Happy Monday you beautiful people you! If you follow me on twitter then on Saturday when I was at work you probably saw my tweet about “unplugging” for the weekend and just doing some “pressure free” reading. It turns out not only did I REALLY need this but it was probably the best idea I’ve had in a very long time.

Lately I’ve put so much pressure on keeping the blog perfect (with Shelly’s help that hasn’t been hard actually), keeping the virtual book club up and running and fun, and keeping up with the series and ARC April challenges I’ve organized I’ve been feeling down about my lack of reading. I’ve read a total of 8 books for the year as of April 19th. An all time low and somewhat embarrassing reality for me. I go to the library and check out all these epic sounding books and I never get to them because I put so much pressure on myself that by time I crack the book open I’m immediately drained of all energy and just want to lounge in bed. So I took my weekend (Sun-Tues morning) and I read. Of course with it being Easter weekend I didn’t read as much as I wanted to but I READ! And I enjoyed it! There was no constant thinking of “how am I going to articulate this in my review?!” or will other people like this review since the book is a different genre/a little older? I just read what I wanted to read and it was bliss! And to be perfectly honet I may try and squeeze in one more book before I head back to work tomorrow morning. 😉

But I didn’t stop at just reading I actually REVIEWED them too! In 2 days I finished Dorothy Must Die (452 pages) and Beautiful Player (432 pages)  AND I reviewed them as well as Wait For You! A book I finished over a week ago and just haven’t felt like reviewing.

Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Published April 1st, 2014 by HarperTeen
Final rating: 3.5 stars
Review coming April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Player

Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
Published October 29th 2013 by Gallery Books
Final verdict: 4 stars
Review coming April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wait For You
Wait For You by J. Lynn
Published September 3rd 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Final verdict: 4.5 stars
Review coming April 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And this brings me to the reason behind this post. I’m going to do it again! At least once a month I’m going to do a “weekend unplugged” event and I’m inviting you to join me. There won’t be any formal sign ups, or post needed. Just “unplug” (for me this was NO twitter/instagram/FaceBook/emails) during that weekend and just give yourself some time to enjoy reading. I’m going to aim to do it again this upcoming weekend but then I probably won’t do another one till mid/end of May.

So who else is up for the challenge? Leave your thoughts and suggestions below!

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  1. That’s a brilliant idea and I’m super glad to hear it worked so well for you, Octavia!
    I’m actually taking a lil break for a pair of days from reading and I’m gonna be baking, decorating and taking photos! And taking time to unplug sounds great! I’ll be joining you in May for sure!!
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  2. Thanks hun! And enjoy your break! I haven’t been a very good comment leaver (is that grammatically correct?!) but I LOVED your Definace/Asunder cupcakes and I really wish that teleportation machine was working!

  3. That sounds really good right now…I just got off hiatus and I had forgotten how draining it can be having a blog and all these social media to keep up with! Honestly I haven’t even been reading that much for the past few months…thankfully I’m doing a little better with my yearly reading goal, 18 books so far, but not as much as I’d like…so I will definitely be participating in these weekends. I might even get up before noon to get some reading time in (: I wish I didn’t have school so I could read all day instead.
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  4. It’s weird how blogging changes our reading habits. Pre-blogging I would tackle so many books I lost track but my focus shifted somewhere along the lines and I don’t like that.I hope you enjoy these weekends as muich as I am and good luck! 🙂

  5. I certainly am!! Yesterday (Easter Sunday) I semi-unplugged to do my two favorite things: read and play Words with Friends. I read and finished Shadow and Bone, FINALLY!! I was also able to set my WwF game to chime when someone played, so I could play immediately, and for the first time ever was #1 in scoring on both the local scoreboards and “friends” board! Plus, this was the first time in a long time I have felt like reviewing a book right after finishing it, so you have a fantastic idea going on, Octavia! I had to laugh because leaving my local history group on Facebook unsupervised was a disaster! They were insulting each other and posting inappropriate things.
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  6. YAY!! I’ve never played WwF (short attention span) but my aunt LOVES that game! And how did you like Shadow and Bone?! TELL ME!!!!

    *and tsk tsk for those history group folks!*

  7. I WANTED TO EAT THIS DELICIOUS BOOK!!!! I rarely give five stars and I didn’t have to even think before slapping all five on this velvety beauty. The descriptions in the book were just right, not too much, nor too little. I also liked the fact that the romance was just enough to enhance the story. I don’t like books that are so dripping with love scenes it gets in the way of the real storyline, so this novel was PERFECT for me.

  8. That’s really great Octavia! I did something similar a few weeks ago and I enjoyed it so much. I should make a habit of doing it like you are. If I can manage it, I’ll try it this upcoming weekend too!
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  9. This is a great idea, Octavia. I’ve been doing this myself for the last week, because I was so overwhelmed with books I “had” to read. Just like you mentioned, when you’re reading review books, it’s sometimes hard to turn off the critique part of us and just read for the pleasure of it. Now, I’ve been catching books that I have no inkling to review, just for fun reads. It’s made a big difference. So I’m down with unplugging. Just let me know when.
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  10. Awesome! It’s crazy how much pressure we put on ourselves when it comes to reading. And half the time we don’t even realize that we’re doing it! I’m 100% going to unplug again this weekend (Saturday night to Monday night for me) and I’ll let you know when I’ll unplug in May. 🙂

  11. If you’re feeling pressured a break was a good idea. I stopped accepting ARCs because of this, the point of the blog is to share your love of reading, yinno? So if reading is more of a job, then that isn’t good is it?
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  12. EXACTLY! I enjoy ARC’s and I appreciate them but I started focusing on them so much I couldn’t enjoy the purpose of them. And that is to READ! This was so fun and so necessary and I’m happy I did it. 🙂

  13. I’ve actually been doing this like every other week lately lol I’ve been reading my TBR books, not ARCs and I find those so much easier to review bc there is no pressure of showing to a publisher I guess. I also get so much more reading done staying offline! It feels nice!!! I’m glad you got some reading done and that it was fun again!

  14. Glad you enjoyed the “unplugged” weekend of reading. I do this probably more than I should, but it has enabled me to always enjoy reading by taking some time to just read with no expectations on featuring it on the blog or with it not being a review book.

    When it comes to reviews, I never worry if people would like it (like when I feature older books), I’m just thinking “this book hit me in either a good/bad way and I want to get my thoughts on it out”.
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