20 Questions Book Tag

I was tagged by my lovely friend May @ Forever and Everly and this tag looked so fun I couldn’t not do it. Yes I know I’m bad at actually posting the tags people have tagged me in (I have about 2489 almost-ready-to-be-posted tags in my drafts that now are it’s-been-too-long-since-I-was-tagged tags) but look!!! I liked this one okay!!!!! Also in case you’re still not following May I will give you about five seconds to fix that (but then please come back and read my answers thx).

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1. how many books are too many books in a book series?

Okay look this is not an easy question to answer but I think it all depends on whether the books were planned from the beginning or not. I know that the creative process is different for everyone blah blah but if you promised a trilogy  you should stick to a trilogy (I’m fine with spinoffs and novellas unless they become necessary to be able to understand the main plot). I think readers are clever enough to understand when prolonging a series is just a money grabber or it’s something that makes sense, and that the author should do their best to be respectful of their readers and deliver the best product they can deliver, which is something that simply not always happens. And if you’ve been following me here or on twitter you might know that I have a specific author in mind.

2. how do you feel about cliffhangers?

Do I have the next book in the series? Because then I’m good. Otherwise I respectfully hate them 🙂

Bonus: some of the best-worst cliffhangers I found

3. hardback or paperback?

Hardback, but since you’re asking: ebooks > audiobooks > hardcovers > paperbacks

4. favorite book?

Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat

5. least favorite book?

I don’t feel like going on GR to take a look so I’m just mentioning the two that come to mind: A Flame in the Mist and A Court of Frost and Starlight.

6. love triangles, yes or no?

No if they’re what people usually mean by love triangle. Yes if there’s a twist on them: they have queer characters (although you need to be careful not to promote bad stereotypes about queer people) and/or the characters end up in a polyam relationship etc etc

7. the most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

Officially that would be Curved Horizon but I think I’m going to officially DNF The Right Thing to Do at the Time soon because even though I like the writing style it’s really a bit Much and I feel like it takes me forever to read.

8. a book you’re currently reading?

The Pros of Cons (ebook; YA contemporary that takes place at a convention and one of the three MCs is a queer girl and I think her LI is going to be an enby character but I’m not sure yet) and The Dark Prophecy (audiobook, I’ve been reading it slowly bc I started my new job but I love it).

9. last book you recommended to someone?

Probably the Magnus Chase trilogy to a GR/twitter friend!

10. oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)

Probably all those Greek tragedies I studied in high school but I don’t feel like looking up which one is older.

11. newest book you’ve read? (publication date)

A Tiny Piece of Something Greater, which released on May 17th!

12. favorite author?

CS Pacat, VE Schwab, Rick Riordan, Leigh Bardugo, Giacomo Leopardi, Lorenzo Da Ponte (for his librettos), idk don’t make me choose please

13. buying books or borrowing books?

Would be great to borrow if there was a library. Okay to be fair I found out not long ago that there’s actually an English Library in my town and it’s the only one in the country and they actually have a decent selection. But I usually prefer reading ebooks anyway so yeah I guess I save money by buying digital copies (but I try to “borrow” those too if I can, like on Riveted).

14. a book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

ACOWAR, Flame in the Mist

15. bookmarks or dog-ears?

B O O K M A R K S

16. a book you can always reread?

Simon VS and I’m sure something else too but right now I can’t remember

17. can you read while hearing music?

I can if it’s instrumental music, otherwise I find it very difficult unless I’m like on a train or something, but it kinda needs to fit the book.

18. one POV or multiple POVs?

I loooove multiple POVs!!! I think if done right it’s so much better than having only one POV, even though it always, always depends on the story you want to tell. Some books just wouldn’t make sense with multiple POVs.

19. do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I wish I was so fast that reading books in one sitting is something I do, but sadly that’s not realistic for me. The last book I read in “one sitting” (which meant reading it for the whole day without barely doing anything else) was Restore Me. Otherwise I usually try to read it in as little time as possible (2-3 days) because that’s what works best for me to keep engaged in the story, but it still doesn’t count as one sitting.

