Reflection on 2016

Well, this is interesting. I did not know that I started this. I am glad that I decided to go back into unfinished posts. All the questions look like they are a part of some readathon, but I am not sure which one. Even though we are almost half way through the year, I would still like to answer these questions.

Let’s begin.

1. Did you reach your 2016 reading goal?

I barely made it. Towards the end of the year, I ended up reading a lot of graphic novels and novellas to get to my goal. 2016 was a weird year. It was the year of my most massive book slump. I did not feel like reading that year.

2. What were your favorite books this year?

I would like to take a moment to appreciate that whoever wrote this questionnaire wrote books and not book. Thank you for realizing that one cannot simply just choose one book, no matter how hard one tries. As a result here is my list of favorite books of 2016.

  • Remade – This was a series that I have grown to love. However, I have not finished the last book. I kind of wanted to wait for the next season to read the last book.
  • Are we there yet? – I loved this children’s book. It was fun and creative.
  • Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
  • How to Hang a Witch
  • P.S I like you
  • Wonder
  • More Than This
  • The war that saved my life

These are just some of the few books that I loved from last year.

3. What were your least favorites?

This year was the year that I actually experienced some pretty disappointing reads. I do attribute it to a number of books that I challenged myself to read. Here are a few of the books that I was not so happy when I finished them.

4. Was there a book that made you stretch out of your comfort zone?

I would have to say that The Call made me stretch out of my comfort zone. The book was great, but it is was also terrifying.

5. Did you discover any new genres?

I don’t know if it would count, but I discovered Serial Books. They were easy to get hooked on, and a quick fun read.

6. If you participated in any of our yearly challenges, what was your favorite?

I cannot answer this question since I do not remember where this questionnaire came from. I will have to say that I enjoyed doing both of the Book-tube-a-thons as well as the bout of books.

That is my quick reflection of all the books that I have read in 2016.

I do hope that you enjoyed this post, and sorry that it came out so late. Hope to see you soon. Happy reading!

June TBR 2017

May was a great month in reading. Out of all the books that I posted on Instagram for my TBR, I ended up reading four books, plus an additional seven that was not on my TBR. That is a total of eleven books. Those books were…

  1. Ms. Marvel Vol. 4
  2. Ms. Marvel Vol. 5
  3. Hello Universe
  4. Morrigan’s Cross
  5. Dance of the Gods
  6. Valley of Silence
  7. A Night Divided
  8. Dance Upon the Air
  9. Heaven and Earth
  10. Milk and Honey
  11. The Upside of Unrequited – Though I did finish this book on the fourth of June, though most of it was read in May

Out of all the book, there were two that I loved. The Upside of Unrequited and Hello Universe were my favorite books. I will be doing reviews on both of those books later.

Moving forward. This month I wanted it to be a bit different. I wanted to finish a bunch of books that I started this year that I would really like to complete, as well as finishing my May TBR. However, life has been interesting and all the book that I have requested to be put on hold all became available at the same time. Some of those books I found out that I will not be able to renew. My library has that feature where you cannot renew really popular books. Here are the four books that I need to read by the end of this month.

  1. We are the ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
  2. One of us is Lying by Jaren M. McManus
  3. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  4. The Circle by Dave Eggers

If I have time this month I would like to finish The Impossible Fortress and Twice Upon a Time.  That is if I have time. I am going on a little vacation and one of my books are due while I am on vacation. So I am hoping to finish that book before this weekend.

I am curious as to what books you are planning to read this month as well as what good books you have read last month. Let me know in the comments below. Until next time. Happy reading.

Milk and Honey Review

All seriousness aside, I was thinking of doing this review in poem form considering that this is just a book of poems and lines. However, after much thought, I realize that I did want this review to be taken seriously. With that aside, let us begin with our review.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poems and prose about being a woman and learning how to deal with loving others as well as yourself. I will note that this book does not start off light and fluffy. I feel as thought I wrote the synopsis as so. It starts off in a dark place and then it slowly grows to be empowering.

With that said, I did give this book three out of five stars on Goodreads. I enjoyed the poems and the prose that were empowering and informative. Those were the poems that made me think about our society, and what it means to be a woman in today’s modern society. However, there were also a lot of poems and prose where I just felt empty and wondered if there was more. I felt that I was missing something. I hated the fact that when I finished this book, I did feel that I did miss something. I felt that I was not understanding the whole hype that surrounded this book. I could understand a few poems, but not the whole book. I will also give a little pro towards the artwork that is a part of this book. I felt they matched the pieces and helped tell more than what was on the page.

I am not sure who to recommend this book to. I just feel as though this book would make a great college/ university staple piece for a writing class or a book literature class. I feel as though this book requires and demands discussion.  It is not a piece that you can just sit read and think for a bit. I do wonder that if I did approach this book differently, and had a discussion with someone about this book if I would give it a better rating, and see it in a different light.  With that thought, I still feel as though I am not giving this book enough justice.

If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of in the comments down below. I really would love to have a discussion with someone about this book. Do not be afraid to leave your comments down below.

Until next time.

Happy Reading!

