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:

  • What the Woods Keep by Katya De Becerra
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  • Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

  

Finished:

  • Badge, Book, and Candle by Max Gladstone

Challenges:

  • RIP: Peril the First – 5; Peril of the Short Story – 14; Peril on the Screen – 25

Total pages read this week: 371

Total books for the year: 82 of 90.  I’m really hoping to finish Hex by Halloween.  The Boyfriend and I are only an episode away from finishing the 2nd season of “American Horror Story” so we’re trying to decide what we’re going to watch on Halloween. 

What are you reading this week?

Down the TBR Hole #43

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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 officially under 700 books!  I owe it all to the #Readathon last weekend.

This week’s books:

  Bad Magic and Bad Luck by Pseudonymous Bosch – KEEP.  Both of these books sound like a lot of fun. A Blade of Black Steel by Alex Marshall- KEEP.  I absolutely loved A Crown for Cold Silver, so there’s no way I’m getting rid of this book. The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone – KEEP.  “Veronica Mars” meets “World of Warcraft”?!  Yep, I’ll give this cozy mystery series a chance. Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon by Rena Rochford – KEEP.  I absolutely love the title, and I’ve read several great reviews. The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub – KEEP.  I love King’s older books, but I’ve never read any of the one’s he co-authored.  I’ve had this particle story on my physical TBR for more years than I remember, but unfortunately it will probably still be on the shelf until next year.  I only read Horror during September and October, I’ve already read a King novel this year (‘Salem’s Lot) and I’m currently in the middle of Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (highly recommended by King, BTW) with less than a week left until Halloween. My to-read shelf is down to 698 books.  It probably won’t decrease at all this week unless I miraculously finish the 4 books I’m reading right now, but at least it’s under 700.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for October 19th – 25th.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 1/6
  • Steps: 38,074/50,000
  • Miles: 15.84
  • Total Miles: 643.71
  • Active Minutes: 193/210

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:

  • What the Woods Keep by Katya De Becerra
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty
  • Badge, Book, and Candle by Max Gladstone

  

Finished:

  • Read it and Weep by Jenn McKinlay
  • ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  • White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

  

Challenges:

  • RIP: Peril the First – 5; Peril of the Short Story – 13; Peril on the Screen – 17

Total pages read this week: 866

Total books for the year: 82 of 90.   I love the #Readathon in October!  I get to catch up on all my dark, creepy, and scary books and I get a huge boost towards my reading goals.  I’ve completed my goals for #RIP and I’m only 8 books away from reaching my annual Goodreads goal.  Also, my TBR mountain is now under 700 books!

What are you reading this week?

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – Final Update

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I’ve survived another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon!

  • Total Pages Read: 634
  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? 1 am (Hour 21), when Dresden, my fur child, decided he wanted to take a nap on me and I didn’t have another book nearby when I finished White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Badge, Book, and Candle by Max Gladstone.
  3. Do you have any suggestions on how to improve the Readathon next year?  Nope, I only have ideas for improving it for myself.  I will remember to ALWAYS keep extra books and my water nearby just in case Dresden decides to nap on me.
  4. What do you think worked well in this year’s Readathon? Having all of the mini-challenges open for the full 24 hours.
  5. How many books did you read? 3, but I also read most of Badge, Book, and Candle.
  6. What were the names of the books you read? ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King, Read it and Weep by Jenn McKinlay, and White is for Witching.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? White is for Witching.
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Read it and Weep.
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Readathon again? I will definitely be participating again.

 

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – 2nd Update

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I’ve survived 16 hours of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, but I did take a 4 hour nap!

  • Pages Read: 185
  • Books Read: Read it and Weep by Jenn McKinlay
  • Mini-Challenges Completed: I did the Modern Classics challenge.
  • Yummy in my Tummy: I had far too many Newman O’s, but it was totally worth it 🙂  I also had turkey tacos for dinner.

Until my final update, at 5 am, I’ll continue reading my current book, White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi and then another book or two from my Goodreads list.

Whether you’re participating in the readathon or not, what book(s) are you currently reading?

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon Mid-Event Survey

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I’m a little late with this because I fell asleep on the couch but here are my answers to the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon Mid-Event Survey!

1. What are you reading right now? White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi and Read it and Weep by Jenn McKinlay
2. How many books have you read so far? 1, but I’m nearly finished with Read it and Weep and about halfway through White is for Witching.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Readathon?  I’m really looking forward to What the Woods Keep by Katya De Becerra.
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? I’ve only had one interruption, caused by The Boyfriend, but I don’t mind, because it was to tell me about a really cool part of Oakland that has bookstores, coffee shops, and all sorts of boutiques and other shops.
5. What surprises you most about the Readathon, so far?  How I wasn’t tired until after  2 pm and then suddenly I was asleep.

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – First Update

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I’ve survived the first 8 hours of Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon and I haven’t fallen asleep on the couch even once!  I have my cat, Dresden to thank for that, since I sat down in front of my laptop and he jumped into my lap to take HIS nap!  Luckily, I had my paperback copy of ‘Salem’s Lot nearby!

  • Pages Read: 261
  • Books Read: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  • Mini-Challenges Completed: I’ve done the Vague Recollections challenge.
  • Yummy in my Tummy: I had a giant cup of “English Breakfast” tea and largish bowl of cereal.  I also ate a yogurt. I had pizza and Sprite for Lunch.

Until my 2nd update, at 9 pm, I’ll continue reading the remaining books on my Goodreads list.

Whether you’re participating in the readathon or not, what book(s) are you currently reading?

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – A Spooky Good Time!

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon has officially started!  I stumbled out of the bedroom at 4:30 am so I would have time to make a giant bowl cup of tea.  I’ll be posting my updates every 8 hours, assuming my scary reads keep my eyes wide and my senses on high alert.

  • What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I’m in Emeryville, CA.
  • Which book in your stack are you looking forward to the most? White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi.
  • Which snack are you looking forward to the most? I’ve got a package of Newman O’s with my name on it!
  • Tell us a little something about yourself!  Here are 20 somethings about myself.  Also, I’m a Volunteer Coordinator for a literacy non-profit called Reading Partners.  It is the best job I have ever had.
  • If you participated in the last readathon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?  I’ll be trying out the Bingo challenge in the Goodreads group.

I usually put my TBR here, but the link to my pile of spooky reads is up above and currently stands at 66 books tall.  I might also switch things up a bit with a couple of creepy graphic novels and some frightening audio books that didn’t make it on the list.

My first update will be at 1 pm.  I’ll be tracking how many pages I read and any books I finish.  I’ll also include snacks I’ve nommed, and any musical earworms that have gotten into my head.

Whether you’re participating in the readathon or not, what book(s) are you currently reading? 

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for October 12th – 18th.
  • I’m still taking it easy since I won’t get the EKG until mid-November.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 3/6
  • Steps: 42,191/50,000
  • Miles: 17.46
  • Total Miles: 627.87
  • Active Minutes: 243/210