Friday, May 16, 2014

BOUT OF BOOKS 10.0: RAINBOW BOOKS

This challenge is from Neon Yeti Reads:
Create a stack of book spines from your bookshelf, or post pictures of the covers, that go in rainbow order.
Surprisingly, I had a hard time finding green but had two indigos to choose from.



The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin// Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman// A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin// Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson// Aesop's Fabels// Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson// My Ántonia by Willa Cather// The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly//Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines

Thursday, May 15, 2014

BOUT OF BOOKS 10.0: SPELL IT OUT

The challenge for today comes from Kimberleyfaye Reads:
Use the first letter in any book you've read or want to read to spell out a word. You can use first name, initials, your birthday month, or your zodiac sign.
I spelled out my first name with books for one of the Dewey's mini challenges so this time I am doing my nickname.


1. The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomon//2. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde//3. The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller//4. The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones//5. The Once and Future King by T.H. White//6. Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir

Sunday, May 11, 2014

BOUT OF BOOKS 10.0: GOALS AND UPDATES

I will be participating in Bout of Books 10. It is coming fairly close on the heels of Dewey's 24 hour readathon and I am ready for some more marathon reading. 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, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th 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 10.0 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 I am hanging out with friends for about half Saturday, but I am going to try to spend as much free time as possible reading.

My Goals
My goal is to read the book of poetry, the comic, the novella, and two of the others listed below. The Kesey book is audio and is a little over thirty hours long so I will be happy if I make it through half of that as well. I also want to participate in at least four challenges and leave three blog comments per day.

Books to Read
1. Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
2. Nightshifted by Cassie Alexander 
3. Equations of Life by Simon Morden 
4. In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood
5. Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day by Nikki Giovanni
6. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
7Portuguese Irregular Verbs by Alexander McCall Smith
8. Preacher Vol. 2: Until the End of the World by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon by Willa Cather  
9. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
10. Blackbirds by Chick Wendig
11. Blindness by José Saramago
12. Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey (narrated by Tom Stechschulte)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 21-24


Hour 22books around the world
1. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe (Africa)
2. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami  (Aisa)
3. Albert of Adelaide by Howard L. Anderson (Australia)
4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (Europe)
5The Round House by Louise Erdrich (North America)

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 17-20

Indulging in some hot cocoa (the good from scratch stuff, Mercy would approve) as I get near the end of Frost Burned.

For the mini challenge
Hour 19book balancing: the unread books from this readathon

Saturday, April 26, 2014

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 13-16

Time for a nap

For the mini challenge
Hour 14name in titles: see above

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READ-A-THON: HOURS 9-12

Reading derailed when an intruder (my sister) decided to come over and, amongst other distractions, pretend the dog is a horse.

Hour 10


For the mini challenge
Hour 11first editions: Well, mine ended up being pretty easy because first edition is printed right on it (see above), but it was fun grabbing some other books off the shelf and figuring out the edition number.

I get up for 2 seconds and the book turns into a pillow?
Hour 12mid-event survey
1. What are you reading right now? I am a few chapters into Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs 
2. How many books have you read so far? I finished A Murder of Quality and Man in the Empty Suit and read one of the storied from Engraved on the Eye.
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the readathon? Still Frost Burned because I saved it for the latter half of the day.
4Did you have to make any special arrangements to free up your whole day? Just making sure to tell my friends and family that I would be incommunicado all day.
5. Have you had any interruptions? How did you deal with those? My sister showed up unexpectedly and that cut into about an hour of my reading time but we had fun and it was a nice break.
6. What surprises you most about the readathon so far? How many people joined! It is awesome that it broke 700 participants.
7. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the readathon next year? None so far. 
8. What would you do differently, as a Reader or a Cheerleader, if you were to do this again next year? Nothing as a reader but I would probably sign up to be a cheerleader next year.
9Are you getting tired yet? Not too bad yet. I had to get up around the same time for the readathon as my normal time during the work week so that wasn't a problem. I also went with an audiobook already to give my eyes a rest. Also, it is only 4pm here. I will probably need a nap in the next hour or two to make it into the late night hours though.
10. Do you have any tips for other Readers or CheerleadersNope.

