Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Rules

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

March 7: On hiatus so I made my own again.

Top Ten Tuesday continues to be on hiatus this week so I have decided to think up my own again this week.

Ten Reading Rules I Follow

  1. Challenges: At first challenges sounded like fun.  I found a couple that I wanted to participate in and discovered that for me they suck the fun right out of reading as I am a mood reader and need to be in the mood for what I am reading.
  2. DNF: My standard rule for did not finishing a book is 50 pages. If I am not into a story by page 50 I move on.  I have recently decided that I need a DNF rule for audio books and for that format I will give it an hour to catch me.
  3. Audio: I have decided that I will use audio books to explore books outside my usual reading taste.  I have also decided to listen to audio books when I exercise and do chores instead of music.
  4. Shelving: There is only one way to properly shelve books.  Pay attention.  Left to right, top to bottom, alphabetized by author’s last name keeping series in reading order.  Don’t make me come and reorganize your stacks.
  5. Environment: I am easily distracted so I need silence when reading.  I have banished ticking clocks, noisy animals, and have been known to wear ear plugs when my husband is home to shut the world out so I can read.
  6. Buying: If a book is under a dollar then I will pick it up guilt free, most of the books on my to-read case at home are cheap books I picked up while thrifting or at library book sales.  I do make the effort to buy the latest releases from my favorite authors, however, even if I don’t always read them until the next year’s release…
  7. Rereading: In effort to justify my full price book purchases I make and keep I have the rule to reread a book or series each year.
  8. Weeding: Every once in a while we need to reevaluate the books in our home libraries.  Sometimes a series finishes or our taste change or we simply move on.  When that happens we need to weed those books from our shelves to make room for new titles we love.
  9. ARCS: When I started this blog I went a little ARC crazy over at Net Galley and requested way more than I should have.  I have a feeling this is something every new blogger does.  After a while, like point one with challenges, it sucked all the fun out of reading and I decided to make some rules.  I try to keep my ARC requests to authors I already read or those few titles that are simply too hard to resist.
  10. Current Read: Some people can read multiple books at once.  I am not one of those people.  I don’t like to start a new story when I am reading another.  The only exception I make is for audio books or NF titles.  Otherwise I stick to one book at a time.

There you have some of my reading rules.  What rules or habits do you have when it comes to reading?

Month in Review: February 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 7 Books, 2,691 Pages 

Read this year: 14  Books, 4,957 Pages 

The Turn (The Hollows #0.1) Death Blows (The Bloodhound Files, #2) Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files, #3) Agents of Dreamland

 Born of Legend (The League, #9) Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires, #13)

Two of the books shown above do not have links to their review because they have not been released yet.

Looking Back:

Seven books, not as many as I had hoped to read during my recovery but still, not too shabby as all of them were print and not audio.  Also, two of them were quite long so page wise I have practically a whole other book length that I managed to read in February.  So basically I went for substance over quaintly.  Have to say I did enjoy most everything I did read last month.  The novella read for review was a bit strange but still worthy of a 3-star review.  Over all I don’t feel ashamed over this month of reading one bit.

Looking Ahead:

I hope to be released to return to work today so March will return to normal reading time wise.  I am going to stick with reading what catches my fancy and work on catching up on some of my series.  I might mix in a few science fiction books as well.  I have recently picked up some Star Trek books and it might be time to start diving into them.  I keep bringing them home I should read one or two already.  After all, most of them aren’t actually that long.  One of my recently acquisitions was the very first Star Trek book I ever read.  Read during my early teen or pre-teen years and was based upon the plot from the original series.  I also happen to pick up that episode at a Flea Market recently and it made me nostalgic for that book so I ordered it.  March might be the perfect time to read that one.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Happy 3rd Anniversary!

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Just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to all my followers as I celebrate the third anniversary of my blog Read What I Like.  So thank you for the likes and comments and I’m still thrilled that you find my opinion about what I read entertaining.

Refection

It seems hard to believe both that I have only been blogging for three years, it feels like it should be longer, and at the same time that it has actually been three years because I feel like such a novice to all this.  The blog still feels small to me and that is by design.  I’m not looking for major page hits or tons of comments, I simply want a small little corner where I can share my love or loathing for the books I read.  A highly successful blog is a lot of work and I’m not interested in that.  For now, I simply want my blog to remain an authentic extension of my reading hobby.  This space started out for me and it shall remain that way; that is probably why it still surprises me that almost 1000 people have subscribed.

Looking Ahead

Don’t look for a lot of changes.  I have scaled back some of my ambition over the past year as life continues to get in the way of my reading.  I will continue to be selective in my review request books and focus on reading all those titles I put on my TBR list ages ago.  The blog is named Read What I Like for a reason and I want to get that passion for reading books I like again.  In the beginning of the blog, I got too wrapped up in memes, givaways, review deadlines, challenges, etc. While all of that was fun, it was also a lot of work and sucked some of the joy out of simply reading.  Blogs come and go and I want to have staying power, so that means cutting some of the stuff that kills my joy.  I hope you understand, I appreciate you all but the blog is going to stay small scale.  I’m about authenticity in my reviews and when I get too gimmicky I feel like the blog doesn’t represent who I am.

