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Reading Updates + Inside & Out Book Tag

Hey, there! So now that I’m back home and things have settled down a wee bit (for now anyway) I figured I’d post some quick reading updates, but then the lovely Irena (blogger behind Books & Hot Tea) tagged me for the Inside & Out Book Tag so I’ll just go ahead and blend the two things into one post! If you’ve yet to venture over to her blog I definitely recommend you grab yourself a nice cup of tea and head right on over. Don’t worry about bringing a book of your own though since she always has plenty of good ones to recommend. πŸ˜‰

So, let’s talk a bit about the most recent book I finished reading:

While visiting, celebrating, and marching in the name of SCIENCE this weekend with BFF an fellow blogger Cupcakes and Machetes, I did manage to squeeze in the time to read next month’s assigned reading for the book club I’m in. C&M had already read it and still had her copy from the library so I just went ahead and gave it a go. The book’s called Finding Me- A Decade of Darkness, A Life Reclaimed – A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings, written by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford.


The book really pulls you in right from the beginning. I honestly feel like I could have read it in a single sitting if I’d just been at home when I’d dug into it. The things Michelle and her fellow survivors went through at the hands of their captor are unspeakable and yet somehow this woman bravely recounts the horrific events that unfolded over the course of the 11 years she spent trapped and tortured in a mad man’s hell house. Not to mention, the hard and tragic life she led up until that point as well. I was in awe of the strength she had, not only to survive through all of it and be able to share her experiences with the world, but also for the incredible level of compassion she had and still does have for others despite the things that people have done to her throughout her life. I would highly recommend this book. It won’t be a pleasurable reading experience because of the terrible things these girls had to go through, but it is definitely an eye-opening one. Cupcakes and Machetes did a review of this book as well if you’re interested in reading another person’s take on it as well.

Now, onto the book I’m currently reading:

The next book I’ve started is so much lighter than the last one it isn’t even funny. I know I am incredibly late to the party on this one, but I’ve finally started reading The Chronicles of Narnia for the first time.


The decision came during Easter, a holiday that always makes me think of my late grandmother on my dad’s side. I spent a lot of Easters at her house, as well as plenty of other visits, and I always remember seeing this book series on her bookshelf. For whatever reason I never wound up actually reading it though. Well, I recently found her copies of the books in a box of old books my parents had and I’ve decided to give them a read. Call it being sentimental if you will. They’re short books, not very long at all, but I’ve just begun reading the first, The Magician’s Nephew. I’ll probably review the series as a whole once I’ve finished it. I’ve only just gotten into it, but I hope it is a series that an adult can fully enjoy even if they don’t have the nostalgia factor of having loved it as a child. I hear C.S. Lewis is good for that though, so I hope that turns out to be the case. I love fantasy and fairy tales, so the odds are probably in my favor for it. If you’ve read this series, I’d love to hear what you thought of it. Especially if you’ve read it as an adult. πŸ™‚


Oh, and here’s the reading challenge I’m going to try to take part in for the rest of the year:

So, I was reading The Happiest Pixel’s recent post about her newly made reading challenge and I’ve decided to join in on the fun. It starts in May and then carries on each month through the rest of the year with one challenge for each month.

MAY: a book by an author you already love

JUNE: a book someone has recommend to you

JULY: a book published in 2017

AUGUST: a book set in a country that you’ve never been

SEPTEMBER: a nonfiction book

OCTOBER: a book you chose for the cover

NOVEMBER: a graphic novel

DECEMBER: a book set around Christmas

I’ll post each month about the book I wind up reading for the challenge, so if you wish to join in with your own choice of a book that fits the challenge theme each month, the more the merrier! πŸ˜€ I think I even have my book for May already picked out. I love Leigh Bardugo, and I really enjoyed The Grisha Trilogy when I read it, so I’m finally going to venture into her latest duology set in the same world and read Six of Crows.


