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February Reads

What book are you enjoying so far from your February TBR?

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I’m really enjoying The Alienist by Caleb Carr. The TNT show is based on this book and I wanted to read it before I watched it. I’ve purposely avoided any specific details about the show so I don’t know how close it is to the book but I can say that the book is really good! I’ll have a more detailed review once I’m done, but if you enjoy historical fiction with a dash of true crime, you’ll enjoy this.

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The other books featured here are books I hope to get to this month and books I didn’t get to finish in January. I’m winding down on It by Stephen King and the feels are too real. I don’t want the Losers Club to die!😢 I’m thoroughly enjoying the Arabic inspired fantasy City of Brass—such gorgeous writing and the folkloric details are my jam! I’m enjoying The Night Circus, but I’m not loving it as much as other people. I don’t think circus stories are for me (I wasn’t a fan of Caraval either), but I’m enjoying the story enough to see how it ends.

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I’m really eager to read the rest! I’ve got a huge stack of graphic novels from the library I need to catch up on.

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We had a three day weekend and we have another one coming up. It’s a short week but it feels like it’s taking so long for it to end!

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October TBR

My TBR is pretty fluid but I do stay on track for the most part thanks to my reading tracker. And audiobooks–I’ve been able to finish so many books this way! (I’d give you a percentage on my completion rate before and after I started listening to audiobooks, but I’m not going to even pretend that I can math right now. Or ever. But it’s a lot.).

And just so you know, in case you can’t already tell, I will read almost anything (nonfiction is still a struggle for me). YA is my favorite but I also love fantasy (middle grade, YA, and Adult).

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But in the last two months I’ve branched out into two genres that I haven’t tried–Political thriller and Stephen King. I picked up the Mitch Trapp series by Vince Flynn and so far I’m really enjoying it. And yes, I think Stephen King is his own genre. I’m reading Revival (for the #grimdragon Read Along), IT (buddy read with @zoetzure) and The Drawing of Three (bc I want to know what’s going to happen to Roland). The only writing convention his books conform to is his own distinct style of storytelling and his flawed characters that you can’t help cheering for. You really can’t put King in one genre which is really quite brilliant. (Clearly, I’m still in the honeymoon stage of discovering a new to me author. Let’s see what happens when the gang returns to Derry or Roland gets to the Dark Tower or what’s Reverend Jacob’s sermon going to be before he leaves.)

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How do you pick your TBR? Have you tried any new to you authors lately that surprised you?

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Pre-birthday celebration with my sister today–lunch and a book signing! Have a great day!

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July TBR 

Okay. Where did the weekend go? I swear it was here just a minute ago! Summer needs to slow down and stop rushing through the weekend!.

That’s when I realized I hadn’t posted my July TBR! 😅 The Emperor’s Blades, The Sun is also a Star, and Lord of Shadows are from June that I’m hoping to finish this month. All the rest are buddy reads! I knowww. I usually only do two buddy reads, three if I’m daring each month, but this month, I somehow agreed to seven. 😅 Maybe it was the allure of summer reading and the promise of more free time (I’m donkey laughing at myself for being so naive) that had me saying yes to all the buddy reads this month, but I love buddy reads and I’m enjoying these so far! (And just to clarify, these buddy reads are not happening all at the same time.) Featured is my reading tracker in bullet journal to help me track my reading. Scroll down to see a close up or check out the tag #jennfscurrentreadstracker on Instagram to see more. 

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What’s on your TBR this month? What has been your favorite summer read so far?

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My son’s 5th birthday is on Tuesday but we’ve been doing all the celebrating this weekend. Today we’re surprising the family to a trip to Chuck E. Cheese. My five year old and three year old have never been and have seen the commercials (Well played, Chuck E. Cheese. Well played.) What are your plans for today?

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April Current Reads

Is it Friday yet? 😳 How’s your week going? We’re chomping at the bit for Spring Break here. My family has one more week of school and we can’t wait! .

If you saw my Story earlier this week, I shared my TBR pile for books to read before two book festivals at the end of this month. This is about a quarter of it! 😰 It’s ambitious but I’m determined! Any you see here that you’ve read? Let me know in the comments but no spoilers please! 

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For #watermelanerdsapril Favorite Author! Roshani Chokshi is fast becoming one of my favorite authors! I loved TSTQ and ACOW has been fantastic so far! I can’t wait to meet her at Y’all West. 

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For #squeakybookishlibrary Ally and Enemy! Gauri and Vikram are perfect for this! If you love the troupe where the main characters start off hating each other, become friends, and eventually…well, I haven’t gotten that far in the book, but my fingers are crossed! 🤞🏽

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For #thehamiltonedition Anticipated Releases, ACOW was one of my most anticipated releases this year!

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My Shh…I’m reading bookmark is made by the wonderful Mary @markedbymary. 

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This is my entry for the #bookoutletamreading giveaway for a $50 gift card to @bookoutlet. If you haven’t tried Book Outlet, I highly recommend it. You’ll love me (or hate me) for sharing the awesomeness that is discounted books from Book Outlet! Check out giveaway details on their profile. Ends Friday, 10 am EST. 

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Book Challenges: Catching up

Yay! An actual post! I have so much to catch up on! Some of these challenges are late. Some are on time. But, hey, I’m just so pleased I can finally post! 😁.

