Monthly Rewind: October 2015


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1. I turned 30!!! I kind of had a meltdown about it but I’ve had about a little over 2 weeks of settling into my 30’s and I’m so okay with it. It’s been nice thus far. My actual birthday was nice — spent the day hiking with Will and Finn and then went out for dinner with family! Not quite the crazy bash I had planned initially but it was lovely.

2. We helped my sister move — They are about the same distance away but they bought their first house and I’m so happy for them! Was bittersweet because we had so many great memories there (like pre-babies & pre her and her husband being together romantically) but can’t wait to make new ones in their new house!!

3. We went to a beer fest: It was a little chilly but we had SUCH a great time trying new beers and OMG THEY HAD SO MANY PUMPKIN BEERS I WAS IN HEAVEN. We took the train and had a nice drunk walk home eating pizza like we were some college students or something — particularly great since I had just turned 30 so I was feeling all young and spunky and not like I was halfway to my grave. I mean, the next day I felt not so old and spunky but YA KNOW.

4. Will & I got involved in some volunteering with the local animal shelter– I talked about this in my If We Were Having Coffee post but after adopting Finn I just felt like I wanted to do something to help the shelter and the rescue we got Finn from so we did our first run of transporting a pit puppy from the shelter to an adoption center. Most of the transporting at the shelter is done solely by volunteers at this high kill shelter in Philly so when a dog gets rescued from the shelter or needs to be taken to receive medical treatment they need people to do that. Ever since I found the girl who gave Finn his freedom ride from the high kill shelter to the rescue we got him from, I’ve wanted to take part in giving those freedom rides.


5. My reading mojo came back PLUS I got a new Kindle: I had talked about how I barely read anything last month but this month I read almost as much as I normally do so YAY. AND my Kindle broke so Will got me a new one for my birthday. Love my new Kindle Paperwhite!




I put all my Monthly Rewinds in a Spotify playlist so you can listen to them here !


1. Hello — Adele

2. Kamikaze — MO

3. Dug My Heart — BORNS


5. Refuse — Kevin Garrett

6. Pressure — Milk & Bone


Honorable Mentions: Wild Child by Alessia Cara (if you follow my music stuff on this blog you know how much I love her and this would have gotten a top spot had it been released more than 3 days before the end of this month), Come Alive by FMLYBND, Love Me by The 1975, Wild by Troye Sivan, Prey by The Neighborhood, I Care by Frances, Pomo

Check out the rest of my October playlist



I read 6 books this month.

A Madness So Discreet Mindy McGinnisVengeance Road by Erin Bowman coverBrightly Woven



  1. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: Really enjoyed this historical fiction with a twist of mystery.
  2.  Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken: Was really craving a standalone fantasy and this totally fit the bill!
  3. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman: WILD WILD WEST Y’ALL!




Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman cover

I know lots of people were interested in this Wild West YA!



“May we live impossibly,” Sebby said when he opened his eyes. “Against all odds. May people look at us and wonder how such jewels can sparkle in the sad desert of the world. May we live the impossible life.”  — Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa



1. Whatcha In the Mood For?I’m glad that you guys like when I do these! I love having a way to rec books for specific reading moods but also a way to share books I read years ago!

2. I Value My Time: This was fun to talk through!! Bookworm problems FO SHO.

3. Ten Wishes I’d Ask A Book Genie To Grant: This one was so fun. STILL WAITING FOR THAT GENIE TO COME THROUGH.

4. What Is My Problem Lately?? Also another bookworm type problem that was nice to talk out with y’all!

5. Beyond the Pages: Musings On Internet Life : I had some feelings about internet life.


mr12My latest If We Were Having Coffee post — those are always my most popular posts which I’m always so grateful for because I LOVE catching up and also sharing what’s been on my mind lately. I felt like this time I really did have a lot on my mind, too!

mr7NOTHING. hahahha ONE DAY. There is no way Finn would let me film without sitting on my lap and I’ve had no motivation anyways.


