Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Hello reader!
So, I have spent a lot of this year buying make up (as well as a lot of other things - books, steam games and candles being my particular weakness) and while books never go bad and candles I use pretty regularly (I like to use them when I study, it's like when there's a scent I am 'studying' but afterwards I can blow out the candle- and also just to make the place smell and look inviting) and steam games can sit on my account forever, but make up will go bad, that's just the reality of the product. So I have decided to take a close look and see what I want to keep and what I want to not waste my time with, so I went through my make up collection (yes, it's a collection at this point) and got rid of some things.

Firstly I threw away anything that looked like it was going bad or something that nobody I know would want (half used lip glosses and the like). I got rid of about 9 lip products this way, 4 old glosses that I think I got cheap at H&M, 2 baby lips that go bad the beginning of January, 2 EOS balms and smelt a bit off  and one failed lip crayon experiment I tried.

Then I went through my eye palettes, which is where I have the most stuff and picked out two that I never use, both my BH ones that I have literally NEVER used (which is pretty shameful) I wanted the colour selection, but then I realized that I don't really use colours. My one from IMATS is on the chopping block too seeing as I bought it more than a year ago and I also think I haven't used it once. I gave both palettes away to my friend, who was super happy to get them.

I went to my blushes and bronzers, I don't really bronze and blush is a new invention for me (I have pale skin so it took a bit of skill on my part to make myself not look clownish while still having on blush that was somewhat noticable), I don't really have anything to get rid of here since it's pretty small.

Then I went to my foundations, I usually only have 1 but I had 3, one from Mac that was the wrong shade (gave it away to my friend who can actually use it) and my 110 maybelline which I like for the colour but the lasting is only okay, and the Naked Skin which I am so in love with and have been using everyday- but still I don't want to get rid of my old faithful seeing as I just went through a bottle not too long ago.

Because I have cleaned up a bit of my makeup that leaves me more able to use the things I love while still having a LOT of different things to try out. That's not to say I am not going to be buying make up in the future (because I totally am) but I am thinking of trying the Low Buy Till Spring (where I want to pick up the tartelette palette - we will see how it goes)! So that's my little tale of trying to be more conscious of what I am buying and cleaning out the old and in some cases giving my friends some things to try! :D

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mini Update on the Pallette Challenge!

Hey readers!
So, I have a mini update to tell you about, and that is I have moved all my palettes! This was a great idea because now that I can see everything I actually know what I have and it is way easier to grab for something when you can see it, like today I did a look using my new Boudoir eye and I used Fuzzy handcuffs (as the base) which is a tan colour and satin sheets to make the middle of the eyelid pop (it's a gold/pink colour) however the pink wasn't showing through very strong so reached for my least used palette - my Glinda palette and pulled the pink out and completed the look! So just a tip (although I am sure you guys do this) if you want to play with you make up more have it easily accessible where you can see everything!  Also, I have been loving the pink/brown look lately, though I think I am going to try to do something really bold and colourful that might actually take a decent picture! :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

20 palette challenge

Hey! So firstly, do you like how my title of my self-given challenge rhythms (almost)?

 So I just ordered the new Vice 3 & Naked Basic 2 for my birthday, which brings my total palettes (counting the wet and wild trios and 8 pans) to 20 palettes! Which is a lot actually, more than I realized. There are still a couple I really want to try, mainly Naked (1) and Too Faced palettes, but my collection is pretty complete, it includes Lorac Pro Palette (before Lorac disappeared from Sephora in Canada), the Ariel palette, Naked 2 &3, the galaxy palette, Vice 2 and a couple more, although those are my main palettes.

 My point isn't to brag here or anything, it's to point out I have a lot of great palettes that I am not using very often. So I decided to try to challenge myself to use a different palette each day until I use them all (so twenty days). Also, as a sub-challenge I want to do more colourful eye looks as I tend to go for bronze/neutral/gold eye looks and that's not really working the versatility of my palettes!

While I don't do makeup everyday, because it's time consuming and sometimes I rather the sleep, I would like to issue this make up challenge to myself to the different twenty palettes each day I do make up and try to have at least half of the looks I do incorporate colours. So that's the challenge, I noticed people doing the different lipstick everyday challenge, so I cannot attest to being unique in this challenge, just that I have a lot of palettes and wanted to create some new looks!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Things I am loving for the fall.

