Books I do not remember reading

I was looking through my read books on Goodreads for another Misplaced Monday and there are so many books I do not remember reading. I didn’t even give some of the books ratings. Apparently, I read Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and gave it two stars. Apparently, I read Japan at War: An Oral History and other books like Rainbow Courage?

This to me is upsetting because I would like to know what the book is about and feel I have to go back and read them again to understand why I would have not rated them or if I even did read them. Does anyone else have this issue? Or am I the only one?

February Wrap Up

This month I read quite a few books and really don’t know how I found the time. It all flew by too quickly but they always say time flies when you’re having fun! This month I read a shocking (to me) seven books. Those seven books were (drum roll please):

  1. Helter Skelter: The Manson Murders
  2. A Star Called Henry
  3. Esme’s wish
  4. The attempted read of Obsidian
  5. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  6. All The Light There Was
  7. Dancing at Lughnasa

I have noticed a major shift in my reading. I noticed I prefer more Irish Literature and True Crime. I am not complaining since I am expanding what I read but it amazes me to look back and see this shift. It is always good to look back and see where you started and where you are going. 🙂

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders


“I haven’t decided yet what I am or who I am” -Charles Manson

This book took a while to get through. It was a slow read because of the fact that it is nonfiction and based completely on facts. I love true crime shows and movies but this is my first time reading a true crime novel. I can honestly say I enjoyed it and will be finding my next true crime fix.

One of the things that killed me about this story was the people. They were remorseless and seemed not to care that they killed someone! I also did not care for the final lawyer of Manson. He completely kept the trial going longer than it should have gone. These things made this case interesting and infuriating.

I recommend it to anyone who wants to know how the actual case went.

Wrapping up January

In January I read five books.

  1. Broken Harbor
  2. The Dazzling Heights
  3. The Trespasser
  4. Theft by Finding
  5. The Hate U Give

My hope for the next couple of months is to get halfway through my reading challenge of 90 books. I also read two books for Shelflove Crate’s challenge. The two books were Theft by Finding and The Hate U Give.

I also visited five bookstores which can be found on my blog under Top Five Bookstores.

Here is the hope of many more books read and many more bookstores visited!

Reading Challenge


I follow this monthly book box company on Instagram, called Shelflove, who started a reading challenge at the beginning of the year. I didn’t buy the box with the challenge sheet in it but they willingly shared the list with anyone who wanted to print it themselves and join the challenge. I asked if they would send me the list and let me share it here with you and they said yes. So I am hoping you will join us in this challenge. I hope to blog more about this as I get through this challenge and challenge myself to more books and stories.


My uncle asked a question that I want to ask you.

He asked me Tell me a first/early memory of an encounter with something you consider culture, art, craft, or design. Defined broadly. It doesn’t have to be a museum or the ballet (though it can be). It might be a candy dish, a song, a church service, the state fair. That is, it might be something you think of as a cultural experience or art now (but might not have then). It might be the awful/beautiful thing you remember hanging on the wall, or the small thing you remember someone singing. It might be the money you didn’t have for the thing you wanted to do/see/be. Anything.

I would love to see your responses but this isn’t a necessary thing.

The Unexpected: He’s a Poet

I went to the library for a book and came back with four books. While I was browsing the teen section a gentleman came out of a room between the shelves. He must have seen me and decided I would be a good choice for what he needed. You see he needed someone to ask him questions off-screen about his new book that is being published on February 1st. This gentleman that came so unexpectedly out of this room was a poet by the name Shawn Richardson.

Shawn wanted me to ask him questions about his book because he was doing a video. I agreed and when we were talking I let him know I had a YouTube channel and Blog. They were surprised that the one person they came across was the one person they would need for what they were doing.

I really enjoyed spending time with these two gentlemen (one being the man behind the camera, David) as they did this video. I came up with questions to ask and Shawn was a natural at answering them. He knew himself and knew how to carry himself. I can honestly say I will be looking for him to grow beyond small time to be as big of a name as Lecrae if not bigger.

Why I Read

I started reading at a young age. So young that I don’t even remember my first book. I do have this one vivid memory from when I was in elementary school. I was sitting in a corner reading a book and I raised my hand to ask my teacher a question. She told me she would be right back and went to help another student. I sat there reading for a while longer and then realized she never answered my question so I grabbed her attention again. I remember her rushing over and saying “I’m so sorry! I completely forgot! You are just so quiet.”

Now memories change over time so this could have been totally different when it happened but this is what I remember. My mother agrees that I was a quiet kid until I found my voice in middle school. Now she says I can’t shut up. I agree unless I have a good book then I want the world to hush. Which every adult knows it doesn’t happen like that sadly but I digress.

I read to escape the world around me. I am a college kid that has stress upon stress upon stress going on around me and reading can help escape that stress. Now I do have to put something off or plan very carefully so that I can read but I still do it. It is a balancing act. I read because I would rather not spend a thing and still travel to other worlds and dimensions than sit at home mindlessly watching tv. (Though I am hooked on Stranger Things.) I prefer to surround myself with a pile of the impossible to be read pile than surround myself with books that I have already read. (There is an article about that somewhere. I think my uncle shared it with me.)

All of these things make reading more appealing to me than ever before and I write this blog to share that love with you. 🙂






My First Opinion on a Read-Along

So I joined a read-along for the book Obsidian. At first, I was pretty excited to join this read-along because I have never joined one and it was the first experience for me. But after being in this read-along for two weeks I don’t think I will ever be ready to do another one. This read-along is of course over the internet and not a book club kind of meeting (which may make a difference I don’t know).

First, not many people who join the read-along join the conversations we have. I have noticed that there are about five people in this read-along and only about three of us contribute. This may not irk other people but it does me because I would like to get everyone’s opinion throughout the book. If only three-fifths are contributing (literally) then you only get three-fifths of the opinion instead of everyone’s viewpoint.

Second, I have no ability to wait on reading a book a certain number of chapters at a time. (Which is why I think a book club may be a better choice.) And because of this fact, I have to remember what happened in that set number of chapters when I join the conversation every week. This can make it hard for me to keep up with the conversation.

Third, it’s just not for me.

Now all of this is just my opinion after two weeks so by the time it ends this could have changed but currently this is why I don’t like read-alongs.