So sorry it’s been so long…

Ugh, that thing called “life” happened again and dragged me away from writing things on the Internet. How inconvenient, right?

So it looks like it’s been about 5 months since my last post and I’ve had some thoughts about what I want this blog to BE. I feel like I’m going through this strange inner growth spurt (I’m sure that’s a thing) and certain habits and people just don’t go with this new person that I’m becoming.

And that’s okay.

So in terms of reading and reviewing books… it’s just not going to happen in that structured kind of way that I thought was working for me. Lately I’ve been finding that I’m finishing a lot more books than I’m actually starting.

I even looked at my bookshelves the other night and said to my fiancé, “I’m just so sick of having books. I need to get rid of them.”

He almost fell off the couch and he begged me to let him record me saying that, most likely to use it against me during another moment of weakness in a book shop.

But I think I was serious. I’m afraid this “phase” might be something that sticks.

And again, that’s okay.

I’ve been borrowing heaps of books from my local library and I highly doubt that I will run out of reading material any time soon.

During my hiatus from the blog I’ve also been working on my Goodreads TBR list. I’ve decided to abandon my quest to read the 1000 Books To Read Before You Die and work on my TBR list in a chronological order. I’ve gone back to the first books I put on my Goodreads TBR list waaaayyy back in 2011 and I’m working on reading through what I can borrow from the library (if I don’t own a copy already) and eliminating the books I have no interest in anymore.

This new quest has made me realise that my taste literature has definitely changed over the last 5 years (again, this is okay and only natural of course).

So I’m thinking that I’ll take a different route with this blog and make it more of a relaxed record of what I’ve been reading and scratching off my long arse list.

It will definitely be more aimless than ever.

Heck, I might surprise myself and get rid of the “book” side to this blog completely and just waffle on about random things in my life.

I’m really curious to see how whether other readers out there have these slumps and “inner growth spurts”. Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever gone through a bookshelf cull and eliminated masses from your TBR list. What sparked it and how did you feel afterwards?




I know I’ve been AWOL lately…

Just wanted to give a quick update on any readers of this blog still sticking around! I’m still here, still alive and (most importantly) still reading.

I’ve had to get used to a new job this year and haven’t had the time or inspiration to sit down and write like I did last year. I’m feeling more settled now, so no doubt the blog posts should come a lot easier soon.

I’ve been smashing my reading goal for 2016 – I’m currently on 31 books so far, Goodreads tells me I’m 6 books ahead of schedule. It feels like I’ve read more than 31 books though! I’m starting to read a lot more books but finding that I’m really picky and abandoning a lot of them. Maybe I just know what I like and have less patience for crappy books these days. But in all seriousness, life is too short to read a bad book (or even just a mediocre one), so I’m not feeling bad about my Did-Not-Finish pile.

What’s everyone else reading? How’s the first quarter of the year treated you all so far?

Welcome to 2016!

I hope everyone had a great time ringing in the New Year. I know I did – a binge watch of Making a Murderer with a couple of my friends over drinks was perhaps the BEST spontaneous New Years Eve plans ever. (If you have watched the show, please let me know in the comments section. I need to debrief.)

Reflecting on the year that was 2015, I was really proud of my blogging efforts. Real life got in the way, for good and bad, so my posts were rather sporadic. This year my aim is to read a lot more books and make sure I continue making content for this blog as a record of my reading life, and also to provide recommendations for other readers.

As I do every year, I’ve made a goal on Goodreads to read 100 books this year. I’m yet to reach that number. In 2015 I read 66 books. Which is to say that I actually finished 66 books. I don’t finish every book I start – I probably only finish one in every five books I start because life is way to short for bad or medicare books.

So let me know in the comments if you have any New Year’s resolutions, whether it be reading goals or just general life goals. And if you’ve watched Making a Murderer, please, please, please let me know. I need to talk about it.

A New Goal: 1001 Books To Read Before You Die list

I’ve always said “Life is too short for bad books”, so I figure that a list created by so many well read people should contain plenty of the good books I need to read in my lifetime. I found this very cool spreadsheet ager trawling through the interwebs. Yes, I had to pay for it. Yes, I believe it was worth the money. It’s a book nerd’s heaven. Plug in your personal information and it tells you exactly how long it should take you to complete the books on the list. At the moment, it hasn’t accounted for the books I have already read, but it has statistically given me another 59 years left to start and complete the list. It also says I’m on target to complete this by the time I’m 45 years old! Great, so 21 years of reading 5 books per month should mean I complete the 1001 books.

BUT where does that leave the other books I want to read, not on the list? Of course during this time I would have to account for the new books in the future that haven’t yet been published. Oh, what a load of TBR anxiety.

The list that I’ve chosen to read from is a merger of all four editions of the “1001 books to read before you die”, so there is actually 1305 books in total on the list. Once I went through and indicated how many books I’ve already read from the list (sadly, only 23 books!), the clever spreadsheet told me I had completed 1.8% of the list. I’m hoping to use this blog as a reading journal as I (attempt) to make my way through the remaining 1282 books, as well as continuing to review any other books I pick up along the way that I feel need to be documented. I am yet to figure out how I will choose the next book to read. I may just end up using the list as it is on the spreadsheet, which seems to order the books from the earliest to the most recent published works. Or I may just use a random number generator to choose a random book for me, because time is precious and I am an indecisive Libran. Wish me luck!