Bout of Books 28 – May 2020

I’m gearing up for the Bout of Books 28! Readathons have been a blessing for my reading life during this period of quarantining and social-distancing, when things are consistently distracting me from my books. If you don’t know what the Bout of Books Readathon is, here is a description created by the hosts:

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are daily challenges, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For Bout of Books 28 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog. 
– From the Bout of Books team

Here are my goals for the readathon:

  1. Participate in challenges.
  2. Complete book for virtual book club.
  3. Complete 3 additional books.
  4. Read 750 pages.

Here is what I intend to be reading this week:

If any of you are interested in participating in the Bout of Books Readathon, you can sign up here. It’ll be an amazing time!!!

STAY HEALTHY AND READ ON!!!

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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24-Hour Readathon Begins! April 2020

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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! This is officially my 6th time participating in this readathon. In the past I have spent a whole week preparing for this readathon, buying snacks and picking out my bookish wardrobe. However, with the way things are in the world right now, I am not able to indulge in snacks and bookish gifts. I did pick out a great stack of books to read that I am very much looking forward to though and am going to try to read for the full 24 hours!

Goals

  • Complete 4 books.
  • Read 1,000 pages.
  • Attempt to read the full 24 hours.
  • Cheer on others who are participating.
  • Submit at least 10 of the Hourly Photo challenge.

If there are other challenges, I will also try to do a few of those as long as they don’t distract me from my listed goals.

TBR Pile

Books I have already started and hope to complete:

  • Tess of d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Different Seasons by Stephen King
  • Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Complete Part 4 & 5 for Buddy Read)
  • Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
  • Murder with Mirrors by Agatha Christie

Will read the following when the above are completed:

  • The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
  • Sandition by Jane Austen
  • Stuart Little by E. B. White
  • Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel
  • Ghosts of Harvard by Francesca Serritella
  • Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Social Media

I will be posting updates on multiple social media outlets:

Are you participating? Let me know in the comments and leave any blog post links, so I can cheer you on! This is a great way to spend your social-distancing time!

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Completed 24in48 Readathon – July 2019

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Congratulations to all those who participated in the 24in48 Readathon over this past weekend! How did y’all do?  I actually managed to clock 24 hours of reading, which was far behind my goal for the weekend. Here are my readathon stats:

Finished Reads:

  • The Road to Dribbling by Bill Bryson – audiobook
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Part 3 only for a IRL readalong) – book
  • Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama – audiobook

Reads Started but not Finished during Readathon:

  • The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins – book/ebook
  • Ireland by Frank Delaney – audiobook

Pages Read:

I read a total of exactly 900 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 – January 26-27

24in48_v2-03_full-colorWe are less than two hours away from the beginning of the 24in48 Readathon! After a long and exhausting work week, I could use some good quality time with my books.

TBR:
Here is what I am hoping to read this weekend:

I will be reading in a wide variety of formats, including audiobooks, an ebook and a physical book. This variety should make the 24 hours go by really quickly.

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

Y’all should join me (or at least cheer me on lol). Go to the 24in48 homepage and sign-up. You may even win a nifty prize!

MY WEEKEND IS ALL BOOKED!!!

Winter Reading – 2018

20181213_090042The Winter season is almost upon us. I will be continuing to read for my Reading the Classics Challenge and my 2019 Focus on Authors Challenge. This is an ambitious list as my Fall Reading list was (too ambitious), but I am looking forward to all of these. Titles may be added based on book club picks, etc.

 

NetGalley Reads

  • An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks; Sarah Pekkanen
  • She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge
  • Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal 
  • The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • A Christmas Date by Camilla Isley
  • Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe
  • The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Giveaways

  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Book Club Reads

  • The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)
  • The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells

2019 Focus on Authors:

  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
  • The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Readalong

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Other

  • As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner – book
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – book
  • Murder Never Takes a Holiday by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain – book
  • Skipping Christmas by John Grisham – book
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – ebook
  • A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie – ebook
  • Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule – audiobook
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – audiobook
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – audiobook
  • The Good Neighbor by Fred Rogers – audiobook
  • The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman – audiobook
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh – audiobook
  • The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam – audiobook
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – audiobook
  • Hillbily Elegy by J.D. Vance – audiobook
  • Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik – audiobook
  • Missoula by Jon Krakauer – audiobook
  • Hunger by Roxane Gay – audiobook
  • The Daily Show by Chris Smith & Jon Stewart – audiobook
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren – audiobook

 

What’s on your TBR for the winter season? Any recommendations?

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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Completed Another 24-hour Readathon!

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Another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon has come and gone. As always, it was so much fun! I was even so fortunate as to get to take my reading outside for a bit this time (see above photo). As I mentioned in my previous post, I had already decided not to attempt the full 24 hours. It just takes too much out of me, and with a new job, I just don’t have the same recovery time. However, I still read for almost 20 hours and that was more than expected.

So…how did i do on my readathon goals? Let’s find out:

  • I want to read for at least 15 hours today. I actually read for 19 1/2 hours.
  • I want to complete 3 books. I did in fact complete 3 books (2 physical books and 1 audiobook).
  • I want to read at least 600 pages. I read 650 pages.
  • I want to complete at least 8 mini-challenges. I did complete 8 mini-challenges.

HOORAY! I accomplished all my readathon goals! Now let’s get to the fun part…this is what I read:

COMPLETED

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I had a bit of a true crime theme going. After finishing The Road to Jonestown and then I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I became a bit paranoid in the dark, so reading something light like the classic Charlotte’s Web was necessary. SPOILER: However, was it really necessary for E. B. White to actually mention that Charlotte died all alone?!!! It was already implied. Why state it?! Made it not just sad but depressing.

Anyway, while I enjoyed the audiobook of The Road to Jonestown, it was very long…17 1/2 hours long. I listened to at least 7 hours of that yesterday. I admit I knew very little about Jim Jones and the Peoples’ Temple, but I feel this book had way too much detail. There were so many characters mentioned that I could not keep them all straight, but I guess in the end that didn’t matter, because (Spoiler again but I feel like we know this one) most of them died in the end.

My most anticipated read and my favorite was Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. I put this down a month ago to finish some book club reads, however, with the recent news about the Golden State Killer (GSK), I felt it was necessary to go back to it. So glad I did, but boy was it horrifying. A bit of wisdom to those who haven’t read it yet – don’t read it right before bed or in the dark by yourself. I so wish that guy was caught 40 years ago, but I am happy that he will at least rot in prison for the rest of his days. I’m really glad that McNamara and many California detectives did not give up their search for the GSK. People say their decades-long search was an obsession, but I think it was necessary. I just really wish McNamara would have lived to see the GSK caught.

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I did also start an ARC of Paula McLain’s Love and Ruin (see picture above). I’m only a little bit into it right now but am loving it so far. It comes out for the public on Tuesday (May 1st).

I did have a difficult time with this readathon. There were too many 20180428_092722distractions (see picture on the right that shows my two awesome garage sale purchases from the community garage sale). I hope to avoid these distractions next time. I also didn’t do a great job of preparing my cozy reading nook with everything accessible. My organization left much to be desired. However, I think the leaders of this readathon did a fantastic job. The option to do mini-challenges at any point during the 24 hours was a much nicer solution. Mini-challenges use to disrupt my reading zone now I can do them as a break between books. I will admit though that I didn’t even look at the readathon scavenger hunt. Maybe next time.

Hopefully I’ll be doing the 24-hour readathon again October 20, 2018! Until then….

HAPPY READING!

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24-Hour Readathon Begins! April 2018

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It’s that time!!!! Time for the semi-annual Dewey’s 24-hour Readathon!!!!  As always I’m20180428_070019 super excited and ready to go! I’ve got my TBR pile (see photo above), snacks and clothing (see photo off to the right) all prepared. This is officially my 4th time doing the readathon. I do not anticipate making it the full 24 hours like I did the last time I participated, but I am geared up to get some good reading in that will help me achieve my yearly reading goals. Speaking of goals, here are my goals for this readathon:

  • I want to read for at least 15 hours today.
  • I want to complete 3 books.
  • I want to read at least 600 pages.
  • I want to complete at least 8 mini-challenges.

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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HAPPY READING!!!!

24 in 48 Readathon

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I joined a book-related social media app called Litsy about five months ago. Through this app I’ve discovered so many community-based activities for booklovers, and that includes learning about the 24 in 48 Readathon, where you read for 24 hours out of 48 hours on January 27-28th, 2018. I’ve participated in Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, and thought this readathon seemed a bit more doable, since this readathon allows some sleep time. The other cool thing about this readathon is that it provided a lot of free giveaways. It appeared that many book-related companies and publishers donated prizes. While I was not fortunate enough to win anything, it was still fun to try.

The above photo was my stack of books and an audiobook to prepare for the 24 in 48 Readathon. Here is my ongoing status reports throughout my 24 hours of reading:

I did manage to complete this readathon. To summarize what I accomplished during the 24 in 48 Readathon, I completed the following books:

  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

I also listened to more than six hours of this audiobook:

  • The Serial Killer Whisperer by Pete Earley

This was a fun way to work toward any reading goals that you may have given yourself for 2018. Plus, you get to do it with a community of people just like you, who don’t mind spending their weekends mostly reading.

ROCKED IT!!!!

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