Reading A Book A Day…Again

Way back when I challenged myself to read a book a day and I did it for over 50 days straight. This time I don’t have a goal as for how many days I want to do this. My mom challenged me to try it again since my tbr has been horribly neglected.

So I tried today and I read a whole comic book in one sitting.

Of which a review will be coming tomorrow! So stay tuned.

I want to see how long I can keep this up. Also to see if I can reduce my unread tbr to be much smaller then the more then 100 books I haven’t read yet. I know that it’ll always continue to grow, but I want to at least reduce it to a more manageable number.

So my first goal: to complete all my Netgalley arcs. The comic I read today was one of them so I’m really happy about that!

My second goal: To at least read half the number of books I own on my shelves that I haven’t read yet.

Third Goal: To read more comic and poetry books! I read them on occasion, but needing a break from longer books gives me an opportunity to check out other types of books I don’t read as often. I love books of all kinds so this is perfect!

Ultimately: To see how far I can go. To see how long I can keep this up. Hopefully, far surpass how many days I did so last time.

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A Book a Day.. Till I Catch Up

I have been quiet for a while. I’ve mostly been focused on taking care to ground myself and take care of my mental health. Most of the time, I’d be very open about what I’m going through and the mental hurtles I have been facing, but I realized I needed time in my own head without worrying about others for a while. But, that also meant that I have been taking a lot of time to rest and stay stagnant for a while. Instead of reading I’ve been watching movies and YouTube videos and I’ve let myself move forward at my own pace.

I’ve had to learn to be ok without making forward progress for a while. It seemed every time I tried to move forward at the same pace as I have before, and I end up burning myself out really easily. So, I’ve just been as gentle with myself as I could and let myself heal as much as I needed to.

However, that meant that every once in a while I’d want to move forward and I’d think I had the strength to and a new obstacle would appear. Now, I think I’m finally in a strong enough mental state to move forward and to not let any sort of obstacle bring me down.

But, I am working from being behind. I have quite a few books that I have for review and I want to complete reading them before taking on any sort of writing or other projects. So I’m going to do something I did for a while in 2017. Which was to read a book a day. I know this can be something that burns me out, but I only plan on doing this till I catch up and can start reading the books on my shelves that I’ve been wanting to read for ages and haven’t been able to due to the books I need to read for review.

So I’m going to do this till all my review copies have been read and reviewed so that I can move forward fresh and with ability to read and do things at my own pace after. That way I won’t get to where I build up too many review copies to read again.

I know that means my marvel series is going to have to wait for a little bit, but I need to feel like I’m back in action and steadily progressing once more. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Thank you all for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

Reading a Book A Day: My Most Recent Streak

Something that has become both a challenge and something fun for me has been to read a book every day for as long as I can. Most of my streaks haven’t been all that long, but I keep trying at it because I really enjoy it and I get to read so much more.

My last Streak lasted from Christmas Day to January 7th starting with Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco and ending with Gilded Cage by Vic James.

In those 14 days I began to start getting caught up on my Netgalley Reads, but also to read some books that I’ve been wanting to read for a very long time.

My favorites of those two weeks were:

1. Hunting Prince Dracula

Book 2 to the Stalking Jack the Ripper series Hunting Prince Dracula was top-notch and I absolutely loved it!

2. Wintersong

A Labyrinth retelling that was everything I never knew I wanted in a book I am in love with Wintersong! The musicality of it made my heart sing.

3. Where I Found You

Such a fun an unique storyline filled with such compassion and beautiful romance. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next!

4. Throne of Glass

As different as this book was from what I was expecting, I loved so many things about it. I can’t wait to continue on with this awesome series!

5. Breaking the Ice

This book was pure golden FUN. I loved how spicy this was and how free. I loved the characters and enjoyed the storyline. I highly recommend this book!

The experience:

Reading a book a day starts to become easier and easier over time, but at the same time these weeks were when my family and I were starting to get sick with the flu and after a while continuing with my reading each day got harder and harder.

Oddly though, I have found that the weekend has been the toughest time for me to finish a book because I overestimate the time I have to read and get lost in other things. When I have a limit of time to read I tend to read more in smaller intervals so it makes everything easier.

For the most part, even with being sick, I was so happy with my reading because I got to read several books that have been on my tbr for a long time. Especially Throne of Glass and Gilded Cage. I had been reading Gilded Cage on and off for several months and could never put my mind to finishing it for some reason, but I am so happy I finally did!

Now:

I am ready to start up my next Streak (which admittedly has been going on for 4 Days now) and to continue reading some amazing books (and finally get back up to date on my Netgalley Reads).

Thanks for reading! Would you read a book a day for a period of time? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

Zenn Diagram: A Review

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant 

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Published: April 4th 2017

Recieved: Netgalley provided an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis: 

Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues. Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart. Zenn Diagram, Wendy Brant’s sparkling debut novel, offers an irresistible combination of math and romance, with just a hint of the paranormal. Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect instantly with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today.

Musings: 

Cute, adorable, and completely nerdy this book was such a lovely magical realism contemporary that made my heart feel warm inside. Eva sees fractals whenever her hands make contact with anyone or anything that has any attachment to a person emotionally. This makes for some interesting situations as Eva tiptoes around people and gets thought of as a major germaphobe. 

In comes Zenn who is both your typical bad boy, but also not bad at all. He is respectable, hardworking, kind (especially to Eva’s adorable siblings) and is one hell of an artist. It turns out that Eva and Zenn stir up a connection that because of dramatic circumstance may either keep them tethered together or hurl them further apart. 

There is so much beauty in this book that comes along with the fractals. 

Here is what one looks like: 


They are infinite patterns that continue on and on and they are all so complex but in a mathematical sort of way simple. I love that that’s how Eva learns about others with her gift, because the artistic nature of it makes me want to bask in just the thought of it. 

In a way it perfectly describes the relationship between Eva and Zenn, hopelessly complex yet gorgeous in simplicity. It also reminds me that love at its core is simple, but as things collide and add on to it the complexity can be overwhelming and what once was love could shift to grow stronger or to fracture apart. 

I love how imperative family was in this novel. Both on Eva’s and Zenn’s end. Eva’s parents do their best to be as involved in Eva’s life as they possibly can and a lot of Zenn’s actions and beliefs as a character are due to how he had to grow up and survive without a dad and with a mom who doesn’t really know how to be a mom. 

This novel was beautifully done. It surprised me how delighted I was to read it. It filled me with a happiness that I will fondly keep in my heart.

Thanks for reading! Today is Day 1 of the Book a day challenge and I finished Zenn Diagram for today. I was already half-way through it, but with having to work for 8 hours and doing my best in all other regards I call this a win. Let me know your thoughts on Zenn Diagram! This was such a fun read.