2019 Reading Challenge for Myself

2019 Reading Challenge for Myself

Hey Readers, 

I am terrible at reading books I am told to read, I dropped English Literature at A-Level because I hated my teacher telling me what to read and forcing me to do it in a set amount of time. My boyfriend has been asking me to read a certain book series for almost 3 years now so that he will finally have someone to discuss them with, my best friend also pressures me into reading books and I pressure myself with my neverending TBR! I purposely swerve around the books I’ve been asked to read and read others…

For example- my boyfriend asked me to read the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, I started the first book, The Final Empire, on holiday in Alsace in August 2018. I got a third of the way through before our holiday ended and I didn’t pick it up until 3 weeks ago. I restarted a third of the way through and gave myself the end goal of finishing it in a week, so I could proceed onto the second book and give myself a goal of two weeks and then the third with the goal of two weeks, aiming to complete the series before I start my Masters in September. This did not go to plan. I ended up putting it down and listening to the Red Queen by Victora Aveyard on audiobook while playing the Sims 4.

So because of this, I have decided to set myself a small goal for the rest of 2019 with the idea to finish 4 more books physically and to listen to an audiobook. This may seem like a small amount, however, I am starting my Masters in September and don’t want to overwork myself (especially if I will be working part-time in aims to save up for a deposit for a house).

I think the best way for me to go about this challenge is to read between 50 and 75 pages a night. I think 50-75 pages is a lot kinder than a 100 and allows me to factor in studying and working. I was inspired by BooksandLala on Youtube who read 116 pages every day for a month (link to the video below).

The 4 books I will be reading are: 

  • The  Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Pages: 647

Read Already: 205

  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Pages: 781

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Pages: 748

Room by Emma Donoghue

Pages: 432

I also plan on utilizing Audiobooks with Audible a little bit more, I recently read Red Queen by Victoia Aveyard and really enjoyed the narrator’s voice so I will continue onto the second book in the series, Glass Sword.

Time: 14 hours and 39 minutes

 

Challenge Stats:

Total Challenge Pages to Read: 2403

Total Days to Read: 33-49

Days Left in 2019: 131

Book Links on Goodreads:

The  Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6547258-the-final-empire

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6547260-the-well-of-ascension

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2767793-the-hero-of-ages

Room by Emma Donoghue – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31685789-room?ac=1&from_search=true

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23174274-glass-sword?from_search=true

 

Inspiration:

BooksandLala reading 116 pages every day for a month

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aO_Q7AoUlc&t=2545s

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University and Loss of Passion

I don’t know if it’s just me but does any other university students feel absolutely dispassionate about anything these days?

I am currently in my third year of university and I feel a complete lack of passion for anything, I no longer want to pick up a book and read for fun. I no longer feel a love of my degree topic nor want to proceed in a career relating to the subject.

I no longer have a desire to talk to people I use to be close to; feeling an incredible annoyance when they attempt to talk to me. I’m not sure whether this is because I have previously put the effort into our friendship and they have no actual interest in my life until they wish to hear some gossip that they proceed to tell others who have no presence in my life.

I sometimes wish to drop out of university and get a simple job at Tesco’s but then I think of the ridiculous price of debt that will be hung over my head;  that it’s not worth it and I might as well get the degree I’m 1 month and a half away from receiving.

I have no passion to do anything and would happily waste away playing the Sims 4: 100 Baby Challenge until I rot.

I doubt many people really care for this little rant.

I’m sorry.

 

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My First Audiobook

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Last month I listened to The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli through Audible. It was my first ever audiobook and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the experience. I gave the book a 4-star rating, however, I can’t help but feel that if I had read the book physically and held it in my hands I’d have enjoyed the book far much more.  I’m not sure.

I found the narrator completely fine but I found myself zoning out into a daydream and having to rewind the book every couple of minutes or so. It wasn’t greatly time-consuming though, I was able to listen while I walked to work/ uni and just before bed, whereas I wouldn’t be able to do that with a physical copy, I can’t read and walk, unfortunately, and reading a book before bed makes my brain too active before sleep.

