5 Bookish Things I’m Thankful For

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. Like most of America, I feel like I fell down a rabbit hole and came back up to find the world not as I left it and I’m still trying to recover post-election. Unfortunately, that spilled into all aspects of my personal life and reading, blogging and writing fell by the wayside.

I didn’t read very much this month. I’m suffering from a strange book slump where I can buy books like a crazy person but I can’t bring myself to pick any of them up and read it.

I dropped out of NaNoWriMo, and I’m okay with it. Instead I’m putting my finishing touches on last year’s WriMo now, and I’m hoping to have friends beta read by January.

I haven’t posted in the past few weeks so I wanted to take the time in an effort to turn everything around to name the top five bookish things I’m thankful for.

  1. I’m thankful that books broaden our horizons and teach us empathy. 15438-George-R-R-Martin-Quote-A-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives-before-he.jpg There is this quote that I really love it says: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” George R.R. Martin. I’m grateful that I have an inkling into a vast and diverse amount of perspectives because I read. I have been the hero/heroine that saves the day. I have been the ordinary girl who gets the guy. I’ve been the villain that takes down an empire. I have been a creature of the night and the boy who lived. I have known love and loss, adventure and fear, bravery and courage all through a multitude of 26-letter combinations. I know what it is to be other because I have lived that life even for a short amount of time. Because of this, I have more compassion for those that are different from me and it’s my life goal to continue to grow that compassion to a bottomless well.
  2. I’m thankful for reading buddies.
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    My cat Mia keeping my writing chair warm.

    Whether it’s my cat Mia in her constant struggle to lay on top of my books or a piping hot cup of tea or coffee. There is no better feeling than sitting all cozy, with a hot drink, a fuzzy creature and a book full of vibrant characters.

  3. I’m thankful for the Amazon Gods.                                                                                                58d2fded7a80dfd831c78ab4225b7120I know, I know. Amazon is killing brick and mortar bookstores and I’m a horrible person for supporting it, but I’m super grateful that Amazon understands my book obsession and delivers great reads to my doorstep within 48 hours. Each day I come home to a package on my doorstep, it’s like Christmas. (Not to mention I get to sing the “Here’s the mail, it never fails” Blue’s Clues song. #nevergrowup)
  4. I’m thankful for brave writers.                                                                                                     42f91aabf763ce6ac136a42a64272806As someone who aspires to write my own novel, it blows my mind how all these authors pour their heart and soul into a story and then release it out into the world. If it wasn’t for their bravery, ambition and self-confidence, I wouldn’t get to read the amazing stories that have had such an impact in my life. There’s another quote that keeps me writing when I want to give up. It says: You’re going to be someone’s favorite author. Just imagine if your favorite author never wrote a single word. Your life would be less vibrant because of it.
  5. I’m thankful for YOU – bloggers, readers and friends.                                                      epic-hugs-toy-story.gifI’m eternally grateful to anyone who reads my blog. I’m also grateful for all the bloggers out there recommending good reads. What would I do without you? I can’t tell you how many authors and books I’ve been exposed to (or got a really good deal on) because my fellow bloggers have kept me in the know. It’s always great to fangirl with fellow readers and geek out about books.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monthly Recap and Book of the Month

In October, I read at a glacial pace even though I wanted to read at high speed.

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 Book of the Month*

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas- 5 star review

This shouldn’t surprise anyone! I love SJM. Her stories are the best.

*based on books reviewed this month

September Reviews (Total-3)

Stinger by Mia Sheridan

The Hard Count by Ginger Scott

Anticipated Releases

Crimson Death by LKH

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Other Posts

5 Book Quotes That Help Me With Anxiety

 2016 Reading Challenge Progress

2016 Reading Challenge

I have read 98 out of 100 books. (Read 7 books this month.)

TWO BOOKS AWAY FROM MY GOODREADS GOAL!

Currently Reading

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Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I love almost everything JLA writes. However, I was surprised how much I am digging this trilogy.

Next on my TBR

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I’m finally getting around to reading this one.

What I’m Watching

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Feel free to judge me because lord knows I judge myself. I recently completed my five season binge of Scandal and decided to check out The Vampire Diaries since I’m a huge fan of The Originals. Subsequently, I’m now obsessed and have seven seasons to catch up on, which leaves very little time for reading.

What I’m Writing

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IT’S TIME!!! National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is back to plague me as one of the only ways that motivates me to write. This year, I’m writing a New Adult Romance based on a real life event, where a guy tracked me down after meeting me at a bachelorette party by emailing the bride-to-be. Although flattered, it was a bit creepy not to mention that I was super married at the time. (Why don’t guys check for a wedding ring before pursuing women?) Either way, I appreciate his leap of faith because it will make for an awesome beginning to my novel.

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

I don’t know what else to say other than she did it again.

Kasie West has created another ridiculously cute, fun read with P.S. I Like You.

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While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mysteryand juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

I loved the concept of writing to a secret pen pal based on the love of music. The pacing was exquisite, as always, and I found myself grinning throughout the entire story. West really nailed the big family dynamic: the chaos, the mess, the frustration but also the love. It was nice to see that reflected accurately in the story. It isn’t often I come across a novel with a big family represented, much like the crazy family I grew up with.

The push and pull between Cade and Lily was so well done. I’ve always been a fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope (not that there are love scenes, this is very tame YA contemporary romance). I loved how open and honest they were in their letters to each other. These two were just swoon-worthy.

I read the story within two days and I could barely bring myself to put it down. If you like sweet YA contemporary romance, Kasie West is the author for you.

STARS: 4 out of 5