WWW Wednesday (9/6/17) (& an Announcement!)

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Hello, everyone! WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple: answer the three questions and leave a link on Sam’s post.

The Three Ws are:

 

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

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Kourtni Reads is 1 Year Old! (+ Giveaway!)

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I honestly didn’t really think, back when I started blogging, that I’d make it this long. I have a bit of a problem with committing to time-consuming things and if there’s anything I’ve learned about blogging, it’s that it’s time-consuming. But today marks my one-year blogiversary. Exactly a year ago today, I started this blog and I can honestly say that it was a fantastic decision. I’ve loved blogging and talking to all of you so much more than I ever would have imagined. Over the past year, I’ve met so many amazing bloggers and have read so many amazing books, many of which I never would have even considered reading before I was a blogger.

I’ve been struggling for weeks trying to figure out how I should celebrate my blog turning a year old. I wanted to do something to not only celebrate my blog (and my rare show of commitment) but also to say thank you to all of you who have been following me and supporting me throughout the past year. No matter how long you’ve been here, I’m so grateful for all of my followers! I finally decided that a great way to do both of these things would be to give away a copy of one of my favorite books that I read during 2016. You may (or may not) have seen my post from last week about my top 10 favorite reads from this year. By entering my giveaway, you’ll have the chance to win one of those books.

The giveaway will run for the next week and close on 1/8/17 at midnight. This is open internationally if The Book Depository ships to you. If you aren’t sure whether or not they ship to you, you can check here. If you’re in the US, you can choose to have the book shipped either from Amazon or TBD – it’s up to you! If, for some reason, the book gets lost/damaged in the mail, I will not be responsible. Once I buy it, it’s out of my hands! I don’t expect this will be a problem, though. 🙂 If the winner is under 18, they must have permission to give out their address. I promise I won’t use your mailing info for anything besides mailing your prize! Okay, I think that covers it. So… here’s the link to the giveaway form!

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!


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2017 Reading & Blogging Goals

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2016 was my first year of reading a lot and of blogging. I surprised myself by finishing my goal of reading 50 books back in September and by posting as frequently as I have, putting a lot of energy into reading and blogging. I didn’t have a ton of explicit goals for myself during 2016 but now that I’ve had a year to see what my reading and blogging habits are like, I’ve come up with a few clear goals to focus on during 2017.

Read More Diversely

This is without a doubt my #1 goal for 2017. I managed to read somewhat diversely during 2016 but definitely could do a lot better. My goal is to read at least one “diverse” book every month, but, ideally, I’ll read one “diverse” book for every nondiverse book I read. I’m defining diverse as having a main character or author who is a person of color, identifies as LGBTQIAP, has a disability (including physical or mental disabilities as well as chronic or mental illnesses), or is a religious or ethnic minority. That’s about as specific as I can get it since there are so many different identities that I want to incorporate. I’m going to try to make as many of these books as possible own voices, but I’m not sure how well that will work out, especially since it can be hard to tell if a book is own voices or not. But I definitely want to make more of an effort to help support marginalized authors. I’m also going to try not to make too many of these choices books that talk about depression because I tend to read a lot of those already and one of the reasons I want to work on diversifying my reading is to expose myself to narratives and stories that I haven’t really read about before. A couple of books that I plan on reading to help with this goal are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill.

Read 50 Books

This is the same number of books I set as my goal for 2016 and while I did this with no problem, reaching my goal back in September, I decided to keep it the same rather than increase it because I want to read some bigger books and/or more intimidating books that may take a bit longer to read instead of just trying to cram as many books into the year as possible. If I made my goal higher, I don’t think I’d do very well with that. 50 books is still a lot of books anyway. 🙂

Don’t Buy So Many Books!

This is a big one for me and I tried to come up with some clear guidelines so I don’t end up copping out by changing my definition of what “too many books” is throughout the year. Knowing me I would just keep telling myself that buying 20 books a month is totally fine and I’m not buying too many, haha. I’m going to try to force myself to read 1 of my own books or a book I got from the library for every book I buy. I’m not sure how well this will work out for me, but this is my goal.

