2020 Reading Challenge

Hi guys! Hope your week is going well- mine feels really long but I guess that’s to be expected of the first week back. So far I’ve been sticking to my resolution of making my lunch the night before, so that’s made it a bit easier.

A new year is upon us, and that means that there are so many more new books to read! But, if you’re like me, it can be hard to branch out and read different genres and types of books. So this year I decided to set a Reading challenge for myself. There are twenty requirements for the books I need to read this year, which I have outlined in my bullet journal. Once I fulfill one of these requirements I’ll write down which book I read to meet it underneath. These are things like “written in the 1920s”, or “about food”.

I think that this will be a really fun and interesting way to challenge myself to read different kinds of books this year! Down below I have the full challenge.

2020 Reading Challenge

Read at least one book that….

  • Was written in the 1920s
  • Was released in 2020
  • Has less than 200 pages
  • Takes place during a war
  • Has a colour in the title
  • Has been banned previously
  • Was written by an author in their 20s
  • Has 20 or “twenty” in the title
  • Is set in Asia
  • Is becoming a movie in 2020
  • Has more than 500 pages
  • Is translated from another language
  • Was published in your birth year
  • Has more than 20 letters in the title
  • Has a bird on the cover
  • Is about food
  • Is about philosophy
  • Was written by a Canadian author
  • Was written by an author who has written more than 20 books
  • Is non-fiction

There’s the list! I recommend that you write it down somewhere and fill in the book you read to complete each item, so that you can look back on it at the end of the year.

See you with another recipe on Friday!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

8 Gifts For Book Lovers (that aren’t books)

Hi guys! I’m so excited for Christmas! Only 10 days left! This post is for all of the last-minutes shoppers out there who don’t know what to by for their book-loving friends, and it’s also to give those book loving friends ideas on what to buy themselves. Sometimes you just need to give gifts to yourself, you know? You deserve it. None of the gifts on this list are books, because it’s hard to pick out books for people, plus books are something that are enjoyed every day of the year. For chritsmas its fun to receive a cool, unique and thoughtful gift. So lets get into this list of awesome gifts for the book lover in your life.

Book Embosser

I have one of these and love it! It basically imprints a customizable design into your books and lets everyone know who it belongs to;)) It’s a really nice touch, especially if you have some favourite books that you know you’ll keep forever and want to personalize them. The ones that I saw online range from $25 to $75, but I’m sure that you could find cheaper ones on Etsy or Amazon.

Transparent Book Weight

I think that this is super cool and really useful. It holds the pages of your book down for a hands free reading experience! This would also be great for cookbooks. I could do so much more reading if I had one of these… I could read while cooking, getting ready in the morning….. I think I need one. The one I looked at was $15.

Reading Light

My eyes have adapted to reading in almost all conditions, because I refuse to stop reading even in the darkness (long car rides in the night are the worst!). I could definitely use another reading light; actually I need more than one beacuase it would be good if I could keep one in my school bag, one in my room and one in the car. This one is a great stocking stuffer and also, your friend’s eyeballs will thank you. I’m pretty sure that you can find these at the dollar store for, like, a dollar.

Clip On Bookmark

Yet another contraption that would make my life a heck of a lot easier. Bookmarks are really handy but when I take them out to continue reading, I forget to put them back in again. This bookmark clips on to your book so that you don’t forget to mark your page. Although I have gotten pretty good at memorizing numbers. See, this is why people need to read; it gives you night vision and a super awesome memory. The bookmark above is $30, but I bet if you dug a bit deeper you could find one for cheaper (hey that rhymed), or you could make your own.

Owl Crate Subscrption

I found out about Owl Crate a few months ago and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the concept; each month, they’ll send you a box that includes a book and a bunch of book-related goodies that are created by small businesses. It’s a great idea and I would personally love one of these boxes! You can purchase a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month subscrption.

