WWW Wednesdays – November 11, 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.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
The Secret of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Book Club: The Desert and the Drum by Mbarek Ould Beyrouk – ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Reading Next

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

STAY SAFE AND KEEP READING!

WWW Wednesdays – October 28, 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.

I had a great week of reading thanks to Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon. Check out my readathon wrap-up. I always have such a good time! This is the second time in a row that I stayed up for the full 24 hours. I am happy with the results. I completed 5 books and read 1,200 pages. I’ve been needing to jump start my reading life again, and this definitely helped. 

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Book Club: The Theban Plays by Sophocles – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Book Jar Pick: The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ½
Too Much and Never Enough by Mary Trump – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ½

Reading Next

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

STAY SAFE AND KEEP READING!

Book Review: The Dilemma

Title: The Dilemma
Author: B. A. Paris
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 352
Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Format Read: Ebook
Standalone or Series: Standalone
Received from: NetGalley
Date Finished Reading: July 28, 2020



Goodreads Review: 
It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.

But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?

Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.

My Review: It took a long time for me to review this book, because I really couldn’t make up my mind about it. It was a unique concept with some twists and turns. However, this book just didn’t grab me. It dragged a lot. I just wanted the birthday party to end and everyone to be honest with each other. I struggled to get through this book just because I did want to see how it ended. I thought there might be another exciting twist at the end, but there really wasn’t. Even the end was very meh. I think giving it 3 out of 5 stars may be a bit generous.

My Rating: ♦ ♦ ♦

Completed 24-hour Readathon – October 2020

readratI made it! I read for 24 hours! It was fantastic! Here is my closing survey:

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? I did as well as expected and am always a bit shocked when I make it the full 24 hours.
  2. Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it? I read in all formats. I think audiobooks are really important as they allow you to continue to digest literature while moving around. 
  3. What was your favorite snack? candy corn 
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post! Maybe. I’ll look forward to future posts.

Here is how I did on my goals and reading:

Goals

  • Complete 5 books – Completed 5 books
  • Read 800 pages – Read 1,200 pages
  • Read at least 18 hours – though it would be great to make it the full 24 hours – Read for 24 hours
  • Post at least 10 times to social media – Posted to social media 22 times
  • Get Bingo – Got bingo

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Books Completed

  • The Theban Plays by Sophocles – print book
  • The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale – print book
  • The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene – audiobook
  • Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – audiobook
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – audiobook

Books Started

  • Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump – print book
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – ebook

I am a bit sad that this readathon is over. I always get a bit sad and wish to keep reading even though I really need to get some sleep. I had such a great time. I am especially happy that I managed to hit my yearly goodreads goal during the readathon too.

If you participated, how did you do? Feel free to comment with links to blog posts.

Hour 12 of 24 Hour Readathon – October 2020

20201024_183558I’m halfway into Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon and thoroughly enjoying my peaceful day of reading. I’m making a slight dent in my TBR pile that includes print books, ebooks, and audiobooks. 

I started the readathon at 7am local time, wearing cozy bookish apparel (pictured above) and drinking a good portion of a pot of coffee. Besides having comfortable reading apparel and cozy reading spots, delicious food and snacks always help make it through the full 24 hours. I had some french toast for brunch and had some melon as a snack.

20201024_183409I recently needed to get up and move a bit so decided to go for a long audiowalk. The weather is perfect here right now. It just got cool enough here to go for nice long walks. I decided to walk by the lake.

Books Completed:

  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – audiobook
  • The Theban Plays by Sophocles – print book

Currently Reading:

  • The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale – print book
  • Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – audiobook
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – ebook

If you are participating, leave me a comment letting me know how you are doing. Very excited for the second half of the readathon!

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24-Hour Readathon Begins! October 2020

readathon1_lgIt’s almost time!!!! Just a few hours until the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!! As always I’m super excited and ready to go! This is officially my 7th 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

  • Complete 5 books
  • Read 800 pages
  • Read at least 18 hours – though it would be great to make it the full 24 hours
  • Post at least 10 times to social media
  • Get Bingo

TBR Pile

  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote – book
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery – book
  • The Theban Plays by Sophocles – book
  • The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale – book
  • Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump – book
  • 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – book
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb – ebook
  • Girls of Brackenhill by Kate Moretti – ebook
  • The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene – audiobook
  • Black Dahlia, Red Rose by Piu Eatwell – audiobook
  • The Stand by Stephen King – audiobook

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.

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WWW Wednesdays – October 7, 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.

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Cursed Objects by J.W. Ocker – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ½
The Monsters We Make by Kali White – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Reading Next

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

STAY SAFE AND KEEP READING!

WWW Wednesdays – September 23, 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.

Did not finish too many books this week, but I started some good ones. I also created my Fall Reading List. What is on your fall reading list?

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Virtual Book Club: Goodbye to a River by John Graves – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦

Reading Next

Hope y’all are having a great start to the fall season! What are y’all reading? Feel free to leave a comment below about the books I’m reading, the books you are reading and/or your own WWW link.

STAY SAFE AND KEEP READING!!!!

Fall Reads – 2020

Fall is here! I hope to continue more progress on my Reading the Classics Challenge. I am also picking away at the books on my bookshelf. What are y’all reading this fall? Any reads you are most looking forward to? Here is my list:

BOOK CLUB READS

  • The Theban Plays by Sophocles
  • Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
  • Democracy by Henry Adams
  • In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  • The Desert and the Drum by Mbarek Ould Beyrouk
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens

BUDDY READALONG

  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  • Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery

NETGALLEY 

  • Girls of Brackenhill by Kate Moretti

BOOK JARS

  • What Women Want by Fanny Blake
  • The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

OTHER

  • Goodbye to a River by John Graves
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
  • The Pioneers by David McCullough
  • The Monsters We Make by Kali White
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Cursed Objects by J. W. Ocker
  • The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman
  • Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump
  • Nancy Drew: The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene

Feel free to leave a comment about any of the books I’ll be reading or the reads y’all will be reading.

HAPPY FALL READING!!!

WWW Wednesdays – September 16, 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.

I’ve had some trouble getting some good reading time in these last few weeks. Work has been crazy exhausting for months, so I’m dealing with burnout during a high anxiety period of time, but at least my friend and I have officially finished Anna Karenina. We’ve been reading and discussing that book for the entire year. I’m currently utilizing book clubs to jump start my reading again.

CURRENTLY READING

RECENTLY FINISHED

Classics Lit & Buddy Readalong: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – book = ♦ ♦ ♦
Virtual Book Club: Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi – ebook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Goodreads Giveaway: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – book = ♦ ♦ ♦
Gilmore Girls Lit: Stiff by Mary Roach – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

READING NEXT

Hope everyone is doing well! What are y’all reading? Feel free to leave a comment either about the books I’ve listed, what you are reading or your WWW link.

STAY SAFE & KEEP READING!!!