Monday, December 16, 2013

Goodbye 2013: Hiatus untile 2014 + Changes

I've been meaning to write this post for a very long time. At first I wasn't sure what I was going to say but after some time, I've come up with a plan.

2014 is going to be different. I'm not the best at managing my time but I've slowly been getting better at it. I want to do better in school (thank you sucky math; those who say you don't have to take math in college, they lied!) and better at this whole blogging thing.

I've been thinking about quitting blogging all together and I've realized that I don't want to. It's a decision I've been thinking about and a few changes are going to be made:
  1. Ratings: They're going away on the blog. GoodReads and Amazon will have ratings but this blog's not going to rate books with numbers anymore! Instead, I'll have a "Final Thoughts" which is going to be a paragraph summing up my thoughts about the book. 
  2. Recommendations: Yes, No, Maybe, With Reservation will also be at the end of my reviews so you can see if I'd recommend it to anyone.
  3. Conversational reviews: When it comes to reviews, I always try to make them sound as professional as possible without having them sound like book reports for class. This doesn't end well because I don't want my book reviews to sound like that. I want to have conversations about the books I read with my readers and fellow bookworms and it's hard to do with weird sounding reviews. 
  4. Discussions: I love a good discussion and I've already got lots of ideas for posts! There'll probably be a discussion post every week!
  5. Posts on certain days: I've never been a person who had to put up a post everyday. I reapplied a long time ago that it would not work for me. So I'm coming up with a schedule that will hopefully work! I won't have it set in stone; after all, I get bored with the same thing easily. 
  6. New review style: I'm going to be experimenting with different styles in hopes of finding one that really works. I've found that with the paragraph style, my paragraphs tend to be really long and arduous. 
I'm hoping to read 100 books by the end of the year and those reviews will be up next year. Thus far I've read 87 books, not all of which have been reviewed. I haven't changed my mind on participating in memes but I'm going to be brining back Old is Gold and I also want to bring back my challenges: Diversify YA, Classics, and the NA challenge

And for the last thing: Goodbye 2013! It's been a crazy year for me. Not only did I end my high school career, I began my college career. While my first semester ended and I didn't finish it as strongly as I had hoped to, I'm looking forward to the next semester. I do know that I'll be taking a lot of credit hours so weekends and my e-readers will have to help me survive.

I hope everyone has a great new year! 

Monday, December 09, 2013

End of the year Readathon: #ReadingCram

I should have signed up for this earlier but I had my last exam on Saturday and I just got home on Sunday! When I saw this challenge on The Reader's Den blog, I knew I had to sign up! Of course, I found it today so here's my late entry!

The End of Year 2013 Read-a-Thon #ReadingCram is hosted by Jenny from Juliababyjen's Reading Room and Dana from Dana Square and will run from the 9th of December to the 22nd of December.

Why should you participate?
1. To chisel off some of your TBR pile. 
2. Do all the fun challenges and win some prizes. 
3. Encourage others to read like a speed demon (and yourself) + reading with others is loads of fun.
Please tweet using #ReadingCram to stay updated and to share what your reading.


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: When I saw this at my university's library, I picked it up.
Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding: I love the movie and this is so perfect for me! Austen + Pride and Prejudice is the best pair ever!
Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding: Ditto above.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: My sister has read this book and raves about it all of the time. She's not the biggest reader so when she recommends something, I try the book!
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: Ditto.
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan: My brother lives by Rick Riordan. He owns all of the books in this series, he loves them this much. My brother is less of a reader than my sister and even I'm a fan of Riordan's. So why not?
The Demon King by Cinda Chima Williams: I own this book but I have yet to read it. My brother got really excited when he saw that I have it since he'd not only read the entire series, he loved them too!
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: My current read. It's gotten rave reviews all over the blogosphere so I'm hoping to love it as much.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen: If I had this book, I would be reading it RIGHT NOW. But sadly, the book hasn't come in at my library (YAY! So glad I can once again use the library!) so as soon as I have it in my hands, I will be going into my reading cave!