- Atomic Habits by James Clear – 3 stars
- Flirty by JB Heller – 4 stars (re-read)
- Nerdy by JB Heller – 4 stars
- Dirty by JB Heller – 4 stars
- Run Baby Run by Margot Scott – 3 stars
- Philip’s Rules by Golden Angel – 3 stars
- Undisciplined by Golden Angel – 2 stars
- Higher Love: Everything you need to manifest more love in your life by Jordanna Levin – 2 stars
- Warrior Forever by Amber A. Bardan – 3 stars
- Masterson by Lisa Lang Blakeney – 4 stars
- Masterson Unleashed by Lisa Lang Blakeney – 4 stars
- The Billionaires by Calista Fox – 4 stars
- That Day by Karen Deen – 4 stars
- No One Listens to your Dad’s Show by Christian O’ Connell – 5 stars
- Bang by Nikki Belaire – 3 stars
- The List by Felice Stevens – 4 stars
- For When You Feel Like Giving Up by Alyssa Karr – 2 stars
- Secret Heir by Aria Cole – 3 stars
- The Sex Ed You Never Had by Chantelle Otten – 4 stars
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Ray Bradbury
Hello wonderful readers. I can’t believe I haven’t written a blog post in so long. Truthfully I’ve been in such a massive reading slump for about the past 8 months and it’s been killing me. I’ve started so many books in the hopes of getting myself out of it but nothing seemed to be working. I tried new authors, short stories, long stories and even tried to reread my favourites, but nothing stuck. I feel so bad! So many new and exciting books have been released in that time, I even brought some, but they are still sitting either on the bookshelf or on the kindle waiting to be read and loved.
I haven’t even been blogging either. With the reading slump, I didn’t feel like doing that. I wanted to but just couldn’t get into it either.
So I decided to just take a break from both books and blogging. Not to panic, my time away was not wasted. I’ve still been bookstagramming (since I don’t have to read the actual books for that) and I’ve caught up on so many movies and TV shows that I was putting off because I was too busy reading. And now I feel better for it.
I went to a book signing in September and that was the first time that I felt excited and had the urge to read again. It’s been a slow process coming back, but I will get there.
Instead of my usually end of year review I thought I would try the one from the Perpetual Page Turner instead.
2015 Readings Stats
Number of books read: 80
Number of re-reads: 1
Genre most read from: Contemporary Romance
Best In Books
Best Book You Read In 2015?
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
I really enjoyed the authors previous novels, but this one just felt flat to me.
Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
Best series you started in 2015? Best Sequel of 2015? Best Series Ender of 2015?
Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?
Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Book You Read In 2015 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Most memorable character of 2015?
Q from Monsters in the Dark Series by Pepper Winters
Most beautifully written book read in 2015?
Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2015?
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?
Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2015?
“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys that fit our locks”
Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2015?
Book That Shocked You The Most
OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Q and Tess from The Monsters in the Dark Series
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Simon WolfGuard and Meg
Favorite Book You Read in 2015 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Best Book You Read In 2015 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?
Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2015?
Hidden Gem Of The Year?
Book That Crushed Your Soul?
Most Unique Book You Read In 2015?
The characters, the insta-love after major life events, the timing of everything that happens and then there is no real ending. This book just wasn’t for me.
Your Blogging/Bookish Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?
Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?
Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
2015 Challenge page
Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Attending Fictionally Yours, Melbourne and finally getting to meet so many wonderful authors
Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?
Completing goodreads challeneg
Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Finding the time to read and blog. The blog started to take over and all I really wanted to do was read. Need to find a better balance between the two next year.
Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
Another book shopping site that has free shipping to my country
Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Completed Goodreads reading challenge and had a fun year with my first time reading challenges
One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?
I love these characters and I really don’t know why I never got around to reading the next book in the series
Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?
Marked In Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop
Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?
Sin and Suffer by Pepper Winters
One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?
Read more and post more reviews on my blog.
A 2016 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
Haven’t read one yet
So how did I go with the goals I set out at the start of the year. Read on to find out.
Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!
Complete Goodreads Reading Challenge
So at the start of the year I set the goal to read 60 books. However come the end of June I had already read 48 books. Hmmm so I updated it to 75. Completed that one too.