20. who do you tag?

Rin @ The Lost Planet

Emma @ In Search Of Dragons

Sakhile @ Sakhile Whispers

Honestly I don’t know who else to tag because I think everyone else has already been tagged but if you haven’t then feel free to do it and mention me (reminder: to send a mention always link to a post so I can be notified, otherwise if you link to my homepage wordpress won’t notify me!) as having tagged you so I can see your answers!

Here are the questions made easier to copy-paste, enjoy and don’t feel pressure to do the tag if you don’t want to!

1. how many books are too many books in a book series?
2. how do you feel about cliffhangers?
3. hardback or paperback?
4. favorite book?
5. least favorite book?
6. love triangles, yes or no?
7. the most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
8. a book you’re currently reading?
9. last book you recommended to someone?
10. oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)
11. newest book you’ve read? (publication date)
12. favorite author?
13. buying books or borrowing books?
14. a book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?
15. bookmarks or dog-ears?
16. a book you can always reread?
17. can you read while hearing music?
18. one POV or multiple POVs?
19. do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
20. who do you tag?

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#T5W Rewind: Characters I’d Want as Family

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This month we’re free to choose whichever past topic so I went with an easy one from September 2016:

Characters You’d Want as Family
— You can say this in a broad way or be specific (i.e. _______ would be a cool aunt, ______would be a great older brother, etc.)

In (more or less) no particular order:

  • Laurent of Vere from the Captive Prince trilogy
  • Nico di Angelo from PJO and Heroes of Olympus (and The Trials of Apollo which I haven’t read yet)
  • Magnus Chase from the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy
  • Kell and/or Rhy from the Shades of Magic trilogy
  • Liraz from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy

Wow would you look at that! I definitely see no pattern at all! Not like I’ve wanted a brother my whole life or anything! Or that I relate to (on the surface) cold characters that secretly hide a lot of emotional turmoil inside! Or queer characters! Or any combination of these!

Anyway I know the prompt said they can be anything but I definitely want all of them as my siblings or cousins. I mean, even best friends will do really, but okay let’s play. Let’s see, I’d definitely want Laurent as my brother, Nico can be my adoptive brother, Magnus can be the queer cousin (I mean, are you really the gay cousin if every cousin is gay though?), Kell and Rhy (shhhh I know they’re two people but they can’t be separated okay) can be mmmm also my cousins? Or maybe they’re those friends you’ve had since you were all babies and you’re basically like siblings now. And Liraz can be my older sister because yes I’ve always wished I had a big bro but a sister would be really cool too and I love her.

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Which characters would you want as your family? And do you think they’d get along with each other

Why I Won’t Make a Bookstagram (Again)

Discussion

First off, it goes without saying that this is not a post to hate on bookstagrammers, in fact, far from it! I love looking at beautiful pictures of books just as much as everyone else does.

But I want to talk about my personal reasons for not being on it anymore, and I wouldn’t do this post if I hadn’t seen that I’m not the only one who’s really frustrated with that specific part of the bookish world.

Probably nobody remembers, but for around two months back in late 2016 I had a bookstagram where I tried to post every day. It was back when I had a more time on my hands than I knew what to do with, and I didn’t really want to be in my own head, and basically I was a little bit all over the place, so I guess I welcomed having something to do, planning a post, taking the same picture from different angles and all that.

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One of my old bookstagram pics

It was fun until I saw that I didn’t like who I was while I was a bookstagrammer. I was feeling a lot of envy, and it wasn’t just about the books but also about the various items, mostly bookish candles, that people either bought or were sent for promotion. Basically, being on bookstagram got me in the mindset that if I didn’t have those extra things I was never going to be anybody in that community, not to mention that I felt like I needed to start buying physical books (which I normally hardly ever buy), and especially hardcovers because “they look better”.

