A Summer of Books

While I’m not making any pinky promises, I am going to try to read a book a week this summer. This goal may become a bit more difficult once I start working, but I’ve felt pretty guilty for not having read much recently. Honestly, I haven’t had the time and/or made the time to read personal books since starting college. I have always loved reading and I want to make it a priority and a part of my life again. Sometimes it’s difficult when I read too many books in a row that don’t really capture my interest, but I must stay strong! I plan on utilizing the library and reading fun books! 

So, to a summer of reading!

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A Much Belated Update

Wow. I have really ignored this blog lately, and I am so sorry. Honestly, ever since I’ve started college I haven’t given it much thought. But, now that the semester is wrapping up, I have some time.

First of all, I haven’t forgotten about my New Year’s Resolution to read twelve books this year, one for every month. You can read my blog post about it here. So, the last book I finished was my eighth book in August. I haven’t finished another just-for-fun book yet. I didn’t realize quite how much reading there was to do in college or how appealing Netflix is after reading so much for school. I know it’s a lame excuse… I’m going to try to read at least one more book before the year ends, most likely on my journey home from school.

Next year, despite still being in school, I still want to try to post! I have opinions I want to share! I have awesome things I want to share from music to movies to, of course, books!

So, stay tuned! As soon as I finish this post, I’ll be working on some more!

A New Year’s Resolution

a book-related one.

I simply don’t read enough. Maybe I read more than the average person, but for me it’s not enough (last year, I read about 7 books unrelated to school). When I was little I would read multiple books at a time, and I would every single day. I never would have imagined that my life would become so busy that reading would be put on the back burner.

Now, I’m not going to claim that I’m so busy that I couldn’t possibly find time to read. Because I could. Instead of turning on Netflix, I could open up a book. I could read instead of watching YouTube videos or mindlessly browsing the internet.

So, my New Year’s resolution is to read one book per month that is purely for leisure (aka not for school).

I think this resolution will be easier to keep up in January, February, and March. Then, things will start to get a little crazy with spring break and end of the school year and leaving for college.

I will be kicking off the year with Paper Towns by John Green. I really love him as a person (go watch his YouTube videos), and I loved The Fault In Our Stars (like every other girl in the world…). I have mixed feelings about An Abundance of Katherines and Saving Alaska, but maybe I’ll go back and read those.

When I read a book, nowadays, I basically set aside the weekend to read. I like to read books that I just can’t put down. If I put a book down, and it hasn’t captured my interest, chances are I won’t be picking it up again.

If you have any book suggestions, let me know!!

Preparing for Rome

Next year, I’m going on a family vacation to Rome, and I’m going to prepare for this trip by reading.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve focused so much on France. And then I went to France. I never really thought too deeply about other European countries. In Social Studies I studied a little bit of Roman mythology and I took a Western Civilization course, but the question is, how much information did I retain? Not much.

There is such a rich, lengthy history of Rome, and I know very little about it. My knowledge of Rome comes from watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie. Sad, I know. But I want to broaden my knowledge, so I’m going to read. I want to read all kinds of books. I want to read nonfiction, historical fiction, travel memoirs, etc. As long as the books don’t become too dry, I’m willing to read them.

After doing a quick Google search, “Rome books”, I’ve come up with a few that I’m considering:

  • Rome: The Biography of a City by Christopher Hibbert- I thought that this one would give me a broad overview. I know that it’s difficult to put so much history into one book, but for a person who is such a beginner, I thought it would be useful. So, I think I’ll start with this one.
  • I, Claudius by Robert Graves- This one kept coming up, so I figured, maybe?
  • The Pope’s Daughter by Caroline R. Murphy
  • Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran

If you have ANY suggestions, PLEASE comment below!! I’m open to anything!

 

Summer Reading Goals Complete?

Well, you may recall that I created a post at the beginning of the summer called Upcoming Book Reviews, where I discussed what I wanted to read this summer (if you haven’t read it, check it out).

