Bookish Roundup — October, 2018

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Hey there, y’all! As promised, I have returned after a brief hiatus. Thank you to my loyal followers for your patience and for sticking with me.

What can I say about my October reading? It was slow-going compared to what I’m used to, that’s for sure. In fact, most months in recent times have seen a reduction in my reading; life events have dictated this so much so that I’ve had to adjust my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal down from its original 200 to a more attainable 160. This is somewhat disappointing for the personal goals I set for myself each year, but I do realize it’s still a much loftier number than many people reach so… I’ll calm myself down a bit and go with the flow.

Books I read in October:

As you can see, I read a total of nine books in October. Most were real winners, and a couple totally blew me away. Three of the novels were sequels I’d been waiting and waiting for, and they did not disappoint. Two of these especially stick out in my mind: A Sorrow Fierce And Falling was the final book in the Kingdom on Fire Trilogy by Jessica Cluess and it was everything I’d hoped for. Night of Miracles, the sequel to The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg, wasn’t quite as magical as it’s predecessor but still hit the mark.

As a special treat, I reread the enduring YA classic, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Let me tell you, it was every bit as special as it was the first time around (which would have been about 35 years ago – does that age me, or what?!). I went into reading Winger, another YA title, expecting a typical boys-will-be-boys, friendships-are-special type of book. Boy, was I wrong. This book blew me away. My friend Sarah, who recommended the book, sure knows how to pick ‘em!!

Are you following Pathologically Literate on Facebook? We’re also on Twitter, and don’t forget to follow me on Goodreads, too!! Hope you had a great Autumn, and that the coming Winter is good to you as well. Until next month, Happy Reading to you all!

Bookish Roundup — July, 2018

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It’s a new month, and a new Bookish Roundup for the win! I read some great books in July, some not-so-great books, re-visited an old favorite, and found a new fave author to follow. All in all a good month, I would say. I also participated in two separate readathons in July, and had a blast both times. While I didn’t get as much reading done during the readathons as usual, I had much fun interacting with other participants via social media, and I even won a prize!!

Speaking of prizes, I also won an amazing giveaway on Instagram from the fabulous Sabaa Tahir, author of the Ember Quartet (LOVE!).

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This “writer’s pack” includes the three current titles of the quartet – signed!! I will also receive Renee Adieh’s newest title, as well as multiple other goodies. I’m on a streak, y’all – maybe I should go out and buy a Powerball ticket… but let’s take a look at my July reads first:

Books I Read In July:

By far the best book I read in July was Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. This rich, haunting, powerful fairy tale is absolutely brilliant, and I didn’t want it to end. Another big fave was The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams – a book about book lovers by a fellow book lover? What’s not to love about that? Honorable mentions go to: Jandy Nelson, Ashley Herring Blake, and Hannah Orenstein.

I have to say that I was sorely disappointed after reading Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. I didn’t connect with the characters at all, and at times it felt as though it was almost written for a middle-grade audience instead of YA. All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan was also a let-down after the hype I’d set my high expectations upon. But you win some, and you lose some, and then you move on and keep on reading, amirite? That’s exactly what I plan on doing in August, y’all – I hope you will, too. Happy Reading!!

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Bookish Roundup — June, 2018

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June has passed, leaving the memories of so many amazing books. Seriously, y’all. My first (and only) two faves of 2018 so far were read in June – I can’t wait to tell you about them! In addition to these amazing reads, I had some amazing times in June, like participating in the #8intwo Mini-Readathon – where, you guessed it, participants reach for the goal of reading eight hours in two days. Easy peasy, I said. I do that often, I said. No prob, I said. And then I promptly spent 6.5 hours reading over the two designated days. What’s that about, I ask you? Performance anxiety, perhaps?

Regardless of my abysmal readathon performance, the aforementioned ah-ma-zing books I read more than made up for that little debacle. Here’s a quick look at what I read…

Books I Read in June:

I really don’t even know where to start, y’all, because so many of these reads were just too fabulous for words. I will say that the beginning of the month, while still filled with good reads, wasn’t as thrilling as the last few weeks of the month. I was rather disappointed by the newest Jenny Colgan novel, The Endless Beach. I’m a huge fan of hers, which made the let-down even worse. Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne started out as a four or five star read, but was quickly downgraded to a 3-star read toward the strange, unexpected ending. Everything else in June, though? Four to five stars, all the way.

