Wednesday, December 07, 2016

#AMonthofFaves2016 & Countdown to Christmas

Most Useful Tools For Getting Sh&! Done

Bullet Journals - I started my bullet journal in the spring and I have managed to keep it up all year! I enjoy crossing off things that I accomplished. I have tweaked it a few times in an attempt to find something that works for me, but I may tweak it again in January when I start a fresh book.

Cleaning Schedules - I started cleaning on a schedule. It works really well! You basically do small things everyday for a month and then it doesn't seem so overwhelming. I still fall behind because other things happen and I don't have as much cleaning time as I would like, but it has worked really well this year.

Planner - I am still new to having an actual planner. When I have time to plan out the next few weeks spreads, I am great. I find if I am behind, though, I have a hard time finding time to catch up. I am hoping to get better at this as I go and then start to use it more to stay organised!

Libib - I started adding my unread books to Libib and it has been great. When I am at the second hand store and second-guessing what I own in a series, I can just bring up this app and check. I really need to finish adding to it. I stalled after I did my physical books, so still have audios and e-books left.

The album I'm looking forward to listening to this Christmas season...

I got two new ones to listen to! A Pentatonix Christmas by Pentatonix and The Frost is Over by Kate Rusby.

Wordless Wednesday - Take 11

Wordless Wednesday is hosted here.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

#AMonthofFaves2016 & Countdown to Christmas

This Is How We Read 

I have read about 293 books this year. My Goodreads says more because sometimes I had to count single volumes of comics instead of the collected editions like I do on my blog.

Most of what I read this year falls in the fantasy category in some way.

I listened to more audio than I normally do. I think I am at 34 for the year and it was partway through the year before I got back into audios. I am hoping to listen to even more in 2017.

I read a lot of graphic novels both off of my shelves, on Scribd, and through Marvel Unlimited. I did not meet my goal of having read all of the graphic novels in my house, though. I need to do that in 2017. There really are not that many I still have to get to...

If I don't count graphic novels, my most read author this year was Mira Grant. I read 4 books under her name and 1 under Seanan McGuire, her other writing name. I think Maggie Stiefvater would come in second because I read 3 books by her. 

I managed to finish a few series this year which is always a plus. There are many others that I am starting to wonder if I will ever finish...

This is How we Blog

I have the most up and down blogging style ever. The only reason I have blogged this much in the last few months is because I have started doing so many 'themed' days. If I didn't know roughly what I was posting each day, I would have likely done one post a week and that's it. 

I don't pressure myself. My goal for blogging was to do my Week in Review post every Sunday and I have accomplished that as of right now. Anything else is just an added bonus.

I am not really technical, I really need to do something about my sidebars, so the only program I really use is Canva to make the graphics I use here and there. Otherwise, I just write up posts and stick random pictures off my computer on them.

The book I'm most looking forward to reading this Holiday season...

I honestly do not read that many Christmas novels. So, I grabbed one off my shelves this week: The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd. It has been a while since I read Charles Todd, so figured it was time to get to some of my unread books by him (well, them, as it is really a mother/son team).

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read for the First Time in 2016

Helen Sedgwick - This is her debut, but it was one of my favourite reads of the year and I am looking forward to more from her in the future!

Mira Grant - I have been meaning to read her forever and finally read 4 books by her this year, plus one more under Seanan McGuire. All were pretty great and I look forward to exploring her more!

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - I really enjoyed Illuminae and Gemini. I also read Nevernight by Kristoff on his own and am excited about the sequel.

Michael J. Sullivan - After wanting to forever, I finally read Sullivan with his most recent novel. I have another one of his trilogies to check on via audio thanks to Audible sales, so hoping to get to him over the winter. And then the sequel to this will be out next year.

M.R. Carey - Based on this book, I am intrigued on more from Carey. That being said, I still haven't got around to getting a copy of the new book. oops!

V.E. Schwab - This book and the sequel were two of my favourite reads of the year. I really must get to some of her back list and cannot wait for book 3!

Amber Sparks - I am not a huge short story reader, but I have loved Amber Sparks so far. Hopefully she tries for a novel one day.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - This should be required reading. It was about time I checked this author out!

Carol Rifka Brunt - Another important novel that I am glad I finally got to this year. Look forward to more from this author, too!

Geneviere Valentine - I have been meaning to read Valentine forever. This book made me curious about all over her back list and look forward to where she goes next!

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Monday, December 05, 2016

Countdown to Christmas

My holiday wishlist and/or my "dream" stocking?

I may be a bit of Rush fan and love Neil Peart's other books.

This book sounds really good!

Edgar Allan Poe colouring book!

I have loved her other nonfiction. Why must this be so expensive!

There are probably other things, but lists for myself are hard!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Countdown to Christmas

My gift recommendations for the 2016 holiday season.

This was the topic for Top Ten Tuesday last week and I shared my graphic novel recommendations!

Otherwise, I recommend:

1. Journals - Bullet Journalling is therapeutic
2. Planners - Who can't be more organised?
3. Pens - I love pens. 
4. Colouring books! - Adult colouring has shown to be very relaxing.
5. An Audible Membership - Audiobooks are a great way to multi-task & still read.

