Books to Read in March

I know we’re already a week into March, but I’m just getting around to posting the list of books that I want to get through this month. I might be a little ambitious in what I plan to read, but I’m going to try my best. And considering I didn’t read that much last month, I don’t have high hopes that I’ll be successful in reading all of these.

I’ve already finished two books so far this month, though they were the two I had started last month and I was really close to finishing them before February was over.

I didn’t have much left of Battle Angel Alitato read, and I pretty much flew through it when I did end up reading it. The only reason I wasn’t able to finish it in February was because of work and school.

The same went for Radio Silence. I was surprised I didn’t get this one read faster, mainly because I was listening to it on audiobook, and normally I fly through audiobooks. But I powered through it once I found some time to actually listen to it.

As soon as I finished those two books, I picked up The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. I’ve been in the mood to read a physical book, and also a fantasy book. Which this is both of those things. I’ve heard really good things about it, and so far it’s been a quick read. If I weren’t so busy with school, I’d be reading a lot more of it. Plus I’ve been sick these past couple days, which doesn’t make matters any better.

I definitely want to read another Sailor Moon volume this month. I’ve been trying to get through at least one a month because I want to get through the entire manga series this year.

Another book I want to finally get to is On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. I listened to her debut novel The Hate U Give last year and really enjoyed it. And even though it was a tough book to get through at times, it was really impactful. I’m sure this one is gong to be the same way. Plus it’s an audiobook, so I feel like I could fly through it one weekend.

I also really want to try to read some more poetry this month. I recently got a book of poetry the last time I went to the bookstore. It’s called Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell, and I read a few of the poems before I bought it, and I knew I had to get it. So I did. And I haven’t read it yet. I want that to change this month. I loved the ones I read, and I’m sure I’m going to love the rest of them.

There are also some books I’m not sure if I want to get to this month, but have on my list anyway.

I’m not sure if I’m emotionally ready for The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith. I had this on my list last month, and I didn’t get to it. I put it on this month’s TBR mainly as overflow, and I’m not sure if I’m going to get around to it.

The same goes for Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I put this one on my TBR last month because I want to reread it before getting into the sequel, but I haven’t yet. Not that I don’t want to. It’s just a matter of when I’ll get to it.

As always, these aren’t set in stone. I don’t like to hold myself to reading these books. If I decide to pick up a different book that’s not on this list, then that’s fine. As long as I’m reading, then I’m happy.

What is a book you are most looking forward to reading this month? For me, it’s definitely The Last Magician and On the Come Up. I’d love to know what yours are!

February 2019 Wrap Up

This month was not the greatest reading months that I’ve had. I don’t know if that’s because it was a short month or because I was so caught up with work and school that I didn’t have enough time to read. I’m not sure, but whatever the reason, I only read 2 books.

Well correction, I finished one I had started in January, and I’m in the middle of 2 that I know I’ll probably finish in March.

I finally got around to reading the third volume of Sailor Moon this month, and I really enjoyed it. I don’t know what’s taking me so long to get through these volumes. I’m really enjoying the story and they don’t take that long to get through. I think I just need to sit down and read them. Or at least the volumes I own so far.

I also picked up Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson this month. It wasn’t on my TBR, but I’d been hearing some really good things about it, and my library had it, so I figured I’d give it a shot. And I was pleasantly surprised, especially since it was a murder mystery type book that takes place in a boarding school. I had never read something like that before, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. But I did.

Those were the only books I started and finished in February. I had started The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah in January, but didn’t get to finish it until the first few days of February.

The two books I’m in the middle of are Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and Battle Angel Alita by Yukito Kishiro. After finishing Truly Devious, I needed something that I thought I could get through pretty quickly. So I picked up Radio Silence on audiobook. And I had just seen the movie Alita: Battle Angel, which made me want to read the manga so I bought it and started it right away.

