Blogging Update

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a lovely summer. Mine is sadly about to come to an end. I’ve been a bit MIA this past month and that has a lot to do with me focusing on my college applications. I’ve decided to apply to quite a few schools (12 total) and am trying to get as much done as possible before school starts up again in a couple weeks.

Along with the distraction that comes along with college apps, I’ve been plagued with computer problems this past couple months, and my trustworthy laptop has finally taken it’s last breath (its demise ushered along by my water wielding reckless younger brother). I luckily have a desktop to fall back on but since its shared communally among my family I don’t get much of a chance to be on it and sadly college apps are the priority. I just wanted y’all to know so you’re not left drowning in curiosity as to my disappearance. I’ll pop in every now and hope to be back to blogging full time soon.

Happy Reading!

Get To Know Me Tag

I spotted this tag over at the Wanderlust Reader blog and it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to try it out!

Books

CAN YOU STOP READING AT ANY TIME, OR DOES IS HAVE TO BE A CERTAIN PAGE OR CHAPTER?

I can stop reading at any time, I don’t have to finish the page or chapter or even paragraph. I’ll just mark the page I was on and start from the top when I come back to it.  

DO YOU EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING WHILST READING?

I sometimes snack or drink while eating but I can’t read while eating lunch or dinner.

ONE BOOK AT A TIME OR SEVERAL AT ONCE?

At this given moment I am reading 4 book at once. I don’t mean to read several at once but whenever I put a book down for awhile sometimes another one catches my eye and I can’t wait to finish the one I’m already reading and then it goes on and on until I’m reading 5 books at once.

CAN YOU READ LISTENING TO MUSIC OR WATCHING TV?

I am very easily distracted especially when listening to music with actual lyrics or a TV show. I usually listen to classical music or movie scores if I’m reading somewhere with lots of people and noise to tune them out. I can’t watch TV and read at the same time, I’ll either become super engrossed in the books and tune the show out completely and miss everything or watch the show while the book lays open on my lap forgotten.

READING AT HOME OR EVERYWHERE?

I can read anywhere, I love reading at home (fewer distractions) but if I have to be out and about all I need are some headphones and a place to sit.

READING OUT LOUD OR IN YOUR HEAD?

The only time I read out loud is when I’m reading to my brothers before bed otherwise in my head.

DO YOU READ AHEAD OR SKIP PAGES?

I hate accidentally spoiling myself so I try not to look ahead even a couple lines so that doesn’t happen. But the one instance in which I’ll break that habit is when characters are breaking into someones office and rifling trough it or something, in situations like that I always look ahead a few paragraphs or even pages to see how it turns out then double back and read it.

BREAKING THE SPINE OR KEEPING IT NEW?

I love breaking in the spine of books cause it shows that you love the books and that you obviously have it read more than once, it also makes handling the book a lot easier.

DO YOU WRITE BOOKS OR JUST READ THEM?

I started writing A book, it’s been progressing at a slow pace but it’s happening.

FIVE FAVORITE BOOKS:

Outlander

The Martian

A Court of Mist and Fury

The Name of The Wind

THE LAST BOOK THAT YOU READ?

Silver Silence – Patricia Briggs

ABOUT ME

NAME: Ikram

NAME MEANING: Honor, Hospitality, Generosity

HAIR COLOR: Naturally it’s a very dark brown, but after putting henna in it a couple years ago in the sunlight it’s a very bright red.

EYE COLOR: Dark Brown

MY BIRTHDAY: October 5

HEIGHT: 5’0 (I’m actually 4’11.75 but I always round up cause 5’0 sounds better)

PLACE OF BIRTH: Seattle, Washington

STAR SIGN: Libra

BEST FEATURE: Eyes

PIERCINGS: Just my earlobes although I do want more

TATTOOS: None at the moment but I wouldn’t be opposed to getting some in the future

RIGHTY OR LEFTY: Righty

PETS: None. I’ve always wanted a cat but my mom is super allergic  but hopefully someday.

SIBLINGS: I have 5 siblings. One older brother and 4 younger; two sisters and two brothers.

KIDS: None

ARE YOU MARRIED: Single as a pringle

DREAM JOB: Being an Author or a Screenwriter

HOBBIES: I write poetry for fun, I also like writing lists.

