A violent storm, affectionately known as Maria, sweeps through California and changes the lives of many in its path.
I think that’s the shortest Goodreads Summary I have ever posted!
Storm promised to be a good thrilling time, but I was bored. This was meant to be a slow build but not only was I bored, I just wasn’t feeling it. So what’s “it” about? Storms. Sorry. Couldn’t help it lol.
Storm is about a hurricane named Maria. It’s about her slow build up to a place in California that’s desperately in need of water, suffering a drought. This was set back in the early days but it kinda felt similar to today’s choppy weather. It’s good writing and interesting notes about how weather is gathered and what scientists in weather all do and how they do it. It’s about preparing for the unexpected and horrific strong hurricane’s that comes out of nowhere. It’s about survival of the fittest.
It wasn’t a bad read. I dnf’d at about 45% of the way through, however. I might return to it though I doubt it.
I have a lot of books on my tbr and I thought that I’d do a fun thing of “books with girls in the title”. This isn’t by all means all of them. It’s just a handful of them I thought I’d share. I’m not going to tag any descriptions for now as that would take ages. But here’s the books with “girls” in the title:
I have a few that I’m eager to get to and some that have been on my tbr for ages (Wilder Girls was an arc oops) and I know there’s loads more to find with ‘girls’ in the title. Do you recognize any of these? Let me know in the comments.
Wow yesterday’s reading sucked royally. I read only one book. A 400 page book that was a historical romance and I gave it five stars. And that’s it. I just had zero interest in anything else. I lingered in that book and I’m still thinking about it. A review will be up after my challenge is done.
Today it’s already noon. I’m grabbing lunch then I’m going to try to pick up my reading pace. I’m torn on what to choose. I think I’ll try to work on my nightstand selections.
I’m probably not going to read all of these lol. But maybe four of them? 🤔 I’m hoping to get to it starting at 1pm after I have some lunch. Then into the reading challenge I go. Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments what I should add.
Back when I was a kid, I read a lot. I was even grounded and the punishment was always “no books unless homework”. I was that kind of girl who snuck chapters in during boring science lessons. I enjoyed reading thick tomes like The Count of Monte Cristo at age twelve and War and Peace at age fourteen. Probably y’all won’t believe me but I don’t care. Reading was my world. I didn’t have a lot of friends. At least, not human ones. Books were my entire world.
So the fact that at age 25 I started slumping hard when it came to reading. I loved it but for some reason despite wanting to read, I just wasn’t in the mood.
Why? What happened? What had gone wrong?
I’m now 33 and I’m straining to keep reading the same amount that I used to. Churning out three to five books a day in terms of reading. Short books, long, it didn’t matter to me. I also had a fondness for anything and everything that wasn’t dull, dry, and boring. Stuff that didn’t ramble on and on for no reason.
I love reading. But it’s been hard, not just finding time to read (about 30% of my problem) but also I have to find the motivation to read.
I’m stressed. Burnout has come and gone back and forth. I’ve been struggling with my blog in getting noticed which feels like it’s going nowhere. Sure I’m getting followers but it’s a slow progress. I’m almost at 800. After six years that feels like a pitiful attempt in matching up with bloggers that have easily hundreds of thousands of followers. Traffic has never gone past 50 views in a day. And let’s be honest. Reviews are hard to write and catch people’s attention these days. Especially with super talented reviewers out there.
So what was my problem?
All the above mentioned, but also the key problem being energy.
Stress, exhaustion, and all the sh*t that’s going on has made me struggle with reading. I’m steadily managing to compartmentalize and getting better in catching up with reviews.
The key? Blocking the world out and having a safe spot to read with few distractions.
Probably that’s not an answer for everyone. But for me it’s working. I have read 8 books in the past two days in successfully creating a safe place to be away from everything and everyone for a while. It’s really helped me focus on tasks at hand and I’m able to just chill, relax and read. No distractions, no people pestering me, no family poking their heads in, just my own little space.
