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Tiny Navajo Writes: December Update and Announcements

Hey guys! The new year is here and I can say that I’m so very glad that it has come! 2020 was the year of the dumpster fire and I’m glad it’s done. Now, we look to the future with hopeful hearts and (hopefully) open minds and strive to make this year a better one than last year.

As promised, I do have an announcement: I’m on the Sequoyah High School reading team for the next three years! I get to read books and help decide which books are going to be on the Sequoyah lists, which if you don’t know, or aren’t from Oklahoma, it’s an award that honor Sequoyah, a Cherokee man who created the Cherokee syllabary, the 86 symbols representing the different sounds in the Cherokee language. This also allowed the Cherokee language to be preserved and taught.

So, be on the lookout for the books I’ll be reviewing, you may recognize them later in the year. Anyway, with that out of the way, it’s now onto my December Update, where I tell you what I read and the breakdown of types of books that I read throughout the month of December and how my reading goal for whole year went. I will warn you now, I may not have a lot, so don’t be too disappointed.

Currently reading and reading goal for the year.

In December, I read a total of 4 books. Yep, 4 books. I will say though, December is one of the harder months out of the year for me personally, so that number doesn’t really surprise me. Especially with how 2020 in general went. I read Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, Vanity and Vampyres, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and Elysium Girls. 3 of these were library books, with 1 being an ARC I received from the author. Other than that, I didn’t do a whole lot of book reading. I did do a LOT of fanfiction reading, it seems to give me the peace and focus because I usually already know the characters and so don’t have to reinvest energy to learn about a whole new set of characters.

As for my overall year reading, I read a total of 123 books and my goal was 52 books for the year. One book for every week. This will be my goal again for this year. I want to read because I want to read, not because I want to get a certain number on the board. And if I don’t want to read, I want to be able to choose not to read as well. 52 books for this year, and we’ll what comes of it.

What are you goals for reading this year? How do you plan on reaching them? Comment below and let me know, I may need some new strategies as my reading seems to have lost all focus thanks to last year. Happy New Year! And I hope that this year is better than the last for you in more ways than not!

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Tiny Navajo Writes: June Update

Hello hello guys! Today is the first Monday in July, and that means that it’s also time for my June update, all that I read, what types of books I read, and a small glimpse at what I’ll be reading next.

For the month of June, we (meaning myself and my library systems) have been doing our first month of Summer Reading, as well as our first month of digital Summer Reading. Due to the virus-that-shall-not-be-named, we have no in-library programming. We have a Currently Reading 7/06lot of digital programming, but with all the Zoom meetings that I’ve already done, I have kind of stopped participating as a consumer of Summer Reading. I still do what programs I’m supposed to do, and get kits ready for the programs featured at my own library as a programmer, but as a consumer, not so much. Maybe next year, when we have a bit more of an idea of what to do with all of this.

Anyway, I’ve read 11 books this past month, 7 of them audiobooks, the other 4 were ebooks. I read Nothing is Strange, The Library at the Edge of the World, The Flatshare, Summer Hours at Robbers Library, If I Never Met You, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, The Water Dancer, Well Met, This Is How You Lose the Time War, Salvaged, and Ink and Bone. I plan on having these all reviewed by month’s end hopefully, so if any of these titles sound interesting, keep an eye out and check out my review when it comes out.

As for what I plan on reading, I kind of want/need to get back into my fantasy books. I read a LOT of contemporary romances, well, a lot for me, and I was actually starting to feel burnt out on them. I need to escape the world, and I’m hoping to do so by turning back to my fantasy books. I also want to do a little more nonfiction reading, see what I can learn and absorb and use more often in my daily life.

What are you plans for the rest of summer? What are your plans for Summer Reading? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: February Update

Hey guys! Just wanted to give a little update to my reading this past month of February. The month of February went by super fast and all I can say is that even with the extra leap day, it’s a little weird how quickly March has come upon us.

Granted, I like March, because this is usually the first month of spring for me and the weather delivered in full yesterday! It was sunny, warm, and simply beautiful! I loved it and I even got to go for a run yesterday morning! It was great!February Update

Anyway, my reading for February. I know that I haven’t posted a lot, and I’m still only going to be posting when I have the time, but I promise to keep y’all in the loop. BUT! even though I haven’t posted a whole lot, I have READ a whole lot, so here is a rundown of what I’ve read in February.

I read a total of 16 books this past month, with 12 of them being manga/comics, 3 novels, and 1 audiobook. I read My Hero Academia vol. 7-15, Nemo: Heart of Ice, The Starless Sea, Beauty and the Werewolf, 84, Charing Cross Road, and Rakkety Tam.

