Monday, January 22, 2018

Peep My Planner: Little Paper Prints {Let's Stay Home}

I decided that I no longer wanted to film my spreads because I'm starting to feel stretched a little thin, but still want to share them and support the shops. So there will still be Monday planner posts but I'm calling them Peep My Planner. I will, of course, update my spread and share it on Weds/Thurs and Sun/Mon on my Instagram.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Winter Biannual Bibliothon [Reading List]

I'm excited to be participating in the Biannual Bibliothon once again. This one runs from January 20 to 26 with a liveshow on Saturday, January 27. The hosts are listed above in the banner, but you can find links to their channels on the main Bibib Youtube. I'm not doing any of the video challenges but I will definitely be trying some of these reading challenges, as well as, some of the blog challenges.

  1. Read the group book: Otherworld by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller
  2. Read a sequel: Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  3. Read a book you've never heard of before: (I'm bending this to a book I hadn't heard of before I received it in an Owlcrate box) Daughter of a Pirate King by Trisha Levenseller
  4. Read a book about mental illness: n/a
  5. Read a book that was mentioned in another book/movie/show etc.: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare (mentioned in Foolish Hearts)
  6. Read a book under 200 pages: A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
  7. Read a backlist title: Daughter of a Pirate King by Trisha Levenseller

So there you have it! My reading list for the Winter Biannual Bibliothon. If you are joining in, let me know what you're reading! :)

Updated on 1/20: I finished A Midsummer Night's Dream earlier today but unfortunately got sidetracked with a very clingy almost 3 year old who I ended up taking to see the doctor in the early afternoon. We got home right before dinner after he was diagnosed with a double ear infection. We are both exhausted, so not sure how much more reading I will get done. 185 pages is pretty great for 1 day though!

Total books finished:1
Total pages read: 185

Book Review: Buzz Books 2018: Young Adult Spring/Summer by Publishers Lunch

Welcome to Buzz Books 2018: Young Adult Spring/Summer. These substantial pre-publication excerpts reflect a broad spectrum of today’s young adult writing, from fantasy and romance to suspense and humor. You will discover debut writers to put on your radar, while enjoying early samples from some of the biggest authors in the field and even a memoir for younger readers.

Readers will be happy to see included Stephanie Garber’s sequel to her New York Times bestselling debut novel Caraval, a previous Buzz Books. Other fantasies are Furyborn by Claire Legrand, Fawkes by Nadine Brandes, and Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. 

Then come back to the present with Boston Globe advice columnist Meredith Goldstein’s YA debut about a teen science whiz who tries to crack the chemical equation for lasting love or Buzzfeed writer Farrah Penn’s Twelve Steps to Normal, about a father’s recovery from alcoholism. Start reading the bestsellers of tomorrow right now to see why reviewers rave with comments like these:

Love Buzz Books! They are so helpful for librarians. This YA sampler is particularly great for any librarian with a sizable teen population. Some very interesting titles highlighted here, in a wide variety of genres.

Then spread the word: your friends and family can download this free edition of Buzz Books at any major ebookstore or at For broader reading, check out Buzz Books 2018: Spring/Summer, also available now, for 40 excerpts from top forthcoming adult fiction and nonfiction titles.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. More information here.

  1. My main goal for 2018 is to read 52 books...again. I had a great reading year in 2017 and hit my goal of 52 books. One book a week seemed like an attainable goal and it was, so I figure I would continue that in 2018.
  2. I want to read books set in 20 different states and 3 different countries (not including the US).
  3. I need to finish at least 10 series. Need to. Why? Because I'm in too many series and I need to be finishing some.
  4. I want to read and watch some movie/tv adaptations. The two biggest ones are A Monster Calls and Wonder. But there's a few in 2018 that I am eyeing too.
  5. I'm super behind on Netgalley reviews and I'm determined to get some of those done too. Two a month for a total of 24 reviews finished.
  6. I also want to read at least one Owlcrate book a month. I have 7 from last year still to read and will obviously get a dozen more in 2018.
  7. I would like to try to not start too many books at once. One Kindle and one physical seems like plenty. I get myself into reading like 7 books but really I have started 7 and I'm only really reading one or two of them. Then I feel obligated into finishing them all before I start new ones and then feel guilty if I do start yet another new one.
  8. I want to try and use the library regularly. Overdrive is new-to-me in December and I am loving it. I also want to take the kids at least two times a month.
  9. Continue to mood read. This was by far my best decision of 2017. I used to set specific books for each month. Get irritated when I didn't stick to them. Not read books I was excited for because they weren't on my list and so on and so forth. In 2017, I just read the books I wanted to read and I think that contributed to me meeting and surpassing my goal!
  10. I want to be more active in being a supportive member of the blogging community - I want to comment more and be more involved! :)