I’m Okay With That

Long time, no hear from me. I know. It’s been awhile.

I took a little break from blogging as I needed the time and energy to focus on my work and studies. I took up full time distance studies when I started at my part time job. I didn’t know that life would also get in the way of my reading and blogging time. So many people can juggle with their hands full and I was one of those people for the first trimester, but it all came tumbling down for the second trimester. So my bookish life took a back seat, and I’m okay with that.

My workplace has started celebrating women by having these workshops to hear from our senior female leaders and highlighting the strengths of our fellow colleagues. I attended the first, and there was one saying that really stuck with me ‘I’m okay with that’. It’s about being in a good place, taking life as it comes your way and being able to accept the failures with all the good stuff and being good with it. It’s like, knowing that you have the worst dance moves, but living it up on the dance floor, or being The DUFF in your group of friends and still going out to parties, because you’re okay with that. Gosh, I hope you understand me.

What really threw a spanner in the works was my personal life. With work and studies, I could manage okay. Having health matters in the immediate family was another ballgame. It was emotionally draining. I’m happy to say we’ve come through the major hurdles and now it’s about management of lifestyle, and making healthy choices. I signed up to participate in a research study. It’s about being given the tools to help myself become a better me. I know that I’m not perfect. I eat takeaways and don’t exercise as much as I should. But I’ve got a new workout plan which I will do my best to complete. I may not lose weight, but I will be a healthier person at the end of the programme and once again, I’m okay with that.

I’m on a break this trimester (unintentionally missed the enrolment deadline) but it gives me some breathing room to focus on my family and it also allows me to get back into some reading. I’ve finished a couple of books over the last fortnight. I’ve soo missed jumping into someone else’s world and leaving my worries behind. I’m even running a low pressure Book Pool Challenge over on Goodreads, in the Book Lovin Kiwi’s group. I’m going to read as many books as I can. I’m like 36 books behind my Goodreads Challenge (I’m okay with that…) but also hoping to complete it for 2016. I might need your motivation!

I hope you’ve stuck me with. My hiatus is officially coming to an end. Please be okay with that.

See you again, much sooner than the last post.


Book Pool Challenge | Starts Jun 2016

Have you heard of a Book Pool Challenge?

I have only seen this type of reading challenge done in the Crazy for Young Adult and Crazy for New Adult groups on Goodreads. I really loved taking part and I thought that I would start this up for the Book Lovin’ Kiwis group.

All you do is,

  1. Ask each person in the group to recommend 3 books to add to the “Pool”. Avoid duplicates.
  2. Set a timeframe. Ours are one or two-month challenges.
  3. At the end of the month, close the Pool and invite the group to read any or all of the books.
  4. If people want to join after the close date, they can claim points, but not add new books to the pool.
  5. 1 point per book read.

booklovinkiwis-goodreads-profileSo as an example, Book Lovin’ Kiwis are having a two monthly challenge. Today, I opened a new thread on Goodreads asking for participants to name their three books. The Pool will close on 31 May. The reading begins on 1 June and continues til 31 July. You can join whenever you like, but there will be no pool entries once pool has been closed. You can pick any genre book, they can be novellas, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, chunky reads, you name it.

It’s the stress-free way to readathon. Zero pressure. It’s all about reading what you want and maybe finding something in the Pool that piques your interest.

You are more than welcome to join us! Check out the Book Lovin’ Kiwis Group on Goodreads for more info.

2015 Reading Challenge FAIL!


2015 GoodreadsWHAT A FAIL! I had hoped to read 100 books in 2015.

I only managed to read 86 books this year. I one hundred percent blame the big fat month long reading slump I had halfway through the year. I really hope that doesn’t happen in 2016.

I’m pretty much writing off January as I will be finishing up my job in Gisborne, packing up our flat & moving city with my husband. We don’t have a definitive move date and it’s already the 1st Jan 2016.

