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!

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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.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Ending Meme

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Well I lasted far better than last time. If you’ll remember, last Dewey’s I decided to take a nap at hour 16 or 17 (10-11pm) and didn’t wake up until 5 minutes after the event had ended. This year I had energy drinks to get me through the hard night. I  didn’t focus so much on social media postings or updating this blog, I just read. So I got more solid reading done in those last 3 hours than I did in the hours before. Yes, I did go to sleep in the middle of hour 20. BUT SO CLOSE you say. Yes, and it was enough for me. There came a point where I was just not feeling reading and the book I had didn’t catch my interest immediately. I didn’t read Lumberjanes, again. I just didn’t want to fall asleep halfway through. Lumberjanes deserves more!

You’ll see at the top, my set up for the last few hours of the readathon. I moved to my bed, I had a dance party and listened to pump up jams to get me through the time, but I knew I needed to be prepared to pass out. I’m really proud of my work this year.

Which hour was most daunting for you?

Hour 17, which is 11pm here. Last time this is where I passed out for a “nap”. This time I could feel the sleep coming for me. I have finally finished my entire first book and it was easy to call it a day. Instead, I drank some energy drinks and had a mini dance party in my apartment to wake me up. It worked, I stayed up for 3 more hours.

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

I spent most of the time reading All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. While I wouldn’t necessary suggest something that will make you cry (like it did for me) I would suggest something that has an air of mystery to it. Something you can truly get sucked into.

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next season?

I will say, it was kind of a bummer not to get as much action on the blogs. I’ve made a few posts here and I feel like hardly anyone has read them because all of my feedback came on Twitter and Facebook. However, it was nice to focus on those threads and not have to jump around to all of the blogs unless they were linked. Overall, I enjoyed it.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

My pile worked. I was prepped and I definitely rallied there in the end. My use of energy drinks and active movement was helpful. The twitter groups were great, I would pop into them easily to cheer for a bit or pop into the facebook group. Frankly I didn’t use the goodreads group as much.

How many books did you read?

I finished 3 books, read from 2 others and listened to an audiobook. Total pages read were 806 for 9 hours and listened to 3 hours of my audiobook for a total of 12 hours of reading.

What were the names of the books you read?

I read from The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss and The Princess and the Goblin by George Macdonald. They bookended my reading which is neat.

I read and finished All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, A-Force Vol. 0: Warzones by G. Willow Wilson, and Rat Queens Vol. 3: Demons by Kurtis J. Wiebe.

I listened to parts of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon.

Which book did you enjoy most?

All the Bright Places, because it was the only novel I read all the way through for the day. It was an emotional rollercoaster and definitely worth the one sitting.

Which did you enjoy least?

So far, The Princess and the Goblin, but I blame 2am reading. I’ll try to finish it today.

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

SUPER LIKELY. I love Dewey’s and cheering this time was some added fun. I already can’t wait for the next one.

Dewey’s Readathon Midevent Survey

1. What are you reading right now?

I have about 100 pages left of All The Bright Places, which I started at 8am. I’ve also been listening to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay on audible.

 
2. How many books have you read so far?

I have read from 3 books so far and finished zero. I started off the day with a few chapters of The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, I’m about 200 pages in currently.

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?

I still have 4 graphic novels, most importantly LUMBERJANES. And I bought two energy drinks today so I will not fall asleep like last time, hopefully.

 
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?

I had an event earlier and food cooking. I’ve mostly used that time to listen to my audiobook when polite. Or just take a break from reading.

 
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?

I’M STILL NOT DONE WITH MY BOOK. Weird. It’s ok but it’s weird. I may need to read a graphic novel quick.

Dewey’s Readathon 3pm Update

Well I’ve been busy so far today here’s how its going. I got some reading done first thing this morning and then I had to go out. I signed up for the MDA Muscle Walk, which only took about an hour out of my reading day. However, I listened to my audio book on my phone on the drive there and back, so not too much time wasted. After, I returned home to breakfast, a butterbraid and some serious reading.

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This is my set up outside. I don’t have an real patio furniture so I pulled out my comfy chair for sitting and the stool to prop my feet on. I read for another 2 hours out here before I decided to go inside, it’s super windy out!

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Here’s my current set up. You can see my book on my wingback RECLINER. I’m about halfway through All The Bright Places. At 2 I decided to take a break to prep dinner and eat lunch. I made lunch a few nights ago, its an lemon orzo and asparagus salad. For dinner I have a Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto cooking in the slow cooker. So here I write my post while eating lunch. That’s the last of my morning coffee in the mug and the giant bowl is FULL of puppy chow. I’ve got the Dewey’s website up on my computer and my audiobook waiting for me on my phone.

So far I’ve read about 220 pages and listened to an 1 1/2 of my audiobook with a total of 4 1/2 hours of reading for the day. So now I must get back! Happy Readathon!

Dewey’s Readathon: Our Bookish Childhoods

So for this mini challenge I need to talk about 5 moments of my bookish childhood. As I’ve been reading my whole life this is going to be fun.

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Yes that is a picture of my sister, my dad and myself (l to r). The us part is not as important as the BOOKSHELF IN OUR DINING ROOM. Why? You may ask, well we had bookshelves in every other room so why not.

  1. Reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with my dad. Both of my parents took the time to read books to my sister and me. But the memory that stands out the most is sitting on the stairs to the basement (the only way to get away from my little sister) and reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with the original illustrations. It was the time my parents took to spend just with me that placed a love of reading in my heart.
  2. Getting to read chapter books at the school library. I’ll brag, I was one of the first groups of kids to be allowed to check out chapter books in elementary school. I remember my best friend got permission at the same time so we decided to check out all of the same chapter books and read them together. The first book’s name escapes me but it was about horses and there was a rainbow on the cover. The second book was Jennifer the Jerk is Missing by Carol Gorman. I remember loving both books immensely!
  3. Shortly after being let loose on the chapter books at the school library I started diving into each series. I usually read 10 or 20 from the same series in a row. It cause my librarian so much anxiety that she told my parents that they needed to make me pick out a bigger variety of books.
  4. Reading all the 90’s series. I was in elementary school in the last half of the 90’s so Goosebumps, Babysitter Club, Animorphs, etc were all very popular reads for me. 
  5. HARRY POTTER. Done. Ok, not done. I remember reading about the books shortly after they were published in the US from a weekly in class magazine at school. I probably got the first book in the spring of 1999. It was a paperback and I read it so fast my mom had to go out and buy the second book almost immediately. I had to wait until Christmas because my dad thought the third book would make a good gift, not realizing how much I needed it right away. When the fourth book came out in June 2000 my mom was terrified of the big crowds and told me I couldn’t get the book on release day. But on that day we were in an empty bookstore and I was standing next to a TRUNK of Goblet of Fires looking at her saying “There are no crowds, Mother. All of the books are just right here.” (Yes 10 year old me was definitely that calm about it ;).

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – Opening Meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

I’m in my home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. That makes my start time an early but fair 7am.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

LUMBERJANES! Quite honestly it’s my favority comic run at the moment and not reading it right now is pretty much torture. However, I think I can hold out until later in the readathon. I am starting with All The Bright Places which I’m also looking forward to. I really want to finish that one because a friend lent it to me 7 MONTHS AGO. I’m the worst friend. Actually it’s an ARC she got from work so she doesn’t even care, but I would still like to return it soon. Damn you 6:45am I’M RAMBLING.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

A very smart person in the goodreads group mentioned that she was making puppy chow. So I also made a HUGE batch. I’m pretty excited to dive into that. I also have a butterbraid prepping for breakfast. It’s not technically a snack but I’m pretty excited.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I just turned 26 last week and I’m currently taking classes online for Seminary so one day I can be an ordained minister. I’m taking Hebrew right now which is super hard but pretty fun. I actually had a quiz due at midnight today that I did yesterday as readathon prep! I never used to be the student to get work done early but the readathon made me a more responsible student.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

I really hope and plan to stay up later into the 24 hours. I want to get 12 hours of reading done (what? yes.) in comparison to my 10 hours last time. I have a couple plans for the day which will get me out and about. I also want to do some more moving around, especially when it’s later, to get me to stay up later.