It is now coming up to my favourite time of the year… CHRISTMAS!! To celebrate Christmas last year I attempted to do ‘vlogmas’ on my youtube channel where I uploaded a new video every day. However I ended up getting really ill for three of those days and wasn’t able to complete it.
So this year I am going to attempt to do a thing called ‘blogmas.’ I’ve seen some other book blogs do this for the twelve days of Christmas but I am going to try and do 24 days (from the 1st to the 24th of December.) Almost all of them will be book themed and I’m going to try and do as many festive ones as possible.
I’m really looking forward to this challenge, even though I have only planned a few so far… this should be fun 😉
Thank you for reading and I will be back tomorrow with the first day of blogmas!
Being an avid book reader also means I am an avid book buyer. For as long as I can remember I have never been shy of going into charity shops and immediately making a beeline for the book section. Because I buy books mostly in charity shops, the books are very cheap allowing me to buy more books than I would if I bought them all brand new. This has also meant that my TBR pile has risen immensely, especially in the past two years since joining the online book community.
Recently I’ve realised I’ve been finding it hard to choose what to read next, and this has caused me to only read 3 or 4 books a month even though I know I’m capable of more. This is why I have decided to write down almost all of the books I have not read (or want to reread) and have put them in my very own TBR jar. Here is how I did it:
First of I got a notepad out I hardly use any more and wrote all of my TBR books in block capitals. This took about an hour but I watched a movie while doing it so it wasn’t too painful.
Next I cut all the titles up into little strips and folded them in a zig zaggy way. This again took forever but I did it while watching old vlogmas videos (getting excited for christmas!)
Finally I wrote TBR onto a piece of paper, stuck it onto an old jam jar and put all of the little bits of paper inside, ready for me to pick out whenever I can’t decide what to read next. I was quite surprised by how full it was…
Finally I put the jar into this little box I’ve had for years so it would look prettier on the shelf (and also so I could hide it from view from any visitors cause I’m insecure hehe.)
So that is my TBR jar. I’m not going to just pick one out at the start of ever month, my plan is to pick one out any time I don’t know what to read but I will keep you updated in monthly wrap ups and of course on my twitter.
Thanks for reading
So October wasn’t a very good reading month. Looking back I don’t know where my time went or what I even did with it, but apparently it wasn’t spent reading seeing as I only managed to read three books.
Looking For Alaska ~ John Green
This was the first book I read in the month and was kind of a whim read. I wanted to read something that I’ve had on my shelf for a long time and I think I’ve had looking for Alaska for over two years now which is just ridiculous. The problem with John Green is that I’m not absolutely in love with his characters. Even though they’re all around my age I can’t relate to them and I sometimes find the stories too much alike his other books. While I really liked TFIOS this one and paper towns has fallen short for me. Looking for Alaska defiantly hit me in the feels, but I started to find it boring by the end and was even a little confused. So I wasn’t overly impressed. I gave this book three stars.
Warbreaker ~ Brandon Sanderson
This was by far the best book I read this entire month. This was my first Brandon Sanderson book (I know where have I been?) and I have to say I was not disappointed at all. I knew I would love his writing and his world, he is exactly my type of writer and have lately become obsessed with his writing lectures on youtube to help me with nanowrimo. Warbreaker was a great story of two princesses, gods and love. I couldn’t stop turning the pages. I have this 5 stars.
Girl Online On Tour ~ Zoe Sugg
I didn’t have huge expectations for this book when I went into it. I remember the first one having a lot of flaws and a rather predictable plot, but it was a quick easy read which is exactly what I wanted from it. So going into this one all I wanted was a cute and quick read. That is definitely what I got, but I actually quite liked the story as well. The plot wasn’t completely predictable (although there were a lot of cliché moments,) but I think Zoe missed an opportunity big time. The main character went ‘on tour’ with her ‘rock-star boyfriend’ and travelled Europe for a summer, every 16 year old’s dream. But when they were in different capital cities, the scenery wasn’t described very accurately so I never got a sense of that city. In the end I gave this book 3 stars.
So those are the books I read in October. I’m hoping to read a little more in November but with nanowrimo going on I am now extra busy.
Thanks for reading