2) Finishing reading the original James Bond series by Ian Fleming
Have only read the first one so far
This never happened and I’m a little disappointed. I really want to finish reading the original James Bond books. Maybe next year
3) Complete some book series’s that I have only read the first book of
I started new ones and completed them. Does that count. If only. May be next year I’ll focus more on this… or not
Do some different blog posts. I have a few ideas going on in my head at the moment
Posted one of my new ideas. When I was trying to do some of the other ones they just didn’t work out.
Finishing reading 2014 ARCs or at least shorten the list
I shortened the list, only to add more this year. Never ending this will be
Shorten my to be watched TV list
Managed to watch a totally of 216 episodes. That’s a lot for me, but I still have a long way to go.
7) Get a job to pay for all the new books that I want
8) Hopefully move out of home
No luck here either
Improve my time management skills
Improved but could still be better
Spend more time doing the things that I love
Yes this happened and I’m so much happier now
Without fail, see the new Bond movie. The wait has been killing me.
Now that summer has been over for a few days, I thought I would look back at how well I did with my summer top ten TBR list.
By the looks of things I didn’t do very well.
I did mange to read 20 books over the summer, but only 2 of them were from my actually summer TBR list. While I did mange to read a few more off my TBR list, so that is also a good thing. But then I think I added another 50 books it seems because the list didn’t get any smaller.
Favourite book for the summer you say?
Tears of Tess (Monsters In The Dark #1) by Pepper Winters
When I joined the book blogging community I never thought I would make it this far. So thank you to everyone who has joined me on this journey. It really has been an adventure so far.
Bookshelf Dreaming come about when I was away holidaying with my partner. Coz that’s what you do when you’re away on holiday, think about starting a blog. I started out just as a place to post my book reviews and a few random thoughts.
However I so wanted to do more. So I started joining author and book promotion sites to help spread the word about the things that were interesting to me. Soon thou it felt like I was doing more promoting than reading.
Last year was crazy. I read over my goodreads reading challenge and participated in quite a few author promotions. While all this was exciting; and discovered new authors (some that our now new favourites), the blog started to feel to much like a chore. It was suppose to be a fun way to connect with others in the book community. But some days I couldn’t even be bothered to look at it.
I know what you might be thinking, and no I’m not closing the blog down.
After much pondering, I have decided to take a step back with all the author promotions. Oh don’t worry I will still be doing them; just not as many. Sorry to all the authors that I may not discover. But I just really want to get back to reading for fun. I have so many books on my TBR list, but because of the blog tours and release day blitz’s they keep getting pushed down to the bottom.
So if you start seeing reviews for older books, that could be why. It’s time to start reading all the books that I have purchased, reading favourite authors’ back catalogs and just general catching up on everything that I have missed so far. I may even throw in a new one every now and then.
*weight lifts from shoulders*
Thanks to the author promotion sites for doing what you do and allowing me to discover new authors; to all the authors I discovered through blog tours; but most of all a huge thanks to my followers, I couldn’t do it without you.
Cheers to another two years
Some interesting stats for Bookshelf Dreaming coming out of 2014.
Books read: 85 (26 ahead of my goodreads schedule)
Total # of Pages: 17 326 (which is less than last years total, but I read more books this year.)
Shortest Book: Dirty Dancing By Alexia Stark (7 pgs)
Longest Book: Hotelles by Emma Mars (592 pgs)
Most Read Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas and Ella James (4 books each)
Blog Posts: 528 (no way it can’t have been that many. I have been very busy this year on the blog then)
5 Star Reads: 29
4 Star Reads: 38
3 Star Reads: 11
2 Star Reads: 6
1 Star Read: 1
Also view my Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge post for more book related stats
Bookshelf Dreaming is now on the new social media website; tsu.
I have only just created the page and still working everything out, hence why it looks a little blank at the moment. With everything going well I will expand on it in the coming weeks. For now it’s a work in progress
I can be found here https://www.tsu.co/bookshelfdreaming
Below is a interesting look into a bookworm’s TBR list and why do we really have them at all.
The longer I work in books, the more I’m asked how I keep track of what I want to read. Every reader knows that the options are overwhelming–there are more books being published than ever before, and readers have more options for accessing them–and nobody knows how to manage it. So we ask each other. We build tracking tools and apps and social networks. We sign up for reading challenges. We join book clubs. We’re willing to try just about anything that claims to offer us a way to make order out of the chaos that is the unending flow of book recommendations that come at us every day. And if/when we wrangle our received recommendations into some kind of system, what then? How do we, given the finite nature of our lives and our free time, decide what to read, and when?
Continue reading the original article at Bookriot