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!

Monday’s Minutes

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

Currently Reading:

  • The Essential Tea Guide by Teressa Hansch
  • The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  • Stuff and Nonsense by Andrew Seiple

Finished:

  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Total pages read this week: 373

Total books for 2022: 9 of 85.

I have the day off from work today and I fully intend on spending the majority of it reading. Whether it’s the audiobook or physical book I’m currently reading, I just want to relax and drink tea.

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

Monday’s Minutes

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

Currently Reading:

  • The Essential Tea Guide by Teressa Hansch
  • The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Finished:

  • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Total pages read this week: 366

Total books for 2022: 8 of 85.

I feel like audiobooks are the only way I’m able to get any reading done lately. While I did read a little bit of both The Bone Shard Daughter and The Essential Tea Guide, I’m often too tired at the end of the day to read much of anything, so the majority of my reading is done in the car on the way to and from work. That’s not a bad thing, but I do miss laying on the couch or in bed with a book for more than just a few minutes before I start falling asleep.

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

Monday’s Minutes

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

Currently Reading:

  • The Essential Tea Guide by Teressa Hansch
  • The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Finished:

  • Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson

Total pages read this week: 221

Total books for 2022: 7 of 85.

The Boyfriend and I spent a large amount of time trying to make our driveway driveable and the path from the door to the garage walkable, especially this weekend. Snow is one thing, but ice is a completely different animal. I miss the South and wish our driveway were shorter. I also wish I had bought a lot more hot chocolate when I finally got out of the driveway to go grocery shopping.

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

Monday’s Minutes

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

Currently Reading:

  • The Essential Tea Guide by Teressa Hansch
  • The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  • Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson
  • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

Finished:

  • The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
  • Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle

Total pages read this week: 839

Total books for 2022: 6 of 85.

The Boyfriend was out of town this weekend, so I had lots of time to read and listen to audiobooks. It wasn’t an entirely lazy weekend for me, but it was quiet.

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

Monday’s Minutes

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

Currently Reading:

  • The Essential Tea Guide by Teressa Hansch
  • The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
  • The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
  • Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson

Finished:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon

Total pages read this week: 604

Total books for 2022: 4 of 85.

I hurt my back and was stuck home, mostly in bed for most of the week, which meant I was able to get A LOT of reading done. That was pretty much all I did when I wasn’t sleeping or feeling annoyed at not being able to do anything.

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

Monday’s Minutes

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

Currently Reading:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Essential Tea Guide by Teressa Hansch
  • The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

Finished:

  • The Clanlands Almanac by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish

Total pages read this week: 268

Total books for 2022: 3 of 85.

I spent this morning eating a good breakfast with the Boyfriend so we could then go out to shovel a whole lot of snow. I’m now drinking hot chocolate while I write this post and watch out the window as the snow continues to come down, negating all of our hard work. *sigh* At least we got some exercise and will be getting some more later this afternoon.

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

Monday’s Minutes

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

Currently Reading:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

Finished:

  • Beauty and the Beast by Elizabeth Rudnick

Total pages read this week: 519

Total books for 2021: 86 of 90.

Only four books short of my annual reading goal! I’ve set this year’s goal at 85. I realized that I began focusing my attention on shorter books last year, trying to get that goal, and I don’t want to do that again. I want to be able to read any book I’m in the mood for, regardless of length, and I think trying for 85 books instead of 90 will allow me to do that.

Other than that, I haven’t signed up for any year-long reading challenges. Instead, I’m going to “shop” my own shelves as much as possible and check out books from the library, but not say that I can’t buy any books. Books I no longer want to read or keep after reading, I’ll put in a box to be sold to Half Price Books (as usual), and that money will be what I can spend on new-to-me physical books. I have a couple of personal financial goals this year, so if I want to buy ebooks, it has to fit in my budget; otherwise, they’ll get added to my wishlist. I’m rewarding myself with a new audiobook every month that I reach my fitness goal, which I wrote about in my last #FitReaders Check-In for 2021.

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

Monday’s Minutes

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

Currently Reading:

  • Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon
  • Beauty and the Beast by Elizabeth Rudnick

Finished:

  • Murder at an Irish Christmas by Charlene O’Conner
  • Yule by Susan Pesznecker
  • The Ordeal of the Haunted Room by Jodi Taylor

Challenges:

#ShelfLove55 of 51 books from my TBR.

Total pages read this week: 511

Total books for the year: 85 of 90.

This is another short week for me at work, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to find the time to finish at least one more book before the end of the year. Then I’ll only be four books short of my goal. I also need to find some time to plan out next year’s reading. #BoutofBooks is the first week, so I’ll be getting my sign-up post up by Saturday. I think my goal for the year will be 90 again, because I know I can do at least 85 when everything goes to hell like it did this year and I want to keep my hopes up that 2022 will be better.

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