Book Tag: My Reading Habits

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Not really, though I probably should. I don’t have a designated reading spot — I’ll read in bed or in my recliner or even at work. But I probably should make a cozy reading spot to encourage myself to read more.

Bookmark or a random piece of trash?

Preferably a bookmark. I don’t always have one readily available, but I will try to use a neatly folded post-it note or something like that rather than just random trash.

Can you stop reading anytime you want or do you have to stop at a certain page, chapter, part, etc.?

I can stop anywhere. I’ve never had a problem putting my book down when I’m done reading. Heck, I can even stop in the middle of a word!

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I eat and drink while doing just about everything. I don’t have a problem doing this, though I do run the risk of getting more involved in eating my snack than actually reading my book.

Can you read while listening to music/watching TV?

Absolutely not, but I wish I could. I seriously can’t concentrate on reading when there’s anyone talking or singing in the background. The only type of music I can somewhat listen to while reading is classical, but even that can get distracting. When I’m trying read in a place where I can’t control the noise, I’ll listen to some ambient music or white noise. That’s about all I can handle.

One book at a time or several at once?

Several books at once. I have such a long TBR and such a short attention span that I can’t stick to just one book. I’ll usually read one physical book and one audiobook at a time.

Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere! I like taking a book with me to read during random down time like at work or waiting at a doctor’s office. I find sometimes I read more when I’m not at home ad not as easily distracted.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

In my head. I’ve never enjoyed reading aloud, plus I feel like it’s generally not socially acceptable to read aloud in public.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?

I don’t read ahead (anymore), but I do sometimes skip boring parts. I used to be a pretty disorganized reader. I remember when I was younger and reading the 4th Harry Potter book, I wanted to find out what happened and I skipped around so much that I forgot where I originally was. I don’t do that anymore, haha.

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

The spine is one of the most important (and visible) parts of the book, so it should be kept new! I don’t get why people break spines in right away, but I prefer my books stay looking as pristine as possible.

Do you write in books?

I don’t, but I don’t have any problem with it. I am just too much of a perfectionist to write in my books and not feel like I ruined them, although I do like the idea of annotating books for future reference.

Source: Alysha @ Bookish & Bright

This was a really fun tag, and I encourage any one who wants to try it to consider themselves tagged!

Book Review: The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket #5Title: The Austere Academy
Author: Lemony Snicket
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events #5
Publication Date: August 31, 2000
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads Summary

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are at first optimistic–attending school is a welcome change for the book-loving trio, and the academy is allegedly safe from the dreaded Count Olaf, who is after their fortune.

Dear Reader,

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire arc intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.

Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.

My Thoughts

First of all, I have to say that I hate the fact that my first review on my blog from this series is of the fifth book, but reviews 1-4 are on my Goodreads from before I began blogging.

That being said, let me catch you up on why I’m reading these books in my mid-twenties. When I was younger, I read the first nine books in the series, and let me tell you: I LOVED THEM. Then, last November, I heard tell that there would be a NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES based on these books, and I was there for it. I decided to to binge reread the first four books in the series in preparation for the show, which covered those four stories.  The second season should come out sometime in early 2018 and will cover books 5-7.

I know a lot of people don’t like these books or think that they’re just for kids, but I strongly disagree. I think they’re hilarious and witty for people of all ages. Are they the most literary books ever written? No, but they’re pretty dang entertaining. I will say, however, that you have to be in the right mood to enjoy them. I really can’t read more than two or three in a row without getting tired of them.  The basic outline of the plot is the same for books 1-5 (I think it starts to change a little after that), and it can get a bit tiresome and repetitive.

Earlier this week, I read the fifth installment of this series, The Austere Academy. This one wasn’t my favorite or the funniest, but it wasn’t bad.  This book introduces some new characters and a new subplot, which adds some more interest and depth to the storyline to keep it going.


Is anyone else excited for season two of the Netflix series?!

2018 Reading Challenges

2018 Reading ChallengesSince 2018 will be my first full year of blogging, I am going to be participating in some reading challenges. I’m really excited because I’ve never done a reading challenge before, but I think that it’s a great way to read more diverse books and genres than I would normally.

I’m going to participate in three challenges (as of now) and my hope is that they will be a fun encouragement for me to keep reading throughout the year.

Mount TBR Challenge

One of the challenges that I’ll be participating in next year is the Mount TBR Challenge, hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block. The goal of this challenge is to whittle away books in your TBR pile; however, only books that you own prior to January 1, 2018 will count for this challenge.

The challenge levels (or “mountains”) are as follows:
Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

I will only be attempting Pike’s Peak this year because I don’t want to burn myself out on my first year participating in challenges. However, this could change. To keep up with me on this challenge through out the year, visit my Mount TBR Challenge page.

If you’d like to participate as well, click here.

A-Z Reading Challenge

Another challenge that I’ll be participating in is the A-Z Reading Challenge, hosted by Megan at Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest.  The goal of this challenge is to read a book that starts with each letter of the alphabet. I’m excited about this challenge because I definitely do not have a book for each letter in my review index yet.  The neat thing about this challenge is that books that I read for other challenges can easily count for this one, too. You can keep up with my progress here.

If you’d like to participate as well, click here.

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

The last challenge (as of now) that I’ll be participating in is POPSUGAR’s 2018 Reading Challenge.  Apparently they do one every year, but this is the first year that I heard about it.  There are 50 prompts such as, “a book with an ugly cover” or “a book about time travel,” and then you simply record which book you read that answers that prompt. You can see the books that I read for this challenge here.

If you’d like to participate as well, click here.

Are you participating in any challenges this year? If so, which ones?