All These Books And Buying More: 2021 Edition

Every reader knows of this problem. They even probably refer to it as THAT problem. No one has to mention it and everyone knows it immediately. I am speaking of the problem where one has simply to many books in their TBR pile but for some reason, they just keep buying more to add it to the pile. The pile simply never shrinks but only grow.

Last year, the one that shall not be named, my pile grew. I usually like to keep my TBR pile at 4 books the most. However, since I did very little reading, my buying habits soared past it and expanded the pile exactly four time its size. I am talking about 16 books. I have been looking at this pile wondering how I am going to overcome it with the intentions of reading each and every single book while having that thought every reader knows all too well: Buying more books.

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The Year That Shall Not Be Named and 2021: A Reflection

Last year, I expected things were going to be different as I have gone through new changes that were happening at the time. However, I am afraid that I was very, very wrong about it. So wrong, as as a matter of fact.

Normally, at the end of every year, I take a look at all the books I have read and gather it up all in post where I talk about my favorites, my goals, and hopes for the next year. As much as I would rather not look back, there is a need in order to move forward. At the beginning of the year, I have aimed for 50 books as my goal. Needlessly to say, that was not accomplished.

The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco Infinity Son by Adam Silvera The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
Dragon Fire by Lisa McMann Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg The Shadow of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee

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Jar Select – When We Wake

Well, You Think I Should Have Done One of These By Now….

It was over a year ago when I first announced a new topic that would I feature on the blog called Jar Select. After I announced the new feature, not a single post of Jar Select happened. I finally recalled it when looking for new posts to do and better late than never, the first edition of Jar Select is here!

As a reminder, Jar Select is a feature when I reach into my TBR Jar and pull out a random book where the book becomes the topic of the discussion. I’ll discuss my thoughts about the book, why I wanted it read it and about anything that comes to mind while discussing it.

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To Track or Not To Track? – Progress While Reading

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When it comes to keeping track of your reading’s progress, I am always on it. I put down what page I left on and figure out how many pages I read at the time. I have been doing this for seven years while using GoodReads. It was a steady and useful habit I had until October came around.

I had started a brand new book right when October started. The previous book I finished was right at the end of September. I forgot the change the status of the book to “Currently Reading,” but I figured I would just change it on a later date. I even forgot to change the status and mark down what page I was on before I left my weeklong trip. Ever since I my return, I still haven’t updated it.

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The Bloggers in the Attic: Reading Slumps

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The Bloggers in the Attic is a bi-monthly discussion chain created by Camilla @ Reader in the Attic where a group bloggers take turns discussing a chosen topic throughout a month. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, be sure to contact Camilla to join!

June’s Theme

This month’s theme is the one thing all readers hate; reading slumps. We all hate them.

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Childhood Reads: The Adventures of Bailey School Kids

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I am now continuing this series for the third time. I told myself I was going to skip the series for this month but then I came across another book series that I read many years ago. When I came across it, nostalgia came crashing onto me.

The Adventures of Bailey School Kids by Debbie Daddy & Marcia Thornton Jones

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(This is the newer cover, the original cover was not big enough to show.)

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The Bloggers in the Attic: Ratings

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The Bloggers in the Attic is a bi-monthly discussion chain created by Camilla @ Reader in the Attic where a group bloggers take turns discussing a chosen topic throughout a month. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, be sure to contact Camilla to join!

This month, the discussion theme is ratings and the importance of them. This has seriously got me thinking of my use of ratings.

Rating system, a discussion. Is it still important, what do we think about it, how does it work for us, what can be improved?

Why do we use ratings when we review books, or anything for that matter? Turns out, it varies from person to person, reviewer to reviewer.

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Childhood Reads: Sideways Stories from Wayside School

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How many books can you remember from your childhood? I was thinking about some of the books I read from my childhood and tried to remember which ones I read. It has been a long, long time since I read these stories but obviously some I can still remember. The last time I recalled a favorite childhood read of mine, Magic Tree House, it was during November of 2018. I figured it was time to continue this little series once again. I really wanted to remember a book I read that I can bring a memory along with it. Then it hit me that there was one book I should mention.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Lois Sachar

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Favorite Childhood Reads: Magic Tree House

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Do you remember any books that were your favorite from your childhood?

One thing everyone remembers doing from the childhood is learning to read and reading assignment. Some of us even loved reading as children and read as many books as they could and even have their favorites. One of my favorite series I read as a child were the Magic Tree House series.

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How I Can Keep My Focus: Lofi Hip Hop

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Sometimes when I read, I find myself distracted or not even paying attention as well I should be. I can be reading, but my thoughts or elsewhere or I am not just comprehending what I am reading well enough. Readers have their ways that can help them stay focused while reading. While some tricks works for some, some tricks won’t work for others.

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