Hello All!

First and foremost I just want to thank you all for taking the time to come check out my page. As I mention in my about me section, I will primarily be doing book reviews. Also I plan to have open discussion posts about different, random things bc that is who I am as a person.

While this is a brand new blog, I am no stranger to the blogging world.  However, due to personal growth and changes in reading tastes and a few personal reasons; I have chosen to start over with a clean slate.  I will not be transferring my old reviews and posts to this page, but if you feel the urge to check them out you can find them at alliecollins8488@wordpress.com. Feel free to check those out and give feedback.

In recent years I have caught myself several times reading a book just bc of the hype, bc I somehow felt obligated or that it would make me less of a reader if I didn’t read it and enjoy it. Until one day I cracked. I finally asked myself, “why am I wasting my time reading things I don’t care about just for the sake of being able to say that I have read them?’  There are so many other books I’d much rather partake in and life is too short to spend time on things you lack genuine interest in.

With that being said, my reading habbits know no boundaries. I read every genre and don’t confine myself to popular opinions. In fact, you will notice that I tend to gravitate towards the more unpopular opinion. So if you are interested in mixed opinions and diverse book discussions, then look no further. Feel free to comment, like and share anything you see here.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses

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So a question for anyone who has read this… I started this book about 2 months ago. I put it down after getting to page 35. I picked it back up last week and I am now on page 84.  I have seen so many ppl talk wonderful things about the second book in this series and that is honestly the main reason that I was interested in finishing. But I am having second thoughts. I HATE dnfing books, but even more so I can not stand reading books just for the sake of having read them. I don’t like to buy into hype but for some reason I am really struggling about reading this series. Should I dnf and unhaul and try again at a diff time. Should I press on?

The main reason I’d unhaul if I dnf is so that I don’t feel extra pressure for having it on my shelf and not having read it, does that make sense? At this time I am leaning more towards unhauling and later on if I want ot try again just re-buy.  Does anyone have any thoughts? Advice? Opinions on the books?

Book Rant

Oh my peeps. My lovely, wonderful bookish loves. I am having issues that only someone who is a reader can understand.

First order of business before I rant my brains out. I have some reviews. I will put them up in a few day.s Have I stuck with my TBR? Why Hell no. I knew I would struggle. I do plan to read a few of the books on it before the month is up. One of them I did start, it almost put me in a slump so I’m going to dnf it.  In recent days I have become addicted to e-books. Why? I don’t know. They’re cheap, sometimes free and I have the flu and I’m quarantined and they are pretty much effortless. That was a lot of ands. And. And.

I think I am ready to do another book un-haul. I have got to stop buying books just to buy them. I have stacks of books that only sounded appealing to me bc I was in some sort of funk. I counted today and you know what? I have 200 books on my shelf that I have not read. 200 books! I average around 50-60 books a year. In case you don’t feel like doing the math,  it will take me aboout 4yrs to read what I have!

Now some of the books I own I am genuinely interested in, but I don’t know when I will get to them. I am considering purging and keeping 100 books, Minus the ones I’ve already that I own, which is about 40. Yes I have read more than 40 books, but I have gotten rid of a bunch. What do you guys consider to be an acceptable amount of un-read books to own?

Also, something else for me to rant about. Fandoms. I am so sick of getting sucked into buying over-hyped books just to feel not left out of fandoms. Does anyone else ever have this problem? I keep flip-flopping over what I want to read. Like do I want to read Sarah J. Mass or do I not? Am I reading this bc it’s so hyped or am I really interested. Guys. I don’t even know if I like fantasy or not. I used to just read and not think about genres. I looked at a book if it sounded cool I read it and that was that.  Now I hear ppl (booktubers) talk about diff genres as if there is some sort of magical barrier btw them.

If you have a hard time with fantasy try this..”

I only read contemporary in the summer.”

“Trashy YA..”

“This book was so problematic”

Like I don’t understand. I see tons of booktubers talk about wanting to read about a flawed character, then you give them one and they say that wasn’t represented correctly or I didn’t like how the author handled a certain situation.  So then a book comes along and it handles the character or situation the way they say they wish it was handled and the general response is “that’s not how it happens in real life”.  Like I am so sick of books and opinions.  Wht do these people think real life is? It’s not the same n every situation. There is no correct or incorrect way to judge how something happens in real life bc life is messy and unpredictable and what goes down in one situation may not happen the same way in another.  So I find statements like those to be unfair.  I’m sorry if this comes off harsh. I’m staring at my shelves. 100’s of books, litterally and over half of them: I can’t even tell you why I bought them to begin with. It is stressing me out. Reading is my happy place. Books are my happy place, I should not feel so weighed down by them. I have books that I have had for years.  When I bought them I had every intention of reading them, now   I don’t even know what’s what.

