Annotating Books

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my opinions about annotating and writing in books. Typically annotating a book causes bookworms to gasp and feel like someone had hit them or destroyed something they love. I want to talk about it a little bit, though, just to discuss my thoughts about it and what I think.

I’m going to spoil you right now, I annotate my books. I’m going to talk later about how exactly I do this, but I’m going to spoil you right now.

I see why people don’t want to, and honestly I take all of my pictures of my books before I even start reading them most of the time. I would like to change that process in the future, but for now I like the way that I take my pictures and interact with them.

Not annotating your books keeps them in perfect condition, and if the book is your absolute favorite book that’s signed by the author I totally get it and don’t suggest writing in the book. I have a few books like this and I wouldn’t take those books out of the house for anything, because let’s face it those books are my favorite things in the world.

On the other hand, when I first read a book I don’t know that it’s my favorite. Let’s take a recent read for an example. I recently read Scythe by Neal Shusterman and I absolutely loved it and can’t wait for the squeal to be released in the near future. I decided to annotate this book just because I liked the cover and I had a feeling that this book would bring up great ideas and thoughts. I didn’t know that the book would become my favorite, but now it is and I’m happy that I actually have highlighted my favorite parts and quotes. I like the fact that I can go back and see what I wrote in the margins when I was first reading it. Especially when I got to a few huge plot twists and I as able to go back to see what I was thinking before then.

I was actually reading through my notes after I finished it and it really helped me put together the story as a whole and suddenly something small made so much sense all of a sudden.

I also recently gave a book that I had annotated to a friend and they said that once they got into the book they thought it was amusing to see my thoughts and what I was thinking at any point in the book.

The main reason I choose to annotate my books is because I keep looking at one of my most loved books, A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Brey, it is my most loved book. The binding is beat up, the cover is ripped, and the pages are dog eared where I absolutely loved the page or something important happened. To me seeing this makes me happy because things aren’t always meant to stay perfect. They’re meant to be bent, used, and wear down. That’s what I love about books because the more beat up a book is the more it’s read, the more the story is heard, and the more those characters have found their way into your heart.

I feel like this post is a little messy and unorganized, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on the topic with you.

What side are you on with this discussion? Let me know in the comments below!

~Amanda Ann

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

In November I decided to listen to the audiobook for Heartless by Marissa Meyer.  I got it on Overdrive from my local library, and to be honest I absolutely loved it. I don’t think it took me more than a few days to listen to it all and although I already knew the ending I ended up loving the book more than I thought I would. I have had this book on my TBR pile for a few months now and I was excited finally get around to it.

The story follows a girl named Catherine through her courtship with the King of Hearts. Although this book ended up being a great Wonderland Love Story I found that I wasn’t really rooting for the king to win her hand at the end. Instead I was rooting for the new Court Joker, Jess, to win Catherine’s hand in the end. As Catherine beings to court the king and find love with Jess she doesn’t give up on her long time dream of running a bakery and does everything in her power to make the dream come true while the horrific tales of the Jaberwok come true in the land of hearts.

Overall I really did like the book, but what I hate is that Catherine couldn’t get a better ending. Since this is a villain origin story I couldn’t expect anything beyond a poor ending for her but the entire time I ended up rooting for her. Originally I didn’t really want to because she does become the Queen of Hearts and a villain in another story, but this book was written in a way that I couldn’t help but absolutely love her and hope for the best.

I’ve never read any of Marissa Meyer’s work and this was a great introduction before jumping into the Lunar Chronicles that I’m hoping to start soon.

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Intimidating TBR Tag

I wanted to take a little break today and talk about my TBR pile, because after my Black Friday Book Haul I sort of have a TBR shelf that’s a little too big and overwhelming.

IMG_3647.JPG1. A book on your TRB that you haven’t finished?

Right now I am reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and Witches and Wizzards by James Patterson. So those would be the only two books that I’ve started and haven’t finished.

 

2. A book you haven’t had time to read

All of them

IMG_3651.JPG3. A book you haven’t read because it’s a squeal?

