I cannot believe we’ve reached the end of May! Doing monthly wrap-ups mean you realise how fast the time is going. I’m sure you know from my other blog posts and from Twitter that i’m in the midst of a YALC panic. I have so many books i want to read before YALC and i definitely don’t think i’ll get through them all. So for the next few months i’ll be solely reading books from authors who are attending YALC and i want to get to before the event. May was the start of that.
For most of my younger life i let my dyslexia beat me and never even attempted reading. I was behind in my scheduled reading in school, and once secondary school hit i could get away with my inability to read an actual book cover to cover. I’m not saying this is the right way to do it, but it’s the way i did it.
Title: The Last Lecture
Author: Randy Pausch
Genre: Non-Fiction, Thought
Publisher: Two Roads
Publication Date: 24th June 2010
Summary: When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give ‘a last lecture’ lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. But the lecture he gave, ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams’, wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.
Title: Hold Still
Author: Nina LaCour
Genre: YA, Romance
Publication Date: 5th October 2010
Summary: In the wake of her best friend Ingrid’s suicide, Caitlin is left alone, struggling to find hope and answers. When she finds the journal Ingrid left behind for her, she begins a journey of understanding and broadening her horizons that leads her to new friendships and first love. Nina LaCour brings the changing seasons of Caitlin’s first year without Ingrid to life with emotion, honesty, and captivating writing.
Title: What Light
Author: Jay Asher
Genre: YA, Christmas, Romance
Publication Date: 20th October 2016
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Summary: Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon – it’s an idyllic place for a girl to grow up, except that every year they have to pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life begins to eclipse the other. . .
Following up my post the other day about having some serious book thoughts when browsing Waterstones, i decided to do another unhaul. I was thinking a few days ago about the amount of books that are on my shelves and the likeliness of me getting around to all of them. The chances are slim i’m telling you. So i really wanted to get the amount of books i own down, in hope it inspires me a little more to read the ones i have and the ones i’m most excited about.
One of my really big struggles as a reader is finding the time to actually sit down and read. Which really is the biggest problem a reader could come across. But sometimes things get in the way of reading, like school, work and Netflix. I’ve pulled together some helpful tips about finding the time to actually read a book.