A major shout-out goes to Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – this fast-paced, thrilling, and powerful read will stick with me for quite a while to come. A Reaper at the Gates, Book #3 of The Ember Quartet by Sabaa Tahir was spectacular and her best yet – I don’t know how I’m going to wait an entire year for Book #4! The Book of Essie, while not as fast-paced as the previous two, is also a five-star must-read.

I’m so excited for all the great books I already have lined up to read in July – and for the 24 in 48 Readathon, which takes place from July 21 to July 22. Want to join me? Sign up here! Hope to see you there, y’all, but whether I do or don’t – Happy Reading to you all.

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Bookish Roundup — May, 2018

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Y’all, May is over and I for one am a happy little camper about that. What can I say? May was an odd month for me in terms of reading. Things moved very slooooowly, and then they sped up toward the end of the month as I busted out of my late Spring slump like a crazy woman!

Indeed, by mid-May I had read a mere five books. Five. So, so sad, don’t you think? For me, anyway. Then I rejoiced as I joined the Bout of Books 22 Readathon – surely I would redeem myself by reading all kinds of books during that week-long period, right? Wrong. I managed only one and a half. NOT EVEN TWO FULL BOOKS, y’all. Granted, all kinds of emergency dental and medical appointments kept creeping out of the woodwork during that time, but still – I was so disappointed in myself.

Thankfully, I redeemed myself over the final ten days of May by reading seven books within that time period. I repeat: the bulk of May’s reading occurred during the last ten days of the month! I don’t know what was going on with me, but at least I upped the count of books read to a total of thirteen with that little spurt at the end. Let’s take a look at what I did manage to get under my belt last month…

Books I Read In May:

I was so excited that FOUR books I’d been anxiously awaiting were released in May. I was thrilled with two of them and happy with the other two, so it was win-win for me. A fun read in particular was Puddin’ by Julie Murphy, as I read it along with three of my book club buddies which made it not only a blast, but much more thought-provoking and meaningful. I even managed to sneak in my non-fiction read for the month by reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris right before the end of May! Not a bad read, but I’m much more looking forward to its sequel, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.

I have high hopes for my reading goals in June; at the very least I would like to read more than FIVE books by the middle of the month. Do you think I can do it? I sincerely hope so. I guess we will find out with June’s Bookish Roundup, y’all. Until then, Happy Reading!!

what did you read in may, friends?

Bout of Books 22 Is Here!!

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All right, y’all – it’s about that time again! Bout of Books 22 is almost here, and I’m about to be getting my read on. Hard. Core.

For those who don’t know what Bout of Books is all about… let’s take a look below:

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 would adore it if all of you little darlings would join me – c’mon, you know you want to!! Get yourself on over to the Bout of Books blog and sign your sweet little selves up! It’ll be the most fun, but with books! Which makes it even better, of course.

Hope to see you there, friends. Happy Reading to you all!!

Have you participated in a readathon before? If not, would you ever consider doing so?

Bookish Roundup — April, 2018

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Happy May Day, y’all! Another year is nearly half way over, can you believe it? The time has flown by, especially since I tend to measure it by how many books I’ve read! April happened to fly by particularly quickly, not the least because I participated in (count ‘em) two readathons. I had so much fun participating in the 25 in 5 Readathon at the beginning of April, and particularly the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon at the end of the month. For the Dewey’s Readathon, I once again holed up in my BFF’s amazing guest suite, where I was waited on hand and foot while I read my little heart out. I am so lucky to have this friend and her family in my life, and I never let myself forget it. Thank you again, Carrie!!

Now, because of the readathons I was able to read a total of 19 books in April – woo-hoo!! I’m back in the game again, y’all – that pesky reading slump is old news as far as I’m concerned. I was able to read five books during the 25 in 5 Readathon, and during the Dewey’s Readathon I was able to read four. The remaining ten books were spread out through the rest of the month.

Books I Read in April:

I went heavy on the YA again in April, but I just couldn’t help myself – there were too many great titles that I just could not pass up! Of particular note in the YA category, I would mention The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds. Both were particularly well-written, powerful reads. Stray City was an excellent novel as well, but of particular note I would like to mention Alice by Christina Henry and its sequel, Red Queen. A dark, twisted retelling of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, these books simply blew me away.

May is upon us, y’all, and it’s starting to finally warm up (and green up) out there. I’m getting to spend more and more time reading out on my front porch, enjoying both my books and the sunshine. Coming up in May is the week-long Bout of Books Readathon, which I will be participating in. You can also look forward to a mid-year check-in of my 2018 Bookish Resolutions: How am I doing? Am I meeting my goals? Failing horribly? Stick around and you will find out soon enough… Happy Reading to you all!!