As soon as I realized how toxic it was, I ran the hell out and never looked back.

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Another picture I like from back then

Because it was toxic to me, it doesn’t mean like bookstagram as a whole is toxic. But I keep seeing comments from people who don’t enjoy being on it, and I see that publishers put a lot of focus on whether you have a bookstagram or not when you reach out to them asking for ARCs, which puts a lot of pressure on people in the book community to continue bookstagramming even though they might not enjoy it.

I also know that bookstagram is also not very diverse-friendly. I have seen several people complain that unless they post books that are already super hyped (and usually not very diverse), they don’t really get many views on their pictures featuring diverse and less well-known books. It makes some twisted sort of sense of course, but it just contributes to marginalized authors being ignored by the larger book community and that’s something that makes me dislike bookstagram as a whole beyond my personal experience with it.

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This is the pic I’m most proud of!

What are your thoughts and feelings about bookstagram? Do you have one? Do you enjoy being on it? 

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

The lovely Ash @ wildheartreads has tagged me to this and I’m so honored! Also look at me, I’m actually doing a tag and not postponing it until it’s 347832 months later and at that point it doesn’t even make sense to post it anymore and- well my point is that I’m doing this now so y’all can be proud of me (and sorry to everyone who has tagged me and never heard back from me lmao – Laura this one goes to you).

I actually did this same tag a looooooong time ago I believe but the questions are different so it’s all good!

How Does it Work?

  1. Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

Ash’ questions

  1. If your favourite book was adapted would you prefer it as a film or TV series?

    My favorite book series is Captive Prince and a film (or even three) wouldn’t do it justice, so I’d have to go with TV series! It would make much more sense and if done right it would be the best way to convey the same exact slow burn vibe that the books have.

  2. What would your dream reading nook look like?

    You know those couches shaped like an L? I love the corner part because I can sit however I want and stretch my legs all the way and I feel “safe” I guess.

  3. Paperbacks or Hardcovers?

    Ebooks actually gsdhlgsgh but I guess hardcovers because they look nicer and you don’t have to hold the book open the whole time, you can just put them on a surface and keep reading.

  4. Do you listen to music when you read or do you need silence?

    I very rarely listen to music when I read, mostly I just don’t think about it and start reading in silence. If someone else is listening to music I can read but it can’t be something with a lot of lyrics if that makes sense, and it also can’t be something that I already know because if I know the lyrics and music I just start humming along and get distracted from my book.

  5. Favourite meme that describes you reading?

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    You get the idea

  6. Favourite genre?

    It used to be fantasy but now I see that I can’t read only fantasy anymore, I also need to read some contemporary stuff sometimes, so I have no idea. But I’ll just go with YA in general I guess.

  7. Do you fancast characters or do you prefer to let your imagination do the work?

    Neither, I don’t really see faces in my head when I read so I can’t fancast.

  8. Favourite trope/least favourite?

    Favorite romance trope: enemies to lovers
    Least favorite generic trope: dead queer people for the sake of furthering straight people’s narrative

  9. What fictional world would you love to visit?

    Earlier I would have said the Harry Potter one but since it’s apparently impossible to be a queer person there I’d rather go visit the Always Human world so I could try different mods for different hairstyles and looks and also knowledge mods would be super cool.

  10. What book surprised you the most (good or bad)?

    I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into when I started The Darkest Part of the Forest and I guess I thought it would all take place in a faerie world but it actually mostly takes place in the real world but then again nothing about it feels like our world because it’s all so magical and the writing is perfect to give you this sort of magical vibe. The romances also surprised me a lot in a very positive way.

  11. What was your last 5 star read?

    That would be At the Edge of the Universe (my review)! I loved it and it made me fall in love with SDH, now I really need to check out all his books.


My questions!

