that I read throughout the year
  • Have fun reading a different variety of books!

Are you guys taking part in Beat the Backlist? What are your reading goals or tbr for the challenge?

Update: Break & Life Stuff

Hey! I am going to keep this super brief because I’m sure you guys are wondering where I have been. I have been going through a lot the past month with school, some real life stuff, and etc so blogging hasn’t been a priority. I have been having really bad panic attacks as well so I just haven’t been in the right mind set. I plan to start blogging again consistently starting January 1st so please stay tuned so see my epic return!

Book of the Month : November

img_0270 Okay so I am very excited because I finally received my BOTM box. My good friend Heather @ Bookandwords recommended the book subscription service to me…back in April? May? and she still enjoys the service. I decided to finally give the book subscription a shot this month because I liked the options.

I decided to go with Bonfire by Krysten Ritter since it has been on my wishlist for ages. I got really excited when I heard that the queen herself was going to write a book. This book is everything I would expect from a woman like Krysten. It has suspense, drama, and intrigue. I hope to get to this book soon so a review will be up within the next week or two. I am buddy reading it with a friend of mine so I would like to finish it by the weekend.

Overall, I am really pleased with Book of the Month club. Their packaging was super cute, the book was wrapped up nicely, and it shipped pretty quickly. If you are interested in joining I have a referral code of sorts that you can use!  Did you guys get anything from BOTM club this month or in the past? Did you enjoy the books?

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman Review

30809689Whoa what can I say? I’m addicted to mythology based books. You might have noticed through my various mentions of Percy Jackson. I was beyond excited to see that Neil Gaiman was writing a mythology book.  I picked this book up as an audio book simply because Neil Gaiman narrated it. This is the first time I have ever really enjoyed an audio book. I felt intrigued as I listened along to the tales. It felt like I was right there as he told the stories. I could imagine Thor, Odin, Loki, and the multiple giants.

I really enjoyed the story. I think it brings to life characters that we are sort of familiar with. I definitely think this is a good book for people who are new to mythology. It’s very easy to understand, the tales are fantastic, and every story connects in a way.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mythology or interested in learning more about it. Norse Mythology is very interesting and easy to understand. The audio book is superb. I also recommend that.

“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.” 

Rating: 4.5/5 | Read: November 1 – 5

Additional Information:

Goodreads Link

Pages: 299

Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: 

Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of a giant, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Goals : Last Two Months of 2017

 

It’s finally the last two months of 2017 which means there is a few goals I hope to achieve. Most of my goals are reading orientated though I do have some that focus on some more lifestyle based things.


Reading Goals
  • I want to reach my Goodreads goal of 50 books which I’m really close to. I have never actually reached my original GR goal. I always change it to like 20-30 by this time each year. I get so overwhelmed when I realize I didn’t reach my goal.
  • Listen to another audiobook. I have recently picked up an audiobook for the book Norse Mythology and I have really enjoyed it. I want to listen to at least 1 more book after I finish Norse Mythology.
  • Be more comfortable with picking up big books even if I don’t finish them before the year is over. I put this one down because I have several big books on my shelf at “home for school” that scare me. I feel like I’m going to take ages reading them. I want to tackle that fear by maybe starting Dan Brown’s new book Origin because I really enjoy his books.
  • Limit my book buying. Okay so like I don’t buy as many books as I used to which is a good thing. I tend to spend my money more on books I know I want to read. I used to be bad about buying books because of recommendations. I just want to gear my attention towards knocking more books off my tbr before I buy more. Christmas is also coming up so I know my mom will get me books like she does every year.

Life Goals
  • I need to commit to going boxing at least once a week. The past few weeks have been pretty hectic so I haven’t been able to go. I need to make it a goal to least go once a week or more. I want to be as healthy as I can be because I know I’ll feel less sluggish and meh about myself.
  • Commit to a decent sleep schedule again. I used to be on a really good sleep schedule until I stopped taking my melatonin in September. I wake up late so I have no time to do anything before class which results in me staying up. I crashed at 7 pm and didn’t get up until close to 1 am last night. That’s not good!
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up. I have had the situation lately where I have felt too scared to speak up. The people around me tend to be very in my face so I have felt like my voice has been quietened. I’m tired of people acting like they are all high and mighty so I’m going to make more of an effort to speak up whenever I feel like something is unfair or I’ll ignore them.

Do you have any goals for the last two months of the year? I am always interested to know what you guys have planned.

Game Rave : Animal Crossing : Pocket Camp

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OKAY this will be a short post of me screaming about Animal Crossing : Pocket Camp. I am honestly super excited to play this game. It appears to be very similar to Animal Crossing New Leaf which is great. The idea of a campsite is super cute and fun to explore. The game should be out everywhere at the end of the month. I signed up for the little reminder email whenever it’s time for the game to drop.

Are any of you excited for Animal Crossing : Pocket Camp? I honestly can’t wait for it to drop. It sucks I have to wait all month for it.