Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Book a Day Keeps Reality Away

Is anybody else out there a book lover, like me? I love getting lost in a story, and I tend to get really emotionally invested in a book. It is hard to beat a great book.
This is my third year doing a reading challenge, the one you can do on goodreads. And, when November drew closer I realized I'd been slacking with my reading. My reading goal this year is 50 books, and I am at 38 right now. According to my challenge counter I am 9% behind. So, I got my butt to the library and picked up 5 books to get back on track.

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Courtney has read 38 books toward her goal of 50 books.
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I picked up Black Order by James Rollins, The Judas Strain also by James Rollins, Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand, Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, and Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. I'm about half way through Black Order so far, and loving it.

My top three favourite genres would be chick-lit, adventure-thriller-history, and paranormal fantasty. And, if you haven't read Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy you totally should - they are hands down a favourite of mine. If you have any recommendations for me I'd love to hear them! I still have 7 more slots to fill this year. And, if you are on goodreads too you should come be my friend.
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18 comments:

  1. You've read 38 books this year?! Do you sleep? I mean seriously between raising a baby, blogging, crafting, running a house how do you have the time or the energy?! I LOVE reading I really do but I haven't read a book since the 3 I read in April when we went on a baby free vacation! You are the one who should be super mom not me (changing a diaper while standing is nothing comparatively) :)

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    1. I know right, 38 already with a goal of 50 sounds awesome. But, the majority of that happened when Aria was fresh out of the oven, and slept all day or nom-ed. I just snuggled her and read, probably a book every 3 days. My original goal was 30, and I read so many I had to up it. But, that ended back in Feb. Now I can get 1 or 2 a month, and it helps that I have no internet for an hour a night - the baby monitor cuts it out (stupid) and my husband works nights so sleeps until 9, so from her bedtime until 9 I am internet-less. I usually start laundry and clean, shower, then curl up and read. ALSO, because my husband works constantly anytime that isn't baby-time is completely my own. If he was around more we would try to get in some hang out time.

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  2. You will love Something Borrowed! Any of the Emily Giffin books are a winner! Intriguing enough that I can't put them down, but an easy enough read that you can breeze through it without thinking too hard!

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    1. I've had Emily Giffin on my to-read list for a while now, but because I usually go the library route I had to wait until people stopped borrowing it after the movie came out. I love a good breeze-read!

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  3. I love reading! Unfortunately with a newborn I'm not able to read as much as I like to! I just read the Divergent series and I love IT! You will like it especially if you enjoyed The Hunger Games.

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    1. You have a newborn and an older child? I was just over at your blog and I think I saw momma of two somewhere. I would imagine that would definitely limit reading time. When Aria was a newborn I had so much time to read because we just snuggled all day, and she nursed for an hour at times. Now that she is mobile, I can manage about an hour of reading at night. Definitely slows down my love for reading! I DID love, love, love The Hunger Games and I have Divergent one my to-read list, the last time I checked at the library they were all borrowed, but maybe I'll have better luck now. I'd really love to read it!

      Thanks for stopping over =)

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  4. I'm a huge bookworm! I can't even tell you how many books I've read. I really need to take the time and check out Goodreads. I have account, just don't do a lot with it. Maybe I'll add that to my 2014 goals.

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    1. I'm a big goodreads fan. I love lists, and this way I can have all sorts of book lists. Plus, the suggested reads are great for getting ideas. You should totally add it to your 2014 goals, maybe do a reading challenge - I know it motivates me to read more when I have such a little amount of time to squeeze it in.

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  5. i seriously need to get/use a goodreads account!! i'm always looking for new books to read!! lately i'm almost ashamed to admit i've been way into romance!! and like teen romance. shameful i know :)

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    1. I love YA romance. It is a fun escape, full of juice and usually devoid of reality - perfection! Some of my favourite books are YA - Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments, etc. I'd definitely rec fiddling around in goodreads - the suggestions, and lists are great idea places.

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  6. oh I live for books.. I have read nowhere enough books this year.. those other things I live for like family and travel kinda got in the way..

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    1. I'm not sure there is a better excuse to be behind with your reading like family and travel! Those opportunities aren't always there, but books will be there when you find time =)

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  7. Love that image of the books, and the idea of a reading challenge! :)

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    1. Isn't it a sweet image? And, thanks for reminding me I meant to link it back to pinterest where I found it.

      The challenge is good motivation for my stubbornness =)

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  8. I loved Firefly Lane but it made me cry at the end.

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    1. Hopefully in a good way, like so happy you had to cry...I like the happy cries, not so much the sad ending cries. haha, now I'm worried.

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  9. This sounds awesome! I love to read, but definitely go through reading peaks and valleys. Right now I'm not reading anything, but I want to find a good book. I LOVE Emily Giffin...I wish she'd put something new out, I've read all of her books.

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    1. Since I haven't read any Giffin yet I'm basing this recommendation off of what I think she will be like...but a couple fave chick-lit type authors are Sophie Kinsella, and Jennifer Cruise. Maybe they will be up your alley and get you reading again!

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