1. Maple Cardamom Latte recipe Yo this looks delish!

2. Why You Should Stop Saying SHOULD: I’m so guilty of this.

3. Why We Are Lonelier Than Ever: This was a super interesting read and I would *LOVE* to know what you think. To get candid, my marriage is not failing by any means but both Will and I have expressed missing having lots of people in our lives like we used to and I know it definitely causes me to have the sads. We love hanging out together and truthfully most of the time we do PREFER each other’s company but I can tell we do get a little antsy if we don’t go out and do our own thing with friends or connect with other people together. I’m so all about us having our own things and people in addition to the shared things. We used to have a big group of friends years ago and it’s been hard on us these past few years to have only a couple people that we spend time with. Do YOU have 50 people? So very interested to hear what y’all think!

4. What If Your Job Didn’t Exist?: Alex always posts stuff I need to hear or think about at the right time!

5. How Blogging Taught Me To Be Creative Again: YAS starting my blog and maintaining it since 2010 has done a lot for me as well — including bring back some creativity to my life after I graduated college in 2008.


1. Our new spiralizer: I feel like such a boring old lady saying this but IT IS TRUE. Will makes zoodles a lot but he used something else but now we have this fancy spiralizer and it is SO COOL. We meet SWEET POTATO NOODLES in addition to our normal zucchini noodles.
2. My new lipstick– It’s a pretty raspberry pink color from Zuzu Luxe and I’m really digging the color on me. I didn’t want straight up pink and I already have a bright red and a dark reddish brown so this was perfect for something less red but not fully pink! The color is called Beso Beso in case you are wondering!
3. This recipe for thai chicken spicy peanut zucchini noodles: Definitely going into our rotation often!!




1. Thanksgiving: I loooove getting together with my family! And eating….soooo VAIR VAIR EXCITED.

 2. Leigh Bardugo coming back to Philly: Always so nice to see Leigh and can’t wait to buy Six of Crows!!! Will be fun because I haven’t been to the bookstore yet that it is at and it’s a very popular indie around the area!
3. Fun plans with new group of girl friends: Brunch and Italian dinner on the calendar!! Also fun because both are new-to-me places! And yayyyyy new girl friends. Very excited because I’ve talked about how hard it is to make friends as an adult!!!



What book were you really excited about releasing this year but STILL haven’t read?  (Am I the only one who is awful about this?? I get so stoked and then my TBR is out of control and I never end up reading even most anticipated books)




Pick a category (or 5… or all of them) and tell me what went on in YOUR life this month!! What sort of things were noteworthy for you this month? New obsessions? Any new song recs?? Best books you read this month? Great posts I missed on your blog? Answer to my question of the month?

Book Talk: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich // My Halloween Read

Book Talk: The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich // My Halloween ReadThe Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich
Published by Little Brown Books For Young Readers on September 2015
Genres: YA Horror, YA Mystery, YA Thriller
Format: ARC
Source: BEA

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!




Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”



I don’t want to say too much but it is about: a reopened case about a suspicious fire at a school 20 years prior, a discovered diary that talks about the tragic night , a girl who claims she really is two people (Carly who lives in the day, Kaitlyn who lives at night), the people who believe her and the people who don’t,  a disappearance and a sinister dark house — all told by a mishmash of diary entries, police interview transcripts, video transcripts, notes and more!


a4Wow, I could NOT put it down. Reminded me of how I loved horror and stuff like this as a teen. Everything was so interesting to me and the mystery thrilled me, I loved the format and, while not scary, the creepy & sinister vibe was totally rocking my world. And then things at the ending happened (the ending itself + some parts really started dragging) and I don’t know how I feel it. I’ll get to that in a spoiler section further below but first we will get to the good.

Here’s what kept me reading on the edge of my seat:

1. The format: I love interesting and unique storytelling and especially when it integrates visual stuff. The book was told in diary entries, police reports, transcripts of video footage, interviews with various characters with the police. The diary entries definitely added to how I felt reading the story because we are in Kaitlyn’s head and I felt just as paranoid and trapped as her.  Having all these things helped put me in the story as if I were trying to figure out the mystery myself. I was pouring over all the evidence.


