Bout of Books – Day 6

Well I got way more reading done today!

25573701I started off the day by reading more of Remembrance. I got quite a bit read right away in the morning after I put up my blog post. I’m still not done with it but I’ll definitely finish it today. I am enjoying the adult themes in this compared to the rest of the series. It kind of reminds me of Veronica Mars but with ghosts which just makes it all the more fun. I might try rereading the original series if I can find my books. I forgot how much I loved this series.

Then my friend called me and asked if I wanted to go to Barnes and Noble with her so she could pick up a new book she ordered. Obviously I said yes. We spend most of the time looking at books, dropping off coffee to her fiance at work and grocery shopping. I picked up two books at BN, Hamilton: The Revolution and milk and honey. These are both books I have heard good things about and since I’ve been listening to Hamilton NON-STOP (haha get it?) in my car it felt fitting. My friend told me she meant to get me Hamilton: The Revolution for my birthday but they were all sold out.

26200563After I got done with shopping I had Hebrew homework and a quiz to finish. Once all that was done I started reading through Hamilton: The Revolution. It’s such a fun read with so many interesting facts about the show. I didn’t realize there were so many fun jokes in the show, though some I had caught previously. He also talks about where historical facts come through in songs or where he butchered actual history. This book really makes the show even better and it goes through every song, not just the ones on the cast recording. Now I just need to bribe someone to get me to see it. I read 209 pages of this before moving on for the night.

I did pick up bits and pieces of milk and honey throughout the day as well.23513349 It’s mostly poetry with some prose but every page has little words on it. Nevertheless I’m not interested in rushing through this. I read the first part which is titled “the hurting” and pretty intense if you let it sink in. I’m enjoying this so far. I read 45 pages yesterday before I decided to return to Remembrance. I literally fell asleep reading it, even though again I wanted to stay up late reading. I probably fell asleep at 11 something and woke up again at 1:20am to find myself laying on my comforter with my computer still blaring music.

Today is Sunday, I’ve already read over 50 pages of a book and I expect to finish more stuff today so we’ll see how we finish this.

Totals following…

Books read: 1

Pages read: 616

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Bout of Books Day 3-5

25573701Haha, whoops! To be frank, I haven’t had a lot of time to do much reading the last few days and even less time to post about it. I’ve only been reading Remembrance and I’m still not halfway through.

My sister flew into town for the week on Wednesday. So after work I went straight to see her and we had dinner with my mom and it was lovely and I read nothing until I got home and got ready for bed. On Day 3 I read 43 pages.

Thursday, I had Hebrew class after work. This is important because I still have homework and a quiz due on Saturday so I felt being a part of this class was important. After I worked on my homework for a while. Then I went swimming, which is my cardio exercise of choice these days. After a shower I got ready for bed and read before falling asleep. On Day 4 I read 40 pages.

Yesterday, after work I had game night with my friends. Every week, usually on Fridays, we get together and play Dungeons and Dragons. Overall we love it and I wouldn’t trade that time with them for anything. So, I did not get any reading done until I got home. I was pretty excited to read a bunch and stay up late since it’s the weekend. Unfortunately I got very sleepy fast and didn’t read much before I passed out. On Day 5 I read 25 pages.

Totals are…

Books read: 1

Pages read: 293

Today I need to finish my homework but I plan to get so much more reading done! It’s the weekend its time to read ALL THE THINGS.

Bout of Books – Day 2

So yesterday was not a great reading day.

Straight from work I went to a Chamber of Commerce mixer and didn’t get home until Remembrance (The Mediator, #7)6:30, which isn’t that late but it exhausted me and I just didn’t feel like reading much by then. Plus I have a translation assignment due for my Hebrew class on Saturday and I’ve been working a little bit on that every day. That’s the real priority this week, then make time for reading.

I did make myself read, I read 25 pages from Remembrance after the shower and before falling asleep. I’m pretty bummed that I haven’t done more reading but of course the second this week comes up I get super busy with other work.

To top it off, my sister is coming to visit today so we’ll see how much I’m able to get done while she’s here because I know I’ll just want to spend as much time with her as I can.

Totals so far are:

Books finished: 1

Pages read: 182

 

Bout of Books – Day 1

I’m already a book in so it’s good starting!