For #boookstagramchallenge16, 1,2 Freddy’s coming for you-Favorite book in a series: Okay. So, I finished Six of Crows and just started Crooked Kingdom. I really enjoyed SoC, but friends, I think I might like CK even more! I didn’t think it was possible!

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For #grimdragon, Always on my TBR List was The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. I got this book last year and I’m just now buddy reading it with Jenn @_a_tad_bit_bookish. I don’t know why it took me so long to read it, but I’m really enjoying it so far.

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For #livelaughbooksoctober, Auto buy author three of my favorites are here: Maggie Stiefvater, Marissa Meyer, and Leigh Bardugo!

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For #watermelanerdsoctober, Create your own dystopia: hmm…I don’t really want to live in a dystopian society, but I would be very sad if Trump won. 😩

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For #lilbookishoctober, Autumn #bookstack. I took my little ones to our local nature center trail and carried all these books around the 1/4 mile and 2 mile trails to find just the right spot to take this picture #forbookstagram. Several people were already there with cameras taking pictures, so me taking pictures of books here didn’t seem to phase anyone. 😆

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For #octoberfantasychallenge, Which department in the Magic of Ministry department would you work for? It would be neat to enchant objects. I’m not sure what department that is though—department of enchantments? 

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For #nerdybookchallenge, T is for…TROUBLE. This stack is my #currentreads and all the characters are in trouble right now and it’s causing me anxiety! 

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For #bookoshotsoctober, Tongue tango with Voldy or IT? OMG. Natasha @shotmeinthebook and Dani @bookosauraus_rex! WHY? Just no!!! 

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Oh gosh! I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! This is the first time all week that I’ve had a chance to post. This week has been extra busy for my family. My days are occupied with errands and keeping my little ones entertained and stimulated. While my evenings are spent spent working on my fourth grader’s campaign for vice president and my second grader is working on his All About Me poster project. Then it’s to bed completely exhausted! I’m so grateful to you all for your posts and stories! It’s been a nice little escape in between crafts and vice president speech drafting to peek in and see how bookish life is going! 😁 Tomorrow my oldest will be giving his speech in front of the school! I’m both excited and nervous for him, but so proud. How’s everyone’s week going? What have you been up to?

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#booksandnature

Current Reads Update

Here’s an update on what I’m #currentlyreading. I finished The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski @marierutkoski the other night. I’ll be honest. The first half of the book was a rough start for me, but once I got to the second half and THINGS GOT REAL, I couldn’t stop reading after that. I’ve already started the second book and I’m really enjoying it! 
I’m also a quarter of the way through The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi @roshanichokshi. I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorites this year. Gorgeous imagery, Indian folktales and world building—YES PLEASE. I’m really trying to take my time with this one, but it’s really hard because the writing is so beautiful. I just want to immerse myself in this world!
I’m buddy reading Winter by Marissa Meyer with mah #booktwin Amy @ladyofthelibrary and YOU GUYS I’m only 70 pages in (sorry Amy!) and I know this book will end me. It’s like that time I read The Raven King. I was really eager to find out what happened to my beloved characters, enjoying the story, and then it was over. Then sadness. I think this series will be harder to get over because I started reading it when it first came out and I actually had to wait for each book, so these characters have been in my life for a lot longer! With The Raven Cycle, I only had to wait for The Raven King. Hahaha! I’m enjoying it so much and OMG CAPTAIN THORNE. 
Okay. So you know how a few posts back I posted my dilemma about my #currentreads for July? Basically, I had books selected and then the library happened. The library strikes again! My audio book for All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven finally (after almost a month of waiting) became available! 
I’m really hoping I can make a dent this weekend with my books, but we’re having a small family get together for my son’s 4th birthday Sunday. (His birthday is actually Monday. 7/11!) Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Book Challenge:

#julywithcj “Currently Reading” • #ampersandjuly16 “Halfway”

Six Word Story Challenge: Day 1-7

I have here my first week’s entries for MJ’s @pageflutter #pfsixwordchallenge. Each day for July, there’s a different prompt where you come up with a story for it, only using six words. For a word nerd like me, this has been A LOT of fun. It’s not too late to join! I originally had planned just to show my entries up to day 6, but I couldn’t resist writing the story for day 7 and went ahead and did that too. (I know I should have waited until tomorrow to post, but peoples, I’m on a posting schedule!) 
Also posted is my #writersbulletjournal with my #currentreads layout. You can see that I started marking my reading each day for the month so far. I love tracking my progress for books this way because I can see which books I like a lot and which need more attention. (Tooth and Claw, you will get finished this month!!) On the right are my Book Activity lists. I plan on creating a blog post about this, so check back her for it!
You can’t see it here in this picture, but there are other posts in my feed featuring my desk as my workspace. Here is where I store my washi collection and all other stationery items for writing and journaling. You can see a glimpse of one of the drawers from my washi tape organizer here too. I’m still organizing, reorganizing it, but I’m thinking it might be neat to organize them in a rainbow washi style. Y/Y?
Challenge:

#pfsixwordchallenge Days 1-7 • #rockyourhandwriting “Reading list” • #planwiithmechallenge “Work Space”