2. The way the mystery kept me flip-flopping what I thought was going on the whole time: So the main character Carly? For as long as she can remember she has had another soul in her, named Kaitlyn, and Carly exists in the day and then at night they switch and Kaitlyn lives. So, as a reader, it’s like okay — does she have this dissociative disorder in which she her mind has created this alter ego like her therapist thinks plus maybe some other underlying mental disorders? Or is there something evil going on inside her? Is everything she says real? Is it not? The unreliability of Kaitlyn/Carly adds to the flip-flopping I did plus some of the other characters seemed a bit unreliable as well. Is it all in her head or is something happening? Because if everything was really true than WOWSER some truly sinister stuff. Did she have the disorder or not? What happened to make her create Kaitlyn and why has she said she was always there? THERE WAS JUST SO MUCH TO COMB THROUGH WITH THIS MYSTERY. I kept doubting my instincts. I’d start to believe something but then doubt it all.


So now it’s time to talk about where some things fell apart for me but it’s all spoilers soooo:

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factors+ the plot, the storytelling, how it kept me engaged & on the edge of my seat
–  the ending, romance

Re-readability: No, though I’d be tempted to reread the beginning to see if anything makes more sense to fill in some holes
Would I buy a copy for my collection? No

a5people who like interesting storytelling, fans of horror/psychological thriller type books, people who like a good mindf*ck

a8The Dead House was just what I needed for my Halloween reading — creepy, dark and sinister (wish it had been a little scarier) and unique storytelling that really hooked me and made me eager to put together the pieces from the diary entries, video transcripts, interviews and police reports. A compelling book but I’m still really unsure about how I feel about the ending which definitely was a minor buzzkill to my overall feelings toward the book.

review-on-post-itThe Dead House


a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?



The Perpetual Page-Turner

New To The Queue {18}

New To the Queue is a sporadic thing around here wherein I give you a tiny glimpse into some of the books, movies, tv shows and bands I’ve recently added to my never ending queue of things to read/watch/listen to. For past posts, go here!




Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente (Amazon // Goodreads)

Publication Date – October 20, 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:  Honestly? It came across my Goodreads feed and I was like WOW THIS SOUNDS COOL AND LIKE NOTHING I HAVE PERSONALLY EVER READ. I’m all about trying new stuff and an alt history space opera set in a different Hollywood and world sounds prettyyyy cool.

What It’s About:Severin Unck’s father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father’s films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe. But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony’s last survivor, Severin will never return..



The Shattered Court

The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott ( Goodreads // Amazon)
Publication Date- April 2015

Why I Added It To My To-Be-Read list:
Rachel’s review sold me!

What It’s About:  “The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.”

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Ten Great Halloween Reads For All Sorts Of Readers!

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Ten Great Reads For Halloween

I’ve done so many fun Halloween posts in the past couple years but it’s been a couple since I’ve actually done a Halloween reading list (like 2012) so I thought it would be fun to make a new one.

But first for fun Halloween posts: I dress up 5 YA couples in couples costumes, characters I would love to dress up as for Halloween, ten Halloween costumes inspired by books I’ve read

great Halloween reads


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Not scary! Just soooo atmospheric + supernatural/magic/paranormal.
A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: This one is more how atmospheric it is for Halloween as it is set in an insane asylum, has a mystery and a serial killer on the loose!
The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shephard: It’s not scary by any means but creepy as all hell. It’s inspired by the classic The Island of Dr. Moreau and it’s this great Gothic thriller that is super atmospheric and makes a perfect Fall/Halloween read. It was dark and creepy and so well written!

The Dead House: This is actually my current read so I can’t 100% vouch for it but I’m already SUPER into it and I LOVE how unique the format is and what a creepy vibe is being given. Very visual kind of book toward through letters and that type of stuff.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: I read this around Halloween last year and it was perfect! Not scary but loved the supernatural vibe and the mixed media within the pages to add to the atmosphere of the story.
The Girl With All The Gifts: I looooved this one. Not scary but a perfect Halloween one for someone who is a fan of The Walked Dead sort of stuff and it’s super thought-provoking and OMG WHAT AN ENDING. An epidemic. Zombies. Kids. I’m not telling youuuu anything. GO IN NOT KNOWING TOO MUCH.
In the After by Demetria Lunetta: Not scary but it’s perfect for Halloween — earth being overtaken by what are being called THEM — vile creatures that have pretty much eaten the whole population. Could not put this one down.
The Fall by Bethany Griffin: I had hoped this one would scare me when I read it last Halloween but it sure was creepy!  It was inspired by The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe. Madeline’s family, The Ushers, are cursed — they are plagued with strange illnesses, are not able to leave the house that seems to haunt them and watch their every move and nobody knows how to free them from it. THE HOUSE IS SO SINISTER FEELING.