Someone please tell me something to make me feel better. I have no bookish friends, I need some clarity on what I should do.

I have been watching one girl on booktube, and she is who has brought all these insightful questions to mind.  She doesn’t buy books blind. She reads hers from the library first or a cheap kindle copy and if she loves it she buys it.  Her shelves have 30 books she has not read. 30 books! That’s the kind of peace I want.  I want to go to my shelves and be surrounded with books I love and recognize. Another thing that has brought all this on is A Court of Thorns and Roses. I started reading it once a few months ago, got to page 30 and put it down. Tried again 4 days ago, page 70. Am I reading it bc I’m interested or do I just want to fit it? How do I know the difference? What is my reading style? Recently I have discovered my love of new adult and contemporary and it seems like thats all I want to read. Does that mean that I have no desire to read other genres? I’m sending these thoughts out into the cosmic book universe in hopes that someone can guide me. Someone please discuss this with me.

One Lovely Blog Award

 

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I am so un-sure how this works and I’m about 500% positive that I am doing it completely wrong. But I was nominated by BIBLIOFILES13 for the One Lovely Blog Award.

I enjoyed reading everyones answers and I look forward to seeing everyone’s responses to mine 🙂

Here are the rules..

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15).
  • Include this set of rules.
  • Inform your nominees.

 

1). First and foremost I am a christian (even though I have a pottymouth, sorry mom). With that being said, I am not one of those over-religious, judgemental, turn or burn type of christians. I’m just spiritual and believe in God. I love everybody, reguardless of race, nationality or sexual orientation. I just believe in God.

2). some facts about me and my home life.. I have been married for 10yrs. We have two sweet little girls. And by all accounts I am done having kids.  We just purchased our first home this summer and let me tell you..it has been wild ride. Ummm.. just few more random facts and then I’ll move on.. My husband and I met, got engaged and married all within 2mos. of knowing eachother. Which apparently seemed to work out. My life is pretty plain and probably uneventful to an outsider looking in but I love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

3). I wish I could say that I have always been a reader or really what I should say is that I wish I had always stuck with it. I used to be massively into reading when I was younger. I LOVED The Boxcar Children books and The Little House on The Prairie books. I also read tons of mystery and horror. Which is crazy now bc I am such a scaredy cat. But books like that really resonated with me when I was kid. I got out of reading once I hit middle school. I became so focused on trying to fit in and I had went from a straight-A student to failing all my classes. I did not get back into reading til much, much later. Most people will tell you that the book that got them into reading was the Twilight series. I did read this sereis in my early 20’s (like 5-6yrs ago) and I did really enjoy them, but after I read them I didn’t touch another book for about 2yrs. And that book was my favorite book in the world ever. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. This book. I really just need to re-read it and give it a proper review. This is the book that made me realize just how much I loved reading. Ever since I have been an avid reader. Since then I have discovered so many different genres and authors I adore.

4).  To say I am obsessed with Stevie Nicks is an understatement. If she is by some chance ever reading this, first off..OMG. Second, I am not a stalker, I just love you with every fiber of my being. But in all seriousness, music is such a big part of my life. I am literally the most eclectic person. I listen to everything. My most listened to genre is prob oldies, I love classic rock, musicals. Just all of it, I love it all. In my opinion music and reading just go hand in hand. Reading something is just such a personal experience, no one else sees what your seeing or feels what you feel and that’s how music rsonates with me. I make all kinds of playlists for my books.

5). This is actually more of a confession that anything. BUT, it is a fact that I have never read the Harry Potter books, or seen any of the movies. I do own them, I just purchased them at the begining of this year. Honestly, I am very hesitant to read them, Most everyone has grown up with Harry Potter. They read the books when they were young and it was just this huge, magical experience. I’m 29. I don’t know how I am going to feel about them, especially since I am so romance driven (I love smut, I am not ashamed). i don’t know, I’m so scared that it is just going to be a huge let down and I don’t know if it’s worse to say that I read them and disliked them than it is to have never read them.. I feel like such a reading failure.

