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#BEWinter19: Christmas book Wishlist

Today’s prompt was from Anisa @ Bookish Bibliophile.

Prompt Explanation: Christmas is only a few days away, so it’s time to make a list of the books you’d love to get under the tree! Maybe you’ll even get some!

First off, an amazing prompt because I always have books both in my amazon wishlist and on my to-read shelf on goodreads!

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Welcome to My #startonyourshelfathon post!

Banner is from CW @ The Quiet Pond.

#StartOnYourShelfathon is run by CW at The Quiet Pond, and the goal is to read as many unread books on your bookshelf between December 13, 2019 and December 31, 2020! Sounds exciting right? RIGHT? Do you want to join in?

If so, check out this post and this post for more information!

Hi, yes, I shall be joining in on the fun that is #startonyourshelfathon! I am so excited for this!

So I figure I’m going to make myself WORK for this. But I also need to be cautious as I am starting grad school in January. Therefore, I need to be reasonable (for once).

Goal #1: Read at least two unread books on my shelf a month. Because I know myself. I am going to get books from the library. I am going to buy old favorites and reread them. I also probably only have like six or seven right this minute, but I guarantee I’ll add more to my shelf and wait forever to read them.

Goal #2: Read every book that I buy — that I’ve not yet read the month I buy it. YES. This means if I buy a book I have not read I must read it that same month! (or the month it arrives). I refuse to end up with fifty books I have not read on my shelf again.

Goal #3: Read all the unread books! Yep. Just read all the books! (I know I don’t have nearly the amount other people do, but I always buy books and leave them on the shelf. So…yep.)

ONWARD TO THE BOOKS.

There is no particular order I’m planning on reading them in — except the arcs. Arcs before they’re due are priority which in this case are:

  1. Chosen (Jan)
  2. What I Like About Me (Feb)
  3. Running (May)
  4. The Silvered Serpents (Unknown)

I’m so excited to take part in this! I know I don’t have a lot of books on my list right now, but I have a feeling it’ll grow if I buy any more books.

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#BEWinter19: Polar Express Discussion Post

Today’s prompt was from Danielle @ PoetryBooksYA

I love watching The Polar Express movie during Christmas time. The main character boy rediscovers his love for Santa Claus and the holiday after a wild journey far from home in one night. Describe a book or experience you’ve had this year that made you rediscover your love for the genre after reading it. 

It’s funny, because I was just thinking about this the other day. Partially because at my library we’re doing the Polar Express movie. But this season always brings back fond memories of my mother reading the Polar Express EVERY Christmas holiday (and eve) to my sister and I for the longest time. I just have such good memories of it – of the times spent together, of the warmth and happiness. There is little more that I love then reliving those memories.

I’ve had a burnout with fantasy recently, I love it, don’t get me wrong, but there is also something nice about contemporary books. And more recently, romantic contemporary. For a long time I struggled with that genre. I had issues with it, but this month actually, I found two books that rewrote all that for me. Only Mostly Devastated and It Sounded Better In My Head made such an impact on me. I fell in love with those books and the relationships and the feelings. They were feel good books, and they got happy endings. I forgot how much I love happy endings. And they both happened to be arcs. I enjoyed them so much that I would love to own a copy of each once they’re published. But they made me realize I do love romantic books, that I enjoy contemporaries. And the good news? It means I can take a break from reading so much fantasy.

Overall, I’m so happy that I’m giving this genre another chance, that I do love it. I thought Red, White and Royal Blue was an anomaly, but I am so pleased it was not.

What about you? Are there any genres you’ve reconnected with?

Bookending Winter is run by Clo @ Cuppa Clo and Sam @ Fictionally Sam. More information can be found here .

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#BEWinter19: Reflection Time

Today’s prompt was from Laurie @ Laurie’s Bookshelf, and was this:

December is here and that means it’s time to look back on the past year. How was your 2019 regarding books? Did you haul too many books? Did you have a great reading year? Too many (E)ARCs left? And did you pass your reading challenge? Furthermore, it’s time to look forward. What goals would you like to reach in the last month of 2019? Certain books you want to read before 2020 is upon us? Do you have reading goals for 2020? So, let’s reflect on your bookish 2019!

This Past Year

Okay, so I didn’t get into book blogging/bookstagram until July-ish. And I didn’t start getting books until then either. So most of this is relatively new for me. But I was still reading before then. I also just started doing E-Arcs, and have had so much fun and some success with them. I just got approved for 2 more, and one I am desperate to read (but need to wait until I finish the others first.)

I had a reading goal of 300. I have already met and surpassed that as I am loitering at about 490 books at the moment. I’ll clear 500 by the end of the year for sure. I feel a little bit bad about it, because people tell me it is impossible to read that much in a year, but I can. It’s just a matter of me remembering to record it.

I hauled…a lot of books. I think I’m clearing something about 85 books right now that I own. I only buy books I really like or love, so it helps my book buying. I also started OwlCrate and that is addictive!

In both those senses I had a great reading year. I’m happy overall with it! I mean, I would ideally love to make this my job, but that isn’t happening, (also I like my job) and so I shall keep doing it for fun!

The Future

There are a few books I would like to finish this month; but not too many. One is an e-arc, and the rest are physical arcs I got at YALLFEST. I also have some library books I’d like to finish. I’m going to try and avoid putting anything else on hold in December to finish up what I have in ebook, earc and physical book world.

Next years reading goal is going to be 300 again. I wonder if I can read less? (I don’t think so) But it seems like a good number, high for me, but not too high in case I take a break. We’re going to go with it!

I need to create a book budget, and I don’t know what to do. Do I count OC in? Do I not? I’ve got a lot to think about in regards to that.

This post is a little short, but hey, I’m writing it in the evening after a long and busy day at work!

BookEnding Winter is run by Clo @ Cuppa Clo and Sam @ Fictionally Sam. More information can be found here .

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