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 5-8

Taking a break to do a mini challenge.
Hour 5Book puzzle




Starting in on A Murder of Quality (audio) so I can get some knitting done.

Using the freedom of an audiobook to go for a walk.
Hour 7: six word celebration: Reading all day is the greatest!

Lunch!

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: HOURS 1-4

Up before the sun
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? This is a tie between Frost Burned and Engraved on the Eye. I have been tearing through the Mercy Thompson books and loving them and I have already read a few stories from Engraved on the Eye and have enjoyed those. 
3. Which snack are you most looking forward to? Mango with tajín forever!
4. Tell us a little something about yourself! I love to knit. I even picked an audiobook for today so I can get some work done on a project. 
5. If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what is one thing you will do differently today? Last time I knew going into it that I would not make it the full twenty four hours but this time I want to try to make it the whole way so I am doing some prep work snack-wise the day before going to bed at a decent hour the night before to maximize my reading time.

For the mini challenge
Hour 2pick a paragraph: see above

The first of what I am sure while be many cups of tea

This book is so good! Food will need to sit untouched for a while longer.

Monday, April 21, 2014

DEWEY'S 24 HOUR READATHON: GOALS

I am so looking forward to this. The past two weeks, especially the weekends, have been super busy for me so a whole day of reading sounds like the best thing in the world. 


Books to Read
1. Foundation by Isaac Asimov
2. 
Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
3. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

4.
A Murder of Quality by John le Carré (narrated by Michael Jayston)
5. 
The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
7. Engraved on the Eye by Saladin Ahmed
8.
Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon 

My Goals
time spent reading: My goal for this go-around is to make it the whole 24 hours, but this includes some small naps along the way. I figure between naps, eating, and challenges I should average 45 minutes of solid reading per hour.

books: I am starting to work my way through the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and I plan on reading 100 pages of the book I am currently on. I am already 48 pages into Man in the Empty Suit so I plan on finishing that. I want to finish at least one other book and will use
the comic book Preacher and some of the short stories from Engraved on the Eye to break up the day a little. My main goal is to read at my normal pace and not try to race through anything just so I can put it in the done pile.

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


Friday, April 4, 2014

24 IN 48 READATHON: GOALS AND UPDATES


I am jumping in fairly last minute on the 24 in 48 readathon. I am on-call for work tomorrow which means I can't really go anywhere, but I might have some stretches of down time. If not, Sunday is going to be an epic reading day.

Books to Read
1. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
2. 
The Code by Ross Bernstein - on page 146 of 240 at start 
3. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - on page 313 of 722 at start

4. 
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark (narrated by Simon Prebble) - on 10h57m of 32h2m at start
5. 
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

My Goals
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and The Eye of the World are both pretty long and I am under no illusion that I will finish them, but I hope to take a sizable chunk out of each. I should have no problem finishing The Code as I only have around 100 pages to go.  I am reading Madame Bovary as part of a read-along and need to read the first nine chapters by the 10th to be on track so I am planning on knocking that out this weekend as well. All that should leave time for me to read the third book in the Mercy Thomspon series as well, fingers crossed.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

BOUT OF BOOKS 9.0: DOUBLE DATE

This challenge is hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale:
You must pick two books that you wold recommend someone read together (like a double date!) and explain your reasons for the recommendation. 
The two books I am recommending are The Black Count by Tom Reiss and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.
The Black Count is the biography of Alexandre Dumas's father, Alex. Alexandre used his father's story as inspiration for his book The Count of Monte Cristo, which I had read years ago and loved.  The story that Dumas tells about Edmund Dantes is exciting and heartbreaking and the true story of his father is even more incredible. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

BOUT OF BOOKS 9.0: INTRODUCE SOMEONE TO YOUR FAVORITE GENRE

Only one challenge today and it comes from Doing Dewey: 
For this challenge, pick a book or a few books that you think would make a great introduction to your genre of choice.
My favorite genre is fantasy and I recommend the Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson to almost everyone I talk to. The first book is Mistborn: The Final Empire. It is a chunkster which might put some people off, but it is well written with great characters, strong worldbuilding, and the coolest magic system ever. Also, while it had a society based on feudalism, it is not the typical quasi-Medieval European setting that a lot of fantasy books have.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