6). I love to cook. Food=my life. I have a second great love, other than reading and that is cooking. My dream is to own and run a successful resturaunt based on my own recipes. (And this is something that is actually in the works,  stay tuned after the first of the year for exciting news) I fell in love with cooking after I had my oldest daughter. I had just left my job to be a stay at home mommy. At the time we did not have cable or a dvd player. I basically just sat and stared at my baby all day and cleaned. I was so so so bored, that’s when I decided I wanted to learn how to cook.  When I say learn, like I mean from scratch. I didn’t even know how to boil water. Up until this point we either A). went out to eat, like everyday. (we had snack and simple, simple stuff around the house for breakfast and lunch). B). We would scrounge around for whatever we could find to make a decent meal. We lived off of ramen, sandwhiches and basically anything tha came with very specific instructions or was microwavable. The very first thing I learned to cook was mashed potatoes. 🙂

7). Since I have discovered my abolute love for reading, I don’t watch as much tv as I used to. But when I do watch my absolute favorite is anything to do with serial killers. I love forensic files, snapped, any kind of documentaries (speaking of which, another fun fact: I am a complete and total conspiracy theorist.) I love mysteries and murder mystery and yeah I eat that shit up!

Well there you have it 7 facts about me. I’m sorry they were kinda long and boring. Like I seriously wasn’t kidding when I said I lead a boring life. On my old blog I had a few followers but since I am new to this one I really don’t have many. Therefore I really don’t know anyone well enough to tag them. BUT if you are a blogger and you are reading this consider yourself tagged! Guys this was really fun, and I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about me. If you have any questions, pls feel free to ask. I’m kinda a open book. As always have a beautful day ❤

Unpopular Opinion Tag

So that last tag was fun! Let’s do another one! I have a feelng this is one that I will be doing over and over again. I tend to have unpopular opinions and I love seeing other ppl’s unpopular opinions. I love to be a hater sometimes lol.. Let us get started shall we?

We shall..

A popular book you didn’t like…

Well I don’t know if everyone loves it but there is a lot of hype surrounding it and I just could not get into it and that is….

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The Star-Touched Queen. Ugh this book.  I will admit the writting was beautiful, but it was just too beautiful. The story was slow and it took forever for anything to actually happen and when stuff did happen the way it was written made it seem so anti-climatic. This book is super popular on booktube. I hear it’s praises sung constantly, but I just couldn’t get into it.

A book series everyone hates but you love…

This series is just one of my faves, it will always be one of my faves. It catches so much crap on booktube and a lot of the people giving it crap admitt at one point in time that they read the series and loved it. And that series would be ….

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The Twilight series. This series recieves more crap than a taco stand porta-potty.  Yeah, I really just said that. The one word I hear used most to descride it, is problomatic. Stick around this blog long enough and you will learn just how much I Loathe that word. Most folks say that their once love of this series was only bc they were young or that this is the series that got them into reading and so on and so on. Well.. I read this series in my early 20’s. Loved it. I re-read books 1 and 2 twice. Still love. Yeah. I’m never going to hate on this series.

A love triangle where the MC ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with.

Ok so this.. this is just a oxy-moron all the way around. Bc the book/books I’m about to mention..I hated. Like I don’t think I have ever just wanted to deface a book as badly as I wanted to deface these. And that is the…

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Yeah so another unpopular opinion right here. I love, love, love the first 3 books in this series. I just. They’re the definition of guilty pleasure reads. But these two? Wth? No. Just no. Never that. They set it up to where the MC developed a “connection” with two guys.. so it was pretty much down to these two. Within the last few pages she picks a completely different guy altogether. One that just made no sense. I mean I was hating the books anyways. The series was shot to hell, she could have atleast ended up with the character I was shipping. I will never get the two days it took me to read these two books back.

A popular genre you rarely ever reach for…

I’d have to go with Sci-fi. I love Sci-fi movies and shows. But reading about it is not my cup of tea. I did really enjoy The Lunar Chronicles. Those were Sci-fi ish.

A popular character you didn’t like..

So this really isn’t a popular series or Character bc very few and I mean very few have heard of it, but I just read it and this was the love interest you were supposed to ship but I just really hated the guy and that was

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First of all, I loved this series. I do not know why. But I hated all the characters. Especially the main love interest. I just could not stand him.

