Three Years On: A Blogaversary

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Hopeful Reads is turning three!

Three years of blogging has been wild and the book community continues to be a home for me despite all of its ups and downs. Hopeful Reads continues to grow and as far as stats go there are 516 wonderful people following across WordPress, Email, and Bloglovin and I’ve made 768 posts with 17,106 total views. I’m truly so grateful for all the support.

Thoughts

My third year of blogging has felt a little lackluster and my energy is dragging. I’m still as passionate as ever when it comes to books and I have no intention of stopping. My Bookstagram passion is still on the rise though and I’m super happy with my pictures of late. Check it out!

Thanks

I just want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for supporting the blog. I love being apart of the bookish community and I appreciate all the feedback, interaction, comments, etc. that have been shared on my site and hope that it continues in the future. As a way of showing my unending gratitude check out the giveaway below.

Giveaway

For my two year blogaversary I’m offering up one book from Book Depository or Wordery under $15. It’s as International as I can make it!

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Thanks again for stopping by and supporting the blog!

P.S. I’d love to know where all my visitors are from so leave it in the comments below!

Thoughts on A Court of Wings and Ruin

Let me start off by saying that I know there’s a lot of problematic stuff when it comes to Sarah J. Maas’ books. I have mixed feelings on this series, ACOTAR was problematic and just alright while I adored ACOMAF. As I’ve only ever purchased this title, I feel I need to share my jumbled thoughts. Just be prepared for this to be all over the place…


A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. MaasACOWAR

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 705 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

3.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


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Compiling a Collection: My Foray into Audiobook Ordering

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been working in a library since late 2013, and became full time last September. Now that things have settled in terms of job transitioning, I’m taking on more responsibilities than every before and I’m so excited. Along with programming and desk work, I’m going to be ordering for the first time ever and will be in charge of the J DVDs and YA and J Audiobooks.

 At the moment my main focus is the audiobooks. It’s been a while since the collection has been taken care of so the first thing I did was go in and weed out any titles that haven’t gone out in the past year. That cut the collection in half, leaving me with a lot to fill in. Especially since very few titles have been purchased recently. Plus we have a very very small selection of playaways (MP3 players with the audiobook on it).

Now I’ve been making lists of new releases and audiobooks I know I want to be in the collection, but I got to thinking what others would like to listen to. So I’m opening up the floor to my readers. I’d love to know your thoughts on:

  • Are there YA and J audiobooks I have to have in our collection?
  • What are your favorite audiobooks?
  • Should there be an even mixture of genres?
  • Do you prefer audiobooks or playaways?
  • What does your ideal audiobook section look like?

Share your answers and recommendations in the comments below and hopefully I’ll be able to implement some of your ideas as well as my own!

Thoughts on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Today I want to talk a little about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s the first story from the wizarding world that as a reader we know very little about and there is much to discuss. So, if you have yet to see the movie please leave now so I do not spoil anything for you. I won’t be going too in depth but everyone should see it unsullied.

I’ll start by saying I really really really enjoyed the movie. It will never be as dear to my heart as the HP series but it does carry over that same magic and feel keeping them all connected. The setting of 1920s New York City was perfect, truly emanating an era that holds its own vibrancy, yet adding its own unique twists. The shots of the skyline in particular were gorgeous.

As for characters and the actors that played them, it actually exceeded my expectations. Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander was just the right amount of odd and awkward yet charming. Sisters Tina and Queenie Goldstein were so distinct opposites and Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol played them perfectly.Dan Fogler portrayed such open astonishment and confusion with ease, making Jacob Kowalski, a no-maj, an excellent addition to the wizarding world. Continue reading

Thoughts on Audiobooks: Yay, Nay, or Okay?

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Like every passionate reader, I wish to devour as many books as possible. The thing is there is only so much time in a day for that to happen. I thought audiobooks would be a great way to experience more books at a time by listening to them in the car or at home. When it comes to audiobooks though, I just haven’t gotten into it as much as I thought I would. Some of the biggest issues I always seem to run into are time, my music craving, and attention span.

The majority of my listening experience is done in the car. I have a forty minute commute five days a week and yet it can take me more than a month to listen to a regular sized book on audio. I just returned one to the library and had a dollar fine since I couldn’t finish it in three weeks. I’ve found road trips make the best occasions for audiobooks. Long periods without anything to do fits perfectly. That way if you’re driving you still get a reading experience.

Here’s the thing, though. I miss out on listening to the radio for long periods of time then. It’s not that I can’t listen to music at home, I am just doing other things. Car time means listening time and trading one for the other makes me sad. Why can’t I have all the things? Maybe I need to listen to more audiobooks at home. But how would I read physical books as well? Time always seems to bring me down.

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