5 Books I Own (But Haven’t Read Yet) Kindle Edition

I’ve made two posts about the books I own but haven’t read yet (You can read them here and here.)  Those have all been physical copies and my Kindle is even worse!  Not only is it filled with unread ARCs, but books I actually spent money on and can no longer return/ever sell.  Eventually I will get through them. Probably.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

I’ve heard bad things about this series in general and the ending especially, which  is why I have been avoiding it. But I  already own it so I will have to get to it eventually (I think I might own the whole series on my Kindle…oops).  I have to at least give it a chance.

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Kaleidoscope Hearts by Claire Contreras

There is just something about a younger sister/brother’s best friend relationship that I love. And it seems like a second chance romance which again, is another of my favorites!   I think I started avoiding this one because I was wary of NA, but now I don’t really have an excuse other than the fact that I’m terrified I will hate it.

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Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler

I was putting this off because it was a series in progress.  But I found out that they are more companion type novels than an actual series, so I do plan on reading this sometime within 2016.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Well, technically I don’t own this one.  It’s a Kindle Unlimited, but I got it MONTHS ago.  The main reason why I haven’t read this is because it’s a series in progress that isn’t expected to be finished until 2020!  I would have to reread this a lot between now and then for me to even remember anything from in 2020.  I guess I should just return it.

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The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy

I bought this when it was on sale in the Kindle store.  If a book is under $2 I really can’t say no (who am I kidding?  I can’t say no to a $20 book).  I’m sure I’ll check it out since I did enjoy Yancy’s The Fifth Wave.

 

I’m sure there will be a 4th installment of Books I Own But Haven’t Read Yet at some point!  What about you guys? Is your Kindle filled with unread books?

Why I Try Not to Read Reviews

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I don’t like reading book reviews before I read the book.  That might sound totally crazy as someone who created a blog in order to write reviews, but it’s become kind of an issue for me recently.

Why don’t I like to read reviews, you ask?  Well, thank you so much for asking, so I can now try to organize my thoughts into a coherent discussion.

I’ve discovered I’m easily influenced.  If I read a bad review before I read the book I will go into the book with points already against it. I will pick up on the things the reviewer had against it, and it will color my own opinion.  Yeah, I should probably learn not to care what other people think, but if I haven’t learned it in 26 years of life, I don’t think I can start now.

And then if I read one 5 star review after another , I go into the book with high expectations that are usually dashed and I end up bitter and angry at the book for not living up to my expectations and myself for clearly not understanding why so many others love it.

It’s a bit different after if I read reviews after finishing the book, but before writing my own review.  This happened to me most recently with This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. I already didn’t really enjoy the book, but after reading a few reviews, I just couldn’t ignore something that had barely bothered me while reading. It didn’t necessarily change my outlook on that particular book, but it did affect my review.

So in 2016, I’ve decided that I’m going to try and be a lot more careful about reading the review until AFTER I have read the book and written my own review.

What about you?  Do reviews affect how you read, rate and review books? How do you stop other people’s opinions from coloring your own?

2016 Discussion Challenge

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I’ve decided to join the 2016 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight!


Rules:


 Here’s All You Have to Do:

  • The 2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2016.
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Central. (So, you can sign up all year long! Come join us!)
  • You DO NOT have to have a book blog to join this challenge. If you don’t have a book blog, you may link up to discussions that you’ve started on Goodreads groups.
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. If you don’t have a blog, you can link up to your Goodreads profile. There is no need to say what your discussion posts will be about – just tell us that you’re joining and let us know what your goal is. (Please note, you may do this in an update post, or a post of other challenges- you’re not required to make a completely separate post- but you can if you’d like!) 
  • Please link back to both challenge hosts and include the challenge button in your sign-up posts.
  • Every month, we’ll update this 2016 Book Blog Challenge Page with the links to that month’s Challenge linky – so you’ll always know where to find the latest link-up!
  • Share it! The more people we get to participate in this, the more awesome discussions we can all be a part of and the more fun it will be! So, invite your friends to join us!
  • This challenge is to help get us discussing books and book blogging, so talk about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to book blogging. Discussions can be book related or book blogging related (or generally blogging related – no discussions about things that are completely off-topic like travel or fashion, etc). Discussions can also be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post.
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2016 on both Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January discussions. At the beginning of every month, a new post will go up on both blogs for that month’s links. New this year – Every month, we’ll feature one randomly chosen discussion from the month before.
  • If you forgot to leave your discussion link in the challenge month in which you posted the discussion or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates, though.)
  • There will also be monthly giveaways, so make sure you check in each month!
  • Use the hashtag #LetsDiscuss2016 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter.
  • Have questions? Feel free to ask in the comments!


     The Levels:

    1-12 – Discussion Dabbler
    13-24 – Creative Conversationalist
    25-36 – Chatty Kathy
    37-48 – Terrifically Talkative
    49+ – Gift of the Gab

 

I’m going for 1-12: Discussion Dabbler!

 

Do Book Buying Bans Work?

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I’m going to be honest right now, I suck when it comes to money.  I mean, I know everyone says that, but I have really bad impulse control when it comes to spending, especially on books.  I went into the used bookstore the other day to sell 6 books and I walked out of there with 5!  Now, technically, I didn’t really pay for them because I had $45 in store credit for selling books, but STILL.

So I’m going on a Book Buying Ban.   I’m a bit iffy if I will be able to control myself, but so far so good (it’s officially been 2 days).

I want to try the ban for 6 months.  Obviously I’m bound to mess  up at some point, but I won’t let that stop me. I even have more store credit and $100 amazon gift card that I will NOT use until July.

This ban is for 2 reasons, and one of them is definitely the spending issue I have.  I am also trying to go 31 days with spending $0, except on food and necessities as they arise).  Again, it’s been 2 days, but so far so good!

The 2nd reason is that I simply own so many books that I haven’t read yet.  I got tired of counting after I reached 75 and I was basically on the 4th shelf.

Has anyone ever done one?  Has it worked? Have any advice??