#February2020CalendarGirls

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Temporarily hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile and Dani @ Mousai Books. Normally hosted by Katie @ Never Not Reading and Darque Reader Reads. From Katie’s blog: 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 February is Meet Cute- Favorite romantic comedy.

I’m not going to lie, I had to look at Goodreads lists to see if I’ve actually read any “meet-cutes,” and it turns out that I have but not very many.  Romantic comedies aren’t something that I read a lot of, it’s just a personal preference.  Without further ado my pick for this month is:

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#BookishAcquistionTracker

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I did a poll on both Instagram and Twitter to see if people wanted me to write a post about how I track how much money I save by borrowing books from the library, and the votes were unanimous.  Today I am going to discuss how I track how much money I save by borrowing books from the library and what I use to track my book acquisitions.  In my 2019 Bookish Year in Review post I posted the following statistics:
          Books that I purchased
          Books acquired using gift cards or free
          Money saved from borrowing books from the library

To keep track of my monthly book hauls I use these pages from BibliophilePrints:

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As it has a spot for the price, even when I borrow books from the library, I go to the *Barnes and Noble website and look up the prices of books that I borrowed.  Unless the book is only available as an eBook or paperback in which I will use those prices, I always use the hardcover prices regardless of the format that I read (personal preference).  I then write the total price saved each month on a blank space on the page.  Prices of books that I purchase will always be reflective of the format that I purchase.

To track how many books I bought or acquired with a gift card or for free, I use the following excel spreadsheet:

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I have other spreadsheets that I use to track other stats, but I won’t get into those as they aren’t relevant to this post.  I will also not be making them available.

*I only buy my books from Barnes and Noble as it is my personal preference.  I refuse to purchase books from Amazon (there are plenty of articles online about how horrible Amazon is for buying books), and I won’t even get started on the Margaret Atwood mess (that can be Googled too).  If I can get to an indie bookstore I will buy from them, but as I have literally no shelf space if I purchase any books, they will mostly be eBooks.

#January2020CalendarGirls

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Temporarily hosted by Flavia the Bibliophile and Dani @ Mousai Books. Normally hosted by Katie @ Never Not Reading and Darque Reader Reads. From Katie’s blog: 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 January is New Beginnings: Your favorite first book in a new series.

I had somewhat of a hard time coming up with a book for this one as I really haven’t read too many series that aren’t completed yet.  I looked back in my Goodreads and found two possibilities but I’m going to go with my favorite between the two.  One of my favorite books that I read last year, and is a first in a new series with the sequel being published this April is:

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Synopsis from Goodreads: “The Library of Ever is an adventure across time and space, as a young girl becomes a warrior for the forces of knowledge.

With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bored, bored, bored—until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library. Mazelike and reality-bending, the library contains all the universe’s wisdom. Every book ever written, and every fact ever known, can be found within its walls. And Lenora becomes its newly appointed Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian.

She rockets to the stars, travels to a future filled with robots, and faces down a dark nothingness that wants to destroy all knowledge. To save the library, Lenora will have to test her limits and uncover secrets hidden among its shelves.”

#BookishThisTimeLastYear

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To help me get back to blogging regularly, I have decided to participate in BlogTober hosted by Hâf from the Library Looter and Anniek from Anniek’s Library.  Today’s prompt is “This Time Last Year.”

Therefore, today’s post is a short discussion about what I was reading, this time last year.

For this prompt, I had to look back in my reading journal to figure out what I was reading at this time last year.  This time last year I was in the middle of reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  After I finished Between the World and Me I read Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery, and those were the only two books that I read in October last year.

#BookPriorities

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Today I am going to discuss how I prioritize the books that I want to read.  Now, I am a mood reader, I do not make TBRs unless I am doing a readathon with reading challenges.  However, there are books that I prioritize over other books when it comes to reading them.  The books that I own while are a priority, they aren’t a bigger priority over library books and ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies).  I have a strict review policy, you can read it here.  If I am reading an ARC, it is one that I have requested from NetGalley.

I put reading library books and ARCs above the books that I own because those books are on a deadline.  Yes, I can renew library books, and I have done so many times, the only time I can’t renew library books is if there is a hold on them.  And when it comes to ARCs it isn’t often that I miss the deadline for them as I don’t request that many.

How do you prioritize the books you want to read?

#October19CalendarGirls

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Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Booksand Flavia aFlavia the Bibliophileand will now be hosted by Katie at Never Not Readingand Adrienne at Darque Dreamer ReadsIt is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. (Information from Katie at Never Not Reading)

Each month there is a new theme and the theme for October is Pumpkin Lanterns (Book That Lit Your Way Out of a Reading Slump).

