WWW Wednesdays – April 17, 2019

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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 just decided to relax and read for the rest of the weekend, so I did manage to make progress on my Spring Reading List and my Margaret Atwood reads (see A Focus on Authors Reading Challenge).

Currently Reading

I’m doing an East of Eden readalong with a friend. We are discussing Part One this week.

Recently Finished

Focus on Authors: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood – audiobook = ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – audiobook = ♦ ♦

*A complete Margaret Atwood review will be posted at the end of the month.*

Reading Next

I’m heading on brief but much needed vacation next week, so I will miss next week’s WWW, but I am hoping to get some fun reading in. What are y’all reading now? Please post your WWW links below in the comments if I haven’t already visited them.

HAPPY READING!!!

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24 Hour Readathon – Goals

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It’s that time!!!! Time for the semi-annual Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!!!! Check back on Saturday, April 6th to see my progress. This is officially my 6th time participating. Here are some questions to help me prep and set goals for this round.

Are you participating for the whole 24 hours? I really wish I could participate for the whole 24 hours. Unfortunately, I will be hosting a garage sale that morning as part of our community yard sale. It is my opportunity to Marie Kondo my house, so I can’t pass this up. I am hoping to still read during slow moments or have the Harry Potter Book 4 audiobook blaring on our outdoor speakers. I also don’t believe that I’ll be able to stay up all night as I will have a late night on Friday. We are taking my mother-in-law to: A Night with Margaret Atwood. Super excited for this! So I believe my ultimate goal will be to read for: 15 hours.

What is on your TBR pile for the Readathon? I always make sure I have a lot of options, because I never know what I’ll be in the mood for. Here are the books I believe I will finish:

Here are some other books I may start or continue reading:

What snacks am I looking forward to? Since I’m going to have an early morning with last minute prepping for the garage sale, I plan on making a 6am run to Billy’s Donuts. It is a donut shop that just opened up in my neighborhood, so I am happy to finally support a new business, which in turn will support my readathon goals (or at least my hunger). I am always up for donuts and kolaches!

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My Readathon TBR Pile

Anyone else participating in the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon? If so, what will you be reading and snacking on? Also, I’ll be happy to cheer you on if you are participating.

HAPPY READING!!!

WWW Wednesdays – October 31, 2018

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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 did very little reading this week and weekend between work and travel. This past weekend, I took a trip to Austin, Texas for the 2018 Texas Book Festival. (See my post about that event here.) The festival kept me so busy with all the things to do and authors to meet, that I did not get much time to read. It was worth it though.

Currently Reading

Recently Finished

The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman – audiobook

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Sarah Weinman explores the theory that Nabokov’s Lolita was based off of the true story of the kidnapping of Sally Horner. This book provides an in depth analysis of Lolita and the story of Sally Horner, which I admit that I had not heard of before. I, overall, enjoyed hearing the comparisons between the two. However, I found two things rather annoying. First, trying to not spoil anything by giving away too many details, the author glosses over the fate of Sally Horner early on in the book and makes you wait until almost the end to find out exactly what happened to her. She should not have mentioned her fate at all until it was time to actually explain that. The second thing that I did not really enjoy was the end section that goes into details of what happened to characters in the book, many of whom were not very relevant to the story, so I cared little about what happened to them. It is a captivating read for readers like me who love true crime and also classic fiction.

Reading Next

I’m hoping to get a lot more reading done this week and weekend. What have y’all been reading this week? If you have a WWW post, please share the link if I haven’t commented already.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

2018 Texas Book Festival

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I decided that this would be the year that I attend my first book festival, and the Texas Book Festival in Austin did not disappoint. There were so many different authors from so many different genres and activities for all ages. When you want to attend all the sessions, it is hard to narrow down your must see/do list. I was fortunate enough to attend the book festival with a friend, who help me have the best experience. Here is what we experienced:

DAY ONE – SATURDAY 10/27

Meet the Indie Next Authors! Featuring: R.O. Kwon, Tommy Orange, Nicole Chung

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Book signing

Earth and Beyond: A Conversation with Scott Kelly in the Texas State Capitol

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Litsy Meetup on the lawn of the Texas State Capitol

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Book signing with Sarah McCoy

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Souvenirs – thanks to Texas Book Festival and Book People Bookstore

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Lit Crawl Austin – American Short Fiction authors play Ex Libris at Stay Gold, featuring Jamel Brinkley, Rita Bullwinkel, Rebecca Makkai, Jennifer duBois, Owen Egerton and Tommy Orange

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Lit Crawl Austin – Noir at the Bar where crime fiction authors read from their recent their novels at Stay Gold, featuring Lou Berney, Max Booth, Meg Gardiner, Mike McCrarry and Scott Von Doviak

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Won a crime fiction novel raffle with signed copies!

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DAY TWO – SUNDAY 10/28

Alternate Realities: Sci Fi in 2018 with V.E. Schwab and John Scalzi

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John Scalzi taking a selfie wearing V.E. Schwab’s cat ears

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The last presentation was amazing, and we were too tuckered out to continue with any more sessions, so we wandered around Austin a bit longer and then hit the road back to Houston. All the author/presenters we listened to were amazing, personable and friendly. We just wanted to be friends with all of them. Now I have to find a place in my house for all my lovely new books!