Did you read any YA in April? What was your fave book of the month?

Bookish Roundup–March, 2018

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Spring is finally here, y’all! I’m so excited, and I’m excited as well to share with you the twelve books I read in March. Twelve, you say? Admittedly, that’s quite a few less than my usual monthly count. Unfortunately, if you factor in some illness, raging insomnia, and drama then my productivity drops dramatically. Actually, insomnia generally works to my advantage with reading, but not this time. But it’s April now, and I’m back in bed and back on my reading game, y’all!! I may have read far fewer books than usual, but what I lacked in quantity I more than made up for with quality.

Books I Read In March:

I was so happy to return to a childhood favorite by rereading A Wrinkle In Time – I loved it so as a child but after thirty-five years couldn’t remember a lot about it. Refreshing my memory was truly a delightful experience. The book that surprised me the most in March was The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, by turning out to be a very dark and twisted tale that was quite unlike what I’d expected. Everless by Sara Holland was also a great read. I look forward to the sequels of both of these books. After the let down of Clare Mackintosh’s sophomore novel, I See You, I was so pleased with the brilliant twists and turns of her newest novel, Let Me Lie. For my March nonfiction selection, I read The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson – I’m in the process of (slowly) decluttering my home and this served as even more encouragement to do so.

That said, I honestly would recommend all of the books I read last month; you really couldn’t go wrong with any one you might pick. I’m hoping I’ll have just as much good luck with April’s reads. I’m also hopeful that I’ll be able to increase my reading productivity as well. While twelve books is an amazing amount for some people, it’s a somewhat dismal amount for myself. Alas, it remains to be seen whether this is going to be my new normal, or if I shall return to my former glory…

It snowed here in Nebraska on April Fool’s Day . Good one, right? One thing is for sure – I’m so happy to be welcoming the sunshine-y weather that is slowly but surely showing up now that Spring is here, and to be spending more time reading in my favorite spot on my front porch. If only you could join me for a spell! Wherever you are, however, Happy Reading to you!!

Where is your fave reading spot in the spring?

Bookish Roundup — February, 2018

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While the month of love has passed, my love for reading has not. With the end of February, the time to share its month’s reads has come. Y’all, my reading list was all over the place this month. We’re talking the good, the bad, and the ugly. But even the ugly garnered a four-starred review, so I’m not complaining. This month held a healthy mix of both adult and YA fiction. Unfortunately, I did not keep up with my goal to read a minimum of one non-fiction book per month. I suppose this means I will have to redeem myself by reading at least two non-fiction works during another month this year. Ugh. Yay!! All right, y’all, without further ado…

Books I Read In February:

Y’all, I read some amazing fiction in February – and some that was not-so-amazing. But let’s talk about the positives, shall we? Amber Smith’s The Last to Let Go was just as powerful as her previous novel, The Way I Used to Be – she is definitely an author to keep on your radar. Dime, by E.R. Frank, was brutal (major trigger warnings, btw) but necessary and even though it was hard to read, I’m glad I did. Teen human trafficking is real, and this novel brought that to life in a big way. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera was both tenderly sorrowful and full of humor at the same time, and How to Stop Time by Matt Haig was just plain amazing – Haig is definitely someone whose previous work I’m looking up. Many of the other novels I read were darn stinkin’ good as well, but the above mentioned were my faves of the month.

March is almost here, and the weather is starting to heat up just a bit. Temps today here in Nebraska reached the 60’s and I rejoiced as I relaxed on my front porch with my current read. Does it matter that it’s supposed to snow tomorrow? No. No, it does not – because I got in a beautiful day of warmth and sunshine, and I’ll take what I can get after months of clouds and cold. I hope wherever you are, the sun is shining down on you as well. Happy Reading, y’all!!

What was your fave book of february?

Bookish Roundup — January, 2018

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Oh. Em. Gee. January was a gangbusters month in reading for me, y’all, and I am here to tell you all about it! Not only did I manage to read 23 books last month, but I found soooo many amazing reads that I couldn’t believe my luck…

Books I read in January:

As I mentioned above, so many of the books I read in January were just spectacular. I also happened to read a LOT of YA titles – 17 of the 23 books I read were of the YA variety, in fact. Whew! And to think that this time last year, I wouldn’t touch the stuff! How times change…

Some of my fave titles from January included The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory, Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, and When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. A special shout-out goes to Girls Like Us by Gail Giles. While it was a short read (221 pages), Girls Like Us was so sweet and real and heartbreakingly beautiful. I read it in one evening and did not want it to end. It’s definitely a must read for everyone.