Week in Review - Week 49

Random Thoughts

I think December is going to be audiobooks and graphic novels. It just seems to be where my head is. I have lots of other things going on this month, so at least with audiobooks I can multi-task! In January there will likely be snow and the excitement of a new start to the year, so I will get back to my TBR then. That could change. Moods, you know how they are...

Graphic Novel Year

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl - Volume 1
Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat - Volume 1: Hooked on a Feline

Currently Reading


Weekly Reading

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife ~ I listened to this on audio. It was kind of a whim listen and I am glad I took a chance on it. It was a different take on the post-apocalyptic reads out there right now. And, I think more believable than some of them that are popular right now. It definitely made me think about things and how the world would react if the events came to pass. It also talks about feminism and women. Recommended!

Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat ~ I am a bit behind on my Marvel comic reading, but this is one I was curious about and it was a lot of fun! I am glad I got a chance to check it out. I am looking forward to more in the series. Recommended!

Where'd You Go, Bernadette ~ I have been meaning to check this out forever. I am so glad I did the audio because it was a fun listen! I actually listened to it really quickly for me. I am getting better with multi-tasking and listening to audio. It means a lot more listening time than I had ever managed before. If you ever wondered why Bernadette was missing and where she went, this is the time to check it out and on audio. Strongly Recommended!

Spider-Women ~ A crossover with the Spider-women of the Marvel universe. I think it is fun that there is Spider-Woman, Silk, and Spider-Gwen on the run at the moment and they got a series together. Many of the famous comic book heroes are men, so I hope this wave of women grows larger! Recommended!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl - Volume 1 ~ And then there is Squirrel Girl! She is so fun and I enjoy that she even exists. It is kind of an usual mixture of girl and squirrel. But, I suppose spiders would have seemed unusual before Spider-Man was so popular. She gets into lots of adventures in this volume and it is so fun to visit with her and her friends! Recommended!

New Additions

Nothing this week...

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 48
Movie Month - Day 27
Movie Month - Day 28
Top Ten Tuesday - Holiday Gift Guide - Ten Books to Buy the Graphic Novel Reader in Your Life
Movie Month - Day 29
Movie Month - Day 30
Wordless Wednesday - Take 10
WWW Wednesday - On Thursday (9)

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Countdown to Christmas

Where do you do your shopping? Online or in store? Do you love or hate shopping? Do you have a plan and stick to it?

I am definitely an online shopper. I only enter a store if I have to! I hate shopping at the best of times. I am so happy I don't have to do the stores hardly ever. We really just enter the grocery store most of the time. lol I do not have a plan. I am very last minute. I think the only plan I have is a spending limit. lol

November in Review

Looking Back

Well, we got a cat... She is very cute, but there are disadvantages of going back in the kitten years. She plays with our feet when we are sleeping and will not stay out of the Christmas tree. It is an adventure all over again! My reading was kind of quiet, but that is honestly not new for November. Hoping December is a great month to end out the year!

The Books

272. The Promise of Canada by Charlotte Gray
273. Gotham Academy - Volume 3: Yearbook by Brendan Fletcher
274. Bookburners Season 1, Episode 11: Codex Umbra by Max Gladstone
275. Bookburners Season 1, Episode 12: Shore Leave by Mur Lafferty
276. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
277. Bookburners Season 1, Episode 13: Keeping Friends Close by Mur Lafferty
278. Bookburners Season 1, Episode 14: Puppets by Brian Francis Slattery
279. Jackaby by William Ritter
280. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
281. Feedback by Mira Grant
282. The Marvels by Brian Selznick
283. Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers
284. The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
285. The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman
286. The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick
287. The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

The Source

Bought: 6
Netgalley: 4
Scribd: 2
Audible: 3
E-Book: 1

Series Talk

Gotham Academy - 3/3
Jackaby - 1/3
The Girl From Everywhere - 1/1
The Newsflesh Series - 4/4
The Indranan Series - 1/1


Quiet month...

Being Jazz
The Magician's Elephant
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife

Books Added to the TBR Pile

The Evil Wizard Smallbone (read)
The Witches of New York
The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily
The Sea of Tranquility
Gotham Academy - Volume 3: Yearbook (read)

Friday, December 02, 2016

Countdown to Christmas & #AMonthofFaves2016

5 Popular Books Worth the Hype

1. | I actually read Illumiae and Gemina in 2016 after hearing so much about Illuminae in 2015. They were both definitely worth the read!

2. | The Nightingale was one of those 2015 books that I saw everywhere. I finally got a chance to read it a couple months ago and it was really good! I got a bit tired of WWII books for a while there, but this was worth trying them again for.

3. | The Fifth Season won the Hugo Award this year, so it was definitely buzzed about. I read it and loved it and actually bought the audiobook in the recent Audible sale because I want to reread it at some point. I am hoping to get to the sequel before the year is out or early next year.

4. | The Girls was definitely buzzed about this year and I amazingly bought it this year and read it this year. While maybe not the best book I read this year, I am still really happy that I read it and think it deserves the attention it has received.

5. | The follow-up to The Snow Child was so well done! Eowyn Ivey is an amazing author and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!

Is there an album or movie you like to listen to or watch first?

Not really. My music tends to move in the direction of whatever is on my computer for my first listen of the year and then branch out as December gets going. As to movies, I make sure to watch Muppet Christmas Carol before the month is over. That is about all the planning that I do for that.