Things I am loving for this fall!

I am loving new boots for the fall, especially boots that can wear through the elements. My favorite at the moment are the two new boots I got off to Justfab and my rubber boots I got a couple years ago for Christmas that outside of replacing the soles are getting along just fine.

My new boots:

My rubber boots which are not longer on Walmart site (which is where they originally came from) but they are pretty classic black boots with white polka spots.

Other things I am loving for fall is cute backpacks, especially leather or professional looking backpacks.  I have been using my same backpack for a while and it is looking a little rundown and I want to replace it with something not to expensive but still fit all my school stuff which can fairly heavy.

Another thing that I am loving for early fall is dark purple nail polish. I am loving the Essie's No Film.

Finally, I am loving my new pen!

Those are the things I am loving for this fall! 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Update on Games

Hello there!
So I decided since I was buying new games to update everyone on the games I am currently playing, and those I have completely (I would go through the ones I own but haven't played but its like a list 73 games long.)

Games currently playing:
-7 Grand steps
-And Yet it Moves
- Audiosurf
-Goat Simulator
-Gone Home
-Kerbal Space Program
- Magicka
- Monster Loves You
-Mystery P.I.
-Papa and Yo
- Planets Vs. Zombies
-Rocks of the Ages
-Civ 5
- Sims 3
- Sins of a Solar Rebellions
- Spore
- Swapper
- Thomas was Alone
- The Walking Dead
- Wizard Pen
- World of Goo

Currently playing : 26

Games defeated:
-Amazing Adventures (1 and 2)
- Antichamber
- Bookworm
- The Clockworkman
- The Clockworkman and the Hidden World
- Escape from Rose Cliff Island
- Little Inferno
- Long Live the Queen
- Ocotodad
-Orcs Must Die 2
- Portal 2
- The Raven
- Scribblenauts Unlimited
- Seasons of Mystery
- Stacking
- To the Moon
- Typer Shark
- Zuma Revenge.
-Gone Home
 Beat : 21

Not too bad, I am currently either beaten or playing about 40% of my games.

Steam Summer Sale: Day 2

Hello World!
So I thought I would give you a run down of how the steam sales have been going for me. It's the end of day two so I have receive and bought a couple of new games.
First the games I have been given:
Monaco: it is a co-op game, I am not really sure much more than that, I was given it.

Castle Crashers: I have heard of this one in passing and I think people like it? Once more I got it because it was co-op and my friend wanted someone to play with.

Sherlock Holmes series: I am pretty excited for this one, ever since I had the fun of people the Raven I have been looking for games to recreate the fun that is solving a puzzle by talking to people, gathering clues, making up ideas who it could be and solving the murder! I enjoyed it and so I hope to recreate this in this series, the reviews were positive, so I am hoping I will like the games. 

The Blackwell series: Similar story, its a detective theme game solving a murder. (I think in each different episode you are a new person.)

Games I bought myself:

- The Last express: Okay, maybe I just want to be a detective, this one is about solving a murder with your detective ways. Clearly the Raven affected my gaming purchases more than I realize.

- Ghost Master: To break up this little theme, this is a game where you play as ghosts to haunt the people in the house. It was like 75 cents, and it sounds amazing.

- Space Chem - This one I am a bit unsure about, it is suppose to be a VERY difficult game basing itself on if/then logic (basically, if I pull x then y falls down). But it is just a pure puzzle, no other elements to consider (like game play, timing, etc.) so I am intrigued, it sounds challenging and fun. Mind you I also bought the most challenging Sudoku book because I figured "I like challenges" and I did like two puzzles, so we will see, it was 1.99 though, so cheaper than the Sudoku error.

-Closure: Cool little puzzle game where what you see isn't real, the real world exists in the dark, you play as a demon trying to solve puzzles in the dark. Not really sure what to expect, it was 1.49$ so it isn't that much of a risk, but it looks fun.

Total money spend so far: $8.

