As always, I’m shocked at how quickly this month went by. I had planned to take it easy this month, and I’m glad I did. I only knocked out 5 books this month, but I got a ton of spring cleaning and home projects done, as well as started volunteering at a local riding stables (and getting some much needed saddle time in!). I had intended to read six, but I plan my blog posts by my layout in Instagram, and sort of miscounted this month… haha oops! Anyways, here they are:

  1. Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
  2. A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay
  3. Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy
  4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  5. The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Next, I wanted to talk a little about a new thing I’d like to start doing in my blog- thought pieces! It’s a crazy world we live in, and there’s so much to talk about. Many times, the books that I’m reading make me think of something that I’d love to talk about more, but it’s not completely relevant within the book review or monthly wrap ups. I try to keep this blog pretty streamlined and simple, but I decided that once a month, I want to share a little somethin-somethin from my brain on whatever topic that inspires me- whether it’s a current event, a crafting project, an article I read, bookish tips, etc.

I think it’ll be another good way for you all to get to know me (while keeping to my bookish niche) and help open up more discussion (because I really am a talker).

For an example, I read this article, “Where Millennials Come From”, in The New Yorker a while ago, and it actually made me pretty defensive but actually ponder my Millennial-ism.

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I had so many thoughts and reactions to it that I thought it’d be interesting to discuss and see what others thought. So here are my thoughts:

  • Millennials can’t afford to go to college, but also can’t afford not to go (special cases exempt.)  We need college degrees to get higher paying jobs, just to afford paying off our college debt. It’s a catch 22. At the same time, there are a lot of openings in trade labor, and it’s difficult to find willing mentors and programs to learn these trades, so the alternatives are going to college, or going immediately into the job force. In which case, we’re blamed for taking all the jobs.
  • “Anxiety has overtake depression”- There is so much more social pressure these days, I’m not surprised by this at all. We grew up in a recession, with rapidly evolving technology, where everyone is expected to be successful and healthy and competing against everyone. That stress isn’t easy to handle.
  • Speaking of, we’re selfish and focus too much on self care? How about trying to deal with today’s stresses in a positive way? You’d think it would be encouraged to care about mental health.

As a Millennial, I hate to see our generation negatively deduced- especially because the older generation always tends to saddle the younger generation with it’s problems and say that it’s their fault. Those are just a few of the things that struck a nerve with me- and I’d like to hear your thoughts as well. Not every thought piece will be so heavy, I promise- but this one was the shortest example I had in my “think tank”. I hope you all will come to enjoy my random bits every month.

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Finally, I leave you with a book tag that I’ve been intending to do for months and have never gotten to- the Twenty Questions Book Tag, from the ladies at Thrice Read.

1. How many books are too many books in a book series?

I get a little over it after four books, but if the series is so amazing I can’t put it down- well then, there are never too many. (Here’s looking at you, J.K. Rowling.)

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

It’s a surefire way to agitate me, lol.

3. Hardcopy or paperback?

If I’m collecting, I like the look of hardcovers in a series, but otherwise I’m not picky.

4. Favorite book?

Hmmmm…. I still really couldn’t choose!

5. Your least favorite book?

Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. God, that was the worst book I had to read in AP English.

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Meh. I think they’re cliche, but if it’s not the center of the plot, I’m okay with it.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis- I just couldn’t get into it, so I DNR’d it.

8. A book you’re currently reading?

Safe Haven, by Nicholas Sparks

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

I just recommended Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy to my bestie!

10. The oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date) 

According Goodreads, the oldest book on my read list is Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind, from 1937. I may have read older, but I’m not sure exact publication dates on the classics- and I’m too lazy to really search, haha.

11. The newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Rose & Poe by Jack Todd, published on October 17, 2017. I have a handful of 2018 books on my TBR, but I’ll get to them mid-year at the pace I’m going so far.

12. Favorite author?

Oh God, another favorite I couldn’t possibly choose!

13. Buying books or borrowing books?

Borrowing. I only buy if I’m completing a collection or have read the other so many times, I know I’ll enjoy their new book unread.

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love? 

Based on my Instagram demographic, everyone really seemed to enjoy Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and it definitely wasn’t something I’d rave about.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

*Hangs head* both. I know I shouldn’t dog-ear, but sometimes I’d rather do that than lose my place.

16. A book you can always reread?

Any of the Harry Potter books, obviously.

17. Can you read while hearing music?

Yes, but eventually I turn it down in increments until you can barely hear it if I’m that absorbed in the book.

18. One POV or multiple POV?

I like both, but I do enjoy multiple points of view. I think it’s interesting to see all sides of the story.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

I have read books in one sitting before, but that’s a rarity. I usually read over multiple days.

20. One book you read because of the cover. 

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy. The cover was haunting and creepy, so I thought it would be an interesting book.

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Alright, that wraps up the fun this month! Thank you again to all my followers for being patient with me this month while I took a reading-breather. You guys are the best!