A popular author you can’t seem to get into…

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Cassandra Clare. I read City of Bones, just the first book. I was entertained, so I picked up book 2. Nah. Not for me. This series feels way too young for me and I just have no desire to read it.

A popular trope you are tired of seeing.

Most people insert love triangle here. However, I kinda like them. I am so sick of seeing no guy and girl just friends scenarios. Like every character of the opposite sex of the MC has to have some sort of attraction to the MC. Or they used to date or they’re is some kind of history like that. Like can’t guys and girls just be friends??

A popular series you have no interest in reading

Obviously The mortal Instruments. But one I haven’t already mentioned…

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A Song of Ice and Fire Aka: Crown of Thrones. I have no interest. It’s too much. No thank you.

The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie” but what movie do you prefer to the book?

Hmmmm so I have a few….But I will narrow it down to two

 

And they are both Nichlas Sparks. Maybe I am just not a sparks fan, bc I really don’t care for too many of his movies either. The Notebook did not make me cry.  I just don’t feel like they’re as romantic as others. But these two movies are the two I actually did love and I didn’t like the book to either one of them.

So there we have it, I hope you enjoyed!

Disney Book Tag & Talk..

 

I still feel like death. My head is on fire and my body feels like it has been ran over by a Mac truck.  I am so ill, I can not stop biting people’s heads off. It makes me ill at how ill I am.  Despite my death-like state, I feel terrible for abandoning my readers.  So I thought why not do some book tags?

Believe it or not, this week has not been a bad week for reading. While I have managed to stray from my actual tbr, I have managed to read 4 e-books.  I used to be dead set against purchasing and reading e-books. However the past week, just the thought of even holding an actual up long enough to read a page makes me tired.  I have to say that I am now a huge fan of e-books and have even been considering getting myself an e-reader.  I will probably be doing a haul of the e-books I got really soon. (Most of them were Amazon freebies, but I did actually purchase a few).

But anyways, let’s get on with this tag

So this tag was created by kat on her Katytastic youtube channel. I watch booktube everyday and she is one of my faves!

 

Starting with my fave disney movie The Little Mermaid…A character that is a fish out of water..

So I could go with basically every YA book ever written, but for this one I want to go with Bella from Twilight.

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I just feel like she’s a fish out of water anyways. She is such an awkward character and seems to be constantly out of her element. New school, new town full of Vampires and Shape-shifters. She is def the odd girl out!

 

Cinderella… A character that goes through a major transformation

For this one I am going to go with R from Warm Bodies

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So yeah he basically goes from human, to a flesh hungry zombie to basically almost human. Pretty big transformation if you ask me.

 

Snow White….. A book with an eclectic cast of characters

This one was kinda hard one for me, (btw. I just realized how un-well read I actually am). I think I’m going to go with Heartless..

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Mainly bc I couldn’t think of anything else. This book is set in Wonderland pre- Alice. This is the story of the red queen before she was evil. And I don’t know… there is just a colorful cast of characters and like typical Wonderland style everyone and everything is non-sensical.

Sleeping beauty…. A book that put you to sleep.

Haha.. Well.I have a few answers for this one but I’m going to narrow it down to 2. And those are Dark Places, which is on my current tbr (which I am dnfing btw). And The Lovely bones .

 

Both of these books coincidentally, are supposed to be dark, thriller, edge-of-your-seat type of books. Yet somehow, they both put me to sleep. Litterally. The Lovely Bones started out good, but after about 50pgs something happened. Boring, slow. I just could not. I had 40pgs left, but I kept falling asleep and just didn’t care enough to pick it back up.

Dark Places. Well here’s my disappointment of the year (not really, but still pretty bad). Gillian Flynn y’all. She wrote Gone Girl. This book should be good just by default. But no. 80pgs in, I keep dozing off. I don’t care about the main character. I don’t care about the murders or who committed them. I just DON’T CARE.

The Lion King…..A character who had something traumatic happen in thier childhood.

Every character in every book ever. Um yeah. But I’m going to narrow that down to Jeanette from The Glass Castle

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Best book I’ve ever read. Seriously. I read it years ago and it still resonates with me today.  Basically her whole childhood was traumatic and sad.

Beauty and the Beast ….A beast of a book (big book) that you were intimidated by but the story turned out to be beautiful..