Games on my wishlist:

- Girls like Robots : a cute little casual puzzle game, I am hoping that it will be fun and cute and not that challenging, maybe something I can do while I listen to podcasts. Current Price : 4.86

-Assassin Creed's Freedom Cry : it's a short little, almost demo game to AC Black Flag, and it looks fun! I like the AC series so I can't see myself NOT liking this. Price : 7.49

-Contrast : Really interesting puzzle game where you can jump into and out of the shadows to complete tasks! Current price : 7.49


-Surgeon simulator: A game where you suck at surgeon and amuse yourself. 2.49

That's how my steam sale is going so far!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bout of Books Update reading

This lullaby - Sarah Dessen
-Definitely Maybe - Strugatsky
-Beauty Queens - Bray
-Cinder - Meyers
-More than this- Ness
and if I can finish all that then I would like to begin a classic.(Jane Eyre)

So far it hasn't gone great, I have finished one book, but even still I am enjoying this bout of books, as for the book I read I enjoyed it and I hope to make a video about my feeling on it soon. :)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"Spell it out" Bout of Books Challenge

The Rules
  1. Use the first letter in any book you’ve read or want to read to spell out a word. You can choose first name, initials, your birthday month, or your zodiac sign.
  2. Share your word on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads.
  3. Submit a link to your post in the linky below! You’ll get an extra FIVE entries in the Rafflecopter international giveaway for an eBook of your choice (Amazon or B&N, up to $10 USD) for participating in this challenge. You MUST be participating in Bout of Books 10.0 to be eligible to win the giveaway, but you can always post your answer in the comments just for fun if you aren’t a participant.
  4. If you tweet about this challenge, don’t forget to mention me, @kimberlyreads, and use the #boutofbooks hashtag.
Okay! So here is my book list:

(I choose to spell my own name XD!)
Black Like Me -Griffin
Relg:World - Voorst
In the Hand of the Goddess - Pierce
The Importance of Being Ernest - Wilde
The Other Boleyn Girl - Gregory
A Little Princess -Burnett
Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist -Cohn
You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl novel) - Ziegesar

I used all books that I have read, it was hard coming up with books I read that started with an I and with a Y but there you go :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This Made Me Think of That

So this is a BoutofBooks challenge about pairing different things up the rules are :

1. Choose a book and something to pair with it.
2. Share your combination and why you think the two go together on your blog, Facebook, twitter, or Goodreads.
3. Link to your posting in the comments, with your BOB 10 participant number so I can verify your registration.
4. If you tweet about this challenge (and I hope you do) make sure to mention me, @KnittingGromit, and use the hashtag #boutofbooks
The book that I am choosing is the book I am currently reading which is The Essential Marcus Aurelius - a book that the emperor of Rome musing, he was born A.D. 121. Because this is such an old book about people and philosophy it makes me think of Nietzsche & Decarte (probably two of my favorite philosophers) as well as Socrates and his death via Hemlock and reading about him in one of my philosophy classes.  So  due to all that my pairing would have to be philosophers past and (Marcus Aurelius's) future and sitting in class drinking tea. 

This pairing was pretty easy because in the text (book 1 at least) he mentions philosophy and that he once had an appetite for it but he was glad he "did not fall into the hands of some so-called wise man" or "attempt to solve logical puzzle or busy [himself] with observing the sky."

Monday, May 12, 2014

Bout of books reading goals

In this read-a-thon I would like to read :

-This lullaby - Sarah Dessen
-Definitely Maybe - Strugatsky
-Beauty Queens - Bray
-Cinder - Meyers
-More than this- Ness
and if I can finish all that then I would like to begin a classic.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Books read in April

Hello again,
So this month I did not read very many books, which surprised me as I am now done school. I started like 6 books and am currently in the middle of three.

Read in April:
-Griffin and Sabine 1-3 : These were short little books told in postcards, I enjoyed it enough while reading it.

-And then there were none (previous titled a couple of super racists things) : I love this classic Christie books! They have put me into a mystery kick as of late, I have recently picked up "Murder on the Orient Express"

-Attachments : This is a Rainbow Rowell book and since I loved her "Fangirl" I thought I would give this one a go. Overall, I liked it but I found parts of it odd. For one I found the pacing to be off, it seemed like there was so much "middle" and then the end was too quick and I felt without proper closure, but just enough to end it. I felt that the characters  were off too it seemed to me that at some points it felt like the author didn't know quite what to do with them and they sort of meandered around saying (funny) dialogue which also contributed to the weird pacing. I liked the story but I wasn't overly sold on the pacing or the characters, although the humour and realistic responses kept me reading.

