Reflections of March

Hello my friends!

I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY.

Life update: I have a degree in Political Science, but not too long after graduation I decided I want to teach. To teach high school in Washington State it’s preferred that you have a B.A. in your chosen subject, and unfortunately Poli Sci does not constitute a “subject”. So I decided I want to teach English (of course!) and I finally officially am back in school! Classes started a few weeks ago and because they’re 7-week courses they’re condensed and involve a lot of work. So basically I’m going to work AND school full-time, and I’m trying to settle in to that but basically I’ve just been exhausted and the thought of typing any extra thoughts makes me groan. Which is my explanation for my absence.

I’m trying to be more active on Twitter so you know I haven’t completely disappeared from the bookish community; if you don’t follow me or I don’t follow you let me know below and we will rectify that situation immediately!

I ALSO started a BookTube channel. AHHH. I’ve been wanting to for quite some time, and I intended on starting it for a New Year’s Resolution but I didn’t have the guts! Haha so I finally have actually started one, I hope you’re all supportive of that decision! I’m still going to continue writing on here, J. Bookish has just expanded! If you enjoy BookTube and want to watch I would be tickled pink – if not, feel free to ignore the videos!

Books I Read:

Room by Emma Donoghue – 5/5
Holes
by Louis Sachar – 5/5
Allegiant 
by Veronica Roth – 5/5
Insurgent by Veronica Roth- 4/5
Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo – 4/5
Red Rising by Pierce Brown – 4/5
Golden Son by Pierce Brown – 3/5
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee -2/5
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson – 2/5

WHEW.

Currently Reading:

Progress: 57%

I just missed Rick Riordan’s writing! I’ve been reading some really heavy books for school so I wanted something light and fun to balance those readings out. I’m really enjoying this book, but to be honest I’m not a HUGE fan of Piper, Leo, or Jason. I miss Percy!

Favorite Book of the Month:

This was a re-read for me; I actually read it when it was first released years ago. While I knew generally what was going to happen, I had forgotten the fine details and appreciated it more this time around. It’s a little disconcerting reading from the perspective of a 5-year old, but if you haven’t read this yet I highly recommend it!

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

 

I was just so disappointed in this. I had heard about all of the controversy and prepared myself for a very different perspective than To Kill a Mockingbird, but I did not expect the absolute mess of writing that this is. I was completely lost for a majority of this novel; Scout’s thoughts jumped ALL over the place. She was irritating, to be honest. Other than some more fun stories from her childhood, this book is just a mess. I would advise you all to just skip this one.

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I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

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Reflections of February

Gooodbyyyyeeee February! Come ooooon Spring!

I think I just need a new season. Time for Spring Cleaning inside my brain! Dang, I am just absent aren’t I. I hope I’m not giving any of you complexes. I have like 8,987,987 reviews I want to write and the back up is giving me anxiety! But I’m here now, and I am happy to say I’m officially out of my reading slump like FOR REAL. I’ve been reading up a storm this month and it’s been awesome. I’m quite proud of myself. I will say that I miss all of you very much and I am sorry I haven’t been active here, I’m not by any means planning on abandoning my blog, I’m just trying to find my writing voice again; I feel like I’ve been missing it lately and I don’t want to post things I’m not proud of. I’m sure you all get it! Or at least, I hope you do.

Books I Read:

Divergent by Veronica Roth – 5/5
Insurgent by Veronica Roth- 4/5
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – 4/5
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – 2.5/5
The Museum of Extraordinary Things – 3.5/5
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – 4/5

(Look, they’re not all 3-stars!! It’s a miracle!)

Currently Reading:

Progress: 59%

My cat has decided to lay on my stomach/keyboard so I am poke-typing this. Damn cute little orange kitty.

Okay he’s moved. I am reluctantly adoring Red Rising so far. What do I mean by reluctantly adoring? I’ll tell you. I’m pretty sure Pierce Brown pulled all of the best parts out of popular dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy novels and transplanted them into his own story. This irritates the hell out of me. But I am also doing chores I’ve been putting off just so I can continue listening to the audiobook longer because I need to know what’s going to happen next. Therefore, reluctantly adoring.

