Reading Corner – May 2017

In the month of May, I had a couple of lofty goals. I wanted to finish at least two books, and try to do a Reading Marathon, but that obviously didn’t happen. Usually I don’t create a Reading Corner post unless I actually have read something and finished it but I did still want to keep you updated. I’m still trying to read when I can, and this last month I ended up stumbling for a little bit. I had a lot going on that last week but I’m hoping that with June I’ll be getting back into the swing of things. In the meantime, I am working on a new list of books I want to read, and trying to get back into literature analysis (yes, I do that for fun) like I used to. If you have suggestions of your favorite books, please let me know in the comments below.

See you soon,

Jess

Reading Goals for 2017

This past year I haven’t read as many books as I normally try to. Usually I finish one a month, but this past year has been insane for everyone, and that has prevented me from enjoying reading. Because of that I didn’t reach my goal for 2016 of having a current reading list of 0.

For 2017, I want that to be my main goal again. I want to get back into reading 12 books a year, because reading is an activity that brings me joy just like writing does. At the moment my current reading list is half of my goal so I want to start there and finish them first before I start anything else.

I’m also going to use some of the habits I had when I was pushing myself to read as many books as I could in a year. For example, my reading marathons on Instagram. On my days off from work, if I’m not working on my blog, I’ll just read one book until I either finish it or my eyes get so tired that my reading glasses aren’t enough.

Also I’m going to be on a no buy for books, just like I am for makeup with my Project Pan. So even though I do visits to Barnes and Noble to see my friends, I am not allowed to buy any. It does also help that Sunshine and I are trying to let go of a lot of our books anyway to make room for the ones we would actually enjoy.

I am still going to be doing the monthly Reading Corner posts at the end of each month to check in and see what I’ve finished and review it. Hopefully there will be more than one book on there, but I’m not going to push it.

So let’s see if I can really finish 12 books in 2017!

What are your reading goals for the year? Let me know in the comments below! Also add me on Instagram to follow what books I’m reading right now.

Reading Corner: September 2016

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It’s finally October! That means it’s time for more spooky themed books! Though I’m excited to start new books, I didn’t get to read through as many as I wanted to last month. Unfortunately, I was only able to read through one book last month, but this was because I needed to finish a blanket for a baby that is actually being born as I’m writing this. Check out what I read in September below! Continue reading

Reading Corner: July 2016

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Me Before You – JoJo Moyes

I’ve been wanting to read this book since I saw the first preview for the movie. I thought it would read similar to a  Nicholas Sparks movie, but set in England. After reading it, I realized I wasn’t necessarily wrong. The Sparks love story formula is definitely there. Two young people fall in love despite the obstacles around them; one of them leaves the lover they had that the beginning of the story; and one of them dies. Also one of the lovers is changed forever by the relationship, especially after the death of the other.

In all honesty, I enjoyed the book, more so than the movie. Moyes has a writing style that is similar to my own, and I loved the moments of quips and sarcasm between Louisa and Will. And Patrick, oh Patrick. How much satisfaction I got when she finally left him! *sigh*

Louisa’s determination to help Will is admirable, but this determination is what changes her. In a way it shows her that she is capable of doing amazing things and having adventures outside of her small town, but she is often blind to this herself. With so much focus on changing Will’s mind, it’s difficult to see that. Will and Louisa push each other in good ways. She pushes him to experience the world despite his condition, and he pushes her to try new things.

Reading Corner: April 2016

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I’m always working on my reading list, and normally I have about 6 books going at once. My goal is to get my current reading list down to zero by the end of the year. At the moment I seem to be finishing about one book a month, but I need to kick it up a notch. Here’s what I’ve been able to read through this month.

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero


This month’s read was great motivation. For the past few months, I’ve been debating (read: flopping) on whether or not to start doing Fiverr to bring in some extra income and also start offering editing services. After reading it, I finally took the leap.

Jen decides to cut through a lot of the “fluffy” language that a lot of self-help books involve and gets to the point of it. You have something you want to go for but you are stuck in your own way. At the end of each chapter she makes a list that summarizes the points of the chapter, but what I love most is the last point in each one is “Love Yourself”. It made me think about what I wanted to do and what I wanted to go for. My “should I?” turned into “I should.” and  I’ve come to recommend this book to everyone I know. If you are getting in your own way of your ambitions, or know someone who is, get this book.

Right now it’s only $9.60 on Amazon for the paperback, cheaper than the e-book version (as long as you also have Amazon Prime). It’s really a good gift for yourself of someone in your life who is more of a badass they they believe.

What have you read this month? Let me know in the comments below!

Jess

Reading Corner: March

For this month on Reading Corner, I was only able to finish a Bridal diet book, and I’m glad I did! This is one that I couldn’t put down!

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Radiant Bride by Alexis Wolfer

I read this book in two days. To me its a pretty unique wedding book. It isn’t the stereotypical wedding book where it gives you a list of things to get done for the ceremony. Instead it focuses on the important people, the bride and groom, and how they look and feel on their day. Written by the Beauty MaCGyver herself, it has a few ideas to DIY your beauty regimen for brides who don’t have the budget for professionals. It does also include a diet and fitness plan that appears sound in theory but I do want to test it out. One thing I really love about this book is that the ideas and suggestions made are not only handy for your “I dos” but are habits you can implement through your life.

And actually I’m going to test out the diet starting this month. (Well maybe not today. I had to get up really early for my day job today so giving up coffee is out of the question.)

What have you finished in reading? Let me know in the comments below, because I’m always adding to the To Be Read list!

Jess