Take Back Your Shelves Readathon Wrap Up


Hi friends! I hope you all had a marvelous reading weekend and managed to tackle some books on your shelves (e-shelves are good, too).

I did a little math to figure out that I read 2,139 pages over the weekend. I’m usually around 1,000 pages for readathons so I guess I really kicked it up a notch. My completed reads are listed below.

1. By Herself by Debora Greger
2. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
3. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
4. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
6. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
7. And I Darken by Kiersten White
8. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Click the Mister Linky below to share your wrap up post.


Take Back Your Shelves Readathon Book List


Hi friends! The readathon is almost here, or for some of you it’s already happening. This is a laid back readathon with no rules or prizes, but I thought it would be good to share my stack of possible reads. I’m also including a Linky below for anyone who wants to add their book stack, whether it be on social media or in a blog post.

My Books + Reading Companion (Spice):


1. Hidden by Helen Frost
2. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
3. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
4. By Herself by Debora Greger
5. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
6. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
7. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
9. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
10. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
11. In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero
12. Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman
13. And I Darken by Kiersten White
14. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Share your book stack! Click the link below.

Happy reading!

Take Back Your Shelves Readathon Sign Up


Are you tired of your to-be-read shelves making you their bitch? There’s a readathon for that! Read the books you’ve put off for too long, or read something new to prevent it from becoming a forgotten book. The choice is yours!

Readathon Dates: September 2-5 (Saturday-Monday). I know not everyone has Labor Day off from work, but this is an informal readathon so read whenever you have time. Thirty minutes? Cool. Thirty hours? Rebel.

To sign up, leave a comment on this post. Please include your blog link or a social media link so I know where you’ll be posting.

Make sure to use the hashtag #TBYSreadathon throughout the event so other readers can follow along with your updates and shenanigans.

Next weekend, make those shelves your bitch!


Bout of Books 17 Goals & Updates

August 2016

Happy Bout of Books week! I’m a little early with this post, but I thought I’d get a jump start with some readathon goals. This post will also have daily updates for those who want to follow along with my progress.

Reminder of my reading stack…

1. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
2. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
4. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
5. And I Darken by Kiersten White
6. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
7. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (audio)
8. Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson (eBook)
9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (eBook)
10. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (eBook)

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Readathon Goals
1. Read at least 6 books. / Update: Didn’t happen (see below)
2. Follow 10+ new bloggers on social media. / Update: Check!
3. Comment on 10+ blogger pages. / Update: Check!
4. Participate in 3+ challenges and/or Twitter chats. / Update: Check!

Day 1 – Monday
Pages Read Today: 303
Total Pages Read: 303
Books Finished Today: 1
Total Books Finished: 1
Notes/Thoughts: So I’m kind of obsessed with Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe. I may have started Russian lessons on Duolingo because I now want to go to Lithuania. Duolingo doesn’t have Lithuanian as an option, and it’s apparently a rare language that isn’t super easy to find good lessons for, so for now I’m going with Russian. We’ll see if anything comes of it.
Challenge/Chat: The Twitter chat last night was bananas, and I mean that in a good way. I highly recommend attending the next one if you’re able. I also participated in the challenge. My answers can be found here.

Day 2 – Tuesday
Pages Read Today: 103
Total Pages Read: 406
Books Finished Today: 0
Total Books Finished: 1
Notes/Thoughts: I started reading Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye and am listening to Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I did the math on pages “read” since I’m not used to audio and have no idea how people track that kind of thing.
Challenge/Chat: N/A

Day 3 – Wednesday
Pages Read Today: 78
Total Pages Read: 484
Books Finished Today: 0
Total Books Finished: 1
Notes/Thoughts: Still working my way through Jane Steele. Not sure how I feel about it just yet. Should have more reading time tonight.
Challenge/Chat: N/A

Day 4 – Thursday
Pages Read Today: 54 pages
Total Pages Read: 538
Books Finished Today: 0
Total Books Finished: 1
Notes/Thoughts: Still working through the same books. My audiobook version of Furiously Happy expired so I’ll be switching the eBook.
Challenge/Chat: Titles in the Tabloids

And then I went out of town and forgot to update daily page counts. Here are total numbers from the readathon:

Total Pages Read: 1004 + some audio (I had to return my audiobook for Furiously Happy, but I think it was somewhere around an hour of listening.)
Books Finished: Dear Fang, With Love / Jane Steele / Hyperbole and a Half

I ended up reading two books not on my list, so that proves readathon lists aren’t set in stone. I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted, but my own Take Back Your Shelves readathon starts on Friday so I’ll be able to get more books read. Sign up if you haven’t already!





Bout of Books 17 Sign Up Post

August 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I’m talking about Bout of Books Readathon, of course. This is the 17th round of Bout of Books and my 7th time participating. For more information about this reading event…

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 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th 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 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

My Reading List:
1. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
2. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
3. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
4. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
5. And I Darken by Kiersten White
6. Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
7. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (audio)
8. Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson (eBook)
9. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (eBook)
10. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (eBook)

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See you all on August 22nd!

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Initial Thoughts


Note: This post is going to be filled with SPOILERS once the line is drawn so don’t read past that if you aren’t ready. It’s also going to be incredibly informal and all over the place because that’s where I’m at right now. If you want to know my thoughts sans spoilers, know that I’m giving it 3.5 stars out of 5 at present. There was stuff I loved and stuff that made me cringe.

