#ShelfLove – End of Year Check-In!

Shelf Love Challenge 2016

This is it!  The last month of the #ShelfLove No Book Buying Challenge!  Those of us participating are discussing how we did.

For those of you who don’t remember, I chose not to purchase any books this year.  Free books, of course, didn’t count.  However, I didn’t meet this goal.  I ended up purchasing several books at the Texas Book Festival.  I did succeed in reading at least 51 books that were already on my shelves…or on the floor.  Yeah, lots of books, but I got rid of a lot of them, too.

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My TBR Shelf

I plan on participating again next year, but that’s for another post.

#FitReaders Check-In

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  • This check-in is for December 23rd – 29th.
  • I finally got my car back!
  • Today is my last day of work until Jan. 9th, so I’m planning on doing a lot of walking and yoga.
  • This will be my last check-in for 2016, but I will definitely be sticking with FitReaders next year.  I made my goal of at least $25 donated to Doctors Without Borders.  My goal for 2017 will probably $30.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Steps: 27,284/49,000
  • Miles: 9.74/17.5
  • Active Minutes: 80/150
  • Days I Drank 64 ounces of Water: 5/7
  • Total Money Donated: $25.07/$25.00

Bout of Books 18!

Bout of Books 18

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 8th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Not only is the start of Bout of Books on my Birthday, but I’m also on vacation for the entire week!  I’ll be doing a whole lot of reading 🙂

My Goals

  • Read.  Read.  Read.
  • Finish the books I’m currently reading.
  • Finish at least one more book from my TBR.

Books to Read

One or two of these might already be finished by January 2nd.

  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Shadow, Shadow by V.B. Marlowe
  • The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
  • Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
  • Imaginary Boy by Mark Eldrich
  • Grayling’s Song by Karen Cushman
  • The Butterfly Crest by Eva Vanrell
  • Titanborn by Rhett C. Bruno
  • Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Goggles Gone Strong by S.M.W. Claw
  • Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

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.

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:

  • The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien – for #FanspeakTheRing
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  • The Humbug Murders by L.J. Oliver

return starlight humbug

Finished:

  • Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

shadows towers Christmas Carol

Challenges:

Total pages read this week: 357

Total # of books for the year: 82.  I had a wonderful Christmas with the Boyfriend up in Dallas with his Mom and her Husband, and I brought home several bookish gifts.  I also got a bit of reading done between eating and napping.  I head back to work tomorrow for four days and then I’m on vacation until the 9th of January!  I’m very much looking forward to an entire week at home with my cat and books.

What are you reading this week?

#FitReaders Check-In

FitReaders2016
  • This check-in is for December 16th – 22nd.
  • My car broke down so I haven’t been able to go to any yoga classes.  Instead, I’ve been reliant on co-workers to get me back and forth to work.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get my car back today.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Steps: 20,125/49,000
  • Miles: 7.04/17.5
  • Active Minutes: 60/150
  • Days I Drank 64 ounces of Water: 5/7
  • Total Money Donated: $24.84/$25.00

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:

  • The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien – for #FanspeakTheRing
  • Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
  • Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

towers starlight shadows

Christmas Carol

Finished:

  • Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg

frost

Challenges:

Total pages read this week: 640

Total # of books for the year: 80.  My car broke down this weekend.  I’ll be finding out how much it’s going to cost to get it fixed sometime today.  I don’t think I would be handling this nearly as well if it weren’t for the Boyfriend and my anti-anxiety meds.

What are you reading this week?

#FitReaders Check-In

FitReaders2016
  • This check-in is for December 9th – 15th.
  • My anti-anxiety meds are working so far, but it was rough going until a couple days ago, so I’ve taken it easy with myself about everything.
  • The Boyfriend added me to his yoga membership so I can now go to as many yoga classes as I want on my own.  I went with him on Sunday, and I plan to start going after work at least 3 days a week.
  • I’ve been concentrating on getting enough water this week, and my efforts paid off.  Five out of Seven days isn’t bad, and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to say I drank at least 64 ounces of water every day in next week’s check-in.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Steps: 20,824/49,000
  • Miles: 7.14/17.5
  • Active Minutes: 126/150
  • Days I Drank 64 ounces of Water: 5/7
  • Total Money Donated: $24.55/$25.00