#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for March 15th – 21st.
  • I’ve been dealing with a bit of insomnia, so I haven’t been doing much in regards to fitness.  I’ve been more focused on getting what little sleep I can and trying to make it through each day.
  • Luckily, I didn’t start having trouble sleeping until after I got in a couple of active days.  I did quite a bit of walking during the weekend.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 4/5
  • Steps: 38,178
  • Miles: 15.76
  • Total Miles: 154.31
  • Active Minutes: 237

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

Currently Reading:

  • To Visit the Queen by Diane Duane
  • Women in Texas by Ann Fears Crawford and Crystal Sasse Ragsdale
  • Cinderella’s Big Score by Maria Raha
  • Day After Night by Anita Diamant

 

Finished:

  • Smash! by Ian Winwood

Total pages read this week: 329

Total books for the year: 13 of 50. I finally finished Smash! and then decided to immediately start Cinderella’s Big Score because, as much as I loved Smash!, it didn’t mention any female Punk bands.  That’s fine, since it was the story of Green Day, The Offspring, and Rancid (along with a couple of other 90’s Punk bands), but it’s Women’s History Month, and I need a little more L7, Bikini Kill, and Veruca Salt (along with so many more) in my life right now.

What are you reading this week?

Down the TBR Hole #60

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

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.

My TBR pile went down one to 687 books.  I finished reading Smash! by Ian Winwood and started Cinderella’s Big Score by Maria Raha. I also started reading Day After Night by Anita Diamant.

This week’s books:

Halfway Dead by Terry Maggert – KEEP.  “Come for the waffles. Stay for the magic.”  That’s the first sentence of the synopsis on Goodreads.  Yes, please!

The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon – KEEP. This one is a no-brainer, considering my love for all things “Outlander.”

Shadow of the Sun by Laura Kreitzer – GO.  This book sounded like it might be vaguely interesting until the last couple of sentences in the synopsis.  At that point it sounded like the author had tried to put too many elements into the story and the plot would wind up being ridiculous.  No, thanks.

Sora’s Quest by T.L. Shreffler – GO.  I have the feeling that even though the synopsis doesn’t mention any romance, this is going to basically be a Paranormal Romance.  Not interested.

Everflame by Dylan Lee Peters – GO. “…an epic battle of good versus evil.”  What is it with these free ebooks and their generic story lines?!

My TBR mountain is down to 685 books.  It would be lower if I hadn’t added a couple of books to my wish list, but it could have been higher had I not finished a book and started two others.  The one good thing, for my wallet anyway, is that I haven’t bought any more books this week.  Instead, I checked out Day After Night from my local public library.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for March 8th – 14th.
  • The Sun is out, my mood has improved greatly, and I successfully made it through an entire week without being sick and missing work.  Now I just have to get back to working on my fitness.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 1/5
  • Steps: 22,511
  • Miles: 9.26
  • Total Miles: 138.55
  • Active Minutes: 27

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

Currently Reading:

  • To Visit the Queen by Diane Duane
  • Smash! by Ian Winwood
  • Women in Texas by Ann Fears Crawford and Crystal Sasse Ragsdale

 

Total pages read this week: 296

Total books for the year: 12 of 50. I thought I would finish Smash! this week, but I got sucked in to Women in Texas, which nearly the first half is all about some of the women who lived before Texas became a state on up to the Civil War.  I will finish both books before the end of the month, though, and hopefully all three.

What are you reading this week?

Down the TBR Hole #59

Image: hjl

Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

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.

My TBR pile went up again to 688 books.  After I finished reading Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein, I immediately added the next books in the series to my wish list.

This week’s books:

Heap House by Edward Carey – GO.  The synopsis is a little confusing and what I thought was a book done in the style of Edward Gorey, or at least in his “mood,” just seems to be a book about an unhappy child that can “hear” inanimate objects talking to him about weird things.  On the surface that sort of sounds interesting, but…I don’t know…I’m just not feeling it.

Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien – KEEP. I’ve read this one before, but it’s been well over a decade.  It’s one of my fave non-Hobbit-related tales by Tolkien and it’s also one of my favorite titles!  I love saying it 🙂

Double Booked for Death by Ali Brandon – KEEP.  This is the first book in one of the many book-related Mystery series I would love to try out.  I’m trying to get through a couple of other series before I pick this one up, though, so it’s still on my wish list.

Tommy Black and the Coat of Invincibility by Jake Kerr – KEEP.  I absolutely LOVED Tommy Black and the Staff of Light, so there is no way I won’t be reading this at some point.  I’m in no hurry, though, since the 3rd book in the series was supposed to have been released in 2016, but is still not available as far as I can tell.

Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier – KEEP. I’ve been wanting to read this one for a long time now, but it’s long, and I’m afraid my few bits of time to read during the week will make it difficult for me to stay in the story.  Marillier writes stories you really have to immerse yourself in and only stop reading to come up for tea, food, and bathroom breaks every once in awhile.  I need a long weekend with nothing to do and nowhere to go when I’m also not sick.

My TBR mountain is down one to 687 books.  I’ve proven to myself that not adding any more books is nearly impossible, especially when I start a new-to-me Middle-Grade series.  I’m perfectly fine with adding more books to my TBR if it means I’m loving what I read!

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

Currently Reading:

  • To Visit the Queen by Diane Duane
  • Smash! by Ian Winwood
  • Women in Texas by Ann Fears Crawford and Crystal Sasse Ragsdale

 

Finished:

  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Total pages read this week: 264

Total books for the year: 12 of 50. I went to get a massage this weekend and had plenty of time to read on the bus there.  I also read while I ate dinner and was so into Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library that I stayed at my table in the restaurant to finish it. 

What are you reading this week?

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

Currently Reading:

  • To Visit the Queen by Diane Duane
  • Smash! by Ian Winwood
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

 

Finished:

  • The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha

Total pages read this week: 398

Total books for the year: 11 of 50. This past week was rough.  I read a lot more than I thought I would have time for, and I’m pretty sure that was me doing the right thing and practicing self-care by making time for reading.  I also really love the books I’m reading right now, which always makes a difference in how many pages I turn.

What are you reading this week?