Okay.. So techinchally this wasn’t a huge book and wasn’t beautiful per-say. It did have somewhat of a happy ending. BUT I was super intimidated to read it but after I finished it became one of my all time faves.  And that is Wuthering Heights..

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So if you know anything about this book, it’s a classic and it’s one of those ones that written in a very complex way.  I just never thought that I would understand a classic book but this one proved me wrong.

Aladdin… A character that gets their wish granted..for better or worse

Another tough one but I think I’m going to go with Sidney from Maybe, Someday

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Kinda a strange one to go with I guess, but in the begining of the book she emphasizes how much she wishes she could live on her own and make it on her own. Eventually that does happen for her. But the circumstances that happen along the way to make that happen are def unexpected and probably not what she had in mind.

Mulan…. A character who pretends to be someone or something they’re not

For this one I chose Amy from Gone Girl

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There was just a ton of pretending and lies in this book. It was a total mindF*** for me. I didn’t know what was real and what was not half of the time.

Toy Story… A book with characters you wish would come to life

hmmmm….I think I’m gonna go with Kendra from Beastly

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She just seems kinda fun. She wants justice but always seems to be making a mess. But she’s strange and quirky ans I just think we’d make good friends.

Disney Decsendants….. your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character

Oh this one was easy.. Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronichles

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She is just mean. And vain, and loves to ruins ppl’s lives just bc she wants to. Yeah, she’s one villan I do not want to cross..

 

So that’s it for my disney book tag. I hope you enjoyed. I know I did, I will def post some more tags soon. Thanks for stopping by and as always have a beautiful day ❤

 

Update

Hey guys and gals, I just thought I’d stop in and give a small update as to why I haven’t been very consistent with reviews my first week.. My youngest and I are both down with Pnuemonia. I am highly doped up on coffee and over the counter meds just so I can funtion long enough to sit up and write this. So if you notice grammer and punctuation equivalent to that of a drunkard, well that’s bc I am a little drunk rn. Anyways, I hope this makes as much sense written out as it does in my head, if not, it doesn’t matter bc I’m sure I will have forgotten that I ever wrote this within a few hours. I promise to have some stuff read and up for review and discussion by the end of this week. Til then, you guys have a beautiful week and I shall talk to you soon!

 

September Tbr

I tried every way in the world I could think of for me to somehow be able blog the actual tbr drawing. I think that is something that would be better executed on film. I look like death’s cousin rn, so that is def not going to happen.  But I am going to give lots of pics and details and make this is as fun as possible.

You guys! I am really excited about this system and I am even more stoked about the books that I drew!  I really truly believe that this is something that is going to stick and give me the push I need. Now I know 5 books a month doesn’t seem like much, but I purposely set it up this way. I will be reading one book a week each month except one week I will read two. Now in all honesty I can read more. I probably will read more. But I will be sure to finish my tbr first.

To make this a little more fun and to give you guys a better visual I’m going to post some pics of my bookshelves, so you can see them color cordinated and just overall get into it. I won’t post pics of my shelves everytime, this is just a one time thing. But I will post book pics everytime. Anyways…

 

 

1). Black shelf #16

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This time last year I read “Gone Girl” and absolutley loved. Never has a book messed with my head so much.  Gillian Flynn is an excellent writter and knows how to keep her readers on edge.  This is the story of a girl who witnesses her mother and sister’s murder and then testified that her brother was the person who killed them.  But then years later decides that he is actually innocent and tries to find proof that can help set him free. I’m really not for sure y’all. I honestly just bought this bc of the author, so I may have butchered that. I have heard many mixed reviews on this book and tbh most people I know that have read it have hated it. But I generally have unpopular opinions and for that reason, I am willing to give anything a try. I’m really looking forward to this one and I just may dive on into it first.

 

2). White Shelf #32

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Technically I drew the book next to this one, Which just so happened to be “The Revolution of Ivy”. If you don’t know, that is the sequel to this book. Now I thought it might be kinda crazy to pick up the sequel before reading the first book. So I bent the rules just a smidge. This book is a dystopian, I believe. It takes place after a big war, kinda like the civil war, where the nation fought against itself. Basically the side that lost has been marrying thier daughters off to the sons on the winning side. And this girl named Ivy is asigned to marry the president’s son, but she actually is going to kill him to start a revolution. But I think they fall in love and she finds out all kinds of crazy stuff and yeah. It sounds really interesting. I kinda get a “Hunger Games” vibe. I will def have to Marathon this one. Thank God it’s only a duology.

 

*****On a side note, I am so so so excited that I ended up getting a few darker books, as it now starting to cool down outside and this is the time of year I love picking up more intense reads.

 

3). Green Shelf #16

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This one I actually know nothing about. Other than it’s a christian historical fiction, which is one of my fave genres ever. I think it’s about a girl whose parents die tragically and unexpectedly leaving her to care for her younger sister. And then she reunites with a childhood friend, who has just inherited a large estate. The two obviously fall in love.  And I believe there is a mystery revolving around her parents death. Anyways, it sounds fun and the cover is really beautiful.

 

***For my choice shelves this month I chose red and blue

 

4). Blue Shelf #8

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I am so excited that this book was picked. “Something Borrowed” is my all time favorite movie ever. I have seen it over 100 times. Since I had never paid due homeage to the original story I decided to do that eariler this year. And. I. Loved. It.  I don’t know why I haven’t read the sequel yet, but now I can finally get around to it. if your not familiar with the story at all, I apoligize. In the first book we follow Rachel and Dex. In this book we see what happens to Darcy after the betrayal. I hope this book lives up to my expectations.

 

And Finally this adventure ends with book #5

5). Red Shelf #14

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If you have never watched “The Mindy Project” stop what your doing, read this post later and go binge watch this show. This woman is the funniest lady. And I could listen to her talk all day. This is her first book, I also own her second and I am so glad I drew this one first.

Overall I am super happy with this selction. I know that it’s not going to be great everytime, but for the first time I am very pleased. I will be sure to post reviews of these and anything else I read. I will also post an end of the month wrap-up each month to let you know what I read and give you plenty of excuses when I don’t finish my tbr.

Please comment and share your thoughts. If you liked this post and have any suggestions on anything you’d like to hear more about feel free to comment below.  Like always, open discussion in the comments. Also if you have read any of these please let me know, let me hear your thoughts and opinions.  Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day ❤

Tbr System

While the month is still young, I’d like to set into motion a tbr for the month. I will try my best to have one of these every single month. Hopefully this will work-out. I have tried many tbr in the past and have failed miserably everytime. This time I am going to try a completely different system to picking out my tbr.  Basically the way I am going to try this is quite simple or complicated. We shall see. Recently I rearranged my bookshelves by color. The books themselves have no particular order whatsoever the only common factor that they share is color.  So I am going to pick my list by color. Each month I am going to read 1 black book, 1 green book, 1 white book and I am going to chose each month btw either 1 red book or 1 yellow book and ten chose btw 1 blue or 1 purple book,  I know that’s a lot to process, but basically it’s going to look like this:

Each Month:

1-black book                                                                                                                                             1-white book                                                                                                                                           1-green book

Choice btw:

1- blue or purple                                                                                                                                     1-red or yellow

I’m doing it this way based on the color of books I have the most of. The majority of my books are black, white and green, and since my goal is to read all the books I own; it makes the most sense for me to read the colors I have the most of every month. One exception I will make to this rule is if I decide to read a series, I will try to match the series up to the color system but if I can’t I will have to bend the tbr rule slightly. I do best when I can marathon series. Also as another disclaimer: My orange books are mixed in with my reds, my pinks with purples and grays and browns are mixed with the black. Bc these are colors I have so few of I plan on just including them in with the color they are closest to. So if you catch me reading a pink book for my purple I’m not cheating. I swear.

Wow. This post became so much longer than I meant for it to be. If you can’t tell by this whole arrangement, I am a little ocd. I have been told that I should just go ahead and make a youtube channel since my blog posts will be super long. Frankly, I am camera shy. And I do not have the proper equpiment to film. But that is a possibility. Someday. maybe.  Anyway moving along to the actual “picking” of books. I am indecisive and kinda a mood reader. I’m not going to be able to just go to my shelf and pick up a red book for the month. No. Bc that will change 795789374759843 before the hour is over. So to have something a little more concrete I have decided on a number drawing. Numbers within colors.  Make it simple Allie. I have the most black books, which is 65. So I am going to label pieces of paper 1-65 and do a drawing for each color. Then I am going to go to my shelf and start counting books til I get to the number I drew and that book will be the book for that color, for that month. if I get a number that is irrelevant to that color, for instance If I draw the number 50 for yellow books, I will simply re-draw til I get a number that is relevant. Personally I would like to have a jar for each color, but I have small children and I am probably going to have a hard enough time keeping them from messing with one jar, so multiple jars are definitley out of the question.

