21 Days of Comics….

Looking at my goodreads 2017 ratio

47 books total

4 novels- does not bother me because novels are hard for me to finish

32 picture books- like wow

11 comics- usually my picture book and comics  reading are neck and neck.

It just shows I have not been reading comics enough this year which is a problem. So I decided to do something that has been on my mind to do for a while. I am going to do a reading of 21 comics in 21 days to get myself back into comics.

Dates 4/15/17-5/6/17 (it is ending on Free Comic Book Day)

So I purged/finished some comics in time to get even more comics

Rules

  • Physical copies- so there is a physical checklist of finishing/letting go of
  • Like > Testing- gonna try to focus more on comics I know/think I will like. So no comics that I own that I have a huge feeling I will not like but want to read to get rid of.
  • 21 Comics in 21 Days- I have not decided if I want to exclude volumes or not since I more than likely will only get single issues at free comic book day. If I count volumes then I have to think about if volumes count towards just 1 of 21 or more since they are multi-issues.
  • Challenges are not concrete- so I can complete 1, 2, or none if it comes down to it. More than anything it is about having fun. Also, I might add more challenges if I think of something cool.

Challenges

  • Finish an entire series
  • Pick a few from TBR Jar
  • Get up to date on a series

I learned my lesson from my last (challenge? readathon? I don’t know) thingy Before You Buy More Books. I am not going to do a concrete TBR but I do have some books I want to read in mind. Since it is starting today and I have not read a single comic yet… I will get started on reading my first comic.

Before You Buy More Books Checklist

After buying a bunch of books I decided I wanted to read City of Bones. I mean I really wanted to get this book on a whole different level.  I know part of it is that I watch the show now which I strangely like. Anyway,  I decided to use this want to power bringing down my TBR.   In creating this checklist I did not want to have a number of books or time to wait before getting new books.

My three main goals are:

  1. Get up to date with comics my brother has read.
  2. Empty Shelves
  3. Purge, Declutter, and Organize books

Get up to date with comics my brother has read

My brother has read more comics than I have in result of them being pretty much his only source of reading at school. Also, he just reads comics faster than I do. I think that catching up with my brother is a more fun than saying I will read x amount of comics. My reward for reading each comic is having someone to talk about these comics with.

  • Black Dynamite #3
  • Concrete Park vol. 1
  • Black Panther #1
  • Saga vol. 1
  • Fight Like A Girl vol. 1
  • Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #1
  • Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #2
  • All New X Factor #1
  • Sensation She-Hulk #1
  • Sensation She-Hulk #2
  • Duck Tales #1
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast #13
  • Futurama #16
  • Thing She-Hulk-The Longest Night #1
  • Rose & Thorn #1
  • Rose & Thorn #2
  • Rogue #1
  • Ororo #2
  • Ororo #3
  • Ororo #4
  • Avengers-The Enemy Within #1
  • Storm + Gambit (one shot)
  • Storm #1
  • Storm #2
  • Storm #3
  • Storm#4

Empty Shelves

1) Goodreads Currently Reading

A. Finish 1 book

B. Get to 50% on all books

2) Book Apps

Read/Purge 5 books from each

  1. Kindle
  2. Nook
  3. Kobo
  4. Comixology
  5. DC
  6. Marvel
  7. Google play
  8. Darkhorse
  9. Marvel unlimited

3) Read picture books

On one hand I want to purge until there is none so I can have space for other books on my shelf. On the other hand I have only a small amount of picture books. Either way I am going to come out of this bringing down my TBR.

2014 Historical Fiction Challenge

In result of my trying to read every book I own (excluding 80 left overs) I am joining the 2014 Historical Fiction Challenge.

I am going to be forthright, I have not been into historical fiction lately for many reasons( that I have already ranted about a lot this year and honestly you will probably hear me rant about in 2014.) Of the 9 historical fiction I read this year I do not know if I can fully endorse any of them. I hope that this year my return to reading more historical fiction will be an excellent return.

I am going to try to do the Renaissance Reader- 10 books level

30 Book Challenge After Thoughts

I really got to evaluate my reading habits. I believe with more understanding of my reading habits there will be less frustration in my reading.

My Reading Phases

  • Updating the Queue: I read books that I have started but have not finished in small or big chunks.
  • Purging : I reach a large amount of books that are okay/not good. I dump liberally.
  • Layering: I start a bunch of books.

*These phases are prone to overlap

Stressing Yourself Out Reading/Quantity vs Quality

I feel that when you unconsciously read without all the qualifies it makes you actually read more than when you say for example try to read 160 pages a day. I dabbled in reading 160 pages a day to reach my goal of reading the last 7 books to reach 30 books. I was okay for the first day but after that I could see why it could get really old fast. I noticed that in my first week and half when I read unconsciously I read 1000+ pages. Readers now are so obsessive on how many pages, books, and such they are reading. We are unconsciously syching/stressing ourselves out. It got to me when I saw a video of that person talking about how she was embarrassed that she only finished 2 books in a month and is currently reading 9 books. Reading 9 books is every week for me. I read 40+ books in this 30 day challenge. I guess it made me think why should I be embarrassed for how I read? Why should I be embarrassed that I started 44 books? Don’t be embarrassed about your reading style. I was so against the people who read 400 books in year at first. I thought that is not possible to comprehend that many books. Now, I know that I can read 400 books if I wanted to.  The question is do I need to knowing me as a reader?  If my reading is all about saying I read x amount of books it begs the question: Who am I reading for? Am I reading to say that I read x amount of books to show off?  Pause. I am not getting on people who do number challenges in a way that does not harm them. I am getting on people who like me do number challenges and they stress you out. Yes, you get yourself together. Unpause.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izvfhRSh8Ww sums up my overall opinion on the subject

Being apart of this challenge reminded me of the good and bad of numbered challenges. I see so many people who don’t read big books or because  “I can finish x amount of books in the amount of time it takes to read this one book.” I feel that quantity over quality is taking over. People who read fast or a large amount of books a year this is not for you. I want to talk about this quantity over quality attitude that is stressing people out. What it all comes down to me is people trying to read outside their means. Support your reading style. Experiment and learn what works for you.

I can understand wanting to read as many books as possible in the shortest amount of time. I want to make progress too. I don’t want to just put things down and flutter to the next thing like a butterfly.  But I cannot force myself to finish/dump books.  I did not want to flow back into my 100 book challenge habits. I did not want to go into forcing myself to finish books just to say I finished books. I have to read how I read.

Ultimately, I get annoyed when I see all these barriers that readers put up that stop us from reading.

End Rant

I took a look at my post from way back when of January on why I hate numbered challenges: https://themollyweather.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=405&action=edit

I wanted to look my post to see how my experience now compares to my experience and opinion back then. In addition, I wanted to list the things I got from this challenge.

  • Almost 30 books off  my books left to read list: a combination of dnfing and finishing.
  • I do not fall into the trap of finishing books I do not like  because they are short. I did finish some books that I did not like but that is entire other reading issue I need to deal with.
  • I got back into A Clash of Kings
  • Everything did not take a backseat to me reading.
  • I did not cut corners
  • I let go of reading x amount of books in a month
  • I was excited to read throughout the challenge. It did not feel like a chore. I am not going to act like I did not stress myself out  a few times during the challenge though.

I am happy that it is over. In the last couple of days I was ready for it to be over so I could read without feeling constricted. If you have done the 30 days book challenge how was your progress? How was your overall experience with the challenge?

30 Day Book Challenge Conclusion

The Final List

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude- classic, magic realism Dumped
  2. The Observations- historical fiction, mystery, gothic Finished
  3. Misfortune- historical fiction David Copperfield Finished
  4. Scandalous Countess- historical fiction, 18th century A Clash of Kings
  5. Nine Princes In Amber-sf, fantasy Dumped
  6. The Vampire Lestat- paranormal Shanghai Girls
  7. Louisa May Alcott and the Missing Heiress- mystery, historical fiction
  8. Ginger Star- fantasy, sf The Stand
  9. Girl Interrupted-nonfiction Finished
  10. Orphans of the Sky- sf Dumped
  11. Phoenix Rising – sf,fantasy, mystery, steam punk
  12. A Day No Pigs Will Die- ya, historical fiction, classic  Dumped
  13. Cabin Fever- humor, middle grade Finished
  14. Tess of D’ubervilles- classic Finished
  15. No Safety In Numbers Dumped
  16. Little Women and Werewolves Dumped
  17. The Winter Queen- hf
  18. Between Two Queens- hf Dumped
  19. Savages
  20. Missing Abby Dumped
  21. The Diamond Age Jasmine Nights
  22. The Mirror of Her Dreams Dumped
  23. The Snow Queen Sins of the Flesh
  24. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Ivanhoe
  25. Tempted All Night Dumped
  26. Heresy Dumped
  27. Graveminder Dumped
  28. Schrodinger Cat Dumped
  29. She’s Got The Look Dumped
  30. Little Women Werewolves Dumped
  31. Indigara Dumped
  32. The Lake
  33. Ride the River Dumped
  34. The Catcher In  the Rye

The Phantom BathtubDumped I realized that I read another book by the author that I did not like.

The Green Hills of Earth Dumped I did not like Orphans of the Sky which is by the same author as this book.

Stephen Donaldson other book Dumped  I did not like mirror of her dreams and Thomas Covenant

The Illimantus Ring Dumped I did not like Shrodinger Cat

Previews

  • The Summer Country
  • Secondhand Spirits
  • Deeper Than Dead
  • Sweet Silver Blues
  • The Inn at Eagle Point
  • Tithe
  • Tempt Me with Darkness
  • The New Kid
  • Crimson City
  • Merely Magic

The Tally

Finished: 5

Dumped: 24

Started: 44

Previews: 10

I will be putting up a post going more in-depth about the entire experience of doing the book challenge. Basically, I was going into a big rant that felt like it would not fit here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBCw4_XgouA This goes for the entire challenge but it really came into my mind while being close to finishing David Copperfield.

A couple of things I said to my future self:

  • Don’t Be afraid to dump books.  I was not at 24 books.
  • Don’t be afraid to put books down until later. I actually have not put any books down exactly. I think that I will stick to my list until all the books are finished or dumped.
  • So this is a win for you either you can finish, dump, or make progress in a bunch of books. Reached the 29 books in this combination.
  • Do not be afraid to take a day off. Taking a day off did not happen but I was familiar with taking the time to watch shows instead of reading all day.
  • Do not force yourself or feel that you need to finish books. (Remember the 100 book challenges) You are not going to read 30 books in 30 days because you do not usually read 30 books in a month. Also, you dump about 30 books in a month. So do not stress yourself because you will not obtain this goal. I will probably read 7-8 books at the end of the challenge because for every 1 book I finish I dump 4. pretty much.
  • Please, do not spend all day reading! Take a break play The Sims and watch your Asian shows. I did some of this. I need to find some really good Asian shows to marathon. So I cannot fall back on I have nothing to watch excuse.

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30 Day Challenge: Days 14-20

2queens I do not believe that there is anything here for me.  Dumped

Both: stand savageGood so far. I cannot wait until all the stuff hits the fan. That is kind of my issue with most of the books on my currently reading list.  I have to read through all this stuff to get to the action. I want that feeling of flipping pages to see what happens next. I want action and intrigue right now.

The Stand: I can see why people will not be into this book. It has so many characters that get backstories then die. I actually like that.

tanI did not feel anything. Dumped

btsMy feelings for this book is lukewarm. I on one hand think the book is kind of funny. While on the other hand the book gives me that feeling of dumping. I feel that the story is something that I would not be into. It is unique and is kind of funny.  I just do not want to set myself up to continue with a book that I have this feeling with again.  I will put this book down until later. I want to give it a chance. Also, I think that I need action book right now.

to Finished even thought I should have dumped it.

Graveminder- No character investment and is not interesting so far. Dumped

The Shrodingers Cat Trilogy- really wonky writing. I believe this is satire. I think that I do not like satire. Dumped

She’s Got The Look- I felt that the story was going to be stereotypical. I was asking questions and thinking of stuff that could have made the story better in the first few chapters. Dumped

copperfield-01( Chapter 40/64) I am hoping to finish for July 15 when it ends in my book club. It is good so far. I am annoyed with a couple of characters though.

Update On List

  1. One Hundred Years of Solitude- classic, magic realism Dumped
  2. The Observations- historical fiction, mystery, gothic Finished
  3. Misfortune- historical fiction
  4. Scandalous Countess- historical fiction, 18th century
  5. Nine Princes In Amber-sf, fantasy
  6. The Vampire Lestat- paranormal
  7. Louisa May Alcott and the Missing Heiress- mystery, historical fiction
  8. Ginger Star- fantasy, sf
  9. Girl Interrupted-nonfiction Finished
  10. Orphans of the Sky- sf Dumped
  11. Phoenix Rising – sf,fantasy, mystery, steam punk
  12. A Day No Pigs Will Die- ya, historical fiction, classic  Dumped
  13. Cabin Fever- humor, middle grade Finished
  14. Tess of D’ubervilles- classic
  15. No Safety In Numbers Dumped
  16. Little Women and Werewolves Dumped
  17. The Winter Queen- hf
  18. Between Two Queens- hf Dumped
  19. All Together Dead- pnr
  20. Savages
  21. Missing Abby Dumped
  22. The Diamond Age
  23. The Mirror of Her Dreams Dumped
  24. The Snow Queen
  25. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
  26. Tempted All Night Dumped
  27. Graveminder Dumped
  28. The Illuminatus Trilogy Dumped
  29. Schrodinger’s Cat Trilogy Dumped