I think the chosen cast well represent what I read in the script. I may or may not get to see the play in November. I have a ticket, but I don’t currently have the money to get there, stay there, eat there, explore there, etc. Either way, I’m glad for the script since most people won’t get to experience this firsthand.


Below are just some initial thoughts. I’m sure I’ll read it again and have more, especially since I read through it so quickly the first time. I’d love to know if you agree/disagree or have anything to add that I probably forgot to include.

Also, I need to say that being at a Harry Potter book release night gave me so many nostalgia feels. The nerds were in full swing, and I couldn’t be happier. I know a lot of people won’t want to read the script either because it isn’t a 100% JK Rowling masterpiece or because the story ended with book seven and that needs to be the end of it. I respect both reasons or any other reasons people may have, but for me just being back in this world in any form is well worth it. Potter has been a massive part of my life for 15 years, and I can’t help but want to stay in it a little longer forever.

Okay, are you ready? I’m not. Let’s go!

First off, Scorpius Malfoy is a fucking precious cinnamon roll. His friendship with Albus is one of the greatest parts of script. The power of friendship and love was pivotal in the Harry Potter series, and I’m pleased to see that continue here. Let’s also respect the fact that Scorpius is like Hermione in many ways. #booknerdsunited

 “My geekness is a-quivering.” – Scorpius Malfoy

As for Albus, there was bound to be at least one Potter child who didn’t mesh well with The Boy Who Lived. It’s a lot to swallow when you’re named after two incredible wizards and then get put into Slytherin where no one in your family has been placed. I love how similar he and Harry are despite their differences, and his determination to save Cedric and protect those he cares about speaks volumes. I have more rambling thoughts about this relationship and Albus in general, but I’ll leave that for another day.

Trio+Gin talk: Let’s applaud a female Minister for Magic!  Her and Ron’s relationship feels much more stable to me in the play than I thought possible. Harry and Ginny also deserve much applause for having the one moment where tears came to my eyes. I’m sure there would be more of that had I seen this on stage first, but their touching moments really work for me. This is a massive relief after the awkward writing/acting of Ginny/Harry in the Potter films. In short, the trio+Gin are incredible.

“People think they know all there is to know about you, but the best bits of you are — have always been — heroic in the really quiet ways.” – Ginny Potter

Side bitterness moment: Where the fuck is George Weasley? Ron is running the joke shop and George is nowhere to be found. I understand not running a shop after the twin you ran it with gets killed, but for the love of Snape let’s not act as if it’s totally cool Ron has somehow become a mixture of Ron and George. Okay, he’s funny as hell and I love it, but still, I want my baby George.

*deep breath* Okay… moving on.

Snape. Snape. Severus Snape. DUMBLEDORE! Some people are aware of how much I love Snape, so let me just say I’m really fucking happy and unhappy to see him in this production. No matter what changed in the timeline, Snape remained loyal to the cause because of Lily. Not even the timeline could change that. Talk about “Always.” That being said, I’m unhappy because I had to deal with him dying all over again. I may have hugged my life size Snape cutout after finishing the script.


“The world changes and we change with it. I am better off in this world. But the world is not better. And I don’t want that.” – Severus Snape

Per usual, Dumbledore comes sliding in with some logical quotes to make us ponder everything, and I bet he’s wearing some badass robes in that portrait. His words and wisdom resonate long after his death. I’m all for the Dumbledore throw in. Just because you’re a painting now doesn’t mean you get to stop affecting us all.

“Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” – Albus Dumbledore

“You ask me, of all people, how to protect a boy in terrible danger? We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.” – Albus Dumbledore

Also important: that bitch Delphi. I’ve read fan theories about this, about why it makes sense to people that Voldemort and Bellatrix had a child as well as when this could have all taken place. A lot of digging into the books has been done to show why this is a legit thing, but I still have trouble rolling with it.

Voldemort didn’t love, nor did he ever come across as a sexual being (lol gross). There was also no logical necessity behind it like needing to preserve the family name or keep the line going. Voldemort was certain he was going to defeat Harry and live forever. He’s never cared about anything beyond keeping himself going and being the most powerful… and ridding the world of filthy mudbloods, of course.

Bellatrix was disgustingly into Voldemort so for her part this is completely logical, but for Voldemort’s part this just doesn’t make any sense. I could write a lot more about this, but for now I’m in the “What the fuck with this entire plot” camp.


Side Note: If I was more on board with this plot I would say that Delphi is perfection and I fucking love the female villain thing they have going on. She crushed it.

I’m going to end on a positive note because this script has so many positives. I love the idea of being unable to change time without consequence. We know this from Harry Potter. We know this from Doctor Who. There are fixed points in time, things that need to happen in order for everything else to happen. The lads learned this the hard way… but hey, it’s Harry Potter. You knew that shit would get fixed in the end.


Favorite character? Team Delphi? Not going to read any of it because screw the next generation? Seriously, tell me your thoughts.

#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, July 23 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 24, Eastern Standard Time. Read more about this event here.

I’m more confident of getting to 24 hours of reading this time around than previous rounds due to having no life this weekend apart from books (as it should be), but I tend to eat my words a lot with these events so we’ll just see how it goes.

Reading List:


1. May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot
3. When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
4. The Blue Fox by Sjón
5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
6. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
7. Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
8. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
9. Romeo And/Or Juliet by Ryan North
10. Today Will Be Different by Marie Semple

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?