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My Take | On Whether Or Not Reading Speed Makes You A “More Superior” Reader

I make it no secret: I am a slow reader.

Part of it is due to my health. But I’ve also always been a slow reader. I’m talking maybe 10 pages per hour. Sloooooooooooooooowww. I drive my friends who like to read over my shoulder insane, but I digress.

The point is this: Sometimes I feel bad for being a super slow reader. Yeah, I know, I have a health condition, but come on! Why can’t I just read faster like all of the other bloggers. It makes me ashamed when I see other bloggrs flying through 7-10 books per month when I’m struggling to finish one.

It even makes me hesitant to request ARCs or sign up for tours. After all, how can I guarantee I’ll finish the book by the deadline? (News flash: there are plenty of ARCs I haven’t finished by deadline because of this and it’s never killed me or set me back)

You see my problem.

But I didn’t feel this way before blogging. See, some bloggers wear their reading speeds as badges of honor. “I read 17 books this month.” Their badge proudly reads. And I’m not here to knock them. I’m proud of and happy for my friends who can do this. But I think we, book bloggers, as a community, have this false idea that the faster you read and hence the more you read, the better a reader and blogger you are. And that’s definitely not true.

I may be a slow reader, but that in no way affects my status as a reader or blogger. In fact, sometimes it’s good to be a slow reader. You can take in more, soak up more of the world, and analyze more details in a more in depth way. See? Good things you tend to lose if you read faster.

I guess what I’m trying to get across here is that it’s not really how fast you read that matters. It’s how much you put into reading, and, in turn, what reading gives back. So read on, sloth readers, and be proud to be just as good a reader as anyone else!

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Sunday Post {4}

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!

THIS WEEK IN BOOKS

  • Currently Reading Continuing on my Colleen Hoover binge with…
    • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
  • Books Borrowed & Bought I’d say it was a pretty good week as I didn’t buy many books. Sadly, I also didn’t borrow any books 😥
    • Borrowed
      • N/A
    • Bought
      • Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
  • ARCs Acquired It was a pretty good week for ARCs. I got…
    • South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf
    • Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu and Anne Greenwood Brown
    • The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet.
  • Books Received I mysteriously received a hard cover finished copy of Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan. I don;t know if this is a thank you for participating in the blog tour or a make up for the physical copy I was supposed to get through the tour but they ran out of copies or what, but it made my day!
    • Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

BLOGGING NEWS

 

It was a pretty great blogging week! One exciting thing that took place was that I was a host for the Reign of Shadows Blog Tour! I also participated in my first book blitz for Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow. I also was nominated for and accepted the Beautiful Blogger Award!

What’s on the horizon? Some discussion posts, tags, regularly scheduled content and series, and, of course, more reviews!

So yeah, that’s pretty much all there is. What good things have happened to you this week? Tell me in the comments below!

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Cover Lovin’ | The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Welcome to Cover Lovin’, a weekly meme that features the covers we love! This week I’ve selected the incredible cover of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh!

This cover’s images were provided by Michelle Monique and iStockphoto and the design was by Theresa Evangelista! What a great job! I love how the cover simulates an Arabian window design! The woman sitting behind the design creates a mysterious, captive feel. I also love how the bright colors draw your eye to the cover. The gold and red perfectly compliment each other!

Do YOU have a cover you love? Participate in Cover Lovin! Here’s how:

  • Pick out a book with a cover you love and post a photo of the book’s cover
  • Give credit to the creators of the cover if you can find them (usually a quick Google search, a look at the jacket of the book, or checking the credits and/or copyright or acknowledgements section of the book will tell you the cover artist(s))
  • Tell us why you love the cover. You don’t have to go in depth, just tell us what you like about it.
  • Link back to me, Lila, the creator of the meme, in your post.
  • Leave a link to your Cover Lovin’ post in the comments section of my weekly Cover Lovin post so others can find you!
  • Tah dah! You’re done!
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50 Bookish Confessions

I saw Jess over at Princessica of Books do this and I thought it was a great and fun idea. So I’m doing it too! Thanks Jess!