As for my reading goals in general, I have turned in several books for points on NovelKnight’s Beat the Backlist 2020, as well as checked off a few of them from my BTB to-be-read list. I’m also very far ahead on my Goodreads challenge, having read 34 of 52 books. Granted, a LOT of those are mangas and comics, so fairly quick reads, but still reading nonetheless.

How are you guys doing on your reading goals for the year? How do you make time to achieve your reading goals? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Top Ten Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

Hi guys! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! TTT was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about predicting the future! Well, predicting which books on my TBR will be 5-star reads…or, in my case, 5-diamond reads. I do believe that I have a few that will turn out to 5-diamond reads, if only because I know what I like and how I will most likely react to a book.

  1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I know, I know! I should already have this read by now, but I keep putting it off! But once I read it, I have a VERY strong feeling that it’s going to be a 5-diamond read for me.
  2. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett. I loved reading Good Omens, and I’m reading a nonfiction collection of essays that he’s written so I have a fairly good idea of his writing style, so I’m looking forward to reading this next.
  3. Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan. I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while and it’s one been on my list for few months, mostly because the premise and first few pages sounded amazing! I just need to borrow it from my library and then I’ll be good to go!
  4. Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant. I read the novella that is kind of a prequel to this book and I am fascinated by the idea of murderous mermaids, that there are not mermaids like Ariel, but mermaids that will kill you and eat you without a second thought.
  5. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff. One of my favourite ways to read a book is to have it written in letters. I love reading correspondence writing and I love being able to hear and see how a person writes. So to have a book composed of letters about two friends across the ocean and to focus on their love of books, it’s hitting a lot of check boxes for me.
  6. All the Crooked Saint by Maggie Stiefvater. Miracles are never quite what you would expect, nor do you want to pay the price for said miracles. This book dives into this concept and it’s one that I’ve had on my list for a while, so I just need to dive into it to see how it holds up to my expectations.
  7. The Black Prism by Brent Weeks. Magic that is centered on light and colour. I am ALWAYS up for an excellent fantasy series with intricate magic systems. I just hope this will hold up to my expectations, especially as a total stranger recommended it to me when they saw how much I enjoyed Brandon Sanderson and his works.
  8. Pemberly: Mr. Darcy’s Dragon by Maria Grace. I love Pride and Prejudice and the few retellings of this book that I have read I have enjoyed. And now you’re telling me that there is a retelling of this with DRAGONS??? I need this and I need it now. Or, soon at least.
  9. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. This just sounds so interesting, and the few pieces of fanart I’ve seen on Tumblr give me hope that this will be the sword fantasy of my dreams.
  10. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. I don’t do contemporary fiction very often. And the times that I do, there seems to be a ridiculous love situation. I seem to find the ridiculous love situations most entertaining and easiest to read.

These books are all on my TBR and my Beat the Backlist 2020 so we’ll see how many of these actually turn out to 5-diamond reads. I hope a majority of them are, but we’ll just have to see as I read them throughout the year. What books are on your TBR that you hope to be 5-star reads? Do you hope that you’ll have a majority of 5-star reads this year? Comment below and let me know!

 

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Beat the Backlist 2020

Okay, I do apologize for ghosting out last week, but it was Christmas and I didn’t really want to write anything. I do realize that just not writing when I don’t want to write isn’t going to cut it this year, so I do promise to at least let you all know when I won’t be writing. Now, onto what today is really about:

Come one, come all, it’s that time of year! It’s time to Beat the Backlist for the year 2020!

Yep, for those of you who don’t know, this is a reading challenge set out every year by the amazing Austine at NovelKnight. It’s all about knocking out those books that have been languishing on your TBR list for YEARS now and you know that they’re looking at you with disappointed eyes. So, here is my challenge for Beat the Backlist 2020. 

I have 52 books picked out on my Goodreads shelf for Beat the Backlist. I am not locked in nor do I only have to read these books. I can add more and deviate from said list, as long as it was published in 2019 or earlier.

The point of Beat the Backlist is to read books on your TBR. I have selected 52 because that is my Goodreads goal for this upcoming year and I figure 52 would be a good number, especially now that I have a full time job that takes up a little more of my reading time.

And one last thing, if you so desire to join in with myself, Austine, and many others to get your TBR list to a more manageable length, then you can sign up at the link above at any point this upcoming year. You just need to have a goal of books you’re going to be reading.