FAVORITES

FILMS: The Mummy (1999 version), The Princess Bride, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

SONGS: My favorite song is always changing based on my mood so here are a list of my favorite artists instead.

Imagine Dragons

Lorde

Coldplay

Aerosmith

The Eagles

Billy Joel

One Republic

Ed Sheeran

Harry Styles 

TV SHOWS: I love watching TV so I have lots of favorites

Game of Thrones

Outlander

The 100

How I Met Your Mother

Frontier

The Tudors

Gilmore Girls

Stranger Things

Dark Matter

The Magicians

The Crown

I’m sure I can think of more but these are all great and 10/10 would reccomend y/all check out.

YOUTUBERS:

I don’t spend as much time on youtube as I used to but the few people i always make a point of watching are Phillip DeFranco, Fact, as well as Booktubers such as Sasha from Abookutopia, Christine from PolandBannannasBooks, Jesse from JesseTheReader, Kat from Katytastic, Lilly from LilliycReads and Emma from Emmmabooks.

FOOD: French fries and Lasagna always top the list

DRINKS: Coffee! And Iced tea or lemonade

RESTAURANTS: I’m allergic to eggs so I always have to be super careful about what I eat because most people don’t know whether certain items contains eggs or not but I do love Chick Fil A and Sonic.

SHOPS: I tend to buy most of my clothes from Forever 21 but my favorite shope is of course Half Price Books!

ANIMALS: Cats, Koalas

PERFUME: I don’e have a favorite

COLORS: Teal

MUSIC GENRE: Alternative, Classic rock

DO YOU

BELIEVE IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT? Absolutely, I think it’s possible to fall in love at first sight but you realize it as you get to know them better.

BELIEVE IN GHOSTS? No

BELIEVE IN ALIENS? Yes, this world is to large for us to be the only intelligent species

BELIEVE IN SOULMATES? Not really.

BELIEVE IN HEAVEN AND HELL? Yes!

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF? Sometimes but nowhere near as much as I should

WHAT

IS YOUR FAVORITE/WORST SUBJECT AT HIGH SCHOOL

Favorite: English, History

Worst: Physics!

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD YOU BUY?

A house with an entire room as a library, as well as setting some away for my college tuition

IS SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU WERE TALENTED AT?

I always wished I had continued learning how to play an instrument, I took a few piano lessons when I was younger and then decided to play the flute but I ended up dropping that too. I also wish that I had learned another language, I already speak English and Somali very fluently as well as being able to read and write Arabic but I’ve always wanted to speak Italian (my mother knows it) but never learned.

IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

Their smile. 🙂

ON TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?

Travelling is huge on my bucket list, especially Europe. I’d love to sometime in the future set aside time to just make my way across Europe starting in England and just explore the history.

IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?

Starting to write my book. The idea had been marinating in my head for awhile but I had never actually sat down and written anything down and when I finally did was a huge accomplishment for me.

SOMETHING YOU LOOK FOR IN A PARTNER?

Compassion is a very essential trait as well as confidence and a sense of humor.

SOMETHING YOU DISLIKE?

Long advertisements in front of videos

FAVORITE FAIRY TALE?

Beauty and the Beast

RANDOM FINAL QUESTIONS

SEASON? Autumn

FURTHEST YOU’VE EVER BEEN FROM HOME?

I lived in India for three years and that was a 36 hour flight from Seattle to Seoul to Mumbai and then finally to Hyderabad. The return flight 3 years later to Texas was pretty much the same length from Hyderabad to Abu Dhabi to Chicago to San Antonio.

IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE?

I would be fine anywhere in Scotland or England, but here in the US I’s love to live in LA.

SWEET OR SAVORY?

Sweet

LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

A few days ago an article I had read on The Washington Post had me laughing so hard I started crying.

IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE A FRIEND OF YOURSELF?

Of course I am a joy to be around.

SCARY MOVIE OR HAPPY ENDING?

Happy ending, I don’t do horror very well.

HOW YOU WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FASHION SENSE?

Weird. I love throwing different patterns together and wearing bold and bright colors.

ARE YOU COMPETITIVE?

