Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
  • The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson ed. by Brooks Atkinson
  • Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist

Total pages read this week: 644

Total books for the year: 33 of 85. I forgot that today is the first day of #BoutofBooks! How did that happen? I got distracted by a new-to-me game called “Stardew Valley,” and everything else fell to the wayside. The only thing I did accomplish was getting nearly all of my Emerson reading completed for the online class I’m taking. My post for Bout of Books will be up shortly, especially since I’m in need of a digital detox, and a week-long reading challenge is the perfect prescription for that.

What are you reading (or not reading because of a game)?

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
  • The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson ed. by Brooks Atkinson
  • Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist

Finished:

  • The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

Total pages read this week: 309

Total books for the year: 33 of 85. I didn’t do a lot of reading this week, but I did listen to quite a few podcasts about books, including Book Riot’s Annotated and The Prancing Pony Podcast. The latter discusses one chapter of a book by J.R.R. Tolkien per episode, starting with The Silmarillion.

What are you reading?

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
  • The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson ed. by Brooks Atkinson
  • The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

Finished:

  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman
  • The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
  • The Wednesday Wizard by Sherryl Jordan
  • The Sons of Macha by John Lenahan

Total pages read this week: 1120

Total books for the year: 32 of 85. This weekend was Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon, and I focused on Middle-Grade Fiction. I love readathons because it all but guarantees I’ll get through roughly 1k pages, and probably finish at least 3 books. #BoutofBooks is coming up soon, so keep your eye out for my sign-up post!

What are you reading?

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moers
  • The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson ed. by Brooks Atkinson

Finished:

  • Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Total pages read this week: 308

Total books for the year: 27 of 85. I started a course on edX titled, “The American Renaissance: Classic Literature of the 19th Century.” The first assigned readings are by Ralph Waldo Emerson, so I ordered The Essential Writings.

What are you reading?

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
  • Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Finished:

  • A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs by Ben Garrod
  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic by The British Library
  • Junkyard Cats by Faith Hunter

Total pages read this week: 448

Total books for the year: 26 of 85. All three of the books I finished this week are audiobooks. Junkyard Cats was a little bit more serious than I was expecting, but I suppose that’s what I get for not reading the synopsis first. The other two were pure Non-Fiction fun. They made me want to sign up for some kind of a class so that I can stretch my brain a little bit and keep my mind off of the craziness going on IRL. I can’t decide what I want to learn about, though, from the seemingly millions of free options out there, but I’m thinking I want to take some type of Literature class.

What are you reading? What free online classes have you taken, and which ones would you recommend?

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
  • Dragons of Spring Dawning by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

Finished:

  • Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
  • My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery

Total pages read this week: 925

Total books for the year: 23 of 85. Anne’s House of Dreams was exactly what I needed right now. Especially after the horror of Brave New World. I’m going to avoid Sci-Fi, especially Dystopian Sci-Fi, for awhile, and focus on books that make me happy.

What are you reading?

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
  • A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel
  • My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul

Finished:

  • Glass Town by Steven Savile

Total pages read this week: 351

Total books for the year: 19 of 85. My Life with Bob is comforting. A History of Reading is cozy. Lost Books and Old Bones is a wonderful audiobook to settle into when I’m tired. I foresee this kind of reading will continue throughout the next month.

What are you reading?

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • Glass Town by Steven Savile
  • Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton

Finished:

  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Total pages read this week: 712

Total books for the year: 18 of 85. This past weekend was the #StayHome24in48 Readathon. I probably did more sleeping than reading, but I stayed off the internet unless it had something to do with the readathon, and I avoided checking the news. It was exactly what I needed, and I’m considering doing the same every weekend for at least the next month or so.

What are you reading?

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Total pages read this week: 231

Total books for the year: 15 of 85. Both of the public library systems I use have been closed to the public. I’m still going to finish the books I checked out before I continue reading The Wise Man’s Fear, but mostly because they’re both really good!

Monday’s Minutes

“Monday’s Minutes” is a weekly post in which I track my bookish life.

Currently Reading:

  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Finished:

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

Total pages read this week: 449

Total books for the year: 15 of 85. I’m determined to finish reading my library books before I go back to reading The Wise Man’s Fear. I need to have The Diary of a Bookseller finished by the 18th and Queen of the Tearling by the 21st, which shouldn’t be a problem as long as I don’t allow myself to get distracted by other books.