2017 Goals | New Year, New Reads!

2017 is finally here and with it are my reading goals for the year! Feel free to check out how I fared in my 2016 goals here!


Read one book for fun each month

My reading for pleasure will be taking a dive this year as I am *finally* beginning my graduate career. However, to offset the stress/boredom of required reading and to make sure I do not quit reading for fun for three whole years, I will be doing my best to read one book a month.

Post on this blog once a week

I had this goal last year, but I posted roughly twice a month in 2016. I am proud that I continued to post for the full year of 2016 and that I did not quit this blog. As I have already proven that I am committed to this blog, then it is time to push it further by posting once a week!

Post a book review once a month

This was the initial premise of this blog, but I only posted one book review for 2016. With my goal of reading 1 book a month this should aid in completing this task. It also helps my goal of posting once a week with at least one guaranteed post a month!

Participate in a virtual book club for at least one month

I originally wanted to participate for a full year, but as my time will be limited due to schooling I thought it best to try a book club (I’m thinking Banging Book Club or Our Shared Shelf) for one month out of the year. I may even try both!

Goodreads Book Challenge (25 books)

Again, my time will be limited this year, so I set the goal of 25 books read for 2017. I do not know if I will include my graduate reading (I think that may be cheating). Clearly this would require me reading over one book a month, but who knows I may surprise myself!

 

What reading resolutions have you set for yourself in 2017? What are you most looking forward to this year? Share in the comments down below!

Until next post,
Pilar

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2016 In Review

It has been one year since I started this blog. Along with it I gave myself goals to accomplish in the year of 2016. Today I will be looking back at these goals! Be sure to check out my 2017 New Year, New Reads goals!

Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge: 50 books

If you have a Goodreads account, then I encourage you to try this challenge! It’s a simple challenge where you set your own goal for how many books you want to read for the year. You can join at ANY time, so do not feel as if you have to wait until the next year to participate. In 2015, I decided to join the challenge in June, or the first time I had logged on GR since I set up the account back in 2012, and set quite the goal of 100 books. In the remaining seven months, I read 14 books, or two books for each of the seven months! I am very proud of myself and the challenge was a great motivator. This year, I set the goal at 50 books which is roughly 4 – 5 books to read each month. Quite a task! I am going to do my best to reach the goal, but it is more of a motivation tool and a way to better my reading skills. Anyone wishing to hone their reading skills or love challenges, sign on up!

Final result: 31/50 books read for 2016. No, I did not acheive my goal of 50, but I cannot recall the last time I read 31 books in 1 year. I am very proud of myself! Plus a bonus of enjoying some great books with a handful being classics. *High fives self*

Read War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I cannot recall why I Googled Leo Tolstoy, but as I clicked away I end up on a Wikipedia page for the author which led me to a page for his work War & Peace. I had heard about this book for years, but always with the context that it was a daunting read that could never be finished. Having read up on the work, I discovered it is an epic historical novel. It follows five aristocratic families during the years of the Napoleonic Wars. I’m partial to historic novels, so I have decided to take on Tolstoy’s War & Peace. I will be reading the Aylmer and Louise Maude translation, however, it is the Oxford World’s Classics newest edition which has fixed all the “errors” of the Maude version such as the Anglicized name changes (original names restored) and translation of the French to English (footnotes with the English translation added). I will be reviewing each book, the Oxford edition has it broken into 5 parts, as well.

I did not read War & Peace. Heck, I didn’t even purchase or check out a copy. I did spend a fair amount of time researching which edition/translation I should get. I narrowed it down to The Maudes (Louise and Alymer) and Garnett (Constance). I’m pretty knowledgeable on the various translations and edition of Tolstoy’ War & Peace which is something. I also learned War & Peace is shorter than GRRM series Fire & Ice, so it will be a walk in the park (ha!).

Post on Quibs Full of Nargles Once a Week

While this goal is more about writing than reading, I wanted to add it to my list as to make sure this blogging experiment is successful. My intention for starting this blog was a way to grow my reading skills with the added benefit of improving my writing skills. Obviously, each weekly post will not be a book review as I am simply not that fast of a reader nor have I the luxury to sit about all day to read (a girl can dream though!). My life is pretty busy with my job, social life, raising a kitten, and simply doing my best to stay afloat with this whole adulting business. I do plan to keep my posts book related for the most part, however, I am always open to trying new things once in a blue moon. Most importantly though, I will pushing quality content over quantity. The latter is neither beneficial to myself or you the reader. Once a week is the minimum, so some weeks may have more posts which will be a special treat for all, right!?

I did my best. Out of the total of 25 posts to this blog, 22 were in 2016. Roughly, twice a month. Yes, not exactly close, but I am proud in that I kept publishing here for a full year. I thought of quitting or creating a new blog and starting over, but I didn’t. I wasn’t that great of posting book reviews, yet I still found the will to put up post for a whole year. Don’t worry, I look forward to pushing myself more this year, but I see this as growth for me.

