#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for September 6th – 12th.
  • Just when I started feeling like myself again, I came down with a cold.  Luckily, it didn’t last very long, and I’m already feeling a lot better.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Active Days: 1/5
  • Steps: 30,132
  • Miles: 12.42
  • Total Miles: 492.50
  • Active Minutes: 97

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:

  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Finished:

  • The Toll by Cherie Priest
  • Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
  • Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

Challenges:

  • RIP XIV: Peril the First – 3 of 4, Peril of the Short Story – 0, Peril on the Screen – 4

Total pages read this week: 878

Total books for the year: 54 of 60. I had another bad week with my back and hip.  I’m feeling much better this morning, but I’m coming down with a cold 😦  My reading will probably take a dip this week as a result.

Down the TBR Hole #71

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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 is down to 665 books, thanks to all the reading I’ve been doing for RIP XIV.

This week’s books:

 

Rise of the Retics by T.J. Lantz – KEEP.  The synopsis mentions “sword-fighting squirrels” and an “emotionally imbalanced fairy.” Sounds fun!

Pale Queen Rising by A.R. Kahler- KEEP. No red flags went up while I read the synopsis, so this might end up being a solid Fantasy read.  I’ll give it a try.

Gateway to Fourline by Pam Brondos – GO.  The synopsis is a bit generic, and the reviews are not good.  I’m not going to waste my time with this one.

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler – GO.  I just don’t want to read this one, and that’s OK.

Venom & Vanilla by Shannon Mayer – GO. This one comes off as absolutely ridiculous.  No thanks.

My TBR pile is down to 662 books. I know that it will be at least one book lower by next weekend, since I’m nearly done with Day Shift by Charlaine Harris.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for August 30th – September 5th.
  • My back is mostly back to normal, but now I have a pinched nerve that has caused me so much pain, I haven’t been able to work all week.  I’m finally headed back to work today, even though it still hurts to stand.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Active Days: 1/5
  • Steps: 25,670
  • Miles: 10.54
  • Total Miles: 480.08
  • Active Minutes: 110

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:

  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Press Start to Play ed. by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams
  • The Toll by Cherie Priest

Finished:

  • The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

Challenges:

  • RIP XIV: Peril the First – 0 of 4, Peril of the Short Story – 0, Peril on the Screen – 1

Total pages read this week: 760

Total books for the year: 51 of 60. R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XIV and Something Wicked Fall have begun!!!!  For Peril on the Screen, the Boyfriend and I watched “1922” on Netflix, the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s book by the same title.  It was very Poe-ish. 

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XIV

The R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge, otherwise known as R.I.P. takes place every September 1st through October 31st.

The purpose of the R.I.P. challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, or Supernatural.

There are multiple levels of participation (Perils):

  • Peril the First – Read four books, any length, that fit the definition of R.I.P. literature.
  • Peril the Second – Read two books of any length.
  • Peril the Third – This Peril involves reading one book.
  • Peril of the Short Story – You can read short stories any time during the challenge.
  • Peril on the Screen – This is for those of us who like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious, Gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large.
  • Peril of the Review – Submit a short review of any book you read.

This year, I’ll be doing Peril the First, Peril of the Short Story, Peril on the Screen, and Peril of the Review if I find some time.  I’ve got a huge list of books on Goodreads for me to choose from for this event, the Something Wicked Fall challenge, and the 24-Hour Readathon happening in October.

Down the TBR Hole #70

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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 is down to 670 books, thanks to all the reading I accomplished during Bout of Books!

This week’s books:

At Odds with Destiny by Various Authors – GO.  This is an ebook of books, but it’s mislabeled as book one of a trilogy. I already own one of the books, The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer, and most of the others don’t sound interesting.

Spirited Away by Maggie Plummer- GO. I try not to judge books by their cover, but what is going on with this one?! Is it a man holding a pregnant woman’s stomach, a woman holding her own pregnant stomach, or something else entirely? Then there’s the synopsis, which is also a confusing mess.  I stopped reading it after the poorly written review that was supposedly from “Publisher’s Weekly.”

The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung – KEEP.  I’m always skeptical of self-published books.  However, this one won a Fantasy blog-off against 267 other self-published books and it has really good reviews.  I’m still skeptical, but I’m willing to give it the 50 page test. The Unwilling Adventurer by Heidi Willard – GO.  The synopsis seemed too good to be true, so I checked some of the reviews, and sure enough, the majority of them are 3 stars and below. I don’t have time in my life for books that are only so-so.

Anais of Brightshire by Jamie Wilson – KEEP. I was initially drawn to this freebie by the title.  The synopsis gives me the impression that the book will have a 50/50 chance of being great or a total dud.  I’m willing to try it.

My TBR pile is down to 667 books. I’ll probably be getting rid of more next week, and since this is a 3-day weekend, I might even be starting the post out with fewer books on the pile.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for August 23rd – 29th.
  • I finally got in to see my doctor about my back.  It’s continuing to get better, but she is going to have me go to physical therapy.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Active Days: 4/5
  • Steps: 35,512
  • Miles: 14.60
  • Total Miles: 469.54
  • Active Minutes: 159

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:

  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Press Start to Play ed. by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams
  • The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

Finished:

  • The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  • Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
  • Strange Magic by Syd Moor

Total pages read this week: 1227

Total books for the year: 50 of 60. Last week was Bout of Books 26.  I finished my 50th book on Saturday, which was my original goal for the year, so I upped my goal to 60.  At the rate I’ve been reading, I might have to increase it again, but I’m not sure.

#BoutofBooks – Day 7 and Wrap-Up

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
I didn’t even pick up Press Start to Play, ed. by Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams yesterday.  Instead, I got distracted by another book, The Witches of New York by Ami McKay.
  • Time Read: 56 minutes
  • Pages Read: 45
  • Books Finished: 0
  • Total Number of Books Read: 3

Overall, this has been my best Bout of Books in quite awhile.  I finished 3 books, read for over 1,000 pages and for nearly 24 hours.