Then I got sick with the stomach bug and couldn’t do any kind of reading. So those books were put on hold until I was better. Which is why I didn’t the chance to finish them this month. If I hadn’t gotten sick, I know I would have been able to finish them in no problem. But they’re my first priority for March’s reads.

So there you have it. Those were the few books I got through this month. It wasn’t the best, but I’m just lucky I was able to find time to read.

What were some books you read this month? Which one was your favorite? I’d love to know!

Reading Habits Book Tag

I have never done a book tag on here yet, and I found this one on Melting Pages. It seemed like a good one to start out with considering it’s basically just answering questions about my reading habits.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I tend to read a lot in my room. My bed is the most comfortable place in my room where I love to read since I have a bunch of pillows and blankets. And since it’s the winter, I love to wrap myself up in a warm, fuzzy blanket and lay on my bed to read.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I am obsessed with bookmarks. I have more than I could possibly use at once. I like to switch back and forth among them whenever I read something new.

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

Usually, I just stop whenever, no matter where I am in the chapter. But ideally, I like to stop at the end of a chapter, or at least at a break in the chapter. When it comes to a certain amount of pages, I like to stop after 50 or so pages, mainly because I tend to get really distracted while I’m reading.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

Sometimes. I have trouble keeping the book open (if it’s a physical book) while I’m eating something, especially if it’s something that requires my full attention. I like to snack a lot when I read, though. But I always have a water bottle near me while I read just to keep hydrated.

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I used to be able to read while listening to music, but lately, I need it to be almost completely silent. As I mentioned, I get really distracted when I read. So if the TV is on while I’m reading, I wouldn’t be able to focus on what I’m reading. I would constantly stop to see what was going on in the show or movie. Music isn’t as distracting, but I still have some trouble tuning everything out.

One book at a time or several at once?

It depends on the format of the book I’m reading. I like to only read one physical book at a time. However, I can read a physical book and listen to an audiobook, and alternate between them. Or if I pick up a novel, I may also read a manga or graphic novel or book of poetry at the same time.

Reading at home or everywhere?

I read mainly at home. Sometimes I may feel stir-crazy and go to the library or Starbucks to read, but mainly I’m at home. I don’t tend to go many places, though whenever I do go somewhere, I do try to take my book with me to get some reading done. I do this a lot when I listen to audiobooks.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Definitely in my head. I don’t think I’d be able to read as fast if I read out loud.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Never. I try really hard not to look at the next page, especially if something really suspenseful is about to happen.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

It depends on the book, to be honest. I don’t like breaking the spines of hardcovers, though most of the time, they lay flat pretty well without having to. When it comes to paperbacks, it depends on how floppy they are. If they are floppy to the point that they lay flat when opened, I don’t break the spine. If they aren’t, then I might have to. In most cases, I like to keep them like new if possible.

Do you write in your books?

I don’t normally write in my books, unless it’s for school. I try to keep my books as pristine as possible, unless they’re secondhand. Some of the classics I own are secondhand, and with those, I don’t feel too bad annotating in them. But the ones I buy new, I like to try to keep new.

I don’t know anyone to tag to do this tag, so if you’re interested, have a go at it! What are some reading habits you have? I’d love to know!

Book Discussion: Where My Love of Reading Started

Everyone’s reading journey starts somewhere. Some people have a love of reading since the day they first started reading. Others’ love of reading started later in life. Mine is somewhere in the middle.

I distinctly remember that I was in 6th grade when I first began reading more. Before that, I honestly didn’t enjoy reading much. I struggled getting through the required books that we were supposed to read in my English classes, so there was really no way that I would have wanted to pick up a book outside of school.

I do have some memories of my mom reading to me before bed, specifically Arthur by Marc Brown or The Magic Treehouse series, but that was mainly before I started to be able to read more on my own. I enjoyed listening to her read to me, but I still wasn’t inclined to pick up a book on my own. Like I said, it wasn’t until probably 6th grade that I became more interested in reading.