Favorite Book of the Month:

I read Eleanor & Park a few years ago and hated it. I then wanted nothing to do with Rainbow Rowell.. until I discovered she had written a few adult contemporaries. I picked Attachments up at the bookstore, read the first few pages… and could not put it down. This story is so sweet and fun and warm and cozy and exactly what I needed. Thank you, Rainbow, for bringing me out of my slump. MWAH.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

AAAND then, we have Eat Pray Love. Which I didn’t like. EPL is formatted as 108 “chapters”- some are stories, some are musings, some are history lessons. A few of these chapters I found both memorable and thought-provoking and have folded pages just waiting for quotes to be chosen for a review. However, the vast majority was boring. I actually skim-read. I NEVER skim-read. I just kept thinking it would get better because hello, Julia Roberts was charming in the movie. But it really didn’t do it for me. I don’t have enough in common with Gilbert to sympathize with her journey, and I won’t be reading any more of her work in the future.


Alternately, my sister had a beautiful baby girl this month! If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed this sweet little thing broke me out of my silence and I actually tweeted for once. I MEAN LOOK AT HER.

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I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

2015 Year in Review!

https://i1.wp.com/www.perpetualpageturner.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/2015-end-of-year-book-survey-1024x984.jpgWOO 2015 is all over. It was a long year. I’ve been having some health issues that have been quite a struggle but it looks like we’re just about to get that figured out (please mentally happy dance with me here). I’ve had some exhausting and rewarding jobs, moved in with my boyfriend, started this little blog you’re looking at (p.s. thank you lovely crazies who think I’m slightly interesting sometimes) and grown a year older. I’d say it’s been a damn good year. So let’s go over the bookish/blog portions of my life, shall we?

This survey was created by the lovely Jamie @ Perpetual Page Turner and I discovered it from my book buddy Maria @ Marwhal Reads! This thing is quite comprehensive, to say the least.

Also, all of the graphics were made by Jamie. No credit here. Me? Graphics? PAH.


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Number Of Books You Read: 44

I know there are a lot of bloggers who are just amazingly dedicated but for this flaky reader that is a lot of books. My Goodreads goal was just 24 so I’m very impressed with myself.

Number of Re-Reads: 3

The first two HP books and Perfect Ruin!

Genre You Read The Most From:

I’m too eclectic for this question. :D

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1. Best Book You Read In 2015?

The Handmaid's Tale

I mentioned this one here! Absolutely amazing.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Oops. Talked about this one here. I loved the Lunar Chronicles series, which was why I was disappointed I didn’t love Winter. I sincerely wish I was in the group of people who are absolutely raving about it, but I think I just expected something more.. mature I guess? That I didn’t get.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafeSlaughterhouse-Five

All of these just fired through my head in too quick of a succession for me not to include them all. One sentence reasonings: The Lightning Thief because it proved to me that I’m not too old to read Middle Grade; FGT because I NEVER would have picked it out myself but I LOVED it (Thanks Maudie!); Slaughterhouse Five because I HATED it and I’ve never not appreciated any portion of a “classic”.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Erm. Did any of you read books I recommended? I don’t really push books on people in real life. They all think I’m a crazy but lovable book hoarder. So let me know if you read any because of me! :)

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)The One (The Selection, #3)

The real answer for all three is The Grisha Trilogy. But I would bore myself if I used all three books for all three answers. So I’m going to lie and cheat a teeny bit to make it more interesting! Haha best sequel is Cress, mostly because of Cress and Thorne. Aaand best finale which is not actually a finale but I’m not going to read any further so it’s a finale as far as I’m concerned will be The One! Because this series was a fun guilty pleasure and I figured I should mention it somewhere. I was quite happy with how things turned out.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

LEIGH BARDUGO. She’s a badass. I basically just want to be her? I mean, not really but I definitely want to write like her.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

First non-fiction book I’d read maybe ever? I loved it and it got me started reading more non-fiction! Who knew things that actually happened can be written in such an engaging way? Not history textbook writers, that’s for sure.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)

I am just ridiculous. But I really couldn’t put this one down! I read it in..24 ish hours I believe? Like through the night then immediately when I woke up. What can I say. I was hooked!