Monthly Booktube Video

As I mentioned in my very first post briefly, I created a YouTube channel and tried my hand at booktubing, or video blogging about books. A quick Google search or YouTube search will yield results of popular Booktubers for reference, but as I am currently editing this post the idea to use this topic as a later post has popped into my head: Booktubing 101! Back to my story, I did my best to post a video a week, but have a VERY out dated editing program and it all simply took too much time which lead to the hobby not being fun anymore. I very much want to revive my channel as I enjoyed connecting with fellow book lovers and readers as I am sure I will do on this blog as well. The plan is do to condensed versions of my blog book reviews for my Booktube channel, however, there are several fun videos such as Top 5 Wednesdays and Tags that may pop up from time to time to bust up the flow. Any book reviews I record for my channel will also have an accompanying blog post here. The best of both worlds!

I did not complete this goal. I honestly go back and forth on whether to post videos or not. I do want to give posting videos another shot, but I am going to keep my channel as a creative outlet space. It would be “undefined” in a sense. I’m not interested in making money (I have a great job) nor fame (talking to strangers in real life and on the interwebz still gives me anxiety). We’ll see in 2017.

Join in 5 Readathons

I participated in Booktube-a-thon 2015 in August as well as the holiday version in December and had a blast! There are many read-a-thons in the booktube community as well as in the blog and social media realms. Each read-a-thon has their own set of rules, such as, read a book with blue on the cover, read a book that has an author that shares the first initial of your last name, and others dictating specific requirements for book selection. Read-a-thons are a great way to connect with other people over social media as well as the benefits of improving your reading skills and mind. I will post any read-a-thons I plan to participate in this year in case others wish to join! As it stands right now, I will be participating in Booktube-a-thon 2016 as well as the holiday version. Two down three to go!

I joined one readathons this year: Booktube-a-thon 2016 and I did okay. Honestly, I cannot recall it very much. I was more focused on trying to hit my 4 – 5 books a month and realizing how reading was becoming a chore due to that. However, the time I did spend participating and engaging on Twitter was fun.

Complete all 10 Books on my Currently Reading List on Goodreads

I have a bad reading habit or a unique reading style, whichever way you look at it my habit/style has led to a problem. I have a tendency to read several books at once. I have read/heard this style of reading referred to as chaotic reading. I get very excited about new books I have bought, been given as a gift, lent or somehow end up in my possession. So much so, I end up placing the current book I am reading down, read the new one, then switch back to the previous book, perhaps switch to another book as I am not in the mood for the new or old book, and just it continues until I am drowning in half finished books. I do my best to keep it in check, read-a-thons and goals really help me with that task, but I have let it run wild leading to having 10 books I am “currently” reading. So before I can move on to any other books, including War & Peace, I must knock out these 10 reads, for my sanity and to be capable of reaching any of the above goals! Edit: I began reading a new book, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Help! I’m unstoppable!

I kept poor tabs on the 10 books I am referring to in this goal. I do believe I completed it as there were only one or two books I DNF, but it was later in the year. Yay! One goal TRULY completed!

While I did not complete all but one of my goals, it was year a growth for me on this blog. There are also 20+ of y’all reading my posts which is amazing to me! I appreciate your support in 2016 and am excited to move forward with y’all in 2017! What goals did you have for 2016? Any goals for the new year?

Thank you & until next post,
Pilar

Things I’m Bad at As an Adult

This post was inspired by JennaMarbles video Things I'm Bad At As An Adult

This is a list of things I am bad at, at the age of 26. I would have thought adulthood/age/time would have had me grown out of these essentially bad habits, but here we are. As Jenna states in her video that putting her thoughts/rants/complaints/etc. into the world seems to have her benefit from them by improving herself or other good karma, I thought I would give this a try in hopes I might quit some of these not very adult habits.

 

I’m terrible at loading/unloading the dishwasher. My sink is always a mountain of smelly dishes and I use my dishwasher as cabinet for clean dishes.

I’m horrid at cleaning in general. Sure, I sweep/mop/vacuum my floors once a week, but anything additional (cleaning the kitchen, dusting, cleaning the bathroom, etc.) gets left until something is growing, attracts vermin or I have a guest coming over.

I’m slowly becoming awful at managing my money. Seriously, my account held $0.63 last week. NO. *hand clap emoji* GURL. *hand clap emoji* STOP. *hand clap emoji*poorI get into bed at 10:00pm like a responsible “I have to be at work before 8:00am adult,” but I do not go to sleep until midnight giving 6 hours of sleep which is not enough for me, so I end up crashing once or twice a week after work, take 4 – 6hr naps and continue the cycle of madness. *cries*

I make plans to workout, may even do so for at most 3 days, then give in to my lazy tendencies, beat myself up about not working out and start the whole process over again after several months. I’m not looking to be a model. Just want a healthy body with less back pain.

