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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: The End of the Year

Okay, I’m going to be very honest here, but as the end of the year comes, I’m most likely not going to be blogging as much. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love coming on here and talking with everyone and telling everyone what I think about the books I’ve been reading. It’s actually one of the better parts of my days. But I’m also working on some things that are a bit bigger than anticipated, and I will need to take a break.

So, here’s the plan. I’ll be finishing out this week (YAY!), especially as I didn’t write a post yesterday. I will post Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, but then I’ll be taking the rest of the year off from blogging and be back again come January 4, 2021. I also plan on revamping my site just a bit, maybe figuring out a new theme and set up, as I’ve had this one since I’ve started blogging and come on, I need a new look! Don’t worry though, if you do decide to leave comments or tag me in anything, I will still be around to respond. I don’t want to stop interacting with everyone, I just need a bit of a break and a rest and then I’ll be coming back strong come the new year. And I’ll have an announcement that should be pretty exciting as well!

That’s it for today though, so I’ll just sign off here and I’ll see you all tomorrow! And let me know what you’re plans are for the end of the year. Are you going to be taking a break, or full steam ahead? Let me know and I’ll cheer you on either way!

Happy Holidays from Tiny Navajo Reads! Hope Your Holidays are Happy and Bright!
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Tiny Navajo Writes: November Update

Hey guys! It’s the first Monday in December and today is all about the November update. What I read, how much I read, and what my plans are for reading in this last month of the year. I hope that you all had a good November and were able to enjoy what you read as well. Anyway, here we go!

In November I read 2 audiobooks, 1 graphic novel, and 4 books for a total of 7 books. Yeah, not my best, but I am okay with that. I’m learning to give myself a little grace when it comes to reading. I read Ghost Wall, Matilda, Dawnshard, Rhythm of War, From the Roots Up, The Color of Magic, and Apple in the Middle. I enjoyed all of these books, and I will say that there are some good ones in here.

My plan is to just continue with what I’ve been doing these past few months and just read what I feel like reading when I feel like reading. It’s helping me get past my unexpected reading break and I’m actually enjoying the books I’m reading for longer. What are you reading plans for December? What books do you plan on reading for the winter? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Writes: October Update

Hey guys! How was your Halloween? How was this past week for you? All I can say is that I’m glad that this past week is over because we had a huge ice storm and it was NOT fun. We lost power for a while, but we were the lucky ones in that we got it back relatively quickly. There are still some people without power in my city, but I am grateful for a gas fireplace and a gas stove.

Anyway, as today is now November, it is time for my October update, where I tell you all about the books that I read throughout this month and what my maybe plans are for this month. Being very honest, I didn’t read a whole lot this month, but I’m okay with that. No need to be a speed demon with reading all the time, sometimes you need to take a break and focus on something else.

This past month, I read a total of 7 books. No audiobooks this month, they don’t seem to be clicking as well with me right now. What I did read this month though was <a href="https://tinynavajoreads.wordpress.com/2020/10/12/tiny-navajo-reads-arcs-the-only-good-indians/&quot; The Only Good Indians , Surviving the City, <a href="https://tinynavajoreads.wordpress.com/2020/10/19/tiny-navajo-reads-humans-wanted/&quot; Humans Wanted , <a href="https://tinynavajoreads.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/tiny-navajo-reads-harrow-the-ninth/&quot; Harrow the Ninth , The Midnight Library, Teen Titans: Beast Boy, and Librarian Tales: Dispatches from the Stacks. These were all really good, I think my favourites being Harrow the Ninth and The Midnight Library.

My reading plans for this month: Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson! This book comes out in just a few days and I’m so excited for it! I’ll most likely be getting the ebook version of it as soon as it releases so that I can just carry it around with me and read all of it! I also have assigned myself to do a book talk for it, so another reason for me to focus on it more than I normally would this month. Other than that, no real goals, just reading what I feel like reading. And if I don’t want to read, then I don’t have to read.

This year has been a hard one and with it being Election Year on top of everything else, I think that I can give myself some slack and allow myself to play video games or watch YouTube videos if that’s what I want to do and not read, if I don’t want to read. And that’s something that I think we all need to do, is be a bit more lenient with ourselves this year because this year has been HARD! And through no fault of our own.

So yeah, that’s my plans for the month. What about you guys? What are your reading goals for November? Anything exciting planned for the holiday season? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Writes: August Update

Hey guys! It is the last day of August and I am so glad that August is over! Granted, now that August is over, our libraries are reopening. We will be letting patrons back into our library today for a phase that is called Grab and Go, which means no lingering, but people can come in and they can use the computers for a limited time, and they can browse, but again, they cannot linger.

Anyway, this is my August update! This month, I read 7 books: 6 books, and 1 audiobook. The titles I read this month were The Enforcer Enigma, Refraction, Sorry for Your Loss, The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, Gideon the Ninth, War Girls, and Ship of Smoke and Steel: The Wells of Sorcery, Book One.

Overall, this was a weird month for me. I haven’t really been able to read a physical book since about the middle of the month but when what I know what I’ll be going through starting today, I can’t be too mad at myself. I’ll need to find some audiobooks to listen to, but I think this will be a month of change and hopefully a change that signals things slowly returning back to normal.

What about you? How did your month of August go? Did you get what reading done that you wanted to get done? What do you have planned for September? Comment below and let me know! And remember, stay safe out there!

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Tiny Navajo Writes: July Update

Hey guys! I did not write this on Monday, as I had an ARC I needed to write a review for due on Monday, so today is the next best day to do my July Update! To look back on the month of July, see what I’ve read and how far I’ve come on my reading journey this year.

