#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!) ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚


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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 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! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you are also participating, HAPPY READING!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

#TheReadingQuest Sign Up

It’s official! I am signing up for #TheReadingQuest Readathon! It just seems like too much fun for me to miss out on. So. . .Even though I will be doing two other readathons during The Reading Quest ‘thon, I am going to try to do this one, too. Wish me luck? ๐Ÿ™‚

The Reading Quest is going to start on Sunday, August 13th. It will end on Sunday, September 10th.

Here is my character card!
Jen's Character Card for The Reading Quest Readathon!

As you can see, I am going to do – or start with! – the Rogue Class. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have identified the books I will read!
Jen's TBR for the Rogue Pathway!

  1. For a Banned Book, I have chosen Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi;
  2. For a Book Cover with a Partially Obscured Face, I am going to read Tenth Grade Bleeds by Heather Brewer;
  3. For a Book with <500 Ratings on Goodreads, I will read Redder Than Blood by Tanith Lee (it only has 35 ratings as of 5:10p on August 5);
  4. For a Book Published by a Small Press, I have chosen Blood Rose by Danielle Rose (published by Oftomes Publishing, a micropress!); and
  5. For a Book with a One-Word Title, I will read Firewalker by Allyson James.
  6. My TBR includes three print books that I have out from my library and two books that I will read on my Kindle (hence the computer images of the latter two books listed above; Blood Rose is available via Kindle Unlimited and Firewalker I have thanks to my library). ๐Ÿ™‚

    Now I just have to hope that figuring out the Experience and Health points, etc. (???), won’t be too taxing for me. . . .


    Source: #TheReadingQuest Sign Up

July and August Readathons!

Hi all! I need to apologize. I am really late in sharing this post.

This post was supposed to be all about the July #24in48 Readathon. It was on July 22 and 23 (in U.S. Eastern Time) and the goal was to read 24 hours in those 48 hours. But since the July 2017 24in48 was nearly two weeks ago now, I am going to double up (or triple up, as it were) in my talking about readathons for this post. . .

First, the #24in48 Readathon, July 22-23, 2017:

I made it past 24 hours of reading! I completed five-plus books โ€“ 1,095 pages plus around 6.5 hours in audiobooks โ€“ over 25 hours, 41.5 minutes before time was officially up for me. ๐Ÿ˜Š

What all did I read? Iโ€™ll tell you (all title links will lead you to my review of the edition I read on Goodreads [you do not have to be a member of Goodreads to see my reviews!]). . .

  • First, I finished the book I had begun on Friday, July 21. After #24in48 got started, I read from page 100 through to the end on page 346 in Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear.
  • Then I read the next two books in Matt Wallaceโ€™s wonderful Sin du Jour series: Books three and four โ€“ also known as Prideโ€™s Spell and Idle Ingredients โ€“ were fabulous! ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • (All three of the above books were finished/read on Day One, July 22.)

  • After midnight (for me) on Day Two, I read Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian Vaughan and it was really great! I might someday have to buy this collection, if the later volumes continue the excellence that was this first volume. ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • And then I started an audiobook: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (5h,56m; read by Simon Vance). It was good (I think), but sadly I did not track it at all. When all I was doing was listening, I didnโ€™t track it, and when doing โ€œsocial stuffโ€ after I had a few hours of sleep I didnโ€™t track it. So I โ€œreadโ€ it, but I couldnโ€™t tell you what it was about. Iโ€™ll have to re-listen (or maybe โ€œrereadโ€ the Kindle edition I downloaded), something I hope to do soon. (Please note that this bookโ€™s review link takes you to โ€œmy review,โ€ but my review remains unwritten because. . . Did I mention that though I spent nearly six hours focusing on this book, that I didnโ€™t track it at all?)
  • After The War of the Worlds ended, I started in on another audiobook: John Scalziโ€™s Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi (2h,54m; performed by a โ€œfull castโ€). This would have been my 15th listen had I been able to complete it, but I set it aside after finishing โ€œthe Pluto storyโ€ to read a print book. . .
  • Because You Love to Hate Me, edited by Ameriie! I really enjoyed this anthology. Fun stories, and they introduced me to a whole lot of booktubers that were new-to-me. (So thatโ€™s why this post on the 24in48 ‘thon is โ€œso late.โ€ Iโ€™ve been in a reading slump – or, at least, an “updating social media” slump – due to the fact that I am obsessed with watching โ€œbacklistโ€ videos by the new-to-me booktubers, to whom I subscribed [to all of them!].)
  • I didnโ€™t finish Because You Love to Hate Me during #24in48 (I read *only* to page 274), but, as the โ€˜thon ended for me at around 10p, I was able to finish the book while it was still the 23rd. ๐Ÿ˜Š