 

Unfortunately my 8-5 job gets in the way of a lot of reading time but I always take Lumberjanes Vol. 3: A Terrible Planadvantage of the lunch hour when readathons come up. Yesterday I started Lumberjanes Vol 3 during my lunch. I finished it after work and it was such a quick and fun read! I gave it an easy 5 stars and it was 112 pages.

After Lumberjanes, I immediately started Remembrance by Meg Cabot. This is the newest book in her YA Mediator series. The catch is, she jumped ahead and wrote an adult novel about her grown up characters, similar to what she did with Mia in The Princess Diaries. I used to love the Mediator series when I was younger so I jumped on the chance to read about those characters as adults. I only read 45 books before I fell asleep but I’m really excited for this adventure.

My Totals for the day are…

Books read: 1

Pages read: 157

Bout of Books TBR (And a little #RYBSAT Wrap up)

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I know what you’re thinking, “But Anna, this is just your Dewey’s TBR minus the books you read for Dewey’s.” YOU’RE RIGHT!

I already had a perfectly good pile of books and they are great for readathons. They’re all rather quick/consuming books and books I’ve been looking forward to.

Meanwhile I did read and complete The Handmaid’s Tale for #RYBSAT TBR, and I finished it today. Despite the fact that it was the only book I read for that readathon, I am so glad I did. I still think it was a successful week and I am looking forward to so much more reading this week. You can expect a book review sometime soon for The Handmaid’s Tale.

My goal for this week is to read 6 books, there are 6 books in the picture, so I think you can follow where I’m headed. I will update daily with books I’m reading from and page count. These may not be the only books I read from but we shall see what happens.

Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday – May the 4th

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This meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words, you just have to answer the three questions below.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
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Currently reading: I have been working through The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood since Sunday for #RYBSAT. The goal of that readathon of course is to read through some books on your bookshelf but if this is the only one I get through this week it will be worth it. I am absolutely loving it so far and kicking myself for not picking it up sooner.

I am still working my way through The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I’ve taken a break while I focus on #RYBSAT, but I plan to get more read during Bout of Books next week.

I’ve also been listening to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon. I have gotten through about 70% of it with only 7 hours left. I look forward to finishing it soon.

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Recently Finished: I finished The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald on Saturday. It was a great read and as I said in my last post, I can see where Tolkien and Lewis took inspiration.

You can check my April Reading Wrap Up for more of my thoughts on that book. It was quick and fun, but I haven’t finished much else since Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

 

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Reading Next: #RYBSAT dictates that I work through my bookshelf, so if I finish The Handmaid’s Tale in time I will start I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Which I’ve heard great things about, I mean it has a blurb on the cover by J.K. ROWLING! Granted not on the cover here but my cover definitely does!

If I don’t finish The Handmaid’s Tale in time, I will be starting my TBR for Bout of Books. A full TBR will be posted later this week but you can bet that my first read will be reading Lumberjanes Vol 3: A Terrible Plan I am a little bummed that Noelle Stevenson only drew the first part of this volume but I still love the writing so I’m sure it will be wonderful.

Make sure to look at other WWW Wednesday posts and let me know what you’re currently reading!

April Reading Wrap Up

In the month of April I completed 7 books which I find pretty good considering only two of them were graphic novel/comic trades.

At the very beginning of the month I finished Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. This was her first published work/short story collection and the first of her stuff that I have read. Figures that I would love it. I had started it in January after getting it for Christmas and it was lovely to dip in and out of over the last few months. Since finishing this I have picked up her other two books. Vampires in the Lemon Grove is Karen’s second short story collection and Swamplandia! is her only full length novel and just happens to be a continuation of the first story in St. Lucy’s. I look forward to reading more of her work.

Next, I finished Cress the third book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. These are just so fun to read and pretty excellent retellings. I know it would make sense to move on to Winter right after, especially since I have it on my Nook. However, I want to savor this series a little bit longer. Winter will come in time.

I’m rereading Harry Potter with my friends for our book club and this month we read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I don’t think I’ve read this book in over 10 years so this was a fun reread. I love how neatly Rowling connects every aspect of this story from start to finish, even more so than the three books before this. What is there to say? I love Harry Potter, it’s the bomb.com.