So now I’m finally in the swing of reading again. I find what helps besides just making your own quiet space:
Hide away your laptop and gaming sets. Lock that stuff up for a few hours. Make it a challenge and a reward system.
Be kind to yourself and try not to stress about big books. You know you can read that amount easily. Just pick it up and get to it!
Block apps on your phone except for your kindle (and ridiculously large amount of emails to sort through)
And so far that seems to be working! I’m managing to read more and it’s exciting getting back into the swing of reading again. Reviews will slowly start appearing too. I’m just researching and learning how best to write them.
So that’s what I’ve been working on. A cure for reading slumps everywhere. Let me know your thoughts in the comments about your own reading experiences. I’d love to hear your stories and ideas!
I’m checking in with an update on my week long reading challenge and yesterday I read 3 books! Were any on my tbr? No. I’ll show all the books that I read at the end of the challenge.
This morning I had to get a few things done before I could sit and read uninterrupted. I have a small farm and I must care for animals first. Priorities. I’m also making tea and ate breakfast and now at 10am I can read for the rest of the day. Here are my chosen books:
A JOURNEY OF THE SOUL
Serena Rogan had traveled from Ireland to pursue a new dream in America. Yet as a washerwoman for Blackjack Kingston in a Dakota mining camp, she knew only slavery and submission. Until she risked her life rescuing a group of Sioux women, and entered a world filled with love and respect – and Black Wolf.
A Lakota medicine man, Black Wolf yearned for the day the red-haired Serena would stop fearing him. For he was determined to show her that a man could be a friend as well as a lover.
Since time immemorial the warriors of the Paladin Order have harnessed arcane powers to protect their rulers. For Balen, who has given up his chance at love and fought his way to the top of the Paladin Order, there can be no greater honor than to serve his king. But when assassins annihilate the royal family, Balen suddenly finds himself sworn to serve the very man he abandoned.
Now with their nation threatened by enemies both within and outside the kingdom, Balen must fight hidden traitors and unnatural assassins, while also contending with the biting wit and dangerous charm of young King Zavrius. To save themselves and their nation they will have to put aside their past and reforge that trust they lost so long ago.
And I still have all these, minus Past Promises from the historical fiction selection. I’m hoping to get more than three books read today as I have the house to myself and lots of hours to read. If anything pops out at you, and you think I should make it a priority, let me know in the comments!
I’m still working on my reading challenge for seven days of nonstop reading, but I’m also planning on posting on a more frequent basis. I’m working on upgrading my blog, delivering content that matters and hopefully gaining a hefty bit of followers, traffic, and more. I’m tired of my blog being stagnant and I really want to redesign and edit my old posts. It’s a slow work in progress that’s also very needed.
I’m hoping that this won’t annoy all of you in that I’m posting more frequently. I’m trying not to spam you guys but also I want to post more frequent reviews, articles, and so on. Suggestions in the comments would be great!
This is just a brief update as I take a minor break from reading. I’m almost done with my first book, and I’m looking forward to the next one.
It is currently 8:28 am and I’m up, I’m dressed, and making myself a cup of tea. I’ve handled a few needed things (feed cats, get bkfast), and I have a few books that I’m going to start reading. I’m not documenting this beyond checking in via posting. Anyway, here’s what I hope to read today:
I posted about this yesterday and I’m very excited to dive into this intriguing and beautiful book!
This is an old historical romance that I’ve had forever and a day. Mass market paperbacks usually go quick for me so this should be a breeze.
And a brand new release. I have this out from the library so I definitely need to read it!
And that’s what I hope to read today. Later tonight I’ll check in at ten and showcase what all I read. I’m hoping to get more than three books done but we’ll see.
I have two books on my tbr and both covers look almost exactly alike and (shocking I know) I haven’t read either one of them!
First up is The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno Garcia. I have heard mostly good things about this book, but a small few negative reviews here and there. I hope to start this one on my kindle tomorrow!
From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a sweeping romance with a dash of magic.
