Back to school is one of my favorite times of the year: new stationary + the onset of fall + pumpkin spice flavored everything, what could be better? My college move-in date is right around the corner. Tomorrow, to be exact. And I’m doing anything and everything within my power to procrastinate packing like the responsible human being that I am. In an attempt to further delay packing, what better time to share my experiences with reading and blogging throughout my freshman year of college?
All graphics are courtesy of CW at Read, Think, Ponder.
I’m very excited to finish the summer by participating in #TheReadingQuest, which is hosted by Aenteen of Read at Midnight (click to view her sign-up post). I’m heading back to college next week, so I’m not sure how successful I’ll be, but I decided to give it a shot!
We’re officially t minus 10 days away from the season seven premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones on July 16th, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! It’s been 375 days since the final episode of season six aired, which is an atrocity in and of itself, leading to widespread withdrawal among viewers. Don’t even get me started on the unfortunate fact that there are only two abbreviated seasons remaining.
Bookstore sales and coupons will officially be the death of me, as my TBR pile clearly isn’t towering dangerously and threatening to smother me as it is. Which clearly is NOT cause for alarm, as I continue to indulge in such book hoarding endeavors and have yet to experience death by books. I’m also fairly talented at acquiring new books at a significantly higher rate than I can feasibly read them while remaining a tolerable human being.
As a result of my astronomically growing, ominously looming TBR pile, I’ve decided to compile an original tag dedicated to those towering TBR piles every reader casually sweeps under the rug with each trip to the bookstore.
Without the added stress and time consumption of school, summer equates to one thing: ample time to read, whether it be by the pool, at the beach, or in the comfort (and air conditioning) of home. June, July, and August also happen to be the months during which I spend the greatest amount of money on… you guessed it – books. Despite my book hoarding tendencies which will likely bury me alive, I’ve gone on several shopping sprees over the past several weeks and have gradually been adding to my growing collection.
Whether you’re a member of Goodreads, or other book-related websites and organizations, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve been asked or have come across various features that allow you to set reading goals each year. These goals can vary significantly, ranging from the highly specific “I want to read __ books in 2016” to something as general as “I want to read more historical fiction.”
But these goals, do they do more harm than good? Instead of prompting us to read with increasing frequency, do they actually discourage us from the pastime?
I’ve written and rewritten this post so many times over the past several hours, and I eventually just had to wave the white flag of surrender and commit to this rendition of it. So please bear with me.
With school right around the corner, it’s time to finish up those summer reading books an get your hands on the remaining books that you’ll be reading during the upcoming semester. And then comes the stress of restraining yourself from highlighting the entire page or trying to find the correct page in class when you seem to be the only person with a different edition of the book.
As summer draws to a close and the school year starts up in full swing, we decided it was time for an additional coblogger. About a week and a half ago, we started our search with this post, and we’ve had an overwhelming response. It was extremely challenging to make a decision, particularly because all of the candidates were extremely qualified and excellent reviewers. Ultimately, it came down to who most closely shared our reviewing style and reading tastes in order to appeal to our current audience.
This week has marked the start of 90º weather in our area, so it definitely seems like summer is in full swing! We spent the week trying to cool off and catch up on some of the books on our TBR piles. We’ve also been doing a bit of maintenance here on the blog – you may notices some changes to our sidebar and our pages. We’re also currently working on a new set of header banners, so those should be popping up at the top of our posts sometime in the next week or two – let us know what you think!
June has marked the official start of our summer vacation, bringing with it the promise of more free time to read! Unfortunately, we all have a bit of summer reading to complete and have to submit assignments online throughout the summer – Song of Solomon is one of our required summer reads, so you’ll see it popping up quite frequently on the blog. Nevertheless, we’re ready to hit the beach with some suntan lotion and a good book!