BOUT OF BOOKS 9.0: READING TACTICS

This challenge comes from Sarah Says Read:
How do you fit in as much reading as possible during Bout of Book? How do you squeeze in those extra pages?
Audiobooks are huge for getting in as much reading time as possible. It took me a while to get into them. A bad narrator can kill a good book and I have had to steer clear of a sizable number after listening to an audio sample, but now I have a short list of narrators whose work I love and when that coincides with a book I was already interested in I usually go for the audiobook instead of the printed one. I try to include one or two during BOB because it means I can get reading in while running errands, while driving to and from work, while knitting, and even in the shower. I keep headphones on me at all times during BOB so I can listen to books while I am walking around the grocery store or while I am doing paperwork.

I also fit in more time reading printed or e-books by reading on my lunch break (which I tend to do anyway) and cutting down on television. When television can't be given up, mostly when the Chargers or Flyers or Villanova basketball teams is on, I mute it and read off and on during the games unless they are super important. I also make sure I keep one of my BOB books in my purse at all times because you never know when you can fit some extra reading time in.

Monday, January 6, 2014

BOUT OF BOOKS 9.0: BOOK BUYING SPREE

The second challenge of the day is hosted by Bookish Comforts:
Imagine if you will: you've just received some FANTASTIC news! You have won a $100 book buying spree! Now comes the hard part though: what books will you buy?! For this challenge, For this challenge, you'll be creating you'll be creating your book buying spree wishlist and sharing it in the comments.
This was harder than I thought it would be. I had a total of $100.01 the first time I made my list. Ugh. So close! After some rearranging I got in just under the limit.

BOUT OF BOOKS 9.0: MAD LIBS

The first challenge I am completing is a mad libs one (I love these) and it comes from Cheap Thrills:
1. I give you a list of words I need from you: noun, verb, adjective, etc. 2. You pick words from book titles (share title and author so we can learn about new books!). 3. Use those words to complete a short story. 
The list of needed words and the template can be found here. I stuck with books on my shelf or on my TBR list and I probably should have picked more outlandish words.  The blurb actually ended up making sense. I would totally read a book with that description.

My list of words:
a. character name: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie 
b. adjective: Shattered Pillars by Elizabeth Bear
c. adjective: Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch 
d. item: The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima
e. occupation: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
f. act of violence: I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells
g. adjective: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
h. noun: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson 
i: noun: The Forest by Edward Rutherford

And the result:
"I just read the greatest book!

This guy Roger Ackroyd ends up in the middle of a shattered conspiracy. Turns out his ancestors were pirates, and he might be the key to finding the broken crown. It's a mythic artifact that disappeared centuries ago, and now a shadowy group of assassins are looking for it. No one knows what uncovering it might do, but these guys are willing to kill for it. I won't say anything else. But believe me, if you like bloody stories with heroes and forests, you have to read this one." 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

BOUT OF BOOKS 9.0 GOALS AND UPDATES

I will be participating in Bout of Books 9.0. Such a good way to help kick off a new year of reading. 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, January 6th and runs through Sunday, January 12th 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 9.0 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 there are a few week nights I have plans in the evening but that still leaves plenty of time to get in some serious reading.

My Goals
My goal is to read at least four of the books listed below. They are books I had planned on reading soon and there is some genre variety so there should be something I want to read regardless of what I am in the mood for on the day.  I want to participate in at least four challenges. I am not going to set a goal for leaving comments, but I usually end up visiting a sizable chunk from the list of participating blogs each day.

Books to Read
1. The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough 
2. Forever Rumpole: The Best of The Rumpole Stories by John Mortimer
3. Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton 
4.  The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin 
5. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson (narrated by the author) 
6. My Ántonia by Willa Cather 
7. Dune by Frank Herbert
8. The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones by Jack Wolf
9. Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig