This Week In Book – January 11, 2017

This Week In Books

“This Week In Books” is a weekly event, hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Foundthat lets readers share what they read, what they’re reading, and what they’re planning to read next. I thought it would be a nice way to recap my reading week and share a few thoughts on what I’ve been reading.

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What I Read:

Since this is the year I read ALL MY DAMN BOOKS I decided to do just that! Cat Got Your Diamonds is a cute cozy mystery, which I liked, but didn’t love (I honestly could not wrap my head around how the main character made a living doing what she does – especially since she didn’t seem to sell a lot), but I had to try it since Julie Chase is the pseudonym for Julie Anne Lindsey who writes the Geek Girl Mystery series, which is awesome. Then I dove into Doppler, which I read and finished in less than 12 hours. The last Erlend Loe I read was Naive. Super which is one of my favourite books. This one had the same humour I know and love by Loe and I think I loved about 95% of it and didn’t like the ending (I didn’t realize it was part of a series and kind of thought it would end differently. I should really never assume.). Next up was a book of poetry, Ravens, by Canadian musician Sarah Slean. I’ve loved Sarah ever since she toured with just a cassette tape of her first EP, so over the years I’ve bought a few things of hers, other than CDs. This was a great little book of poetry and while I don’t try to say I understand what she’s saying in some of these, I still loved it nonetheless. The artwork in it is amazing! And lastly this week, I read The Boundless, by another Canadian, Kenneth Oppel. I’ve only read one other series by Oppel and loved it and this one was good, but not my favourite. It had its exciting bits, but I found my attention wandering as I read it. It is an absolutely gorgeous book to look at though, AND it has a built in bookmark. Can all books have these please?

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What I’m Currently Reading:

More of my own damn books! Riel Nason is another Canadian and her book, All The Things We Leave Behind, is growing on me as I read it. I got it as a review book from Goose Lane and now I think I need to try her first book, The Town That Drowned. Maze of Souls is my current ebook, the 6th instalment in the Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper series. I like to read ebooks in bed and wasn’t sure what to start the other night, so naturally I started this one, a horror. I’m determined to catch up with this series and will have to buy the next one on my birthday since J. L. Bryan is awesome at horror. And lastly, I started When I Fall In Love by Miranda Dickinson on audiobook last night, which was super fortunate since my short drive home turned into a long drive home since I had to detour because of an accident. It’s like I just knew I should start an audiobook – definitely made my drive less tedious and it’s pretty good so far!


What I Plan To Read Next: 

The first book I’ll probably finish, listed above, will be the paperback, so I’m going to start another physical book. Currently I have a ton of my owned but not read books on the table in my library and I know this one is on top. Hopefully I can start reading it, get into it and then read the next two, which I naturally bought while on a Kelley Armstrong kick. She’s one of my favourite Canadian authors and I want to catch up with all of her books this year! And because of my crappy book buying habits, I happen to own all of them!

Waiting On Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming books whose releases are being eagerly awaited. Bloggers are encouraged to join in and post about the book they’re looking forward to reading.

the-river-at-nightA high stakes drama set against the harsh beauty of the Maine wilderness, charting the journey of four friends as they fight to survive the aftermath of a white water rafting accident, The River at Night is a nonstop and unforgettable thriller by a stunning new voice in fiction.

Winifred Allen needs a vacation.

Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.

What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare: A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.

With intimately observed characters, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, The River at Night is a dark exploration of creatures—both friend and foe—that you won’t soon forget.

How cool does this book sound? I love a good mystery and suspense book and this one sounds fascinating.

What have you been reading lately? Any recommendations? What books are you waiting for to be published?

2017 Reading Goals: #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks And #OperationDoubleDigits

As I wrote the title for this post I realized that another goal for 2017 should be to actually write 2017 since I initially wrote 2016. I give myself until May to catch up on that one.

So. Last year I had tried to not buy books, or at least, try not to buy as many books as I had bought in the past. In the past, I’d go to bookstores and browse, coming home with at least 5 books, or I’d go to book sales and buy maybe 20 books on sale (the prices! they can’t be beat!). Or we’d be at the grocery store or drug store and I’d have to check out the books and would buy a couple. And don’t even ask me about my online shopping problem. Amazon and Indigo make it too easy to buy books online!

However, in 2016 I did pretty good! If you look at my Goodreads stats of books bought in 2016 it was under 100 and I read close to 1/2 of them. I don’t really have a comparison of books bought in 2015 because I purged a whole bunch of books in early 2016 (a lot of which I had bought the previous year) and donated them to the local jail, but I know that number was WELL into the hundreds! So, buying only 84 books in 2016 and reading 39 of them is pretty darn good!

Now we enter 2017 and my bookish goals are changing yet again! I feel like I’m starting to get more of a grasp on buying books, trying to buy only the ones I really really want and not just going willy nilly in the store. In fact, my problem started to be e-books, since they’re sometimes such a great price! But, this year we’re definitely budgeting a lot more, which means the husband and I get our $20 each of free money each month and that’s it.

So. Goals.

1. #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

Felicia, over at The Geeky Blogger’s Book Blog, started this hashtag, I think, and it’s brilliant. I have SO MANY books that I’ve bought in previous years and I need to read them, starting with the books I bought in 2016!

2. Read as I buy. 

Really, if I see a book and I MUST HAVE IT, then I should probably read it sooner rather than later, right? Instead of putting it on my shelf for months or years? I have hopes that by the end of 2017 I will have read the books I bought during the year (which will hopefully be less than 50, or even less than 30 would be great!) and then I won’t have to play catch up in the next year.