  1. What was your favorite book as a child?
  2. Do you get reading slumps? How do you get out of them?
  3. What’s the one book or series that made you fall in love with reading?
  4. What are your thoughts on ebooks?
  5. Are you more of a fantasy or a contemporary person?
  6. Who’s your all time favorite author?
  7. Do you read audiobooks? Why or why not?
  8. First person or third person?
  9. Plot or characters?
  10. Heroes or antiheroes?
  11. Single point of view or double/multiple POV?

I tag:

Elise @ thebookishactress
Laura @ thebookcorps
Em @ emspermanentink
May @ foreverandeverly
Acqua @ acquadimore
Alienor @ meetthebookworld
Marta @ thecursedbooks
Syd @ reading&rambling
Shan @ littleirishbookcat

No pressure to do this if you’ve already done it or you don’t feel like it!

Discussion: book piracy, representation and international readers

Discussion

When you start being active in the book community, you start seeing how nuanced some issues are that you previously thought were completely black or white.

This time the talk is about piracy, and before you start angry-typing in the comments, let me make this clear from the start: piracy is illegal. This is a fact, not an opinion, and I start this post this way because I don’t think serious discussions can be had without having the facts straight.

With that said, this is a recurring thing that comes out every couple of months in the book community, usually when famous authors tweet about it. Last time it was Maggie Stiefvater, this time is author Lindsay Cummings.

Until the words “& hurt their sales” there’s nothing wrong with her tweet. You can’t really expect anyone, much less an author who has probably already been hurt by it, to publicly condone piracy.

My issue (and any international reviewer pretty much agrees on this) is when it comes to: “GO TO A LIBRARY! It’s free!”

This is what everyone always says an argument against book piracy, and even though international readers keep @’ing authors telling them that thanks a lot, but this is not an option for many of us, nobody actually seems to give a shit.

The possible reasons why the “go to a library” argument keeps being thrown around are three:

  • Authors don’t know that a huge part of their readership is international, meaning that a lot of people who live in countries where English isn’t a first language still read their untranslated books (often because these books simply aren’t being translated);
  • Authors know about international readers and they simply don’t give a shit about them;
  • Authors know about international readers and they ignorantly assume that the whole world has access to libraries with lots of books in English, even the recently published ones.

For the sake of this post we’re gonna assume that the third option is the most likely, because authors have repeatedly acted like anyone. A N Y O N E has access to libraries.

Spoiler alert: not everybody has access to libraries!!!

I feel like even if we restrict this argument to only the US-based readership, this wouldn’t be advice that everyone can take. I happen to have spent two weeks in the US just this past year, and in no way does this make me an expert obviously, but one of the things that shocked me the most is how BIG and massive everything is, and how far some small towns are from… well, from everything really. I doubt that they have huge libraries the along the I-40 in the Mojave desert. (I could have named other places I’ve passed through but I really love the word “Mojave”)

As I type this I keep coming up with more things to say so this will become a mess, but I’m gonna try to break the issue down in a few sections.

 

English isn’t the first language everywhere

This might come as a shock (please sit down, I don’t want anyone to faint) but not all countries are English-speaking!
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When we read in English, we do so with our own money (when that’s possible). Often we need to resolve to buying books online, either physical copies or digital ones (I usually stick to ebooks). Depending on where you live you’ll have more or less access to a number of books in English in physical bookstores. However, even in the major city in Germany where I live I can only find a very limited amount of English books, and those are obviously the most popular ones. Usually, most popular = no or bad representation. 

Are you still following me? Good.

If we’re talking about libraries, I think you might find Harry Potter in English and maybe a few old classics. The Abyss Surrounds Us? Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda? You won’t find those.

If you’ve ever felt the need to see yourself represented in a book you will know where I’m trying to get in the next section, but let me finish this part by saying that even for me, living in central Europe, in a country where English is becoming more popular each second, it’s basically impossible to get recently published books in English unless I’m paying with my own money. So far the only “cheap” and legal way I’ve found is to stick to ebooks (which is my favorite format anyway).