  1. I listen to audiobooks.
  2. I listen to more audiobooks than I read physical books
  3. Confession #2 is due to the fact that because of my medical condition I am a painfully slow reader. It takes a tremendous amount of energy for me to actually read, so much that I’m usually exhausted afterwards.
  4. I dogear pages. #sorrynotsorry
  5. I also write in my books. Again #sorrynotsorry
  6. I’m fine reading in the car.
  7. My library is four stories and I wish I could just live there.
  8. I wish I went to more indie bookstores but alas! ‘Tis not so!
  9. IB English was once of my favorite subjects in high school. I adore analyzing literature.
  10. I love poetry.
  11. I’ve never read a real graphic novel/comic book except for Archie when I was, like, 6 and 7.
  12. My favorite genre is fantasy.
  13. My mom is the one who got me into reading, not Harry Potter. My mom read to me all through my childhood.
  14. My favorite book is Divergent by Veronica Roth because it helped me through a really dark time in my life and taught me so many lessons.
  15. Colleen Hoover books are now my guilty pleasure obsessions. So tropey but so good at the same time!
  16. I’ve never and will never read horror novels. They scare me!
  17. I so judge books by their covers (come on, admit it, you do too).
  18. I’ve only ever been to 2 book festivals, but I’m looking to change that.
  19. The most I’ve ever spent on a book was $40.00 and it was for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition.  It was “for my boyfriend” (at least, that’s what I tell myself…).
  20. In 2015, I read more books in one year than I’ve ever read in any other year.
  21. I don’t review everything I read.
  22. Sometimes I review books quite a bit after I finished them, so my thoughts have time to “marinate.”
  23. I don’t cast actors as characters in my head until after I finish a book.
  24. I have over 500 books on my all time TBR.
  25. I rarely take physical books with me when I go places on a daily basis. But I do take audiobooks with me on my phone.
  26. I don’t own any bookish merchandise.
  27. I’ve never had a book boyfriend and I don’t have any fictional crushes or ship fictional characters with myself.
  28. I return audiobooks I don’t like, but keep physical books I don’t like. Don’t ask me why…
  29. It’s rare for me to hate a book I read. This is because I have a pretty good sense of what I’m going to like and what I’m going to dislike so I rarely buy books I think I’ll hate.
  30. Because I’m a super sluggish reader, I don’t do read-a-thons. I tried one and failed and flailed so miserably.
  31. I tried doing one booktube video and have found that I like book blogging format better.
  32. I own 9 bookshelves if you count the mini bookshelf in my dorm room and the 8 bookshelves I have at home.
  33. The book series I’ve read the most is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.
  34. I like to drink hot chocolate while reading. Yum 🙂
  35. My ship is Ransereh (Tahereh Mafi x Ransom Riggs) lol.
  36. I love when publishers add extra special embellishments to books. Guess it’s the designer in me.
  37. I now take notes while reading, which is easy when listening to audiobooks!
  38. I love “building my own characters” in my imagination when authors describe characters.
  39. I used to hate doing reviews, but as I’ve done more of them, I’ve grown to love doing them, especially as I’ve found my voice.
  40. My (not so secret) addiction is Book Outlet.
  41. My room has always been lined with filled bookshelves, even before I could read.
  42. I’m not much of a book hipster.
  43. Book hype doesn’t scare me. #Gryffindor #Dauntless
  44. I can’t recommend books unless I know what you like.
  45. If I like the audiobook, I’ll usually want a physical copy of the book to keep on my shelves.
  46. The tropes that bug me the most are instalove and the whole bad boy gets the girl thing.
  47. My first book fandom was Harry Potter.
  48. I don’t currently belong to any book fandoms.
  49. I’d love to collect bookmarks, even though I wouldn’t use them.
  50. Its the start of the new year and I’ve already bought about 7 books already.
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January 2016 Wrap Up

It was an incredible month for reading. I finished six books and loved almost all of them! I also reviewed almost every book I read this month! So let’s get to the wrap up!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 5/5 Stars

All I can say is WOW! What a ride, what a ride! Kaufman and Kristoff did it. They really blew my mind! This sci fi thrill ride was so engrossing and engaging and had so many twists and turns. Not too mention the format was stunning, yet didn’t get in the way of the story. I’m still reeling from this one. What a ride!

Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk (ARC) 3.5/5 Stars

This was a really cute story! It was a little on the cheesy side, but it gave you what you expected. And I expected (and wanted) cheese. The characters are fun and full and the plot is quick and cute. Definitely a fun little read to pick up!

Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 5/5 Stars

This was everything I wanted in a Starbound finale! It was action packed, faced paced, and explosive! And finally we get to see our favorite characters together! I can’t say much about this one, as it is the finale to a trilogy, but just know it was really good!

November 9 by Colleen Hoover 5/5 Stars

My first Colleen Hoover book and WOW! This book blew me away! It was so good! The tension, the romance, the plot, the character, everything was just so amazing. This book catapulted me into being a Hooverite and with good reason. A new favorite of mine!

Confess by Colleen Hoover 4.5/5 Stars

After November 9 I just had to read more CoHo, so I picked up Confess and I was not disappointed. Everything about this one was so good! Once again, CoHo stunned me with her ability to create tangible tension, incredible, interwoven storylines and plots, and relatable, lovable characters! So good!

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover 2.75/5 Stars

I continued on my Colleen Hoover binge with this one and unfortunately it wasn’t my favorite. The characters fell flat for me and that made the romance kind of bland. Oh well, too bad. Despite this blip on the radar, I still love CoHo and will continue reading her books!