April Wrap-up

Afternoon (or whatever greetings you like for whatever time you are reading this). Hope the beginning of the week has been good to you so far.

I have been busy moving my boyfriend and planning my vacation lately. I haven’t done much if any reading in April. So I’ll do my short wrap-up and then tell you all about the vacation. I read a couple short novellas this month.

Warm up was great! It is a short prequel to her Vicious duology. I devoured those 7-10 pages. Shadow me takes place as soon as the last book ends and is completely in Kenji’s POV. Then went on to read Defy Me. And finishing off the month is Stiletto, the sequel to The Rook.

(I have no idea what is going on up there, the pictures are being weird.) But that is all I read. Its been super busy and I just haven’t had the mojo to read.

Switch to vacation mode. I am finishing up planning my trip to Spain! I am so excited I have never left the continent. I have only been a few places before and this is going to be my first big vacation. We are taking 2 weeks and visiting all the large cities, Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Ibiza and possibly going to travel the strait to Morocco. Let me know you travel tips! I need as many as possible. The flight is like 14 hours so what do you do for 14 hours on an airplane? I don’t know.

So… that’s all I have got for you today. Hopefully I get my reading mojo back and have a better May.

Just going to leave that there. Have a good week everyone! Don’t forget to follow me on insta @ positivityandbooks or on Litsy @ RyeAnnUh

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On a Wednesday??

Hello! I am a bit late this week but I am here nonetheless. 🙂 I have been busy helping my boyfriend move. Hard work right there. I finally got some time to sit down a write. I am in the middle of doing laundry and was thinking about what to write today … I was thinking about just updating you on me. I don’t talk about myself much because I am pretty self conscious. I don’t like the spotlight on me but I am going to do it anyways because I haven’t done too much ready or thinking about reading this past week.

I am moving my boyfriend, as stated already, this last week into this next weekend. I will be moving in with him end of May beginning of June. Then we are off to Spain! *heart eyes* So for two weeks in June I will be off not anywhere near a computer(unless you count the countless photos I will be taking on my phone). Don’t worry when I get back I’ll do a post on everything we did there and some pictures for you.

I haven’t read too much. I picked up Defy Me pretty much when it got to my door this month, and I’m hoping to have it done by the weekend but we will see. I am also doing something I never do, that is read 2 books at once. So, I am reading Defy Me during the day while I am out and about, and 10% Happier: with a huge long subtitle I’m not going to look at right now; I’m reading a chapter of that before I go to bed each night, or most nights. I’m not a huge nonfiction/self-help reader. It takes me a whole lot longer to get through those books than it does anything else. But since I have been having some pretty down days and not feeling up to much I know I need to take a step back a reevaluate. And part of that is actually learning how to evaluate and what to look for. So, self-help books here I come to help myself. 🙂

Have you watched the new episode of Game of Throne?! It was crazy, huh? I am going crazy over all of the Bran memes. I just can’t stop posting them. Other than GoT, I have been doing well with my workouts. I am going on 2 weeks with no breaks other than weekends, but the last couple weekends I have been moving so even if it’s not recorded on my app as an actual workout I am still getting one in. Other than that, I haven’t done much besides work. I am trying to figure out how I am going to move all of my books (I have over 300). That’s just a crazy number. Let me know your moving tips! Now, it is beautiful outside, for now, and I am going to enjoy what sun there is left! It is supposed to start raining in about an hour.

I hope you all have a great rest of your week. And if you need to hear this You can do it. I believe in you. I know I need to hear that sometimes. Just one day at a time. Leave a comment on you book moving tips! Or find me on insta @ positivityandbooks and on Litsy @ ryeannuh

Outlander

Hello Hello! I hope it is just as nice outside wherever you are as it is here in Kansas. Today it is a beautiful 60 degree day with very little wind. I better enjoy it while it lasts.

I wanted to talk about the Outlander series today! I love this series and am currently reading it for a second time. Well, listening to it. I binged all 8 books last year on audible (1 a month, plus one of the Lord John novellas but I didn’t really care for that spin off). I started listening to it again because I started training for a 5k and wanted something other than music to listen to and since the first book is just over 40 hours I knew it would be plenty long to get me through.

Picture from Google.

If you haven’t heard of Outlander (also a show on STARZ) it is a romance time-travel series. The main character, Claire, is on vacation with her husband Frank before settling down in their first house after the war in 1945 in Scotland. She goes to this stone circle and steps through an invisible portal that takes her back to 1745 in the middle of another war. There she stumbles upon Franks great-great-great-etc grandfather Randall, who promptly tries(kinda) to rape her. Then she gets kidnapped by the Scots and lands herself patching up a young fellow named Jamie (she was a nurse during war times).

And that is all I am going to say any more would be spoiling it. But I thought since I am about 6 hours into the audio book (approx 150 pages) I would mention it. I hardly ever, if never, reread books. There are just so many new ones I want to get my hands on.

