15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 2
The awesome people over at Good Books and Good Wine came up with the fabulous 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge!
Today’s Challenge is: What’s your bedtime reading ritual?
To be honest I don’t really have a pattern as to when I read as far as the time of day/night. Some days I’ll read all day long, others not at all and of course plenty in between. If I have a review to do by a deadline I might be reading and reviewing right before bed, already in my bed of course, so that I can get it done in time. Ah procrastination how I love thee…
My reading schedule is usually dictated (as much as I hate it) by my work one. Day off? Pack in the bookish goodness! I work in the morning? Read at night! I close at night? Try to squeeze some reading in before lunch. So sadly no rituals here except that if I’m reading I’m in my bed. It’s comfy, it’s close to all my stuff from my computer (constantly connected to Twitter) to my Wall O’ Books in case I feel like switching up what I’m reading (you’d be surprised how often this happens). What is your bedtime reading ritual? Do you read right before bed at all? Is your reading schedule dictated by other schedules, school, work, family? Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 3! ^.^
15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 1
The awesome people over at Good Books and Good Wine came up with the fabulous 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge!
I will be posting the first two today to catch up with the crowd so here is the first challenge!
Make 15 Book Related Confessions
- I almost never read BIG books anymore. Since unlike some of the amazing bloggers out there I do not have a bunch of posts scheduled in advance, almost every time you see me post a review I have just finished that book that day. So attempting a huge book in one day, while doable, is a bit too intimidating for most days, especially if I work the next morning. I miss you big books!
- I am becoming a book hoarder. Though I’ve seen some people having lists as high as 2,000 unread books and I can’t (thankfully) claim that, my TBR is still getting pretty high…and I keep buying more. My print TBR is somewhat manageable at a bit over 100, but the eBooks? That’s around 500 or so by itself. *hides* o_o
- Since I became a book blogger I’ve never re-read a book. There is simply no time!
- This is one I’ve seen a few times, but I have secondbookitus. Books like Insurgent, Outpost, Fiery Edge of Steel and plenty more sit unread for no particular reason except that I’m a bit afraid they won’t be quite as amazing as the first. I believe I gave all three of their predecessors five star ratings, that’s a lot to live up to! I swear I will continue those series…eventually.
- I don’t read classics except when they were assigned for school. I’m not going to make a list but think anything akin to a Jane Austen level book in the literary community and assume I haven’t read it. No real reason except that there are SO MANY new pretties to read!
- My books don’t match. My series tend to blend between paperback and hardcover for no good reason whatsoever. OCD people stay away from my bookshelves, just trust me, I’m doing you a favor.
- I’m cheap when it comes to most of my book purchases. Bargain books? Check. Paperback over the hardcover because it is cheaper despite the previous books in the series being the other? You bet ya. I want ALL OF THE BOOKS so whatever there is a cheaper price tag on is what I’ll grab, even used copies.
- I’m another one of those that will never write in a book. My books are not pristine necessarily, but write on them and I will turn into the Hulk, not recommended.
- I’ve likely read over 1,000 books in my lifetime. Not a lot but nothing to sneeze at. I read all the time as a kid and quite a bit as a teenager and with the book blogging I’ve rekindled that love for books and read all the time to try and keep posts going (along with the enjoyment of reading itself). So far 105 this year as of this post, not bad right?!
- I do have books on my shelves that I’ve owned for more than a couple years I still have yet to read. Remember all those new pretties? Ya…I really should get to some of the older ones…
- My most reread book was published in the year I was born, 1992, and I’ve owned it since I was around 5 or 6. It’s Alfred Slote’s The Trading Game, a kids book about baseball cards mostly, and it started one of my major collections which is now over 5,000 trading cards of various types. I’ve probably read it somewhere along the lines of 20-25 times, even relatively recently (last year around September). I’ll probably read it again sometime if I find spare time. (HAHAHA)
- If I love an author, and I mean LOVE, I tend to buy all their work, like, all of it. Ann Aguirre? Her books alone added ~14 books to my TBR. Rick Riordan? Nine of his on my shelf waiting to be read. Sean Beaudoin and Jeremy C. Shipp are among a few others whose collections fill my shelves (both physical and virtual), I can’t help myself.
- I have a really hard time saying no to indie authors, especially ones kind and generous enough to speak with me regularly on Twitter. So I end up with a solid amount of review books that I NEED to read by certain deadlines. Luckily a lot of them are great pieces I wouldn’t have found otherwise, huzzah!
- Quotes and lines from books I’ve loved are slowly taking up a wall in sticky note form. I tend to look at them when I’m stuck on a review or on the rare occasion I’m working on my own pieces. Great inspiration.
- I refuse to dog ear pages. I have a ton of bookmarks from giveaways that I’ll use though if I really am into a book I won’t even pause long enough to need one. Some of my books have some damage to them, but I will never inflict it on purpose, they’re my pretties after all!
Well hopefully that list had some interesting tidbits in it! Thanks as always for reading and the next post will be up shortly!
The End of the 365 in 365 Challenge
I realize that this is being posted on day that is least conducive to believability but I assure you I’m not messing around. A bit before the beginning of the year I wondered what direction I wanted to take my blog in and I decided that a good route was to make this challenge, a book a day and reviewing each on the day I read them. This would give me exposure to new genres (another challenge I placed upon myself that I have essentially completed at this point anyway) and give an extra excuse to read more. Doing a review every day was designed to help both find a style and improve the quality of my writing, mostly of reviews but in general as well. The challenge would hopefully generate some extra interest in the blog which had seen a vast decrease in hits mostly because the ones I was getting were purely meme-related and though I enjoyed reading the comments for those they didn’t feel like I had done anything to earn them.
