2020 Reading Goals

Hello my dear Friends! I can hardly believe that we just said goodbye to 2019 and welcomed in the new year and a new decade!

With a new year comes new goals and resolutions and that is what I am going to be sharing you with today.

I’m just going to go ahead and jump right into it!

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

Iv’e been on Goodreads since high school and I love the Goodreads Reading Challenge. There is just something about the little progress bar and comparing how many books I’ve read to that of my Goodreads friends that just gets me reading. Nothing like some good friendly competition.

Speaking of Goodreads Friends…if we aren’t Friends on Goodreads we should be! Click here to add me or drop your username in the comments.

This year I decided that I want to read 50 books.

Last year my goal was to read 35 books and I beat my goal and read 45 books!

I decided on 50 books because I wanted to give myself some wiggle room if I somehow become super busy or can’t read for a couple weeks. Basically I gave myself some room to let life happen. That’s important when you are setting new goals. Make sure they are actually obtainable even if life happens.

2. Review Every Book I Read

Well, well, well….this is where you my dear friends come in.

Since I am planning on reading 50 books this year and I want to review every book that I read that means that you will be getting at least 1 new book review from me a week!

I want you to hold me accountable. Go ahead and reach out to me on my Facebook page, DM me on Insta or whatever it is that you folks do and tell me that I suck and didn’t post a review that week. Well, maybe don’t tell me that I suck, but you get the picture.

You will be able to find my full reviews here, mini reviews on my instagram (@wine.tea._and_paper), and every month I will be doing a review video (or two) on my YouTube Channel (BookTube).

3. Read One Non-Fiction Book A Month

I was inspired by Non-Fiction November last year and decided that I need to read more of it in the new year!

So here I am, first month of January with no Non-Fiction read in sight…

So, If you lovely people have any recommendations leave them for me in the comments!

4. Read One Classic A Month

When I was in College I was reading Classics all the time. I was in several British literature classes and we read many many classics.

I feel empty now, being a college graduate and not reading these beloved books.

To fix this hole that has grown in my heart I will be reading one classic a month. Starting with one of my all time favorites, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

5. Get My NetGalley Rating to 80%

Currently my NetGalley rating is a sad and measly 18% and I have 34 titles that need reviewed…

Enough Said

6. Read Books that I Already Own/Book Buying Ban

This is probably going to be the hardest out of all of my goals which is why I saved it for last.

I have a lot of unread books both psychical and digital.

So, for the first quarter of the year (Jan – March) I will be on a book buying ban to force myself to read books that I already own.

At the end of March I will re-evaluate and see if I should continue my ban or not.

What are your reading goals this year? Let me know in the comments!

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WWW Wednesday • 10/2

Helloooo everyone!

It’s finally October! It’s fall! The leaves will be changing! It’s warm so I can still have iced coffee! It’s blogtober… (I have no idea what this really is, I’m just winging it)

But, I know you are here for WWW Wednesday so I will give you what you want 😉

As always the three Ws are…

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

This weekly meme is hosted by the ever lovely Taking on a World of Words

Please feel free to leave your own WWW Wednesday link in the comments. I love seeing what everyone else is reading!

If you don’t have a blog feel free to just leave your responses in the comments ☺️

What are you currently reading?

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

Thank you Bookish HQ and Razorbill for this Advanced Readers Copy!

I am on page 62 right now and I love it! I love the idea of half human and half mech people.

Also, why are the females and males split apart from one another and why are they at war?

I can’t wait to find out ☺️

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley

I am currently reading this one on my Kindle Fire and only pick it up when I don’t have my copy of War Girls with me.

I’m reading You Were There Too for a binge buddy read and we are discussing it on October 7.

What did you recently finish reading?

Joyland by Stephen King

Another buddy read 😂

I read this as a buddy read for HBD Blog Fall Bingo – and we haven’t discussed it yet.

This was a re-read for me and I didn’t love it as much the second time 😅

What do I think I will read next?

The Whisper Man by Alex North

ANOTHER BUDDY READ!!

I am soooo excited to read this. Everyone is saying it’s a little spooky and I 👏🏻Am👏🏻Here👏🏻For👏🏻It

What about you?

Xoxo,

Shannon

WWW Wednesday 9/11

Welcome back to Another WWW Wednesday!

As always our wonderful host is Sam over at Taking on a World of Words

This is pretty simple, all you have to do is answer the following three questions:

What did you just finish reading?

What are you currently reading?

What do you plan on reading next?


What did you just finish reading?

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

Click the pic for my review 😘

After the Flood takes place in the future after the Hundred Year Flood leaves most of the Earth covered in water. The story follows Myra as she tries to find her eldest daughter by navigating the new seas while still protecting her youngest.

What are you currently reading?