Witch’s Pyre by Josephine Angelini. I bought this in my latest book outlet haul and didn’t know that it was a squeal but this is the only book in my TBR that is a squeal that I don’t have the first book for.

4. A Book you haven’t read because it’s brand new

All the books in my haul.

5. A book by an author that you’ve previously read and didn’t like

Alright so this is pushing it a little bit because I didn’t not like the previous book I just marathoned them and got tired of them. I have The Adjustment by Suzan Young and although I loved the program and the treatment I felt like The Epidemic and The Remedy just dragged it out and I didn’t really need those books in comparison to the others so I’m not looking forward to the next book or reading The Adjustment 

IMG_3655.JPG6. A book in your TBR pile that you just aren’t excited to read

Honestly Truthwitch by Susan Dennard. I don’t know why i don’t want to read this book, because it sounds good, but I just don’t want to read it. I want to read every other magical book on my shelf but not this one.

7. A book on your TBR that you haven’t read because it’s enormous?

Besides the Game of Thrones books?  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I want to read this book, apparently this series is great, but I just can’t get around to it. It’s too intimidating of a series because they’re all bigger books.

8. A Book on your TBR that you bought because of the cover

All of them. Isn’t that how you buy your books?

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National Novel Writing Month 2017 Results

Today I wanted to take a look back to November and talk about how National Novel Writing Month went for me and how my results turned out. This will be a short post, because I really don’t have a lot to say about it, but I feel like it’s something that needs to be addressed.

In total I wrote 32,143 words in November and I am insanely proud of that, even if I officially lost NaNoWriMo. I feel like I won overall, though. A lot happened in November, I took on more hours at work, and my boyfriend decided to buy a house so with all of that piled on top of just my “normal” life I don’t think I could have asked myself to do much more.

Although my goal was to write the 50,000 words the real goal was to get me excited about writing again, and I have to say that I accomplished that. Writing was something that I Was big into during high school and when I went to college it was something that I had to put down, even if it was a great coping strategy. I was doing way to much to have time to sit down and read so it just wasn’t going to happen. In that way I did win and that’s what I’m focusing on and what I’m very happy with.

The other thing that I want to note was that I went into NaNoWriMo as a pantser and without any plan, which was something I did not want to do at all. I liked the story that I spent time with but it isn’t something that I’m going to be continuing because I just don’t like it that much. For what it came from I am very proud of it, but it’s still not a story that I’m going to continue to work on.

How did your NaNoWriMo go? Let me know down below!

See you soon,

Amanda Ann

November Wrap Up

I felt so good about this month, until I looked at it really and found that most everything was an audiobook that I got from the Library.

Thanks to my mom I found out that my local Library actually loans out audiobooks that you can download onto your phone and can listen to. Since discovering this I found that I don’t listen to the radio as much anymore, and my reading has been really good this month! I’m hoping that December is fewer audio books and luckily I’m no longer going to have NaNoWriMo to do so that’s helpful.

So what did I read this month?

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How My TBR Works

So recently I’ve been watching a lot of videos about how people organize and prioritize their TBR, so I wanted to share how mine works.

To start with when I buy a book it just gets thrown onto my TBR shelf, which has very little organization and it sort of a mess. I really need to come up with some sort of organization for this shelf, but that’s all of my shelves. (I really need to find an organization system, but that will probably happen when I move out.)

Each month I make a TBR in my Bullet Journal, and that’s when I look at my TBR shelf and just sort of decide what I want to read that month. So I’ll pick out the books that I want to read, based on what’s going on and what I know I will want to read, and add that to my Monthly TBR. Those books then get taken off the shelf and they’re placed somewhere around my house.

This pile honestly moves around the house. Sometimes it’s on the coffee table because I just took pictures of it, or it’s on my laundry basket, or it’s on my dresser among a lot of other paperwork that I constantly need to file away or deal with. This pile really is my goal that I want to read during the month, but if I don’t get it done I try my best not to beat myself up about it.

So what happens if I can’t finish a book on my TBR? Honestly, since it isn’t a constantly running TBR I just put it back on the shelf until I want to read it. I don’t want to force myself to read a book, and being able to take it month by month makes me still engaged and want to read.

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