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Being an Environmentally Conscious Reader

I love reading, obviously, but don’t love thinking about how much books are negatively impacting our planet. Earth Day was yesterday and I got to thinking about how to be a more environmentally conscious reader so here’s a little ramble.

Ebooks and Audiobooks are a thing!

This is such a ‘duh,’ but crazy fact, ebooks and audiobooks DON’T USE PAPER. Amazing. Profound. Brand new idea. But really, ebooks and audiobooks are much kinder to the environment because they aren’t printed on paper that comes from trees and ink that comes from… something probably from the Earth. Yeah the fact that computers, ereaders, phones, etc have a negative impact on the planet with manufacturing, advertising, and distributing sucks, but ebooks and audiobooks aren’t printed.

wow I’m really not selling this idea, but I’m going to try and make an effort to read more ebooks and listen to more audiobooks lol


Borrowing the newest releases helps to reduce the negative impact on Mother Earth because you’re using a copy someone else has also used! Yay for libraries!! I’m a huge advocate for using your local library because:

  1. it’s cheap
  2. it’s easy
  3. it’s fun
  4. it’s cheap
  5. it’s cheap
  6. umm…

yeah. Go borrow some books from your local library.

Buying Used Books

There’s nothing like the smell of a new book, but there’s also nothing as special as finding a well-loved copy of a book and appreciating the fact that someone else has read that specific copy. I LOVE used books because:

  1. they’re cheap (lol repeat from last time crazy)
  2. they have a story
  3. it’s fun searching the shelves

Buying used books helps the environment because you’re buying something that was already sold and distributed! You’re repurposing.




Help our planet by being an environmentally conscious reader <3

Getting Excited About Reading Again

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog you will have noticed that I am still reading quite a few books after coming to college. Yay! Go me. But a lot of the books I’ve been having to read are 2 or 3 stars, which is really hard to get excited about.

I just started A Court of Thorns and Roses last night, and it reminds me how exciting reading can be for me. I LOVE reading about faeries and fey, and I love reading fantasy. So why don’t I read more of what I like?

That’s the real question, honestly. I think the reason I haven’t been excited for reading as much is because I haven’t been reading books I’ve been excited for. I have been looking forward to reading A Court of Thorns and Roses since everyone was super excited about it on Booktube right when it came out, but I put it off.

This leads to another question. Why put off books you’re excited about? I always do this to myself and I really want to kick this habit. I get wrapped up in all the books that I feel like I have to read, and don’t read the ones I want to read.

I always feel obligated to read the books I’ve had the longest or continuations of series, but sometimes that puts me in a rut. I want a new story with new characters sometimes!

I challenge you to embark on this reading-what-you-want journey with me!


Pre-ordering books. Great, or a waste of time?

I personally am torn between the two, because sometimes a pre-order can cost more than the book at a store, but you can also have it delivered the day it comes out, which is always fun.

The one book I have pre-ordered right now is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I have always been a huge Cassandra Clare fan, and have read and reviewed all the Shadowhunter books, so whenever she has a new release I just want to read it right away. I hope that I can get my copy the day it comes out so I can read it right then. I’m currently rereading Lady Midnight and loving it even more the second time.

I never pre-order first books in series unless it’s from an author I love. I don’t just randomly pre-order books because I still have so many TBR books to read at home… I think the idea of pre-ordering is fun because you get the book right away after it’s released, but I also think it can be quite expensive.

Let me know how you feel about pre-ordering books down below!

Intimidating TBR


To Be Read.

The intimidating pile of unread books.

Books, books, and huh. More books.

Now. The problem of having “too many books” isn’t really a big problem. Why would it be a big deal to have a variety to choose from? Hmmmm.

I am currently 7 books behind on my Goodreads goal, but I have about 200 books on my shelves that I’d love to read. How does this happen? I am going to blame my busy life and the school year coming to a close, but I also have a difficult time deciding on a book. The thing with me is that I impulsively start books even if I don’t want to just because I feel obligated to read them because I’ve read the first few in the series.

Shocking, but true. Why would you choose to read something you don’t want to, Aubrey? Idk man.

My TBR pile is extremely large, and it is my goal to read as many of the books on my shelves as I can this year. I’ve read 24 books this year, and I’m pretty proud of that, but I’m still behind on my Goodreads goal. *cough 7 books.* I find that I struggle with having a large TBR pile because I feel overwhelmed and obligated to read and finish books. Problem? Yes and no.

I think my plan for attacking my pile of unread books is to just read them in the order on my shelves. I have all of my books in a beautiful rainbow *with some overflow on the top* and I always look at them and am proud of the books I’ve read. So, I think it would be good for me to read them as they appear on my shelves.

I also think that I should finish the *way too* many series I’ve started. I haven’t read all the Harry Potter books. I know. I know. I’m reading them this summer. Pinky promise. I’ve not finished the Giver Quartet. I haven’t finished Percy Jackson, Vampire Academy, Twilight, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hundred, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Rebel Belle, The Wrath and the Dawn, Outlander, The Raven Cycle. The list literally just goes on and on and on and on. I think that I NEED to finish some of these series in order to feel better about myself and have some closure.

I have no idea how I’m going to read all my books, but my goal is to have all the books on my shelves read before I leave for college. I have one and a half full years.


Take down the intimidating TBR pile!

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Not Finishing Books

Am I the only one who feels bad when they don’t finish a book? I have always felt bad stopping in the middle of a book because I feel as though I’m not giving the author and the publisher enough credit. But. I also believe that life is too short to read bad books.