Not really

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A SINGLE SENTENCE:

A vertically challenged, quiet teen. 

WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL?

My parents ❤

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Enjoy the moment you don’t need to know everything

I hope you enjoyed this tag! I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do we have things in common?

Happy Reading!

 

August Anticipated Book Releases

Books, Books, Books! There are new ones coming out this month (as well as every other) and these are just a few that have caught my eye!

Wonderwoman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo August 29

wonderwomanShe will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first, she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war

I love Leigh Bardugo and Wonder Woman individually so both these things combined makes twice the fun. I’m really excited for this and can’t wait to read it!

Wicked Like Wildfire by Lana Popovic August 15

wickedlikeawildfireAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

This seems like it is going to be a great YA fantasy which will heavily explore family and have a large emphasis on that and I’m looking forward to checking it out.

Crystal Blade by Kathryn Purdie August 15

Crystal BladeThe peace is unsustainable.

Sonya and Anton may have brought about a revolution, but can they protect their homeland—and their love—with so many forces threatening to tear them apart?

The empire has fallen, Valko faces trial, and Sonya is finally free from her fate as Sovereign Auraseer. But Sonya’s expanding abilities are just as unstable as the new government of Riaznin—and her relationship with Anton. Not only can she feel the emotions of others but, unlike other Auraseers, she’s learned to make others feel her emotions as well. And Sonya isn’t immune to dark temptations.

Now, as Sonya fights to contain her own darkness, she senses a new evil lurking in the shadows of the palace. Someone from Sonya’s past has returned. And that someone won’t be satisfied until Sonya pays for the mistakes she’s made.

I read the first book last year and I loved it! I’m super excited for the sequel and how this story will progress. Honestly, I can’t remember all the details from the first book so I may have some refreshing to do before I read it but I’ll definitely be getting to it soon.

Royally Endowed by Emma Chase August 14

royally endowedLogan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.

***

Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love

There’s nothing better than a good romance and Emma Chase does them well, I read the first two books earlier this year and really enjoyed them and I’m looking forward to this one as well!

What books are you eagerly anticipating this month?

Happy Reading!

My Month in Books: July Wrap-Up

June as a reading month sucked because I was in the middle of a book slump but if June was the equivalent of a reading drought July was a flood. After getting over that book slump I quite simply devoured books this month from last month’s measly 5 books this month I read a total of 52 books! Even I can’t believe it was possible but I somehow managed to do it. I read an overwhelmingly large amount of romance this month but managed to sneak in a couple of other genres in their midst. All in all, I had a great reading month and now this wrap up is huge.

I decided to take part in the Biannual Bibliothon blog challenges earlier this month but a series of unfortunate events (computer breakdown as well as internet problems caused by a blackout) prohibited me from doing so. Thus that is the reason why I’ve been MIA the past week and only managed to get the first day of challenges done. Now as for the reading challenges, let’s just say I suck at sticking to TBR’s I read a few books from that TBR but my subconscious decided to rebel and wanted to read everything but what’s was on that list. Since the list is huge along with breaking it down by genre I’m also listing them by the author since I read multiple books by the same authors. So now with that cleared up here is my ginormous wrap-up for this month.Read More »

DAY 1: Summer Biannual Bibliothon

Blogger Book Tag
  1. What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

I doubled up on one category so I’m going to read six books and they are, The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerrie Maniscalco and The Black Prism by Brent Weeks.  

2. What is your favorite genre to read in Summer?

I love reading Romance in the summer, both YA and NA, fantasy or contemporary as long as there’s romance, I’m game.

3. Where is your favorite place to read in the summer?

More often than not I end up reading in my bed but my other favorite place is sitting outside in the bright sun at a coffee shop.

4.What is your favorite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

This is my first Biannual Bibliothon, so I don’t really have a favorite but I am really looking forward to it.

5.What fictional character would you hang out in the summer if you could?

I would love to hang out with Jace Wayland, for a multitude of reasons but a prominent one would be because although summer is great, it can get really boring sometimes and since trouble seems to find Jace it would be exciting to hang to with him. He is also super funny so it would be lots of fun as well.

6.What are your plans for summer?

In the last month of summer left, I would really love to get more things done for my college applications, finish up the volunteer hours I have left and read a whole lot more.

