Monday, May 18, 2015

Bout of Books 13: Wrap Up Post

Bout of Books 13 is all done. I got a great batch of reading done and I'm actually making progress towards catching up on my woefully behind Goodreads goal for 2015.

I finished reading City of Heavenly Fire, so I'm pretty stoked about that. It was a good read, but Cassandra Clare is a master at setting up her next series. It became pretty obvious about 1/4 of the way through this one that there needed to be another book. Sure enough, the first book in her next series should be released early next year. Now the question becomes, do I read the first book when it comes out (like I accidentally did both The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series) and then suffer trying to be patient while I wait for the other two or do I just hold my breath until 2018 when they will hopefully all be released and available for me to read in one fell swoop? Decisions, decisions.

I'm sure those of you who hang out around here on occasion figured out that Darian totally ditched me on this readathon. He has become preoccupied with his tablet and the PS4 video game he bought with a gift card he received from his orthodontist. He's almost 13...this is what we have to look forward to. I'm pretty sure my reading buddy isn't going to be hanging out with me for these things anymore. Sad, but true. We'll see...maybe I can bribe him with snacks for the next Dewey's or Bout of Books.

Even by myself, with no one to hang out with, I managed to get some reading done. Really I just holed up in the den while Collin played his video games so that I wasn't completely isolated in the house. It was a productive week. Here's where I end up...

Currently Reading :

I'm not sure what I expect from this book. Both a good friend and my sister-in-law rated it kind of meh, but a couple of book bloggers I follow rated it pretty high. We'll see what happens. Thus far I'm not terribly impressed, but I don't feel the urge to ditch the book and move on either. Time will tell...

Minutes Read Yesterday: 110 minutes

Total Time Read: 814 minutes

Goal: 600 minutes

Pages Read Yesterday: 103 pages

Total Pages Read: 822 pages

Goal: 600 pages

Books Finished Yesterday: 1
Total Books Finished: 2

Goal: 3 books

Ultimately, I didn't meet my three book goal for the week, but I did read a 725 page one so I'm totally counting that as good. It also proves to me that without a whole huge amount of time I should be able to finish 2-3 books a week regularly. I just need to make reading a bit more of a priority. An hour before bedtime should do it. Let's see if I stick with that (especially after classes start back up).

Now I'm off to surf the blogs of other Bout of Books participants to see how they did and maybe steal a few books for my TBR. I'll be back around here later this week, though I'm not sure what for yet. I'm flying by the seat of my pants around here for a short while. I suppose if you have anything particular you want to see me post, now's the time to put in your requests!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bout of Books 13: End of Day 6 Update

This week has gone by quickly and now Bout of Books 13 is almost over. It's so sad.

Yesterday I participated in the lively Twitter chat and the challenge for the day - The Favorite Read Photo Challenge hosted by Once Upon a Chapter. After that, I read for a little while before becoming drowsy and taking a nice two hour nap. Family craziness ensued after that and I never made it back to my book. It didn't help that I got sucked into a new game on my iPad. Ugh. It sometimes gets ridiculous.

Regardless, I still got some decent reading done. I have met two of my three goals and I'm well on my way to finishing City of Heavenly Fire. I consider that a pretty hefty achievement.

Currently Reading :
Minutes Read Today: 132 minutes

Total Time Read: 704 minutes

Goal: 600 minutes

Pages Read Today: 150 pages

Total Pages Read: 719 pages

Goal: 600 pages

Books Finished Today: 0

Total Books Finished: 1

Goal: 3 books

I now have a short window for reading before we head over to my parents' house for family dinner. My brother and his wife are in from out of town this week, so we'll be hanging out with them for the evening. In the meantime, I also have to put together dessert for tonight's dinner. I'd better get moving!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bout of Books 13: End of Day 5 Update

Yesterday was a very hard day. After nearly 12 years, we had to say goodbye to my best friend, Piper.

She had been fighting osteosarcoma for about six months, but the cancer had spread to her lungs and her stomach. She was a trooper. I'm just happy she's no longer hurting. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through and I'll miss her every day.

Between losing her and having the next 4-5 days slated for nothing but rain, it was a good time to take comfort in a book. I settled in and did nothing yesterday but read and play on my iPad. The plan is more or less the same for today and tomorrow, though we will actually have to leave the house for a while for family things.

We have a niece's dance recital this evening (our third such recital in two weeks -- that's what happens when you have a handful of nieces and only one nephew) and then my brother and his wife will be here from Ohio to visit, so we'll be doing a big family dinner tomorrow night. We only see them once or twice a year so I'm excited to hang out with them.

Other than that, it's all reading. Here's where I'm at this morning:

Currently Reading :
Minutes Read Today: 167 minutes

Total Time Read: 572 minutes

Goal: 600 minutes

Pages Read Today: 177 pages

Total Pages Read: 569 pages

Goal: 600 pages

Books Finished Today: 0

Total Books Finished: 1

Goal: 3 books

I've almost met my page and minute goals and I might actually finish this book today. It's soooo long, but soooo good. (I had to make sure my number of "o"s matched there.) I'm pretty happy with my BoB progress so far.

Now...I'm off to the Bout of Books Twitter Chat!!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Bout of Books 13: End of Day 4 Update

Finally! A decent reading day. I got to relax for a little while and take a good chunk of pages out. I'm super happy about that.

I have been bailing on the challenges for the last few days...I just haven't been super into them. But...there are still a few days to go, so I may change my tune.

Right now, I'm looking forward to a nice rainy weekend and lots of good cuddled up reading time. Oh...and Saturday's Twitter chat! Can't wait!

