Bookish Roundup – August, 2017

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Fall is almost here, y’all, and I’m soooo excited! Fall is my favorite season of the year: the cooler temperatures and crisp air does my body good – as long as that sun keeps shining, anyway. Gotta have my sunshine, y’all. Despite the hot, hot summer we had here in Nebraska, August was surprisingly mild as far as temperatures went – most days were in the 80’s or even below. If we have to have Summer, that’s the kind of weather I like. Because of the cooler temps I was able to spend more time outside reading on my porch – one of my fave places to read.

It was a CRAZY month, though, y’all. I participated in the Bout of Books 20 Readathon, which was so much fun. Unfortunately, right smack in the middle of the readathon I wound up on the hospital’s ICU ward for two days! I was in the hospital for a total of four days, which really cramped my reading style – but I didn’t let it keep me down. I finished out the readathon, anyway. Books for the win, y’all!!

I found some great books in August, I’ll tell you what. Twenty-one of them, to be exact. Let’s take a look:

So many of these books were winners, y’all, but one stood out by a long shot. The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard will definitely be included in my top books of 2017. It was beautiful and sweet and funny and sad, and Elvira Carr stole my heart almost as soon as I opened the book. It is a must-read, and I expect a full report from each of you!!

It’s another mild Summer day today, y’all, and I’m off to read on my porch again while Poppie and The Boy gorge themselves on Saturday college football (ugh). I hope you have a wonderful September and until I see you again, Happy Reading!!

What was your fave read in August?

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Bout of Books 20: Day 7 Update (& Final Thoughts)

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We made it, y’all! Bout of Books 20 has come to a close, and what a doozy it was! I read, I laughed, I cried… I went to the ICU. But you can’t win them all, I suppose.

My original goals included reading 4 to 6 hours a day, and reading 1 book per day. I didn’t meet those terms, but I did do fairly well considering my extenuating circumstances – and had a blast to boot! Let’s take a look at Day 7’s stats:

Total Time I Read:

4 hours, 37 minutes

Number of Books I Read:

1.5

Books I Read:

Total Number of Books I’ve Read:

5.25 books

In closing, I will have to say that this was definitely an eventful week for me (not just because of BoB!) and while I’d like to have skipped over some of it, I’m so glad I got to be a part of Bout of Books. I had so much fun interacting with all of the great people reading along with me, and can’t wait to do it again in January!!

August has nearly come to a close, and you know what that means: it’s almost time for another Bookish Roundup! Stay tuned later in the week and until then, Happy Reading, y’all!!

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Bout of Books 20: Day 6 Update

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You can’t keep a good man (woman) down!!

I’m home from the hospital, y’all, and back on track with Bout of Books 20. While I didn’t get much reading done while I was cooped up in the hospital, I certainly made use of my resting time once I arrived back at home and read the rest of my day away.

Let’s take a look at my stats for Day 6:

Total Time I Read:

3 hours, 57 minutes

Number of Books I Read:

.75 books

Books I Read:

A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

Total Number of Books I’ve Read:

3.75 books

One day left, y’all! While it’s clear I won’t meet my original goals, I still have a chance at finishing my current book and possibly another one as well. My fingers are crossed. Wish me luck, folks, and as for yourselves: Happy Reading!!

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Bout of Books 20 Update: Days 3 & 4

Oh, lawd, y’all. Things are going crazy over here in Pathologically Literate Land, that is for sure!! Hence the dual update, two days late… 

Before I begin my storytelling, let’s take a look at Day 3’s stats:

TOTAL TIME I READ:

     6 hours

NUMBER OF BOOKS I READ:

     1.5 books

BOOKS I READ:

  • The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman
  • A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

TOTAL NUMBER OF BOOKS I’VE READ:

    3 books

Day 3 was an awesome day for reading, y’all. The day zoomed by so smoothly and I had plenty of time for relaxing and reading. 6 hours, y’all!! I hit my top goal – yay!!

Unfortunately, things took a downward turn that evening after bedtime. Due to some health issues, I had to go to the ER and was admitted into the ICU, where I am still stubbornly hanging around. The worst part of the last two nights and 1 1/2 days, however: no books have been read, y’all. THAT is the true tragedy here!

I’m super-bummed that the amazing fun I had planned this week for Bout of Books 20 has been so unpleasantly disrupted. I’m currently writing this post on my phone (so we’ll see how it turns out!) and don’t have any idea if I’m going to be getting any decent reading done while I’m in here or not. You can all bet your sweet little cheeks that I’ll be trying my best, though!!

Good luck to all of you Bout of Bookers out there, and until next time, y’all: Happy Reading!!

Bout of Books 20: Day 2 Update

BoB20-200x200Well. Well, well, well. So, Day Two of Bout of Books 20 unfortunately did NOT go as planned or expected. My reading time yesterday was abysmal (compared to what I usually read). I’m really going to have to pick up the pacce the rest of the week to redeem myself!

