Hello everyone! I want to say this is my first serious post talking about books but I don't think it is though...oh well. Today I'm going to be talking about all the pressures that I put on myself when it concerns reading and blogging.
You hear it all the time that you shouldn't feel like you are compare yourself with others when it comes to social media (at least something along those lines). Even though I know I shouldn't be doing that I still do it and in turn I feel like I need to be better at all the things when it comes to this. There's a lot of self negative talk that I do and I just make everything worse by doing so.
Bookstagram// Have you seen those cute pictures on Instagram? They're beyond gorgeous and I can't help but compare myself to them. Bad lighting? Check. Literally just the book? Check. What is even that caption? Check to not starting any sort of conversations at all. The problem with me is that I'm bad at talking to people online because I feel like I come off desperate. I'm so jealous of everyone's pictures, they have these cute backgrounds and props and I don't. I go through my house to see if anything cute to use and there's none. I can't afford to purchase backgrounds and props because I'm literally living paycheck to paycheck.
When it comes to my pictures I'm so particular about how I want them to look and maybe I need to stop being so critical and just go with the flow.
Reviewing// I'm not good a reviewing. Yes I do have my moments that I can actually review a book but most of the time I don't have that much to say besides 'OMG I love this so much.' 'Sfjjdfoihdfdfi.' 'Meh, I didn't care for it.' People have their unique ways on how they review books and I haven't found my way or I'm just not that good. I
Blogging//On blog I mainly post wrap ups, TBRs, and hauls. I recently got back into doing release blitzs, cover reveals and blog tours. I have nothing to really talk about and when I do it's very controversial and I have thin skin, I know I won't be able to hand the backlash if people actually read it. In my head I feel like I don't have nothing to talk about, but I need to just go through blog posts of book blogs that I follow and get inspiration. Granted my favorite book blogs are half lifestyle and half books and to be honest that's what I want to do but I'm afraid to make that transition because all I want to do is start anew.
That means starting a new blog and that's what I'm afraid of, I'm not good at coming up with a catching blog design and Weebly really works for me because it's so easy to use since I'm not good with technology and reading or watching videos confuses me even more. I just need to step out of my comfort zone and just experiment before launching I guess, but I'm impatient.
Reading// This year I made my Goodreads reading goals 80 books even though I know I can read more than that. I wanted to give myself breathing room to just go with the flow and read whatever I want whenever I want. Even though I want to do that I still pressuring myself because I want to read all the books, I want to finish series or catch up on series. I want to reread books and I feel like I can't do that because I have hundreds (combining physical and ebooks) on my TBR and I shouldn't reread books that I read last year.
Thing is that I love rereading books more than I like reading new books to me, because I know what's going to happen. I'm not going to be so anxious when I read a new book because I'm scared something bad is going to happen to the characters.
Other// The things that make me the most jealous is seeing how some of the Bookstagram accounts that I follow interact and have some type of relationship with authors. I want that too.
In conclusion I just need to do with what makes me happy and stop comparing myself to others and just go with the flow.
Hello everyone! Instead of talking about months of books that I added to my Kindle I'm just going to mention the Kindle books that I purchased this month seeing how I get a lot of books in the month. So I might make a part two for the rest of the month.
Hello everyone! Before you even point out my hypocrisy I know what I said about TBR's, so I'm just going to list books that I want to read this month and if I don't read them that's fine. It's not a set in stone TBR so if I don't read one of the three books then that's fine.
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan// I read the first chapter of this book when I was in the process of unhauling books and it really captured my attention, but I had too many current reads to justify on starting this. This is about a guy wanting to know how his sister was murdered and who did it, so he takes her position as a teacher at a cram school.
It Ain't Me, Babe by Tillie Cole// I have collected all the books in this series, including the novellas and I haven't even open them up. It's a dark romance that follows a couple who met each other when they were young when they weren't suppose to. Salome is a part of a cult and Styx has a speech impediment and is in a motorcycle gang.
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning// The last book in the series comes out in June and I want to catch up on the series, which means I need to reread the series because I haven't read them in years. Mac moves to Dublin, Ireland after finding out that her older sister was murder. She wants to find out answers and ends up discovering the world of the Fae and Barrons.
Here's some January releases that I'm looking forward to:
Hello everyone! When I first typed this out all it contained was just a list of books I was looking forward to in 2020 and I didn't talk about them. After thinking about it I decided to break it down by quarters and just talk about a few books in that month that I'm looking forward to.
