It’s Monday What Are You Reading #87

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 3 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 Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I’m finally getting back to Sherlock Holmes and this illustrated edition is just gorgeous.

 

Started in Print

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne


I’m liking this one. It’s a bit of a mystery, a bit of thriller and definitely keeping me interested to find out what happens

 

How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington

How I Married a Marquess by Anna Harrington


It’s been a long long time since I read a good old historical romance. I picked this one after seeing a review at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far.

 

Continued on Audio

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

I have listened to and loved the entire Amelia Peabody series. Barbara Rosenblat doesn’t simply narrate these. She performs them as tha author said in an interview included with one of the audiobooks. I was sad when Barbara Merta (Elizabeth Peters) died. She left an unfinished book that Joan Hess has finished and Barbara Rosenblat narrated. It’s clearly not as polished as the author’s other books but I couldn’t pass up one last chance to spend some time with Amelia, Emerson and their children and friends.

 

Reviews since my last update:

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

When a Child is Born by Jodi Taylor (Short Story)

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

What are you reading?

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Bout of Books 20 – Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 0 comments

Bout of Books 20

Bout of Books 20

Bout of Books 20 kicked off at Midnight last night. I can always find a way to make Bout of Books work for me. I have a busy week ahead but I’m going to make as much time for reading as I can.

The Bout of Books Read-a-Thon was created by Amanda @ On a Book Bender on a complete whim in August 2011. It took on a life of its own and was such a hit that Amanda decided to do it again and turn it into a somewhat regular occurrence.

  • Bout of Books is a week long read-a-thon, usually from 12:01am on a Monday through 11:59pm on a Sunday in whatever time zone you are in.
  • It is low pressure, meaning participants are only asked to push themselves to read more than they normally would during any given week. There is no competition between readers.
  • How much time a reader wants, and can commit, to read, tweet, or network with fellow bloggers is left to individual preference. All challenges and giveaways are optional.
  • Networking with fellow bloggers is actively encouraged, though never required.
  • Use Twitter to post updates throughout the read-a-thon. Everyone will be tweeting with the #boutofbooks hashtag.

I have several books on my desk and on my ereader. In addition I’m in the middle of one audiobook and may or may not finish it this week.

I will be using this post as my tracking post and adding daily updates each morning about what reading I have accomplished the day before. I’ll post updates here every morning Tuesday through Saturday. I’ll include my Sunday reading on my final wrap up post.

One thing I do a little different this week is to track all my reading time. I have a time tracking app on my phone and watch so it’s easy to hit the start and stop button and track whether it’s reading or listening time. One benefit of using this is it keeps me focused. I find I’m less inclined to get distracted by stuff that I could be doing around the house or playing on my phone if I’m feeling like I’m “on the clock” for reading.

As for what I’m hoping to get to this week . . .
Bout of Books Books

I’d like to finish the two books I’m currently reading (The Marsh King’s Daughter and How I Married a Marquess). I’ll continue with my audiobook (The Painted Queen). I’d love to make a dent in my next book (The Romanovs)

So . . . Let the reading begin . . .

Monday Reading
I had the day off but the morning and early afternoon were taken up with traveling and watching the total eclipse. We had a great view from my sister-in-law’s porch.
I spent the rest of the afternoon reading and ended up with nearly 4 hours of reading logged. I finished The Marsh King’s Daughter.

Tuesday Reading
Three and a half hours of reading/listening today. Listening to The Painted Queen and reading How I Married a Marquess.

Wednesday Reading

Thursday Reading

Friday Reading

Saturday Reading

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Bout of Books 20 Sign Up

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 1 comment

Bout of Books 20

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

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 20 starts on Monday August 21st.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 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.

Bout of Books 17

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 21st.

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 #86

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 5 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 Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

I’m kind of surprised I missed this one as a kid. It’s totally the kind of book I loved and still do. I’m so glad I finally read it and I’m looking forward to the upcoming movie.

 

Started in Print

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I’m finally getting back to Sherlock Holmes and this illustrated edition is just gorgeous.

 

Started on Audio

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

I have listened to and loved the entire Amelia Peabody series. Barbara Rosenblat doesn’t simply narrate these. She performs them as tha author said in an interview included with one of the audiobooks. I was sad when Barbara Merta (Elizabeth Peters) died. She left an unfinished book that Joan Hess has finished and Barbara Rosenblat narrated. It’s clearly not as polished as the author’s other books but I couldn’t pass up one last chance to spend some time with Amelia, Emerson and their children and friends.

 

Reviews since my last update:

Unmentionable by Therese O’Neill – Audio Edition, narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman and Jim Meskimen

 

What are you reading?

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July 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up | 0 comments

June 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

July 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

July is typically a very busy month for us with multiple family gatherings and a vacation. This year was no exception and I was not surprised at all that I only finished four books last month.

Here’s what I read in July:

Novels

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (review coming soon)

 

Nonfiction
Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them by Jennifer Wright (audio narrated by Gabra Zackman)

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese O’Neill (audio narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman) (review coming soon)

 

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

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #85

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 1 comment

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

Miss Buncle's Book by D.E Stevenson

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

This book has been on my TBR list for ages. I’m glad I finally read it. It was just delightful

 

Started in Print

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle


This is yet another of those childhood classics I never read. When I saw all the excitement over the trailer for the upcoming movie adaptatiion I decided It was time to remedy that.

 

Finished on Audio

Unmentionable the Victorian Ladys Guide to Sex Marriage & Manners by Therese O'Neill narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman

Unmentionable the Victorian Ladys Guide to Sex Marriage & Manners by Therese O’Neill narrated by Betsy Foldes Meiman

This was a fun look back at the realities of living in the Victorian Age. Makes me glad to have been born in the 20th century.

 

Started on Audio
Nothing yet but when I get back from vacation next week I’ll be starting The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess who finished the book after the death of Elizabeth Peters. It’s narrated by Barbara Rosenblat who has done such a fabulous job of narrating this series.

 

Reviews since my last update:
Get Well Soon by Jennifer Wright – Audio Edition

Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson

 

What are you reading?

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