Currently Reading:
-Murder on the Orient Express

So overall I did not read very much in April, but I wasn't really in the mood to read, so I didn't. Although I have been still playing with the idea of booktube I did receive a camera from my fiance- so we'll see! :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014


So another booktube related tag! One day I will get a camera and maybe actually do these tags in video form, but until then I shall fill them in on my blog, because, mostly why not? So here is one that I found that goes back to this youtuber and here is the tag!

1. What genre/s do you usually stay away from?
I usually do not read fantasy or horror. However, I am trying to broaden my reading a little so I am trying out Stephen King and I am trying a couple of fantasy's as well. I am going to try to read Eon, and the Song of Ice and Fire series, mostly because I love the show.

2. What book on your shelf are you ashamed to not have read yet?
Uhm, none really, I read my books at my own pace but I do want to get to a couple of the longer classics soon as they have been sitting there for a while!

3. What is your worst bookish habit?
Hm, I guess that I am brought in by good prices and sometimes end up getting books I otherwise would not have - like from the library, but I am trying to cut that out because even if it's like a dollar if I have no interest in reading it there isn't much of a point to get it, plus it will have to live on my bookshelves that are pretty full!

4. Have you read every review copy that you have been sent?
I've tried each one, now in saying that realize I have only ever been given 4 so it is not like there's a lot.

5. What is the most expensive book that you own?
I have a bookset of Harry Potter, mind you that wasn't just the one book. I don't think I have ever spend more than $30 on one book - wait unless you are including textbooks which in that case I think $180 for a stats textbook, not sure it was worth it.

6. Do you buy secondhand books?
Yup, from Value Village or the library.

7. What is your favorite bookstore?
 The one I go to most often would be chapters, so I am going to pick that one.

8. What is your favorite online bookstore?
the bookdepository, basically for the free shipping, Canada has expensive shipping.

9. Do you have a budget for buying books?
No, but of late I have only been buying books I find generally interesting, which so far as been one ebook in April -  I have a lot of books to read that I am interested in at home! 

10. Who do you tag?

Friday, March 28, 2014

A short list of things I would like to get

The title really explains the rest of this blog post- also I really like these post because I can come back to them again and again and decide what I really did want (AKA I have bought) or what I have forgotten about (and therefore didn't really want all that much!)


Cress: This is the next book in the Cinder series that I just started and I want to get it to continue on - however, I do so knowing that the last book does not come out for another year (winter 2015), mind you I heard they are connected to each other but not directly related? Either way, I do want this one, assuming I like Cinder. (I am too early to really tell)

Murder on the Orient Express - Christie 

Four Past Midnight: This sounds really interesting and I want to read more horror. :) 

I want a pair of proper black flats, as my died and I really need to get new ones, black flats are about a staple in shoes land (plus, I mean, black flats and skate shoes are about the only shoes I`ve worn out)

Make up:
-I would like to try YSL glossy gloss as I tried it on in the store and it was really nice - mind you this is really a ``if I ever feel like blowing money`` as opposed to ``I need this in my life this minute`` because I don`t even wear glosses all that much - although of all the glosses I have worn I did like that one the best, it didn`t do that gross sticky thing- but it did wear off super fast though.

-Make up forever setting powder:  I have the ELF ``dupe`` for this, but honestly I don`t really feel like it does that much. I want to try the real deal out, I have tried it on in stores and liked it, although it does do that odd flash photography thing that whitens your entire face which isn`t cool.

-The Body Shop Aloe Serum

-Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

- NARS - foundation (Fiji)

-Argon Oil

-Rose Oil

-Lush sea scrub, I tried it out on my hand, and it is pretty impressive! I want some :D

- As they say the best things in life are free and really want I want is to be done school. I love my classes (well, Data Analysis and Western Religious, my history class is sort of boring- but at least the teacher is interesting)but I just want to be done!

Hope you are having a nice day!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Books bought in March 2014

So I thought that I would just list the books I bought or got given to me in March, while this might be a little boring to read without pictures I think it is a handy way to list what I have got each month and maybe say a little about each book.

So, Kobo is holding a contest thingy where they ask questions and you receive coupons for answering them correctly and the grand prize is an ereader. So I have been answering the questions, (more for the coupon then the rest of it) and because of this I received a 45% off coupon and  bought Fight Club.

