Thanksgiving Readathon 2017

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It’s finally Thanksgiving week, y’all, and time for a break from everyday life! Homeschool is on hold until next week. The Boy has plenty of activities to keep himself busy with. Poppy is in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year (hallelujah!!). All I need to do now is sit back… and read, of course! What better way to do that than to participate in the first ever official Thanksgiving Readathon, right?

The Thanksgiving Readathon, hosted by the blogs Novels and Nonfiction and Death by Tsundoku, will run from Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26, 2017.  It’s a very informal and laid-back style of Readathon, in that your goal is simply to read as many books as you can over those four days. No rules or regulations, no competition, no pressure. My kind of thing, for sure. For more information about how you can participate, read this post.

I don’t know exactly what I’ll be reading during these four days, however I do have four books I would definitely like to get into:

I have several other books on my Kindle Paperwhite as well as a stack from the library that are waiting patiently for me, so things are not limited to just the four mentioned above by any means. I cannot wait to get started and down to business.

The main concern I’ve heard from friends is, “Isn’t this going to interfere with your Thanksgiving plans?” To which I respond, “What plans?!” Not really, y’all. But Thanksgiving, for my small family, has been very laid-back for the last few years. It’s just Poppy, The Boy, and myself eating a happy meal on the special day. There’s no big to-do or traditional gathering, etc. I definitely prefer it to Thanksgivings past, where we did have to go through the motions of a big holiday feast. This is so much more relaxing, and meaningful, in a way.

The best part of our small, laid-back holiday is, of course, that I have mucho time for reading!! I’m so excited to get started on the Thanksgiving Readathon, so I’m going to go do just that. I hope you decide to join me and have a blast yourselves! Either way, y’all… Happy Reading!!

Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in your home? What are some of your traditions? If you’re participating in this year’s readathon, share your TBR below!!

Bookish Roundup–October, 2017

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I love Fall, y’all!! I adore that crisp, cool air and spend copious amounts of time reading on my front porch with a blanket and coffee (or hot cocoa!) each day. Fall has been good to me this year, too, in that I had an awesome reading month in October! I read a total of nineteen books, raising my total number of books read for the year to 195. Woo-hoo!!

Now, let me be clear about something. I would have read even more books in October if it weren’t for this little devil:

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We spent a lot of time training and caring for little Miss Tootsie all month, toting her to and from Puppy Kindergarten classes and working on the skills we learned there here at home each day. She is growing a little each day, and although she’s still a tiny little stinker, Tootsie is light years away from where she was when she came to us. I know that your real questions is, is she growing on me yet? Yes, and no. She has definitely become somewhat easier to handle over the last month or so, but the peace I knew before she came into the household is still gone. The perfect equilibrium that my sweet Sheltie, Ruby, and I had enjoyed has been shattered and we’re still trying to figure out how to fit Tootsie into our lives. One thing is for sure, however; The Boy is one happy camper. He absolutely adores Tootsie and works tirelessly to care for her and to make things easier for me when it comes to her care. He’s a keeper, that’s for sure.

Back to the books, y’all! Let’s take a look at what I read in October:

Wow. Where do I even begin? So many of the books I read last month were amazing. Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing was both brilliant and powerful. Becky Albertalli is a new favorite YA author; I hear that she is collaborating on a new novel with YA author Adam Silvera – can’t wait to check that one out! Castle of Water, recommended by a book club friend, was everything it was promised to be – many tears were shed with this one, y’all, so be prepared. Jessica Cluess’s Kingdom on Fire Series is excellent. Speaking of puppies (as I was a moment ago) The Art of Raising a Puppy by the Monks of New Skete was a good read as well, and helpful to The Boy and I on many points.

As I said, October was a fantastic month for reading and I’m hoping that November will be the same (or better!). Temperatures are still in the 50’s and even 60’s on some days here in Nebraska, so there is still plenty of porch time ahead for me. I have some great books waiting for me on my November TBR, and I can’t wait to get started. Happy Reading to you all!!

Where is your favorite place to read in the Fall?

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Bookish Roundup – September, 2017

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It’s Fall, y’all!! My favorite season is finally here, and I’m so excited! While I haven’t exactly seen my favorite things about Fall yet (apart from the Pumpkin Caramelicious at Scooter’s Coffeehouse!!), the air is fraught with anticipation and it won’t be long before temperatures drop and that crisp, cool air blows through my hair as I read on my porch on a sunny Fall afternoon… I can feel it now. Oh, yes – Fall is here, y’all!!

Unfortunately, my pre-Fall reading habits have taken quite the hit this year. I was moving along at quite a pace the last few months, hitting between at least 15 to 20 books per month. And then… The Boy bought a new puppy with his earnings from his summer job. Was this Pathologically Literate Momma happy about that? Well, it is what it is, and there ain’t no turning back now. One thing is for sure, a brand new 6-week-old puppy in the house is almost like having a new baby in the house at times – especially when it comes to trying to get things done. Granted, she is now 11 weeks old and we’ve adjusted a little bit, but she’s still taking up a looooot of time and even though The Boy is pulling his weight, a lot of that time seems to be my own which has made reading a lot harder than it used to be. Where it used to take me 1 1/2 to 2 days to read a book, it’s been taking me more like 3 or 4. Yikes! But how can you be mad at this cute little face…?

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Meet Tootsie, y’all!! Tootsie is a Min-Pin (Miniature Pinscher) and would not have been my own first choice in a dog. We already have an eight-year-old Sheltie (Ruby) and my hope had been to get another Sheltie puppy at some point. Well, that’s all gone up in smoke now! Not that I’m bitter or anything, right? Seriously, though, even though a Min-Pin was not my first choice in a dog, she’s a pretty darn cute – if energetic – puppy. She’s definitely taking some getting used to – and will for a while – but I have faith that she will eventually grow on me. Please, God, let her grow on me…

And now, without further ado, let us take a look at my September Reading List:

Ten of the fourteen books I read in September were YA titles. Both of the Meg Medina titles were amazeballs. The Sea of Tranquility was as wonderful as everyone had promised it would be, as was The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy. Words in Deep Blue was a testament to book lovers everywhere, and I adored it. All four of the adult fiction titles I read in September were winners, too. Celeste Ng’s sophomore novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was on point and even better than her first. I really lucked out last month – I may have read less, but at least they were worth my limited time!

October is already shaping up to be a better month, methinks. I believe I’m beginning to get back into my reading groove (please, God!). I recently checked out some awesome titles for my Kindle and from the local library, and have some exciting ARCs to read as well. All that reading time I’m planning for my front porch this Fall is going to be put to goooood use, my friends. Can’t wait! Hope you have a Happy Fall full of Happy Reading, y’all!!

Where is your fave place to read in the Fall?

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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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