The Guilty Reader Tag

Hey everyone!!! I hope y’all are having a wonderful day. I’m excited to announce that I am now officially a high school grad!! YAY! Now that summer has officially begun for me I hope to be blogging more frequently. I’ve only been on break for a week and a half and I’m already going stir crazy so lets see how this summer plays out. I am gonna be starting my summer job (in retail) next week so I’m a little nervous/excited about that- but at least it’ll get me out of the house.

That’s enough rambling…I thought a fun post for today would be for me to do a tag. I haven’t done one in a while and I had the question for this one all typed up already so I thought why not. This tag was going around a lot last year and I thought it would be a fun one to do. So here is the Guilty Readers Tag!

Have You Ever Re-gifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

It is with great shame that I have to answer this question with a yes. It’s happened a few times, usually just because I already read the book and then pass it on to a friend as a gift. Or sometimes it’s a book that isn’t my type and I’ll re-gift it to someone who I know will love it.Read More »

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The Ultimate Dilemma of What I Should Read Next

If you know me at all. You probably already know that I’m not the best at making decisions. I don’t have an overly complicated approach as I just tend to pick something and then follow it through not wasting too much time overanalyzing the potential outcome (how I sometimes choose what I read but I’ll get to that). That approach has served me well for the past 18 years but now that isn’t going so well. I now have to make a big life changing choice: where I’m going to college. Read More »

My Month In Books: March ’18 Edition

I’m not really sure how I feel about this past month, it actually went by really fast. A lot faster then I was expecting at any rate. There were a few ups and downs over these past few weeks, but I’ve managed to power through. The school year is almost over for me and that seems crazy. In a little more than two months I’ll have graduated from high school and I’m really not ready for that.

I’ve heard back from all my colleges at this point and after a few acceptances, some rejections and one waitlist, I now need to decide where I will spend the next four years of my life. I’ve been living in a constant state of denial trying to deal with the changes coming up ahead. So far my coping technique has been burying my head in the sand and attempting not to dwell on my future by distracting myself the best way I know how: reading. Because of that I’ve read quite a few books this month so let’s take a look at those very books.Read More »

The Book Courtship Tag

Today is the day of love, otherwise known as Valentines day and what better way to celebrate then with a Valentine-ish book tag. My valentines day will consist of me listening to Ed Sheeran’s Perfect on repeat while eating chocolate and ice cream and reading a good book. I first saw this over at the OrangutanLibrarians blog, so definitely go check out that post. Here are my answers to The Book Courtship Tag. Read More »

Bookish Resolutions for 2018

We have passed down an entire stretch of road and now stare at the beginning of another. I have a bit of a hit or miss relationship with making resolutions- as you can see in more detail here – yet I’ve decided to approach 2018 differently than I did 2017. I’m a year older and thus much wiser than I was last year (I hope so at least). Instead of making concrete detailed goals, I’m going to outline a few things I want to accomplish and look at them as guidelines rather than strict rulings of my behavior.

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Top 11 Books of 2017

This year has finally come to an end. I read 179 books over the past year and now the time has come to choose among them as to which are the best books I have read this year. I waited until the last possible second to post this because last year after I had put up my list I read one more book before the year was over and lo and behold it belonged on that list.

I am currently reading six books, and have been dragging them all out over the past week so I don’t mess up this list. Of those six, one of them would for sure make this list (American Gods!!) but I refuse to finish it until past midnight to make it the first read of 2018. Start of the year on a good note. But first to finish of this year, in no particular order are my Top 11 books of 2017.

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One Year Later, A Look at Past Resolutions

2017 is coming to an end and boy did a lot happen in the past year. There were hurricanes, floods, fires and political calamities galore. So much has happened that I’ve still yet to process everything that has happened in the past year. Over the past year my blog has evolved as well and going back through my archives I found a little gem hidden in the early days of this small book blog: A New Years Bookish Resolutions. I’ve come to learn I’m not good at planning out things when it comes to following through on said things (hence the mysterious disappearance of monthly TBR’s). So let’s take a look at past me and see how I’ve lived up to her expectations.

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Fall Book Tag

Fall is my favorite season; the sweaters, the falling leaves the weather. it’s absolutely perfect and October is like the high point of fall so what better time to do the Fall book Tag than now. This tag was created by the Bionic Book Worm and I had loads of fun doing this! 34003-Fall-Leaves-GifRead More »

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!