7.Do you have summer reading playlist, If not what would be on it?

This summer I’ve been basically listening to Melodrama on repeat as well as Imagine Dragons Evolve so my summer playlist consists of these two artists.

8.What is your favorite summer movie?

I love re-watching the first two The Mummy movies, especially in the summer. Another favorite is The Princess Bride.

9.What book do you read every summer, if not what thing do you do every summer?

I always start my Harry Potter Re-read in the summer, so that’s kind of like a summer tradition for me. 

10.What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?

I am planning on doing the Rapid Fire Book Tag and the Book Buying Habits Tag. 

Happy Reading!

Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

Hey, everyone! As you maybe able guess from the title, I am going to be participating in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon reading challenge. I will also be doing the blog challenges and am super excited to be able to take part. Since the Bibliothon starts tomorrow this is a great time to set up my TBR and share the 6 books I will be reading over the next seven days!

Group Book:

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh  

flame in the mist

Read From the Hosts Favorite Genre and Read a LGBTQIA+ Book

Historical Fiction: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Leegentlemans guide

Read a Book That Has Been or Still is Banned:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 

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Throwback Challenge – (Read a Group Book)

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerrie Maniscalco

stalking jack the ripper

Read a Book to Movie Adaptation:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling

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Read a Book You’ve Seen Somewhere Other Than Booktube:

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks 

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Are you taking part in the Biannual Bibliothon? 

Happy Reading!

My Dream Reading Nook

As a reader, I’m sure we all have an idea of what our dream reading space would look like. Maybe it’s a cavernous space filled with wall to wall books shelves and littered with comfy chairs to read in, or a more intimate space with a crackling fire and a window seat looking out to the ocean or mountains. Earlier this week I was contacted by this furniture company called Arhaus and they asked me to outline what my dream reading nook or reading space would look like. Looking through their selection I basically built a mood board of sorts detailing my dream reading nook.

Going into this I didn’t have any details ironed out for what I was looking for, in regards to the interior. Now in a dream world, I would be living in a small cottage, probably in the Scottish Highlands (I’m more than a little obsessed with Scotland) and would have an entire room dedicated to books, and these are a few things that would end up in that book room in this scenario. As a disclaimer, before you look into what I’ve chosen, I should probably point out that my style has been described to me as quirky and sometimes just downright weird. Now that you’ve been warned, step into my brain and see what my dream reading space looks like. 

Book Shelves

bookshelves

There’d need to be a lot of wall space and yes they’d all be covered with these shelves. I know these kind of mismatch but I think it would look a little weird and eclectic just like me! I especially love the first two, the first one because it has that ladder attached to it which looks super cool, and the second one because it has those witchy vibes like it would be full of weird herbs and I could use them to whip up some poly juice potion or something.

Chairs/Sofa

seating

Obviously, the next thing a reading nook needs is a place to sit, I move around a lot when I read, sometimes sitting up at others laying down or in some weird combination of the two. So I went with both a chair and a sofa when I felt like sitting up I’d go to the chair and when I felt like lying down the sofa would suit me quite nicely.

Lighting

lighting

And last but not least, the single most important thing is the lighting or else I wouldn’t be able to see thus making reading impossible (at night or on a super cloudy day). There were so many different options to choose from but I like the look of both the pendant and the lamp and I feel they tie up the room quite nicely. All of the furniture is black so these fixtures will bring some brightness into the room (pun intended).

That’s it for the field trip into my imagination. And after a few hours ogling their website, the search for the perfect pieces to complete my fantasy Highland cottage/personal library is complete.

I hope you liked this post! Let me know what you thought of my dream reading space! I’d love to hear about yours!

Happy Reading!

Game of Thrones Book Tag

I am obsessed with Game of Thrones! I am a bit of a latecomer to this fandom (I was only 11 when the TV show premiered back in 2011)  but I binge watched the first 5 seasons last year in the months leading up to season six and although it is a relatively new discovery for me it didn’t take long for the show to sweep me off my feet. Like countless of others I have been highly anticipating season 7 premiere tonight and have spent the week preparing by rewatching all of season 6 and I’m so ready for the premiere. I saw this tag earlier today over at Thrice Reads blog and knew I had to have a go but this tag was originally created by the BiblioNyan and you should definitely check out both of their posts!

