Book Buying

My name is Samantha and I have a book buying problem. There. I said it. I know this is something that plenty of book bloggers or book lovers in general struggle with, but I’ve been buying an excessive amount of books lately. If I’m upset or feeling down – I buy books. Basically, whatever emotion I’m feeling – I buy books.

One of my resolutions for the new year is to buy less books so I focus more on reading the books that I already own. I know myself and I know it’s not possible to expect myself to buy no books this year, but I think I’m going to try the whole “read five before you buy” thing that I saw going around last year. Not only will this motivate me to read the books that I already own, but it’ll cut back on my spending.

Of course there are going to be exceptions to this goal of mine, but I figure if I lay things out, I’ll feel obligated to be true to what I said. The only time I’ll break the read five before you buy goal is if I get gift cards for occasions OR if a sequel comes out in a series that I’m caught up with. THAT’S IT. Wish me luck!

Have any of your guys done the read five before you buy thing? Or how do you cut down on your book buying while also making a dent in the books that you already own?

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

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Waiting on Wednesday was created by Breaking the Spine and focuses on highlighting upcoming releases that we’re excited about. This week I’m anxiously awaiting Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It. Grace is my favorite youtuber because I love her comedy style. Plus, I loved her last book, so I’m really excited for this tongue-in-cheek style guide.

25330541.jpgTitle: Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It
Author: Grace Helbig
Pages: 240
Release Date: February 2nd 2016

Synopsis (from Goodreads): From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Grace’s Guide and the host of The Grace Helbig Show on E! comes a beautifully illustrated, tongue-in-cheek book about style that lampoons fashion and beauty guides while offering practical advice in Grace Helbig’s trademark sweet and irreverent voice.

 Grace also started a wattpad where she’s posting snippets from the book, so you should check it out if you’re interested – here. Are any of you guys excited for Grace’s new book???

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

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Today is an exciting Tuesday because it’s my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday on this blog! Woo! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and the topics can be found here. This weeks topic is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t. Unfortunately, this topic really speaks to me because there were so many books that I was really excited for and even preordered but I didn’t get around to them for whatever reason, so let’s get into it.

  1. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.

    This was probably my most anticipated book of the year. I had already read the other four books and absolutely loved them and the ending of Heir of Fire promised so much action and intensity for QoS. I did start this book and got about 20% of the way through and set it down because of the drastic characterization changes to a certain character. I know, I’m pathetic. I still really want to get to this though and see where the story goes.

  2. The Rose Society by Marie Lu.

    I really liked how dark The Young Elites was and the ending was so intense so I expected to pick this up right away, but that just didn’t happen. Honestly, I don’t even know why.

  3. Stand-Off by Andrew Smith.

    I read Winger about a month before Stand-Off came out and absolutely LOVED it, so I was anxious to see where Ryan Dean West’s story was going to go, but again, I just didn’t feel like picking it up.

  4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

    This was probably one of the most hyped books of the year because it was marketed as a young adult, fantasy, standalone and I was on board! However, before I got around to picking it up, they announced that there was going to be a sequel. I basically didn’t read this book out of spite in all honesty.

  5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

    2015 was definitely the year that I neglected Sarah J. Maas. Yikes. What more could someone ask for than a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but more mature?? I think the mixed reviews is what made me forget about this book.

  6. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

    I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing so much, but I honestly wasn’t that excited when she announced that her next book was going to be about Simon and Baz. The fanfiction parts of Fangirl were my least favorite parts of the book, but I bought this because it’s apparently Harry Potter-esque.

  7. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

    I still haven’t read anything by Victoria Schwab and this honestly sounded like the perfect place to start, but I didn’t read as much fantasy last year as I usually do.

  8. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan.

    Honestly, this was my chance to read Rick’s books as they came out because I was really late to the game with Percy Jackson and I still haven’t caught up with The Heroes of Olympus, but I kept telling myself that I should finish the HoO series before starting a new one and that just didn’t happen.

  9. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

    This was another book that had a lot of hype surrounding, so I decided to wait for the hype to kind of die down, but when the hype did die down, I wasn’t in the mood for it.

  10. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley.

    Simply a cover buy, but I’m really hoping that its contents are as beautiful as its packaging.

#TBRtakedown & Bout of Books Wrap-Up

That’s it! I’m calling it quits for these readathons. I know that I still have five hours left, but I’m happy with how much I read. Plus, I don’t want to push myself into a reading slump so early in the year, so let’s talk about what I read this week. (Links lead to the Goodreads page.)

