Austen in August 2017


Welcome to Austen in August! This reading event is hosted by Adam at Roof Beam Reader and involves reading, watching, and discussing Jane Austen throughout the month of August. You can learn more about the event (AND SIGN UP) here.

August holds a special place in my heart because it means I get to fangirl over one of my favorites and feel like a fancy fuck while doing it.


Fun fact: I was born on the same day Jane Austen died. Granted, 170 years passed between her last breath and my first, but I still say it means something. Either way, I do adore her. I’ve visited Chawton and Bath. I’ve read all her novels as well as books about her and others on her work, and almost all of what I’ve read comes from this event.

Speaking of the event, it never gets old. Not. Ever. I don’t reread a lot of books that aren’t part of a series, but I love rereading Austen. I learn more every time. I have a lot of friends who don’t care for her, but I’ll never let that deter me from my adoration.


My Austen in August Reads:
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (Reread)
Persuasion by Jane Austen (Reread)
Emma by Jane Austen (Reread)
Jane Austen’s Letters by Jane Austen


I don’t expect to get through all of these, especially now that I see how beastly the letters are, but if I can accomplish two of the four I’ll consider the month a success.

I might also plan a movie marathon or binge The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I’m moving at the end of the month and am editing my novel when I’m not working so movie marathon might not be a real thing, but my sanity may require it near the end.

What will you be reading/watching for Austen in August?



#24in48 Readathon


Welcome to the #24in48 Readathon! This event is hosted by Rachel with the help of Kristen and Kerry this time around. The ultimate goal for this readathon is to read for 24 hours within a 48-hour time frame (or more if you’re super excited and don’t care about sleep). The readathon starts at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 22 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 23, Eastern Standard Time. Read more about this event here.

As always, I make no promises with my goals. I do hope to get to 24 hours (barely made it last time), but a few sets of plans and the need for sleep may change that. Either way, I’m behind on my GoodReads challenge, which is crazy since I changed my 2016 goal of 100 books down to 60 this year. Here’s to hoping I catch up!

I’ll mostly be updating on Twitter or Instagram, but I’ll try to post on here at least once during the event.

My List of Possible Reads:

1. The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit
2. Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann
3. I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin
4. My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter by Ada Monet
5. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
6. Look by Solmaz Sharif
7. Because You Love to Hate Me, edited by Amerie
8. The Wicked + The Divine Volume 5, Image Comics

Happy reading to all participants!

What are YOU reading this weekend?

20 Books of Summer 2017

Welcome to the 20 Books of Summer reading event, hosted by Cathy of 746 Books. This event involves reading 20 books over the course of the summer. It runs from June 1st to September 3rd. Learn more about the event here.

I normally commit to the full 20 books (and stray heavily from my list), but this summer I’m going to try for 15. A lot of my summer will be spent editing my novel and working on other projects so even 15 is a bit heavy, but I know there’s at least one readathon this summer to help me out.

My Reading List

1.  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman (book club)
2. Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay (book club)
3. Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki
4. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
7. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
8. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
9. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
10. One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
11. Hunger by Roxane Gay
12. This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe
13. Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel
14. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
15. TBA (book club)

Happy summer reading to all!

What are you looking forward to reading this summer?



Bout of Books 19 Sign Up Post

bout of books 19

Brace yourselves… Bout of Books Readathon is coming! This is the 19th round and my 10th time participating. Here’s some more info…

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, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th 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 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My Reading List

I’m keeping my list shorter than usual, but also bigger. I’ll be finishing up edits on my best friend’s book and need to get started on my own book edits after that, but I’m also eager to read A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I haven’t read the other two books in a while so I’m going to reread them first.

Court Books

I’m excited to get started. See you all on May 8th!

Bout of Books participants: What book are you most looking forward to reading?


Dewey’s Readathon Opening Survey (Hour 0)


Here we are at the beginning of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I hope everyone is awake and ready to go. The reading is about to begin, but first I thought I’d fill out the Opening Event Questions as posted on the main site. My answers are below, and then it’s time to start reading!

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

The big red chair, Fargo, North Dakota, United States.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I’m most excited for comics because I haven’t read any since the last readathon I participated in. Looking forward to a new Saga volume! (Click here for my readathon stack)

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

I don’t have a lot for snacks because of my Weight Watchers goals, but I made some lemon tarts last night so those will be delicious later on. I also got fresh sushi from the grocery store last night, and that’s always a bonus.

April 2017 food

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m currently editing a book which I hope to be my first published book. It’s Young Adult with a twist of Sci-Fi. Apart from writing/reading, most of my life lately has been dedicated to health and fitness. I’m down over 70 lbs since September from doing Weight Watchers. I won’t preach it too much here, but it works!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I think this is round six for me. I tend to just wing it every year so nothing will really be different apart from the fact that I haven’t foolishly tried to make additional plans. It’s all about the books today! (Okay, so a bookstore is hosting an event that I might check out, but it’s still bookish!)


Happy reading, all!

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Master Post


It’s almost time for Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon! I’ve been in a reading rut lately due to editing my book, editing my best friend’s book, and spending more time than I realize on fitness and food prepping. Health shit, yo.

Anyway, this readathon came at the perfect time. I’m pumped to read some comics and shorter books. Run time is from 7AM Central Time, April 29 – 7AM Central Time, April 30. Find your specific reading start time here.

I highly suggest breaking out the snacks and dance moves for this one, friends. A full 24 hours of reading isn’t easy, and I know it helps to get the coffee IV drip started early. Bust out some sweet moves when you’re feeling tired, or go outside for some fresh air.

I’ll be back at the start of the event, but for now…

My Readathon List:

1.Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2. Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
3. What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
4. Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce
5. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
6. Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest
7. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker
8. Captain Marvel – Higher, Further, Faster, More Volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
9. Saga Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
10-13. Giant Days Volumes 1-4 by John Allison and Max Sarin


Find me on Twitter and Instagram for random updates and shenanigans.

Happy reading to all participants!

What are YOU reading this weekend?

#24in48 Readathon


Welcome to the #24in48 Readathon! This event is hosted by the fabulous Rachel. How this event works is participants read for 24 hours within a 48-hour time frame (or more if you’re super excited and don’t care about sleep). The readathon begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 21 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 22, Eastern Standard Time. Read more about this event here.

I always say I’ll get to 24 hours and never do, but there are some pretty amazing prize packs and I’m determined to be in the running for one of them. My grandma’s birthday is this weekend and I’m participating in the NYC Midnight Short Story Contest, so there will be breaks for those things… and sleep, I guess.

My Reading List:


1. Get Your Shit Together by Sarah Knight
2. The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
5. Giant Days Volume One
6. Paper Girls Volume Two
7. The Wicked + The Divine Volume Four

I’ll mostly be updating on Twitter (@jmillwanders), but I’ll try to post on here at least once during the event.

Happy reading to all participants!

What are YOU reading this weekend?