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Book Blogger Hop: November 8th-14th

The Book Blogger Hop was created by, and is hosted by, Billy over at Coffee Addicted Writer. Each Friday, there’s a new question, and you have the whole week to post and add your link.

This week’s question is…

8th – 14th – Can you stop reading before the end of a chapter? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)


My answer:

Usually, nope. I have to read to the end of a chapter or I get this weird sort of anxiety about it. (I know that sounds so stupid and ridiculous, but it really stresses me out.)

However, if there are breaks within the chapter, I can usually stop at one of those for a short period of time (like to grab a snack, go to the bathroom, that sort of short break). I still feel weirdly stressed out because I didn’t finish the chapter, but it’s not as intense.


I have no clue where my anxiety about chapters came from, but I’m guessing maybe school? All the “Read chapters [x] through [z] ” or whatever, so it’s just ingrained in me that I have to finish chapters before I can stop reading. (The chapter anxiety is also why I have not been able to read Terry Pratchett. I keep trying because I’m sure I’ll enjoy his books, but I get so unbelievably stressed out by the lack of chapters. Like, I almost had a breakdown about it last time I picked one up :/ And yeah, I’m very aware of how idiotic and bizarre that is.)


Can you stop before the end of a chapter?

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Tome Topple is Coming!

Weirdly, I’m actually not that excited about this round 😦 Usually, I’m screaming (often literally) about it, but the closer this round gets, the more “meh” I feel about it.

I think it’s because I’m a mood reader, and what I’m in the mood to read right now are a few sci-fi books on my shelves that are definitely not tomes. (I do own a couple of sci-fi books that count, but I’m not in the mood for them. I might still try one, but I’m not excited about that idea.)

I might be able to get away with fantasy instead, because I can almost always read fantasy, but we’ll see if my brain is cooperative and allows that 😛

But, I’m still going to try to participate, because there is one thing I want to re-read that totally counts, and I might be in the mood for other things by the time this round starts/finishes.


If you don’t know what Tome Topple is, it’s a readathon created by Sam over at Thoughts On Tomes on YouTube.

The point of the readathon is to tackle large (500+ page) books, but something like an omnibus or short story collection doesn’t count, unless the individual works are all 500+ pages. Graphic novels do count, though.

This round of Tome Topple begins on November 9th at 12:00 AM and runs until November 22nd at 11:59 PM (your timezone for start/end times).

  • If you have a Twitter, there’s a Tome Topple twitter account you can follow for sprints and stuff like that.
  • There’s also a Goodreads group, which could be handy for finding tomes or buddy reads.
  • If you use Instagram or Twitter, you can (probably) also find other readers, tome suggestions, etc. by using the hashtag #TomeTopple.
  • Oh, and there will be Instagram challenges happening, so check out Sam’s IG if you’re interested in that.

My (Possible) TBR Options

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

I might take this opportunity to re-read A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (and, if I’m feeling it, I might re-read Shadow of Night and then finally read The Book of Life). This one is about 580 pages, but the first time I read it, I finished it in like 4 days. I’m not sure if I’ll have a similar experience the second time around, but I’m hopeful.

Under the Dome

I might try picking up Under the Dome by Stephen King. I’ve only read his non-fiction and 2-3 of his horror novels, and I’m not a fan of his horror :/ I know, it’s like sacrilege to say that when you’re a horror lover, but I just don’t like it. So, I’m want to try something else, like his fantasy and sci-fi stuff (and yes, I know at least some of that veers into horror territory, too), but I’m not going to force myself to finish it if I’m not feeling it after about 100 pages. My copy is around 1,100 pages, yikes. (I’m really hoping my hold on the audiobook comes through in the next week.)

From Hell

I’ve saved Alan Moore’s From Hell for like a year so I could read it during Tome Topple haha. I almost read it last month, but I held out because I was hoping there would be a Tome Topple round, and here we are. I don’t know if I’ll actually read it this time or not, but there’s at least a 45% chance I will 😛 This graphic novel is around 575 pages.

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

I really (really) need to have read The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang like four months ago :/ I had an ARC of this, but my depression got in the way of reading it, but now I feel like I should just buy it, so… I need to read it, I want to read it, but I’m not sure if I’m feeling it right now. It is, however, 560 pages, so perfect for Tome Topple.

