2016 Year in Review
About the Blog , Year in Review / January 3, 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2016 has ended and we are into 2017 already! 2016 was a hallmark year for me. In real life, I had some great adventures with my friends and got engaged. In the blog world, well, I created my blog and began my journey to make friends and better understand books. I think it’s only appropriate to do a high-level reflection on the previous year, as well as set some dreams for 2017! Without further ado: Thanks for Goodreads, it’s easy to get some books stats. I used to keep more manual track of my reading, but… well, tracking for the sake of tracking is exhausting. Now I’ll let other systems get stats for me. ūüôā Here are some of the more interesting statistics: 178 books read 48,807 pages read 3 books DNF’d Shortest book: Marvel’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Issue 1 (24 pages) Longest book: Marvel’s Oz Omnibus (1,080 pages) [When I realized how many volumes there were, I went big instead] Average book length: 280 pages Average Rating: 3.5 stars Most Read Genres: Graphic Novels, Memoir, Fantasy Most Read Reading Level:¬†Adult When you read 178 books, there are bound to be quite a…

1 Year Blogoversary!
About the Blog / December 30, 2016

        Wow. I can’t believe a whole year has passed. Looking back, this year has been an incredible journey, unlike anything I ever could have imagined. I started without a plan or a real clue what I was doing. I just knew that I loved books, and I had a lot to say. Little did I know I’d be embarking on a journey of self-discovery. No, I am not exaggerating. This blog has changed me an been a real shining spot in 2016. And we all know how important that is! (P.S. That link is soooo NSFW.)   The Origin Story In 2012, I started to get back into reading again. I had been an avid reader as a child, constantly hiding under my covers with a flashlight and reading into the wee hours of the morning. I got addicted to series in particular and would read them completely through. All of Boxcar Children were read. I¬†read every book published in the Star Wars Legends universe (at least, all those published before 2000) to the point where my English Teacher told me she was glad I was such an avid reader, but it would nice if I…

#ThanksgivingReadathon Wrap Up
About Me / November 30, 2016

Wow– Thanksgiving was quite a blur! So many things I wasn’t expecting happened, which kinda put a hiccup in my Read-a-Thon plans. But that’s okay- I still got some quality reading time in. What happened, you might ask? Why is this post the last day in November, even though the Read-a-Thon happened over Thanksgiving (11/22-11/27)? What on earth could have gotten me to wait this long to post my wrap-up? Because I got¬†engaged. My very very brave other half proposed at the Thanksgiving dinner table, and I knew from that moment onward my Thanksgiving Read-A-Thon was forfeit. I was in my hometown, with all my family, and this was my one opportunity to tell everyone in person. I wanted to tell people in person when I got home too, so today is the first day we are publically announcing our engagement. SO EXCITED!!! And you get to know amongst the first. Because I love my bookish community. ūüôā That said, despite a ton of additional social gatherings I had not expected, my Read-a-Thon wasn’t a complete flop! Here was my original goal: Complete at least one of my five outstanding yearly review challenges.¬† Listen to at least two audiobooks. Read…

Shout Out and Shameless Plug
Guest Post / November 14, 2016

Guys! Guys! I wrote my first guest blog post! Now, I understand the idea behind a guest blog post is that it sits on another blog and people flock there to read it and chat about it… but I feel so honored that Brendon @ Reading and Gaming for Justice was willing to collaborate with me. Brendon’s blog thesis is more or less stems from the fact that he has some questions and concerns about the social justice implications of the literature and board game markets. His blog is to get more involved in these communities and be a part of the social justice journey. Pretty rad, to say the least.   November is Indigenous People’s Heritage Month in the United States, so Brendon is featuring posts and reviews of #OwnVoices Native Hawai’ian authors. This immediately¬†piqued my interest, and I reached out to be a part of this. Being involved in dialogues with other bloggers has been key to my development and sharing my own message. Brendon’s goal and mine are the same: to subvert the dominant narrative and life the voices of marginalized peoples. I strongly encourage you to check out Brendon’s blog, and all his Native Hawai’ian #OwnVoices…

Sunshine Blogger Award
Award / September 16, 2016

I couldn’t be more excited to share that I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Jasmine @ How Useful It Is!This is my first blogger award from a fellow blogger, and it means a lot to me. I am finally making real connections in the world of book blogging!!! Thank you, Jasmine!¬†I encourage everyone to check out her blog as well.¬† Rules: Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. Answer the eleven questions sent¬†by the person who nominated you. Nominate eleven new blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog Jasmine’s Questions What is it about writing that you like so much? As I write reviews, I discover new things about myself and the books I’ve read. I find that I learn something new each time I force myself to explain it. Plus, with each post I write I can see my writing improve! Do you ever experience writer’s block? Even when you write a book review.¬† ALL THE TIME. I have to be in the right mood to write…

