My *realistic* Goodreads goals

Seeing as we are almost done with the first month of 2017 I thought it was fitting for me to set my Goodreads goals, And I’m glad I did it because a lot changed from 2016 to this year. Some of the things I plan to do this year is and that I’ve done is to set realistic goals, things that I just know I can accomplish and then once accomplished push a bit further.

 Into these goals will go the amount of books I will hopefully read since Last year I read a whooping total of 7 BOOKS! yay (not really) and like mentioned on my friday post () I’m done forcing myself to read more that I’m willing and I’m putting pleasure over quantity.
So I’ve divided my goals in a few parts, bear with me as I try to explain them to myself:

  • Amount: My goal is to read 25 books this year, small goal that if accomplished will be very exciting and if exceed thrilling. This year will hold a lot of changes in my life , grad school and a new state are probably going to put a dent on anything larger than that so that’s my goal on the reading department.
  • Money; I also set a budged for book , and that my friends is a first. I wont spend more that 20-30 dollars a month (If that) on books. I’ve made the bad habit of over spending on books and I realized at the beginning of this year that my room holds more unread books than read and I have to deal with it somehow. and the only way of dealign with it is by reading them right? haha oh logic does great things to my plans when its 3 am and I’m reorganizing my room.
  • Variarity: While doing that deed reorganization i realized that mainly I’ve been reading away too much contemporary and so i decided that branching out are a most. So soon ill be making a list of books from different genres that i just have to read AND RE-READ (I’m looking at you Withering heights!)
  • Writing : Although not a “reading” goal, ill just add it here for accountability. Since I’ll be moving and I won’ t know ANYONE there I figure I will have a time to spare, I will take u writing once more and hopefully put this thoughts into paper.

2017 will be a great year in all aspects of my life (Fingers crossed) and I can’t wait to set this goals on motion. What are your reading goals? Or any goals you will try to reach this year?

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Red Queen | *Late* Review from a non-fantasy reader.

BEHOLD! Red Queen has arrive. and as usual I’m extremely late.

When I say this year started with an awesome book I’m not lying. AT all. I picked up Red

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Red Queen | Published Feb 10, 2015.

Queen as a recommendation from a FB friend and to be honest I did not what to expect. But somehow the world Victoria created managed to lured me in until I had no say in the matter , and although pretty genetic, I fell completely in love with the characters.
Red queen is set into a world in which your status depends on the color of your blood (YES!) and there are only two of those; The Silvers, which were the elite and posses super powers and the ability to control the elements around them and then you had the Reds, who are the lower class making them basically into slave. Mare barrow who is a red to teh bone and has no other prospects than turning 18 and going into the Army until plans get mix up and she ends up working for the royal family as a servant. It’s not until a moment of fear that makes her and makes he unleash something she didn’t know she had. Now she’s not a red or a silver but something else, something new and more powerful. Something to fear. Living a double life she has to play the game she has to idea how to win.
The story line was very well written but I do have to say that it was confusing, The world building was lacking description and at times I felt lost. I think it could be because I couldn’t really understand in which category this book felt. I felt as if was jumping from historical fiction novel to a dystopian and then jumping back to fantasy and in a way it was that. It confined tons of elements from all of my favorite books making into something great. And I do have to say even if it doesn’t have the most original cast and plot I liked it.
Now rating it I’m conflicted, like I said it was well written and the story line entertaining but I just couldn’t stop myself from comparing this book to the hunger games, I.JUST. COULDN’T. and I guess some people have talked about the selection, book I haven’t read, but at the sometime it was different
Through out the story I found myself happy with the main characters choices which was a plus this AUTHOR killed me with her twists and I loved it. Red queen is a book that’s going to leave you guessing and wondering and you’ll love every second of it even if you feel like you read it before which is weird of me haha . I can’t wait for the next book.

Bottom line is this; red queen is light, entertaining, fast paced and confusing at time. It might take you a bit to get into it and you will probably feel like you have read this before. Now while saying this I have to point out that I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the next book and to know what the story hold but keep in mind that I I’m just getting into fantasy so the worlds and concepts are very new and entertaining to me.

 

Epiphanies and reading slump | Chatty Fridays!

 

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Reading slumps.
Ive been thinking a lot about them and the reason why I’ve been constantly getting them. And not only thinking about them but experiencing one, the worst one of my entire life but something happened, sort of an epiphany if you will and that  (Wait for it bookworms!) It’s okay not to read sometimes! yes I said it.
I am aware that this a estrange statement to make, specially if you love reading and getting pulled into unimaginable worlds and lifes but I also feel is one that is so obvious that I’ve entirely missed it.

     I was never very prone to getting slumps and when I got them I would just shake them off by switching books or just taking a two day break from reading; that my friends? THAT has drastically changed in the past year. I’m not (Sort of) ashamed to say that I’ve been on a reading slump for a total of 14 months (yes that IS a year and and two months)
I haven’t read more than 10 books since 2015 and nothing and I mean NOTHING has inspired me to read beyond a couple of pages. I want to say that it has only affected my reading but this has impacted my writing and blogging resulting on me beating myself down for it
I’ve gone to the point of even questioning if I actually enjoy reading anymore and it doesn’t help that I’ve been telling myself that I have to suck it up it and force myself to pick up another book, to read another blog.

“I HAVE TO” do this has been my mind set.

Beginning of January. I was watching tv and my mom sits next to me picking up a book on my desk and she asks me (As concern as mother can be) “ Are you okay? you haven’t been reading anything since you got home.” I took a moment to answer and I just couldn’t find one thing to say. And that is when it finally hit me. the light at the end of the , the angelic chorus awaiting my entrance, The answer to my year long slump. My epiphany.
That simple question led me to an end of months of feeling so out of place with my reading. I realized that I DON’T HAVE to read more that I WANT to read.
Hear me out here, there is a big difference here “Having to” implies that someone is counting on me and that I’ve been seeing books as a chore instead of how they are really meant to be, *hint hint* Pleasure! I realized that yeah, I haven’t picked up a book in who knows how long but that is okay. Taking a break is great; doing what my heart is telling me is Amazing *Sparks*.
For some people that is an obvious concept but sometimes we don’t see the obvious things. We want to complicate them, twist them and make them into something they’re not.
So dear fellow reader Long story short, since I realized that I’ve been slowly but shortly getting back into the way of things. I’ve been reading the same book for two weeks now but thats okay; Soon I’ll finish it and eventually get back into my roll of reading, could be two books a weeks, five, seven or none and I’ll try to be fine with it.
So if you’re struggling with it, remember to just give it time. I can’t tell you how to get out the funk because I wouldn’t know seeing I’m still in the mist of one. Just remember to take this is as a journey of sorts; One in which we have to figure out on our own and realize that it’s one that wont last forever.
Because nothing lasts forever.

If you have experience with reading slumps , feel welcome to guide us out of it hahahaha