Now for what actually happened. When I began this challenge I was working roughly 20hrs/week at my crappy job. I’m now at 40/week or even a bit more at times which has made it much more difficult to plan reading and reviewing into my day, especially if I want to do anything but those things. In the beginning month and a half or so I was reading full length books, doing what I still believe were pretty solid reviews and improving my writing for those as well as enjoying some great new reads, it was a lot of fun. Now? I’m exhausted all the time. I get up at 3:30am for work, work for 8hrs, come home and try to read a book and review but am usually distracted by a multitude of things. I forgot how diverse my passions were until I didn’t have time to squeeze them all in.
As I moved into March I was running lower on time and energy and as a result I was reading a novella length book almost every other day which I wasn’t happy with, even if I enjoyed some of them. Worse still and something I refuse to allow myself to continue to do any longer, the quality of my reviews was decreasing as time went on. Some of them made me cringe since I was just cobbling together some general feelings just so a review would go up. I can’t do that, it isn’t my style and I would much rather a quality product than mass amounts of it.
So what does this mean for the blog? No, I’m not quitting blogging, I enjoy it too much and I love the community I’ve come to know so well. I also have quite a few obligations that I need to fulfill and I would never shirk those, not that I want to. It means I’ll go back to closer to my previous schedule that I had prior to the challenge. A review or two a week with a possibility of a third, Waiting on Wednesday weekly and I’ll be doing Stacking the Shelves once a month (look for March’s recap Saturday, yes a week late I know). I also have a few fun posts lined up including a guest post with an author, a couple reviews that I am looking forward to that will coincide with book releases, a cover reveal and likely a giveaway or two. Most of that is coming this month so I’m pretty excited for April. ^.^
I know there were people really excited and hopeful to see me complete this challenge as it is/was pretty crazy. I still will read more books this year than probably any other in my life, though some of my elementary years might give it a run for its money. One reason for stopping this admittedly is the lack of response I had for it. To kill myself by trying to keep up with this challenge and try to produce high quality stuff and see it widely ignored, while I wasn’t shocked it did kinda kill my morale. By going back to my usual blogging schedule I will be doing it for the love of books and the community I am a small part of, so whether I get a large audience or not I can still enjoy myself which is a big deal at least for me.
Positive spin! This will give me time to work on my writing (the book kind not the review/blogging kind) and potentially try other cool stuff. Examples: This month has both Camp NaNoWriMo & VEDA (Vlog Every Day in April) and while I don’t think I’ll try the latter this year, it is those type of things that releasing myself from the challenge commitment will allow. I can’t wait!
I hope this doesn’t give me a giant red stamp of “quitter” on my head, but I guess I understand if that is the case. If this lessens your view of me, the blog, or results in you not stopping by that’s cool, I understand. The challenge could be viewed as a gimmick, and though to me that wasn’t the intent, now that it’s over the small allure does disappear. However, if you do continue to stop by once in a while I do appreciate it and hope that the quality improvement outweighs the decrease in amount of posts. I will try to keep it interesting and entertaining to the best of my ability. If you’ve read this whole thing I commend you and thank you. Thanks as always for reading.
You can use hastag #TakeControl on twitter and share your progress. Share the Take Control Button or this post on your blog, Facebook or twitter to earn an extra entry for each place you share. (Rafflecopter will post March 1st, so be sure and enter them)
*note this challenge can be done in conjunction with any other TBR challenge as long as the book is read between March 1st and 31st.
Another challenge that works perfectly with my 2013 TBR Pile & Mount TBR ones, and run by one of my best bookish blogger friends Kimberly, huzzah! I knew I was going to sign up for this but just wanted to wait until today, the 1st, to post it. Since I’m already doing 2 TBR challenges for the year (and am almost done with one, woohoo!) this won’t really change my reading habits all that much, though I think I will put a small twist on my focus for the month. For the month of March I will try and read as many of my series books that also qualify as TBR pile ones. Not only will this make a lovely dent in my TBR challenges, but I should make some great progress on my Seriously Series Reading Challenge as well! Aren’t these things great motivators? ^.^
So goals, because what is a challenge post without them?! Out of the 31 books I will be reading for the month (per my goodreads challenge) I will try and read at least 22 from my TBR pile (~70%). Sounds reasonable right? This should also help, as all of the books would be full length novels, to decrease my novella reading for the month. An additional challenge to overcome but I think I’m up to it! So here are the series I am working on that have books that qualify as TBR, most of the TBR books will be from these:
Dragoneer Saga – M.R. Mathias
Pendragon – D.J. MacHale
The Protector – M.R. Merrick
Shades of London – Maureen Johnson
Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor
The Iron Fey – Julie Kagawa
Scanguards Vampires – Tina Folsom
Legend – Marie Lu
There are other series that I might start (Unearthly, Under the Never Sky & Everneath to name a few) as well as ones that have not been completed but have books coming out in 2013 (Razorland series, Spellbound & Brightest Kind of Darkness are some). I can’t wait to whittle down some more on my TBR & Series challenges & piles! One thing to really look forward to, and incentive if you haven’t signed up for this yet, is there is a readathon! Weeeeeeeeeeee! I sure do love me some readathons! ^.^ Time to go read! *poof*
TBR Books Read: