Bout of Books 19 is coming

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books | 0 comments

Bout of Books 19

It’s that time again. I’m joining in for my twelfth Bout of Books.

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 19 starts on Monday May 8th.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th 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 18 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love Bout of Books. Three times a year I have an excuse to say “I can’t do that right now, it’s my reading week”. The Hubster is used to it by now. I don’t go into Bout of Books with any expectations of reading for X number of hours straight through. My life doesn’t let that kind of thing happen. The way I approach Bout of Books is to limit things like spending time on Twitter, or playing games on my phone and substituting reading time for all of those little distractions. I also set aside extra time in the evening for reading too.

I like to keep track of the time I spend reading during Bout of Books. I never track pages read but I do track time reading or listening to books. I use a great app on my phone to track my time. It’s called ATracker.

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It’s super easy to set up two tasks (reading and listening) and then it’s just a tap to start and stop tracking time. Now that there’s an Apple watch app to do that on my watch instead of my phone.

I think the reason I like to track time is that for me being ‘on the clock’ keeps me from getting distracted by my phone, the TV, that pile of papers on my desk, etc. I enjoy the time tracker and the daily and weekly reports I can get on how much time I’ve actually spent reading.

I won’t set any goal because that’s really not the purpose of Bout of Books. It’s all about a low key week long focus on reading more than usual. I will put together some theoretical reading plans and post them on the 8th. numbers of books.

I hope you’ll check it out and decide to join in on the fun.

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #79

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 2 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys

The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys

Historical fiction with each chapter set in one of the 40 times that the river Thames has frozen solid.

 

Chew Vol. 12: Sour Grapes by John Layman

Chew Vol. 12: Sour Grapes by John Layman

This is the final volume of this oddly interesting series. It was a good wrap up.

 

Started in Print

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough

I’m glad I finally read this. It’s been on my shelf for ages. I’m enjoying learning more about the events of this pivotal year.

 

Continued on Audio

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith narrated by Lisette Lecat

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith narrated by Lisette Lecat

We were away for a few days so I didn’t get as much audiobook time as normal. I love listening to Lisette Lecat’s narration of this series.

 

Reviews since my last update:

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

Descender Book Three: Singularities by Jeff Lemire

The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys

 

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – The April 2017 Bookish Nostalgia Edition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bookish Nostalgia, Weekend Update | 2 comments

Weekend Update

Bookish Nostalgia April 2017

I totally stole this idea from Kay at Kay’s Reading Life. Every month she looks back in her reading records to see what she was reading this month in past years. I decided that would be fun even though my reading spreadsheet doesn’t go back as far as Kay’s records do.

Bookish Nostalgia

I’ve only been tracking my reading since October 2003 but it’s still fun to take a look back occasionally. Anything before mid-2006 hasn’t been on my blog and some of those old reviews are frankly a little embarrassing at this point. I’ll link to my full reviews when I think are worth reading.

Sometimes my reaction is “I can’t believe I read that” and other times it’s “Oh I remember where I was when I read that one”. and occasionally it’s “I really want to read that again.”

Most of these are pre-blog so the links take you to Powell’s for more information. Links for 2007 and later take you to my review.

2004:
Gracelin O’Malley by Ann Moore
Historical fiction and first in a trilogy that begins during the potato famine in Ireland and moves to the United States

Sweet Potato Queens Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne
It was ridiculous and hilarious.

2005:
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (for probably the third time)
One of my all time favorites. I haven’t read the sequels because I’m afraid of falling out of love with it.

2006:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (for the umpteenth time) My favorite edition of this book is the audio narrated by Sissy Spacek.

Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon
A story of a young couple separated when he is sent to prison. It’s told through their letters. It’s a powerful little book,

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #78

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 6 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

Book two in Taylor’s Chronicles of St. Mary’s series. It’s time travel adventure and just fun.

 

Descender Book Three: Singularities by Jeff Lemire

Descender Book Three: Singularities by Jeff Lemire

This is the third in Lemire’s series about an empathetic robot child and this one fills in some back stories of some of the characters.

 

Started in Print

The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys

The Frozen Thames by Helen Humphreys

Historical fiction with each chapter set in one of the 40 times that the river Thames has frozen solid.

 

Finished on Audio

This Time Together by Carol Burnett

This Time Together by Carol Burnett

This is a fairly short audiobook. I grew up watching the Carol Burnett show. This is sort of a memoir in a series of anecdotes from her life and career. She is delightful to listen to and a great storyteller.

 

Started on Audio

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith narrated by Lisette Lecat

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith narrated by Lisette Lecat

 

Reviews since my last update:

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

This Time Together by Carol Burnett (Audio)

The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor (Short Story)

 

What are you reading?

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Weekend Update – March 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 6 comments

Weekend Update
March 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

March 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

This was a good readingh month for me.

Here’s what I read in March
Novels
The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Graphic Novels and Comics
Descender Book Two: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

Short Stories
The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor (review coming this week)

Fiction Audiobooks
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Nonfiction Audiobooks
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by SarahVowell narrated by the author

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher narrated by the Author

This Time Together by Carol Burnett

 

Hope you had a great reading month in March. What was the best book you read last month?

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #77

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 2 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

This post apocalyptic suspense story was just delightfully creepy.

 

Descender Book Two: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

Descender Book Two: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

This is the second in Lemire’s series about an empathetic robot child and the troubles in the universe he gets caught up in. I loved it.

 

The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor

The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor

This is a short story prequel to Taylor’s Chronicles of St. Mary’s time travel adventure series. I read the first book several years ago and decided to read this story before continuing with the second book in the series.

 

Started in Print

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

Book two in Taylor’s Chronicles of St. Mary’s series. It’s time travel adventure and just fun.

 

Finished on Audio

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley narrated by Jayne Entwistle

I had heard good things about the audio editions of this series so I decided to give it a try, Flavia de Luce is a great character and Jayne Entwistle does a fabulous job as her voice.

 

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher narrated by the author

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher narrated by the author

This short audio is Carrie Fisher’s book version of stories from her life that she used in her stage show. It was a good visit with her.

 

Started on Audio

This Time Together by Carol Burnett

This Time Together by Carol Burnett

This is another fairly short audiobook. I grew up watching the Carol Burnett show. This is sort of a memoir in a series of anecdotes from her life and career. She is delightful to listen to and a great storyteller.

 

Reviews since my last update:

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

Descender Book Two: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher

 

What are you reading?

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