1-Year Blogoversary! *cue happy-dancing*

First of all, I guess you guys should know that it’s not my actual blogoversary. The exact date I started this blog was August 16th, 2015, but I figured today was close enough.

To all of you wonderful people who are still willing to take the time to read my posts, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I know I haven’t been the most consistent blogger in the world in the last few months, so it means the world to me that you guys still value my content and what I have to say.

If you’re wondering why I’ve been so absent in the last couple months, most of it is, as you might have guessed, time. Or, more accurately, a lack of time. I won’t go into details, but I feel like I’m going to have a lot more time in the future to do more writing and blogging, which I’m incredibly grateful for. I’ve really, really missed it.

You can also probably tell by my post so far that I’m definitely out of practice with my writing. It will probably take a few more posts, but by then, I’ll have (hopefully) gotten into the flow of things.

And now, for the main part of this post, I just want to give you all a huge thank you. Each and every one of you puts a smile on my face every day, and I’m so incredibly grateful for that. Blogging has played such a huge role in my life over the past year – even though I might not have shown it in the last couple months – and, as cliche as it sounds, blogging has become a part of me, a part of me that I couldn’t have imagined my life without.

So, thank you to everyone who liked, commented or followed my blog. Thank you to those of you who sent me thoughtful emails – it truly made my day. Thank you to those who even just stumbled onto this page by accident – I really appreciate you making it this far into this post. I’m not one to care too much about stats and pageviews and whatnot, but it still manages to astound me when someone across the world cares enough to take the time to read my posts.

On a more personal note, I’ve had a few tough times in the past year, as I’m sure you all did. Blogging was my outlet during these tough times, my secret space on the internet, and it’s helped me get through so much. I’ve changed an incredible amount in the past year, but one thing has stayed my constant – the blogosphere. No matter how many days I decide not to write a post, no matter how few comments I post some days, you guys are always there for me. Posting the simplest of comments on one of my posts might seem like no big deal to you, but it means the world to me. It shows me that somewhere in the world, someone truly cares about what I have to say. I honestly could never have gotten through the last year without your guys’ support and generosity.

I know this post may have gotten a bit rambly, and maybe a bit repetitive, but I’ll definitely be working on this in the future. Just know that I love and appreciate you all so much, and I’m so incredibly happy to be back in this wonderful community!

Want To Hear Something That Will Really Inspire You & Make You Think? Watch This Awesome Video.

Hi guys! I don’t have time to write a full post today but I just wanted to share a video I saw the other day that really made me think. It doesn’t have anything to do with books, but it’s super inspiring and it made me really happy. 🙂

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did! Happy Earth Day and I hope you’re all having a lovely Friday! ❤

Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon Is FINALLY Here! (This Weekend, That Is…)

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Hi guys! I hope you’re all having a lovely day. ❤

The Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-Thon is an event that I’ve really been looking forward to ever since participating in it last October and loving it. If you’re not familiar with this read-a-thon, it’s basically a 24-hour period in which you try to read as many books as you can. Participants update their reading progress on their blog, Instagram, Goodreads, or pretty much any other kind of social media. It’s a really fun experience because a) it’s the perfect excuse to spend an entire day reading, and b) people from all over the world are also participating in the read-a-thon and it’s really cool to be able to interact with them and cheer them on. There’s also writing prompts/challenges and prizes given out at every hour! If you’re interested in signing up, check out the website here. 

My Goals!

  • When I did this read-a-thon last year, I only managed to get 8 hours in because I had a swim meet that morning. Unfortunately, I’m also having a swim meet this weekend, so I’m aiming for around 8 hours again.
  • Last year I managed to read 2 books within the 8-hour period, but they were both 500+ paged novels. (I know, what on earth was I thinking?) Anyway, this year I’m going to aim for 2 smaller-sized books to give myself a little leeway and make sure I don’t feel too pressurized.

Book Haul!

