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

 

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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 April. What was the best book you read last month?

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Bout of Books 19 is coming

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books | 1 comment

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.

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 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? | 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 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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