So, those are my reading updates! What are you currently reading? What’s the latest book you finished? Do you ever do reading challenges? Lets talk books! And while we’re on the topic of books, here goes my stab at the Inside & Out Book Tag:


1. Inside flap/Back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough?

Hmm . . . well, it depends entirely on the book. It varies. I like when the summary gives me enough info to get me really excited to read it, but without spoiling anything for me in the process. Most books seem good about not doing that but I’ve seen a couple that do and it’s kind of a bummer when that happens. My biggest pet peeve is when there’s like no real information about the story on the inside flap or the back of the book. You gotta gimme something to work with here, people! lol

2.Β New book: What form do you want it in? Be honest: Audiobook, E-Book, Paperback, or Hardcover?

I usually go for paperback, but as long as the story is good I don’t normally fuss too much about the type of book it is.

3.Β Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, taking notes, making comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?

Ooh, this is a topic that can get pretty heated with readers. lol For me, it 100% depends on the TYPE of book it is. If it’s a fictional novel I never write in them. Ever. I keep it clean with those. However, and omg, I feel like people are going to come for me with pitchforks at the ready when I confess this, but some of my books I own are FILLED with notes as well as pages of highlighted and underlined text. Mostly my history books. Basically, if it is something I’m reading to learn about a certain topic, things are going to be highlighted and what were once clean, blank parts of the page will become littered with scribbled notes. Oddly enough, even in books I write in I still never dogear a single page. I might be reckless enough to write in them, but I am no monster.


4.Β Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?

No way. Doesn’t matter at all to me. People don’t write their books with their genitals last I checked.

5. Ever read ahead? or have you ever read the last page way before you got there?

Not really. Maybe if it winds up being a book I am condemning to the DNF list. Then I might, I suppose. But I love when a book surprises me too much to risk ruining it usually.

6. Organised bookshelves, or Outrageous bookshelves?

Kind of both? I always keep books that are part of a series together, sorted numerically, but my book shelves are not alphabetical or anything. I do tend to keep types of books together, though, so there’s that. (Like graphic novels and art books in one area, novels in another, history books in their own place, etc.)

7.Β Have you ever bought a book based on the cover (alone)?

I have a weakness for a damn good cover, but I still need to see what the book’s about before I give into it just based off of what it looks like.

8.Β Take it outside to read, or stay in?

I usually like to be cozy and inside when I’m reading, but I will read outside on occasion if it’s nice out.

Who do I tag to do this? Why, anybody and everybody who loves to read books, of course! πŸ˜€

So, that’s it for my book tag and reading updates! I’ve been trying to catch up here on reading everyone’s blog posts I’ve missed but it isn’t easy since I was out of town this weekend, so if you have a post I may have missed that you wanna bring to my attention please link me to it so I can be sure to check it out. I’d hate to miss anything of importance! Thanks! Hope you guys all had a great weekend! ❀ ❀ ❀

24 thoughts on “Reading Updates + Inside & Out Book Tag

  1. I forgot to mention this, but I almost always underline parts of my non-fiction books. I feel like I memorise better that way, and learning is the reason why I read those books. πŸ˜‰

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  2. My wife read finding me and said it was very hard to read. I used to read a lot of true crime books and watch all the true murder shows. A few years back after reading about one about one particular monster who went after kids, even babies, I decided I’d read enough. I decided I knew enough about how bad people can be. I still love my fiction horror etc because I know it’s not real. The trouble is that when I sit in my armchair and start to read I nod off haha. Like an old grandpa. I’m a late night early morning kind of guy. A good post today 😊 I’d like to join a book club one day. If I can stay awake.

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ Yeah, I agree with your wife. It was definitely hard to read at times. Fortunately I was staying with my friend who had already read it so any of the times I had to stop and process wtf I had just read I had someone I could discuss it with.
      And you’re absolutely right. Reading horror is absolutely different than reading true crime. When I was reading Finding Me I thought about that very thing. I’ve read some disturbing stuff in horror before, but reading about what this real human had gone through at the hands of another human being (if you can even call that guy human) was a totally different experience. Like you said, at the end of the day you know horror isn’t real.
      lol Yeah, fortunately with some book clubs you get an entire month or more to read the book so you have plenty of time to nap during your reading sessions. πŸ˜›

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    1. lol That’s hilarious. I would have had a panic attack over the cheeto print. πŸ˜›
      If it makes you feel any better, when we were kids Max went through a phase where he was all about ripping up any paper he could get his hands on and he got a hold of one of my library books from school and yeah, that was terrible. lol He ripped that poor book to shreds.
      R.I.P. Dino Book. Your time came far too soon and in such a violent manner. Gone but never forgotten because seeing a ripped up library book is fucking traumatizing. lmao

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  3. I still need to read all of the Narnia books! I’m embarrassed that I haven’t yet. I ADORE Six of Crows. I think that’s actually become my very favorite YA series. I’m usually an indoor reader too, but I do love to read outside when it’s warm and sunny out! Fun post, my friend!

