New Years Book Tag

I saw this over on And On She Reads page and thought why not answer these questions.

Yes, I know New Year’s is over, but hey, it’s still January so it’s considered acceptable right?…Right? Oh well, I still wanted to answer them anyway!!!

How many books are you planning on reading in 2023?

I don’t have a set number of books that I want to read. I always set my GoodReads goal to one book, and I’m always happy with that!

Name five books you didn’t get to read in 2022 but want to make a priority in 2023?

They’re are MANY books that I wanted to read in 2022, but just didn’t. Five of them would be:

  • The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
  • The Red Palace by June Hur
  • Gallant by V.E. Schwab
  • I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
  • Book of Night by Holly Black

Name a genre you want to read more of in 2023?

I definitely want to read more manga and possibly some middle grade this year! I would to love to know what you would recommend.

Three non-book related goals for 2023?

I don’t have many, but some non related book goals for me are:

  • Journal more. I definitely have fallen behind on journaling and would love to get back into it this year.
  • Be more active
  • I would love to try to learn a new language. I tried duolingo once a while ago, but just never stuck with it. I would like to try again this year and see what comes out it.

What’s a book you’ve had forever and still need to read?

I was looking at my shelves and on the stuck out to me immediately is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I’ve had this book on my shelf for SO LONG!!! I need to make this a priority for this year!

Favorite Dramas of 2022

I’m excited to share my favorite dramas that I watched in 2022. I didn’t watch as many dramas as I normally do, and I still have A LOT that I need/want to watch. But I thought I’d share what I enjoyed in 2022! As I was writing a quick reason why I loved these dramas, one thing you’ll notice is I love a drama with AMAZING CHARACTERS!!!

Semantic Error

This drama had me hitting play on the next episode as soon as I finished the previous one. It has a simple plot- university students- but one of my favorite tropes- enemies to lovers, and I was so invested. The actors did such a fantastic job with this!

River Where the Moon Rises

This was a surprise for me. I knew I would like this drama, but I had no idea I would absolutely love it. This was a drama where I stayed up WAY TOO late to finish, which is something that I haven’t done in awhile. I was so invested in the story and these characters! And I adored the relationship between the couple.

Crazy Love

Oh this drama! I LOVED this drama! I swear this drama had hooked! Kim Jae Wook and Krystal Jung were a perfect choice for these characters! I found myself laughing so hard at moments, and when the episode ends you’ll be wanting to press play for the next episode.

Why Her?

I know this drama has quite a bit of mixed reviews for it, but I ended up LOVING it. I was invested in the story and the characters, and the relationships! I have a full review talking about it, if you would like to check it out! Why Her? Review!

Not Me

This story was so interesting and the charcters were fantastic! All the actors did great, but Gun and Off’s protrayals were brilliant to watch. This was one where you wanted to keep watching for the story and the romance!

So those were my favorites of the year. As I said, I still have A LOT of drama’s that I want to watch, so hopefully I’ll have many more favorites this year!

Favorite Books of 2022!

I’m here to share my favorite books of 2022! In total I read 38 books for the year, which I’m happy with! The majority of these books were three star reads, but I did have some favorite five star favorites of the year!

The Mark of Athena

I read the first three books in The Heroes of Olympus series in 2022 and I had the absolute best time with them. You can also include The Lost Hero as one of my favorites as well. It’s such a fun and adventurous series, and that ending in The Mark of Athena…OMGSHHH!!! I can’t wait to continue on.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This book was a complete surprise for me, but I had the absolute best time reading it. Also, I was so happy to finally be able to understand the sayings people always mention.

Heartstopper Vol 3 and 4

I read Heartstopper Volumes 3 and 4 early in the year! I absolutely adore this series and there’s just no way it could not be on my favorites of the year! I mean Nick and Charlie and the rest of the squad deserve ALL THE LOVE!!! ALL OF IT!!!

Blue Flag Vol 1 and 2

This for me, was honestly such a huge surprise. I haven’t read much manga(something I really want to do better with this year), but the manga that I have read have just been okay reads. I haven’t come across a manga that has absolutely captivated me until I read Blue Flag. The first two volumes had me absolutely invested and wanting to keep reading. I really adored them, and can’t wait to continue on.

Here are a couple honorable mentions!

I Wish You All the Best

The Love Hypothesis

So those are my favorite reads of the 2022! What were some of your favorite reads?

2023 Reading Goals

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s 2023 already!!! Can you?