I had a really close friend back then who used to read a lot, and being that I was an impressionable 12-year-old, I decided to pick up some of the books she was reading. And it just blossomed from there. I literally picked up and read anything I could get my hands on. Any book one of my friends was reading at the time, I read. I got into The Maximum Ride series, and so many other series. My love of reading just grew after that.

I remember devouring anything by Sarah Dessen, many times when I was in 8th grade and into early high school. I think that’s where my love of contemporary fiction came from. Because that is a majority of what I read now, and the genre of my book that I’m writing.

And soon, I was transfixed by the Twilight saga, and every other vampire book that was being released at the time. Anything from Twilight to The Vampire Academy to The Sookie Stackhouse series, before it became a HBO tv show. Those series may be kind of problematic now that I’m older, but I don’t think I’d be the type of reader I am now without them.

Reading has become something that I can’t imagine my life without. I don’t know how I wasn’t able to get into it when I was younger. I wish I had read some of the series that many other kids my age were reading. But I wouldn’t be who I am today if it weren’t for my reading journey.

Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is a historical fiction novel that is set in Nazi-occupied France. It follows two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle. Vianne doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France, until they do. She is forced to take an enemy in her house and she is constantly on watch. She is forced to make many terrible choices as danger increases around her.

Isabelle is a rebellious teen, and she is searching for a purpose. She races headlong into danger, and joins the Resistance. She doesn’t give any thought about the real or deadly consequences.

This book was a hard read. One that I, at first, wasn’t sure if I was going to pick up because of the subject matter. But I have always been interested in World War II and the Holocaust. It’s such a heartbreaking time in our history, and I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have gone through any of what these people went through.

In terms of this book, I listened to it on audiobook, and I’m so glad that I did. That’s because it made the reading experience so much more immersive. I could get lost in the story of these two sisters. I became invested in their lives and what they had gone through during this time. I felt for their losses and their traumas that they experienced.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction, especially books about the Holocaust and World War II. This isn’t a genre that I normally pick up, and I’m so glad that I finally got around to this one. It made me want to read more historical fiction, though not right away because I need a break from the dark subject matter.

Book Discussion: Reading More

How do people read so much even when it seems like they’re always really busy? That is a question that I am constantly asking myself now that the semester started and I’m working full time. Before, I had all the time in the world to read as much as I wanted. Now I feel like I can barely keep my eyes open to read a page.

I may not have all the answers. But I have noticed a few things that worked in order for me to read more while also being super busy.

The main thing that I’ve been doing different is listening to audiobooks. I will admit that I have become addicted to listening to them, especially when I do laundry or color or any other mundane task that I couldn’t read while doing. It’s so easy to get lost in a book when I’m able to multitask, and it puts the cherry on top if the narrator really gets into the reading of the story. Or if there is a full cast of narrators to make it feel like I’m watching a movie in my head. Audiobooks also help when I’m too tired to use my eyes to read; I can just listen and close my eyes.

The other is reading shorter books. Lately, I’ve been really into manga. That’s mainly because my boyfriend kind of got me into them. Specifically the One Piece series, which is outrageously long. Like 90 volumes. But that’s besides the point. I flew through the first five volumes in the matter of a couple weeks. That’s mainly because not only are they short in length, but they also consist mostly of pictures. So it makes getting through a volume really easy.

But if you’re not one for manga (though I encourage you to give them a try. I did and I don’t regret a thing), you could always opt for shorter books. Or maybe even children’s books. Not like picture books, but chapter books. Percy Jackson, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and others are super short that would be easy to breeze through.

There are other ways to read more. Like reading a bit during any kind of break you may have during the day. A lunch break at work. Time in between classes. A few minutes before bed. Or even scheduling a block of time specifically for reading into your day. All that time would add up in the end and before you know it, you’re done with a book.

What are some of your ways of finding time to read more? Let me know; I’d love to know what you guys do to beat this.