My name is Amy and  I am a reader.  I read books and review them honestly for you.  Thanks for being a part of my passion.

Happy Reading~

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

February 14: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) insta-love romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite star-crossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).

First off Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I know this is a made-up holiday and many people hate this day as much as I hate Mother’s Day.  Personally, I don’t really celebrate the holiday beyond using it as an excuse to go out for lunch and justifying a new book purchase.  For this week’s list I decided to share my favorite couples from the series I read.

My Ten Favorite Couples

  1. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Bones and Cat: I also enjoy the couple in the spin-off Night Prince series almost as much as the original but wanted to limit each author to one spot on this list.  This will become more difficult in future picks as you will see. This series, however, was a great example of a strong female paired with a strong male.  This series isn’t so much about Cat as it is about the bond and chemistry between her and Bones.  They make this world.
  2. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley and Reyes: How could this couple not be on this list.  The dynamics between Charley and Reyes is off the chart!  I love watching these two work at couplehood.  They are such strong contrasts that can almost seem to flip in an instant.  Just when you think you have these two figured out they shift or trade persona and it has your head spinning.   Love these two!
  3. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Diana & Matthew: Sigh.  I so miss these two.
  4. Night Play (Dark-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #1) Bride & Vane: This was a difficult series to pick just one couple from.  If you know the series it might surprise you that I picked these two.  Sure there were lots of great books but when I considered who to select I wanted to go with a couple I enjoyed together not just a book where I had a crush on the male lead.  This is probably the earliest case where that happen in the series.
  5. Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) Anna & Charles:  What?   Why didn’t I pick Mercy and Adam?  Because while I love Mercy’s series I often feel that the chemistry between her and Adam falls flat. Anna and Charles have a richer dynamic that I love.
  6. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Sookie & Eric: Spoiler alert! But Sookie doesn’t end up with Eric… I know and that is why Ms. Harris is dead to me forever and I will not read another of her books.  I LOVED Sookie and Eric together and felt the entire series was about these two coming together only for the author to tear them apart in the last few books to pair Sookie up with the equivalent to a brother.  No fire at all between them.  Yes, I’m holding a grudge.  
  7. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Merit & Ethan: As I’ve said before it took me four books to root for these two but when I finally jumped on board these two because one of my favorites.  I will miss them.
  8. Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) Raphael & Cyn: These two are hot and fortunately even though the series has moved its focus off of this couple we still get to check in with them every now and again in novellas.
  9. Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)  Zsadist & Bella: This is another series where there were so many great couples to choose from I had a difficult time remembering who I enjoyed most.  I went with these two because their story is just so phenomenal.
  10. The Time Traveler's Wife Clare & Henry: The story of these two’s love just breaks my heart.  If you want a heart-wrenching bitter-sweet love affair then this is the book for you.  That last chapter, that last page man had me wiped out.  Such a beautiful story.

There you have some of my favorite couples this Valentine’s Day.  Who are some of your favorite couples?

Monday Morning Check-In: Shopping

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend and got lots of reading time in.  I did not…  Last weekend was my first long day out after surgery and while I did well I did get tired and was awfully sore by bed time.  Husband and I went to a flea market that was a bust because it was so crowded you couldn’t look at the booths because of all the people in the way.  Then we went thrifting, again not finding much, before we stopped at our favorite Thai restaurant (finally…) for lunch and grocery shopping.  It mad for a long day and by the end my body was yelling at me when I tried to pick anything up over five pounds.  I made it though!  I also picked out my Valentine’s Day gift the latest release by my favorite author Sherrilyn Kenyon, Born in Vengeance.  A hefty read at 4oo pages I hope to get to this book the first half of this year maybe after I finish the current series I am on.  I have several books of hers to read including the one before vengeance which is like 800 pages long…  Lots of books sitting on my to-read bookcase actually, I should really stop playing on the computer and requesting review books altogether.  Well, I’m going to write-up Top Ten Tuesday’s post today so I will leave you now.

Happy Reading!

Monday Morning Check-In: Reading Day

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone!  I was perhaps a bit more active than I should have been over the weekend and Sunday night I was feeling a bit sore.  So I’ve decided that after I finish writing up this post I am going to take my over-active self and go back to bed.  I am declaring a day of reading.  Unfortunately, you won’t be seeing any of the reviews for the next few books as they all have release dates later this year.  I am about half-way through and audio book, however, and might finish that up today or tomorrow and will get that review out to you.  It is kind of weird and I’m not quite sure what I think of it.