Cute Mug

Mugs are the perfect gift for the person who loves to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee, cocoa or tea. There are tons of cute and funny bookish mugs out there- the one in the picture above was given to me by a friend and it’s so awesome!

“1000 Books To Read Before You Die” Page-a-Day Calendar

This calendar looks friggin’ amazing! Everyday you rip out a page and get a new book reccomendation! This is a gift that book lovers can cherish for the whole year and guess what? It’s only $17 on Amazon!

Reading Journal

These look really interesting and I might incorporate something like this into my bullet journal next year. It’s a book that includes reading suggestions, pages to write reviews, and to keep track of what you’ve read. This is is great gift for the organized reader. It’s $8 on Amazon.

That should keep your voracious reader friends happy! I would love if I got any of these gifts so if my family is reading this HINT HINT WINK WINK NUDGE NUDGE. Hope the rest of your weekend is great and I’ll see you next week!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Winter Reading List

Last week I finished off my fall reading list- and I enjoyed it SO MUCH! The three books on it were each unique and fun reads. First, I finished the Three Dark Crowns series by reading Five Dark Fates, which I think is a suitable ending to an intriguing story. All loose ends are tied up and all questions are answered. The second book that I read was House of Salt and Sorrows. It was an enjoyable read and is full of twists and turns that will definitely keep you guessing. The story wasn’t like what I expected it would be which was a little disappointing, and I know that sounds weird because usually you want a book full of surprises, but I kind of had it in my head how I wanted it to go and had made some inferences of my own, so that’s why I was let down. Overall though, it’s a great read. The Book Thief was the last novel on my list, and I absolutely loved it! It made me cry, and few other books have had that effect on me. It’s written from a unique perspective and makes you fall in love with it’s characters. I definitely recommend reading it if you haven’t already.

Onto this season’s list! On it are some new releases and some older ones, and they’re from all different genres. This list might help you with what to ask for for Christmas;)) Enjoy your holiday reading!

My Winter Reading List

The Beautiful

First up is The Beautiful. I actually just started this book a few days ago, and am enjoying it so far. It’s about a girl named Celine who comes to New Orleans from France in the late 1800’s to start a new life, and becomes involved with a sort of mysterious society. Murders begin to occur in the city, and Celine begins to suspect the society’s attractive leader. After a third murder, the killer sets their sights on Celine and she tries to discover them herself, only to become further involved in a battle between ancient dark forces. This book has been really hyped up on Instagram lately, so I’m hoping it lives up to all of the praise it’s getting! Also, who doesn’t love to curl up by the fire and read a good book about murder?

Lion

Lion was adapted into a film in 2016, and I remember that it was a big deal and got crazy good reviews. Movies aren’t usually as good as their novel counterparts, so if Lion the movie is good, then Lion the book has to be amazing. I got this novel as a gift recently and am excited to read it after The Beautiful. It’s about a boy living in India who gets lost on a train one day, ends up living in Australia, then finds his way back home twenty-five years later. The story sounds incredible, and I’m sure it will be.

Little Women

I’d like to read Little Women because I feel like it’s just one of those classic must-reads, you know? There’s also a Little Women movie coming out with Emma Watson (who I love), so I’d like to read the book before seeing it. I think this book is sort of like Anne of Green Gables or Little House on the Prairie; it’s a coming of age story about four girls that takes place in the 1860’s.

One of Us Is Next

Unfortunately I couldn’t find a good picture for this one, but it’s Karen McManus’ third murder mystery novel and is the sequel to One of Us Is Lying. It takes place one year after the incidents mentioned in the first novel, and includes a dangerous game of truth or dare which leads to the spilling of dark secrets and crazy taunts. This book doesn’t actually come out until January 7th of the new year, but I’m really excited for the release date! In the meantime you should check out One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret, McManus’ other novels of the same genre.