Here are the results:

  • Yes, I completed The World Without Us by Alan Weisman! It was really good. Here’s my review on it.
  • I got halfway through William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, and I had no idea what was happening, so I gave up on that…
  • Oh, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling…I’ve had this book for nearly a year, but I can’t bring myself to read it, and I’m not sure why. Maybe I’m afraid to think of her as any other author than of the Harry Potter series, or maybe I’m afraid that I won’t like a book by her, the queen of my childhood authors.

The above are the books I said that I would definitely read. 1 out of 3. Woo :(

Now, I will tell you right now, I didn’t read any of the other books on my list. How depressing.

Instead, I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Not my choice. I read it because of school. Or rather, I’m in the process of reading it.

I am still reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, another book for school. Not bad.

I got partway through Quirkology by Richard Wiseman. I haven’t finished it yet because I haven’t been wild about it’s format. I think that there’re too many experiments rattled off without enough analysis.

Well, this summer’s reading goals were a FAIL.

 

Upcoming Book Reviews

I’m almost done school. Yay!!

That means that life will be slowing down a bit, and I will have time to read! I’m hoping to read a book a week and utilize the library, but we’ll see how that goes because it’s going to be a busy summer.

Here are the books I am definitely reading and reviewing this summer:

The World Without Us by
This is a school book, but it looks interesting.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
I am dreading this one, but it’s another school book. Hopefully I’ll get this one out of the way…

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
I’ve been meaning to read this one since November, but I haven’t had the time to read such a thick book.

Books I’m Hoping to Read:

I want to read Ellen DeGeneres’ book; I’m sure it will be funny. I just can’t think of the title…

I want to read books about traveling because I really want to travel. Also, if you have any suggestions on good travel books about Rome, Italy, or Europe in general, I’m open to ideas.

I also want to read some thought-provoking non-fiction. I don’t tend o venture into this genre, but I’m hoping o expand my tastes this summer.

I want to try to finish Gone With the Wind. I’ve heard good things, but that’s quite a feat.

At this rate, I’ll be reading non-stop!

Upcoming 2013 Book Reviews

I have been so busy with school this year that I haven’t been able to read as much as I’d like to. But here are some reviews that will be coming—at least at some point down the road.

The Abortionist’s Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde
Yeah, I know, a bit of a touchy subject, but I had to choose a controversial topic for school.

Water for Elephants

source: danxoneil

It’s good, but I can’t find time to read it!

A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

source: Sonia Belviso

I’m totally behind on reading this…

A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

possibly Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
Since I already watched re movie (which I hate doing before I watch the movie) I might not read it.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
As soon as that book comes out I’m driving to the bookstore!

If you have any suggestions along the lines of realistic young adult lit, let me know!

Update on Books and Other Things

Well hello there.

I am trying to do more book reviews because that’s what I want my blog to be about, but I don’t read enough books. I just don’t have time with school an life.

My birthday is coming up and so is winter break, so hopefully I’ll be able to catch up on some reading and get some new books.

I am planning on reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower next. I am super excited. The ads for the movie look amazing, and I love Emma Watson. But I wanted to read the book first, so here I am. Plus, I’ve heard the movie is amazing and sad. And the book is awesome.

Also, I wanted to see if you guys have any requests. Do you want me to read/watch/listen any books/movies/tv shows/music to review. Especially music, I’m always open to new music. Please let me know!

Thank you!

My Other Blog

I just wanted to let you guys know that I made another blog on WordPress. It’s http://www.lifeiseveryday.wordpress.com

Basically, it’s a blog about my life. I’ll try to blog as often as I can, but I can’t promise anything.

I’ll pretty much blog about anything except for reviews which you’ll find here. Lately I’ve been blogging a lot about YouTube. But I’ll also blog about my vacations, obsessions, and other random adventures.

Hope you check it out!! Thanks!! xoxo