Tips to creating a yearly reading goal

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As the year comes to a close, it’s time to start making reading goals for 2019. I’ve been creating reading goals for myself since 2013, so I thought I should share some of what I’ve learned over the years.

Realize what your goal actually means

When I first made my reading goal back in 2013, I set it to 25 books, solely because I thought that was a good enough number. At the time 25 seemed like a lot. What I failed to realize was what that number actually meant when you break it down. 25 books a year is roughly 2 books a month. I ended up reading 40 books that year. As you can tell I grossly underestimated my reading capacity. So when you make your goal, it helps to think of it in terms of months. Start with how many books you think you can read in a month, and then go from there. For example, if you think you can read 4 books a month, try setting your goal at 50 books.

To avoid pressure, start small!

What I’ve been doing these past few years is setting my goal super low at 30. In 2016, I fell into a really really bad reading slump and only read 31 books. Since then, I’ve set my goal at 30 and then increased it by 5 every time I got close to finishing it. In 2017, I stopped the goal at 65 (and finished at 83). This year I stopped my goal at 70 (and am currently at 88). Doing this really takes the pressure off you to read, especially at the beginning of the year when it is easy to fall behind. It always feels better to increase your goal, then to decrease it.

Think about what books you are including in your reading goal

I’ll often see people ask whether or not to include certain books in their goal such as picture books, graphic novels, etc. My piece of advice: if you want to include them but it feels like your cheating, up your goal accordingly. If you don’t want to include them, lower your goal. Remember: reading goals are not set in stone; you can always change it.


So those are my tips to creating a reading goal. I hope it helps.

My goal for 2019 will be even lower than I typically set it: 25 books.  Law school keeps me busy so I’m lowballing it significantly. 

How did you do on your 2018 reading goal? What’s your reading goal for 2019? Let’s chat in the comments!

xoxo,

Quick blogging/life update

Hey everyone!

As you may or may not have noticed, I’ve been posting a lot of reviews lately and not much else. The reason for that is May has been crazy busy for me. I’ve been going on trips every weekend this month so that’s been taking up a lot of my time. All the unpacking and packing takes up a lot of time. I’ve also been taking care of things for law school which I start in August. Actually, most of the trips I’ve been taking have been related to that. Things should be settling down when I come back from my next trip on Wednesday. I’m hoping to get some non-reviews up during that time.

How have you been lately? Let’s talk in the comments!

xoxo,

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Tag, you’re it!

Hello! Today I want to talk about tag posts and my struggle over tagging people.

Basically, whenever I do a tag post, I always have difficulty over choosing who to tag. Half the time I don’t even tag anyone. I’ll just say, “If you want to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged!” But I really do want to tag people. I’m a newish blogger, so I don’t know that many bloggers, much less know who likes to do tags. Typically I’ll just randomly go through my following list and pick people from there.

So here’s where you come in. Let me know in the comments if you would like to be tagged in future tag posts and if you have any preferences for certain type of tags (ex. Disney related tags, TV related tags, etc.). That way I have an easy place to find people to tag. If you don’t want to be tagged, let me know too because the last thing I want is to be that annoying person who continually tags people who don’t want to be tagged. Also, let me know how you decide who to tag. I’m curious!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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Currently Reading Book Tag

I was tagged by Audra over at Audra’s Book Blabbing to do the Currently Reading book tag. Thank you so much for the tag! To check out her post, click here.

1. How many books do you usually read at once?

I usually only read one book at a time. I really hate reading multiple books at a time, but I will do it on occasion, especially if I have to read a book for school.

2. If you’re reading more than one book at a time, how do you decide when to switch books?

When my mood changes and I want something different to read or if I feel like I haven’t picked up the second book in a while. Usually it’s the latter.

3. Do you ever switch bookmarks while you’re partway through a book?

Honestly no. I have never even thought of doing that actually. I’ve been using the same book mark for like 6 years now. Lol.

4. Where do you keep the book(s) you’re currently reading?

On my night stand for easy access.

5. What time of day do you spend the most time reading?

I try to read for an hour before bed, so usually at night. However, I do read quite a bit during the day when I’m not busy. So pretty much any time of day.

6. How long do you typically read in one sitting?

30 minutes but I’m really not too sure. I take a lot of breaks when I read. Or I’ll read a few pages here and there. It’s tough to gauge.

7. Do you read hardbacks with the dust jacket on or off?

Typically on, but if it is getting damaged then I will take it off.

8. What position do you mainly use to read?

All of them! Lol. I’ll read lying down, sitting, lounging on my chair, etc.

9. Do you take the book you’re currently reading with you everywhere you go?

Not everywhere. When I was in school I would bring it with me, but other than that my books usually stay at home.

10. How often do you update your Goodreads progress on the book you’re currently reading?

I used to update it obsessively, but now I only do it once every few days.

I tag…

Like with my previous tag post, I’m not going to directly tag anyone. If you want to do this super fast and fun tag, go for it!

Thanks for reading!

xoxo,

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The Versatile Blogger Award

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I was nominated by Beth from The Books are Everywhere. Thank you so much for nominating me! You can check out her post by clicking here.

The rules

  • If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Thank the person who gave you this award
  • Include a link to their blog
  • Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

I actually did a similar tag to this one called the One Lovely Blog Award which asked me to give 7 facts about myself. So for this one I will give 7 brand new facts.

