A Book for Different Times of Day

Well hello! I hope you’re doing well and happy spring!

So, I had a realization at the time I began writing this that I currently have books for different times of the day/scenario I’m in:

  • A book for daytime reading
  • A book for before bed reading
  • An audiobook for driving

This makes me feel like I’ve reached a new level of nerd lol

Anyway, I find it interesting because my reading habits aren’t what they were a few years ago when I first started blogging and really getting into the reading scene. Now I read mostly webtoons, like Your Letter and Lore Olympus, but I’ve been trying very hard to get back into novels again.

I know part of the reason I’ve been struggling is because I’ve been overwhelming myself very easily with wanting to do all the things, but not having enough time or energy to do them, so I just… don’t. So, I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort recently to just pick something up that sucks me in and go with it.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson has been one of those books for me for months now. Yes, months. I don’t know if you know this, but the audiobook is over 45 hours long, and I really only listen to it on my 25-30 minute drives to and from work. And then sometimes I don’t even listen to it at all for a few weeks so I can listen to some music instead.

The story didn’t hook me right away because I had tried to start it a couple of years ago, but failed, so when I started anew? Oh yeah, I was hooked, and now I’m at the beginning climax of this installment of the series and I AM HERE FOR IT. The characters and world building are fantastic, and the voice actors who read the books do a phenomenal job acting out all the parts and such.

So since I’ve been having such great luck with the audiobook, especially lately, I then realized I am in one HELLUVA mood for romance. And I’m not talking that cheesy stuff (but, I mean, I also won’t say no to it if it grabs my attention lol), I’m talking about a slow burn or steamy or just passionate type of romance read. And that’s where Graceling comes in.

I recently watched a video by Hannah of A Clockwork Reader on YouTube about five underrated series she thinks others should definitely get more hyped about, and in it she mentioned the Graceling Realm trilogy by Kristin Cashore and talked about how the first book in particular has a much heavier focus on the relationship and romance aspect than the others.

And I happened to remember my husband owned a copy.

So of course I made him dig it out of boxes for me and I started it and it’s already got me hooked. I wanted to start really winding down more when it’s time for bed and not be on the computer or have my phone in my face, so I decided to make it my before bedtime read.

Besides, studies have shown that reading before bed can be very beneficial to your health, such as reducing stress, higher creativity levels, and more brain power. So if you’re not on the read before bed train, hop on! You might find yourself in a much better mood the next day as a result of it.

And then I have my daytime reading. I’ve discovered a way to read at work without having a physical book behind the counter because sometimes it’s so incredibly slow that I don’t have a customer for a half hour or more at a time, so instead of just sitting there and browsing news articles I don’t care about, I open a book through Amazon on the Kindle Cloud Reader app on their website.

To access it, simply go to your latest digital purchases, click on the book you want to read, and then click the green “Read Now” button. If you’re on a computer, it’ll take you to the Cloud Reader for easy reading. Just be careful using your left and right arrow buttons because I’ve noticed that that messes with the page formats, so you’ll have to actually click the next button on the screen to go to the next page.

I decided the day before publishing this, in fact, that I was going to sample A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness because I had continued to keep seeing it pop up all over the place, and so I decided to give it a try. Well, as of the time I’m writing this, I’m only one chapter two and hooked. Of course I’m going to continue to read it once I’m home after work, but still, I have options to read when I’m at my job.

So though my reading habits have changed a lot over the last few years, I’m doing my best to not give up and to keep going back to the stories I love, the stories I want to read and live, and the stories that my heart desires. And what better way to do that than to find different ways to incorporate those stories into different facets of my life?

Let’s Chat!

What books do you like to read before bedtime? Are you a nighttime reader? If not, do you read when you wake up during breakfast? Do you listen to audibooks on your commute to work? Or do you just read whenever you want and not have designated books for certain times and scenarios during the day? Tell me all the things!

The Picky Pledge Challenge

the picky pledge 2019
Photo by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and Hannah of So Obsessed With.

Hello lovely people~ I hope you’re doing well. SO, today I have an interesting post to talk about and that is The Picky Pledge Challenge. I was perusing Alexa’s blog over at Alexa Loves Books and stumbled upon her post for this year’s challenge about book buying habits.

First off, what is The Picky Pledge? It’s a challenge that was created by Alexa and Hannah of So Obsessed With to reflect on your book buying habits and to become more intentional with the books that are read, to read more backlist books, to read books already on your shelves, and reduce the amount of review books received.

Honestly? I think it’s a great idea! This past year I didn’t buy too many books, I don’t think, but I can still change my habits and really focus on the books I already own and give them some love, you know? So, I decided I’m going to join in this challenge along with them!

I don’t really have statistics of what I read and bought and such, so I won’t be going over them in this post, but I hope to next year when I do a recap of this challenge.

Speaking of, here are the categories that they set to focus on for this year!

2019 reading challenge
Photo by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and Hannah of So Obsessed With.

I find these to be very reasonable and fun to do! I also find them to be in line with the Beat the Backlist Challenge that I also am taking part in this year. I’ll keep track of the goals for this specific challenge here on this post (as well as in a separate document on my computer lol), in case you want to see how I’m doing with it!

PRE-ORDERED: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizel
3+ YEARS AGO: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
HYPED: The Wicked King by Holly Black & Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare | Both bought January 2019

Let’s Chat!