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

I’m not going to give you a synopsis because I feel like everyone knows about this book 😂

I just got to Page 142 and I wish I could have kept reading! I feel like something new happens in every chapter and I am never bored with what is happening. I am LOVING this book.

What do I plan on reading next?

This is such a hard question for me because I am a mood reader and like to plan BIG TBR lists. Which, if you read my September tbr post you understand 😂

But, I would like to read…

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

What are you currently reading? Let me know or post the link to your WWW Wednesday below!

Happy Wednesday and happy reading!

XO, Shannon

WWW Wednesday

Welcome back!!

Today I am participating in WWW Wednesday hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

Basically you answer these 3 questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s dive right in!

What are you currently reading?

I have a couple books that I am currently reading so bear with me 😂

First, I’m starting Spellslinger by Sebastien de Castell. I know absolutely nothing about this book. I’m reading it for the N.E.W.T.s group read. I have until the end of the month to finish it up.

Second, I’m reading an e-ARC of the Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra by Alex Messenger. I received this e-ARC from NetGalley and is an anticipated read for me. Messenger writes about his personal encounter with a grizzly bear while out in the Canadian Tundra with a few buddies on a kayak/hiking trip. To be published November 12!

Third, I started reading some of the stories in His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler. I also received this book as an ARC. His Hideous Heart is a collection of Edgar Allen Poe retellings. To be published September 10!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished a re-read of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. My 5/5 star review from the first time reading still stands.

Last night I finished reading Three Women by Lisa Taddeo. While, I do think the book is over hyped right now, I will be giving it 5/5 stars when I post my review this week. I felt with the women in this book. Like I said in my IG teaser review, this book is a must read for all women!

What do you think you’ll read next?

This is such a hard question for me. I really haven’t committed to a solid September TBR yet even though I am participating in SEVERAL reading challenges (please pray for me).

However, I think I want to begin Stolen Things by R. H. Herron next. I received an ARC from the publisher on the date of publication 😂 so I want to read it and review it ASAP.


Please feel free to link your own WWW Wednesday post in the comments!

Remember to go check out the original post for this challenge (linked above) AND check out other posts in the community. We truly have a very supportive community and it’s important to be a part of that. Happy reading!

Xoxo, Shannon

Monday Catch Up!~ 2/5

Haaaaapppy Monday, wormies!

I don’t know why people hate Mondays so much. Monday offers us a fresh start every week. New goals, new challenges, and new obstacles. Pretty exciting actually.

To prove it to you I’m going to share my goals, challenges, and obstacles for this week with you.

Goals:

-Finish A Million Junes by Emily Henry

– Start a BookTube (lol how does one even do this?)

Challenges:

-I actually joined a read along on bookstagram for the Inheritance Cycle. I am staying up to date on the reading for now but I KNOW that won’t last long

Obstacles:

-Did I mention that I want to start a BookTube? Hello? Earth to Shannon. How am I going to even do this?

-Staying healthy and flu-free while my brother has the flu. (I live with my brother)

What are your goals, challenges, and obstacles for the week? Share them down below 🙂

Until next time,

Shannon

xx

Monday Catch Up! (well…Tuesday)

Happy Monday wormies! (I know it’s Tuesday, just let me pretend)

Book Update:

I am still reading Ready Player One – it is so good so far. I’m about halfway through it and I really, really love it. I’m on page 238 out of 579.

Ready Player One cover

I do not remember the last time I have felt such strong feelings for a book. With Ready Player One, I feel like I am laughing along with Wade/Parzival, Aech, and Art3mis. I am so in love with the idea of the OASIS. Imagine just logging on to the OASIS and working your job from your house but in a completely different and virtual place. Like, what. I still can’t wrap my head around how it works in the sense of getting paid in OASIS credits and then being able to use said credits in the real world. If you somehow understand this concept could you comment and explain it to me? That would be so so so helpful 🙂

I plan on finishing Ready Player One before the week is over. Then, I will pick my next book from my TBR jar! I’m so excited to use it finally. Who knows which book I’ll get ;p

Life Update:

I really messed. I was planning on getting emergency certified to substitute teach in the state of PA until I figured out what my next step in life would be. I would find out if I enjoyed teaching or if I hated it. BUT, I missed the deadline. I thought it was at a later date and completely missed the chance.  Oh well, I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.

With a lot of my friends starting new semesters it is making me think about what I want to do next. Since I graduated in May I have been feeling completely lost both professionally and personally. I want to go back to graduate school in the worst way, but with my student loans being so much a month right now (honestly, I do not even want to tell you how much I’m paying) I just don’t think it’s in the cards. However, my friend just brought up to me that I should look for TA positions that way my tuition is covered. Just something else for me to think about.