3. #OperationDoubleDigits

My current TBR of owned books is nearing 300 books. This is terrible! Through reading or purging, I plan to get this number down under 100. Honestly, it would be great to have a TBR of owned books of less than 30. That’s the dream!

4. Use the library! 

When it comes to buying books, I do have a bit of a plan for 2017. I have my wishlist on Goodreads and plan to only buy my favourite authors – they’re the priority. Other than that, I plan to use my library, either through Overdrive (where I can request the library purchase up to 5 titles every 30 days), or physical books. And if they don’t have it, I plan to see if I can get it through an interlibrary loan. And if I still can’t find a book I want, then I can either contemplate buying it (do I really need to read it right now?) or waiting (maybe the library will get it later, or I can request they buy the physical copy).

5. Try to use only certain $$ for books. 

So as I said, the husband and I each get our $20 of free money each month and I could use that towards books, or I could save it for something else. I have credits through the bookstore for books and plan to use those for some preorders, plus I have some gift cards from doing surveys that I can use for books. AND points through the drug store which I plan to use for books (since they do get some of the titles I have on my wishlist). So basically, my free $20 will be my last resort money. But in the end, the goal isn’t to buy ALL the books, but be more frugal with my spending and actually sit on a purchase before buying, instead of being so flighty with my money.

As for WHAT I’m planning on reading, I know I want to try and go with the flow as much as I can, though since I did a lot of that in 2016, I also want to be a little more conscious about what I’m reading.

  1. Be more diverse in my reading. I tend to go towards a lot of female, American authors. Mainly romance books, too. I’d like to read more LGBT books, or more books from different nationalities, more books by women of colour, and just try to break from my norm. Challenge myself a bit more in 2017.
  2. Read more books by male authors. I didn’t do too bad last year, but like I said in #1, I tend to go towards female authors, so I will try and work in more male authors this year.
  3. Read more Canada! I had planned on doing this in 2016 but didn’t do a great job of it. My Canada bookcase at home is mostly unread books so I want to make a dent in those.
  4. Along with this, like I said, I plan to read off my shelves and read the books I bought in 2016.

And those are my goals for the year! I plan to try and document my progress on the blog somehow and hopefully I’ll have great progress by the end of the year!

Have a wonderfully bookish 2017!

End of The Year: What My Reading Stats Were!

I hadn’t actually planned to read as many books as I did this year, thinking that with the two kids I would be way too busy to read. However, when you love doing something, you make the time for it! I managed to work in reading before the kids woke up, during their naps, or while waiting for appointments, listening to audiobooks, and reading before bed. This helped me reach … drumroll please

139 books read in 2016! 

Last year I read 106 books and mostly e-books, so this was a good number for me. I’m hoping that in 2017 I can read more physical books and try to not have huge slumps – though you can’t really control those, can you?

Reading Format: 

Physical Books – 30
Audio Books – 55
E-Books – 54


Library – 49
Books I Own (Incl. e-books) – 78
Review Books – 7
Freebies (Kindle) – 6

Books DNF’d:

3 (This is a tricky one, since I have started a lot of books in the past year that I just couldn’t get into during the first few pages and put them down. I don’t consider those DNF-d books; the ones that I actually really try to read and get anywhere from 50-150 pages into but then just can’t anymore are considered a DNF.)

The longest book I read: 

Voyager (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon (1,072 pages)

The shortest book I read: 

Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves, #1) by Kelly Apple (66 pages)

Male vs. Female Authors: 

Surprisingly (since I always tend to pick books by female authors), I read 17 books by male authors. The other 121 were female. Naturally. Next year I’d like to track a little more deeply with books by POC, nationalities, etc.

Canadian Reads: 

Now, when I finished 2015, my plan was to read more Canada in the following year! I didn’t read as much Canada as I had hoped, but I did manage 14 books – with nearly 50% of those being by my favourite, Kelley Armstrong. I do plan to read more than this in 2017!

What I learned from tracking: 

I learned that I would love to track more things like genres and nationalities, as well as a running tally of the kids books we read throughout the year! I do love my bullet journal so I’m hoping to better track more details of my reading in 2017.

Blog stats: 

Where are my readers coming from? 

I’m kind of happy to see that most of my readers come from Canada! The natural progression is then the U.S. and then the U.K.

What was my most popular post?

Not surprisingly, my most popular post was about coming back to blogging! My stats are all over the place on the blog for 2016, mainly because I thought I would quit blogging at the beginning of the year and then decided that wasn’t a good idea (since I love talking about books!) and came back later in the year.

Blogging thoughts from the past year? 

Blogging is so different for me now. I almost look at it more as documentation of what I’m reading and a track keeper for things like read-a-thons, but not so much as a social thing anymore. It’s tough since I did quit for a while and even though I’m getting views, I get close to NO comments anymore which kind of sucks, but I do keep trying to promote the blog through social media and when I have some time I do try to comment on blogs. What else can you do, right?

Looking Forward To 2017

The thing I loved about this past year is that I read whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I didn’t feel a ton of pressure to be reading anything specific and the odd time I’d follow the hype on Twitter about a book, but mostly I’d just go by my mood. It was wonderful! I plan to keep this up in 2017, as well as reign in my book buying, and read more from my shelves.

As I write this, it’s December 29th and I’m really, really looking forward to my first read of the year! I still don’t know what it is, but isn’t there something so great about a fresh new book on the first day of a new year?

All the best, my lovely readers, in 2017!