So what about you? Are you up for the challenge? Be sure to check out Alexa’s and Hannah’s posts and their own goals for the year! Let me know in the comments below what your reading goals are and what some of your buying habits for the new year are.

Top Ten Tuesday: Habits of a Bookworm

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday as hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke & the Bookish. Today’s topic is a freebie topic where we get to pick what we want to talk about, so today I wanted to talk about top ten habits of a bookworm! I thought this would be fun because 99.999999999% of us do these things, I swear. I was also inspired to do this topic based on Cait @ Paper Fury‘s post on what book bloggers actually do.

So, here are some habits I’ve noticed with bookworms:

1 . We habitually stalk every website ever when it comes to new book releases. I’m talking Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Waterstones, Booksamillion, wherever you shop for books or look for new releases that’ll be coming, we constantly stalk these websites. We need to know when new books are coming out AND WE NEED TO KNOW NOW.

2. We keep our shelves a certain way, and if someone touches them, they better have insurance. Seriously, you know how we are about our bookshelves and we want them to be in pristine condition, aka the way we left them 493409 years ago. So when someone comes and touches said preciouses and then moves them, oh man. You either silently put back the book in the place you know it’s supposed to be in after they’ve stepped – slowly – away from the shelves, or you tell nicely to put it back where it belongs. Or you death glare at them, whatever works.

3. We sniff our books. YOU KNOW YOU DO THIS. DON’T LIE TO ME. Books have an amazing smell, and if you’ve never smelled them before, I suggest you do it now. It’ll instantly relieve any stress you have and you’ll be in book heaven bliss.

4. When it comes to book buying bans, we usually don’t last. I mean, some bookworm’s resolve are a lot stronger than others (not mine), so when they say they’re going to on a book buying ban until they read X amount of books, they actually do it. But some of us just…don’t…can’t do that.

5. If we really love a book with all the fire of a thousand suns, then we’ll buy 4903249034 editions of it and proudly display them on our shelves. I have two copies of a couple of books that I LOVE WITH ALL MY HEART. Namely, ACOMAF and Fangirl. But I know of people that have four or six different copies of series like Harry Potter or The Mortal Instruments, or their favorite books in different languages.

6. Our bookmark collections can rival our book collections. Seriously, what bookworm do you know that has just ONE bookmark? I mean, I’m sure some do, or some don’t even use a bookmark, but for those of us that have bookmarks we have HOARDS of them. I think I have close to 50 individual bookmarks, if not more.

7. When we collect bookish merchandise we like to proudly display them everywhere. Between all the totes, buttons, jewelry, notepads, swag, and more that we get from publishers, events, online, or wherever, we have no choice but to display them in every crevice we can find!

8. We have an urge to perfect our preferred platform. I don’t know about you, but I have this intense urge to make my blog as aesthetically pleasing as possible (it’s still not where I want it to be yet), or make our videos look amazing, or our Bookstagram photos beautiful. It’s not like we’re showing off or anything, but we want people to keep coming back and not think our platforms look messy, right?

9. We want to connect with every bookworm ALL OVER THE WORLD, and that’s not a bad thing. Seriously, the book community is one of the friendliest and most welcoming I’ve ever encountered on the Internet. Even when there’s trouble being stirred up because we’re not perfect (I know, crazy, right?) we still try to be as civil as possible and make amends and be awesome friends again.

10. If we know there is a bookstore nearby, even if we’re in the company of others, we will somehow convince them to join us in our excursion to said bookstore. It’s like a magnetic pull to the stores. The books in the window just stare at you, cooing at you saying, “Come and touch our spines.” Okay, that got creepy really fast, but you know what I’m talking about.

Let’s Chat! ≧◡≦

What kinds of bookworm habits do you have? Do you agree with my list, or do you not do some of these things? Which habit are you most guilty of?

Top 5 Wednesday: Bookish Habits

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday! Today is all about bookish habits, and I believe any and all readers have them. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

5. I smell my books.

I’m pretty sure everyone does this. (No? Am I weird?) There’s just something about physical books and smell, man. They smell like nostalgia and they just smell… nice. xD I don’t know how else I can really explain this one, but yes, I sniff my books.

4. I don’t let people borrow my books.

This isn’t really a habit, but I just hate letting other people take hold of my possessions. It’s a thing I’ve had for a long time ever since I let someone borrow a book and it came back to me with the cover completely ruined (and she tried to say I gave it to her like that when I KNOW it was in pristine condition). Ever since I don’t let people borrow my things unless I have 100% trust in them that they won’t somehow wreck them.

3. I start multiple books at a time.

I start reading multiple books at the same time sometimes. Even though I do this I can still separate the worlds from one another and enjoy each story individually rather than getting them confused.

2. I flip to the back and read the last paragraph or two of the book.

I do this before starting a book. I’ve been better lately and haven’t done it in a while, but I still just want to know the end so I’m not surprised. Is that bad?

1. I have to finish a chapter before I put the book down for the night.

When I’m reading a book it’s really hard for me to just put it down and pick it up later if I stop at a random place. I need to finish the chapter or a section before putting it down. It feels more completed that way and it’s easier for me to remember what I read last.

What are your top five bookish habits? Let me know!