I think it should be up to people from other countries to talk about their own experience, but if Europeans are having trouble finding English books in libraries, I can only imagine it’s much harder in other parts of the world.

 

Reading as entertainment VS reading for representation

Have y’all ever considered that a lot of the teens who are illegally downloading books do so because they know there’s lgbtq+ characters in it? And maybe these kids are too scared to even come out to themselves and they literally can’t go ask their parents for money for fear of being asked “Why do you want to buy these gay books?” and everything that that might imply.

Being monetarily dependent on someone sucks. I was very privileged in this because if there’s one thing my parents have never denied me it was books, and even if I had read a lot of lgbtq+ books back then (which I didn’t), they wouldn’t have questioned or prohibited it. Even if they had questioned the reason behind all those books, I wouldn’t have been in any danger.

Of course that isn’t true for a lot of people, and this is also only one part of the whole issue of of representation (but it’s the one of the things that people, teens, usually tend to try to keep hidden as best as they can).

So I think when talking about piracy we should make a distinction and think about reading as pure entertainment VS reading because it’s actually fucking important to you because you don’t know how else to understand and deal with parts of your own identity.

This also ties back to the needing to read in English issue because the English-speaking book industry is miles ahead in publishing diverse books than (I’m gonna stick to what I personally know) the Italian industry, for example. If I only knew how to read in Italian and were still living in Italy and wanted to find books with queer girls, I still wouldn’t find any for free in the library.

 

Piracy is illegal (in case this still wasn’t clear)

Keeping in mind all I said, the fact remains that piracy is illegal. Here’s a post about piracy and how it affects more than just the authors themselves.

That post was written last time that this topic came up, and a lot of people in my circle of mutuals dismissed it and the way they did it made me so uncomfortable that I had to ignore twitter for a couple of days.

I think even if you dislike the author for whatever reason, to dismiss everything she’s saying in that post is arrogant and it hurts the very argument you’re trying to make. Specifically, one thing people loved to talk about was how the author in question is privileged and therefore they implied she didn’t deserve to be paid for her work.

Please understand that I’m not trying to attack my mutuals, some of which I almost always agree with and I consider my friends, but I find this line of thinking very bad and hypocritical.

 

TL;DR so far: 📚 not everyone can get books for free and legally; 📚 sometimes books are about so much more than entertainment; 📚 piracy is still illegal.

 

“So what do you suggest, Silvia?”

Hey now, I wish I had a solution but I don’t.

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Y’all @ me right now

However, what I would ask of authors is that they did some research on what it means to be an international reader and stop saying “go to the library” as if that’s the magic word that solves everything.

Authors: you do research on mythology, ways to kill people, when exactly the sun set on April 7th, 1876 in some unexplored place in Siberia; why can’t you do some research on ways you can help your marginalized readers? Or at least, you know, admit you don’t know how to help but at least ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR INTERNATIONAL READERS.

We keep getting hurt because no one, NO ONE ever acknowledges us and the work we do as international bloggers. Goodreads is waving the middle finger at us, netgalley is literally the “then perish” meme I posted at the beginning, and although many authors do what they can to host international giveaways and whatnot, they also keep ignoring us by go-to-library‘ing us.


For more discussion posts about this topic, please go check out Marta @thecursedbooks’ post where she talks more about how authors dismiss international readers when they talk about piracy, and Maja @bookishaddicted’s post for a great list of sources of free books (yes, international too!)

I would love for everyone to add their own thoughts below, unless you’re gonna be rude and disrespectful, then I’ll gracefully ignore you.

Down the TBR hole #1

down the TBR hole

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. These are the rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I decided to join it because it’s probably going to be easier than going on decluttering sprees twice a year, in which I barely even have time to read the synopses properly. I don’t know how often I’m gonna be able to do this, probably not weekly but we’ll see.