May Update 2017

I realize that it has been quite a while since I made a post. Part of the reason was that I did not feel like writing. I figured that if I didn’t feel it, that would show through my writing, and I wanted to write a quality post. The other issue that I had was a sprained wrist during the months of February and March. I ended up injuring my right wrist and didn’t realize how much I needed it to complete even the simplists of tasks since I am predominantly right handed. My main focus was trying to get work done, and complete the basic tasks that I needed to complete, like writing out reports and driving.  It really has changed my focus on how much I use this hand.

So even though I was not writing any posts, I was still reading, and I got a lot of reading done, during these pasts few months. I have counted and I believe that I have read a total of 30 books since the last time I made a post. That is not bad since I wanted to read 50 books this year. A lot of the book I have enjoyed, and there are very few that I did not enjoy.

I am planning on making some more posts. I do want to get the Owlcrate, Bookly Box, and Book of the Month posts up. I do realize that I am behind on those posts. I would also like to do a couple of reviews. I also wanted to do a post on my attempt on completing some May Instagram challenges. I will admit that it did not work out this month. but I am hoping to find some more challenges. I decided to just focus on one challenge next month, and add those to this blog. In addition, I would also like to complete some book tags that I would like to participate in.

Hopefully I will get all of this done today, and that I will be able to claim a very successful three day weekend. Until next time, happy reading!

Last day for Bout of Books

Alright. I had every intention to make a daily update, but that did not happen. My schedule was really weird this week, but it was lighter than most weeks. This coming week is insane. I am working from 7:30 in the morning to 6:30 at night. I am just sitting here looking at my schedule going, well my break was nice while it lasted.

In the course of the week, I did get to read two books. In reality, I did read two episodes of the serial book that I am reading. I did get to read part of a comic, and some more from another book (Every Heart A Door).

In challenge wise, I was able to do most of the challenges. It was not that bad. I ended up doing day’s one challenge on day one without even realizing it, and day 2 focus on 2017 goals. The only challenge that I did not participate in was the poetry spine challenge. I just did not want to reorganize my shelves after that challenge. As it stands, I still have to clean up from the Winter Booktubeathon challenges. Four out of five challenges completed, not bad. I am really happy with the success with some of these challenges.

In the end, considering how my week went last week, I am really glad about how everything turned out. I know that I would normally talk about my next steps, but today, I just want to bask in the glory of actually trying and feeling good about what I have accomplished. I really do want to enjoy more out of life, and taking a step back and doing something for the fun of it, not for the success is a huge deal. Believe it or not, it was really hard to do. I never realize how much my happiness and my self-worth was tied to being successful and getting everything done and having it be perfect. It was nice to hold myself back and to tell myself that I had to enjoy what I am doing, I have to be happy. that was a huge learning experience for me.

I will see you this weekend. Until then, happy reading!

Bout of Books Day 3

I will admit that day three actually went better than day one and two. I actually read a book. Not one of the books that I was planning on reading, but it is still a book, and it was 197 pages long.

The book that I read was Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. I did read the prequel book, Smile, so I knew what to expect and a little bit more about these characters. In reading other people’s reviews about this book, I did realize that it does make a difference in the understanding of the story and the characters.

This particular comic looked on a road trip that Raina took with her mom, sister, and brother to Colorado. Along the road trip, you get to see some past experiences that Raina had about growing up with her sister and her brother.

I really enjoyed this book. I gave this book five out of five stars on Goodreads.
Mostly it was because I was able to relate to this book so much, with the sibling rivalry, and the love that you have for your siblings. There are moments where the book is touching and sad, but I did see the humor that existed throughout the book.

In looking at the artwork. It was the same as Smile. I did enjoy the color pallet that was chosen, and I also liked how the characters were drawn. Even though they were cartoonish, I still felt as though they were realistically drawn, as proportions wise. There were no super model bodies within the pages of this book.

I do recommend this book. I believe that everyone would love and enjoy this book. However, I will add the stipulation that you do need read Smile before you read this book. The way that this book is written and formatted as though you have read the previous book. I do recommend the previous book, Smiles.

That is it. That so far is what I have accomplished for day three.

I will see you tomorrow. Until then, happy reading!

Bout of Books update Day one and two

I know that I am a bit behind, but I am participating in the Bout of Books readathon. Sadly my first day I did not get any reading done. I have really no excuse as to why I did not read. I was not working that day. I had the whole entire day to read. I just did not feel like reading. I will be honest, and admit that I was not feeling well, but that usually does not affect my mood in reading. I am just a little burnt out from last year with all the last minute reading that I did to make sure that I was able to get to my goal of 150 books.

I will also admit here that day two was the same as day one. I did not get any reading done.

As for the challenges for day one. I actually forgot that Bout of Books was happening until I receive the Twitter update. By then, I was out of the house helping my mom shop and get items for this weekend’s event. By the time we got home, it was a little late and all I wanted to do was to get to bed and sleep.

Hopefully, day three will be better. Technically I am not working in the morning so I could read for a few hours. Since I did borrow a lot of books from the library, I do want to read those books first. My plan is to read The Ms. Marvel comics volumes three through five over the next two days and hopefully finish Every Heart A Doorway by Friday.

That is my plan for the rest of Bout of Books. I will have an update tomorrow to let you know how everything is going.

I will see you next time. Until then, happy reading!