Those should keep me busy all winter! Be sure to check my instagram for book updates and to let me know of any more novels you think I should read. Have a great week and I’ll see you on Wednesday!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

My Fall Reading List

Hello;)) As the weather starts getting cooler, I’m sure that we’re all feeling more inclined to snuggle under a pile of blankets and pick up a good book. I don’t know which I like better- reading while sun tanning or reading next to a fire while it’s raining outside? Today I have the list of three books that I’d like to read this fall. Sadly with school starting I find that I only have time to read before bed, but hopefully these are the kind of books that make you put everything else aside in order to devour them. I hope that this list give you a little bit of reading inspiration;)

My Fall Reading List

Five Dark Fates

This is the last book in the Three Dark Queens series, which I started reading a little while ago. The first book centers around triplets who must fight to the death in order to claim the throne. It’s a pretty good series if you’re into fantasy books and political scheming, and I’m excited to finish it off.

House of Salt and Sorrows

This novel is a play on The Twelve Dancing Princesses, but with a dark twist. Annaleigh lives with her father, stepmother, and eleven sisters. When four of her sisters die due to tragic accidents, she starts trying to unravel the “curse” that has fallen on her family. The other girls have been sneaking off every night to dance at fancy balls, and she doesn’t know whether that has a connection to the deaths. This book has great reviews and I hope that it’s a winner.

The Book Thief

I’m excited to read this one because I think that it’s a classic. During WWII, a girl named Liesel is taken in by a foster family and soon falls in love with reading. She begins saving books from Nazi book-burnings, and, when her family shelters a Jew, sharing them with him. This should be both an intense and interesting read.

So yeah, I’m going to break out my Chapter’s gift cards and start crushing these novels! Hope you had a good weekend and I’ll see you Wednesday.

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))

Summer 2019 Reading List

Hi! Hope everyone’s summer is going well;) I still haven’t finished The Lord of the Rings, but I have some books lined up that I want to read after I’m done, so I’ll share them with you guys today. There’s a bit of a mix of genres on this list, as well as some heavier reads. I know that I only have three titles picked out so far, but if I finish them and start reading other books then I’ll definitely let you guys know which ones those are.

I know that a lot of people don’t like reading unless they have to, but reading is awesome in every way. It’s pretty much like a portal into thousands of different worlds, worlds that you create using your imagination. Plus, it makes you smarter! Do you know how many weird words I’ve found out about while reading The Lord of the Rings? So I really hope that you guys give reading a try this summer. You just need to find the right book. To help you out with that, here’s my reading list for Summer 2019!

1. Sherwood

This novel centres around Marian, Robin Hood’s fiancé. When Robin dies, Marian decides to take his place as the protector of the village of Locksley by disguising herself in his green cloak. It focuses around the idea of being your own hero. After reading The Lord of the Rings, in which I think there are a total of about four women mentioned in the whole series, I thought it would be nice to read a novel with a strong female lead. The storyline also seems less complex than the books I’ve been reading recently, so I think it will be a fun, relaxing summer read;)

2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

After giving my brain a short break by reading Sherwood, I will then put it to work again by picking up Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It follows a father and son on a motorcycle trip across the American Northwest. Along the way, they discover more about life and it’s “fundamental questions”, whatever that’s supposed to mean. This looks like it should be an interesting read, because I’m into philosophy and learning about living your best life. However, I’m hoping that it doesn’t get too dry. If it does, I might just stop reading it and move on to the next book on my list.

3. The Winner Stands Alone

This book is written by Paulo Coelho, who also wrote the alchemist, a novel that you should definitely read if you haven’t already. The Winner Stands Alone takes place at Cannes Film Festival, and follows five people who are looking to acquire fame and fortune, things that the world values as important. The main idea is that you should follow your own dreams, not those that are given to you by society. I think that this is a really important concept, and so I’m excited to see where this book goes.

That’s my reading list for this Summer! Again, if I read any other books, I’ll post them on Instagram for you. Also, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be posting three times a week in the summer, starting next week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I’m super excited!

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))