#March2021GoalsandChallengesUpdate

I’ve done these posts in the past to keep me accountable for my goals. However, seeing as how I decided to do things differently this year with my goals and challenges, I still thought it would be great to do these monthly updates.

You can read what my goals are and the challenges that I’m participating in here.

Reading goals:
Goodreads/Storygraph: Read one book. I’ve already accomplished this goal. I have no regrets about setting my goal of reading one book and not changing it once I reached it.  I feel much freer in my reading life.  I am up to 16 books on the year and I’m very happy with that number.
Read more backlist books: I am doing okay with this goal.
Read more books written by Black authors (this includes books about social justice and Antiracism): I’m doing a decent job with this goal.  

Challenges:
Modern Mrs. Darcy– I’ve done quite a few things from this challenge.  I’m having a lot of fun with this challenge.
Library Love– Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books. For this challenge, I have read 11 out of 12 books.

Blogging Goals:
Post weekly reading updates: I’m doing okay with this, there have been a couple of times I didn’t post, especially if I didn’t read a lot a certain week.
Post reviews weekly: I have to say, I’m doing pretty well with this goal.  Posting these has become dependent on when I finish a book, which I always review books as soon a possible after I finish it.
Try to post more discussion posts: I feel like I’m doing okay with this goal, I just need to find the time to draft and schedule all my discussions. I have now added to the list of discussion post ideas that I created at the beginning of the year.  By the time the year is over, I will have had a discussion post for every week.


#March2021BookReview1

Today I bring you an eARC review of What Beauty There Is by Corey Anderson.

This book was out of my comfort zone.  I normally don’t read books like What Beauty There Is because I don’t usually read mystery/thriller.  I’m so glad that I read this book.  What Beauty There Is kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next.  There are a lot of things that happen in this book, but they’re easy to keep track of.  The things and events that occur are all interconnected.  There are quite a few characters in this book, and the new characters were introduced perfectly.  While there are questions that were unanswered in this book, I’m very excited to read the sequel to see what happens next.

#FridayUpdate97

If you are new to my blog, I have decided that I am no longer going to do Friday 56. Friday Update is a feature in which I provide an update on what I read during the week, sometimes what I’m currently reading and what book/books I plan on starting over the weekend.

Today’s Friday Update is for two weeks.

For the week of 2/19/2021-2/25/2021 I read:
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi- 48 pages

Stats:

For the week of 2/26/2021-3/4/2021 I read:
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi- 272 pages which brought me to the end of the book
What Beauty There Is by Corey Anderson- 132 pages

Stats:

Weekend plans:
Finish reading What Beauty There Is and hopefully start and finish A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

#BookCategories

If you remember my discussion from last week, I discussed how YA is not a genre, it’s a category/age group. In this short post, I’m going to further that discussion and go a little deeper, and even break down what ages I feel belong to certain age groups.

Genre: “a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.”

Category: category is defined as “a class or division of people or things regarded as having particular shared characteristics.”

Genres= Fiction and Non-fiction and the sub-genres of each. (I have a separate post coming soon about the subgenres).

Category= Age groups which include:
Baby= 0-3
Children= 4-7
Middle-grade/Tween= 8-12
Teen= 13-17
YA/NA= 18- 25
Adult= 18+
When someone says children’s fiction, they mean that children’s is the category/age group and fiction is the genre, this goes for every other age group too.  YA Fantasy (I’m using this as an example because I feel like YA Fantasy is one of the most popular subjects), YA is the age group and Fantasy is the subgenre of fiction.

These are my opinions on what ages correlate to the different age groups. It’s important to remember that books can be read by anyone even though books are marketed towards specific age groups.

Please discuss your thoughts in the comments, and if you haven’t commented on my post from last week, please do so, I would love to hear your thoughts.

*Disclaimer: I learned some of this working towards my Bachelor’s in Information Library Science degree.

#February2021ReadingWrapUp

Today I bring you my February reading wrap up.

As always books are listed in the order that I read them and are linked to my StoryGraph reviews.  Screenshots are also from StoryGraph.

