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What I am Reading (1) & the 17 minute Movement|April 11, 2018

Hey Bibliomanics,

This week I bring to you my currently reading. Honestly, I have been in a funk lately. I feel like I read a lot of everything and finished nearly nothing in 2018.

One of my friends (Shout out to you Patrick)  has been doing a series on his facebook which I am going to refer to as the “daily 17”.  I was seeing posts of him with books, different books every few days, so being the curious book nerd that I am  I had to ask him what was he doing. So, he sent me a picture which I will share with you below: IMG_3C8FE80747DE-1

Are you slightly mind blown, because I kind of was.

I know several people in my life that have not cracked a book open this year alone. Yet, by this static, if you read for just 17 minutes a day you can be finishing 2 books a month.

So, because I refer to the image above as the static, I had to find out for myself what this meant, what is the research behind this. I stumbled on a post that was made by www.renaissance.com. ( Click the link to be taken to the post that is being referred too.) In summary, the post talked about how 15 minutes a day of reading can benefit the lives of students.  Something that hurt my heart so terribly was that 54% of students read less than 15 minutes a day. That breaks down to 1 in 5 students reading (Renaissance). That is just SAD!!!! No sugar coating there.  That means there is one 1 person among every 5 that get to visit outside worlds and become friends with different characters. In my opinion, you are missing out.  The article series goes on to talk about the correlation between reading  15-17 minutes a day vs. the achievement students have in school (Renaissance).

I also looked at another website  called humanities indicator, which compared time spent reading, vs watching tv, vs. playing video games, the statics it provided is that reading amount increases by age, the older you are the more you read (Humanities indicator).

I noticed while I was leisurely browsing through the statics, it seems that the amount of time that youth/ young adults read is decreasing. Which, to me is no surprise because I encounter people who haven’t read a book in years in my daily life.

But, with that said I want to inspire you to take just 17 minutes crack open a book and see if you can find for yourself the magic that I love so dearly.  I am sure you have 17 minutes in your day where you are just lounging around, or before bed. If reading seems to be tough, try an audiobook.

But, now that you know the 17-minute rule let me tell you what books I am reading in my 17 minutes.

Currently, I am in between 4 books…. ( You can view the Goodreads links if you click on the title) Gone with the wind 1

Gone with the Wind: This book is a brick. I picked it up after finishing “Great Gatsby” which put me into a huge reading slump. This is a story about a girl named Scarlett who finds herself living in poverty after the “Sherman’s March. This is her account of how she tries to climb out of it. Honestly, this book will probably take me forever to read because I am literally only getting through 5-10 pages a reading. Not that the book isn’t interesting I just find that the subject matter and writing style are a bit harder to read. I honestly just plan to take my time with this book but continue to dedicate my 17 minutes to it.

Frostbite
Frost Bite:
Honestly, I didn’t think that I was going
to go back to the “Vampire Academy” series. But, I wanted a fluffy read and this is right up my ally. This follows our main character Rose, who is being trained to be a Vampire’s bodyguard. Amongst, the vampires, students and teachers, there are the bad vampires lurking in the dark called the “Stigori”, who decide to attack the academy and kidnap three students. It is up to Rose to rescue them. These books are purely guilty pleasure reads. But, I enjoy them none the less.

 

 

 

Stalking Jack the ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper: I am listening to this on audio. I tried reading this book before and I had a hard time getting into. But, let me tell you the audio book is excellent. This is about a girl, who likes to shadow her uncle in the morgue. Then all of a sudden the famous killer Jack the Ripper starts to target the lower class women of London, and who better to help find him than, Audrey Rose

 

 

Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown: This is my self- development book. I am a member of Beachbody, which is the organization that brings you “Insanity” and “P-90x”. When you join as a member you get a coach which adds you into a Facebook group that keeps you motivated and on track. My coach recommends doing a little of personal development every single day. This is the book I chose to read. Actually, the book found me. This book is all about vulnerability and playing big in your life. I am so impressed by how this book is written, my copy has a million highlighted quotes and lots of notes in the margins.

Now the real question is what are you reading this week? Are you going to spend 17 minutes of your day reading?

With Warm Cups of Tea and just a few more chapters,

Rina

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It’s Monday: What are you reading?

Happy Monday Bibliomanics,

It’s Monday, so that means I get to tell you what I am currently reading.

great gatsby

I am currently reading as always like a million books. I started reading “The Great Gatsby”, last week because I was craving a short Classic. “The Great Gatsby”, is great. “Hardy Har Har.” But, I am really enjoying it so far. This time around I am annotating it.

yogaI am also reading “Overcoming Chronic Pain through Yoga”, this was a new release that came out last week. I have been reading it on my Ipad, normally at night when I am all settled in. I am about 39% of the way through it.

