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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Completed 24-hour Readathon – April 2021

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I made it and read for the full 24 hours! I loved having this quality time with my books, but boy am I tired.

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? I did great! (though you always wish you could read more books)
  2. Did you have a strategy, and if so, did you stick to it? I had goals that kept me focused. I also actively decided not to participate in too many mini-challenges and just focused on reading, because I haven’t made a lot of time for reading lately.
  3. What was your favorite snack? While I am proud of my first homemade waffle, my favorite snack is definitely my taco dip.
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? I will for sure attend the next readathon as a reader!

Goals Accomplished

  1. Complete 5 books – Finished 5 books
  2. Read 800 pages – Read 959 pages
  3. Read at least 18 hours – Read for the full 24 hours
  4. Post at least 10 times to social media – Posted 18 times to my blog, instagram, twitter and litsy
  5. Stay hydrated – Drank 80 oz of water (which is really really good for me)
  6. Get bingo – Yes! See below.

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Books Completed

  1. 10% Happier by Dan Harris – audiobook
  2. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville – book
  3. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello – audiobook
  4. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – book
  5. The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark – ebook

Books Started

  1. “A” is for Alibi by Sue Grafton – audiobook
  2. The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – book 

If you participated in this readathon, how did you end up doing? Did you read for the full 24 hours? Did you meet your reading goals? Hope you had a blast! I’m just going to go and close my eyes for a bit now.

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24-hour Readathon Halfway Point – April 2021

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I am doing well with the 24 hour readathon so far. While I have completed only one book so far, I have read more than 400 pages. I’ve enjoyed a lot of time outdoors:

I’ve also enjoyed some great snacks too:

Mid-Event Survey

What are you reading right now? Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

How many books have you read so far? Only one, but I am in the middle of three others.

What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? 84, Charing Cross Road

Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Had a few neighbors talk to me while I was outside but not for very long. My husband has been very respectful of my time with my books.

What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? I am happy that I have been able to get a lot of housework, gardening, cooking, etc. done while audiobooking. However, I am not doing many mini-challenges at all this time unfortunately.

If you are participating, how are you doing? Feel free to comment with links to your updates. Happy Reading!

WWW Wednesdays – April 21, 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’m getting pretty excited for the upcoming Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon this coming weekend. I am just starting to put together my book pile and will be posting my readathon progress through Saturday and into Sunday. Anyone else joining the readathon as well?

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦
IRL Book Club: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers – book = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Reading Next

What are y’all reading? Feel free to leave a comment below on the books I’m reading, the books you are reading, and/or your own WWW link. Good luck to everyone participating in this weekend’s readathon! 

HAPPY READING!!!

Completed 24-Hour Readathon! April 2020

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I DID IT! I officially read for 24 hours straight! I’ve only managed this feat once before, so I am pretty excited that I was able to do it again.

Closing Survey

  1. How would you assess your reading overall? I read more during this readathon than ever before!
  2. Did you have a stategy, and if so, did you stick to it? While I love all the challenges, I really haven’t been reading much lately, so I wanted to primarily stick to reading this time.
  3. What was your favorite snack? I washed down my taco dip with an Aperol Spritz. 
  4. Wanna volunteer for our next event? Stay tuned for the recap post! I might be interested in volunteering for the next readathon.

Books Completed

  1. Murder with Mirrors by Agatha Christie – print book
  2. Different Seasons by Stephen King – ebook
  3. Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien – audiobook
  4. Tess of d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – print book
  5. Stuart Little by E. B. White – print book
  6. Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres – audiobook
  7. Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson – audiobook

Pages Read

  • 1,116 pages read

Postings on Social Media and Other Challenges

  • Litsy = 5
  • Instagram = 5
  • Twitter = 9
  • Blog = 2
  • Bingo Challenge on Goodreads:

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I did not participate in many of the challenges this year. I decided to just focus on my reading, because I had a lot I wanted to read. Plus, I finally finished a couple of books that I started years ago. I also found that listening to audiobooks while puzzling is a great way to stay active and awake.

I had a great time! A big thanks to the hosts, and I’ll be looking forward to the next time!

Until Next Time….Stay Calm and Keep on Reading!!!

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WWW Wednesdays – April 22, 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.

Yesterday I celebrated 40 days of social-distancing/working from home and also my wedding anniversary. In the past, we have done exciting things during our anniversary week, including taking a Mediterranean cruise, drinking wine at vineyards, taking a helicopter ride, logging our first hours piloting a Cessna, etc. This anniversary was not like that, but we did pack up and decided to take a drive and attempt to see the lyrid meteor shower. It was like a mini road trip adventure, which was I think all we needed at this time.

Don’t know what your plans are for this upcoming weekend, but I will be participating in the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! Unfortunately, according to their recent post, this will be the final 24-hour readathon that they host. So sad!

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
12 Rules for Life by Jordan B Peterson – audiobook = ♦  DNF

I have so many negative feelings toward 12 Rules for Life! If you just look at the 12 rules as they are, they make sense. However, if you read the authors explanations and examples of the rules, you get angry quickly. I could deal with the author comparing human situations to animals, the continuous references to Christianity (even though that is not the only religion that readers may use as guidance in their lives), and the strange section regarding disciplining your children. However, when the author mentioned that going to the bar and getting drunk means that you are asking to be sexually assaulted, that is when I finally threw in the towel with this book. I am still so angry with this book, that I am not even going to write a full book review post about it.

Reading Next

Hope everyone is doing well! 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!!!

24 Hour Readathon Begins! October 2018

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It’s that time!!!! Time for the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!!  As always I’m super excited and ready to go! I’ve got my TBR pile, snacks, and clothing (see photo off to the right) all prepared. This is officially my 5th time participating in this readathon. I do not anticipate making it the full 24 hours, but I am geared up to get some quality reading time in that will help me achieve my yearly reading goals.

Readathon Goals:

  • I want to read for at least 13 hours today.
  • I want to complete 3 books.
  • I want to read at least 500 pages.
  • I want to complete at least 5 mini-challenges.
  • Get Bingo.

Bingo:

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TBR (soooo many to chose from):

Obviously I don’t intend to read all of the following, but I like to have a lot of options to chose from in all different types of reading tools, like physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks. I’ve learned that a variety helps utilize every moment of the readathon to accomplish all your reading goals.

Physical Books

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Ebooks

Audiobook

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If you have never participated in this readathon before, I would recommend that you try it! It’s so much fun!

Here is my first read of the day:

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Fall Reading – 2018

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Fall is officially here. There are so many fun events in the world of books during the fall, with book festivals (I’m really hoping to go to the Texas Book Festival in Austin, TX this year), readathons (like Dewey’s 24 hour readathon), and PBS announcing the Great American Read. With all these fun things happening this fall, I am hoping that this will inspire me to get through the following (or at least a majority of the following) reads:

NetGalley Reads

  • The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory 
  • I Hate You, I Love You by Elizabeth Hayley 
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • Girls on the Line by Jennie Liu
  • Broken Ground by Val McDermid
  • Killer Classics by Kim Roberts
  • Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose
  • A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley

BookishFirst Reads

  • Murder Mile by Lynda La Plante 
  • Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich

Goodreads Giveaway

  • Postcards from a Stranger by Imogen Clark

Book Club Reads

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz √ 
  • Strange Things Done by Elle Wild
  • Out by Natsuo Kirino √ 
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson

Other

  • Different Seasons by Stephen King – ebook
  • The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn – book
  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter – book
  • Rooms by Lauren Oliver – book
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware – book
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – book
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – book
  • Raven and Other Favorite Poems by Edgar Allen Poe – book 
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers – book
  • Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward – audiobook
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – audiobook 
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me by Ann Rule – audiobook 
  • My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan – audiobook √ 
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann – audiobook
  • Endurance by Scott Kelly – audiobook
  • The Personality Brokers by Merve Emre – audiobook 
  • The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman – audiobook 
  • Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White – audiobook √ 
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright – audiobook √ 
  • The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington – audiobook 
  • The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard – audiobook 
  • Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson – audiobook

What are you looking forward to reading this Fall?

Hope you all have a productive Fall Reading season!!! Happy Reading!!!