Top 5 Ways to Get Over A Reading Slump

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If you read a lot of books, there may be a time when any book you start is just not interesting you at all or you just don’t want to read. You wish you wanted to but you don’t. I’ve had a few reading slumps this year and the follow five tips is how I got over them.

#5 – Surf Goodreads: Look at what your friends or people you follow are reading even if you don’t have any intention of reading those books. I also like look at my Reading Challenge and see how far I’ve come. That motivates me.

#4 – Read a fun, fluffy, short, contemporary romance novel: I find it irrelevant to judge people on what they read. A fun romance novel is a perfect way to get out of your slump and back into reading more books! Here are some book suggestions.

#3 – Surf Twitter and follow some awesome bookish accounts.

#2 – Watch Booktube: Most of the time, watching a few of my favorite BookTuber videos gets me right back in the mood to read. Here are some of my favorites!

#1 – Take a break: If you have a bad reading slump that’s lasting for weeks or months, try this: do not read any books for at least 24 hours. Don’t even look at them. Do something else entirely different like meditate, yoga, go for a walk…

What do you do to get over a reading slump?

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Nora

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September 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

I didn’t think it would be but September was a good reading month. Here’s what I read:

  1. And Again by Jessica Chiarella
  2. Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
  3. Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  5. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  6. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. Read my review.
  7. No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
  8. Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. Read my review.
  9. Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I read a total of 2,372 pages! What did you read in September?

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Nora

My October Bullet Journal Set Up

My Bullet Journal

Since my last bullet journal post, I’ve changed my journaling set up a bit. I used to have regular journaling, art collaging and bullet journaling all in one book. But once that journal finished, I decided to go back to having my bullet journal in a notebook by itself. I use a Moleskine Cahier notebook with graph pages and I love it.

My second love is journaling and not just bullet journaling but writing about my life and art collages as well. For now, I’d like to show setup set up for October. I love the minimalist and simple concepts that Ryder Carroll originally had so my setup very closely resembles his.

Do you bullet journal?

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Nora

Brooklyn Book Review

Brooklyn Novel by Colm Toibin

Brooklyn is a historical fiction novel about an Irish girl named Eilis who travels to America and settles in Brooklyn, New York. It’s a simple, well thought out, well-written and slow-burning novel. Eilis was a weak protagonist I thought but that made her more relate-able to me. But it was frustrating reading sometimes because, even though she knew what she wanted, she never expresses it to the people around her. There is no real plot like a rising action, climax, and resolution, just her life with significant and sometimes not so significant events sprinkled in throughout. This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the book. I actually like books like that and I enjoyed reading this. If you like reading books like that, I would recommend Brooklyn.

Have you read Brooklyn? If so, how’d you like it?

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Nora

Top 5 Books To Read To Get Over A Reading Slump

Girl Lying on Grass and Reading Book

Sometimes you just can’t get into the book you’re reading. Sometimes you’re just bored and uninterested in your TBR. Trust me, I’ve been in the same boat where I just did not feel like reading. Here are 5 books that are great for getting over a reading slump that has worked for me.

Maybe Someday by Coleen Hoover

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – The perfect book to get over a reading slump. Read my review on it.

The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – I read this in one sitting. Very well written and one of my favorite books.

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – A YA contemporary that keeps you turning pages. Plus, a lot of the pages have images so it goes by really fast.

Saga Vol. 1 By Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Graphic novels and comic books are great to get over slumps since they are usually quick reads and the pictures make it fun. Love this series. Keep in mind that it is mature content.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – I like children’s books because they are simple and easy to follow, perfect for when you’re just not that into reading anything else. This is one of my favorite children’s books.

What books have gotten you out of reading slumps?

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Nora

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Maybe Someday Book Review

Maybe Someday Novel by Colleen Hoover

If anyone has been reading my blog, I said in my August Wrap Up post that I’m not going to be writing book reviews. I lied because I really want to write a book review for Maybe Someday. I think I will just write book reviews ad lib but will continue not to rate them stars. I’m probably taking this book review thing too seriously! Anyway, on to the review!

There are very few books that I read in one or two sittings and this was one of them. When I saw the cover, I thought it would be a typical trope-y love story but I was in a reading slump and what better way to get over said reading slump than a romance novel? So I check it out of the library.

It’s definitely not going to win the Pulitzer Prize but I did enjoy the writing and the plot had a few twists that I didn’t see coming. Definitely a few OMG! moments.

I thought that one of the main characters, Ridge, was very well developed. We got to know a lot more about his life and past than Sydney’s, the other main character. I felt that this book was much more about Ridge’s story than Sydney’s. I don’t know if the author intended it that way but I’m okay with that. I felt that the other characters weren’t as developed either.

All in all, it was a very sweet and engaging read. I wouldn’t analyze this book too in depth for what it is. A simple love story. If you are in a reading slump or are in the mood for a very well written romance, I highly suggest reading this book!

Oh, and my favorite songs are Maybe Someday and Living a Lie ­čÖé

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?

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Nora

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My Top 5 Most Read Authors

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I most likely found this tag somewhere on BookTube and thought I’d post about it here. Basically, if you have a Goodreads account, you go to My Books and on the left-hand side towards the bottom, there is a link that says Most Read Authors. It lists for you the most books you’ve read from that author.

Although I try to read one book from different authors, here are my most read authors, which seem to all be because of series’:

#5 Bill Willingham – writer of the Fables comics. I think they are great books but I don’t see myself continuing the series past Volume 8. There is just too many plot┬álines, perspectives, etc.

#4 C. S. Lewis – author of Chronicles of Narnia series.

#3 L. M. Montgomery – author of Anne of Green Gables series.

#2 J. K. Rowling – author of the Harry Potter series.

#1 Kyung-ah Choi – creator of Snow Drop graphic novels. I was actually surprised when I saw her as #1. I think her books were one of the first graphic novels/comics that I’ve read.

What are your most read authors?

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Nora

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August 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Monthly Reading Wrap Up

I read quite a few books in August thanks to two readathons this month, so I have linked some books to my short reviews on my Goodreads.

  1. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  2. Just So Happens by Fumio Obata
  3. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
  4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  5. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  6. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  7. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  8. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  9. The Boxcar Children #1 by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  10. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  11. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  12. One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan al-Shaykh

Total Pages Read: 2,661

You might have noticed that I didn’t link reviews to some books. This is because I’ve been thinking a lot about book reviews and reviews in general. I feel that they are so subjective. I think about when I read reviews or watch them on BookTube, even if the person reviewing didn’t love the book or loved it, it doesn’t have an influence on whether or not I will read that book. So I’ve stopped reviewing and rating books with stars. I will just be doing a wrap-up and book tags and top 5’s on my blog. Also, I do plan on posting about different subjects besides books.

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Nora

Bout of Books Readathon 2017 – Wrap Up & Thoughts

Bout of Books Readthon

Last week, I participated in another readathon called Bout of Books. It was right after 7 in 7 Readathon. I felt kinda burnt out after having read 7 books in a week so I think that may be why I only finished two books and one of them I had already started. But nonetheless, I met a wonderful bunch of people and had fun.

I read One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling by Hanan Al-Shaykh and Alone With You by Marisa Silver. Read my thoughts on these books next week on my August Wrap Up post.

Did you join Bout of Books? If so, how did it go?

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Nora

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