#BoutofBooks – Day 3

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 10th, and runs through Sunday, May 16th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 31 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I finished The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines then jumped right into A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley. It’s a small collection of short stories, and I finished the first one, “The Healer,” before I went to bed. My plan for today is to listen to some more of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas while I’m running some errands, and finish at least one more of the short stories.

  • Time Read:  2 hours 39 minutes
  • Pages Read: 106
  • Books Finished: 1

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Let me know in the comments!

#BoutofBooks – Day 2

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 10th, and runs through Sunday, May 16th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 31 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I listened to a little bit of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas while running errands, and then I dived into The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines hoping I might get close to finishing it. I got a little past 80%, so my plan is to finish it today, and then start A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley.

  • Time Read:  4 hours 3 minutes
  • Pages Read: 162
  • Books Finished: 0

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Let me know in the comments!

#BoutofBooks – Day 1

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 10th, and runs through Sunday, May 16th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 31 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I read a little bit of The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines when I had a few moments throughout the day. I will hopefully have more time to read today, but I will definitely get some audiobook time in while I’m running errands.

  • Time Read:  2 hours 16 minutes
  • Pages Read: 91
  • Books Finished: 0

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Let me know in the comments!

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Clever Girl Finance: Grow Your Money by Bola Sokumbi
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines

Finished:

  • Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

Challenges:

#ShelfLove – 19 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 407

Total books for the year: 28 of 90.

My reading has slowed significantly compared to the last couple of weeks. Luckily for me, today is the start of #BoutofBooks 31, so I should have a huge page count in next week’s post.

#BoutofBooks 31!

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 10th, and runs through Sunday, May 16th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are reading sprints, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For all Bout of Books 31 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This Bout of Books is going to be all about finishing the two library books I currently have checked out. I just started one of them last night, and I’m hoping to start off the week after Bout of Books with a fresh book from my TBR.

My Goals

  • Read.  Read.  Read.
  • Finish my library books.
  • Start a new book from my TBR.

Books to Read

  • The Stepsister Scheme by Jim C. Hines
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • A Knot in the Grain by Robin McKinley
  • At least one book from my “TBR” bookshelf on Goodreads.

Updates

I will be posting an update each day with the amount of time I read, the number of pages read that day, and the titles of any of the books I’ve finished.

Are you participating in Bout of Books? Let me know in the comments!

Down the TBR Hole #84

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How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

My TBR pile went up one from last week to 1065 books thanks to a new addition to my wishlist.

This week’s books:

A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio – KEEP.  I don’t remember where I got this ebook from, but I do remember that I got it because it’s a memoir about an overweight woman who runs, and not only am I overweight, but I wanted to get back into running.  Now that I’ve been diagnosed with a heart condition and am under doctor’s orders to not doing anything strenuous, I considered ditching this book.  Why get inspired to be a runner when I’m not able to run?!  However, I’m going to keep it on my TBR for a while longer.  I’m hoping that running is not something that I will have to put aside for the rest of my life. Song of Edmon by Adam Burch – GO.  The planet in this story is called Tao and is split between Daysiders and Nightsiders.  I’m assuming the author got this idea from the Taoist symbol and concept of Yin and Yang, and that’s just a little too on the nose for my tastes. Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol – KEEP.  I have a sneaking feeling this book is going to turn out to be a disappointment, but the first part of the synopsis sounds amazing.  I can’t pass up the possibility that it won’t end up as just another DNF, especially since I already own the ebook. Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin – KEEP. I have no idea if this will be worth reading, but I like the cover, the title, and the synopsis, so I’m keeping it. The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte by Ruth Hull Chatlien – KEEP.  I only got this because it’s about a real woman in history, who while perhaps didn’t do much that was historically significant, still led an interesting life worth reading about.  And, really, we need more books about history from the perspective of women.  Hopefully, this one will be good.
My TBR pile is back down to last week’s number of 1064 books. The next post will be made up entirely of Science Fiction and Fantasy ebooks that I got for free.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for April 30th – May 6th.
  • I got bad news on Tuesday.  My heart condition is serious and will require another appointment with a cardiologist and probably more tests.  They need to figure out the cause to know how to treat it.
  • My little exercise bike arrived on Monday, and I’ve got it set up.  So far, I’ve only tried it out to make sure it works properly, but I will start using it either today (after my workout session) or tomorrow while I’m sitting around.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Active Days: 1/5
  • Steps: 26,215
  • Miles: 10.69
  • Total Miles: 216.79/1,000
  • Active Minutes: 59/150

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Clever Girl Finance: Grow Your Money by Bola Sokumbi
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby

Finished:

  • Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer
  • We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry
  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Challenges:

#ShelfLove – 18 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 775

Total books for the year: 27 of 90.

I somehow managed to keep up the readathon momentum this past week, reading over 700 pages and finishing 3 books. I’m now only 3 books behind schedule for my annual goal, and I think I will finish at least one of my current reads this week, so hopefully I’ll only be 2 books behind by the next “Monday’s Minutes”.

Down the TBR Hole #83

Image: hjl

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

My TBR pile went up a couple more to 1066 books thanks to some more great books that I added to my wishlist.

This week’s books:

The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites – KEEP.  I’m getting a little bit tired of Historical Fiction about WWII, but this one looks like it might be different, so I’ll give it a try. The Vampyre ed. by John William Polidori – KEEP.  The page for this book on Goodreads has no synopsis, but I think this is a short story anthology.  I’m pretty sure I got this ebook for free years before I finally got around to adding it to my TBR on Goodreads, so I’ll give it a chance. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock – GO.  It turns out this is a satire and critique of my favorite Romance Era authors, so no, thank you, but I’ll pass. Mark of Fire by Richard Phillips – GO. I’m really getting tired of the “Girl with magical powers that she must master to save her world” trope.  Goodbye! Collected Works by Algernon Blackwood – KEEP.  This huge collection contains more than 80 short stories and 10 novels by Algernon Blackwood, famous for his ghost stories.  I’ve had the ebook for years and never seem to get around to it, but I know I will at some point.  I’ll keep it for now.
My TBR pile is down two to 1064 books. Over the next few weeks, the books will be mostly Science Fiction and Fantasy ebooks that have been in my collection for far longer than they’ve been on Goodreads.

#ShelfLove Discussion: May I? Oops, I already did!

For April, the #ShelfLove Challenge participants are discussing the books they want to buy this year and why it’s so crucial they be allowed to buy them. This is going to be a very short post because I already pre-ordered this book, breaking my own book-buying rules.

Its publication date will be November 23rd of this year, and I have no regrets. I also have no shame. Regardless of the Shelf Love Challenge, I was going to pre-order Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone as soon as it was available to do so. There was just no telling when it would finally be announced. Us “Outlander” fans have been waiting for what feels like forever.

What are the books you want to buy this year? What books have you already bought in spite of your book budget or buying ban?