My Must Read List for 2021

What books are you excited about reading in 2021? Here is the list of books I would like to read in 2021:

  1. The Snowman by Jo Nesbo
  2. The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle
  3. The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
  4. A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  5. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  6. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  7. Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh
  8. Sanditon by Jane Austen
  9. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
  10. Tiny Habits by B.J. Fogg

HAPPY 2021!!!

Winter Reads – 2020

Winter is almost officially here! I hope to read some fun books off my bookshelf and continue with my Reading the Classics Challenge and other challenges that I am thinking about doing in 2021. What are y’all reading this winter? Any reads you are most looking forward to? Here is my list:


  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  • Passing by Nella Larsen
  • Quicksand by Nella Larsen
  • The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson


  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville


  • Sherlock: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sherlock: The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Sherlock: The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Bible Old Testament: Genesis – Deuteronomy 
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson


  • The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison
  • The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles


  • Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben
  • The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte


  • One Day in December by Josie Silver
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
  • Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
  • Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama
  • Christmas in Silver Springs by Brenda Novak

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


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:


  • 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


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.

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!!!


Completed 24-Hour Readathon! April 2020


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:


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!!!



24-Hour Readathon Begins! April 2020


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!


  • 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!


Completed 24in48 Readathon – July 2019


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:


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.

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!


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


  • 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


  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck


  • 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


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.



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





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: