#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge Wrap-up

This month I’ve been participating in the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve really appreciated the nudge to get back out to my library! 

This month I didn’t read as many library books as I usually do since I started to read some ARCs. But I did get in five–two physical and three ebooks. But here’s how much money I saved from checking out books instead of buying them! (Prices according to Amazon.)

Ready Player One – $7.58
Born of Deception – $14.21
Ruin and Rising – $12.25
A Cold Legacy – $13.59
Dangerous – $9.99

Total Savings: $57.62

I feel pretty good about that! I encourage everyone to use local libraries! They’re such a great resource. They have all kinds of events and such happening all the time and, of course, a ton of books and movies for people to check out.

April Wrap-Up/May TBR

Here’s a look at my April TBR. I only got to three of them so…that’s a little embarrassing. I think I just didn’t really set realistic goals for myself. This month I think I’ll do better.

TBRs I ended up reading:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Review
Born of Deception by Teri Brown – Review Coming
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Review

ARCs that I read:
Neverland by Shari Arnold – Review
The Miracle Girl by Andrew Roe – Review
The Happy Hour Choir by Sally Kilpatrick – Review
The Alchemist’s Daughter by Mary Lawrence – Review
Material Girls by Elaine Dimopoulos – Review

Other books read:
A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd – Review
Dangerous by Shannon Hale – Review Coming
Hit by Delilah S Dawson – Review Coming

So total I did end up reading 10 books like I planned just not the ones I had necessarily planned on. Other things I did in April, I did the #ReadingMyLibrary Challenge which was a ton of fun. I’ll be posting a wrap-up of that this weekend, I started doing Top Ten Tuesdays, and I started volunteering at my local library. Fun stuff!

May TBR:

A School For Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin
From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
They Call Me Alexandra Gastone by T.A. Maclagan
Spelled by Betsy Schow
Boywatching by Chloe Bennet

Other Books
My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

In addition, I hope to pull three titles from my TBR jar. This is a total of 14 books. Last month I was really busy so I think I should be able to make this goal this month. We’ll see. Wish me luck!

What’s on your TBR for May? Do we have any in common?

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge: Week Four Update

I know I’m late, okay??? Like I said in my last post, I’ve been so unbelievably busy. Seriously. It’s been crazy. This is the second to last update in this challenge and I must say that I’ve really enjoyed it!

I finished reading the ebook that I checked out, Dangerous by Shannon Hale, and hope to post a review soon. I started reading Born of Deception by Teri Brown which I physically checked out from the Orem Public Library. I’m probably around 2/3 of the way through it and I’ll be reviewing that when I’m done too. I’ve got a bunch of other books checked out waiting for me on my Kindle, but I’m just not sure that I’ll get to them before they’re due (dang ARCs getting in the way!)

This week we’ve been asked to share how often you visit the library.

My answer: Not often enough. I get on Overdrive fairly often (the electronic platform that my libraries use for ebooks) but I don’t get around to going to the real library as often as I’d like to. However, I do see that changing (especially this summer) since I re-realized how many books libraries have just chilling on their shelves that I want to read but aren’t available through Overdrive. Hopefully this can be a once-a-week thing.

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Happy reading!

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge: Week Three Update (plus, Scavenger Hunt!)

This week I finished one electronic library book (Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, see my review for The Grisha Trilogy HERE). I’m also about a third of the way through another electronic library book, Dangerous by Shannon Hale

So…that’s not great but it’s better than nothing.

The prompt for this week is to talk about why you love libraries or why you love being a librarian.

I wish I were a librarian. I love libraries because they’ve always felt like a safe place to me. You walk in and it’s quiet and there are just books EVERYWHERE. There’s really nothing like it. The fact that libraries continue to be free boggles my mind. For the last couple of years, I’ve been almost exclusively getting my books from Overdrive (an online library connected to your local library). When I went to the Provo Library today for the scavenger hunt, I realized how many books were just sitting on the shelves that are also sitting on my Amazon wishlist because Overdrive didn’t have it. I need to get back to using the physical library. Seriously. SO MANY BOOKS.

Okay, so the scavenger hunt…I’m just going to have links to my Instagram instead of actually posting the pictures. Sorry, too lazy to double post. My husband and I stopped by the wonderful Provo Library to take some pictures for the scavenger hunt…and to pay my 20 cent fine…whoops!

1) Library card
2) An audio book (shout out to my husband the hand model)
3) A DVD
4) A large print book (bonus points if you can tell what the book is)
5) Event calendar
6) Flyer for an upcoming event
7) A fun display “Grab & Go Spring Break Bundles”
8) 800 Non-Fiction
9) A set of encyclopedias
10) Magazine(s)
11) A graphic novel

And then for the fun round we decided to limit ourselves to just the Young Adult/Teen section so that’s why we didn’t get some pretty easy ones on the list. Here’s the picture.

What we did get:
Girl in a dress on the cover – The Elite by Kiera Cass
Green – Following Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
Number in the title – 1001 Cranes by Naomi Hirahara
Picture of someplace you’d like to visit – Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (My husband chose this one.)
More than eight words in the title – How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer (It had exactly eight, but I counted it. Also, I love this book.)
One word title – Nothing by Janne Teller (My husband picked this one too. He liked that the title for the one word book was “Nothing”. I have to admit, pretty clever.)
About libraries or the word library in the title – The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (She works at a library for part of the book so I counted it).

For the record, the library had TWO authors with last names starting with “U” in the YA section which makes it virtually impossible to find a book written by an author with my same initials (AU). I was not pleased by their selection.

Anyway, I will leave you all with a nice quote to warm your bellies.

USED - d2243857073829e99f166f2c2c9a795dFollowing this train of thought, I would just add that libraries act as portals to anywhere you’d like to go.

Weekend Plans: 4/17-19

Hello everyone! No review tonight…sorry! I’m currently reading two books at once but maybe I’ll be able to finish them both this weekend? We’ll see. Perhaps wishful thinking. So instead of a review I thought I’d let you guys know what my bookish plans are for the weekend.

1) Volunteering. I start volunteering at one of my local libraries tomorrow and am SUPER excited! I’ve always wanted to work in a library and now I get to! Dreams really do come true people.

2) #ReadingMyLibrary Scavenger Hunt. See rules HERE. I LOVE scavenger hunts. Seriously. Another one of my dreams (besides the working at a library one) is to be on the Amazing Race which, really, is just a worldwide scavenger hunt. That’s how much I love scavenger hunts. I’ll be dragging my husband along with me (he’s a really good sport) to the Provo Library and we’ll try to check off as many things from the list as possible!

3) Make a TBR Jar. I know a lot of book bloggers/readers in general have one of these. I think it’s genius! It’s a fun way to get through books that have been sitting on your shelf for AGES. Also, they look really cool and would probably work as a fun conversation starter. I finally was inspired to make one of my own by booksarebetter23 @My Life in Books. Click on that link if you want to see the cutest TBR Jar ever. Seriously, cute little origami stars? So fun.

4) Book shopping. I still have $30 in cash left over for my birthday so I’m hoping to be able to hit up a few local second hand/thrift shops. So you might expect another haul coming your way. Am I the only one obsessed with book hauls? I love seeing all the books you guys buy! Though it makes me want to buy more books so…maybe it’s an unhealthy habit? I don’t even care!

Okay, I think that’ll be a pretty full weekend…maybe I won’t have time to read very much after all! I’ll leave you, my lovely readers, with this quote:

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Have a good weekend everyone! Do you have any bookish plans?

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge: Week Two Update

Quick update on books, I’ve read one physical book that I checked out from the library (Ready Player One) and am in the process of reading a digital book that I checked out (Ruin and Rising). As I said in my April TBR Checkpoint, things are a little slow as I’m trying to get through some ARCs as well (and I’m moving this weekend) but I’m anticipating a good reading week next week.

This week’s challenge topic is:

Books you would like to suggest to your library.

I’m not completely sure how to answer this one…I think libraries in general tend to be stocked pretty well. The only issue I have, I guess, is with the digital library (Overdrive). I have accounts with three different libraries on Overdrive: KCLS, Provo Library, and BYU. Provo and BYU both have a pretty pitiful showing online, but KCLS (King County Library System) rocks. They’re pretty good at getting the newer, popular books on there and the hold times aren’t usually too bad. I guess if I were to suggest some books to my library it would be all the books on my TBR that aren’t already online–but nothing specific.

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge: Week One Update

I haven’t gotten very far in the books that I checked out…shame shame, I know. But I’ll get to them! I just have to get through an ARC first and then I’m good to go.

This week’s challenge topic is:

Tell us a little about your library (include a picture if you can!).

In my sign-up post I already showed pictures of my current local libraries, so I thought I’d talk about the library that really started it all for me: The Kenmore, WA library.

Now, at the end of my senior year of high school they finished constructing the shiny, NEW Kenmore Library, but the one that I grew up going to was anything but glamorous. It was a portable. Literally. You know those portable classrooms that they stick in high school parking lots to make room for more classes? That’s exactly what the library was! It smelled the same and it was very small, but it was one of my favorite places to go as a kid. I can still recall the smell…not anything bad, but kind of musty and old. It just smells like my library. Here’s a picture of the building from Google Maps taken August 2011 (just two months after the new library was completed). It’s hard to see with all the trees, but I think you can kind of get the idea of what it was. The black garbage sack in front is actually covering the old King County Library System sign.


Man, I loved that library. The librarians knew me and my siblings by name and they always asked for our library card number when we were checking out because they knew we had it memorized. If I went in alone they always asked how my family was doing. I dreamed of working there in high school, but because it was such a small library, there were never any openings. This is where I fell in love with reading, books, and libraries.

I think I’ve only been to the new library two or three times (I left soon after it was completed for college), but it’s beautiful. There are a ton of windows and the whole space is open and bright. There’s a parking garage now to accommodate more patrons. It looks modern and new and is easily five times the size of the old library.


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Libraries have always been and always will be safe places for me. I cannot imagine living somewhere without a local library. Unfortunately, I think a lot of local libraries are suffering from a lack of funding. Now, I’m definitely not asking anyone to go out and donate money, but what I am asking is for people to find your local library. Get yourself a library card. Get your kids library cards. Check out some books, or movies, or CDs. ANYTHING. Just use your local library.

(Pictures of the new library were all taken by Lara Swimmer and can be found here)

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge!

rmlc-komikaStefani @Caught Read Handed and Amy @Read What I Like have issued us book bloggers a challenge to stop buying books (for the month at least) and use our local libraries instead! I actually sat in a meeting today at work where we talked about how our library on campus is not being used the way that it used to be. In order to get more people into our library, our campus has invested in at least one 3-D printer (which I hear is WAY cool) and will soon be offering computer classes. I love libraries, so it’s sad to think that a lot of people don’t know all of the cool resources that a library can provide other than books. I bet if you look up your local library right now, you’ll be surprised what cool events and programs are going on!

The rules of the challenge are pretty straightforward and you only have to read one book from your library to participate (luckily I’ve already checked out two). So get out there, book bloggers, and promote your local libraries!

Shout out to my local libraries…

Orem Public Library


Harold B Lee Library (BYU Campus)


and last but not least, Provo Library at Academy Square