 9. Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Oh gosh, I really don’t think I’ll re-read any of them! Maybe Six of Crows because Crooked Kingdom will hopefully be released sometime next year?

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

The Fortune Hunter

It’s so much prettier in person too! It has shiny letters and stars. I bought it because of the gorgeous cover!

11. Most memorable character of 2015?

WHAT. I HAVE TO PICK ONE?! I can’t. I just can’t. I’ll pick five. The Darkling, Kaz Brekker, Percy Jackson, Carswell Thorne, and Mark Watney. Because I am a terrible feminist. Haha actually I think I tend to put myself in the place of the female characters in order to experience the story, so they stand out less to me.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

Life of Pi

I didn’t even like this book in the end. Because of the ending. So I can’t deny that it was absolutely beautiful. Right up to the last 15 pages.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?

The Handmaid's TaleUnbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Tie. I can’t choose. I loved both of them. They both resonated with me.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read? 

Persuasion

Since it was first published in, you know, 1818. And I loved it!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?

I have NO idea. I don’t keep lists of quotes or anything. I should. Maybe I’ll start in 2016?! Yes that’s an excellent idea.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?

Longest: Winter by Marissa Meyer
Shortest: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

BECAUSE. IT’S. AMAZING.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

SO THAT’S WHAT IT MEANS. I honestly had no idea. You kids and your lingo. Anyway, definitely Kaz and Inej. Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Ruby + Liam + Zu + Chubs from The Darkest Minds. They were the entire reason I enjoyed the book.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Persuasion by Jane Austen because she’s the only author I read a new book from this year that I’d read before hahaha wow.

21. Best Book You Read In 2015That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

I don’t usually read books solely on recommendation, but when Tim’s mom gave me FGT I obviously wanted to read it. I’m so glad I did, because it’s a wonderful book. I should probably watch the movie – which MY mom loves – now….

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Haha I don’t do fictional crushes. Ultimate loyalty to my man.

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Again, Six of Crows! I didn’t read very many debuts. I think I read 3. The conclusions to Miss Peregrine’s and The Lunar Chronicles both let me down, soooo yeahhh…

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

Look! I’m not a terrible hater person! I enjoyed some aspects of this book! I thought Meyer put a vivid picture in my head of Luna and the stark contrast between the palace and the outer sectors. While a little Hunger Games bell may have been dinging in my head, I can still appreciate the domes and other aspects of the world that make Luna special. One of my favorite things about that series is that it’s a dystopian set in this world that actually gives us glimpses of other countries. Am I the only one who’s always like ok, this is America, what happened to the rest of the world?! I loved that Meyer set each book in a different country.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

I got this book for a class in college that I ended up not taking, but I kept the book because I thought I’d like to read it later (and it only cost, like, $5) and I did read it this year! It was a really quick, quirky, fun read. It made me smile and laugh and was very enjoyable overall.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

One book? HA. I’m pretty sure Ruin and Rising made me cry multiple times though, so we’ll go with that. Nikolai. Wahhhhhh.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

The Martian Chronicles

Because I’d never heard of it, I don’t know of anyone else who’s read it, and I think it’s amazing.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Absolutely, hands-down Unbroken. No question.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)

Things Fall Apart was different from anything I’ve ever read. It’s written as if a story is being told sitting around a fire. It’s traditional and beautiful.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Life of Pi

THE ENDING. GAHHHHHHH.

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?

I actually discovered book blogs in general in 2015? SOOO all of them. :D I really think everyone’s blogs are unique to who they are, and that makes all of them wonderful.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?