Based on my raging reading success in January, I am super excited to get started on my February reading list. I already have several titles waiting for me on my Kindle Paperwhite (both owned and borrowed), as well as those sent to me from NetGalley and those I’ve checked out from my local library. Don’t know if I can beat the record I set last month of reading 23 books since we only have a 28-day month, but I’m sure going to give it everything I’ve got. Happy Reading in February, y’all!!

What was your fave read of January?

My 2018 Bookish Resolutions

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A new year has come and with it the chance for a fresh start. At the beginning of a new year, many people set goals to lose weight or to exercise more. Here at Pathologically Literate, my resolutions tend to take more of a bookish bent. Indeed, a new year calls for new reading goals (and new books!). In 2018, I’m challenging myself to read bigger and better – and hope to take you along for the ride! Here are five of my Bookish Resolutions for 2018 that I hope will lead me to new books, characters, and authors to adore.

1. Read a minimum of 200 books in 2018

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In 2017, I surpassed my goal of reading 175 books by instead reading a whopping 229 books. Thus, in 2018 my goal for the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge is to read a minimum of 200 books. Homeschooling high school has proven to be soul-sucking time-consuming but as always, reading was my salvation in 2017, and I’m hoping it will continue to be so in 2018.

2. Continue to read *more* more diverse books

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I’ve made it a goal of mine since the beginning of 2015 to read more books written by or about people of all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Unfortunately, good intentions don’t necessarily translate into good results without mindful action. In 2016, I read 37 books that were written by or about people of diverse experiences. One of my resolutions in 2017 was to be more intentional about the books I chose in order to increase this number. I’m happy to say that in 2017 I read 118 books that were written by or about people of diverse experiences, almost triple that of the year before. While this is encouraging, I still feel it is not enough. Thus, it is still a goal for me to be more intentional about the books I choose this year in order to read more diversely.

3. Read more non-fiction

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I read nine works of non-fiction in 2017. NINE, y’all. Most of which were cookbooks or dog training manuals. I feel this is unacceptable, as I think it is my responsibility to contribute to self-improvement and self-awareness by reading more about the world around me. Now, obviously, Fiction is my jam. I do admittedly shy away from Non-Fiction, however, I have a plan of action. I’m going to start small, and hope that things grow from there. To begin with I intend to read a minimum of one Non-Fiction book per month in 2018. Not only that, but the book must be something of substance – cookbooks do not count toward this goal. I’m hoping to start off in January with Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

4. Read more books from my tbr list

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Now, I know I’m not the only one with an out-of-control To-Be-Read list. However, my current TBR count on Goodreads is a whopping 596 books – and that’s just my official TBR list!! I know that it would be an absolutely impossible goal to not add more books to the list in 2018. Instead, my goal is to whittle down my existing list as much as possible by reading the books that are already on it. You see, I tend to have an “Ooooh, shiny!!” approach to books, where the books I check out from the library or purchase from the store are completely different than those on my TBR. I did whittle the list down a slight bit in 2017, however, I plan to do so even more in 2018. The last book added to my TBR in 2017 was The Place Between Breaths by An Na. Let this be the bookmark that lets us know where books began to be added vs. read in 2018. We’ll check back next year to compare…

5. Continue to develop my presence on Pathologically Literate

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In 2017 I made it a goal to pay more attention to the Pathologically Literate blog. I had gone from posting daily when I first created the blog a few years ago to posting only a few times a year. Last year I wound up posting a monthly roundup of my reading as well as a few other posts here and there. While this wasn’t exactly the presence I’d hoped to foster, it was more time than I had spent the previous year, so we’ll call that a win. In 2018, I would like to increase my presence on this blog even more. I hope to continue with my monthly bookish roundups, share other bookish fun, as well as write about our adventures in homeschooling and life in general in the Pathologically Literate household. Hold on to your hats, y’all – I’m breathing some fresh air into this little ol’ blog!

It is my hope that 2018 will be a year of change – for the better – for our country and for us as individuals. I hope that for myself it is going to be a year of good reads, good writing, and good times. I sincerely hope you are here with me for the journey. Happy Reading in the New Year, y’all!!

What are your bookish goals for 2018?