Saturday, October 12, 2013



 Made it outside to read for a little while.
Hour 10: favorite book trailer. See below.

  Fulfilling the mini challenge.
Hour 11: self portrait. See above.

My sister dropped by with a much appreciated Cherry Coke.
Hour 12Mid-point survey
1. How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? So far so good. I am used to waking up early for work so that wasn't so bad and I spent half of the day working on an audiobook so my eyes are still good to go.
2. What have you finished reading? Storm Front and How to Get Into the Twin Palms
3. What is your favorite read so far? Too hard to choose! Storm Front is a re-read (love it) although the first time I read it in print not audiobook. I heard good things about James Marsters narration and I was not disappointed. I loved How to Get Into the Twin Palms too. I recommended it to my sister as soon as she walked though the door.
4. What about your favorite snacks? I haven't really been snacking, but I did have In-N-Out for lunch and that was absolutely delish. 


Getting some knitting done while my hands are free.

Taking a break from Storm Front to start How to Get Into the Twin Palms.

I am trapped on the couch by a dog sleeping on my haunch.
Hour 7: mad libs
Original paragraph from Storm Front by Jim Butcher:
The new mailman's grin vanished, replaced with a scowl.He passed over the clipboard to let me sign for the mail (another late notice from my landlord), and said, "You're a nut. That's what you are." He took his clipboard back and said, "You have a nice day, sir."
Mad libs paragraph:
The delicate mailman's knight vanished, replaced with a trouble. He passed over the rice to let me wash for the quicksand (another acoustic notice from my dog), and said, "You're a paper. That's what you are." He took his rice back and said, "You have a belligerent body, sir."
I am woefully unprepared snack-wise so I went out to get lunch.


The pile of books
Hour 1Starting line survey
1. What fine part of the world are you reading from today? San Diego, CA, USA
2. Which book from your stack are you most looking forward to? How to Get Into the Twin Palms
3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Somehow the read-a-thon snuck up on me so I did not prepare. I have no snacks! I plan on getting In-N-Out at some point though and that is going to be delicious.
4. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what's one thing you'll do differently today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Last time I did a modified version so this time I am most looking forward to seeing how I hold up in hours 18-24. My guess is I will barely make it.

Tea is a requirement this early in the morning.

I have been sticking to an audiobook all morning so I can do some chores and because it is too early to use my ojos for reading. 


Friday, October 11, 2013


Books to Read
1. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (narrated by James Marsters)
2. Why Read Moby Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
3. The Gates by John Connolly
4. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
5. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

6. How to Get Into the Twin Palms by Karolina Waclawiak
7. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
My Goals
time spent reading: I don't know how far into the nighttime hours I am going to make it, but I plan on reading from the start time until I can't keep going anymore. I plan on taking some breaks for napping and general life stuff that I have to get to.

books: I am not setting a goal for what I want to finish. I am just going to pick up whatever I am in the mood for and try to stick to the list above. I barely got any reading done in September so I will be happy with whatever I get through.

other: Take a picture every hour and complete ten mini challenges.

Friday, August 23, 2013


There is one challenge today and it comes from The Space Between:
I have made up a list of what words you need to supply, but they must all come from an actual book title, or be a character whose title or series you must list.
The list of needed words and the template can be found here

My list of words are below:
a. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
b. The White Witch from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
c. The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks
d. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
e. Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear 
f. Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
g. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

And the result:
"Help! I'm being held catptive at Jurassic Park by the White Witch!
It is very blinding in here!
She is demanding 22 ghosts to set me free!
I have just discovered that Harry Dresden was captured too!
On second thought, please send lemon cake, and don't worry if you don't hear from us for a while!

Much Love,

Thursday, August 22, 2013


The second challenge for today comes from Paperback Dreamer: 
The object of this game is to find the specific items listed...using the books you own! I do have just a few rules for this challenge so that it is a little more challenging. 1. You can only use a particular book one time for the objects listed. 2. You can only use two books from a series and then you can't use that series again to find the remaining objects. 3. You muist use a book that you own either physically or electronically.
I could not find any books that I own that have a wedding dress, combat boots, or hand-cuffs on the cover but I was able to find the rest:

1. snowflakes: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachael Cohn and David Levithan
2. flames: Spectyr by Philippa Ballantine
3. city skyline: Blood on the Mink by Robert Silverbeg
4. the moon: The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
5. a sword: Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
6. high heels: That Extra Half an Inch by Victoria Beckham
7. fog: Everneath by Brodi Ashton
8. a Christmas tree: The Nutcracker by Victoria Crenson
9. sunglasses: Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
10. lightning: The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
11. a tattoo: How to Get Into the Twin Palms by Karolina Wacawiak
12. a road:  The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano


The first challenge for today comes from In Wonderland:
For this challenge, I'd like for you to come up with a list of the top 5-10 states/places you'd love to visit and find a book (you either read or want to read) that takes place in that state/place or a book by an author who lives or is from there.

