Monday’s Minutes

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

Currently Reading:

  • The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee

Finished:

  • The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket

Total pages read this week: 160

Total books for the year: 4 of 90. Not much reading this week. Instead, I was busy getting through some of my course work for my TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), and catching up on “Outlander” while I crocheted.

What are you reading?

Down the TBR Hole #76

Image: hjl

Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.

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?

I will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these posts.  My TBR pile went from 665 to 831!  My goal for this year is to reduce that to 740, which shouldn’t be an issue since I’m hosting the 2021 #ShelfLove challenge.  Since I didn’t do a post last week to start off the new year, I’m going to go through 10 books this week.

This week’s books:

 

Title Wave and A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett – KEEP.  I love this Cozy Mystery series.  I finished A Fatal Chapter not too long ago, and it’s only a matter of time before I start Title Wave.

 

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova – KEEP. The Historian made it into my personal library-in-the-making, and I’ve been wanting to read this for quite some time.

 

Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle – KEEP.  The only reason I haven’t read this one yet is that I’m in the middle of several other book-related Cozy Mystery series and I don’t want to get confused.

 

The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg – KEEP.  Yet another series I love!  I still need to read The Master Magician before I get to this one, and I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. Perhaps because it’s an ebook and I’ve been preoccupied with trying to clear my physical TBR.

 

Wonder Woman: War Bringer by Leigh Bardugo – KEEP. Wonder Woman is my fave DC comics character and Leigh Bardugo has been well-reviewed.

Hunted by Meagan Spooner – KEEP. I love “Beauty and the Beast” retellings.  It’s my favorite fairytale, and this one sounds like it will be different from the usual retellings.

City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault – GO.  I have completely lost interest in this book.  I’m pretty sure the only reason I got it was because the cover looks so interesting.  I don’t even remember ever reading the synopsis.

Disconnected by Nick M. Lloyd – GO.  Meh.  I’m pretty sure this was a freebie from somewhere.

Harry Potter’s Bookshelf by John Granger – KEEP.  While I don’t think this is an “official” book, I am interested in reading about the books and stories that inspired the “Harry Potter” series.

My TBR pile is down two to 829 books, and my next post will be mostly made up of books from series.  I will probably bundle them like I did with the “Booktown Mysteries” books at the beginning of this post.  Even if I do that, my TBR likely won’t decrease at all over the next couple of weeks unless I finish reading some books.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for January 8th – 14th.
  • Friday was my last day of work as the Boyfriend and I get ready to move to another state.  Since I hadn’t had a real vacation in a while, the Boyfriend told me to take this week off from doing anything moving-related and just relax.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Active Days: 4/5
  • Steps: 23,098/48,000
  • Miles: 9.44/19.18
  • Total Miles: 22.29/1,000
  • Active Minutes: 91/150

Monday’s Minutes

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

Currently Reading:

  • The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee

Finished:

  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  • Around the World with Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis
  • Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Total pages read this week: 747

Total books for the year: 3 of 90. #BoutofBooks in January has always been the best way for me to get a few books read toward my annual reading goal, and this Bout of Books was no different.

What are you reading?

#BoutofBooks – Day 7 & Wrap-Up

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 30 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I finished Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine right before I went to bed. That means that I met my goal for Bout of Books! I finished both of the books I had been reading before New Year’s, and I finished a book from my TBR. I’m looking forward to Bout of Books 31 in May!

  • Time Read: 3 hours 4 minutes
  • Total Time Read: 20 hours 1 minute
  • Pages Read: 123
  • Total Pages Read: 747
  • Books Finished: 1
  • Total Number of Books Read: 3

#BoutofBooks – Day 6

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 30 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I’m well over halfway through Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. I also started and got caught up on The Year of Cozy by Adrianna Adarme. It goes month by month and my plan is to read each month as it comes. So, I won’t be reading any more of it during this last day of Bout of Books, but I am going to try to finish Ink and Bone.

  • Time Read: 3 hours 53 minutes
  • Pages Read: 183
  • Books Finished: 0
  • Total Number of Books Read: 2

#BoutofBooks – Day 5

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 30 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I finished The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden and read a bit more of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. Overall, though, I didn’t read much yesterday. Today is going to be a reading day, and I might start another book, but I’m not sure which one yet.

  • Time Read:  55 minutes
  • Pages Read: 37
  • Books Finished: 1
  • Total Number of Books Read: 2

#FitReaders Check-In – Hello 2021!

  • This check-in is for January 1st – 7th.
  • This is my first #FitReaders check-in for 2021!
  • My big goal for the year is to walk 1k miles for Charity Challenges.
  • I have a few different monthly goals, including walking 100 miles in February for the Taji 100.  This month, I’m doing a Functional Fitness challenge through Team RWB.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Active Days: 6/5
  • Steps: 31,371/48,000
  • Miles: 12.85/19.18
  • Total Miles: 12.85/1,000
  • Active Minutes: 144/150

#BoutofBooks – Days 3 & 4

The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 30 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I missed posting yesterday thanks to the internet being out. I also didn’t finish The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden as I planned before picking up Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine again. I’m at 93%, though so it’s my goal to finish it before I go to bed tonight.

  • Time Read:  3 hours 49 minutes
  • Pages Read: 153
  • Books Finished: 0
  • Total Number of Books Read: 1

#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, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th 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 30 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I didn’t The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden before starting Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine, but I did get to over 75%. I’m hoping to finish The Girl in the Tower today, before continuing with Ink and Bone. We’ll see; both books are exceptional so far.

  • Time Read:  3 hours 10 minutes
  • Pages Read: 127
  • Books Finished: 0
  • Total Number of Books Read: 1