I hate writing reviews. I personally think I’m terrible at it. Sooo if I had to pick one, I suppose I’d pick Wuthering Heights!

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Definitely Re-thinking Twilight, which is really funny to me because 1. I’m not a Twilight fan, and 2. I wrote it completely spur of the moment the day that the Beau version was released and it’s like 3 paragraphs long. But it generated quite a bit of discussion and still gets random views here and there which is fun for me.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Well I am apparently just a sad little loner because I don’t participate in such things. I’m actually just really bad at planning. Soo I have to say that going to Powell’s bookstore was my favorite bookish moment! Sara Bareilles was signing there, that counts, right? Even though I didn’t get a book signed…. teehee.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

Well, starting my blog. And getting my first follower and being like WHAAAA. And then just seeing it grow and making interweb friends and reading a ton more than pre-blog Jordyn and getting to write things. :D

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Being a flake. Me, that is. I just have so much going on in my real life that I miss out on blogging for a couple weeks, and when I get a chance to blog I’ll just write something for mine and then ignore everyone else’s and I feel terrible about it. I follow everyone back (or else I mean to, I’m so sorry if I just lied and didn’t follow you) which leads to me following well over 100 blogs and it’s just impossible to keep up. I’d like to figure out some kind of system for 2016 so I miss fewer posts though.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

DEFINITELY my Seasons of Book Blogging Tag. 56 comments and 125 views. Which is a ton for me! It’s really fun to see it spreading around the internet and everyone’s different answers!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Oh gosh, I don’t know. Probably something from back when I had like 5 followers because no one got to see it? Hold on, let me check…. Okay probably Where have the young adults gone? Because it’s just rambling but it’s something I actually care about. I should write more posts like that.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Again, book blogs. I didn’t know book blogs were a thing. I started my blog because I discovered a DIY blog I loved, and I initially had a totally different idea for what I wanted to do, I just thought I needed a hobby. Then I started exploring and everyone said to write about whatever you were passionate about, and I realized the only thing I really wanted to write about was books! Then I discovered book blogs. It was a very exciting moment for me.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

The only goal I had was the Goodreads challenge which I’d set for 24. And yes, I smashed it. Since I started blogging I read 36 books, which beat the challenge itself!

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?

Becaaaause I keep saying I’m going to read it but I never do! It’s a really hyped book for me and I have high expectations which always makes me really nervous. I just want to make sure I’m in the right mood for it before I read it so it doesn’t get ruined because I forced it, ok?!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Throne of Glass, but I still have high hopes that it will get better in book two!

3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Debut as in by a new author? I can’t say I’m anticipating any. I’m sure there will be many fabulous debuts though, so let’s say I’m looking forward to all of them!

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?

Crooked Kingdom?! If it comes out in 2016?! I really hope it does. But there’s no cover yet so I’m just going to cross my fingers and imagine its beautifulness. I mean, Six of Crows had black freaking pages. Tough to beat!

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

I would like to write more reviews! And get magically better at writing them!

6. A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Oh, OK ARC PEOPLE, JUST RUB IT IN MY FACE. I haven’t read any 2016 releases yet!


Wow that was long.

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

Reflections of November

Gooodbyyyyeeee November!

GUESS WHAT. I got a new job. WHOOP WHOOP. I have very politely been denying the fact that I ABSOLUTELY HATED my last job (well, current, because my contract isn’t technically up until the 17th). But I am officially going back to working with kids as a 4th and 5th grade Assistant Teacher. I couldn’t be happier! So overall, November was a great month just for that reason.

AND NOW, IT’S DECEMBER! CHRISTMAS! You know what’s awesome about working in a school? Never having to work over holidays and still getting paid, that’s what’s awesome. I’ve been working on my TBTB Santa gifts and it’s so much fun. I have so many crafts planned for Christmas presents and just ah. It’s gonna be a great month.