Read More Classics, Nonfiction, and Longer Books

I’m going pretty easy with this goal and only aiming to read 5 classics, 5 nonfiction books, and 5 books that are over 500 pages during 2017. That’s still a total of 15 books which will make up about a third of my reading goal of 50 books. I tend to get really intimidated with these kinds of books and so I just don’t pick them up, but I really want to change that this year. Some books I might read to help with this goal are 1984 by George Orwell, The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard (which I just got for Christmas from my older brother and my sister-in-law!), and A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

Beat the Backlist Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I posted my sign-up and TBR post for this. This is a pretty low-pressure challenge. The goal is to read books that were published before 2017 rather than only read new releases. Since I still have a TON of books that I own but haven’t read yet, this really shouldn’t be a problem at all. My goal right now is to read 20 books for this challenge, but I may end up increasing that depending on how well I do with it.

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

I’m not sure how much I’ll participate in this, but I’d like to check off at least a couple of those boxes. There are some that I think will be pretty easy like “read a debut novel” but there are also some, like “read a book about sports,” that could be kind of difficult, mostly because it doesn’t interest me very much, haha. There are also a few that could help with my goal to read more diversely, like “read a YA or MG book by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+” and “read a book set in Central or South America written by a Central or South American author.” Here’s the post on Book Riot if you want to learn more.

Interact More with Other Bloggers

This is something that I’ve been working on a lot recently and that I want to continue throughout 2017. I used to do pretty terribly with this and would only comment on posts from a couple of bloggers. As much as I love those bloggers, I want to interact with other people and get to know more of you! I’m hoping to also extend this to bloggers that I don’t currently follow and try to see more of the book blogging community that’s outside of my little bubble. 🙂

These are some of the goals I’m setting for myself in 2017. What are your 2017 reading and blogging goals?


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6 Month Blogoversary Q&A

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Today is my 6 month blogoversary! I’m honestly amazed that I’ve been blogging for this long already and even more amazed that anyone cares about what I have to say! haha Before I get onto the actual Q&A, I just want to say that you all have made this so much fun. I enjoy doing this so much more than I ever even thought I would.

A few days ago I posted an update mentioning that my 6 month blogoversary was coming up and that I wanted to do a Q&A with all of you to celebrate. You guys asked some great questions so without further ado, here we go. 🙂

Fatima @ NoteablePad asked: Are there ever times when you feel like blogging can be a real challenge, and how do you get past these times?

There have absolutely been times where blogging feels like a challenge. I’m still in college so when I get super busy with schoolwork, it’s hard to find time to read and blog. And there are of course times where I just don’t know what to post about. I don’t do a whole lot to get past it other than 1. remind myself my blog will still be here when I have time to blog again and/or 2. do some quicker posts that don’t need me to sit down and brainstorm like Teaser Tuesdays or a tag.

Novelgossip asked: Tips for new bloggers who are struggling to stay consistent?

I still struggle with consistency so I’m probably not the best to ask about this, but something that I’ve found helps a lot is assigning certain days for certain posts. For example, I leave Tuesdays for Teaser Tuesdays and/or Top Ten Tuesdays and Wednesdays for WWW Wednesdays. Then I do all my discussions on Thursdays and save the weekend for various other posts like tags. I don’t follow this 100% of the time, but having it as a general guideline is helpful. Find some sort of schedule like this that works for you and it can really help with consistency.

Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books asked: What’s your favorite part about the bookish community? How do you balance your personal life with your writing and reading life? What do you do when you have writer’s block?

My favorite part about the bookish community… This is hard but it’s probably getting to talk to all of the people in the community about books and discovering new books through them. Before I had a blog, I had no one to talk to about books so that’s something that I’ve really enjoyed about being a blogger.

Balancing my personal life with blogging, reading, etc. can be pretty hard especially when I’m in school. Basically I try to just do things that need to be done first (like homework) and use any spare minute I have to write blog posts or read. I also usually “go to bed” pretty early (around 10) and then spend an hour or two reading. That lets me get enough done without feeling like I’m neglecting anything.

