My Bullet Journal

Most likely I first found out about bullet journaling on Instagram or YouTube. So I went on bulletjournal.com, learned more about it and thought I’d give it a try. Mine is very basic, simple and close to the original method with a few collections. I try to keep it as simple as possible because I know I can keep up with it if I do. So here is a few pictures of my personal bullet journal:

 

BorrowAThon 2017 Round 2 Wrap Up

Last week was round 2 of the 2017 BorrowAThon (@Borrowathon). I had a lot of fun participating and meeting fellow readers even though I only finished reading two books. It ran from March 19 thru March 26 and the objective is read borrowed books, whether from the library or a friend. There is also a set of six challenged that you can optionally do, which I tried.

The first challenge is Try before you buy, which I planned on reading Spinster: Making A Life Of One’s Own by Kate Bolick but I abandoned it. I think it’s a nonfiction memoir type of book and I’m not that into those.

Next is A Graphic Novel which I read and finished Smile by Raina Telgemeier. I really liked this book.

Another challenge was Try a New-to-you author which I tried to read Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi but I abandoned it. It was sort of a stream of consciousness book mixed with a plot which I couldn’t get into. The writing style was lovely, though.

Next challenge is A book recommended to you which was Shelter by Jung Yun but I didn’t get to that week. But I finished it this week. I will discuss it in my March 2017 Reading Wrap Up post.

Next is A book with your favorite color on the cover, which was While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut (It has a purple cover, my favorite color!). I didn’t get to this book but I would like to someday read a Kurt Vonnegut book.

And lastly, A book that involves a library in some way, which I read The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami.

I will talking a little more about the books I read during the Borrowathon in my March 2017 Reading Wrap Up post next week. I really had a lot of fun participating in Borrowathon and meeting new people, doing Twitter chats and sprints. I can’t wait till Round 3 which is in November. Borrowathon was created by Riley (@rmfickfack). I’m so grateful for her taking time to host as well as Lala (@ObbsandLala).

Did you participate in the Borrowathon? If so, what was your favorite book?

#Borrowathon TBR

#Borrowathon is a readathon that I will be participating in and it’s a readathon where you read books that you’ve borrowed either from a library or a friend, which I think is a brilliant readathon idea. It is from Sunday, March 19 @ 12 am until Sunday March 26 @ 11.:59 pm. I think readathons are a great way to get some extra books in and so far I’ve only finished one book so far (while abandoning a few). #Borrowathon has 6 optional challenges that you can participate in and get some ideas on what to read.

Here are the books I plan on reading based on the challenges:

1) Try before you buy: Spinster: Making A Life Of One’s Own by Kate Bolick
2) A Graphic Novel: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
3) Try a New-to-you author: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
4) A book recommended to you: Shelter by Jung Yun
5) A book with your favorite color on the cover: While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut (It has a purple cover, my favorite color!)
6) A book that involves a library in some way: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

I also plan on participating on Twitter with Sprints and Chats as well as updating how my reading is going so follow me!
Are you going to participate in #Borrowathon? What are you going to read?

Five Reasons for Why I Love to Read

  1. It’s entertaining.
  2. I learn new words or life lessons.
  3. I get to experience new worlds, situations and lives. I can sympathize with characters and realize that what I might be feeling isn’t exclusive to me.
  4. Reading gets my mind off things and helps me relax.
  5. Reading inspires me to write.

Why do you love to read?

Santa Barbara Book Haul

santa-barbara-haul

This past weekend, I went to Santa Barbara, CA. We had a great time and the weather was nice. I bought a few books from a couple of used book stores. The first one we went to is called The Book Den. I bought One Thousand and One Nights by Hanan al-Shaykh, Bright Shadow by Avi and The Green Mile (Part 4) by Stephen King. I realized later that The Green Mile is part 4 of a 6 part series. I might buy the other parts online.

The other books I actually bought from $5 or Less Bookstore in Simi Valley. I bought A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and Molly’s Story Collection (American Girl).

I’m very excited to read them. What books did you buy or get recently?

The Name Game Book Tag

I decided to pretend I was tagged in a book tag that’s popular among Booktubers and instead write a post on it instead. The Name Game is a tag where you pick books starting with the letter of your name. I’m going to pick from books I’ve read.

N – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
O – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
R – Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery
A – Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

There you go! I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Write soon,
Nora

24 in 48 Readathon has finished!

The 24 in 48 Readathon ended Sunday night and this being my first readathon, I think I did good. I read for a total of 5 hours in the 48 hours. I spent some time with family and friends as well, so it might not seem like I read much but for me, it’s sufficient. That’s an average of 2.5 hours a day. A lot more that I average on regular days. Someday I’d like to read more, of course, during the next readathon or maybe have my own personal readathon.

Even though it was only 5 hours, I finished two books, Go Ask Alice and Fearless: Run which completed my goal of reading 18 books this year, which I keep track of on Goodreads. Of course, I will continue to read more books till the end of year and hopefully I’ll read at least 6 more. My last years goal was to read 17 books, but I actually ended up reading 23. I would like to use the rest of year to get to 24.

What are you reading goals for this year?

24 in 48 Readathon

This weekend is the 24 in 48 Readathon and I am planning on participating. If you don’t know what it is, it’s a readathon where you read as much as you can for 24 hours within a 48 hour period. The great part is you don’t actually have to read for 24 hours, you can read as much or as little as your time allows. I do have plans this weekend but they aren’t big ones so I plan to read as much as I can in between. It’s my first marathon and I’ve been wanting to participate in one for a while now. I plan to read the Fearless books, which is a series and I have 14 books of it. I really want to finish that series so I hope I read a good chunk of it. Plus they are small books, good enough to carry around.

I might do status updates here on my blog but definitely on my Twitter. If you want to learn more about 24 in 28 Readathon and/or sign up, go here.

In other news: On Sunday, I might even do hourly journaling in my physical paper journal for the hell of it and also because I’m almost done with that journal and can’t wait to start on my new journal.

Anyway, let me know below if you’re participating in the 24 in 48 Readathon!

Write soon, Nora