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 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Britta Olsson

  

Finished:

  • Cat vs. Human: Another Dose of Catnip by Yasmine Surovec

Total pages read this week: 387

Total books for the year: 4 of 50.  It was a busy week for me at work, and this week will likely be just as busy.  Luckily, this weekend is the 24 in 48 readathon!

What are you reading this week?

Down the TBR Hole #54

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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.

I know I usually post these on Saturdays, but I’ve been so busy this past week with work that I wanted a day away from computers and went out to spend time enjoying a rare (for this week) non-rainy day. Thanks to Bout of Books, my TBR pile is down to 681 books.

This week’s books:

The Three Day Runaway by Katarina Green – KEEP.  Though I think $100 a day seems like a bit much for most long-weekend trips, I’m interested in all of the tips and strategies for saving money on my adventuring.

Aerisia: Land Beyond the Sunset by Sarah Ashwood – GO. The synopsis made this book out to be really generic sounding with a predictable plot.

Dragon Time and Other Stories by Ruth Nestvold – GO.  The synopsis has me confused about the sub-genre of this short story collection.  It comes off as a mix of Fantasy and Romance, but I’m really not sure.  Maybe I’m feeling picky today, but I really don’t care to find out.

The Sword of Light by E.J. Gilmour – GO.  Another extremely generic Epic Fantasy with a male main character.  I’m just not interested.

Forsaken by Kristen Day – KEEP.  The synopsis made this book sound so good until it got to the romance part.  Still, I want to give this one a chance, especially after ditching the 3 previous books on my TBR.

My to-read shelf is down to 678 books. Next weekend is the 24 in 48 Readathon, so I’ll be taking another week off from “Down the TBR Hole”.

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for January 11th – 17th.
  • I’ve had another week of not doing much thanks to all the rain and high winds.
  • That being said, I have been on my feet a lot for my job, and working a few extra hours.  I’m also trying to do as much of my work standing as I can, but I don’t have a standing desk.  Until I get one, I’m trying to get up and walk around more when I need a break.
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 2/5
  • Steps: 36,159
  • Miles: 14.97
  • Total Miles: 38.11
  • Active Minutes: 128

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 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Britta Olsson

  

Finished:

  • The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
  • The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
  • If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino

  

Total pages read this week: 473

Total books for the year: 3 of 50.  This week was Bout of Books, and I love starting off the new year with this challenge/readathon.  I always feel like I’m getting a head start on my reading goals, and right now I’m 2 books ahead of schedule.  I also love taking the time near the beginning of the year to put everything else aside and relax for a bit.  It’s a nice reminder that not everything has to get done Right Now.

What are you reading this week?

#BoutofBooks 24 – Day 7 and Wrap-Up

Bout of Books
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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
I had the apartment to myself (plus the cat) for most of the day.  I napped, I did the laundry and the dishes, and I also read a decent chunk of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.
  • Time Read:  4 hours 32 minutes
  • Pages Read: 167
  • Books Finished: 0
  • Total Number of Books Read: 3

Even though I didn’t stick to my TBR, I did meet all of my goals this time around.  Compared to the last Bout of Books, I did really well. I’m looking forward to Bout of Books 25 in May!

#BoutofBooks 24 – Day 6

Bout of Books
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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Between napping and interruptions from the Boyfriend, I managed to finish If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. I also read a few pages of Hygge by Britta Olsson and I started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.  I was a bit irritated by If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler, so I wanted something I had been wanting to read for awhile.
  • Time Read:  4 hours 35 minutes
  • Pages Read: 196
  • Books Finished: 1
  • Total Number of Books Read: 3

#BoutofBooks 24 – Day 5

Bout of Books
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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Even though it was Friday, I went to work early and ended up staying a little late to finish up some things.  By the time I got home and got settled on the couch to read, the Boyfriend was coming home and it is our daily routine to discuss our day and relax together for a bit. I read a little bit more of If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino after he decided he wanted to go to bed early, but I found my eyes getting droopy after a couple of chapters.
  • Time Read:  1 hour 20 minutes
  • Pages Read: 44
  • Books Finished: 0
  • Total Number of Books Read: 2

#FitReaders Check-In

  • This check-in is for January 4th – 10th.
  • It’s been a bit of a rough week for me.  I ended up getting sick AGAIN! It has also been rainy and cold outside, I haven’t been sleeping well, and all of that has added up to me not doing much of anything.
  • I’m feeling much better today, so hopefully my next check-in will be full of activity!
  • If you have a FitBit, you can find me HERE.
  • Workouts: 3/5
  • Steps: 31,696
  • Miles: 13.07
  • Total Miles: 23.14
  • Active Minutes: 123

#BoutofBooks 24 – Day 4

Bout of Books
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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Yesterday was another busy day at work. I read a little bit more of If On a Winter:s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino while I was on the bus headed home and before I went to bed.
  • Time Read:  1 hour 13 minutes
  • Pages Read: 39
  • Books Finished: 0
  • Total Number of Books Read: 2

#BoutofBooks 24 – Day 3

Bout of Books
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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
Yesterday was a busy day of catching up on work that I hadn’t completed on Tuesday.  I was only able to get started on If On a Winter:s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino.
  • Time Read:  21 minutes
  • Pages Read: 20
  • Books Finished: 0
  • Total Number of Books Read: 2