For the month of February, I read four books.
February Reads:
Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man by Emmanuel Acho- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/ac39fa33-2745-42c1-b061-c64930a014e6
Across The Green Grass Fields by Seanan McGuire- https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/cf365eaf-23c0-4fba-8b67-ea149aee00d0
Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease-https://app.thestorygraph.com/books/a0e709f7-3086-4866-8713-c135d37ccb3e
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi-https://app.thestorygraph.com/reviews/cc8b3dc4-4fb2-43f6-a8ea-747fb87d7a5c

Stats:
# of days that I read: 10

Book haul:
What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson
Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America 1619-2019 by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

#March2021CalendarGirls

Hosted by Flavia the BibliophileDani @ Mousai Books, and Darque Reader Reads. Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile.  It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!

The theme for March is Read Across America Day: Favorite Children’s Book.

My pick for this month is:

This was somewhat tough to pick because I have so many books that I have loved from my childhood.

#YAIsNotAGenre

Today’s discussion might be a controversial one, but sometimes those are the best ones. I’m going to discuss something that I often get annoyed with and that’s YA as a genre. YA is not a genre it’s a category or age group. Fiction and Non-Fiction are genres that fall under categories.  Genre is defined by the New Oxford American Dictionary as “a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.” Also according to the New Oxford American Dictionary category is defined as “a class or division of people or things regarded as having particular shared characteristics.” Books in the YA category (not genre) usually have different shared characteristics depending on the genre. In contemporaries, you won’t have characters wielding swords and fighting monsters, and you won’t see characters in a fantasy novel riding their bikes to the nearest book store (except for maybe Urban Fantasy or Magical Realism). These two characters could be the same age which would be the shared characteristic. I see the YA category as readers ages 18-26.

I know that this is confusing. Maybe I will write another post that goes a little more in-depth and break down category vs. genre more and then get into sub-genres if it will help.

Please discuss in the comments!

#FridayUpdate96onSaturday

If you are new to my blog, I have decided that I am no longer going to do Friday 56. Friday Update is a feature in which I provide an update on what I read during the week, sometimes what I’m currently reading and what book/books I plan on starting over the weekend.

For the week of 2/12/2021-2/18/2021 I read:
Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease– 67 pages which brought me to the end of the book

Stats:

I’m currently not reading anything, and don’t know what I’m gonna pick up next.

#February2021Review3

Today’s review is for Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease.

This book was just beautiful and magical.  I loved seeing the growth of the characters, especially Camille.  I also loved seeing Camille and Lazare’s relationship develop and Sophie come into her own with her dress shop.  Everything That Burns takes place during the French Revolution where magic is persecuted.  Speaking of magic, Camille, who no longer wants to do magic, uses it unintentionally when printing pamphlets using her father’s old printing press to tell the stories of a group of girls that she meets called The Lost Girls.  The Lost Girls were an intriguing group of characters, each with their own special talent.  I loved reading about The Lost Girls and their stories.  I loved how the story ended, it wasn’t rushed and everything came together nicely.  I can’t wait to read more from this author. 

#DestressYourReadingLife

Today’s short discussion is about how I de-stressed my reading life, as in making it not be stressful. This post also coincides perfectly with the one I posted yesterday, which you can read here.

The first way I de-stressed my reading life was by setting my reading goal to one book and keep it at one book throughout the year. This has worked immensely as I don’t feel the pressure to read x amount of books and then feel like a failure because I had to lower my goal.

The second way I de-stressed my reading life was not joining a lot of challenges or doing a lot of readathons. I’m only doing two challenges, Modern Mrs. Darcy and the Library Love Challenge. They are the only challenges I’m committed to doing.

The third way, I’m paying less attention to what everyone else is reading and reading what I genuinely want to read. Part of this is also not getting so caught up with which books are hyped and what ones aren’t. This is a problem that I’ve had in the past, where I was reading books because that’s what everyone else was reading, therefore, feeling like I had to read them and not necessarily enjoying them. PSA: You don’t have to read what’s popular and new to be relevant in the book community.

What do you do to make your reading life less stressful? Let me know in the comments!