Friday, April 29, 2016

April Recap & Announcements

Hello everybody! Some things happened this month that I wanted to let you know about. First, I am now on Bloglovin'! I don't really know how to use it, but there is a button on the side bar that you can click to follow this blog on Bloglovin'.

Also, I am starting a reading list (Anna's Reading List to be exact). Basically, each month I will make a pile/list of books for the next month. The reason it isn't a TBR is because I'm not going to follow it. I'm a big mood reader, so I'm not going to tell myself that I am going to follow the list/pile. The reason I made it is so that after I finish a book, I don't have to always stand in front of my bookshelf and try to pick which book to read next. This way, I have a pile of books so that I can easily grab one if I want to. The cool thing about it is that each book has a reason for being chosen. For example, I decided that starting now I am going to attempt to read at least one book I got for review each month. So, my Kindle is on the pile. And a few of them count for a challenge I'm doing in May. So, each book has a reason for being there. So, it sounds fun. I don't know if I'll do it forever, but I though that I would give it a try. I might not even read a single one of the books this month. Who knows?

 Books Read In April
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)Fairest (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #2)Living Dead GirlShe Laughs in PinkDemonglass (Hex Hall, #2)The Next Together 
Asylum (Asylum, #1) 

Okay, so technically I haven't finished Asylum when I'm writing this (4/29/16), but I should finish it by tomorrow. So I'm counting it. And I totally didn't just notice until now, but I made a pyramid! I am so proud of myself. Look at me being a creative blogger. :)

Favorite Book Of The Month
  The Next Together

Anna's Reading List for May 2016
Anna's Reading List is a list I make each month with books that are convenient for me to pick up when I'm feeling lazy. I may read all the books on the list, and I may not read a single one. The point is to give me options to read, not to read all of the books.  For me, my list has to have at least one of each of the following: 
  • e-book and/or book received for review 
  • library book
  • book that counts towards a challenge I'm participating in
This Month's Pile:

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)  Assassin's Heart (Assassin's Heart, #1)  Invaded (Alienated, #2)  Trust Me, I'm Trouble (Trust Me, #2)  Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)  Anything You Want 

So, those are the books on my list for this month! I will most likely be reading others along with these though, because there are some really pretty books on my shelf that I have my eye on. :)

2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge Update

   I am currently twelve books behind, and hopefully I will be able to catch up soon.

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd) has
read 20 books toward
her goal of
100 books.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights & Bookworm Dislikes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, where each week you make a top ten list to go with that week’s bookish theme.

Theme: Bookworm delights & Bookworm Dislikes

First off, Christine of polandbananas20 made a wonderful video on why book lovers should not be called bookworms, click here to see the video. Anyways, I am really excited for this topic! I cannot wait to freak out about everything I love about books, but I also want to talk about some things that aren’t so delightful about being and book lover. So the first five will be delights, and the second five will be things that are not so delightful. Make sure that you guys leave you TTT lists in the comments!

 1.   Smelling New Books- It’s the best! Opening a package filled with new books, and opening each one up and taking a sniff. I don’t know why I like it so much, but I do. I guess that I get it from my mom. Even after I’ve had a book for a little while, I can still sometimes smell the “New Book Smell.”

 2.   Finding a Book That Perfectly Fits You Mood- I am a big mood reader, and it can be hard finding books that fit the mood I’m in at the time. But it is the best when I read a book that goes perfectly with the mood I’m in. It also can cause book hangovers and reading slumps (but we don’t talk about that).

 3.   Reading Buddies- Both human and canine! I am part of a Goodreads group that does buddy reads, where you and another member can read the book together while discussing it. That’s always fun, but there is another type of reading buddy. I’m talking about my dog. Yes, one of two best friends (and the other totally isn’t my mom). I find it nice to lay in bed with anything junk food, a soda, Melanie Martinez music playing, and my dog snuggled up next to me as I’m reading. Hard to beat that. Of course I usually end up falling asleep within an hour, but it’s the thought that counts.

 4.   Going to the Library- I am a big library person. I mostly get my books from the library, so it is always exciting to go get new books! My public library is pretty good about getting new releases, and they recently made a little section on the bottom floor with just the new releases. So, I always really like checking that out. But the best is when I have little to no library books checked out, and I just go crazy. I usually end up checking out tons of books, and I usually don’t get to all of them by the time they have to go back.

  5.   Reading in General- It’s true! One of the best parts of being a book lover is getting to read. That’s why we’re book lovers! There are so many different reasons to love books, but I think that the cool thing is that a person will always be able to find a new book, character, or setting, anything that they can think of that can show why they love reading.

 1.   The Cost of Books- Let’s be honest, books are expensive. I know that I cannot afford to buy every book that I want to read, and I honestly don’t know how some people have huge book collections. With hardbacks being sold at around $20 and paperbacks being sold at around $10, I going to be relaying on public libraries for my reading needs.

  2.   Cover Changes- Why? Why? Why? Don’t get me wrong, sometimes cover changes can be wonderful. For example, the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Have you seen the U.S. cover for the first book? I’m talking about the bad cover changes (you know what I mean). Especially if they happen in the middle of a series.

 3.   The Goodreads Reading Challenge- So, this challenge used to stress me out. Mainly because it tells you how many books your behind by. I really don’t need to know that I’m eleven books behind, it doesn’t know why I haven’t been reading as much lately. It can’t judge me, even if it’s not an actual human being. So, I don’t remember when, but I just gave up caring about it. I really don’t care that I’m now thirteen books behind. I really don’t want to get stressed out by
  4.   When You Can’t Have The Book You Really Want This Very Instance- This is the case with all of Sarah J. Maas’s books (for me at least). There are so many people in the reviews talking about how they want time machine, and how they want a book this very instance. It could be because a previous book had a cliff hanger, or because it is a must read author; all book lovers have wished for a time machine in order to get a book they wanted at one time or another. Instead, we are forced to wait the months, and months, and months, and months…

  5.   Reading Slumps- These are the worst! It is so hard to get out of them! Even worse, I usually also feel guilty because I know that I should be reading, but I’m not. Reading slumps are just over all bad. They also usually involve a lot of Netflix (which only makes it worse). During the reading slump, I feel that it is a responsibility as book nerds to support fellow book nerds in this situation. Then maybe together, we can finally end reading slumps.  

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Weekly Recap: Rapid Fire! (Week of 4/17/16)

I link to Stacking the Shelves by Tynga's Reviews, and The Sunday Post by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

---Currently reading---

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

---Posts you might have missed---
·         I recapped the previous week on The Weekly Recap
·         I talked about book lovers that I follow on a  forgotten post

---question of the week---
We are nearing the half-way point in the Goodreads Reading Challenge, so how are you doing? Let me know in the comments!