Books To Read in February

There aren’t that many books that I actually want to get to this month, mainly because I know that I won’t have much time to read them. With work and school, I’m pretty tired by the end of the day that I can barely keep my eyes open to read before bed. So I’m thinking, I might make this a month of audiobooks. That way, I can do other things while I read, like laundry and lay in bed with my eyes closed.

I’ve already started one audiobook this month, which is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s a historical fiction novel set in the WWII era, and even though I’m only a little more than 100 pages into it, I’m really enjoying it. But I know it’s going to break me by the end of it, so I’m trying to listen to it really slow.

I’ve been really getting into manga lately, and they’re really easy to read. I’m currently in the middle of Sailor Moon, so I want to get to the next volume, which is volume 3. And if I really get invested in the story, I might dive right into the next as soon as I finish this volume.

And to continue my audiobook trend, I want to read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. From what I heard, it sounds like it would be perfect listened to in audiobook format. It also deals with themes of identity and diversity, so those things right there hooked me to want to pick this book up.

Crazy Rich Asians is a book that I’d like to get to this month, and one that I’ve had on my bookshelf for a few months now. I’ve heard really good things about it, and it’s also now a movie. I want to see what all the fuss is surrounding it, so I’m intrigued to pick it up. I’m thinking it’s going to be a light, fluffy read that I can pretty much fly through. Even though it’s over 500 pages long.

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith I picked up on a whim when I was ordering books online with my Barnes and Noble gift card. From what I can tell, it’s a really intense book about some really intense topics, like the trauma of rape. It’s a really dark topic, and one that I don’t read about often. I probably have to be in the right mindset when I pick it up, so I might not get to this month if that’s the case.

I’m also thinking about rereading Vicious by V.E. Schwab because I recently purchased the sequel Vengeful, and I would want to be refreshed before I jump into the next book. But none of these are set in stone. I never know what I want to read until I actually pick up a book. But I also like to have an idea of a few books that I would like to get to.

What are you guys planning on reading this month?

January 2019 Wrap Up

I read so many books this month, it’s crazy. I don’t think I’ll be able to do quite as well next month considering my classes just started and I also work full time. If nothing else, audiobooks will become my best friend. Either that, or manga, which is something I recently got into these past few months. Overall, I read 5 books this month, which is a lot for me. Normally, I’d be lucky if I get through 3 or 4 in a month. But since I had a majority of January off of school, I was able to spend a lot of time after work reading. Plus most of the books I read were manga and those were pretty quick reads for me.

The five books I read this month were as follows:

  1. Sailor Moon volume 2
  2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  3. One Piece: The Black Cat Pirates
  4. One Piece: For Whom the Bell Tolls
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

I’m also in the middle of two books, Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend and To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace. I’m not entirely sure if I will be able to get those two done before the end of the month. But considering the month ends in a couple of days, I don’t think I will.

With my classes and work, I’m not sure how many books I’m going to be able to get through in February. I know it won’t be 5 like this month, but I’m hoping it’s at least 3. I’ll probably post my to-read list for February within the next week or so. I definitely want to get a couple reviews done, maybe not so much on the manga, or even my reread of Harry Potter, but probably Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend once I finish it.

Look out for those in the coming weeks! I’m very excited to continue posting on here, especially if people are interested in reading what I have to say.

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Hi there, I’m Alexis. I’m a twenty-something-year-old graduate student who absolutely loves reading. It’s something that I’ve been doing in my free time ever since I was in middle school, if not earlier than that. I can’t imagine my life without books in it, and I can’t imagine what I would have been doing with my free time if I weren’t reading. My life is books.

Some genres I enjoy reading include mostly young adult. I like fantasy, contemporary, and some sci-fi. Sarah J. Maas, V.E. Schwab, Morgan Matson and John Green are just a few authors that I love. I read almost anything I can get my hands on, so I’m always up for recommendations.

And this is going to be a place where I write about my thoughts on books. Book reviews, discussions, and so much more. If that’s something you enjoy, please feel free to stick around.