ALSO, because I know myself, I will be doing my own version of it and add some books on my “maybe” shelf (which I keep separate from my TBR, so I’ll technically still be removing books from it!). This will help me to not feel too bad because some books/series I still want to read but they’re probably not gonna grab my attention for a long time.

Click on the covers to go to the book’s goodreads page!


Current TBR count: 494 books

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This is one of those classics that even if I added it a long time ago I’m still very interested to read. I also own it as a physical copy at home (in Italian) and I’m gonna try to bring it back to my new house (or read it while I’m there next time).

VERDICT: keep

 

 

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Basically the same as for the book above: I’m really interested in dystopians and especially the classic ones are so fascinating to read. I’ll try to read it when I’m home next time.

VERDICT: keep

 

 

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Siddharta by Hermann Hesse

I remember adding this book years ago because my mom read it and she says it was interesting. That was before I got my recs from the internet lol, but I honestly know my preferences better now and even if in an ideal world I would read everything from every genre…life is too short, so I think this one goes for now.

VERDICT: remove

 

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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I’m really not sure about this one. It seems a little cliché from the synopsis, but people who rated the first book low say the sequels are much better. I’m just simply not in a position to want to read series in general, and especially not if I’m fairly sure that it won’t be good from the start.

VERDICT: “maybe” shelf

 

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

(why are all the books so far dystopians???) I remember a friend of mine recommending it to me years ago, and I bought a digital copy of it just based on that. Sadly I’m not interested in it right now and I might never be, but I own it so I don’t exclude giving it a chance in the future.

VERDICT: “maybe” shelf

 

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The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan

I would have probably never deleted it from my TBR anyway, but even more so now since I’ve just finished the Magnus Chase trilogy and I definitely want to read more from Riordan.

VERDICT: keep

 

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Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre

This is one of those classics that I’ve been wanting to read since the last year of high school (when we were learning about last century’s philosophy) and I still want to read. It was also recommended by my Italian teacher who I hold dear to my heart and who died a few years ago, so I want to honor his memory by reading all the books he used to talk about.

VERDICT: keep

 

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Un Lun Dun by China Miéville

I remember adding this because a youtuber I used to watch loved it. I wasn’t able to find a cheap edition back then and now I must say that reading the blurb it doesn’t sound like something I’d enjoy (maybe I would, but I know I’d never actually feel like starting it). Also none of my GR friends have rated/reviewed it so \_(ツ)_/¯

VERDICT: remove

 

 

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Storia di un gatto e del topo che diventò suo amico by Luis Sepúlveda

I don’t think this has been translated into English? Anyway this is by one of my favorite authors when I was a kid and I think he’s very famous in Italy (we even had a cartoon based on his most famous book and I cried the whole time). It’s a kids’ book but I wanna read it at some point!

VERDICT: keep

 

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All my GR friends loved it and it sounds like one of those books you should read in your lifetime. I don’t think I’m going to be able to read it for a while but this stays.

VERDICT: keep

 

Final TBR count: 490 books

 

 

2018 reading and blogging goals

Happy new year everyone!

Ideally I should have written this post in December, but I figure it’s also a good post to start the year with.

My resolutions aren’t anything big or extra challenging, but I do have some things that I wish to change and improve.

