Reading.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Hello, hello! Happy Wednesday.

I'm starting a new series! 

It's kinda like a "how I" series. How I read, exercise, blog, etc. It's not really like a SERIES, but kinda like a mini-one? Does that make sense? It's no big ordeal, but you know, series are always fun. 

Some things we might cover:

How I exercise
How I blog
How I pack
How I balance
How I keep up with everything
How I plan

If you have any other ideas, drop them in the comments! I'd love to hear them! 

We're kicking it off with how I read. 

I read a lot. I like to read...A lot. I always get questions about how I'm able to read...a lot...while being a student and blogger. So today I'm sharing my ways. 

A quick disclaimer: This is just simply how I read. It's what works for me. It might not work for you, so take everything with a grain of salt. I'm also a fast reader. I'm able to read books fairly quickly while still comprehending everything that I'm reading. Also - I do read a lot. I'm not trying to discredit anyone who doesn't read as much as me. Reading has been a very prevalent thing in my life for as long as I can remember, and I've always loved it, sooooo I spend quite a bit of time reading.  Go at your own pace. Reading is for enjoyment!! 

how do I read? 

I read everything (for the most part) digitally. Out of all 120 books that I read in 2020, I probably read 10 with an actual book. It's not that I dislike real, hardback books, it's just not a very practical/manageable for me, considering how many books I read. And I also just enjoy reading digitally! 

Up until now, I've read them all on my IPad BUT...


I got a Kindle. 🙂 My nana was going to get rid of it, so she asked me if I wanted it, and I said a big ole yes!! I've only read one book on it so far, but I LOVED it!! I love how the book carries over to the Kindle app, so I can bring it everywhere!

how do I pick and choose what I read? 

GOODREADS.

Let me repeat...

GOODREADS.

I honestly don't know where I would be without this app. 

For those of you who don't know what GoodReads is 1) What are you doing? DOWNLOAD IT!! And 2) It's an app where you can keep track of all your reading. Books you want to read, books you've read, books your currently reading...It's basically a bookworm's paradise! You can also check ratings, reviews, and leave your own as well! If you want to follow me, you can find my GoodReads here! I'd love to be friends! 

So, back to the question, I use GoodReads to keep track of all the books that I want to read. As for picking which book to read, this is where I need help. I'm soooo unorganized with picking books and it drives me crazy! I need to start making monthly TBRs (to be read). But then again, I'm a mood reader. I basically read whatever sounds good. There's really no method to my madness. Sometimes I'm in the mood to read the new, hyped-out book, classic, fantasy (the rarest, lol)...No method! 

how did you get into reading?

I've been reading my whole life. 

I was that second grader who spent all her time before school...In the library :) 

And when the book fair came to school...Oh, I was just giddy!!

Buuuut, when I was in grades 4-6, I wasn't reading a lot. Finding books when your that age is HARD. I was in a book club with some girls in my neighborhood, but outside of that, I wasn't reading at all. Come 2020, when I made a goal to read 3 books a month. It was kinda a lofty one for me, but I ended up reaching my goal of 36 in June. And then, the craze began. 

I'd like to blame The Hunger Games.

That one got me good. 

Since then, I've kinda been a reading machine. Except for September...We don't like to talk about that one. Readings slumps are the WORST! 

how do you read so much?

I basically read all the time. I like to listen to audiobooks when I'm walking or getting ready, I read before bed, I read on my phone...Basically any time that I can - I'm reading. But here's the funny thing - I don't read during the day. What? Yeah. I like for all my work to be done and out of the way before I settle into reading. This normally happens at around 3-5, and then I basically read for *most of* the rest of the day. I've also realized that I'm just a fast reader. My mom is too -Just carried down to me I guess!! I also like to read in 50-page increments, which helps me get through the book faster. 


I think I've covered the basics. Now for some fun reading questions!

favorite genre?

Ooooh, I really don't have one!! My least favorite is probably chick-lits, but I do like contemporaries sometimes! Fantasy isn't my favorite, but then again, all of the dystopian books that I read qualify as fantasy, so I'm not sure. I like reading memoirs but only as audiobooks. I do like reading thrillers, but it's hard finding YA ones. Romance - Don't love it. Unless there's something else going on. Like romance in a dystopian society? Love it. A book where you see a boy and instantly fall in love and then he starts dating your best friend? Hate it. (sorry One Day in December fans!) I need some sort of thrill!

favorite trope?

LOVE TRIANGLES!!

I don't know why but I love them. 

I'm also becoming an enemies-to-lovers fan.

*gasp* Who am I? Haha!! 

least favorite trope? 

Insta-love, 100%. 

what was the first book series that you became obsessed with?

