#BoutofBooks 22 – I’m signed up!

Hello all! I know that the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon just ended, but here I am, back again to tell you that I am all signed up for #BoutofBooks 22!

And I was the second person to sign up! (The first was Kelly, one of our fabulous hosts!) πŸ™‚

Here are some words from Kelly and Amanda:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th 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 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team.

I think #BoutofBooks is the second Readathon – Dewey’s being the first – I ever joined, although that might be #24in48. Depends on if I started readathoning in April 2013 or October 2012 (or was it October 2013?). One of these days, I really need to find my first readathon post! (It’s probably on my Tumblr.)

I would LOVE it if YOU would join me in signing up to participate in Bout of Books 22! πŸ™‚


Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – April 2018 #ClosingSurvey

Hello all! Another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is in the books.

All told, I’m feeling pretty pleased with my overall performance. Out of the 24 hours, I had my reading timer running for just over 13 hours. (I may have read more, or less. There were a few times when I forgot about it.)

Here’s the full picture, in case it doesn’t show up above:

I also stuck to my #ReadathonTBR. I didn’t read all of it, but I did only read from it! I read four books and started a fifth! For a grand total of about 1,151 pages read. πŸ™‚

Closing Survey!

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
This would have to be Hour 22, which turned out to be my final hour of reading (I started Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep). I came down with a massive headache from too little sleep the night before and gave up soon after Hour 23 began: I took my migraine medications and tried for sleep at about 3:03a.

2. Tell us ALLLLL the books you read!
A. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell (188pp; ⭐⭐⭐⭐)
B. Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep (323pp; ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
C. Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon (Audio edition, performed by Johanna Parker-9h,20m or 300pp; ⭐⭐⭐⭐)
D. Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon (Kindle edition-300pp; ⭐⭐⭐⭐)
E. Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep (40pp)

3. Which books would you recommend to other Read-a-thoners?
All of them! Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores is a quick read, great for the #Readathon, because it’s a book of conversations. The Black Blade series by Jennifer Estep is YA Urban Fantasy – so also a quick read – and I LOVED book one. And the Trouble in Mudbug audiobook was excellently performed by Johanna Parker. πŸ™‚

4. What’s a really rad thing we could do during the next Read-a-thon that would make you smile?
Just keep existing. You’re practically perfect in every way already. πŸ™‚

5. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? Would you be interested in volunteering to help organize and prep?
I will ALWAYS participate in the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathons. But I probably won’t ever be able to volunteer and help out. Being a prize donor is about the only thing I feel confident that I can do.

The next Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon will be on October 20, 2018!

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – April 2018 Mid-Event Survey

Hello all! I think I’m technically an hour late with this Mid-Event Survey for this April’s Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, but since I started at 5a, and it’s now after 5p, now is when it truly feels mid-event for me. πŸ™‚

Now for the survey!

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
I am now both reading Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon in my Kindle app and listening to it via my Audible app. πŸ™‚

2. How many books have you read so far?
I’ve read two! Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell (⭐⭐⭐⭐) and Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐).

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon?
Well, if I finish Trouble in Mudbug, I think I’ll start book two in the Black Blade series, Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep! πŸ™‚

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those?
Yes? In the first half, I only managed to read for just under eight hours. Mostly because of long pauses for social time when I finish books. I deal with these interruptions by getting caught up everywhere!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?
I’m happily surprised and pleased that I’ve only been interrupting my reading time for social stuff when I’ve finished books and when we hit six hours, 12 hours… πŸ˜‰

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – April 2018 Hour 6 Q&A

Hello all! I have paused my reading to answer the Hour 6 Questions now that we are a quarter of the way through the #Readathon. πŸ™‚

What’s your name?
Pleased to meet you! My name is Jen. πŸ™‚

What are you reading?
I am reading Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep. Here’s a picture!

What are you looking forward to reading the most?
Right now, I’m most looking forward to reading Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep!

Why do you love the Readathon so much?
I’m 99.9% positive that this Readathon is the first I ever joined. Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon will always hold a special place in my heart for that alone. Plus, it is hugely fun!

Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon – April 2018 #OpeningMeme

Hello! It is now after the start time of 5:00a here and I am awake! After less than three hours of sleep!

This post serves as my #OpeningMeme for the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I am reading in my home, in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I don’t know! Maybe Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell? I think I’ll begin with this book! I am hoping it will be a quick read.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
Right now, coffee! I need coffee! Please, Mr. Coffeepot, brew fast!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I think I’ve been a participant in somewhere around 10 of these Dewey’s readathons. I don’t remember when my first one was, but I’ve lived in Tucson now for over five years, and I think I’ve been a participant in this readathon for all of this time!

I am also disabled, and have an awful memory. My service dog is great for keeping me alive, but not so great for helping me remember things!

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 time, I very much hope to stay awake and READ for the full 24 hours, only coming online to share the books I complete. I’ll be “social” then, too. But I’d really like to focus on reading! πŸ™‚

Happy Reading, Everyone!

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon – April 28, 2018!

Hello all! I am pleased to report that I will be participating in another Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon! I’m not sure which iteration of this this is for me, but it’s probably somewhere around my 10th time participating. πŸ™‚

If you’re not familiar with Dewey’s, it is a 24-Hour Readathon that starts at the same time for everyone worldwide! For me, that time is 5:00a (PDT). Ordinarily, I only see 5:00a if I’ve stayed up all night to reach that early in the morning. Sometimes, I have been successful about going to bed at a decent hour and waking up at 4:45a to do the Opening Meme and participate. Most times, I start closer to 11:00a.