Back to last month… I didn’t read a whole lot. Again. I kind of went into a slump after speed-reading Winter, and then my eye was doing this weird thing and reading made my head hurt. So I haven’t read much in the last two weeks. But I’m okay with it! Let’s review:

Oh, insert: my wonderful boyfriend would like to say hi. So, “Hi!” – Tim

Books I Read:

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)The MartianSlaughterhouse-Five

Winter by Marissa Meyer – 3.5/5
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 3.5/5
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory – 3/5
The Martian by Andy Weir – 5/5
Slaughterhouse – Five – Kurt Vonnegut – 2/5

My standings for The Quest No. 1 are as follows:

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Disciple by Stephen Koontz
  5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

+ The Diary of Anne Frank

*Sigh*. I kind of think I’m going to give up on this quest. I will read these books eventually, but they’re just not priority at the moment. I want to read what I want to read, okay? Okay. Good talk.

Currently Reading:

Progress: 210/278

I am a huge fan of To Kill a Mockingbird. Every time I read it I love it more. So I was very excited about Go Set a Watchman. I am so torn about this book. Some pages I hate and others I love. Review to come!

Book Posts:

Book Review: Winter

Tags and Things:

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten authors that are NEW…to me
J. Bookish (me) fails at tags
Tag Week Day 1: The Autumn Book Tag!
Tag Week Day 2: Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag!Tag Week Day 3: The Inside Out Book Tag!
Tag Week Day 4: My Life in Books Tag!
Tag Week Day 5: The Book Courtship Tag!
Tag Week Finale: Seasons of Book Blogging Tag
(All exclamation points until the finale? I’m pretty sure that’s counter-intuitive. Story of my life.)

Other Stuff:

November TBR!!!
Reading Partners – VOLUNTEER!
November Book Haul! (Oh hey this is my 50th post)

Favorite Book of the Month:

The Martian

I actually saw the movie before I read this book. I had zero interest in reading it but my boyfriend wanted to see it and I love going to the movies so I was like yeah, let’s do it. And it was amazing. Hilarious and heartbreaking and so so so much better than I had expected. So of course, I wanted to know more and decided to listen to the book. Mark Watney is freaking amazing. As are all of the other characters. And all of the science. And the basic survival instinct. And everything. If you haven’t read this yet and are on the fence because of the fancy science talk, don’t even worry about it. The book is so much more than that, and you should read it. Liiike now.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

Slaughterhouse-Five

This was another one of those books that I just can’t understand why it is or was ever popular. At all. I HATE unreliable narrators and Billy Pilgrim is the absolutely least reliable of ALL NARRATORS EVER. Did he just have PTSD? Did he actually get abducted by aliens called Tralfamadorians and become un-stuck in time? WHAT. WHAT WAS YOUR DEAL, BILLY. If any of you ever see me considering a book that you know has an unreliable narrator, call the TBR police. PLEASE.


On another note, this has been a big month for my little blog! I hit and passed 100 wordpress followers, hit and went WAY past 1,000 views, and made my own tag! It’s been so fun seeing it spread! You all are just the bestest. I get warm and fuzzy feelings every time I get a like or comment or follow. *metaphorically hugging you all* :D

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

Reading Partners – VOLUNTEER!

AHHH I forgot to put this in my October wrap-up like I meant to. Bad Jordyn.

I recently started volunteering for an AmeriCorps program called Reading Partners and I wanted to get the information out to all of you readers!

Reading Partners is a really cool program that requires just an hour of your time each week to tutor a student at a low-income school who needs some extra help with their reading. It’s truly a fun, simple, and rewarding program. If you can spare an hour a week I highly encourage you to see if there’s a program near you that you can volunteer for!

Here’s the Reading Partners site link:

http://readingpartners.org/

Thank you for reading this PSA ;)

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

Reflections of October

Farewell, October.

Does this mean all of the leaves are going to fall? Dang it November. They’re so pretty. LEAVE THEM ALONE. Even though they’re dead and circle of life and all that.