Well, in the third grade, I read the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, and reeeaaallllyyy loved it. But, I never finished it :( I also loved Harry Potter. But, the first one that I became obsessed with? The Hunger Games. Then Twilight. 

favorite book of all time?

I CAN NOT CHOOSE. LITERALLY. CAN. NOT. CHOOSE.

favorite author?

Umm, this is hard. I love Elizabeth Acevedo and Justin Reynolds a lot. And you know, I like Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyers.

authors you are dying to read?

Angie Thomas - Ahhhhh!!!! I want to read The Hate U Give SO BAD. If you've read this, PLEASE tell me, what age do you think it's appropriate to read this book? I can not wait much longer!!

Tiffany D. Jackson - Once again, I need your help!! I want to read Grown, Allegedly, Monday's Not Coming, and so much more!

Kristin Hannah - This won't be happening for a while, but I still reeeaaaalllllyyy want to read her books.

John Green - The classic YA author. 

Adam Silvera - Check! I've already read one of his books, but I want to read so many more!! 

Sarah J. Maas - Lol, this definitely won't be happening anytime soon, but I'm so eager to read her books!

John Grisham - A WANT TO READ A TIME TO KILL. AND THEN WATCH MY FIRST MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY MOVIE. Ugh. Being 13 is so rough. 

Taylor Jenkins Reid - I. Want. To. Read. The. Seven. Husbands. Of. Evelyn. Hugo. And. Daisy. Jones. And. The. Six. So. Bad.

Celeste Ng - I want to be an adult already!

what is your rating system?

1 - Hated it.

2 - Hated it, but showing some grace.

2.5 - Middle ground. Didn't like it.

3 - Average read/Nothing too special.

3.5 - Good, but had flaws.

3.75 - Great but had minor things that I didn't like. 

4 - This is a great book.

4.5 - A really great book.

5 - Amazing!! READ THIS BOOK.

your top reading tips?

READ WHAT YOU WANT TO READ!! Don't force yourself into reading a book you know you won't enjoy! 

your favorite middle-grade books? 

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Number The Stars by Lois Lowry
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Hole by Louis Sachar
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Any Roald Dahl book
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo 
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli 
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper 
Theodore Boone by John Grisham
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Blended by Sharon M. Draper
March by John Lewis
The Giver by Lois Lowry

Does that cover everything? If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments!! I'll see y'all on Friday!



18 comments

  1. Girl, you are so talking your Nana’s language! This post makes me want to sit and read all day, look at my lists on Goodreads, etc. Love this...and you ❤️!

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  2. I read all the time too; I almost always have a book in my purse just in case I get a few spare moments! Though I much prefer a "real" book to my Kindle. I still visit our library weekly to stock up on books and have always been on a first name basis with just about any librarian nearby throughout my whole life. I have always been a huge reader and a pretty fast reader too.

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    1. Oh wow!! That’s great!! I love the library :)

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  3. I love Harry Potter so much! I don't tend to re-read books but I have probably read that series at least 10 times. Every time a new book came out I would start the series again to be ready for it.

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    1. I need to reread Harry Potter!! It’s been so long!!

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  4. Love the picture of you reading on the Bon Terre patio!

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  5. I am a fast reader too and I read all the time too. I love that you are so into reading. I think you could read The Hate U Give. You seem to read mature books and that one is meant for teens, which you are one! Tiffany D. Jackson tackles even more mature subjects, but she's also a teen writer. I'd say maybe next year. Have you read Nic Stone?

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    1. Maybe my mom will let me read it when I’m 14...3 months...I’ve got it. I’ve read Dear Martin and Dear Justyce!!

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  6. Love how disciplined you are, getting all your work done before sitting down to read! I am totally going to use your scale on rating. Love it!! Just last week I decided I needed to be better about rating my books over on Goodreads instead of always just slapping them with a 3 or 4 stars. :)

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    1. Thank you! I can’t stand having things hang over my head!! And yay!

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  7. I love how much you read. My mom was like this too. I didn't get into "fun" reading until after college. Now I really enjoy books and getting sucked into them. I read all my books digitally now too!

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  8. I like this idea!! Very motivating for me to try something. I just can't pin point it. Maybe I will just stick with my 3 subjects so my brain isn't scattered everywhere LOL.

    I would read BUT I can never sit still long enough. I gotta go go go.

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    1. Thank you! And yup, I completely get that!! Audiobooks have helped me a lot with conquering both reading and daily tasks - Maybe try that out?

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  9. Great post Ella! love the way you read!!

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  10. I've always been a reader too. I honestly don't remember NOT reading, so it's definitely a big part of my life. I love your favorite middle grade books - I like a lot of those too. Have you read Nevermoor? I finally did last year and loved it. I have the second and need to start that soon. I also like The Great Shelby Holmes series; they're a lot of fun. I'm a big mystery/thriller reader as well.

    -lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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