It's new years eve and the (reading) year is over. That means it's data time! Turns out I'm a huge nerd and love gathering information and visualising it, so let's get to it 😊
Amount of books read: 112
(Thanks, goodreads! Though reading is pretty much it, actually 😂)
Tome Topple is a two-week readathon created by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. The idea is to tackle the books that might be intimidating on their own because they're so big, so all books must be over 500 pages. This round ran from November 17 to November 30, and you can find my tbr and more here.
I read The Night Circus, In the Woods, and got 45% in for All the Light We Cannot See. Which is approximately two tomes and a half! I'm calling my first ever readathon a success. Miraculously, I managed to actually finish the two books that were my top priority.
Today is the start of Tome Topple Round 5! Tome Topple is a readathon created by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. This round runs from midnight, November 17 to 23:59 November 30, in your own timezone.
The idea of this readathon is to tackle the books that might be intimidating on their own because they're so big. The only requirement is that the books you choose to (try to) read are over 500 pages.
Usually, I don't work with a TBR since I'm a huge mood reader and because it tends to make my anxiety worse and invade my reading experience. However, I thought it might work if I tried it for a season instead of a month. It provides a lot more space, and hopefully, that means also less stress. I'm curious to see if it will work!
Real talk: depression sucks. It impacts my life heavily, and it impacts my reading and blogging experience too. I know a lot of people in the book community struggle with mental illness, so know that this is just my own, personal experience. I wanted to write this post so people who don't live this can understand it/me better, maybe, and so all of you who struggle know they're not alone. I'm here, and feel free to reach out ❤️
(TW: depression, anxiety, self-deprecating/self-critical thoughts)
The moment my review index page got up, I realized how many titles begin with the same letters, and how much gaps in the alphabet I had. I’m probably not the first person to think of this, but I came up with the idea to try and read at least one (preferably two) books, starting with each of the 26 letters. It will be nice to see my review index have all of its letters, and I thought it was a nice way to do something slightly different.
A reading slump is this thing you fall into in which you just don't have any motivation to read anymore. You might want to want to read, but you're not there yet. It feels like you just can't. Usually, that also means you can catch up on your series again, with all this extra free time.
It can be extremely frustrating, especially if you had set goals or get bored. That's why I decided to share some ideas with you to get out of your slump.
The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag was created by TheBookArcher and you can see the original video here. As you might've guessed from the name, the purpose is sharing opinions that most people disagree with. I love seeing and reading those, so I thought I'd do one myself 😊
A popular book or series that you didn't like.
I got my first ever Fairyloot box!
Normally I don't buy subscription boxes, even though I love them because the combined cost of the box and the shipping is a bit too high for me. So I had seen Fairyloot's Myths and Monsters box be announced, didn't buy it, and when the window closed I was really bummed I'd miss out on their one-year anniversary box. So when they came up for individual purchase, I decided I did want to go for it, and I'm really happy I did.
This post will (obviously) have spoilers for the March box, so look away now if you still need to be surprised yourself! (Pictures at the end)