So I was a TERRIBLE reader friend this month. I quite literally misplaced the book I was reading for a whole week. But I only read one book at a time, and I’m technically already reading two, so I couldn’t just abandon it and start a new one! I was all sorts of pumped for my October TBR and I basically failed miserably. I swear, though, November.. November will be better. Especially  because my parents are going to be gone for Thanksgiving and my significant other will probably have to work sooooooo…. I’ll be lacking on the whole family togetherness thing! But maybe I’ll try to cook my own Thanksgiving feast?! Omg. Pressure.

Hahaha I am such a rambler. I don’t know how you guys read these posts. It’s like being inside my brain which is sometimes confusing even for me.

Let’s just go ahead and dive in now!

Books I Read:

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2156Mansfield Park

So 9 books last month… five this month. Woooow.

I CROSS MY HEART I’LL BE BETTER NEXT MONTH.

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(sidenote: hahahahahahahahahaha my hero)

My standings for The Quest No. 1 are as follows:

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Disciple by Stephen Koontz
  5. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

STRUGGLES. I blame all of you for this, you wonderful book bloggers. I get too excited about new books and am ignoring the old books. But its ok. I’ll get through them eventually.

Currently Reading:

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)

Progress: 366/661

So this is the book that I misplaced. It was in my truck under a coat. Of course, I thought it was a million places OTHER than where it was. I thought I would have finished it but nothing about it makes me NEED TO READ. I don’t dislike it, I’m just not super involved. I think it’s Gregory’s writing style. Anywho, I’ll write more about it later. I’m thinking about watching the movie and doing a book to movie comparison? What do you think?

Progress: 281/754

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GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Book Posts:

The Grisha Trilogy: Series Recap
Re-thinking Twilight…
Library of Souls – Book Review!
Six of Crows Review and Let’s Discuss (No spoilers!)

Tags and Things:

The Emoji Book Tag!
Top Ten Tuesday: My Wish is Your Command

Other Stuff:

October TBR!!
A Post on Yoga
I went to… (!!!)
Fairy Tale Adaptations

Favorite Book of the Month:

23437156WHOOP WHOOP. If you check out my review for this one you’ll see. Actually, if you check out anyone’s reviews you’ll see. Plus, Leigh Bardugo favorited my tweet SOOO basically a big deal.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

Mansfield ParkI haaaatteeeddd this book. I love Jane. I LOVED Persuasion this month. But omg Mansfield Park was horrible. It was not at all up to her usual standard. I’m going to read Emma next month I think, hopefully it will get me back on good terms with Jane.

That’s it for this month!

P.S. How was your Halloween?? Did you do anything fun?? We went to see Goosebumps and I LOVED it I think they did such a good job. And of course, we dressed up as Mario and Princess Peach!

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

I went to….. (!!!)

Hello friends!

This weekend I went on a lovely anniversary mini-vacation with my wonderful boyfriend! Normally I wouldn’t bore you with details about my real human life, BUT I have a very important bookish visit to share!!

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WE WENT TO POWELL’S!!!!!! Powell’s Book City is the largest independent bookstore IN. THE. WORLD. and oh my goodness it is FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC (especially if you’re a fan of books…hehe…ok I’m done). I had a mini meltdown when we walked in. The bookstore is like a giant maze of floors and rooms of rainbow colors. Each color is a different section. Each book has new and used copies of varying prices. So basically I got books that look brand new and beautiful for about half price! It was so cool. AND there were tons of people in there, which always makes me happy because yay people love books!

Sara Bareilles was there for a book signing which was pretty cool (I didn’t go because to be honest I wasn’t particularly interested in buying her book). But still, I mean, famous person in the house! *Insert raising the roof motion*.

I ended up only allowing myself to buy four books. Tim also got four books because we’re a cool couple like that.

And here they are! Well, here mine are.

