It’s Been a While | General Discussion + January Wrap Up

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Long time, no see. I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post on here. And honestly, it feels kind of weird coming back to it, if this really counts as coming back because I’m not sure what I’m even doing with this blog anymore. I’ve been on kind of a hiatus, not only with writing on here, but also with reading in general. And pretty much everything really.

I’m not sure where this post is even going to go; I just decided randomly to start typing, so bare with me if it seems like a jumbled mess (which is how my brain has been lately).

A lot has been going on these last few months since I last posted. Between work and my home life, I’ve just been so worn out that I haven’t had the energy or motivation to do anything. And now with winter, it’s gotten a little worse because I’m feeling the seasonal depression a bit. It’s not usually something that affects me, but this year, I don’t know. It’s hitting me a little different.

But since the new year, I’ve really had this surge of motivation to do more reading. Like a lot. Mostly ebooks and audiobooks, but what else is new. My new obsession is with comic series. I’m still working on getting through The Lumberjanes series; I’m currently on volume 11, so I’ve made some progress (I read 3 volumes this month).

Even though the art style changed halfway through the series, I’m still really enjoying this comic series. I’ve grown so attached to the characters. And they’re always getting into so much mischief and shenanigans, which makes it so much fun to read.

But I also started a new series called Giant Days. I’ve only read the first volume, and I’m not completely sure what I think about it. But I think I’ll probably continue on with the next couple volumes to see if it gets any better.

I think what I like about comic series is the fact that they’re quick reads. Like I’ve said, I’ve already read 3 volumes of The Lumberjanes and the first of Giant Days in the month of January. So that’s 4 books, and it makes me feel so accomplished, which is a really good feeling considering I spent the last few months of 2021 barely being able to get through 1 book.

I also read the ebook for White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Which is a book that came out 8 years ago at this point, and honestly I don’t know what took me so long to read it. Maybe it was the cringy cover or the awful title. But normally I’ve really enjoyed books by this author, and I had actually started reading the first book in the spin-off series, Storm and Fury, which I didn’t realize was a spin-off until almost 75 pages into the book. So now I want to try to read the other books after White Hot Kiss to maybe read Storm and Fury. Because even though it was kind of cliche and problematic, it was the first book I really sped through in a long time. I was actually able to finish it in a little over a week, which is a record for me ever since my reading habits changed.

On top of all of that, I read (or more like listened) to Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune, who also wrote The House in the Cerulean Sea (that I absolutely adored, and I reviewed it here). And this one was no different. I’m not going to go into too much detail considering I just finished the book and need to process my thoughts, but just know that it was just as good as T.J. Klune’s debut. It also is a bit darker than I thought it would be, but that should have been expected since it’s about death. I know this isn’t a review, but this quote hit me in all the feels and will most likely stay with me for a while:

Time. We always think we have so much of it, but when it really counts, we don’t have enough at all.

Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune

This wasn’t going to be a monthly wrap up, but I guess that’s the direction that this post ended up taking. The month is almost over; there’s many 3 days left as I’m writing this now, and I’m not sure if I’m going to read anything else before February. If I’m being honest, I’m pretty addicted to Pokemon Legends Arceus that just came out the other day, and unless I pick up another audiobook, I probably won’t get any more reading done right now. But that’s okay with me. I’m pretty happy with everything that I was able to read.

So there you have it. I know I’ve been gone a while, and I can’t promise that I’ll post regularly again, but I wanted to come on here and update you guys on the reading I’ve done at the start of the new year. I’m hoping this year’s reading goes better than last year.

What have you guys been reading? Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? I’d love to chat about them in the comments below!

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Currently Reading | 8.3.2021

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So today I thought I’d share the book(s) that I’m currently reading. I’ll probably be reading these for the next couple weeks if I’m being honest. I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s been taking me a long time to get through books, mainly because I’ve been working a full time job and just haven’t had the time to sit down and read, unless it’s listening to an audiobook (which I do a lot of in order to squeeze some reading in).

I’ve also been using my kindle a lot lately so I can read right before bed, but have the light off.

Anyway, I digress. So without any further ado, let’s get onto the books that I’m currently reading!

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What I’ve Been Reading | Summer 2021

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Hi! Hello! I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve posted anything on here. And I’m really sorry about that. But I appreciate everyone who has stayed around, and any of the new followers I’ve gained in the past couple months.

Today I’m going to discuss what I’ve been up to and what books I’ve been reading since the last time I posted. Which was back at the end of May. And now it’s almost August.

Anyway, without any further ado, let’s get onto today’s discussion!

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May Wrap Up & June TBR | 2021

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Long time no see! I officially finished my first week in my new job, and I’ve got to say, it’s exhausting. By the time I get home, I don’t want to do much other than lay down in bed.

But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. I figured since I’m off for Memorial Day, I’d come on and talk about the books that I read in May. Which weren’t many.

