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Readathon 5 1/2 Hour Update

Gotta admit it, I’m flagging today. I’m defnitely not getting as many pages read as I would like to. There’s been more distractions to today than I was planning for. I’m gonna load up on some snacks and try and refuel.


This is my #RATsnack for a mini-challenge.

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Dewey’s Readathon: Opening Meme


I completely forgot to look online for hour Zero’s mini-challenge. I was too busy worrying about comfy clothes and getting my daughter out the door for her ACT this morning. Be prepared for more #readathon posts today. I’m going to be better about them, heheh.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? I am reading from my living room situated in my house, which is located in Navarre, Florida, USA. It’s a beautiful day here, if a bit chilly.
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1, which I already read this morning. It was so freaking funny. I wish I had the next volume to read today.
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Nothing. I’m doing a Whole 30 challenge. It’s day one of week two and I’m already tired of my selection of snacks.
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! Well, let’s see. I’m a 30 something SAHM, grad student, and wife to a retired Marine. We have one dog, Milo who is my love, three cats, Leo, Winnie, and NillaBean, and a salt water fish tank. We live next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States. I’m an avid reader, INTJ, I enjoy wine, I love my bullet journal, and I’m learning to hand letter and doodle.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? This is my second year and I really can’t think of anything I’ll be doing differently this year than last other than the snack thing. I had a great time last year.

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Autumn Reading Tag

I have snagged and adapted this tag from Amy Jane Smith on YouTube. This is, obviously, a booktube tag, but I don’t booktube and thought this tag would work just as well on the blog.


1) Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

I have quite a stack of graphic novels set aside for Dewey’s this month. I also plan on finishing Victoria by Daisy Goodwin and starting The Pearl and the Carnelian by Annabel Fielding. These are both currently on my NetGalley shelf. I also want to read more Sherlock Holmes stories. I’ll download those for my iPad. I also plan on reading a collection of short stories called Rogues that was edited by George R. R. Martin. I’ve preordered The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon that will be released on Nov 1 and I will read as soon as I open the box.
2) September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects?

The book I most enjoyed studying in school was Animal Farm. I remember liking how the animals in the book were representative of real people, leaders and such. Funny thing, my oldest daughter thinks this book is creepy, lol. My favorite subject, I think I’m cheating a little bit here, but it was Vampires in Myth and Culture that I took during my undergrad. By far, my most favorite class EVER. Least favorite, back to high school, was p.e. I suck at sports. I have no coordination or endurance for that matter. I hate being the center of attention, which happens often when you have the ball or, in my case, when you miss the ball. Gym class was painful for me and still remains as a painful memory.
3) October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?

I used to really love scary movies. The older I get, the less I enjoy being jolted by things jumping out on screen. Usually, when I know something scary is about to happen, I can’t stand the suspense and just look away from the screen. I’m such an old fuddy duddy. I’d rather read scary books, but I haven’t found too many that I like. I did like Pet Cemetery both the movie and the book. The same for Misery. I’d really like to find some non Stephen King books though since I don’t read his novels anymore.
4) With November it’s time for bonfire night & firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?

This is really British, lol. We don’t have bonfire night and we have fireworks displays for the 4th of July. Anyway…The entire Outlander series, In Death series, The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore, A Study in Scarlet. There are others, but those are what popped into my head.
5) What book is your favorite cosy comfort read?

I love rereading the In Death books because they’re familiar and I love the characters so much. I would consider them to my coziest, comfort reads. Also, Harry Potter. Those are definitely cozy reads for the autumn. It might be time for a reread…
6) Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?

I enjoy both coffee and tea. Hot cider and mulled wine (as long as they’re not too sweet) are good as special treats but not something I have very often. Coffee and tea are mainstays throughout the year.
7) Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?

Nothing that I can think of. My daughter was recently in a car accident and while she didn’t sustain any severe injuries, she did have some injuries that we’re dealing with right now. Between doctor’s appointments and waiting for the ball to drop from our insurance company, we’re kind of in limbo. I guess you could say that I’m looking forward to all of that being resolved, good or bad.

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The Goodreads Book Tag

I saw this posted on Adoptabooksaus and couldn’t resist joining in. This is a good tag! Without Goodreads, I’d buy a lot more duplicates of books than I already do, heheh.

What was the last book you marked as “read”? That would be Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. I’m not reviewing this book here unless I get a request to do so, but suffice it to say I only rated it as 2 stars on Goodreads and it took me three weeks to read it. I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.


What are you currently reading? I just started Victoria by Daisy Goodwin yesterday and I’m loving it! If I didn’t have to take care of my daughter (was recently in a car accident), I could’ve had this book read in a day, I like it so much.

What was the latest book you marked as “tbr”? That would be Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. Someone recently posted an interview with this author on a blog I follow and it sounded like a book that’d be right up my alley, so I added it.

What book do you plan to read next? Good question. Nothing on my bookshelves has been catching my eye lately. What I really want to read are the graphic novels I have set aside for Dewey’s Readathon. It has taken all my self restraint to NOT read them. I suppose I’ll read The Pearl and the Carnelian by Annabel Fielding since it’s a NetGalley book.

Do you use the star rating system? I do. I’ve written about my feelings about ratings before.