Excuse time: excuses, excuses, I know, I know… But! The Boy had a couple appointments yesterday that took forever. I was also feeling under the weather (bad sushi??) and wound up taking a nap in the middle of the day as well as going to bed earlier than usual. All of that added up to a poor, poor day of reading for me!!

Let’s take a look at those embarrassing stats that I’m talking about:

Total Time I Read:

1 hour, 23 minutes

Number of Books I Read:

.25

Books I Read:

Total Number of Books I’ve Read:

2.5

I’m so hoping that Day 3 is going to be a much better day!! I do have to accompany my father to a doctor’s appointment but other than that, I’m free and clear. It’s go time, y’all. Go. Time. If you’re participating in Bout of Books this time around, good luck to you!! If you’re just an observer, then Happy Reading to you!!

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Bout of Books 20: Day 1 Update

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Day One of Bout of Books 20 has passed, and it went great!! I had tons of fun pushing  myself and really enjoyed keeping in touch with my friends who are also participating in BoB. I’m having a good feeling about the coming week, y’all – a good, good feeling.

Let’s take a look at my stats:

Total Time I Read:

5 hours, 4 minutes

Number of Books I Read:

2.25 books

Books I Read:

Total Number of Books I’ve Read:

2.25

I’ve gotten a late start to Day 2 and The Boy has a couple of appointments today, so hopefully that won’t drag me behind my goals too badly. Wish me luck, y’all!! And good luck to all of you Bout of Bookers out there as well!!

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Bout of Books 20: Goals

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Bout of Books 20 is almost here, y’all!! An entire week devoted to reading my little heart out – what more could I ask for, amiright? If you would like to join me in this pursuit, you can still sign up here.

This will be my second time participating in Bout of Books. The first round was Bout of Books 10, way back in 2014. It was my first readathon ever, and I had tons of fun! I’m even more excited this time around because I won’t be going it alone – several friends from one of my book clubs will be joining me, and I just know we are going to rock this thing! I also plan to participate in some of the challenges and giveaways, which I did not do the first time. I am all in this time around, y’all!!

Now, on to my goals. Please keep in mind that as I am also currently preparing for our new homeschool year, some days may prove more challenging than others…

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I will be dedicating the entire week to reading.

My Goals

    • Read between 4-6 hours each day
    • Participate in at least one challenge
    • Keep in touch with friends also participating in BoB 20
    • Have a blast!!

Books to Read

    • Including, but not limited to:
      • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
      • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
      • The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal
      • A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
      • The Personal History of Rachel Dupree by Ann Weisgarber
      • The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner by Andrea Smith
      • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

All of the books I’ve selected are library check-outs. I think it’s a good mix: my August book club pick, a classic, a couple of new releases, some African-American fiction, and a little YA to finish things off. If I’m able to keep up with my goal of reading 4-6 hours a day, then I will of course have to add books to this list. And it is highly possible that one or more of the books I’ve listed won’t strike my fancy on the day I pick it up and I will have to find a replacement – I am most definitely a mood reader, and can’t always rely on planned lists like this.

That’s all I’ve got for you today, folks. I’m super-excited to get started on Monday morning and will keep you totally in the loop with daily updates here on the blog and on the Pathologically Literate Facebook Page. Until then, y’all, Happy Reading!!

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Bout of Books 20 Is Here

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You heard me right, y’all – it is time for another reading challenge here in the Pathologically Literate household!! From August 21st to 27th, I will be getting my read on in a BIG way. Should you decide to join me, you can head on over to the Bout of Books blog to sign up here!

For those of you who aren’t sure what Bout of Books is, here is a short(ish) explanation:

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 12:01am 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

I’m super excited to be joining in this time, y’all. I participated in Bout of Books 10 way back in 2014, and liked it a lot, but life and homeschool and other less important things got in the way and I never got back into the groove to participate in any of the following challenges. I’m pleased to be making my Reading Life more of a priority, and this will be the second reading challenge I’ve participated in in 2017. Yay, me!!

Do you like to read? Do you know how to read? Then you should join me!! Yay! See you in 13 days!!

Have you ever participated in Bout of Books? 

Bookish Roundup — July, 2017

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Summer reading has been heating up around here, y’all. I am blasting through the books like no other and it’s no wonder – the temps around here were so hot in July that there wasn’t much else to do beside hide indoors with the nice and frosty A/C. Not that I was complaining, as you’ll see when you peruse my list for the month. I read a total of 22 books last month. Of course, this is partially thanks to the 24 in 48 Readathon I participated in on July 22nd & 23rd. Now, nearly 1400 people participated in this popular readathon (of which the point is to read a total of 24 hours out of a 48-hour period), but this happy little reader did it in style…

As a single homeschool Mom, I very rarely have a break from my son (we are talking 24/7 here, folks), and I was concerned about the viability of my plan to participate in this readathon. I don’t exactly get a lot of alone time in which to complete long, extended periods of reading without interruption. My beloved BFF came to my rescue in a BIG way. She and her husband recently built an AH-MA-ZING home on the edge of town, and I was offered the opportunity to stay in their guest suite for the weekend of the readathon, turning it into a mini-getaway for myself. Well. She didn’t need to ask me twice!! Here’s a pic of the gorgeous suite in which I lounged for the two days and three nights of my semi-staycation:

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But let’s not forget the best part (besides the books) – the mini-bar!!

