#ReadingLifeUpdate

In my last actual post that you can read here, I wrote that I decided to step back from book blogging and Twitter and that I didn’t owe anyone an explanation. I still don’t owe anyone any explanation. Slowly, I’ve gotten back to Twitter interacting here and there, but I’m not fully back yet. 

I wanted to come on here and give everyone an update on my reading life.

I have significantly lowered my reading goal from 115 to 50. Currently, 115 books are just not realistic for me. I’ll be happy if I read 100 books this year. During the pandemic, which we are still in the middle of, my reading has slowed. I have put my focus on reading more books written by Black authors and books that discuss Anti-Racism to educate myself more. While I’ve read quite a decent amount of books written by Black authors and have learned a lot, there is more that I can read and learn, and please don’t recommend me any (I have my list). Goodreads is where I’ve been the most active by updating what I’m currently reading and writing reviews for the books that I have finished.

So far this year, I have read 38 books, and I’m happy about that number. All the books I have read are ones that I have enjoyed and have found to be quality books and would recommend them. If you follow me on Goodreads, you will see that I’m currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama, which so far is a great book and one that I think everyone needs to read.

Something that I have noticed when it comes to reading is that it turns into a competition, especially when numbers are involved. Reading is not a competition, and any comments comparing what I have read to what you have will not be approved and deleted.

I also don’t know when my next post outside of my monthly Calendar Girls post will be.

#January2020ReadingGoalsUpdate

Reading Goals and Challenges

I thought it would be a good idea to update my followers on how I’m doing with my goals and challenges, and in a way, I feel like doing this holds me accountable.  You can find my 2020 Goals post here, it also includes links to the challenges that I will be doing.

Reading goals: 5 out of 115

Challenges:
Goodreads: 5 out of 115
The 2020 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge: 4 out of 10
Library Love Challenge: 4 out of 60+

#FridayUpdate81

friday-update

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 going to be for the weeks that I missed while I was finishing school and taking the time to enjoy the holidays.

For the week of 11/15/19-11/21/19 I read:
A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– 20 Pages

Pages read: 372

For the week of 11/22/19-11/28/19 I read:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– 371 pages which brought me to the end of the book

Pages read: 371

For the week of 11/29/19-12/5/19 I read:
Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman
The Magic Misfits: The Minor Third by Neil Patrick Harris
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling- 58 Pages

Pages read: 702

For the week of 12/6/19-12/12/19 I read
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling- 188 pages which brought me to the end of the book
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

Pages read: 447

For the week of 12/13/19-12/19/19 I read:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling- 131

Pages read: 459

For the week of 12/20/19-12/26/19 I read:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Illustrated Edition– 333 pages which brought me to the end of the book
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling- 112 pages

Pages read: 445 pages

For the week of 12/27/19-1/2/2020 I read:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling- 758 pages which brought me to the end of the book
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
The Call of the Wild by Jack London (First book I read in 2020)

Pages read: 2,540

For the week of 1/3/2020-1/9/2020 I read:
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Moonshot by Alessandra Torre
Lobizona by Romina Garber

Pages read: 731

 

Next week’s Friday Update post will be the normal single week reading update.

#January2020BookReview1

Review

Today’s review is going to be for The BFG by Roald Dahl.

I am ashamed to say that I never read this when I was younger, but I’m so glad that I read it now. This is such a cute story with the most unlikely friendship. I also loved the language of the BFG and how all his words were jumbled but they still made sense. And I love this quote from the BFG on page 61 (view spoiler) Everything about this quote is very true and really puts things into perspective. There are also references to Jack in the Beanstalk. This is a great children’s book.

#WhereHaveIBeen?

update

A lot of you are probably wondering where I’ve been.  I’ve been very busy finishing my SECOND, yes you read that right, SECOND bachelor’s degree.  November and this month were very hectic finishing school.  I had no time for blogging or updating my Goodreads, but I was finding time to read.  Now that I am done with school, for the time being, I’m hoping that I will find more time to blog and blog more consistently.  Here’s what you can expect in the coming days on the blog:

  • Goals and challenges for 2020
  • November and December monthly wrap-ups combined in one post
  • 2019 Yearly wrap-up complete with my own statistics and my Goodreads year in review

#FridayUpdate80

friday-update

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 11/8/19-11/14/19 I read:
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney-359 pages which brought me to the end of the book.
Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince Rebel Army #1 by V.E. Schwab
Stuart Little by E.B. White

Pages read: 524
Currently reading: A Dream so Dark by L.L. McKinney
Weekend plans: Finish reading A Dream so Dark and to hopefully start The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern