Books, Real Life, Throwback Thursdays

Throwback Thursdays: A Reader Through and Through

How do you #TBT?

In each Throwback Thursday post, I will share a picture or memory from my past. Some will be book related, but many will not. Feel free to play along on your own blog or website!

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Books, Teaser Tuesdays, Writing, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Stars of Fortune and The Immortal Heights

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Yay for two books I recently got from the library. This one I just finished…

Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
ISBN# 9780425280102
Page: 233 – 234

She kept up, well enough, but squats, lunges, jumping jacks with Annika smiling, even letting out an occasional laugh, as she herself struggled through them — without even a single hit of coffee — made Sasha want to try out her right jab on her friend’s beautiful face…

“I hate you.” She could barely pant it out. “Especially Doyle, but all of you.”

“That’s a start. Who’s on breakfast detail?” Doyle asked.

“The chart’s in my room. Someone who can still walk should go get it.”

“I’ll get it.” Annika, barely winded, dashed off.

From her prone position, Sasha bared her teeth. “Maybe I hate her even more than Doyle.”

(LOL, that is so me when exercising!) Now, this one I just started!!

The Immortal Heights (Elemental Trilogy, #3) by Sherry Thomas

Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: October 13th, 2015
ISBN# 9780062207357
Page: 30

Behind them, Kashkari had set up a spectacle: a dozen carpets floated end to end in midair, and several rebels made tumbling passes across the length of this makeshift stage.

“I’m tempted to neglect my task and watch that instead,” said Fairfax. “And my life is on the line here.”



Reading Goals for the Rest of the Year

So, I’m a total slacker in many ways. Over the past year, fluctuations in my work schedule and in trying to have a life, I definitely let my blog fall off by the wayside. I give many kudos to the people who post every day, with how creative your topics have been, and cheers to you all for giving me ideas on what I can write about. In the last few weeks I’ve been trying to be better, and write more. And I’m making it a new blogging/writing goal to not just post as part of the memes I participate in. But to actually put my thoughts and opinions out there to the world.

2014 Reading Challenge CompletedTo start off , I’m going to chat a bit today about my reading goals for this year. While I haven’t been writing much, I am still reading. I’ve actually been doing lots, and lots of reading. At the start of the year, I wasn’t sure how ambitious I wanted to be. In 2014 I met my goal for the first time, reading 156 books (an average of 3 a week). I thought that was a pretty solid, ambitious goal. I also tried not to include too many picture books because that felt, to me, like cheating. So I thought maybe I would relax my goals this year and just read whatever appealed, maybe do less books and give myself more time and increase the amount if/when I reached those goals…

Yeah, that definitely didn’t happen.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Kerry (The Roaming Librarian) has read 200 books toward her goal of 300 books.


As you can see from the challenge widget up above, I somehow wound up giving myself a goal of 300 books for the year, which is slightly less than double what I did last year. How did I manage to give myself a goal this ridiculously high in comparison to my past reading efforts, you might wonder? Well, let’s just say I blame GoodReads. I can’t remember if I was at work or at home when I was setting this goal, but I had a huge problem updating it in either January or February. I would input a larger number (I think I was attempting to go from 150 to 200 books for the year) and it wouldn’t accept my changes. So of course, I got frustrated. I started inputting random numbers and hitting enter and refresh a bunch of times until I finally gave up and left the site.

Cut to a couple days later and I go back for some reason or other (I can’t remember anymore) and low and behold but the number that is now my official reading challenge goal is 300. Somehow, that’s the number that stuck. And of course, several friends on the site have “liked” my goal. (I’m assuming they were very impressed with my faux-ambition.)  And now I’m stuck.

Well, technically, yes, I suppose I’m not stuck and could change it at any point in time as I had planned to do, and I would have but but for the social pressure that exists only in my head. Here’s where you realize I’m probably a little crazy. My brain goes off in several directions. I could on the one hand, ignore all outside influences and imaginary people who are clearly watching my reading goals and change it. I could consider how much reading I really think I’m going to do and set a more reasonable amount. Or I could keep the goal and really go all-in, just power through as many books as I can and see if I can really make this happen. It seems impossible, but I could still strive for that, right? No one will really care besides me whether I make it or not. And even if they do care for some weird reason, it’s not like I have any responsibility to them. And this goes on and on, with my brain firing at all synapses to leave it or change it, to consider social implications or ignore them, to question myself on what I’m doing and how sane it is that I’m thinking this much about it… (This is quite the insight into my mind, isn’t it? Reading this you may believe I need to stop over-thinking such a small piece of my life. To that I say, yes. I’m quite aware of just how nutty I am.)

So, I kept my goal. I’m actually not doing as badly as I thought I would. This time around there are many more picture books on the list, and it doesn’t feel like cheating anymore! I just hit the 200 mark too (which is the most books I’ve ever read in a year, whoo hoo!!) Only 100 more to go.

For the rest of the year, I think I’m going to focus on a couple areas of reading. The first includes series that I discovered this year. They’re not new by any means, but I’d never gotten around to reading them before. The first is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I’m four books in and really digging the stories so far. This is very urban fantasy with a dash of romantic subplots a la Kate Daniels (or any series by Ilona Andrews really). I’m also going to try to get caught up with the rest of the Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh which is sort of the reverse in that it’s a paranormal romance series with some really great fantasy elements. There’s at least 5 more books in each series for me to get caught up with, but they’re pretty fast reads. The second area is to get more books read from all the YA titles that I said I was going to read at the start of the year. There are quite a few I just never got around to, or I put them off to prolong the agony of them being over. (Plus, this way if they do continue a series I will have less time to wait for the next one to come out.) But I need to get ’em done. I also am trying to delve deeper into the comic book scene, so there’s plenty of graphic novels and superheroes on my horizon.

Wish me luck, and we’ll see how close I get to making my goal!