I hope that you all will join me and my team, The Borrowers, as we strive to reduce our TBR list of books that have been languishing on that list. And if not, enjoy your year of reading.

What challenges are you playing on participating in this upcoming year? Do they help you get your TBR list down? Comment below and let me know!

 

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Tiny Navajo Reads: These Three Remain

These Three Remain (Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman #3) by Pamela Aidan

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*Published October 31, 2005*

these three remainWe are in the final stretch of this trilogy and we start to see the final changes to Darcy’s character to what we see in the final bit of Pride and Prejudice. YES! So much excitement here!

This thrilling conclusion to the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy recounts the climactic events of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from its enigmatic hero’s point of view.

One of the most beloved romantic heroes in all of literature, Fitzwilliam Darcy remains an enigma even to Jane Austen’s most devoted fans. But with this concluding volume in the Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman trilogy, novelist and Austen aficionada Pamela Aidan at last gives readers the man in full.

These Three Remain follows a humbled Darcy on the journey of self-discovery after Elizabeth Bennet’s rejection of his marriage proposal, in which he endeavors to grow into the kind of gentleman he’s always dreamed of being. Happily, a chance meeting with Elizabeth during a tour of his estate in Derbyshire offers Darcy a new opportunity to press his suit, but his newfound strengths are put to the test by an old nemesis, George Wickham.

Vividly capturing the colorful historical and political milieu of the Regency era, Aidan writes in a style evocative of her literary progenitor, but with a wit and humor very much her own. While staying faithful to the people and events in Austen’s original, she adds her own fascinating cast of characters, weaving a rich tapestry out of Darcy’s past and present that will beguile his admirers anew.

In this final book, we see the final changes wrought through Darcy’s character that change him from the prideful lord of the manor to the man that we, and Elizabeth, all fall in love with at the end of the Pride and Prejudice. But first, we must all suffer through Darcy’s first attempt at wooing and proposing to Elizabeth. *headdesk*

Okay, please tell me I am not the only one who was cringing through Darcy’s first proposal? Just…I had to put Pride and Prejudice down to calm down from second-hand embarrassment. Back to the review!

After this horrid crash and burn, Darcy essentially runs away. From Elizabeth and her scorching words that strike true at his core. He seeks to return to Pemberly and to his sister; to his home where he believes knows what’s going on. Once home, he is confronted by Georgiana and her questions not only about Elizabeth, but her new ideas for Pemberly as well.

The more Darcy thinks about it through and has his friends and sister talk to him about what an ass he can be, he realizes that Elizabeth may have had a point and he starts to become the man he always imagined him to be. Darcy is also given a second chance to impress Elizabeth when he realizes that she has shown up at Pemberly to tour the grounds with her aunt and uncle. This is cut short though thanks to Darcy’s old enemy, Wickham.

Darcy seeks out Wickham, knowing now that just looking out for his family has lead to disaster for Elizabeth’s family. As he seeks to rectify his past mistakes, he not only saves Elizabeth’s family from shame, but he now has to be connected to Wickham through his debts.

And I’ll stop explaining now, cause if you don’t know what happens after this, then you truly need to read these books! What was my absolute favorite about this specific book was that we can truly see Darcy become the gentleman he always thought himself to be. He grows, he accepts Elizabeth’s criticism and become the person she states he is not. In this, we see Darcy at first reject her words and in turn reject what they could mean to him that they hurt him so much. Once he acknowledges that she may have had some point, he changes. He becomes better. And he does not push his love on Elizabeth either once he meets her again, he’s very careful to respect her boundaries and let me make up her mind herself. What other guy in books or media in general does this? No one that I’ve truly seen, so I love seeing Darcy change and become better and still respect Elizabeth in the way she wants and needs to be.

What is the most positive amount of change you have ever seen in a character? Why were they changing? Comment below and let me know!

 

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Tiny Navajo Reads: Thursday Three New Year’s Goals

Thursday Three: Three Bookish Goals for the New Year

Hey guys! It’s a Thursday Threes and today we’re talking about three bookish goals for both me and the blog this year! I’m trying to do better at bringing this blog to life and keeping an idea of what I read in. My. Head! Because of how fast I read, I tend to forget what I’ve read, so I’m working on it! Onto my goals for the year:

Keep a better commonplace book for all the books I read

Yes, as you guys have probably noticed, I read a LOT of books! And because I read a lot of books, I tend to forget what I’ve read once I move on to another book. This makes running a book blog hard when I can’t remember what I’ve read when it comes time to review. So, I’m going to keep a better commonplace book on the books I read this year in order to better write my reviews.