1. Dublin, IrelandCircle of Friends by Maeve Binchy 
2. Reykjavík, IcelandSilence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriðason 
3. Prince Edward Island, CanadaAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 
4. Edinburgh, ScotlandThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Sparks 
5. Rome, ItalyThe Imperfecionists by Tom Rachman 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


One of today's challenges comes from Musings of a Bookshop Girl:
1. Which 5 books are at the top of your TBR pile at this moment?
 2. If I gave you a wad of cash and sent you into a bookshop right now, which 5 books would you buy to add to the stack?
Top of the  TBR pile:
1. The Game by Ken Dryden
2. Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
3. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
4. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (translated by Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokonsky)
5. I Am an Executioner by Rajesh Parameswaran

What I want to buy:
1. Glaciers by Alexis Smith
2. Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch
3. Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
4. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (translated by Brian Hooker)
5. Gulp by Mary Roach

Monday, August 19, 2013


The second challenge for today comes from Book Pairing
The premise is simple. I want to see what you're out there reading and drinking or eating during Bout of Books. I'm nosy. But I also think that books and wine/food/tea/coffee/beer are better when enjoyed together. So let's share? 
I'm reading Go, Mutants! by Larry Doyle and drinking Le Freak by Green Flash Brewing Company. The main character, J!m, is the son of two different species of alien so the beer which is a mix of two styles (Belgian Trippel and American Imperial IPA) is a good match. Also, J!m is a high school student going through all of the normal angsty teenage stuff in addition to being an outcast because people think that his dad tried to destroy humanity. This beer is bitter just like him!


The first challenge for today comes from Sarah Says Read:
What is one bookish thing you want to do before you die? OR what is one thing you want to do before you die that was inspired by a book you read? 
One bookish thing I want to do to stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon. The website describes it as a place for book lovers. Each guest room is named after a different author and decorated accordingly. I first heard about it when a friend sent me this post knowing that it would be right up my alley. This place looks amazing. There are no TVs, radios, phones, or wi-fi. There is a library with an ocean view. It looks like all the rooms are great but I think I would narrow it down to the Jane Austen room or the Herman Melville room. Going on a trip to a cozy place where I could spend most of the time reading sounds like my jam.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


I will be participating in Bout of Books 8.0. I am excited to do this again. I have participated twice before and really enjoyed it both times. Goals template adapted from here.

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, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 8.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
Time Devoted to Reading
I will be reading all week. I have work Monday-Friday and a few commitments on the weekend but I should be able to get a decent amount of reading time in.

My Goals
This time around I am going to shoot for 5 books, each in a different format (hardcover and paperback are admittedly practically the same but I wanted to round out the list). Last time I had a goal of visiting 5 blogs per day and I am going to stretch that to also include leaving comments. I am not going to set a goal for challenges, but will try to complete a few at least.

Books to Read
1. Hardcover: Thieves' Quarry by D.B. Jackson
2. Paperback: Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
3. Ebook: Go, Mutants! by Larry Doyle
4. Audiobook: The Automatic Detective by A. Lee Martinez (narrated by Marc Vietor)
5. Graphic Novel: Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters by Mike Grell 

Monday, July 29, 2013


I am looking forward to Austen in August as I love Jane Austen books. I re-read Pride and Prejudice, Persusasion, and Sense and Sensibility earlier this year.  For August, I plan on re-reading Mansfield Park and Emma as well as reading Northanger Abbey and Love and Freindship for the first time. 

Austen in August

Full description can be found here
The Goal: To read as many of Jane Austen;s works (finished or unfinished) as you want or are able to, during the month of August. Biographies, audiobooks, spin-offs, and re-reads also count. I will post throughout the month on different subjects, as well as with my own reviews of the Austen books I finish. We will be offering giveaways, guest posts, and other shenanigans, all of which are meant to inspire a great, interactive event. If you are going to participate, you can read any of Jane Austen's novels, a biography about her, or any contemporary re-imaginings (such as Austenland or The Jane Austen Book Club, for example). 
Books to Read
1. Emma by Jane Austen
2. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
4. Love and Freindship by Jane Austen

Sunday, July 28, 2013


My Shelf Confessions is dedicating August to zombies and vampires. I am going to participate in the readathon. My goal is to read one book about zombies, one book about vampires, and one mash 'em up. 

Books, Brains 'n Blood Read-a-Thon

 Below is the description of the whole event taken from here:
My Shelf Confessions is having a month long event celebrating all things Zombie and Vampire! Which Monster reigns supreme?! There will be a Giveaway Blog Hop, a Linky Up Challenge where you can link you Vampire/Zombie themed posts form the month of August, a Books, Brains n' Blood Read-a-Thon, lots of Hosted Challenges, author guest posts/interviews, twitter parties, reviews and giveaway gore galore!!

Books to Read
1. World War Z by Max Brooks
2Dracula by Bram Stoker
3. The New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett, I.N.J. Culbard

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


Roundup from the June 2013 Bookish Photo Challenge (#rgrphotoaday) created by raegunramblings

1. view from here//2. travel//3. cover art//4. hype//5. reading break//6. ebook vs. book//7. summer//8. friendship//9. dnf//10. this part//11. beach reads//12. kid's book//13. day job//14. shadow//15. shelfie//16. listening//17. yummy//18. to be read//19. signed//20. guilty pleasure//21. spine//22. freebie//23. obsessed//24. movie//25. the best//28. swoon

Roundup from the June 2013 Summer Fun Photo Challenge (#summerfunphotoaday) created by jcash77

1. summer selfie//2. round//3. glasses//4. something neon//5. glazed//6. behind you//7. summer flowers//8. blue//9. looking up//10. vacation souvenir//11. sparkling//12. summer reading//13. fave summer food//14. sun flare//15. summer routine//16. striped//17. in a row//18. sunny spot//19. relaxing//20. summer love//21. flips/sandals//22. something pink//23. ruffles//24. iced//25. vacation spot//26. sweet treat//27. twisted//28. yellow

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Mission to Read

This is kind of last minute but I have the day off from work tomorrow so I am going to participate in the Summer Solstice Read-a-thon. Below is the description of the readathon taken from here
Summer Solstice Read-a-thon is a 24 hr event taking place on the longest day of the year...June 21, 2013.  
It was created by Rie @ Mission To Read and is cohosted by Melissa of Harley Bear Book Blog, Lindsay of The Novel Life, Kathrin of StackedNPainted, and Melina of The Pretty Nifty YA Reader. 
The goal of this read-a-thon is to take advantage of all the extra daylight and read as much as you can! Mini challenges and a giveaway will be happening this day so make sure to check out any of the host's blog's the day of for more information.  
Don't forget to chat with us at the twitter party 12pm CST #SSReadathon.

Books to Read
1. Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
2. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
3. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
4. Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim
5. The Pluto Files by Neil deGrasse Tyson
My Goals
time spent reading: I have the whole day off from work and my only plans for the day are to get my car serviced so I think I will be able to crush it timewise. 

books: I went with non-fiction books. None of them are super long and each is at least partly funny so I think they are all well suited for a readathon.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


The Wicked Wildfire Readathon starts next week and I am going to take part. This will be my first time participating.

WW Read-a-Thon

Below is the description of the readathon taken from here:
The Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon is a time when we all get together to dedicate the days of June 7-14 to as much reading as possible. You read as much as you can in order to get yourself a little further through that huge to-read pile! We know real life gets in the way and even if you can’t participate more than one day, you’re welcome to join in on the fun!
In the meanwhile, we will be hosting book-related challenges where you can win some awesome prizes and have a Twitter party at the hashtag #WWReadathon! You can posts updates on your blog, Twitter, Goodreads or Facebook — as long as the profile is public and we all can enjoy your reading progress!

Books to Read
1. Geist by Philippa Ballantine
2Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
3. Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
4. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
5. Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan
6. Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen (narrated by James Langton)
7. The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman (narrated by Steve West)
8. Storm Front by Jim Butcher (optional)

My Goals
time spent readingI am going to read on my lunch break at work and after work each day. I have some plans for the weekend, but will be reading when I have some free time then as well.

books: I went through my TBR list and realized that I have around 100 series that I want to read and the majority of them are speculative fiction so I decided to stick to first books in series from that genre. These are all books that I am pretty sure I am going to like so it should be a good reading week. Storm Front would be a reread and I don't think I am going to get to it during the read-a-thon, but I decided to include it in case I read the others faster than anticipated.