Next I bought "Children's Past Lives" which is a topic that interests me, I can't really tell you why, but the idea of Past Lives I find compelling, so I tend to read books about it, I have read about 8 books about this topic, which isn't too bad, but the reason I choose this one (as I do not have children with or without a past life) is it gets mentioned a lot and I would like to read a "classic" book in this small sub-genre.

My fiance gifted me "The Shining" which I am super excited to read - however, I am in the midst of finals and it is a pretty lengthy book (and apparently it is quite scary) so I am planning to pick it up after my school year is done (and I can read it in the afternoon- I'm not so brave).

Those are the books I got this month, I have a couple books that I think I am going to take out of the library (when I find the time) such as The Archived, and Smoke, although I might wait til the end of the semester when I will have time to read them and they won't sit sadly like my other current library books are doing now! So that's my books for this month!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Book Buying Ban?

Hello World!
So, I have been watching a couple of booktubers saying that they have decided to go on a book buying ban, for a couple of reasons, either to get caught up on their to be reads or finance reasons or other reasons.

I have thought about doing a book ban a couple of times but each time came to the same conclusion for myself, as long as it is in my budget and enjoy reading I will continue to buy books. However, recently I have been trying to limit myself to book that I am interested in reading. For example, I recently bought Fangirl and A Tale for the Time Being, both books I have wanted to read for a while, when they came I read (and loved) Fangirl and began (and currently on) A Tale for the Time Being. The reasons I mention this is because I think that this is how buying books should feel, I am excited because I have chosen two books I am actively interested in reading and I know the synopsis and I am enjoying it and afterwards if I loved it I am happy to own it to read it again.

So to try to encourage myself to think about the purchases before I get them, for example I was in the used book shop and I saw Hollow City for say used for $4.99 and City of Bones for $2.99 and at first I was going to buy them both- then I pause and thought, wait, I know these are popular, but am I even interested in these series? Not really. Not so much that I wanted to rush home and read them. So I put them back down- they might be awesome finds for somebody, but if I don't want to read them that much and won't be happy having them then I haven't spend my money very wisely.

Personally I find this has helped them than an actual book buying ban, lately the last 6 books I bought were books I wanted (Everyday, Mote in God's Eye, Fangirl, Tale for the Time Being, We Real Good, and Americanah) and each book I either am excited to start or have read, instead of getting a box in the mail and have no idea what books are in it (because I have forgot) I find myself happily waiting.

The reason I don't stop and completely force myself to read all the books I have collected (and I have quite a few books needed to be read) is that I don't mind reading them whenever, I mean, if I don't get to a book for another couple years or a decade that is okay with me. I know that means I run the chance of not having the same reading taste, but if it gets to the point where I am no longer interested in reading those books I can always donate them (or whatever cool thing we do in the future) or trade them or whatever in order to continue on.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March To Be Read

So, while I do have finals and papers and the like showing up in march I would really like to get some reading done. So this is what I hope to read in March (and then maybe what I will get around to in April- when I am off of school!).

I am currently reading "A Tale for the Time Being" and I am about 50 pages into that so I would like to finish that.

I would also like to finish "Surely, you are joking" by Feymann as I am about half way done with that book, although since it reads like short stories I find myself breaking it up and taking long breaks between the chapters.

I would like to continue reading Night Shift by King - this one is short stories so I am reading it whenever I am in the mood for a horror story, so far I have read about 5 stories, but none of the "really scary" ones yet.

I would like to read Cinder, and Scarlett by Meyer as Cress just came out, and they sound really quiet interesting.

Finally, if I read all of those books I would like to read Affinity by Waters as my roommate loves it and is letting me borrow it. As well as another book I am borrowing, which is the Year of the Flood, by Atwood.

I am not sure how much of that I will get through, but that is my plan. For April (when I will have free time) I think I am going to try to read some more classics, I have been really wanting to read a couple, there are a couple in which I am thinking of reading, the first one is North and South by Gaskell. I would also like to get to a Dicken's novel, I have a couple to choose from, although David Copperfield sounds the most interesting. Finally, I would like to read Dumas, I have a couple of works of his to choose from!

So there you have it, hopefully what I will be reading in the next little bit, although, I will probably not end up reading all of these, and may read others instead. Which kind of defeats the purpose of a TBR, but oh well.

Friday, February 14, 2014


Because stealing tags off of youtube is what I do apparently. This tag can be traced back to :
so check it out if you want to!