I went on a book buying ban 3 months ago, so this was my first purchase since, like….December? And it was with a gift card, so does that count? My real motivation for going on my book ban was that I wanted to save up to buy ALL THE BOOKS at Yallwest (WHICH IS HAPPENING IN LIKE A WEEK YAYAYAYAY), and I have to say that I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking to it for such a long time! (Sometimes it’s kind of sad how excited I get over the most ridiculous things…. #bookwormproblems)

Anyway, I received these beauties in the mail today, and I’m absolutely ECSTATIC to read all of them!

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ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers | DREAMOLOGY by Lucy Keating | THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern | FORBIDDEN by Tabitha Suzuma | HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno


Are you participating in the read-a-thon this weekend? What are you planning to read? Have you read any of the books I mentioned in my book haul, and if so, what did you think? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! 🙂

 

Is It Possible To Outgrow Books Over Time?

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Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about how my taste in reading material has changed over the years.

It’s quite an interesting topic to think about, actually. I found myself pretty amazed at how different my taste has become over the past few years.

Of course, there are some logical reasons behind this, the most obvious reason being age. In my experience, readers want to be able to relate to and identify with some of the character’s struggles in the book they’re reading. Because of the fact that young readers are constantly finding new interests and being introduced to new life struggles, their taste in books are constantly changing.

This brings me to the next question: what about adults? Although I doubt adults’ taste in reading material changes as rapidly as a child’s or a teenager’s, I do suspect that there must be some changes. For instance, if someone of any age is going through a really tough situation such as the death of a loved one or being diagnosed with a serious illness, they are probably going to want to read more books that reflect this situation. These kinds of situations can happen to anyone, which just goes to show how quickly your tastes can change with a major life event.

Okay, now I’ve talked about how people discover new favorite books and new favorite genres. But, what about outgrowing books, particularly favorites? Is there really such a thing?

There are two sides to this argument. On one hand, there’s plenty of books that I know I will never grow out of.

If you haven’t guessed yet, one of the series I know I will never outgrow is the Harry Potter series.

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Because in all honesty, Harry Potter was – is – so much more than an amazing, imaginative book series. These were the books that introduced me to my first real passion – reading. I have so many amazing memories associated with this series, and that isn’t about to change anytime soon. J. K. Rowling was a hugely influential part of my childhood.

On the other hand, I’m not sure I would still consider these books “favorites.” Sure, they introduced me to my love of reading and have been a huge part of my life for the past 4 years. But since then, I have discovered so many more amazing books that have instantly gone on my “favorites” shelf.

There are definitely books that I’ve read in the past few years that I think I have outgrown. The combination of my growing up and discovering new passions and some of the experiences I’ve been through have caused my taste to change dramatically. One of the most important aspects of a book for me is being able to relate to a character and their struggles, which is one of the reasons why I love contemporary – I want to be able to identify with the characters, and it seems like contemporary is the best genre to be able to do this with.

The bottom line is that reading tastes can certainly change over time, and that this is just a natural part of growing up and going through new experiences. And that’s completely okay! There are some things that I know I will never grow out of, and that’s okay too.


I’d love to hear your thoughts regarding this topic! Have your tastes changed as dramatically as mine have over the years? Or are there books you know you will always consider one of your favorites, no matter what? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments! 🙂

12 Struggles Only Bookworms Will Understand

Hi guys! I was feeling like a discussion-y/list type post today, so I decided to create a list of some of the struggles only bookworms will understand. I hope you find this post somewhat amusing. 🙂

Alrighty, let’s get to the listing!


  1. Crying over a book in public. Or happy-dancing. Or ecstatic laughing. Or any display of extreme emotion, honestly.

2. When you tell your friends that you’re looking forward to going “shopping” that afternoon, and they respond by saying, “Oooh! Can we join you?” Only to have you tell them that by shopping, you meant a 3-hour trip to Barnes & Noble. Alone. #awkward


3. The constant struggles of bookshelf organization. Should you color-coordinate or alphabetize? Group by series or by release date? The possibilities are endless.