Death by Tsundoku Received a Makeover!
About the Blog / September 5, 2016

As I’m certain you can tell, Death by Tsundoku received a makeover this weekend! Thank you, three-day weekend, for allowing some downtime to overhaul many things. I sat down and had a conversation with many of my readers. Listening to all your feedback, this is the newest iteration of Death by Tsundoku. Some things are obvious, but some things will be more subtle. What changed?¬† First, you’ll notice that we have a new layout. This includes: Slider displaying the most recent book reviews on the home page. Feedback was it took too long to scroll down the home page to see new books reviewed. This allows you to quickly see the most recently reviewed books, as well as the most recent comments. Home page displaying summaries of each post, instead of the whole post. Same feedback as above; this allows you to see a summary and decide if you want to Two menus on the top of the page. Feedback was that it was too crowded, but all the information was useful. Hopefully, this will help break things up a bit and improve ease of navigation. Content¬†has been optimized for different screen sizes. Feedback was that the blog was challenging…

Where in the World?
About Me / April 17, 2016

As you might have noticed, I was on a brief hiatus from updating my blog. Never fear! I did not abandon you, nor did I abandon my reading. I just returned from a 9-day vacation to the Caribbean islands where they had remarkably poor wireless when I had downtime, and fantastic wireless when I did not. C’est la vie. Don’t worry, I made good use of my time, as my photo evidence suggests. On my trip, I completed reading 4 books and I am in the middle of another two. Strangely, this is less than I expected. Silly ocean distracted me. Read:¬†The Little Lady Agency,¬†Red Rising,¬†How To Be A Woman,¬†Golden Son Currently Reading:¬†Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths,¬†All About Love The first book of my trip was a no brainer. Super fluffy chick-lit. Perfect for the beach. The next two books were for different book clubs. I traveled with my roommate, who also participates in the Our Shared Shelf book club, and we were both reading. It was great to have someone to talk to about¬†How To Be A Woman while I was mid-reading it. Not having anyone to talk to about the¬†Red Rising books was a challenge…

February in Review
Month in Review / March 2, 2016

Newsworthy We are at the end of month two and I feel like I’ve got a rhythm to my blogging. Death by Tsundoku feels much more like home. I’ve developed standards for the¬†aesthetic which really help with flow. I haven’t received a lot of feedback yet, though. Any thoughts? What do you like? What can I improve? The hardest part of blogging to me relates to media in posts. Writing the review itself is fairly smooth, but adding media can add another 40-60 minutes to post writing. I will be focusing on how to improve my use of media this month. Also, thanks to rescheduling needs, I only ended up having two official book club meetings in February. That was really disheartening to me. Thankfully, I have some great friends! A shout out of Rebecca and Emma for meeting separately with me to talk books. I definitely have great friends. I feel like I’m finally getting into a blogging groove. Let’s keep up the momentum!   List of Reads February just flew by this year! Even though we had a leap year, that extra day didn’t really help at all. I spent a lot of time with my friends, which…

January in Review
Month in Review / February 3, 2016

Newsworthy Wow! It’s hard to believe Death by Tsundoku has been running for a month already! It’s been a wild ride, for sure, but the momentum isn’t slowing down at all, thankfully. I’ve learned a lot in the last month. I have started to understand WordPress and CSS templates. I’ve done research and made new friends in the blogisphere. I’ve started to understand social media and its place in the world. Blogging is a time consuming process– but it’s incredibly rewarding! Can’t stop, won’t stop, as they say. I hope this momentum keeps pushing long into 2016. Blogging aside, most of my free time this month has gone to reading‚Ķ Are we surprised? No. List of Reads I read quite a bit in January. Not all the books I read end up getting a blog post, actually. Part of that is due to completion dates for reading. Some are due to a lack of content. Others are because I’d like to keep a whole series in order and I don’t want to start in the middle. January Books: Read – 15 total books Currently reading – 4 books The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness Illuminae by Amie…

The Opening Line
About Me / December 30, 2015

“Call me Ishmael.” – Herman Melville,¬†Moby Dick … … Or, uh, well, don’t. Call me Jackie. “I am a sick man… I am a spiteful man.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky,¬†Notes from Underground   Actually, I’m neither of those things. I am a female bibliophile with a passion for sharing my opinions and discussing literature. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.” -J.D. Salinger,¬†The Catcher In The Rye What really matters is that I understand we share a passion. An addiction, perhaps. We both love books. Reading, debating, discussing– we just love books. And I recognize the struggle one has with the pile of unread books at your disposal. After all, how is one to choose a book from the piles and piles? Tsundoku is a Japanese slang word. It means “the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with…