Currently Reading :
Minutes Read Today: 196 minutes

Total Time Read: 405 minutes

Goal: 600 minutes

Pages Read Today: 217 pages

Total Pages Read: 392 pages

Goal: 600 pages

Books Finished Today: 0

Total Books Finished: 1

Goal: 3 books

Let's be honest...this book is crazy long. To think I'm actually going to finish three books might be a little far fetched. never know.

How's your reading going? Are you having a relaxing Bout of Books?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bout of Books 13: End of Day 3 Update

The good news is that I've had a massage and my neck and shoulder are beginning to feel better. I can now turn partially to the left for the first time in almost five days. The bad news is that after posting yesterday, I took a three hour nap and then read only briefly before succumbing to the need for pain medication and sleep. It's been a rough week.

I'm on the mend now, but my stats for yesterday are a little sad. I'm still enjoying my book and plodding along, so hopefully now that my neck is on the mend I'll be able to put forth a little more reading effort. Also, my stats may be unimpressive, but I'm still kicking the pants off Darian, who is sitting at a nice fat goose egg due to his penchant for video games and tablet apps over reading this week.

Currently Reading :
Minutes Read Today: 52 minutes

Total Time Read: 209 minutes

Goal: 600 minutes

Pages Read Today: 42 pages

Total Pages Read: 175 pages

Goal: 600 pages

Books Finished Today: 0

Total Books Finished: 1

Goal: 3 books

Tomorrow could be a rough day, so I'm hoping that the weekend affords me plenty of relaxing reading time. We shall see...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bout of Books 13: End of Day 2 Update

I'm a little slow getting this post up thanks to a lovely pinched nerve in my neck that is wreaking havoc on my plans for the week. I'm currently laid up in my family room. Such good times really. Thank goodness I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow...I'm hoping that will make things more tolerable.

I skipped out on yesterday's challenge and was totally bummed to realize the Twitter chat I missed on Monday is one of only two such chats this week. Drat. I will definitely have to do my best not to miss Saturday.

Despite my currently partially crippled state, I did still manage to get some reading in yesterday...

Currently Reading :

I'm not very far in this yet, but it is already really good. I have a feeling it will read pretty quickly.

Minutes Read Today: 77 minutes

Total Time Read: 157 minutes

Goal: 600 minutes

Pages Read Today: 78 pages

Total Pages Read: 133 pages

Goal: 600 pages

Books Finished Today: 0

Total Books Finished: 1

Goal: 3 books

Now I'm going to try and take advantage of my inability to move and get more pages in. Back to the books! Or maybe some stronger pain meds and a nap. It's up for debate...

Oh...and if you're wondering about Darian's progress...he got a new PS4 game the other day and hasn't read a single page. Of course. We're just winners over here...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Top Ten Authors I REALLY Want to Meet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, created due to a fondness for lists. Each week they post a new Top Ten topic. After that, it's bloggers UNITE! Participate with your own Top Ten post, have fun, and get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is authors I REALLY want to meet. This one took some thinking.

I'm actually a pretty big introvert and I have social anxiety, so I don't do well in groups or with meeting strangers. Hence...internet. So...even if I were to meet the authors that I really love to read and think could be really interesting to meet face to face, I would more than likely crawl right inside of my shell and not say a word or be incredibly awkward and uncomfortable not knowing what to say or saying something that makes me sound like an idiot. Ya...I'm getting worked up just thinking about it. Aren't I fun?

So...for the sake of this list, let's just assume we're talking about authors I would like to hear a reading from or authors I would like to have sign my books. That's a little less pressure filled and I can totally do that.

Let's see who I wouldn't mind a friendly handshake from (or a milkshake with...that would be okay too...after maybe some Xanax).

In alphabetical order by last name (because I can't put these in 1-10 just seems impossible).

1. Cassandra Clare
Her books are amazing and she has one incredible imagination. I would expect that any conversation with her would be fun and different.

2. Gayle Forman
I don't think I've read a single one of her books that didn't make me cry. I am totally in love with nearly every character she creates.

3. John Green
I enjoy his books, but I like him as a person even more. I follow him and his brother on YouTube and they're always doing something either entertaining or generous (or both). He's brilliant and just seems like an all around good guy.

4. Philippa Gregory
Historical fiction at its best. I haven't met a book of hers that I haven't liked.

5. John Grisham
When I've read nearly every book you've ever written and they number in the double digits, then you must be a pretty good writer. His writing is smart and his plots are impressive. No doubt this man has some stories to tell.

6. Stephen King
Quite possibly one of the most prolific writers on the planet. I've also been told that he is an amazing teacher. His On Writing is on my TBR and will more than likely be read this year. When I think of a writer to idolize...this is the guy.

7. Jenny Lawson
The one on this list I have the highest chance of actually meeting...this fall. She's hilarious and real. She isn't perfect and she isn't afraid to share that with the world. I'm impressed by this woman regularly and I'm convinced we could be best friends.

8. E. Lockhart
She writes books that just read so easily. They are quirky and fun and I imagine that she is the same.

9. Rainbow Rowell
Just...all. the. feels. I don't even know how to describe my feelings for her books. They just scratch my heart.

10. J.K. Rowling
When it comes to amazing authors, this woman is the queen of them all. An entire world written on trains and in coffee shops. She is the dream that every writer has of hitting it big. It doesn't hurt that her novels are epic.

Those are my picks. I'm sure I have a couple that some will highly disagree on, but these are the ones that I would love to share space with (that sounds mildly creepy...).

How about you? What author tops your list?

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