Building the Book Fort

“Building the Book Fort” is a weekly post where I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
  • The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg
  • The Stranger’s Shadow by Max Frei

Finished:

  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
  • The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris
  • The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley
  • Serafina and the Seven Stars by Robert Beatty

Total pages read this week: 1122

Total books for 2022: 35 of 85.

It took quite a bit, but I’m finally enjoying The Will and the Wilds. I’m hoping to finish it today, though I’m not sure what audiobook I will start next for #WyrdandWonder.

I was stuck in bed for two days this past week, and that is the only reason I was able to get so much reading accomplished. Out of all the books I finished, Serafina and the Seven Stars was my favorite.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Building the Book Fort

“Building the Book Fort” is a weekly post where I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
  • The Will and the Wilds by Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

Finished:

  • The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
  • Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Total pages read this week: 546

Total books for 2022: 31 of 85.

Both The Well of Lost Plots and Paper and Fire were excellent books, but I’m not enjoying either Fablehaven or The Will and the Wilds. In Fablehaven, the plot only gets moved along by one of the kids’ refusal to listen or do what he’s told, no matter how many times the very serious consequences prove that his actions affect more than just himself. However, I’m not sure why I can’t get into The Will and the Wilds. Maybe it’s the narrator of the audiobook, but either way, it’s probably going to take me longer than usual to get through it unless something changes.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Building the Book Fort

“Building the Book Fort” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
  • The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
  • Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Finished:

  • Gallant by V.E. Schwab
  • Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: A Study in Mischief by Lydia Sherrer

Total pages read this week: 467

Total books for 2022: 29 of 85.

#WyrdandWonder has me excited about reading Fantasy all month long! And now that I have enough space on my bookshelves for all of my physical TBR, I’m picking up whatever Fantasy book I want to read regardless of format. I no longer feel the pressure to read my physical books exclusively, and it’s a great feeling to get back to some of the series I haven’t been reading because they’re on my Kindle.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Building the Bookfort

“Building the Book Fort” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
  • The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde
  • Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Finished:

  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  • The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon by Todd Zwillich
  • Wizards of Water and Wood by P.J. Owen
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Total pages read this week: 817

Total books for 2022: 27 of 85.

Yesterday was Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, and I’m not sure I’ll be participating in them anymore. It went from being a huge event that I greatly looked forward to every April and October to an event that the hosts don’t seem to want to be bothered with putting any effort into anymore. I think in the future I’m going to put aside a weekend for reading during the same months to keep the tradition on my own.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Building the Book Fort

“Building the Book Fort” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  • The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

Finished:

  • The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

DNF:

  • The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

Total pages read this week: 181

Total books for 2022: 23 of 85.

I still have one book left that won’t fit on the shelf, thanks to getting this month’s book for the Fantastic Strangelings book club. I know I’ll finish To Kill a Kingdom today, and I’ll probably finish one more book this week before this weekend, but it will definitely take the #readathon to free up enough space on my shelves for that last book.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Building the Book Fort

“Building the Book Fort” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  • The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins

Finished:

  • The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander

Total pages read this week: 495

Total books for 2022: 22 of 85.

I have only one book left that won’t fit on the shelf, and it’s a fairly thick book, so I will probably have to read two more books for it to fit. If I don’t get them read by Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon then I will have to read several more books during the readathon. The April readathon is when I typically read as much Middle-Grade Fiction as I can, and most of the books I choose tend to be short so I don’t lose steam and find myself falling asleep in the middle of the day. I haven’t figured out my TBR for the readathon yet, but I will probably put one together this afternoon.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Building the Book Fort

“Building the Book Fort” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Finished:

  • The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
  • How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley

Total pages read this week: 490

Total books for 2022: 21 of 85.

I’m down to 2 books that won’t fit on the shelves. I’m a bit excited to be making space on my bookshelves, especially with Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon coming up at the end of the month. I know it’s a bit counter-productive, but I plan on rewarding myself with a new book once there is enough space for it.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Building the Book Fort

“Building the Book Fort” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
  • How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley

Finished:

  • Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault by Cathy Guisewite

Total pages read this week: 358

Total books for 2022: 19 of 85.

I still have 3 books that won’t fit on the shelves. It’s been a busy, slightly stressful week, and even though I got through over 300 pages, I don’t feel like I had any reading time at all. I think the problem might be my current reading choices. While they are good, they’re not the kind of books that suck me into the world of the story. They’re too much a part of reality, and so I think my next book will be a Fantasy novel.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Building the Book Fort

“Building the Book Fort” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth
  • Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault by Cathy Guisewite

Finished:

  • Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
  • The Willoughbys Return by Lois Lowry

Total pages read this week: 517

Total books for 2022: 18 of 85.

I’m now down to 3 books that won’t fit on the shelves. I finished two books and started a third while I was stuck at home in pain and having difficulty walking. All three did a wonderful job of distracting me, especially The Willoughbys Return.

I found a free literature course for The Grapes of Wrath, and I really want to dive into the book, but I’m having difficulty concentrating on anything that deep and serious right now. I don’t think I’d be able to get through The Wild Girl if I wasn’t listening to the audiobook.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!

Building the Book Fort

“Building the Book Fort” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Essential Tea Guide by Teressa Hansch
  • Recollections by Colette
  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Finished:

  • The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  • Stuff and Nonsense by Andrew Seiple
  • Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler
  • Oddball by Sarah Andersen
  • El Arroyo’s Big Book of Signs: Volume One by S. Arroyo

Total pages read this week: 896

Total books for 2022: 14 of 85.

This week’s post is for 2 weeks’ worth of reading since I missed posting last Monday. I’m finding it difficult to come up with the time to get blog posts written and posted during the week, so I’m shifting to the weekends. I’ll be posting these weekly reading updates on Sundays, and that means the title needed an update, hence “Building the Book Fort.”

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to come up with the time to start posting more than two posts a week, but for now, I’m just grateful that I’m starting to come out of the depression I’ve been in for so long. I’ve rarely talked about my mental health issues here, but this past week, I’ve had more energy to do not only the things I have to get done, but things I actually enjoy doing as well. I hadn’t realized just how bad things had got, and while I’m not going to assume that everything is all hunky-dory now, I’m taking advantage of this improved mood and energy for as long as it lasts.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!