And thatโ€™s it for what all I read. In sum. . .

  1. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (final 246/346 pages);
  2. Pride’s Spell by Matt Wallace (230 pages);
  3. Idle Ingredients by Matt Wallace (185 pages);
  4. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian Vaughan (160 pages);
  5. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (read by Simon Vance; 5h,56m);
  6. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi by John Scalzi (performed by a “full cast”; listened to the first 36+ minutes out of 2h,54m); and
  7. Because You Love to Hate Me, edited by Ameriie (made it to page 274/339 pages).
  8. All of which adds up to 1,095 pages read and just over 6.5 hours in audiobooks listened to! And as I said at the beginning, I read all of this over 25h,41.5m during the 48 hours of July 2017โ€™s #24in48 Readathon. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Here is the picture I put together to show what all I read – and how much time I spent reading – during July’s 24in48:
Jen's Final Tally for the July 2017 24in48 Readathon!

Did you participate in last month’s 24in48 โ€˜thon? Iโ€™d love to hear how you did! What did you read? Did you achieve your reading goal for it?

Speaking of reading goals, I had hoped to read six books from start to finish. I didnโ€™t achieve this goal, but I am proud of myself for finishing one, starting and finishing four more, and making it past the halfway point into a sixth (or seventh, as it turned out) book. (I read +1,000 pages!!!) ๐Ÿ˜Š

So I am counting this July 2017 #24in48 Readathon a SUCCESS! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Now, on to August ‘thons!

Today, August 4th, is Day One of #TomeTopple! I learned about this Readathon thanks to my subscription to Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube, in this post!. ๐Ÿ˜Š

And here is my TBR for this 4th Round of Tome Topple (my first round):
Jen's TBR Pile for Tome Topple Round 4

The books I am hoping to read include. . .

  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (843 pages);
  • The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (only 488 pages, but Sam from Thoughts on Tomes has this graphic novel in her stack, sooo… ๐Ÿ˜‰);
  • The Phoenix of Destiny by Geronimo Stilton (574 pages);
  • Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton (710 pages); and
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (~661 pages; not pictured as I don’t yet have it [I’ll be able to check it out from my library on Wednesday or Thursday of the coming week]).

Tome Topple is a Readathon wherein we are supposed to read “tomes,” meaning books that have over 500 pages. ๐Ÿ˜€ This Round 4 runs from today, August 4th, through August 17th.

Out of all of these books, the only one that I might not read is Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton. This is book #25 in the Anita Blake series and I have never yet been able to read just the latest release. (Which is why I haven’t read this one yet. It was published in October of 2016 (!!!) and I’ve spent the time from then until now dithering because I cannot decide if I want to read the series from Book One or not.) ๐Ÿค”

So if I read the Anita Blake series from Book One, I won’t get to Crimson Death during this 4th Round of Tome Topple. But if my reviews, with their chapter-by-chapter spoilers, can stand in for that reread, I might be able to read Crimson Death during the next two weeks of Tome Topple. I’ll just have to see how I feel.

And that’s it for the tomes I am hoping to read in the next two weeks! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜โค

Oh! And Unfortunately, anthologies do not count. So though I will also be reading The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance, edited by Tricia Telep (512 pages), during the next two weeks (it’s an interlibrary loan through my library and MUST be returned on August 16th), it sadly will not count for this readathon. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Also, that’s my Max – my reading buddy – in the photo with the books. He gave Crimson Death kisses, but I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to capture it.

