Dos and Don’ts of Sustainable Reading

If you are a person living on the planet, you should be concerned about the climate crisis. And while there are many debates on corporate and government action vs personal responsibility, the fact is individual choices can make a difference. And before I get too far into this I need to emphasize that those of us in countries like the U.S. and the U.K. have a greater responsibility for taking individual action than say, those living in the global South who have low carbon footprints but experience the effects of climate change with a far greater magnitude.

However, I am not here to soapbox about climate change. What I am here to do is talk to those who are concerned and want to do something about the climate crisis, and who are also readers. Because although we might not like it, reading has an impact on the environment just like everything else. So today I am here to share with you some Dos and Don’ts of sustainable reading.

I am by no means an expert on this topic, these are just things that I have found while investigating what in my own life I can do for the climate crisis. If this is something that interests you, I highly recommend checking out Leena Norms. She is a YouTuber who makes video about books, the climate crisis, and sometimes both at the same time.

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September and October Wrap-Up

Happy Halloween! I hope that whatever you are doing to celebrate the holiday, you are having a lovely time. I had a nice celebration with my friends on Friday, but tonight is more studying and eating candy vibes. If you have been keeping up with the blog, you will note that I have not posted a lot over the last couple of months, including foregoing a September wrap up. Although I did post about how this Fall I am not following a TBR.

In addition to not having a lot of time to blog, I haven’t had a lot of time to read over the past couple of months. As a result, a lot of my books have been audiobooks. My October reading month was mostly just okay, the only standout book I read was Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. I did have some absolutely amazing reads in September, including True Biz by Sara Novic and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado. September was a lot of literary fiction, but I have shifted into romance in October. I am excited to see what genre November brings!

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No TBR Fall

Hi everyone! I am back from my unexpected hiatus under peer pressure. I honestly could not tell you how frequently I will be posting. My life is very busy right now, so I do not have a whole lot of reading time or blogging time. One side effect of this is that I have decided not to set a TBR for myself this Fall.

If you have been following the blog, you will recall my incredibly long TBR I had for the summer. But now that I am back at school and my life has drastically shifted from where it was a couple of months ago, my reading patterns are off. I realized pretty quickly I had no hope of sticking to a TBR. So I have decided to try out what I am calling my experiment of no TBR Fall.

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How Well Did I Stick to my Summer TBR?

Hello all! At the beginning of the summer, in an attempt to actually stick to a plan, I posted my hot girl summer TBR. Today, I am going to check in and see how well I did in sticking to it. I am not usually a TBR person, I am much more of a mood reader. However, there are also books I would particularly like to get done in a timely manner. This includes library books I have to return, things friends recommend to me, ARCs, and books I have been sitting on for a long time and need to finally get to.

I definitely ended up reading lots of books this summer that were not on this list, but I did make it through a relatively good portion of these as well. And of course I read lots of books not on this list. I will say this is a bit of a casual, chaotic post, I definitely should have put this in a list format. But I’m not going to change it now!

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August Wrap Up // yes, I know this is very late

Hello, welcome back! This wrap up is going to be short and sweet because I am nearly two weeks late at this point, and would rather spend my limited blogging time writing other content. In the last 2.5 weeks I finished my internship, moved, visited my aunt, moved into the dorm, and started school. Then on top of that it’s getting over my jet lag, socializing and seeing all the people I haven’t seen for the last two months, and trying to unpack my room. Suffice it to say, I have been busy so there’s a reason there hasn’t been a post. Hopefully I will get back into my groove soon and have some things headed your way.

I did read a decent amount in August though, covering 9 books in total. My favorites were Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron. The latter made me incredibly excited to pick up more books by Heron, as it was my first of hers that I’ve read, and I have heard really good things about Accidentally Engaged. I also reread The Night Circus, which is always a hit. My full list of books and ratings for the month are under the cut!

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The Book Reviewing Tag

Hello! I have a lot of things happening this week, and lots of reviews to write for some upcoming ARCs, so I thought it would be nice to do something low-key and fun today. Fatma over at The Book Place recently created the book reviewing tag, and I immediately knew I wanted to do it. These are all questions about the process of book reviewing and reflections on book reviews written. And since I am approaching a year and a half of book blogging, it seems especially apt.

So please join me for what should be a super fun, very casual, one-sided conversation about my reviewing process.

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Review: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

  • Title: Lessons in Chemistry
  • Author: Bonnie Garmus
  • Genre: historical fiction
  • Intended audience: adult
  • Format read: ebook
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Pub date: April 5, 2022
  • Content warnings: sexual assault, sexual harassment, death, grief, death of a loved one, car crash, suicide, mentions of homophobia, references to child sexual abuse, bombs
  • Rating: 4/5 stars
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July Wrap Up // at least I read more this month

Hello! I hope wherever you are you are having a lovely time. I know that I have had quite a busy but also enjoyable month. On paper, I had a pretty average reading month. I read 10 books total, two of which were audiobooks. This is certainly much more on par with my standard pace compared to last month’s six. In terms of motivation I had a bit of a book slump in the middle of the month. I was simply not feeling any of the books I was reading. Not to fear, though! I am already out of it.

I have finally finished Eat, Pray, Love, which was one of the books that was haunting me and certainly not helping the slump. ‘Why did you keep reading it?’ you ask. Because it was for a challenge and I was forcing myself to finish it. However, I got motivated by Bonnie Garmus’s Lessons in Chemistry, which I finished in only two days. If I get my act together you can expect a review of it up in a few days.

And despite my mid-month slump, I still read lots of amazing books this July, including All My Rage, Little Fires Everywhere, Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, and, of course, Lessons in Chemistry. Keep reading under the cut for all the books I read this month and some of my thoughts on them.

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Unconventional Places to get Books

I absolutely love both reading and the online book community. But it can often feel like you need to have an ever-expanding library, which can be costly. And we are book lovers after all: we love collecting books. However, there are definitely other ways to acquire books without having to purchase them new at full price. Today, I wanted to share with you some of the unconventional, outside-the-box places where you may be able to find books. This post covers ways to get physical books, but if you’re interested in different places to find audiobooks, you can check out my other post about that.

I specifically want to focus on some of the more ~unconventional~ places you might be able to find books either for cheap or for free. Libraries and open resources are amazing, but I want to touch on some other ways that are different, or maybe common but that you don’t necessarily think of immediately. Because with some creative thinking, time, and dedication, you can find some great books for a fraction of the price. I will also note that since I live in the U.S., these are all pretty U.S. centric, but might apply to other countries as well.

Another great thing about these methods is that not only are they better for your wallet, they are better for the planet! Each method I mention requires re-using books rather than buying new ones.

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