I’m lucky enough that writer’s block has not been a huge issue for me thus far, but in the rare cases that it has happened I’ve just let myself take a break. By allowing myself to take a break and not beating myself up over it, I don’t feel as much pressure to come up with something to write and usually I end up coming up with ideas on my own pretty soon. There are also some blogs that have post ideas lists that I have bookmarked which can be helpful too.

Zainab @ TeenBookLit101 asked: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What are you currently doing in life besides blogging eg. Work, college etc.?

5 years from now I’ll hopefully have my Master’s and be a counselor of some sort. I’m still trying to figure that out haha I’d love to still be book blogging too. Hopefully life won’t get crazy enough that I need to abandon this blog, but who knows.

Besides blogging, I’m a college student (going into my senior year – yikes) studying psychology and trying to figure out exactly what it is I want to do with my life. But right now, I’m on summer break so I’m working for the summer at a Mexican restaurant.

Aentee @ Read at Midnight asked: What are some of your favourite books you found through blogging/following blogger’s recommendations? Have your reading tastes altered since you started blogging?

I’ve found some great books through blogging. A couple of my favorites would definitely be A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy. I found both of those through blogger recommendations. I’ll also count Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost and There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane since I got those as review copies which wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t blogging.

Since I started blogging, I definitely find myself reading a bigger variety of books. Before blogging, I was pretty much only reading sci-fi and fantasy, but now I’m reading a lot of historical fiction and contemporary as well. Those are genres I always liked, but for some reason neglected until I was blogging.


I just want to say thank you again too all of you for sending me questions and just for following my blog in the first place. 🙂 I love getting to interact with you and it’s been a big part of what has made blogging so much fun for me. Here’s to hoping the next 6 months are just as great!


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6 Month Blogoversary Coming Up

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Hi everyone! As of July 1st, I’ll have officially been blogging here for 6 months! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by and I can’t believe there are people actually interested in reading my blog.

On the 1st, I’ll be putting up a longer post about what the past 6 months have been like for me regarding books and my blog. I also want to include a Q&A. So if any of you have any questions you’d like me to answer, ask them below this post! They can be anything – they don’t have to be related to blogging or books. Any questions will be greatly appreciated! 🙂 Just leave your questions below and I’ll post answers on July 1st!


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Library Book Haul AKA Proof I Have No Self-Control

Remember how I mentioned that I was going to the library last night? And remember how I’ve always said I have no control when it comes to borrowing books from the library? Yeah… last night just reminded me of how true that is.

I originally was just planning on getting maybe around 3 or 4 books, as I still have tons of books that I’ve bought over the past few months that I haven’t read. I walked out with 9.

In my defense, they were all books that I had on my list of books to read and none were random books that I picked up without having heard of them before.

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There’s the stack of books that I got! In case you can’t see the picture for whatever reason, the books I got were:

  1. The Selection by Kiera Cass
  2. Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
  3. Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens
  4. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
  5. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  7. The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry
  8. Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
  9. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

I have no idea which one I’m going to read first so I think I’m going to start a TBR jar and just pick books from that. If you have any recommendations on which to prioritize, feel free to let me know!

April is Going to be Busy

Hi everyone! I’m just writing with a quick personal update.

As many of you probably know, I’m a college student (still can’t believe next year is my senior year) which means April is going to be crazy busy. It’s the last month of classes and then I have finals the first week of May. With the end of the semester comes countless projects, papers, etc. that I need to do. So I just wanted to give a heads up and let you all know that I may not be super active this month.

I’m still, of course, going to try to post at least semi-regularly and everything, but because I’ll have so much going on (I already do, to be honest) I may not have much time to read and therefore may not have a whole lot to talk about here. I know I need to prioritize school over the blog, but I love blogging so much so we’ll see. haha

Anyway, I’m hoping this month goes by quickly because then it’ll be summer break which gives me way more time to read! Yay! 🙂