What books do you go back to time and time again? Any books you would like to reread but cant bring yourself to, for whatever reason? What are some of your favorite books on audio? Let me know in the comments or find me on Insta @ positivityandbooks or on Litsy @ Ryeannuh

Hobbies

Happy Monday! I am not actually sure a happy Monday is a thing. Lol. But on this Monday (February 25) it is 58 degrees (F) here in Kansas. The only nice day we are going to get for the next week. So, since I am going to be staying inside for awhile I thought today’s post would be about hobbies!

I have a few hobbies besides reading. I recently (about a year ago) picked up crochet. I am still a beginner, aka not very good. But slowly getting better.

My current WIP. Hairpin Lace Scarf

When it is nice out (40+ F) I have started running. I used to work out every day inside but I moved from a house to an apt and I don’t have enough room to do workouts in my place so I have been running 2.5+km.

I have a few TV shows I keep up with. Game of Thrones (of course!), I’m Sorry (hilariously inappropriate), Shameless, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, The Big Bang Theory, and a few more… But that is a few of them.

Rick and Morty

Last but not least this Blog! I love writing this every Monday! Even if I don’t always prepare properly. I love getting to know all of you readers and I hope you are having fun getting to know me. Until next week everyone!

Pre-Orders

Hello, all you wonderful people. I hope everyone is staying warm in this crazy winter weather we are having here in the mid-west.

So I totally forgot today was Monday because I had the day off of work for President’s day. So I’ve been super lazy all day. And I didn’t know what I was going to write about until just 2 seconds ago. 😀

I want to talk about books that I have pre-ordered already! Everything exciting coming out!

So far this year I have preordered:

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi– the sequel to Children of Blood and Bone (Out June 4, 2019).

Shades of Magic Vol 1: The Steel Prince by V E Schwab– this is the graphic novel of her Darker Shades of Magic series (Out March 5, 2019).

Rick and Morty Vol 9 by Kyle Starks– This is the comic version of the TV Show (Out June 25, 2019).

Defy Me by Tehereh Mafi– #5 in the Shatter Me series (Out April 2, 2019).

Broken Throne by Victoria Aveyard– A set of novellas from the Red Queen series, also includes the 2 previously published novellas Cruel Crown (Out May 7, 2019).

The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco– #3 in the Bone Witch series (Out March 5, 2019).

The Institute by Stephen King. A standalone novel that I’m not quite sure what genre it falls into, but it sounds amazing. (Out September 10, 2019)

And one that I should have pre-ordered but it somehow passed me by was Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian– #2 in the Ash Princess trilogy(? I think its a trilogy). That came out Feb 5, 2019. But I just got it last Tuesday the 12th.

What books are you all excited about? I know there are lots more that are coming out that I am excited for, like the next Stalking Jack the Ripper novel but I have’t read Escaping from Houdini yet so I haven’t pre-ordered it. I also did not pre-order On the Come Up by Angie Thomas but I bought that the day after it came out. I am also super excited for the sequel to An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. Drop a comment below so I can get excited with you about your favorite books/series!

Go Ask Alice

This book deals with drug abuse so if you have triggers with that, here is your warning.

Hello my fellow readers! This is coming at you a day late because I’ve been sick with a … you know, it doesn’t really matter. Today we are talking serious stuff.

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous(Beatrice Sparks) is a diary of a girl (Alice) who went to a party and someone laced her drink with LSD. And it is just her dealing with the trauma of that and what happens after you are addicted to drugs.

There are at least 9 of these books all dealing with different illnesses/diseases. I have 6 of them. I was obsessed with this kind of realistic fiction after I read Alice’s story. Go Ask Alice was originally released around 1971 and I think these stories only get more relevant as time goes. I have personally never been in a position to be drugged or even really try them so reading about it really hit hard.

There isn’t a whole bunch to say about this book besides if you have someone in your life who needs a wakeup call then you should definitely give this to them. If it isn’t a drug problem the other books deal with eating disorders, depression, bullying, coming out, and prostitution.

And…. while I was writing this I bought the other ones Beatrice edited in this ‘series’. 😀

I will list out all of the books in the Tradition of Go Ask Alice I have found and hopefully you will find one you like or can help someone in need.

Go Ask Alice

The Book of David

Calling Maggie May

Letting Ana Go

Jay’s Journal

Lucy in the Sky

Annie’s Baby

Almost Lost

Treacherous Love

It Happened to Nancy

2 in 1

Hello. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Did you watch the Superbowl? (if not, it was super boring!) I have a twofer for you today, since I didn’t post last week. I am starting to workout again and get myself on a better eating schedule… We will see how long that lasts. But today I am going to show you my first book haul of the year (which was what I was going to post last week) and my February reading list. 🙂

Here is my book haul!

January bookhaul

I grabbed these amazing books when Barnes and Nobles was having a 50% off sale! Everything there was less than $70. The Selection series, A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Damsel, Grim Lovelies, and Escaping from Houdini. I don’t know much about .. all but Escaping from Houdini. Lol. But they are popular and were on sale.

February reading list

And this is what I plan to read this month! I completed about 5 books in January so I am hoping I can get through all of these. I am already about 100 pages into Mother Knows Best. And I can’t wait to dive back into Amy’s Oz and see what happens next.

What is on your tbr this month? Any new exciting books you are looking forward too?