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma: Another one with a lot of mind WTFery. Not scary but psychological creepiness abounds!

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn: One of the strangest, creepiest books ever! Lots of mind WTFery. You kind of have to be a patient reader because I felt sooo confused for a good chunk of this.


So tell me…what are some books you think are perfect Halloween reads? I am ALWAYS looking for recs! Also have you read any of these??

What I’ve Been Reading Lately – Mini Book Talks

Times have been busy so it’s time to just let you know what I’ve been reading with a little bit about what I thought!


Brightly Woven


Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

About In A Sentence (ish): After 10 years of a drought in Sydelle’s town, rain falls and with it brings a wizard who takes Sydelle, who has never left her small town, along with him as an assistant as they trek across their country so he can stop a war that could ravage the land and hurt her family. Along the way Syd learns there is so much more than the wizard has reveals about this journey.

Thoughts: I liked this one! It was a fun adventure with magic, curses, epic battles & duels, wizards and a world I got lost in pretty quickly. I was SO absorbed in their journey and cause and getting to know the characters as they got to know one another. It was one of those things where it was refreshing to find a standalone fantasy but I (and book club) wondered if there was meant to be another book because there were some things that never seemed to get wrapped up or at least seemed to indicate maybe another book…and then there wasn’t? I LOVED the romance (though the change from hate to feelings was whiplash quick for me) and their banter and I loved that their feelings were there but they progressed in a way where you clearly still felt the danger and the severity of their situation. It was just such a unique and refreshing fantasy read for me and I just loved as bigger pieces of the story and the mystery were revealed along the way — things I did NOT guess at all in the beginning. Totally want to know more about certain things but overall really enjoyed this fantasy! Can’t wait to read her latest series!



 Fans of the Impossible Life

Fans Of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

About In A Sentence-ish: Mira and her gay best friend Sebby have been attached at the hip since they met at the hospital — her for severe depression and him for self harm — and they’ve tried to create this life so fantastic and big that their problems and the crap of the world won’t be able to penetrate them. Jeremy, an outcast after an incident at school, is mesmerized by them and joins their duo.

Thoughts: MAAAAAN. This was one I was excited about it and I just didn’t connect with it as I had hoped or really feel all that much in general towards it. I mean, I kept reading enough because I was interested where the relationships would go and how certain things would turn out and therewas this slightly addictive quality to it  but I just felt like *I* was missing something within the pages or IT was missing something. I also, from the tagline, thought this was going to be about a boy who was in love with a girl and her gay best friend and that was not it. He loves them both but he is only IN LOVE with one of them. I did NOT like the way the POVs were done — one was in first, another in second and another in third — and it drove me nuts and maybe was some of my disconnect. That said, the friendship dynamics and the characters were so DIFFERENT than anything I’ve read and each character was fleshed out really well . There’s tons of diversity so that’s a plus as well! Despite the way it hooked me with some things, it just left me with an overall “eh that was just okay” feeling instead of any real emotion which was sad because people have been obsessed with it and I just don’t get what happened to meeeee despite enjoying things about it.




Underneath Everything

Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul

About In A Sentence-ish: For the past year, Mattie and her friend Kris have carefully steered clear of high school parties, most of the people and especially Jolene, a girl who was once her best friend, after the events of sophomore year. But suddenly her senior year she is drawn back into the intoxicating web that is Jolene and her world….but had she really ever left it?

Thoughts: WOW this book was so messed up in the best way. I don’t want to say too much but the toxic friendship and the way we find out everything that went down and why Mattie had this split from Jolene is all so wonderful. I was SO drawn into this book and this all-consuming relationship Mattie and Jolene had and the web that is spun between this group of friends. It was just SO GOOD and reading it I was constantly a nervous wreck. I can’t say I really LOVED the characters but I’m not sure how necessary that was for me in this case. Loved the writing!!!






Have you read any of these? What did you think?

If We Were Having Coffee

I saw a life coach I love, Ashley, do a post entitled If We Were Having Coffee and I decided to take her lead and do one myself in November 2013 because I loved it and sometimes I feel like we forget that there is a whole life behind the people that write and read blogs. I got such a great response to my initial post so I made it a  reoccurring thing for the past couple of years and do it when I feel so inclined!


