Sunday, February 15, 2015

Where Have I Been?

I don't normally write about these kinds of things on this blog unless they deal with books in some way. But considering this is my blog and I should explain why I haven't blogged in so long, here we are! Cutting to the chase, I'm just going to come out with it: I haven't been blogging because I truly haven't been feeling like blogging. Or doing anything that I used to love doing. Why? Well, depression.

I've never openly talked about having depression but I think that it's hard to hide it now. I haven't been feeling like doing anything except being in bed and watching Netflix. My grades have stuffer end and as you can see, the blog has too.

I'm not writing this to get sympathy or get more viewers. I feel like I should explain where I've been. I don't think I'll be blogging for a while on here (or anywhere). I need to focus more on myself for now until I'm feeling better to blog.

I hope you all will stick around until then!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Web Series based on Books!

I love it when books or movies I love are adapted and when Pride and Prejudice was adapted into a web series, I was obsessed. Now that this form is becoming so popular, I'm creating this master post of all of the web series I've seen. If I've missed any, let me know!

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Hello, 2015

How it is already 2015 is blowing my mind. How is this year already here?! For me, 2015 has a big milestone for me: I turned 20 and officially left behind my teenage years. Since my birthday was on the 2nd, the idea that I'd been on this planet for TWO DECADES made this reflection time even more special. I've come to the conclusion that this year, I want it to be the year that I do what I want and not have any regrets that I didn't do something.

Just read

Even though I did create a Goodreads challenge, I want to read for myself more than anything. Of course I'm going to have review books here and there, but this year, I want to re-read as many books as I want or take as long as I want to read a book. 

Blog for myself 

Notice I said blog and not book blog! The thing is, last year I began a personal blog that I didn't update as much as I would have liked but this year, I will change that! I want that blog and this blog to grow and change and become something new. 

Life my life

This sounds so simple and honestly, you would think that it would be. But I have anxiety and I tend to over think EVERYTHING. This year, however, I just want to enjoy life. I want to walk around my university and the town and see the wonders around me. I want to visit Charlotte more often and just enjoy being in a city.

Be happy

I want to smile everyday and truly, truly be happy. I remember being on Twitter on New Years and I found this picture that said simply "Are you happy?" The answer at that time for me was no, I wasn't happy. But in the future, I want that answer to change. Of course I won't be happy all the time, every time, but I want to be able to find peace in the things I can't change or that don't go my way. 

Love myself

Some things that happened last year made me truly reflect on how I see myself and how I want to see myself. There are major changes I want to make that I think will help me get to a good place in my life. 

Love others

I want to show the people I care about them that I do indeed love them. I want to build and strengthen my relationships with the people in my life. 

Do something new

Or something scary. Or Something exciting. Or something unordinary. Just something. 

And that's it! I know that this list isn't long at all and that's how I wanted it. I think that having too many expectations isn't a good thing. Too often, when we're let down, we let that bother us far too much. So this year, I want to focus on the little things as mentioned about. I want to make 2015 my year! 

*Cross posted with my personal blog! 

2015 Challenges

This post is going to have all of the challenges I plan on participating in this year! I'll have update posts throughout the year but this is basically for the sign ups!


In 2012, I created this challenge to read a list of classic books by the time Spring 2017 came around. I didn't really keep up with it but I plan on changing that this year! I absolutely love reading classics and this was a great challenge back then for me to make an effort to read more of them. I'm hoping that I can get at least 1 classic a month, if not more!

Remember when I created this challenge for myself way back in 2012? Well, I'm bringing this back too! I created a new image because the one from 2012 was boring and old...and just looked bad. I didn't really do well in the graphics area back then. While I would love a lot of diversity in YA books, I think that all books should become diverse!  

Hosted by Alexa and Rachel 
A challenge to read fantasy books?! Yes, please! As you all might or might not know, I love fantasy novels and I read a lot in 2014. I hope to do the same in 2015 and I think this might help me do it! I'm going to shoot for 24 fantasy books for this year so basically one per month. It's a low number but I plan on reading a lot of other genres as well and some re-reads! 

Hosted by Hannah and Kelly 
I actually made a separate post for this one already but I LOVE re-reading books so of course I had to sign up for this one!  

Hosted by Brittany 
The second I found out that this challenge existed, I signed right up (well, this is my sign up post but you know what I mean). I LOVE my planner and (attempting) to get organized! This challenge runs from January to June and each month has a theme! You can read more about that in detail here but basically, this challenge isn't about scheduling everything but having more of a game plan (as Brittany says on her post) and I love that. I think this will give me enough structure to keep up with my blog but enough to allow me to be free to try and do new things! 

Bout of Books 12

Bout of Books
Well, they there guys! Welcome to 2015! While this won't be my official post for 2015, I wanted to quickly write up a post for the Bout of Books read-a-thon that I will be participating in again but hopefully I don't fail like I did last time! This time around, there is not absolute goal setting required which I think is cool (as in creating a separate post just for the goals we have) but I actually do have some goals!

I want to read these books by the 10 because I actually leave for school on the 11th so that doesn't do much for me. Some of these are library books and others are books for review. I'm already going to start two of them by the time this read-a-thon actually begins:

And here are my updates!
January 5
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January 6  
Books completed:
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January 7
Books completed:
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January 8
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January 9
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January 10
Books completed:
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January 11
Books completed:
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Total Books Read:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Re-Read Challenge 2015

Let's be real guys, I re-read like it's no one business so when I heard that Hannah from So Obsessed With and Kelly of Belle of the Literati were hosting a challenge in 2015 all about re-reading books, I KNEW I had to sign up. Like, ASAP. So I'm officially posting to say that I will be participating! Also? Any book counts as long as it's a re-read.

Now, I won't be coming up with a list of books to re-read because I am a total mood reader and I can't come up with a list of books to read and go along with it. My mood determines what I read and when I read it. So, no list!

I took the wonderful questions the ladies came up with and I changed them to something more...personalized! Each review will either be a LOVE LETTER or a BREAK UP letter to which ever book I've read!
When did we first see each other?
What do I remember about that day?
Why did I want to see you again?
How do I feel now?
Would I do this again?
So be sure to sign up as soon as you can!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Life According to a Bibliophile Introduction!

You know how people say you come up with the best ideas on a walk or in the shower? Well, I'm the weird one that comes up with things late at night (it's currently 2:30 am) and with music blasting (Taylor Swift's 1989 on repeat).

As you know (or don't know), I changed my blog name earlier this year to what it currently is. I really like the connotation behind the name because we all know that bookish people are vastly different from non-readers. SO I decided to turn my new blog name into a feature!
I don't like the look at the moment but I'm working on making something snazzier. For the moment, though, that image is going to have to do! Anyhoo, this is just the introduction to what this feature will be. Now, I don't know if this is going to be a weekly (probably not) or a monthly (probably) feature but I'm attempting to bring back lots of original features that I've created in the past!

For example, one of my posts will deal with going out to shop! Non-readers might go to the clothes sections or the food or the shoes but a bibliophile? The bibliophile always has to go to the books section. And often times if the section isn't as nice, the bibliophile might get very upset. OR if you go out to shop and don't go to a book store? That shopping trip is wholly incomplete!

So that's for the introduction! I should be having a few posts ready to go soon!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Top Ten Books I Want To Re-Read

Well this is something new, isn't it? I've written before why I stopped participating in memes and while I still stand by that post, I decided to give another go at memes. I always loved To Ten Tuesdays, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and I want to come back to that! So here is my first official TTT comeback post! 

Top Ten Books I Want To Re-Read

Single Books I Want to Re-Read: 

1) Number the Stars by Lois Lowry: After the Boy and I went and saw The Giver movie, I was telling him about how much I loved this book as a child. Even though it is super short, this book is one of the saddest, most beautiful depictions of friendship I have ever read. I cry every time I've read it and I need to re-read it. 

2) The Giver by Lois Lowry After: I read it for the first time when I was in the third grade (no, I didn't read it as a required reading) and seeing the movie made me want to read it once again! Luckily the Boy actually gave me the absolutely beautiful quartet omnibus so I can't wait to dive back into this amazing book. 

3) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie: I remember having to read this book for English class in the 9th grade and I was blown away by it. Even though I guessed who the killer was way before the ending (HA!), I still loved every minute of it. 

4) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: Another book I read in the 9th grade (this time for English II Honors but I digress) and I loved to pieces. My brother actually chose to read this for his 9th grade summer reading book and now I want to dive back in! 

5) Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore: While I loved Graceling and thought Bitterblue were okay, I fell helplessly in love with Fire (ahem, Brigan, ahem) (also, notice my notsoobvious self-promo) (or not). I don't have my copy with me at school, but oh how I wish I did! 

Series I Want to Re-Read:

Yes, I cheated a little. But I couldn't just pick ONE book from these series. THE WHOLE SERIES ARE JUST SO GOOD. 
6) The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot: One of my absolute favorites from middle school and because my roommate has been talking about Hispanic men who aren't real (some guy named Santos in Ugly Better), I can't help but think of Jesse from The Mediator series and his sexiness. I remember wishing he was real.

7) Jessica Darling Series by Megan McCafferty: A rather recent read for me but still wonderful. It's also an excuse to actually sit my butt down and write the reviews for these books (oops). And plus, I'm in college now and since certain books in this series

8) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: I blame Alexa and Rachel for this one. With their absolutely wonderful event The Vampire Academy Gala I kept wanting to read this series. I have yet to dive into Bloodlines JUST KIDDING I have read Bloodlines (are we not impressed with my self-promo skills?). I remember reading these books within days I was so addicted. I mean, lets be real, Dimitri and Adiren (don't make me choose. I WON'T CHOOSE BETWEEN THEM NOPE).

9) The Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima: This series, guys, is everything I could want from a high fantasy series. SO GOOD. All of the political intrigue, the romance, the drama, the actions, THE EVERYTHING.

10) Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han: This would not be a list made by me if it didn't feature at least one contemporary novel (and I got like eight SCORE). I wanted to make Sarah Dessen's books into a series (the Sarah Dessen Series fyi) (I am oh so original aren't I?) but I thought, nope, I should just choose an actual contemporary series. And honestly, this trilogy is the definition of summer books. But I like reading them whenever and right now, when it's so gross out? I want the reminder of summer.

What about you guys? What books do you want to re-read?