Have a great week and see you tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday!

Month in Review: January 2017

Month in Review

Read this month: 7 Books, 2,265 Pages 

Read this year: 7 Books, 2,265 Pages 

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1) Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man Saturn Run Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)

The Long War (The Long Earth, #2) Zoe's Tale (Old Man's War, #4) Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires, #12.5)

Looking Back:

Starting off 2017 nice and strong and only half of the books I read were audio…  Actually I’m starting to get over my feeling like that is cheating. After all I’m able to get stuff done and still get some story time in.  Since I have decided to read based upon my whim most if not all of the books last month were rated 4 or 5 stars.  I think The Long War might have been a 3 star, though, and I DNF the next book in that series as I had simply lost interest in the series.  The first three books pictured above were all delightful surprises in how much I enjoyed them. Well, it’s not like I’m going to hate anything having to do with Leonard Nimoy, but the book was better than I was expecting.  The last week of the month was a bit of a lost week as I had my surgery on the 24th and didn’t push myself into picking up a book while I started recovery.

Looking Ahead:

I have a whole month where I can’t do squat.  I am literally supposed to sit my ass on a couch while my insides recover from major surgery.  If I can stay off YouTube I might get some serious reading done.  I am almost finished with a review book and if I don’t get sleepy I will push through and finish it tonight.  After that I have about 3 or 4 more review books waiting for me with later release dates.  So I might read them this month and you will see their reviews later in the year.  I do have an audio book or two that I have yet to start and a blanket that needs to be finished so expect a couple of those reviews this month as well.  As for challenges this year I have decided to continue to not participate in any.  I like this reading what ever strikes my fancy.  I did sign up for the Goodreads challenge so I can get my little shiny badge but only pledged to read 52 books (one a week).

Happy Reading ~Amy

Monday Morning Check-In: Recovering

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone I am blogging to you today from the other side of my hysterectomy last week.  Thank you to all that took a moment to wish me well!  I’m doing quite well actually and if you want to know more feel free to visit my other blog What I’m Dealing With to read my update there.  Did not get much reading done last week naturally but I did manage to finish one audio book.  It was one that I listened to last year and I’m not going to post an updated review.  It is the first book in a series where I recently picked up all the remaining books and want to refresh my memory as to what happen in the first book.

I need to get my butt in gear and read a review book that is coming out next week but I have been sucked in with YouTube and The Sims 3 between taking pills.  I feel as if I am on the cusp of really getting into it so maybe this afternoon when I am home alone and it is quiet I can try to make some progress in that.  I’m finding when I sit down to read I get sleepy which is odd as I’m only on over the counter pain medicine.

I’ll see you all tomorrow for Top Ten Tuesday and hopefully a new book review soon.  Happy Reading.

Monday Morning Check-In: Last Day

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday morning everyone.  Today is my last day before surgery.  Spent the weekend getting the house ready and trying to relax.  I’ve had trouble concentrating on what I’m reading so I’ve given up trying for now.  I have been listening to audiobooks, though, and have worked my way through almost two over the weekend.   The second book I have an hour left on it and should be posting a review sometime this afternoon.  I have several more waiting for me for while I’m in the hospital and that first week of recovery.  I’m debating if I should bother taking my knitting with me or not to the hospital.  My lap blanket has gotten rather large and all my instructions tell me to limit what I take.  I might bring it and leave it in the car where my husband can retrieve it if I really want to knit.

Other than not being able to eat and having an appetite this morning I’m doing pretty good.  Looking forward to the next few days to be behind me and starting in on my recovery so I can return to a fairly normal life soon.  Hopefully, my brain will not be too foggy and I can catch up on some reading over the next couple weeks.  I’m doing pretty good otherwise, I think I’ve read/listened to five or six books so far this year.  Have a great week everyone and I’ll see you next Monday minus one uterus.

Monday Morning Check-In: Limbo

Monday Morning Check-In

Good Monday Morning everyone.  I’m feeling a little lost in limbo as I’m 15 days away.  My reading has consisted pretty heavily of audiobooks recently as I work on projects.  I started knitting a blanket in my favorite colors and am pretty into it so thanks to audiobooks I’m not falling behind in my reading.  The quality of those books is another story altogether.  I’m working on the Long Earth series and I think I’m going to be done with it after the third book. The story is simply all over the place, lots of lecturing and wandering plot threads that don’t go anywhere.  While it is interesting I’m tired of the story spinning its wheels.

Net Galley has been kind to me lately.  All of the major releases that I am interested in have been approved!!!  While I’m thrilled I’m also hesitant to start some of them as I wanted to hold some of them for my recovery.  I’m going to be doing a whole lot of not much for several weeks what better way to spend those days then lost in a book I’m excited to read.  One of them releases on my surgery day so I will read that one before but the others have later release dates so we will see.

Chore day at home today and then I need to get my walking in and then some actual reading!