Monday, July 27, 2015

The Make Me Read It Readathon: Recap (Also, a word on meeting goals)

If you saw my post from a couple of weeks ago, you'll know that I participated in Val and Ely's Make Me Read It Readathon. The purpose of the Readathon was to set a goal and read as many books as you can in the week. My goal was to read two books out of five that you guys voted on.

The books that were on the menu for last week were The Unlikely Hero in Room 13b by Teresa Toten and Dustlands: Raging Star by Moria Young.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Why You Should Meet Authors (+ A Year of Living Prayerfully Review)

I've been to a few author talks, and I find that after meeting the writer I'm automatically more warm-hearted towards their work. When you put a face to that name on the cover of the book, it changes how you read the book. You can imagine the person writing it. You've talked to the writer and seen their passion. You can imagine the heart that went into the work. You tend to stop holding the real person you've met to the incredibly high standards that you usually have when reading a book by an author you know nothing about.

It's healthy for us rabid readers to meet authors. It keeps us from getting too cynical about books, and reminds us that authors are people too. I've definitely been guilty of ripping apart books on Goodreads or on SOI, but the more authors I meet (regardless of the quality of their work), the more I temper my public criticism of books that I don't care for. Meeting authors reminds me to be grateful for the incredible service they do us readers.

The latest published author that I met was Jared Brock. I met Jared "Jay" Brock after he spoke at our church one Sunday night. He was the genuine sort of guy. You know, the one who talks to you like he's known you forever because he's interested, not because he wants to sell his book (even if that was his ulterior motivate, he hid it very well, haha). Originally, I wasn't going to buy his book, but after talking to him and having my heart warmed, I wanted to support this author. So I bought his book.

This was one of those cases where I would have loved his book without having even met him.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Make Me Read It Readathon

Let me begin this post by saying that July has been a crazy month. We started off the month with a tragedy in our community that has shaken us all up. In the midst of grieving, we been planning a summer camp that I will be volunteering at next week. All in all, the first ten days of July have been a blur.That being said, I thought today would be the perfect day to set up my entry for Ely and Val's Readathon linkup!

Here's how Val explained the Readathon:
Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you've borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I'd pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.

Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.

When the read-a-thon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there's a tie, then it's your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

Read the entire post here.

One of my goals for this year is to read my bookshelf. I have so many books that I've bought and just never read because I've gotten so distracted with library books. I've been doing remarkably well with NOT borrowing books for the library (I work there, so it's kind of hard), but I still have a long ways to go before I've read all my personal books. I'm hoping that this link-up will help me along.

The week of the Readathon is July 20 - July 27, and my goal is to read two books. I'm a terribly slow reader, so I thought that I was a good little challenge for me. At first I wasn't sure if this was for me, since I'm a slowpoke, but both of the boss ladies encouraged me:

So if you're like me and hesitating, just jump in! It will be fun!

Now, for the real question: which two books should I read?
Be sure to vote in the sidebar! Leave me a comment if you've read any of these or heard anything good or bad about them!Which one would you pick?

Reading: The Year of Living Prayfully by Jared Brock
Listening: Owl City's album Of June
Watching: Gilmore Girls season 6

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Why I'm Glad I Go to a "Smaller" University

As school is ending for some and course selection for the fall is in full swing, I thought it was an appropriate time to write this post about my first year of university.

When I started university I knew what I wanted. I wanted to major in English and potentially minor in History.  I had spent a year working after I had finished high school which gave me plenty of time to solidify this plan. When course selection came around and I got my course selection package in the mail, it was time to put my life plan into action. I dreamed of taking all English courses with a smattering of History thrown in. It was going to be great (I was blissfully ignoring the reality of the massive amounts of reading that would have required). 

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