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HOUSE LANNISTER: HEAR ME ROAR lannister

Name a book that you originally loved, but upon a re-read realized that it wasn’t so great after all.

My reading tastes have changed drastically over the years and there are plenty of books that upon a re-read I didn’t like as much. But one that immediately comes to mind is The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy. I remember reading it years ago and loving it but once I decided to re-read it last year, my opinion had changed. I think it may be that I’ve become a touch more critical as a reader but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

HOUSE STARK: WINTER IS COMING starksig

Name your most anticipated book release for 2017.

My most anticipated release for the rest of 2017 would have to be The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan. I love the Magnus Chase series and am super excited for the next installment. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas is also a close second

HOUSE TARGARYEN: FIRE AND BLOOD targaryen

Name a book that you felt completely slayed with fantastic characters, plot, pacing, etc.

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus is a perfect book. The plot is great and keeps your interest, the pacing is absolutely perfect even though it would seem like it would be a little slow since the books are huge and the characters have a special place in my heart.

HOUSE BARATHEON: OURS IS THE FURY barratheon

Name a book that ended with a cliffhanger ending that genuinely pissed you off.

That cliffhanger at the end of Lord of Shadows was both saddening and infuriating. I was pissed off mainly because I would have to wait 2 years to address everything that happened at the end and to find out what happened.

HOUSE MARTELL:  UNBOWED. UNBENT. UNBROKENmartell

Name a book or book series, that’s been on your TBR since the dawn of time.

A Game of Thrones is, funnily enough, a book that has been in my TBR pile forever and will probably continue to be for awhile. I’ll probably read the series once all the books have come out and I’m craving some GOT later on once the series has come to an end.

HOUSE BOLTON: OUR BLADES ARE SHARP bolton

Name the most graphic or disturbing book that you’ve ever read.

I usually read YA and Romance and so far have yet to come across a book that disturbed me so I don’t have an answer for this.

HOUSE TYRELL:  GROWING STRONGtyrell

Name a book, or book series, that gets better and better with every re-read.

I don’t re-read many books but the few I do get better every single time. I always find something new in Harry Potter when I re-read it and it somehow reaches new heights of greatness each time.

I hope you enjoyed this tag. Are you a fan of the book or the show? Are you watching the premiere tonight? I’d love to know!

Happy reading (or watching)!

The Battle Against the Book Slump

Book slumps; the one thing all book worms despise. We never know when it’ll hit. It may come out of nowhere and make you uninclined to read another book. It can creep in slowly and you find yourself having to push yourself to read a book and then slowly and painstakingly make your way through a book and by the end you find yourself in the midst of a book drought and it doesn’t matter what book you read, you just won’t find yourself engaging with the book.

Last month I found myself in the middle of an awful book slump. The school year had ended and I was getting excited for all the books I would be able to read but I would start a book read 20-50 pages and then put it down, not connecting with what I was reading. Soon I gave up attempting to read at all and whiled away the time. Book slumps suck and I was determined not to let it ruin my summer so I sought ways to see it and lo and behold I got the book slump to end. I engaged it to head on and emerged victorious in the age old battle of reader vs book slump.

Step 1: Identify the Cause 

One of the reasons I wasn’t reading was because I was partaking in another form of entertainment and that was Netflix. Most of my favorite shows had come to Netflix during May/ June and I wasn’t able to watch them because school (finals ugh) but with endless hours to waste during the summer I threw myself into watching all the shows and that left very little time for reading. I was hooked on the visual plotlines Netflix presented and couldn’t tear myself away to read. Now that I knew what was responsible for causing my book slump I had to address it head on. By this point, I had caught up on most of the shows and made sure that I sat down for an hour at least and force myself to spend some time reading.

Step 2: Go to the Safe Place 

I’ve found the best way to combat a book clump is head for the familiar r favorite and so I decided to read a genre I never get tired of…some contemporary romance. These books are always light fun and mostly short reads that can pull you out of any funk. I read what feels like dozens of them and soon, I began spending less time watching Netflix and more reading. The schedule was finally a bit more balanced. I slowly branched out to other genres and before you know it the book slump has been conquered!