These three I’ve been wanting for a while:

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Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I’ve wanted to read this for a really long time but I’ve had two problems: 1. They replaced the original with the movie cover and I obviously didn’t want that one and 2. It’s weirdly expensive considering its size. But I finally found it used for $10 and I’m super excited about it!

More Than This by Patrick Ness

I don’t know anything about this other than amazing. And it’s going to stay that way until I’ve read it myself!

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve actually heard pretty terrible things about this one but I loved the movie and want to read it for myself. I don’t have terribly high expectations except for a fun read so hopefully that will help!

Aaaaand this one I’d never heard of:

IMG_5933The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

I pretty much love all of the trashy Tudor stories. So I’m excited to kind of check out and read this one, I’ve been reading lots of really engaging books lately and my brain and heart need a break! Bring on the trashy novels.

The cover is cool right?! It’s like gold inlaid and the photo is weird because I wanted it to show off its shininess. It’s definitely quite used but all of the other covers were of the movie (it’s a movie? with Natalie Portman?? HUH?) and only $6, so I went for it. Woot woot!

On another note, we also went to VooDoo Doughnuts, which you should go visit if you’re in Portland, because it’s quite yummy and where else are you going to get a chocolate and peanut butter doughnut called Dirty Old Bastard?

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Have you read any of my new books?? Been to Portland?? Let me know!

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

A Post on Yoga

Pardon the quick interruption from your scheduled book blogging for…

A Post on: Yoga

Inappropriate sidenote: omg that woman has really buff shoulders

I know you know what yoga is. But have you ever REALLY tried it?

I have back problems. I was a cheerleader in high school (there’s a long story behind it, don’t judge me) and at one point we were practicing stunting, a girl fell, and I ended up with a vertebra popped out of its rightful place in my spine. I also ended up with a broken nose once, cheerleading is dangerous folks. How the hell was I once comfortable standing on one leg 7 ft in the air? These are the questions I ask myself. The chiropractor fixed me up, but I’ve had issues ever since. Sometimes my vertebrae still pop out, which freaking HURTS, but most of the time I just have weird twinges and general discomfort.

In addition, I hate working out. I also have asthma (hahaha I’m such a healthy child), so running is a bit of a challenge for me. Plus, if I’m being honest, I have long hair and I hate having to dry it but if I let it dry by itself it becomes a crazy half-curled beast and sweat = shower and GAH. Sorry. I digress.

I’ve taken yoga classes over the years, and I pretty much thought they were boring. I was too restless to hold still and focus on my breathing, so I preferred pilates (which is great too).

Now, I’m really tired of my back hurting. I’m not old enough to have joint pain (right?!!!). So I decided to give yoga a whole new try. I found Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube and she has a segment called 30 Days of Yoga so I went for it.

OHMYGOD. The WONDER. My whole body is happier. My brain is relaxed. Even though it feels like I’m doing very little, my muscles are doing an inner happy dance because each and every one of them is engaged.

My muscles:

I’ve attached  the link to day one of Adrienne’s 30 days of yoga so you can try it, if you’d like. I know it feels silly (I used to be the girl who would giggle in yoga classes), but if you just completely focus on your body for 30 minutes every day it will do you a whole world of difference, trust me. Plus, Adrienne is awesome because she doesn’t take herself too seriously like some yogis do.

Day one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBu-pQG6sTY

That is all.

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading! (Or, you know, try some yoga)

J. Bookish

Re-thinking Twilight…

HMMMMMM.

So.

I’m only doing this because it has been ten years since I read these books, and I am supposed to be an adult now.

So.

HMMMMMM.

I’m sure all of you have heard by now that Stephenie Meyer has re-written Twilight with switched gender perspectives. As in Bella = Beau and Edward = Edythe.

Soooo I have made my position on the Twilight saga quite clear. In case you don’t know, I’m from Port Angeles, WA. Also known as the town that Edward and Bella go on their date in, etc. etc. When I was in high school, people from all over the country came to visit my town and see the movie premiers in a theater so crappy that it has now been officially closed. It was just ridiculous and it pissed 16-year old me off. Seriously, go Google Port Angeles and press “images” and Twilight comes up. And no, none of the movie was filmed there. Which added to my irritation. Plus, teenage me hated anything everyone else loved.

