Saturday, February 20, 2021

How It's Going so Far in 2021

Dear readers,( my loves) 

Normally by now, we would be in the full swing of things here on the blog, I would have had my 30 days (ish) of posts about the new year and goals and objectives, I would have shared the fun challenges I'm giving myself t this year and all the books I want to tackle.

Last year (2020 as a whole) was exhausting, the need to stay on top of all that was happening in healthcare (it's my chosen career field and where I currently work) and staying abreast of all the abuses of power taking place in the world really knocked me for a loop. I couldn't find it in me to get lost in a book, I was in preservation/ survival mode. I didn't really come out of it until after January 20th and to be real I'll probably never be the same.  As many of us will never be the same. We survived four years of gaslighting, four years of abuse, and trying to live in a panorama, it's beyond depressing.

I can honestly say if I hadn't gone to therapy and gotten some new techniques on how to handle trauma then I wouldn't honestly know where I would be and what kind of state I would be in. 2020 has been the first year since I've learned to read as a child that I can say I never read a pleasure book or any kind of book beyond work material ever. I've never not read for a whole year, I almost didn't buy any books last year either, I stopped using my planners, I stopped tracking everything, beyond March of 2020 I went into survival mode and focused on getting things done to stay ahead of what was happening and nothing more.

I want 2021 to be different. Already it is different. I have used my Scribd subscription I have borrowed books and listened and read them from the library. I've actually purchased books to have on my shelves (some of which were the ones from last year that I missed). I've actually gone back into my socials and am participating again. I've started filming for youtube again and here I am writing a blog post.  It feels like coming out a fog, I'm not just focused on survival now, now I want to go back to living & finding ways in which to thrive.  

I'm not setting some elaborate goals for the blog or the youtube channel. My goals this year are to get back into reading and enjoy it. 2020 really helped me realize with all the drama that was going on and all the people who kept outing themselves as trash authors that I don't want or need on my shelves anymore, 2021 is going to be a year of serious purging. I'm going to be getting rid of a few read & unread books by authors that are problematic and those that are just plain racist trash. Come along with me on this journey as I purge, curate, and purchase the kind of library I will love and hold onto.  (until the next author outs themselves as trash.) 

How has your year been??? Are you finding yourself struggling to get lost in a good book as well?? Or were you able to hide from 2020 between the pages??? Share some of your favorites with me cause boy do I need them. 

Thank You for stopping by and taking to the time to read, & comment (if you do comment).

Monday, November 2, 2020

Yule Holiday Reading List 2020

Yule Reading Challenge
November 1, 2020 - January 6, 2021

Welcome back to another year of the Yule Reading Challenge, here I attempt to read all the Yule/ Christmas books listed on my shelves and any ARCs I might have.  Last year I did this list and really enjoyed reading some of the books I owned.  This lead to me falling in love with a few new authors and adding them on to the TBR Pile but also made me aware of the awesome stories already sitting on the pile from those authors as well.

With another season on us I wanted to give myself plenty of time to really fall in love with these books, since I don't celebrate Thanksgiving I'm going to be going right from Halloween reads right into the Yule season.  If you would like to join in just share in the comments down below and we can work on motivating each other to clean up the TBR Pile just a little bit more.  To make this more fun, this year we are going to be doing some giveaways as well. More to be announced so be on the lookout!!

Now onto the books to be read:

Books From the Stockpile
  • Naughty or Nice by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Friends
  • A SEAL Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear
  • A Bride For Christmas by Heather Graham and Friends
  • This Christmas by Jane Green and Friends
  • Under The Mistletoe by Stephanie Bond
  • The Secret Life of Mrs. Claus by Carly Alexander
  • Christmas on Mimosa Lane by Anna DeStefano
  • Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Three Days on Mimosa Lane Anna DeStefano
  • @Home For The Holidays by Meredith Efken
  • Jingle Bells Rock Anthology Lori Foster, Janelle Denison & More
  • Mistletoe Games Jaci Burton
  • Dating Mr. December by Phillipa Ashley (re-Read)
  • Christmas Star by Roz Denny Fox
  • Yule Be Mine by Lori Foster
  • I'm Your Santa Anthology Lori Foster & Friends
  • Holiday Temptation Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon & K.M. Jackson
  • The Holiday Inn (Anthology)
  • Mistletoe & Molly by Janet Dailey
  • Santa in Montana
  • Searching For Santa
  • The Gift by Nora Roberts
  • First Impressions by Nora Roberts
  • Winter Nights (Anthology)
  • Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas by Soraya Lane
  • Secret Prince's Christmas Seduction by Carol Marinelli

ARCs That I Need To Read:

  • The Keepers Christmas In Salem Heather Graham 
  • A Last Chance Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson
  • A Christmas To Remember by Jill Shalvis and Friends
  • Christmas With The Seal by Tawny Weber 
  • Christmas With The Billionaire Rancher by Mandy Baxter

Books I'm Adding on This Year ():
  • Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas by Soraya Lane
  • Secret Prince's Christmas Seduction by Carol Marinelli
  • It Must Be Christmas by Jennifer Crusie, Donna Alward & Mandy Baxter
Let me know if you have read any of these and should I move them to the top.  I'm sure I will find more in my kindle, but for now, these are the ones I would like to work on.  The goal isn't to add any more books to this list but to clean up the books that have been waiting all year for me to read them.

Any comments or questions please feel free to leave them down below, and I will see you tomorrow my loves.

Friday, October 2, 2020

2020 Spooky TBR

Hi my loves since it's October, I thought I would challenge myself to read from the paranormal bookshelf that I have been severely neglecting so far this year.  With so many choices I decided I didn't want to tie myself down to specific books because as we know the second I do that, I rebel and don't follow through so instead I have a few prompts that will aide me in picking a few good reads this month. 

There is also a Samhain WitchAthon taking place from October 24th to the 31st. Here are the prompts:
  •  Samhain is a time for honoring your ancestors... so once again, pick a book that features your heritage.
  •  This Sabbat is a time when the veil is thinnest, pick a book that features communing with the dead... (ghosts or mediumship or necromancy)
  • We are heading into the darkest part of the year... Pick a book that promises to be dark & twisted.
  • Witches often make offerings to spirit guides or gods... Pick a book that involves a pantheon of deities!
  • Dancing round the bonfire is a Samhain tradition... pick a book that has fire on the cover.
  • Many celebrate the Sabbat as Halloween and dress up, post a picture of your costume and tag the readathon!
  • Read Group book Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir ( I won't be doing this as I'm reading only books I own) 
You can follow along on twitter with the hashtag #WitchAThon and the live show after the readathon is on November 1st at 6pm CST

Spooky Reads for the Season:
  • L.A. Banks 
  • Heather Graham & the Krewe of Hunters series
  • Gena Showalter
  • Nalini Singh
  • Maggie Shayne ( non ebooks only) 
  • Shiloh Walker
  • Katie MacAlister
  • Jennifer L Armentrout
  • Holly Black
  • Lilith Saintcrow
  • Natasha Preston
  • Christine Feehan
  • Alice Hoffman
  • The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
  • The Witches by Roal Dahl 
  • Fifth Grave by Darynda Jones
  • A Little Night Magic
  • Thornjack (re-read) by Katherine Harbour
  • Briar Queen by Katherine Harbour
  • Nettle King by Katherine Harbour
  • Julie Kagawa
  • Rin Chupeco
These are just a few of the books and authors I want to check in on. Let me know what spooky books are on your list this month. If you would like to buddy read let me know. 

May your reading be hauntingly awesome this month my loves