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So, grab your coffee/beverage of your choice and meet me for a chat. I’ve got some amaaaazing Harvest tea from Trader Joe’s that has hints of apple and cinnamon and ginger and all sorts of other goodness. And I have a soy pumpkin candle burning so THE MOOD IS RIGHT, Y’ALL!


If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently reading A Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern.  I’d ask you what you are currently reading!

If we were having coffee.… I’d tell you how much this past month having our rescue dog, Finn, has changed me. He’s such a silly, loving and sweet pup who is so good though it hasn’t been without its trials (he and my dad’s dog hating each other, teaching him to walk properly on a leash, training, etc.) but I’m enjoying it all. He’s gotten us out even more (for walks, to hike, to the dog park) and we’ve met so many different people. The other thing is how much he has opened up my heart to the rescuing process. My heart breaks for all these lost and abandoned animals. Will and I have started volunteering in different ways with different shelters (including the high kill shelter Finn was originally at before DogTown rescued him) and the rescue we got Finn at who does SUCH good work and is full of awesome people. I’d ask you if you have a pet/ever rescued an animal but I’d also ask you if you’ve discovered something new you are passionate about that you hadn’t even realized.

Me & Finn!

IMG_8759(1)hMe & the little pit puppy we gave a freedom ride to (aka a ride from the high kill shelter to a rescue/adoption center). SHE WAS SO SWEET. PUPPY KISSES.


If we were having coffee.… I’d tell you how I recently did something very out of my comfort zone and I had such a good time and I think it could lead to good things. It’s scary but also so invigorating to go outside of your comfort zone. I asked myself, “what’s the worst that could happen if I did this?” and honestly the WORST thing was no biggie honestly. It’s definitely one of those moments where I’m like YAS SELF TAKE MORE RISKS, BE MORE FEARLESS, KICK THAT COMFORT ZONE ASIDE. I’d ask you what’s the last thing you did that was out of your comfort zone and you felt great about it!

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From My Quote Notebook { 1 }

I had been tossing this idea around for the past year or so (after having a conversation in my comments on a post where I had been mentioning my quote notebook and how I keep track of quotes from what I read) but I’m super lazy and slow to implement ideas sooooo…it’s only taken me that long to be like OKAY LET’S DO THIS.

I’ve mentioned it before but I have had a quote notebook since about 2008, before I started blogging, just to keep track of good quotes from books. Sometimes other quotes sneak in there that I like but mostly books. A bunch of people wanted to see it and it’s SUPER messy and just really for my viewing because I write sideways and everywhere and it’s a mess. But I thought it could be fun to do it this way to share the contents of my quote notebook!

So my goal with this? To share a quote from my quote notebook at random (aka whatever quote I’m FEELING for that day) and hopefully introduce you to some new books as I know sometimes I see a quote from a book and it makes me VERY interested in reading it or at least checking it out!

First up:


Golden by Jessi Kirby quote inspiring

Golden by Jessi Kirby is one of my favorite contemporary YA books from one of my auto-buy authors. This quote become one of my unofficial mantras for life that I try to think about when I wake up and face a new day. This book was so inspiring in so many ways and featured a great character who always lived life by the rules and doesn’t really like to take chances or go outside of her comfort zone but through the course of the book is pushed to. It’s also got a GREAT mystery thread wherein Parker and her friends find something that could provide answers about two small town legends and golden couple from 10 years ago who died in a tragic accident but their bodies were never found. It’s seriously such a fantastic book and I have SO many quotes that I wrote down from this book in my quote notebook.


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I Value My Time

Since the beginning of my reading life I’ve always struggled to put down books I’m not digging (do the youth still say this? I just turned 30 so I’m having this irrational panic that I’m suddenly out of touch). When I came into the book blogging world I quickly found that there were people who could so easily declare they were putting down books they weren’t into without even a second though (namely my bff Anna). I always WANTED to be so ruthless with putting down books I’m not enjoying but I guess it’s just not my personality.