Are you doing a 2016 Reading Challenge? I am! For a while, I was worried that I wouldn’t meet my goal for this year. I was something like seven books behind schedule at one point. As of this writing, I have read 55 of 65 books. That’s 85% of my goal and I’m four books ahead of schedule. Woohoo!!

Do you have a wishlist? On Goodreads, I mark books that I want to read as “to read” and if I don’t already own them, I add the shelf “need to buy”. That’s basically my wish list. My husband knows to peruse my “need to buy” shelf for gift ideas.


What book do you plan to buy next? This couldn’t be an easier question. I plan on buying Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. It’s the second book in the Illuminae series and I’m sad that I don’t already have it in my hands. 😦

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few. 

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (The only Austen novel I like)

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
― Oscar Wilde

Who are your favorite authors? In no particular order:  Twain, Gaiman, Hemingway, Erik Larson, J.D. Robb, Michelle Moran, Jenny Lawson, Alison Weir, Margaret Atwood, Zora Neale Hurston. There are others that aren’t coming to mind right now.

Have you joined any groups? I’ve joined a few but I participate very little. So little, that I can’t really remember which groups I am in, lol.

I’m not tagging any particular person. If you want to participate, please do so! I’d love to read your responses, so leave me a comment if you decide to tag yourself. 😉

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Mid-Week Update 10-12-16

I’m prepping for Dewey’s Read-a-Thon right now. I’m trying to pick out a variety of books, both in length and genre. So far, I have one novel, two Net Galley books, and eight graphic novels (if I’m remembering correctly) picked out. My daughter also has the first four Attack of the Titan books and I might give those a try for Dewey’s too. I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to read all of those in one day so I should be good to go. If not, I have a couple of nonfiction history books on Napoleon that I’ve been wanting to read for backup. Are you participating in the read-a-thon this year? Is it your first time? This will be my second year and I’m really looking forward to it.

Now for What Are You Reading Wednesdays hosted by It’s a Reading Thing.


Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?


Currently, I’m reading Timekeeper by Tara Sim. At 34% we have:

The clock chimed five. It sounded almost celebratory as they stood there, hands clasped between them like the meeting of continents. Colton’s mouth was soft and warm, sunlight on silk. Danny was swallowing light. It dived down inside of him until he imagined it bursting out of every pore. When he pulled back, he was light-headed and breathless. ‘You know, before I met you, I’d never kissed a clock spirit.’ Colton smiled, ‘First time for everything.’

The book’s synopsis:

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

I’m not far enough into this book to say whether or not I’d like to live in this world. It sounds interesting but dangerous at the same time. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more.

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Mid-Week Update 10/5/16

I’ve had an usual week so far. Family drama. Today, my grandpa has an appointment with his oncologist to see what his lung cancer treatment is going to be. I’d appreciate any positive vibes that could be sent our way. We refer to him as old Mr. Magoo and if you could see him, you’d know why. He’s a neat man. Sorry to veer off into the maudlin.


First up,  What Are You Reading Wednesdays hosted by It’s a Reading Thing.

Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?


I am currently reading The Mathematician’s Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer. On page 34…

I looked at my mother. She had closed her eyes when she lifted her hands for her brother. That physical act had required one last push, one last use of the mental will and emotional strength for which she was admired and held in awe. She would never open her eyes again.

Sometimes, things in life give me chills. Considering where my mind is today, that this would be the passage on page 34 is weird. I don’t think I’d like to live in this world. For one, it takes place in Madison, WI. I have absolutely no desire to visit Madison let alone live there. It’s too freaking cold. Secondly, to live in this world where the focus is on the loss of this great woman is too sad. It’s also full of brilliant and crazy mathematicians. I wouldn’t understand the language and I’d be way out of my league. I have a degree in English. I’m lucky I live in a world where calculators are ubiquitous.


Next, we’ll take a look at Shelf Control hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. The rules for this meme:  Write a blog post about a book you already own but haven’t read yet. Include when and where you got it.

I bought this edition of War and Peace at least nine years ago. That’s when I added it to Goodreads and it was published in 2007, so this is a good estimate, lol. I most likely bought it at Barnes and Noble but being so long ago, this is a guess.


I bought this edition of this great classic because of the translators. It was touted as being a readable version of the novel. I started to read it back when I got it, but lost interest. Probably I saw a squirrel in the yard and then another book caught my eye when I looked away from the squirrel. I will read this in my lifetime. The description of the book sounds good. It really, truly sounds like a good story. The writing is heavy though and it’s a huge book, which is what I think turns off most readers. I still have my original copy of the book but will probably have to buy it again because flood waters got to it.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Villains


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s prompt is Top Ten Villains.

I’m going to do my best to come up with an actual list of ten this week. I don’t read a lot of books with “villains” in them. As usual, not in any particular order…

  1. Dracula from Dracula by Bram Stoker
  2. Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling
  3. Eren in Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark
  4. Nature and time in The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  5. Satan in the Charlie Davidson series by Darynda Jones
  6. The thing that terrorized the Orsk store in Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  7. Any of the bad guys in the In Death series by J. D. Robb. Wracked my brain trying to come up with a favorite and couldn’t.
  8. The bodachs in Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Ok. I tried. I really did but my brain isn’t functioning. There were plenty of bad guys in the Stephanie Plum books too but I couldn’t think of a specific one. I’m feeling very vague today. I can’t wait to read everyone else’s TTT, which will be better thought out and more interesting than mine. 😉