My procrastination is out of control.

I’ve become a lazy pet owner. I feed her and meet her needs. I could simply be better is all. For example, more playtime, walks, getting flea treatment not at the last minute *see procrastination*.

I am blessed with excellent insurance at such a young age. I should put it to use someday by scheduling appointments with a doctor and dentist.

I am terrible at speaking on the phone and in real life. I’ve held a customer service type job going on three years, help me!

I  have commitment issues in terms of projects/hobbies/etc.

Well this was cathartic. What things are you bad at as an adult? Share in the comments down below!

Until next post,
Pilar

Camp NaNoWriMo | July 2016

CampNaNoWriMo

Hello!

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! So far mine has been going well as has my summer reading. I am slightly behind schedule, but not far enough off to throw it all into chaos. Speaking of chaos, I have decided to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this July!

For those thinking, NaNoWho?, I will give a brief summary. NaNoWriMo aka National Novel Writing Month which takes place in November, is where participants spend the whole month of November writing a 50,000 word novel. Okay, but it’s July not November. Correct, however every April and July, NaNoWriMo hosts Camp NaNoWriMo where participants set their own word count, work on whatever they choose from novels, to poetry, short stories, practice writing, edit finished works, or whatever their little writing heart desires for the full month of April and/or July. As Camp NaNoWriMo puts it: “An idyllic summer retreat, smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life.”

If you are interested in learning more about NaNoWriMo or Camp NaNoWriMo, then I have linked to their appropriate pages.

So, now that we are all on the same page, I wanted to inform the interwebz I will be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo July 2016. I have a goal of 10,000 words and to write every day. I am working on a new novel that I have been constructing since May 2016. I hope to continue work on the project for NaNoWriMo in November.

If you are also participating this July or just joined after reading this, you can find me here! I already have Cabin mates, but I’m open to making new writer friends! Perhaps we can meet up in the Campfire Circle Forum!

My story that I am working on is horror/supernatural. I do not want to give too much away, but it involves investigative reporting that leads to the uncovering of a nasty secret. I was definitely influenced by the X-Files along with other crepy and spoopy sources. I’m so excited to begin!

Your turn! What are you writing this Camp NaNoWriMo? Editing an old one? Starting a new project? Let me know down in the comments!

Until next post,
Pilar

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New Year, New Reads!

Howdy!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s and that 2016 is shaping up to be a great year for you as well! Mine has started off quite well and I am still carrying the excitement of the fresh, new feeling that each new year brings. As is the time honored tradition with each passing New Year, I have indulged in creating New Year resolutions for myself. However, I took it a step further and created a list of resolutions solely about reading. I thought I would share with you my list as a way to 1) Stick to these goals as that is usually the hardest part and 2) Inspire others to create their own New Year, New Reads list!

 

New Year, New Reads  2016

 

Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge: 50 books

If you have a Goodreads account, then I encourage you to try this challenge! It’s a simple challenge where you set your own goal for how many books you want to read for the year. You can join at ANY time, so do not feel as if you have to wait until the next year to participate. In 2015, I decided to join the challenge in June, or the first time I had logged on GR since I set up the account back in 2012, and set quite the goal of 100 books. In the remaining seven months, I read 14 books, or two books for each of the seven months! I am very proud of myself and the challenge was a great motivator. This year, I set the goal at 50 books which is roughly 4 – 5 books to read each month. Quite a task! I am going to do my best to reach the goal, but it is more of a motivation tool and a way to better my reading skills. Anyone wishing to hone their reading skills or love challenges, sign on up!

Read War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I cannot recall why I Googled Leo Tolstoy, but as I clicked away I end up on a Wikipedia page for the author which led me to a page for his work War & Peace. I had heard about this book for years, but always with the context that it was a daunting read that could never be finished. Having read up on the work, I discovered it is an epic historical novel. It follows five aristocratic families during the years of the Napoleonic Wars. I’m partial to historic novels, so I have decided to take on Tolstoy’s War & Peace. I will be reading the Aylmer and Louise Maude translation, however, it is the Oxford World’s Classics newest edition which has fixed all the “errors” of the Maude version such as the Anglicized name changes (original names restored) and translation of the French to English (footnotes with the English translation added). I will be reviewing each book, the Oxford edition has it broken into 5 parts, as well.

