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 Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

  

Finished:

  • Death Masks by Jim Butcher
  • The Falconer by Elizabeth May

 

Challenges:

Total pages read this week: 1234

Total # of books for the year: 28 of 85.  I messed up my back again and was out of work for 2 days.  I mostly read because both of the books I finished and my current reads have been really good.  I will probably finish at least two of them before Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon this Saturday.

What are you reading this week?

#ShelfLove – My Oldest Books

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For March and April, the Show Your Shelves Some Love Challenge participants are discussing the oldest books on our shelves.  I knew I had some books on my shelf that had been there for several years, but I was a little shocked when I realized the book I’ve owned the longest and still haven’t read has moved from place to place, country to country with me since 2005!
  1. “The Holy Barbarians” by Lawrence Lipton – This book was mentioned in an episode of Gilmore Girls.  It wasn’t an easy book to find at the time, especially since I was living in Korea, but I tracked a copy down through a used bookseller that didn’t have a problem shipping to an APO.  I was a bit obsessed with the Beat Generation and majorly obsessed with all things Gilmore Girls; otherwise, I wouldn’t have gone through all the trouble of finding it.

  2. “Memory Mambo” by Achy Obejas – After my Abuelo passed away, I began finding and buying any book that might bring me a little closer to the Cuban part of my family.
  3. “Skin Trade” by Laurell K. Hamilton – I bought the hardcover when it first came out in 2009.  I was only a book or two behind in the series at the time.  Now there are 25 in the series (“Skin Trade” is #17), with the 26th due out in June of this year.  I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

    Jess is disappointed in me.
  4. “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne – This book, and the next three, were bought free on my brand spanking new first generation Nook right before I deployed to Iraq in 2009.
  5. “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert
  6. “The Hunchback of Notre” Dame by Victor Hugo
  7. “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins 
  8. “Book Lust” by Nancy Pearl – Always a fan of books about books, as soon as I saw this offered on Nook, I snatched it up.
  9. “Hiking Alone” by Mary Beath – I purchased this while on a road trip in 2011.  I had stopped for the night in Albuquerque, NM and when I got up the next morning, I realized my hotel was just across the street from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.
  10. “The Old Curiosity Shop” by Charles Dickens – I bought this from a little independent bookstore and coffee shop in Utah during that same road trip.  Their largest cup was “The Hagrid” and I’ve wished that coffee and tea shops everywhere offered “Hagrid”-sized drinks ever since.

It is now a goal of mine to clear these off my TBR this year.  What are some of the oldest books on your shelf?

#FitReaders Check-In

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  • This check-in is for April 14th – 20th.
  • Just when I thought my back was better, I ended up having to take two days off from work to stay in bed.  I’m also wearing my back brace again 😦
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Steps: 16,959/70,000
  • Miles: 6.96/35
  • Total Miles: 149.94/1779
  • Active Minutes: 94/210
  • Days I Drank 64 ounces of Water: 5/7
  • Virtual 5Ks: 0/10
  • Total Money Donated: $1.75/$30.00

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 Once and Future King by T.H. White

Finished:

  • Silas Marner by Geroge Eliot – The #Ravelong is still going, but I couldn’t stop myself from reading ahead.
  • The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

  

Challenges:

Total pages read this week: 818

Total # of books for the year: 26 of 85.  I managed to read for 22 hours and 19 minutes this week for the week-long mini-readathon.  I would have hit the goal of 24 hours if I hadn’t fallen asleep on the couch on Sunday.  However, now that I know it’s possible, 24 hours of reading time will be my new goal for the next Bout of Books.

What are you reading this week?

#FitReaders Check-In

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  • This check-in is for April 7th – 13th.
  • My back is better, but I didn’t make it to yoga this week.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Steps: 24,236/70,000
  • Miles: 9.94/35
  • Total Miles: 142.98/1779
  • Active Minutes: 95/210
  • Days I Drank 64 ounces of Water: 5/7
  • Virtual 5Ks: 0/10
  • Total Money Donated: $1.67/$30.00

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:

  • Silas Marner by Geroge Eliot – for the #Ravelong
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer

  

Finished:

  • Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés
  • Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
  • Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay

  

DNF:

  • Paradise Lost by John Milton – for the Classics Club Spin.  I tried.  I made it through 14 pages.

Challenges:

Total pages read this week: 864

Total # of books for the year: 22 of 85.  My back pain is gone and I’m up and about again, though taking it easy just to be safe.  I participated in a 2-hour mini-readathon while also joining in the #LitsyPartyOfOne.  This week, I’ll be doing the week-long mini-readathon and attempting to read for a total of 24 hours by the time I go to bed on Sunday.

What are you reading this week?

#FitReaders Check-In

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  • This check-in is for March 31st – April 6th.
  • I hurt my back cleaning the tub on Sunday.  I was out of work for two days and I’m wearing a back brace whenever I’m not in bed.  Needless to say, I did not go to yoga this week.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Steps: 20,915/70,000
  • Miles: 8.59/35
  • Total Miles: 133.04/1779
  • Active Minutes: 36/210
  • Days I Drank 64 ounces of Water: 5/7
  • Virtual 5Ks: 0/10
  • Total Money Donated: $1.61/$30.00