The next three books I read during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon so I will keep my thoughts short. My friend leant me All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven back in September. It’s her old ARC from working at a bookstore and she thought I’d love it. Well, she was right and now I can feel good returning the book to its rightful owner.

Then I read two comic trade paperbacks I enjoy, A-Force Volume 0 and Rat Queens Volume 3. I started A-Force last summer when it first came out and this was a good chance for me to catch up. Rat Queens has been one of my favorite runs to follow and this volume was as excellent as I had hoped.

Finally, I finished The Princess and the Goblin, a book I’ve had for YEARS. Kind of a shame that I didn’t read it a long time ago. This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, and I still love it. This is also a favorite book of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, two writers I enjoy. I could definitely see how this book influenced Lewis and Tolkien’s writing, at least for their children’s books.

I have a couple books I’m still reading into May and with two readathons in the first half of the month it will be busy. Let me know what you’re reading, and if you’ve read any of these let me know what your thought.

#RYBSAT TBR

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Shame on me, shame on me. I was looking around at some blogs and one(can’t remember who) mentioned that next week May 1st-7th is #RYBSAT (Read Your BookShelf A Thon), which I figure I may as well participate in?

Honestly, I may not. I need to finish the book I started at Dewey’s and then I have to read Order of the Phoenix for book club. Plus next week I need to translate two chapters of Jonah for my Hebrew class. Basically, we’ll see. If I do it, here’s my TBR, if I don’t well, here are some books.

As you can see, I’m starting in the middle of a shelf. I want to start with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and go from there. The books I’ve blurred out are books I’ve already read so they don’t count for the readathon. If I do read these 4 in a week, I have more books beyond to read, but I doubt that will happen.

Is anyone else taking part in #RYBSAT? Let me know what you plan to read.

Rant: Lack of stock at book stores

Literally 1st world problem, am I right? But still,  feel like venting my frustrations and if it’s about books I’ll do it here.

I live 2 miles away from my town’s Barnes and Noble. It is the only new books bookstore in town. So when a new book comes out I expect it to be there, especially if it’s a book with a lot of hype around it. However, recently I’ve found it pretty hard to find new books at my local bookstore. Obviously, it means I either have to order online or just request it from the library. But I enjoy seeing a book I enjoy or look forward to on the bookshelf.

Now I realize that these books either didn’t have the release to be sent to my bookstore, or the person ordering didn’t think they would be purchased here. However, it’s sad and I know that either way the culprit is online shopping (AMAZON). I want to buy books from my physical bookstore because I LOVE shopping for books and I LOVE my book store.

Here are a few books I looked for but couldn’t find on the shelves of my local bookstore.

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit – even though it said it was in stock, not actually in stock.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – Also “In Stock” but not really, actually finding any graphic novel I want is a pain and a half to find.

The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers by JRR Tolkien – There’s a specific edition I bought the first and third in and figured I’d just wait a week until they received the second book in the same edition. It’s been 2 years and they still don’t have it.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Ukparanta – I finally just asked for this for my birthday 7 months after it came out.

Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson – I just got this from the library.

The Regional Office Is Under Attack – This is a very recent release but I’ve been checking weekly for my local store to get it. It has FEMALE. ASSASSINS. Everyone will enjoy it obviously. This may be another book I need to check out at the library.

Basically this is a rant, that’s all. I’ve turned to the library to get the books I really want and if I want to own it I just order online. Anyone else get upset when you can’t find a new release at the bookstore or library? Please let me know so I’m not alone.

Bout of Books 16

I know, I know, I JUST finished Dewey’s. But am I tired of reading? Not on your life!

Bout of Books 16 starts in 2 weeks and that gives me enough time to rest up before this week long readathon.

Here is what BoB have to say about themselves:

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 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love Bout of Books because the week gives me a chance to do other things but still enough time to really read a number of novels that 24 hours doesn’t offer. In the past I’ve read 5-6 books during Bout of Books and my goal this year is definitely to read 6. I’ll probably bring over a good number of my TBR from Dewey’s since they are fun quick readathon friendly books, but I’ll do a post on that as we get closer.