Although Bout of Books is in a few days… so maybe I can treat myself to a few books if I can get the bulk of packing done by then? Maybe that’s setting a too high expectation on my packing capabilities. I’m more of a slow and steady wins the race type. Wish me luck.

Happy New Year everyone. Wishing us all the best reading year!

Wishlist Wednesday #7 – Xmas Edition

Happy Holidays!

As a booknerd, I don’t have to think about the amount of books I wouldn’t mind tucked under the Christmas tree. There are stacks of books I would love to read, or love to own, so I’ve limited myself to 5. Here are my picks for

Wishlist Wednesday Dec15

#1 – All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This book won the Goodreads Choice for Young Adults. I’ve had it out of the library on ebook twice and I’ve only managed to read a few pages. Just from that though I could ‘feel all the feels’ coming, so I put it aside for when I could really dedicate my time and focus to it. It’s been published for almost a year and I still haven’t read it!

#2 – Confess by Colleen Hoover

I’ve read this and I rated in 5 stars. I’ve even used some of the artwork within for my phone wallpaper. Colleen Hoover writes amazing New Adult Romance. I’ve read a few of her works now and anything new I automatically add it to my TBR because I know it’s going to be great. I wouldn’t mind this on my bookshelf.

#3 – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

This is expected for publication in May 2016, so I know it’s not gonna be under my Xmas Tree but I really enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses. I hadn’t read a retelling of Beauty and the Beast before and I’m not sure if that’s the best way to describe it. I really should learn my lesson and wait to read series when they are complete because I WANT THIS NOW!

#4 – Harry Potter (Boxed Set) by J. K. Rowling

I have never owned the whole series. I’ve got 2 books on my shelf and one is on permanent loan from a friend because I never returned it, lol. The other is a hardcover that I wouldn’t mind owning the boxed set for. So, in honour of #HarryXmasToYou, I wouldn’t mind the boxed set under my Xmas Tree.

#5 – The Great New Zealand Colouring Book

To keep the fire burning for my new passion, I add this NZ Colouring Book to my wishlist. I couldn’t even find it on Book Depository! I love colouring in, and I need to get me some proper pencils and in a wider range of colours. There’s only so much I can do with 12-15 colours, especially when you have themed books like Lost Ocean. How many different ways can you colour the sea?


3rd Quarter Update | 2015 Reading Challenge

3 more months to go! BOOM!

As of today?

I’ve read 62/100 books.

And what about those pesky New Year’s Resolutions?

  • Catch up on series I’m partway through, with high priority on series that are now completely published. Well… let’s just say, I’ve started more series than I have finished. But seriously, I’ve finished off 5 series so far. 
  • Reading standalone books I already own, especially all those books I purchased from the library’s annual sale (100’s!!!). ummm…. what’s a standalone? lol. 
  • NOT reading any books that are first in a series, unless its a spin-off series of something I have read before. Yeah, #fail. I’ve read a number of firsts, and it was worth it!
  • I can only add a book to my TBR if I have read a bookYEP, that went out the door. I love books.
  • I will not buy any books! I bought a couple of adult color-in books. THEY DONT COUNT! I bought a colour in book today for my birthday in a couple weeks.
  • I will not request books on Goodreads or BookThing, unless they are series continuations that are already in progress. I always request books, but I never get them… so I don’t feel so bad. Reviews have taken a back burner because I’ve been so many books behind schedule since like May. I will definitely focus on getting ARCs next year.
  • When gifting books, I will try buy books from my local bookshop, or Book Depository for free shipping purposes. Something for me to consider for Christmas.

So… Can I read 100 books this year?

Of course!

Winter is being released this last quarter so I have every intention of getting my grabby little hands on that. That’s one book I will devour. So with 38 books to go, that’s 12-13 books a month. There must be a hand in my back everyday. No cutting corners. I’ve really gotta push myself.

Wish me luck!

final love sharlene