Since blogging, I’ve gotten BETTER at it. I say better, as in, I’ll do it in those times when it feels likes wrestling an alligator just to get me to sit down with the book. But I still have some ways to improve…



Last year I wrote about 8 reasons I struggle to put books down. Reason #2 on the list was that I’ve invested too much time in it. If I’m honest I think this is my BIGGEST struggle out of the eight — even more than just being nosy about the ending.

It’s a time issue for both types of readers — those ruthless book quitters and those who have a harder time.


People who are big champions of putting down books they aren’t liking/aren’t into say things like “life is too short to read books you don’t like.” I myself have repeated this mantra over and over in my head when I’m trying to decide whether or not to mark a book as DNF (did not finish, for those unfamiliar with the lingo of the bookish interwebs).

But for the part of me that struggles to put down books? It’s also a time thing. Like okay I spent an hour (or whatever time amount) of my life reading this book. If I give up, then I feel as though that hour was a complete WASTE of an hour because I didn’t complete the story and I was just reading for no good reason.


So then I have this very hard choice at hand! (And I’m like the Queen of Indecision and Avoidance). To figure out what is the bigger waste of time

  1. Reading 1 hour of book and putting it down — and now I’m free to read something I might enjoy more but I’m out that hour with nothing to show for it.

  2. Or spending 3 hours on a book that I didn’t like — I finished it (so yay I completed something) but I HAD TO FORCE MY WAY THROUGH IT or didn’t like it or whatever the problem was that made me considering putting it down.

And then there’s all the other questions that swirl through my head: Do I see it as a waste of time by having read and interacted with a book even if it was torture making it through it? Will I be annoyed if I don’t find out what happens if I put it down? Can I ask someone what happens if I put it down? Is the value in giving up that hour worth not slogging through more of it? Should I persevere through books when they require more attention or are “harder” to read (ie classics)? Is reading a book for an hour and not finishing it any more of a waste of time than I do mindlessly surfing the interwebs? AM I OKAY WITH THIS LOSS OF AN HOUR?

I don’t really have any foolproof ways for knowing for calculating the value of my time — whether I’ll be happy I put it down or that it’s a better use of my time to slog through.

Sometimes I feel a THANK GOD I STOPPED READING THAT I WAS GOING TO THROTTLE MYSELF WITH MY SHOELACE IF I READ ONE PAGE MORE but other times I don’t feel strongly one way or another. I mean, sometimes I finish a book I wasn’t digging and it’s like “eh well. That was that.” And then there’s those few times it’s like OMG WHY DID I FINISH THAT STAB STAB STAB. It’s a toss-up most of the time! Then just as rare –– the times I LOVED it after slogging through.

I just know that I value my time and I want to make the best use of it — especially that every so precious reading time!


I’m more so really curious if this is something that anyone else struggles with! Do you DNF with ease or do you struggle like I do? HOW do you decide what is the better use of your time? Please tell me your thoughts on this!! Maybe your rationale will help me!!

Top Ten Book-Related Wishes I’d Ask A Genie To Grant

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Book Related Wishes I’d Ask My Own Personal Genie To Grant Me

MAN I wish I had my own personal book genie. I REALLY DO. I mean I would ask just for brand new pretty copies of every book I ever wanted but that seemed like an easy one so here are 10 other things I’d ask the book genie to grant me.


Dear Book Genie, Can you please produce a list of all the books I’ve read as a child and teen. I really just need this to know them all for reference. You see, I was pre-Internet and NEVER HAD A HANDY WAY LIKE GOODREADS TO KEEP TRACK OF THIS. WHAT WAS I READING? I WANT TO LOOK AT THEM!


Dear Book Genie, I’d like to have the rest of the Throne of Glass series PLEASE AND THANK YOU. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THEM TO COME OUT.


Dear Book Genie, Can you make me read faster AND still absorb/enjoy  it all so well?? I’d like to get through my MASSIVE TBR LIST more quickly and reading faster (while totally absorbing/enjoying it) would be VAIR VAIR HELPFUL.


Dear Book Genie, I would like to be able to have crisp and clear memory of all the events and characters of books in series and can access them when I go to start the new book. Like a play by play in my mind. I mean, thank god for Recaptains here in the real world, but OMG THIS WOULD BE GREAT. Really maybe I’ll just make this wider and let me remember EVERY book I’ve ever read because OMG BOOK AMNESIA HERE.

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What Is My Problem Lately?