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    1. Thank you! πŸ˜€ Yeah, I feel the same about not having read the Narnia books yet too! lol But hey, better late than never. πŸ˜› There’s just too many good books out there to be read.
      And awesome, now I’m even more excited to read Six of Crows! πŸ˜€

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      1. It’s true! Better late than never. I just hope I get to the late. LOL. Soon many books, like you said. πŸ™‚ I’m excited for you to read Six of Crows. Can’t wait to read your review!

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  4. I read two of the Chronicles of Narnia book, one was the Silver Chair and the other one I forgot lol. I would love to join that reading challenge but I already have my own 2017 project that I need to catch up on. Hopefully I’ll get to join on a reading challenge next year, but best of luck with yours! πŸ˜€ Also, ohmigod, I LOVED the Grishaverse but I haven’t read that duology yet. AHHHH I feel like I haven’t read much this month D8
    And I totally understand your weakness with covers. For me beautiful covers + exciting blurb = Kate is sold! XD
    Also: “People don’t write their books with their genitals last I checked.” Eyyy hahaha so true.

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    1. Yay, another Grisha fan! πŸ˜€ It was a really good trilogy. I hear the duology is even better by a lot of people’s standards so I’m really excited to check it out. If/when you wind up reading it lemme know. I’d love to hear what you think of it too! πŸ™‚

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      1. It was and the Darkling… *heart breaks in the distance* I did hear about that! But I have this thing with hype where I kinda avoid it like the plague lol
        I’ll definitely let you know if I read it in the future πŸ˜€

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  5. I saw CaM’s review of that, and I want/don’t want to read it. I want to read it because holy lord, the strength and resilience of those women. Just surviving that living hell is grounds for goddesshood in my opinion, but to delve back into it with writing? Granting doing such can be cathartic, but it still rips old wounds open in the process. Nor can I blame the one woman who wanted nothing to do with it nor her fellow captives. I know some might see that as mean/bitchy or harsh, but to me you deal with that horror exactly how you need to, and if it means you walk away from that which you reminds you of it, then that’s what you do. It’s odd; years ago, I’d jump at reading something like that just for the horror, but I’ve grown more sensitive and empathetic in my old age.

    Ah Narnia! I enjoyed that series greatly. I read it when The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was still considered the first book! They changed the order to have it chronological. I’m not sure what my opinion of that is. Have your read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials by any chance? That’s Narnia’s sort of opposite. Lewis and Pullman were friendly rivals with the latter being very critical of the church whereas Lewis was obviously using Christianity as a major inspiration. I’d love to hear your thoughts on Narnia and/or HDM is you’ve read it, and I’d love to do this taggy thing if you don’t mind πŸ™‚

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    1. Of course! πŸ˜€ You’re more than welcome to do the tag. The more the merrier! ^_^
      You’re so right. No one should ever judge someone for what they must do to get through something so difficult (unless that something is harming themselves or others).
      I’m so happy you’ve read the Narnia books! Now I’ll have someone to talk to about the series once I’ve finished. I had no idea that they had changed the order of the books, so that’s very interesting to learn. πŸ™‚
      I have not yet read His Dark Materials. It’s one I’ve always heard of but never ventured into for myself, much like the Narnia books. It’ll have to go on my reading list after I’ve finished with Narnia. Thanks for the heads up and all the interesting facts. Always excited to learn new things. πŸ˜€

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      1. Yup! The Magician’s Nephew was the sixth book after The Horse and His Boy. I think originally they wanted to establish the world of Narnia with the Pevensie children and then go back and talk about how that world was created. I kind of like the “out of order,” original order better, but it’s probably just because I’m used to it.

        I love when author’s have (hopefully) friendly competitions. The readers tend to win out as they try to one up each other lol.

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