Me and my mommy dearest in good ole PA

But before all that… I read the books. And if I’m being honest, I liked them. THIS IS A BIG DEAL FOR ME TO SAY, GUYS. THIS IS MY TWILIGHT COMING OUT. Did I like Bella? No. She was pretty pathetic. But they were a fun read and you know what? No matter what you think of them, they are a freakin movement. Stephenie Meyer made the love triangle popular. She made vampires popular. Hell, she made YA popular. She deserves partial credit for this incredible genre we all love. And you know what? Kudos, Stephanie. Kudos. You rocked it. I can only dream of achieving even a fraction of what you have.

BUT NOW. What is this?! Too far. Not on board. I’m jumping ship. Again. I was never really on the ship. But anyway. It drives me crazy when authors don’t know when to let go. I understand that she’s addressing the flack she’s gotten on the fact that her protagonist is basically a doormat. But the Twilight saga is over. OVER, PEOPLE. LET IT GO.

That is all.

What do you guys think?? Excited? Irritated? Let me know below!

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

Reflections of September

Goodbye September!

Is it just me, or was September a ridiculously busy month?! The last few weeks I’ve been all MIA from my blog and all of your blogs and I’m so sad about it! School has picked up (got a 94% on my first exam, whoop!), work has been crazy and leaving me drained, I was sick, I had my birthday (I’m 23?! How did that happen?), and I’ve recently been very into yoga.

But seriously, let me tell ya, there have been a few nights this month that I have just needed a bubble bath and a glass of wine. You know? You know. Unless you’re under-aged. And then you can plead the 5th. But hey, it’s Fall! And I LOVE Fall. Lets do dis.

Books I Read:

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

The Diary of a Young GirlThe Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

ERMMM apparently I was really into series this month? Aaaaand Anne Frank is just chillin there in the middle. I’m playing catch-up from my college years so this will probably be a common theme. Plus I FREAKING LOVED the Grisha trilogy!!!!!!! I just. I can’t even.

 

My standings for The Quest No. 1 are as follows:

  1. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
  2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Disciple by Stephen Koontz

So I decided not to rank The Diary of a Young Girl, so the standings are the same. I am currently working on Team of Rivals, but it is very very very very long! I’m not giving up on this list, never fear, Jordyn is here! Sorry. I had to.

Currently Reading:

Progress: 281/754

OKAY OKAY I KNOW but this book takes about 10x as long as any other book does to read. The pages are huge and the words are small and I don’t want to rush through it because it is actually fascinating. But this is probably going to take another 2 months or so to read if I’m being realistic.

Book Posts:

Percy Jackson: A series recap

Anne Frank.

Thoughts: The Darkling from Shadow and Bone

Tags and Things:

My Reading Habits Tag

Bedtime Book Tag

Top 10: Series I may never finish

Top 10: Characters I just didn’t click with

Other Stuff:

September TBR!! (Pssst. I utterly failed this list)

Favorite Book of the Month:

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

I was torn between Ruin and Rising and Shadow and Bone, but I ended up just being so amazed by Bardugo and my own feelings in this one so I had to pick it! I don’t want to rave too much here because I’ll be posting a review soon, but I just absolutely loved this book and Six of Crows will be in my hands on Thursday because I will officially read anything that Leigh writes. Like, send me her grocery lists, I’m in. Probably not her grocery lists… I’m not a stalker. I promise.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

I haven’t posted a review about this one either!! AH I’M SO BEHIND. I’ll get to it. But I did actually like this book. This was a good book month for me. It was just slow compared to The Maze Runner and I am just so frustrated!! Tell me I’ll get some answers in The Death Cure?!

That’s it for this month!

I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading.

J. Bookish