I’m currently listening to House of Hades by Rick Riordan and I don’t know whether because it’s a male narrator or the audiobook itself but I cant focus on it. I feel for the multi-point-of-view books they should have a different narrator for the different voices. I’m really not sure about the audiobooks. If anybody has any tips as to how they like to read with them or not then leave me a comment below 🙂

Many kisses xxxx

ANerdyBookBirdy

 

 

Reading Habits Tag

So I wanted to start my blog with some tags and found this tag by @coffeelovingbookoholic while I was just browsing and thought it would be a good way to get to know me.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

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At home, it would either be in the conservatory in my chair right next to the lamp and the radiator or it would be laid in bed with my Molly. Now at uni, it’s in my bed or on my boyfriend’s sofa.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

23348085_959232214230769_6709539511140876288_nI love collecting bookmarks and try to collect one from every historic place I go but whenever I’m reading I can never find one and usually just remember the page number or chapter number.
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

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I either read the entire book in one sitting or stop at a chapter, my mind wouldn’t settle if I stopped midway.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

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I love to drink tea and coffee when reading but whenever I eat and red I just feel uncomfortable.
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

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Music. It 100% depends on the book, most books I don’t listen to anything and prefer listening to cats snoring, but some I’ll find the perfect playlist or album for and have it on repeat. BTW Panic! At The Disco’s Emperor’s New Clothes Album is perfect for the entire Throne of Glass Series.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

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I used to only read one back at the time but now that I am at uni ill start one at home and not finish it because I’ve left it. Or, I’ll read at my house and read a different one at my boyfriend’s.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

15803214_1204009243029436_7783748979769999360_nI prefer to read at home in my space and be all cozy but if my head is stuck in a world I’ll read anywhere.
8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

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9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

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Keeping it new, most people who look at my bookcase can’t tell which paperbacks I have read or not because I don’t break the spines, it’s a real book turnoff for me.

11. Do you write in your books?

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Never. Not even my name as a child 😀 my brother did colour in the Hogwarts logo in my first three Harry Potter books when he was 10 that I’m still not over

Thanks Guys, feel free to tag me in any tags 😛

About Me

About Me

Hello Guys,

I found a very interesting tag to get to know me with unusual questions that aren’t really asked on blogs or Youtube so why not 😀 credit to Root Report BiiBiiBeauty

  • Are you named after anyone?

I am not

  • When was the last time you cried?

Last night actually,  I ugly sobbed over a book called Moon Child on Wattpad.

  • Do you have kids?

I do not, I am only 20

  • If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

I don’t know, it would depend on my experience as that other person. However I am a good friend, so if we were friends I’d be glad about it

  • Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Only in person, not really over messages because people just think I’m genuinely being mean 😛

  • What’s the first thing you notice about people?

As bad as it sounds, usually their teeth or I’m quite good at getting a feel for someone and know whether to trust them

  • What is your eye color?

Green with an outside blue ring and brown flecks

  • Scary movie or happy endings?

Happy Endings definitely, I hate scary movies

  • Favorite smells?

I honestly adore the smell of tea tree and mint together they’re definitely my fave, I absolutely cannot stand the smell of citrus fruits

  • What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

I went to Portugal with my boyfriend last July so I guess without my parents its Portugal

  • Do you have any special talents?

I recently retired from Majorettes so I could go to uni. I can also wiggle my ears, eyebrows, flare my nostrils and go cross-eyed all at the same time

  • Where were you born?

At Scarborough Hospital

  • What are your hobbies?

Now I no longer dance and twirl, I only read and I write. I’m pretty good at stressing out too.

  • Do you have any pets?

At home with my parents i have two cats, Molly and Luna.

  • Do you have any siblings?

Two Brothers

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

I have no clue, all I’ve ever really known was I wanted to write, but I am at university doing Archaeology and Anthropology.

  • Who was your first best friend?

I had a lot of really close friends as a kid but it wasn’t really until I was 12 that Charlotte i

came along and she was mine.

  • How tall are you?

5’4

  • Funniest moment throughout School?

Sitting on the corridor floors with Charlotte and eating chocolate spread out of the jar and gossiping.

  • How many countries have you visited?

9

  • What was your favorite/worst subject in High School?

I loved English and Hated RE

  • What is your Favorite drink? Animal? Perfume?

I love tea, a proper good cuppa. I love ducks, sheep and wolves…. and cats and dogs but they’re a given. And I actually hate perfume, they all smell the same to me.

  • What would you (or have you) name your children?

I’ve only decided on a name for a little girl, it’s Welsh and a secret 😉

  • What Sports do you play/Have you played?

I don’t really like sports, I’ve only ever danced

  • Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?

Buzzfeed 😉 Dan and Phil, @PolandBananasBooks and @ABookUtopia

  • How many Girlfriends/Boyfriends have you had?

I’ve only ever had one, my current one

  • Favorite memory from childhood?

Any memory of Charlotte

  • How would you describe your fashion sense?

Comfortable, however, what I’ve been wearing all winter has just come in fashion so maybe I’m a trendsetter, who knows 😛

  • What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?)

I have an iPhone 6, apply is easy to use

  • Tell us one of your bad habits!

I’m a really bad procrastinator and I always fiddle with any jewellery I wear.