Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Welcome to #ReadersCrossing, the latest reading challenge from Aentee over at one of my favorite bookish blogs, Read at Midnight. It's inspired by Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, a charming free app available on IOS and Android. Pick a path (Cute, Cool, Sporty, or Natural) and start reading your way around the board. The challenge runs from December 10, 2017-December 31, 2017. Head over to #ReadersCrossing Sign Up Post for full details and to sign up to join in the fun.

Though I tend not to stick to a TBR, here's my initial plan. I'll be starting on the CUTE path.
GRAPHIC NOVEL: Beowulf by Gareth Hinds
PINK COVER: Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina
MAIN ROMANTIC PLOT: Month of Sundays by Yolanda Wallace
MIDDLE GRADE: Doll Bones by Holly Black
CONTEMPORARY: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Marin, a college freshman, is spending winter break alone in an empty dorm. No one from home has heard a word from her since she left at the end of summer. Now her best friend/former girlfriend is flying from California to New York to visit her and Marin knows they will have to talk about what happened the day her grandfather died. 

The writing is gorgeous and evocative. Marin’s grief and loneliness is palpable and reflected in the cold New York winter and her bare dorm room.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Litsy A to Z Challenge


When a fellow Litsy user suggested that I join the #LitsyAtoZ Challenge, to give myself a good reason to read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I immediately followed the hashtag to get more info. @BookishMarginalia created the challenge. Basically, readers choose 26 books, one for each letter of the alphabet. Choose by title, author, or a combination of the two. Since I just did my own A-Z challenge by author's last name, I'll do titles this time. It started in January, so we'll see how far I get before the end of the year.

I'll fill in as I go. Happy reading!

A--And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman ☆☆☆☆☆
B--Beartown by Fredrik Backman ☆☆☆☆
C--The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer ☆☆☆☆
E--Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman ☆☆☆☆☆
G--Granny by Anthony Horowitz ☆☆✩
H--Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay ☆☆☆☆☆
I--I heart You You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroder ☆☆☆
M--Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz ☆☆☆
P--Pemba's Song by Marilyn Nelson & Tonya C. Hegamin ☆☆☆
T--Today I Will Be Different by Maria Semple ☆☆☆
V--Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver ☆☆☆
W--What Happened by Hillary Clinton ☆☆☆☆
Y--You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie ☆☆☆☆

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

FrightFall Readathon - October 1-31

If a month of scary stories sounds like a great time, join me for the FrightFall Readathon. I pulled a huge stack of frightening reads off my bookshelves and then found a few more at the library. I know I won't get to all of them, but I like to have lots of choices to honor my moods as my cravings shift.

Books started: 8
Books finished: 6
Pages read: 1802

      The Robe of Skulls     The Haunting of Hill House
Vivian French                    Shirley Jackson
☆☆☆                               ☆☆☆☆

          Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales      The Woman in Cabin 10
                   Deborah Noyes (Ed.)                         Ruth Ware  
                           ☆☆☆☆                                     ☆☆☆  

                      Full Tilt                          Heart-Shaped Box
                Neal Shusterman                          Joe Hill
                        ☆☆☆                                  ☆☆☆

WEEK 2 TOTALS (October 8-14):
Books started: 3
Total started: 11
Books finished: 4
Total finished: 10
Pages read: 1667
Total pages: 3469

                Picture the Dead                     The Fireman
                   Adele Griffin                            Joe Hill
                       ☆☆☆                                 ☆☆☆ 

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Roxane Gay

Books started: 10
Total started: 21
Books finished: 11
Total finished: 21
Pages read: 3026*
Total pages: 6495
Thanks to Dewy's 24 Hour Readathon!

   What Happened          The Case of the Missing Marquess
Hillary Rodham Clinton               Nancy Springer
         ☆☆☆☆                              ☆☆☆☆

        Vanishing Girls              Today Will Be Different
         Lauren Oliver                       Maria Semple
            ☆☆☆                                  ☆☆☆

 And Every Morning the Way                          Beartown
Home Gets Longer and Longer
Fredrik Backman                                     Fredrik Backman
    ☆☆☆☆☆                                               ☆☆☆

The Adventures of Superhero Girl    You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
Faith Erin Hicks                                            Sherman Alexie
☆☆☆☆☆                                                         ☆☆☆

  The Case of the Left-Handed Lady            Pemba's Song
                  Nancy Springer          Marilyn Nelson & Tonya Hegamin
                    ☆☆☆                               ☆☆

Anthony Horowitz

Books started: 6
Total started: 27
Books finished: 6
Total finished: 27
Pages read: 2051
Total pages: 8546

    When Breath Becomes Air       I Heart You, You Haunt Me
Paul Kalanithi                      Lisa Schroeder

                     A Good Idea                            Wild
                  Cristina Morocco               Cheryl Strayed

                  The Word is Murder       Magpie Murders
                    Anthony Horowitz       Anthony Horowitz

A fun month of reading a bit outside my comfort zone. While it didn't go as planned, I enjoyed the readathon. My scary pick generally didn't turn out to be be scary, and the nonfiction and more realistic fiction choices I made turned out to have more scary moments. The formatting for this post gave me nothing but trouble, so it looks wonky and I've decided it's good enough. And done. Until next time!


Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder Challenge

I'm late to the party on this one, since the Read Harder Challenge started in January, but I'm going for it anyway. Because why the hell not? Who couldn't benefit from a little stretch?

Looking through the list of reading prompts, I have 18 covered already with what I've read so far this year. However, finishing the few that are left seems a bit too easy, so I'll be starting fresh and attempting to complete all 24 reading prompts between now and the end of the year.

Woo hoo! Here we go!

  1. Read a book about sports. Beartown by Fredrik Backman ☆☆☆☆⭒ (A dying town that has pinned all its hopes for the future on the junior hockey team grapples with issues of loyalty after its star player rapes a classmate.)
  2. Read a debut novel. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill ☆☆⭒ (Decent writing, but not my cup of tea.)
  3. Read a book about books. Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood by Jane Yolen ☆☆☆☆☆ (Loved this collection of essays. Yolen lays out the many ways that fantasy literature is developmentally crucial to children, our sense of history, and society as a whole.)
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative. The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham ☆☆☆☆ (Combines the personal story of a family's struggle for survival and the larger political and economic factors that drive illegal immigration.)
  6. Read an all-ages comic. Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Vol. 1: BFF by Amy Reeder ☆☆ (I enjoyed the artwork, but there was too little story in the first volume.)
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  8. Read a travel memoir. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed ☆☆☆☆ (A woman, alone and ill-prepared, hikes a portion of the PCT to prove  she can. Raw and honest.)
  9. Read a book you’ve read before. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson ☆☆☆☆ (Creepy classic ghost story/psychological thriller.)
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location. The Legend of Indian Mary and Umpqua Joe by Percy T. Booth ☆☆⭒ (Interesting local history of Southern OR with a dash of racism.)
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho ☆☆☆ (A young Slovenian woman decides to commit suicide because her life is boring and wakes up in a mental hospital.)
  12. Read a fantasy novel. The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French ☆☆☆ (Cute fantasy-adventure for upper elementary readers.)
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  14. Read a book about war.
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour ☆☆☆☆ (Evocative writing about grief, loneliness, and family.)
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  17. Read a classic by an author of color.
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead. The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks ☆☆☆☆☆ (Utterly charming artwork and story featuring an angsty, 20-something superhero struggling to save the world and still pay the rent.)
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
  21. Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of AyitiAn Untamed StateBad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women) The Legend of Indian Mary and Umpqua Joe by Percy T. Booth (B&B Publishing, Coos Bay, OR) ☆☆⭒ (Interesting local history of Southern OR with a dash of racism.)
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet DeadThe Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward ☆☆☆☆☆ (Beautiful writing and a haunting story; a perfect example of why I'm reading more books by women and POC this year; highly recommend.)

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon - October 21, 2017


Stock up on books and caffeine! It's time for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon! The event takes place on October 21, 2017 and you can sign up here.

The organizers have come up with a fun photo challenge to keep us busy while we wait for the main event. There are several places to follow along, but I'll be posting at #30Days of Readathon on Twitter. Come on by and join the fun!
Since I've been doing so many readathons, often more than one at the same time, I do one long post for each event. During the readathon, I'll update this post as I go. 

I love that everyone is reading at the same time, no matter where we are in the world. Find out the start and end times for your time zone here. I'm in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, so I'll be reading from 5:00 am on Saturday, October 21 to 4:55 am on Sunday, October 22. 

Here we go!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

5:00 am - 2:00 pm: Reading You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Read The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Read You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Read The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Read Pemba's Song by Marilyn Nelson & Tonya C. Hegamin
10:00 pm - 12:00 am: Read Granny by Anthony Horowitz

Books started: 5
Books finished: 5
Pages: 1097

Sunday, October 22, 2017
12:00 am - 2:00 am: Read I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
2:00 - 5:00 am: Reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (So close to the end, but didn't quite finish.)

Books started: 2
Total started: 7
Books finished: 1
Total finished: 6
Pages: 410

Total pages: 1507

Total hours read: 20-ish. I took a couple of unexpected naps while resting my eyes with an audiobook and had to replay a few tracks. 