30 Days of Reading:Days 7-13

 Update On List

  1. David Copperfield- classic
  2. One Hundred Years of Solitude- classic, magic realism Dumped
  3. The Observations- historical fiction, mystery, gothic
  4. Misfortune- historical fiction
  5. Scandalous Countess- historical fiction, 18th century
  6. Nine Princes In Amber-sf, fantasy
  7. The Vampire Lestat- paranormal
  8. Louisa May Alcott and the Missing Heiress- mystery, historical fiction
  9. Ginger Star- fantasy, sf
  10. Girl Interrupted-nonfiction Finished
  11. Orphans of the Sky- sf Dumped
  12. Phoenix Rising – sf,fantasy, mystery, steam punk
  13. A Day No Pigs Will Die- ya, historical fiction, classic  Dumped
  14. Cabin Fever- humor, middle grade Finished
  15. Tess of D’ubervilles- classic
  16. No Safety In Numbers Dumped
  17. Little Women and Werewolves Dumped
  18. The Winter Queen- hf
  19. Between Two Queens- hf
  20. All Together Dead- pnr
  21. Savages
  22. Missing Abby Dumped
  23. The Diamond Age
  24. The Mirror of Her Dreams Dumped
  25. The Snow Queen
  26. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

June 23-29

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 I am past 50% and this is not going well for me. I have a problem with books that show little snippets or big irregular moments of interesting stuff. I delude myself into thinking a book  is laying foundation for it to get really epic. Then, I reach close to half-way in a book to realize this book is not going to go anywhere. I feel that it is meandering around and it could have been way shorter. What made me really be done with this book besides losing interest is finishing my review for Before I Go to Sleep. There is nothing like reminiscing about a good book to make me realize, wow this current  book being read is lame. I see the author is trying to make it funny and feel for the main character but I just frankly… do not care. This book is straddling the fence of boring . I am going to finish this book next week but prepare to see a very negative review.

2queens

I  do not care for the main character and actively want her to fail. She is one of those stuck-up spunky heroines that are in every facet of literature. I actually was more interested in her sister as a character. The main character has potential to grow and fall which I am waiting for.  I will be waiting for that fall with a smile on my face. She is already set herself up on certain things to fall. I can say that historically in my opinion ( I am not a expert in the Tudor history) that it seems to stand true. What I mean is that the Kate Emerson is not afraid to just let characters be themselves. The characters do the things they did during the historical time period even if it is distasteful. I find most of the characters actions stupid to be blunt. I was looking for a romance angle honestly. Between Two Queens does not seem to be that so far.

ivanhoe Let me list a couple of the things I like

1. stuck up classic people

2. stuck up classic people getting their come uponce.

3. Learning about a time period

4. That I want to know more about the time period

5. Characters

6. Poems at the beginning of the chapters

I started this book last year doing a little bit of my Les Miserable fiasco stuff, not really listening to the audiobook. I felt a urge recently to start it over and read it. I am happy that I started it over and took the time to listen to it. The weird thing to realize what I thought the book was actually about after finally really listening/reading it. It is totally different from what I thought it was about.

winter qA few of my favorite things about this book:

1. fast pace mystery

 2. historical fiction

3. set in Russia

miror The more I get into this world the less I am interested. The writing is weird and confusing. I experienced this also with Lord Foul’s Bane which made me dump those books. I felt like I did not give the author enough of a chance which lead me to this book. Now I can finally let myself give up on Stephen Donaldson without any regrets.  Dumped

copperfield-01 So it turns out that I need to finish this book by July 15 not Jully 31.  Like 1. new and reaccuring characters 2. characters with flaws 3. progression

tod Still not depressed. I do not have a lot to say other than it is okay right now.

stand has already introduced 25+ characters in six chapters. I know that this is 1,414 page in the uncut version so I should not be reading this book right now. I know I  cannot possibly finish this in 18 days. My only explanation is I felt like reading it.  So far it is good  and stuff is happening. I heard that this is a lot of peoples favorite book by Stephen King. I have only read Carrie, Cujo, and little bits of some of his other books.

Discussion

  • This week a couple of people told me a couple of things: I do not like a lot of books because I read a bunch of books at one time, I will not remember all the books I’m reading, and  overall insinuating I should read one book at a time. My initial reaction is bafflement not anger just bafflement every time someone comments on how many books I read. The more I thought about I did get angry. Then I come out the end of this week  not angry anymore thinking that there are so many reading habits that I do that are more harmful than reading more than one book at a time. Not excusing reading multiple books as perfect, it does have its faults. So I will do a post in itself because there are so many. If people are going to point out my bad reading habits who else better than me to point them out.
  • One major thing that I deal with reading so many books at a time is finishing. I do not want to slip back into the way I was during the other number challenges. Nonetheless, I want to finish/dump books. I want to make more progress with my books left to read. I have to keep telling my self just read. The best way to cure my book worries is to pick up a bunch of books basically reading how I normally read.