  • The biggest change that I wish to make is to start reading audiobooks. I’ve never felt the need to do so but now that I live alone I find myself hating doing chores. Wait, that’s normal? Okay, but I mean… I hate chores also because I feel like I could be doing something in the meantime. And yeah sometimes I listen to music but at some point I started thinking “what if I managed to read (listen to) something on my TBR while I’m cooking/ironing/idk.” I finally got an audible account and I’ve already started listening to my first audiobook (I got Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman). I’m also looking for more audiobook recs so if you have any definitely let me know!
  • The second goal is something I’ve already started doing in 2017 and it’s also about managing my reading time in a better way. I found that by installing the kindle app on my phone I got a lot of more reading time while I was outside (on the bus, train, wherever), and I want to continue doing this and get better at it. So: keep reading while I’m stuck somewhere with only my phone. The only problem is that I don’t want to do this with every book, because reading only a few pages at the time doesn’t work for, say, fantasy (at least for me), so this brings me to my next point:
  • Having more than one current read of different genres (but not too many). Until a few months ago I was an exclusive one-book-at-the-time reader. I still find that that’s the best way for me to enjoy the books that end up being among my favorites, especially if they’re fantasy. But when I started reading more contemporaries and when I started getting more ARCs I realized that sometimes in order to keep reading and not give in to the reading slump I had to start reading something else too, so this past year I’ve managed to read a few books at the time, and that’s what I want to keep doing. But I also don’t want to get overwhelmed with current reads, so my rule is that at any given time I can’t have more than one contemporary, one fantasy, one non-fiction and one graphic novel on my currently reading shelf, plus one audiobook because that’s a different format anyway.
  • This is not only book related, but I really need to manage my time better. I keep trying to do ten things at once and end up finishing none. I switch on my laptop to “write one blog post” and end up scrolling goodreads, tumblr, twitter, starting to write a review, google how to make edits, start reading a webcomic, chat with friends… Eventually it’s 1am and I haven’t accomplished one (1) single thing and I really want to stop doing that. If I want to be constantly active on my blog I also need to block out all distractions while I’m drafting a post.
  • Learn how to read faster. This is not exactly a priority but I get so annoyed at myself when I see that I seem to be reading 3x slower than a lot of people. I tried to blame it on English not being my first language, but honestly a lot of my friends whose first language also isn’t English read so much faster than me. I can’t really explain why but I seem to be reading at talking speed, so that means that it never takes me less than 6 hours to read a 300 something pages book. I know I can go faster, but that for me means skim reading, and it’s not something I want to do (if I’m doing it it means I’m hating the book). If anyone has advice on how to learn to read a bit faster while also savoring the book please let me know! I’m kind of desperate at this point.
  • Be better at blogging. I mean it in every way possible, from posting regularly to creating better content. Specifically though, the main thing I want to do is write one discussion post every month. Even if it’s not an actual discussion, I still want to write something that is completely mine and not just a copy of what everyone else does. My most popular posts are discussions after all, so that makes me hopeful that people actually like the things I have to say. The downside is that to be able to write those I need to have time, not only to write them but also to engage in the book community on wordpress, twitter and goodreads, and I don’t always have the time/energy to do so.
  • Post mini reviews. Seriously, if you know me from goodreads, you know I read a lot more than what I post here on the blog. If 2018 is going to be like 2017, I will read a lot of webcomics, short stories, whatever. Sometimes I will even read full length books that I simply can’t write a full review on because they’re too perfect and I can’t find more than a few words for them. I post all of those on my goodreads, but why not post them here too? I started blogging with the impression that all my reviews here had to be perfectly structured and long-ish and I’d keep my more rambly and generally less pretty reviews on goodreads only, but why limit myself that way? 2018 is going to be very busy for me so I need t make sure that I am able to use the content I am able to create, even if it’s a mini review. With that said, I also want to write better long reviews when I do write them, especially with my ARCs.
  • Speaking of which… I really need to read the eARCs I received in 2017. I have a few books that are the second part of a trilogy and the final book is coming out this year and I’m still here like….but I still have the ARC of book two. Oops.
  • Even with the changes to Netgalley, I was able to request a few more ARCs (and not just “wish” for them). I’m not sure how, but I was also approved for a couple of them, so the goal is to keep trying to request, but only things I’m 100% interested in.
  • I need to read books in German. Please kick my ass if I don’t. Ideally I want to read one a month, but…..we’ll see.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something but that’s all I can think of  right now! Let me know what your goals for 2018 are and tell me if you have audiobook recommendations (I’ll be eternally grateful) or tips on how to read faster!