WWW Wednesdays – March 25, 2020

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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.

How is everyone doing? Are y’all finding ways to stay happy and healthy, while practicing social distancing? I participated in the Social Distancing 24in48 Readathon over the weekend. I did get some reading done, including another section of Anna Karenina for a buddy read, but I found myself more distracted than before. I am going to start making progress on my Spring Reads soon.

Currently Reading


Recently Finished

Inside Out by Demi Moore – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ½
NetGalley ARC: How to Catch an Errant Earl by Amy Rose Bennett – ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦
The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

*Click on title of book for my full review!*

Reading Next

What have y’all been reading? Please feel free to comment on these books and/or post your WWW link below!

Stay safe and healthy and Read On!!!

Book Review: The Joy of Missing Out

9781400214334Title: The Joy of Missing Out
Author: Tonya Dalton
Genre: Self-Help
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Pages: 240
Format Read: audiobook
Standalone or series: standalone
Where I got the book: Library Libby app
Date finished reading: March 21, 2020

Goodreads Description: Overwhelmed. Do you wake up in the morning already feeling behind? Does the pressure of keeping it all together make you feel anxious and irritable?

Tonya Dalton, CEO and productivity expert, offers you a liberating shift in perspective: feeling overwhelmed isn’t the result of having too much to do — it’s from not knowing where to start.

Doing less might seem counterintuitive, but doing less is more productive, because you’re concentrating on the work you actually want to be doing. Through this book, you can learn how to:

Identify what is important to you and clarify your priorities.
Develop ways to streamline your specific workflow.
Discover your purpose.

Named Top 10 Business Book of the Year by Fortune magazine, The Joy of Missing Out is chock-full of resources and printables. This is a legitimate action plan for change. Once you reject the pressure to do more, something amazing happens: you discover you can finally live a guilt-free, abundant life.

My Review: I am a big fan of self-help nonfiction that gives you actual tasks to achieve the points made in the book. The Joy of Missing Out is a book that gives tips to increase daily productivity while also achieving happiness. It focuses on making the reader understand how to truly be in charge of your time.

Here are some great steps mentioned that will help you achieve this life of productivity and happiness:

  1. Create a Mission Statement – a short statement that represents who you are.
  2. Create a Vision Statement (aka North Star) – a representation of what you want to be and achieve in the future.
  3. Make a priority list – don’t try to do too much, delete tasks that are not necessary or that you can delegate. Here are questions to ask to help you create this list:
    1. Is it connected to my North Star?
    2. Is it linked to a goal?
    3. Is it essential?
    4. Is it adventageous?
    5. Is it reality based?
  4. Create habits to minimize brain power. “Habits free up our mental space so we can focus.”
  5. Make plan for bigger priorities.
  6. Set boundaries – your time is your time don’t allow someone else to take it away from you.
  7. Take a technology break – live in the moment.
  8. Get plenty of rest.
  9. Do a daily download. Spend no more than a minute on each of the following:
    1. Reflecting on daily accomplishments.
    2. Evaluate the day – was there too much to do or not enough.
    3. Assess if you closer to your North Star.
    4. List 3 things you are grateful for that day.
    5. Write down important tasks for next day.

This is a great time to read this book as many of us are finding ourselves homebound with some extra time to reevaluate our lives (both personal and work lives). I almost can’t wait to start writing down my statements and priorities – yes, the author stresses the importance of writing these things down instead of using technology – finally maybe some validation for my list writing. I listened to the audiobook version and found that it included a bonus episode of the author’s podcast Productivity Paradox. I am so thrilled to have been introduced to this podcast and have already started listening to it and finding more helpful tips.

For additional tools to help you with living this better and more productive life, see Inkwell Press Productivity Co by Tonya Dalton.

“Getting control of our time will lead to less stress.”

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ 

End of 24in48 Readathon – March 2020

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Congratulations to all those who participated in the Social Distancing 24in48 Readathon over this past weekend! How did y’all do? I actually did not manage to read for the full 24 hours, as I surprisingly found other distractions over the weekend even though I am housebound like so many of y’all. Here are my readathon stats:

Readathon Reads (Finished & Started):

  • The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton – audiobook
  • Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – book
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – book
  • The Girl Who Loved Twice by David Lagercrantz – audiobook

Pages Read:

I read a total of exactly 583 pages.

Reading Time:

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Social Media Updates:

I posted many updates on social media regarding this readathon:

Thank you so much to the lovely 24in48 Readathon hosts! You all are amazing! I had such a fun weekend and can’t wait until the next one!

24in48 Readathon – March 21-22, 2020

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It’s time for the 24in48 Readathon!!! This is the perfect time for a readathon, as we are  all sitting at home (away from other people), trying to remain calm and healthy. Isolation is bearable with the company of books.

When does the Readathon begin?

Hour 0, aka the official kickoff of the #StayHome24in48 readathon, will be at 12:00am on Saturday, March 21st, Eastern time.

What are my Readathon goals?

Time:
Since all my other plans for this weekend have officially been canceled, and I am trying to stay inside and away from people as much as possible, I think I can definitely accomplish 24 hours of reading this weekend.

TBR:
These are the books I hope to finish this weekend:

  • Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge
  • Anna Karenina (Parts 3 & 4 for a Buddy Read) by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

Books I will start if I finish the above:

  • My Greek Island Summer by Mandy Baggot
  • The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • Murder with Mirrors by Agatha Christie

Social Media:
I will be posting updates on multiple social media outlets:

Are you joining me?

If you want to participate in this readathon with me, visit the 24in48 homepage to sign-up. Also visit the FAQ page for more information about this readathon.

Stay Healthy and READ!

Spring Reading – 2020

Spring is here! I think we can all agree that this will be an interesting spring. I will be continuing to read for my Reading the Classics Challenge. I am also picking away at the books on my bookshelf. Titles are mostly based on giveaways and book club picks. What are y’all reading this winter? Any reads you are most looking forward to? Here is my list:

Book Club Reads

  • Black December by Scott Hunter

NetGalley Reads

  • The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman
  • Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
  • Miss Iceland by Audur Ava Olafsdottir
  • Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella
  • The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor
  • My Greek Island Summer by Mandy Baggot

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon

  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
  • Different Seasons by Stephen King
  • Sandition by Jane Austen

Readalongs

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Book Jar Picks

  • Visit Sunny Chernobyl by Andrew Blackwell
  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Other

  • The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha – audiobook
  • The Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton – audiobook
  • The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich – audiobook
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – book
  • Murder with Mirrors by Agatha Christie – book
  • The Hidden by Heather Graham – book
  • Quiet by Susan Cain – audiobook
  • 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B Peterson – audiobook
  • Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow – audiobook
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – book
  • The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston – book
  • The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – book

STAY HEALTHY & READ!!!!

Book Review: How to Catch an Errant Earl

49216605Title: How to Catch an Errant Earl
Author: Amy Rose Bennett
Genre: Romance
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: April 28, 2020
Pages: 336
Format Read: Ebook
Standalone or series: Book 2 of The Disreputable Debutantes series
Where I got the book: Netgalley
Date finished reading: March 19, 2020

Goodreads Description: After being expelled from a young ladies’ academy, it seems Miss Arabella Jardine will never find a well-connected husband. Not that she minds. A bluestocking at heart, she’d rather bury her nose in a medical text than wed. When Arabella is forced to accompany her family on a Grand Tour in Switzerland, she unexpectedly encounters the irresistible rakehell-in-exile, Gabriel, the Earl of Langdale. Arabella soon realizes the only thing worse than getting married to a charismatic but unrepentant rake would be to fall in love with him.

Dubbed the Errant Earl by the ton, Gabriel Holmes-Fitzgerald is no stranger to scandal. However, when Gabriel is caught in flagrante with the utterly delectable Arabella Jardine, he’s obliged to offer for her hand. He’ll endeavor to do the right thing even though he’s not a prize catch. He’ll certainly never let Arabella get close enough to discover the demons of his dark past. Indeed, there is one particular demon out to destroy Gabriel by exposing a long-buried family secret.

Soon Gabriel and Arabella find they are not just battling overwhelming desire, but in a fight to save their future together.

My Review: I am really grateful for nice period romance to help keep my mind off of reality. This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley.

How to Catch an Errant Earl is book two of a series. I had not read the first book in the series. While there were parts of the storyline I was curious about and was sure to have been explained in the first book, I felt that a reader could still engage with the romance between Gabriel and Arabella as a standalone.

While I did enjoy the characters of Gabriel and Arabella and their spicy romance, I felt that the pacing of the plot was a bit off. The first third of the story seemed to be telling a backstory of the characters without really revealing much, so I was a bit bored. However, the scene where Gabriel and Arabella meet for the second time, and Arabella fixes Gabriel’s dislocated shoulder is a great scene. It truly shows Arabella’s strength, which is what I believe is part of the reason that Gabriel is drawn to her. Then there is a crazy amount of action in the last quarter of the book: Gabriel’s mom shows up, Gabriel was spotted with an old flame, and Arabella is kidnapped. The kidnapping scene was exciting, but I found it hard to believe that any woman who had just been kidnapped and banged up because of her husband would just ignore the fact that her husband had been spotted with another woman just because he saved her and told her that he loved her, but maybe that is just me. I would have asked more questions.

I thought it strange that certain characters just disappeared. Gabriel spends half the storyline searching for his mother. When his mother appears, that character gets just a few pages and then we barely hear about her going forward. I would have also enjoyed bringing back Arabella’s horrible aunt just to see if someone would put her in her place.

I would have also been happier if Arabella’s “charitable” endeavors had been more defined. On more than one occasion she goes to spend time with an influential doctor to learn how she can move forward with her charitable endeavors, but we never really get to experience that interaction or what she intended to do in any real way that lives up to the character’s intelligence and ambition. She couldn’t be in charge of a clinic at that time, because she was a woman, but maybe she could have ran an orphanage. In the end it sounds like she more or less just threw some money around.

Though I found some weaknesses in this particular storyline, I believe the characters are strong enough to have a series based on them. I hope Olivia gets her man next…

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦ 

WWW Wednesdays – March 18, 2020

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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.

How is everyone doing? One would have thought I would have read more due to social distancing and spending all my time in my house, but that has not been the case yet. I’ve been lucky and am allowed to work my job from home. However, I don’t have a designated workspace at home, so I have been working on getting that together. I firmly believe that this situation is going to last a long time, so I have been coming up with things to do to occupy my free time to calm my anxiety. I’d love to hear what everyone else is doing during this time.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ½
Burnout by Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Reading Next

What have y’all been reading? Please feel free to comment on these books and/or post your WWW link below!

Stay safe and healthy and Read On!!!