I thought I’d share some of my reading golas for the year! I don’t tend to make a lot of goals, or difficult goals. I just like to keep them simple. So here are a few of my goals for the year.

Goodreads Challenge

I always participate in the goodreads goal every year, and every year I always make it the same number. And that number is 1. I always put my goal as 1 book because I don’t like the pressure that I found the goodreads challenge put on me. I always felt like I needed to complete the challenge, which is just not the case. So I started to set my goodreads challenge as 1 book many years ago now and it will continue to stay like that.

Finish Series

I definitely have some series that I really want to finish this year. Mainly, I have three top series that I really want to complete. They are

  1. The Aurora Cylce by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
  2. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordian
  3. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Those are the three series that I REALLY want to complete this year. As far as the Grisha trilogy goes, I would love to read all the books in the Grisha Universe this year so I can FINALLY join in on all the hype and watch the show!

Read my Kindle Books

Okay this is one I would absolutely love to complete. I have about 100 ebooks on my kindle at the moment, and about 95 percent of them are unread. See my problem is, I come across free ebooks, or ebooks that are 99 cents and I’m like okay they sound good and I could see myself liking this. So I get them, and then they just sit there. Now I do read a lot of ebooks, but the majority of them are from my library, so the ones that I do buy just stay unread. I would really love to start reading the ebooks that I have sitting on my kindle and reduce the amount of unread ebooks I have on it.

Participate in more Readathons.

I always see so many readathons happening that seem like a fun time, and are just so creative. You can tell how much time and dedication the hosts put into them. But I just never particpate in many. So I would love to join in on some more readthons this year. And it the process possible make some new reading friends!

And that’s it.

What are some of your reading goals for the year? Happy Reading!

Currently Watching

May I Help You?

This is the last drama that I will be watching before the end of the year. Even though they’re only a few days left before the end of the year, I will definitely finish this drama since I only have 2 episodes left. I’m quite enjoying it as well!

I will be making a favorite list where I will share with you my favorite dramas of the year soon! I’m looking forward to it!

Update and End of the Year TBR

So December I really wanted to read a bunch of Christmas books and just have a fun time…but that didn’t quite happen. In fact, I’ve read absolutely nothing in December and I’m not thrilled about it. But to be fair, it really wasn’t my fault.

The first week of December I ended up getting the flu. That had me down for pretty much a week. It was completely miserable. Serisously fever, headache, dizzness, chills, sweats, nausea, loss of apetite, exhaustion. It was a complete shitshow. Then I got a bad cold after that(thanks to to flu. Apparently it’s common to get a cold after the flu because your immune system is weak.) But I lost my taste buds because of it, (only for a couple days) but I wasn’t happy. Finally the cold started going away, and I was glad. Then one night I ended up sleeping wrong and woke up with neck pains. Currently on day three of neck pains. Icy hot has been my best friends these last couple of days.

So to say December has been a not so great month for me would be an understatement. But I want to turn it around and at least get a couple of Christmas reads in before the end of the year. So I have a couple picked out.

Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison

A pasture of dead trees. A hostile takeover of the Santa barn by a family of raccoons. And shipments that have mysteriously gone missing. Lovelight Farms is not the magical winter wonderland of Stella Bloom’s dreams.

In an effort to save the Christmas tree farm she’s loved since she was a kid, she enters a contest with instafamous influencer Evelyn St. James. With the added publicity and the $100,000 cash prize, she might just be able to save the farm from its financial woes. There’s just one problem. To make the farm seem like a romantic destination for the holidays, she lied on the application and said she owns Lovelight Farms with her boyfriend. Only … there is no boyfriend.

Enter best friend Luka Peters. He just came home for some hot chocolate, and somehow got a farm and a serious girlfriend in the process.

A Cat Cafe Christmas by Codi Gary

Veterinarian and animal lover Kara Ingalls needs a Christmas miracle. Opening the Meow and Furrever Cat Café to find loving homes for adorable, adoptable cats was a dream come true—but with more cats than customers, it’s quickly turning into a nightmare. If Kara can’t figure out some way to get the café out of the red, it won’t last past the holidays.

Marketing guru Ben Reese may be annoyingly smart and frustratingly bossy, but when he hatches a plan to put the café in the “green” by Christmas, Kara realizes that she’d be a fool to turn down his help. And so what if he turns out to be an excellent problem solver and nerdy-hot—he can’t even handle fostering one little kitten. She needs to keep their relationship professional and focus on saving the cafe.