 

shatter me

As far as audiobooks go, I am listening to “Shatter Me”. I am absolutely loving it. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to read this. Especially because Whitney from Whittynovels on Youtube talks about this series all the time.

I hope that by the end of this week I will also have read “A Wrinkle in Time.” I read a chapter of it on e-book before realizia wrinkle in timeng that I would love to have a physical copy of this book. So, I am waiting for it to come in the mail tomorrow.

If I get to all of this books this week I will consider it to be a success. Last week was a super funky week, I honestly wasn’t in the mood to read anything. I wasn’t even in the mood to listen to anything on audiobook either.

Hoping for a better reading week!!

With warm cups of tea and just a few more chapters,

Happy Reading!!

Rina

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BLOGMAS- Currently Reading| DEC.2017

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. For all my student readers I hope that your finals have ended successfully. Today was my last day of finals and I am happy to announce that there will be a blog everyday up until New Years.

To start of this blogmas off, lets talk about the current book that I am reading.

Hopeless
Goodreads

Synopsis: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever. (Goodreads)

With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,

Rina

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Booktube-a-thon Day 5-7: Reflection

Hello Bibliomaniacs,

I meant to post this on Friday but things got kinda of hectic. On Friday my roommates and I did a movie night were we watched “Hidden Figures”.  If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it. It was such a smart, quirky, informative and interesting movie. There were times that I was sitting one the edge of the couch worrying about how a situation would end. That night lets just say my pizza diet was going strong and I included some color into it by adding cupcakes. Colorful neon frosting, is totally part of a whole foods diet.  As you probably can tell I didn’t read much of anything on Friday.

Newmooncover

Saturday was another very much eventful day, my roommate invited me to a picnic and of course I was like “Yes, I would love to go.” Anything that involves food, you know I’m there. Although, the food was amazing, I have to say the people I met really warmed my heart and it was just a very warm, fun filled time. So, as you may have guessed not much reading was done.

 

 

Sunday was yet another busy day, I ended up going to help my grandma around her house, and lets not forget that there was food involved.

It’s been a minute since I had home cooked soup. I did get some reading done, I am currently on page 202 of “New Moon”, by Stephanie Meyer. And I am enjoying my time reading this so much. I loved the Twilight Saga when I read them the first time and I still am enjoying them now. They are just super fun light reads. Is anyone else TEAM EMMET???

 

STATS:

 

Books Finished: 2

Total Page Count for day 5-7: 40

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 483

Classics: 1

Graphic Novels: 0

Poetry Collection: 0

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#FridayReads: January 6,2017 (Harry Potter & The Book of Joy)

Happy Friday,

I don’t think that I have been more excited for the weekend than I am today. Just one more work shift and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be tucked in bed either reading or napping. Napping will probably over rule though.

But, without further or due let me share with you what I plan on reading this weekend.

harry-potter-and-the-goblet-of-fire
Firstly, I would like to make a 100 page progress in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Like I said in previous posts, I have been loving the writing in this novel. It is so beautiful and I can’t help but find myself lost in the story only to look up and see that an hour or two has past by.

Secondly, I started reading an AMAZING book called “The Book of Joy”, by the Dali Lama and Desmond Tutu. I have been feeling rather lost and sad the past week. the-book-of-joyAn bookstagram account called Artria Books, which is a publishing branch of Penguin, posted a picture of the book with a quote that went like this ” Everyday is a new opportunity to begin again. Every day is your birthday.” This quote spoke volumes to me, I had this urge to rush out and buy the book.It was as if the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop had something they need to share with me.

So, far this book has made me cry, pretty much on every page. This book is a conversation that occurred between the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama, although they believe in different faiths they both have devoted a lifetime to worlds happiness. This book shows how they have found happiness themselves and although they both have been in such tragic situations they have never lived a more happier and fulfilled life. Its inspiring, beautiful and a ray of hope that I personally needed this week.

What are you reading this weekend? Have you had a rough week as well?

I wish you all peace, love and joy.

One Love Always,

Rina

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The Bad Beginning |Currently Reading

I started to reread the unfortunate events series on my kindle and it was probably one of the best decisions I have recently made. The Bad beginning is very intriguing and there are a lot of details I seemed to miss the first time I read this book back in 5th grade. Its been a while, but I am immensely enjoying my experience with this book.

the-bad-beginningSynopsis:
Dear Reader,
I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.

In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket  (Goodreads)

One Love,

Rina