Post on Quibs Full of Nargles Once a Week

While this goal is more about writing than reading, I wanted to add it to my list as to make sure this blogging experiment is successful. My intention for starting this blog was a way to grow my reading skills with the added benefit of improving my writing skills. Obviously, each weekly post will not be a book review as I am simply not that fast of a reader nor have I the luxury to sit about all day to read (a girl can dream though!). My life is pretty busy with my job, social life, raising a kitten, and simply doing my best to stay afloat with this whole adulting business. I do plan to keep my posts book related for the most part, however, I am always open to trying new things once in a blue moon. Most importantly though, I will pushing quality content over quantity. The latter is neither beneficial to myself or you the reader. Once a week is the minimum, so some weeks may have more posts which will be a special treat for all, right!?

Monthly Booktube Video

As I mentioned in my very first post briefly, I created a YouTube channel and tried my hand at booktubing, or video blogging about books. A quick Google search or YouTube search will yield results of popular Booktubers for reference, but as I am currently editing this post the idea to use this topic as a later post has popped into my head: Booktubing 101! Back to my story, I did my best to post a video a week, but have a VERY out dated editing program and it all simply took too much time which lead to the hobby not being fun anymore. I very much want to revive my channel as I enjoyed connecting with fellow book lovers and readers as I am sure I will do on this blog as well. The plan is do to condensed versions of my blog book reviews for my Booktube channel, however, there are several fun videos such as Top 5 Wednesdays and Tags that may pop up from time to time to bust up the flow. Any book reviews I record for my channel will also have an accompanying blog post here. The best of both worlds!

Join in 5 Readathons

I participated in Booktube-a-thon 2015 in August as well as the holiday version in December and had a blast! There are many read-a-thons in the booktube community as well as in the blog and social media realms. Each read-a-thon has their own set of rules, such as, read a book with blue on the cover, read a book that has an author that shares the first initial of your last name, and others dictating specific requirements for book selection. Read-a-thons are a great way to connect with other people over social media as well as the benefits of improving your reading skills and mind. I will post any read-a-thons I plan to participate in this year in case others wish to join! As it stands right now, I will be participating in Booktube-a-thon 2016 as well as the holiday version. Two down three to go!

Complete all 10 Books on my Currently Reading List on Goodreads

I have a bad reading habit or a unique reading style, whichever way you look at it my habit/style has led to a problem. I have a tendency to read several books at once. I have read/heard this style of reading referred to as chaotic reading. I get very excited about new books I have bought, been given as a gift, lent or somehow end up in my possession. So much so, I end up placing the current book I am reading down, read the new one, then switch back to the previous book, perhaps switch to another book as I am not in the mood for the new or old book, and just it continues until I am drowning in half finished books. I do my best to keep it in check, read-a-thons and goals really help me with that task, but I have let it run wild leading to having 10 books I am “currently” reading. So before I can move on to any other books, including War & Peace, I must knock out these 10 reads, for my sanity and to be capable of reaching any of the above goals! Edit: I began reading a new book, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Help! I’m unstoppable!

I am very excited to begin checking off each item as 2016 rolls along. Do you have any reading resolutions for 2016? How about tips on how to stick to them or motivation tricks? Anyone looking forward to certain read-a-thons this year? I would love to read your responses in the comments!

New Year, New Nargle,

Pilar

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Intro Full of Nargles

Howdy! Welcome to Quibs Full of Nargles!
I am Pilar, and I will be your blogger for this post. I’ll begin this icebreaker by giving a few tidbits about myself:
• I am 25 years old.
• I am pursuing a career in the librarian field and am presently employed as one.
• I recently re-kindled my joy of reading two years ago which surprisingly coincided with me graduating university (Where my Liberal Arts peeps at?).
• I am new pet parent to an adorable 5 month old kitten named Cleopatra aka Cleo. 10 points to your Hogwarts House of choice if you can guess why I named her after the Queen of the Nile!

 CleoBlogHere is a hint.

Enough about me, let’s dive into to what exactly is Quibs Full of Nargles! First off, if you couldn’t tell by my two Harry Potter references in the blog title and intro, I am a fan of HP. Now do not fret, this blog is much more than about the Boy Who Lived. As I mentioned, I have recently picked up reading for pleasure again which has led me to the world of book bloggers and booktubers. I’ve tried my hand at booktubing, but I believe it is something I will ease into again at a later time. However, this past November I took part in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, where I rekindled the flames of writing. I did not win this year, but I wrpte over 12,000 words. It was a win for me to have even tried NaNo and a bonus to have written that many words. Why is that relevant? After NaNo ended, I realized I wanted to keep writing, but not only stories I created from my imagination. Thus came the idea of trying my hand at blogging, specifically about books. This blog will contain mostly book reviews and discussions about books I have read. I have noticed there are fun posts such as Waiting on Wednesday where bloggers list books they are “patiently” anticipating their release, reading challenges, and various book inspired posts, all of which I will incorporate into my blog as I see fit. However, the majority of posts will be my thoughts/opinions on books I have chosen to read. I am excited to begin my blogging adventure and look forward to meeting fellow bibliophiles along the way!

Until next post,
Pilar the Biblio Nargle

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