In July I read 12 books, 4 books, 4 manga, and 4 audiobooks. I did not Screen Shot 2020-08-05 at 10.07.42 AMmean to make them this even, but it looks like I did. I read The Library Book, Sorcery of Thorns, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, My Hero Academia Vol. 21-24, Malala’s Magic Pencil, Into the Drowning Deep, Genesis Begins Again, and The Starless Sea. I enjoyed all of these and I can’t wait to see what happens in the month of August for me! I have also read 88 books out of a goal of 52 for the year! WHOO!

So how did July go for you? Did you get to read what you would have liked to read? And what do you have planned for August? Comment below and let me know!

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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 Writes: May Update

Hey guys! It’s June 1, and it’s the start of Summer Reading for my library. YAY!!! Though I’m not allowed to have in-person programs (for good reason). While all of this is going on though, I do believe that it’s time for me to give you all an update on what I’ve read in the month of May.

Granted, it may not be that much, but I have picked up on my reading some, now that I’mcurrently reading june 1 2020 getting back to somewhat normal work habits, like actually going to work. But, in the month of May I read a total of 8 books. That’s not a lot compared to what I was reading at this time last year, or even just a few months ago before COVID hit and everything went up in smoke.

I read Defy or Defend, The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher, Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life, Animosity, Vol. 4: The Walled City, Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky, Skyward, Vol. 2: Here There Be Dragonflies, Upright Woman Wanted, and Skyward, Vol. 3: Fix the World. I enjoyed all of these books and they have been a bright light in a time of dim light. Now, if we can just get people to wear masks, or at least stand the required distance away from everyone…

What have you been doing this past month to keep yourself busy? Are you planning on participating in Summer Reading at your library? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Writes: Update! What’s Been Going On

Hey guys! I know that for about the last month or so, most likely longer, I have just been posting reviews. That’s all that I could really focus on because of *waves hands around* everything. But, as things are slowly going back to normal for me, I’m finding that I can start to focus on a different parts of posting again.

As things slowly start to get back to normal, what I’ll be doing is trying to refocus on my Tuesday, Thursday posts where I did Top Ten and Thursday Threes. I will say that I may try to find a different weekly meme for Thursdays, because it’s basically just a Top Ten, just with three and not ten. If anyone has a different weekly meme I could look into, I would greatly appreciate it!

As for where I have been these past few months, I have been home. I have a new house actually, so I’ve been doing things around my house to not only make it a home for me and my husband, but I’ve been working on making it just more homey as well. I have weeded the front and back flower gardens and planted some flowers. I have replaced all the screws in our cabinets so that they no longer fall off when I open them. I installed towel rods in both of our bathrooms and caulked my bathtub as well. I’m learning to do quite a few things around our house that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I plan on working on more, learning more, and making this house our forever home. I am very grateful that I’ve been able to work and focus on something over than the Virus-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named, but as things start to open up, my mind is also opening up a little bit more. So, look forward to some more diverse posts and a bit of a update to Tiny Navajo Reads.

So, what are you plans as things start to open up a bit more? Where would you like to go now that you can cautiously go to a few more places? Comment below and let me know!

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Tiny Navajo Reads: The Good Luck Girls

I know that I missed yesterday and that I’m late today, but just letting you guys know that my work has closed for the next two weeks. I’m used to actually typing up my entries at work, and doing other things at home. But with the library closed for the next two weeks, I’m at home now. And I finally feel like it is time to tell you guys why I’ve been kind of off and on with the writing of blog posts.

The husband and I bought a house!!! We officially own a house and we are finally moved into it as well. This is our first house and while it’s holding pretty good, there are a few small things that need to be fixed. So, that’s what I’ve been doing these past few days, working on fixing things around the house to make it our home. Anyway, onto the review!

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

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*Published October 1, 2019*

the good luck girlsI think what was most interesting about the premise of this book at the time of reading, was that a “good luck girl” had killed a man. I know that this premise has been used in stories like this one, but there was also a supernatural element to the idea as well, and the supernatural always grabs me with a story.

Aster, the protector
Violet, the favorite
Tansy, the medic
Mallow, the fighter
Clementine, the catalyst

THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS

The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls–they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen.

When Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta’s most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.

It’s going to take more than luck for them all to survive.

This is an interesting world that has its roots based on slavery and the time of the wild west and iron magnates. A place where a group of girls escape their cage and set off to makes themselves free in a world where it’s hard to be free. I really enjoyed Aster and the process she goes through to not only get her sister out of this life, but those that come along, with or without her approval. 

All of these girls are who they are because of their circumstances in one way or another. Aster has always been about protecting her little sister from all the bad things of this horrid world. Violet, the favoured girl of all the good luck girls in the welcome house. Tansy and Mallow, friends of Clementine, the one who killed a man on her first night as a good luck girl.

I think what was most interesting about this story was the depth of characterization that each of the girls got, as well as the boy they picked up along the way. At first glance, all of the main characters are nearly stereotypes that you’ll see in many YA books, but as they go along in the story, you see some depth to these characters start to develop, except for Aster, the character who we see the majority of the story through. She doesn’t really develop much more than what we see in the beginning, except towards the end. Even then, it wasn’t much of a growth.

This was a good book. But nothing groundbreaking or something that stayed with me for long. What books do you think sound interesting at the premise, and are, but didn’t stay with you long after you read it? Why do you think it didn’t stay long? Comment below and let me know!