So I know this was a lot to process, and probably not anything anyone would be interested in. But in case someone ever wants to know, “hey Allie, how do you pick your monthly tbr?” well now they read about it, in a very complicated format. Thanks for reading and as always have a beautiful day ❤

 

Let’s chat for a bit

So if you haven’t noticed, I have yet to post a review. Why? you may ask.. Well I have been in a weird reading mood for the past few days. August was a great reading month for me. And by great, I mean that I read a TON of Colleen Hoover books. She is by far one of my fave authors. While I read from basically every genre, my heart truly lies with contemporary and historical fiction. I just love it. Anyways, I decided it’s time for me to go ahead an tackle some series I have had sitting on my shelves. Typically I don’t care for series. When I do pick one up, I like to make sure it’s one that is already out or one that I won’t have to wait longer than a month for. I am very impatient and know that I woud never pick up the rest of the series if I have to wait too long.

I decided to go with the “Shade” trilogy.  I watched a reccomendations video from one of my fave booktubers talk about it. Her and I have very similar tastes and I have tried a few of the things she reccommends with much succeess. So I thought I’d give this series a try.  It’s an older series and I’m not going to go into too much detail at this time bc I do plan to do a full series review. (that is if I decide to continue on with this series) But basically, in short, this is a paranormal romance.  A young adult paranormal romance to be exact. And well…after reading this I do believe that I am done with this type of book. In all honesty I am almost done with the YA genre all together. The first book in this series “Shade” was by all accounts decent. But I feel this idea could have been executed very well in one book.  Book one was by all accounts a great read and I reccomend it to anyone. It was funny, and sweet, very sad and touching. After I finished the book I even cried for a solid hour.  Currently I am on book two “Shift”.   I’m halfway through and at this point I am ready to dnf. I haven’t read a book that has put me in such a slump since “Star-touched Queen”. (which I hated btw). Reading a book should be an enjoyable experience. I should not feel this worn down and have to force myself to finish something.  Am I right?  So what do I do now? I have heard the 3rd book is great and that there are things in this book, later on apparently, that I don’t want to miss in book 2.  But I really just ain’t feelin’ it.

Another book I read earlier this month that I really wasn’t into  was “City of Bones”. the first in the Mortal Instruments series. This is one one of those books/series that I felt obligated to read bc almost everyone has read them and LOVES them. There’s this huge fandom and I really just felt that I needed to be a part of it. However this is one fandom I showed up way too late for. The book was good. It was cute and interesting, the problem for me was that that was all it was. I felt nothing for the characters. The story felt like a middle grade fiction novel. The romance was *puke*. And I am supposed to gush over this main character, jerk-guy, Edward Cullen wannabe. You see, the poblem I’m having is that I am growing up. I would have been all over this when I was younger. I have read too many new adult books, romance is a big factor for me and a lot of these YA series like this just can’t deliver what  I am looking for. With that being said, I am still a fan of YA and I do love a cute fluffy read, I love YA contemporary so much. My reading tastes and style are re-developing into something I don’ quite understand at the moment. All I know is this: I will keep reading and trying new things until something sticks.

Another issue I have found myself having is that my book buying has become absolutley ridiculous. Over the past year I have done 4 massive book un-hauls. I’m talking 200-300 books each time. My goal was to get my tbr back to something managable (yeah right) however, like I mentioned before I’m not for sure what I am into anymore.  I plan to come up with a plan or a system for me to read the books I have already. So my goal is this: A book buying ban.  I do have some orders currently out, but after they arrive I can not. Will not. Purchase anything else. Secondly, I want to get ambitious and read everything I already own. So I want to spend the next year of my life going through my tbr. I own over 200 books, I know I can not read that many in a year, I do know that I can at least knock out a huge chunk. By the end of the year (2018) I plan to do another huge unhaul. I assume by this time I will have figured out what I plan to actually read and what I have lost interest in.

So that’s it. That’s my discussion for the day. Please feel free to give me your input and any advice on effective ways to tackle one’s tbr pile are very welcome. Open discussion about this post in the comments.  And as always, have a beautiful day ❤