TBR Thursday: Into Thin Air

Lately I’ve been really into podcasts, particularly the What Should I Read Next podcast with Anne Bogel. And as I’ve been listening and catching up on old episodes, Into Thin Air comes up a lot. I mean a lot, a lot. So because so many different guest on this podcast keep bring up this book I thought I might give it a try. It isn’t typically something I read and if I saw it in a book store I might completely look over it, but that is why I want to give Into Thin Air a chance. Hopefully it introduces me to a whole other genre of books I’ve never invested much reading time into and helps me get out of a bad reading slump I’ve been in all Summer long.

Have you ever read a book recommended to that you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up really loving it? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Reading,

Meghan

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June Wrap Up 2018

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I didn’t read as much as I thought I would last month.  I took a week long vacation around my birthday on the 15th, but only managed to read halfway through one book.  I suppose I ended up being busier than I thought I would be at the beach because I was under the impression that I could at least finish three books plus whatever else I might buy while I was there.  However, I did read two books and i started two others.  I’m currently debating adding what I’m reading at the moment into my monthly wrap ups but I’ve decided to include it in this one; so if you like seeing what I’m reading lately please let me know!

And now here are the books I read in June of 2018:

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Sleeping Giants By Sylvain Neuvel was a surprisingly good book.  And I don’t say that because I expected it to be bad, but rather that I almost never read Science Fiction novels.  This is the first in a trilogy series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book.  Expect a book review coming soon!

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If you didn’t read my last blog post then you may be wondering why I read a Sweet Valley High novel.  Well for starters I feel like there are classic book series that I missed out on growing up because I wasn’t invested in reading as much as I am today so I’ve been trying to experience them now; and also I had an idea to do a series here on my blog chronicling myself going through the entire series.  From what I have researched there are, I believe, about 140 books in the Sweet Valley High series so it would be almost a three year project if I read one book a week.  I was hoping to have others join me but I didn’t get a large response on my survey, though I did still create a goodreads group if you’d still like to join me.  I’ve only read the first book so far and it isn’t too late to join!


Onto the new section!

I don’t know how many people are like this when it comes to reading, but I typically read at least two or three books at a time.  Usually the books I read at the same time have to be different in genre and/or story line because I’ll tend to get characters mixed up otherwise, and at the moment I’m reading one Young Adult novel and a Urban Fantasy novel:

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Both books I’ve owned for a while now and I’m liking each one so far.  I will admit that I thought I would be done with I’ll Meet You There by now but It is a little darker than I was expecting it to be which is causing me to read it slower than normal.  Other than that I hope to have them both read by the end of this month.

I’d really love to hear what all you have read recently or are reading currently.  Please let me know in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Meghan

May Wrap Up 2018

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So last month I didn’t read as much as I have in the past but that is mainly to do with the fact that for May I read a book with over 600 pages.  This is the biggest book I have read all year and it reminded me why I don’t usually read such large novels as I tend to be a slow reader and it did take me almost all month to finish it. But enough with all that,  here is what I read in May 2018:

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Hope you had a more successful month in reading.  Though I did enjoy both books so maybe less is more in this case.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

April Wrap Up 2018

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How was everyone’s April?  Ours was pretty rainy here is Georgia and the weather kept fluctuating enough through out the month to make me confused on whether Winter was coming or going.  But thankfully it looks as though Spring has finally sprung and I cannot wait for the warmer weather, though with Summer quickly approaching I might be biting my tongue as the South’s summer often comes with 100% humidity everyday.

Okay enough about me and my complaints about the weather, here is what I read in April:

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I managed to read three books this week.  After spending most of March reading Historical fiction I made my way back to my first love YA fantasy.  I finally got around to continuing the Falling Kingdoms Series and I can’t wait to keep going, it truly is one of best YA Fantasy series out there in my opinion.

What did you read in the month of April?

I’d love to know in the comments below.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

January 2018 Wrap Up

I was able to read 6 books this month!  It makes a great head start for my reading challenge this year.  I do feel as though I cheated a bit, however, two of the books I finished at the beginning of January were ones that I had started in December.

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My favorite book this month was Snowed In.  It’s one of my favorite guilty pleasure reads and while the beginning was rough I found it to be a delightful read and it helped me accomplish January reading challenge of a book set in winter.  If you haven’t checked out the reading challenge I created for this year there is a link to it above. It isn’t too late to join!

And the most disappointing book was A Discovery of Witches.  It’s incredibly long and has about a thousand plot lines all running at once with out really ever moving the story forward.

Happy Reading,

Meghan

 

Resolution Redue

2017 might simply have been one of the fastest years of my life. No sooner had 2016 ended before I find myself already decorating again for Christmas in 2017. So as I wrap up the last year (no pun intended) and place all my Christmas things away, I thought I’d write a post about the New Year.

Last year was hard, for lack of a better word, both personally and from a world perspective. There are many I know who greatly welcome 2018, though what it will bring is a mystery. It is usually during this time my social media is flooded with New Year’s resolutions. Something to resolve before year’s end. Something to change, make better, or remove. But I’ve never been good at resolutions and usually February comes with no progress but completely giving up on whatever I had challenged myself to do.

Except last year that changed for me, I decided that if I couldn’t handle resolutions I could instead handle goals. Goals sound nicer, less final than resolutions and more forgiving when they aren’t met by a certain deadline. And last years goal was a spiritual one. I wanted to know the word of God more. To read it everyday and have it to recall on both when everything was fine and also when it wasn’t. So I started doing bible studies with She Reads Truth and I signed myself up for their auto shipping program for each new study.

Did I read my bible everyday? No. But I did retain a lot more than even I could have imagined. Am I reciting verses left and right to all who are around me? No. But I’ve grown in my relationship with God and it is stronger than it has been before. So my personal goal for 2017 helped me grow as a person. It helped me to better understand myself and it provided comfort in those hard times.

2017 goal gave me confidence that I can grow and it has made me want to learn more about myself. Which has made me ponder what I’d like to make a goal in 2018 and I’ve decided to make it about a year of learning.

Here are a few things I’d like to learn:

  • To play the Ukulele
  • To learn a second language
  • To learn some graphic design techniques

I don’t want to grow my list too long, but I hope to accomplish something no matter how good I am at it or not.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year. And may it bring you joy, love, and health.

Happy Reading,

Meghan