WWW Wednesdays – January 26, 2022

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

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ½
The Power of Meaning by Emily Esfahani Smith – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ½
Buddy Read: Foundation by Isaac Asimov – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Reading Next

What are y’all reading? Feel free to leave a comment below on the readathon, the books I’m reading, the books you are reading, and/or your own WWW link.

HAPPY READING!!!!

WWW Wednesdays – January 19, 2022

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

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

I haven’t posted a WWW in a while. The holidays got really hectic, but I am starting to get back on track. Over the weekend, I posted my 2021 favorite reads and the 2022 reads I am looking forward reading. Plus, I just rebranded the online book club that I host monthly and put it up on Meetup. If anyone is interested, please join us – International Journey Through Pages. We read all genres and mostly focus on reading books and authors from other countries, especially books in translation.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

IJTP Book Club: The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai – ebook/audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ½
Mount TBR: Furious Hours by Casey Cep – book/audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
DC Classics Book Club: Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov – ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ½

Reading Next

What are y’all reading? Feel free to leave a comment below on the readathon, the books I’m reading, the books you are reading, and/or your own WWW link.

HAPPY READING!!!!

My Must Reads for 2022

Happy 2022! What books are you excited about reading in 2022? Here is the list of books I would like to read in 2022:

  1. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
  2. Devolution by Max Brooks
  3. Broken by Jenny Lawson
  4. World Travel by Anthony Bourdain
  5. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  6. The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez
  7. Buy Yourself the Fucking Lilies by Tara Schuster
  8. In the Margins by Elena Ferrante
  9. Paul Newman memoir
  10. Murder Book by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell

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My Top Ten Favorite Reads of 2021

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Out of the more than 100 books I read this year, here are the ones I enjoyed the most:

  • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  • The Great Influenza by John Barry
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
  • Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly
  • The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  • Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler

Favorite Read of 2021:

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                  Sayaka Murata

WWW Wednesdays – November 3, 2021

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

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

I finished out my spooky October with a few more reads that helped me reach my Goodreads reading goal for the year. I am going to be reading more nonfiction this month for #NonfictionNovember. 

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Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Scarathlon 2021: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Scarathlon 2021: Carrie by Stephen King – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Scarathlon 2021: Rooms by Lauren Oliver – book = ♦ ♦ ♦

Reading Next 

What are y’all reading? Feel free to leave a comment below on the readathon, the books I’m reading, the books you are reading, and/or your own WWW link.

HAPPY NOVEMBER!!!

WWW Wednesdays – October 27, 2021

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

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

This last weekend, I participated in the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. It really helped me get through some of my TBR stack. However, the stack never seems to get smaller…lol. Find out how I did here.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Scarathlon 2021: The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ½
Mount TBR: Wicked Milwaukee by Yance Marti – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Scarathlon 2021: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Zodiac by Robert Graysmith – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Buddy Read: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – book = ♦ ♦

Reading Next

What are y’all reading? Anything scary? Did you participate in the 24-hour Readathon this past weekend? If so, how did you do? Feel free to leave a comment below on the readathon, the books I’m reading, the books you are reading, and/or your own WWW link.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Completed 24-hour Readathon – October 2021

PXL_20211023_151642400I made it the full 24 hours! I actually really expected to be more tired than I am. I am sure once I go to bed, I’ll be asleep very quickly. This has been a blast though and am a bit sad that it is over. I enjoyed most of my reads; I got to wear some new bookish apparel (pic on the right – new shirt from local independent bookstore); and consumed lots of great snacks. 

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? I hit all my goals and then some, so I believe I did really well.
  2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it? I had a good TBR pile to pick from, which kept me very busy.
  3. What was your favorite snack? I had a cucumber dip and a taco dip, which made for good snacks.
  4. Did you add any new books to your TBR/wishlist after seeing what everyone else is reading? Yes I did. People were posting a lot of books I hadn’t heard of before.
  5. What was your favorite book or experience from this readathon? I really enjoyed reading Zodiac.

Goals Accomplished

  • Finish 5 books – I finished exactly 5 books.
  • Read at least 900 pages – I read 1,044 pages.
  • Read for the full 24 hours – I read for the full 24 hours.
  • Post at least 10 times to social media – I posted pretty much every hour on either goodreads, the readathon site, litsy, twitter, or my blog.
  • Drink at least 90 ounces of water (gotta stay hydrated!) – I drank 96 ounces of water.
  • Get at least one bingo – I got multiple bingos. (See below)

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  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – audiobook
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – audiobook
  • Wicked Milwaukee by Yance Marti – print book
  • Zodiac by Robert Graysmith – audiobook
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – print book

Books Started

  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier – print book
  • 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill – audiobook

If you participated, how did you do? Can’t wait to do this again in the Spring!

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24-hour Readathon Halfway Point – October 2021

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I’ve made it to the halfway point of Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. I’ve been reading for 12 hours. I may not have finished that many books yet, but I have read more than 500 pages. I thought I would be able to do some audiowalking today, but unfortunately the weather was very stormy. However, I did get walk briefly to look at the rainbow.

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Mid Event Survey

  1. What are you reading right now? Zodiac by Robert Graysmith & Wicked Milwaukee by Yance Marti
  2. How many books have you read so far? 2
  3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier
  4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Really no interruptions so far. My husband isn’t feeling well, so he stayed in bed for most of the day. However, housework always tries to interrupt my reading time. I’m very grateful for audiobooks.
  5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon so far? I’m surprised that I have finished only 2 books. I guess I am a slower reader than I thought I would be. Don’t think I’ll get through much of my TBR pile at this rate.

Finished Reading

Currently Reading

Looking forward to the next 12 hours!!!

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24-Hour Readathon Begins! October 2021

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It’s almost time!!!! The semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon begins tomorrow (October 23rd)!!!! As always I’m super excited and ready to go! This is officially my 9th time participating in this readathon. I have been thoroughly enjoying the time I have spent preparing my TBR pile, snacks and some cozy ready spots. I am very much looking forward to this readathon and am going to try to read for the full 24 hours!

Goals

Here are my goals for the readathon:

  • Finish 5 books
  • Read at least 900 pages
  • Read for the full 24 hours
  • Post at least 10 times to social media
  • Drink at least 90 ounces of water (gotta stay hydrated!)
  • Get at least one bingo

TBR Pile

  • Zodiac by Robert Graysmith – audiobook
  • Carrie by Stephen King – audiobook
  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix – audiobook
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss – audiobook
  • 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill – audiobook
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury – audiobook
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe – book
  • Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier – book
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – book
  • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – book
  • Wicked Milwaukee by Yance Marti – book
  • Rooms by Lauren Oliver – book
  • The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan – book
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James – ebook
  • The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson – ebook
  • The Haunted House: A True Ghost Story by Walter Hubbell – ebook
  • The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle – ebook

Social Media

I will be posting updates on multiple social media outlets:

Are you participating in this readathon? If so, let me know in the comments what you are most looking forward to and let me know what you plan to be reading.

WWW Wednesdays – October 20, 2021

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

Time for another WWW Wednesdays, which is brought to you by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. If you too want to participate, answer the above questions and post that link on Sam’s page.

This weekend I’ll be participating in the Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. This is my 9th time participating and really look forward to a weekend with my books. I’ll be posting about it soon.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Scarathlon2021: Strange Weather by Joe Hill – audiobook = ♦♦♦½
Book Club: The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson – ebook = ♦♦
Book Club: Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu – ebook = ♦♦♦♦
Scarathlon2021: A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R. L. Stine – audiobook = ♦♦♦½

Reading Next

What are y’all reading? Anything scary? Are you participating in the 24-hour Readathon this weekend? Feel free to leave a comment below on the books I’m reading, the books you are reading, and/or your own WWW link.

HAPPY READING!!!