Here is the tag: (weird formatting ahead!)

Here is the tag!

1: What are you wearing? P.J.s my penguin ones I got for Christmas!
2: Ever been in love? Yup! <3
3: Ever had a terrible breakup? Yes, 0/10 would not recommend.

4: How tall are you? 5’2
5: How much do you weigh? Enough.
6: Any tattoos? No…but I am slowly becoming warmed to the idea
7: Any piercings? My ears, had my cartilage pierced but it became infected – plan to pierce it again before the end of 2014.
8: OTP? SnapeXLily is the first one that comes to mind.
9: Favorite Show? I am currently loving the Olympics, but that doesn’t really count so I am going say Doctor Who <3
10: Favorite bands? Billy Talent is my go to answer, but lately I am loving Imagine Dragons
11: Something you miss? Hm, nothing comes immediately to mind – summer?
12: Favorite song? Changes although currently I am listening to TEAM by Lorde
13: How old are you? 24
14: Zodiac sign? Scorpio!
15: Quality you look for in a partner? Intelligence and kindness
16: Favorite Quote?  “So it goes.” Is one though I have quite a few favorites
17: Favorite actor? Currently I am impressed with Michael Fassbender, and Taylor Lautner –he should be in more things.

18: Favorite color? I say pink, but I really like deep blue, like navy, so I will mention both!
19: Loud music or soft? Loud.
20: Where do you go when you're sad? My bed I guess.
21: How long does it take you to shower? 10 mins
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Depends anywhere from 20 mins -1hr
23: Ever been in a physical fight? Nope
24: Turn on? The ability to figure things out
25: Turn off?  Being rude
26: The reason I joined Youtube? n/a
27: Fears? I am not too keen on the dark or balloons.
28: Last thing that made you cry? Watching the Olympics with Alexandre Bilodeau with his brother and how his brother is such an inspiration for him.


29: Last time you said you loved someone? Either last night or this morning
30: Meaning behind your Youtube Name? I do have a youtube account, the username is just my old nickname (bbear) with my favorite number (27) put together and then I added 7’s until the username was available.
31: Last book you read? The 5th Wave
32: The book you're currently reading? The Night Shift
33: Last show you watched? Planet Earth
34: Last person you talked to? Sean
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted? I am getting married to him.
36: Favorite food? Sushi. Everyday. All day.
37: Place you want to visit? Nova Scotia, England, Hawaii.
38: Last place you were? In my room
39: Do you have a crush? Sure!
40: Last time you kissed someone? This morning!
41: Last time you were insulted? I assume you don’t mean kidding –but mean to hurt? It’s been a while; thank goodness.
42: Favourite flavour of sweet? Red.
43: What instruments do you play? I have a guitar which I like “playing” (plucking out a couple of notes) so none.
44: favourite piece of jewellery? Engagement ring.
45: Last sport you played? I don’t really play sports, I did play pool like two days ago, does that count?
46: Last song you sang? “Friends on the other side”
47: favourite chat up line? “Baby I’ll treat you like my homework — I’ll slam you on the table and do you all night long”
48:Have you ever used it? Haha! No!
49: Last time you hung out with anyone? Bowling and cake with some of my friends for Sean’s birthday!
50: Who should answer these questions next? Anyone who wants to!

Monday, January 27, 2014

"Book Clock Tag"

This is a youtube tag video from Danika Leigh Ellis  her channel is :

1) How fast do you read?
I read about 20 pages in an hour roughly.

2) How many books do you read in a year?
Last year I read around 65 but the years before that I read 45, so I am going to average it at 50.

3) How many books are on your TBR pile/list?
On my goodreads I have 587, however, I do not plan on reading all of those, a lot are just books that sounded interesting and to look more into, instead of books that I am very interested in reading. Of books that I am currently interested in reading I would put my number at ~200. Book that I intend to read and physically own I would put more around ~100.

4) Based on how many books you have to read, and how many book you read in a year, how long will it take you to get to the end of your TBR pile/list?
Assuming that I do not purchase anymore books and purely focus on finishing all that I own, it would take me around 2 years.

5) How many years have you been reading?
I have been reading since probably around 5-6, so about 18 years.