Read some more ARCs and review them in a timely manner

I’ve signed up for NetGalley in order to receive some ARCs to read and review. I do like being able to promote new books and new authors. I have actually received my first book, so be on the lookout for that review!

Enjoy what I read

I generally enjoy what I read, don’t get me wrong, unless it’s a book that I didn’t finish for just felt was not for me. But with enjoying what I read, I want to be able to remember what it is that I’m reading. I can remember reading books and I can remember enjoying them, but when someone asks me what I liked about the book, I blank. I can’t remember a single thing really. So, to better enjoy what I read, I’m going to try and read them a bit more slowly and keep a better record of what I’m reading.

Hopefully, as I work on these goals for this coming year, I’ll be able to put out better content for you guys and I’ll be able to better remember the books that I read. At least, that is the idea with these goals.

What are your goals for this upcoming year, bookish or otherwise? What do you plan on doing to keep up with your goals? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: December Wrap-Up

Wow, I’m a bit behind on this particular post, but that is okay! We can mess up here at Tiny Navajo Reads, especially myself! So, for the month of December, I read 22 books. Yeah, that may seem like a lot, but a lot of it was a single manga series of about 15 volumes. So, anyone who has read manga knows that these are really quick reads and they are awesome! And that is also why I was able to read so many books this month.

The books I read this month: The Bookshop Book, The Girl in the Tower, The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Library Wars: Love & War, Vol. 1 – 15, Fruits Basket, Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1, Our Bloody Pearl, and Skyward. 

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I’ll also do a year wrap-up here, for how many books I read in all of 2018 as well. Those of you who are on Goodreads, you know that they challenge you each year to read a certain number of books. Last year, I set my goal/challenge of 120 books. I beat my goal by 45 books for a total of 165 books read last year. All of that reading, it was a good year for me. Reading is my escape from the world and I love seeing how much I was able to escape. And I found so many new characters and new worlds and new points of view.

So, what was your Goodreads goal for last year? Did you make it? What is your goal for this year? What do you plan on reading to accomplish your goal? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: November Update

November is over and there is only one month left in the year. One MONTH people! This year has been forever long but also stupidly short! Holy Moses, but this year has also been a good one, both for work and for this blog. So, here’s what I read this past month.

I only read eight books this month…and for me, if you’ve been keeping up with my monthly updates for the past little while, then you know that I tend to read anywhere from 12 to 20 books a month. I’m not sure what happened this month that I read less, but it’s not a bad thing either. I read Let’s Talk About Love, Death on the Nile, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, Shiver, The Little Paris Bookshop, and I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life.

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Three of these books were ebooks that I absolutely had to buy because I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT! Two were library books, one was an audiobook, and one was a book I already owned. There is a small thing I’m seeing here, I may be having a small reading slump, because I do have books I’m working on right now, but I don’t want to finish it. It seems really interesting, but I just can’t really get into it. It’s not bad yet, I’m still reading, it’s just slower is all.

Also, I have met my Goodreads challenge. I’m actually 23 books over my goal of 120 books to read this year. That may be the reason why I’m slowing down in my reading, but I’m also going to keep reading. I love it and it’s my way to relax and escape the world at times. Especially as the holiday season is coming upon us and it’s always a slightly more stressful time.

So, now that we are getting towards the end of the year, how are you guys on your Goodreads challenge? Are you close? Did you beat it? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: October Update

October is gone and we only have 2 months left in 2018! Where in the heck did this year go?! I’m being quite serious! I’m startled to see that we only have a few weeks till Christmas and then a new year will start. But let’s not get melancholy about the end of the year just yet. I need to tell you about the books I read in October.

I have read 11 books this past month, and I do believe I got a few books read that I stated I would. The first book in October was ArchEnemy, the last of The Looking Glass War Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 10.48.14 AMseries, then Trail of Lightning, a wonderful debut of a Native American author about Native American mythology. I then read Monstress, Vol. 3, The Bookshop, The Hundredth Queen, Temper, The Poppy War, Circe, Emergency Contact, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, another debut book by Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers about the issues of Internet fame, and my final book this was was The Omega Objection.

I may not have read as much this month, but I have expanded on the types of posts that I do on this blog. I have also started looking for more ways to improve this blog and improve the content that I put out. So, goals for this upcoming month: continue working on differentiating the content that I put out; work on my personal works for this blog; read as much as I can!; just enjoy the fact that I have a place where I show my love for books in all formats!

What do you guys enjoy about this blog? What suggestions do you have for me? Comment below and let me know!