 

 

24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up – October 2018

Another Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon has come to an end. I am bummed that we have to wait until April for the next one. It is always so much fun, and this time was no exception. This is how I did on the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the readathon – 24 Hour Readathon Begins! October 2018:

Readathon Goals:

  • I want to read for at least 13 hours today. – I succeeded in reading more than 13 hours. I participated to Hour 19, but I read about 15 hours of that time.
  • I want to complete 3 books. – I did read 3 books: a physical book, an ebook and an audiobook.
  • I want to read at least 500 pages. – I read more than 500 pages.
  • I want to complete at least 5 mini-challenges. – This is the one goal I didn’t complete.
  • Get Bingo. – Got bingo: see pic below.

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Social Media Activity:

I am not good with balancing my reading time and social media time. I tend to just want to focus on the reading part. I only did one Mini-Challenge this year. Any helpful tips you fellow readathoners can give me to help me participate in more social media challenges, while still getting quality reading time in?

  • Goodreads: Commented on 12-15 threds, including more than 10 of the hourly threds.
  • Litsy: Posted 6 times.
  • Instagram: Posted 4 times.
  • Twitter: Posted 7 times.
  • Blog: Posted 2 times.

Helpful Tips:

  • Do an audiowalk – even if the weather isn’t nice, maybe you can walk inside somewhere. Take an audiobook and stretch your legs for a while.
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  • Have healthy snacks as well as fun and slightly unhealthy snacks. I balanced out my taco dip (pictured below) with a fruit platter.
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  • Try to minimize distractions. I love having my husband around. He actually keeps me awake during the readathon, so I can participate longer. However, sometimes he can also be distracting. Plus, this year, I actually took a few hours out of the readathon to watch a baseball playoff game (been a Milwaukee Brewers fan since birth).

Closing Survey:

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? I bailed at Hour 19, which was about 2am my time.
  2. Tell us ALLLL the books you read! I read The Royal Runaway (NetGalley ARC ebook), Kiss Me, Kill Me (audiobook), and The Raven and Other Favorite Poems (book). I did also start Different Seasons and Rooms.
  3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners? I love everything by Ann Rule, so even though Kiss Me, Kill Me was a bit hauntingly disturbing and graphic, I would highly recommend it – especially for true crime lovers like me.
  4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you happy? Have a record of what everyone has read during the readathon.
  5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep? I’m already counting down the days until the next readathon! I might be willing to help organize and prep. I could maybe do an hourly question or two for Goodreads.

Things to improve on for next readathon:

  • I want to put in a bit more prep time. I had my TBR pile ready, but I waited until the last minute to get my snacks ready and was not prepared for updating on social media throughout the readathon. I appreciate any helpful tips y’all can provide me to improve my preparedness for the readathon.
  • I would like to actually participate in more mini-challenges.
  • I would like to have less distractions.

Next Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon = April 6, 2019

Here was the last book I picked up for the readathon:

It felt fitting for this Halloween season. How did you all do? Please share your readathon wrap-ups and any helpful recommendations and tips! Until next time….

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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WWW Wednesdays – October 10, 2018

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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 making some progress on my Fall Reading, though I am hoping to read more later in the month. However, I did get some amazing books for my birthday, which just keep on coming in the mail – A Booklover’s Birthday. I’m so blessed!!!

Currently Reading

Finished Reading

Roomies by Christina Lauren (book)

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I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to this past week, but once I finally got into “Roomies”, it was hard to put down. Holland first sees Calvin in a New York subway, as he was playing his guitar. She becomes a bit obsessed with him and his guitar playing and goes out of her way to hear him play on a regular basis. Holland realizes that he would be perfect for a part in her uncle’s Broadway play, but unfortunately Calvin cannot legally work in the US, as he has an expired visa. Holland decides that she can help her uncle and Calvin achieve their dreams if she marries Calvin, but is that the only reason why she wants to marry Calvin?

I thought the beginning was a bit slow, but by page 50 or so I was hooked. The marriage between Holland and Calvin may not be real, but their feelings are. With a few lies and mishaps, they both find themselves and realize that maybe this fake marriage isn’t really fake after all. There was a lot of build up to the end. Because of this, I assumed the end would be a bigger display of romance to achieve the HAE (Happily Ever After), but was a bit disappointed. I just wanted a bit more, but it was an overall enjoyable NYC rom-com.

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright (audiobook)

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This is an in depth look at Scientology through interviews with current and former members of the Church of Scientology. This book includes background information on the founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, and the beginning of Scientology in 1954. I really had no idea that Scientology had been around for so long, and that so many famous Hollywood individuals were and are members (obviously I did know about Tom Cruise and John Travolta though). Sometimes I feel that I have a hard time with nonfiction solely because of all the characters that are talked about. There are a lot of people mentioned in this book, and I didn’t always feel that they were introduced well enough to understand their role. However, I guess that does show how many people the author interviewed. He definitely did his research. This book was very informative and comprehensive look at Scientology, their history and views. Even though I now understand why people joined the Church of Scientology, I find it to be less of a religion and more of a cult, which I believe the author does as well based on his comparison to the Branch Davidians and The People’s Temple.

Reading Next

I’ll be traveling this weekend, so I don’t know how much I will be able to read. What are y’all reading lately? If I haven’t commented on your WWW posts yet, please leave your link in the comments.

HAPPY READING!!!!