Hour One:
Ten Years in 10 Books (Recommend a book published in each year of the readathon):
2007--The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
2008--The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
2009--Ash by Malinda Lo
2010--How Reading Changed My Life by Anna Quindlen
2011--Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman
2012--Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
2013--Two Boys Kissing by David Leviathan
2014--Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
2015--Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
2016--The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
2017--The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I've read and loved these books and I think you will, too.

Hour Three Gifathon:

Hour Five Challenge: #readmorewomen
Read and loved.


I didn't spend much time on the social media aspect this time. Instead, I focused on reading as much as possible. Which is the point, right? Gotta get that TBR wall under control. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bout of Books 20

Bout of Books 20 is here!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and
Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01 am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th 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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
- From the Bout of Books team
Updates will follow!
Oh, by the way, I'll also be doing #TheReadingQuest because it starts on August 13. Check here for my progress and more details, but hurry if you want to sign up. Once the quest starts, sign-up closes, though you can still follow along for fun.
Since Bout of Books is a lovely, low-key experience, I'll be using the TBR I set up to complete the quests in #TheReadingQuest, which are very specific. Due to forest fires burning close enough to my house to result in crappy air quality (but not any immediate danger), I'm trapped at home with my books with lots of time to read. 

read at least 200 pages every day of the readathon.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Day 1 Challenge: Introduce Yourself #insixwords 

I read to escape from reality.

Started: 2 (Estrella's Quinceañera by Malín Alegría; From Somalia, with Love by Na'ima B. Robert)
Total: 2
Finished: 1 (Estrella's Quinceañera)
Total: 1
Pages: 340
Total: 340
Goal met? Yes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Day 2 Challenge: Synopsis Rewrite #synopsisrewritebob20
     The poem that Samantha is reading in school is all about hope. But Samantha doesn't have much hope lately. After all, there are so many other things to think about. Her friend Frannie, for example, won't come to church with her. And Trevor, the class bully. And the new kid, Jesus Boy, who looks white even though he says he's not. Who is he? 
     As winter goes on, the idea of hope stays with Samantha, and she begins to see things in a new light. She starts to wonder if Jesus Boy really could be what she's been waiting for. She is afraid to say it aloud, but she can't stop thinking of her own desire for "that thing with feathers." 
     Set against the backdrop of the early seventies, Jacqueline Woodson's powerful story takes readers on a journey into a young person's heart. 

Started: 2 (Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson; Fairest of All by Serena Valentino)
Total: 4
Finished: 3 (From Somalia, with Love; Feathers; Fairest)
Total: 3
Pages: 450
Total: 790
Goal met? Yes 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Day 3 Challenge: Book Spine Rainbow #bookspinerainbow
Started: 2 (Quiver by Stephanie Spinner; Seraphina by Rachel Hartman)
Total: 6
Finished: 1 (Quiver)
Total: 5
Pages: 284
Total: 1074
Goal met? Yes

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Day 4 Challenge: If you like this, try that...
#ifyoulikethistrythat or #Day4

If you liked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, try The Young Elites by Marie Lu. #boutofbooks #ifyoulikethistrythat #day4

Started: 2 (A Sending of Dragons by Jane Yolen; When My Name was Keoko by Barbara Sue Park)
Total: 8
Finished: 1
Total: 6
Pages: 334
Total: 1408
Goal met? Yes

Friday, August 25, 2017

Day 5 Challenge: Write a review
#boutofbooks #day5

For this challenge, I chose my favorite book from the readathon so far, Quiver by Stephanie Spinner. It is a lovely retelling of the story of Atalanta and the Three Golden Apples, fleshed out with humor and a dash of feminist flair.

Here's a link to the review on Amazon.

Started: 0
Total: 8
Finished: 0
Total: 6
Pages: 216
Total: 1624
Goal met? Yes

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Day 6 Challenge: LOVE to HATE
#boutofbooks #lovetohate

So many juicy villains to choose from! Here are a few that came to mind:

Amy Dunne from Gone Girl
Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones
Dracula (the Bram Stoker version)
Severus Snape from Harry Potter
Annie Wilkes from Misery
Pennywise from It
Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind 

Started: 1 (The Midnight Star by Marie Lu)
Total: 9
Finished: 2 (When My Name was Keoko; Seraphina)
Total: 8
Pages: 490
Total: 2114
Goal met? Yes!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Started: 2 (Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman; Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez)
Total: 11
Finished: 0
Total: 8
Pages: 313
Total: 2427

Goal met? Yes


Books Started: 11
Books Finished: 8
Pages read: 2427
Avg Pages Per Day: 347
Goal Met? Yes

Bout of Books 21: January 8 - 14, 2018

Hope to see you there!