…And We’re Back!
About Me / July 11, 2017

Wow, two weeks went by so quickly! It’s hard to believe only 18 days ago I was boarding a plane to Croatia, and now I’m back to the daily grind. Believe it or not, I missed the routine: Workouts, cooking, and of course, blogging! I went to Croatia for a friend’s wedding and it was amazing. We started in Dubrovnik, on the southern tip of the country. Why does that sound familiar? Because Dubrovnik is where the Game of Thrones TV show films for Kings Landing (and a few other things)! It’s a medieval walled city the country has continued to rebuild and restore over time. It’s pedestrian traffic only and absolutely beautiful. Our travels continued to Montenegro, the small country south of Croatia. A day trip showed us miles of beautiful coasts, amazing cities, and spectacular vistas. A recent addition to NATO, Montenegro hopes to join the European Union in the future. Returning to Croatia, we drive up to Split– the location of Diocletian’s Palace. It was Diocletian’s retirement home built at the turn of the 4th century. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site this “palace” forms about half of the old town of Split – the ruins are still…

On Hiatus!
About Me / June 23, 2017

Well, friends, I’m leaving on a jet plane today! I will be spending 2.5 weeks in Croatia (woohoo!) which is quite a long travel adventure from my home in Wisconsin, USA. Why Croatia? Because one of my friends, who moved to Istanbul a few years ago, is getting married in beautiful Motovoun, Croatia. So, why not?! It’s the first time my significant other will be leaving the country, too. I’m super excited. Obviously, this means I have a wonderful TBR to get through! Here are the books I am planning to read on my trip: I am reading along with Krysti @ YA and Wine’s The 5th Wave series read along. It’s much more engaging than I expected it to be, actually! I’m about 1/3 done with it, and I look forward to finishing it up quickly on our flights. The current Big Library Read novel. I’d never heard of it before, but as you all know, I love a good book club discussion. This is a change of pace from my usual reading, too. Amanda @ Cover2Cover Mom read and reviewed this book a while ago now. It definitely caught my eye and I’ve been waiting for it to arrive in the…

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. 🙂 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. 🙂 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…

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