I'm going to break it down by months and try my hardest not to include books that I'm not 100% excited about. Anyways here it goes:
The Night Country by Melissa Albert// Release Date: 1.7. This is the second book in The Tales of Hinterland Series. The first book follows Alice as she tries to retrieve her mother who was taken by the Hinterland people. Alice just thought it was just stories that her grandmother wrote and was surprised that they were true. She gets the help from on her classmates who is a fan of Tales of the Hinterland. I'm so excited to read this, I need to know how Alice and Ellery are handling how things ended in The Hazel Wood.
Lucky Caller by Emma Mills// Release Date: 1.14. After reading Foolish Hearts then First & Then Emma Mills became one of my favorite YA Contemporary authors. I have all of her books and I will continue on buying her books and seeing how her covers are getting a face lift I will be buying those books with the new covers. Anyways Lucky Caller is about Nina taking a radio broadcasting class in her senior which was tougher than she thought. No one has anything in common and her an ex childhood friend that she has been avoiding. There's going to be fandom wars and I can't wait to see, granted I probably won't know what fandom she's going to be giving nods to because I'm not really in any fandoms.
The King of Crows by Libba Bray// Release Date: 2.4. The fourth and final book in The Diviners Series that follows a group of young adults that have different abilities in the 1920's. This book is very diverse so if you like diverse reads with supernatural elements you're definitely going to love this series. A lot of people recommend listening to the audiobooks because they're great; I haven't listened to them, but if it's hard for you to read long books or prefer listening to audiobooks than you should definitely get it. I just need to read Before the Devil Breaks You then I will be all caught up on the series before this comes out.
Night Spinner by Addie Thorley// Release Date: 2.11. Grishaverse meets The Hunchback of Notre Dame. I'm going to be honest, I have a hard time understanding the synopsis because it's a lot to process with words and I can't really articulate that into sentences. I hope that makes sense. It's a lot of fantasy-y words and I can't process them right.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas// Release Date: 3.3. Listen...I only read 1 1/2 books of hers and I have all of her books. I don't know why, but I just need to have them all so I can binge read when I want to. All her books sound so good that I just need to have them. A half-fae and half-human woman is out for revenge after a demon killed her best friend. She teams up a fallen angel enslaved to Archangels who will gain his freedom from helping her find the murderer.
Not a lot of 100% books that I'm looking forward to, but I will be talking about more releases in my monthly releases and 'TBR'.
Hello everyone! It's that time of year to discuss what are some of my reading goals for the new year. To be completely honest, I suck big time at sticking to my goals mainly because I end up forgetting what they were because I didn't bother to write them down and I didn't want to go back and find the blog post.
2020 is going to be different (she says, knowing that she mostly likely going to forget about what her goals are.) My goals are pretty much the same like they always are, but this year I'm hoping that I can actually do it.
Here's my reading goals for the new year:
Hi everyone! I think last year I made a post about books that I thought was going to be 5 stars and later talk about them. Safe to say that I didn't read any of those books. To be honest all the books that I put down were all hyped up books and since everyone gave them a high rating, I thought I would too. I don't know why I would think that seeing how I've been burned by almost all the hype books I read.
So of course I decided to do this over with book that I THINK is going to be 5 stars and not totally go off of hype. So let's get into it shall we.
Hello everyone! Welcome to the second and final installment in my very brief series of ‘Top 12 Books I want to read in 2020.’ You find the first installment here that features all 12 physical books that I want to read.
As I said before, I really wanted to split these up in physical and eBooks because I want to read more on my Kindle and read more romance. Since I got a new Kindle I've been reading more eBooks, so here's to actually keeping up with it.
It Ain’t Me, Babe by Tille Cole: I have all the books in her Hades Hangmen series even though I haven’t read any of her books. She writes primarily dark romances and the Hades Hangmen are the most known. Right now there’s a total of eight (8) books and two (2) novellas.
It’s a MC (motorcycle) romance about two people finding each other again when they’re older. The heroine is from a cult and the guy is of course in a MC.
The Coppersmith Farmhouse by Devney Perry: A thing about me you need to know that even though I haven’t read anything from an author and they are beloved, whenever their books go on sale I always buy the. There are six (6) books in this series and I only need two (2) more to complete the series and I think they all take part in the same smalltown.
This is about a woman and her daughter moving in this farmhouse and a sheriff who saw that farmhouse as his sanctuary. After making a fool of himself he tries to get into her good graces.
Corrupt by Penelope Douglas: This book sounds so good. Back in high school Rika went to this thing I think is called Hell’s Night and she’s not supposed to. Whatever she saw put three of male friends of her boyfriends brother away in prison. Now that they’re out they’re determined to ruin her life and make her pay for what she did.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: Jess from PeaceLoveBooks really like this series and so do many others. I wasn’t really into reading this book because I heard some not so good things about it. But after being on sale I decided to bite the bullet after avoiding it for a year. It’s basically about a woman from America traveling through a stone back in time to Scotland. Wow...okay moving on after that weird explanation.