In my last If We Were Having Coffee post I commented on how I’m finding it harder for me to find new FAVORITE books and movies.

The thing is, I’m consuming lots of things that I LIKE and even super LOVE but I’m having a hard time finding those life changing things that just stop you in your tracks and just speak to every cell in your entire body and you don’t know how you possibly lived life without having experienced it before. Those books that I easily declare THIS IS A NEW FAVORITE. I’m reading so many books I’m soooo passionate about and love but somehow, over the years, fewer and fewer are being declared favorites. I’m finding it so hard to be BLOWN AWAY.

I don’t know what the root of it is.

Is it just that I’m not picking those types of book?

It could be as simple as that. I’m just not picking up those books that would be favorites. Maybe I keep bypassing them for other things. My hand choosing the book NEXT to it on the shelf. It could be. I mean, I’m sure those books are THERE but maybe I’m not picking them up.

Am I just harder to impress because I read so much?

I read a lot. I consume a lot of entertainment. Maybe because of that I’m just harder to impress these days? It’s not even like I’m this picky reader…I know what I like and I’m not overly critical. I just feel like I’m like I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK but it didn’t quite take me to the level of THOSE kinds of books. I feel like when I wasn’t reading as much I was more easily impressed because I wasn’t as well-read. Maybe things are just blending altogether and things feel the same because I’m not giving books the space and the time and, even though I read a decent amount of backlist, I’m always reading the new releases and there are clear TRENDS that happen each year. Maybe I’m reading too much that is similar and it’s not impressing me? I DO NOT KNOW. Maybe my standards ARE higher to make me FEEL THAT KIND OF FEELING?

Maybe it’s blogging?

Sometimes I wonder if it’s the fact that I’m constantly ~dissecting~ everything I read. I say dissecting loosely because clearly on this site I’m not into the critical analysis as it is not my gift in life. I just like talking about the books I read and interacting with them (this isn’t to say I’m NOT critical…my aim just isn’t to dissect or write a huge literary analysis of what I’m reading). BUT, even with that, I’m forced to think about the whys and why nots of my feelings on the book and a lot of times I’m doing so WHILE I’m reading. It’s this subconscious thing that I’ve noticed over the past 5 years of blogging but I definitely do it while I’m reading. Already formulating my thoughts for a book talk or thinking about how I’ll blog about it. OR dreading blogging about it. NGL that happens. Maybe I’m not letting myself truly enjoy books because it’s all tied into blogging. I DON’T KNOW.

Is it that I’m just becoming stingy about handing out my 5 stars/my favorites?

What I mean is that maybe I *HAVE* had those experiences but when I look over my reading year I’m not accounting for those because I’m SO stingy about rating giving my highest ratings. I feel like this is kind of a blogging thing too — I think blogging over these past 5 years has made me stingier. I’ve talked before about how sometimes blogging makes me feel self-conscious when it comes to liking too many books or being seen as “too positive”. It’s a thing that I’m constantly reminding myself over the years because I know that my thoughts are genuinely what I think and it really doesn’t matter what other people think. And really…it’s so silly I have to worry about liking too many books.

Maybe it’s just that I’m hyping up too much the idea of FAVORITES or THOSE LIFE CHANGING BOOKS and that is what is ruining it for me?

Maybe I’m just hyping it all up too much. Maybe I’m too focused on finding THE ONE — that perfect life-shattering book. Maybe I’ve been reading them but, because I’ve hyped up the IDEA of what this kind of book looks like, I haven’t recognized it as such.

Or maybe I’m just completing overthinking it all?

Yep. Probably that is it.

I just have had this nagging feeling about the lack of books that have become faves/5 stars/THAT SPECIAL KIND OF BOOK. It’s possible that this is normal. That maybe not that many books ARE supposed to be that type of book….that’s what makes books special or favorites. But I’ve noticed a definite decline in books that are impressing me to to the highest level or that I’m declaring ALL TIME FAVES and I just don’t know why.

WOMP WOMP. This post was more for me than for anybody else. Trying to sort out my brain. It’s not that I’m disappointed with my reading year (I’ve had a GREAT reading year) but I’m CRAVING that kind of read!


Has anyone else felt like this? PLEASE RECOMMEND ME YOUR LAST FAVORITE BOOK??

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