The #BoutofBooks 20 Readathon is also upcoming this month! It will be from August 21st through August 27th. (Sign-Ups open on Monday!!!)

And here are some of the books I am hoping to read that week! (Though some – most? – of them are books I am actually hoping to get to before Bout of Books 20.)
Jen's TBR for Bout of Books 20!

Now, what all is in this stack? Read on to find out. . .

  • The 6th-10th books in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep;
  • Theogony and Works and Days by Hesiod;
  • Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden;
  • What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman;
  • Cynful by Dana Marie Bell;
  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel;
  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi;
  • the 1st and 2nd Volumes of Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! by Kate Leth;
  • The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King; and
  • the 4th-6th Volumes of Saga by Brian Vaughan.

Some of these pictured books will probably have to be returned to the library before August 21st, so it’s likely that my Bout of Books 20 TBR will change pretty drastically. So shall we just add this stack to the stack of tomes in the aforementioned section on Tome Topple and call them all “the books I am hoping to read in August 2017”? ๐Ÿ˜‰

And these are not all of the books I *have* to read this month! I have at least two others that must be returned to the library before August 21st. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜“

So I’d best get this post written and shared so that I can start reading!

Are you participating, or planning to participate, in any August readathons? I’d love to see what all you have in your TBRs, if you are. ๐Ÿ˜Š

And speaking of August readathons, there is one more that I might participate in. I haven’t decided yet, though, if I want to do the #TheReadingQuest Readathon, mainly because it starts on August 13th and, though it runs through to September 10th, it will overlap both of the readathons I am definitely in or planning on being in this month! So though it seems like it would be a LOT of fun, I just don’t know if I’ll be able to handle a third readathon in August. (But maybe I’ll sign up and then focus on The Reading Quest from August 28 to September 10? That could be doable…) ๐Ÿ˜‰

My TBR for July 2017’s #24in48 Readathon!

Hello! The next #24in48 Readathon starts TONIGHT! It runs from midnight on July 22nd through 11:59p on July 23rd. (It’s not too late to sign-up!)

My TBR for #24in48 !

Jen's TBR for 24in48

The above photo shows the books I hope to read – or at least make a dent in – over this two-day readathon. The books shown include “books” on top and graphic novels on the bottom. (And my Max is investigating/kissing them! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

From top to bottom, all of the books (links will take you to the books’ descriptions on Goodreads) are. . .

I doubt I’ll be able to read this whole stack – all 12 – but I’m hoping to read at least half of these books! I think at least two, and hopefully three, of the “books” plus three of the graphic novels should be doable. But I’ll have to see how much “social stuff” I do, which might mean that I listen to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi, by John Scalzi and narrated by a “full cast,” for the 15th (and 16th, 17th, 18th. . .) time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The six books I’m most hoping to read include. . .

Wish me luck? ๐Ÿ˜‰

2017 Mid-Year Reading Goals Check-In

Hi! Yesterday I saw a new video from Rincey Reads on YouTube about “2017 Mid-Year Goals Check In” and thought I would try to do a written post about my own Mid-Year Goals Check-In. ๐Ÿ™‚

But before I check-in on my reading goals, I should probably share my 2017 Reading Goals. ๐Ÿ˜‰
(Please note that right-clicking to view any image will show you a larger, more easily “read,” version of it.)

My Five 2017 Reading Goals

  1. On Goodreads, for the past several years I have set a goal to read 200 books a year. I set this same goal for 2017, though I am hoping to read more. (In 2016, I read around 205, so I am hoping to read 250 in 2017, but I left it at 200 books to start with. I’ll bump it up to 250 IF I get close to 250. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
  2. In 2016, I read six or seven series – from beginning to latest (or last) book! – that I own, but hadn’t read completely. So in 2017, I also decided that I need to read at least six series. What series, you ask? I’ll tell you. . . (Please note that all book counts were as of January 1, 2017; any 2017 releases were/are to be purchased and read after their releases.) Here is a picture of all of them:
    Jen's Owned Series to Read in 2017

    • Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon series by Yasmine Galenorn (18 books);
    • Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep (15 books);
    • Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher (15 books);
    • Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde (7 books);
    • Guardians Trilogy by Nora Roberts (3 books); and
    • Soulwood series by Faith Hunter (2 books)
  3. I wanted to do better in the 2017 edition of Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge. I didn’t finish 2016’s. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I am hoping to finish 2017’s (I finished 2015’s). ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. I also wanted to do a better job at staying current with any challenges I did in my groups on Goodreads.com. (In addition to the Book Riot group, I’m also in the Nothing But Reading Challenges group and three Paranormal/Urban-Fantasy groups that do monthly and semi-annual challenges.) I had slacked on keeping track of challenges (and my reading for them) after my father’s death in 2014. I hoped to get back on track in 2017.
  5. I planned to participate in each of the 2017 Readathons for the Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon (April and October), the #24in48 Readathon (January and July), and the #BoutofBooks Readathon (January, May, and August).

So those were my Five Reading Goals for 2017! Now, how am I doing now that we’re past the halfway point of the year?

Mid-Year 2017 Reading Goal Check-In!

    Jen's 2017 Progress Toward 200 Books Read

  1. As of July 15, I have read 138 of 200 books and am 31 books ahead of schedule! (Please note that the 138 includes a few short stories and children’s picture books. It includes anything that has an individual page on Goodreads. But they count, too!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  2. So far as reading series I own goes, progress has been slow.
    • I’ve only managed to complete the 18 books in the Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon series by Yasmine Galenorn, which I started in January and finished in June. (I read more than just this series during this time.)
    • I have also finished the first four books and assorted short stories in the Elemental Assassin series (now 16 books long). I’m reading this series with buddies in one of my Goodreads groups. We have a schedule and are reading two every two weeks (books one and two starting June 19, books three and four starting July 3, books five and six starting July 17, and so on through books 15 and 16 starting September 25). So far, I am reading them per this schedule!
    • In the Dresden Files, I’ve read the first five books (out of 15).
    • I haven’t yet started on the other three series (Thursday Next, Guardians Trilogy, or Soulwood).
    • For the Soulwood series, I am planning to start it around when book three comes out in early December 2017. ๐Ÿ™‚
  3. I am making excellent progress toward completion of the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I’ve completed 19 of the 24 tasks! I’m on track to finish this challenge in the next month or two, especially as I have four of the last five books I need on hold at my library. ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. Regarding keeping current in other challenges, I don’t know that I did all that well with this in the first half of the year, since the first time I can remember updating was in June. But I’m hoping to do better from “this point” onward.
  5. Readathons: Thus far, we have had one #24in48 Readathon, two #BoutofBooks Readathons, and one Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon.
    • January’s #24in48 Readathon went very well for me. I managed to read for 24 hours in the 48! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Jen's 24-Hours Read in January's 24in48 Readathon
    • January’s and May’s #BoutofBooks Readathons were disappointments for me. I spent too much time on “distractions” and not enough on reading. I am hoping that August’s will be much better. (I’d like to read at least seven books in seven days!) Here is a summary of the first two #BoutofBooks Readathons we’ve had in 2017:
      Jen's BoutofBooks 18 and 19 Acccomplishments
    • In the April outing of the Dewey’s 24-Hour #Readathon, I spent too much time on social stuff and, once again, not enough on reading. I only managed to read just over half of one print book! (Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs was the book; I made it to page 208 of 364.) Of course, I also listened to over 12 hours of audiobooks, but still. . . I was disappointed. (I listened to The Chimes by Charles Dickens once and Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi, by John Scalzi, three times! [I listened to Miniatures twice during the May #BoutofBooks Readathon. ๐Ÿ™‚ ]) Here is a picture of the books I read for the April 24-Hour #Readathon:
      Jen's Books Read during the April 2017 Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon
  6. And that’s it for my 2017 Reading Goals Halfway Point Check-In!

    I hope you enjoyed reading this post. It was fun figuring out where I am in my goals, but realizing that I have a long way to go for some of them (#2, I’m looking at you!) is daunting! ๐Ÿ™‚