It’s Monday What Are You Reading #96

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 5 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #90

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 Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

This Dark Road to Mercy was my first book by Wiley Cash and I loved it. I’ve had this one on my shelf for several months and it was time to read it. It was incredibly sad but so beautifully written.

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

I’ve never read anything by Hemingway before. After reading this I’m not going to be in any hurry to read any of his other books.

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

This is final book in a trilogy of novellas. It is fascinating and unique science fiction featuring a young Himba girl from what is now Namibia who travels across the galaxy to attend a University. Along the way her life is changed in ways no one could imagine.

Started in Print

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie

I have read and loved Robert K. Massie’s books about Peter the Great and also Nicholas and Alexandra. I bought this biography of Catherine the Great years ago. I’m looking forward to actually reading it.

Continued in Print

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated edition by J.K. Rowling with art by Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated edition

Ever since they’ve been releasing these illustrated editions I’ve made a tradition of reading the new one at the beginning of the year. I’m taking my time with this one.

Finished on Audio

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright narrated by Morton Sellers

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright narrated by Morton Sellers

Scientology and it’s adherents have always fascinated me. This was an interesting look into the history of the church and it’s current leaders.

Started on Audio

Glass Houses by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

Glass Houses by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

I’ve been a fan of this series from Louise Penny since the first book. It’s series I stick to listening to rather than reading.

Reviews since my last update:

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

Going Clear by Lawrence Wright narrated by Morton Sellers

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #95

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 7 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #90

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 Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

I’ve read a few of the Miss Marple books and this was my first Hercule Poirot book. It was quite entertaining.

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

This is the second in a science fiction series of novellas featuring a young girl from Africa who is the first of her family to attend a school in another part of the galaxy.

 Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham


Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham

I’m not rushing to finish the Fables series because I don’t want it to end.

Started in Print

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

This Dark Road to Mercy was my first book by Wiley Cash and I loved it. I’ve had this one on my shelf for several months and it was time to read it. I’m loving this one too.

Continued in Print

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated edition by J.K. Rowling with art by Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated edition

Ever since they’ve been releasing these illustrated editions I’ve made a tradition of reading the new one in January.

Finished on Audio

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith narrated by Robert Glenister

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith narrated by Robert Glenister

This is one of those books I hesitated to read when it was first released because everyone was talking about it. I’m glad I finally read. I’m glad I went wtih the audio format. The television adaptation will be airing in the US in June. I have already purchased the next two books in the series and I’m looking forward to listening to them before June.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds narrated by the author

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds narrated by the author

This short (less than two hours) audiobook is a novel in verse. It is a powerful story of the cycle of gun violence and the 15 year old boy who sets out to kill the person who murdered his brother.

Started on Audio

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright narrated by Morton Sellers

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright narrated by Morton Sellers

Scientology and it’s adherents have always fascinated me.

Reviews since my last update:

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith narrated by Robert Glenister

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds narrated by the author

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Bout of Books 21 Wrap-Up

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 2 comments

Bout of Books 21 Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 21 ended last night. It was my fourteenth Bout of Books and I’ve got the next one marked on my calendar the week of May 14th-20th.

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/train 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.

I don’t track pages read but I do track time spent reading and listening to audiobooks. Last Bout of Books I read for 22 hours and 20 minutes. I always go into Bout of Books thinking that if I could read for more than 20 hours during the week I’d call it a success. .

For this Bout of Books I ended up with 22 hours and 35 minutes of reading so Yay Me! I was within a couple of minutes of having the same amount of both listening and reading.

Bout of Books 21

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This is what I read this week.
On Audio:
I finished listening to The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith narrated by Robert Glenister.

I listened to Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds narrated by the author.

I listened to almost 6 hours of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright.

In print

I finished reading Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard.

I read all of:
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham

I also started a reread of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’m reading the gorgeous illustrated edition with art by Jim Kay.

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 May.

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It’s Monday What Are You Reading #94

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Blogging/Reading, What Are You Reading? | 4 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #90

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 Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

It was time for another Miss Marple book. Even though she’s not around for much of the book she manages to figure everything out.

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

This was excellent nonfiction about President Garfield, his assassin, and the doctors and scientists who tried to keep the President alive.

Started in Print

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Now that I’ve read a few of the Miss Marple books it’s time to start the Hercule Poirot series.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated edition by J.K. Rowling with art by Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated edition

Ever since they’ve been releasing these illustrated editions I’ve made a tradition of reading the new one in January.

Continued on Audio

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith narrated by Robert Glenister

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith narrated by Robert Glenister

This is one of those books I hesitated to read when it was first released because everyone was talking about it. I’m glad I finally started it and I’m enjoying the audio format for it. The television adaptation will be airing in the US in June. I have already purchased the next two books in the series and I’m looking forward to listening to them before June

Reviews since my last update:

The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

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Bout of Books 21 – Kickoff and Updates Post

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Bout of Books 21

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 21 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 almost done with  one audiobook and may or may not finish another short one 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.

I’m not making any specific reading plans because I’d rather just read whatever looks good at the moment.

So . . . Let the reading begin . . .

Monday Reading

I had a great day of reading. I usually don’t listen to my audiobooks at work but I managed to have some time where I was working on stuff that didn’t take much concentration and was able to listen to my book.
I ended up with 2 hours and 20 minutes of audiobook time and I finished The Cuckoo’s Calling. I enjoyed it and plan to continue with the series.
I had an 1 hour and 50 minutes of print reading time. I started The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.

Total reading time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
Books finished: 1
Books started: 1

Tuesday Reading

I had another great reading day.
2 hours and 34 minutes of audiobook listening. I listened to all of Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (a short but powerful novel in verse) and started listening to Going Clear by Lawurence Wright.
I read my print book (The Mysterious Adventure at Styles) for an hour and 40 minutes.

Total reading time: 4 hours, 15 minutes
Books finished: 1
Books started: 1

Wednesday Reading
Somehow I managed another four hour reading day.
2 hours and 18 minutes of audiobook listening all of Going Clear
1 hour and 42 minutes of print reading and I finished The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

Total reading time: 4 hours, 1 minutes
Books finished: 1
Books started: 0

Thursday Reading
It was bound to happen. A busy day at work made for less audiobook time and a short lunch made for less print reading time.
I ended up with an hour and 49 minutes of listening to Going Clear
1 hour and 4 minutes of print reading. I started Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Total reading time: 2 hours, 53 minutes
Books finished: 0
Books started: 1

Friday Reading
I worked from home today so my commute listening time turned into take a walk after work listening time. I liked that trade off.
I listened to 2 hours and 14 minutes of Going Clear.
I got an hour and 32 minutes of print reading. I finished Binti: Home and started Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham

Total reading time: 3 hours, 46 minutes
Books finished: 1
Books started: 1

Saturday Reading
One hour and 13 minutes of reading Fables: Cubs in Toyland.
That’s it. This is exactly why weekend readathons are never a good thing for me. Weekends is when we do stuff.

Total reading time: 1 hours, 13 minutes
Books finished: 0
Books started: 0

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Bout of Books 21 Sign Up

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 8 comments

Bout of Books 21

It’s that time again. Next week will be my fourteenth Bout of Books.

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 21 starts on Monday January 8th.

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, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 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 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 20 tracking

Bout of Books 20 tracking

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 a Kickoff and progress updates post on the 8th.

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

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