Project 10 fail and Book Haul

I don’t know what went wrong. Everything was going great and then I couldn’t read anything. I would read a few pages and then I’d get tired or bored. The books I was reading weren’t particularly boring. I guess you’d call it a slump. I’ve been stressed and I’ve had very serious issues preoccupying my mental space so I can understand why I haven’t been in the mood.

I tired to force myself but that didn’t work.

It’s not that I haven’t been able to read in almost half a year, it’s that I’d read something really easy to finish. Some months I read one book. One month I read half a book.

It feels really weird. This isn’t normal for me because of how long I’ve been feeling like this.

Not being in the mood to read didn’t stop me from buying books.

Book haul that broke my Project 10

The sad thing about this list is that some of these were available to read online as they were written more than a century ago. My excuse for wasting money is, Amazon makes it too easy to buy eBooks. Seriously. I once accidentally pressed the buy button on a book I didn’t want. I didn’t even open the book but there was no way I could return it. eBooks cant be returned.

So here’s the list:

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois (GoodReads)

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington (GoodReads)

Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass by Fredrick Douglass (GoodReads)

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney (GoodReads)

The Willie Lynch Letter and The Making of a Slave (GoodReads)

This is horrific. I wanted to read something that could get me in the mind set of someone truly evil (for a character of course) but it made me really angry and deeply upset that something like this ever happened, but then I did some research about this book and I’d read somewhere that it’s a hoax. http://www.ferris.edu/news/jimcrow/question/may04.htm This website explains how this letter is a hoax simply by analysing the language. Some of the words that Willie Lynch uses were invented after the year 1712 (when this letter supposedly had been written).

Amulet Boxset: Books 1-3 by Kazu Kibuishi (GoodReads for Amulet #1 only)

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (GoodReads)

The Winners Crime by Marie Rutkoski (GoodReads)

Project 10

These are the books I read for project 10 #3:

20.  Sisters (Graphic Novel) by Raina Telemeier, May 13
21.  Daytripper (Graphic Novel) by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, May 15
22.  Bossypants (Audiobook) by Tina Fey, May 15
23.  Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchetta, May 16
24.  Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, May 20
25.  The Queens Army by Marissa Meyer, May 20
26.  P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han, May 31

I don’t think I’m going to continue with this. It did help me at a time when I couldn’t control my spending. If I feel overwhelmed with my TBR shelf I might start this up again.

As for reading, I just hope my slump goes away. Winter is almost here and it’s the season that makes reading enjoyable and also makes me feel nostalgic after watching 90’s movies or Harry Potter.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a good day.

Alina

PROJECT 10 BOOKS #2

Project 10 Books #2

I am glad to say that I have completed my second Project 10 books.

The books I’ve read are:

11    Mitosis     Feb 15
12    The Winners Curse     Feb 16
13    Bridge of Snow     Feb 16
14    Everything I Never Told You     Mar 5
15    Finnikin of the Rock     Mar 10
16    Lord Arthur Saviles Crime     Mar 13
17    Yes Please (audiobook)     Mar 19
18    Froi of the Exiles     Mar 22
19    Smile (Graphic Novel)     Apr 1
20    Sisters (Graphic Novel)     May 13

If you would like to see my first Project 10 please click on link.

Also click on book titles for book reviews.

I can buy one book but I can’t decide on which one I should get. I haven’t yet felt the need to purchase books. Right now I just want to read the books I own and maybe later I can buy a couple of books instead of just one.

I’m also afraid that if I don’t read the books I own I might never read them again.

Does anyone else have that problem? Also, what challenges are you participating in?

Thanks for reading 🙂 And have a nice day.

PROJECT 10 BOOKS

Read 10 before I buy

Read 10 before you buy is exactly what it sounds like. I’m not sure who I can credit this idea to, but I have heard about it a lot on YouTube.

Initially I didn’t see the point to this, and if I didn’t go on holiday or if I wasn’t tired of my lack of self-control in purchasing books, I may not have participated in this project.

Over a month ago, I was on holiday, and in preparation for it I bought way too many books. I told myself ‘this book is on sale for God knows how long’, THANK you Christmas Sales. When I looked at my bank statement, I was ashamed that I wasted so much money. I like having nice clothes, even though I hate shopping for them, but I end up spending my money on books.

I kept buying and buying and nothing could stop me. I had spent most of last year not allowing myself to buy anything that I didn’t need or have time for, but when I looked at all of my spending for last year, I hadn’t deprived myself like I thought I had. For some reason I thought I was controlling my spending. I HADN’T. I honestly don’t know how this happened.

I was raised to not waste money, by my mother, I think I picked this habit up from my father.

The best way I know I will actual use something, is if I really want it. Or in this case, if I’m interested in that particular book, I’d want to read it when I’m in the mood to read (this is why I love e-books).

Anyway, I was determined to read all the books I had purchased. I wasn’t planning on participating in this project because I know how I am. Sometimes I just want to buy a book or two and I won’t allow anything to get in the way of that.

I admitted to myself that I was participating in this after I had read, maybe 14 books and I hadn’t purchased any during that time, that’s when I knew I could do this.

These are the first 10 books I’ve read:

PROJECT 10 BOOKS
1   Revolver    Jan 2
2   Cinder    Jan 10
3   House of Pomegranates    Jan 12
4   The Warrior Heir    Jan 18
5   Opal    Jan 18
6   The Ocean at the End of the Lane    Jan 18
7   Since You’ve Been Gone    Jan 29
8   A Midsummer Night’s Dream    Jan 31
9   Blue Lily, Lily Blue    Feb 2
10   Steelheart    Feb 15

Click on book titles for book reviews.

The Book I Bought: The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Buying books has become difficult. Actually I am not as interested in it as I once was. I am close to completing my 2nd project 10 books and that is when I decided to buy the Sanderson book. And I only bought it because it was on sale.

I would say this project is very beneficial to those with a competitive nature. Challenge yourself to read the books you own or read books you really want to read and don’t be impulsive and waste your hard earned money.