March 2, 2015

TBR Survey

I love reading about how others manage their TBR (to be read) lists, and when I saw this TBR survey over at Book Hooked, I wanted to join in on the fun!

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile? 
I use the Goodreads website and app. It's so easy to add and categorize the books I want to read!

2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBooks? 
Of those I own, it's mostly eBooks. It's convenient to be able to carry an entire library of books in your phone or eReader, and it's easy to read eBooks one handed while I nurse my little one. Of library books, it's mostly print.

3. How do you determine which book to read next? 
Books that are assigned reading for the awards committee I'm on get top priority, followed by any books that fit into a category of the challenge I'm doing this year (Book Riot Read Harder Challenge). After that, I just go with what sounds interesting at the time!

4. A book that's been on your TBR list the longest:
Shine by Lauren Myracle

5. A book you recently added to your TBR: 
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover: 
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading: 
I just delete them from my list if I decide I'm no longer interested. This is how I keep the list from getting too long!

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited for: 
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you: 
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you:
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

11. A book on your TBR that you're dying to read: 
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf? 
I have 117 on my list -- the number used to be MUCH higher until I purged some books I knew I'd never read.

Have you done the TBR survey yet? 

February 28, 2015

Read Harder Challenge: February

 Here's what I read in February!

The first category I picked was Award Winner
Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero won the William C. Morris YA Debut Award this year. It was well deserved! This was a 5 star read for me. I just love Gabi's fresh and funny voice, the way she endures tough situations, and the ways she discusses body image and cultural identity. This is a great book to give to a teen girl who likes books written in diary style. 

Next, I chose the Audiobook category.
Positive by Paige Rawl with Ali Benjamin is a memoir by a teen who was mercilessly bullied in middle school for being born HIV positive. It was relatable, written in a conversational style, and read by Paige herself. The audiobook was a quick read/listen, and Paige's voice was pleasant to listen to. I enjoyed this inspiring story of overcoming adversity. 

I also chose to read something from the Graphic Novel/Comic category. 
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince was an interesting and thoughtful read about gender roles and societal expectations. I think there are a lot of readers who can relate to Liz's story, and I like that it will get people talking about these issues. 

Next month I'm planning to read books from these categories: LGBTQ, Romance, and Author from Africa. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments. 

How are your reading challenges coming along so far in 2015? 

January 30, 2015

Read Harder Challenge: January

This year I joined the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I'm hoping to complete at least 2 categories a month. Here's what I read in January!

No surprise, the first category I went for was YA novel: I chose Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler. (Only $2.99 for Kindle right now!) It's a sweet romance that I'd recommend for older teens (or adults who like YA!).

Next, I read a self-improvement book: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine. Crystal is one of my favorite bloggers (, and I've been meaning to read this ever since it released. She offers some great strategies for anyone who struggles with time management or feels like they are overwhelmed. She has great tips for prioritizing,  goal-setting, and establishing routines.

For February, I plan to work on the audiobook and graphic novel categories. How are your reading challenges coming along so far in 2015? 


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