Breaking Rules and Using the O.W.Ls Readathon

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I had to do this. Breaking the rules was necessary because there are no cool readathons going on this week (or the next few weeks, for that matter). By “cool,” I just mean readathons that speak to me in a way that makes sense. Needless to say, I am stealing the prompts of the O.W.Ls to guide me.

(A joke bubbled through my throat and fizzled into nothing. You missed it. It was good, too. Let’s carry on).

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Image courtesy of Predra6 on Pixabay. For week 2 of July 2018, I am combining
Tom Topple has started a few days ago. A readathon created by the glorious Sam
**Image by viveksonkar19n  on Pixabay.  In an effort to tackle my huge pile of unread

A Very Late Book Haul for July 2018

I have been having a difficult lately with life and I apologize for being scarce. A few things have come up, which led to a strange metamorphosis. It is a process so I need to take the time to follow through with what the pain is teaching me. In other words, excuse my late book haul for July 2018.

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        For May 2018, I decided to branch out more than usual.
    Welcome to my book haul for the month of April 2018. I do

Top 10 Middle Grade Book Series I Want To Experience This Year

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Not a genre I normally reach for, middle-grade books have been fantastic hits for me lately. As this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is not quite something I haven’t discussed yet on the blog, I am dedicating my post to middle-grade books. In short, my discussion is of middle-grade books I want to get to this year (or early next year).

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For this week's Top 10 Tuesday, I am twisting the prompt a bit. Rather than
**Image by Jill 111 on Pixabay  As someone who struggles with a mood disorder, I
I am not adventurous in any way. It takes a lot for books to make

Mishmash of Readathons: Reading Plans for Week 2 of July 2018

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For week 2 of July 2018, I am combining all kinds of readathons to see what will feel good at that moment. Honestly, if I can read anything, I’d be content.

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Image courtesy of Stocksnap on Pixabay. I had to do this. Breaking the rules was
Tom Topple has started a few days ago. A readathon created by the glorious Sam
**Image by viveksonkar19n  on Pixabay.  In an effort to tackle my huge pile of unread

Reading Fantasy Staples and Introducing Treasure Chest Feature

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In my first week of July, I have started participating in Tome Topple. Eager to explore fantasy staple novels, I took on two installments in two very different yet related series.

Fantasy Staples

It is all kinds of fun to read a book series that inspired one of our most influential fantasy novels up to date. So, when I finally started reading Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, it was exciting to see how it inspired Brandon Sanderson as a writer.

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Goodbye June, you were a rough month. Growing up is hard work, but I am
Week 3 of June included a loss of my blog's purpose. In a sense, I
For week 1 of June 2018, I was able to tackle two series: Sarah J.

Tome Topple Summer of 2018 Reading Hopes and Dreams

Tom Topple has started a few days ago. A readathon created by the glorious Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, this event is about reading big books. It is an opportunity to tackle intimidating stories. Naturally, I am breaking rules left and right. You know how unrealistic my reading expectations are.

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Image courtesy of Stocksnap on Pixabay. I had to do this. Breaking the rules was
Image courtesy of Predra6 on Pixabay. For week 2 of July 2018, I am combining
**Image by viveksonkar19n  on Pixabay.  In an effort to tackle my huge pile of unread

Goodbye June, Reading Marie Lu’s “Legend” and Sad Music

Goodbye June, you were a rough month. Growing up is hard work, but I am grateful for all the lessons I am learning now. I look forward to improving. Talking about these things in detail gives me intense, gut-churning anxiety. Let’s move on.

Okay, so June, I only read a few books. Some of them were huge. All of them were awesome.

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Image courtesy of username 1103489 on Pixabay. In my first week of July, I have
Week 3 of June included a loss of my blog's purpose. In a sense, I
For week 1 of June 2018, I was able to tackle two series: Sarah J.

Top 10 Book(s) (Series) I Wish I’d Read Sooner

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, I am twisting the prompt a bit. Rather than talking about series on my TBR that I want to finish, I am going to talk about books or series I wish I’d read sooner. Most of these books, you’ll notice, are fantasy novels. I need to read more fantasy or sci-fi, but it intimidates me a lot.

Books I Don’t Think I Can Handle

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Image courtesy of Couleur on Pixabay. Not a genre I normally reach for, middle-grade books
**Image by Jill 111 on Pixabay  As someone who struggles with a mood disorder, I
I am not adventurous in any way. It takes a lot for books to make

My Mental Health Emotional Toolkit

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Rather than having a blog entirely dedicated to books, I want to raise awareness on my intersectional existence across different communities. One of those landmarks is mental illness. As someone trying to cope with mental illness, I am exploring options for my emotional, emergency toolkit.

The Emotional Toolkit

An “emotional toolkit” is a bouquet of ways to deal with negative emotions. You can read more about it here. 

Part of my journey with mental illness has to do with recognizing my own patterns. I get really angry and frustrated by the isolation my condition brings about. When I do feel “up” enough, I reach out only to go “down” again before I can see the relationship through.

But, more than anything, it’s the lack of emotional self-help and micro-management of the tiny spikes and dips in my mood. This is why an emotional emergency toolbox is of use. Continue reading “My Mental Health Emotional Toolkit”

Dipping Into Sci-Fi Old Hits from Early 2010’s

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In an effort to tackle my huge pile of unread books, I am trying to change things up by reading older books. Sci-fi old hits are going to be what I try to incorporate into my reading plans over the summer.

Encouraged by Fellow-Readers

If you have not met La La, you’re missing out. She’s a cool blogger and a musician, bad-ass mom, and all-around awesome person. La La mentioned the Scifi Summer of 2018 in her post here. 

I am going to try to weave in some sci-fi throughout the summer (I hope). I have a couple of series that I’d like to delve into (and finish).

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Image courtesy of Stocksnap on Pixabay. I had to do this. Breaking the rules was
Image courtesy of Predra6 on Pixabay. For week 2 of July 2018, I am combining
Tom Topple has started a few days ago. A readathon created by the glorious Sam