Here are my 7 facts

  1. My favorite sport is baseball. I’m a huge SF Giants fan although my favorite player, Tim Lincecum, is currently on the Texas Rangers
  2. I love classic rock. I grew up listening to it and some of my favorite classic rock bands are Aerosmith, Van Halen, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Def Leppard, and AC/DC.
  3. I don’t read e-books. I tried to, but I retain information better when it is a physical book.
  4. My favorite superhero is Squirrel Girl. She’s awesome. She’s unbeatable, hilarious, and such a good role model.
  5. I love reading coffee table books. I have acquired quite a collection of them. My favorite coffee table book topics are home design/interior design, fashion, Disney, and the Kennedys.
  6. My favorite ride at Disneyland is the Haunted Mansion. I’m obsessed with that ride and I often refer to it as my dream home.
  7. I love stationery. Nothing beats good old fashioned paper. It’s why I always took hand written notes at school. I love writing on paper. Plus, like with books, I have better retention taking notes on paper than I do typing them.

Nominations

Once again, I never know who to nominate for these things. So if this sounds interesting to you, then go for it! Don’t forget to tag me so I can check it out!

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A bookworm’s guide to bookish social media sites

There are an abundant amount of places for bookworms to connect with others online. My guide will give you a brief overview of each one along with my personal thoughts on them. Click on the banners to be taken to each site to join and learn more!

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Goodreads

Goodreads is by far the most popular site for bookworms. It does have it fair share of problems (like the recent changes to its giveaways) but overall it is an excellent place to catalogue all your books, read reviews, discover new books, and chat with other book lovers. It is also one of the most social sites out there due to its popularity.

To friend me on Goodreads click here.

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Bookstagram

Bookstagram is the bookish section of Instagram. It’s a wonderful community filled with people from all over the world who love reading. Plus there are some gorgeous pictures of books! Since it is Instagram, it’s super easy to use. It just takes a bit of looking to find bookstagram accounts. I suggest looking up #bookstagram and starting there. You’ll quickly get the hang of it.

To follow me on Bookstagram click here.

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BookLikes

BookLikes is like the child of Tumblr and Goodreads. Its format is very similar to Tumblr, with the added ability of shelving books. They have giveaways but the selection is incredibly limited and the quality of books aren’t great. I also find that the website is super glitchy and slow. Every now and then I’ll get super frustrated with it.

To follow me on BookLikes click here.

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LibraryThing

LibraryThing is a cataloguing site like Goodreads. I mainly use it for the giveaways. Outside of that I don’t find it terribly exciting. It’s pretty much the same thing as Goodreads, so I only go on it to look at giveaways and post reviews.

To friend me on LibraryThing click here. 

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ReadFeed

ReadFeed is a cataloguing app. It’s relatively new so not very many people use it. Because of that, it’s not that interesting to use…yet. Only time will tell if this will take off.

If you want to follow me on ReadFeed, my username is @oddandbookish.

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Litsy

Listy is basically Instagram and Goodreads combined. It’s an app that is pretty much all pictures and short blurbs, and users can add books to their stacks and rate them. Their rating system is a bit different. It goes “Pick, So-So, Pan, or Bail” (no star ratings here). There is also a thing called Litfluence which is a number that goes up with every like, comment, etc. you receive. The downsides to this app is that like ReadFeed, not very many people use it. Many people create an account and abandon it shortly after. The other thing that drives me nuts is that it has a 451 character limit on posts. I always have to post a super abbreviated review on there which I really don’t like doing.

If you want to follow me on Litsy, my username is @oddandbookish.

The Bottom Line: If you’re looking for an easy place to connect with your fellow bookworms, then I suggest joining Goodreads and/or Bookstagram. The other sites are okay to join as well, but they each have their tradeoffs.

Are you on any of these sites? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments! 

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Review: Red Rising (Red Rising #1)

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Rating:★★★★½

I received this book for free through Goodreads’ First Reads.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. I’m not going to lie, one of the reasons why I wanted to read this book is because the author is a total dream boat. They don’t call him “The Hottest YA Author” for nothing. He has the looks, personality, and talent that makes him the total package.

So enough fawning over Pierce. Let’s get back to the book.

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I really enjoyed this book. It was like The Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies meets Red Queen. It was a bit confusing in the beginning, but only because I was unfamiliar with the world and it took some time to learn everything.

One thing I really liked about this book was that the author titled all the chapters. I felt like that added a little something extra since most fiction books don’t do that.

I loved how fast paced and exciting the story was. It was incredibly engaging. The only thing I didn’t like was how the ending felt a bit rushed. It could have been fleshed out a tad bit more. But aside from that, this was a really good book.

Overall, Red Rising just proves that Pierce Brown is more than just a pretty face.

Hello and Welcome!

Hello world! Welcome to my blog!

This is just an introductory post where I will explain a bit about my blog and what I hope to accomplish here.

After being on Bookstagram and Goodreads for a while and building a large following there, I decided to take the leap and make a book blog.

To get this site started I will post a few reviews of books that I’ve read recently and then from there post reviews of books as I finish reading them. I’m also going to try to post about other bookish things like Bookstagram tips and how to make reading goals. I also may do blog posts about popular authors and what I think about their books overall.

I hope you guys enjoy my blog. Be sure to check out my About Me page for more fun information. If you want to chat with me, feel free to friend me on Goodreads or follow me on Instagram.

Thank you so much for reading my very first post!