This isn’t a foolproof 2 step way to win in a battle against the book slump but it should work as intended…at least it did for me!

Do you guys have anything specific you do to conquer a book slump? What type of books get you into or out of one? Let’s discuss!

Happy Reading!

I Dare You Book Tag

Hey, everyone! My summer has been going pretty well so far (knock on wood) and I’ve even managed to shake off the book slump I found myself in last month and have returned to reading with a vengeance. I saw this tag over on Shoto’s blog @Bookish Babbles and it seemed like a ton of fun so here goes.

Which book has been on your shelf the longest?

The Princess Bride by Wiliam Goldman has been on my shelf for years. I’ve watched the movie but as a lover of fantasy I’ve always wanted to read the original typical romantic fantasy, I’ll hopefully get around to it soon.

What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

Last read: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Current reads: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (E-Book), The Lies Of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Physical), Now I Rise y Kiersten White (Audiobook)

Next read: Ruined by Amy Tintera

What books did everyone like and you hated?

Hate is a strong word but I didn’t like Archived by Victoria Schwab as much as so many people seem to love it. I want to like it but it’s just not my cup of tea. I do love Schwab’s other books I just don’t seem to enjoy this one as much as the others.

Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

The entire A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R Martin. I love the TV show and I can’t wait for season 7 to premiere next Sunday, but I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading it. There huge and there are so many characters I’m really intimidated by the entire series. I don’t think I’ll ever actually get around to reading it but we’ll see.

Which books are you saving for retirement?

The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit by J. R.R Tolkien is always on my to-read list and I’m saving for a rainy day. These books have such a following that I know I need to read them and see what the fuss is about

The last page: read it first or wait till the end?

I went through this phase when I was in middle school where I would literally read the entire book summary before I read the book just so I could be prepared,  but now I’m strictly a wait till the end NO SPOILERS type of gal.

Acknowledgments: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

I love reading the acknowledgments, I like to appreciate all the people who were involved in bringing that books that you’re reading to life.

Which book character would you switch places with?

As much as I love reading I don’t ever imagine myself as the character themselves, and I’m more of an invisible ghost just watching all the action. Besides that our MC usually lead pretty dangerous lives I’d have more fun being an innocent bystander who manages to escape becoming collateral damage.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

The Lightning Theif reminds me of elementary school, especially the 4th and 5th grade where everyone was obsessed with Riordan’s books and we formed this group called the Greek Freaks and read literally everything on mythology we could find! 

Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way?

I found a book on a bus once, not really interesting but it’s not the usual either. 

Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

Not that I can remember I’ve given people books for their birthdays but nothing too special. 

Which book has been with you to the most places?

City of Bones by Cassie Clare has followed me since I first read it back in 2014, I’ve read it what feels like a million times and it still remains a huge part of my life.

Any required reading you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I’m now a senior in high school and I’ve read close to 10 books over the past three years for school and I’ve either loved them (To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Ceaser, Antigone, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, Anthem, The Outliers, Night) or hated them ( The Red Badge of Courage, The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men) or just didn’t read them at allSparknotes– (Slaughter House 5). My original opinions have yet to change.

What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?

The strangest item I’ve ever found was a girls transcript, it was in a library book so it wasn’t too shocking.

Used or brand new?

Used books all the way, I love going to Half Price Books and getting lots of books at great deals.

Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

I’ve only ever read Inferno by him and I love that book, I must have read it close to 5 times alone the summer before my freshman year… I was obsessed.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?

I love both the book and the movie but the adapted version of Ella Enchanted is just a little bit better!

A book that never should have been published?

There’s only one book I intensely dislike enough to think that the world without it would be just slightly better and that is The Red Badge of Courage. I read it for school and I hate it with a passion!

Have you ever read a book that made you hungry, cookbook excluded?

I’m drawing a total blank here but I don’t think reading a book has ever made me feel hungry. 

Who is the person whose book advice you will always take?

My brother always gives solid advice once it comes to books, he was the one who pushed me to read Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas, and Rick Riordan’s books. And these are all my absolute favorite authors so I always take his advice where it comes to which book I should read!

You should definitely take on this tag, I dare YOU!

Happy Reading!