May was a weird reading month in the fact that I didn’t really feel like reading that much. That being said, I was able to get through one book, and the only reason was because it was an audiobook. And I’m in the middle of reading an ebook.

I figured I’d also include some of the books that I want to read in June since this post is going to be so short. I’m hoping to be able to get through more books in the month of June, but there aren’t any promises that that’ll happen.

So without any further ado, let’s get onto the book that I read in May and the books that I want to read in June!

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Life Update 05.21.2021 | General Discussion

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This post is going to be very different than my usual posts. But it does pertain to my blog and the direction that I want to go in with it. This past year and a half, I have been unemployed so I was able to write blog posts three days a week pretty consistently.

And I seriously have enjoyed every second of it, even if there had been times where I was feeling a bit unmotivated and the posts were feeling a bit stale. I’ve enjoyed being able to grow this blog from pretty much nothing. I’ve met so many wonderful book lovers and overall great people through this blog.

I’m not saying that I’m going to stop blogging. But I’m about to have some changes in my life that might make blogging a little difficult. If anything, I’m going to have to readjust my schedule for blogging in order to fit it in because it is something that I really do enjoy doing.

So I accepted a job in a daycare, which is similar to what I was doing before I became unemployed. I’m not sure what my work schedule is going to look like, which is why I’m going to have to adjust my blogging schedule. I don’t know if that means scheduling posts ahead of time or changing the times that I upload.

I’m really excited about this new job, mainly because I’ll be able to get out of the house and make money again. But not only that, I’ll also be able to save money to hopefully move out with my boyfriend. It’s something that we’ve been talking about lately, and it couldn’t happen with only him working.

On top of that, I’ll be able to shape little minds and watch them grow and learn, and that’s always such a rewarding experience. That something that I loved when working in the daycare. I’ve always worked with the infants and toddlers, and I love seeing them achieve each milestone, whether it’s taking their first steps or learning the names of different shapes or toys.

In the beginning, I might not be able to post much at all until I get everything situated. The same will be for my Instagram and Etsy shop. I’m still going to try to update those, but I’m going to need some time to adjust from not working to working pretty much everyday full time.

I really hope you guys understand. It’s going to be a journey, but one that I know is going to be worth it. If you have any advice on how to balance a blog with a full time job, I’d love to chat about it in the comments below!

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Top Adult Romance Books 2021

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Now that it’s practically summer, all I’ve been wanting to read is romance books. I don’t know what it is about the warmer weather that makes me want to read fun, lighthearted books, but that’s typically what I gravitate towards.

Today, I’m going to talk about the top adult romance books that I’ve read. These aren’t going to be in any particular order; they’re all really good and ones that I’d recommend reading if you’re trying to get into adult romance (a genre that I’m still navigating into).

I’m not going to go into too much detail with my thoughts on any of these books, but I have reviews for most of the books that I’m about to mention. I’ll link back to those if you’re interested in knowing more of my thoughts (other than the fact that I absolutely loved these books).

So without any further ado, let’s get onto my top adult romance books!

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Goodreads Monday | 05.17.2021

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I’m back with another Goodreads Monday, a is a weekly meme that was started by Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow; to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it! I originally saw this post on A Little Haze Book Blog, who is amazing and you should definitely check their blog out.

I use a random number generator to pick the book from my Goodreads TBR. This way, I have no idea what book I’m going to end up talking about in today’s post.

So without any further ado, let’s get onto the book that I’m going to discuss!

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Weekend Reading Plans | 05.14.2021

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So I haven’t really been in much of a reading mood this month. I’m not really sure why other than the fact that I’ve been drawing a lot and playing a lot of Animal Crossing because I’ve gotten addicted to it again.

But I’ve kind of been in a reading mood the past couple days, and I’m hoping to do some reading this weekend. I have a couple books in mind of what I want to read, though I don’t think I’d be able to get through an entire book.

Anyway, without any further ado, let’s get onto the books that I want to read this weekend!

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Series I Want to Finish | Book Discussion

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I feel like I haven’t started that many series recently, but there are a few that I have started that I really want to get to and hopefully finish this year. Also there are some series that aren’t completely published yet, but I want to catch up on them. Or the next book is coming out relatively soon and I want to keep an eye out for it so I can pick it up.

I’m not usually good at continuing or finishing series, so this list is going to be a way of holding me accountable.

But anyway. Without any further ado, let’s get onto the series that I want to finish!

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Unread Books on My Bookshelves | Book Discussion

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s day weekend. Today I’m here to discuss the unread books that I have on my physical bookshelves. I thought it would be interesting to see how many I have and if I’m still interested in reading them. This might also help me decide whether or not I want to get rid of some books that I don’t want to read anymore.

So without any further ado, let’s get onto the unread books that I own on my bookshelves!

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