If you would like to join me in participating in this Readathon – please do, it’s great fun! – click here. Also, please note that any amount of reading – and you can read literally anything – means you can participate. If you only read a paragraph, a page, or even a magazine article or newspaper, you win! πŸ™‚

This year, I’m not sure when I’ll start. I’ll decide when and if I can finish the two books I am still hoping to finish before 5a on Saturday arrives. (Hopefully I won’t finish the second book between the hours of 4:00a and 5:00a on the day!)

Here is a picture of my #ReadathonTBR:
Jen's #ReadathonTBR

And the books are as follows:

First, we have the two books that I have both as Kindle editions and through Audible: Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. πŸ™‚

And then we have my physical book stack:

  • The top two mass market paperbacks – Shattered and Staked, books seven and eight in the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne – are the two books I am hoping to finish before the Readathon begins. Considering I’m only now, at almost 1:00a on Friday, not yet even halfway through the first of these books, I’m not sure how successful I’ll be. :-/
  • Next is Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell. This is a book of conversations and I am hoping it will be a quick read.
  • Then we have the three books in the Black Blade series by Jennifer Estep: Cold Burn of Magic, Dark Heart of Magic, and Bright Blaze of Magic. These are all YA books, so I am hopeful of finishing at least one of them. πŸ™‚
  • Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz is an adult romantic suspense book that I have been anticipating. If I don’t read it during the Readathon, I’ll read it soon after! πŸ™‚
  • Besieged by Kevin Hearne is an anthology of stories set in the world of the Iron Druid Chronicles.
  • The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 6: Imperial Phase, Part Two is a graphic novel written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Jamie McKelvie.
  • Saga, Vol. 8 is another graphic novel, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. πŸ™‚

I feel that this is a pretty excellent TBR Pile, since it provides me with lots of options: two e-books or two audiobooks, one book of conversations, three YA books, one adult book, one anthology, and two graphic novels. πŸ™‚

If you are also participating, HAPPY READING!!! πŸ™‚

The Reading Habits Book Tag

Hello Everyone, I am very sorry that I started this blog only to seemingly abandon it within about a month. I would like to start blogging again, but I make no promises. My mental health issues (depression – which manifests primarily as extreme apathy 😦 – and anxiety) may interfere again. :-/

But for today, I would like to do the Reading Habits Book Tag! I was tagged by Shara Me With Books on BookTube and I first did this tag on my Instagram a few weeks ago, on March 28th. I was reminded about this tag – and decided to do it here as a way to hopefully get back into blogging – thanks to the Reading Parental blog. Lorryn did this tag and tagged “everyone.” πŸ™‚

And that’s enough of an intro, let’s get on to the tag!


1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading? Yes! I mostly read in bed, late at night after my mother and my puppy-son are both asleep. Sometimes I am able to read on the couch in the living room, mostly if the television is off.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper? Definitely a bookmark for me, one with a tassel! (The one in the picture above is my FAVORITE!)

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages? It depends on the book. In many e-books, sadly it proves very easy to just stop whenever. But ideally, I prefer to pause when a chapter either ends or begins on a page that is divisible by five. And if the protagonist goes to sleep, all the better! (Sometimes I’ll pause when the protagonist goes to sleep, even if it’s mid-chapter on page 167 or wherever, but only if there’s a break in the chapter.) πŸ™‚

4. Do you eat or drink while reading? Yes. I usually have a beverage – Mountain Dew most commonly nowadays; I NEED caffeine! – and mealtimes are prime reading times for me!

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading? No, thanks. I need quiet to read. Sometimes I can read in the living room with my Mom while she watches TV, but usually only if she’s watching NASCAR.

6. One book at a time or several at once? I TRY reading several, but I usually focus on one at a time. I can sometimes read an e-book, an audiobook, and a print book. Or two at once in different formats. But even then, I usually will focus exclusively on one book in particular, only going back to the other/s once I’ve finished it.

  • 6a As a for instance, recently, in March, I was reading an e-book and it was not a good book for me, so I paused once to read two children’s books, then went back to the e-book, paused again a few days later to start listening to an audiobook, went back to the e-book, but then paused to finish listening to the audiobook, only returning to the e-book two days later once done with the audiobook. *sigh* :-/
  • 6b And then this month, on April 13th I started one book, on the 14th I read an entirely different book (for TBRKnockdown24) and then started yet another book (again for TBRKnockdown24; didn’t finish that one during the readathon, though). On the 15th I resumed the book I had started on the 13th (finished it on the 16th). I did manage to read the second book I started on the 14th concurrently with the one I had started on the 13th. I read more of it on the 15th and 16th, finishing it on the 17th. All of these books were in print form. (The two I was reading concurrently: one was a mass market paperback adult book, the other was a hardcover YA book. And the two stories were in no way similar, so it worked out well.) πŸ™‚

7. Reading at home or everywhere? Everywhere! But most often at home.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head? Silently in my head, unless I’m reading to someone. But the only “people” I read to here are my dog (rarely) and my mother, when I read a line that I think she’d find funny, too. πŸ™‚

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages? Rarely. Seeing how characters work out their problems and challenges is part of the fun for me. But, if I’m reading a book that is boring me, I’ll skim the pages until I either get to “a good part” or finish the book. I rarely DNF books.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new? I keep my books like new for as long as possible. I only buy books I may want to reread, so I want them to last!

11. Do you write in your books? No. I take notes in an app on my phone or on a separate piece of paper. I also bought some Book Darts after seeing Jesse the Reader talk about them on his BookTube Channel. I use them to mark lines I like, laugh-out-loud at, or cry over. πŸ™‚

12. Who do you tag? I’ll tag everyone, too! So if you have not yet done this tag. . . TAG, You’re IT! πŸ™‚