The Book Thief

I still haven’t read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak :/ I know, I know. It’s like, illegal or something, to be a book blogger and have not read that book, but the hype got in the way for me. I’m sure it is really good, but I couldn’t force myself to read it for years. But, if I find myself in the mood for historical fiction, I might pick it up. It’s about 550 pages.


There are also some prompts, if you want to challenge yourself a bit, or if you need help trying to decide what to read, etc.

Prompts:

  1. Read more than 1 tome
  2. Read the tome that has been on your TBR the longest
  3. Read a tome that is part of a series
  4. Read a tome in a genre you don’t usually read
  5. Read an adult novel (aka not childrens, middlegrade, or YA)

The Book Thief hasn’t been on my TBR the absolute longest, but it’s been on there a very long time. I’d say we’re approaching 10 years, which means only a small handful of classics/modern classics over 500 pages have been on my TBR longer, so I would totally count this one for prompt number 2.

A Discovery of Witches is the first book in a series, and The Dragon Republic is the second in a series, so there’s prompt number 3.

I could count From Hell or The Book Thief for prompt number 4 because I don’t read graphic novels often, and I don’t read historical fiction often.

Three of my choices are adult novels, so I can get prompt number 5 if I actually read one of those.


I absolutely do not expect to read more than one book for Tome Topple, but who knows. Last year in November, I read my entire Tome Topple TBR, so anything could happen.


Are you participating in Tome Topple?

If so, what’s on your TBR?

Do you have any recommendations for 500+ page books?

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I decided I’m not really doing NaNoWriMo

What does “not really doing NaNoWriMo” mean? Basically, it means I’m not pressuring myself to write 50k words this month, or to write everyday, but if I am writing, I’ll use NaNo to track my word count and such.

I posted in October about how I wasn’t sure if I would do it this year or not, and I’ve been thinking a lot about it for months. What I’ve realized is that my creative well was completely dry.

This is going to get rambly, I can already feel it…

For 2-3 years, I think I was putting out more creative ~stuff~ than I was absorbing, and now the creative part of my mind feels like a sponge that’s been left in the sun in a dry climate for like a decade.

I think I made the mistake of thinking “creating” only applied to writing fiction, and so I wasn’t taking into consideration blogging, bullet journaling, and other kind of artistic things (doodling, painting, crafting, etc.) I was doing on a regular basis. Maybe that works for some people, but I feel like all my creative energy is stored in the same place, and I only have so much.

So, what happened this year (and last year) was that I was pouring out tons of energy all over the place, while also pressuring myself to create more, more, MORE!

Basically, I spread myself way too thin, burned out, and eventually started to feel resentment towards these things I’ve always loved. It wasn’t a good time, and I was pretty miserable. That’s also one reason why my blogging went from kind of consistent to non-existent last year.

I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo for about 10 years (I know my profile only has me at like 7 years, but I think I deleted stuff or made a new account like 5 years ago, so I’m missing at least 2-3 years now). My kid knows now that November is NaNoWriMo time, and it’s kind of cute and funny because I keep getting yelled at to go and write 😛 But, I haven’t been writing. I’m not even sure I will write at all this month, because I still feel like my creative well is pretty damn dry.

My “Ah-ha!” moment was sometime last month, when I read Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (which I really need to review, ugh). I came out of that feeling inspired in so many ways I hadn’t felt in ages, and that’s when I realized just how depleted my creative resources had been.

It’s like when you’re dehydrated and you don’t realize just how much you needed water until you go to take a sip and feel like you could drink an entire ocean after the first drops touch your tongue.

I’ve known in a small way all year that my creative well needed some filling, but I did not realize just how bad the situation was until last month. I’ve spent most of this year reading and watching more than I have in years, and I think even my mental health has been better. My only real creative outlet has been bullet journaling, which I love because I can go hard or I can do something minimalistic, and still feel good about it either way. Most months, I think I do a combo, depending on how I feel at the time when I’m setting up a spread.

Wow this is getting so long winded, sorry :/

Basically, my point is that I didn’t realize how much I needed to be absorbing creative content. I had been putting off watching movies, shows, and YouTube videos, or even listening to as much music (or podcasts, which I’ve only gotten into in the last year or so) because I “had to” write (fiction, blog posts, or both) or whatever instead. I read a bit less (in 2017 I read about 100 books, in 2018 I read about 85, and this year I’ve already read about 110), for the same reasons. I have to choose what to prioritize when I have time to do something “unnecessary” like blog, read, write, watch things, paint, crochet or knit, etc., and this year I’ve prioritized absorbing rather than creating.

