24 in 48 Readathon has finished!

The 24 in 48 Readathon ended Sunday night and this being my first readathon, I think I did good. I read for a total of 5 hours in the 48 hours. I spent some time with family and friends as well, so it might not seem like I read much but for me, it’s sufficient. That’s an average of 2.5 hours a day. A lot more that I average on regular days. Someday I’d like to read more, of course, during the next readathon or maybe have my own personal readathon.

Even though it was only 5 hours, I finished two books, Go Ask Alice and Fearless: Run which completed my goal of reading 18 books this year, which I keep track of on Goodreads. Of course, I will continue to read more books till the end of year and hopefully I’ll read at least 6 more. My last years goal was to read 17 books, but I actually ended up reading 23. I would like to use the rest of year to get to 24.

What are you reading goals for this year?

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Nora

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24 in 48 Readathon

This weekend is the 24 in 48 Readathon and I am planning on participating. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a readathon where you read as much as you can for 24 hours within a 48 hour period. The great part is you don’t actually have to read for 24 hours, you can read as much or as little as your time allows. I do have plans this weekend but they aren’t big ones so I plan to read as much as I can in between. It’s my first marathon and I’ve been wanting to participate in one for a while now. I plan to read the Fearless books, which is a series and I have 14 books of it. I really want to finish that series so I hope I read a good chunk of it. Plus they are small books, good enough to carry around.

I might do status updates here on my blog but definitely on my Twitter. If you want to learn more about 24 in 28 Readathon and/or sign up, go here.

In other news: On Sunday, I might even do hourly journaling in my physical paper journal for the hell of it and also because I’m almost done with that journal and can’t wait to start on my new journal.

Anyway, let me know below if you’re participating in the 24 in 48 Readathon!

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Nora

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Eleanor & Park and Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Reviews

Eleanor & Park

 

This week, I finished reading two books, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

Eleanor & Park is about two teenagers, seemingly different, fall in love. We follow along as they meet, awkwardly and uncomfortably get to know each other and fall in love. I really liked this book because it was an easy, light read, funny, set in 1980’s, one of the main characters is half Korean (I love all things Korean) and the other has bright red hair and chubby. It also has some drama to sink your teeth into.

Next, I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I found this at Goodwill and thought it was interesting. I love children’s books (as well as young adult) and I really liked this one. It’s a diary of a kid in middle school name Greg Heffley with comic drawings on every page. There is no plot, climax, rising action, etc. since it is a diary, just anecdotes from his life. Greg never seems to get his way even though he tries very hard, it always backfires. It was a very quick and enjoyable read.

What did you read this week?

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Nora

Journal Haul

This weekend, I went to Daiso, which is a store that sells most things for a $1.50 and the items are from Japan. They have a lot of cute stuff including these journals. I really like them because they have cute covers, aren’t too thick and the lines inside don’t go all the way to the edge. 

I also went to Ross, a discount store that sells clothes and home things. I found these two gems which are dupes to the Moleskine, except that they were $3 each instead of the $20. 

I’m very excited to use these eventually when I finish my current personal Moleskine journal.

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Nora

Kit and Winnie – Book Reviews

Winnie The Pooh

This week, I finished reading Kit’s Story Collection by Valerie Tripp and Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne.

Kit’s Story Collection a collection of six books in one book that I found at Goodwill. It is about a girl named Kit, who is a part of American Girl, and what she and her family go through during the Great Depression. I don’t much care for the dolls but I really liked the writing and thought it had a clear and understandable plot, making it enjoyable to read. With this in mind, I think it’s perfect for young, impressionable minds. I’ve read the Molly books when I was younger and enjoyed those as well, so I thought I’d read Kit’s story, too. I might need to do a reread of Molly’s story since it’s been a while.

I also finished reading Winnie-The-Pooh by the original creator, A. A. Milne, before Disney bought the rights. I really enjoyed the language from the start and it was a very fun and funny little book. I highly recommend it for the young and young at heart.

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Nora

Go Set A Watchman Book Review


I recently finished reading Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee. Apparently, it’s not a sequel but a first draft of To Kill A Mockingbird. If you are interested in that, it’s worth a read but as a stand alone novel, the interesting parts came and went. The main focus was on prejudice as in TKAM but in between, stories of Scout’s childhood and teenage years were dispursed. These parts were more interesting to me. Other parts were long and made me lose interest, maybe that’s why it took me 12 days to read it. 

Bottom line: If you’re a fan of Harper Lee and TKAM, it’s a good read but otherwise not so much. 

New Notebook


I saw this decomposition book at Target and thought it was beautiful so, of course, I had to buy it. I was actually looking for a notebook to write my creative writing in. There is just something about the act of putting pen to paper that I love more than typing away on the computer. I just love the feel of it, I guess. I also love the feeling of finishing a notebook. I get a sense of accomplishment and that shows myself that I can be consistent and persistent. 

Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

Recently, I decided that I needed to simplify my life. Of course, life is never simple but I thought, at least I can simplify my hobbies. I wanted to do so many things but, being the procrastination queen, I never got around to it. So I narrowed my hobbies down to three things: reading, writing and brush lettering.

I have always been reading, ever since I could. It is something I can never give up on. I can experience things I’ve never experienced with beautiful language in a book.

I’ve also always liked writing. Whenever I was annoyed by someone, I would write them a letter but not send it. I would instead throw it away or delete it and that would make me feel a lot better without having hurt anyone’s feelings.

I’ve recently started brush lettering. I like brush lettering because I like writing physically with a pen on paper and I like letters. You can see some posts of my brush lettering right here in my blog.

I plan to post about my reading, writing and brush lettering on my blog and maybe that will help with procrastination and my annoying perfectionist mentality.


This post was inspired by WordPress’s The Daily Post, Daily Prompt: Abandoned