2018 in Review

My Year In Books

So we’ve all come to an understanding that 2018 was not a stellar year for me blogging-wise. I was uninspired to write, and ideas had completely dried out. But I’ve also learn to accept the fact that inspiration is a fickle thing. It’s a fact that you have to nurture it. Or, like a muscle, you need to work on it constantly until it becomes a natural thing that’s a part of your life.

My year in reading, however, is a different story. I read more, borrowed more, and acquired less. I’ve also rid of a bunch books. It turns out, there was a lot of people at my gym who were only too happy to take them off my hands. I still have a long way to go, but I’m getting there.

My predilection to acquire books – via publishers and bookstores have slowed down considerably. Which is great because Lord knows, I have enough.

Non Fiction Year

In 2018, I’ve worked hard in reading more nonfiction books. Mostly memoirs, books about feminism and politics. My favourites being, Salman Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton, Will Schwalbe’s The End of Your Life Book Club, and Cecile Richards’ Make Trouble. I’ve also finally read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential.

Tally

All in all, my year ended with 191 books – a very good year, if I may so myself. Thanks to audiobooks, I’ve managed to read some books that had long fermented in my shelves. I’ve also discovered the romance package from Audible – which was great for about 2 weeks, then I stopped because one can only listen to so much sex. Lol.

The Libby app from my library was a huge money saver as I was able to cut down on my audible purchases this year. From there, I was able to borrow and re-read the entire Charley Davidson series, the Twilight series, and have found some really great reads that I wouldn’t have otherwise picked up on my own accord.

In 2019

I’m really looking forward to this year. I’m going to not feel guilty for not blogging as regularly as I can, nor am I going to create situations for myself where pressure builds up to ridiculous heights. I am going to limit my spending and requesting books, but will be taking advantage of borrowing as much as I can without it getting out of hand. I want to thank you again for still being around. I know that blogging has slowed down for some that I follow, but let’s all keep in mind that above all else, blogging is still a hobby. One that can take a backseat when life gets crazy.

Continue Reading

January Rewind

Hey, lovely readers.

Well, the first month of 2017 is over – and thank the good Lord! I’m sure we all share the same sentiment for whatever reasons. One month less than the four years we all have to endure. Lol.

So how did my January go? Reading wise, I’m on pace with my Goodreads reading goal. Blogging-wise, I’m failing quite spectacularly. The good thing about this year so far is that I’m barely getting any books from the publishers nor have I been buying. I’m still struggling with my review copies, though. Honestly, the world is one big distraction right now so I can’t concentrate on any other books besides nonfiction.  I need to slap myself silly and just get going.

With everything that’s going on, I found myself gravitating towards reading some books about activism and politics. I just finished Cleve Jones’ When We Rise, a book about America’s slow acceptance of the LGBTQ community in California and, eventually, in the United States as a whole. Cleve Jones helped start the revolution from the 60s onwards. The AIDS pandemic of the 80s also made up the second half of the book. A heartbreaking, much-politicized disease that Jones’ movement fought hard to get federal funding for research and cure. The author himself was, at one point, afflicted with the disease so his first-hand account was very candid and from the heart. The Supreme Court’s ruling in favour of marriage equality brought tears to my eyes.

I also finally read The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, which, in essence, is about his political beliefs, his rise from being a community organizer to a young Senator in Chicago, and his personal and family life. One thing that stood out to me is that very little has changed from his ideology. His passion never dimmed, and he wasn’t deterred by anything (not even an obstructionist Senate & Congress). This man is a prolific a writer as he is a great orator. I suggest buying the book in audio so you can listen to him whenever you want. 🙂

February is Black History Month

I’ve never done this before, but I figure this year is as good as any. For now, my focus will be on the following books: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson, and They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

  

I’ll probably do another post about my February TBR sometime next week. I’ve been spending way too much time trolling the trolls on the social media (I’m not even sorry. LOL) so I’ve been neglecting my reading and blogging obligations.

I hope you’ll have a great February, y’all. Happy reading!

Continue Reading

Life Lately: November

img_2673

Hey, guys.

How’s it going? This month-end recap is coming to you early.

I had the worst stretch of book buying binges in the last couple of weeks, you guys. Book Outlet, as cheap as their books are, is not a very good place for people like me. One with no self-control whatsoever. As of this writing, three boxes have shown up on my doorstep. I was able to discreetly hide the first box that came from my husband, but not so much for the second box when our post man delivered it straight to his hands. Sigh. It’s out of control. I might have to do this thing they’re doing on YouTube where they cull their collection by donating or selling it online. I’ll show you what I got one day (maybe).

So. November. I had a slow reading month on account of November 8. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then, good for you. I envy you for being spared from knowing what went down. I read 10 books in total. Though I should say I read 11 because A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara clocked in at 800 pages which should really account for two books instead of one. But I digress. I tend to gravitate towards my comfort reads when I’m having a tough time so you can tell I struggled a lot this month since I read 4 Sandra Brown Books. On the night of the election, after I shut off social media and any coverage on TV, I went and re-read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I knew I was going to need reinforcement and that novel, though, it didn’t completely alleviate the depression, at least helped for a bit. So thank you, Sally Thorne.

22822858

30374 30381 28588073

710826 7262166 23514316

27189194 32571587 27860802

(Sorry about the formatting. I have very little patience today. Lol.)

I was relatively absent from blogging this past month because: reasons. I barely wrote any reviews and barely did my rounds. December might be a slow month as well as we head into the Holiday season. But I’m looking forward to the small break during Christmas.

I used my Instagram picture for this post because I want to give you a fair warning that you might see a vlog post here once in a while. I shot my first video yesterday (3 times) but I think I’m going to re-shoot because I look like an awkward spazzing moron. Sigh. So, you know. Get ready.

Thanks for reading!

Continue Reading

Hoarders, Books Edition: Episode 168

DSC00542


The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine | The Widow by Fiona Barton


Hello!

I guess this will be my November recap as well <insert I can’t-believe-it’s-December-already>. Well, I for one, am looking forward to ending 2015 with a bang. I’m finally settled with a job where I can see myself doing for years to come. Hopefully, this is the last time you’ll ever hear about it. Lol. Thanks for listening to my whine and cheese.

This week, I’m thankful to have received these two books from the two publishers that are nice enough to know I exist. Simon and Schuster Canada and Penguin Random House Canada. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m looking forward to reading both these books. I have been doing well with these review copies. I’m halfway through Dangerous Lies and then I can tackle the last three in my pile (which includes these two). Go, me!

READ THIS WEEK

  • The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong was a 5-star read.
  • Hello? by Liza M. Weimer was as wonderful as everyone claims it to be (4 stars).
  • The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones was ho-hum fantastic (5 stars. Review tomorrow)

It has been a great week overall.

NET GALLEY

2384845222663633

You have no idea how happy I was to get approved for these books! I didn’t think they would, but thanks so much to Net Galley, St. Martin’s Press and Spencer Hill. I read them and loved them!

NOVEMBER READS

  • Walk on Earth, A Stranger by Rae Carson
  • The Gap of Time by Jeannette Winterson
  • The Liar by Nora Roberts
  • Such a Dance by Kate McMurray
  • Midnight Sun by Jø Nesbo
  • The Dirt on the Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones
  • Hello? by Liza Weimer
  • The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

As you can tell, it has been a slow reading month. With all the things I’ve gone through for the past couple of months, I was a little preoccupied. But I’m back and looking forward to starting strong in December and finishing the year on a good note.

I hope your November has been a great month! Happy reading, everyone!

 

 

Continue Reading