Amour Amour by Krista and Becca Ritchie: A very quick description about this book is that it’s a circus book in Vegas. I’m sorry, judge me all you want. Krista and Becca are loved author sisters in the romance world and I decided to go with the easiest book to read because it’s easy to follow. I’m going to need a chart on how to read her interconnected series because I’m confused.
Red Sister by Mark Lawerence: It’s following a girl journey in a church full of assassin nuns...um yes please, give it to me now.
Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood: I’m going to cry while reading this and question my life choices I can just feel it. I discovered this all on my own two (2) years ago and I’ve been putting it off. It takes place in 1948 Camden, NJ with a girl named Sally Horner steals a notebook and someone watched her do it. He pretends to be an FBI agent and kidnaps her, where he abuses her physically and mentally. This is based on a true story about Sally Horner. I’m not ready.
Pestilence by Laura Thalassa: The four horsemen of the apocalypse returns and brings hell with them. Each book follows a different horseman and in this one it’s pestilence bring sickness with him and meets his mate who tries to fight him. I really do suck at giving book descriptions.
Idol by Kristen Callihan: So far there’s only 3 books in this series and I have all three of them that I’m hoping to get to this year. Idol is about Libby finding Killian, a rockstar passed out on her lawn and he won’t leave. It’s their love story along with dealing being a rockstar.
Night Film by Marisha Pessel: This was making its rounds on BookTube years ago and it’s kinda making a combat last year with people reading it. It’s mixed media and it follows a journalist obsession of the murder of a recluse filmmaker daughter. It does have mixed reviews and I’m a little scared to read it, no one want s to hate a book.
How to Date a Douchebag:The Studying Hours by Sara Ney: Once again I have all the books in the series and I haven’t read anything from this author. It’s your standard college sports romance, hockey guy is a douche and needs to keep his grades up or he’s done with the team so the nerdy helps him out because he’s willing to pay and she needs the money. That’s pretty much sums it up and even though you can’t tell, I really do want to read this book, I heard amazing things about this series and her other series, Jock Row, that I also want to read.
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward: Just like how Regan is my historical fiction/fantasy recommender, Jess is my romance recommender. She really loves this series and I liked what I read when I read 9 years ago even though I didn’t finish it because I lost it. It’s apart of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, which is so long with a spinoff series. It’s basically vampires in New York finding their mates and dealing with humans that want to murder them along with other vampires.
Are they any eBooks that you want to get to in 2020?
Hello everyone!! The new year is just around the corner, which means it’s time for me to make a list of books that I really want to read this year. I decided to split this in two parts: one for my physical books and one for my eBooks. This year I really want to read more eBooks (which is a goal for every year that I sometimes slack on). The reason for this is because I want to read more romance and that’s all I have on my Kindle. I’m planning on reading one book a month (wow me stating the obvious) from each list with the hopes that I actually read them.
So here’s the list of physical books that I want to read:
Hello everyone! How are you doing? Today I'm going to do a blog update on what's going to be going on on the blog in 2020. I know no one really reads my posts and that's fine, but I want to expand my horizons just a little. I'm still going to talk about books obviously (okay it's not that obvious), all I want to do is talk about things outside of books. I really want this blog to hold my accountable on things I want to accomplish in 2020.
If you didn't know I'm 100% introverted, like it's insane. The amount of time that I'm constantly in the house is really sad. I really don't go out unless I'm taking my little brother to school or going to the supermarket with my mom. It's sad really. Seeing how I don't have any friends (I mean that, I don't have no friends. Just my mom. I find it hard to talk to people because to me I come off as desperate) I really have no reason to get out of the house. In 2020 I really want to get out by myself and make friends (most likely online), just do a lot of stuff and better myself.
So in the new year I'm going to post about the things I did, somethings that I'm currently going through or want to talk about (I feel like my no friend thing is something to talk about). At the end of the month I will be having two wrap ups, one dedicated to books and one dedicated to like stuff. I want it to be in the vain of Carly's from Carly the Prepster diary entries that she does. She does it every two weeks, which I may do if I had a lot going on in that month.
That's it really. Just want you to know what's going on with blog in 2020 and the future.
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Hi, I'm Le'Nissa, but you can call me Nissa. I'm 28 years old aspiring author with a love for reading. Even though I was born in the Spring, Autumn is my favorite season.