They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry. She has always struggled to control her telekinesis—neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse—and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.
But great romances are for fairytales, and Hector is hiding a truth from Nina—and himself—that threatens to end their courtship before it truly begins. The Beautiful Ones is a charming tale of love and betrayal, and the struggle between conformity and passion, set in a world where scandal is a razor-sharp weapon.
When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives to town, Nina is dazzled. A telekinetic like her, he has traveled the world performing his talents for admiring audiences. He sees Nina not as a witch, but ripe with potential to master her power under his tutelage. With Hector’s help, Nina’s talent blossoms, as does her love for him.
The above sounds so good! (Though I admit, I haven’t read Mexican Gothic yet either lol) Then, there’s The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning.
Here’s the Goodreads Summary for this one:
From the author of The Song of the Jade Lily comes a thrilling story of a family secret that leads to a legendary treasure.
Why would someone bury a bucket of precious jewels and gemstones and never return?
Present Day. When respected American jewelry historian, Kate Kirby, receives a call about the Cheapside jewels, she knows she’s on the brink of the experience of a lifetime.
But the trip to London forces Kate to explore secrets that have long been buried by her own family. Back in Boston, Kate has uncovered a series of sketches in her great-grandmother’s papers linking her suffragette great-grandmother Essie to the Cheapside collection. Could these sketches hold the key to Essie’s secret life in Edwardian London?
In the summer of 1912, impoverished Irish immigrant Essie Murphy happens to be visiting her brother when a workman’s pickaxe strikes through the floor of an old tenement house in Cheapside, near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The workmen uncover a stash of treasure—from Ottoman pendants to Elizabethan and Jacobean gems—and then the finds disappear again! Could these jewels—one in particular—change the fortunes of Essie and her sisters?
Together with photographer Marcus Holt, Kate Kirby chases the history of the Cheapside gems and jewels, especially the story of a small diamond champlevé enamel ring. Soon, everything Kate believes about her family, gemology, and herself will be threatened.
Based on a fascinating true story, The Lost Jewels is a riveting historical fiction novel that will captivate readers from the beginning to the unforgettable, surprising end.
Both of these have been on my tbr radar for some time. I hope to pick up one tomorrow and fly right through it! Let me know what you think about these books in the comments!
Starting Sunday, I’ll be making an effort to read 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s intense, I know, but I am behind on my arcs and reviews are I’m desperate for something to change. In between my laptop and my phone, I have accumulated at least 23+ hours a day on my screens. I write stories and am attempting to be published so I haven’t been reading as much lately. Therefore, I hope to change that this coming week. What am I going to be reading, you ask? Well let me share with you my tbr:
My brand new TBR cart!!! Isn’t she beautiful? I just got my tbr cart as a late bday present mostly because it was slow to arrive from shipping. The top shelf is my priority and want to read, second shelf is potential and hopeful to get to. Ones that I’m most eager for? Belladonna, Wake the Bones, the Hacienda, and a few others. I hope to seriously thin down this cart by next Sunday!
Now, I also have arcs on my phone. I’m allowing myself my phone for my arcs only, plus updating them as read on Goodreads (I’ll forget otherwise), and to check messages from family. Otherwise, I’m not to touch it. Here’s some of my potential kindle e-books on my tbr:
I always go overboard with tbrs lmao 😆. But if I truly focus and read everything and not mess with my laptop or phone, I hope to get a crapton of reading done! I’m hoping to get a lot of arcs read, as I’m very behind. I hope to get updates on my reading soon. Let me know any suggestions I should read on the comments!
I haven’t been posting because I had to put my oldest kitty to sleep. I have been reading but reviews have slowed. I hope to get back into blogging soon. Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Kitty was a girl named CC (for calico cat) and she was 20 years old. She was last of her litter and could no longer control her bladder and was in far too much pain. She has passed away and I am upset. I’ve had that cat even during my teens. I’m sorry, but I hope soon I will return to blogging. Thank you.