6) Based on how many books you read in a year and how many years you've been reading, how many books have you read in your lifetime?
Well, I think that 50 books is a bit high for through-out my life, I think when I was younger I would probably get through maybe 30, so I am going to change the number to 40 to account for less reading as a kid, (even though that may be a bit high) it would average out to about 18*40= 720.

7) How many hours do you spend reading in a week?
I am not sure if you are counting reading from textbooks/school related, but I am assuming you are, I spent about 2.5 (1.5 hours reading) hours per night on homework, and I enjoy reading for fun for .5-1 hour, so overall I will read about 1.5+.7*7= 15 and a half hours roughly.

8) How many hours do you spend in book-related activities other than reading in a week? (Booktubing, bookblogging, book shopping, etc)
I enjoy watching booktubers while I do other things, but I would say about an hour a day I do book related things on bad days and maybe 2ish on good days.

9) Would you like to change that ratio? (Would you rather spend more time reading and less time on book-related things?)
Nah, they are both for fun for me, so I don't really mind the ratio.

10) Anything else you'd like to add? And who do you want to tag?
Nothing to add! :)

Friday, January 24, 2014

reading diversely

Or an alternate title to this post could be - wow I should really try to read more diversely - because my last three reading year sucked on this front.

So as a preface to my stats of my reading year in this aspect I would like to say I have been watching a couple of different booktubers (ex.mothereffingbooks, and Rinceyreads) and they have talked about how they read books predominately by white authors. Curious about my own stats in this area I decided to look about how the races break down in the books I read in the last couple of years. Since I have only being keeping track of what I have read since 2011 on goodreads, I will only be able to compile to data from 2011-2013. While this is overall not a large chuck of all my reading, it is what I have data on, even still you will see the trends through the past three years are relatively unchanged and it is likely that my previous reading years before showed similar patterns.

Total books read: 40
Female authors 15 (37.5%)
Male authors 25 (62.5%)

Asian authors: 9 (22.5%)
White authors: 26 (65%)
Unknown/insufficient data: 5 (12.5%)

This year had a lot of asian and white authors, however it did not have much else, this year I was into a lot of manga and contemporary fiction.  

Total books read: 42
Female authors: 20 (48%)
Male authors: 22 (52%)

Asian authors : 2 (5%)
African American : 1 (2%)
White: 34 (81%)
Unknown: 5 (12%)

This year I had more categories than two, however I was reading basically predominately by a large margin, (if we disregard unknown as a category as it is mostly there so the number makes sense and nothing can really be drawn from the unknown) I read 16 times more white authors than the next category by number read (asian).  Clearly this year I did not read very diversely, however I did read a more equal number of female to male authors than the last year.

Total books read: 65
Female authors:32 (49%)
Male authors: 33 (51%)

Asian authors : 2 (3%)
African American: 1* (1.5%)
Hispanic: 1 (1.5%)
First Nation : 1 (1.5%)
Persian: 2 (3%)
White: 56* (86%)
Unknown: 3  (5%)

* NB: The author in this category mention is Howard Griffin the author of the non-fiction piece "Black Like Me", he is white, however he dyed himself black in order to get an "insider" look of how african american's were treated in the 1960's, because he is white by race I placed a tick in the white category, but because that book was mainly about his events he witnessed in his black outwards apperence, I placed a tick in the african american category, however, this is contestable since he is not actually a black author.

This year my reading had even more different categories, which is a step in the right direction, however, even still the majority of my books were focused on white authors again. I hope to contuine the trend of reading more diversely in the number of different races that I read - but I would also like to read more books by authors that are not white.

This video really covers a lot of the points about why I feel reading diversely is something I should try to do :

While she does admit that she does not have any actual stats on whether white authors are being displayed more often and therefore if one wanted to they could disregard that argument due to a lack of proof, I think that ultimately I cannot lost anything from reading more diversely, and I hope this will enrich my reading experience. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

My To (attempt) to be read over this Bout of Books

Finish - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (on pg 62)
Finish - The 5th Wave (on pg 231)
Finish - Life before Life (on chapter 5)

If I finish those I would then like to read
-Never Fade
-I am Malala

and if I finish all of those then I would like to read
-The Returned
-The Prisoner of Azkaban

So that's my reading list for this week. :)

Bout of books

I think this year will be my first go at bout of books which is according to the website
"The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 9.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team"
-Sounds fun right?