Books completed: 6
Pages read: 1,293
#TBRtakedown challenges completed: 6 (book from your most recent book haul, book on your TBR Shelf over a year, book outside your comfort zone, a sequel in a series, a FIRE color book, a non-novel item)

Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth
I was excited to read this because I really loved the first volume, but something about this volume just felt off. I can’t place my finger on what that is, but it was lacking the excitement and fun that the first one had. A little disappointing, but still worth a read. ★★★☆☆

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days
This is definitely my favorite ongoing comic series as of now. I love the diversity of the characters, how important family is to Kamala, and how every volume addresses issues that are relevant to today. Honestly, perfection. ★★★★★

Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 5
This volume was so much fun! The last two volumes were a little dull and rushed in my opinion, so I was pleasantly surprised with the direction that this volume went. It’s so fun to see the back in forth between the two sides and I’m excited for the concluding volume. ★★★★★

Wytches, Vol. 1
This volume was definitely out of my comfort zone, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect and I walked away feeling very meh towards it. It wasn’t bad by any means, but the story felt very disjointed to me because it moved from past to present and from person to person without any type of fluidity. I was however a big fan of the artwork, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue on with this series. ★★★☆☆

The Chosen One
This book was really interesting because it’s not a subject that I’ve ever read about and while I was sympathetic towards the characters I don’t think it had anything to do with the writing and everything to do with the subject matter. I would say it was decent, but it could have used another 30 pages to wrap things up. ★★★☆☆

Humans of New York: Stories
I don’t know what to say about HONY just that I love it so much. I’m so happy that HONY developed into a storytelling platform because it’s so incredibly inspiring and eye-opening. ★★★★★

Did you guys participate in these readathons? How’d it go??

Bout of Books Challenge: Rainbows

b385ad3d-5380-4a7a-8b55-c6513cf2208c.jpgToday is day three of Bout of Books and I’ve hardly done any reading, so why not do another challenge??!

Today’s challenge is being hosted by Rebecca from Ranty Runt of a Reader and the challenge is to either make a rainbow with books or to list authors surnames using ROYGBIV. I figured, why not do both?!??

R – Rowling, J.K.
O – Orwell, George
Y – Yoon, Nicola
G – Green, John
B – Burroughs, Augusten
I – Ishiguro, Kazuo
V – Vaughan, Brian K.

I’ve read books by all of these authors (besides Ishiguro) and loved them! I did, however, just get Never Let Me Go and I can’t wait to read it!

Bout of Books Challenge: Would You Rather…

Today is the second day of the Bout of Books readathon and Lori over at Writing My Own Fairy Tale is hosting today’s challenge. Today’s challenge is a bookish themed “Would you rather…” Let’s do this.

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Would you rather lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?
I would much rather lend books to someone who dog-ears pages. I don’t personally dog-ear pages, but it really doesn’t bother me that much.

Would you rather be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?
UGH. Why is this a question????? I would love to meet J.K. Rowling, but this would be my only chance to meet Remus Lupin, so I can’t really pass that up, but I’m still like??? Okay. OKAY. Lupin. I’d have to meet Lupin.

Would you rather never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?
Initially I was thinking that I would rather not be allowed in a library again, but then I remembered that you can buy books online (duh!), so I wouldn’t need to go into a book store. Plus, I’m all about supporting my local library, so…goodbye book stores. We had a good run.

Would you rather have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book?
So I feel like this question is easier than I initially thought it would be, because I would definitely rather my favorite character be alive. That’s basically the dream.

Would you rather be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?
I mean, I’ve never read The Scarlet Letter, but I’d imagine it would take me longer to read than Twilight and if I’m rereading a book every year, I would prefer for it to not take up so much time. Plus, I really don’t think Twilight is as bad as everyone says it is.

Wrap Up: December 2015

I had a pretty good reading month in December; I read 11 books! It’s mainly because I found out that I can listen to audiobooks at work!! Amazing, I know. The best part though, I owned every one of these books except one. Anyways! Here’s what I read in the month of December (links lead to Goodreads):

My favorites of the month were definitely Harry Potter, Between the World and Me, and Not My Father’s Son. Harry Potter is a given and is no surprise, but I usually don’t love nonfiction as much as I did in December. It excites me though, because I feel like I’ll be open to reading more nonfiction in the future! It’s definitely progress since I really want to read more broadly this year.

What did you guys read in December? Did you read any of the same books? Let’s discuss!