But if Ben and Kara can set aside their differences—and find homes for all the cats by Christmas—they might discover that, by risking their hearts, they’ll have their own purr-fect holiday . . . together.

Bookish Smash or Pass

I came across this fun tag created by Becky over at Becky’s Book Blog and found it to be a lot of fun!

Bookish Tropes

SMASH! I love a good trope(for the most part). Enemies to lover, grumpy/sunshine, age gap, chosen ones…I eat it up!

Alternating POV

Smash. This is something that I’ve really come to love over the years! When we get to see the perspective from other characters. Most of the times it’s fascinating!

Ambigious Endings

PASS!!! Nope. Overall, ambigious endings are a no go for me. I like my stories wrapped up nicely. I don’t want to spend all that time investing in a story for me to have to figure out what the hell happens in the end. Like…why? Just tell me.

Non/Fiction

Another Pass. Obviously there is nothing wrong with non ficiton. It’s just definintely not something that I choose to pick up. The number of non ficiton books that I have read are very very slim.

Historical Setting

Oh this is a hard one because I don’t mind a good historical setting, but it’s definiitely not something that I gravitate towards. I may have to say PASS(AHHHH)

Morally Grey characters

Smash. I mean these type of characters are just so interesting to read about!

First Person POV

Smash. I don’t really have any explanations for this. I just like it!

Audiobooks

HARD SMASH!!! Especially these last couple of years. It’s interesting because years ago it would’ve been a pass. However, over the years I’ve become addicted to audiobooks. They’ve definitely become a game changer for me!

Re-reading

Smash. I absolutley love re-reading books and think people should do it more. It’s great for when you just want to read a story you’re familiar with, or maybe you need something to get you out of a reading slump. Re-reading a favorite book could be the way to go!

Classic novels

Pass. Absolutey nothing wrong with classics, but like with non fiction it’s just not something that I pick up. Although I do have a couple classics on my tbr that I want to check out!

Annotating

SMASH!!!. I love annotating books, especially books that I feel like I will love. Usually when I annotate though, it’s me just writing my thoughts/commentary to the characters and/or what’s happening in the story. So sometimes it’s like I’m having a conversation with them and if they do something idiotic, I’ll make a comment saying “WHYY???” or “DON”T DO IT!!!”. Just ridiculous things like that, but it’s fun to look back on!

Cracking Book Spines

SMASH!!! I’m all for cracking book spines! DO IT!!!

Smut

Smash. I think a good smut scene is great!!!

Character Driven Books

Smash! YES! We need amazing characters! So I’m absolutely here for the character driven books!

Past/Present Split Timeline

I think I’ll have to go with pass. I mean I do enjoy them, but it’s not something I’ll jump for!

Heavy World Building

Probably another pass for me. I have a hard time focusing if it’s a lot of world building. I mean if it’s not info dumpy than maybe, but honestly, heavy worlding books are not ones I’m reaching for.

And that’s it for the questions! This was a lot fo fun to answer! What would your answers be?

NaNoWriMo 2022

NaNoWriMo

And it’s officially the end of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

For those of you that don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it’s where you try to write 50,000 words in the month of November. I’ve particpated in this many times, but this was my first time participating since 2016. So it has been awhile.

I was so excited for this month and to just write. At first I thought, this is the year that I will FINALLY win NaNo. (I have never won NaNo. Those 50,000 words are hard!). Then before it started, I decided to change my goal. Instead of writing 50,000 cause I knew I wouldn’t be able to accomplish that, my goal was to just write everyday. No matter how many words it was, I just wanted to write.

And I did…

…for the first 2 and a half weeks. I was doing good. Somedays I would write 200 words and somedays I would write 1,000 words. Again, it didn’t matter to me as long as I was writing.

Then I stopped. I knew it would happen and it did. I was doing so well in the first half of November. But the second half came, the holiday came, family time, and I was just burnt out. So no more wriiting happened for the last couple weeks of Novmeber. Okay well I did write a few days here and there towards the end of the month, but yeah, it was slacking.

So I failed…but ehh. I’m not upset about it. Honestly, I still had A LOT of fun writing. I still really like the story I came up with and definitely plan to continue on. And it was nice to just get back into writing something. So overall, even though I failed, I still had a lot of fun with what I did write.

Did you participate in NaNo this year? How did it go for you?