January 12, 2016

Booked Vol. 6

Being a real blogger means I love to read. Okay, that may or may not be backed by scientific research but I do know if there's one thing I love it's books.

Last Thursday I stayed in the city after work and found myself downtown. I was walking up 12th Ave and noticed carts with $1 books for sale out on the sidewalk. I stayed strong and barely glanced at them. As I rounded the corner onto Broadway my friend suggested we go in. it wasn't until I was in the store that  realized I was in Strand. The holy land of books in lower Manhattan.

A little background, this store was founded in 1927 and boasts 18 miles of new, used, rare, and out-of-print books. It's 4 floors packed top to bottom with books, book accessories, and gifts. You guys, I was so overwhelmed. When we left, I felt as though part of me was left behind. A horcrux if you will. It was a book lovers paradise and I plan to go back ASAP to spend an entire day browsing and falling in love.

I've been in a bit of a reading funk since we last sat down but I think it's wearing off. Finding the "right book" is a process and I wasn't there yet. These helped me move in the right direction though.

Still Alice / Lisa Genova
This was the last book I read for 2015. Admittedly, within the first 10 pages I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. However, it's been on my TBR list forever and I was determined to end my reading slump. This book broke my heart. As someone who has personally dealt with Alzheimer's it was both a true testament to the debilitating disease, and a heartbreaking reminder of what my family dealt with. This book should be read by everyone.Still Alice is a very accurate account of what it's like to live with someone with Alzheimer's.

365 Days of Happy / Karen Salmansohn
I have spent the better part of 2015 working on my happiness and really pinpointing the things I want in my life. This book is the perfect way to keep that energy going in 2016. I started this book on January 1st but to warm up I did read through the prompts and thumbed through the daily affirmations. If you're looking to find a little me-time, reflection, or just a way to find the happiness in your life, this book is a great tool. I received this from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review. 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children / Ransom Riggs
I started this back in the fall but didn't get very far. What I did read, I liked so while at Target one day I gave in and just bought it. This time I committed to reading it and really enjoyed it. My only complaint was that the book didn't pull me in. I enjoyed it while was reading it, but I wasn't thinking about it when I wasn't.

Over the summer I grabbed 2 posters from the local library with a book challenge. Mom and I are going to do it and see who has read more by year end. My competitive streak says I must win but she reads way faster than I do, so we'll see. Here's a look at the books:

  1. an author you've never read before
  2. an author that you love 
  3. a book of short stories
  4. a book written by someone under 30
  5. a book with antonyms in the title
  6. a book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
  7. a book written by an author with your initials
  8. a play 
  9. a memoir
  10. a nonfiction book
  11. a book that might make you cry 
  12. a funny book 
  13. a book with magic
  14. a classic romance
  15. a graphic novel
  16. a banned book
  17. one word title
  18. a book that has a color in the title
  19. set during Christmas
  20. a book that scares you
  21. a book your mom/dad loves
  22. a book a friend recommended
  23. a book with a love triangle
  24. a book based entirely on its cover
  25. a Pulitzer prize winner
  26. a book you can finish fairly quick
  27. a book that was translated from a different language
  28. a book with a number in the title
  29. a trilogy
  30. a book with bad reviews
  31. a book published this year  I'm marking this because it's in progress
  32. a book by a female author
  33. a book more than 100 years old
  34. a mystery/thriller
  35. a book from your childhood
  36. a book set in a different country
  37. a book that became a movie
  38. a book set in high school
  39. a book based on a true story
  40. an author's first book              Miss Peregrine
  41. a book with more than 500 pages
  42. a book you never got to finish 
  43. a book you own but have never read
  44. a book set in the future
  45. a book with non-human characters
  46. a book about a TV show
  47. a book that takes place in your hometown
  48. a book at the bottom of your to-read list
On New Year's I set my Goodreads goal at 40 books. Last year I aimed for 50, and exceeded it, but this year I didn't want to pressure myself. Yet here I am starting this challenge, which, if I complete, means I'll have exceeded 2016's goal as well. Go big or go home right? I'm going to try to tackle most of my tangible TBR pile this year too. Basically, I've got my work cut out for me.

Any suggestions?

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