Now, not to say that the books I’ve stopped reading are bad in general, but it was a wrong time for me to read it or I just wasn’t feeling it, and that is okay. I have struggled with this my whole life, and have only stopped reading a few books throughout my life. I stopped these books because of myself being reminded that life is to short to read books I’m not loving. I will finish a book or a series if I feel like there are some redeeming qualities to it, but I don’t want to read a book I’m not excited to read in the first place.

I decided to write about this because I stopped reading The Ghost Bride because I really wasn’t liking it. The names were confusing me, the culture didn’t make sense to me, I didn’t like the idea of someone marrying a ghost. There wasn’t anything going for me, so I decided to stop pressuring myself, and just stop. It’s okay to stop because it is just a single book. There are so many wonderful books out there that I’ve not read and will never get the chance to read, so why would I want to read books I don’t like?

How do you feel about quitting books? What books have you quit?

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AHH! This is the moment we’ve been waiting for! A (hopefully) wonderful TV series about our favorite books. The first episode of Shadowhunters premiered Tuesday the 12th. *as in yesterday* And I haven’t watched it yet. I would have loved to watch it right as it came out, but I had dance, and I wanted to watch it with my friends. Anyway, I just wanted to express how excited I am to see this world come to life on screen.

I get that there was a movie, but it was pretty awful, and there wasn’t much going for it, but this is going to be good. The casting choices are absolutely perfect. Dom Sherwood and Matthew Daddario. I mean come on. They’re wonderful and they will be the perfect Jace and Alec.

Very attractive young men. Not to mention, I’ve heard absolutely amazing things about the first episode. I can’t wait to see where this series goes throughout the first season. I am so happy it’s an actual show!

Also, Lady Midnight is coming out in March! Cassandra Clare is just hitting it off with the Shadowhunter world this year. We get to read about Emma Carstairs and her adventures, and oh my gosh it’s going to be so great.

Have you seen the first episode of Shadowhunters on Freeform? Did you enjoy it? NO SPOILERS :)

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Goodreads Goals

As the year comes to an end, everyone scrambles to finish their Goodreads reading goals by the end of the year. People read children’s picture books just to get enough books done throughout the year. I, believe me, have read some small books deliberately at the end of the year in the past, but this year I think I’m going to calm down and read what I want to. I will finish all my review books by the end of the year; hopefully very soon so then I can read some books that I really want to read. I still don’t know how I feel about reading goals in general; is it worth it to put all the pressure on yourself?

I don’t think that reading needs to be a competition. You should read what you want to. I am currently 5 books behind schedule on my Goodreads challenge, and I’m going to try and catch up, but I am not trying to pressure myself. Next week I will have finished my book club book and one of the review books, so I will be up two more. I am putting my classes in school before reading, and that’s just how it has to work right now. (I am about to finish my Composition II class online. WOO!)

I love reading, and always will. I don’t need to pressure myself to read. I will read when I feel inclined to, but if I want to watch YouTube or Netflix I’m going to ;)

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Reading Speed

After looking at the website BookBlogging.net *best thing ever, and I have no idea how I didn’t find it earlier!* I found a post from the blog Mara Was Here. She got tagged in a post on another blog, and was asked the question: “How long does it normally take you to read a book?” After reading this post, I’ve decided to create my own.

Last year I read between 1 and 3 books each week, especially in the summer, but this year I have not had time to read! I love reading, obviously, and it makes me really sad that I can’t finish as many books as I had been previously. I have been reading Outlander for multiple months… It has never taken me more than a month to read a book before, granted it is 850 pages, but still.

I would love to be able to read a book a week, so I will be concentrating on reading more during the holidays. I am so excited because I have a 4 day weekend this week, then school one day next week, then a five day break for Thanksgiving! I can’t wait, because I will get so much reading done :)

How fast do you read?

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Reading Multiple Books at Once

I am, as you all know, an avid reader. I know a lot of people have trouble focusing on more than one book at once, but I’m currently read 4. I know that seems like a lot, but I have reasons. I am reading one for school, one for book club, one for fun, and one for review. I have them all differentiated in my head, and I don’t get confused by different plots. I used to only read one book at a time, no exceptions. I wouldn’t even start a new book in fear that I would forget information from the previous book before taking an AR (Accelerated Reader) test.

But now that I’m older, I’ve realized that it’s fun to challenge yourself. I love reading multiple books at the same time because I actually have to think when I’m reading them. It’s also nice because once you get into a reading mood you can finish multiple books one right after another quickly.

What’s your take on reading multiple books at once? Are you in a book club that has you read a book in smaller sections?

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Reading Update

Hello, everyone! I just wanted to thank everyone who reads my blog consistently for sticking around with me through my lack of posting throughout this year. I’ve been so beyond busy, but it really means so much to me that I have people who read what I write about.


The point(e) *ha ha. dance jokes* of this post was to explain to people who ‘feel bad about not reading,’ and feel as though they aren’t good bloggers because they don’t read 500 books a month… that it is okay. You aren’t a failure because you don’t read as fast as other people. You aren’t a failure because you don’t have time to post. If you’re making the effort, YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE. I’ve watched quite a few videos on YouTube where people talk about why they’ve stopped making videos for 3 months because of their schedules, and it’s okay!

The moral of the story is: don’t feel bad about something you can’t control. It is alright to not post or read; it’s your right. Don’t feel bad :)

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