Writing update:

This is something that I haven’t discussed with you wormies yet. I love to write. I always have. Back in elementary school, I would write stories where my friends were characters and we went on adventures. Now, I like to write about mental health and struggles that plague us as a human race.

I think I am going to start writing poetry again. I have an idea written out as prose right now, I just have to format it. I’m kind of excited. I know I want to try to publish it when it’s done.

Also, if any of you guys out there are closet writers and would like the chance to get published I strongly encourage you to submit to 1932 Quarterly. It is a literary journal that I help edit that a friend of mine started. We except prose and poetry and I have been published personally by 1932 Quarterly (trying for the second time). We are going to start Spring submissions very soon so give it a shot. 🙂

1932 Quarterly

I wish everyone a wonderful and happy week!

Shannon

xx

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

It has been awhile since I’ve done a book review so bear with me…

Book Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Length: 318

Began Reading: December 22, 2017

Finished Reading: January 13, 2018

Rating: 4/5 stars

Favorite Character: Audrey Rose Wadsworth (of course)

Least Favorite Character(s): Superintendent Blackburn and Lord Edmund Wadsworth

Stalking Jack the Ripper cover

Warning Spoilers are ahead! 

I picked up this book months ago for a few reasons:

  1. I recognized it at the bookstore from bookstagram (yes I realize that is a bad habit and I will end up with millions of books this way).
  2. James Patterson is the publisher
  3. Who doesn’t love Jack the Ripper?

Right off the bat, I fell in love with Audrey Rose and her spunky personality. She is a wonderful lead female character who doesn’t let society or her family influence her decisions which is BIG considering the time period this takes place.

Before I say anything else…THOMAS CRESSWELL. If it wasn’t for bad boy super flirt Thomas Cresswell, I am not sure if I would have made it through the middle of the book. That’s not because I didn’t like the middle of the plot its just I knew what was coming and I wanted it. Maniscalco tried keeping her readers in suspense by getting rid of the killing while Audrey’s father was out in the country, but I just found that part lacking suspense. But, Thomas Cresswell drove me forward because I wanted to know how their relationship was going to continue to grow.

I am 110% without a doubt on Team Cresswell. Why can’t all boys be dark and gloomy and romantic and mysterious like he is? Hands down my new fictional crush.

I was convinced at several points during this novel that I knew who Jack the Ripper was. I was always wrong. I had three characters that I kept switching between Thomas Cresswell, Superintendent Blackburn, and Lord Wadsworth. I NEVER would have guessed or even suspected her brother. Like, I am still not over it. He kept their DEAD mother in their house for YEARS and killed the scum of London for their organs to try to bring her back to life. I can’t even begin to explain how messed up this is, but I loved it. I just feel so bad for Audrey because not only did she lose her mother years ago, she had to basically go through all of that pain again by seeing her dead mother’s corpse being poked and prodded at. Now, she is motherless and brotherless.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because of how much I struggled to continue to read it in the middle but ranked it highly because I was not able to figure out the ending and I was surprised at the end. I will be buying the next installment of the series: Hunting Prince Dracula.

Until next time,

Shannon xx

Bookstagram and Life Update!

Hey there, Wormies!

I have some super exciting news! I have almost reached 100 followers on my bookstagram!

BOOKSTAGRAM

I don’t think I am going to do anything when I reach 100 followers. I just think it is very exciting. I started Bookstagramming in September of last year so I think this is great progress.  I would probably gain more followers quicker if I posted more often than I do, but it is hard for me to remember to take a picture worthy of bookstagram.

Besides my bookstagram account approaching 100 nothing is really happening right now. We are getting a lot of snow and cold right now where I live so I try to stay warm and in bed as much as possible.

I finally finished reading Stalking Jack the Ripper and I am working on my book review right now. I don’t want to talk about my thoughts on the book too much in this post but I will say I am so glad I didn’t give up on it! The ending really got me.

Today, I read a 4 page eBook online about the Harry Potter series. It is called Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash and it is by botnik. Basically, they entered the entirety of all 7 books into a predictive text keyboard and just let it predict a story. The outcome is hilarious and very entertaining. I added it to my Goodreads Read shelf and counted it towards my reading goal. I feel a little bit guilty because it was only 4 pages long, but I still read it and enjoyed it! I will link it down below if you are interested!

Right now, I am currently reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and I have to say it is amazing.

Ready Player One cover

The movie is going to come out in theaters on my birthday this year! If the book continues to keep my attention like it has so far, I am sure it will be a fantastic movie.

What are you reading this week?

As always, leave me a comment below and let me know whats going on in your life. I love hearing from you wormies 🙂

Until next time,

Shannon xx

PS Here’s the link to the Harry Potter eBook: Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked like a Large Pile of Ash