Bookish Roundup — May, 2018

May 2018 Roundup

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 – 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 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 11 is Here!

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It’s that time again, y’all – I’m about to get my read on with Bout of Books 11! From August 18th through August 24th, I’ll be reading like a madwoman. For those of you who don’t remember what Bout of Books is, here’s a quick refresher course:

“The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.” – From the Bout of Books team

In the near future, I will be posting a list of goals for the upcoming challenge week. I will also be posting daily updates throughout the read-a-thon. If you think you might like to join me, click here!

 

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Library Love: Friday, May 23, 2014

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Library Love is a recurring post in which I share each week’s bounty from my public libraries.

 

 

Now, y’all, I must admit that I wasn’t too concerned about getting my bum to the library over the last week while I was participating in the Bout of Books 10 read-a-thon, but I did have a few books on hold that became available to be checked out. It all worked out very well, in that without even trying, I got some really great books sitting here just waiting to be read! Win-win, y’all, win-win. Let’s take a look at what I pulled in:

In addition to looking forward to reading all of the above books, I also got some other great news on the literary front this week: I was the winner of a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway! Even better, it’s a book I’ve just been dying to read: The End of Always by Randi Davenport. Even better than that, UPS already delivered it yesterday afternoon. Tres, tres excited, y’all! I’m off to get my read on now – Happy Reading to you all!

Is there a particular book you’ve been anxious to read lately? Share it with us!

 

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Bout of Books 10: Day 6

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So…. Day Six of Bout of Books 10 didn’t work out as well as the past five days did. I was all set to read this great book that I’d borrowed from my online digital library, but then – it vanished. Yes, y’all, I had ignorantly planned to read a book that was due on the day I was going to read it. Smart, huh? So, with just a couple of reading hours left to my day, I whipped out a trio of short stories by Michael Connelly and tore into those instead. Let’s take a look:

Number of books read on Saturday:

  • 1

Total number of books completed:

  • 7

Books read:

Now, I must admit that Angle of Investigation, while a compilation of short stories, still only compares in length to a short novella. So, I don’t claim to take credit for reading an entire novel here or anything like that. But, it was a nice little taste of Michael Connelly and his trademark character Harry Bosch, and so I have no regrets. I’m looking at reading Charlaine Harris’s newest novel for the last day of the read-a-thon, so check back tomorrow for Update #7!

 

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Bout of Books 10: Day 5

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We’re down to the last two days of Bout of Books 10, y’all, and I’m moving full-steam ahead. Still keeping up my momentum at one book ahead of my goals – might I even complete an unexpected eight book? Hard to say at this point, but I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. Let’s take a look at how Day #5 panned out:

Number of books read on Friday:

  • 1

Total number of books completed:

  • 6

Books read:

I loved this heartwarming but heartbreaking novel. It may even make my favorites list for 2014! No time for those decisions now, however – I must be moving on to my next fine piece of literature… Stick around for tomorrow, y’all, when I’ll post Update #6!

 

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