I’ve been fortunate to have never been in a reading slump.  Were there periods that I wasn’t reading as much? Yes, but it wasn’t due to me being in a reading slump it was due to having other priorities, the number one priority being school work.

There was also a time in my life where I HAD to read books for school, which kind of took the joy out of reading for a while.  I’ve always been a reader, I grew up surrounded by books and going to the library so for me I never had one book that got me into reading, but I did have a few books that got me back into reading for the joy of reading after having to read books for school for so long, and my discovery of BookTube helped too.

The books that got me back into reading after reading books for school for so long were:
The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Rebels: City of Indra by Kendall and Kylie Jenner
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

#June19CalendarGirls

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Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Booksand Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophileand will now be hosted by Katie at Never Not Readingand Adrienne at Darque Dreamer ReadsIt is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. (Information from Katie at Never Not Reading)

Each month there is a new theme and the theme for June Pride: Favorite Book with LGBTQ+ Representation.

My favorite book with LGBTQ+ Representation is:

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I have to admit, that I haven’t read too many books that have LGBTQ+ representation, and that is something that I definitely need to change.  However, Adam Silvera is one of my favorite authors.

#WhatIWantInNewAdultBooks

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I was inspired to write this after watching YouTube videos posted by Kassie from MissSassyKassie titled “Discussion // YA v. Adult & the Changes we NEED” and Francina Simone titled “What Is New Adult?  I highly suggest you watch the videos as Kassie and Francina bring up a lot of excellent points. I agreed with everything that was said in both videos.  Watching these videos got me thinking about what I want in New Adult fiction.

When I think of New Adult fiction, I think of smut and romance novels.  If that’s what you want to read, be my guest but I don’t want to read just smut and romance, I have no interest or desire.  If you want to see what I don’t read for books and why I suggest reading this post.  The post was written in 2016, and not much has changed from that post in which I should have included in it that I don’t read thrillers, horror or mysteries either.

New Adult is not a genre it is an age group and when I think of the age group I think of 18-25 maybe even 18-30, and most of the books I see marketed towards that age range are smutty romance and romance novels/series.  I would love to see historical fiction, and contemporary.  Another thing that would be nice to see in New Adult is books without the entire plot revolving around romance, not everyone is always in a relationship or looking for one or even dating for that matter.  Is it that difficult to publish NEW ADULT books that have PLATONIC relationships, COMPLEX friendships, and FAMILY relationships?

If anyone has any New Adult recommendations that ARE NOT smutty romance books please leave them in the comments.  But please DO NOT recommend Rainbow Rowell, Nicholas Sparks, Sophie Kinsella, Jodi Picoult, or John Green. 

Look out for tomorrow’s post which is going to be a list of adult book recommendations that I have read and enjoyed for those looking to read more adult books.  The list includes both fiction and non-fiction.

#TBRHabits

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Today’s discussion is going to be something that I don’t think I’ve discussed before, my current Goodreads TBR.  My current Goodreads TBR is low, and by low I mean it’s around 100 books give or take.  A few of the books on my TBR don’t even have titles, covers or release dates yet. The reason why my TBR is so low is that I have stopped adding books to my TBR just for the sake of adding books to my TBR.  I REFUSE to add books unless I have a genuine interest in reading them.  I have also started to read more of what I want to read and I have stopped reading books just because everyone else in the community is reading them, which has made me a much happier reader.  Another reason why my TBR is so low is that right now there aren’t too many new releases that I’m really excited for and the ones that I’m looking forward to reading have already been added, some of them I even forgot to add, and recently added them.  I am also not ashamed to say that there are certain authors that I won’t read at all, and it’s just my personal preference to not read those authors.  I also think that my reading tastes have changed and I’m becoming more particular about what I read.

#HowITrackMyReading

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Today I am going to tell you how I track my reading.  I know a lot of people track their reading using a bullet journal, and that it works really well for them but bullet journals aren’t for me.  I do use a journal to track my reading, and it’s a journal that I’ve had since elementary school, I actually did a post about it a while back which you can find here.  While the set up is basically the same, my writing in my journal has gotten less messy.  I also started keeping track of how long I read each time I read, I use the Bookly app to do this.  My reading journal isn’t the only way that I keep track of my reading, I also use excel spreadsheets.  I use excel spreadsheets to keep track of how many books I read each month, where I get my books from, the number of pages I read each week, the number of pages I read each month, and the format that I read.  The way that I track how I read is the way that works best for me, and it helps me keep track of my goals.