Hello World… Again!

After my fail of book blogging over the past year and a half – that is the total lack of posting – I think it’s a good time to re-introduce myself.

Hi! My name is Prima. I’m 17, fresh out of high school. Since my final exams finished a very long 2 weeks ago, I’m in a permanent “What now?” mood. After 2 weeks of sleeping in till midday and staying in bed until the afternoon watching Youtube, I’m finally ready to regain my love of reading and blogging.

Confession time: over the past year and a half, I’ve kind of grown out of my fascination with YA.  Honestly, I’m sick of the tropes and the ships, the expected romances but for some reason all I can read is YA. Refer to my Goodreads Reading Challenge for proof.

Reading has always been fun for me until high school just made it…. well those who are in and have been in high school know what I mean. The constant analysing of textual integrity, author purpose and literary techniques shattered my enjoyment of reading trashy rom com books. However, it did open me up to the idea of reading for something other than enjoyment, for understanding of humanity and the power of language.

So I’m back but with extra deepness and realness. Before I sometimes wrote posts in a way that seemed really unnatural to me and I’m going to try to express everything in a way that is truthful to me. Honestly, I’m just warning you for the awkwardness and bad jokes you might feel through my future posts 😀

Where am I going with Panda Hearts Books? I’ve always wanted to do more bookstagramming and now I have a decent phone camera, now’s a good time as any! I’m also going to figure out a solid theme (hopefully soon) and how to use Twitter (hopefully also soon) (also follow me on Twitter… is this how you self promote lol). Will try and get into the hang of regular posting.

Anyways, first thing I’m going to tackle is my currently reading list, on which some books have been on for months:

  • All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  • Warcross – Marie Lu
  • Renegades – Marissa Meyer
  • Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo
  • The Impossible Vastness of Us – Samantha Young

Looking for some other great books to read. Comment down below some of your recent faves!

♥ Prima

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Reading Slump Pity Party

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And here we are again at my annual reading and blogging slump, 2 (or is it 3 now?) months and counting. I can solve one of those problems by posting so here’s a post 😀

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Welcome to the first session of the Reading Slump Pity Party. While other blogs may provide some actual helpful advice on reading slumps, we here on Panda Hearts Books are here to sit next to you on the floor and cry with you. I know it’s tough but we can all get through it if we stick together. Yes, there might be tears and blood shed along the way, but it’ll be worth it. Let’s discuss the 5 stages of the reading slump:

1. Denial  | The “I’m just in the middle of a slow bit, it’ll be over soon” stage

Take for example Passenger by Alexandra Bracken which I started in March and still haven’t finished. To this day, I will swear on my right hand that I’ll finish it. Ah, yes the taste of sweet sweet denial.

2. Anger | The “WHY AM I STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SLOW BIT?” stage

Ok, so a month later and the book still hasn’t been read. Just stay calm, it will happen. UGH THIS IS PAIN! I SHOULD BE FLYING THROUGH IT LIKE I NORMALLY DO!!

3. Bargaining | The “Ok, I’ll watch some Youtube then read before I sleep”

We all know you ain’t coming back from Youtube, it’s a deep dark hole.

4. Depression | The “I’m a terrible reader. I’ve let down the whole book community” 

Maybe in between this bookish existential crisis you read a couple of books but you just hate all of them… ALL OF THEM! How is that even possible? And then you go back into the crisis and just lie on the floor.

5. Acceptance | The “Yes, I am in the middle of a slump” stage

Say it with me “I am undergoing a slump and that’s ok.” Ask your friends for some recommendations, scan your Goodreads for something to read and say you’ll pick up a book soon. Good. Now you can go back to lying on the floor again.

… But seriously, in need for books that give me feels.

♥ Prima

 

Day 2: Where I stayed up till 2 am reading

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The Backl15t Blitz read-a-thon is organised by Prima @ Panda Hearts Books and Amy @ Book Enthral it is a 10 day low pressure read-a-thon running from Thursday, January 21st to Sunday, January 31st in whatever timezone you are in. The goal is to read as many books you own, that were published in 2015, as you can in 10 days!

SUCCESS! I finished my first book today and got little sleep but it was totally worth it. Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout is adorable and a really light read. On the other hand, it’s probably the shortest book in my challenge but that’s ok XD

Day 2

Pages read: 442 today, 572 total

Books read: 1 today, 1 total

Tomorrow will probably be really bad because it’s a busy day but I’m aiming to finish Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by tonight. It’s not that hard really, I’m having such a good time reading it 😀

So anyone who wants to join, it’s simple! Check out mine or Amy’s announcement post for all the details.

Random on Fridays: A-Z Book Survey

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Better late than never, yeah?

Ok, so I usually post something random on Sundays but as I am giving up technology for the 40 Hr Famine, I won’t have time to make one on Saturday. So this week I’ve decide to complete an awesome survey by The Perpetual Page Turner. Maybe you’ve heard of it? (I’ve seen it everywhere on my WordPress reader)

Author you’ve read the most books from: Continue reading “Random on Fridays: A-Z Book Survey”

WWW Wednesday (August 14)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading which asks us 3 questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Just to tell you, I’m probably going to post WWW Wednesdays just once a month.

Ok, so my current read?

Picture Me Gone

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff

Well, I’m not actually reading it but I’m going to start later tonight. Seems like a roadtrip story. After Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, I think all roadtrip stories will be a must for me. Continue reading “WWW Wednesday (August 14)”