It’s Monday What Are You Reading #81

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 4 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 Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

This series is wacky and fun and I’m glad I read another one. I need to read more soon though, because The Hubster is two books ahead of me.

 

Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

I am a huge fan of Jeff Lemire and this first volume of a new series from him was wonderful.

 

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

I never read any of the Anne of Green Gables books but when a friend told me that the main character of this book was her favorite Montgomery character I decided to check it out. It’s a lovely little romance that’s a bit different and I agree that the main character is great.

 

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham

Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham

This is the first volume of another spinoff from Willingham’s Fables series. It was fun.

 

Started in Print

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean

This is fun and interesting nonfiction about the elements of the Periodic Table. Lots of intersting scientific history.

 

Finished on Audio

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Norma? by Jeanette Winterson

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Norma? by Jeanette Winterson narrated by the author.

This memoir by the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a look back at her tough childhood.

 

Started on Audio

Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb narrated by Susan Ericksen

This series has been a guilty pleasure of mine for years. After listening to the audio of the previous book I’m not going back to the print editions. Susan Ericksen does a great job of narrating this mix of police procedural, light science fiction, and romance.

 

Reviews since my last update:

The Buffalo West Wing by Julie Hyzy

Black Hammer Vol. 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson narrated by the author

 

What are you reading?

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Bout of Books 19 Wrap-Up

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 4 comments

Bout of Books 19 Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 19 ended last night. It was my tenth Bout of Books and I’ve got the next one marked on my calendar the week of August 21st-27th.

Once again I had a great time having a reason to say ‘nope, it’s Bout of Books and I’m going to read instead”.

I had a great reading week. The main reason I like Bout of Books is that it’s a low-pressure readathon. I never feel like I need to stop doing everything else to just read but I am encouraged to maximize and make more time for reading than I normally do. Obviously I worked full time all week so that limited my reading time but I managed to get a lot of reading hours in.

I managed to make some changes to my daily routine that I’d like to make regular habits. I traded my bus ride twitter and phone game time for reading. I also made sure to stay away from the phone apps and read on my lunch break. It used to be my habit and I’d like to get back to that. I feel like this week has kickstarted my reading mojo.

I don’t track pages read but I do track time spent reading and listening to audiobooks. My goal this year was to end up with more time spent reading than I did for the last Bout of Books. In January I had 17 hours and 48 minutes of reading time for the week.

For this Bout of Books I ended up with 21 hours and 12 minutes of reading so Yay Me!
Bout of Books 19 reading
This is what I read this week.
I finished one audiobook – Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson.
In print, I read The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey, Black Hammer Vol. 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire, The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willilngham, and I started The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean.

All in all a great week of reading. Now I have a pile of reviews to write!

If you participated in this week’s Bout of Books I hope you had a great week of reading. If you didn’t participate you should consider joining me and all the other participants in August.

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #80

Posted by on May 8, 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

1776 by David McCullough

1776 by David McCullough

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

 

Started in Print

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

This series is wacky and fun and I’m glad to be reading another one.

 

Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

I am a huge fan of Jeff Lemire and I’m happy to be starting another comic series of his.

 

Finished on Audio

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith narrated by Lisette Lecat

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith narrated by Lisette Lecat

I really enjoy this series. It’s like comfort food for me.

 

Started on Audio

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Norma? by Jeanette Winterson

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Norma? by Jeanette Winterson narrated by the author.

This memoir by the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a look back at her tough childhood.

Reviews since my last update:

Chew Vol. 12: Sour Grapes by John Layman

1776 by Daid McCullough

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith narrated by Lisette Lecat

 

What are you reading?

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Bout of Books 19 – Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books | 4 comments

Bout of Books 19

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 19 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 planning for the next.

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.

I don’t set goals but 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.

So . . . Let the reading begin . . .

Monday Reading
I had a total of 3 hours of reading today.
45 minutes of listening to Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson.
2 hours and 15 minutes of reading The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

Monday Challenge
Today’s daily challenge was to describe yourself in six words. I adapted from my ‘about me’ section here and my Twitter profile and said
“Beersnob, Blogger, Booklover, Evil Genius Trainee”

Tuesday Reading
Another good reading day with total of 3 hours and 10 minutes of reading.
30 minutes of listening to Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson.
2 hours and 40 minutes of reading The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey. I’ll probably finish that today.

Wednesday Reading
Yet another day with three hours of reading. I’m on a roll.
30 minutes of listening to Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson.
2.5 hours of reading in print. I finished The Stingray Shuffle and started a graphic novel, The Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire.

Thursday Reading
3 hours and 20 minutes today. Excellent as far as I’m concerned.
An hour of listening to ‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? It’s an excellent memoir and the author is a good narrator.
2 hours and 20 minutes of print reading. I started The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery and I finished The Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire.

Friday Reading
I worked from home today so I missed out on my normal driving/bus/lunchtime reading. I still managed about 2 and a half hours of reading thought.
30 minutes of listening to Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal. I finished that and will start a new audiobook on Monday.
1 and a half hours of reading The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Saturday Reading
I wasn’t sure how much reading I’d get in because we had things do do. We got the errands done pretty efficiently and I still managed a good three hours of reading.
I finished The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery and started Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham.

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Weekend Update – The Five Books on My Shopping List Edition

Posted by on May 7, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Weekend Update | 3 comments

Weekend Update

Five Books on My Shopping List

I’m a heavy user of the library. After doing a major purge of the bookshelves a few years ago my book purchases dropped off considerably. Because I have great libraries I can get nearly any book I want to read. I seldom read new releases because in most cases I don’t mind waiting. For me to purchase a book it has to be something worth keeping on my shelves. These are five that I do plan to purchase

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: Mostly because I cannot believe I haven’t read it yet.

 

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith: There was so much hoopla when this came out that I wanted nothing to do with it. Now I want to read it.

 

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: The library won’t do for this one, I need to own it.

 

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch: Too many of my friends were praising this one. Now that it’s been out for a while and the hubbub has died down a bit it’s time to pick up a copy

 

Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird
Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird: I read Queen Victoria: A Personal History by Christopher Hibbert back in 2008 but I’ve heard good things about this one and want to buy a copy. I’m trying to read at least one nonfiction a month this year and this one will fit in nicely to that plan.

 

Which of these have you read and what did you think of them?

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update – April 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Monthly Reading Wrap Up, Weekend Update | 0 comments

Weekend Update
April 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

April 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s what I read in April
Novels
A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

The Frozen Thames Helen Humphreys

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith (audio narrated by Lisette Lecat) review coming this week

Graphic Novels and Comics
Descender Book Three: Singularities by Jeff Lemire

Chew Vol. 12: Sour Grapes by John Layman

Nonfiction
1776 by David McCullough – review coming this week

 

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

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