Chitter Chatter Update!

Hello readers! I am sorry for my long and unexpected absence. I have started school back up and I had a few last minute things that take care of before I went back, so that is why I wasn’t very active on my blog.

I am back and attempting to get back into the swing of things. Expect a book review coming this week as well as another Monthly Wrap-Up (some very exciting things I want to chat to you guys about will be in that update).

Again, I am sorry for the unexpected absence but things are back to normal now! Thanks for sticking around and I hope everything has been going okay.

I will catch you guys in my next post, have a great week ahead!

Samantha 🙂


Halfway Through 2018!

Hello fellow readers!

I have not dropped off the face of the earth, I promise! It has been a crazy year and half for me, and I felt it crucial that I take a break from my blog to focus on my schooling. I am halfway through my college journey and it has taken a toll. The only thing that I haven’t taken a break from is reading!

I am so far 53/100 books for my Goodreads reading goal for 2018 and I am powering through! I cannot wait to share my thoughts and opinions with all of you about some fabulous books (and some un-fabulous books of course). I have many book reviews planned, more Top 5 Wednesday’s, and of course many more bookish posts/tags. If you have any suggestions, please let me know in the comments below!

I would also like to say welcome to all of my new followers and thank you to all of my past followers. You all have stuck with me through my absence and I am very thankful for the support! I wish you all a Happy New Year (even if we are in June…) and happy reading!

Best regards! 🙂 – Samantha

Reflection: Reaching 100 Books/Thank You

Hello fellow readers!  Today I am coming at you with a post that I didn’t think I was going to make but here we are. It is currently raining where I reside and I thought it no better a time than to reflect upon reaching my 100 book goal on Goodreads.

This evening I updated my list and my total books read this year (so far) is 101! If you have been following the blog for the past couple of months than you will recall the dreaded reading slump that I found myself in. I have hopefully (fingers crossed) pushed past the slump and back on track.

I have had the goal of one hundred books for a couple of years now and always strive to hit my mark. This year it has become a struggle to find reading time due to work and college ruling my life. In 2016 I embarked on crazy book journeys that I never thought I would find myself on. This year I discovered my new favorite book of all time (The Bronze Horseman – I swear I can hear the groans. I’ve talked about this book to death; if you haven’t read it yet please do!!!) and I’ve discovered what I really cherish in books.

You will be seeing lots more reviews for series and books coming to my page soon as my head is bursting with thoughts and remarks that would like to be shared!

Hitting my goal has lit a fire in my reader heart and I do not think it will be extinguished soon. The love for reading books has found its way back into my life and I will forever be thankful that my dreaded slump has passed.

I have very high hopes for 2017 and I cannot wait to share the reading experiences with you all. Thank you for making 2016 quite possibly one of the best years to date. When I started Surrounded by Books I thought I was just starting something that I could post my reviews on and get some more writing practice in. This blog has become an emotional outlet (I have to get all these book feels out somewhere) and I am so glad to have gotten to know some of the fellow book bloggers here. You all have a very special place in my heart and I am forever grateful for your support. I wish you all safe and happy holidays, and here is to ending 2016 with books who love us all deeply.

With all the book love in my heart,

Samantha 🙂

Update: The Dreaded Reading Slump

Hello fellow readers! I have missed all of you so dearly. Today I am coming at you with an update.

For the past few months I have been in the driest reading spell ever before. I was able to burn through Empire of Storms (please let me know if you would like me to write a review, I would be happy to do so) and afterwards that put me even further down the reading slump hole.

I have recently gotten back into writing which is a small step in the right direction since the urge to read has been itching again. Usually the reading and writing go together so I have some hope.

If you have any tips on how to bust out of the reading slump please let me know!!!

-Samantha 🙂

June 2016 TBR

Hello fellow readers! I thought I would share what I was planning (hoping) to read in the month of June! I will be starting my first ever real job this month but I refuse to let that stop me from reading large amounts of books this summer.

Please let me know what you’re planning to read this fine month in the comments below. Without further ado let’s get started!

-Samantha 🙂


Dragonfly in Amber: Diana Gabaldon

I dove right into the sequel to Outlander the day after I finished the first book! I am about 130 pages in, give or take, and I am loving it! The first part is my absolute favorite so far. Advice for those who want to dive right in like I did, it is confusing! Suddenly things are totally different and I have no idea what to make of them.


Voyager: Diana Gabaldon

This book is a hopeful one since I am hoping to be reading it in June! I’ve heard that Dragonfly in Amber leaves off on a cliffhanger that makes you want to scream and cry for Voyager. I am hoping that I won’t be too burned out to read it. So far, so good here on the Outlander train but things can always change!


Me Before You: Jojo Moyes

I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book! The trailer for the movie is so cute and I can only imagine how amazing this book will be. This sounds amazing and heartbreaking and I know I will just fall in love with it.