I feel like my blogging hasn’t suffered as much as it did last year, but it’s still not where I’d like it to be. My goal for next year will probably be to more evenly divide my time between creating and taking in creative content, but for the remainder of this year, my priority is still absorbing it.

(I also realized around day 25 of Blogtober that maybe posting every day for a month was not the brightest idea, since I knew by then how depleted my creative well was, but I finished it anyway 😛 )

Does that mean I’m not writing for NaNoWriMo at all? Not necessarily. I do know that I can not pressure myself to complete a novel in a month this year. I could probably still do it accidentally, but I’m not striving for that like I have for the last decade or so.

Maybe that goes against the spirit of NaNoWriMo, but I don’t think it does. I think the core point of NaNo is to just sit down and write, knowing it won’t be perfect, but with the goal of getting the bones of the story down while having community support.

I’m definitely not hitting 50k words this month without a miracle, but I am finally starting to feel like I might be able to start writing again, so that’s something.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book That Give Off Autumn Vibes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


I haven’t actually read most of these, so I’m basing my choices almost exclusively on the cover. In some cases, it’s a mix of the cover and what I’ve heard about the book, but it’s really mostly just the covers 😛

In no particular order, as usual…


Uprooted

Uprooted by Naomi Novik– I don’t even know why this one gives me autumn vibes. Maybe the cover, maybe I’ve heard so many people say it’s perfect for autumn, maybe a combination, who knows.

Sweep: Volume 1 (Sweep, #1-3)

The Sweep series by Cate Tiernan– Whether it’s the original covers, or the bindup covers, these books scream “AUTUMN!” to me. (It doesn’t hurt that at least the first one is set around the start of a school year, if I remember correctly.)

The Accident Season
Spellbook of the Lost and Found
All the Bad Apples

Anything By Moïra Fowley-Doyle– Her books beg to be read as the days grow shorter, the nights cooler, and especially around Halloween when there’s a feeling of a bit more magic in the air. (I haven’t read All the Bad Apples yet, but the cover still gives me the feeling that it’ll make a great autumn book.)

The Way of Wyrd

The Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates– I’ve only read about a quarter of this, but if I can ever get my hands on the ebook or audiobook, I’ll finish it (the text of the hardback was too hard for me to read). The cover and content–or at least what I remember of it–makes me think of autumn.

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff– Literally, just the color of the cover. (But I’m also starting to think I tend to be most in the mood for sci-fi in the autumn.)

The Beast Is an Animal

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale– I don’t even know much about this one, but I added it to my TBR like two years ago after seeing the cover in a store. Something about it just screams “Read me in autumn!” to me.

Mooncakes

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker– The whole cover makes me think of autumn. The colors are like a softer version of autumnal shades, and it makes me think of baking, which makes me think of the colder months, and it looks like a cute and cozy read.

The Furies

The Furies by Katie Lowe– This cover, plus how it’s set at a school (I think) just give off strong autumnal vibes in my opinion.

Bone Deep

Bone Deep by Sandra Ireland– Something about this dark, kinda creepy cover makes me want to curl up with a blanket and a hot cup of something while the wind howls outside.

The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics (Feminine Pursuits, #1)

Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite– It’s mostly just the color of the cover that makes me think “autumn” with this one, but I think it would also be a nice book to read between the heavier/darker books I tend to reach for more in autumn, if I needed a break.


What are some books you think give off autumn vibes?

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Blogtober: The End

This month has been wild. I feel like it absolutely flew by, way more than usual. I always think October goes by quickly, but this year was weirdly fast, and I almost feel like I missed days or something.

I can’t believe NaNoWriMo begins in the next few hours. I can’t believe Halloween is ending. (Where we live, trick or treating was postponed because of the weather, so we’ll get an extra day of fun, thankfully.) I can’t believe I actually managed to make it through Blogtober haha.

That’s all I’ve got for tonight. I’m currently taking a break from our annual tradition of watching Hocus Pocus (and then me watching Trick r Treat after kid goes to be) because I realized I didn’t put anything else out today 😛

Happy Halloween, and good luck with NaNoWriMo for those participating 🙂