February Wrap Up

So I know I’m late with this February Wrap Up as we are already 4 days into March BUT better late than never right? …Right?

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(Thank you Walter.)

February was a short month and I didn’t get as much reading done as I had wanted to. I had wanted to read quite a bit of fantasy, thanks to the Fantasy in February challenge that I was participating in. All, except for one of my books, were fantasy books and I really enjoyed them for the most part but I really fell in love with the first trilogy I read so I ended up deciding to take my time with it so I could really enjoy it. This however, did have an impact on the amount of books I was able to get through, but I wouldn’t go back and read them faster if I had the option to, so I’m okay with it.

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(This was my February TBR list.)

The Unread Shelf Project

So I’m doing a really good job about reading only books on my Unread Shelf list. I have not reread any books and I’m doing a really good job sticking to my TBR lists. In February I ended up being able to get through seven more books from my Unread Shelf.

Y’all… I CAN’T STOP BUYING BOOKS.

I know. I know. January I was on a complete book buying ban and that went TERRIBLY. So February I was like, I can make it through one month without buying a book. That can’t be too hard. I mean, get yourself together and have a little self control.

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(Justin literally can’t even with me right now.)

I’m not even going to lie to myself anymore about being on a book buying ban. Is it worth it to deprive myself of all the books that are practically begging to be on my shelves? I don’t think so. And it certainly isn’t worth buying the books and then feeling guilty for having so utterly failed in my book buying ban. SO I’M GIVING UP. I mean, if buying books is my vice, it could be so much worse. I could have worse vices and we all need one so…

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(My friend Gwen sent me this, and if it’s not accurate to my life, I don’t know what is.)

My Blog

February was a really good month for me and my blog. I got up three reviews and I made a post about my favorite literary bad boys for Valentines Day. So I am really pleased with how February went. But since nothing is perfect, I know I could improve for March, so my goals for March are to:

  1. Post one review a week, hopefully going up on Sundays.
  2. Try and get a post up that isn’t a review but still having to do with books at least twice.

I’m feeling confident March will be a good month to succeed with those goals. I have a pretty awesome TBR which I’m super excited to get through.

Books I Read

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Out of the nine books on my February TBR I got through six of them, which for a short month I am pretty pleased with. I also read my IRL BookClubs pick of Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King, which if you read my review (found here) you’ll know I wasn’t super impressed by it which I was disappointed about. Other than that book though I really enjoyed the books that I read in February and it was awesome being able to get back into reading fantasy, a genre I always love but sometimes forget to read since their is always so many classics and contemporary fiction that I want to get to as well.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – 5 ⭐️’s
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab – 5 ⭐️’s
  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – 5 ⭐️’s
  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – 3 ⭐️’s
  • Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve – 3 ⭐️’s
  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden – 4 ⭐️’s
  • Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King – 2 ⭐️’s

Next Month

In March I don’t have any specific challenge that I am participating in but I do have a pretty awesome TBR planned. A couple of the books on my list are The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. My book club’s pick this month is The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn. So I know March is going to be a good month and I can’t wait.

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How was your February? Did you participate in Fantasy in February as well? I want to hear all about your month so let me know in the comments below!

– Hannah

The Unread Shelf Project 2018

There is a new project spreading like wildfire through the bookstagram community: #theunreadshelfproject2018. It is a project that puts the books that are sitting unread on your shelves at the focus of your reading goals this year. I have a lot of unread books, not only on my shelves in physical form but also sitting on my kindle. So I decided to dive right in to this challenge.

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In order to conquer this project, I made myself a little plan to get started. This is just an outline, I don’t know how well this will work for me so we’re going to make changes as we need to as the year goes on.

  1. Make a list: The first thing I did was I went through all of my books, both physical and e-books and counted how many I had that were unread. The grand total? 154. I know. I’m pretty sure my jaw dropped to the ground, almost like Genie in Aladdin. No wonder people have told me I don’t need to buy anymore books. The break down of my total is, 109 physical books, and 45 on my kindle.tenor(literally me) 
  2. Set some goals: This year I have my normal reading goals, which is to get through 52 books, and to complete my reading challenge that I wrote about here, but I thought getting specific with some goals when it comes to this project would help keep me focused and motivated to get through the books that have been just sitting on my shelf. My first goal, to try and get it down to less than or as close to 100 unread books on my shelves as possible. Since that is a pretty lofty goal I also set some mini ones like, at least one classic and one newer fiction book a month. And at least 3 total books per month.
  3. Limit my spending: I am notorious for spending money on books. I love nothing more than to go into my local bookstore, (shout out to Gibson’s Bookstore) and browse their shelves and buy as many books as my bank account will allow -although if I’m being truthful, my bank account probably doesn’t like the spending as much as my heart loves having the books. Now because of that, I know that telling myself that I can’t spend ANY money on books is bound to result in failure. So I decided to sign up for Book of the Month. It will allow me to get one new book a month and hopefully that will quench my thirst while I limit myself from splurging on books this year. (I make no promises though)tenor-1

I also added some pages to my bullet journal to help me keep track of my progress as I work through this project. Here is what they look like:

I’m excited to push myself more to get through these books that are just sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. I have so many classics that I buy because I want to read them and then things come up and they get pushed aside and I forget that I have them. I’m sure that I have some new favorites just sitting on my shelves waiting for me to discover them and I can’t wait.

Let me know if you’ve heard of this project and/or if you are participating. I’d love to hear any ideas that you might have.

– Hannah