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Y’all, I was in. Heaven. On. Earth. I holed up in there and read my little heart away. In the meantime, the most fabulous BFF in the world (mine) stood at the ready, prepared to serve my every need if only I should make it known. I was so overwhelmed by her generosity and hospitality, as well as that of her family’s. Nothing could have made that weekend more perfect. It’s only too bad I don’t have a picture for you of the amazing “Reading Porch” that was attached to the suite. Aaaaahhhhh. I will carry this with me for a long time, y’all. It had been too long since I had done something just for me, and this was the perfect thing to choose. Fingers crossed that I get to do it again for the next 24 in 48 Readathon in January, 2018…

Why don’t we take a look at everything I read in July:

I truly enjoyed nearly all of the books I read last month. My two favorite would include The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick and The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (both Quick and Jackson are two of my fave writers in general). Out of all 22 books I read, only one of them was a thumbs-down. Unfortunately, An Extraordinary Union was so not my cup of tea. Alas, you live and learn. I’m soooo excited about the books I’m going to be reading in August – not the least of which because I joined a new library, opening up my Kindle e-book borrowing options even more! But we’ll talk about that next month. Try to stay cool out there, folks. Happy Reading!!

What books did you read while beating the heat in July?

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2017 Bookish Resolutions – A Mid-Year Check-In

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Can you believe that this year is already half-way over? Time really does fly when you’re having fun, folks! And by having fun, I mean reading books, of course!! Way back in January I outlined for myself five bookish resolutions for 2017. Today we’re going to take a look at each one of those goals and see how much (or how little) I’ve accomplished so far this year.

1. Read a minimum of 175 books in 2017.

In January I joined the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge, setting a goal of reading 175 books by the end of the year. How have I fared so far? Well, folks, as of today I have read 123 books in 2017. I am over two-thirds of the way toward meeting my Challenge goal. I fully believe I will surpass it and am (unofficially) hoping to hit a mark somewhere near or above 200.

2. Read the books I own.

I borrow most of my books from the library, however, I am a sucker for a good Kindle deal. Thus, I have built up somewhat of a library on my Kindle Paperwhite. One of my 2017 reading goals was to whittle away at those virtual shelves. How have I fared, you ask? Out of 123 books read, 26 of those were books I personally own. Additionally, I have actually added to that library this year by 40 books so far, which averages out to about 5-6 books a month. Soooo… maybe I’m not doing quite so well with this one. I just might need to step up my game a bit with this goal – what do you think?

3. Create a private reading log.

I originally made it a goal to create a private reading log in Excel back in 2016, but that never happened. I’m happy to say that in 2017, said reading log now exists and is updated on a daily basis! I’m very proud of myself and pat myself on the back often, thank you very much. I cannot wait until my end-of-year wrap-up, when I can use Excel to create my favorite thing ever – PIE CHARTS – to relay my reading statistics to you all. Yippee!!

4. Read *more* more diverse books.

In 2016, I made it a goal to read more diverse books. And I did, but not enough to satisfy  myself. Thus, in 2017, I made a resolution to read *more* more diverse books. How am I doing? Well, in the last 6 1/2 months, I have read 30 books by or about People of Color; that averages out to approximately 5 books per month. This statistic does not include, obviously, books that involve other diverse populations, the data of which I have not yet recorded/tallied. Needless to say, once again, I feel it is necessary to step up my game in this category as well.

5. Pay more attention to Pathologically Literate

In 2016, I barely spent any time on PathologicallyLiterate.com at all. I made it a goal for 2017 to spend more time writing about books and reading to share with my readers. While I haven’t done the job I had hoped to, I have been at the very least sharing monthly posts (and very occasionally a little something extra). You gotta start somewhere, right, friends? In the mean time, keep an eye out for future posts or giveaways – you never know when something wonderful just might come your way!!

Well, friends, while I’m not hitting all of my goals at the desired levels, I am having a great time trying! I’ve read so many great books so far in 2017, and have had so much fun exploring a genre that is completely new to me: YA Fantasy. I love expanding my reading reach and knowing that I now have *that* many more books to choose from! I will continue to work hard to meet my Bookish Resolutions of 2017, and will check in again at the end of the year to keep you in the loop as to how I’ve fared. Happy Reading, all!!

How has your reading life been going in 2017?

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