4. Seeing someone reading a book in public and trying to get a glimpse of the title while trying to act as non-stalkerish as possible. Because having a stranger leaning over your shoulder and watching your every move is totally not creepy.


5. Attempting to walk by a bookstore without purchasing a minimum of 3 books. Haha, not gonna happen.

 


6. That annoyed feeling you get when all your friends want to go out and watch a movie but you can’t because you haven’t read the book yet. #sorrynotsorry


7. Finding a comfortable reading position is a never-ending struggle.


8. That moment when someone wants to borrow your flawless hardcover signed edition of one of your favorite books. It’s not that you don’t want them to read it, it’s just….have you ever heard of the library? ‘Cause that’s how you can dog-ear pages and spill gatorade on the pages without getting your head ripped off by me.


9. When you’re OBVIOUSLY extremely engrossed in your current read…..and then someone rudely interrupts you.


10. The struggle of trying to walk and read at the same time. Trust me, guys, it’s harder than it looks. This kind of stuff takes some serious skill.


11. People thinking you’re an obsessive weirdo because you refuse to leave the house without a novel. Or five. First-world problems, guys. 😉


12. People expecting you to carry on with your life after finishing a really good book. It’s like loosing a best friend! Sure, you might see each other again, but it won’t ever be quite the same.


Which of these struggles can you relate to? What would you add to this list? I’d love to hear what you have to say below! 🙂

I Like Books. (Really, The Originality of This Title Astounds Me.)

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I like books

about ordinary people doing extraordinary things

or

extraordinary people doing ordinary things.

I like books

that keep you up until 4 in the morning

to see how

the story will end.

I like books

that really make me feel,

whether it’s laughing,

or crying,

or maybe even both at the same time.

I like books

that have one of those light and fluffy romances,

where you’re falling in love with the characters

as they’re falling in love with each other.

I like books

that have dark, unreliable, or troubled characters

because they’re so much

more believable.

I like books

that have you scrambling for your quote notebook

because you just want to remember

every last detail.

I like books

where you think, Wait, really? I thought I was the only one who thought that!

And you feel so much less alone

in the world.

I like books

that show you what it means

to be a friend, a family, a lover

and you fall in love with the world of reading all over again.


This post was pretty random, but I really couldn’t think of anything else to write. Anyway, I hope you liked it!

So, let’s talk. What are some of your favorite things in a good book? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts below! 🙂

 

6 Month Blogoversary & A Huge THANK YOU To You All

I’ve been trying to figure out how to start this blog post for a while now, but the only thing I can really think of is: WOW. Honestly, I had no idea when I started this blog 6 months ago that I would be able to stick with it for a week, much less 6 months. That might not seem like a very long time to you, especially to the more experienced bloggers reading this, but honestly, these past 6 months have been completely life-changing for me.

I was planning on writing a post all about why I blog, or how blogging has changed me as a person, or how these past 6 months have shaped me in so many ways, but I really don’t have enough time for that tonight. I’m hoping to do some kind of post like that tomorrow, however, so please do stick around!

And now, for the main part of this post, I just want to give you all a huge thank you. These last few months have been a bit challenging for me, and blogging has been a huge help in allowing me to cope some of the changes I’ve been going through. I’m not going to lie – there were definitely times where I felt like I wanted to quit, or that I had no motivation to blog, write, or read whatsoever. Everyone goes through this. But honestly, there is absolutely no way I would have gotten through this if it weren’t for this amazing community.

Maybe you just stumbled on this post by accident, and are just reading it out of curiosity. Maybe you’re one of my close friends or family members that have decided to support me throughout this journey and read my posts. Or, maybe you’re one of the top commenters on this blog that regularly read my posts and have stuck with me throughout these last few months. If you’re any of these people: THANK YOU SO MUCH. I’m not one of those people who are obsessed with stats and comments and whatnot, but honestly, every time someone decides that they value my opinion enough to read what I have to say, it puts a huge smile on my face. Really, I appreciate it so much.

This post is getting a lot longer than I anticipated, so to wrap it up: thank you, once again! I look forward to talking books with you in the future! 😀